Wednesday, January 17, 2018

DIY: Conversation Heart Photo Garland

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing my very first Valentine’s Day project of the season!

I usually don’t make or share Valentine’s Day projects until the end of January. However, one of my goals for this year is to get ''holiday content'' out earlier. So, since today is the 17th of January, I think we are off to a good start!

The project that I am showing you how to make today is a Conversation Heart Photo Garland! This photo garland is so easy to make because we are using a pre-made wooden heart garland. Now, you can get wooden heart garlands online and at your local craft store. The wooden heart garland that I used in this project, included five wooden hearts and a piece of twine in the pack.

To find out how to make your own Conversation Heart Photo Garland, keep reading below!

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Step 1: Paint your wooden hearts on the front and back. Then set them aside to dry.

Step 2: Using your letter stamps and red ink pad, stamp your ''conversation heart phrases'' onto each of your wooden hearts.

Crafty Side Note: If you don’t have letter stamps or don’t want to take the time to stamp, you can always use red letter stickers instead.

Step 3: Flip each of your wooden hearts over and hot glue a mini clothespin towards the bottom of your heart.

Step 4: String each of your wooden hearts onto your twine.

Once your wooden hearts have been added to your twine, you are now ready to hang up your garland and display your favorite photos! 

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I love how this photo garland turned out and I love that this is a home décor piece that I can use year after year.

While making your own version of this project, don't forget that you can customize it in a variety ways. For example, I went with the traditional conversation heart colors and phrases for my photo garland. However, you can always change the colors and phrase to fit your own unique style.

So, what do you think? Do you like this Conversation Heart Photo Garland?

xo Katie

Thursday, January 11, 2018

DIY: Mini Llama Cork Board

Hello Everyone!

If you have been following the blog for a while now, then you know that I am on Xyron’s Design Team!

Now if you're not familiar with Xyron, they are a company that creates products to enhance and protect your handmade creations. Some of the products that they are best known for are their sticker makers, creative stations, and professional laminators. I would bet, that you have seen their products at one time or another because their small sticker makers are in the shape of an X!

Well, Xyron challenged it’s design team members to create a project using their favorite Xyron product! So, today, I will be talking about my favorite Xyron product which is the Xyron® 9'' Creative Station.

Before we hop into the DIY, I wanted to briefly talk about Xyron’s Creative Stations. Xyron’s Creative Stations in general, are basically machines which allow you to add adhesive, magnets or laminates to your projects. What is nice about the Xyron® 9'' Creative Station is that it’s not only a nice size, but it can hold both 9 inch and 5-inch Creative Station cartridges. This means that when you see an awesome sale on Xyron, you can stock up on both types of cartridges and use them in your machine.

The reason why I tend to gravitate towards the 9'' Creative Station, is because I make a ton of home décor projects. For example, you can make items like placemats, wall art, and accessories with ease, when you use the machine. Also, due to its size, you can make those bigger pieces of home décor faster, since you are not waiting for adhesive to dry. 

Overall, if you love making home décor, I swear, this machine will be your best friend!

Which brings us to today’s DIY!

Today, I will be showing you how to make an adorable Mini LLAMA Cork Board (cause we all know that we need more llamas in our lives)!  So, if you want to learn how to make your own Mini Llama Cork Board, keep reading below!

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Llama Template or Drawing
Wooden Circle (mine is 10 inches in diameter)
Cork Board
Light Blue Tissue Paper
Items to decorate your corkboard like pom-pom trim, wooden letters, etc.
Sawtooth Hook (not pictured)
Hot Glue + Glue Sticks (not pictured)

Step 1: Draw out the shape of a llama onto your cork board. Then draw out any other shapes that you want to be made of cork. For example, I drew a half circle to be used for the ‘’harness’’ that is on the llama’s back.

Once you have drawn out all your shapes, cut them out using your scissors or craft knife. 

Crafty Side Note: I drew my llama template by hand but you can easily print out the silhouette of a llama instead.

Step 2: Grab your cork board shapes, wooden circle, and paints. Then paint each item and set them aside to dry.

Once your cork board items have dried, you can then add more details (like a face on the llama) if you like.

Step 3: Cut your tissue paper into strips or squares and slide each piece through your Xyron Creative Station. Keep repeating this process until you have as many pieces as you need to cover your wooden circle.

Step 4: Add your tissue paper pieces to your wooden circle. However, before adding them, make sure you rub each tissue paper piece while it's on the Xyron sticker paper. That way, you'll be creating a really strong adhesive backing.

While doing this step, make sure you take your time peeling the tissue paper off your Xyron sticker paper because it can rip.

Step 5: Grab all your cork board pieces and additional embellishments. Then (using your hot glue gun) glue each item into place onto your wooden circle.

For my mini llama cork board, I first glued down some pom-pom trim, then I glued down my cork board pieces, and finally added some wooden letters to spell out ‘’No Prob-Llama’’.

During this step, you can get as creative as you want when decorating your cork board. So, just have fun and don’t over think it!

Step 6: Using your hot glue gun, glue a sawtooth hook to the back of your wooden circle.

Once you happy with how your cork board looks, you are now ready to hang it!

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I absolutely love how this Mini Llama Cork Board turned out! It makes me smile every time I look at it and really brightens up my little work space.

Now, if llamas are not your thing (even though they totally should be) that is ok! You can always modify this DIY to fit your ''animal loving senses''. For example, instead of a llama, you cork board could be a giraffe or bunny. With that being said, just make sure that you google silhouette pictures of your animal and chose the simplest silhouette as possible. By doing this, you will save yourself a lot of headaches when it comes to cutting out your image from the cork board. 

As always, to follow along with all the Xyron fun, don't forget to like them on Facebook and to follow their Pinterest page for more project inspiration.

What do you think? Do you like this Mini Llama Cork Board?

xo Katie 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Paper House Productions: Shadow Box House featuring the Marbleous Paper Pad

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing my very first DIY project as a new member of the Paper House Productions Design Team!

Before I talk about my project, I wanted to briefly say that as a member of the design team I do get free products to create awesome DIY projects. More specifically, Paper House Productions is sponsoring this post. With that being said, as a member of their design team, my projects will appear on the Paper House Productions blog instead of mine own. However, I will write these types of posts to keep you guys up-to-date about what is going on!

Now that we have all of that out of the way, let's get back to the project!

The project that I made for Paper House Productions is a Shadow Box House featuring The Marbleous  Paper Pad! This shadow box house is so easy to recreate because I made the tutorial only 3 steps. I tried my best to create a DIY which focused on you decorating the shadow box house (which is the fun part) versus you putting the whole thing together. To make this happen and to make the decorating part easier, I used two Paper House products.

The first product that I used (as you can see by the title) is the Marbleous Paper Pad. If you are a fan of that marble look, then you need to get the Marbleous Paper Pad! This paper pad has 48 different sheets of marbled paper which ranges from your traditional gray/black marble to hot pink mixed with blue. When I saw the paper pad I instantly knew that I wanted to use it in a project. So, my first thought was to use it as some sort of background.

The second product that I used was the Life Organized Embrace Today Puffy Stickers. These puffy stickers were originally designed for planners but I thought it would be cute to use them to decorate each individual section of the shadow box. This is because the puffy stickers were the perfect size and included cute little phrases like ''love this'' in the packet.

After completing the shadow box house, I really liked the white base with the pops of marble colored paper. Also, I thought the puffy stickers helped to frame each item in the shadow box and helped to draw more attention to each individual item. 

To get the full DIY on how to make your own Shadow Box House and to learn more about the supplies that I used in the project, click here!

xo Katie

p.s Paper House Productions was nice enough to give my readers a coupon code for there amazing products! So, use the coupon code PH18KATIE at checkout, to get 15% off your Paper House Productions order!


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