NEW!! 3, 2, 1 Craft Recipe!

New Saturday MIXTRAVAGANZA series: 3, 2, 1 CRAFT RECIPE!! We all want to maximize the supplies we have but sometimes we are lost as to how to do it. I’m here to help you with a new but familiar way: a recipe! When you want to use your kitchen supplies or create something yummy you look for an easy recipe right? Well…this is the same! An easy recipe to create a project with your supplies. Each craft recipe will have the 3, 2, 1 system so it’ll be easy to remember and follow!This recipe is:3 Chipboard covering techniques2 Colors1 photo layoutHow fun is that?? let’s get cooking!! Unlike some of my projects this is a rather minimalist project. Not too many layers or embellishments on the page. Sometimes we want to get ahead with scrapping our photos and we don’t have a lot of time to invest in a complicated layout. So this one is fast! 3 Chipboard TechniquesI used …

Maximize Your Supplies – One Paper magic!

Creativity is magic! I think we can agree on that right?But does this magic have to be packed with many supplies and embellishments?Is creativity a direct result of how much stuff you use or how much money you spend?let’s challenge ourselves to create with less!I say that we can create magic with ONE sheet of paper! Who’s with me? One Sheet of Paper Interactive Mini Album Start with a 12×12 cardstock. I used a black one and covered it later but you can use a patterned double sided cardstock and then you can skip the covering part. Score it on the 4″ and 8″ marks, turn it a quarter of a turn and score again. Continue according to the items:First cut along all the lines (that are not dotted) and then fold:A: fold top center to the right. apply adhesive to top and bottom edges of right square and attach to create a pocket.B: fold down.C: fold top left square …

No Sew Fabric Mini Album

I love creating mini albums but not always use paper. I try to challenge myself to try new materials and see what kind of mini albums they would make. Today I played with fabric. And the best thing is that this mini album doesn’t need any sewing at all. So if you don’t have a sewing machine or don’t know how to sew you can still create this mini album! All you need is some ink, acrylic paint and stamping objects to create this fun project! I’m sure there are some fabric pieces in your stash you can play with…right? For this mini album you can use any type of cotton fabric or cheesecloth. It needs to be flexible and thin enough to be folded and its texture needs to be the kind you can paint on because it will be covered with gesso to prime it. felt, for example will not work here. This is basically the same process …

Use Your Stash! Using Forgotten & Unwanted Supplies

I love buying new craft supplies! Exciting, new products, new paper designs, new tools are introduced all the time and fill the shelves in the craft store. Who can resist it? So we buy…But what about what we already have?Those supplies suddenly look updated, old and that is if we even remember that we have them and can find them! Well…I think we have a TREASURE of supplies hidden in our stash and we can use it all! Even what looks old and we don’t really want anymore.Here are a few ideas I created over the years on how to use your supplies: Use old letter stickers or chipboard letters Use those leftover letters that we never use but don’t have the heart to throw away as a background element. Look at the shape of the letter instead of its meaning. You’ll find out that letters are beautiful and can be used as embellishments or texture elements. It doesn’t matter …

Frugal Crafting – Tips and Tricks!

We all need new creative ways to think about our stash and crafting. Our craft spaces are bursting with supplies and yet we buy more. Let’s use what we have and stop buying!!We can shop for supplies in our own drawers and shelves and create amazing projects without spending a dime! I asked fellow crafters and artists in the crafting industry to share some tips and tricks on how they do it. Here’s a roundup of their projects. For more photos of each project, detailed content and material list please click the link attached to each tip. Keren Tamir: How to make a layout look expensive yet spend under 5$ Here are Keren’s tips on how to do that:1. Save your scraps. Use them to build the layout.2. Buy reusable items like masks and stamps.3. Fussy cut elements from your pages to use as layers and embellishments on your layouts.4. Buy products that contain numerous items that would last for …

Maximize Your Supplies: How to Craft More and Pay Less

We all have TOO many craft supplies! We can’t help ourselves…when we go into a craft store we’re like a kid in a candy store. We just can’t get enough! Everything looks so pretty and exciting and all kind of creative ideas starts flying in our heads. We just know we’ll have time for all those projects and we just know that we NEED all those supplies! DO WE? Really? I think not! I’m here to tell you we all have a craft store in our house!! We just need to use it wisely! There are so many projects hiding among those papers, fabric squares, paints and craft supplies. We just need to get smart! Craft More and Buy Less! We can all save our money and still enjoy crafting if we do two things: 1. Shop for crafting supplies in our own stash! 2. Find more affordable ways to buy supplies or get them IF we really need them! …

Wall of Inspiration: Abstract Painting

“Abstract painting does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world, even in an extremely distorted or exaggerated way. Therefore, the subject of the work is based on what you see: color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale and, in some cases, the process”. Beth Gersh-Nesic Art History Expert In a continuation of my Wall of Inspiration adventure I decided to explore abstract painting. it wasn’t easy. Not because I didn’t know what to paint, that was easy. I found myself letting go and just having fun on a canvas, trying new tools and techniques with acrylic paints. The hard thing was resisting the urge to add text. I know I could have done that. After all there are no rules to this kind of painting but the traditional abstract is suppose to be without anything real, so I wanted to stick with that. But for someone like me, an art journal enthusiast, not using words was difficult. The only materials …

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