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DIY Phone Case

Today I’m going to be showing you how to make a personalized phone case. I made this case for my brother (though he never uses it) for an early Christmas present. Enjoy!

1. Get a clear phone case. I got this one:

AmazonBasics Protective TPU Case with Screen Protector for AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S (Clear)

It came with a cleaning rag and screen cover, and it’s bendy yet sturdy.

2. Get some cardstock/decorative paper in designs or colors you like. You can also print out images for a super-personalized case.


I made the image size 2.25″ by 4.5″ in photoshop – I would make it a tiny bit bigger if I had the chance to do it again.

3. Trace the outline of the case and the camera hole onto the paper

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4. Cut out the case and camera hole



I used sharpie to outline the camera hole, to make it look more polished.

5. Put the paper inside the case and trim if needed

6. Put the case on your phone


7. Enjoy!

Until next time, Em 🙂

These are the cases I made for my brother for an early Christmas present. I used decorative scrapbooking paper (L and R) and cardstock-ish paper that I painted (M).


DIY Reusable Holiday Bag

At school, the club that I co-lead, the Green club, is organizing a “make it yourself reusable holiday bag event” where students can come and make bags for their Secret Santa or for family, etc.

Here’s how to make your own:

1. Gather your supplies: a piece of 9″x12″ fabric, some thread, a needle, a sewing machine (optional), and a piece of ribbon between 1/2″ and 1″ wide, and 18″ long.

2. Lay your ribbon over your fabric, leaving some room at the top.

3. Fold the fabric over while the ribbon is still in it, to make a little pocket.

4. Crease the fabric and take the ribbon out.

5. Use pins to mark the pocket for later use.

6. Sew two of the sides (leaving the top open!) using a sewing machine or a needle, making sure NOT to sew over the openings to the pocket (super important!)

7. Slip the ribbon back into the pocket, and sew the ribbon in, using a running stitch. Make sure NOT to sew through the ribbon, because then you won’t be able to close your bag.

8. Turn the bag inside out.

9. Give a family member or friend a gift in your newly made bag!

Until next time, Em 🙂

Loving Lately #1: George Fox University

This weekend, I visited George Fox University for the “Bruin Preview,” which is a visitor’s weekend where you can go to classes and stay in the dorm. It was pretty fun, and I met some really cool people. I have a tie-dye shirt lined up for me (which one of the people that I met makes).

George Fox is a pretty cool school. What I love about it the most is the atmosphere. People are really laid back, and nice to everyone. I also like the super-gorgeous campus.

Here are some pictures I took:

There is a drive in theatre right down the street!

Until next time, Em 🙂

Have you ever wondered what happened on the day you were born?

I once went to the huge library in Vancouver, BC to check out the newspapers they have, just to see what happened on my birthday. I encourage you to do the same, it’s pretty cool!

There is an old nursery rhyme that supposedly tells your future:

Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go.
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
But the child born on the Sabbath Day,
Is fair and wise and good in every way.

I’m not sure if I believe in this kind of stuff, but since I was born on a Wednesday, apparently I am “full of woe”. Sort of accurate.

Also, the number one songs on my birthday were:
In the USA: “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” by Los Del Rio
In the UK: “Breakfast At Tiffanys” by Deep Blue Something (I LOVE THIS SONG. MAYBE IT’S FATE?)

Today I am:
– 16 years, 1 month, 1 day old
– 112 years old in dog years
– 5,876 days old
– Approx. 141,040 hours old
– Approx. 507,745,690 seconds old

Thanks, Jazz, for the great idea!

Until next time, Em 🙂





Spotlight Post: My favorite apps for NOT procrastinating

We all procrastinate at some point. Don’t try to deny it.

To try to combat this terrible habit, I found some really good apps that keep me on track with school-work and such.

1. Wunderlist: This is a task list creator, but it’s also great for use as a planner. You can even change the background design :3

2. Simplenote: This is a list maker, sort of like Evernote

3. Evernote: This is another list maker

4. Clearly: This app lets you see articles without the ads and such, and it connects with Evernote so you can save your highlighted article for future use!

5. Evernote Web Clipper: This app is just like Clearly, but it saves the article you’re reading right to Evernote (without ads), instead of letting you highlight them

6. Weekplan: This is a planner, I used it last year for school-work and it works really well! You can make things “important” and even cross things off your daily list of tasks!

7. StayFocusd: With this app, you can limit the amount of time you can spend on certain sites each day – for instance, you can give yourself 40 minutes a day to use Tumblr, Facebook, and Youtube  (all together). This is great for keeping you from procrastinating!

8. Noteboard: An app that lets you create sticky notes!

9. Springpad: This is a list maker, but in the form of notebooks (AND YOU CAN DESIGN YOUR OWN!!! MAKING THE COVERS DIFFERENT COLORS!!! *FAINT*)

10. Wishpot: This isn’t a very productive app, but it does let you create wishlists and add things via the web using a button provided on their website

If you have any other good websites/apps to share, please do! 🙂

Until next time, Em 🙂