Saturday, September 17, 2011

Very PINTERESTing!

Pin It So now that I have a twitter account for Binge Crafter, I can finally join Pinterest!  If you haven't seen it yet, Pinterest is a site where you can pin up your favorite photos and things you find fun and inspiring.  When I was in college I used to make collages of photos of things I liked on my closet, and this is just kind of the grown up version of that. 

On Pinterest you can have multiple boards to sort and organize your favorite photos.  Mine include "Crafts I've Made", "Crafts I'd Like to Make", "Photography", "Holidays", "Awesomeness", and "Inspiration".  Other people include things like places they'd like to visit, favorite fashions or home decor, favorite foods or recipes, or themed things.  One board I found that I really like is "Everything Peacock".  Beautiful stuff!

Here is an example of one of my boards:

Pinterest can take the place of your "favorites" folder on your internet browser, which I like because (a) my favorites folder is FULL, and (b) it is a visual reminder of what you love.  When you sign up for Pinterest, you can add a "Pin It" button to your favorites bar so that while you're browsing around the internet you can click that button and automatically pin something to your boards without having to go to the Pinterest site. 

Another great thing is that Pinterest records the original site where someone found the photo.  This can help you to find the directions to make projects and find some other blogs.  The only problem with this is if someone pinned a picture from a site that copied it from another location but didn't cite the source.  Then it can be a little tricky to find the original.

So here are some of my favorite Halloween finds I've found on Pinterest so far.


Awesome Halloween Cake!  From Snowy Bliss


Funny Pumpkin Idea from This Old House


This is just super cute.  From here.


Haunted Village (I could totally do this- I have this paper pack from K& Company and LOVE it!) from Crafty Sisters.


Spooky Snacks from Parents 

Are you on Pinterest?  Let me know so that we can follow each other.  If not, request an invite so you can get pinning!  It's a fantastic way to find some new craft inspiration!  You can find my Pinterest boards by clicking on the "Follow Me On Pinterest" link on the right or by going to pinterest.com/Bingecrafter

(I am not promoting Pinterest for any gain- I just really like it.  They are having some technical difficulties they're working out since it's a new site, but bear with them, I think it's a great idea.)


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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Quick Taggie Tutorial

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With all of the baby girls here or on the way, I decided I'd try my hand at making some taggie blankets.  I figured they were just about the right size sewing project for me, since I figured I could finish one in about an hour and a half.  I picked up a quarter yard of three different soft baby fabrics and mixed and matched for the taggies.  I bought two thicker ribbons to match, then used three other thinner ribbons I already had in my stash, so the overall cost of each of these ended up being only a little over a dollar each.  What a great deal and they're sooo cute!

So do you want to try to make one too?  Here's what I did:

I started by cutting four squares of fabric, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" each.


Then I sewed them together and made a similar back side. 


Then iron over the edges and pin the corners together.


I cut four different lengths, 4" apiece, of 5 different ribbons.


Then I pinned the ribbons between the two layers of fabric with about a zillion pins.


Then I sewed around the edges, breaking my sewing machine midway.  Doesn't something like this always happen when you think you've got a quick and easy project?  Luckily I was able to find someone with the same problem online who had figured out how to fix it, so it saved me from having my $1 project turn into a $101 dollar project!  So here is the finished product.


Let me know if you make a taggie too!  I'd love to see it.  :)

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Strawberry Layouts

Pin It I went crazy one day at the park taking pictures of my daughter playing.  The light was great and we got so many happy pictures of her with both mom and dad.  So I ended up printing up 11 full size pictures of the outing, which was WAY too many for just one layout.  So I made two coordinating layouts.  I had already done a park-themed layout (check it out here), so instead I made this strawberry themed, since my daughter was wearing strawberry leggings in the pictures.  I was wearing a dark plum and she was wearing pink and red, so that's where the layout colors came from. 

I made the strawberries using the cricut and the Simply Charmed cartridge.  I may have gone a little overboard, but aren't they sooo cute?!


I cut the "berry sweet" from the cartridge as well.  To get more use out of my papers, I cut each in half then glued them onto plain white 12x12 sheets that came in the page protectors to make the first layout below.  To cover the seams on the left I used a strip of paper covered with strawberry ribbon and on the right I made a border using the die cut strawberries. 
On the second layout, I "scraplifted" the page on the left from this layout in the August 2011 edition of Scrapbooks Etc. and used a printout of a coloring sheet I found online of Strawberry Shortcake on a swing. 


I used coordinating papers on the right, as well as more strawberries, to tie the whole thing together.  In retrospect, I'm not crazy about the use of the white cardstock, but with the pictures in place it doesn't seem so bad. 
Thanks for looking!
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