Friday, January 13, 2017

DIY: Winter Watercolor Wall Art

Hello Everyone!

Today I have my first DIY of 2017!

Today's project is part of my collaboration with Xyron since I'm a member of their design team! This means that you will be seeing a Xyron machine in action! For this particular project, I will be showcasing the Xyron® Creative Station Lite. I've talked about the Xyron® Creative Station Lite before, so if you want to learn more about it, then click here.

With that being said, I'm also showcasing Xyron's Repositionable Refill Cartridge! I have never used this cartridge on the blog before and thought it would be fun to use. Specifically, the Repositionable Refill Cartridge adhesive is designed to be ''movable'' while you're placing your image down on your surface. For example, if you ran an embellishment through your Xyron machine (using the Repositionable Refill Cartridge), you could lay that embellishment on your paper and peel it back up again. You could keep repeating this process with your embellishment until you were happy with its placement. Then finally, over time, the embellishment would become permanently adhered to the surface you applied it to.

In this case, I'm making a winter watercolor piece of wall art, by using Xyron's Repositionable Refill Cartridge as the replacement for spray adhesive for my stencil! 

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Animal Image (I used this bear image but reversed it)
Black Paint

Step 1: Cut out your animal image and run it through your Xyron Creative Station Lite machine

Step 2:  Once your animal image has been run through the Xyron Creative Station Lite machine, you're ready to add it to your canvas. Simply rub the top of the sticker paper and peel your animal image off of the sticker paper. Then place your animal image onto your canvas and press it down into place.

While applying your image to the canvas, make sure you rub the edges down so the paint will not seep through in the next step. 

Step 3: Now grab your watercolors and begin painting around your animal image. While painting, make sure you apply enough color around the edges of the whole animal. Above, you will see that I used a blue color around the entire bear. From there, you can gradually add more colors to get that watercolor look.

Once you're happy with the look of your painting, set the whole thing aside to dry.

Step 4: When your painting is completely dry, peel off your animal image. If some of the watercolor paint did seep through, don't panic! Since your using watercolor, it should wipe away with some water and a damp towel.

Step 5: Grab your black paint and your small paintbrush. Then decide what motivational phrase you want to use for your wall art and then paint that phrase on the inside of your animal. I suggest that before you begin painting, to draw out your letters with a pencil.

Once you're happy with the look of your painting, set the whole thing aside to dry.

When your canvas is completely dry, you're ready to display your new winter watercolor wall art!

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I loved how this piece turned out, even if my handwriting is atrocious!

Speaking of handwriting, if you're someone who is not in love with your handwriting, I would suggest practicing how you want your phrase to look before you paint. My goal for this piece was to have the phrase fill up most of the bear, however you could make your phrase look more normal than mine (lol). Also, if you didn't want to use black paint, you could totally use a fine black marker or calligraphy pen to write your phrase.

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.

So what do you think? Do you like this Winter Watercolor Wall Art?

xo Katie

Monday, January 9, 2017

My Favorite DIYs of 2016

Hello Everyone! 

2016 was a big year for the blog (and me) in terms of projects. It was a year full of freelance writing, design teams, and guest contributing! Needless to say, I created the most amount of projects that I have ever had in that one year. I also seem to push myself out of my crafty comfort zone, which is always nice!

So before I get started on creating projects for this year, I thought it would be fun to pick out my favorite DIYs from 2016! Below, I give you my 6 favorite DIYs of 2016! 

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I don't think I could pick my favorite-favorite DIY from this list. However, those Hungry-Hungry Hippo Ornaments would be the front runners (lol)! 

What was your favorite project that you made on your blog? Also, don't forget to leave a link to that project in the comments below, so we can all check it out!

xo Katie

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 Blogging Goals + Readers Survey

Happy 2017 Everyone!

I hope you all had a great New Year's Eve and are having a wonderful first week of the New Year!

This year is kind-of big deal for me because I am finally graduating from college! After five years of hard work, I will graduate with my bachelors in Business Administration. As of now, I only have two classes left and will be completely done in March. From there, I'm off to find a job. Hopefully it will be a crafty one (a girl can dream)!

Since it is a new year that means it's time for new blogging goals, right? Wrong (lol)! To be honest, last year's blogging goals still hold true for me this year. For example, I want to keep improving my photography, I want to network more, and want to comment on more blogs. Due to that, I am basically rolling over my goals from last year and including a few new ones. Also, I think I might go back to having goals for each month (remember when I use to do that) and focus on getting a certain amount of things accomplished in a month. Who knows, maybe it will be a huge success!

To get your guy's feedback on how the blog can improve, what content you want to see, and so forth, I created a brief 10 question survey. I would really appreciate it if you could leave your feedback and later in the month I will share the results. You can take the readers survey, below!

So what are your blogging goals or personally goals for the new year?

xo Katie

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