Teaching Thursday: Photo Booth Backdrops

Those who follow me on Pinterest know that I have a fairly bloated board called “Need to Make” that is full of DIY projects of all kinds. One thing that shows up a lot on this board is photo booth backdrop tutorials. Backdrops like these are a fun addition to any casual get-together or even formal events like weddings. I once helped make a photo backdrop out of cones of wax paper that ended up being a gorgeous frothy background for the bride and groom at the head table. Be warned though–backdrops can take forever to make! If you give yourself plenty of lead time, you can use those nights spent binge-watching Netflix as mindless backdrop-making time too. Sounds like my kind of DIY!

Multicoloured Balloon Wall from PopSugar

Let’s start off with an easy one. The hardest part of this DIY is finding the helium with which to fill the balloons. Then you just tape them to the floor with varying lengths of ribbon until you’ve made a solid floating backdrop. Recommended pose: Charlie’s Angels.

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Teaching Thursday: Bookbinding

There’s something so exciting about a brand new, crisp notebook. Blank pages have infinite potential for recording thoughts and sketches or anything else you can invent! Now imagine being able to make any kind of notebook, in any style and thickness, with any kind of paper that strikes your fancy–that’s the motivation behind learning the art of bookbinding. Today I’m sharing some tutorials I’ve found that will set you on the path to binding your own notebooks, whether you are a complete bookbinding newbie or a seasoned veteran looking for a new style to try.

Summer Stories Sewn Journals from DanaMadeIt

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Photo from danamadeit.com

This is a simple and sweet tutorial that is perfect for complete beginners. The author created these books for her daughter using cardstock, paper, and a sewing machine. She provides templates designed for childrens’ summer journaling but the concept can be used for any kind of notebook your heart desires.

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