May 26, 2015

DIY Washi Tape Dish

Today I am up on the Love my Tapes blog sharing this fun way to use washi tape. I found this cheap glass plate at Goodwill and used one of my favorite washi tapes to give it a new look!

I've seen lots of ideas for restyling clear glass plates but I've never seen one covered in washi tape(although it is definitely possible I just missed it!).

I think this little dish is perfect for holding little embellishments!

You'll need a small (saucer sized) plate and a roll of washi tape.

The how-to is SO very simple. Basically, you just cover the top of the plate in strips of washi tape.

Once you have it covered in washi tape, flip it over and use some scissors to trim away the extra tape hanging off of the dish.

I wanted to seal my tapes, just so that they wouldn't get damaged, so I went over them with a gel medium.

Note- This is not dishwasher safe!! If you want to wash these, you'll need to buy like the dishwasher safe mod podge.

Where would you use little dishes like these? Have you ever restyled a glass plate?

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May 25, 2015

Using Magazine Cut Outs in your Art Journal

Hey Guys, Today I am taking over the Adventures in Making blog!

Last year Rachel, from Adventures in Making, guest posted on my blog sharing a peek at her art journals so today I wanted to share a peek into mine! More specifically, a couple of fun techniques I like to use.

I love drawing and painting people in my art journals, but some days I'm feeling a bit lazy or I want to do something different, so I grab a magazine and pull pages from it to use. I like to cut around some of the people/models in the pages and use them in my journal, but being an artist I like to alter them a bit.

Today I am showing you 2 ways to alter cut outs from magazines.

If you get a chance, hop over to the Adventures in Making blog to see my tutorials and to learn how!

Do you like to use magazine cut outs in your art journals? Do you have any other favorite techniques?

Also, The Make Things! Craft Challenge starts on Sunday! Are you joining in? Click here to learn more about it.
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May 21, 2015

Throwback Thursday- Strawberry Shaped Card

Throwback Thursday is just like the name says- a post where I feature I project I did in the past so that it doesn't get lost in the archives.

Last February I posted a tutorial for making this cute Strawberry shaped card for national strawberry day. I designed a template and shared it and then embellished my card with some fun scrapbooking supplies.

Get the template and tutorial here.

Want more shaped cards? Check out this Bunny Card and these Easy Shaped Cards.

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May 20, 2015

Paint + Paper- Washi Tape Art Journal Background Technique

Today I am up on the Love my Tapes blog sharing this page and since it is Paint + Paper Wednesday (when I share my art journal pages and scrapbook layouts) I wanted to show you here as well!

I saw this quote on pinterest and it is very relevant to my life right now, so I had to include it in my art journal. I decided to use washi tape to create the background.

To make the background, you'll need 2 or more different patterns of washi tape to make this look. I used a pretty floral yellow and a contrasting teal tape.

You can find the tapes in the Love My Tapes etsy shop here.

Start by placing a strip of your first color across your page. It can be any direction you want.

Next take your second color, placing a strip next to the first. Repeat this a couple of times.

Now you need to fill in the rest of the page. Turn your page 90 degrees and place the edge of your tape against the tapes you already stuck down.

So your strips of tape are going in the opposite direction as the first few.

Repeat until you've covered your page, turning your page as you need to and changing the direction of your tapes.

If you overlapped your tapes any, you can use a craft knife to clean them up.

Here is my finished page in my art journal:

What are some of your favorite ways to use washi tape?

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May 18, 2015

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser DIY

Hey guys, Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing a tutorial instead of Make it Monday.

Some of us on the Hazel and Ruby design team are sharing restyled mason jar crafts (using Hazel and Ruby products, of course!) today, you can see them all by visiting the Hazel and Ruby blog

For my project I decided we need a new soap dispenser. I've seen this idea on pinterest and I thought it would be really fun to make it "Hazel and Ruby Style" by using one of their stencil-masks!

Supplies: Mason Jar, Hazel and Ruby Stencil Mask, Krylon Hammered Finish Spray Paint, Soap Dispenser, Awl, Craft Knife, Glue

To start, let's restyle that mason jar.

1. Place a heart or other shaped mask on the front of your mason jar. Hazel and Ruby Stencil Masks are perfect for projects like these!

2. Spray paint your mason jar with hammered finish paint, going over your mask.
Once the paint is dry, remove your mask.

 You can always customize this with different shapes, letters (ooh, what about a monogrammed jar?), or fun, bright colors of spray paint.

Time to turn it into a soap dispenser!

 1. Empty out your soap into a separate bottle or dish and wash/dry out your soap bottle.

Next turn your mason jar lid upside down and place center the top end of your soap bottle on the lid and trace around it.

2. Now you need to cut our you circle.

I didn't want to get out the drill, and this doesn't have to be pretty. so I punched around my circle with an awl, and then used my craft knife to punch out the circle.

3. Your lid should fir around the top end of your soap bottle now.

4. Use your craft knife (or maybe a small saw?) to cut off the top part of your soap bottle, below the threaded part that you screw the cap onto.

5. Flip your lid upside down and squirt E6000 or other strong glue around the hole.

6. Push the top of the soap bottle through the hole, adding more glue if necessary.

It should look like this from the side view:

7. Once your glue is dry, screw your soap pump onto the jar lid.

8. Place your mason jar lid back on the mason jar and close it up.! If your soap pump is too tall, you can use some scissors to trim it down a little bit so that it fits.

9. Pour some soap into your mason jar.

I am actually pretty thrilled with this cute new soap dispenser!

Here are the other blogs where you can find some fabulous ideas for Mason Jars-

Would you make this?
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May 14, 2015

Throwback Thursday- Instagram Notebook DIY

Throwback Thursday is just like the name says- a post where I feature I project I did in the past so that it doesn't get lost in the archives.

For today's Throwback Thursday post I want to share this Instagram Notebook I made back in 2013!

Instagram is just as big (if not bigger) as it was in 2013, and I'm sure that like me, you have taken a ton of photos. This is a fun way to get them out in the open where they can be seen!

Get the tutorial here.

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