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DIY Frog closure

By Blerona

I love keeping planners and journals. And recently I bought a journal that opens from the middle but it was to plain for my liking so I decided to dress it up a bit. Frog closures have always reminded me of a vintage classic look. So I attached a frog closure to stretchable trim and it looks a lot more expensive than what I paid for and I love it. This is such a good idea for those on a budget gifts I will definitely be thinking about this around Christmas.




  • Step 1: Measure the stretchable trim around the planner or book and cut
  • Step 2: Sew one frog closure onto one end of the stretchable trim
  • Step 3: Then sew the other closure on the other side of the trim
  • Step 4 (Optional): Take your hot glue gun and glue the back of the stretchable trim to the back side of your planner or journal. This way if you want to unhook your closure you won’t lose or forget it.
  • Step 5: And you’re finished, start writing!

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Decorative Candy Jar

By Dara

A few nights ago I had a phone conversion with a friend of mine.  He’s been going out with his girlfriend for almost three years.  Actually, their third year anniversary is coming up pretty soon.  Like most men, he’s pretty clueless about finding the perfect gift.  So he ask me for some advice. 

I wasn’t too sure myself what a perfect gift for her would be.  However, after listening to my friend go on and on about how much he cares for her and wants to be more stable before settling down, I finally thought of a great gift.   

I told him to give her a promise ring.  However, I told him not to hand it over that easily.  The next day we headed over to ikea to pick up a small spice jar.  It pretty much looks like a miniture cookie jar.  Then we went back to my place, where I had a closet filled with M&J Trimming supplies.  We measured and cut 8″ x 8″ of silk fabric using mandial pinking shear scissors.  This scissor helps keep the fabric from fraying.  Then wrapped it using 1mm rattail.  It help to keep the fabric in place like how you see in the photo.  For decoration we used some matching braided buttons (#11884).  It looked really nice on the rattail. 

Finally, we placed my friend and his girlfriend’s picture inside the jar using double sided tape.  He placed the ring inside and filled it up with candy.  We also added a tag and it was ready. 

The idea was for her to think that all he gave her was a pretty jar of candy with their picture inside.  However, it’s not until the she finishes the candy that she’ll realize he gave her a promise ring.  It might take her a while to finish the candy before she finds the ring.  Like love, all good things takes time and patience. 

By the way, that’s not a picture of them that you see.  I had to recreate the gift since he’s giving her the one we made together this weekend.  You can use this idea for wedding favors or bridal gifts also.  Minus the ring of course.