Tuesday, August 27, 2013

His and Hers Bookmarks

Ever have one of those times where you want to read the same book as your significant other, or as someone else in your home, and yet keep losing your page?  You read when they are asleep, they read when you're at work, etc. ;)  Well, maybe you don't ever have that problem, but that doesn't make these "his" and "hers" bookmarks any less cute.

This is a short post, because you can almost figure out how to make these just by looking at them, but there are lots of pictures because, well I think they're cute. :)  The end.  But actually, here are just a few notes/instructions. Then happy bookmark making. And reading.

Note: For the "his"bookmark, I cut the argyle using my Cricut machine and the Lyrical Letters cartridge.  (This is a great cartridge to own, if you don't have it already.  I use it all the time.) The argyle image is just one of cute extra bonuses to the main font and texts.  :)  Thanks, Cricut. 

Cut the argyle using Cricut cartridge Lyrical Letters

For the "hers" bookmark, I used some pressed flower stickers, cut out a heart from a page from an old hollowed out book (more on that in my post next week), and then covered over the whole thing with lace for a very feminine texture.

Use pressed flowers and then a heart cut from an old book page.  

Cover with Mod Podge, then lace, press down, then cut off the excess lace when dry. 
 Voila.  His and Hers.  Hers and His. Really, anyone's, just cute.  Read up.

Both reading the same book? Mark two places.  Go on--read ahead. :)

And they lived happily ever after... 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Genius: Silhouette Pen Holder

Silhouette has a new design for their pen holder, which we carry at MakeitScrappin.com, so I decided to try it out.  I was curious how it would do drawing a sketch I found online...so I went with a DaVinci.  Go big or go home, right?  :)

da Vinci's Mechanical Wings sketch
My version, using my Silhouette Pen-Holder and a fine tipped marker.
First, I had to open the image using Silhouette Studio, and use the "Trace and Detach" function to get my image "drawable."  I played around with the settings until it covered most of the sketch, and then drew in a few lines of my own using the "free draw" tool to cover for areas where the lines had been too hard to capture.  (For how to get images from online turned into cut, print, or draw images, see my post on DIY: Print and Cut Designs. However, you will likely not want to increase the threshold so much for a sketch.) I kept many of the messy edges because it felt right for the look of this old sketch.

So, in using this pen holder, I found that for the type of pen that I was using, it was necessary to make a slight modification.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fun with Silhouette Interfacing, pt. 3: Tote Bags

For parts one and two of this 3-part idea series, see:
Part 1-- Dish Towels, and
Part 2-- Monogrammed Throw Pillows.
You can also check out a post on my floral lamp shade decoration project.
Again, we have two types of Silhouette Interfacing, fabric blades, stencil vinyl, and fabric paint on our website

So, this is my last post for a little while on ideas for using Silhouette Fabric Interfacing, although, I'd love to hear some of what you've made with it.  Also, just to see your versions of any of these projects!  Post a comment or send a picture! We'd love to see your stuff.

For this project, my aim was to make a personalized bag for a birthday gift.  I made my friend promise not to read this post, or look on our Facebook or Pinterest pages until after her birthday.  I'm so cruel.... but not really.  :)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Creative Organizing on a Dime, pt. 1: Sprucing Up Old Jars

With crafting and art, comes craft stuff.  And craft stuff needs a place to call home.  Even with the saying "A creative mind is seldom tidy," we try to at least keep up the facade when possible.  But, no one wants to spend a ton for expensive craft organizers.  So, this post is the first a few part series on how to creatively organize craft stuff on a budget, or on a dime, so to speak. But no one wants their craft space to look ugly, so here are also a few ways to decorate said cheap-organization tools, that you can fit to your taste and keep in the theme of, well, being crafty. :) ("Duh" note: these adorable creative organizers also work great for organizing things besides crafting supplies.  In case you were wondering. ;) )

Tonight's post: How to spruce up and repurpose old jars.

Made these decorative jars for about $3.50 total.  Clean out and use old jars from the fridge, or thrift them.
I'm sure you can tell from looking at them, that these are simple enough to make.  But in case you wanted a few instructions or tips, read on.  :)

Lace jar
Items needed: 
* White porcelain jar or cup
* Wide piece of lace (height of your jar)
* Mod Podge & sponge brush
* Scissors