Positivity and Inspiration at Blogtacular 2018

Positivity and Inspiration at Blogtacular 2018

When people ask why I go to Blogtacular each year, the one reason I always give is that I love the intense burst of positivity. There is something about having so many creative people in one place, all cheering each other on, all rooting for each other to succeed and helping one another out, that is almost dizzying. Something magical happens when so many creatives converge for the sole purpose of being inspired and learning, and Blogtacular is the best example of this that I have experienced.

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How to make a loop on a headpin

How to make a loop on a headpin

Learning how to make loops in headpins enables you to attach beads onto earrings, necklaces and bracelets and is the main way of creating beaded jewellery other than threading. I will show you how to make both open and wrapped loops and explain why you might use one over the other.  This tutorial will take you step by step how to make both plain and wrapped loops and we will finish up with a troubleshooting Q&A at the end!

 

I though this would be a quick post to help everyone getting loops right, but it has turned into a masterpost of loop knowledge! I have tried to take this step by step for those who have never made a loop before as well as cover all the things that people on my workshops struggle with. Lets get started! Read more

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Painted Magnetic Bookmark DIY

Painted Magnetic Bookmark DIY

Grab your paints and make some fun abstract art that you can turn into something stylish and practical with this magnetic bookmark DIY. This pretty painted watercolour design also make a great planner marker!

I will admit to being a page folder. I know many of you will be gasping in horror, but I always lose bookmarks and if I am being honest, there is something I like about the physical mark that the turning over a corner leaves. I usually buy second hand books from charity shops or have them passed on to me by friends and family, so often they books I read have already been read many times before. I like seeing the little traces left behind by previous readers, the coffee stains, bent spines and yes, folded corners. Read more

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Creativity and Perfectionism- How to conquer creative perfectionism and just get on with creating.

Creativity and Perfectionism- How to conquer creative perfectionism and just get on with creating.

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Hands up who has wanted to learn something new, only to be struck with “the fear” that you will be absolutely rubbish at it, so you never quite get around to it? Yeah, me too. Logically, we know that trying our hand at a new thing means learning and that our first attempts might not be perfect. But them there is also that part of us that expects immediate results, that we will be a natural and it will turn out splendidly on our first go. Only it doesn’t, so we have a tantrum and never try again. Sound familiar? Read more

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Bead Bunny Necklace DIY

Bead Bunny Necklace DIY

This cute little bead bunny necklace DIY is made from a pearl, pink seed beads and some wire, its the perfect accessory for spring!

Followers on Instagram will know that I am a cat lady- my cat Aston often graces the grid with his floof. But I also love rabbits; the way they wash their ears, the way they eat and those mad runs and hops they do….  So I tend to choose bunnies as my spring/Easter creature of choice! Read more

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Wire Monogram Necklace DIY

Wire Monogram Necklace DIY

Everyone loves an initial necklace, right? Grab your pliers and the template and make your own wire monogram necklace!

I have used a lovely free opensource font called Made Likes Script as the basis for my alphabet, adding loops at the beginning and end. I haven’t added any arrows to the letters to show how to form them because it made them look far more complicated than they actually are! Move the wire just as you would if writing with pen and paper.

All the letters start in the same way; with a round loop. Depending on the letter, this will be the loop at the top or top left of the letter. We will then end the wire at the bottom or bottom right, ending in another loop.

If you are new to working with wire, I would recommend having a few practice runs first – wire doesn’t always do what you want it to! Also bear in mind that some wires can be quite soft and easy to bend and others quite tough to manipulate. Look for wire that is meant for craft and jewellery or that is referred to as ‘soft’.  Read more

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Painted Edge Notepad DIY

Painted Edge Notepad DIY

You can never have enough notepads. Even now we have smart phones, iPads and Google home at the ready, sometimes you just need good old fashioned notepad and pen.  This fun and simple notepad DIY project is so simple and can be made in whatever colours you fancy!

I’m using paint pens and markers here rather than normal paint from a tube for a couple of reasons. One; for the paint doesn’t bleed into the pages, creating a neater finish and two; it’s easier than mixing paint and water to the right ‘flicking’ consistency!

I’m also slightly obsessed with the pastel colour Bic Cristal Fun pens at the moment, and I *may* have chosen the green paint to match the green pen. Ahem. (Not an ad, I just love them!)

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Decorative Plate DIY

Decorative Plate DIY

Ease yourself back into crafting with the super simple Decorative Plate DIY! I bought these awesome tropical stickers from Jacqueline Colley way back at last years Blogtacular conference, and did that thing of putting them to one side intending on making something awesome, only to forget about them. When I rediscovered them just before Christmas, I knew that they would be perfect to create some decorative plates to cheer up my house post-Christmas decorations!  Read more

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Wooden Beaded Baubles DIY

Wooden Beaded Baubles DIY

Make Scandi style wooden beaded baubles to hang on you Christmas Tree this year! Perfect for adding a natural feel to your decorations.

I have made no secret of my love for the bead-weaving technique of right angle weave, having used it many times before in projects like my Summer Statement Necklace, Flower Burst Necklace, and last years Beaded Christmas Wreath! It just works so well and is pretty simple to do, even with no beading experience. Read more

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