DIY Pretty Garden Rocks

Summer is in the air which means it's finally the season for gardening! A lot of people plant their gardens in the spring but I wait until summer because I live in the south, and I like to have my veggie crops from the time the college semester ends (May) until late fall. I get to harvest my tomato plants through November! Talk about a long season. 

Now that I have more time on my hands for my garden and getting crafty (thanks to school being out for the summer,) I wanted to do a DIY project to make my garden beautiful. Here's what I came up with- Pretty Garden Rocks! 

DIY Pretty Garden Rocks
DIY Garden Rocks

This project is perfect for not only adding some pretty to your garden but to help it function better too. Rocks around the border of your garden help prevent weeds and grass from creeping into your garden bed AND the bright colored rocks help attract honey bees. Honey bees help pollinate your plants so they grow healthier and larger. Plus, they are dying off and as an essential part of our ecosystem, it's awesome to give them a safe place to pollinate and hang out. YAY! Saving animals and making pretty things. Here's what you'll need for the project.

Supplies- 
Rocks with a Flat Side
White Acrylic Paint
Red Acrylic Paint
Teal Acrylic Paint
Yellow Acrylic Paint
Pink Acrylic Paint
Sealant
Me and My Big Ideas Black Quote Stickers
Me and My Big Ideas White Quote Stickers

DIY Garden Rocks
DIY Garden Rocks

Instructions-
1. Paint all of your rocks in various colors. They'll probably need 2 or 3 coats to look vibrant. 
2. Once the paint has dried, seal the paint with Mod Podge or some other sealant. This is important because they'll be out in the dirt and paint can easily scrap off rocks when they are in the soil and in contact with other rocks. 
3. Add your favorite quote stickers on top! I used a combination of white and black phrase stickers and love the finished look. 
4. Put the rocks around the border of your garden beds and wait for the honey bees to come. :D

DIY Garden Rocks
DIY Garden Rocks
DIY Garden Rocks

Gorgeous right? And so perfect for summer and the garden... OR as a desk paperweight because lets be honest- they are that pretty haha. Will you be trying this DIY project? Let me know what you think in the comments down below!

xoxo,
Laura

DIY Watercolor Art

Spring is here and I'm ready to do all the projects around the house to make everything super beautiful. Do you feel that way too? If so, I'm sharing a super easy and beautiful DIY project with you today. I'm sharing how to make beautiful DIY Watercolor Quote Art.

The best part about this project is that it's so multipurpose. These gorgeous DIY watercolor quote art can be hung on your wall as wall art, sent to penpals as a gorgeous pick-me-up piece of art, or used in your memory keeping albums. They are perfect for so many different things because they are simple and lovely. Also, they only take 15 minutes or so to make and only require 4 supplies!

You can see a full video tutorial on my YouTube channel- https://youtu.be/dv5EmwWV-v4

The process is super easy, just create a watercolor background with your paints. Wait 10 minutes for it to dry then add your quote sticker on top. Easy peasy and so pretty! You can see the whole process on my YouTube channel so make sure you go check that out!

What DIY projects are you doing for spring? Leave a comment below and let me know what new things you're trying!

xoxo,
Laura

2016 Vision Board | How to Make a Vision Board

Do you get really excited thinking about the new year? All the planning, goal setting and fresh start mindset makes me giddy with excitement every time New Year’s Eve comes around. This year, I’m keeping an entire 8x5x11 album dedicated to my goals and progress. A few of the pages in this new album are dedicated vision boards for events and feelings I want to focus on in 2016. It’s the first time I’ve ever done an annual vision board and I’m already so in love. I’m sharing some of my vision board pages and how you can make your own!

2016 Vision Board Scrapbook

First, think about what intentions you want to set for the new year. For me it’s all about being myself, going back to school, pursuing my creative dreams and focusing on relationships; (meeting new friends, strengthening my relationship with God, etc.)

Next, go to your Pinterest boards and pick your favorite quotes and images that you’ve pinned that relate to your intentions and goals. I obviously gravitated towards a lot of brush lettered quotes and gorgeous photographs. Print off your picks and start arranging them on your pages.

2016 Vision Board Scrapbook

I used a photo album from Michael’s and the pages in it have a plastic protective sheet that lifts up and you can put your photos on the paper and then lay the protective sheet back down to adhere everything together- it’s brilliantly simple! After you’ve put your photos and quotes on the page, embellish using your Gossamer Blue kits! I absolutely loved all the embellishments in the January kits, the bold black and gold stickers and washi were perfect for this project. Because one of my focuses in the new year is simplicity and decluttering, I kept my pages pretty simple and clean with only a few embellishments to make it even prettier but that didn’t distract from the visual impact of the quotes and photos I chose.

2016 Vision Board Scrapbook
2016 Vision Board Scrapbook
2016 Vision Board Scrapbook
2016 Vision Board Scrapbook

Supplies used- January Main Kit, January Life Pages Kit, January Main Add-On, January Add-On #2.

Such an easy and fun project to do to get in the mood and mindset for the new year! Do you make annual vision boards?

Happy New Year!
xoxo,
Laura

Diy Christmas Balls Using Stickers

With the holidays quickly approaching, my decorating and nesting mode is taking over. You know how you always see all those gorgeous diy Christmas ornaments? Well, I've always wanted to jump on the "make your own Christmas ornaments" trend but I've always been too much of a perfectionist to hand letter on my own Christmas balls. This year, however,I had a brilliant idea for making the most gorgeous, easy Christmas ornaments ever.

Diy Christmas ornaments using mambi stickers

I simply chose some of my favorite mambi Christmas stickers and mambi alpha stickers and put them on gorgeous porcelain white ornaments. Simple, so fast and totally gorgeous end results. I love them so much!

Diy Christmas ornaments using mambi stickers
Diy Christmas ornaments using mambi stickers
Diy Christmas ornaments using mambi stickers

Supplies used- mambi Christmas stickers and mambi black alphabet stickers

If your stickers are large and in one piece, you may have to use scissors to put some stress cuts along the edge of your sticker so it can lay flat on the curved surface of the ball. I did that with the "Merry + Bright" sticker. The "Laura and Stephen" ball I made using individual tiny alpha stickers, so no stress cuts were needed to have those lay flat. I'm so excited to have finally tackled this DIY project. It's given me a little courage to try another one! Maybe I'll even take permanent market to the next ones and try out my own hand lettering -gasp.-

Are you going to try this awesome diy Christmas ornament idea? If you do, make sure to leave a link below so I can check out your projects!

xoxo,
Laura