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You all know I love the whole adult coloring book trend which I talked about here and here.   And that I’m really excited that there are several coloring books coming out that are designed for home decor fans.  Well, just last week I was thrilled to receive a package in the mail from Melissa of The Inspired Room.   Inside the package was an advanced copy of her new home decor coloring book. (thanks Melissa).  #happymail

When I talked about The Inspired Room Coloring Book on the blog before, I had only seen images online and the description on Amazon.  I knew the book was going to be good but it is even better in person.

Unlike many other coloring books, Melissa designed the pages with images only on one side of the paper which makes the pages ideal for framing.  And each page is perforated so that it can easily be torn out and hung on a bulletin board or used for a creative projects.  The paper is thick which reduces he chance of ink bleeding through so you can use my favorite markers just as easily as pencils to color the images.

I’ve spent several evenings unwinding by coloring in the book and I have to tell you it’s addictive and relaxing.

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The image below gave me the opportunity to envision what an emerald green secretary would look like.  I’m hoping to score one at an antique store and paint it green.

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Isn’t this page of chair designs fun?

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I used one of the pages to play around with a color story I’m working on for a design client.  I pulled one of the fabric swatches we’re considering and created an accessory plan using this accessory page from the coloring book.

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The Inspried Room Coloring Book

If you’re looking for a great girlfriend gift under $10.00, this is it.  Although the official release date isn’t until July 1st, you can buy a copy on Amazon today.

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image via The Inspired Room

 

If you want to see more pages from the book, follow the hashtag #TIRcoloringbook on Instagram.

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Ok, its confession time.  How many of you have coloring books?

I jumped on the coloring book craze when it first starting gaining popularity.  As a creative, I’ve loved coloring my entire life and the idea of a coloring book for adults was so up my alley that I couldn’t resist.  My first coloring book was this one filled with Beautiful Patterns just like the title says.  I was drawn to the abstract and intricate designs which are perfect for someone like me that is a ‘coloring inside the lines’ kind of gal.

Beautiful Patterns--Coloring Books

Since my first coloring book I’ve been gifted several others by family and friends and now switch back and forth between books so none of them gets neglected.

Recently I read that several of my favorite bloggers (and authors) are jumping on the coloring book wagon and developing home decor themed books.  I can’t wait!

  John and Sherry from Young House Love have their coloring book, Color At Home coming out in October and from the looks of the cover image, it is going to be a good one.  The cover image resembles many of the beautiful rooms you see on Pinterest.

Color At Home--Cover Coloring Books

And Melissa, the blogger and author behind The Inspired Room blog has a coloring book coming out in July, aptly named The Inspired Room Coloring Book.

The Inspired Room--Coloring Books

Melissa shared a few pages from her book on her blog and it is also looks like it’s going to be a fun book.  I love that there will be room environments along with individual home decor items to color. I see a whole lot of #chinosierie inspiration in my future.

The Inspired Room Coloring Books

The Inspired Room Coloring Books

I don’t know who or why the adult coloring book trend started but I think it’s only going to get bigger and home decor coloring books take it to a new level.   Being able to color design a room in any color combination you want can provide great visual inspiration for someone decorating a room in their home.

For those of you that can’t wait until the Color At Home and The Inspired Room Coloring Book come out, here are a couple other home decor related coloring books I found.

Color Me Cluttered–The title and cover image of this coloring book might scare off a lot of people but I’m really intrigued by the artwork and potential transformation that can happen after a few hours of coloring. And the minute I saw the image of the gift wrap, I was hooked.

Color Me Cluttering Coloring Books

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Color Me Cluttered--Coloring Books

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Off the Bookshelf–This coloring book contains a range of images, many of bookshelves and home decor scenes and others more random.  This book was also designed using a slightly heavier paper weight so you don’t have any color bleeding if you use markers to color your images. And I like that each page is perforated making it easy to tear out the pages and frame as artwork.

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Off The Bookshelf Coloring Books

Now that I’ve got you itching to purchase a few coloring books, you’ll also need to buy some great pens or markers.  I switch between using pencils and markers when I color.  If I want more intense color on the image I go with markers and if I’m looking for a softer effect, I tend to choose colored pencils.  Here are several brands that love and in most cases own myself so I can highly recommend these from personal experience.

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No. 1  Prismacolor is definitely my favorite brand for markers and I also love their colored pencils.  They sell a variety of styles at price points from affordable to expensive.   The Premier 24 pk. Colored Pencil Set is a great value, includes enough colors so that you have lots of options to work with and the pencils are ideal for blending colors.  There are larger sets available too.

No. 2  Tomboy Dual Brush Pen Art Markers are great because of the dual brush heads and because the pens are odorless, bendable and non-bleeding. 

No. 3 I’ve owned a set of Uchida Le Plume II Double Ended Markers for many years and they still work like a charm.  They’ve traveled with us when we moved for Seattle to Atlanta and I’ve only had a few dry up. The extra-fine tip is great for intricate designs and the pens are easy to handle and won’t cramp your hand.

No. 4  For those of you that might want to take your coloring on the road or in the air, here’s a great set of 48 Marco Affine Artist Quality Pencils that include the roll-up case.  While I don’t own this exact set, I am considering purchasing a case to hold my pencils.  I like this case but if you’re looking for a great deal, you’ll want to scoop this case up. 

No. 5  The 72-piece Prismacolor Premier Double Ended Art Marker set is for the serious color artist and crafter because these markers are an investment.  This is another set that I’ve owned for years and just love.  These markers provide a very saturated color and work great for blending.  I also love them because once applied, the color is consistent with no blending or start/stop lines.

Coloring books for adults is a pretty cool thing in my book.  I’m a big fan and encourage you to give it a try is you haven’t already.

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DIY Chinoiserie Playing Cards

You all know I’m having a love affair with all things blue and white chinoiserie.  A couple of months ago I picked up a pack of blue and white scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby and have had so much fun crafting and creating with all the beautiful designs.

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I’m also kind of addicted to custom monogram stickers from Zazzle.  I’ve ordered several sets and I’m using them on everything from stationery to tabletop decor.  This green and white design with navy monogram is my most recent purchase.

DIY Monogrammed Chinoiserie Playing Cards

And my latest craft  project was to transform one of the many basic decks of cards I own into something a little more stylish.

What started as this….

Deck of Playing Cards

Got UpStyled into these…

DIY Monogrammed Chinoiserie Playing Cards

DIY Monogrammed Chinoiserie Playing Cards

DIY Monogrammed Chinoiserie Playing Cards

It was really simple to make these cards and it only took a couple of supplies.

How to:

Step 1:  Coat the back side of a piece of 12″ x 12″ decorative paper with Mod Podge.  It will take several sheets to cover all the cards in the deck.  You’ll notice that I used several different paper patterns to make my set.

Step 2:  While wet, place the playing cards onto the Mod Podge surface with the number side facing up.

Step 3:  Let the adhesive dry and then cut out each card.

Step 4:  Flip the cards over to the decorative side and adhere monogram sticker in the center.

This is a fun project that would make a great gift so give it a try.

DIY Monogrammed Chinoiserie Playing Cards

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Yesterday I shared tips on decorating and organizing your office space and included the idea of using decorative clipboards to pretty up your walls and help you stay organized. And today I’m showing you just how simple it is to make a decorative clipboard with a super easy DIY project.

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Hello there!   I’m so giddy about my latest diy project and although it’s not revolutionary, it’s the kind of project that puts a big smile on my face.

After spending boat loads of money over the years buying fancy notebooks and journals, I finally decided to get crafty and make my own designer notebooks.

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 Since I have a deep love for beautiful paper, this project centered around some of my favorite patterns, colors and designs.  I used geometric prints, damask patterns, leather and snakeskin designs and of course bright colors were part of the mix.

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The snake skin and embossed croco embossed papers below are actually sheets of vinyl that I found on sale at Michaels for .75 cents.

DIY Notebooks by ConfettiStyle

These diy notebooks were super simple to make and required just a few supplies:

*  Notebooks–most of the notebooks I covered I found at HomeGoods but I also covered Composition Notebooks which you can find at any office supply store, Wal-Mart or Target for around .50 cents.  The mini notebooks came from Ikea (2/$1.00). This Etsy shop also has a great selection of plain kraft notebooks.

*  Decorative paper–you can use scrapbook paper, thick wrapping paper, vinyl sheets and even pages from a book.  Most of my decorative scrapbook paper came from Micheals.

*  Permanent glue tape–I use my Glue Glider Pro which made applying the tape quick and easy–available from Amazon

*  Exacto Knife and Scissors

*  Blank Labels and Sticker Letters–available at Michaels

DIY Noteboooks by ConfettiStyle

How to:

To cover each book, open the notebook, lay it flat and trace the outline of the notebook onto the backside of your paper.  Cut the paper with your scissors.

Apply glue tape to the front of the notebook first and adhere your paper to the front cover.  Next, apply glue tape to the spine of the notebook and wrap the paper around towards the back.

Apply glue tape to the back cover of the notebook and secure the paper in place.  It’s that easy.  You can also cover the inside of the front and back cover if you want.

Finally, apply a label to the front of each notebook and add a sticker monogram to personalize it.

DIY Notebooks

DIY Notebooks by ConfettiStyle6

As an added detail, I UpStyled the larger notebooks with metal corner protectors.

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I’m on a notebook making marathon because halfway through making a few for myself I realized what great handmade Christmas gifts they’d make.

DIY Noteboooks by ConfettiStyle5

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’re inspired to make your own designer notebooks.

Shelly

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Keep calm

Happy Saturday!  It’s going to be super hot in most parts of the country so I’ve round-up a few of my favorite DIY projects that would make for a perfect weekend indoors.

Enjoy and be inspired!

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You won’t believe that my friend Elle who write the  Splendid Habitat blog made this gorgeous tie-die fabric was made using cooking spices.

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If you look under craft maven in the dictionary you’ll likely see a picture of Amber.  She is incredibly talented and crafts the most adorable things ever. Her latest obsession is shoes!

Koosh Ball Shoe Clips via Damask Love

These just might be the most beautiful handmade baskets I’ve ever seen.  So glad I discovered Alisa’s blog too!

Coil Baskets by Alisa Burke

I am so going to make some of this beautiful paper tape.  So cute and so easy.

Paper Tape

If you’ve got Christmas projects on your mind, you might think about making one of these pennant tree skirts.

Pennant Tree Skirt

Looking for something to do with those near empty bottles of nail polish.  Here’s some really cool nail polish diy projects to check out.

DIY Nail polish projects

I can’t think of a better way to spend a hot summer weekend than crafting.  Happy crafting my friends!

Shelly

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DIY Monogram Dish by ConfettiStyle2

So you all know I love a good craft project especially one that can be done in three easy steps and takes less than 10 minutes to make.

Step 1:  Buy a couple of white ceramic candle plates from Ikea

note:  standing in line at Ikea will definitely require more time than it takes to make this project

DIY Monorgram Dish by ConfettiStyle8

Step 2:  Print vinyl monograms on your Cricut Explore 

disclaimer:  my friend Tina just so happens to own a Cricut Explore and gifted me with a couple of monograms for my birthday

DIY Monorgram Dish by ConfettiStyle7

Step 3:  Apply vinyl decal to ceramic plate

DIY Monorgram Dish by ConfettiStyle4

Step 4:  Add decorative washi tape to the plate

tip:  if you don’t own any washi tape you need to buy some because it can be used to decorate anything

DIY Monorgram Dish by ConfettiStyle3

Step 5:  Coat the top of the plate with Mod Podge to seal the monogram and create a protective surface

tip #2:  mod podge is another diy staple you should own

DIY Monogram Dish by ConfettiStyle

In less than 10 minutes (plus the drying time for the mod podge)  you can make yourself a set of these adorable dishes.

There’s nothing better than a crafting session that results in a decorative accessory that can be used in so many ways:

♦  jewelry dish

♦  candle tray

♦ desk accessory

♦  coaster

♦ key and sunglasses dish

♦  nightstand catchall

Happy crafting!

Shelly

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Pom Pom Bag Charm

Hi there,

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I adore long weekends this time of year because it means road trips, sitting in the sun and sleeping in late.  I’m already looking forward to the next 3-day weekend.

So if you’re wondering why I’m posting so late today it’s because I totally planned to publish this post yesterday (Monday) but with all the relaxing I was doing over the weekend I simply forget to hit the publish button.  And this morning my to-do list got the best of me.  Oh well, better late than never.

Today I’m going to show you an easy craft project to can make.  Ever since I spotted my first handbag charm, I’ve been wanting to make my own.  The first one’s I spotted were from Furbish Studio and they featured little elephants.  Soon after seeing that one I began to see bag charm popping up all over web and Pinterest. Since I’m not into animals or fancy details when it comes to my bags, the simpler bag charms became my favorite.

So the question became,  BUY or DIY?

 I decided to diy!

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Making your own bag charms is really simple and inexpensive.  You’ll need the following supplies all of which are available at your local craft store:

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To make your charms, thread a large yarn needle with the yarn color of your choice.

Insert the yarn into one pom pom and then back again leaving a length of yarn hanging.

Thread a large bead onto the yarn and then tie the yard to your hinge hook at the length you want.  You can also thread a bead onto the base of your pom pom like I did with the blue pom pom.

You can tie as many pom poms onto your hook as you want but make sure to stagger them at different lengths so the charms hangs well.

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It took me about 20 minutes to make my bag charm and I just love the way it turned out.  I’ll definitely be making more of these these.

if you want to make your own pom poms, follow these easy steps

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Thanks for stopping by.  See you back here tomorrow.

Shelly

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