hello diy / Message in a bottle:

I love messages! Especially tiny note messages! I thought this would be something fun to make for a friend going out of town, or a loved one to have while away. Here’s a fun and easy diy for your winter crafting afternoon! I made this with vintage wallpapers but it can be easily swapped with any holiday-related paper as well (ie: Christmas/Valentine’s Day/Easter/etc)

Here’s what you need:

– Fun pattern papers (mine are a mix of vintage wallpaper + papersource)
– Bottle (got these from specialty bottle)

– Jewelry rings (mine are from Michaels)
– Twine
– Label paper
– Scissors
– Small Box to wrap bottle

First, cut strips of paper. I used vintage wallpapers and floral/map prints. I hand wrote some messages, and typed some with a typewriter.

Roll up your little note, then place jewelry ring around the note!

You can write however many notes you want that person to have.

Now place the notes in bottle.

Print out a label for the bottle. You can write whatever message you’d like on the label. Then place label on bottle.

Wrap the twine around your bottle. This is optional, I just added it for decoration :)

Place some tissue paper in your gift box and place message bottle in box.

I also printed a wrap around label out. Place label on box and tie with twine!

A fun little gift idea, any recipient would be lucky to receive!

Punch Box Notes:

Friends, some of you may know I am a big fan of notes. Notes that come in any form, any shape, any size. So I immediately fell in love with these sweet punch boxes from Lea Redmond. I’m sure you’ve heard of Lea, she’s done a super awesome collaboration with Chronicle Books and is the creator of the Worlds Smallest Post Service. I actually met Lea at Renegade LA and it was such an honor to meet her, she is definitely someone who thinks outside the box.

So when she emailed me about these amazing Handmade Punch Boxes, I knew I’d immediately love them. Handmade?! What? I know. I was so impressed with the construction and quality – the front + back are letterpressed! So you simply punch with a pencil and out pops your note!

I love how novelty these sweet punch boxes are. It reminds me a little of the price is right “punch” game or something! (That is one of my favorite games! haha)  Love that you get to ‘punch’ through and your little note comes out. They are actually based off a vintage 1920’s punch box. They did make some great stuff back then. Isn’t it great that Lea has found a creative way make a fun version for others to enjoy?

These would be a perfect gift for a certain someone for Valentine’s Day! They also can come with custom messages which is pretty great too. Lea has kindly put together a list of tips and creative ideas for how to write fantastic scroll messages for your own custom punch box. Make your messages personal and particular to your relationship with the person it is for. 

1) Recall a memory of a moment with her or him.
2) Start your message with: “This is a coupon, good for…”
3) Use just one word. A favorite food? A special object that makes you think of her? The emotion you feel when you are with him?
4) An inside joke.
5) A quotation from a favorite book.
6) A url to something fun to see or watch online.
7) Your phone number.
8) Your favorite cheesy pick-up line.
9) The place or situation in which you met.
10) See the “Sweet Words” scrolls for additional ideas

These fabulous little punch boxes are limited edition, so be sure to order one today. 
Lea has also mentioned that boxes are guaranteed to arrive in time for Valentine’s Day! :)

Notes / Book of notes for Abby:

I met Abby at one of my good friend’s weddings. She was a sweetheart. A few months later, my friend told me Abby was having a hard time with her parents divorce. My parents got divorced when I was really young too. Actually, I can barely remember a time we were a real family. So I sent Abby a little book of (encouragement) notes. The time when you’re young and growing up is so hard and things that happen with family really make an impact. I just wanted to reach out to Abby and tell her it would be okay.
At the end I put some stamps and some extra cards in case Abby wanted to write back. These are so much fun to make because they’re pretty easy and it is nice to actually write for a change. (Taking notes at Alt Summit in my notebook, my hand started cramping after a few minutes, haha)
Who can you write some encouragement notes to today?
ps: here are some other notes that have been
written if you need some other inspiration:

notes for mac:

Sadly, we don’t have too much holiday going on around here. Things are just so busy with craft shows and shipping orders from the shops, I just can’t seem to find the time. Found these images in my archives and thought I’d share them with you .. I made this a couple months ago, and it could easily be switched to a holiday theme and make a great little gift for a friend or loved one.
You know I love notes. I especially love writing and giving notes. Making these little book-of-notes is a lot of fun. So a few months ago at Renegade LA, I met Mac. He’s the son of a blog friend – Nora. Mac is probably one of the coolest high schoolers I know. He is super fun, creative, and sweet. So when Nora invited me over to their house for tea, I knew I had to bring something! I made Mac a card filled with notes and little surprises, including a bow-tie. I’m honored Mac thought it was cool and even wore the bow-tie too! Here are some shots of the book that was made especially for Mac.
Have you left a note for someone you love lately?
and in case you missed it, here’s a recap of other note-books I’ve made in the past :) Maybe I’ll try making a holiday one and post it up to share.

Notes for Nicholas:

Nicholas often has to work late at his job. (we’re talking over 12 hour days sometimes!) A couple months ago, he was working late all week and so I made him some encouraging notes, to help through those long nights. It is so funny because a reader, Torrie, actually just commented last Friday about wanting to see some more ‘book of notes’ posts, so this post is for you Torrie! 😉

So unlike the other book I made Nicholas, this one was only one page. I included a couple little notes, a bible verse, a music playlist (that I made him online) and some other misc things.

What about you? Is there someone that may need some encouragement in your life? Make them a book of notes! It’s really simple, and lots of fun. You just need paper, and maybe a printer if you want to print anything out. Just let me know if you need any pointers/tips 😉

notes / Magnet Button Messages:

Sometimes it’s nice to leave little notes around. I’m a big fan of notes, as you may know :) So I had a thought to do a little magnet message board of notes, with numbers for 1 note a day or something. Your notes can be anything – encouragement or positive message. It’s a simple project, here’s how to do it!


– Fabric
– Cover Button Kit (kit can be purchased here)
– Magnets (I used neodymium magnets, can be purchased here)
– Iron on paper
– Glue
– Paper

Cut out circles that are about 2.5″ in diameter. It just needs to be about a quarter inch larger than the button. Print out numbers on the iron on paper and iron on a number on each circle. *note: numbers are completely optional. This can be made entirely without numbers.

Once all your circles are cut out, you can start making the button. Start with the rubber button mold. Place a your circle piece of fabric, then the button shell. Push both into the mold, then tuck in the fabric. Place the silver backing and push again. Then simply pop out your button from the mold!

Now cut out circles from your paper and write messages on them. I did some circles, and some strips of paper that they’d have to open up.

Next, place some glue on the back of the button. Place your paper message and add another dot of glue for the magnet.

So when they pull a button, they can read a special message each day!

a book of notes, for my mom:

Has anyone been reading my blog since the original book of notes? That was quite some time ago. But I remember going from 100 views a day to 3000 or something that one day, for that post.
So you may remember last year, I shared that my mom was diagnosed with cancer. Over the months, everyone was so encouraging and sweet. Your notes and comments about my mom were such a blessing. We were able to go to the chemo sessions with my mom, but on her very last treatment, Nick and I were on our honeymoon. So since I couldn’t be there, I put together some notes for her. I also got my brothers in on it, and since they’re boys and this is really not their thing, it was even more special that they wrote sweet little notes for our mom.
Thought I’d share this book with you. Hopefully you can be inspired to make your own book of notes for a friend or loved one. They make great heartfelt gifts. I would love to receive one from.. nicholas 😉
In the Chinese culture, we have animals for the year we are born. I am an ox, my older brother is a tiger and my younger brother is a rabbit. So I had these martha stewart animal shapes laying around and we each wrote a note on one. Well, I improvised using a cat for my older bro, since there weren’t any tiger shapes 😉
My older bro typed his letters and glued them onto the cards I gave him. lol. I tried to use lots of yellow, since that is her favorite color. It is always fun to make these little books, and more importantly: my mom is now cancer free! We are truly blessed.

a thank you book:

i made a small note-book for nick’s parents a couple months ago, filled with thank you notes for everything. they are the sweetest couple and nick is who is he because of them (and jesus of course) just wanted to share it with you – they are so fun + simple to make. perhaps you can send one to a friend just because :)
note book.
note book.note book.
note book.

more notes:

so i hope you are not tired of notes yet! i had an idea while i was driving one night to make nick a ‘web scavenger hunt note book’ where i made him some small handwritten notes that contained web addresses he had to go to, in order to find the real note! i thought it was neat and would make it fun for him to find the notes on the internet. some of the web notes were images, but i did record a couple video notes too, which i probably won’t be sharing cause i was super silly and i’d be embarassed 😉

this note directed nicholas to the playlist of songs i selected for him. 

we’re talking, lots of cheesy ‘love’ songs :)

this note contained “an important reminder” which had him go here

this note contained a video message!

the final message had him go to a website for some cutsey images i collected
and placed on a website for him to read :)

so anyway, if you want to do something like this for a friend or someone special, it’s easy! to make the web notes, i used iweb and my web camera for the videos. if you have iweb + a mobileme (or .mac) account through apple, you know how easy it is to create and publish websites.

if you don’t have a mac, that’s okay too! you will need a place to make websites for your ‘web notes’ (you can try google sites.) and a web camera (if you want to include video notes)

the notes included:

– a really cheesy lovers playlist! (via playlist.com)
– 2 video notes.
– 1 picture note.
– 1 note of found images.

but get creative! create the web notes you want to include, get them organized, then create a book of notes and simply write the web addresses out on each page.

oh, the last element i used was this site, which shortens long web addresses into something like, “fly.to/thispage” so you can have a shorter URL in your written messages in the book.

envelope book:

hello to friends from stumbleupon + darling dexter + nicole hill + oh so beautiful paper! i am truly honored to have my links on these lovely sites. hope you enjoy your stay at my blog.

last week, nick had a super tough work week. he was working overtime, till about midnight every night! so i decided to make him a little book of encouraging notes to get him through the day. there were about 8-9 notes in the book. the first page even has a little ‘capsule’ note, that you can open and it had a note inside, my personal favorite 😉

anyway, i’ve always been fascinated with the book, “the jolly postman” by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. did anyone ever read this when they were younger? if you didn’t read it, buy it now! it is simply delightful. if you have kids, get it for them immediately! they will love it. and love you for it! the story is so clever, and there is something so neat about opening up all the little letters as you go along the story. they also created “the jolly christmas postman” and “the jolly pocket postman” and they are all just as cool. i had lost my books from i was young so my little brother re-bought them for me a couple christmas’s ago. i would love to just have endless books of envelopes notes to read all the time!

so this is my book of notes for nicholas. it was so much fun to make. and i think he really enjoyed it. he said it helped him get through the day.

the book of notes:
envelope book: one.

envelope book: two.

envelope book: three.

envelope book: four.

envelope book: five.

extra details:

extra : details.

extra : details.
envelope book: extra.

extra : details.

extra : details.

envelope book: extra.

envelope book: extra.

envelope book: extra.

envelope book: extra.