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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Leg Warmers!

Just had to share this!
Seeing as its the middle of winter here, I’ll make a post on how to make leg warmers!!
Now, this project is not my own (sadly) so I’ll have to link you to the site. But not before I show you the ones I made!!! Oh yeah!!!

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And here’s how to make them:
http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/03/diy-leg-warmers-from-promise.html

Happy creating!!

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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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