Sunday, August 18, 2013

DIY Instagram Picture Canvas!


I recently discovered Printstagram by Social Print Studio and instantly fell in love! I have been a long time user of Instagram and I was thrilled when I decided to actually get some of my pictures printed!
If you visit printstagram.com or http://printstagr.am/  you will see that they have a range of printing options. My favorites:
Squares                                              Minibook
Tinybook                                           Stickers

There are more options, but these are the ones that make me happy :-)
I chose just the squares. And you have the option of two sizes, I decided to get the smaller 2in squares. One of the best benefits of Printstagram is that their prints come very quickly in the mail, mine within days! So once you order and receive your prints... you are ready to begin!

For this project you need:
  • Printstagram prints
  • Mod Podge (glossy or mat)
  • Square canvas, size of your choice (I chose four 10x10in canvases to place in a square on the wall. I purchased two 2 packs of inexpensive value canvas from Michaels [SKU: 184436])
You'll start by picking through your prints and choosing your favs.
You can arrange them on the canvas until you get the design you love!
  
Then, you will use your Mod Podge (I chose mat instead of glossy because I really liked how the prints were mat and when you use glossy it tends to magnify the brush strokes of the Mod Podge) and a brush of your choice to cover the bottom or top row on the canvas. 
  Simply lay down your prints and press them down into place. Repeat this until the entire canvas is covered and your pictures are all in place. You can choose to let in dry for a minute or two. Then, you will apply a layer of Mod Podge over the top of your prints covering the entire collage. DON'T WORRY, the Mod Podge will NOT ruin your prints. It is best to apply a thinner layer to avoid any warbling, but the prints are fairly thick and will not get distorted or ruined by the Mod Podge.

Let it dry completely before applying another coat of Mod Podge. Two coats should be enough, you can choose to do more. You might also want to Mod Podge or paint the sides of the canvas to prevent from any wear and dirt. And you are finished!


Click the image below to visit Printstagram 
and order your prints now!

Friday, July 26, 2013

DIY Address and Recipe Book!


So I have been looking for months in every store I go to for a cute recipe book and address book. So after a few weeks of frustration I decided to make one instead! They were fairly easy to make and only cost about $30 total! (you might even have more supplies at home than I did)
I purchased all of my supplies from Michaels:
  • Recollections chipboard kit (included the chipboard covers and rings)
  • White card stock paper
  • Small pack of rainbow card stock paper (2x3in)
Supplies I used from home:
  • Alphabet stamps large and small
  • Decorative stamps
  • Black ink
  • Paper adhesive runner
  • Hole punch
  • Paper cutter

I started by cutting my card stock paper to the correct length. 
Then I went through and hole punched each page in the correct spot using the chipboard covers as my guide.
After that, I used the rainbow colored card stock paper to cut out my tabs, which I then stamped using my small alphabet stamps.
I made the tabs a little longer so that I could use my tape runner to adhere my tabs to the back of the pages. 
(For the address book I did letters across the tabs and for the recipe book I decided to categorize by meat group! You can do whatever you'd like.)

Then, I went through the book and added decoration to the tabbed pages. For the address book I stamped the letters on the page along with a flower decoration, and for the recipe book I stamped out the category as well as a decorative scroll. 



Then, I added the finishing touches by added a decorative line across the pages in the address book so that I could fit two contacts on the front and back of each page. And lastly I decorated the front cover of each book by stamping out the titles and adding a decorative scroll!

These books are so adorable and could be used for endless possibilities!





Monday, April 15, 2013

DIY Clock!


What You Will Need:
  • Plaque (pre-holed)
  • Clock Movement Kit (Artminds from Michaels)
  • Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Painters Tape
  • Number Stencils or Numbers
Start by painting the plaque all one solid color, I chose white.



Once it is completely dry, apply the painters tape in the design of your choice. I did stripes. 
You can then paint on the second color and remove the tape once it dries.


Once the paint dries, you can use stencils or apply the numbers. Also, when that is completely dry you will want to apply two coats of Mod Podge ( I chose glossy)


Then, assemble the clock movement kit per instructions and your done!