Creatively Using Prints

Hello

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Today’s post is one I’ve been excited about for weeks! I will be showing you all the different uses there are for prints! The ones in my pictures are some beautiful ones from Printspiring. There are so many things you can do with prints and I honestly had no idea that they’re so easy to re-size and use. (Cut me some slack, it was my first time buying prints).

Here are a few snaps of all the different ways I used mine:

Greeting cards

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Even although you can buy greeting cards in the online store, I used my print, re-sized it so that it was about A6 size and printed it. They make great cards for anyone creative and even for people who are not.The quotes are super inspiring too!

Mood Board Inspiration

I love collecting interesting little bits and pieces for my mood board such as quotes off Pinterest, photographs, clothing tags and my own handscripted work. This print was the perfect addition to all of that and the vibrant colours look great!

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Foward Planning Inspiration

You can print them out small and use them in planners and calendars like I did, below.They are great just to inspire you and add some colour to you planner.

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Wall Print

And of course, their original purpose, they look so beautiful framed. You can put a frame virtually anywhere, so where you choose to put yours is entirely up to you! I left mine hanging on the wall of my bedroom and I love seeing it there. It brings a fresh burst of inspiration, art and colour into my space.

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DIY Bamboo Quote Frame

I have two fun DIYs for you.I think that sometimes, the smaller prints can get ‘drowned’ by the rest of the items surrounding it, so here’s a quick idea for when you want to get something on its own.

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You will need: scissors, A6 prints, mini pegs, bamboo chopsticks and string.
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Step 1: Start by tying the chopsticks together using string. Make sure they are secure.
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Your frame should look something like this
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Step 2: Tie another piece of string tautly across the frame.                           Step 3: Peg the print of your choice onto the string.
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Lastly, find a place for your frame. I put mine on my desk. As you can see, my mood board is pretty full!

Fabric Wall Hanging

This next DIY is so simple but it looks beautiful!

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You will need: print printed onto canvas, chopsticks, glue, mini pegs, string/twine
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Step 1: Apply glue to about one cm of the print and wrap it around the chopstick
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Step 2: Leave it to dry. Next tie string the the ends of the chopstick that is on the top of the print
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Voila! Isn’t it pretty?

You can use fabric tape or cold glue too, depending on how thick your material is. My canvas material was quite thick, so I had to use craft glue instead of tape. The texture is so great on the canvas material too!

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I hope you have come to see how versatile prints are! I highly reccomend Printspiring prints. They are so colourful, fun and inspirational and are of high quality.

I had a lot of fun using them and they’re hand painted too which makes them even more pretty.

Enjoy the holidays, everyone!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{All opinions are my own. Thank you so much to Dee from Printspiring for being so generous. Also a big thank you to Jenny Traviss for so kindly assisting me with the printing}

You can find these prints at www.printspiring.com

 

DIY Blog Journal

Hello

One of my new year’s resolutions (even although I don’t fully agree with only making fresh starts in a new year) for 2016 is to carefully plan and curate my inspiration and ideas into output as creative projects. More often than not, ideas stay at just that. Ideas. Because inspiration isn’t organized meaningfully, its hard to use it constructively.

I decided to make a ring-bound note-book to store my blog ideas, plans and inspiration so its easy to go back to. Here’s how I made it:

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You will need: paper, scrapbook paper, rings for binding, stamps
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Step 1: First punch holes through all the pieces of paper

 

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Step 2: Slide the rings through all the paper
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Step 3: Stamp your cover. (You can decorate it however you like).

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I know it’s really simple to make, but its so great for storing anything from quick ideas to magazine clippings and polaroid print-outs.

Have a fab week

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

The Art of Crafty Card-Making

Hey there!  Lately scrap-booking and card-making have been my form of escapism.
It requires you to think creatively and use what you have to create something that matches
the theme of your photo or the personality of the person you are making a card for. Here are some ideas on card-making,
along with some of my favourite techniques, methods and supplies…

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My Supplies

I use a variety of supplies when creating my cards. Some of them include stamps, watercolours, papers, pens, and stickers.

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Stamps

Another one of my favourite techniques is stamping. It’s easy, fun and if done properly can, it can look beautiful!

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cardstock, washi tape and stamping.
 
 
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can look highly professional.

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And last of all, some colour inspiration! Never be afraid to use colour!

Use all those tips and tricks and voila!

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I hope these tips were helpful! Be sure to try some card-making yourself! 

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx 


DIY Watermelon Notebook

A few days ago I was walking around in a store when I saw this adorable watermelon-shaped notebook! I fell in love and decided I just had to make one! Here’s how I made mine:

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You will need: green and red cardstock, paper, scissors, needle and thread, glue, pencil, black Sharpie
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Step 1: Cut out the watermelon shapes out of the cardstock. The green shape should be a little bigger than the red ones.
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Step 2: Stick the red shape onto the green one and add pips with black Sharpie.
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Step 3: Use thread to stitch the paper into the covers. You could always just staple it.

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And voila! How cute? Perfect for making notes in the summer months ahead here in Africa!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Felt Pin Cushion Key Ring

Hey all

The other day I was thinking about my progress as a needle-worker and decided to try and do more projects with embroidery as I really enjoy it. I made a key-ring pin cushion that’s super-cute and clips onto your bag. Here’s how to make it:

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You will need: felt, cotton, needle, bag hook

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Step 1: Cut two pieces of felt in the shape of your choice.

Step 2: Stitch them up with a contrasting colour thread. Leave some space for stuffing
Step 2: Stitch them up with a contrasting colour thread. Leave some space for stuffing
Step 3: Stuff and embroid a word/picture of you choice in the middle. I chose 'hi'.
Step 3: Stuff and embroid a word/picture of you choice in the middle. I chose ‘hi’

You can add a bag hook if you want so it can serve as a key ring !

Emjoy!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx


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My Adventures Mini Album

Hey everyone

I’m sharing my first project update today. My latest project that I’ve decided to share with you is My Adventures Mini-Album that I made. I also submitted it as one of my projects for Dear Lizzy’s Design Team Call. In brief, I used small pieces of scrapbook paper, washi tapes, a binder ring, my stamps set and some photos to make this. The paper served as the pages in the mini album and I punched a hole to slide the binder ring through. I then decorated some pages with stamps and washi and left some pages blank for new adventures. I made this so I can keep track of my favourite dare-devil or adventurous moments on the go. Have fun making your own and be creative! Below you can see some pictures of mine. I’d love to see yours, so send me pictures of your finished products and comment below. Also, to be added to the readers list, e-mail me: missartsycraftyblog@gmail.com

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Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Gift Packaging Ideas

Hey everyone

I feel a sense of festivity in the air with a long holiday (and my birthday) around the corner! So I decided to do a post on a few simple but beautiful ways to package gifts.

I have a very exciting post coming soon and I can’t wait to share it! Hope you enjoy this post!

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Some basic gift-wrapping and packaging materials and supplies include bags, crepe paper, lace (not photographed: scissors, tapes, tags/cards, wrapping paper, ribbon)
Use matching crepe paper to that of your tags. You can also use contrasting colours as shown below.
Use matching crepe paper to that of your tags. You can also use contrasting colours as shown below.
You can use contrasting colours in your crepe paper to give the gift a festive and colourful look.
You can use contrasting colours in your crepe paper to give the gift a festive and colourful look.
Patterned bags or even plain paper bags are a great way to package smaller gifts.
Patterned bags or even plain paper bags are a great way to package smaller gifts.
Soft parcels like scarves can be wrapped in soft crepe paper and matching ribbon or lace (it doesn't have to match, it can contrast too).
Soft parcels like scarves can be wrapped in soft crepe paper and matching ribbon or lace (it doesn’t have to match, it can contrast too).

Hope this inspires you to give someone a hand-made card instead of a shop-bought one and to wrap presents in fun, stylish and colourful ways.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx