The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:38:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.8 Friday Linkshttp://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-26/ http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-26/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:01:13 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9678 Happy Fridayyyy! So this week I stood in line for 30 minutes to get a cruffin only to realize they were all sold out by the time I got to the counter. What’s a cruffin you ask? A crossiant muffin. Seriously. Read up on them here. The good news is that I still ended up getting

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Mr.Holmes Bakehouse, SF CaliforniaHappy Fridayyyy! So this week I stood in line for 30 minutes to get a cruffin only to realize they were all sold out by the time I got to the counter. What’s a cruffin you ask? A crossiant muffin. Seriously. Read up on them here. The good news is that I still ended up getting a delicious ass donut, which is proof that even though things don’t always go the way you want, there’s always something better right around the corner. End pastry related life lesson. Now time for the fun– weekend links!

- An absolutely gorgeous free download!

- Love this artwork hack.

- Must make 1000 of these bins!

- So long ugly tote handles.

- Piñata TAXIDERMY!

- Just the cutest rain coat.

Have a great weekdend!

xo
Rachel

PS- Yesterday I was on set for a section of Tiffany Han’s Creativelive class on social media sanity (chattin’ about Instagram, of course). If you missed the broadcast, you can get the class here which will be on sale until Saturday!

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10 Must-Try Spray Paint DIYShttp://thecraftedlife.com/10-must-try-spray-paint-diys/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-must-try-spray-paint-diys/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:11:16 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9659 It’s is my firm crafty belief that you can transform just about anything with a fresh coat of spray paint. The stuff is basically like colorful magic in a can. And what’s better is that more often than not, the those easy peasy one step paint projects turn out to be some of the best. So

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10 Must-Try Spray Paint DIYSIt’s is my firm crafty belief that you can transform just about anything with a fresh coat of spray paint. The stuff is basically like colorful magic in a can. And what’s better is that more often than not, the those easy peasy one step paint projects turn out to be some of the best. So if you’re looking to get in some spray painting in while you can still craft outside, here are ten must-try diys that you’ll want to make asap!

10 Must-Try Spray Paint DIYS1. Painted Berry Baskets by Lovely Indeed

10 Minute Vase DIY2. 10 Minute Vase by The Crafted Life

10 Must-Try Spray Paint DIYS3. Pattern Desk Organizers by Homey Oh My

10 Must-Try Spray Paint DIYS4. Storage Boxes by Better Homes & Garden

DIY Ombre Cloche | The Crafted Life5. Ombre Cloche by The Crafted Life

10 Must-Try Spray Paint DIYS6. Rock Bookends by Design Love Fest

10 Must-Try Spray Paint DIYS7. Painted Storage Containers by Sugar & Cloth

10 Must-Try Spray Paint DIYS8. Painted Mason Jars by The Sweetest Occasion

10 Must-Try Spray Paint DIYS9. Ikea Chair Hack by Hither & Thither

DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY Giveaway10. Ombre Pegboard by The Crafted Life

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New Head Shots + Interview with Portraits to the Peoplehttp://thecraftedlife.com/new-head-shots-interview-portraits-people/ http://thecraftedlife.com/new-head-shots-interview-portraits-people/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:02:36 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9628 If you can think all the way back to January when I shared my goals for the year, you might remember that one of them was to get in front of the camera more. It’s not necessarily something I feel comfortable with, but something I think is important as a blogger to do. Up until

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photo by portraits to the peopleIf you can think all the way back to January when I shared my goals for the year, you might remember that one of them was to get in front of the camera more. It’s not necessarily something I feel comfortable with, but something I think is important as a blogger to do.

Up until now, I’ve taken my head shots myself with a tripod or with the help of my ever so patience boyfriend. Sometimes you have to work with what you have, right? I decided that it was time to upgrade now that I have pink hair. And what better time than with my trip back to SF so could work with Portraits to the People!

photo by portraits to the peopleI ended up doing a combination of in studio and outdoor shots so that I would have a variety of images to use. If you’ve never worked with a professional photographer before, let me tell you, it’s amazing! At least that’s the experience I had with Sarah.

She made me feel so at ease. I’m typically concerned with where to put my hands, or where to look, but with a bit of direction (okay, sometimes a lot because I’m a hand full), I went from totally awkward to relaxed in front of the camera. She also looked out for unflattering poses/faces, which let’s be honest, we can all appreciate.

photo by portraits to the peopleIf you’ve been considering hiring someone to take your photo, I say that it’s worth the investment, especially as a business owner. You never know when someone from your favorite magazine is going to email you asking for one!

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photo by portraits to the peopleOkay, enough about me– it’s time to meet the genius behind the lens. Here’s Sarah from Portraits to the People!

Sarah from Portraits to the People(photo credit: Lisa Wiseman)

Q. Can you tell us a bit about how to became a photographer for a living?

A. I have been a freelance photographer for the past 3 years. I quit my day job after sneaking out on my lunch hour to meet clients in downtown San Francisco, ha. I was really burned out at my day job and one day my partner just said to me, “Why don’t you quit and do photography full time?” I immediately thought that no one would pay me to a full time photographer, but we were profitable our first month of business and we just keep on growing! The way I got a professional camera in my hands was that I was given a Canon Rebel by another photographer that I met while walking my dog. I just kept pushing myself every single day to take better photos. I realized pretty early on that I was very good at working with people that really really really hate being photographed. I have an uncanny ability to help them look relaxed in front of the camera and a lot of my clients might even use the word ‘painless’ to describe what is like working with me. In today’s digital age, everyone should have a professional photo of themselves that they really love because you only get one chance to make a first impression.

Q. You’re self-taught which is amazing! Any tips you can share for those who are in the process of learning themselves?

​A. Take a shit ton of photos! Pick up your camera every single day and follow folks that inspire you, try to recreate what they do and then stop following them completely while you try to develop your own style! I found my personal style and created the not so corporate headshot because it was something that I didn’t see out there in the world. I also learned a lot by watching videos, reading books, and mostly by looking at wedding photography blogs because wedding photographers have to handle a lot of challenging lighting situations​ and I admire them a lot for that. Get hooked into the photography community too – email photographers that you admire and take them out to coffee and ask them a lot of questions. Please just don’t give up or be too hard on yourself while you’re learning. I can barely look at the stuff at the stuff I first shot, but I do from time to time to remind myself of how far I’ve come!

Sarah from Portraits to the People(photo credit: Lisa Wiseman)

Q. What about tips for owning and rocking your own business?

A. ​Owning my own business is equally incredibly rewarding and challenging. I love working for myself, but sometimes I miss having a day job that I could just walk away from on a Friday evening and not think about all weekend. I work 6 days a week and I’m always pushing myself to figure out ways to improve our business. I own Portraits To The People with my wife, so we had a learning curve when we started working together, but now it is going amazingly well. We are both very committed to having a website that is easy to navigate, our branding is point, and we want to make sure our clients are adequately prepared for photo sessions with me, so we provide them with a lookbook and a checklist of how to prepare for the photo shoot. We think that a great way to stand out is to have excellent customer service! We respond quickly and thoughtfully to all of our emails and we treat our clients the way we would want to be treated. To really rock out your business, make sure that you have the proper support. I cannot stress this enough, connecting with fellow small business owners and lady entrepreneurs was one of the best things I did for myself. Having a space where we could talk about the sometimes shitty reality of running your own business and having a place to celebrate the successes has made all the difference in my life! Also, hire a coach for additional support, my business coach helped me so much when I first started freelancing.

Q. What would you say are some head shot faux-pas that you’ve seen?

A. ​I’m not a big fan of head shots where you can tell the person used a lot of photoshop. I’m ok with a little skin smoothing, but the narrowing of body parts and removal of all of your wrinkles really hurts my feminist heart. And can we all agree to move on from flower crowns?? I’m totally over it!  ​

Q. Who is someone (think celebrities or icons) you would love to photograph?

A. ​That list is pretty long, but some of my top choices are: RuPaul, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Shailene Woodley, Tilda Swinton, Lucy Liu, and Solange Knowles. ​

**Be sure to follow Sarah on Instagram!

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DIY Color Blocked Glitter Magnetshttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-color-blocked-glitter-magnets/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-color-blocked-glitter-magnets/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:01:50 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9604 As much as I love glitter, I am not so big on the mess that happens when the crafting is done. I mean, there’s a reason it’s been called the herpes of craft supplies, right? However, I have found the perfect solution for working with glitter, and it doesn’t involve decoupage. If you we’re a

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Learn how to make your own color blocked glitter magnets with this easy tutorial. Only takes 25 minutes + there's no mess!As much as I love glitter, I am not so big on the mess that happens when the crafting is done. I mean, there’s a reason it’s been called the herpes of craft supplies, right? However, I have found the perfect solution for working with glitter, and it doesn’t involve decoupage. If you we’re a fan of these diy glitter bracelets, then you will love today’s project: diy color blocked glitter magnets! Here’s how:

Time: 25 minutes + overnight dry
Materialscasting epoxyglittersilicon tray, plastic cups/stir stick, magnets, E-6000
Cost: ~$25-$30

Learn how to make your own color blocked glitter magnets with this easy tutorial! Only takes 25 minutes + there's no mess!I am OBSESSED with casting epoxy at the moment. You can make some seriously awesome things with it. If you aren’t into glitter, but want to give this material a try, check out these dried flower coasters.

Learn how to make your own color blocked glitter magnets with this easy tutorial. Only takes 25 minutes + there's no mess!The resin can get a tad messy if you aren’t careful. Wear gloves and cover your surface just to be safe.

Mix your resin according to the instructions in your package. Pour clear resin in separate plastic cups (one cup per color) and then add about a quarter size amount glitter. It’s okay to add more as you mix until you get your desired look. I recommend making 3-5 colors at once to play with variety of combinations when color blocking, but it’s totally up to you.

To get the color blocked look, you’ll want to pour a bit of one color in slowly at one point. Before it coats the bottom of the letter, add your secod color. If you pour directly over the first color, the glitter tends to blend together. For the second color, make sure you start pouring from a different point.

Let dry overnight, pop out of mold, and glue a magnet on the back!

Learn how to make your own color blocked glitter magnets with this easy tutorial. Only takes 25 minutes + there's no mess!These are such a fun way to add some personality to your fridge, don’t you think?!

Learn how to make your own color blocked glitter magnets with this easy tutorial. Only takes 25 minutes + there's no mess!

Learn how to make your own color blocked glitter magnets with this easy tutorial. Only takes 25 minutes + there's no mess!

Learn how to make your own color blocked glitter magnets with this easy tutorial. Only takes 25 minutes + there's no mess!

 

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Friday Linkshttp://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-25/ http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-25/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 07:51:55 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9596 (photo: Portraits to the People, Hand Modeling: Zelma Rose) Happy Friday all! Thought I’d share a behind the scenes photo from the DIY Temporary Tattoo shoot I shared earlier this week. This shoot was one of my favorites to date, mainly because of the ladies I got to collaborate with. If you ever find yourself

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Behind the Scenes, The Crafted Life(photo: Portraits to the People, Hand Modeling: Zelma Rose)

Happy Friday all! Thought I’d share a behind the scenes photo from the DIY Temporary Tattoo shoot I shared earlier this week. This shoot was one of my favorites to date, mainly because of the ladies I got to collaborate with. If you ever find yourself in a creative rut, grab a couple of friends and work together. You will move mountains, my friends! Or if anything, just have a lot of fun. And because it wouldn’t be Friday without some links, here are some must reads:

- The lovely ladies behind Craftcation just opened an online shop with goodies and workshops! Check it out!

- Just the prettiest cocktail.

- Such a brilliant item to marbleize!

- Note to self, use more raffia.

- Alllll of this color!

- Color blocking with my food? Yes please!

- I may just have to throw a party to recreate this photo backdrop.

Have a great weekend!

xo
Rachel

 

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Reader Survey 2015, The Results!http://thecraftedlife.com/reader-survey-2015-results/ http://thecraftedlife.com/reader-survey-2015-results/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:03:08 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9580 Alright, the results are innnnn! Thank you so much to everyone who answered. I’m always blown away by how nice and supportive y’all are. To be honest, you play a huge part in what keeps me going, so I really thank you for just being amazing. I am certainly going to keep your feedback in

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by @thecraftedlife on InstagramAlright, the results are innnnn! Thank you so much to everyone who answered. I’m always blown away by how nice and supportive y’all are. To be honest, you play a huge part in what keeps me going, so I really thank you for just being amazing. I am certainly going to keep your feedback in mind over the next year as I try to grow and expand my blog. Now let’s get to the good stuff– the results:

The Crafted Life Reader Survey

The Crafted Life Reader Survey

The people have spoken! Looks like you really want more home decor diys and I totally hear you and have you covered. I will also be working on adding in a bit more variety in terms of diy projects, like fashion and beauty oriented ones, but rest assured that everything will still inline with my brand (fast, easy and fun!). And for those of you interested in photography how-tos, I have something coming your way in the next few months, so stay tuned!

The Crafted Life Reader Survey It seems that you guys are actually a split group when looking at the questions above. I will say though, that a majority of you have made a project you’ve seen on my blog and I am SO FREAKIN’ HAPPY! That’s seriously the best news. And about the free printables, they are coming for sure! If you missed the one I shared Monday, you can grab it here.

Ask me anything!

Q: How often do you have to do your nails to get your signature photo-ready manicure?

A: Excellent question! So the secret is that I try to shoot a few posts on the same day. I might paint my nails once a week, but if anything chips, I will just paint directly over it again. It’s not as glamorous in real life, but it photographs just as nicely. I have got some mad tips for the perfect at-home manicure that I will be sharing soon :)

Q: Besides the reasoning for changing your blog’s name, is there anything else you wish you knew earlier when it came to establishing your blog/brand?

A: Yes, yes and yes. When setting up my blog, I never even thought twice about my branding. I didn’t think about my audience or consistency. I knew that I wanted to focus on easy projects and sort them by time (did since post one), but nothing outside of that flowed together. I think it really helps to know what makes your blog/brand different from your competitors and really stick with that. A strong brand can take you anywhere!

Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?

A: Anywhere but the internet. It really helps me to unplug, get out and explore. Whether it be to a new city, a cute shop, or even just a walk around the block, I like to get out and take in the world. It’s so hard to have clear thoughts when constantly checking stats, emails and likes. I’ve had some of my best ideas on an evening walk around my neighborhood after dinner. One thing I also love doing is going to a craft store and just looking at the materials. It seems without fail that I will also come up with something when surrounded by new tools and mediums.

Q: What is your favorite project that you have done?

A: So, so many! My all time favorite project in my home is this Instagram Wall Art. In a close second would be this iron transfer tote, washi tape holder, and color blocked leather keychain!

Q: What is your favorite sandwich?

A: Best. Question. I would say that my dream sandwich is a grilled cheese with bacon, cheddar and provolone, as long as there are pickles on the side. If we’re talking day to day, a turkey sandwich with lettuce and mayo is usually my go to.

If you have any other questions, I’ll be answering all that you leave in the comments!

xo
Rachel

 

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10 Users to Follow on Pinteresthttp://thecraftedlife.com/10-users-follow-pinterest/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-users-follow-pinterest/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:19:39 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9538 It’s really no secret that I love Pinterest. To have endless inspiration at your fingertips at all times is a pretty wonderful thing. Sometimes, however, it’s nice to mix things up a bit and see some fresh faces and interests when I’m scrolling through the home fee. If you feel the same, and are looking

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10 Users to Follow on PinterestIt’s really no secret that I love Pinterest. To have endless inspiration at your fingertips at all times is a pretty wonderful thing. Sometimes, however, it’s nice to mix things up a bit and see some fresh faces and interests when I’m scrolling through the home fee. If you feel the same, and are looking for some new inspiration, then you’ll want to follow these ten accounts ASAP:

10 Users to Follow on Pinterest 1. Bespoke Bride

10 Users to Follow on Pinterest 2. SF Girl by Bay

10 Users to Follow on Pinterest 3. Brittni Mehlhoff

10 Users to Follow on Pinterest4. Justina Blakeney

10 Users to Follow on Pinterest5. Bonnie Tsang

10 Users to Follow on Pinterest6. Leif 

10 Users to Follow on Pinterest7. Amy Moss

10 Users to Follow on Pinterest8. Portraits to the People

10 Users to Follow on Pinterest9. Sugar & Charm

10 Users to Follow on Pinterest10. Dream Green DIY

If you’re not already, you can follow me right here! And for those of you who just aren’t into Pinterest, here are 10 colorful Instagram accounts you’ll want to follow!

 

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DIY Temporary Tattoos + Free Printablehttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-temporary-tattoos-free-printable/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-temporary-tattoos-free-printable/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:00:48 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9516 Guys, I have just been dying to share this posts with you! It was so hard to keep it all a secret! I teamed up with one of my favorite illustrators, Ann Shen, to make these temporary tattoos a free printable. That’s right, you can make your own temporary tattoos at home! If there was I

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DIY Temporary Tattoos + Free PrintableGuys, I have just been dying to share this posts with you! It was so hard to keep it all a secret! I teamed up with one of my favorite illustrators, Ann Shen, to make these temporary tattoos a free printable. That’s right, you can make your own temporary tattoos at home! If there was I time I couldn’t even, it would be right now. Okay, enough blubbering, here’s how you do it:

Time: 10 minutes
Materials: printer, tattoo paper, scissors, printable
Cost: $8

DIY Temporary Tattoos + Free PrintableEven though the tattoo paper is made by Silhouette, you don’t need a machine to do this project. You really just need your ink jet printer at home! The Silhouette is great if you’re cutting out a bunch, but if you’re just making a few, scissors can easily get the job done.

DIY Temporary Tattoos + Free Printable

 

Click here to download the free printable! When printing at home, be sure to follow the instructions on the back of the tattoo paper. You’ll want to select the photo paper option on your printer (if available) to get the richest colors.

DIY Temporary Tattoos + Free PrintableCut our your tattoos and peel off the plastic layer. Lay flat on skin and wet the back for 10-15 seconds.

DIY Temporary Tattoos + Free PrintableRemove the tattoo backing, let dry, and you’re done! These would be so great for a craft night, a birthday party, and more. You can use the printable above, or you can even make your own custom designs.

Super fun, don’t you think?!

DIY Temporary Tattoos + Free Printable

DIY Temporary Tattoos + Free PrintableThanks to my friend Lisa for hand modeling for this shoot! We’ll be hosting an event this weekend– tell your friends and grab your ticket before they’re gone!

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Friday Links!http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-24/ http://thecraftedlife.com/friday-links-24/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 07:13:19 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9503 (via Instagram) Happy Friday all! Three cheers for the weekend, am I right?! I’m thinking about keeping it low key with some Netflix and crafting over the next few days. If you have any shows you’re into right now, I’d love to hear about them in the comments! And if you’re looking to do the

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Happy Friday all! Three cheers for the weekend, am I right?! I’m thinking about keeping it low key with some Netflix and crafting over the next few days. If you have any shows you’re into right now, I’d love to hear about them in the comments! And if you’re looking to do the same, here’s some links to inspire your making:

- diy SHOES! seriously amazing.

- the prettiest night light/

- contact paper is pure magic!

- drool worthy.

- don’t forget to grab your ticket to my workshop next week!

- now I want to funfetti all the things!

- as if I couldn’t love instagram more.

Have a great weekend!

xo
Rachel

PS If you haven’t taken my reader survey yet, I’d love to hear from you! This is your chance to ask me ANYTHING and tell me what you want to see more of on The Crafted Life :)

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10 Super Fun Back to School DIYShttp://thecraftedlife.com/10-super-fun-back-school-diys/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-super-fun-back-school-diys/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:33:03 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=9488 Even though I may not be in school, I still can’t help but get excited about getting new office supplies this time of the year. I mean, c’mon, any excuse to buy colored post-its and a fresh pen, am I right? If you share my love for all things office supplies, then you are sure

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10 Super Fun Back to School DIYSEven though I may not be in school, I still can’t help but get excited about getting new office supplies this time of the year. I mean, c’mon, any excuse to buy colored post-its and a fresh pen, am I right? If you share my love for all things office supplies, then you are sure to love these ten super fun back to school themed diys!

10 Super Fun Back to School DIYS 1. Fruit Pencil Pouches by Damask Love

DIY Washi Tape Holder (click through for tutorial!)2. DIY Washi Tape Holder by The Crafted Life

10 Super Fun Back to School DIYS3. Custom Notebooks by Lovely Indeed

10 Super Fun Back to School DIYS4. Pencil Drink Stirrers by The Sweetest Occasion

10 Super Fun Back to School DIYS5. Wooden Desk Caddy by Dream Green DIY

10 Super Fun Back to School DIYS6. Gold Striped File Folder by Homey Oh My

DIY Color Blocked Pencils7. Color Blocked Pencils by The Crafted Life

10 Super Fun Back to School DIYS8. Back to School Notebooks by Design Improvised

10 Super Fun Back to School DIYS9. Iron-On Pencil Bag by Dream Green DIY

10 Super Fun Back to School DIYS10. Ombre Journal by Damask Love

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