HOW TO MAKE ARTS & CRAFTS IN QUARANTINE

Inside: how to make art & crafts when you’re stuck at home   How are you doing in these crazy times? Most likely you’re stuck at home like the rest of us and bored out of your mind 🙂 Even though creative people are seldom bored finding new ways to make arts & crafts is always a good idea.     MAKING ARTS & CRAFTS IN QUARANTINE   Even if you’re stuck at home there are still ways you can make arts & crafts. It’s well known that art and crafts are therapeutic and can help alleviate stress and cope with anxiety. So making arts & crafts can be valuable now even more so finding time for that everyday is great! Don’t worry about your craft stash – almost all these ideas require basic craft supplies and you can use whatever you have in your stash!   MAKE ART   It might sound stupid and obvious but it can be …

10 IMPORTANT TIPS FOR STENCILS EVERY CRAFTER SHOULD KNOW

Inside: The best tips to working with stencils and getting amazing results   Stencils are one of the most common crafting tools, we use it in mixed media, art journaling, scrapbooking and card making. As a long time crafter you can be sure I’ve made every mistake possible using stencils and paint. So make sure to read through these tips I’ve figured out over the years before you use stencils in your next project.     HOW TO USE STENCILS Stencils are very versatile and can be used in many different ways. They allow you to create patterns and images on almost any surface. The end result depends on the material you use with the stencil. The most important thing to remember about this is that the drier the material you use the better the result!   TIP #1: HOW TO HOLD YOUR STENCIL IN PLACE The best way to make sure your stencil doesn’t move is to secure it …

7 AWESOME REASONS TO MAKE MIXED MEDIA PROJECTS

  Inside: the awesome reasons to make mixed media projects and how to get started with mixed media   Mixed media is all the rage these days but for some people it still remains a mystery. When I talk to crafters about mixed media and ask them if they do any mixed media projects, many of them answer NO. “I just don’t know where to start”, “I never know what to do exactly” are some of the comments I hear. Mixed media is one of my favorite way of creating so it makes me sad to hear that people struggle with it. BUT… it’s true – mixed media is sometimes hard to comprehend and it can be confusing. But I think that if you understand the basics and get excited about it then getting into it will be so much easier! First thing’s first…     WHAT IS MIXED MEDIA Mixed media is an artwork in which more than one …

WHAT ARE THE BEST CUTTING TOOLS TO USE?

Inside: craft cutting tools tips and recommendations   I was recently asked about what paper cutting tools I use. I wanted to answer right away, but then I realized the answer is not as clear as I thought it was. There are different ways to achieve the same result and each crafter has its own preferences and tools.     GENERAL PAPER CUTTING TOOLS When you are faced with a task of cutting a piece of paper you basically have two options: A craft knife or scissors right? Wrong! Because you have different kinds of knives and scissors and trimmers and cutters and the list is almost endless. So How do you know what to use for what? PAPER CUTTING TOOLS FOR A STRAIGHT CUT The best way to cut a straight line is to use a trimmer. It is fast, accurate and easy. I use it whenever I need to cut squares of paper, like a 12×12 page in …

SMART WAYS TO USE YOUR CHERISHED OLD CARDS

Inside: smart ways to use all your old cards from the holidays. Instead of throwing them away reuse and re-purpose them!   This time of year we all have many cards around the house. On one hand I always feel really bad throwing them away because people took the time to pick them, write something and then send them but on the other hand I don’t really want to keep them because it’s just a card with a few words like I get every year and if I keep them all I’ll need another room… Lol So I started thinking if keeping them or throwing them were my two only options… apparently not!     WAYS TO USE OLD CARDS   KEEP THEM Keep cards from special events like a wedding or Bar-Mitzva as a piece of family history to show your children or grandchildren. Don’t keep all of them just the ones with special design, words or someone really …

10 CLEVER REASONS YOU’LL WANT TO MAKE MINI ALBUMS

Inside: 10 reasons you’ll want to make mini albums for your photos   When I discovered mini albums a few years back I thought I discovered a treasure! I thought it was a genius solution for many of the issues I had with the large 12×12 scrapbook pages. I have to admit that since then I hardly made any layouts and I’m completely in love with the mini album concept. However I often get asked what’s the point? Why make mini albums instead of the traditional 12×12 pages? What are the benefits… why should I make them?     WHY MAKE MINI ALBUMS   MANAGEABLE PROJECT For some people, especially me, the thought of starting a big 12X12 scrapbook is just too overwhelming and time consuming. Just the thought of starting a large page, think about how to fit all these photos to one or two pages really discourages me from even starting. When I know there is a beginning …

HOW TO MAKE CARDS WITH SPECIAL EFFECTS

Inside: how to make amazing cards with special effects   Even in this era of sending cards via the internet on on your mobile phone I still prefer getting real handmade physical cards. I consider myself a modern girl, I have an account on almost every social media platform I know my way around a smart phone and a computer but there is something about opening your mail box and seeing an envelope of something other than a bill and then opening that envelope and finding a card that was made with love just for you. I love that feeling…don’t you?     MAKING CARDS WITH SPECIAL EFFECTS The next best feeling, or maybe even the best feeling is not receiving the card but making it! Christmas is almost here so if you haven’t started making cards…you should hurry! I love making cards but at some point making ordinary cards seemed boring not just for me but also for those …

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