June 16, 2012

Sherlock Holmes Collage: A Tutorial

Step 1: Materials and Equipment
You might need the following things:
  • Picture frame
  • One sheet of white paper for the background (should fit in your printer)
  • One sheet of coloured paper for the papercutting
  • One sheet of paper for the stencil (should fit in your printer)
  • Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Scissors
  • Cutter 
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue stick
  • Computer with a printer internet access

Step 2: The Stencil
Search online for a Sherlock Holmes papercut you like and print it out in an appropriate size.
Afterwards cut out the stencil, turn it around and transfer it with a pencil onto the back side of the sheet of coloured paper.

Step 3: Cut
Now cut out the the shape you just drew on the sheet of coloured paper. You might need your scissors as well as a cutter at this point.

Step 4: Print
Afterwards, search for an appropriate text online. I recommend browsing Project Gutenberg. It offers a wide range of free ebooks.
Copy the text into a word processor (e.g. Microsoft Office Word), adjust its size and colour and choose a nice font. I went for Edwardian Script ITC in size 18 and chose a dark grey.
You may also have to adjust the edging here. Make it as small as possible. Then print it out.

Step 5: Glue
Now put just a few small dots of glue onto the back side of the Sherlock Holmes papercut and put it on the sheet of white paper on which you just printed some text.

Step 6: The Finished Collage
Put everything into a nice picture frame. I myself picked a NYTTJA picture frame from IKEA in red (25 x 34 cm) for 2€. They come in some really nice coloures and are definitely affordable.

Et voilĂ , you're done!

Have a great weekend!

- Uta -

June 13, 2012

Recycling Paper Box

I found the inspiration for this project while browsing Pinterest. Honestly, Pinterest is sooo addictive :)
Of course I used recycled paper (old paper bags).

I'm not sure yet what I am going to store in it. Maybe I'll place it on the chest of drawers in my bedroom and put some cosmetics in it, I'm not sure yet.

- Uta -

June 10, 2012

Ring Holder

I'm currently clearing out my wardrobe as well as a couple of other cupboards. Luckily, reorganizing all my clothes isn't such a big deal. I bought a new chest of drawers and spent a couple of Euros on new hangers and that's basically it. But now I'm trying to bring order into my jewelry. The first step is this self-made ring holder:

Now I'm searching for ideas for storing necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Feel free to inspire me and post some links in the comment section :)

- Uta -

PS: I'm working on the tutorial!

June 7, 2012

Sherlock Holmes Collage

I came up with the idea for this collage while reading my third Sherlock Holmes book. My home office is still in need of some decoration and as love reading why not hang a literature themed collage on the wall :)

- Uta -

PS: The tutorial can be found here!

June 3, 2012

Llamas, alpacas and other anipals

Sorry for being MIA for so long! I had some days off which I spent in the Lueneburg Heath visiting my cousin. We had so much fun working with her camels and horses as well as cuddling with her two cute cats. Last Wednesday, we got an invitation from a friend who's breeding llamas and alpacas. We spent some really great hours at her farm meeting all the animals there. Let me show you some pictures:

Llama and alpaca sit-in - they kept their eyes glued to us :)

Mummy and her 5 hours old sun :)

More llamas and alpakas :)

Me and an alpaca stallion doing a clear round :)

A poitou donkey

The cat - this lady is so cuddly :)

A knob goose

So many different kinds of animals, isn't it great :)

Have a great Sunday everyone!

- Uta -