DIY Favorites to Make and Bake

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I’m busy in the kitchen and hard at work coming up with some great new soap, bath and beauty recipes to share with you. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few of my newest favorite diy craft projects and bath and body recipes I’ve discovered online in pursuit of all that’s crafty.

DIY Favorites to Make and Bake - Photo Tin, Cactus Cupcakes, and Faux Hot Process Soap1. DIY Personalized Magnets & Tins via Martha Stewart
2. DIY House Plant Cupcakes via Alana Jones-Mann
3. DIY Faux Hot Process Soap Loaf via How Do I Make Soap

Creative DIY Soap Projects - How to Felt Soap, Make a Lavender Mint Olive Oil Infusion for Your Cold Process Soap Recipes, and Craft a DIY Mason Jar Foaming Soap Dispenser for Your Liquid Soaps1. DIY Felt Covered Soap via Sugar & Cloth
2. DIY Lavender Mint Infused Olive Oil via Delightfully Tacky
3. DIY Mason Jar Foaming Soap Dispenser via Pretty Handy Girl

And while you’re busy exploring, don’t forget to check out my latest crafty post on how to create DIY DIY Homemade Face Creams! These quick and easy face creams can be prepared in about a half hour or less, are made with skin soothing white tea extract and come with free printable product labels! Plus through September 15th, 2013 you can enter to win this face cream along with five other fabulous handmade bath and beauty products valued at over $50! Enter here and pin it to win it!

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge

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Don’t let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Since I haven’t yet had a chance to get my own hands dirty since my getting back from my vacation, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share another weekend project. This tutorial was created by my coworker, Erica. She is, like many of us, on the fast track to becoming a bonafide Pinterest addict. So lately she’s been trying new craft projects she’s discovered on Pinterest on a pretty regular basis. You might recall the DIY crayon canvas artwork she brought into the office recently. Or perhaps you remember the pretty handmade tile coasters she made for me last Christmas. Her next project is going to be a DIY pallet coffee table.

However, just before I left for vacation, Erica shared her step-by-step photos of her newest project for making DIY Mod Podge canvas photos. This photo transfer method is super easy and lots of fun. Learn how to transfer your photos to canvas using Mod Podge via the step-by-step photo transfer tutorial below!

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Materials Needed to Transfer Photos to Canvas:

Art Canvas, same size or larger than your photograph
Matte Photograph, of choice
Mod Podge
Foam Brush
Scissors
Clear Acrylic Sealer
Paint and/or Decorative Scrapbook Paper

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Step 1:

Cut the photo you’ve chosen to use to fit your canvas if necessary. If you’d like a decorative border around the front of the picture, cut the photograph so that it’s slightly smaller than the canvas dimensions.

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Step #2:

Erica chose to use polka dot scrapbooking papers as a decorative edge for the side of her Mod Podge photo transfer canvas. If you’d like a decorative border on your photo transfer canvas as well, then complete this step first.

Cut paper into strips to fit along the edges of the canvas you’ve chosen for your photo. Next, use Mod Podge to glue the paper strips along all sides of the canvas. Do this by applying Mod Podge to the sides of the canvas first. Then place the papers onto the Mod Podge. Finally, brush an additional layer of Mod Podge over the papers. (The parts along the edges that left uncovered will be painted later on.)

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Step #3:

Once the papers have adhered to the sides of the canvas, you’re ready for the next step.

Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the front of the canvas where the picture will be applied.

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Step #4:

Now center the photo you’ve chosen to transfer to canvas onto the front of canvas. Press the photo into the glue, then brush another layer of Mod Podge on top of the photograph.

How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Using Mod Podge. Don't let your old school photos sit a box collecting dust. Hang them on your wall instead! Learn how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge with this easy weekend craft tutorial.

Step #5:

Once the Mod Podge dries, simply brush black paint (or another color of your choice) around the edges of the photograph. Do this on the sides of the blank canvas that had been left exposed as well.

(This step can be neat or messy depending on your own personal taste. There’s no right or wrong way to do this step!)

Once the paint dries, seal the photo canvas with a clear acrylic spray. (I’ve always used Plaid brand in matte or gloss.) Your new photo canvas masterpiece is ready to display as soon as the glue dries!

Now that you know how to transfer photos to canvas using Mod Podge, you can get started on creating a unique accent wall for your home!

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Free Cover Photo for Your Facebook Profile

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Let everyone know that creativity takes more than just glue sticks and scissors with my free cover photo for your facebook page!
To use it on your own facebook page, simply right click on the image above and hit “save image as” to save to your own computer. Then simply upload it to your facebook page. Below is what it will look like on your facebook profile (or business) page once uploaded.
I hope everyone has a very happy New Year moving forward and that you and those around you will be brave enough to live a very creative life! And, for free wallpaper downloads for your computer and mobile, be sure to check out one of my favorite blogs, Pearl + Earl’s Good-Time Vintage Blog. And if you’re a blogger yourself, visit Misse Design for everything from wallpapers to social media icons!

Truly Free Stock Photography for Bloggers from Lime Lane Photography

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I recently discovered a beautiful new free stock photography website aimed at bloggers called Lime Lane Photography. Created by a photographer and blogger from Australia, Kellie has made many of her stunning photographs available for use as stock photography at no charge to bloggers. While the selection is currently limited, Kellie has plans to add more photographs for use over time. Giving credit for these free stock photos is optional – though it’d be sweet to do so – and they fall under a creative commons license.
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So be sure to head on over to Kellie’s website, Lime Lane Photography, to see all of the terrific images she has to offer. Even if you don’t blog all of Kellie’s photographs are certainly worth a look. In addition Kellie also has a shop where she sells her other photographs. You can find an array of stunning prints, calendars, bookmarks, and even gift kits! Additionally you can follow Kellie on Twitter, Facebook, Google+Pinterest, and Flickr. You’ll also want to check out Kellie’s blog, 74 Lime Lane.
What are some of your favorite sources for free stock photography?

Instagram – My latest creative discovery

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I’ve seen a lot of instagram photos around lately and I’ll admit I was curious. But my LG phone just wasn’t equipped to take decent photos nor did it have a flash. It also wasn’t the most intuitive phone in the world. So when my phone suddenly stopped working after only 5 months of use – my boyfriend has also gone through two LG phones with little success – I decided it was worth paying a little more to buy an HTC Android. After all, I not only use my phone for emergencies, but my business and at work as well. I stuck with the regular last year’s 3G model and saved a hundred bucks, but still got what so far is turning out to be a great product. It’s like when buying a used VCR would cost you $800 (back when VCRs were the latest and greatest) but that sucker lasted for 20 years before breaking while the modern $50 versions killed over in about two. Or how Atari’s in all their retro wonder glory continue to work while my son’s original XBox crapped out due to overheating. Or all those PC’s that died in 3 years, while my macbook just keeps on truckin’. You get the picture.

So now that I have a decent phone, my own picture has gotten even bigger. And I’m having fun exploring the world through my camera phone. My goal is to try to find at least one creative shot a day and post it to instagram, my personal facebook page, twitter and my tumblr.
I started with the dead beetle at work, then had my boyfriend take a shot of me. Then I took a photo on my daily walk through the neighborhood followed by a game of Clue at my parents’ house. Here are the photos I’ve taken so far (with captions.)
Our mascot at work. Everyone needs a dead beetle to vent to. http://instagr.am/p/M9UzElwlet/
A very happy me. Scott registered for college classes today. http://instagr.am/p/M9aKG8QlSF/
Our neighborhood yards are often full of interesting surprises. http://instagr.am/p/M_09NTQlUT/
Clue. Sometimes you wish people would just get one. http://instagr.am/p/NEV5HvQlRL/
I’m excited by the prospect of building a portfolio of my very own through instagram. Do you use instagram? Love it? Hate it? And how are you using it to stay creative?