Category: crafts

D.I.Y. Clothes Pin Photo Wreath

Tired of only displaying one photo at a time? I was!

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I LOVE documenting life through photos. I’ve had past relationships where my “significant” other always got upset that I was “taking too many photos and not enjoying the moment.” (That’s why they are PAST relationships.) The past year, my phone has been filled time and time again with photos of JayJay and the crafts I make sprinkled with the occasional selfie (never got that into them).

Like many before me, I’m trying to work through the pins that I’ve pinned on my Pinterest. With the new year upon me, what a great way to reminisce about the past year with this fun photo wreath!

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Here is what you will need:
Styrofoam wreath
Clothes Pins (I bought a pack of 40)
Glitter
Modge Podge
Paint
Paint Brushes
Hot Glue Gun
10 or so of your fav. photos!

Project Time: over the weekend
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $20

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First, let’s make those glitter clothes pins! I LOVE glitter, but it always makes such a mess (crafter be warned)! I’ve discovered the trick to locking your glitter in place: Modge Podge!

On a table lined with newspaper, pour a pile of glitter the size of small plate. This will be used to dip the clothes pins.
Paint one “face” of a clothes pin with modge podge then immediately dip the modge podge side in the pile of glitter.
Set aside to dry.

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Repeat this step with each clothes pin. I used two different colors of glitter. Let dry overnight.

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Once your glitter clothes pins are dry, paint a layer of modge podge directly OVER the glitter. This will seal the glitter in place and prevent future messes of glitter once the project is complete. Let that dry overnight.

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Paint the Styrofoam wreath with the color of your choice, and also let dry. It may take a few coats, Styrofoam can be tricky to paint.

Hot glue the clothes pins around the Styrofoam wreath in a circular pattern.

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Optional: Add a decorative ribbon for hanging!

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Now arrange your photos and enjoy! A little lengthy process, but the middle step of painting the glitter with modge podge secures the glitter in place and will save you a headache!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Bucket List Journal!

Make this fun journal to easily document those monumental occasions!

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I am a big endorser of making list of new things to try! Every year for my birthday, I make a list of things to do before my next birthday (## of things to do before ##).
When I was holiday shopping with a friend last year, I saw this awesome journal in a store and KNEW I had to make one of my own: Bucket List Journal!

Editor note: after writing this post I realized how a little more complicated this was to make! I found the journal at World Market! Don’t feel like tackling this somewhat complicated project, its only 20 bucks from the store!

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Here is what you will need:
Computer paper
Permanent Markers
Hole Punch
Ribbon/Yarn
Computer
Printer with a scanner
Photo editing software (“paint will even work!)

Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project Difficulty: A little complicated…

Project budget: less than 10 dollars

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There are a few ways that you can tackle this project. No matter what – the first step is to draw your journal pages.

I created four different journal pages, a front page, end page, and the cover. It’d really up to you what you want to do for your journal pages, but here is the basic information you should include on each:

  • Date
  • What I did
  • Why it’s on my list
  • Who I was with
  • Where I was
  • Important Details
  • How I was feeling
  • Will/Would I do it again
  • Space for a photo

Feel free to add/subtract any of the above information!

With your computer paper in the landscape position, fold in half and create a crease. Design your layout to span the two sides. For example – if you can include half the questions on one side then the other half for the remainder of the questions. You can also have all the questions on one half (my handwriting is too big to do this!) and a space for your photo on the other half! It’s really up to you!

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Once you have designed all your layouts, you’ll want to scan them into your computer. Here comes the tedious part, because you have to think about how the pages will be printed on your paper since we’ll want to print front and back.

I wanted to be able to journal at least 15 bucket list items – so I made a little “map” of how my images needed to be printed. The best way to think about this is similar to a book. The center of the book is one side of paper, but the back of the left page is the right of the prior page and the back of the right page is the left of the following page (are you still with me???).

Let’s draw it out!

Instructions

The other think too it make you own map! I folded blank computer paper together, like a book, and labeled each page that corresponded with each layout (A1 is the left side, A2 is the right; repeat for B. C, and D – corresponding to my 4 layouts). I then took the book apart and drew out each page I needed to print.

Then I created the images in my computer that corresponded with what I had mapped out.

Print your images then assemble.

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Punch holes two inches from the top and bottom in the center of your assembled book.

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Thread yarn in the center of the book to hold it together. Tie in a knot or bow.

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Now schedule some bucket list items and write about it!

Like a noted at the beginning, as I was writing this post it was a little more complicated then I thought to explain. If you don’t want to attempt to make this journal it is for sale at World Market for $20.00 (click here!).

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

 

Woodland Adventure Scrapbooking Kits are HERE!

Happy Saturday everyone!! I hope that you have a wonderful week!

I hinted at this earlier in the week, and I am so excited for my first EVER scrapbooking kit!!

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Add some fun to any scrapbooking or art journal album!

This woodland inspired adventure kit includes:
(5) unique journal pages
(5) label images
(3) page borders
(12) stickers
(2) strings of yarn
(5) heart buttons

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All kits are handmade, printed, and packaged in Akron, Ohio. Journal pages, label images, and page borders are printed on 24 lb. resume quality paper.

Each image is 100% original designs of Make, Create, and Appreciate…or myself! I had so much fun designing these little critters! Although, my favorite is the tree stump, not entirely sure why…

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I’m going to be showing a demonstration on how to use this kit this month! However, if you are already hooked, the kits are on sale on my Etsy shop for $20.00 +shipping. First time buyer’s can snag 15% off their first purchase with coupon code NEWBIE!

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Kits do not include scissors or adhesive.

The possibilities are endless!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

Instagram Calendar!

Show off your favorite Instagram photos!

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Every year I buy a calendar, but this year I wanted to make my own! I’ve seen these tutorials in the before, but thought I would try it myself!

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Here is what you will need:
Twelve of your fave Instagram photos printed 6X6
7X7 Calendar
Scrapbooking paper
Adhesive (glue stick works great!)
Hole Punch
Yarn or Binder Rings

Project Time: in an afternoon
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $15

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The hardest part for me was choosing the photos that I wanted to use! I can’t believe I could only chose 12.

I have a printer at home, but you can also take them to any photo printing store. Measure your calendar and print your photos one inch smaller than your calendar.

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Cut your calendar down to just the months.
Also, cut your scrapbooking paper down to the size of your calendar. Mine was 7X7.

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Glue your photos in the center in of your scrapbooking paper. Arrange your photos according to the months you want them to be displayed. Glue your calendar days to the back of your photos (upside down).

What I did was begin in December. Have the photo displayed and adhere the calendar to the paper. Flip the photo down to display the photo for November. Glue the November calendar to the back of the December photo. Continue for the remainder of the year.

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Now, punch two holes at the bottom of the photos and one hole at the top.

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Insert your yarn or binder rings into the two holes and you’re done!

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I had so much fun personalizing this calendar. I was very happy with the way it turned out! I encourage you to try it yourself!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Restyled: Update an Old Footstool!

Update a hand-me-down or thrift store find!

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I love making furniture my own! I had a coworker a few months ago who was moving out of her house and getting rid of all of her furniture.
She had these two wooden footstools and as soon as I saw them, I knew exactly how I wanted to update them!

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Here is what you will need:
An old footstool
Spray Paint
Macrame Cord (two colors)
Drop cloth
Scissors

Project Time: Over the weekend
Project difficulty: Intermediate

Project Budget: around 25 dollars

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Remove the old seat cover using scissors or a box cutter. This can be a little messy.
Once stripped down to the “base,” place your drop cloth on the ground outside and use your spray paint on the base of the stools.

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This is going to take a couple coats. Make sure you pick up spray paint that is paint and primer, otherwise it make take three or four coats.

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Let dry OUTSIDE overnight. Otherwise your home will smell like paint!

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To start the base of your seat, tie your macrame cord around one side of your base.

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Now wrap the cord around the base on opposite sides to form the core “seat”, making sure your are wrapping very tightly and close together.

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Continue down the length of the base until you reach the end. This part can be a little confusing.
Wrap your cord around ONE SIDE and tie in a knot, similar to how you started the row. Trim the excess cord down and tuck “behind” your seat.

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You’re halfway done!

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On the other sides of the base, tie your second color in a similar fashion to how your knotted your first color cord.

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You can weave whatever pattern you want!

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If you want to keep it simple, you can weave the “over then under” technique, or you can make up your own pattern!

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One helpful hint for weaving, since it is almost impossible to gauge how much cord you will need is cut enough cord for a few rows at a time.
You can connect each row of cords with a knot and hide it underneath your base color.

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Continue down the rows alternating your pattern until you reach the end! I made a pyramid shaped pattern.

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I heart upcycling! Like I said, I THRIVE on making things my own. I would rather take the time to upgrade what I have than buy something new! What about you??

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Restyled! Paint-a-Table

Create a unique design on an old table you own!

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Here is what you will need:
An old table
Acrylic paint (I found that “Basic” brand works best)
Various Paint Brushes
Pencil and eraser

Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project difficulty: Moderately Easy

Project Budget: around 10 dollars (unless you need to buy a table)

Draw on your pattern than you want to paint with you pencil. Feel free to make mistakes and erase!

Then just go for it!

Here’s a time lapse of me painting! Don’t be afraid to change your mind. There was a balloon I had painted on blue – then painted over green!

Like I always say…have fun! Here is my finished product.

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Talk soon,
Jennifer

Painted Days: “I Fly Like Paper. Get Hi Like Planes”

Happy Monday! I never post on Monday’s – what a treat for you (and me)!!

I have another painting for you!

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This one is special to me.

I painted this one in inspiration of my best friend, Elise.
She moved from Ohio to Arizona almost two years ago. I miss her each and every day.

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Her and I had so many awesome times together in high school and through out my college career.
I would be lying if I said we didn’t have our ups and downs, but what best friends don’t?

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There has been so many good times, they totally out weigh the bad.

I joke with her about just showing up on her doorstep with a moving van and packing her stuff in it to bring it back to Ohio, but I totally would.

Each time “Bada Bing with a Pipe” by Four Years Strong comes on my Pandora I look up costs of moving vans…little does she know!

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Elise, if you’re reading this…I miss you buddy! Come back home, or at least a visit! My door is always open!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Painted Days: “A Starry Night in the Forest”

Good morning everyone! I hope you enjoy your day with positive vibes!

I am going to begin sharing my paintings with you from now on!

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I think there should be a slight background on myself.

Today is a learning moment about me. Those of you who are new to my blog may not have read my about me, or even know much about my college career.

I have never discussed this but I actually started off college as a duel degree in fine arts and art education (fine arts is a BA and art education is a BS). I wanted to be an art teacher. I truly enjoy teaching and training, but at the time when I started college I was too immature to take my education classes seriously. After two years of constant art studio classes I became burned out, and I also knew I would never make it in my education classes. I decided to change my major to geography. I never regret the choices I make in life, I believe that everything happens for a reason. I loved every minute of the time I spent as a geography major, but I do wish I would have just powered through the stress and toughed it out.

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It was hard. Here I was, taking a hobby that I used to de-stress and make into a career. I became stressed because I had deadlines to meet. It became unenjoyable. I lost my creativity.

Flash forward to 2015.

It took me almost two years to gain back my inspiration after being sucked dry of my creativity. I loved being an art major, my homework was paintings and my exams were critiques. I saved money on text books because I already owned the supplies for my classes, but the classes were very demanding.

I love that I now can buy a canvas and just paint what ever is on my mind. It took a while to get back here, and I’m glad I’m back! I am back into regularly painting! I excited to share my paintings with you! Like some that you see? You can always find the ones I share and more on my Etsy Shop!

Today, I present to you “A Starry Night in the Forest.”

Enjoy!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

 

 

D.I.Y Acorn Banner Kit!

Good Morning everyone! Happy Sunday Funday!

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I’m excited to announce my first “product”! I made this paper acorn banner a few weeks ago and thought it would be a great idea to share the same with you!

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Do It Yourself Paper Acorn Banner Kits are here!

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This do it yourself paper acorn banner kit includes the following:
(8) Tree Printed Acorn Bottom
(8) Polka Dot Acorn Tops
(8) Tree Printed Acorn Stems
(1) 53″ Piece Brown Yarn

This kit DOES NOT include adhesive or plastic sewing needles.

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Each paper piece is hand cut on textured paper, making each acorn one of a kind! Four different color choices for you to mix and match!

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This kit is hand packaged in Akron, Ohio. Easy to follow instructions included.

Check out my Etsy listing here. On sale for $10.00 + shipping!

Don’t forget about first time buyer discounts of 15% off! Coupon code: NEWBIE!

There are only two available, so hurry before they are gone!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Use Your Stash: DIY Ombre Paper Chandelier

Try making this easy Ombre Chandelier from your stash!


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I found all of this paper in my scrapbooking stash that matches my living room PERFECTLY! I kept trying to figure out how to use it until one day, you guessed, Pinterest! I saw this awesome paper chandelier!

Here is what you will need:
Five different colors of paper (monochromatic ranging from light to dark to get that ombre effect)
8″ Embroidery hoop (just the inside hoop, the one without the clasp)
1″ Circle hole punch
Light weight white yarn (I used from my stash)
Needle
Hot glue gun and scissors

Project time: 2-3 hours
Project difficulty: moderately east

Project budget: 15 dollars

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Lay out your paper to make sure it gives you the desired ombre effect you want. My famous line: have fun! If you don’t want to do ombre, don’t! Choose a color scheme that you like and go with it.

(Not shown) Wrap your embroidery hoop with your yarn, hot gluing the ends. This is the longest step of the project. Set a side when finished.

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Using your circle punch, make as many circles as you can with your different colored paper. If you are on a budget or don’t to waste paper – let’s do a little math:
6 colors and I used 2 circles per color. 13 stands. 13 * 2 = 26. There you go. 26 circles per color.

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Cut a 12″ piece of yarn, thread it on your needle and tie a knot at the end. “Sew” on each circle punch in your ombre pattern, starting darkest and working to lighted. Leave a space in between the circle, you will adjust this later. Repeat this for each of your 13 strands.

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Once all of your stands have been sewn, adjust the width in between each strand. I put the center of the circle and the edge of the previous one.

Grab your yarn-wrapped embroidery hoop and evenly space your strands around the hoop, hot gluing each strand to the inside of the hoop.

Tie on three support strings to be able to hang your finished product. I joined them all together and made a hoop knot.
Trim off the excess yarn from the strands at the hoop and at the bottom of each strand.

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I hung mine over my lamp in my living room! It adds a pop of color to a dull corner and looks beautiful at night!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer