Shelf Re-Do, Step Three – DIY Magazine / Project Notes Storage

Whilst browsing Pinterest one day after work I saw a lady who makes all kinds of storage stuff out of cereal boxes…I can’t find the pin now, I think I just looked at her blog without pinning. Oops. Here is the project that I remember best and decided to do myself. Cereal boxes into magazine storage containers.

Who doesn’t have cereal boxes in their home? All you have to do is measure and mark where five inches is on one side, use a ruler to draw a line up to the other corner and then cut along the lines. It’s that easy.

Yeah, I still eat like a five-year-old, don’t judge. Those marshmallows are delicious.

Simply cover the cut boxes with the paper of your choice. I decided to continue the brown paper theme I had going on the rest of my shelf and only have the pretty paper at the end that folk will see. I’m too cheap to have magazines coming to my house, but this is a great way for me to keep the notes and sketches I have for various projects organized.

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Shelf Re-Do, Step Two – Storage Box Improvement


I have an awful lot of bits and pieces of things that I have collected for projects over the years. Normally these wonderful little scraps are consigned to little zippy bags in a nondescript box on a shelf in a room I hope no one will ever enter. What a sad way for them to wait to be made into something pretty. But no longer, today my little useful friends get to come live out here with me in the real house.

Just a normal $20 storage container from a hardware store.

I needed something at the store and instead of putting on my blinders like normal, grabbing that one thing and getting the heck out of there, I accidentally looked around and saw this storage container. Now, I wasn’t looking for a storage container but, I’m a crafter so I got a slight high thinking of all of the things that I could put in here. Dammit, now I had to buy it. It was ugly as sin so it sat in my tiny spare room for about a month waiting for me to put forth the effort to transfer all of my bits over … and then I got on my “organize the shelf” kick and I suddenly found myself with new pretty paper and project energy, which is really all a crafter needs.

Step One, Paint

I pulled all of the little plastic drawers out and painted the frame. At first I had everything painted in a dark teal/blue but I wasn’t loving the way that was covering the gray plastic. It had streaks and looked really dull. But, as I was painting the shelf back (see next post), I decided to latex the sides of this with the same color green. It worked out perfectly.

There are two different size drawers so I made a template of the front of each size by tracing it with a pencil and then fitting it inside and snipping away until it seems right. using these templates and two different papers that I had bought for my magazine holder project I decided upon a checker board pattern. Super simple, just Mad Podge the plastic and stick the paper in pretty side down, facing the glue. When it’s done the shiny plastic on the outside actually gives the paper almost a tile look and it matches other little accent pieces that I have in other places. Looks like I spent more than $23 dollars on it, and now I have easy access to my smaller crafting supplies.

Much Better


A shelf Re-Do, Step one – Cover books

I live on the other side of the world from my husband and family, and while I have friends here that I dearly love and a job that wipes me out every day…I am still left with too much time on my hands sometimes. And during those times I obsess over dumb things, because I live alone and no one stops me from being a little bit nutty.

One glorious Saturday it bothered me that the bookshelf I see from my bed did not have visual harmony, because that’s totally normal to worry about, right? My original plan was very simple (as they always start out), I’ll just pick up some brown paper bags from the grocery store and cover my books like I used to have to do in school. Yeah, it turns out I couldn’t figure out a tactful way to ask for 40 paper bags, and I live alone, so getting that many through the normal process of shopping would have taken for-ev-er. I’m a one, maybe two bags per trip shopper.

See! Nothing matches. Nothing! Gah!

So off to the local art store I go to look for pretty paper to cover my books with. Turns out pretty paper in Europe, not so cheap, but I do find brown wrapping paper (which I now know I could have gotten cheaper almost anywhere else – facepalm!) and a few sheets of nice patterned paper that I fell in love with and voilà, Plan B is born.

I then discovered that covering tons of books is a sloooooooowwwww process. But pretty easy, exactly as you remember it from when you were little. However, in case you have forgotten, here is a tutorial.

Ah, that’s better…things are starting to visually calm down

Still working through all of my bookshelves to cover all of my books, but already there is a vast improvement. As you can see from the picture below, I was not done with the insanity just yet – Oh no, this was only the beginning… More posts to follow.

Sneak Peek


More stuff I am pretty sure I don’t need…But BOY do I want it!

Ooooooooooooohhhhh, Nikki likey, Nikki likey! OK, I have a confession…this is yet another of my dirty little secrets, along with my deep love for Mike Rowe, Jensen Ackles and young Harrison Ford (I repeat only the young version is acceptable)…I also want to marry wool felt.  Just look at these cuties, we would be so happy together.

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Making Cards – What Fun!

Valentine and Envelope
Outside View
Inside View

The Knotty Professor had folks over last week for a card making party.  So. Much. Fun.  I had never been to something so blatantly girly in my life before, believe it or not I don’t have a long history of having girlfriends.  (The girliness was tempered by a good game of Wii snowboarding going on in the same room.) She has years worth of crafting supplies that we were able to sift through which was fun for the pretty paper loving Nikki.  My favorites were the textured papers based on Amy Butler’s fabrics. (See detail paper on the cards above and below for examples of her design.)  I think the accessory trinkets came from The Paper Company.

Not to mention we had a chance to try the Prof’s kick ass chili.  Way to go ex-Texas girl!

ValentineHow can I give away cards like this!  I just want to keep them hidden away for ME!!!! But I was mocked and so they are on their way to better homes 🙂
Birthday Card
What’s nice is these really were super easy.  No fancy equipment, just scissors, rubber cement, card stock and pretty paper.  (And I admit a couple little pretty trinkets placed on top that she had lying around.  However the cards would have been nice even without those additions.)  Don’t think you have to buy all kinds of fancy things to craft…just buy a couple nice basics.  I would invest in good quality paper.