The Smiling Journal

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Masquerade Mask!

In this post, I’ll teach you how to make your own masquerade mask! I’m going to a Venetian masquerade ball in a few days time, so I thought I’d make my own mask! Its so hard to find affordable masks that look just right with your dress/suit.

You will need:
– A white paper mask
– Paint (in the color you want your mask to be)
– Paintbrush
– Sequins (if you can find some in a string already, they’re best)
– Superglue
– Sellotape
– A thin metal/wooden rod
– A selection of beads
– Two large feathers in the color of your choice

Firstly, cut the mask so its the right shape for your face, then paint both sides of the mask. Once the paint has dried, carefully superglue the sequins all around the edges of the mask (including around the eyes). Where the loop ends, add extra superglue to ensure it doesn’t unravel.

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Now, superglue the two feathers on one side of the mask. Like so:

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Grab the thin metal/wooden rod and place a bead on one end. Put a blob of superglue on the end to make sure the bead stays in place. Once the glue has dried, continue filling the rod up with beads until an inch from the end. Now, superglue or tape the rod to the bottom of the mask. If you tape it on, make sure you paint over it so it doesn’t look ugly.

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Now you’re done! Easy, huh? You can paint designs on the front if you like, but I decided to keep mine simple.

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I’m A Black Belt (In Fashion)!

Some people’s outfits can look a bit blah, or two pieces go well together but don’t flow, or they look shapeless. The answer to these problems is simple: a thick black belt.

Belts are so versatile – they match most outfits, especially if they’re black or white.

To prove to you guys how essential a thick black belt can be, I pulled together three outfits in less than five minutes, all improved with the use of a thick belt (the same belt, too)!

Problem 1 – outfit looks blah:

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By simply adding a thick belt to a t-shirt-and-skirt combination, the outfit starts to look alot more interesting!

Problem 2 – two pieces don’t ‘flow’:

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Here, the thick belt acts as a type of ‘bridge’ that ‘sews’ the two pieces together!

Problem 3 – shapeless:

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Thick belts are useful for casual summery dresses – it accentuates your shape by holding the dress in at the waist (or higher).

Now do you see? Thick belts (especially black ones) are must-haves for your wardrobe… (I mean, they go with everything!)
You can thank me later ;P

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Inspirational Quote Book!

One day, I was sitting there thinking, there are so many inspirational quotes in the world that I always forget about…how can I remember them all? What could help me on tough days? The answer, is a quote book!

You will need:
– 1 piece of A4 paper (any color, but black or white look best)
– A gel pen or thin felt pen that will show up on the paper (e.g if the paper’s black, you’ll need a white pen)
– Scissors
– Stapler
– Quotes!

Firstly, cut the piece of paper into quarters. Layer the pieces on top of each other, then fold them in half to make a booklet. Then, staple the centre of the booklet two or three times along the fold (preferably with the flat bit of the staple on the outside of the booklet). Now all you need to do is write quotes in the booklet!

Tips:
Quote books look nicer if the writing is really small, and you start on the cover, rather than inside the booklet.
Try to work it so each page finishes at the end of a quote.
Use something like an arrow or star in between quotes so you don’t get confused.
Try not to repeat quotes!
Try to keep to a theme – inspirational quotes, song lyrics, quotes that remind you of someone, etc.
Its a great gift for a friend or family member!

I’ve made a collection of quote books, including a paramore lyrics one for my best friend, an inspirational quotes one for another friend’s mom, and a song lyrics one for my boyfriend. Here’s the one I’ve made for myself:

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Yin Yang booklet!

This booklet is two halves of a Yin Yang symbol, and they fit together like a puzzle!

You will need:
– 3 pieces of black paper (A4)
– 3 pieces of white paper (A4)
– Scissors
– Pencil
– Stapler and glue

Firstly, fold all the pages in half and cut out 6 black circles, and 6 white circles. Make sure they’re all exactly the same size. Keep the rest of the paper to one side.
Then, draw an s-like shape down the middle of each circle, like so:

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Cut along the lines you’ve just drawn. Now, sort the shapes into piles of black and white. Each bit of paper should look like a distorted teardrop.
Now, staple or glue each bit of the same color paper along the side of its bulge. Like so:

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Next, cut out two small rectangles out of paper (one of each color). Glue them inside one of the opposite colored pieces of paper, and vice versa. Like so:

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Lastly, glue a white circle on each side of the black ‘teardrop’, and a black circle on each side of the white ‘teardrop’

Ta da!

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Rose Pen!

This rose pen is adorable! Perfect for a mother’s day gift, or just a unique way to pimp your stationary!

You will need:
– 1 pen (preferably a plastic one, or a bic one)
– 1 fake flower with a stem of 5cm or more
– black tape

Start by placing the end of the tape on the bottom of the pen at a slight angle, like so:

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Next, wrap the tape around the pen until you reach a stem’s length from the end (e.g, my flower’s stem is 7cm, so I’ll stop that far from the top). Like so:

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Then, hold the stem against the pen, and continue taping all the way up to the top. This will hold the flower in place, like so:

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Ta da! Thats it! You’re done.

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