Super Easy! Decorating Plain Boxes

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I found these 3 plain brown boxes at my local supermarket and wanted to transform them into cute storage boxes for my office. I had seen lots of Pinterest posts on dupes of the Kate Spade ones and wanted to recreate my own.

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Here is what it looked like before. It was really plain, and really brown. I wanted to paint one with black and white stripes, one with black polka dots, and one wrapped in cute pattern wrapping paper.

It’s really simple and easy to do. First, I did 2 coats of white paint over the boxes. Leave these to dry. If you want to skip this step just buy white boxes already. These Ikea ones are pretty good!

For the stripes – measure the length and divide it evenly depending on the size of the box. I went for around 4cm, but you want to measure it evenly so you don’t even up with an uneven bit at the end. Then just tape every second stripe with painters tape. I really recommend painters tape as they peel off quite easily and don’t rip the cardboard underneath. I learnt the hard way when I used regular maskng or sticky tape! Paint the sections black with 2 coats. Let it dry then peel the tape off.

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For the polka dots – I was going for a irregular free-hand sort of look. Using a brush I just painted circles on the box and filled them in making black dots. Eyeball the spacing between dots. If you are going for this look, don’t worry about making mistakes!

For the wrapping – I used cute food patterned wrapping from Frankie Magazine. Before starting, make sure you’ve got enough paper to wrap the entire box, and the lid! Using modge podge, paint one side of the box at a time. Stick the paper on the side, then fold in the edges and tape down (just like you are wrapping a present). Overlap with wrapping on the other sides. And that’s a wrap! (Get it?) heehee.

Super easy ways to decorate your boxes and have beautiful looking storage boxes on your shelves. I am storing spare notebooks, craft supplies and paint in mine!

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Congrats! You’re having a baby!

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Congratulate the mum-to-be with this funny ‘heads up’ card! My friend recently had her Baby Shower and I painted this cute card for her! Then I decided to make this into a FREE Printable Baby Card for all you guys!

To download this Free Printable ‘Sh*t Just Got Real’ Baby Congratulations Card, click the link below:LineImportantInfo

If you don’t already know, I did another Free Printable Baby Card a few months ago. You can check it out here.

Enjoy! And please let me know if you use it!

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Home Office Makeover

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WOOHOO! My office is finally ready to be revealed!

A couple of months ago I did this post on the wall colour of my home office. This was the start of the makeover and now, I present to you the final assembly and decor of my new office! The major change of this room was the newly painted walls so if you have a couple more minutes, go back to that post and check it out first!

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Let’s start with the Ikea Alex Drawer units which I added gold diagonal stripes to the front of the drawers. Similar to when I did the walls, I just used painters tape and super gold spray paint (which by the way is the best gold paint ever! When I first bought it I had this urge to spray paint anything I could put my hands on – you will see from a few things in this very post). So easy!

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Of course this isn’t what my desk usually looks like when I’m working. Usually there’s papers, sketchbooks, coffee mugs and other bits and bobs strewn all over. I try and keep it as neat and organized as I can. At the end of the day, I tidy it up ready to be messed again the next day! Can’t go anywhere without my Lilac Kikki.K Leather Planner. All my printable planners I’ve designed is in there including my Daily Planner, Blog Schedule and Budget Planner printables. I am SO ready for 2015!

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The desk organizer in Shagreen is from Martha Stewart and matches my walls perfectly. I keep all my notepads, sticker books, post-it notes and planner pads in there. The pen holder is actually a used up Bath and Body works candle I cleaned up and added gold leaf stripes to (DIY project of this coming soon!).

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A have a few of my favourite books and magazines sits beside me. These books inspire me the most and I like to flick through them every once in a while when my head gets overwhelmed by ideas. My top faves are Happy Handmade Home by the ladies at A Beautiful Mess, and Home by Beci Orpin (Beci’s got a new craft book called Make & Do which I am dying to get my hands on!).

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You can probably see the ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots better with this ‘after’ photo. I removed those wooden venetian blinds and replaced it with a nice white roller blind and a sheer curtain. This has definitely brought more light into the room especially with the new white trims. OfficeReveal2

I plan on putting up a couple more pictures on the walls though I haven’t got around to going through my millions of photos and printing them out yet. Putting pictures up is actually tricky business! And yes, I did spray paint those frames.OfficeReveal3

My favourite part of my office at the moment are those honeycomb shelves! They’re just so beautiful and I am really into geometric shapes at the moment (do you like my collection of Pop! Vinyl characters? I actually have more but they all couldn’t fit in here. My favourite is The Iron Giant). Again, those toy dinosaurs were also spray painted!

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This is what you see behind me. I painted the backboard of the Ikea Billy Bookcase yellow for a pop of colour. Styling book shelves is a new thing for me and I am still learning from it. I put inspirational items on the floating wall shelf like a gold ‘M’ (yep! Spray painted), quote prints, candles and fragrances. The Magazine rack is used to organize various paperwork like bills, tax receipts, for filing, to do etc.

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Those 3 boxes I painted and wrapped. They were originally brown cardboard boxes (DIY craft project of this coming soon too!).

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I will most likely change up a lot of the things on these book shelves. I work in the publishing industry so a lot of the shelves hold magazines and books that are related to my work. But I do have a lot of fun items on there too!

And that’s about it! Loving my new room, and still have a few DIY craft projects to add (like gold leafing my desk lamp… doable right?). Stay tuned…

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Free Printable: Halloween Goodie Bags and Clips

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Need something to hold all your sweets and candies on Halloween Night? Why not use this patterned Halloween Goodie Bag printable! Clip together using pegs with cute Halloween art or you could attach string to the sides of the bags as handles.

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Assembling the bags is very easy! Cut the template out and fold all the dotted lines. Attach the side tab to the opposite side edge to make the bag. Fold all the bottom flaps in the numbered steps from 1 to 4. Push Flap 4 into the bottom until it traps with all the flaps. That’s it!

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To download, click the button below.

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Make sure to check out the FREE Printables I did for Halloween last year. They were the Halloween Puppets and Halloween Stickers/Tags. Also check out the Halloween Masks too!

Happy Trick or Treating (hopefully more Treating!)

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