Jayme Woods

Writer. Geek. Adventurer.


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Teen Wolf DIY: Lydia’s Notebook

Everyone knows Lydia’s study notes are awesome – so awesome that her math notebook is currently going for $150 on BidTeenWolf.com.

 

Lydia Notebook Auction

If you’re as poor as the entire town of Beacon Hills during season 4, don’t fret! You can make your very own stylish notebook. As for the notes, you don’t need them. You’re too smart for them!

Lydia Notebook Supplies

What you’ll need:

  • Notebook (lighter colors work best)
  • Mod Podge (glossy finish)
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • Lydia Notebook Image

I replicated the design from Lydia’s notebook using freeform shapes in Microsoft Word. Here’s the front:

Lydia Notebook FRONT

And the back:

Lydia Notebook BACK

1. Measure your notebook and print the images above to the correct size.

2. Trim white space from your printed image with scissors.

3. Carefully peel back the sticker on the spine of your notebook.

4. Apply Mod Podge to the COVER of the notebook and to the BACK of the printed image. Press the printed image onto the book and smooth out any bubbles. Press the spine sticker back into position.

Lydia Notebook In Progress

5. Let dry 20 minutes. Pro tip: If you stand the notebook up on its pages, you can let the front and back cover dry at the same time.

6. Apply another coat of Mod Podge to seal the printed image.

7. Scribble your very own banshee predictions while you rock out to the Teen Wolf Soundtrack you bought with all the money you saved.

Lydia Notebook Finished

What’s your favorite Teen Wolf prop? Let me know in the comments, and I might make it next!

Ready for more Teen Wolf crafts? I’ve got you covered!

Beacon Hills Preserve Sign

Dread Doctors Book

Parrish’s Playing Cards

 


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Teen Wolf DIY: Dread Doctors Book

I love books. All kinds of books. Even tattered sci-fi/horror paperbacks detailing the horrific experiments of three steampunk doctors.

Apparently, a lot of people agree because The Dread Doctors by T.R. McCammon (nice try, Valek, we all know you wrote this rubbish!) is currently going for $175 on BidTeenWolf.com. Even a photo copy of this literary gem will cost you $70!

Dread Doctors Auction

That’s a lot of Kindle Daily Finds! But never fear. You can make your very own copy of The Dread Doctors for less than a drug store paperback!

Before I start on the DIY, I want to give a quick shout out to Spenser Hudson Riley over on Redbubble. She sells a Dread Doctors journal perfect for recording all of your deepest, darkest nightmares.

Dread Doctors Supplies

What you’ll need:

  • Book (the older and nastier the better)
  • Mod Podge (matte finish)
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • Dread Doctors Book Art (Spenser’s done a better job with this than I ever could. Go check her out.)

1. If the book you chose is too new and pristine, use tea or watercolor to stain the edges.

2.Measure your book and print The Dread Doctors art to the correct size.

3. Cut out the printed image with scissors. Pro tip: You can print the image in one piece, but I find it’s easier to apply the front cover, back cover, and spine separately. Apply the spine piece last for the best result.

Dread Doctors In Progress

4. Apply Mod Podge to the COVER of the book and the BACK of the printed image. Press the printed image onto the book and smooth out any bubbles.

5. Let dry 20 minutes.

6. Optional: use sandpaper (a nail file works too), chalk pastels, or other art supplies to give the book a distressed look.

7. Apply another coat of Mod Podge to seal the printed image.

8. Read at your own risk!

Dread Doctors Finished

What’s your favorite Teen Wolf prop? Let me know in the comments, and I might make it next!

Ready for more Teen Wolf crafts? I’ve got you covered!

Beacon Hills Preserve Sign

Lydia’s Notebook

Parrish’s Playing Cards


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Teen Wolf DIY: Beacon Hills Preserve Sign

Ah, Beacon Hills Preserve… home to flora, fauna, crossbow-wielding hunters, firefly-spewing tree stumps, and dark druids seeking bloody revenge. Good times.

Needless to say, everyone wants a piece of this magical paradise. The sign used in episode 1×01 is currently going for a whopping $400 on BidTeenWolf.com and the alternate version used in season 3 isn’t doing too badly for itself either!

BH Preserve Auction

Now that the Benefactor’s whole Deadpool offer is off the table, most of us don’t have that kind of dough lying around. Thankfully, you can recreate EITHER of these beauties by following the steps below.

BH Preserve Supplies

What you’ll need:

  • Wood or thick cardboard (I used a sign from the Dollar Store)
  • Sandpaper (if using wood)
  • Mod Podge (matte finish)
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • String/Chain (to hang the sign)
  • Hot glue (to attach the string or chain)
  • Beacon Hills Preserve sign image (below)

BH Preserve Sign Top - FINAL

BH Preserve Sign Bottom - FINAL

I replicated the Season 1 Beacon Hills Preserve design in Microsoft Photo Editor and MS Word using this screencap from episode 1×01. If you have professional photo editing software, you may want to take a crack at it yourself.

1. Cut wood or cardboard to the sizes desired. If using wood, sand cut edges to remove splinters. 

2. Measure the wood or cardboard and print the sign images to the correct size. 

3. Cut out the sign images with scissors. Pro tip: Print the image a little larger than your wood or cardboard. Wrap printed image around the edges of the wood or cardboard. Glue down with Mod Podge to hide exposed wood or cardboard. 

4. Apply Mod Podge to the FRONT of your wood or cardboard and to the BACK of the printed sign image. Press the printed image onto the wood or cardboard and smooth out any bubbles. 

5. Let dry 20 minutes. 

6. Apply another coat of Mod Podge to seal the printed image. 

7. If making the Season 1 sign, glue string or chain between the larger and smaller signs. For both signs, glue string or chain to the top so it can be hung on the wall. 

8. Use all the money you saved to preorder Teen Wolf: the Complete Series!

BH Preserve Finished 2

What’s your favorite Teen Wolf prop? Let me know in the comments, and I might make it next!

Ready for more Teen Wolf crafts? I’ve got you covered!

Dread Doctors Book

Lydia’s Notebook

Parrish’s Playing Cards


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Teen Wolf DIY: Parrish’s Playing Cards

We all knew Lydia was a queen, and Parrish’s playing cards from episode 5×04 proved it. The real cards Ryan Kelley used in this scene are currently going for $31 on BidTeenWolf.com.

Parrish Card Auction

Don’t have $30 lying around? No problem. You can recreate these bad boys at home – and STILL have enough money left over for the Teen Wolf Score.

Parrish Card Supplies

What you’ll need:

  • Playing cards (Parrish’s have blue backs)
  • Mod Podge (glossy finish)
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • Lydia Queen Image (below)

Optional: black charcoal pastels to “burn” one of the cards. If you try this, I’d recommend printing a few extra Lydia queens and making several cards. This way, if you mess one up, you can keep trying until you achieve the effect you want.

Parrish Card DESIGN

I replicated the Lydia Queen card design in Microsoft Photo Editor and MS Word using this screencap from episode 5×04. If you have professional photo editing software, you may want to take a crack at it yourself.

1. Measure the playing cards and adjust the Lydia queen image to the correct size. 

2. Print the image. Hold the paper up to the light and slide the playing card BEHIND the image. Use the shadow of the playing card to determine where the card should be glued. Mark this location with a pencil ON THE NON-PRINTED side of the paper. 

3. Apply Mod Podge to the FRONT of the playing card and to the BACK of the printed image. Press the playing card into the outline you marked in pencil. Smooth out any bubbles and apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the entire back of the playing card and around the edges. 

4. Let dry 20 minutes. 

5. Cut around the playing card to remove excess paper from the printed image. Apply a second coat of Mod Podge over the FRONT of the printed image. 

6. If desired, use charcoal pastels to distress one of the cards. Apply another coat of Mod Podge to seal the charcoal pastels. BE VERY CAREFUL! I pressed too hard and the card ended up a little more “burned” than I intended. If this happens, no worries! There are 51 more cards in the deck.

Parrish Card Finished

What’s your favorite Teen Wolf prop? Let me know in the comments, and I might make it next!

Ready for more Teen Wolf crafts? I’ve got you covered!

Beacon Hills Preserve Sign

Dread Doctors Book

Lydia’s Notebook


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When Life Gives You a Toilet Seat…

Today I may or may not have broken my toilet seat.

I may or may not have boxed it up, created a shipping label to disguise it as school books, and left it on my sister’s doorstep.

And I may or may not have included a note signed, “With love, Fred and George Weasley.”

hogwarts toilet seat 2

When life gives you a toilet seat, make… haste to wrap it up and give it to a friend!


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Nerd Valentines

Love it or hate it, this Friday is Valentine’s Day. To celebrate, I’ve whipped up a few Valentines for that special nerd in your life. This is all done with Sharpies and the Microsoft photo software that came with my computer (no Photoshop here), so apologies in advance if the TARDIS is not quite the right shade of blue.

First up, one for all my fellow Castle-holics:

Castle Valentine

For you Whovians out there, here’s one to get both of your hearts thumping:

Doctor Who Valentine

Fellow Teen Wolf fans will go crazy for this one (see what I did there?):

Teen Wolf Valentine

And finally, since one Teen Wolf Valentine just isn’t enough, here’s one for all you future Mrs. Stilinskis out there:

Stiles Valentine

Can’t choose? Get all four here:

Nerd Valentines PDF

Hope everyone has a great week!


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Make Your Own Mary Poppins Hat

In celebration of a jolly holiday (i.e. the release of Saving Mr. Banks), I’ve decided it’s time to unleash this on the world:

If you’re looking for a craft that’s practically perfect in every way, this Mary Poppins hat takes about 40 minutes (including time to obsessively photograph for the blog). You’ll need:

*Cardstock (black and white)
*Scissors
*Tape
*Hot Glue Gun
*Optional: any other decorations you’d like (plastic cranberries, etc.)

A compass is useful for drawing circles, but two pencils with a string tied between them will also do the trick.

(1) Tape two pieces of cardstock together (one side only).

tape cardstock

(2) Draw one circle as largely as you can on the paper. Draw a second circle inside the first, leaving a couple of inches for the brim. Now is the time to make sure your head will fit the hole. The hat I’m making is perfect for a large teddy bear. If you want to wear it yourself, reduce the rim width and voilà! Person-sized hat. 🙂

circles

(3) Cut out the inner circle. It’s best if you use the tape bend to start the cut. If possible, leave this inner circle in one piece. It will become the top of the finished hat.

Admit it. You have scissor envy right now ;)

Admit it. You have scissor envy right now 😉

(4) Cut out the larger circle. If possible, leave the blank areas on either side of the circle intact. They will become the body of the finished hat.

What you have should now look like this:

pieces

And this:

pieces2

(5) Remove the straight edges on either side of the remaining black cardstock. These pieces will connect the brim to the top of the hat. I call them the “body” of the hat.

body pieces

(6) Fold the body pieces along their longer edges to make lips of about half an inch. Make sure the folds face opposite directions (outward for the brim and inward for the top). Don’t listen to the picture below! I initially made these lips a quarter inch and the finished hat turned out WAY too tall.

folds

(7) Tape the body pieces together. Make sure the folds match up (outward/outward, inward/inward).

body taped

(8) Snip approximately every half inch along the lips. This will make them easier to tape into place.

(9) Tape everything together, making sure all tape faces the inside of the hat. This will hide the tape when the hat is worn. I suggest starting with the top and moving to the brim.

tape

(10) Flip it over and press the top into the sides a bit so it doesn’t look so angular.

Before:

before

After:

after

(11) Print or sketch a few daisies on the white cardstock. Don’t worry about making them perfect. Real flowers aren’t perfectly symmetrical. I also prefer to layer two “flowers” on top of each other for a 3D effect.

flowers

(12) Hot glue decorations as desired.

hat

Let everything dry, grab an umbrella, and you’re good to go!

bear

Wishing everyone a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day!


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Greetings from the Revision Cave!

I’m happy to report my first draft revisions are all wrapped up. I actually finished a few days ago *just* in time to meet my self-imposed deadline – the October 8 release of The House of Hades. If you’re wondering, “deadline” means I refused to let myself buy HoH until I finished. Motivation thy name is Percy Jackson.

With the revisions now in the hands of my trusty CPs, I’ve also had a bit of time to catch up on things like scrubbing my bathroom (joy) and throwing a proper viewing party for Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

If that tablecloth looks familiar, it’s because it’s the playing card from my sister's Now You See Me  party butchered into what were supposed to be checker squares. Just go with it.

If that tablecloth looks familiar, it’s because it’s the playing card from my sister’s Now You See Me party butchered into what were supposed to be checker squares. Just go with it.

Unfortunately, my brain’s still in revision mode. While watching Wonderland, all I could think was, “Man, this could’ve used some editing.” I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it. I’m sure as heck not saying I’m not tuning in next week. I think we all know I am.

What I’m getting at is this: the Wonderland pilot gave me clearer perspective on my own revisions. It was hard, painful even, to bring the ax down on some of my “darlings,” but most debut authors don’t have the benefit of an established world like Wonderland (or a franchise like Once Upon a Time). We’re inviting readers in for the first time. If we take a lengthy detour into the Mallow Marsh readers might not wait for us to get unstuck.

mallow marsh 2

Sometimes these little detours, while dear to the author, are more like speed bumps for the reader. They kill the momentum when the audience just wants to know when the heck Jafar’s going to show up.

While we’re on the topic of villains, one of the most common complaints I’ve read online is that the Red Queen on Wonderland was trying too hard to be the Evil Queen from Once Upon a Time. Don’t sell your characters short trying to make them the “next” Hermione Granger, Percy Jackson, or KHAAAAAAAN (sorry, couldn’t resist). Give us someone new to love/hate/ship.

But that’s enough shop talk for me. I’m going to enjoy the rest of these lovely white chocolate coconut bars…

If you're wondering why these aren't on a cute serving tray, it's because it is impossible to pick one up without eating it. Seriously good.

If you’re wondering why these aren’t on a cute serving tray, it’s because it is impossible to pick one up without eating it. Seriously good.

…before I hear back from my CPs and attack the Mallow Marshiest bits of my revisions with the ferocity of a feral Cheshire Cat.

Are you wrestling revisions? Did you enjoy Once Upon a Time in Wonderland? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.


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Tysinion!

I wasn’t sure what to blog about this week – and, really, who has time to read blogs with Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in theaters?

So I decided to doodle. This is what happens when you leave me unsupervised with colored pencils. I give you Tysinion!

Tysinion

One half Minion. One half Tyson. Clearly, I’ve got Sea of Monsters on the brain. If you’ve seen it, I’d love to hear what you thought!

Wishing everyone a great weekend!