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    16 Cool Ideas For Homemade Mix CD Artwork

    Mixes are easily the best gifts of all time, but even if yours SOUNDS perfect, here are some awesome ways to make it look perfect, too.

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    The most important aspect of mix CDs is the music, of course. But I still get a little sad when I see this:

    Via pinterest.com

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    In this day and age, mix CDs are meant to be special! Sentimental! Forever-style keepsakes! So why not present them in artistic and aesthetically-pleasing ways that represent that? Here are some cool updates on jewel cases, liner notes, and Sharpie art that better reflect just how awesome homemade CDs are. Get ready, because your friends (and crushes) are about to be sooooo impressed.

    PACKAGING

    1. Create a keepsake case out of felt.

    Via designplusyou.blogspot.com

    Put a little personalized note alongside the track list in the pocket. Tutorial here.

    2. Make this easy paper sleeve out of inexpensive parcel paper.

    Via rockmywedding.co.uk

    Then illustrate or otherwise decorate to your heart's desire. Directions here.

    3. Or use card stock.

    Via youandyourwedding.co.uk

    Punch a hole and wrap with twine to include a little tag, as seen above.

    4. Make this rad packaging out of a paper bag.

    Via abeautifulmess.typepad.com

    Full tutorial here.

    5. If you don't want to do a ton of work, there are printable cases online.

    Via designmom.com

    Print the above case onto card stock and you're good to go. Here's the PDF.

    ALBUM ART

    6. Make a collage, then accent it with paint.

    Via sun-stained-places.tumblr.com

    You can use a glue stick for thin paper or rubber cement for card stock.

    7. Add order to a wild-looking pattern.

    Via Flickr: geometricity

    Glue notebook paper or an index card to the back for the track list.

    8. Use multiple mediums!

    Via kingco30.tumblr.com

    Go crazy with letter stickers, drawings, wrapping paper, markers...whatever you want, really.

    9. Paint it with watercolor.

    Via paper-tiger-tails.tumblr.com

    Give each song a different stripe of color. Gorgeous.

    10. Get a label maker involved.

    Via pasdeloup.tumblr.com

    The decoupage tactic of cutting words out of newsprint is also cool for projects like these.

    11. Sponge paint it!

    Via pinterest.com

    Cut a kitchen sponge into a heart shape, dip in a mix of paint colors, stamp, done.

    12. And you don't even have to craft to make it look great.

    Via mayomonsterart.tumblr.com

    Just use a fine-point Sharpie and colored pencils to make cute little illustrations on the tracklist and CD.

    THE CD ITSELF

    13. Copy one of these simple Sharpie designs.

    Via youthbyitself.tumblr.com

    There are plenty more to be found here.

    14. Or replicate your giftee's favorite painting in marker.

    Via glenniewrenmcgee.tumblr.com

    This "Starry Night" one is pretty great.

    15. Why not just fill the whole space with little doodles?

    Via thedoodleoff.blogspot.com

    You could make teensy cartoons of all their favorite things.

    16. Or, conversely, use negative space.

    Via strawberryinthedesert.wordpress.com

    Fill in most of the CD with a black marker, leaving the design part blank.

    All told, I think that just as long as you put in more effort than this, you'll be pretty much fine.

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