(SURPRISE!) BABY SHOWER DIY

swaddled-drinks-diy You know what's better than a baby shower diy? A SURPRISE VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER in the form of a diy!! Yep. Lexy, this one's for you, you lovely lady. Big hugs & congratulations, friend!!!

I am SO excited to finally spill the beans about today's post. This has been in the works for a while now and I'm absolutely terrible with surprises. I have the worst poker face. Luckily, I was able to focus strictly on Eat Drink Create bidness when Lexy and I met up for waffles the other day...

So here's what's up. Myself and a group of IN-credible diy bloggers are throwing Lexy a virtual baby shower by creating baby shower-themed diys on each of our blogs. Srsly, I don't belong in this lineup. These gals are the real deal. Big thank you to Kelly and Brittni for organizing such an awesome surprise!

Check out these amazing diys, y'all. If you're planning a baby shower (or any party for that matter) you'll want these posts bookmarked / pinned / committed to memory...

01 Kelly of Studio DIY

02 Brittni of Paper & Stitch

03 Chelsea of Lovely Indeed

04 Melanie of You are my Fave

05 Ashley of Sugar & Cloth

06 Melissa of The Faux Martha

07 Lauren of A Fabulous Fete

08 Jenny of Hank & Hunt

And if you're looking for a suuuper easy baby shower diy, well look no further.

The details are my favorite part of any party. Baby showers are no exception. Add a little something special to your beverages by wrapping (ahem swaddling!) your drinks with your favorite fabric or cloth napkins.

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BABY SHOWER DIY: SWADDLED DRINKS

Supplies

+ drinks (bottled drinks work best) + square pieces of fabric or cloth napkins + twine or string

Directions

01 place your cloth on a flat surface in a diamond shape (design side up, if there is a design).

02 fold the bottom corner up three-quarters of the way, stopping short of folding the cloth in half.

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03 place the bottle in the center and wrap the edges tightly around the bottle.

04 turn the bottle over, pull the top corner of the napkin down over itself (as if peeling a banana) until the corner reaches the bottom edge of the bottle.

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05 while the cloth is rather secure, twine can be added to make sure it's going to stay put... plus it's adorable.

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Done and done.

Congratulations, Lexy!! xoxo

Images by artsocial.

PROJECT BROWN BAG // JUNE

summer vacation project brown bag It's here! A new Project Brown Bag! Get excited, friends. This month's theme is one that will surely inspire you like cray. Cray, I tell you.

June's theme is: SUMMER VACATION. This time of year always reminds me of my childhood - eating Otter Pops, running through the sprinkler, going to the "beach" aka Cherry Creek Reservoir. Summers are so magical... I could totally go for an Otter Pop right now. Louie-Bloo Raspberry.

What were your summer vacations like when you were a kid? Tell me... visually. Oh yeah, we're gettin' creative like that. Join myself and Laid Off Mom for the most awesome collaborative art project around. Here’s how it works:

01  The first 3 commenters to leave a “Hell YES” in the comment section will have the privilege of being our art contributors for the month.

02  Contributors will email me their mailing address and a 200 x 200 pixel image of themselves, to be used in a blog post. (Please send to artsocialonline@gmail.com)

03  I will mail an art canvas to the first person to comment, and brown paper bags & mailing labels to each contributor.

04  Based on the theme of the month, the first contributor will add their own interpretation of the theme onto the canvas, using whatever art supplies/medium they wish (within the allotted time limit: 2 days) then that person will insert the piece into the provided brown bag & mail it to the next contributor whose address is provided on the mailing labels. (You get the art piece, you add to it, you send it out)

05  Once the canvas has passed through each contributor, it will be mailed back to me, the host. The host may/may not make their own contribution to the piece, then they will blog about it the following month with an intro about all our artists.

After a full year of art projects, we can look back and enjoy the artwork that has passed through so many different talented hands throughout the country!

* all contributors will be providing the postage

** all contributors must live within the contiguous United States

There is no right or wrong way to decorate or add to the canvas. Create what you want with whatever supplies you have!  I’m a fan of confetti… that’s not required, but I’m just sayin. As long as the canvas fits into the bag, you are good to go.

READY? SET… COMMENT!!!

P.S. check out last month's finished art piece on Laid Off Mom today!

Image by artsocial.

PROJECT BROWN BAG: SPRING

project brown bag Spring was last month's theme for the monthly art collaboration Project Brown Bag, and holywow did this crew do a fabulous job!

Layers of bright colors, sunshine, flowers bursting from the canvas - spring has been captured y'all. And the quote! Oh guys. The quote is so beautiful I can't stand it.

LIVE TO THE POINT OF TEARS - CAMUS

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Isn't that the perfect quote for spring? When life is everywhere and the world is an abundance of flowers and opportunities! Okay, maybe that's just my interpretation... but spring makes it so easy to live and experience fully, don't you think?

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Great, great job ladies. You nailed it. High five to April's contributors: Sara, Alyssa, and Alyssa!

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What do you think? Did they capture spring?

Project Brown Bag is a monthly art collaboration hosted by artsocial and Laid Off Mom. Like pen pals only waaay cooler. Want more information? Heck yeah, check it out!

Images by artsocial.

DIY SPLATTER PAINT GIFT TAGS

diy splatter paint gift tags I've always loved painting. But lately, I've noticed I'm a super impatient painter. I like projects where I can create something effortlessly awesome within one hour. Hmm is that unreasonable?

Well that's exactly what this splatter paint project is... and with Mother's Day coming up, I thought it would be oh so rad and appropriate to turn my canvas into gift tags. Mom, if you're reading this... look away!

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This project was inspired by Kate Spade Saturday's splatter paint print. It's so fun and SO easy to recreate. Plus, you really can't mess it up. It's gonna look great no matter what. Promise.

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Supplies

+ watercolor paper + acrylic paint (any color!) + 1" paintbrush + water + hole punch + scissors + twine or string + tarp

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Directions

01 Mix the acrylic paint with a little bit of water, it has to be watery enough to drip. If you add too much water, no worries, just add more paint!

02 Place the watercolor paper on the floor, preferably on a tarp unless you have an awesome studio space dedicated to painting. You lucky.

03 Dip your paintbrush in the paint mixture and hold it over your watercolor paper. Drip as much or as little as you'd like!

04 After the watercolor paper dries, cut out your gift tags shapes.

05 Hole punch the top center of the tag.

06 Using twine or string, attach the tag to your gift.

Oh these tags are definitely gonna score you some extra points. High five, yo!

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This post is part of the Be Creative project. Join me as I try 12 different methods for boosting creativity over the course of 12 months. Every Tuesday I’ll share my progress along with creative projects… Psst May is dedicated to PLAY, the act like a child method. Catch up on past Be Creative posts here!

Images by artsocial.

PROJECT BROWN BAG

project brown bag The monthly art project, Project Brown Bag, is getting GOOD, y'all. I got the final piece back from February's PBB contributors and was blown away. February's theme was celebrate. I'm so so impressed with the results. It's like each one of them knew exactly what to add to the canvas to make me fall in love with it. I mean pink poms? Glitter confetti? A CAT WEARING A PARTY HAT? Oh these ladies are good.

HUGE thank you to our contributors!!

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The canvas traveled from Amy to Lizzy to Lisa; Massachusetts to New York to Maryland. Well I think it's safe to say the East coast rocked PBB. What do you think?

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Louise of Laid Off Mom is hosting this month of Project Brown Bag, so head on over to her blog for more details + a chance to enter to be one of our art contributors! Go, go!

Images by artsocial.

PROJECT BROWN BAG

celebrate Last month, Louise of Laid Off Mom and I debuted a new monthly art project called Project Brown Bag - hollaa. January's group did an amaazing job. Guys, you are so dang talented.

It's time for another round of collaborative creation... ya ready? Here's how PBB works:

1.  The first 3 commenters to leave a “Hell YES” in the comment section will have the privilege of being our art contributors for the month.

2.  Contributors will email the host their mailing address and a 200 x 200 pixel image of themselves, to be used in a blog post.

3.  Either Louise or myself (whoever the host is for the month) will mail out a brown paper bag, an art canvas (to the first person to comment), & mailing labels to each contributor.

4.  Based on the theme of the month, the first contributor will “add” their own interpretation of the theme onto the canvas, using whatever art supplies/medium they wish (within the allotted time limit: 2 days) then that person will insert the piece into the provided brown bag & mail it to the next contributor whose address is provided on the mailing labels. (You get the art piece, you add to it, you send it out)

5.  Once the canvas has passed through each contributor, it will be mailed back to the host. The host may/may not make their own contribution to the piece, then they will blog about it the following month with an intro about all our artists.

6.  After a full year of art projects, we can look back and enjoy the artwork that has passed through so many different talented hands throughout the country!

* all contributors will be providing the postage

** all contributors must live within the contiguous United States

There is no right or wrong way to embellish or add to the canvas. Create what you want with whatever supplies you have!  I'm a fan of gold spray paint... that's not required, but I'm just sayin. As long as the canvas fits into the bag, you are good to go!

Ok, are you ready to get creative PBB-style? February’s theme is: CELEBRATE. Valentine's Day is coming, my birthday is almost here, my new site design is nearly complete... ahhh! Let's celebrate, huh?

Host – Erin

READY? SET… COMMENT!!!

 

Image by artsocial.

DIY DATE // 3

A while back I wrote a post called Crafting for the Crafting Inept. That's because I'm a super impatient/not very skilled crafter. I want it to look uh-mazing and put very minimal effort into it. Unreasonable?

That, my friends, is why I looove digital crafts. Ok, some of you may be thinking that digital crafts aren't really crafts. Glue, scissors, physical materials must be involved. You might be right... but when MJ of Parscaeli picked "typography" for this month's DIY Date, I immediately rejoiced because I could create a typography diy of sorts right in good ol' Photoshop. No overwhelming trip to the craft store, no clean up, no Meowmers getting into my craft bag and ripping up my construction paper. This DDIY (digital DIY) is gonna be grrreat!

Plus I love Photoshop. I use it basically daily (whoa, computer nerd much?). I'm gonna show you a suuuuper easy way to use Photoshop to take your photos and/or Instagrams to the next level of awesome.

To add a little pizazz to your photos, Instagrams, or those phenom images you find on Pinterest, follow these easy steps:

1. open your image in Photoshop. If you want to add text to an Instagram, use a site like Instagrid or ink361 to save them to your computer... and then let the fun begin.

2. in Photoshop, select the type tool (the "T" in your toolbar). Cool shortcut? Just hit the "T" key on your keyboard to select the type tool.

3. now for a rad font. On the top bar you'll see a drop-down menu for font styles, font size, etc. Click on the drop-down menu to select the font you'd like to use. While Photoshop comes with plenty of options to pick from, I highly recommend browsing sites like Font Squirrel or Da Font for fun and FREEEE fonts to download. No more boring fonts, k?

4. click anywhere on your image and a cursor will appear. write your message, yo. I love finding inspirational quotes from my beloved text | image pinboard and typing them on my photos to create my own little art prints...

5. find the best spot for your text. To move the text around, use the "select" tool at the very top of your toolbar. Cool shortcut? Press "V" on your keyboard. Oh yeah. These seconds you save add up, ya hear.

6. Text too big or too small? Select the type tool once again and double click your text. This should highlight your text. Now go back to the top bar, click the font size drop-down menu to select a different size.

Easy, yes? You could totally print these off, frame them, and have yourself one awesomely unique gift...

This was a super quick lesson - if you have questions, please ask!! I'd love to help. I know Photoshop can be cray... artsocialonline@gmail.com.

Next up will be the "NOT SO SIMPLE" text lesson in Photoshop... stay tuned, friendies.

DIY Date // 2

DIY Date number one went pretty well... fun washi tape craft, good conversation about the environment, pretty good looking, there was a little booze involved. Pretty great first date, so that means a second date was in order. In case you missed the first round, DIY Date is run by the fabulous Louise of Laid Off Mom. She picks a certain supply or medium and whoever wants to participate will use the given supply/medium to create something unique. This month? BEADS.

When I first started researching for this date, I realized what a bad rap bead crafts have (macrame plant holders come to mind). As a result, finding inspiration for this date ended up being a bit more challenging than the previous washi tape date. Washi tape is just so loved and adored by all... but ya know, with a little perseverance and lots of time on Pinterest, I think it turned out preeeetty good. These simple necklaces were very much inspired by this and this. I realized on this DIY Date, crafts don't have to be complicated or time-consuming... and they definitely never need macrame (I apologize in advance if anyone did macrame for this DIY Date).

This DIY Date came with a little twist: we have to give our craft to someone. Eeep pressure! Now it actually has to look good. Welp. I decided to give one of these gems to my incredibly talented and inspiring friend/fellow craft gangster: Kate Donaldson, and the other is going to the most awesome niece in all the land: Diem. She's turning 5 at the end of the month, so this will be part of her birthday prezzie. Shhhh. Don't tell her. Good thing she's too young to read my blog... She loves trying on my necklaces and bracelets when I visit, so now she can have her very own "grown up" necklace. I hope she likes it even though it's not Hello Kitty related... Hello Kitty seems to be all the rage amongst 5 year olds.

Anyhoo, in case you want to partake in this easy shmeesy craft:

what you need wooden beads chain paint (the brighter, the bettaaaa) sponge brush masking tape

what to do Using masking tape, tape off part of the bead. Paint exposed portion of the bead. Paint as many or as few as you'd like. Get creative, friendies. After the beads dry, remove the tape, then string them onto the chain. You're ready to rock those beads.

Images by artsocial.

DIY Date

Guys. I hate wasting paper. I'm so extremely conscious of wasting paper, this complex might be a few quirks away from full-on dementia (Seinfeld reference, anyone?). I actually may have eco-anxiety... no not really. I have stacks of paper "saved" from work and college - meant for the trash or recycle bin - that dates back to 2010. My thinking at the time was that I'd use it for scratch paper, note-taking paper, grocery list-making paper... um yeah or just let it pile up into a fire hazard. SO when Louise of Laid Off Mom contacted me about doing a DIY Date with washi tape (yay!), I knew I wanted to incorporate my pile of "saved" paper. My idea? Mini notebooks with a little washi tape pizazz...

Mini Notebooks + Washi Tape

Life post-college and grad school means no more notebooks. Sure, I could carry around a full-size 5 Star notebook, but then I'd be that girl. Let's get real. Mini notebooks are much more practical. These little gems measure roughly 3 x 4 inches... I discovered I hate measuring and cutting things in a straight line by the way. Made for some interesting notebooks. Anyhoo, I wanted to add some funny/motivational words to the cover, but that's totally optional. If you'd rather leave out the words and let the washi tape do all the talking, then right on... and you can skip the first step.

what you need

- computer + printer

- white paper (recycled scrap paper is optional, but recommended :) don't give me more eco-anxiety)

- brown kraft paper for the cover

- scissors

- stapler

- WASHI TAPE

what to do

- using Microsoft Word or Photoshop, create any message you'd like for the cover and print it out onto the brown kraft paper. Set aside.

- cut white paper into 6 x 4 inch (width x height) sheets and fold them in half.

- cut brown kraft paper into slightly larger sheets, 6.25 x 4.25 inches should do it. Fold in half.

- fit folded white paper into folded brown kraft paper cover.

- lay flat and staple twice along the spine.

- you're ready to washi. Decorate however you'd like... and have fun, it's required.

P.S. I was pretty excited to find washi tape at Target...! But they call it printed paper tape, those weirdos... jk I love you, Target.

Below is the mini notebook in action a.k.a. the random items that accrue in my bag over the course of a week. I've been carrying around the "Create." mini to write down my bloggy ideas. There's nothing like using old fashioned pen and paper. I feel so productive...

Thank you, Louise, for including me on such a fun project!!

A Birthday Crafternoon

With my bestie's birthday quickly approaching, I knew I had to do something special. Do I go to the mall? Blech, no way. Her gift needed to be good, unique, creative. So much pressure! Well it was Fellow Fellow to the rescue. I found three perfect craft ideas on this magical site. Two of which I had pinned on Pinterest on separate occasions and didn't even realize it! I think that means I'm a true Fellow Fellow fan... Craft Numero Uno: Coasters

Supplies: Cork coasters Paint pen - silver works amazingly, I don't recommend gold - it doesn't show up too well on the cork color... is that obvious? Welp I learned the hard way.

Craft Numero Dos: Polka Dot Envelopes

Supplies: Downloadable template found here Construction paper or any thick paper Paint pen Scissors Glue Handwritten note (yes, this is required)

I also added some confetti to the envelope by hole punching a sheet of construction paper. Now it's a party.

Craft Numero Tres: The Gift Tag

Now for the final touch. Pink tissue, a bow, and a supah cute gift tag (download the free template over on Fellow Fellow).

And then it was off to L.A. with this little diy... The blogging community is srsly the best for creative gift ideas. Next time you're looking for the perfect gift, resist the mall temptation. I live in the suburbs, I know how tempting it can be... but just say no to mediocre. Get creative, y'all.

P.S. wowza, use those paint pens in a ventilated area. You know, unless you're into that sorta thing. No judgment... ok a little judgment.

P.S.S. thank you to Fellow Fellow for the inspiration... yours def turned out cuter than mine.