Sunday, August 18, 2013

DIY Instagram Picture Canvas!

I recently discovered Printstagram by Social Print Studio and instantly fell in love! I have been a long time user of Instagram and I was thrilled when I decided to actually get some of my pictures printed!
If you visit or  you will see that they have a range of printing options. My favorites:
Squares                                              Minibook
Tinybook                                           Stickers

There are more options, but these are the ones that make me happy :-)
I chose just the squares. And you have the option of two sizes, I decided to get the smaller 2in squares. One of the best benefits of Printstagram is that their prints come very quickly in the mail, mine within days! So once you order and receive your prints... you are ready to begin!

For this project you need:
  • Printstagram prints
  • Mod Podge (glossy or mat)
  • Square canvas, size of your choice (I chose four 10x10in canvases to place in a square on the wall. I purchased two 2 packs of inexpensive value canvas from Michaels [SKU: 184436])
You'll start by picking through your prints and choosing your favs.
You can arrange them on the canvas until you get the design you love!
Then, you will use your Mod Podge (I chose mat instead of glossy because I really liked how the prints were mat and when you use glossy it tends to magnify the brush strokes of the Mod Podge) and a brush of your choice to cover the bottom or top row on the canvas. 
  Simply lay down your prints and press them down into place. Repeat this until the entire canvas is covered and your pictures are all in place. You can choose to let in dry for a minute or two. Then, you will apply a layer of Mod Podge over the top of your prints covering the entire collage. DON'T WORRY, the Mod Podge will NOT ruin your prints. It is best to apply a thinner layer to avoid any warbling, but the prints are fairly thick and will not get distorted or ruined by the Mod Podge.

Let it dry completely before applying another coat of Mod Podge. Two coats should be enough, you can choose to do more. You might also want to Mod Podge or paint the sides of the canvas to prevent from any wear and dirt. And you are finished!

Click the image below to visit Printstagram 
and order your prints now!

Friday, July 26, 2013

DIY Address and Recipe Book!

So I have been looking for months in every store I go to for a cute recipe book and address book. So after a few weeks of frustration I decided to make one instead! They were fairly easy to make and only cost about $30 total! (you might even have more supplies at home than I did)
I purchased all of my supplies from Michaels:
  • Recollections chipboard kit (included the chipboard covers and rings)
  • White card stock paper
  • Small pack of rainbow card stock paper (2x3in)
Supplies I used from home:
  • Alphabet stamps large and small
  • Decorative stamps
  • Black ink
  • Paper adhesive runner
  • Hole punch
  • Paper cutter

I started by cutting my card stock paper to the correct length. 
Then I went through and hole punched each page in the correct spot using the chipboard covers as my guide.
After that, I used the rainbow colored card stock paper to cut out my tabs, which I then stamped using my small alphabet stamps.
I made the tabs a little longer so that I could use my tape runner to adhere my tabs to the back of the pages. 
(For the address book I did letters across the tabs and for the recipe book I decided to categorize by meat group! You can do whatever you'd like.)

Then, I went through the book and added decoration to the tabbed pages. For the address book I stamped the letters on the page along with a flower decoration, and for the recipe book I stamped out the category as well as a decorative scroll. 

Then, I added the finishing touches by added a decorative line across the pages in the address book so that I could fit two contacts on the front and back of each page. And lastly I decorated the front cover of each book by stamping out the titles and adding a decorative scroll!

These books are so adorable and could be used for endless possibilities!

Monday, April 15, 2013

DIY Clock!

What You Will Need:
  • Plaque (pre-holed)
  • Clock Movement Kit (Artminds from Michaels)
  • Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Painters Tape
  • Number Stencils or Numbers
Start by painting the plaque all one solid color, I chose white.

Once it is completely dry, apply the painters tape in the design of your choice. I did stripes. 
You can then paint on the second color and remove the tape once it dries.

Once the paint dries, you can use stencils or apply the numbers. Also, when that is completely dry you will want to apply two coats of Mod Podge ( I chose glossy)

Then, assemble the clock movement kit per instructions and your done!

Sunday, September 30, 2012


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DIY Sign Holder

Hey there! We have a craft show coming up this weekend and we have been so busy preparing! But today I  made some super easy, super quick sign holders for our display! 

All you need is a baby food jar, a popsicle stick, a mini clothespin, a hot glue gun, fabic, scrapbook paper, or paint (if you wish to decorate the jar), and sand, pebbles, or something to weight the inside down!

I started by glueing the mini clothespins to the top of the popsicle stick:

Then, I put a big glob of hot glue in the bottom of the baby food jar and placed the popsicle stick upright inside it. Make sure you hold it in place until the glue is dry! 

Then, I filled the jar with sand to help keep the popsicle stick in place and keep it from falling over!

And to finish I simply glued fabric around the jar to decorate it!
Quick, easy, and cute!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

DIY Framed Silhouettes

My brother's 22nd birthday was August 10th. He had sent me some ideas of what he would want as a gift, and with those ideas was a Sherlock Holmes framed silhouette that he found on Etsy. And of course, like most things, when I saw it I said... "I can make that".

So, I decided to not only make one but three, each one corresponding to a tv show or book that he loves. I purchased 3 identical frames and black and white scrapbook paper from Michael's.

(Sorry about the picture quality, I took these from my phone.)

 Sherlock Holmes:
I started by finding a Sherlock Holmes silhouette on Google and printing it out. I also found an online Sherlock Holmes book, copied the first page, and used word to edit and format the text to fit the background of my frame. (For all three, I used the Courier New font to make the text look like it was from an old book. I also stretched the title across the top as you would see in a book) I printed it out on white cardstock/scrapbook paper.
Using scissors (or an x-acto knife) I cut out the silhouette. Then, I traced it onto my black cardstock/scrapbook paper and used the scissors to cut that out as well. Then to finish, I simply used a glue stick (which is the best when gluing paper) and glued the silhouette on the center of the text!

 Doctor Who:
The second picture I made was of the T.V. show Doctor Who. I used the same method, only I printed out a script and I cut out a silhouette of the Tardis (a time machine/police box from the show).

And the last one I made was of the T.V. show C.S.I. I couldn't find a copy of the book or a script online, so I thought it would be neat to copy information about the show for the background. I just used Wikipedia and copied parts of the page! Then, I made a hand print silhouette to go on top!

These were fairly easy to make and my brother absolutely loved them! They are also very inexpensive and make a great gift!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

DIY T-Shirt Tanks

These "do-it-yourself" t-shirt tanks are so easy and inexpensive to make. I decided to make these for my fitness classes, but they are also great for summer!

All you need is scissors and a t-shirt!
When choosing a shirt you can either use a size or two larger, which I did, for a baggy tank top or you can use a t-shirt that is your size for a more fitted look. 
(I found these from Michael's for less than $5)

When making all of these tanks, I started by cutting off the sleeves and the neckline. I decided to plunge low for the sleeves, but you can cut as little or as much as you like.
Same thing goes for the neckline!


For the "cord" style (my bright blue and white shirts), I pulled in the straps and used a scrap piece of t-shirt to wrap them together.
Begin by tying the scrap t-shirt in a knot towards the top, wrapping it around a few times, and end it by knotting the end of the scrap piece to the shirt and tucking the ends.
You can make the cord long or short.

For the "tie" style (my pink shirt) I simply pulled the straps in and tied them together with a knot, allowing the end of the ties to hang down.

And for the "weaved" style (my dark blue shirt) I used this tutorial:
"T-Shirt Weaving" and I did it to the back of my shirt!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Birthday Banners!

A few days ago we made the banners for Quinn's 1st birthday party! One is to go on the outside of the house that says "Happy 1st B-Day Quinn" and the second one that goes around her highchair says "Birthday Girl"!

They were both made the same way using:
  • Scrapbook paper (3 colors)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Cricut or stencils
(You are going to want to figure out how many "flags" you are going to need on your banners; this depends on how long it needs to be and how many letters you are going to use.)

We started out by cutting all the scrapbook paper horizontally. Half a sheet of scrapbook paper made one flag.

We decided to layer the flags so we did two different colors!

Next, we took the half sheet of paper and and bent it in half vertically, then we gently creased the the bottom of the paper. (this made sure that we found the exact middle of the paper. If you would rather use a ruler and measure the center that is fine too.)

Next, we cut the paper from the top edge and the center mark that we just found.

We did this for both sides and had our perfect triangle-shaped flags!
For the lighter pink (the top flag) all we did to make it that inch smaller was:
  • Lay the flags on top of eachother
  • Pull the top flag up about an inch or two
  • Cut the top off
 Next after that, we used the Cricut machine to cut out our letters, glued them on using craft glue, used a whole punch to punch out two holes on the top of the flag, and used to ribbon to finish our banners!

 And as for the highchair banner, instead of adding letters to the flag we just made one center piece!