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Maritza Lisa | DIY + Crafts Blogger
Hi! I am the owner, curator and creator of Maritza Lisa (maritzalisa.com) - DIY + Crafts Blog featuring tutorials, paper crafts, free printables + downloads!
DIY Buffalo Check Holiday WreathNow that the holiday season is in full swing, I’m enjoying adding more and more pieces to my Christmas decor! One thing I was missing was a wreath for an empty wall, and since buffalo check patterns and flannel fabric always make me think of cozy winters, I quickly made this DIY buffalo check holiday wreath with scrunched flannel and a large ribbon bow. This 10-minute DIY will help you fill those empty spaces on your walls or front door, and it also makes a nice gift for friends! Supplies Wreath form Flannel buffalo check plaid fabric Glue gun Scissors String Ribbon (wire ribbon recommended) Step 1 Cut a long piece of ribbon and tie it in a bow shape. Twist to shape it into a symmetrical bow with long tails. Step 2 Cut a piece of string about 5 inches long. Loop it and glue it to the wreath (top back) with extra hot glue to ensure stability. Step 3 Flip the wreath over so that the string is at the back. Cut a strip of buffalo check fabric about 5-6 inches wide. Step 4 Begin gluing the fabric to the wreath form at random, scrunching the fabric to make the wreath appear thicker. Continue scrunching and gluing all the way around the form. Step 5 Flip the wreath over again, and glue the edges of the fabric to the backside of the wreath to create a clean appearance. Step 6 Lastly, flip the wreath over one more time and glue the bow to the bottom, allowing the ribbon tails to hang down. Now it’s ready to hang! This cozy holiday wreath can hang on your walls all winter long, and you can use it for many years to come!
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DIY Coloring Book with BlurbIf you’ve been following my blog for some time you know that I create free monthly wallpaper downloads. In fact, I’ve been creating them over six years and haven’t skipped a month! After creating original illustrations for that long I’ve accumulated a good sized collection of graphics but I never known exactly how to repurpose them—until now! I partnered with Blurb, the original indie book-making and self-publishing platform, to turn some of the most beloved wallpaper illustrations into a fun coloring book. I started by ordering a swatch kit, which features print and paper samples of all the book options. After reviewing them, I decided on an 8″ x 10″ Trade Book with a softcover. The unit cost was extremely reasonable and the paper weight was thick enough to hold up to coloring with various mediums. Perfect for making a coloring book! I skimmed the blog archives and selected reader favorites that I thought would make fun coloring book graphics. I converted them to line art and then got to work laying out each page of the book. I have more details about that process in this post but I just have to say there’s just something magical about taking digital art and seeing it in print. So much of what we create these days just stays on our phones, but when my coloring books arrived and I could actually touch my illustrations, I felt giddy. And that’s not just from being the daughter of a print expert. These books look even better than I imagined! If you’ve ever wondered how you can create your own book (or coloring book), Blurb makes it so doable from start to finish, or rather start to sale and distribution. My background is in graphic design and I’m well versed Adobe InDesign (I even once taught a high school yearbook class) so I opted to use Blurb’s free InDesign plugin to create my book. It was as simple as selecting the product type and size and then designing each page as you would any other document. If using InDesign seems daunting, you can design your book using BookWright, Blurb’s free page layout software. Or if you’re Lightroom savvy, you can use Blurb’s Lightroom Book Module to create gorgeous photo books. And once you create your book, it doesn’t end there, you have the option to sell through Blurb too. You can offer a digital copy of the book and/or printed copies (with a legit ISBN number and barcode on them). I ordered a several copies of my coloring book and plan on gifting them to friends and family this holiday season. Just wrap up a set of colored pencils or crayons in pretty ribbon and place the book—which fits oh so perfectly in a shirt box—in a box and wrap it up. Maybe also include a mug and some hot cocoa (or canned wine for the adults) and you can gift selfcare in a box. Color with Me! Want your own copy of Colorful Calendars or a few as gifts? Head over to the Blurb bookstore and get a copy or two of Colorful Calendars today and get coloring! I hope this book brings you as much joy as it did for me when I created it. Now, tell me, if you could make any book, what kind of book would you create?
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