This marbled paper chain christmas decoration might be one of the quickest, easiest and perhaps most wonderful festive DIY ever made! (Well by my two hands at least.) And it's a great way to use up off cuts and left over contact paper from projects like these DIY Marble Planters or these Marbled Envelopes. I think you already get how this one goes but here are the directions anyway!
Cut the marbled paper into equal sized strips. Peel off the backing paper and loop sticking one end over the other. Take another strip and peel off the backing paper before threading it through the loop. Stick the ends together to start creating the chain.
The one downside to this ease of using contact paper is that the inside of the chain links are sticky so you have to be careful when handling it. If any parts stick to each other they should be easy to pull apart. On the plus side it's really easy to stick to anything. Hang it anywhere!
Guys, life it chaotic right now. It's Christmas all over this joint - but not in a beautifully decorated way. It's more of a strewn decorations here, scattered eucalyptus leaves over there sort of festive feeling. I'm enjoying this build up to when I get to do it for real. I even got to make a mess with wrapping paper yesterday! But I still have so many ideas to share with you.
I know what you're thinking right now (or at least I think I do!) Christmas is stressful enough without the chaos of over complicated DIYs. That's why at this time of year I strive to keep things simple and make life a little easier on myself. So when I wrote this post on 5 must have supplies for an easy Christmas it got me thinking. What amazing and super doable DIY's can I actually find to do with these supplies? So I did some research and came up with this list:
We don't usually go for advent calendars to countdown to Christmas. Mostly because I've never seen a vegan chocolate advent calendar (although I'm sure they do exist) until now! In fact these mini glass jars can be used for not only sweet treats but for messages and small gifts that you can peek at before the day arrives!
EDIT: Sharing this post on my Insta account I had a flash of inspiration. Next year each time there is a special or memorable moment I'm going to note it down, fold it up and fill a bottle with it. Then when December rolls around I'll have 25 memories to enjoy from the year!
Press the number stickers onto the side of the glass bottles. Create a loop of wire by twisting the ends together.
Centre it around the neck of the bottle and pinch two opposite sides towards the middle. Twist the loop on either side until you're left with a small loop on either side.
Tape up the neck. I created an uneven look with the tape to create the dipped effect. Paint or spray the rest of the bottle in thin layers. Once the paint is dry peel off the masking tape and the number sticker.
Now you're free to fill with anything you like. I have some of this amazing Pump Street Bakery chocolate from Allison over at the People Shop. I'm going to wrap it up for half the days then add small messages and treats for the other half.
Thread up with white cotton and hang on a natural branch or wooden dowel. Cover with lights and decorations for a extra festive daily treat!
It's only the second in our four part series and I already know I will come out of this wanting more planners than when I began. It's not a bad problem to have though. At least I know that the planner (or two... or three even) I do end up with will be everything I need. It will be my unicorn! (new planner terminology I'm learning. Thanks ClaireabelleMakes!)
In this post I wanted to look at covering blogging and business. It's coming up to the anniversary of my first year in blogging and during this time I've been dipping my fingers in many metaphorical pies. And yeah, sure, it's a lot of work, but by far the hardest part is staying organised and keeping on top of my schedule. I need space for a number of regular freelance writing jobs, sponsored blog content, regular blog content, We Make Collective (which needs a whole planner of it's own!) as well as social content and project budgeting.
So there's a lot to squish in and as well as writing it all down I need space to add either washi tape or colourful post it notes because we need to colour co-ordinate OF COURSE! That's why I'm loving a full page layout at the moment. So here are my favourite full page, blogging, businessy planners that might just do the job!
Boy, does this planner have it ALL! With a a monthly marketing calendar, success tracker, budget sheets and dated weekly spreads you can really focus in on each area of your business and plan accordingly. The planner does not have daily pages but with all of these additional organisational pages it leaves you very little to actually write into the days.
As the name suggests this is a very simplified planner, but with a day to page day layout there is a ton of room for adding additional details. I really love all the small details in this planner. The colourful tabs, the sturdy cover and the copper ring binder. Another planner on the short/long list!
I have never seen as many different designs as you can get for the cover of this planner! You can even get your own designs printed or just add your logo to an existing design. If I had a team we would all be toting matching planners FO SHO! The planner pages inside are a lot like any other planner but I do really like this double page spread with a space for all aspects of your life.
This could well be the dark horse of the group. This planner means business! With it's pages including a social media content planner, a one page business plan, an expansion strategy worksheet, a finance manager and budget worksheets and many different kinds of planning pages. Big words for a big girls planner!
Tough decisions guys! Have any of you used these planners before? What do you look for in a great business planner?
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