5 Minute Project: DIY Frame Makeover

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. Continue reading…

Weekend Links

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!

3 Awesome Photo Editing Apps

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!

DIY Pointillism Notebook

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!)

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