DIY Eraser Stamps

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In the process of making the last round of stamps I posted, I tried to make some checkbox stamps for using in my planner and failed miserably at cutting something that tiny out of foam. I had seen a few random pins about making stamps from pencil erasers so I figured I’d give it a try. Turns out, I get weirdly upset at the idea of destroying the eraser on a perfectly good pencil and unless you break the eraser off the pencil it’s comically large for something that I want to carry around with me. I did, in fact, try breaking the eraser off to start with. It was so tiny that it made it hard to use without getting ink all over my fingers, so I started looking around for something else to use instead.

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I found these Pentel Clic Erasers for a few bucks at Target and started coming up with a plan. See, I was hoping that I could cut the eraser to any size I wanted, essentially making multiple stamps from each eraser and then use the pen/tube part as both storage and a handle for the erasers. For the most part, this worked surprisingly well, although there were a minor issue with getting the stamps to stay in the handle. For a quick look at how to make your own DIY eraser stamps, see the photo above, or keep reading for the full tutorial.

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Supplies:
Retractable Erasers
Pencil
Xacto Knife

Instructions:

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Start by cutting off a piece of your eraser – I cut mine to approximately a half inch each and was able to make 5 double sided stamps out of each “pen.”

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Try to make your cuts as straight as possible otherwise the stamps won’t print evenly. You can always shave off some of the rubber to even it up but trust me, it’s way easier to just cut them straight in the first place.

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Next, use your pencil to draw your design. Small geometric shapes are the easiest to start out with.

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Now cut out around your design. I cut straight down about an 1/8 of an inch then used the tip of the Xacto knife to peel/slice the loose piece of eraser off the bottom of each cut out section.

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You should be left with something that looks like this. Don’t worry about the pencil markings – you can either erase them (go figure, right?) or just leave them on the eraser and they’ll eventually rub off on their own.

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Now, if you just want one tiny stamp, you can totally stop here and I won’t say a word. If you want a whole set of tiny stamps, repeat the above steps on each flat piece of eraser. I used both ends of each 1/2″ section of eraser so that I had a set of double ended stamps – the problem with this is that if you plan on using the retractable tube as a handle, they won’t stay in the tube when you turn it upside down. If you do want to make double sided stamps, these are just long enough that you can hold them without dipping your fingers in the ink pad, so it’s up to you whether you want slightly messy + more stamps or fewer stamps + no added clean up.

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Once you’re completely finished with all of your cutting and stamping fun, just slide the stamps back into the tube and you have yourself a little storage case for them.

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And that’s it! A quick and easy set of DIY eraser stamps to jazz up your to do lists and love notes.

Is anyone else thinking it would be fun to do a set of alphabet or number stamps? Or maybe a theme – like snowflakes or emojis?

xo, shelby

 

 

 

 

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Free Valentine’s Day iPhone Wallpaper Set

Valentine's Day iPhone Wallpaper

I’m not really a Valentine’s Day kind of person but I’ve been having fun making backgrounds for my phone and what better occasion is there to use obnoxious amounts of pink and glitter than Valentine’s Day?

This Valentine’s Day iPhone wallpaper set includes 9 total backgrounds – the 8 pictured above plus a bonus of the pink glittery heart with the text “Be Mine” on it. These are all sized to fit an iPhone 6+ but will fit any iPhone and some Android phones as well.

To download, just click the link below.

Free Valentine’s Day iPhone Wallpaper Pack

Has anyone made Valentine’s Day plans yet? I’m fully expecting to sit home and eat pizza with Keith and the cats and enjoy every second of not having to go out and deal with the crowded restaurants.

xo, shelby

How to Decorate Pens with Washi Tape & Nail Polish

I’ve been on this quest for the perfect pen for my planner since I got it in December and have pretty much failed at finding anything that met both of my requirements: be pretty to look at and write perfectly. See, I’m weird about pens. I like them to have extremely thin tips and write smoothly but not smear like most gel pens. I finally found that the Pilot G2 Ultra Fine Point pens met my writing requirements but to be honest? They’re ugly. I know it shouldn’t matter, but it totally does. So I took it upon myself to come up with a way to make them super cute with my two favorite crafting supplies: washi tape and nail polish.

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The picture above has a pretty basic explanation of how to make these, but if you want a more in depth, step by step tutorial then keep reading!

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You’ll want to start by gathering your supplies:

A pen
Washi tape
Clear nail polish
Black and/or glitter polish of your choice (not pictured)
Scissors

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Once you’ve got all your supplies together, you’ll want to start by taking your pen apart (if it comes apart) and covering the barrel in washi tape. I found the easiest way to do this is to actually tape it vertically, lining the tape* up with the top of the barrel and leaving it a little longer than necessary.

*Note- when you’re cutting your pieces of tape, use your scissors and try to cut as straight as possible.

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You should be left with something that looks like this. Trim the excess tape off as close to the end of the barrel as you can. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect – it will get covered.

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Now put your pen back together. You should have a slight gap between the tape and grippy part.

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Take another piece of your tape and wrap it horizontally around the pen, as close to the grip as you can get. You can still take the pen apart if needed to change the ink or what have you, but this will cover the ugly gap and any uneven edges.

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Once you have all your tape in place, it’s time to paint! Give the tape a thin coat of clear nail polish to seal it. You may want to add more than one coat just to make it a little more durable but you’re better off doing several thin coats as opposed to one thick coat since the nail polish can pull some of the color out of the tape. You can actually see in the picture above where some of the color came off near the grip and next to the clip, just above the P in Pilot.

To paint under the clip, I just slid the brush as far as it would reach but I didn’t worry too much about making sure it was perfect.

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Hey look, we’re almost done! Now take your black nail polish (or whatever color you want, really) and paint over the text on the clip. I used solid black for this pen and black with silver glitter for the other pen shown in the photos below. It took 1-2 coats of polish to get the text completely covered.

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Now for the last step. Glitter! Once my clear polish dried, I went back and added a coat of glitter to the tape. Why? Because I can’t leave well enough alone. And because I like sparkles. You can skip this step if sparkles aren’t your thing. Or use glitter washi tape like I did with the other pen shown below. If you go the glitter tape route though, don’t forget to still cover it in clear polish to protect the tape.

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And that’s all there is to it! Including drying time, these took me about a half hour to make. The hardest part is trying to get the tape under the clip without tearing or wrinkling it.

Since I made these pens I’ve come up with several more ideas on how to decorate pens. I think my next project is going to be a throwback to the best movie of the 90’s.

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Am I the only one who spent weeks after seeing Clueless obsessing over the fluffy pens? I vaguely remember a few stores selling them but the pens never wrote well and the feathers always fell off after a couple days of use.

Anyway, enough about my Junior High stationary habits. Anyone else have any ideas for making their favorite pens prettier?

xo, shelby

 

 

 

 

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Free Blog Post Planner

In my planner tour video, I showed you all the pages that I use for planning out my blog posts and mentioned that I would be making them available for download soon. Well, here it is: my free 8.5″ x 5.5″ blog post planner.

Blog Post Planner Printable
Front

 

Blog Post Planner Printable
Back

The back of this is slightly different than the version shown in the video – it’s a solid lined section instead of columns with a blank area. I liked the idea of the columns but in use, they weren’t that practical since I was writing portions of the post instead of just making notes. I’m still learning what works best for me as I go though, so this printable will continue to evolve over time and of course, I’ll continue to share any changes.

Details
This particular printable is meant to be printed double sided on 5.5″ x 8.5″ paper in landscape mode. As with all of my printables, they will fit A5 Filofaxes, junior sized Arc planners, and any other half letter sized planner (Franklin Covey, Day Timer, etc). You can print them on any 5.5″ x 8.5″ paper, just make sure your settings are set to “Print actual size.” As printers vary by manufacturer, I unfortunately can’t offer any tips on how to print these front and back.

Blog Post Planner

If you like this/find it useful, let me know by pinning it on Pinterest or leave a comment below! I also have a one sided 8.5″ x 11″ version of this if anyone is interested – just let me know.

xo, shelby

Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Recipe

Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Recipe

I grew up in Washington at the height of the Starbucks craze so my love of fancy coffee drinks knows no limits. The problem with this is that spending $5 a day on something that I can make myself isn’t exactly in my budget right now, so I set out to make my own caramel macchiatos at home.

After an intense 30 seconds of Googling, I came to the conclusion that while the recipe is incredibly simple, there is much debate about the method of actually making this drink. Some people say the coffee goes in first and you pour the milk on top of that, others say it’s not a real macchiato unless you put the milk in first then add the coffee. To be honest, it all tastes the same once it mixes together so unless you’re trying to impress somebody, it probably doesn’t matter what order you add the ingredients. If you are trying to impress somebody with your barista skills, I wish you the best of luck and this is probably not the recipe you’re going to want to use. I really should have named this post “the lazy girls guide to making caramel macchiatos at home” since it’s so ridiculously easy and will probably make real baristas everywhere cringe.

Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Recipe

Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Recipe

You’re going to need:

1/2 cup espresso or strong coffee
1 cup milk (any kind will do – I like vanilla almond milk, personally)
2 tablespoons vanilla coffee syrup
3-4 tablespoons caramel sauce (the kind that is sold as ice cream topping works perfectly for this)

To actually make your drink, the steps are basically add coffee and vanilla syrup to a glass, top with warm frothy milk, then drizzle with caramel. I however, am both lazy and don’t like my drinks hot so I make it a little differently.

Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Recipe

I start by brewing my coffee and letting it cool to room temperature (not pictured) then adding my vanilla syrup to a glass.

Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Recipe

Next, I add my milk and stir to combine it with the syrup.

Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Recipe

Finally, I pour my coffee in and top with a few tablespoons of caramel. I assure you, there is a ton of caramel in the glass in this picture but it all sank to the bottom before I could get a picture.

Starbucks Caramel Macchiato Recipe

I usually add ice as well, although I’ve drank it at room temperature more than I can count. The best part about this recipe is that it can be made completely low carb/sugar free by using sugar free vanilla syrup and caramel sauce, although if you’re trying to make it low carb, you’ll probably want to use cream or half and half instead of milk and slightly decrease the amount you use.

Does anyone else have a Starbucks addiction? I also love chai lattes so that’s next on my list of things to learn to make.

xo, shelby

January 2015 Planner Tour

Good morning!

Today I thought I’d give you an idea of what I use all those printables for and give you a quick little planner tour. This is the A5 Patent Leather Original Filofax in Fuchsia. I had been using a Martha Stewart Discbound planner but it was a little too big for my liking and I was having trouble with the rings getting too full so I switched to a Filofax in early December and I’m absolutely loving it. The A5 size is big enough to write in comfortably but still small enough that I can carry it in my purse if needed.

January 2015 Planner Tour - Filofax Original

The only issue I’ve had (and this is incredibly minor for me) is that getting A5 sized paper in the US is damn near impossible so I use half letter size paper instead. The dimensions are slightly off – half letter is slightly taller and narrower than A5 – but it’s not really a noticeable difference to me and I can easily go buy a ream of any kind of letter sized paper I want at Staples and have them cut it in half for me.

As you’ll see in the video, I use this as both a personal and blog planner and so far haven’t had any of the problems with running out of space that I was having with my discbound planner. I might be slightly more selective about what I put in here though.

So, without further ado, I present to you: What’s in My Filofax (Jan 2015 Edition).

If anyone has any questions about anything I showed in the video, please leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to explain/tell you where I got it/post a tutorial/etc.

xo, shelby