Friday, July 28, 2017

Staple Art on a Card

I got a stapler and a guillotine paper trimmer from Swingline to create with and I was tasked to make something a bit different, so I thought to myself why not create art with a stapler and color the staples to make them different colors.  So that is exactly what I did.  I colored the staples and then also created  designs by stapling them on the paper itself.


Here is a video on how to color your staples and then my tips and tricks on how to create staple art for a card.



It is really easy to color the staples, just use a pen that writes on metal before you staple them.  I personally used a Bic Mark Its, or a Bic Marking pen.  I colored the staples in various colors of green, pink, and blue.  They took the color wonderfully!!


The first card I made was a simple shape of various types of abstract plants in different colors. I cut out the papers first and the drew the shape I was looking for, and then started to staple away.   I used my Xyron Creative Lite to add adhesive to the back of the papers once I did the staples to make them sticky to add to the card.


I love the simplicity of the card, because then you focus on the technique of the staple art.  This would look amazing on a black cardstock too!


You need a good weight cardstock to do this technique, as a light weight paper will rip and tear on you.


The second card I went a little more extravagant and had a bit more fun playing with my staples.  I felt a bit more comfortable with the idea of creating art with staples, and blended different colors of green to make a fur or pine tree on the card.


I love how the staples look like the needles on the tree.  They are all going different directions and make it look like a real tree!!


I just drew a rough template for the tree and then went freehand on the internal stapling.  I loved the look when it was all done!


Supplies Used  
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Swingline Stapler, Retro
Swingline Stapler, Retro
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Swingline S.F. 4 Premium Staples
Swingline S.F. 4 Premium Staples
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Swingline Paper Trimmer / Cutter, Guillotine
Swingline Paper Trimmer / Cutter, Guillotine
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Detail Ink - Raven - Brutus Monroe
Detail Ink - Raven - Brutus Monroe
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Bic Marking Pens
Bic Marking Pens
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Xyron Creative Station Lite
Xyron Creative Station Lite
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Amazing Crafty Hacks and Ideas Using Back to School Supplies

Back to school mean so many amazing deals back to school supplies.  They are in mass quantities and for really inexpensive prices.  Here are a for fun tips, idea, and hack for those supplies that you need to get now before they are gone to help you organize your crafty supply, amazing tools to use in your crafty projects, and some fun ideas you can make with the supplies out right now!!

**All opinions are 100% my own.  I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.  This helps me keep bringing you awesome free crafty ideas like this one!**


Here are a few hack and ideas for those crafty supplies...plus if you are organizing a crafty event for kids, a camp, or a large group this is the best time to stock up and save while the supplies are huge and the cost is down!!

All my hack and ideas are showing with many tips and trick in my video here.  Below are a few example, but everything is in the video.



1)  Storage Bins - there are so many storage bins out their right now, stock up and save!!  Decorate it yourself and make some amazing crafty storage that rocks!!!


2) Binders - again crafty storage, but also to hold your planner pages!!  I love using my printable planner, so now I can just print out my pages on my printer, hole punch them and pop them into my binder!!!



3) Pens and Highlighters - thee are a necessity for any crafty room.  You need to jot down your ideas, have doodling tools, and they even come is really cute colors!!  I also love highlighters to had the big pop of bright color to my projects!!!

4) Sticky Notes - these are amazing not only for you planners, but also as a tool!!  They make for amazing and amazing masking application, check out my video on how to mask and make the egg stamp below!!



5) Spirals and Composition Notebooks - great for art journals and journaling in general.  Stock up now on these great books while supplies are here for summer camp project for next year!!  Decorate the cover for a fun kids or camp craft!!


 6) Pencils and Crayons - A great and easy back to school gift for the teachers with a simple tag on them, create a end of year gift with these fun supplies, or do some cool melting wax crayon art!


 7) Zipper Pouches - even more storage, this time it can be portable and they can hold a ton!!  I love these for my dies!!



 8) Spiral Index Cards - these are so cool for a mini book, an easy min art journal, or for your index card a day project!!  They even have mini plastic removable tabs that can act as separators for your pages as they dry!!!

9) Loose Leaf Notebook Paper - the idea are endless for notebook paper, just to start it can be used to jot down idea, but then think of the mixed media possibilities with layers in an art journal, cut out sections for a scrapbook page or just whole the whole sheet, decoupage, and so much more!!!


So now that I have given you a few fun idea for all those back to school supplies you can buy them in bulk at the dollar tree and the are only $1!!  Even in bulk it may only need to be 4 of the same item, which if you are like me you will use up in a heartbeat, plus you can have it delivered for free to your local Dollar Tree for FREE SHIPPING !!


Dollar Tree


Supplies Used  
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Fashion Click Colored Pens
Fashion Click Colored Pens
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Black Ink Pens - 10 Pack
Black Ink Pens - 10 Pack
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Yellow No. 2 Pencils
Yellow No. 2 Pencils
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Highlighters, 4-ct. Packs
Highlighters, 4-ct. Packs
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Pocket 3-Ring Binders
Pocket 3-Ring Binders
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Composition Notebooks
Composition Notebooks
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Fashion Spiral Notebooks
Fashion Spiral Notebooks
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Zippered Binder Pouches
Zippered Binder Pouches
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Boxed Crayons
Boxed Crayons
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Spiral Index Cards
Spiral Index Cards
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Post-It Notes
Post-It Notes
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Notebook Filler Paper
Notebook Filler Paper
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Large Acrylic Block – Brutus Monroe
Large Acrylic Block – Brutus Monroe
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Detail Ink - Raven - 2x2 - Brutus Monroe
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Outdoor Theme Large Size Pocket Letter

A friend and I are swapping pocket letters for a little bit of fun, but I do not have the traditional pocket size plastic sheet, so I improvised and did mine a little different, I used a set of 4 x 6 picture inserts for an old fashioned photo album.  I had a ton and really why not?


Here is a video on how I put this fun large sized outdoor cabin and camping themed pocket letter together.


I had a tin of fun playing around with the Simple Stories Cabin Fever paper collection, so many cute papers and stickers, they were a perfect for my pocket letter especially since 2 sheets cut to a perfect 4 x 6 size!!!  One set is a vertical size, how amazing is that!!!


For this set of pockets I also created some cute paperclips using the Xyron 3" sticker maker, so perfect for making fast and easy crafts!!


On the back side of the vertical cards I inserted some DIY magnets made with the Xyron Magnetic Tape with some stamps and dies I had paired with the Simple Stories papers.


There is also a sheet that cuts to be a horizontal 4x6 size, so fun!!


I paired the Simple Stories papers and sticker with some chipboard and wood pieces I had left in my stash.  It added that little extra something!


I traded this pocket letter with my friend Betz, she gave me this super cute fairy pocket letter - check it out HERE.  It is full of faeries and whimsy, it is so much fun!!

Supplies Used  
Interested in the supplies I used in this project?  Most are listed below and some are affiliate links, which generates a me little commission (at not extra cost to you at all) when you click on the link and make a purchase.  Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here.

Detail Ink - Raven - 2x2 - Brutus Monroe
Detail Ink - Raven - 2x2 - Brutus Monroe
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Large Acrylic Block – Brutus Monroe
Large Acrylic Block – Brutus Monroe
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Xyron - 3 Inch Disposable Sticker Maker
Xyron - 3 Inch Disposable Sticker Maker
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Fiskars 5 Inch Titanium Micro-Tip Easy Action Scissors
Fiskars 5 Inch Titanium Micro-Tip Easy Action Scissors
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Fiskars - 12 Inch Premium Cut-Line Portable Trimmer - Blade Style I
Fiskars - 12 Inch Premium Cut-Line Portable Trimmer - Blade Style I
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Provo Craft Cuttlebug Adapter Plate C
Provo Craft Cuttlebug Adapter Plate C
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Cricut Cuttlebug Machine
Cricut Cuttlebug Machine
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Squeaky Clean™ Stamp Cleaner - Brutus Monroe
Squeaky Clean™ Stamp Cleaner - Brutus Monroe
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Squeaky Clean Stamp Scrubber - Brutus Monroe
Squeaky Clean Stamp Scrubber - Brutus Monroe
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Simple Stories - Cabin Fever Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Kit
Simple Stories - Cabin Fever Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Kit
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Xyron Adhesive Eraser
Xyron Adhesive Eraser
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Xyron 3/4-inch Wide Magnet Tape
Xyron 3/4-inch Wide Magnet Tape
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Xyron Tape Runner
Xyron Tape Runner
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Xyron refill for Tape Runner
Xyron refill for Tape Runner
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