Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
- Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
- The Luxe by Anna Godberson
- City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- The Lighting Thief by Rick Riordan
- Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
- Viking Warrior by Judson Roberts
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvator
- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
- Harry potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling
- Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Books that I recommend to read by Brittany April 4, 2013
Look out! It’s Magazines Upcycled into a Pencil Cup! April 1, 2013
This week we are making a pencil cup from upcycled magazines. You know you have some old magazines sitting around that you just don’t want to part with, but KNOW that you won’t be reading again. Make something useful from them! Just google magazine crafts and you will be amazed at how many great craft tutorials there are out there to deal with those treasured mags! And again, in the interest of time, I made a collage of the instructions.
- magazine pages cut into strips 2 – 3″ wide.
- glue stick
- hot glue gun and sticks, tacky glue or all purpose glue
It’s a Book-a-riffic Spring Flowered Tree! March 25, 2013
With spring upon us, I thought it was time to get at least one spring project in. I found a great DIY at Design Improvised and, modifying it a bit, came up with something perfect for the library: spring flowers made from book pages!
As with all of the DIY’s we post, supplies are cheap, already around the house, or free, and this is your list for this project:
- Hot glue gun and with a glue stick!
- Branches – you can usually find these outside!
- A tatty old book!
- Some sort of embellishment for the center of your flowers.
- That’s it!
And because I wanted to save time and space on this post, I did a photo collage with your step by step instructions. Enjoy!
This week, we are folding books with our teens here at SDL. Instead of letting that old book that we have no use for sit on a shelf gathering dust, or *gasp* throwing it away, why not re-purpose it into cool wall art? We have searched the web and found four simple book folding techniques that are quick and easy to do.
Easy Peasy! It only takes about a half hour to fold a thin hard cover book. You will want a plate hanger to mount it on your wall, an easel to set it on, or you can simply open it on its side on a shelf!
Say I Love You the DIY Way! February 7, 2013
With Valentine’s Day LOOMING right around the corner, I created this last card for this series of DIY projects: The Peek-a-Boo Love Valentine. It is quick and inexpensive, both very important (!), and is super cute.
You will need the following supplies:
- Card stock – one piece for card and one piece to print LOVE, the heart die-cut and graphics on
- Plain, colored or patterned copy paper for envelope (template here)
- glue stick
- X-Acto or utility knife
- vinyl coated paper clip
- strips of colored or white copy paper cut to 1/8 inch or quilling strips (3 pieces)
- fish line
- access to the internet and copier, graphics software or lettering templates or your own great handwriting and skill
- foam core cut into little tiny squares or foam mounting pieces for use in scrapbooking
- mounting squares (full or half cut sized)
- quilling tool (you can make one or buy one)
- a ruler
You will need to get your LOVE insert printed first. Print your graphic design onto one side of the paper. Then you will print the LOVE template (found here) onto the other side. Cut the template out and set aside. You can use a heart die cutter to make the heart insert or cut one out of the left over cardstock. Print the envelope template onto the copy paper and set aside.
To start assembling the card, you are going to cut your plain cardstock in half with your X-Acto knife and ruler.
Next you are going to score your card to make it easy to fold – score it in half so the card folds equally on both sides.
Use your X-Acto knife to cut LOVE out of the insert you made, then mount it onto your card.
To assemble the hanging heart, you will insert one of your thin quilling paper strips into your quilling tool and twirl it right to the end. Glue the ends, as shown, then pinch it to make a tear drop shape. You will do this with all three strips – remember that one of the strips should only be 3 to 4 inches long before quilling it. Assemble heart as shown.
Cut a length of fishing line (about 10 inches to make it easier to work with) and draw it through the center tear drop then tie it with the loop going through the heart about an inch long. Trim the ends and draw it through the paperclip. Clip onto one of the letters of your LOVE cut-out.
Next take your envelope and cut it out with either scissors or X-Acto knife. Fold short edges at lines and the long flap up. Run some glue along the side edges of the long flap and press into place. Let dry for a couple of minutes and you are ready to insert your card. Happy Valentine’s Day!
OMG! It’s a SUPER EASY Valentine Pop-Up Card DIY! February 1, 2013
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we are taking advantage of all of the great DIY’s ideas out there! This week’s DIY, the SUPER EASY Valentine pop-up card comes to us from MinieCo.UK. It requires very little in the way of supplies and there is very little out of pocket cost involved, so it is perfect for us! It only takes about a half hour to make too, so for all of us who have busy social lives, this is fab.
You will need the following supplies:
- Cardstock – plain or patterned (1 sheet) – will make two card templates
- Copy paper – white or colored (2 sheets) – for envelopes
- Glue – scrapbooking or a glue stick
- X-acto or utility knife
- Cutting mat or surface to cut on
- Heart die cutter (optional)
- Envelope (here) and card (here) templates
- Access to the internet and a printer
Print the card template onto the cardstock and the envelope onto the plain paper. Starting with the card, you will need to score the horizontal lines as shone – scoring is LIGHTLY running your blade over the line in order to make it easier to fold. You will cut the vertical lines and the horizontal lines at the top of the card, with the exception of the top two horizontal lines which you have already scored.
Now, carefully fold your card along the scored lines. Voila! You have a cool pop-up card! You can embellish with hearts cut with the heart die cutter, or with stickers, glitter, whatever your heart desires!
The envelope simply needs to be cut around the outlines – you can use you X-acto like I did, or cut it out with scissors – and then folded along the light dotted lines. You will run a line of glue around the edge of the bottom fold of the envelope and press it into place. That’s it!
Have a Heart! It’s the 3-D Heart Bookmark Tut! January 21, 2013
Here is the tutorial for the fantastic 3-D Heart Bookmark I found here.
You will need the following supplies:
- all purpose glue
- scrap booking glue pen (optional)
- X-acto knife/utility knife
- cutting board or mat
- 12″ or longer length of ribbon
- standard weight paper (one sheet white or colored)
- card stock with a nice design (one sheet)
- embellishments (optional)
You can download the templates for the inner pieces and the end pieces:
I copied the template for the inner hearts into Word and copied it three times – it should all fit onto one page, and printed it out. The end pieces were also copied into word and printed out. I used my own design for my end pieces, however there is some great card stock out there for sale with fabu designs that you can print onto!
You are going to use your X-acto knife to cut the templates out. Try to keep your edges consistent.
Now we are going to start putting it all together.
First you are going take one of your “four heart” cut-outs and fold it diagonally from the inner point of the hearts; only do this once. Make sure you smooth the crease down so it is flat!
Next, you are going to fold the template along the horizontal and vertical printed lines, making sure to smooth flat again.
And now for the tricky folding part of the project! You will fold in along the creases from the inner point of the the hearts, bringing the unfolded hearts together:
Do this for all three of the templates. We will assemble the bookmark, first by using our glue pen. Draw your glue around one side of your folded hearts, making sure the glue makes it to the outer edges. Match the second heart to the glued one and press together. Repeat to affix the third heart. Set aside so the glue can dry.
Now we are going to cut the ribbon in half, then fold the ribbon lengthwise in half at the ends, and clip in an upward diagonal to the inside of the ribbon. This gives you a nice decorative end.
Use your all-purpose glue to attach the un-trimmed ends of the ribbons to the heart at the inner point of the heart shape on each side. And we are ready to attach the end pieces. Put a thin layer of glue onto your heart and onto the ribbon and simply press the end piece on – do with both sides.
For all intents and purposes, your bookmark is useable as such, however it is always fun to add some embellishments. I used a stamped heart and some gold confetti, but the sky is the limit!
When you have it finished to your satisfaction, you can open it up and write little messages on the pages of the heart. This is a great Valentine gift for anyone!