Make a Tote Bag with a Special Message!

Make a Tote Bag with a Special Message!

These two images show my “Life in the Light” tote in my shop, so if you don’t have time to make one, you can always buy one there!

Everybody needs tote bags. Because everybody has stuff. This tutorial will show you how to make one exactly like you want! (While I was making this one, my husband came in, saw what I was up to, and asked for a custom-sized one for himself. I love it when he gets what I’m doing!)

Although I carry a “Life in the Light” tote bag in my shop, making one of your very own with my motto on it or anything else you want to say is very easy. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you step-by-step how to design and create your very own so that you will have a one-of-a-kind tote you’ll be proud to take with you everywhere you go!

You can watch a video of the process here, or you can download the free pdf here.

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Scripture Canvas Tutorial

Scripture Canvas Tutorial

This “He is Risen” canvas was a gift to my daughter-in-law on Passover this year.

If you’re like me,

you have probably seen (and maybe drooled over) scriptures in beautiful fonts that maybe you’ve saved to your Pinterest account, but wish you could hang on your wall. Well, now you can. And I’m going to show you how in this tutorial.

What you’ll need:

A stretched canvas
A cutting machine (mine is a Silhouette® Curio)
Vinyl
A weeding tool
Paint in one or two colors
A stenciling brush
A favorite font (or two) — or —
A .pdf, .jpg, or .sfg file of the scripture you want to use
This tutorial assumes you already know how to use your cutting machine and can import images or install fonts if you need to. (These links lead to Silhouette tutorials.)

Step one

If you are using a font on your cutting machine, type in your chosen scripture. Don’t worry about the placement, because you can adjust it on your canvas once you’ve cut it out. I didn’t want to type the scripture in Silhouette, so I did it in Photoshop®. You can also  manipulate the placement of words on your cutting machine; I just like to use Photoshop because I can adjust letter spacing more precisely. Once you’ve decided how you want the words to work, it’s on to Step Two. Again, don’t worry about placement of the words.

This shows the .jpg in Photoshop.

Here’s the text, imported into Silhouette, and traced, ready to be cut.

Step Two

If you have used a program besides your cutting machine software, you’ll need to save the file according to the file type your machine will read. I used Photoshop, so I saved mine as a .jpg. Import the file into your program and trace the image (or whatever your machine requires).

Step Three

Cut the file in vinyl.

Step Four

Now comes the tedious part. Carefully remove the words (or letters) with a weeding tool that allows you to get under the vinyl easily. I use a dental pick that I found at a hardware store sale.  Be especially careful around thin strokes as they can easily break. Also, don’t let the vinyl stick to your fingers, either. Try to keep as light a touch as possible as you transfer the vinyl to the canvas.

When I made the “He is Risen” canvas, this is the tool I used for weeding. But today, I can’t find that tool! (Does anyone else misplace things as often as I do?) So I used an X-acto knife. Worked just as well!

Step Five

This is the point at which you arrange the words in the way you find pleasing. If you lay the vinyl down gently, you can easily reposition it until you are happy with the layout. At this point, I decided I wanted something to span the canvas between the words. So I went in to my Silhouette Library and found a fern I liked. I duplicated it and flipped the copy so they’d be mirror images. After cutting it in vinyl, I added it to the canvas.

This one isn’t exactly a scripture, but more an assignment of a godly attribute to a favorite teacher. The words in Hebrew say “Faithful Teacher.”

Step Six

Burnish the letters down well so that paint will not get underneath in the next step. A credit card is perfect for this task.

Step Seven

You may decide to use a single color of paint or more than one. I have decided on two colors that complement each other. Pour a small amount of paint in a shallow dish. Dip your stencil brush in the paint and pounce it on a paper towel to remove some of the paint. You want the brush to be damp but not wet. Pounce the paint over the letters, letting the brush get kind of dry before you load it again.

If you are using more than one color and you don’t want them to mix, let the first color completely dry before adding another one. You can pounce the paint just around the edges of the letters to create an outline or you can fill in the entire canvas. Each method returns an attractive result. In this example, I pounced a soft yellow color all over the canvas and over the type and the fern leaves I added to the middle. When it is dry, I will use metallic bronze to outline the letters, which will end up being white on a mottled background.

You may want to completely paint the canvas one color before you lay your vinyl down so that the letters will be a color.

Here you can see the yellow paint covering the vinyl.

Both colors have been added to the canvas.

Step Eight

Once the paint has completely dried, carefully remove the vinyl letters from the canvas. If you are very careful, you can transfer them to the backing paper they came from or use a page protector sleeve to save them for another use. I generally end up destroying mine (oh, well!). Note that the font I used was really too thin. A thicker font would have given a better result, as in the He is Risen canvas.

This is the finished canvas for my teacher.

Now you have your favorite scripture in white (or another color if you painted the canvas first) on the background you created with your brush.

To show you how it looks with only one color and white for the background, here is the canvas that I gifted my daughter-in-law with for hosting our Messianic Passover in her home.

This is the finished “He is Risen” canvas.

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Faithbooking: Scrapbooking My Spiritual Journey

Find joy

Have you ever tried Faithbooking?

It’s taking your spiritual journey and making scrapbooking or journaling pages about it. My only resolution this year is to let go and let God. So embarking on this new way (for me) of documenting how God is moving in my life is intriguing, to say the least.
This first page shows a picture of my grandchildren (and the boyfriend of my oldest granddaughter) sitting in front of a museum at Christmas time. It’s not all of my grandchildren (I have eleven!), but it’s the ones who were there that day. The picture was taken by my daughter-in-law, who is a fantastic photographer. (We have two photographers in our family, and they are both stupendous. I’m sure I’ll have pictures from my son-in-law during the year, too.)
Matthew 15:13 says: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” That sounds like a great goal for the new year, and I want to embrace it fully.
Deuteronomy 4:9 says, “Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.”
That’s a mandate from God, and faithbooking is a great way to obey the commandment. Keeping my faith journey alive for my grandkids is very important to me, and I am looking forward to really getting down with the whole idea.
Sometimes I’ll do it digitally, as I’ve done with this first page. Then I’ll print it out and put it in a scrapbook. And then sometimes I’ll do it traditionally, with paper, embellishments and ink. Perhaps some of the layouts will be “tradigital,” a combination of the two.
I’d love for you to come along on my journey, and for you to share yours with me!

How do you document your faith?

Free Printable Memes for Your Craft Room

 I love these printable memes.

Funny, but somehow true as well (which makes them even more funny!!). I thought you might enjoy printing them out and posting them on your walls in your craft room like I have. Just click on the image and it will take you to MediaFire, where you can download them for printing. Enjoy!

Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial

Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial

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MAKING GLASS PEBBLE magnets is one of the easiest crafts there are, and they make some of the nicest magnets around, perfect for giving or to put on your refrigerator. I’ve created a simple tutorial for you to follow if you’d like to make some of your own.

Gather your supplies

You’ll need:
Glass marbles
Decorative paper
1″ hole punch (not shown)
3/4″ magnets (not shown)
Glossy Accents dimensional glue
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
glass pebbles supplies

Glue paper circle to glass pebble

I’ve tried adding the glue to the glass pebble and adding the glue to the paper circle, and found the second way much more effective. Just add a swirl of Glossy Accents glue to the circle on the right side of the paper and then adhere it to the pebble. Let dry completely.
glass pebble backside

Add glue to the magnet

Using hot glue, add just a dollop of glue to the magnet.
glass pebble magnet with glue

Adhere to the back of the pebble

Add the magnet to the back of the pebble, over the back of the paper circle.

Finished magnet

When the hot glue is dried, you have completed this simple craft! Now you can hold several sheets of paper to your refrigerator, or a photo, or anything else lightweight (the magnets are not really that strong and won’t hold a lot of weight). Of course, it totally depends on how strong the magnets are that you use. I used ProMAG Flexible Magnets that I bought at Michaels, but I’m sure there are stronger versions if you look for them. An office supply store is a good place to look.
For an alternative look, draw on the backs of the glass pebbles with Sharpies and glue the magnets to them for a very colorful, one-of-a-kind look that you can customize anyway you want to. This is a great idea for kids crafts, too!
finished magnets
 
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9 Crafting Tools for Better Projects

9 Crafting Tools for Better Projects

9 Crafting Tools for Better Projects

No one likes crafting fails, but one way to make sure they don’t happen is to use the best crafting tools. Some you can make by hand, but it’s often better to spend a little money that will make your crafting easier for years to come. Here are some of my favorites. (This post contains affiliate links, which just means if you buy something from one of the links, I get a small commission. Feel free to get your crafting tools elsewhere, though.)
1. A good sanding block for sanding down furniture, distressing wooden projects, and making all your sanding projects easier. It saves your hands, too!
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2. A hot glue gun with a stand. The stand is really important, as it keeps your gun in the right position, protects your surface that you are setting the gun on, and keeps it always at the ready.
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3. An Xacto knife or craft knife to cut stencils, lift small pieces of vinyl or paper, and a variety of other purposes. (I carve tiny doors in my little wooden houses with my Xacto.) Make sure you have plenty of blades, too.
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4. A paper cutter for cutting paper, vinyl, and card stock. Paper is such a wonderful medium and so useful for so many different crafts!
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5. A metal edged ruler for drawing and cutting straight lines.
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6. Hemostats are excellent for pulling stubborn needles through thick cloth and for turning and stuffing narrow pieces.
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7. A Cropodile for punching holes and setting grommets.
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8. A pen-style holder for felting needles makes needle felting go faster and easier and is much easier to hold in your hand.
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9. A selection of good paintbrushes. I can’t tell you how important that they be good quality is, especially for sign painting and for other projects where you need fine lines. Believe me, the extra money you spend on your brushes will make a big difference in the ease of making your project and the success of it in the long run.
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Good tools pay for themselves. Take care of them and they will last far longer than lesser quality tools and do a better job along the way.