Thursday, March 6, 2014
The Zippy Chain design I used came from the book Rubber Band Loom Crafts. You can find this book and others along with your loom bands at your local Craft Warehouse.
I recommend this book for all ages. It is one of my favorites for the easy to read instructions and multiple pictures, for each step. I love that they give several patterns for each design so that it is easy to figure out how to change the color combination!
Right now, you can show this 40% off coupon good until March 16th, 2014!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
All you need to do is choose your "home" vinyl and state for the glass and place the map of your favorite location in the frame.
1. Remove the glass from your shadow box frame, clean, and dry completely.
2. Place the state and "home" Decorating Your Life Vinyl of your choice on to the glass according to packaging directions.
3. Cut a map to the size frame and place it inside the frame, add the glass, and you are done!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
To create a simple basic no loom rubber band bracelet, watch this tutorial.
Now, I have created a tutorial that shows you how to create this fun Oh So Sweet bracelet using decorative buttons, like this cupcake.
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Monday, March 3, 2014
Craft Warehouse, I met up with my rubber band bracelet buddy, Brietta, who creates all the store samples and does free demos. She shows me all her newest creations and there are times where she is seriously inventive.
It was this bracelet that got me totally excited! She used Perler Beads on a regular Fish Tail bracelet and because the beads are flatter, it shaped the bracelet into its own new look!
So, with her permission, I got to creating this fun bracelet!
Two Nail Loom Kit (you can also create this bracelet without a loom by using two pencils or your fingers!)
Black Loom Bands
Rainbow Perler Beads (right out of the package)
Watch this tutorial video to see how to create this bracelet!
Friday, February 28, 2014
Hello there! Jennie McGarvey happily sharing with you a Project Life spread for 2014.
I love Project Life, I love that this is my second year with this project. It's really doing EXACTLY what I want it to do -- which is remember the details of our day to day life. I'm able to keep receipts, movie tickets and mundane things right here along with my photos.
I also love that Project Life is beautiful. You can take the most ordinary bits of your life and make it all cohesive and colorful. Even better, it's unique and how you Project Life is up to you.
Because I'm still a scrapbooker and I still create many 12x12 pages, I choose to create Project Life in a simple way. Do I still embellish? YES! Do I still stamp? ABSOLUTELY! Do I create pages I love? OH YEAH! However, I do not go crazy. I do not create 4x6 pockets that rival the best work of art. I let the photos, the words and the cards tell our day to day story.
As you can see from my pages below, I like my pages to be fun and cohesive, but I do not embellish heavily. I also love to be flexible. If it means more photos one week and less the next, great. I might have a photo that needs to be big, even if it's not technically the best photo ever. (but the story is a great one) Being flexible helps me keep from going crazy and also helps me learn more and more.
Here's the LEFT SIDE:
One of the things that makes my work unique to me is the handwritten journaling. On pretty much any page (12x12 or Project Life) you will find my handwritten journaling. I believe so much in telling the stories -- and I know how much I love seeing family members handwriting. It's so much a part of them, and I believe that someday someone will feel the same way about mine. And if not? Oh, well! Handwriting journaling is a quick way to tell the stories that are so important to me!
The RIGHT SIDE:
As I mentioned above JOURNALING is where it's at. I love to add journaling directly onto a photo. Most of the time, it's with a Slick Writer, but occasionally I will digitally add it before printing a photo.
And, the whole thing together:
See? Simple. However, it's always a process. Every week the pages change - I find new ways to embellish or learn something new to add to a layout. (This week? The Becky Higgins corner rounder. I seriously wanted to round everything in sight! It was easy to use and I loved the effect of the round corners!)
That's the name of the game. Documenting our stories. The fact that I have fun while doing it? Icing on the cake. And Project Life? It does it all and I'm grateful for that.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Craft Warehouse Project Life Design Team Member Jennie McGarvey stood out to us right away with her laid back approach to documenting. She isn't afraid to tell her story, use her hand writing, photograph her everyday, and keep her process simple along the way! We asked her to share with us how she is inspired to keep doing what she loves...
How long have you been crafting?
I started scrapbooking the way that we do now in 2001, when I was pregnant with my oldest son. I made a few albums, including my wedding album. However, I have scrapbooks going back to when I was 12!
What inspires you to be creative?
I am truly inspired by the stories. I love these moments my family shares and I really want to document them, hence my love for scrapbooking. Scrapbooking allows me to be creative (and meet lots of great folks) but also lets me get these stories told and I love that!
I really love using the Becky Higgins core kits. I think that they are the perfect way to tell our stories in a beautiful and concise way.
How can you encourage others reading this column?
I think that the most important part of memory-keeping or scrapbooking is to make it your own. Do what feels most natural to you. If you try and do something the way other people tell you to, you're less likely to keep up with it, simply because it doesn't feel authentic. I know I don't set any rules for myself, I let it just come as it will -- and I'm always eager to tell our stories!
Join Jennie again tomorrow, as she shares some tips and tricks using the new Becky Higgins Coral Core Project Life Kit available at Craft Warehouse stores! You can also follow her on her blog and Twitter!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Chevron Rubber Band Bracelet! It has been a popular one! When alternating the white and black bands it makes it look like a chevron design.
The bracelet I am sharing today, is the same design but when using colorful loom bands, it changes the look completely! I love how fun and bright it is!
Making sure the loom's arrow is facing away from you, place one white band on peg 1 to peg 2 and then down the rest of the row.
Begin back at the beginning again by placing three red bands on peg 1 and stretching it to peg 3.
Place three pink bands on peg two and stretching it to peg 4.
Continue doing the above steps stretching the bands skipping a peg every time, while alternating colors.
When you get to the last peg, make a figure eight with a black band and place the band on the end as a "cap".
Turn the loom around and begin looping the blue bands over the others like you would a regular bracelet.
There will be a lot of bands on your loom. Make sure the bands are all pushed down as you go so they do not pop off.
As you get ready to hook the blue bands over, bring the white band up a bit with your nail, so it is easy for the hook to get it.
Before removing your bracelet from the loom, gather one end of bands and place them on a jump ring (this will keep it more secure than a C or S hook).
Extend your bracelet to fit by using a hook and white bands to fit your wrist. You can watch the video below to see how: