You’re sure to make lots of memories during your summer travels, whether you’re spending a quick weekend at the beach, trekking into the mountains, or visiting faraway family. Later this summer I’ll be taking my first cross-country trip with my toddler, which is sure to be unforgettable in ways both good and bad! Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve those memories and create keepsakes that your kids can revisit again and again. This free Envelope Mini-Book project from Teach Yourself VISUALLY Scrapbooking, by Rebecca Ludens and Jennifer Schmidt, is a great way to remember a special trip. Just click on the link above for detailed instructions!
For many more scrapbooking ideas and all the how-to information you need to design beautiful pages and projects of your own, check out Teach Yourself VISUALLY Scrapbooking.
Earlier this year my daughter’s first grade teacher invited me to come in and do a craft with her class. Right about the time I was casting about for just the right project, we were busy editing away on Maya Donenfeld’s just-released Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials.
While an adult-level sewing book would not have been my first place to look for a project for 16 first graders, I just kept coming back to one project – the Nature Notebooks. I knew the kids would love the idea of recycling and the involvement of paint and stamping would allow a nice level of personalization. They all love journaling and the light level of sewing gave them all a big sense of accomplishment when they were done.
Take a look at the gallery to see how they came together and how wonderfully they turned out!
I should also note that all of the kids now want a sewing machine, most especially the boys.
Huge thanks to all of the kids for their hard work and creativity, to my daughter’s teacher for the invitation, and to Park Tudor School for allowing me to spend a morning with her class.
Maya- your project was a winner! There truly is something for everyone in your finished book and I, for one, am looking forward to making the rest of them.
And, now for the giveaway. We’re so excited about this book that we’re dying to share a copy with one lucky reader. Leave me a comment and on Monday I’ll pick a winner to receive a copy of Reinvention.
Today, Handmadeology‘s Timothy Adam offers a couple more tips on how to improve your selling experience on Etsy. Leave us a comment on this post and one lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive a copy of Tim’s new book How to Make Money Using Etsy.
There is a new Etsy app that just came on the scene called the Shop Marketing Helper that will help Etsy sellers save time by scheduling all their social media marketing efforts. I have been scheduling the social media promotion of the Handmadeology Etsy shop and our traffic and sales have doubled and beyond!
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Now your Etsy business can have a social media presence even when you can’t be there!
This week I did a project with my daughter from Marie LeBaron’s Make and Takes for Kids. We modified the Crushed Eggshell Bunting a bit for her brother’s first birthday, but that was half the fun. In fact, we had so much fun that I’m going to share the project with you today. The project in the book uses crushed color-dyed egg shells – which might be in abundance for some readers after this weeked. Eggshell Bunting Projectfor the project instructions.
Here is how we set about making the bunting as a birthday party decoration!
First my daughter marked her triangles on some leftover scrapbooking paper
Next, she cut them out
She used recyled tissue paper to make her letters
Then she glued the triangles onto some great ribbon we found on sale at a local craft store
She added some finishing touches from my papercrafting stash
And, voila, the finished banner. The baby couldn’t read it, but I think he thought it was fun all the same.
Spring seems to be here incredibly early for many of us. When you spend your days indoors but can see the beautiful weather outside, it really makes you restless. This week, Julie and I took a short break to make our own versions of a Spring card from Easy Greeting Cards and we thought we’d share our efforts with you. At the bottom, you’ll find a link to the instructions from the book so you can make your own.
first we picked out some supplies
then we chose stamps
next we played with the watercolor pencils
my finished card
Julie’s finished card
To make your own card, click here!
Tim Adam of Handmadeology.com, author of How to Make Money Using Etsy: A Guide to the Online Marketplace for Crafts and Handmade Products, has graciously offert to share some wonderful tutorials and tips with our Wiley Craft readers.
As a creative business owner there is no doubt you want your Facebook Fan Page to draw fans in and keep them there. You also want your images to match your brand and at the same time be crisp and clear. The deadline is fast approaching and all Facebook Fan Pages will make the switch over to the new timeline.
Here are some examples from the handmade/design world…enjoy!
1. On the Handmadeology fan page we are featuring new fans each week. You can get your Etsy items featured by clicking the cover photo, liking and sharing the photo, and leaving your Etsy shop link. This helps stimulate fan interaction and greatly increases our reach on Facebook.
2. A little biased here as this is my wife’s fan page! You can see she integrates her logo along with her slogan and samples of her work.
3. Great design here. Shows off designs and lets the fan know what their shop is selling.
4. Eye-catching for sure! A close-up shot piques the interest and makes me want to find out more.
5. Love this product display!
6. No text, but simple eye-catching photos!
7. Adding a photo from your last craft show is a great way to show your fans what is happening offline.
8. Get seasonal with your cover photo.
9. Great mix of photos and info.
When you are designing your timeline cover, profile pic, and even your custom app pics, it can be a pain and time-consuming. With this Photoshop template you can drag your images and test them out in Photoshop first.
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With this template you can design your timeline before you upload them to Facebook…saving tons of time!
Happy Friday to all and a big congratulations to Rebecca and Janet – the winners of this week’s giveaway of Studio Spaces.
I don’t know about all of you, but the weather here is just screaming for some Spring cleaning. Don’t tell my Publisher, but I’m sneaking my desk copy of Studio Spaces home this weekend so I can rodeo in a few areas in my own home studio.
Sorry we have been so silent this year at Wiley Craft! We’ve been incredibly busy putting the finishing touches on some soon-to-release books and getting even more new books underway. I honestly can’t wait to share all the great new offerings we have coming out this year, so keep checking in.
The first book I’d like to share is just perfect for this time of year – just past the new year and almost into Spring. It’s time to take stock and get the chaos under control. Whether your consider yourself a sewer, a quilter, a knitter, a scrapbooker, jewelry maker, or a little of everything, Studio Spaces by Better Homes and Gardens has a ton of inspiring ideas for how to corral your crafting supplies in ways that are not only practical, but beautiful.
Studio Spaces is a great mix of inspriation and bare-knuckles how-to. In addition to the before-and-after makeovers, the projects, tips, and organizing ideas, you’ll also get sneak peeks inside the studios of 6 top designers – but more about that next week. For now, I’ll leave you with a free project, some creative book ends that make great use of designer fabric scraps, Get It In the Bag.
A couple of weeks ago, Alisa over at Making More With Less won our giveaway for the Easy Greeting Cards Christmas Tree gift bags kit. She and her daughters had so much fun making the bags that today she is sharing her experiences with you over on her blog and offering up a copy of the book for a lucky winner. Check out her post and enter to win!
I can’t help taking a break from our holiday free project roundup to introduce you to our newest craft book, Make and Takes for Kids by Marie LeBaron. If you have young children at home, this is a complete necessity for the upcoming cold months. As the founder of the popular Make and Takes blog, a mom, and a former early childhood educator, Marie has a lot of experience working with kids and craft and in her new book she offers up her 50 favorite projects to make thoughout the year.
A lot of work goes into creating a craft book. On top of the usual manuscript and editing, you have design, layout, testing, and photography. Photography is particularly important because it is critical that our readers be able to clearly see the finished project in a way that enables them to follow the steps and recreate the finished item. It’s also got to be beautiful, or who would want to make the project? In my opinion, it can be more difficult than fashion or portrait photography, but its also a ton of fun. For this book, Marie teamed up with the talented Nicole Hill Gerulat, who blogs her photography and styling work over at A Little Sussy. To give you a bit of a behind-the-scenes look a how it all comes together, I intereviewed Marie and Nicole on the photography for the book.
Wiley Craft: What was your first craft/how-to photography project?
MARIE: My first craft project for my blog, back in 2007, was for a no-sew ballerina tutu. It was a really fun project, but then my 2 year old didn’t want to wear it, ha!
Wiley Craft: On average, how long does it take to plan, organize, set up, and capture just a single image that ends up in the book?
NICOLE: It all depends on how we decide to feature the project and how complicated our set might be. For example, we made a set for the Sunflower Cookie Lollipops that included crafting clouds and grass. Any single image could take from 30 min to 2 hrs from concept to execution.
Wiley Craft: For every photo that ends up on a printed page, how many never see the light of day?
NICOLE: For the Make & Takes book, there were at least 3 variations for each project that were not published.
Wiley Craft: I think most of us can imagine most potential difficulties in working with kids. What do you find are the positives of working with children in photo shoots?
NICOLE: Kids bring the project to life!
Wiley Craft: I notice that you chose to do all in-studio work for this project. How does that compare to your natural light work? Obviously there are aspects of studio work that simplify a job, but are there aspects that you found to be more burdensome?
NICOLE: This book was shot in the studio, but some were shot with natural light, and others were with studio lights. I love the consistency and reliability of shooting in studio for a book. I actually don’t find any aspect burdensome in the studio because there is so much control. Oh wait, there were times where it was freezing when we’d open the garage door for natural light!
Wiley Craft: It’s inevitable that every photo shoot produces at least one funny story. (note: mine involves having a tiny flower fairy princess chuck her oh-so-sparkly wand at me!) were there any moments of levity that you can share?
MARIE: All in all, the children models in our book were great. If anything, it was my own kids, the untrained ones, that were a little harder to get to focus. My 3 year old was trying too hard to say “cheese” and more than half of her photos were with a huge under-bite!
Wiley Craft: Okay, and now for the giveaway. To celebrate the launch of this book, we’ll be offering up this box of kid craft goodness to keep you crafting all winter long. To enter to win, leave me a comment and share your favorite kid craft tip or project. I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday, so enter now!
UPDATED! Congratulations to Slacker for winning the prize pack below!