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Jamie recently picked up this beautiful necklace for me to wear with my bridesmaid dress for her upcoming wedding. I instantly fell in love with the powerful yet understated statement it made (if that makes any sense). However, once I tried it on with my dress, it just wasn’t jiving with the neckline and the thin straps. I was a little bummed about it until I realized how easy it would be customize the length!

First things first: I knew that if I totally destroyed it, I would easily be able to replace it with another one (gotta love Forever 21). Once that was settled, I picked up a small roll of gold chain and gold wire from Michaels for only a few bucks each. Luckily I had the wire cutters and pliers from previous jewelry-making phases, so I didn’t need to worry about that.

Once I had all my supplies laid out, I cut off the existing chain and then added the new chain to one side of the necklace. With one side attached, I could easily determine how long I wanted the rest of the chain to be. It also helped that I was wearing my dress while I crafted. (Doesn’t everyone get dressed up to craft?)

After deciding on my desired length, I cut the chain and added it to the other side of the necklace. Given that the necklace could easily be pulled over my head, there was no need to add a clasp.

Ta-da! Can’t wait to wear this baby on Jamie’s big day!



I have recently been loving the idea of creating my own envelopes, thanks to this lovely kit from Paper Source. But I didn’t want my envelopes to be your typical lightweight cardstock – I wanted them to be something different!

So I grabbed my tracing paper (yes, run-of-the-mill tracing paper that I’ve had since…oh, third grade) and created a bunch of the 4Bar size to make into a fun little minibook.

In order to make the “folios” for the pages of the book, fold the flap of Envelope A into its own pocket. Then grab Envelope B and stick that flap into the pocket of Envelope A. This way, you will see the pocket of Envelope A and the front side of Envelope B when the folio is open (as shown above).

Continue to create as many folios as necessary; each folio consisting of two envelopes…

…until you get to the last folio, where you will include 3 envelopes (so the pockets will all be on the inside of the book). Obviously, feel free to customize the amount of envelopes and the way you organize your folios – there are no rules!

Once I had my envelopes in order, I went to town embellishing them (my favorite part!)! When that was complete, I added a strip of AC Fabric Paper to the spine of the folios. (I found that a few drops of hot glue on the fabric strip helps to reinforce the integrity of the binding.) I had SO much fun with this project. Sometimes it’s fun to look around for unusual materials (such as tracing paper) and turn them into something exciting!

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