Saturday Scrapping Easter Pages!

Hi friends! I hope you are having a good weekend. I mentioned earlier today on Facebook that my craft room had hit critical mass. I had several orders for upcoming workshops and framing jobs arrive this week and lots of things to finish up and package for the Made in Maine Expo I am getting ready for May 2nd and it was all just there congesting my basement! So I tackled it this morning! I organized and sorted things, checked framing orders and unboxed goodies. I put away the Jenga pile of supplies that towered precariously at the end of my table that built up over the past 2 weeks and rewarded myself (and my family) by ordering pizza for dinner! I’d love to say my table was still cleaned off but I can’t be sure, my daughters saw my new chalk marker test paper and they had to use them so I might be out of black cardstock and chalk markers now and there might be a new pile of art on my table but I’m not going to worry about that. Besides, a well used art room can’t be clean all the time :) I did take some breaks to enjoy this beautiful warm sunny spring day. We played catch with the kids and we all enjoyed the weather. I took some time earlier this week to scrapbook some photos from Easter, it is my favorite holiday to scrap because of the beautiful spring colors which are welcome after a long winter.

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I love the pastel colors! This year instead of snapping pics of my kids hunting for eggs (in the snow…) I got a few shots of our kids and my nephew at my parent’s house. I usually forget to take pictures but I used all the photos I took on this two page layout. I have a few time saving techniques I like to use to create quick layouts. Today I will share them in this video:

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This video is sponsored by Mixbook, save up to 50% on your photobook order with the coupon code YTINF50

Supplies:
Photos
Kraft cardstock
Scrapbook Paper (Pebbles by American Crafts)
Doilies (Papermart)
Chalk Marker (White-CraftyCroc)
Black journaling pen
Raveled Rose Trim (Dritz)
Hot glue and ATG tape
Die cuts (Anna Griffin, Sizzix)
Paper trimmer and scissors
Buttons

Here is a closer look at the pages:

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I hope you enjoyed this project. Don’t worry about perfect pages, enjoy the process of making the memories and print the photos so you will always remember the day. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I need more markers like a hole in the head…

Hi friends, let me tell you about the markers I just got! (collective groan) OK I have a lot of markers, they’re like potato chips, you can’t have just one. These markers are unique. They are liquid chalk markers by CraftyCroc. They wash right off non-porous surfaces with a wet rag but they hold tight to painted surfaces (I used them in a children’s craft class to decorate the trinket boxes I shared on the blog yesterday.) They are juicy and vibrant and have reversible nibs (bullet and chisel) and I am having a ball with them, in fact I used them on the tile of a scrapbook page I hope to share this weekend. And, I think they might just be my perfect white ink; matte, opaque and quick drying. I have had trouble with white inkpads not drying and needing to be heat set. In these cards I used the white marker to ink up a stamp and stamp with it. I love the look:

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I’m sure you want to see these in action so watch the video!

I was hit with the urge to doodle as soon as I saw the bold neon colors on black paper. Now that’s a marker! The best value if the 10 color pack of markers but if you only need white they also offer a 4 pack. The labels are available in packs of 64 in a  fancy and plain rectangle design. If you write on the label and change your mind you can wipe off the marker with a wet rag after it is dry, great for re-labeling containers.

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I love it when I find a unique product that does not duplicate items I already own. I can think of many ways to use these but do not use them on painted chalkboards (you know, DIY chalkboard made with chalkboard paint) because it will not come off completely) but go ahead on glass, metal and plastic. Sometimes we will right messages on out oven door (like “toxic” if I have been baking, and doodle on a skull and crossbones or bio-hazard symbol LOL!)

The marker package says that it is artist quality but I think they are just plain fun and playful and I hope you give them a try. What would YOU write on with these? I want to thank CraftyCroc for sponsoring this video and thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

What would YOU put in these?

Hi friends! I love these cute little kraft jewelry boxes from Papermart, they are even more cute when you paint them and add beads!

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Watch the video to see how easy it is to make them!

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I love that you can use your scraps to decorate these boxes and plastic beads are an inexpensive embellishment. These are great to make with kids too because it is a fast project that they can complete before they are bored and it makes a wonderful gift box that they can put a treasure in.

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Supplies:
Kraft boxes
Acrylic Paint & brushes
Plastic beads
Chalk marker: CraftyCroc
Hot Glue
Craft glue or Mod-Podge
Scrapbook paper scraps
Wax paper (to protect your table when painting)

Directions:
1. Take fluff out and paint the boxes. Let dry.
2. Glue 4 beads to the bottom of the box to make feet.
3. Glue pretty paper to the lids of the box.
4. Glue large bead to the top of the box.
5. Decorate edges of box with marker.

If these boxes are too tiny for your liking don’t worry, they come in many sizes and are all a great value. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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AAC & a SILVER play button!

Hi Friends! It is Wednesday and time for Ask a Crafter, yes singular. A viewer asked my why Kathy and Lorraine bailed on me this week but it is me, not them. I am been to busy to pull the girls together for this. We film 5 episodes at a time so before they arrive I spend about 3 hours sifting though blog posts and videos for the questions and we spend a day filming and I just have not had the spare time to make it happen. I am excited about all of the off-YouTube projects I have going on right now but there are only so many hours in the day. :( So I apologies to you and them for not managing my time as well as a woman of my age should be able too. If only I had the time to take a time management class LOL! But I could not completely let you down so here is a solo AAC with me still picking away at the questions in the jar. BTW, my kid with the cough is all better and according to the school it is going around, shouldn’t cold season be over by now?!?

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Annnnnnddddddd I got my silver play button from YouTube in the mail today! In case you don’t know once you hit the 100,000 subscriber milestone YouTube honors you with a silver play button. I hear you get a gold one when you hit a million, goals and stuff:) I shot this video this afternoon seconds after I opened the box:

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Thanks for stopping by tonight! My apologies that video previews are not showing correctly to email subscribers, I wish I could fix that, my posts must look so dull to you in email so be sire to visit my blog for the videos and fun! Have a great night and as always happy crafting!

Slow Internet + Sick Kid = No Project Tonight {So you get a haul video!}

Hi friends! I’ve got nothing for you tonight, a project I should have knocked out in an hour took all day and the internet (which I pay though the nose for) is incredibly slow tonight (both uploading and downloading so I am not sure what’s up, even if I did know I wouldn’t because I don’t really understand the magical airwaves that carry the bits and bites from my house to yours) so I’ll share this haul video I filmed on a more productive day last week.

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Not too shabby eh, you keen viewers can probably tell I filmed that before the tulip and painting party videos. Sorry for being so nonlinear and out of context but that is how I am feeling this week…nonlinear and out of context. I have a lot to get done this week, I am kinda stressing so if I am not super quick to answer facebook and youtube comments that will be why. Just catching up on work before the kids have spring break. I really want to be caught up so I can chill out with the kids on their vacation next week. Bear with me if I am flakier than usual:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Vintage Inspired Card for Mom!

Hi friends! Tonight we are going to make a vintage inspired card for mom. If your mother is not into cooking you could substitute the focal image for something more appropriate. I am using a digital stamp from one of my fellow designers at MyGrafico, it is from the Baking Utensil set from Lemon Elf Studios. There are so many unique designers at MyGrafico that you are sure to find something you like and since they are digital you can get them no matter where you live and they take up no storage space, yay!

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I had wanted to test the cheaper cardstock I got at Target to see if it would blend well, it was not as easy to blend on as Neenah Classic Crest or PTI cardstock but I thought, you know what, people are more likely to have access to office supply store cardstock than expensive blending card so I decided to demonstrate how to deal with cheaper cardstock and still make it work.  Watch the video to see how I colored the image and made the card:

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Tips!

  • Choose papers and embellishments before you color because it is easier to match paper you have then to color first and hunt for matching paper.
  • Use a thumb tack and mouse-pad to make the faux stitching if you do not have a piercing wheel.
  • Layering colored pencils over markers looks great and can fix any blending problems.
  • Use a sliver of cardstock instead of string in a button for a quick, yet realistic, look!

I hope you enjoyed this vintage inspired card. Head on over to MyGrafico to see all of the wonderful printable arts and crafts supplies available, you can even check out my shop while you are there. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Art Marketing Video: How to be a paint party instructor!

Hi friends! Yesterday I shared the tutorial I used for a painting party I was hired to do this week. I taught at a bridal shower and it was so much fun! Paint parties, also called “Sip and Paint” have become so popular lately, in fact it is becoming a big industry with studios popping up for drop in classes and bars and restaurants hosting the events. I was at a softball clinic today and another mother mentioned how she went to two different “sip and paints” this week at two different places  taught by two different instructors. If that is happening here in Smallville it is surely happening in your neck of the woods. The best part is that many of the ladies (and men-I don’t mean to sound sexist) taking these classes have never painted before! Think of all the people you know that say “oh, you’re so creative, I could never do that.” You can say “I’ll show you!” In tonight’s video I’ll show you how you can start your own paint party business with some inexpensive supplies (most of which you already have) and how to have a successful class.

Video! (email subscribers, please click-through to my blog to see the video)

If you have questions please leave them below, also check out the comments on the YouTube video page because there are some great questions and advice there too.

What do you need to have a paint party? Plan on more than enough for everyone in case you have extra students.

  • Paint
  • Surface (canvas, paper, wood item, etc)
  • Brushes
  • Paper towels
  • Water buckets
  • You may also need cleaning wipes and paper for covering tables
  • Your easel for teaching and a finished project to work from.

Tips:

  1. Charge by the project so there are no surprises for the host (or you!)
  2. Set a minimum # of students so you can guarantee making a certain amount.
  3. Arrive early to set out supplies.
  4. Have business cards to encourage guests to have parties or invite them to take your regular classes if you teach them.
  5. Talk about your paint party business to friends because this type of business is advertised best by word of mouth.
  6. Consider teaching at children’s birthday parties if you have lots of patience and energy.
  7. Bring an assistant for large groups so they can refresh supplies and help students if needed.
  8. Never supply alcohol, this might be a “sip and paint” but the sipping would be taken care of by the host of the party. You are the teacher, not the bartender.

I hope you found this helpful. I think it is a great way for an artist to start a business teaching with very little overhead and there is a huge market for this so jump on the trend and you may tun some curious non-artists into class taking Picassos! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

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