The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:49:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 Happy Long Weekendhttp://thecraftedlife.com/happy-long-weekend/ http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-long-weekend/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:03:39 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5325 (Vegas Essentials via Instagram) Aaaannnddd I’m off to Vegas to celebrate my friend’s 30th birthday! I’m looking forward to spending some quality pool time with #Girlboss. All the Instagrams are true, this book is amazing; I can’t put it down. If you’re staying in town for labor day weekend, here are some creative reads to get you through:

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Vegas Essentials by The Crafted Life via Instagram(Vegas Essentials via Instagram)

Aaaannnddd I’m off to Vegas to celebrate my friend’s 30th birthday! I’m looking forward to spending some quality pool time with #Girlboss. All the Instagrams are true, this book is amazing; I can’t put it down. If you’re staying in town for labor day weekend, here are some creative reads to get you through:

- I wouldn’t mind getting a letter in these DIY marbled envelopes. Nope, wouldn’t mind one bit.

- My two favorite desserts wrapped into one?! Yes please!

- I don’t know how to crochet, but this project makes me want to learn.

- 100% ready for fall after seeing this custom printed and handmade scarf.

- Kelly of Studio DIY revealed her HQ this week and it blew me away. So colorful and fun!

- And in case you missed the announcement yesterday, you can now find my work on Curbly!

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!
Rachel

 

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DIY Mousepadhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-mousepad/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-mousepad/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:11:30 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5316 Time: 25 minutes + dry time Materials: plant cork mat, spray adhesive, fabric, ribbon, scissors, E-6000 glue Exciting news! In addition to contributing on Poppytalk, you can now find The Crafted Life over on Curbly! If you haven’t heard of Curbly before, it’s a site dedicated to sharing DIY projects for the home. My office is

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Time: 25 minutes + dry time
Materials: plant cork mat, spray adhesive, fabric, ribbon, scissors, E-6000 glue

DIY MousepadExciting news! In addition to contributing on Poppytalk, you can now find The Crafted Life over on Curbly! If you haven’t heard of Curbly before, it’s a site dedicated to sharing DIY projects for the home.

My office is in desperate need of a makeover, so for my first project, I turned a cork mat (used underneath plants to soak up water), into a mousepad. Click here to see the full tutorial!

DIY Mousepad

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8 Must-Try Popsicle Recipeshttp://thecraftedlife.com/8-must-try-popsicle-recipes/ http://thecraftedlife.com/8-must-try-popsicle-recipes/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:01:06 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5306 I’m not sure about where you live, but it has been burning up in Portland this week! And since we don’t have air conditioning, my only escape is through cold, refreshing treats. While scouring Pinterest for a few recipes to try, I came across these eight popsicles that just made my mouth water. So if

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8 Must-Try Popsicle RecipesI’m not sure about where you live, but it has been burning up in Portland this week! And since we don’t have air conditioning, my only escape is through cold, refreshing treats. While scouring Pinterest for a few recipes to try, I came across these eight popsicles that just made my mouth water. So if you need me for the rest of the day, chances are I will be sleeping as a result of a serious a sugar crash making making each of these!

1. Sangria Pops by The Faux Martha
2. Strawberry Orange Popsicles by Design Love Fest
3. Champagne & Raspberry Popsicles by  Princess Misia
4. Lavender Bees Knees Popsicle by Emma Magazine
5. Coffee Ice Cream Pops with Bacon Sprinkles by Paper & Stitch
6. Matcha Mochi Yogurt Pops by My Name is Yeh
7. Funfetti Creamsicles by Garlic My Soul for Studio DIY
8. White Peach, Lychee and Red Berry Pops by Cannel et Vanille

And if you have any go-to popsicle recipes, please share!

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5 Drawable Patterns to use in your Next Projecthttp://thecraftedlife.com/5-drawable-patterns-use-crafting/ http://thecraftedlife.com/5-drawable-patterns-use-crafting/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:23:53 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5283 I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get a little tired of adding polka dots to all of my craft projects. They’re the easiest pattern to make, so I tend to stick with them by default (see here and here). Don’t get me wrong, polka dots are adorable, but sometimes it’s fun to change

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5 Drawable Patterns to use in your CraftingI don’t know about you, but sometimes I get a little tired of adding polka dots to all of my craft projects. They’re the easiest pattern to make, so I tend to stick with them by default (see here and here). Don’t get me wrong, polka dots are adorable, but sometimes it’s fun to change things up a bit. Here are 5 drawable patterns that are easy enough to replicate by hand that will make your next project really stand out!

 

Diamonds by Cotton & Flax

1. Diamonds by Cotton & Flax

Herringbone via Spoonflower2. Herringbone via Spoonflower

 Brush Stroke by Miji Lee3. Brush Stroke by Miji Lee

Blinking Eye by Zana4. Blinking Eye by Zana

Colorful Mountains by Cotton & Flax5. Colorful Mountains by Cotton & Flax

What patterns do you tend to stick to? And if you’re looking for more complex designs, be sure to follow my Pattern & Prints board on Pinterest!

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5 Minute Project: DIY Frame Makeoverhttp://thecraftedlife.com/5-minute-project-diy-frame-makeover/ http://thecraftedlife.com/5-minute-project-diy-frame-makeover/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:00:09 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5252 Time: 5 minutes Materials: picture frame, ribbon, E-6000 glue Let’s start this week off nice and simple with a fun 5 minute craft project, shall we? Adding a touch of ribbon to a frame will make your art/photographs really pop. Best of all, it may just be the easiest craft project ever. And what’s not

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Time: 5 minutes
Materials: picture frame, ribbon, E-6000 glue

5 Minute Project: DIY Frame MakeoverLet’s start this week off nice and simple with a fun 5 minute craft project, shall we? Adding a touch of ribbon to a frame will make your art/photographs really pop. Best of all, it may just be the easiest craft project ever. And what’s not to love about that?

5 Minute Project: DIY Frame MakeoverThe frame I used was unfinished, so I sanded + applied a gel topcoat before beginning. E-6000 is a strong glue, so it should work on just about any finish on any type of frame.

5 Minute Project: DIY Frame MakeoverMeasure the lengths of each side of your frame and cut your ribbon accordingly. I chose to wrap my ribbon behind the frame so that the frayed edges weren’t visible.

5 Minute Project: DIY Frame MakeoverApply a thin layer of E-6000 glue to the back of your ribbon; make sure there’s no spillage when laying your ribbon on the frame. Position in place then run your finger over the ribbon to secure. Let dry then display!5 Minute Project: DIY Frame MakeoverAnd if you’re looking for another way to makeover your frames, try adding gemstones!

5 Minute Project: DIY Frame Makeover5 Minute Project: DIY Frame Makeover

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Weekend Linkshttp://thecraftedlife.com/weekend-links-3/ http://thecraftedlife.com/weekend-links-3/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:00:15 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5245 (Hooray Art Print by Hooray Today) It’s here! The weekend is finally here friends! I’m not sure about you, but this week was a doozy. I’m looking forward to relaxing a bit over the next few days and working on a few upcoming projects. If you’re looking for something to make during your time off,

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Hooray Art Print by Hooray Today(Hooray Art Print by Hooray Today)

It’s here! The weekend is finally here friends! I’m not sure about you, but this week was a doozy. I’m looking forward to relaxing a bit over the next few days and working on a few upcoming projects. If you’re looking for something to make during your time off, then you must check out the following links!

- I’ve seen a lot of cool image transfer projects before, but this one takes the cake!

- If you love birch trees, then these diy candleholders are for you! I know it’s only August, but wouldn’t these be great as holiday gifts too?

- Must makeover my fridge immediately!

- I rounded up some concrete projects earlier this week, but didn’t see this one until after posting. It’s on my list too!

- Emoji piñatas, because why the heck not!?

Happy crafting!
Rachel

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3 Awesome Photo Editing Appshttp://thecraftedlife.com/3-awesome-photo-editing-apps/ http://thecraftedlife.com/3-awesome-photo-editing-apps/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:08:36 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5220 Last month I spilled the beans on how to grow your brand on Instagram, so now I think it’s only fair that I share my top three photo editing apps! Unless it’s a photo from one of my projects, I take all of my Instagram photos with my iPhone camera. It’s taken me a while to

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3 Awesome Photo Editing AppsLast month I spilled the beans on how to grow your brand on Instagram, so now I think it’s only fair that I share my top three photo editing apps! Unless it’s a photo from one of my projects, I take all of my Instagram photos with my iPhone camera. It’s taken me a while to develop my style (I don’t really care for the preset Instagram filters), but now that I have it, it only takes me about 1-2 minutes max to edit a photo. If you don’t have these already, here are the apps I recommend you download immediately!

3 Awesome Photo Editing AppsVSCO is by far my all time favorite photo editing app. It did take some getting used to at first, but now  using it is easy. There are tons of great presets, and you can buy more packs (starting at about 99 cents). Additionally, and probably why I love it so much, you can adjust the exposure, contrast, saturation and more. It really gives you the most control of all the editing apps I’ve used. Available for Android and iPhone.

3 Awesome Photo Editing AppsI use Afterlight to add special elements to my photos. While they do have preset filters, they also have have fun features like light leaks and polaroid frames. I’ll also use this app to crop my photos if I want a custom size (not square or 4×5). Available for Android and iPhone.

3 Awesome Photo Editing AppsAnd for those moments when my photo doesn’t fit into the standard square frame (see here), I use Whitagram. You can choose from a variety of colors to set as the background, but I find that white is the least distracting and blends into the feed nicely. Available for Android and iPhone.

I hope this were helpful! Most of these do take some time getting used to, but oh the difference you will see in your photos. If you have any additional apps you think I should check out, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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DIY Pointillism Notebookhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-pointillism-notebook/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-pointillism-notebook/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:04:09 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5189 This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #StaplesBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Time: 30 minutes Materials: sharpies, moleskin notebooks, pencil, stencil One habit I’ve formed since becoming self-employed is making countless to-do lists. At the end of each day, I

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #StaplesBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Time: 30 minutes
Materials: sharpies, moleskin notebooks, pencil, stencil

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)One habit I’ve formed since becoming self-employed is making countless to-do lists. At the end of each day, I write down everything that needs to be done or that has an upcoming deadline. Not only does this keep me organized, but it also helps me clear my mind before wrapping up work for the day. Plus, there’s something so satisfying about being able to physically cross an item off a to-do list, don’t you think? When I saw these Neon Sharpies at Staples (hurry– they’re even on sale until August 24th while supplies last!), I knew I needed to give my plain notebook a makeover.

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)

 

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)Start by lightly tracing around your stencil onto the notebook. I was able to make a stencil by mocking up a design in photoshop then tracing it on a sheet of paper from the computer. After, I cut out the letters and taped them down. Of course there are much easier ways to do this, but if you don’t have a printer or stencils handy, this method works!

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)Remove your stencil and correct any mistakes. You’ll use these marks as a guide, so make sure they’re as clean as possible.

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)On the outside of your line, make a series of dots with every color. The line should almost appear solid. The further you move away from the initial line, the further apart your dots should be. Continue until satisfied.

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)Erase your initial pencil marks and you’re done!

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)And if pointillism isn’t your thing, you can achieve painterly brush strokes (like on the notebook underneath) using chisel tip sharpies, also available at Staples.

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)

 

I’d love to know, how do you stay organized?

 

 

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8 Must-Try Concrete Projectshttp://thecraftedlife.com/8-must-try-concrete-projects/ http://thecraftedlife.com/8-must-try-concrete-projects/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:00:27 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5164 I’ve only worked with concrete once before, but after coming across the projects below, I want to run out to the hardware store and pick up a 10lb bag and get to work! I know that concrete may seem intimidating to work with, but I think when it comes down to it, it’s all about

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I’ve only worked with concrete once before, but after coming across the projects below, I want to run out to the hardware store and pick up a 10lb bag and get to work! I know that concrete may seem intimidating to work with, but I think when it comes down to it, it’s all about taking your time to prep for the project. Once you have your mold, all that’s really left to do is to mix and pour. Chances are, if you can make a cocktail, you can handle these 8 must-try concrete projects!

8 Must-Try Concrete Projects1. DIY Concrete Diamond by A Merry Mishap
2. Concrete Lamp Pendant by Ben Uyeda for Brit + Co
3. Modern Concrete Planters by Paper & Stitch
4. DIY Cement Star Votives by Hello Natural
5. Bucket Stool by HomeMade Modern
6. Concrete Picture Frame by A Piece of Rainbow
7. Concrete + Copper Plant Stand by Claire Zinnecker Camille Styles
8. Concrete Monograms by Eilen Tein

Have you ever made anything with concrete before? Would love to hear about your experience!

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7 Must-Try Back to School DIYShttp://thecraftedlife.com/7-must-try-back-school-diys/ http://thecraftedlife.com/7-must-try-back-school-diys/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:24:19 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5137 One of my favorite things about being a blogger is meeting and collaborating with new and wonderful people. If you’re ever in a creative rut, or just want to breathe new life into your work, I highly recommend working with others. Not only will a group setting push you to produce better work, but it’s

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One of my favorite things about being a blogger is meeting and collaborating with new and wonderful people. If you’re ever in a creative rut, or just want to breathe new life into your work, I highly recommend working with others. Not only will a group setting push you to produce better work, but it’s also just a fun way shake up your regular routine.

7 Must-Try Back to School DIYS All week I’ve been sharing snippets of our back to school collaboration, so what better way to kickstart the weekend than with a roundup of everyone’s work?!

DIY Typographic Mouse Pad by Frock Files1. Joy of Frock Files blew me away with this DIY Typographic Mousepad. I love the idea of including positive and subtle messages for staying on track in your work area (sometimes you just need a reminder, right?). You won’t even believe how easy it is to make– seriously genius!

Lunchbox Whiteboard DIY by Pars Caeli2. I can’t get enough of MJ from Pars Caeli‘s lunchbox notes (if you like jokes at all, you must follow along asap!). She completely nailed this lunchbox whiteboard, which ties in with her ongoing project perfectly. Such a lovely and fun way to connect with your kids!

Apple Cake Toppers + Apple Pie Donut Recipe by Coco Cake Land3. All I can say is that Lyndsay from Coco Cake Land makes me want to eat donuts and cake all day long. It’s dangerous! She not only shared her recipe for apple pie donuts, but there’s also a fun tutorial for how to make adorable cake toppers to go with!

Free Math Game Printable by Squirrelly Minds4. Tan from Squirrelly Minds (the lovely organizer of this collaboration), may have done the impossible. She made math cute! Download this free math game printable to brush up on your basics.

DIY Sequin Planter by Hello Lidy5. Lidy from Hello Lidy is a girl after my own heart. A planter covered in sequins?! I’ll take three please. What’s even cooler is that it can be done in a matter of minutes + there’s little to no mess involved.

First Day of School Printable by Sunshine Confetti6. Sara from Confetti Sunshine shared a great way to remember your kid’s first day at school with a giant free printable! How fun would it be to use this poster as a photo backdrop each year to document grades K-12?! It would make for one heck of a photo album, I can tell you that!

DIY Color Blocked Pencils7. And in case you missed it, I shared a way to customize your pencils with some simple color-blocking!

 

 

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