Monday, February 27, 2017

Just Be You Dream Catcher

Are you loving the dream catcher trend right now? I think it's a great way to get creative and put a personal touch on a fun craft. For this project, I used the "Just Be You" collection from Echo Park Paper. Here's a look at the project I created:

Just Be You Dream Catcher by #dreamcatcher #papercraft #echoparkpaper

To create this project, I used an embroidery hoop (just one of the hoops). Then I layered some of the patterned papers from this collection within the circle. I die cut some accordion folded circles, feathers; and then I added stickers and die cuts from the collection to finish dressing up the project.

Just Be You Dream Catcher by #dreamcatcher #papercraft #echoparkpaper
Just Be You Dream Catcher by #dreamcatcher #papercraft #echoparkpaper
Just Be You Dream Catcher by #dreamcatcher #papercraft #echoparkpaper

You'll note the touch of gold glitter on some of the accents. Don't you love a little bling?

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Ikea UNG DRILL Watercolored Frame

I'm always looking for a great piece of art to dress up my walls. And I like to mix it up from wall to wall so my house doesn't feel stagnant. To keep this interesting in my kitchen, I used the Ung Drill frame from Ikea and a special marbelized watercolor piece to add a touch of blue to the space.

Ikea Ung Drill Watercolor Frame by Jen Gallacher. #ikea #ungdrill #watercolor

Last year before Christmas, my dad took me to Ikea and said, "Pick something out for yourself for Christmas." Now that is what every girl wants to hear. He knows me well. After thinking hard about something special I could get my house, I asked him for the Ung Drill frame. I just knew I could make something amazing with it.

(source: IKEA)

And then it sat in my house for almost a year. I pinned all kinds of photos of the frame on Pinterest. But I couldn't think exactly what I wanted to put in the frame. And then I discovered this amazing print on Pinterest. I LOVED it. And since I have two amazing artists in the house I figured at least one of them could paint something similar for me.

So I purchased a 18 x 24 sized watercolor pad, which you can purchase HERE and asked my sweet husband to watercolor me a similar picture. He obliged (good man). We then used the paper oval within the frame as a template to cut out the painted piece and place it in the frame.

I then hung some plates I purchased from HomeGoods that have little sea-inspired icons and words on them and hung them on my wall with plate hangers from Michaels.

Ikea Ung Drill Watercolor Frame by Jen Gallacher. #ikea #ungdrill #watercolor

To finish off the space, I added a Hemnes shoe drawer (in white) from Ikea and plants and other items. This blank wall became a showstopper just by using watercolors in my favorite shades of blue. I can easily switch this out as often as I would like.

Ikea Ung Drill Watercolor Frame by Jen Gallacher. #ikea #ungdrill #watercolor

Want to see how it looks within my kitchen? You can read this article HERE about how I set up my nautical kitchen tablescape.

How to Style a Coastal Kitchen Table from #coastalstyle #tabelscape #nauticalstyle

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How to Style a Vintage Shelf

I love a good shelf styling. Something about being able to display things I love on a shelf just makes me happy. This shelf currently hangs in my bedroom and is a vintage shelf my Dad gave me several years ago. Read on to learn about styling a vintage shelf.

How to Style a Vintage Shelf by #shelfie #styleashelf

This particular shelf took me a little longer this time around. This shelf has been used in several different ways. It was used HERE in my craft room. It also hung in our very first home. I have loved this shelf and carried with me to four different homes. A good piece of furniture fits anywhere, and this is one of those items.

To style this shelf:

* I first decided whether to hang it with the green side showing or the natural wood. Because our bedroom is grey and yellow, the natural brown looks better. (In my craft room the green was showing.)

* Then I started with the yellow vases from Hobby Lobby. They were on clearance so I got them for only a few dollars. I always buy things either in sets of three or two. If it's a set of two, then I get one large and one medium-sized piece.

How to Style a Vintage Shelf by #shelfie #styleashelf

* The bottom shelves came next filling in with pieces I already own. But I felt something was missing so I added the faux succulent and vase also from Hobby Lobby. The green helps make the shelf feel more alive.

How to Style a Vintage Shelf by #shelfie #styleashelf

* I found the gold "A" and "Z" at Michael's and knew they would make cool bookends. So I grabbed three of paperback books, ones that were more yellowed and older than the others to help bring in the yellow to the shelf. Then I placed the two letters on either side of the three books.

* I got to this point and the shelf sat there for a while. It was missing something. It needed people! So I bought a few small black frames from Walmart (tiny frames are hard to find). Then I filled them with photos to help bring some personality to the shelf.

* To balance the shelf and fill in some of the space on this larger wall, I added three gold mirrors from Target. this helps fill the space and brings in a hint of metallic to the space.

How to Style a Vintage Shelf by #shelfie #styleashelf

Have more shelves to style? Check out the styling I did on the Ikea Liatorp Bookshelves HERE. This will give you a good run down of how to set out filling shelves with items you love. Shelves are a great way to dress up a space and display your most cherished items.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

How to Make Friends with Fellow Crafters

After working in the crafting industry for over 20 years (does that date me)? I've been blessed to make some incredible friendships. Some of the people I consider my friends I have only ever met online, but because they spoke to my soul I consider each and everyone of them my friends. If you are looking for a way to connect with people in your community, or people that love crafting as much as you do, there are several things you can do to start these friendships.

1. Host a craft night at your home. Invite your neighbors. Prepare a small craft ahead of time that everyone can easily make no matter their crafting comfort level. Ask everyone to contribute a small treat. Bringing something to an event helps people feel like part of the event. Eventually you will find a group that works well together and enjoys crafting with you.

(South African Scrapbook Convention)

2. Check to see if your local craft stores host classes, crops, or craft events. Don't be afraid to sign up by yourself. It can feel intimidating at first, but every new friendship starts with some bumps and bruises. Put yourself out there and take a chance. You many find the people you meet become some of your closest friends.

3. Attend a craft event away from home. Either invite someone to go with you or go on your own. Again, meeting people who share your same interests already puts you ahead of in the friendship making game. I have met so many people who met at a previous event and now travel together on a regular basis. Here are some that have great opportunities to meet other crafters:

Pinner's Conference
Stamp and Scrapbook Expo
She Loves Color

4. Join an online group. With technology, some friendships can be started online. Find a group that fits your personality, speaks your crafting language, and feels inclusive and welcoming to you. Within that group, you will find that you connect with specific people time after time. Perhaps after developing an online friendship, you can plan an opportunity to meet. Here are some online groups that I just love:

Scrapbook Like a Super Hero (hosted by Shimelle Laine)
Scrap Gals (hosted by Tracie Claiborne)

Start small and build a group of people who get you! They may become long-term friendships that you will treasure always. Plus it's always great to have a group of people to have fun with, right?

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Why You Need a Planner This Year

You need a planner this year? Why? Beyond the importance of being organized and keeping track of things you need to do, planners are now a new creative outlet. Think of your planners as a new way to scrapbook, or record memories. Check out all the videos on YouTube about planners. So many ideas. My daughter recently requested a planner so I sent her the following:

Why You Need a Planner this Year. #planner #2017goals

I thought it might be fun to share some ideas for planners you can purchase this year. There are so many gorgeous ones to choose from. It's hard to decide, but go with what makes you happy (in addition to what functions best for you).

Planner Kits

If you want it all, get a planner kit. These come with the album, calendars, pages, and more. Each company offers different items in their kits. These are just a few that I love:

Planner "EXTRAS:"

Planners are all the rage right now, so you can find lots of great filler pages, stamps, stickers, and other gorgeous embellishments to personalize your planner. Here are just a few that I think would be fun to try:

However you go about planning for 2017, enjoy the process. And how can you not with these gorgeous options?
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