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Wednesday July 9th, 2014

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Printable Freebie: Watercolor Luggage Tags


Summer travel season is in full swing and although getting out of the city and stretching your proverbial wings is great and all, the act of actually getting there can be a true pain in the neck—long lines, cramped seats, the TSA probing wayyyy further than necessary…. We here at Design*Sponge can’t prevent flight delays, crying babies…

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Wednesday February 27th, 2013

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DIY Project: Cut Paper Memento

I’ve been seeing papercut projects everywhere recently, and it’s not difficult to see why. Like knitting, crocheting and baking, paper cutting is an activity that nurtures the “slow” lifestyle and offers a welcome respite from the jumbled fast lane that is contemporary life. There’s also something incredibly beautiful about intricate and ornamental designs combined with the simplicity…

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Thursday February 7th, 2013

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DIY Project: Paper Mardi Gras Beads

For those who don’t live in New Orleans, the Tuesday preceding Lent is often a relatively uneventful occasion. While our Louisianan neighbors use the day as an opportunity for riotous celebration and pre-Lenten indulgence, Mardi Gras — a holiday that dates back to the seventeenth century — can sometimes go unnoticed by the rest of…

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Wednesday February 29th, 2012

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diy project: giant paper flowers from ruche


You may remember the wedding of our lovely D*S contributor Brittany Watson Jepsen. Her huge paper blooms made such a splash that she started selling them in her shop, and just recently Brittany wrote a great article for Brooklyn Bride about the paper flower trend. I’m thrilled that this is a growing phenomenon; I adore anything made…

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Wednesday February 1st, 2012

Wednesday January 4th, 2012

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diy project: recycled cardboard organizer

After tossing all the holiday wrapping and boxes and looking sadly at my overflowing recycle bin, I am not embarrassed to admit that I dumpster dove in my own trash. I had this idea to create a much more affordable version of Vitra’s Uten.Silo organizer using the boxes that had served their purpose and been…

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Thursday December 22nd, 2011

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diy project: magnetic mini forest


Is this the one-millionth time I’ve mentioned my love of small things? Sorry folks! I can’t seem to help myself. It’s an obsession that has persisted since my youth, and I can’t seem to shake it. Luckily, the holiday season is the perfect time to revel in a the whimsy of miniatures. With that in…

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Wednesday December 14th, 2011

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diy project: holiday surprise crackers


I love learning about holiday customs from other countries, and this is one that I could easily see myself including in seasons to come. Kate Petty of Mini-Eco sent over this easy, modern version of Christmas crackers, a popular holiday tradition in countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom, where Kate…

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Wednesday September 14th, 2011

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diy project: greeting card organizer

It feels like every year, from Labor Day onward, the days and weeks fly by, and suddenly, the very busy holiday season is upon us! Feeling inspired by memories of back-to-school shopping, getting our supplies organized and anticipating the jam-packed months ahead, we made this very simple greeting card organizer. So many times in the…

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Wednesday September 7th, 2011

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diy project: paper “leatherbound” books

Due to my husband’s profession, we have a constant influx of absurdly enormous books. While some are aesthetically acceptable enough not to disturb the visual flow I have going on our bookshelves, others are obtrusive in color or design. Since our built-in bookshelves are open to the living room, I like to have a clean…

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Wednesday August 10th, 2011

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diy project: personalized paper party cups

You know those DIY projects that cause you to slap your forehead and think: of course! These personalized paper cups from the folks at Sticky Cake Inspirations are just that. The execution is simple and clean but also extremely versatile. I’m picturing the hundreds of fun variations you could use — different shapes, photographs, fabric,…

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Wednesday August 3rd, 2011

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diy project: travel map correspondence set

With the rush of technological methods helping us find our way, paper maps and Thomas Guides are quickly becoming obsolete, but their contouring graphics will always remain timeless. Use your dusty glove-compartment maps to make travel-inspired stationery for some good old-fashioned correspondence. A simple dividing line, address and stamp transform a map-backed note card into…

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