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{Freebie Friday} Message Flip Books

I remember making flips books in art class when I was young. I made one of a bursting star and I thought they were just about the coolest things ever. I wanted to incorporate this fun in a little message flip book. These would be so cute as a card substitute, the thank you’s as part of the favors for a kid’s party, or just to brighten someone’s day. You can’t go wrong. Everyone reverts back to a smiling kid when a flip book is involved!


  • Template
  • Cardstock and/or copy paper
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Stapler
  • Decorative tape
  • Optional: Pliers


  1. Click on template to open.
  2. Print onto card stock.
    • If you are making a bunch, you can just print the cover on card stock & the pages on copy paper.
  3. Cut along solid lines.
    • This is the perfect job for a paper cutter because all the liens are straight. You can also cut through several papers at once.
  4. Place a cover set around each set of pages and straighten.
  5. Staple the edge of the pages together.
  6. Flatten the staple with pliers, if desired, and cover with decorative tape.
  7. Flip through & smile!








This week we’ve:

Have you ever made a flip book? Do you like them?

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{Wish I Was Wednesday} Book Surgeon Brian Dettmer

Sometimes, there’s just no room for words. From me or these books. These amazingly book sculptures were carved with surgical tools by Brian Dettmer. My cousin sent me a link to his work and I haven’t stopped thinking about them. He does not add or relocated any pages in each book. He only removes. He also manipulated the spines and pages to form his unique sculptures.

My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.

{Brian Dettmer} Website

Which sculpture is your favorite?

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Daydream In Tangerine Tango

Pantone, the official authority on color, named 2012′s color of the year Tangerine Tango. It’s popping up everywhere! I’m loving how warm yet fresh this reddish orange hue is. It definitely has me energetically pining for Spring and Summer, but that’s what the Daydream posts are all about!


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Do you like tangerine tango?

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Daydream In Marble

You know I love me some pretty patterns and bright colors, so it shouldn’t be any shock to you how much I love seeing marble pop up all over. The fun part about marble is that is can totally make a bold statement or just add a bit of interest because it can be almost graphic in use or flowy and watercolor-esque. Being a pisces, I love it when patterns can go with the flow of the situation and need. Enjoy the finds below!

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Do you like the marbled look?

PS: Get ready for a week of giveaways to celebrate our one year blogiversary starting this Saturday!

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Daydream In Velvet

I have a problem. Every time I see something furry I have this extreme urge to pet it. Whether it be a coat on some stranger, a fuzzy leaf, or a bunny. I don’t when this all started, but I realized that when I’m clothes shopping, I spend a quarter of the time feeling the textures of the fabric. It’s really weird. I know.

This is probably why one of my favorite textures in the world is velvet. I love the way it looks, feels, and even the word. Doesn’t it just slide off the tongue? I love the interesting shades of colors it makes when some of the fibers are going against the grain, I love how luxurious it feels against the skin, and I love how in its colored form it transports me to days now passed.

With Winter finally upon us, I thought velvet was the perfect Daydream post.



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Do you like velvet?

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{Freebie Friday} Month of Thanks: Be Thankful Mini Accordion Book

With Thanksgiving approaching and being halfway done with our Month of Thanks, I realized how great it is to reflect on the things I’m thankful for. I know sometimes it’s a dreaded thing at family gatherings to have to say in front of everyone what you are thankful for, so I came up with these little accordion books. What’s great about it is, you can make one for every year or one for every person to record their own and since the covers are loose, you can make yours as thick or thin as you want to accommodate all your extended family.

The template may seem daunting, but it’s a really simple craft. You could even print a stack of templates and have people make their own in their favorite color so you can focus on your turkey. I’ve also included a blank version, so you can make them for party favors for any occasion.


  • Templates (1 for cover & at least 1 for pages)
  • Colored or white copy paper
  • Chipboard/cardboard (for covers)
  • Printer
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Scoring tool, optional
  • Adhesive
  • Ribbon, optional


  1. Click on desired template to open.
  2. Print templates on colored or white copy paper.
  3. Cut out cover templates along solid lines.
  4. Cut out page templates along solid lines. Depending on how many pages you want, you will either cut out or not cut out the extra tab for gluing. For example, if you want 6 pages total, cut out both optional tabs on the template.
  5. Use your cover template to cut two chipboard/cardboard pieces to size. These will be your front and back covers.
  6. Center your chipboard cover on your cover wraps and glue down.
  7. Fold each tab in to wrap around your chipboard cover and glue down. Do this for both the front and back covers.
  8. Fold your pages along dotted line alternating mountain and valley folds like a fan.
  9. Glue the tabs to previous pages if you want more than 3 pages in your book.
  10. Glue the pages to the front inside cover that has a tab. Make sure that the “Front Inside Cover” words are not on the same side as the “I’m Thankful For” words.
  11. Glue “Front Inside Cover” to front chipboard cover. Make sure the front cover is facing the correct way before you glue it down so the pages will unfold with “I’m Thank For” showing as you open the book. Refer to picture as needed.
  12. Glue the pages to the back inside cover with your extra tab. Make sure that the “Cover Template & Back Inside Cover” words are not on the same side as the “I’m Thankful For” words.
  13. If you are using a ribbon closure, glue down ribbon on wrapped back chipboard cover.
  14. Glue down front and back inside covers to chipboard covers.
  15. Fold up your book and tie the ribbon!
  16. Set these little booklets out with pens for your family or friends to fill out.

 Accordion Book Covers:







 Accordion Book Pages:







This week we’ve:

Do you like the idea of writing down what you’re thankful for? Do you have family traditions for Thanksgiving?


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Daydream In Whales

It’s been really foggy here lately and it has me thinking 1. a vampire is staring at my neck right now and 2. I can totally see this as the beginning of a “It’s a dark and stormy night” story.

The latter inspired me to start thinking about shipwrecked tales and stormy nights at sea. Then I realized I was surrounded by whales in my office. I recently bought the “It’s Okay” cup from Anthropologie seen below because for some reason I drink more water out of a cup than I do from a bottle. Then on top of all my papers was a bronze paperweight I picked up from a thrift store a bit ago that just makes me smile.

I figured it was a sign and decided that whales would be my muse today. I hope you enjoy!


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Do you like whales?

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{Collecting Rainbows} Fresh Flowers Paper

You’ve learned of my embarassing brown thumb last week and so today’s Collecting Rainbows is also along the same lines. I love having fresh flowers in the house, but they just never seem to last long enough! Enter this fresh flower newspaper I saw on Design Crush from Itunube (€8,50). You can flip the newspaper to whatever flowers you want, roll it up, and stick it in a vase for instant fresh flowers. How perfect!

What color flower would you display first?

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{Wordless Weekend Recap} Vancouver Washington, Re-loving Books, Brunching

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{Freebie Friday} Polka Dot & Quote Bookmarks

Yay for Friday! I have today off because A had a show last night. Apparently I’m on a total reading kick because when I went to make this week’s freebie, all that came to my head was bookmarks. The pink polka dots were inspired by yesterday’s Daydream In Pink Flamingos post. These would be cutely packaged up with the free library book plates from last week.


  • Template
  • Card stock, patterned paper, or colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Hole punch, ribbon, twine, yarn, or anything to decorate the bookmarks


  1. Print template onto your paper of choice. The blank one and quote ones would be great on a patterned paper. You could also print the polka dots on one side and the quotes on the other.
  2. Cut out your bookmarks along the gray lines.
  3. If you’d like to embellish them, punch a hole at the top of your bookmark and tie a piece of ribbon, twine, or yarn to it.




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Do you use bookmarks?