It’s time for a creative break – my first DIY project for my blog — YAYY!

diy notepad refurbish get creativeWelcome to my first DIY tutorial!

It is a quite easy DIY, does not take a long time and the outcome makes your life a little bit more beautiful 😉 Check here for my post on the beautiful things in life.
I consider my new notepad as a luxury item. Why? The notepad was totally serving its purpose. You could take it, write notes in it, rip out a page, etc. But was it pleasing to look at it? Naaaah!! Well, at least not for me. Was it reflecting my personality? For sure not!
Now – it’s flattering my eye.

I got to this project by a coincidence. It was one of the nice sunny early spring days, where many people decide to clean their cars. Therefore we shouldn’t have been surprised by the crowd that we encountered at the self-service car wash. While we were cleaning up the interior of the car, my boyfriend found a notepad and asked me if I wanted to have it, otherwise, he would throw it away. As I don’t like unnecessary trash too much, I had to have it, of course… In addition, it had quite a nice size for shopping lists.

DIY: How to upcycle an ugly giveaway notepad

Preparation

  1. prepare to get creative
  2. grab a once snatched free notepad
  3. chose a nice cover for your new stylish future notepad **
  4. grab some scissors and/or cutting knife
  5. get your glue

** this can be anything (see point 1, get creative) a page from a magazine, a printed photograph with your bestie/mom/dog/cat/love/favourite dish, an old postcard from the flea market, a new postcard (cuz why should we always go vintage, right?), a piece of cloth, …

The fun part of your DIY, dive into the creative break

  1. carefully take out the notepad’s front page
  2. make a stencil from the front page on something like an old newspaper
  3. chose and mark the section for your cover
  4. cut out your new cover
  5. glue your cover on the old cover
  6. press it between books and leave it to dry
  7. perforate the holes with something sharp
  8. take a pencil to get the punched holes free
  9. use scissors to finish off the punched holes
  10. insert your new cover to your notepad

→  If you feel like going pro, you may as well refurbish the back cover [ I actually just flipped it ]. For extra clean edges and precise holes, use a cutting knife. Place the pencil from the front to the inner side of the cover and cut off the excess while cutting against the pencil, watch out for your fingers!

 

I hope you got a nice inspiration and I am glad to see your outcomes!

The beautiful things in life? What is that?

the beautiful things in life, singing butterfly vanessa metzger

The beautiful things in life, somehow this reminds me of something. Well, as an attentive reader you will have already noticed, the post is referring to my blog’s subtitle. As a matter of fact, the meaning of „the beautiful things in life“ is very broad, indefinite and can be everything and nothing, so I feel obliged to give a brief introduction of what I mean with being beautiful.

For me personally, I enjoy the little details of life. I can fall in love with a tiny detail, that is not noticed by anyone else around. Maybe they are not noticing it because they are not appreciating. I am!

This can be a bumble bee drinking from a drop, after a summer rain. The warm kiss of the sun,  when you are sitting on your balcony and just feel at ease with yourself,  an interesting talk that you had with a stranger, sitting in an airplane and the one next to you is reading the same kind of book – in my case it was Tony Robbin’s „Awaken the Giant within„.

One of my favourite encounters of the beautiful things:

I was walking at the harbour in Queenstown, New Zealand, the sun is shining in my face and from the speakers of a restaurant, I hear one of my all time favourite classic song that just HAS to make you feel happy when you hear it: „Don’t stop believing“ from Journey. This music, the title’s message, the sun, all this made me feel uplifted and light. Then, just a couple of footsteps after that song hit my ears, a big guy is crossing my way. Wearing a black T-shirt that says in squiggled letters „Don’t stop believing“.
Bam! Right in my face!
I just love stuff like this and I like the universe’s humour. This coincidence (?!) is will be kept always in my heart and is one of my favourite magic moments I encountered ♥