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DIY NOTEBOOK GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS

Only 10 more days until Christmas! My favorite holiday... not only because of the beautiful lights, festive decorations, and cheerful spirits but because it's the day Jesus was born! In light of this holiday season I thought it be fun to show you a little DIY Christmas gift fit for any of your friends and family. It's extremely easy to make and best of all you can customize it however way you'd like. I got this inspiration from the Kate Spade notebooks but when going to purchase, they were so expensive! This is a great alternative and a great gift for anyone. I also know not everyone has amazing hand-lettering writing so stencils are an easy and nice way to design notebooks. Let's get started!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Blank black notebooks (I chose the Cahier notebooks from Moleskine)
  • Gold pen (I advise getting thin tipped ones)
  • Letter and number stencils
  • Christmas music to get you in the mood ;)

HOW TO: 

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Place the stencil above the notebook. If you're a perfectionist you can pencil in two parallel lines as a guide and color the letters in between those lines. 

Start coloring inside the stencil. Since most stencils are thin letters, I do recommend using a fine tip marker so you can really get inside the stencil and color in all corners. 

Don't be afraid to simply write or draw one thing on the notebook. I love simple designs and I'm obsessed with ampersands so this is also a great design to put on a notebook. And VOILA we're done! Don't you just love this season of giving and gifting? Hope you enjoy it all during the process and happy gifting! 

Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon Kim (with assistance from JNK)

 

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10 WAYS TO DECORATE GARDEN PARTIES

Summers a perfect time to have small get-togethers and little parties outdoors. And what better way than to host a garden party for all your friends! Today, I'll give you some tips on how to decorate your party including centerpieces, cost- efficiently and in a delightfully chic way. All by using resources from your backyard and from things around the home. Everything I used today for my garden party was from my own home and yard, with the exception of the baby's breath flowers and balloons I bought. Hope this inspires you all to have outdoor parties or even plan DIY weddings outdoors!

1.) Use picture frames from your home.

Using picture frames from around my house is one of my favorites ways to decorate a centerpiece of a table for a party. I decided to go with a pink, white, and gold theme for my garden party today. I was able to find some picture frames that fit my color scheme. Now, you may be thinking what you should put in these frames but you can easily create your own signs or paintings! These only took me 15 minutes to make and they were so cute and appropriate for this garden party. Frames always add a nice touch to any centerpiece and gives the table a nice homey feel to it.

2.) Use leaves and branches from your trees and spray paint them.

I've always loved big and extravagant centerpieces. But I also know how expensive huge, floral centerpieces can get. So I decided to use some big leaves that were attached to thin branches and put them in some mason jars. Since I had some gold spray paint as well, I just lightly spray painted them... and they came out looking so beautiful! You can completely cover your leaves with your color of choice, but I wanted some green as well so I just sporatically painted them.

3.) Use baby's breathe flowers for cost- efficiency and for a whimsical look.

I never use to see the beauty in baby's breathe flowers until recently and now I'm absolutely in love with them. Especially, when they're used as the main flowers, they give such a whimsy and delicate look to any decoration. I paired these flowers with gold dipped leaves and they turned out to be such a magical pairing. Since baby's breathe flowers are white in color, they go with any color scheme and other floral arrangements. They're also so cheap! These were just $3 for a handful. I was able to put these flowers in all differently decorated jars around the table and they added a lovely touch to my table.

4.) Tie balloons around tree trunks with twine.

I absolutely adore balloons... for all occasions. Sometimes getting helium balloons at your party can be a hassle or expensive. I bought two bags of balloons for just $2 each, blew them up myself, and tied them around my tree trunks. I tied them with twine to give it a more rustic look and it worked perfectly! You can also hang balloons from branches as decorations and they look great when the wind blows. Lets say however, you're hosting a party indoors. You can still hang balloons from the ceiling with some twine and tape! Balloons are just a fun way to add color to any festivity you're hosting.

5.) Use any clear vases, mason jars, bowls or cups you have for your centerpieces.

If you don't want to splurge on expensive glass vases for your floral arrangements, no worries. Nowadays, mason jars are always used at parties to give it a more fun and rustic look. But not only do mason jars work, essentially any clear bowl or cup works as a vase as well. I was able to gather some clear jars and bowls to diversify my decorations. If you want to keep everything cohesive, you can choose to decorate with JUST mason jars or JUST bowls. I love to use clear ones when I'm decorating with colorful flowers so the flowers really stand out.

6.) Decorate & fill the jars.

Now with the jars and bowls you use for your flowers, don't forget to decorate them with ribbon and some twine. That's all you need. Even just ribbon and twine makes a huge difference. Also, I had some clear pebbles as decoration around the home, so I used those to fill some of my bowls up. You can essentially use anything from pieces of tulle, tissue paper, rice, stones and even flower petals! They all make for a great filler in these clear jars.

7.) Create and make your own name cards.

Even if its for a small gathering, name cards are a great way to show special attention to each person. It also adds a nice touch to the table. They're so easy to make and your own handwriting has a nice homemade feel to it. I just used some thick paper and folded it in half to make the cards stand. Then, I used some watered down gouache paint (tutorial here) and then my calligraphy writing (tutorial here) for a beautiful name card.

8.) Place flowers on top of table dishes/placements.

Placing flowers or leaves on top of table place settings adds a sweet touch to the decor of the party. For me, it's always a delight to come sit at my place at a dinner table and have a simple flower waiting for me. Not only does it add a nice touch, but your guests can take it home afterwards! I used some hand picked hydrangeas and leftover baby's breathe to add some extra sweetness to my dish settings.

9.) Use fruits as table decoration to eat or as a party favor.

Here I used peaches as decoration for the table as well as for party favors for the guests to take home after. Peaches are a great summer fruit that add a beatiful and colorful decor to any outdoor party. You can use other fruits such as strawberries, cheeries, pears, and much more for decoration AND to eat. You can place the fruits on pretty platters or you can just simply place them around your jars as decoration. I suggest doing that with fruits like apples, pears, and peaches (ones with tough skins!) so your guests can just wash them when they get home and eat them.

10.) Enjoy!

Lastly, just enjoy this lovely party you've planned and decorated! Whether its a whimsical garden party or a hipster barbeque party... there are so many cost-efficient ways to decorate an outdoor space! Use as much nature (hand picked flowers, leaves, wood, etc.) and creativity as you can. The great thing about the outdoors is that you automatically have a beautiful scenery AND all these decorations can also be used for indoor parties. Now go plan away and enjoy!

Photograpy & Styling by: Jito 

 

 

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{DIY CRAFTS} POLISHED FRAMES

Do any of you guys have old nail polish that you're just waiting to toss out or don't use anymore?! Well, here's a DIY crafts for you! You can buy a cheap, wooden or white picture frame from any dollar store (mine was from IKEA) and use old nail polish to revamp it! Summer means bright colors! So this DIY is an easy, no fuss paint job. 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • a wooden, white, or neutral color picture frame (I used one from IKEA)
  • old nail polishes of all different colors you like
  • masking tape (I used postal tape and just cut that up)

HOW TO: 

1.) Tape your picture frame in the design you want. For me, I wanted to do slanted stripes so I placed my tape accordingly. You're using the tape as basically a stencil.

2.) Next, paint the areas that have not been taped. It's okay if you paint over the tape because once you take the tape off, the line will be perfectly straight.

3.) Wait a couple of minutes and paint another coat.

4.) Wait until everything is dry and then peel the tape of slowly and carefully.

I had so much fun making this and the nail polish looks fun and cool on the frame! You can gift this or just simply do this to redecorate! 

How cute does it look on a shelf or anywhere around your room? Enjoy! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito