Black Friday Deals + New Items in the Shop

Black Friday deal on Silhouette machines!Hi friends, hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

If you’re partaking in any crafty shopping this weekend, boy do I have a treat for you! Silhouette is offering all Crafted Life readers a HUGE discount from Nov. 26, 2014, 10pm MST to Dec. 8, 2014, 11:59pm MST. Just enter ‘Crafted‘ at checkout to redeem the Black Friday deals listed on their site. You can also take 40% off your order (excluding machines, downloads, download cards, subscriptions and gift cards) and receive free shipping when you spend $25 or more. If you’ve ever wanted to invest in a die cutting machine, today might just be the day to do it! See all the bundle packages by clicking here.

Photo Holders by The Crafted Life

Today also happens to be my 27th birthday, so to celebrate, I’ll be offering 27% off of everything in my Etsy shop until December 5th. Just Enter ‘Birthday‘ at checkout. There are TONS of new items just waiting to be shipped, so have at it!

Photo Holders by The Crafted Life

Photo Holders by The Crafted Life

Photo Holders by The Crafted Life

Have a great weekend!

xo
Rachel

 

DIY Wooden Candle Holders

Time: 40 minutes + overnight dry
Materials: wood, saw, drill, spade bit, sander, pencil, protective gear

DIY Wooden Candle HoldersIt may just be my favorite time of year, but I must admit that I’m super excited about how early it gets dark outside. To deal with the lack of sun, and to make our apartment cozier, I decided to make wooden candle holders!

And although power tools are required for this project, there’s no reason to shy away– it’s easy and completely worth it. See the full tutorial on Curbly!

DIY Wooden Candle Holders

How to Line Envelopes

Time: 40 minutes (for set of 10)
Materials: envelope, paper, tape runner, bone folder, scissors, pencil

How to Line Envelopes As if I haven’t said this enough, the holidays are one of my favorite times of the year. Part of why I love the season so much is because of the cards. I love to receive them (especially the funny ones), but I also love sending them. To give mine a little extra oomph this year, I lined the envelopes! Here’s how:

How to Line Envelopes Depending on your envelope, you may be able to buy an envelope liner template. I decided to make my own, by opening up an envelope and measuring/tracing the space I wanted to line. Once you have your template, it’s pretty easy!

Trace and cut out your liner. You don’t want the liner paper to be too thick, otherwise it might be hard to get the envelope to close. Place inside your envelope and fold as if you were sealing it. Press the outside with a bone folder to get a crisper/cleaner fold.

Open back up and secure the liner in place with the tape runner. You don’t need to worry about the paper further down, just the visible part. Press with a bone folder and you’re done! It’s such a great way to add a personal and beautiful touch to any card, don’t you think?

How to Line EnvelopesI ordered our cards from Minted this year LOVE them. If you’re short on time, but still want your envelopes lined, Minted will do that for you! They will also address your envelopes for free, which honestly was a huge help considering how busy things are around this time of year. How to Line Envelopes

How to Line Envelopes

 

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Happy Friday!

Do Less with More Focus by Melaine Burk(Image by Melaine Burk for Small Fry)

With the holiday craft season upon us, it’s always nice to read (and re-read) this quote. If I actually follow through with it, well, that’s a different story. Perhaps for the next few days at least, we can all make a pact to take a step back and focus on quality of tasks/projects completed instead of quantity. And what better time to start than with weekend links:

- Easiest tassels ever.

- A talented group of bloggers launched Merry Magazine this week. A must read!

- Who knew plastic beads could look so chic?

- These coasters go great with hot cocoa.

- I’m not sure where to find an apple crate, but I need to find out asap!

- Did you see that you can now edit your own captions on Instagram?! About time, am I right? Don’t forget to use #mycraftedlife if you make anything over the weekend!

xo
Rachel