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Thursday, July 7, 2016

DIY: Wall Collage

In the middle of May, I moved out of my college apartment and I now live in a beautiful 2BR apartment close to Eden Park in Cincinnati, OH.  I am less than half a mile away from Mirror Lake and a 5 minute drive to Downtown Cincinnati.  Before I moved into my new apartment I started looking at ideas on Pinterest of how to decorate my new apartment.  I have always loved wall collages but was unsure where to purchase the wall decor to complete my living room.  Pinterest gave me a lot of inspiration, but I wanted both mirrors and framed pictures in my collage.  A lot of the wall collages I came across were either of various sized frames or mirrors.  I didn't see a mixture of the two very often.

This led me to design my own wall collage!  I visited multiple stores such as Target, Hobby Lobby, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Homegoods just trying to find the perfect decor.  If you have ever been inside Hobby Lobby or Homegoods, you know how overwhelming those stores are.  It's like walking into Forever 21 and not knowing where to begin because stuff is scattered EVERYWHERE!  However, I found that for the price and style, Hobby Lobby is the place for home decor.  They often have 50% off on select items each week and if what you're looking for isn't 50% off this week, wait until the next ad starts and it'll most likely be on sale the following week.  They also have a 40% off one item coupon on their website, but it is only valid on regular priced items.

So, without further ado here is my completed wall collage complimented by my beautiful Target Style throw pillows and blanket!

Now, let's get down to the details of purchasing the home decor.  Since Hobby Lobby is so overwhelming to walk through in person, I started browsing their items online and adding everything to my cart that I wanted for my wall collage.  To my surprise, my boyfriend went online and logged into my Hobby Lobby account and ordered my "wishlist" of home decor items for my birthday!  The starburst mirror (HERE), fold framed star mirror (HERE), 7 3/4" Gold Metal Wall Burst Ball (HERE), gold arrow (HERE), paper mache Amperstand symbol (HERE), and Framed heart string art (HERE) were all purchased from Hobby Lobby at at least 40% but mostly 50%!  In order to add some pops of color, I painted the Ampersand symbol hot pink with acrylic paint.  All of these items were hung up on the wall with a simple nail.  My apartment allows me to put regular nail holes in the wall, but some landlords do not allow holes in the dry wall so I would double check if you are renting your apartment.

Since I try to be frugal and like to re-create things for "cheaper than you can buy it," a few of the items on my wall collage were essentially free!  I had two 8.5" x 11" frames sitting around my apartment so I went to Pinterest and found free printable wall art (Flamingos and Pineapple) to add pops of color to my collage.  In addition to the free wall art, I hand-painted the canvas in the bottom right was inspired by a painting I saw on Pinterest HERE.  Click HERE fo the full tutorial on this hand-painted canvas!

Now that you know where and how to gather your decor for your collage, it's time to decide how to layout your collage.  I highly recommend laying out the items on the floor and having a friend help you decide.  I rearranged the collage on the floor at least 5 times until a few of my friends helped me out!  Once you're ready to hang up the decor, work your what from the middle outwards.  You're going to need a measuring tape, a pencil to lightly mark spots for the nail, a hammer, a few nails, and a friend to help you figure out if the items are straight or not.  Hanging the decor up might be the most painful part of the process because you want to measure carefully to ensure the collage is balanced and nothing is crooked.  Once you're done hanging everything up, that's it! You simply step back and admire your hard work.

If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to comment below and I will answer the best I can!  Also, if you were curious, my throw pillows and blanket are all from Target! You can purchase them here: Aztec Pillow//Embroidered Striped Pillow//Tassel Pillow//Boho Throw Blanket.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed my DIY: Wall Collage tutorial.

-- KraftyKellzster

Sunday, February 7, 2016

DIY: Custom Cover Agenda/Planner

For my last year of college , I started to think of all of the things on my "to-do" list and all of the important events that will be coming up.  Then I started to look at a new planner or agenda to buy that was affordable, but chic looking.  I have previously owned the Large Lilly Pulitzer Agendas for the past two years.  I loved the adorable patterns throughout the pages with the fun stickers.  However, it was far to thick and bulky for my liking.

Then I began to research new agendas that were more simple, less busy, but with a lot of space for writing.  I prefer to have both a monthly view as well as a horizontal weekly layout to write on.  I fell in love with the Erin Condren agendas for numerous reasons: they were chic, fun, and well designed.  I did not love, however, the price tag with the Erin Condren agendas (Pictured Below).  For one agenda, it cost roughly $50-$65 (not including shipping).

For this reason, I began to seek the DIY route.  I found an awesome tutorial on pinterest called "DIY Erin Condren Life Planners interchangeable cover" which sparked my inspiration.  If I thought that I had more use for a laminator, I would have considered investing in a machine.  However, I only foresee myself making these planners a few times at most.

My DIY version is the lazy way to create your own custom agenda!

Here is what you will need:
1) An 8.5 x 11" agenda of your choice with a double spiral binding (I bought mine on Amazon here) - When I purchased it, it was only $15, but the price has recently gone up.  The brand is Blue Sky The Color of Imagination  and I believe they sell these at Target.
2) A 1/8" hand hole punch (I bought mine on Amazon here) - $4.19
3) Scissors (optional)
4) Tape (optional)
5) A printed and laminated copy of your customized planner cover (I will explain more later) - $2.00

First, you will need to find the agenda of your choice.  I wanted one that was more slim and the size of a regular notebook which is how I chose the 8.5 x 11" Blue Sky agenda on amazon which is similar to THIS.

Next, you will need to buy a hole punch that is 1/8" big to make the holes for the double spiral binding which can be found HERE.

Now you need to design your cover for the agenda.  I went with a picture collage theme (inspired by the Erin Condren version).  There are two loves of my life: my cat, Lulu, and my boyfriend, Blake.  I simply inserted pictures onto a Word document, re-sized the images appropriately, and arranged them the way that I liked.  Then I decided to add some text and put my first and last name with the year below it.  I originally went with 6 pictures, but then decided that I wanted to fit more images.  I also designed a Lilly Pulitzer cover with my monogram as a potential second cover.

First Design
Second Design
Final Design
Once you come up with a design in Word that you're happy with, simply save the document in a location that you will be able to find it.

Then you will need to print your document.  Instead of using a laminator, I simply got this page printed and laminated at my local FedEx Kinko's.  If you choose to do this, go to Kinko's to upload your document to print.

When you click the link above, this window will open:

You want to click the button "Upload from your computer" and add the document.  Once your document is done uploading to the website, you will select "Continue to print options".  On the next page, you should see the cover you created tot he right and a toolbar to the left with various printing options.  Scroll down until you see lamination and expand this section.  You want to make sure that you select "Lamination with one quarter inch border".

After you add lamination to your document you will add the item to your cart and pay!  Most of the time, you can google "Fed Ex Kinko's discount" and there will be a 15% off code.  There is a Kinko's store within a 10 minute walk from my place on campus so I picked up my item the very next day.

While you are waiting for your item from Kinko's, you can go ahead and remove the stock cover from the agenda you bought.  In order to take the cover off, I opened the cover of my agenda and pulled it behind the back cover.  The spiral binding on my agenda is like a hook so I simply pulled off the front cover and slid the hooks off.  Once the cover is off, DO NOT THROW IT AWAY! You will use the cover as a stencil for your new over.

Once you receive your laminated cover, take the old cover and tape it down to the new cover (this should be face up as it will appear on the agenda) as shown below:

Then you will take your sharpie and draw a dot inside each opening.  

Once you have all of your dots drawn, you will take your hole punch and punch out each spot that you marked.

At this point you are almost done! Now you just have to simply pull the spiral hooks over each hole on the new cover as shown below:

And voila! You have your own custom agenda for less than $25!  

Please leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of my tutorial!  If you have any questions about certain steps, don't hesitate to ask! I will be more than happy to answer your questions :)

Happy Crafting!


DIY: Hand Painted Inspirational Quote

Hi there! Long time no see! I apologize for the lack of posts in the past year and a half, I have been so caught up in other things that I haven't been able to write my blogs.  Fortunately, I am graduating from college in a few months and once I start my full-time job, I think I'll have plenty of time to start blogging more after work!  With graduation around the corner, I have been apartment hunting in the Cincy area which got me looking at Pinterest for home decor.

There are so many adorable inspiration quotes at stores like Hobby Lobby, but it's so hard to get myself to pay more than $10 for something I can easily re-create for much less.  I was stumbling for existing DIY's on Pinterest one day and came across THIS perfect quote.  This tutorial uses a gold leaf pen, but I decided to use paint.

Here are the supplies you will need:
- A 12" x 12" canvas
- Black acrylic paint
- Gold acrylic paint
- A thin paint brush
- A larger paint brush
- A pencil
- A ruler

First, I took a ruler and measured the center of the canvas by going 5 inches down and 4 inches across.  I marked this spot with a pencil.  Then I took painter's tape to use as a straight-edge guideline for writing the words.  Next, I sketched the quote on the canvas very lightly as shown below and began to paint over the pencil lines.  

After the quote was finished, I took my gold paint and began to add polka dots sporadically throughout the entire canvas.  The type of acrylic paint that I used (I believe it was Artist's Loft from JoAnn's) was very thick and need two layers for each spot.  This part takes the longest but try to have some fun with it! It's tedious, but it really makes the canvas POP.  Don't forget to put the spots on the edges of the canvas!  

And that's it! Easy peasy lemon squeeze! Don't you love easy tutorials like this? :)

 Please feel free to leave any questions or comment below.  This was a relatively simple and quick tutorial so let me know if you are confused about any steps that I may have skipped!

Kelly :)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

DIY: Chevron Canvas with Kate Spade Quote

Long time no see! It has been far too long since I have written my last blog and for that I apologize.  As some of you may know, I am studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.  It is a 5 year program due to the mandatory co-op program.  I am going into my 4th year...almost there!  Anyways, I was taking classes all summer (May-August) which I am using as my excuse for not posting any blogs.

Enough excuses...let's get started on what you're all really here for :)

Materials Needed:

- Three 14" x 20" Canvas: $9 (It comes in a 7-pack for $20)
-Thick, medium, thin paint brushes: $2
- Triangular Ruler (45/90): $8.41 
- A Pencil
- Painter's Tape: $5.87 
-Color palette: $0.80
-Americana White Wash Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Americana Black Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Americana Red Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Americana Orange Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Americana Yellow Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Americana Citron Green Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Americana Festive Green Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Delta Creative Turquoise Acrylic Paint: $0.83
-Americana Lavender Acrylic Paint: $0.83 

How to make the Chevron Pattern:

First, you will only need two of the canvasses, the triangular ruler (45/90), and a pencil.  

You will simply use the 90 degree angle of the ruler to draw your chevron pattern.  I started by placing the peak of my ruler 3 cm from the left edge of the canvas as well as 3 cm from the top of the canvas (see step 1 in image below).  Then I slide my rule to the right and continuing this method until I reach the right side of the canvas.  I made my chevron stripes 3 centimeters wide.
It's important to try to keep your ruler straight and parallel to the edge of the canvas.  This method is much more difficult and less precise as using painter's tape, but I did not have painter's tape that was wide enough to create larger chevron stripes. 

 Once you have one line done, measure 4.5 centimeters down from the peak of the first triangle.  Mark a point. This point is approximately where the next peak should be placed directly below the peak you measured from (see step 2 below).  Repeat the same pattern you did to draw your first time and that's it.  It's a tedious process, but it is well worth it! 

Now, once you have your chevron pattern sketched,  it's time to paint! It may seem silly to some, but I started by painting every other stripe white.  Some may be wondering,
"Why are you painting a white canvas white?"  It's simple- so the texture of the canvas is even.  If I just painted the colors, you could tell the other portion was not painted.  This is just a personal opinion, if you don't want to paint the white stripes, you don't have to.  I painted over it quickly and didn't try too hard to make it perfect because the color coats of paint will easily cover up any "mistakes".  

Now for the somewhat more difficult part--painting the colors stripes.  Unlike the painter's tape method of making chevron strips, you cannot simple carelessly paint over the entire canvas.  The best way to paint these strips in order to stay within the lines is the outline the strip first. Then it will make it easier to fill in the rest.  I decided to paint the colors in the same order as a rainbow. I was always taught ROYGBV to remember the colors of the rainbow.  Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet.  My yellow was very transparent so I decided to add some white to make it more opaque to help cover the pencil lines.  The same with the lime green, except I added green to darken the shade slightly.

I think it's easiest to simultaneously do both canvasses at the same time instead of one at a time.  Then you can paint the stripes color by color as you go.

If you don't want to do a quote, you can stop there, but I decided it would look adorable to add a quote between the two canvasses.  I looked up ideas on pinterest and instragram and stumbled upon this Kate Spade quote: "Live COLOR fully" which I instantly fell in love with.

It helps me to sketch out what I'm going to paint before I jump into it.

I think pictures are a lot easier to follow in this case so here it is:

And that's all that's to it! It might take awhile if you're a perfectionist like me, but I think this is a great DIY for beginner painters (especially if you use the painter's tape method to do the chevron patter).  Please let me know if anything needs further clarification throughout this process. I thought a lot of this was pretty self explanatory, but it could also be because I'm familiar with the process.  Anyways, please let me know how I'm doing and constructional criticism is always appreciated :)


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Friday, April 4, 2014

DIY: Kate Spade Inspired Gold Polka Dot Canvas Shoes

Happy Friday Everyone!

I have been so caught up on orders for my Etsy shop I haven't had much time to do any tutorials.  But orders have finally begun to slow down a little bit So I have been wanting to venture out from painting and complete a craft that I can wear.  I searched Instagram, Pinterest, and the internet in general for some ideas and I stumbled upon some great Instagram accounts that paint canvas shoes, hats, totes, etc! I thought those were all really adorable ideas which let to my decision to search for a cheap knock-off pair of Keds to paint.  As an Amazon prime account member, I love to start there first.  As it turned out, I found this pair for just $15! I read the reviews and they said for the price, you couldn't beat it. One thing I neglected to pay attention to the first time was the sizing of the shoes.  I usually wear a 6 and so I immediately ordered a size 6.  When the shoes arrived just 2 days later, I was totally bummed that the shoes were a size too large! Luckily, Amazon has free returns on most things and I was able to print off a return label and send them back.  As I was sending the original pair back, I decided to read more reviews in depth and determined that ordering a size 5 would work for me.  So if anyone is thinking about making their own pair of shoes and ordering from Amazon, I recommend that you order one size DOWN from what you typically wear.

So now that you have your shoes, here are a list of other materials you will be needing:
1) Gold Sharpie Oil-Based Marker- $6.43 (for gold and silver)
3) A pencil

The Marker and Spray are kind of pricey, however, these are two materials that can be used multiple times for many different crafts.  For example,  I used the gold sharpie in a previous DIY to create Personalized Sharpie Mugs.  Click here to view this tutorial! 

Now let's get started on the shoe! First, take the pencil and lightly draw circles to roughly place the polka dots throughout (left).  

Once you're finished placing the circles, take your gold sharpie and begin drawing your polka dots.  I made my dots about 3/8" wide. Depending on if you want larger or smaller dots, the diameter of the circle will be different. (right).

That's really that's all to it, but trying to take your time to make sure the polka dots end up roughly the same size.  I also decided to color the end of the shoelace (also known as the aglet) gold as well to match the polka dots. After you draw the polka dots around the whole shoe, it should look something like this:

Some of you may be wondering, how do I prevent the marker from bleeding if it gets wet?  The very last step to making your own Kate Spade Inspired Canvas shoes is to protect them with the Krylon Matte Finish Spray. 

Simply shake the can for a minute or so to prepare the can for use.  I recommend spraying your shoes in a well ventilated area or outside in the open space.  I chose to do mine out on my back deck of my condo since it was such a nice day anyways.  Simply hold the can upright approximately a foot away from the shoes and spray the entire shoe.  I would do this process at least twice to ensure you don't miss any spots!  

And that's it! How adorable are these?  I absolutely love DIYs, especially ones that only take 15-20 minutes and a few supplies :)  If you decide to give this tutorial a try, please take a picture and tag me on Instragram (@KraftyKellzster) or tweet it at me (@TheKellzster).

Happy Crafting!