You’ll Never Guess What Household Product We Used to Make This Stationery
Sometimes inspiration comes from the craziest places, or in this case, the leftovers from a previous DIY project. Confused? Let’s back rack. Remember when we taught you how to bleach stamp your clothes? Well, before bleaching the fabric we dabbed the extra bleach on a piece of card stock. Thinking nothing of it, we continued stamping on our clothes. Hours later we noticed how the bleach changed the paper and were delighted by the results. Just like fabric, the bleach reacts differently with each color paper. What we found so eye-catching about this stationery was the dimension of hues. But honestly, one of our favorite parts is how simple and easy this DIY really is. Top off your stamped masterpieces with some hand lettering and toss it in the mail!
– card stock
– paint pens or milky pens
1. Pour bleach onto a bowl or a plate and place the sponge on top of the bleach to soak it up. This will be your stamp pad.
2. Cut your card stock to create a card and stamp away!
3. Let it dry and spice it up with some fun typography.
Pour bleach into a shallow dish and let the sponge soak it up. This will be your stamp pad.
Add bleach to your stamp and press the stamp down on your card. Watch the paper slowly expose your stamps! Pro tip: Don’t get too much bleach on the card or it will get soggy. We recommend doing a test stamp before taking the stamp to your cards.
Create a pattern with your stamps or go with a solo image.
Once dry, grab your favorite pens and add some text! Want to learn more about hand lettering? Take our e-class.
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In honor of our star point guard — Steph Curry for the shot!
For the ultimate Warriors fan or the ultimate Drake fan — your call.
It’s true. Hangry gets the best of us sometimes.
Pro tip: Always carry around a small snack in your purse. Stay away from soft fruit, especially if you are also carrying knitting needles :)
Newly graduated? Send out bleach-stamped graduation announcements to friends and family.
As a fellow graduate, I can tell you it takes a lot of time to send out graduation cards to all your friends. We promise you that bleach stamping is quick and provides amazing results.
Don’t be shy — bleach stamp the envelopes too!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.