Category: use your stash

February Mini Album!

I am slowly but surely getting my 2016 mini albums together! I finished my January album back in March. This month I finished February and March!

DIY February 2016 Homemade Mini Scrapbook Album
I used this Mint 4X4 Album and added some jewel flair to the front.

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I really like using these phrase stickers with my February album! It kept the pages simple yet fun at the same time!

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I love looking through these albums! I cannot believe I was wearing a sundress in the middle of February!

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I’m excited to read and re-read some my E-courses that I’ve purchased to incorporate some new techniques! I may even have to look through some of my past art journals! At some point, I will be caught up on the months and can release my post in conjunction with the end of the month.

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What about you? What is your favorite way to document some of your favorite life moments??

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

Recycled: Reuse Old Light Bulbs

Don’t throw them away! Reuse them!

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I have seen SO MANY projects that reuses old light bulbs. Either I am cursed to constantly buy light bulbs or destined to make a project with them because light bulbs do not last very long in my apartment. Here are few ways to recycle those burned out bulbs.

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Here is what you will need:
Old light bulbs
Glass Paint
Glitter
Elmer’s glue or Modge Podge

Project Time: in an afternoon
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $5

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Option One: Painted.

This one is pretty simple. Just use glass paint to add a pop of color to the bulbs. It took me three coats to make a solid color. I wrapped a piece of tin foil around the bottom of the bulb to stand it up when drying.

Option Two: Glitter

I used a similar technique on clothes pins on this project. Cover the bulb with glue or modge podge, then roll in glitter. Let dry. Cover the glitter with another layer of glue or podge to set in place. Let dry.

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I think these would make great holiday ornaments, but there are other ways to display them as well. I will admit, it was sort of a Pinterest fail for me. I LOVED the way the bulbs turned out….however….the display that I made with them was less than satisfying. I ended up tossing it out, but that’s okay! I still have the curse and have already collect more bulbs to repeat this project!!

What projects have you seen with recycled bulbs? I would love to know (so I can try them of course!!)

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Accordion Photo Book

Here is an easy way to make use of all those cell phone photos!

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March is a special month for me. This marks one year of adopting my bestest friend in the world: JayJay! He came to me at a time in my life when I really needed a friend. You can read the full story of how we came together here. As I look over the past year, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to adopt him.

I thought it would be fun to “commemorate” our friendship with all my favorite photos from the past year. I found this idea on Pinterest for an accordion photo book and though it would be a perfect project for this idea!

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Here is what you will need:
Four or Five different Scrapbooking pages
Various embellishments
10-15 of your favorite photos
Scissors, Adhesive, and Markers

Project Time: in an afternoon
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $10 (unless you use your stash)

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First, fold the scrapbooking paper in half. Then adhere the back of one page to the front of another. Continue this until you have glued all the pages together to create one long page.

Print off all the photos that you want to use and cut them to size. Now, just go crazy!

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I had so much fun decorating. I looked at it as almost a timeline of all the fun things JayJay and I have done together over the last year. You can make a theme throughout the book or make each page stand alone. Add text, draw pictures, glitter, whatever you want!

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When I was all done decorating, I added a ribbon to tie it closed.

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Have fun with it!

What kind of projects do you like to do to celebrate your friendships?

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Use Your Stash: Arrow Banner!

Add some color to any room!

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I saw something similar to this on Pinterest a few months ago and finally got around to trying it. I think it was because I had finally cleaned my studio and had the space to sew. I’m also trying to use my fabric stash, and through this would be a great project for it!

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Here is what you will need:
Various Colors of Scrap Fabric
Poly-fiber Microfill (stuffing)
Freezer Paper
Iron and Ironing Board
Scissors
Sewing machine
Needle and Thread
Yarn

Project Time: over the weekend
Project Difficulty: Moderate

Project budget: around $5-10 (depending on if you need to but stuffing or fabric)

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Draw the arrow pattern on to the freezer paper, and cut it out. Place the waxy side down, and use the iron to temporarily adhere the pattern to a piece of scrap fabric. (top left)  Cut out around the pattern and remove the paper when done (top right). Repeat this step until you have cut out the number of arrows that you want to make your banner. (middle left) Make sure you are cutting out a front and a back for each arrow. I made six arrows!

Sew the right sides of each arrow together using a half inch seam allowance. Leave the end of the arrow’s open for turning and stuffing. (middle right) Turn each of the arrows and fill with the stuffing. (bottom left). Once stuffed, use the invisible stitch to hand sew the openings closed.

Measure out equal lengths of yarn. Tie on end in a knot and thread the other through a needle. Sew the arrows together, from the point on the arrow to the middle of the back. Repeat for all the arrows. (bottom right)

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I made my arrows a little bigger than I wanted, but that’s okay (I made adjustments).

Where do you get project inspiration from? How do you try and use your stash?

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

D.I.Y. Foxy Stuffed Animal

Make a best friend – for you best friend!

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Try this easy stuffed animal friend to gift to a friend or add a bit of decoration to your home! Some basic sewing skills are required.

Here is what you will need:
1 yard of red fabric
2 pieces of scrap fabric (they can be the same or different)
Poly-fiber Microfill (stuffing)
Fabric Paint
Freezer Paper
Scissors
Iron and Ironing Board
Sewing machine
Needle and Thread

Project Time: in an afternoon
Project Difficulty: Moderate

Project budget: around $15

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Draw the fox pattern on to the freezer paper, including the details, and cut it out. (top left) Place the waxy side down, and use the iron to temporarily adhere the pattern to the red fabric. (top right) Cut out around the pattern and remove the paper when done. Be sure to cut two of each (front and back).

Freezer paper is a great tool for crafting. It allows you to draw and cut out ANY shape you want and will temporarily adhere to most mediums. The best part is when the paper is removed, there is no mess or residue left behind!

Cut out the details from the fox pattern and repeat the steps above. (bottom left) Pin the details to the FRONT of the body and tail cut outs. (bottom right)

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Take the two tails and with RIGHT sides together (top left)  sew around the edge, leaving a half inch seam allowance. (top right) Leave the bottom edge open for stuffing. Turn it right side out.

Here is where it gets a little tricky. Take the body cut out with your patch detail and the tail (turned right side out) and line the tail up to the long edge, the tail detail and the body detail facing each other. Place the other body cut out on of the tail, lined up with it’s counterpart, and pin in place. (bottom left) Sew around the edge using a half inch seam allowance and leaving the bottom edge open for stuffing. Turn right out. (bottom right)

Take your stuffing and fill in the two halves. You can add as much or as little as you want. Once stuffed, use the invisible stitch to hand sew the openings closed. Add the face details with fabric paint and let dry overnight.

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Try it!

I usually don’t make stuffed animals for my friends and family because I know they won’t display them as much as I would. I made everyone different gifts for Valentine’s Day.

What about you? What did you make or get your friend’s or significant others for Valentine’s Day?

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

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

Use Your Stash! Scrap Fabric Mail Organizer!

Use scrap fabric to make a mail organizer!

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I have SO MUCH scrap fabric in my stash! A few weeks ago, I used an old picture frame to make my own canvas. This idea is some-what the same concept, but I’ll show you how to use small scraps of fabric!

Here is what you will need:
An old picture frame or painting canvas of any size (I used one that I painted on one to many times but I never really liked!)
Fabric scraps
Medium weight fusible interfacing (optional)
Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler
(scissors will work if you don’t have these!)
Staple Gun
Sewing
Machine Iron and ironing board

Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project Difficulty: Moderately difficult

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First, cut your fabric scraps to roughly the same size. You don’t need to make these precise, we will trim them down later! You can used as many colors as you want, I chose three (plus one to cover the base with.) I used interfacing to add some support to each “pocket” (scraps of fabric). This is optional. If you are using the interfacing, cut these to the same time as your scraps as well!

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Next, using you iron, fuse the interfacing your scraps (if you are using the interfacing.) After fusing the interfacing, use your straight edge and rotary cutter, trim you all three of your scraps to 5″ wide, don’t worry about the length because you’ll trim this down later.

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Fold one side to make a 1/2″ seam and pin in place. Repeat this with each one of your “pockets” (scraps of fabric.)

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Sew the seams in place using a zig-zag stitch. Repeat on the other “pockets” (scraps of fabric). Set aside once complete.

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Cover your canvas or picture frame with your base fabric using your staple gun. I wrote a great tutorial here!

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Take each of your strips and layer evenly down your base, securing them in place with your staple gun. Start from the top and work your way down. Take one pocket and secure in place on the back of your canvas. Wrap the strip around the front and to the back of the opposite side. Hold the strip tightly and staple in place.

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Staple along the bottom of the strip to the wood base along the front of the canvas to create your pocket. Repeat this with the two remaining strips (or however many pockets you are making.)

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Use the same technique to wrap your corners of your bottom pocket that you use to wrap the corners of your base.

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Trim the excess fabric from the back and you’re all done!

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Hang on your wall and sort your mail! Obviously, this picture is a lot prettier than what my actual mail looks like!

What fun crafts have you made to help organize your mail?

Have fun!!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Easy Crochet Pendant Banner! (+ GIVEAWAY!!) [closed]

Let’s have fun with your yarn scraps!

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Happy Hump Day All!! Long time no post…I know!

Things got a little hectic in my work life and I lost a little of my work/life balance. I’m slowly working on personal goals for myself, one of which is being more present will all of you!

Alas! What do we have today?! A fun crochet project!

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I have SO MUCH yarn in my stock pile all the time.

Sometimes I buy a specific color for a project then NEVER use it again. I don’t know if you remember but I am very “use your stash” focused.

Well, a few months ago, I made this fun project which centers on using up those old scraps of yarn that you don’t know what else to use it for! I thought it would be fun to make a colorful crochet banner!

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Here is what you will need:
4-5 different color yarns
Crochet Hook (my favorite is a size J, I recommend using a I or J)
Plastic finishing needle

Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project Difficulty: Moderately Easy (basic crochet skills required!)

Pattern Dictionary:
HDC – half double
2HDC – two half double crochet in one stitch
SLP ST – slip stitch

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First, we are going to make the pendants. I made 10 but you can make as little or as many as you want.

Start off – chain 2

Row 1 – In the second stitch, 2HDC, chain 1 and turn. (2)

Row 2 – 2HDC both of the stitches, chain 1 and turn. (4)

Row 3 – In the first stich, 2HDC. HDC in the next two stitches, 2HDC in the last stitch, chain 1 and turn. (6)

Row 4 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (6)

Row 5 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (6)

Row 6 – In the first stich, 2HDC. HDC in the next four stitches, 2HDC in the last stitch, chain 2 and turn. (8)

Row 7 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (8)

Row 8 – In the first stich, 2HDC. HDC in the next eight stitches, 2HDC in the last stitch, chain 2 and turn. (10)

Row 9 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (10)

Row 10 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (10)

Row 11 – In the first stich, 2HDC. HDC in the next ten stitches, 2HDC in the last stitch, chain 2 and turn. (12)

Row 12 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (12) Finish off.

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As previously stated, I made 10 of these. Please feel free to get creative! Change colors half way, a quarter of the way, not at all the way through! Mix and match!

Just have fun!! Don’t forget to sew in your ends!

Now we are going to string it all together.

Start off – Chain 20

Take your first pendant and continue along your chain – SLP ST on the top of each stitch (12 total) Keep going after you SLP STs and chain 10.

Take your next pendant and continue along your chain – SLP ST on the top of each stitch (12 total) Keep going after you SLP STs and chain 10.

Repeat this pattern until you have used all of your pendants.

Once you reach the end of your last pendant, chain 21 and turn.

For the next row, skip the first stitch and HDC in each of the stitches along your banner. Depending on how many pendants you made changes the number of stiches you make.
For my pattern of 10 pendants, you will have 250 stitches. Chain 1 and turn.

HDC along all of your stitches again. Finish off.

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Enjoy! I made one that complimented my macramé wall décor I made a few months ago.

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I also had fun and made a pizza one. Speaking off – this brings me to my special announcement:

Drum roll please!!!

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GIVEAWAY!!! I’m excited to announce that I will now be doing a monthly give away! It’s super easy to enter.

Leave a comment with your best contact email on this post and be instantly entered to win! The drawing will be done at the end of each month.

The winner will be contacted at the end of the month via email.

What am I giving away this month? Enter to win my crochet pizza banner! (Don’t worry, I’m not going to send you spam email, I promise!!)

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 I’d love to see your creations! I know I have more banner ideas I cannot wait to share! Be sure to enter to win!! 
Happy Crafting and talk soon,
Jennifer