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Sunday, March 19th, 2017
My Formula for Buying Craft Supplies Online

When you buy craft supplies online do you have a method or you just buy whatever you see? Today I want to share with you My Formula for Buying Craft Supplies Online without spending unnecessary money or time.     My Formula for Buying Craft Supplies Online  Most of the supplies I use are either unavailable here or very expensive so I do most of my shopping online. That is sometimes a challenge because I can’t “feel” or touch the items myself. So I have my own formula of shopping that ensures I get what I need. This method works for store shopping too. 1. Make a list When I work I always have a piece of paper on the desk titled The List. This is a list of supplies that I NEED to buy. While I’m working some supplies are finished so I write them down on the list. I also get ideas for supplies I need and don’t have …

Friday, March 10th, 2017
5 Ways to Make Your Photos Pop

If you’re scrapbooking (and you better be) you’re probably looking for ways to make your photos noticeable on the layouts you create. Today I have 5 Ways to make Your Photos Pop. The photo is usually the focal point of the layout but it’s always a good idea to make it pop even more!     5 Ways to make Your Photos Pop Use Interesting Shapes My favorite shape to use is a circle. This is not a shape you would expect a photo to be so it’s surprising and draws your eyes immediately. You can also cut your photos into an oval, heart or even diamond shapes. Another great idea is to cut the photo along the lines of the image on it. For example: a person sitting, dancing or just standing.                                     Use Contrasting Colors Put a white and black photo …

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
My Steampunk Projects Essential Materials

One of the questions I get asked a lot is what are My Steampunk Projects Essential Materials. I think steampunk is still one of the mysteries of crafting for a lot of people and many are unclear as to what steampunk is and how to create a steampunk project.       My Steampunk Projects Essential Materials Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West” (Wikipedia). So basically steampunk for me is a lot of metal, cogwheels, mechanical parts etc. To achieve the steampunk look you need some essentials: Metal Parts This is I think the most important element of all so I’m going to break it down a little: New metal pieces You can get metal pieces in two main places: craft stores and Home …

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
3 Reasons to Hand Write in Your Art Journal

I know some of you don’t like using their hand writing on their art journal pages. But I want to share my 3 Reasons to Hand Write in Your Art Journal and offer a new way of looking at your hand writing.     3 Reasons to Hand Write in Your Art Journal It’s Versatile When you write your quote or sentence you have endless possibilities. You can decide on the font, the size, the color and the shape. When you use a stamp, a sticker or cut out letters you have to compromise on each of those things. When you use your own hand writing you can match the letters to the page and give then the exact look that you want.     On this page for example I wanted to show that different is good. So I wrote different letters with different shapes and sizes to get the message across. You Can Practice Your art journal is …

Sunday, February 12th, 2017
How to Find Art Journal Supplies for Cheap

If you were wondering How to Find Art Journal Supplies for Cheap I have a few ideas for you. The best place to find cheap supplies for your art journal is at the Dollar Store. I know there isn’t a Dollar Store in every city or country but there are versions of it or cheap stores for toys or stationary. You’ll find these supplies in all of them.     How to Find Art Journal Supplies for Cheap Art Journal Art journal doesn’t have to be a fancy one. Any sketchbook or old book can be an art journal. You can even use a coloring book with sturdy pages. Just cover the pages with white paint or gesso so the page will be white and prepped for any medium. Gesso Gesso is an opaque and matte paint that is used to cover canvases or prepare surfaces for being painted. Think of it as primer for your art journal. Gesso is …

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
What I Do When a Project Goes Wrong

What I Do When a Project Goes Wrong is something I get asked a lot. I’m not perfect and sometimes my projects go wrong too. They might not come out as I envisioned them or even worse they turned out ugly, at least in my eyes. I admit it doesn’t happen often but when it does happen here’s what I do…     What I Do When a Project Goes Wrong Accept it This step is not easy. In order to be a crafter or an artist you have to accept the fact that sometimes things go wrong. There will be times when a project you worked on will not be as you wanted. You will look at it and not be happy. You need to accept that these things happen. As talented as you are some things just don’t work out. It doesn’t say anything about your talent or ability as an artist. Save it I always try to …

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
5 Mistakes You Should Make When Creating

This post title: 5 Mistakes You Should Make When Creating is confusing a little right? Nobody likes to make mistakes or fail. We all like our projects to be perfect and if they don’t come out like we envisioned them we usually throw them away, at least I do. BUT if we don’t practice failing and feel comfortable with failure, we can’t really move forward in your creativity. If we don’t learn to take and embrace risks, we may never discover something truly special. So today I wanted to talk about 5 mistakes you should make when creating in order to discover or make something creatively unique.     5 Mistakes You Should Make When Creating Mistake #1: Break the fundamental rules of design. When you first start creating, you spend a lot of time learning how to make your projects look well-designed. You learn all the rules of design including proportion, scale, and balance. Once you’ve become familiar with these rules, you …

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