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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Super Easy Book Page Garland

Super Easy Book Page Garland tutorial at my3monsters.com
Hi guys!  I adore the look of old books and book page art.  Over the years I have amassed quite a collection of old books from thrift stores that I like to use for little projects around my house.  Don’t worry — none of them are valuable, though I did find Gary Cooper’s autograph on a slip of paper inside an old book one time!  Most of my stash have already had their covers removed and used for other projects, so all that is left are the beautiful old, yellowing pages that are so perfect for vintage-style home decor projects like this one.  I have used these book page garlands all over the place lately — in my dining room, in my office at work, and to decorate for a vintage paper doll themed baby shower.  They are quick, easy, and inexpensive — the perfect crafting trifecta!

Super Easy Book Page Garland tutorial at my3monsters.com

You will need:

  • an old book that you don’t mind tearing a few pages out of
  • a printer
  • decorative paper {optional}
  • twill tape or ribbon
  • tape and glue stick
The first thing you will need to do is set up your computer to print on the book pages.  I have an older version of Microsoft Word that I like to use, but any word processing program will work.  Your screen shots may not look exactly like mine, but the process will be very similar.  Chose the book you would like to use and carefully tear out enough sheets to make your garland — one page per letter.  Often the margins will not be equal {which drives me crazy!} so I trim the edges a bit to make sure the text is centered on the page.  Measure the length and width of your book page.  In this example, my page is 3.75 inches wide by 6.5 inches long.

Super Easy Book Page Garland tutorial at my3monsters.com
Open up Microsoft Word and click on File in the upper left corner, then choose Page Set Up.  In the box that pops up. you can adjust the page margins and size.   The first tab in the box is for the margins, as shown above.  I like to set all the margins to .5 inches.  If you would like your letters to be printed lower on your page, simply adjust the top margin until it looks the way you want.

Super Easy Book Page Garland tutorial at my3monsters.com

The second tab in the box lets you adjust the paper size as shown above.  Your book page is most likely not one of the standard sizes listed, so choose “Custom Size” and enter your width and height in the boxes below.  Click OK and you’re all set.  The shape of the printable area should change on the screen to match your book pages, just like magic.  Choose your font and size then set it to center justification.  I almost always use a typewriter-inspired font like Linowrite at 200 pt. for my book page garlands, but any font will work.  Just make sure it is big and bold enough to stand out against the small text in the background.

When you go to change the size of your font, 200 will probably not be a choice in the drop down box.  I’m a little embarrassed to admit that for years I didn’t know you could make text any size you want by highlighting the box and typing in any number then hitting enter.  When I realized that, it was a major face-palm moment.  Duh!  Please tell me I’m not the only one. . .

Anyhoo . . . Type in the message you want on your garland — one letter per page — and print it out on your home printer.

Super Easy Book Page Garland tutorial at my3monsters.com
I wanted to give mine a little more interest by cutting the bottom into a shape, so I drew the design I wanted lightly in pencil on one of my pages.  You can get as creative as you want here.  I went for a simple point, using a ruler to keep everything straight and symmetrical.  You only have to draw it out on one page because you can use that first one as a template for all the others.  Use scissors or a paper cutter to cut out the design.

Super Easy Book Page Garland tutorial at my3monsters.com
 For this particular garland I decided to add a little color as well, by mounting the book pages onto decorative paper with a glue stick and cutting it out with a narrow border on each side.  This is completely optional since the garland also looks great using just the book pages.

Super Easy Book Page Garland tutorial at my3monsters.com
Once all of the letters are prepared, assemble the garland by folding the top of the page back about 1/2 inch over the twill tape or ribbon and taping it in the back with scotch or masking tape to secure it.  Be sure to leave 12-18 inches of twill tape or ribbon on each end of the garland for hanging or to tie a decorative bow.  I clipped this one up to my chicken wire memo board with mini clothespins and embellished it with tassels made out of cute cocktail napkins.

Super Easy Book Page Garland tutorial at my3monsters.com
That’s all there is to it. friends.  Book page garlands are so easy and inexpensive you can make a new one for any holiday or special event!

Have a great day!

Amy


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mini Mexican Chocolate and Dulce de Leche Cream Pies



Mini-Mexican Chocolate and Dulce de Leche Cream Pies at my3monsters.com
Hi guys!  I love me some cream pies.  I blame my mom, really.  She makes the MOST delicious banana cream pie with home-made -- like, actually made from scratch -- vanilla pudding. I drool just thinking about it.  Did y'all even know you could make your own pudding from stuff you probably already have in your kitchen?  And it's really pretty easy, and tastes soooo much better than the instant kind?  I'm tellin' you.  So when I saw the delicious new Coffee-mate Latin flavors -- Mexican Chocolate and Dulce de Leche -- at the store a little while ago my mental wheels started spinning.  Could I actually use Coffee-mate to make cream pies?  The answer is YES!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Our Favorite Meals {FREE Printable Recipe Cards!}

 Hi guys!  A few weeks ago I shared my new recipe and meal planning binder that was filled with cute recipe cards I had made for all our favorite meals.  Today I am responding to several emails requesting that I post the recipe cards here on the blog, too.  I am happy to share with y'all!  These are some of the most-requested meals in our home that I hope will be hits for you as well.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Etched Feather Drinking Glasses




DIY etched feather drinking glasses at my3monsters.com
Hi guys!  I have been super excited about today's project for a while now.  I was given the opportunity to try out the new Dremel Micro 8050 and share my opinion with y'all!  I can't even tell you how long I have wanted to own a Dremel rotary tool.  I look at them every single time we go to the home improvement store, which you might think would be a strong enough hint for my dearly beloved to get me one for Christmas or Mother's Day.  But you'd be wrong.  Good thing I waited!  The Micro 8050 is the most “brilliantly powerful” and precise cordless rotary tool that Dremel has ever produced and is fully compatible with all Dremel rotary tool accessories.  As soon as my new Dremel showed up on my doorstep, I began using it on every different type of surface you can think of.  The Micro 8050 can cut, carve, engrave, sand, grind, sharpen, clean and polish.  Believe me, you will be seeing quite a few Dremel projects on my blog now!  Far and away my favorite thing I made were these Etched Feather Drinking Glasses.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Swiffer Effect is REAL!






Hi guys!!  Do you love these Swiffer commercials as much as I do?  I'm convinced that Brent and I will be the Kaufmans in 40 years -- him drifting off like Morty as I ramble on about how much I like this or that.  They are really entertaining commercials, which you can't often say.  But I always watch TV commercials with a healthy dose of skepticism, thinking the products can't possibly work as well or look or taste as good in real life.  So I was thrilled -- and very pleasantly surprised -- when I got a couple of those big green boxes on my door step so I could see for myself and share with a friend.

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