Mother’s Day Homemade Card

I love to spoil my mother on Mother’s Day. Normally I buy her flowers, chocolate and/or jewelry. But this year, I decided to do something different and personal. Since I love making things with my hands, I made her a homemade card from scratch, and best of all it didn’t cost me one cent! Not only is this card free, it’s personal and will make my mother smile.


Video Instructions 


Materials

1) decorative Card Stock

2) printer/construction paper

3) glue/tape

4) “Happy Mother’s Day photoshop text graphic (optional)

5) tissue paper


Directions

1) Decide layout of the card to be horizontal or vertical. I chose vertical because it’s different from regualar vertical cards.

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2) Fold the construction paper.

3) Cut the card stock to match the size of your card.

4) Tape or glue the card stock unto the card.

5) Add your “Happy Mother’s Day” text graphic.

6) Cut up the tissue paper to make a boarder for the card.

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7) Give  it to Mom!


Tip*

* The goal of this card is to spend very little or nothing at all on it. In a card store, you would spend about $2.00-$3.00. But by coming up with creative ways to reuse paper and glue, you will save that money for other crafting materials in the future. Enjoy!

 

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3 WAYS TO REUSE INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms. I love sharing all my day to day adventures with my friends through pictures. But sharing photos on the internet shouldn’t be the only way to enjoy them. I found a way to make my filtered pictures come alive. In this turorial, I will show you three ways to reuse Instagram photos, so you have have them as tangible memories.


Video Instructions


#1) Photostrip

For the first project, you will need some basic photoshop skills. To gain some skills, visit here, here, or here. Otherwise, there are hundreds of site on the internet that will teach you photoshop skills from beginner to advanced.

Lets start the project!

  A) Choose at least 4 photos from your Instagram photos.

  B) Open up Photoshop.

  C) Make a 1.5 x 5 size grid.

  D) Add borders on the outside and inside to add that Instagram feel.

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  C) Add the pictures into the grid. Adjust it to your liking.

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#2) Casetagram

I love customizing my phone cases ( yes I have 6 phone cases)  anyway i can. In fact if you want more details on how to  personalize your case, click here.  Casetagram is a perfect way to show off your Instagram photos….on your phone case. Users can create an account that allows them to upload as many photos as they can and load them into different layouts. The case can be ordered and sent to the user’s home. Prices depend on what type of case you want to us and range from $30-$60. I believe it’s a bit expensive but worth the price if you want to have a professional case design for your device.

 

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A) On the Casetagram site, choose the make option.

B) Select which phone you want to make the case for. I chose the 5s.

C)  Choose a layout.

D) Insert your photos ( You are able to connect to it through the site)

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E) Save the design.

F) Order it and it will be sent!

Tip: * Make sure to browse through the site because there are tons of options to personalize your case.


#3) Calendagram

I just recently discovered this app. Just as the name suggests, users can upload pictures to make a personalized calendar. Unfortunately, the app only available for the iPhone/iPad devices. But it is free of download. Although, orders might get a little pricey. The calendar is versatile, it can be used for your desk or up on the wall.

A) Download the app unto your iPhone/iPad device.

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B) Choose the pictures you want to use.

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C) Order it!


 

There are millions of way to use your Instagram photos. Just make sure you are having fun with every project you make.

Cork Board Jewelry Hanger

I, like most girls, love jewelry. I have a massive collection of them from necklaces to toe rings. What I don’t have is a way to organize the necklaces I’ve obtained throughout the years.Buying a jewelry organizer can be expensive for my tight budget. So I found a way to save  money and use products I have in the house to make a homemade necklace hanger. The instructions below can tell how I made my life a little more organized by making this useful DIY. This project was inspired by this creative queen.


 

Video Instructions 


Materials

1) 4 pack mini cork boards ( Can be found here)

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2) Paint- I used bright colors to make my wall pop a bit more.

 3) Adhesive stickers for hanging.


Steps

1) Add tape to the cork board to make a geometry pattern. This is will also keep your paint nice and clean when painting.

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2) Paint your board inside the tape with the paints you chose. Repeat this step until you have painted all of your boards.

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3) After about 20-30 minutes, the paint will dry.

4) Peal the tapes carefully from the board.

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5) Add the sticky adhesive to the back of the board and hang it on your wall.

6) Add your jewelry and you are done!

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Keeping your jewelry organized has never been so much fun and creative!

Customize Your Cellphone Case

These days, cell phone cases are not only meant to protect your phone, they can be whatever you want them to be. Red, polkadots or animal prints. Cell phone cases can be used to express yourself and your creativity. That is why I have found a way to customize my phone. This project was inspired by this lovely lady.

Video Instructions


Materials

3d stickers/stickers/decorative tape/anything with an adhesive back

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A clear cell phone case ( I am using a clear iphone case, which can be found here.)


Steps

1) Make sure your clear phone case is dry before you begin.

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3) Add different colors and prints to your liking.

Tip: Using a clear case with stickers is  better because you can easily change it whenever you get bored with your case. Have fun!

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The Pennies Project

If you’re anything like me, you have loose change all over your place. Behind the couch, in a container or underneath your bed. I have collected lots of pennies around my home throughout the years and I wanted to put it to good use.  Who knew you can take an old pennies and turn it into a brand new frame? Here is how I did it.

Video Instructions

 

Materials

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1) A blank wooden frame.

2) loose change ( You will need about 100 for these to make this project depending on the size of your frame.)

3) Paint

4) Paint brushes ( different sizes to make it easier to pain hard to reach places.)

5) Glue gun with glue.

Steps

1) To begin, mix the paint in a small bowl with any color of your choosing. I used orange, red, brown and yellow paint to match the pennies.

2) Next, paint the blank frame until you can’t see most of the wood.

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3) After, let the paint sit for at least 24 hours before adding the pennies.

4) For this frame, I used three layers of pennies to fill the entire frame. First, glue the first layer of pennies on the outside perimeter of the frame.

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5) Then glue the pennies on the inside perimeter of the frame.

6) After, add the third layer of pennies on the very top of the pennies on the bottom layer. Keep adding until you can’t see most of the frame.

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7) Let the glue dry for about five minutes.

8) Add your favorite picture and that’s it.

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9) Give your frame as a gift or hang it up for yourself!

How to renew an old popcorn can

One of my favorite things about crafting is that you can re-make almost anything. During a visit to Goodwill a few weeks back, I found an old red popcorn can for about $1.99. Finding the can was perfect timing because I needed a new garbage can in my apartment. I have a pretty small bathroom so this size can was perfect. For days, I thought about a way to re-vamp the popcorn can to match my bathroom decorations. In comes my decorative tapes I’ve had for ages. I was saved by the tape! So I redid the can and added my own personal touch! See how I did it below!

Watch the video below for  visual instructions.


Materials Needed

Decorative Tape

Metal Canister

Scissors

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Steps

1)  To begin, be sure to wipe down the can to get rid of any dirt or debris.

2) Take a nice size of decorative tape and stick it on the can from top to bottom.

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 3) Repeat step number 2 until you have covered all of the can with the different designs of your tape.

4) Be sure to smooth out the strip of tape as you go to release any air bubbles.

5)  Lastly, cut the access tape from both ends of the can.

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Watch the video below for  visual instructions.

 

Trends in the Crafting Community

Trends change every season. In the crafting community, trends change too but craft queens (or kings) find new ways to use old trends. This year, many old trends are getting new makeovers. Below are my craft trends for the 2014 Spring season.

Below is a video of these great spring trends.

Trend #1

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Decorative Duck TapeThis tape is a fun twist to the everyday  duck tape we all know and love. Decorative Duck tape can open your eyes to many different creative uses. Just like normal Duck tape, decorative duck tape can be used on paper, wood and other materials. You can enhance anything just by adding a fun sticky, decorate tape to it.

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Washie tape– This kind of tape is the Japanese version of duck tape except it’s light and thinner in weight.  It too can be used for the items listed above.

Find inspirational ways to use Decorative Duck tape and Washie tape here.

Trend #2

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3D Stickers– Originally known for scrapbooking and card making, 3D stickers can also be used for anything you want to decorate because it’s more durable than flat stickers. These stickers come in any themes that will fit your overall idea. Find 3D stickers at Michaels.com

Trend #3

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A Blank Frame- A blank frame is super cheap and can be found at stores like Joanns. It can be a personal touch to your favorite memories. It is great for crafting because you can use paint/markers on it.

 

Craft Box Materials

Just like a cook needs utensils, a craft guru needs crafting materials for each project she or he makes. Below is the list of essential materials I recommend everyone to have in their craft box so they are ready for any project. The video below explains craft box materials in more detail. https://vimeo.com/89213676

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1)   Stock Paper- Stock paper is the go-to supply for projects because it is efficient for scrapbooking and making cards. Stock paper is thicker and coarser than normal printing paper since it’s made to last longer.

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2)   Crafting Tape-Any sort of tape is great for paper projects. Every craft person should have tape because it’s a safer way of sticking paper since it doesn’t leave sticky residue like glue does.

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3)   Paint-Acrylic paint or soy paint is another great essential to have in your craft box.  Paint normally dries fast and it contains stronger permanent colors that can make your projects pop.

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4)     Glue Gun-Speaking of glue, glue guns are a definite must have for crafting. You should have a glue gun stocked in your box because it can be used on most durable items like wood and metal projects.

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5)     Marker- Markers (I prefer permanent) are great for adding a little bit of bright life to your crafts. I prefer Sharpies brand because it’s the brand I can bank on finding in most stores. Markers can be used on any materials as well.

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6)    Blank Canvas-With a blank canvas, you can use permanent markers on them or paint them. They are for your own personal creation. Having multiple sizes gives you more options for your future projects. All craft supplies can be found at amazon.com or any other craft store.