DIY Ready Player One Shirt Tutorial

You guys I am so excited for the Ready Player One movie. Seriously it’s one of my very favorite books. It’s one of the few books I’ve re-read so naturally I needed a DIY Ready Player One shirt.

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What You Need

What to Do

  1. I created acharacter name file that you guys can use to save you some time. You should be able to resize it easily if you want! I used my Cricut Maker and it cut it perfectly but a Cricut Explore would also do the trick.
  2. Lay down the plastic side of the HTV and set the machine to Iron-On.
  3. Before you cut make sure to toggle so it will cut the design as the mirror image.
  4. Weed the image (remove the negative pieces so you just have the letters).
  5. Position on your shirt with the carrier plastic.
  6. Using an iron or Cricut EasyPress press your shirt or front bodice piece of fabric to remove any moisture or wrinkles. 
  7. Position. your vinyl with the plastic side UP.
  8. With the EasyPress up to temperature (just go by the directions on your vinyl to set the temp). Press the vinyl to the shirt with a little pressure. I do this on my homemade pressing board but anything that’s firm and heatproof (like a table with a thickly folded towel) will do.
  9. Starting slowly at a corner peel the plastic off (stop and reheat if it seems like the vinyl has not fully adhered to your fabric/shirt).
  10. Put on and flaunt your geekiness!

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And when you’re done with your shirt and wishing you were reading Ready Player One for the very first time, check out my book list of Must Read Books for Ready Player One Fans to help you through such a dark time ;)


Book Club: Beautiful Creatures Movie, Tile Bookmarks, Candy Bags, Printables and More

To commemorate the Beautiful Creatures movie which comes out next week (2/14/13) I made some fun bookmarks. I actually just got home after having the honor of attending a pre-screening the film. As some of you know the book club has been reading/re-reading Beautiful Creatures in time for the movie. I have to say after watching the trailers I was really nervous that this would be one big hoke fest but for the most part it was pretty good and stuck with the spirit of the book. See more of my thoughts below.

back: Kimberly, Summer and Friend, Jamie, Leah, Heidi, Meadow,  Jen, Penelope, Shay, Linda, Me, Sarah 
front: Tanya, Carrie, Meghan, Debra (Carissa also came too)

To celebrate the movie and the first outing for the local members of the Rae Gun Ramblings Book Club I made some swag bags. I threw in a mix of official movie promo stuff that I received and some of my own creations. I thought I’d share in case you plan on going to the show with your friends and want to surprise them with some Beautiful Creatures swag.

I made the book marks by using tiled letter squares I picked up from Michaels Crafts and images I made most of them from Novel Novice’s awesome Beautiful Creatures wallpapers (thanks Sara for sharing) as well as this fun tumblr pic (scroll to the bottom for a printable).

They are so simple and easy you can make them out of any image or see below a printable of what I used. If using your own images size them to the size of your wood times (in my case .75x.75 inches). Print it off and let dry completely. Trim down to size. Glue to your tile. Cover in Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (I used regular on some and glitter on others). Once that is completely dry glue a large paper clip to the back being mindful of both the direction of the tile art and the paper clip. Let dry and you’ve got a fun paperclip book mark.

Lena is described as smelling of lemons and rosemary.  And since the whole story is about her fear of whether she will be claimed as a light caster (with green eyes) or a dark caster (with yellow eyes) and she is encouraged to “claim herself” I gave my movie buds lemon and green candies with the little message above. Feel free to print it out for yourself.

 (click on images to enlarge and right click to save)

So what did I really think of the movie? 

They got Lena, Ethan, Macon, and Link’s personalities right on and that was great. There were some HUGE changes that I’m glad I knew going in or else I think it would have been so distracting. First, there is NO Marian, they combined her and Amma into one character, second it seems like they made Macon into a caster not an incubus, and Savanna Snow is not blonde. There were small changes throughout the movie that I was fine with. Since the meltdown of Deathly Hallows Part I I’ve learned a lot about the process of transitioning a book to a movie and come to accept that there will always be changes. So up until the last 20 minutes of the book I was enjoying it (even with some moments of over the top cheese) but the ending had me staring at the screen with my mouth hanging open. When it finished I turned to Debra (Housewife Eclectic) and we both burst out laughing since we didn’t know what to say. They CHANGED A LOT. Like major changes kids. Remember how they took all the glory from Nevile in the last Potter movie and you were like woah what happen to the book story, it was like that times 10. Like how on earth will they do the sequels. Like holy crap that didn’t happen changes. Like oh hmmm that’s a totally different story now. Like oh hey wasn’t he/she a bad/good guy in the book? Do I regret seeing it? Heck no. I still liked it but I was really confused with why they’d change so much of the story for the ending. It’s more bizarre to me than anything else. I’m a sucker for movies based on books I love so I still thought it was good fun and worth seeing. I went into it thinking it’s be kinda lame so I was pleasantly surprised that for the most part it was a good flick. But if you’re a lover of the books like me just know there are some major plot lines/character details are are flat out re-written.

Want to join the bookish fun? We do a lot of book talk over at the book club home on goodreads and we’re reading The Host next.

Book Club Kick Off! Book 1: Beautiful Creatures

I was blown away with the response to my little survey last week. I’m so excited to see that many of you are interested in geeking out with me over books. Wahoo!

I have set up a book group on goodreads for us to do our sheninagans on. If you are not on goodreads it is free and easy to join. Plus if you’re a reader it’s a fabulous tool to track what you are reading and find new books.

The focus of the group will be to read some of the awesome YA books that are becoming movies this year as well as any other books we think would be fun to read as a group. This is a ZERO PRESSURE book group. Feel free to join and participate to the level that you want. This is meant to be fun.

We will be doing both online activities as well as local activities. The local activities will be in the Salt Lake City/Sandy, Utah area. But I encourage those of you in other areas to meet up and get to know each other as well.

In the online book group I’ve set it up so we can…

  • discuss the books BEFORE the movie comes out (I’ll be adding more books over time)
  • discuss our thoughts of the trailer and hopes and fears for the movie
  • discuss our thoughts of the movie after we watch it
  • share our bookish creations, posts, and awesomness we see
  • and of course get to know each other better!

I’ll be setting up opportunities for those in my area (Salt Lake City/Sandy, Utah) to …

  • meet up for author events
  • have book parties before the movies
  • go together to watch the movies
  • possibly meet up to discuss other books if desired

If you are a reader and this sounds interesting to you I’d love you to join! And if you are local and want to make sure you’re on the local mailing list send me an email or let me know in the comments :)

It is definitely a work in progress so if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.

The first book we’ll read is Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The movie comes out February 14th.

We’ll have a local meet up 1-2 weeks before and an online twitter chat, google hangout, or maybe both just to see what we like since it’s all new around that time too. Let me know if you have a preference for online chatting :) So find yourself a copy of the book and start reading.

And if you’ve already read it and need to chat I’ve already posted some discussion boards for Beautiful Creatures on the group.


WARNING: If you haven’t read the book there are story spoilers in the trailer!