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Since Mother's Day is right around the corner, I thought I would share a gift guide full of awesome products for the crafty women in your life. I included five items that are popular amongst the crafty community right now that I'm sure anyone would love to receive. Of course, you could use this guide as gift ideas for a crafty friends birthday, etc. so it is definitely not limited to Mother's Day. Plus, you may want to even pick up a few items for yourself...nothing wrong with treating yourself every once in a while, right?
I personally own every item on this list and love them! I wanted to include items that I have tried and tested and believe in!
Let's get started:
If you haven't seen this awesome video by Jennifer McGuire where she explains how she stores her stamps and dies, you are missing out on some major organization tips. In the video, she shows how she uses her Brother P-Touch Label Maker to print out labels with the manufacturers name (she abbreviates it to three letters or so) and the specific stamp name. She removes the stamp from its clear packaging and adds them into the Avery Elle Stamp Storage Pockets, sticking the label in the top corner. By doing so, you can easily see which stamp you are looking at when flipping through them in a drawer or basket. She also adds the matching dies inside the back of the pocket with the coordinating stamp set so she won't lose one and not the other.
Overall...this is the perfect gift for someone who has a ton of supplies, but needs a little help organizing them. It might also be fun to include the link or name of the video with the gift so the recipient knows how it is intended to be used.
Keeping with that same organization theme, another great gift is the IKEA Raskog Utility Cart. It comes in three colors which are sure to match anyone's craft room. Having assembled watched someone assemble one myself, I would say that it takes about 25 - 30 minutes to put together which is nothing compared to other IKEA furniture pieces. Plus, the price is really cheap considering how much fun someone would have filling it with all their tools and supplies. We just gave one away at one of our crops and let's just say the winner was very excited.
Overall...this cart is adorable and anyone who has a dedicated craft space will love adding it to their work station. It's also a great gift if you are looking for something substantial that is also reasonably priced.
Again, if you are an avid follower of Jennifer McGuire you most likely know exactly what amazing things this machine can do when combined with foil sheets. If not, let me explain. When you print something in black and white on a laser printer (your printer must have toner for it to work) and run it through this laminator with foil over top, the foil will stick to the ink and create a foiled piece of cardstock. Let's say you print out some downloadable patterned paper and added some gold foil over top and ran it through the machine. What you end up with is gold-foiled patterned paper like all of the manufactures produce today. Can you say awesome? If you don't know exactly what I mean, I will link the video where she explains it here. And here's another video where you can turn your stamped images into gold foil ones.
Overall...awesome gift for someone who loved card making and all of the cool little gadgets that come onto the market. This would even be cool for someone who likes to create their own DIY art prints or anyone who loves gold foil really.
Over the years around this time you can always find husbands or children coming into our store looking for the Big Shot. I know that it is something that a lot of people want, but wait until a special occasion to purchase it (or have someone purchase it for them!). I knew right away when I was creating this guide that I had to include the Big Shot and the new Big Shot Plus because it is always a popular gift amongst the crafters that shop our store. If you are interested in knowing more details about the difference between the Big Shot and Big Shot Plus, I have a whole post where I explain all of the details. Read that post by clicking here.
Also, you may notice that the prices above are not as expensive as others you have seen around the Internet. That is because we are offering a 15% discount to anyone who orders one of these machines through us. The Big Shot is normally priced at $119.99 and the Big Shot Plus at $199.99. We think this is an awesome savings if you are thinking of getting one.
Overall...a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year as companies continue to produce different dies and embossing folders that we have to have. If your special someone already has the Big Shot, you should consider the Big Shot Plus. It is a much larger machine, with an additional 3 inches of platform space. Again, more details here.
These little cameras are all the rage with documenters and memory-keepers these days. I have one myself and I must admit that they are really addictive and fun to play with. Mine is white and I have had it for a few years and never had a problem with it. The film is a little bit expensive...around $1 per photo, but it really is worth it. Unlike normal cell phone cameras, every picture that you take on this camera comes out looking amazing. Of course, sometimes they are a little under or over exposed, but I think that is the magic of these cameras. You never know what you are going to get, but you always cherish the results.
Overall...a fun gift to give to someone who is always taking pictures whenever they go out. Just be warned though...you may end up wanting one yourself!
And that's it for my Mother's Day Gift Guide! I hope you enjoyed this post and were able to get a few ideas for that special someone in your life.
I would also like to take this time to wish you all a Happy Mother's Day! I hope you have a wonderful day with your family and friends.
What do you hope you get for Mother's Day? Or what are you purchasing yourself for Mother's Day? Comment below.
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Plus, I even included the new ombré ink colors that haven't even started shipping yet...because we all know you will end up with them eventually!
If you download my color chart, let me know what you think of it in the comments below.
As always, thank you so much for reading!
Products I Used // Links to rightathomeshop.com
- My Favorite Things Planner Basics stamp
- My Favorite Things Planner Pieces die
- My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink Pad in Hot Fudge
- Acrylic block
- Tim Holtz Scissors
- Various colors of cardstock
- Xyron Sticker Maker
- Cuttlebug Die-Cutting Machine
Step #4 // Stamp Planner Pieces
This is the fun part of the process: stamping! For my pieces, I dedicated each shape to a certain event. For example, I used the arrow for "work out", the banner for "holiday", the label for "meeting", and the rectangle for "errands".
I stamped these using a My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink Pad in Hot Fudge. I used brown because I thought it would compliment my kraft colored planner better than a harsh black. Of course, you can chose which ever color ink you prefer. You could even mix it up by using colors...use your imagination & creativity!
Step #5 // Run through Xyron Sticker Maker
This is the part when your labels become stickers. I used a mini Xyron Sticker Maker by Teresa Collins that came in her adhesive kit, but you can use whichever Xyron machine you have. Most likely you have one of these lying around collecting dust (like mine was) and now have an excuse to break it back out!
If you have never used one of these before, the process is simple. Feed your paper die-cut into the channel at the top-left of the "X" and push through the rollers. Once the die-cut starts to come out towards the bottom right, pull the paper until you have it completely stuck to the paper. Then, rip off the paper against the blade.
Rub the sticker with your fingers to ensure that you have it completely covered with glue. Remove the clear top sheet, remove the die-cut from the backer, and you have a die-cut sticker!
Make sure that you run these through the machine when you are ready to use them. Once you remove the die-cut sticker from the paper it is ready to be used. You can have a bunch of these pre-die-cut and run them through your Xyron when you are ready to stick them down. Otherwise, you will have sheets of adhesive with die-cuts stuck to them which may be a pain to have lying around on your desk. Choose whichever method works for you!
Step #6 // Add them to your planner
Ta-da! Now it is time to add your adorable, personalized stickers to your planner. As you can see from mine, I used some of the icons from the Planner Basics stamp set to add events directly onto my planner pages. However, I wanted to add some dimension and highlight specific things so I used the die-cut stickers for that.
I also used one of the larger tabs from the die-set and adhered it onto the side of my page to create a month tab. I adhered one to the other side as well to reinforce it and make it stronger (since it is only paper).
Today I have a special post for you that was greatly inspired by Heidi Swapp and the classes she taught at The Collins Group Trade Show this past weekend for retailers. She taught a whole lot more than just papercrafting techniques in her classes and I wanted to share what I learned from her with you. Throughout the post I will be featuring pictures of the two projects we made: the Memory Dex and the Happiness is Free Journal.
My first class was based on the new Memory Dex system that Heidi created. This is based off of those old contact files that were so popular many years ago. It's fresh and updated with lots of gold foil and her signature color palette of pink, mint, and lime green. She has created a multitude of accessory packs of cards to add into the box including ones with the months, different patterns, and even some clear acetate ones for added interest. They all layer together to create a unique and inspiring way to document your everyday life.
While she explained all of the fun aspects of the Memory Dex product line, she was adamant that this type of documenting was about more than just crafting. With family problems and hectic work schedules she said we can all forget about the little things that happen throughout the day that we want to remember. Days, months, and soon enough, years go by and you have no documentation of what your life was like during that time. The memories and special events that brought you so much joy then, remain in the past.
She urged everyone to start using the Memory Dex we created as soon as we got home. Write down a few things each day, add in photos or little bits of memorabilia from the week...anything to keep those memories alive forever.
All of this reminded me of an album I made a few years ago of my family's trip to NYC. Was it the prettiest album I had ever made? No, but every time I look through it I smile and am reminded of the special time we had together. Even if you don't include every picture or every single thing you did, you somehow remember the day exactly as it happened with the help of the little tidbits you documented.
She takes such pride in being the memory keeper of her family and feels it is a responsibility we all have. I urge you to start documenting your life in any way you can. It doesn't have to been perfect, just start cherishing those moments and writing them down so you can cherish them years later.
Happiness is Free Journal
This album was really fun to create as it used a lot of different mixed media techniques that I don't usually do in my everyday crafting. However, I do have to say, I love the result.
Heidi had us using a ton of different supplies from her Wanderlust collection. These papers have a beautiful color palette of raspberry, light pinks, turquoise, mint greens, and of course gold. We got to use some of her laser-cut papers too, which is what we used for the first page in our album. (See that cool lattice paper with the label on it?)
We also mixed in a few clear page protectors which we filled with another laser-cut paper. This time we used the floral one which is so intricate and delicate. We misted it with her new Color Shine spray is Raspberry.
Here we used some of her watercolor papers with die-cut words. We also used her Color Shine mists in Tea and Raspberry to create this two-tone effect. We added a wood veneer that I colored using her Patina spray to create this beautiful sea-green color.
She encouraged us to think outside of the box when using our supplies. For example, we added in this gorgeous floral envelope which creates a space to add extra photos or journaling. Just punch it with your hole puncher and add it in!
Again Heidi explained that no matter how you craft, whether it is through micro-crafting techniques (like the Memory Dex) or with mini albums or full-sized scrapbooks, it is important to be constantly documenting your everyday. Not only is it important as a creative outlet, but it preserves your family's history for years to come.
Through Heidi's classes I gained a new perspective on memory keeping and documenting my "story". I plan to make more of a conscious effort to print out photos and write things down throughout my week.
What do you think? Comment below with your thoughts on documenting your life.
Last week, My Favorite Things released their newest collection of stamps for April...and I wanted to share my favorites with you today. Throughout the post, I will be sharing a few ideas of how you could use the item for your own crafting. I know it can be hard to look at a stamp and figure out exactly how you could use it, so, today, I am here to help!
Some of the releases from this month are unlike any other stamps I have seen before and I am excited to get into my craft room to start using them!
Let's get started:
This is my favorite stamp from the new release. It comes with a variety of solid flower-shaped stamps that are organic and whimsical. The little accents included like the stem veins and dotted centers can create depth when stamped in a darker color.
Here's a quick tip: If you are planning on layering some of these stamps I would suggest using a dye ink pad. Using a dye ink will allow for a smooth, seamless finish as the colors blend together as they dry.
This stamp is perfect if you are trying to come up card designs for Mother's Day or even just for the upcoming spring season. There are an endless amount of possible flower combinations you can create...it's all up to your imagination!
I included the matching dies in the picture since it is always easier to die-cut them out, but I think this stamp could be used without them. I'm thinking of using the stamps to create a one layer scene instead of having a bunch of cut flowers layered on top of one another...I may change my mind though!
These stamps & dies have me dreaming about summer...you too? I love these sets and am surprised they haven't released anything like it before. This stamp will be perfect for using with different inking techniques and embellishments (currently thinking of all of my red jewels I can use for a cherry!). The ice cream tops would be so fun to use with embossing powders with glitter or even glossy accents.
I was a little confused when looking at the two die sets and determining how they were different, but I think I figured it out. The "You're the Sweetest" die coordinates with the stamp and the "Sweet Treats" die has basically the same images but a touch smaller. That set is meant to be used alone without the stamp as it has embossing lines. Choosing between the two sets means deciding if you like stamped accents or paper accents...or both!
Oh my goodness, can we please talk about the planner obsession that is going on right now?! If you look on Instagram, there are thousands and thousands of women using their creativity and craft stash in a whole new way. Stamps, dies, inks, washi tape, you name it and people are putting it in there planners. What once was a book that was less than exciting to look at can now be transformed into its own piece of artwork with the help of all of these new stamps that are being released.
My favorite one is the longer set on the left. I like how there is the lines stamp so you can create a list of things you need to do. Also, I didn't notice this at first, but above the lines and next to the "AM" "PM" circles there is a little target stamp which is obviously for those multiple trips to Target we all take. I thought that was so clever...I love little touches like that. Plus, we all know I love a good banner stamp which is also included in this one.
I "plan" (hehe) on giving these a try as soon as I get them...keep an eye out on Instagram to see them in use!
As a note, the planner stamps on the right side of the image above are actually two separate sets (three sets are pictured in total). The top set separates from the bottom set after the icons.
I am not usually one to gravitate towards the cutesy, hand-drawn images that stamp companies put out, but I think I have to make an exception for this set. I just love those little gnomes (and the snail)!
I'm thinking of using these images to create a garden or springtime scene by layering a picket fence and grass die. Then I would add one of the colored gnomes into the mix. I think that could be such a fun spring card...what do you think?
I also am a fan of the font choice for this stamp set. I like simple fonts that don't distract from the other images and embellishments you have on your card.
And that's it! Those are my favorite stamps & dies from the newest My Favorite Things April release. Are you just as excited as I am for this release?
Leave me a comment below with your favorite stamp from this new collection and how you plan to use it. I would love to know your ideas.
I will see you all back here soon,
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The other day I was browsing through some of my favorite blogs and was hit with an idea that I just had to try and figure out...
If you have been on Pinterest lately or on any papercrafting website you may have noticed how popular photo booths and the photo strips they print out are these days.
So, with the idea of creating my own photo booth inspired strip in mind I decided to get creative with an online photo editing software called PicMonkey. If you haven't heard of PicMonkey, it is a website that allows you to edit photos, add text, shapes, and decals, and even create a collage, which is how I created my strip.
Let's get started:
To start off, go to the PicMonkey website and click the "collage" button located in the top center of the website.
When you click "collage" you will be prompted to select which photos you want to use. I saved mine to my desktop so I could select them all at once. However, if you are selecting from your files you may need to just select one at a time. Once you have selected one photo it will bring you to the collage page and you will notice your photo is loaded onto the dock on the left side of your screen. Click "open photos" to open the remaining photos you want to use. For my example I am using four photos.
Once you are on the collage page, click the second icon from the list on the left side of your screen that looks like a collage. Click the first rectangular picture that says "ducks in a row" and select the third option. This option has four photo slots, but you can choose which ever one you want depending on how many photos you are using.
When you click it you will notice that your strip is horizontal instead of vertical (not pictured). Click one of the rotate buttons below the white collage to turn your strip vertically.
Next, click back to the first icon on the left hand side where you have all of your photos loaded. Drag the photos from the dock and add them into the dotted rectangles on the strip. Make sure you are dragging the photos into the rectangles and not into the space below them or else it will add more rectangles for some reason.
Once you have added your photos, click on the last icon on the left hand side (looks like a paint palette) and change the spacing to 50. I changed mine to add more space between my images...you can make them as far or as close together as you would like. You can even change the background to a different color if you prefer. Once you have made all the finishing touches, click "save" from the top center menu and save to your desktop.
I double-clicked on my image on my desktop and it opened it in Preview (on Mac). I then clicked File and Print.
When all of the printer settings came up, I made sure to change my paper size to 4 x 6 and my paper to Photo Paper Plus Glossy (depending on your printing paper, change as needed). Now because our border is white...and the paper is white you will need to trim the sides down to create the actual strip. PicMonkey allowed us to get the photos into perfect squares and stacked on top of one another.
Once you start making them it becomes a little addictive. They are the perfect way to creatively document a special day in your life all in one strip. It also will help you save space for additional photos or embellishments on a layout.
These would also be fun to tuck into your planner as a reminder of a special time.
Are you obsessed with photo booths and photo strips as much as I am? Share in the comments section below if you have ever been in a photo booth and where...I like going to the ones that some of the Urban Outfitters stores have.
P.S. Recognize those photos in the second strip? Those are from my Crop on the Cape + Memories post...such a cool way to breathe life into old photos, too!
I am super excited to show you guys this painting sample we will be holding as a class on Sunday, March 29th at 1 pm.
Introducing the Texture Paste Flower Jar Painting...
Isn't this the most gorgeous painting you have ever seen?!
We are so excited to be having Marilyn teach this class for us. In the class you will be taking a plain white canvas and stroke-by-stroke you will transform it into a beautiful piece of artwork. This month's painting is especially special as you will be using a mixture of acrylic paint and Ranger Texture Paste to create both depth and dimension for your flowers and jar.
Here's a closer look at the flowers. With a simple swipe of a palette knife and a little dab of texture paste you too can create this amazing jar of flowers.
If you are interested in signing up for this class, please click here to be redirected to our online store where you can prepay for the class.
The class cost is $35.
Hope to see you there...I know you will learn a lot of fun painting techniques from Marilyn!
Hello there. I'm Nicole!
I work alongside my mother at our brick & mortar store, Right at Home, located in North Attleboro, MA.We believe using your creativity helps you create a happy and fulfilled life. To help you achieve that we have created a collection of simple project ideas designed to add little bits of happiness into your everyday.Need to have some of the products mentioned in our posts? Check out our online store where we strive to supply our customers with the best materials for their craft projects.