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Make A Flip (Swing Card)

Make A Flip (Swing Card)

Paula from More Than Cards demonstrates how to make a flip or swing style greeting card. The swing/flip card is made by cutting slits into the cardstock, then folding it at very specific measurements (Paula goes over these in detail in the video tutorial) What […]

Make Your Own Party Hats

Make Your Own Party Hats

I love themed parties – especially when it is clear the hostess put a lot of time into making handmade party accessories and decorations. Michaels’ resident creative expert, Jo Pearson, shows us this wonderful craft idea just perfect for New years eve parties (or any […]

How To Make A Vision Board

How To Make A Vision Board

Types of Vision Boards When To Use A Vision Board
How To Make A Vision Board Examples of Vision Board


Why A Vision Board?

Every year about this time (right before the New Year) I try to take a
time to reflect on all the good from the year that is wrapping up
and start planning my goals and dreams for the upcoming year. If you
believe in the Law Of Attraction, (or even if you don’t!) a vision
board (also called a dream board) is a wonderful
way to get clear on what you want, and also to help make it a
reality. The concept is simple…cut out pictures, sketches, images,
words, and anything else that visually represents what you want or what
you are emotionally drawn to and glue them to a piece of cardboard or a bulletin
board. People don’t really know how or why vision boards work, but believe me, somehow
they just do. I am always surprised when I go through this process and
come to find months later that the “visions” I had put on paper had
magically come true, and often in ways I didn’t expect. Even if you aren’t bought in to the ideas of
positive visualization or the law of attraction, creating a vision board is a really fun,
inexpensive craft idea for a quiet afternoon. Think of it as a giant
scrapbook layout!

An Example Of A Free Form Vision Board
Vision Board – Image Courtesy of bmevans80 on Flickr

Types Of Vision Boards

Sometimes you know exactly what you want and will want to create a vision board that just displays it as one unified idea. Other times you might have a general idea of what you want but can’t quite put it all together. In this case, a well made Vision
Board can help you gain clarity on your goals. You will start your
vision board by deciding if it is one that will visually represent
something you know you want or if it is to help you discover what you
really want based on what pictures you have an emotional reaction to.

When A Vision Board Can Help:

  • When creating New Year’s Resolutions
  • To find hope when you are feeling sad or lost
  • When you are starting a business or other new venture
  • If you are trying to identify the perfect career
  • When you are searching for a new house, car, boyfriend, pet, or other
    physical thing
  • As a team building exercise to develop a clear team goal or culture

How To Make A Vision Board

There are tons of books, guides, and resources to help you learn to create your perfect dream or vision boards, but in this tutorial, we will keep it simple. I have included more reading on the subject at the bottom of this tutorial if you would like to learn more. Here is what you will need to get started.

Craft Supplies:
Cardboard or other large sturdy backing for your vision board. You can get creative here and use folders and even show boxes for this.
Lots of magazines, photos, etc.
Pentel Arts Markers and gel pens (My Favorite!), glitter, rub-on or stick on vinyl words, and
other art supplies (this is optional, but I think glitter adds a little
something special to the process!)
Craft glue or glue sticks

Making Your Vision Board:

First, gather any and all pictures, words, and other visual things that you have an emotional pull toward. Anything that causes you to catch your breath and say “Ah, I just LOVE that” or “That makes me so happy” is a good image to cut out. For now, just rip or cut these out and set them aside – don’t worry too much about the size or composition of these elements. You will fit them together in a bit.

Next get out what you chose for your backing (poster board, a folder, and old box, etc.) and begin to place all of your images on the board. Place them on the board for now…you will find that some images naturally go together and will want to move things around a bit before you glue.

Once all of your images and photos are in the places that look right to you, apply a little glue to the back of each and secure them.

Next, add embellishments as you wish. I like for my vision boards to be colorful and fun so I add glitter, drawings, stickers, etc.

Using Your Vision Board:

Vision Board experts have different takes on this… Some say to put your vision board in a place where you will see it everyday to help you visualize your dreams and goals more clearly, helping retrain the hidden “scripts” in your mind that guide your behavior.  This is more akin to traditional positive visualization techniques.  Law of attraction enthusiasts might suggest you create your vision board and let the fact that you “put it out there” do the work. My take on it is a mix between the two…Because some things on a powerful vision board will be pretty personal, I am a believer in putting it up on a wall that you see everyday, but hiding the elements you want to keep close to your heart (see the eHow video link below on creating a vision board with secret elements.)

An example of a vision board made from items around the house
An example of a free vision board made from items around the house. This one was made by a friend trying to attract a career that incorporates her passion for music.

Examples: Vision Board

There really isn’t a wrong way to do a vision board, but here is a gallery of
vision board examples that might help you get started: Vision Board Examples on Flickr
More on How To Make A Vision Board:
See Life Coach and Musician, Christine Kane’s Tutorial on The Basics of

Making a Vision Board

The “Right Way” To Use A Vision Board From O Magazine’s Martha Beck

eHow’s Video Guide to Adding “Secret Stuff” To Your Vision Board

Vee Boutique Shows a Bulletin Board Style Vision Board With Pictures and 3D Objects:

Also See Crafting an Inspiration Binder >

Viral Crafting: Monkey Style

Viral Crafting: Monkey Style

If you live in America, you have almost definitely had, made, or been given a sock monkey at some point in your life. What you might not know is the Sock Monkey’s rise to fame was almost entirely due to the overwhelming number of crafters who took the instructions and just started sewing!
To celebrate this icon of ingenuity and also post a nice afternoon craft the kids can help with, I bring you this list of wonderful sock monkey tutorials!

Make Magnetic Paper Dolls For The Fridge

Make Magnetic Paper Dolls For The Fridge

These are already scored for you on the Paperdolls Cricut cartridge. I used the “Everyday Paper Dolls” and “Paper Dolls Dress Up” cartridges. I also make little ones to give to my doctors and nurses on a popsicle stick and one for just about anyone I come across. It is easy to make them look like people and they love it!
My doctor even took her “nurse” paper doll on vacation with her and took pictures of the nurse in the sand at the beach at the tiki bar, etc … too cute.. Anyways, I cut them out 8 inches then I laminate them to protect them – small children like to tear up paper dolls. Then I just cut the clothes out on the Cricut also and laminate them and put velcro on them so the dolls can change clothes.

Say I Do…To A Happy Handmade Wedding

Say I Do…To A Happy Handmade Wedding

If your were about to set sail on a long voyage, would you make enemies with the crew and kick a hole in the ship before you go?

As a soon-to-be bride myself, I have a few opinions about what a wedding should and shouldn’t be…

"It's My Day!!!" Don't be this bride...

I believe a wedding should be:

  • A celebration of the bride and groom and of their families, traditions, shared values, and cultures. I realize this is controversial to many brides who use the term “my day” to describe their wedding, but just to make the distinction, a wedding really is about the joining of two families to make a new one.
  • A joyful and humble groundbreaking ceremony for what is to be built in the future…the beautiful new thing created by the combination of the best of both people. A reverent passing from just a “couple” of individuals to a marriage… A new, strong limb in a big old family tree.

A wedding shouldn’t be:

  • A battle of wills between the bride and her soon-to-be in-laws.
  • An expression to all friends, neighbors, and acquaintances of how wealthy, special, or better than everyone else the bride/couple/family is. Ever notice how tacking the term “wedding” on to anything automatically doubles its cost? The extra cost is due to all the marketing “wedding” companies do to convince brides that they are supposed to be “princesses” and that money is no object on “their special day.” A lot of them are just creating more stuff that will end up in landfills… (P.S. Money is the #1 cause of fighting in modern marriages — racking up a budget-crushing debt for your wedding is more than just a bad idea, it can ruin a marriage before it has even begun!)
  • A backyard pig-pickin’ with a keg of beer. (Sorry, Honey. I love you, but that’s probably a little too casual to incorporate my family’s traditions. 🙂 LOL)

Without the “shouldn’t be’s” listed above, the WETV reality show “Bridezillas” wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining (Did she just say “We’re getting married my way, I own your A**” to the groom? Oh boy…) but for a real-life marriage that’s built to last, that’s probably not the best way to get started.

So what does this have to do with being crafty? Creative people spend a lot of time thinking about the meaning of things because we know the messages things send can be powerful. When planning your wedding, this is definitely something to think about.  Just like a vision board can help you visualize your dreams and make them real, crafting a wedding full of meaningful, handmade items that celebrate the past, the future and the union of two families can be a wonderful way to visualize the happy marriage you hope to have.

Here is a list of a few handmade wedding craft ideas you might want to incorporate in your celebration.

Bon Voyage!

As a soon-to-be bride May of next year, DIY wedding projects are top of mind for me lately!

I’d like to offer you a 1000-word article titled “5 Fabulous DIY Wedding Favors” The article would discuss in detail how to make 5 simple but glamorous wedding favor options and include pictures, detailed instructions, and supply resources. I will also include free printable templates (where applicable.)

  • Personalized Treats: Water bottles, mini candy bars, gum, lip balm, and other small items can be personalized with custom labels using just a printer, scissors, clear craft glue, and a basic PDF template. Pictures, instructions, and template included.
  • Simply Sparkle: Make simple necklaces or key chains for guests with the couple’s names, favorite quote, and wedding date out of polymer clay, beads and stamps. These can be casual or classic depending on materials used. Instructions and pictures included.
  • Safe Travel Candles: Make very easy melt and pour travel candles in metal tins labeled with your wedding info. Candles can be customized to include your wedding colors and scented like your wedding flowers. Instructions , container supplier, and candle making supplier resources included
  • Embellished Flip Flops: Add your names and the wedding date to ribbon flip flops using waterproof, craft safe fabric paint and stencils. Instructions, pictures and bulk flip flop supplier included.
  • Custom Cuddles: For outdoor or fireside weddings, give guests a cozy, personalized micro-fleece throw blanket that will keep out the chill and remind them of your magical evening for years to come! Instructions and pictures included.
Making An Inspiration Binder

Making An Inspiration Binder

Take about 10 minutes every day to be conscious of the shapes, colors, themes around you. Take pictures of those things you see when you are taking a walk outside or while browsing in a funky little shop you love. Clip articles and pictures from magazines. Draw the shapes you see in the plaster on the ceiling or cracks in the sidewalk. Don’t worry too much about how these will fit together by theme… This is more about capturing things that you are drawn to. If you ever created a vision board this process may seem similar.

Make Seed Paper For Cards And Crafts

Make Seed Paper For Cards And Crafts

If you have ever made handmade paper, this project will be a breeze – the process for making seed paper is much the same. First you make your paper pulp, add the seeds and press. This is an eco-friendly craft that is fun for kids and adults alike! Here’s how to make your own seed paper…

The DIY Headboard Tutorial You’ve Been Searching For!

The DIY Headboard Tutorial You’ve Been Searching For!

To save money and get the perfect fabric, I LOVE to make a DIY headboard for a bedroom. This tutorial shows how to make a padded DIY headboard, but there are lots of other styles you can make, too: Headboard Ideas.)

DIY headboards like this one are surprisingly EASY to build, and definitely lovely to own! Here is EXACTLY how I made mine:

Make A DIY Headboard! The BEST easy DIY headboard tutorial to make one of quality.
This is the headboard I made…we have had it for a few years now and think it suits us perfectly! In this tutorial you will learn how to make a headboard for cheap!

Step 1: Build the frame

I  started with the “width” measurement of the bed which was approximately 54 inches. The height can be whatever you would like — I chose to make mine about a yard higher than the top of my mattress…the same height as a standard piece of foam.

My frame was built using 5 2 x4’s of varying lengths:

  • Two for the height from the floor to the top of my headboard
  • Two for the width minus 2 inches, and
  • One to brace the center…two inches shorter than the height from the bottom horizontal piece to the top one.

small wooden dowel pins, wood glue, a drill with a pre measured tape line to control depth and a small template I made for drilling holes (so they would all be the same.)

Step 2: Attach the padding to the frame

Next I got my foam which was a 4-5 inch thick foam, and cut it to the size of the frame.  Then I used spray adhesive to carefully to attach the foam to the frame. Easy!

Step 3: Measure the fabric and sew a slipcover

After attaching the foam, I upholstered a cotton duck fabric from front to back with heavy duty staples and a hand staple gun.

I found an upholstery grade fabric I loved at Hancock Fabrics for the slipcover and got a few yards of it plus some cotton cording so I could give dimension to the seams. I cut three pieces…2 narrow side pieces and one long, wide piece of fabric to cover the front, top, and back of the headboard. I wrapped fabric over the cotton cording and sewed it to the edge of the long, wide piece of fabric. Then I machine stitched the side pieces and sewed a 3/4 inch hem around the bottom to it would slip over the headboard like a dress.

My finished DIY headboard is exactly what I wanted and had been a very useful and cute addition to my bedroom. It also cost me about a third of what it would have to buy a new headboard as nice in the store!

Make A Painted Glass Water Bottle

Make A Painted Glass Water Bottle

Reusable water bottles are wonderful. There are lots of options, however most of the options and I have seen we’re not quite what I wanted. Some had a coating inside that I wasn’t so sure was a good thing, and the ones without coating seem to leave my water with a metallic taste. I decided to make one of my own of a glass bottle –reusable, sustainable , healthy, and after painted… Also really cute and unique.