Sunday, September 25, 2016

DIY holiday apron

diy holiday apron - Lorrie Everitt Studio

I am taking part in the latest Makeful Challenge using a white apron that I received in the mail. Call me old fashion but I still love receiving notes and packages in the mail. When I received my apron a couple of weeks ago I knew that I would need to keep my project simple so I could fit it into my busy work schedule. 

Here's how I created my apron. The apron challenge was inspired by Jacob's Creek Wines. I decided to add a cute holiday saying and some simple illustrations using a paint pen.

diy holiday apron - Lorrie Everitt Studio

My first step was to draw out my lettering and cooking utensil illustrations to scale on plain paper. And yes, I do consider a cork screw to be a cooking utensil, although the wine I open does not always get added to the food. 

Then I cut out the words and illustrations so I could move them around and figure out where I wanted everything to be on the apron. I liked the idea of the utensils popping out of the pockets and I was able to arrange them so they didn't get too close to the saying at the top.

diy holiday apron - Lorrie Everitt Studio

I traced my design onto the apron using a black Sharpie paint pen. As you can see above, it was easy to see through the apron material and trace the  design. I taped the papers and apron to my working surface so they wouldn't move as I worked.

diy holiday apron - Lorrie Everitt Studio

Here's a close up of the finished design. 

Tip: If you don't feel that your hand lettering is good enough, you can type your words out on your computer using whatever fonts you would like. Just remember to size your lettering so it  will fit the space on your apron. 

diy holiday apron - Lorrie Everitt Studio

You can find my apron project on my Makeful profile page. All of the apron challenge projects will be up and live tomorrow. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Use up your craft stash inspiration - part two.

I can't believe how long I have hung onto some of my crafting supplies. Take for example a jar full of colourful clamp file paper clips and an old potato masher. They have been in my cottage crafting stash for over ten years. 

I know that I have had these items for at least ten years because it was in 2006 that I created the potato masher photo holder (above). I purchase two potato mashers at a garage sale near our cottage and I always intended to make the second potato masher into a recipe card holder. 

So this weekend, I finally got around to making my recipe card holder. It took me about ten minutes to make and I'm going to show you how I did it. 

Here's what you will need: an old potato masher with a wood handle, a metal clamp file paper clip, a 1/4" screw, a screw driver and a pair of pliers.

Step One. Pre-drill a small hole in the handle of the potato masher so it will be easier to add the screw. I made a quick hole using a nail and hammer.

Step Two. Using a pair of pliers, bend open one side of the metal clamp file paper clip as shown above. Bend it just enough so you can add the screw into one of the holes.

Step Three. Screw the metal clamp file paper clip in place on the wood handle. Bend the clamp file paper clip back into shape using the pliers and that's it ... you're done! 

Now I am thinking that it would be fun to make a few more of these to use for entertaining. They would make interesting sign holders for a food bar.

Here's one more photo so you can see what they look like from the side. By the way, I glued my photos and recipe cards to drink coasters so they will not bend easily. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Use up your craft stash inspiration - part one.

Like most craftaholics, I have boxes of crafting supplies taking up space in my home. I have hoarded so many supplies over years that I have decided it's time to start using up products in my craft stash. It's time to make some of those inspirational projects that I've pinned, ripped out of a magazine or sketched out in one of my notebooks. It's time to hold off from purchasing new crafting supplies for a while. Well, let me clarify that, I may need to purchase more glue, or a few new colours of paint, or if I win the lottery, I will have to purchase the Circut Explore machine  ... but other than that, no new crafting supplies. 

These funky clothespins are an example of one of the projects that I have done in the past to use up some of my crafting supplies. My sister-in-law, Kerry, and I spent an evening with a pile of crafting materials (and maybe a bottle of wine) and came up with these.

We used plain clothespins, scrapbooking paper (scraps) assorted resin flowers, a paper cutter, scissors and glue.

I have packed up a couple of boxes with supplies from my craft stash to take to the cottage this weekend. I am looking forward to some down time over the next few weeks to be able to craft with my family and friends. I'll be posting pictures of our projects on Instagram and when I am able, I will post more ideas on the blog to hopefully inspire you to use up your craft stash.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A little bit about me and my Facebook Live video with Makeful

Hello there! Today I thought that I'd do a different post and introduce myself since I have not really done this before. 

If you have not met me in before you most likely don't know that I  love to craft, make things and take photos (lots of photos). I love to be creative, it's the first word that I have used to describe myself in any job interview I have ever been in. 

I'm also from a generation that did not grow up with computers, cell phones and social media. Yes, if you start to do the math, you will realize that I was born sometime in the sixties. The earliest memory that I have about learning anything about computers was in high school, maybe grade 12, and we punched holes into a series of long cards and then feed them into a machine to solve math equations (at least that is what I think we were doing!) In my last year at Queen's University (1983),I signed up for a brand new course that was offered called "Computers in Society". In that course I heard theories about how computers were eventually going to change the world and how we do things. All I got out of that class was a husband. No, really, for real - that is where my husband and I first met. He followed me home from class one day and asked to borrow my class notes as an excuse to talk to me. After university I studied Graphic Design at George Brown College and again, we did have computers. We learned how to hand letter use Letraset (which was basically sheets of rub on letters). I had been working as a Creative Director for more than 15 years when I decided to take six months off so I could go back to school and learn how to use Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign. I still remember when cell phones cell phones were the new "big thing" although if my memory is correct then they were about the same size as a Grande cup from Starbucks.

I'm trying to be social. Yes, I do have Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram accounts but I'm not on them 24/7. Other than maybe Pinterest, I don't consider my self an "expert" in the area of social media. I started my Pinterest account when Pinterest was pretty much unknown - you had to get an invitation to have an account! I still remember getting personal emails in the first few months from Pinteret asking me questions like what could they do to improve the site and how could they make it more user friendly. I just signed up for an Instagram account last fall. Everyone kept telling me I should be on it Instagram because it's so visual and "me" but I resisted for so long because I thought that it was going to take away from what little me time I have already.  My teenage daughter gave me her old ipad and helped me to get set up on Instagram, and to be honest, I'm a little obsessed with it right now. I'm sure the novelty will wear off in a year or two (maybe). I am on Facebook but mostly just to see what family and  friends are doing. I don't post on Facebook very often and most likely should but then that would take away from my time to craft and make things. And I'd really much rather be making things.

When some of the ladies at Makeful asked me if I was interested in doing a Facebook Live video with them as part of the new Maker's Challenge using a cell phone case I said sure! I had NO IDEA what Facebook Live was. And even after looking at some videos of past Facebook Live videos, I still honestly thought we'd be shooting the video they would edit it and then we'd play it on Facebook later in the day. Nope. I was wrong. Live is Live. No do overs. Just relax and do it.

We shot the Makeful Challenge Facebook Live video yesterday morning. You can see it here. I have to be honest, I had so much fun doing it. I really did not know if people would tune in to watch it and connect with me as I was on camera working. But we did have an audience turn us on and the questions were awesome. I felt like we were all in the same room working on a project together - like a girls' night craft party (but without the wine!). 

If you love to craft as much as I do and you like to connect with other like minded creative people then you should join the Makeful community. I have met so many inspiring and talented people in the past year. People that I follow on social media (and they follow me), people that I feel that I can contact to ask questions or to work together on a project and people that I get together with for tea and now call my friends. And it's all because I've taken part in Makeful challenges, events and special projects like the Facebook Live video.

Have a great long weekend! Happy Canada Day here at home and Happy July 4th to my friends from the US. 

By the way, the photo above is the project that I created on the Facebook Live video.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Simple Daily DIY - twine challenge project

I'm taking part in the Simple Daily DIY challenge during the month of June. Have you heard about it? The first challenge was all about twine/jute. I created this unique photo display box using supplies I already had on hand.

My supplies - a wood shadow box (mine was purchased at Ikea a number of years ago), a birch branch wood slice (my Dad cut a bunch of these for me but they are easy to find), a screw eyelet, twine/jute, a photo and scrapbook paper. 

I measured the top of my shadow box to find the centre and drilled a hole in that spot. The hole was just large enough so I could feed the two ends of the twine through it. 

I left my shadow box with the natural unfinished wood but you could easily paint it at this point if you wanted to. 

I used a round paper punch to crop an old family photo so it would fit on my birch branch slice. I added the screw eyelet to the top of the birch slice and then glued the photo onto the birch slice so it would hang straight.

To suspend the branch slice in the box: 
1. centre a long piece of twine through the screw eyelet and tie a quick knot close to the screw eyelet, 2. feed both ends of the twine through the hole of the shadow box, 3. figure out where you want the branch slice to hang inside the box and tie a knot at the top of the box to keep it in place. I tied a bow at the top of the box and trimmed the twine to finish.

Note: As you are working with the placement of the branch slice inside the box, you may need to adjust the angle of the screw eyelet so that the branch faces forward. Just give it a little twist until you are happy with the placement.

I cut a  piece of scrapbook paper to fit the back of the shadow box to complete.

 I used a kraft and gold foil dot pattern to match my home decor. Instead of using a pattern paper background I could have added another photo as a background. For example, a scenic water/sky photo would have added to the boating theme and complimented the colours in my family photo. Another idea is to add sand or beach glass inside the bottom of the shadow box.

If you try this project I'd love to see what you made! Add your own spin to make it your own. I'm on Instragram and you can tag me at @lorrieeveritt or #lorrieeverittstudio. 

 You can view Sustain My Craft Habit's YouTube video here to find out more about the Simple Daily DIY Challenge. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Let's make something - Mixed Media Inspiration

It's been a while since I have taught a mixed media class or created a new mixed media piece but after watching a couple of mixed media E-Lessons on Makeful recently I am feeling inspired to pull out my supplies and get creative.

Today I thought that I'd try to inspire you to maybe try your hand at creating a mixed media piece yourself by showing you some of my favourites. 

There are no right or wrong ways to create mixed media art and it's fun to experiment with different materials and new techniques. So grab your paints, papers, photos, ink, gel medium, glue, wax, found objects and whatever else you want!

I always work on wood panels and I tend to work a lot with my scrapbook papers, tissue paper sewing patterns,vintage books and papers.

Words and or quotes almost always make their way into my mixed media art. You can add words with paint or cut out letters from old books.

My children are often the inspiration behind my design. My youngest daughter always looked like an angel when she was asleep and I created this piece to remind me of those early days.

The vintage brooch once belonged to my Grandmother. It's not a valuable piece of jewellery and because I added it to this mix media piece I get to see it all of the time. My Grandmother was the one who took me to art classes and museums when I was young and I think that she would be so happy to see her brooch used in this way.

I used a photo that I took of my oldest daughter when she was little as the starting point for this mixed media piece. The scrapbook paper patterns that I used to create the bathing suit and hat are very similar to the original patterns in the photo.

I almost always add melted wax to my mixed media. The wax worked really well with the shells and found beach objects on this piece. I added coarse clear glitter to the wax in to make the water and waves sparkle just like a summer day at the cottage. 

If you have ever thought that you'd like to learn how to make mixed media art I recommend you check out Paula Coop McCrory's E-Lessons at Makeful. There are a couple of classes to select from or you can sign up for all three of her E-Lessons and also learn how to create memory mugs. 

The best part about the E-Lessons is that you can do it online from the comfort of your home when you have time to do it. 

Want some more mixed media inspiration? Follow my Mixed Media inspiration Pinterest board!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

personalize your clear phone case using sharpie markers

personalize your clear phone case using oil based sharpie markers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I love my new iphone.

I have never had an iphone so it was kind of a big deal for me.

When I decided to finally purchase an iphone I knew that I wanted one in rose gold.

I HAD to have a rose gold and I waited two weeks for it.

After waiting for so long to get my phone I realized that I didn't want a phone case that covered up the rose gold finish. So I purchased a clear case. My clear case is okay. It does it's job which is to protect my phone but it's B-O-R-I-N-G. So after a couple of weeks, I decided to personalize it myself.

personalize your clear phone case using oil based sharpie markers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

This is such an easy diy project and you can do it in an afternoon. If you can trace - you can do this.

personalize your clear phone case using oil based sharpie markers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Gather your supplies: clear phone case, extra fine tip white sharpie oil based marker, paper, pencil, extra fine tip black sharpie marker and a light box. If you don't have access to a lightbox you can use a piece of glass from a picture frame and a light source to create your own. 

personalize your clear phone case using oil based sharpie markers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I drew out my design in pencil first. You can trace around your case with a pencil to make sure that your design will fit properly. Once you have your rough design worked out use an extra fine tip black sharpie marker and go over your pencil sketch to create your final art.

personalize your clear phone case using oil based sharpie markers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I wanted my design to be on the inside of my case so it would not scratch off easily. Because I have lettering in my design, I had to reverse my finished art. I flipped my paper over on the lightbox so I could see the design from the back. Then I positioned the phone case on top of the paper and used painters tape to keep everything in place for the next step.

personalize your clear phone case using oil based sharpie markers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

This was the fun part - tracing my design onto the phone case using the white sharpie marker. I actually practiced a few times with the paint marker on scraps of acetate before I traced out my phone case. It helped me to get the feel of the markers and to see how long it took for the paint to dry. 

Tip: I am right handed so I started to draw out my design at the top left side and worked my way across and then down so that I did not smudge the ink as I was tracing.

personalize your clear phone case using oil based sharpie markers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

When you are done flip the case over and take a look at your design. You can add some extra doodles at this point if you need to. I thought that the space under "Hello" needed a little something so I added some additional dots.

I let the paint dry for about 15 minutes before I put the case on my cell phone. 

personalize your clear phone case using oil based sharpie markers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

And there you go! One personalized cell phone case.

personalize your clear phone case using oil based sharpie markers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I'm going to be entering this project into the Makeful weekly challenge tonight. I know that I have some very creative followers and I'd love to see your projects at Makeful too. Leave me a comment here or on Instagram if you have joined Makeful - I'd love to see what you are making too.