Sarah Hearts

Monogram Cork Board Wall Tiles & Target Giveaway

September 25, 2014

What's a better way to make your home unique than with a monogram! Learn how to create this DIY monogram cork board.

So it may not quite be wedding season yet, but if you’re engaged, it’s wedding registry season! And if you’re like Kevin and I, Target will become your go to place for everything home. Target’s Wedding registry is packed with tons of must-have items that you’ll definitely want to add to your registry… and tons of items that you didn’t even think you needed (like a Dyson DC65 Animal Upright Vacuum—I love ours)!

One of the things that was important to us when we completed our wedding registry was choosing items that we loved and that were us. Some of my favorite items in our home are really simple things that I customized with a little DIY. Because when everyone else can have the same thing it’s fun to make your home as unique as you and your spouse. Rather than have a traditional linen closet, we opted for open shelving loaded with baskets. I painted old business with chalkboard paint and attached them to the baskets to create labels for each one. Now we both never have to wonder what goes where or where the extra toilet paper is because it’s so clearly marked. So simple, yet so functional. I just love projects like that!

Another fun (and functional) project is to customize cork tiles into a monogram board.

Supplies:
The Board Dudes Cork Board Tiles
- Printed monogram letter template
- Tape
- Utility or craft knife
- Cutting mat (if you don’t have one you can also use a sheet of thick cardboard to cut on)
- Strong double-sided tape or all-purpose glue

Print out a larger block letter and use it as a template to create your own cork monogram.

Step 1: Use a word processing program to create a template of your monogram letter. Since the titles are 12″ x 12″ you will need to print your letter on multiple sheets of paper and piece them together using tape.

Use cork titles to create a monogram cork board. Love this idea for my entry way table.

Step 2: Tape the monogram letter to one sheet of cork. Then use your craft or utility knife to cut out the letter. Repeat this step with another sheet of cork.

This DIY cork monogram is perfect for displaying photos, reminders, or other special items in your home.

Step 3: Use strong double-sided tape or all-purpose glue to adhere both layers together. If using glue, allow it to dry completely it’s ready to be used! You can place the letter on a desktop or use the adhesive mounting squares that come with the tiles to display it on the wall.

Want to customize it a bit more? Use some craft paint to paint the cork tiles after you’ve created your monogram.Getting married soon? Here are some great registry items with awesome ideas on how to customize them!

Target is full of tons and tons of great items (which you totally already knew) and many of them are the perfect starting point for great DIY projects. Here are a few of my favorite registry finds and some tips on how to make them perfectly you.

1. Jenga. Make game night at your house everyone’s favorite night. Use craft paint to paint the wood blocks in your signature colors (or even your seasonal favorites).
2. Threshold Acacia Rectangle Platter. Use gold mylar tape or gold contact paper to dress it up. The best part is that if you get tired of the design you can just peel it up!
3. Threshold Ceramic Napkin Holder. Use on a desk to hold papers or by the foyer to hold mail. Dress it up with a couple coats of spray paint.
4. The Board Dudes Cork Board Tiles. Perfect for adding your new initial to your home.
5. Pyrex 10-Piece Storage Set. Add chalkboard labels to the front of each container so you always know what’s inside.
6. Threshold Storage Bin. Use painter’s tape and craft paint to create a geometric pattern on the front of these bins. Or use a stencil to label their contents.

Love Target? Enter to win a $25 eGiftCard so you can give one of these DIYs a try and make your home as unique as you are! To enter, either leave a comment sharing your favorite DIY home organizing project or tip, or follow me on Twitter, or like the Sarah Hearts Facebook page—or do all three and get three entries! Be sure to leave your email in the widget below and let me know which entries you did.

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This post was created in partnership with Target. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make this blog happen!

{The awesome black geometric heart shown on the board is actually a removable tattoo! Get the details on how they were made on Oleander + Palm}

Favorite iPhone 6 Cases

September 24, 2014

If you upgraded to an iPhone 6 or 6 plus check out these adorable cases. I'm loving the bright florals, dots, and stripes.

I guess I’m kinda an early adopter when it comes to Apple products. I mean, when it comes to computers, I’ve only owned Macs. In fact, I didn’t use a pc until my first semester in college. I was in a computer lab and I had to lean over to the guy next to me and ask, “Excuse me, can you show me how to turn this thing on?” I bet he thought I had been living in a cave.

So when the iPhone 6 and 6 plus was announced, Kevin and I pre-ordered them. And when he picked me up from the airport on Friday, he had the little white box waiting in the car.

Though I think Apple products are gorgeous on their own, I’m a klutz and I take my phone everywhere with me (including horseback riding) so I really think I should get a case for it. Whenever new iPhones are announced, it usually takes case manufactures some time to get on board, but I was pleasantly surprised with all the good options available for the 6 (and some are also available for the 6 plus if you truly are an early adopter).

1. Nordstrom crochet floral clear case | 2. Rifle pink floral case | 3. Nordstrom heart stripe case| 4. Spigen shimmery gold case | 5. Kate Spade gold and white stripe (similar for the 6 Plus) | 6. Maxboost rose and champagne gold case | 7.  Rifle turquoise floral case (similar for the 6 Plus) | 8. Kate Spade black and cream dot case | 9. Spigen mint and clear case

Thanksgiving I am Thankful Place Cards

September 22, 2014

Make your Thanksgiving table stand out with these chalkboard clipboard place cards. Love that this includes the free printable card too!

Decorate your Thanksgiving table with these unique, do-it-yourself clipboard placecards. The bottom portion is painted with chalkboard paint and is the perfect place forwriting each of your guest’s names. Use the clip to hold down the printable “I am thankful for” card and encourage your guests to write down the things that they are most thankful for. This is a great conversation starter as the holiday meal begins. And the bestpart is that they can be reused for other holidays, parties, and showers. Simply wipe off the chalk with a damp towel and they are ready to be used again.

Use mini clipboards to create I am Thankful place cards for Thanksgiving dinner.

Supplies:

-ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint
Line Protector (2080EL)
- 5” x 7” clipboards
- chalkboard paint, any color you like
- foam brush
- chalk or chalkboard
- mini pencils, one for each place setting
“I am thankful for” cards, printed and cut out
- paper towel

Step 1: Gather your materials (see the supply list above).

ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape for Delicate Surfaces is perfect for painting chalkboard paint onto these mini clipboards.

Step 2: Use the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape to mask-off the bottom of the clipboard. Position the bottom edge of the tape about 1.5” from the bottom edge of the mini clipboard.

Chalkboard paint transforms a mini clipboard into the perfect Thanksgiving dinner place card.

Step 3: Use the foam brush to paint a coat of chalkboard paint on the bottom of theclipboard. Allow it to dry completely and add a second coat. If you are using a patterned clipboard, you may need to add a third or even fourth coat of chalkboard paint. Onceyour final coat has dried for about 15 minutes, carefully remove the tape.

Paint the end of a mini clipboard with chalkboard paint to create a unique place card for your Thanksgiving table.

Step 4 : Once the chalkboard paint looks opaque and is completely dry (this may take upto 24 hours) you need to condition the surface by rubbing a piece of chalk all over thepainted surface. This makes the chalk easier to remove after you’ve written on it andallows you to reuse the board for other occasions.

These mini clipboards are so cute! Love the idea of using painting them with chalkboard paint and using them as place cards.

Step 5: Lightly wipe the chalk covered surface with a paper towel to remove excess dust.

These I am thankful cards double as Thanksgiving dinner place cards when clipped to a chalkboard painted mini clipboard.

Step 6: Write the name of each guest on the chalkboard painted area and clip a printed “Iam thankful for” card to the top of the clipboard. Slide in a mini pencil at the top and yourDIY place card is now ready to go on your Thanksgiving table!

Wondering what other holiday decor you can create using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape? Follow the ScotchBlue™ Pinterest page , ScotchBlue™ Facebook page , and ScotchBlue™ Twitter page for awesome DIY project ideas.

How cute are these mini clipboards? Love that they can be used as place cards and I am thankful cards.

Enter the Home of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Contest October 1, 2014 through November 15, 2014  and you could win $5,000 to put towards a homemakeover! The first 500 to submit an eligible entry will receive one (1) roll of the new ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector!

Check out this project as a featured project example in the contest! Contest open to legal residents of the U.S. and D.C. (excluding AZ, MD, NJ, ND, TN and VT),who are 18+ (19+ in AL & NE and 21+ in MS) at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Enter from October 1, 2014 at 12:00:01 a.m. CT through 11:59:59 p.m. CT on November 15, 2014. All contest communications, entry/judging criteria and details subject to the full Official Rules. To enter and for Official Rules, visit www.scotchblue.com/homecontest.  Sponsor: 3MConstruction and Home Improvement Markets Division, St. Paul, MN.

This post is sponsored by ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep this blog going!

Custom Thank You Cards

September 17, 2014

Don't wait until holidays to celebrate your friends. Surprise someone with a handwritten thank you note!

I’m kinda a stationery horder and not a very good stationery sender. I’m just a sucker for pretty patterns and when I spy a cute set of notecards I just have to have them. Which in turn means the container of stationery in my office is stuffed to the brim with unused cards. So I’m trying to break myself of the habit of not using them and put all those pretty cards to use and into the mail.

Rather than wait around for a holiday or even after my birthday I decided to create some cute notes to send to friends to let them know how awesome they are. Because what’s better than sending someone some happy mail? I mean, everyone loves getting something other than a bill in the mail. I created these bold black and white cards on Shutterfly. There are several designs to choose from but you all know I’m a sucker for polka dots and stripes. In just a few clicks I was able to type in my own phrases and customize a set of notecards that are perfect for sending surprise notes to rad friends.

Thank you notes aren't just for holidays. Make a set of fun patterned notecards to surprise your friends with!

To make the notes even more special, I’m sending a few with an instant photos paper clipped to them and an envelope full of confetti. Now the hardest part is just choosing which of the four cards to send to my friends!

These cute patterned cards have been customized with fun sentiments. This would be so fun for thank you notes for a shower or birthday!

This post was created in partnership with Shutterfly. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep this blog going!