"It is Well" Wall Art

 Remember that huge empty space above our sofa? 

Yup, that one. It was driving me insane, so I finally did something about it and wrote about it on Crafting a Green World. Now, I want to share it with you guys!

What You Will Need:

1. A large frame. I used a frame that I found at a garage sale (it was such an ugly green!) and then I painted it silver for this wall art project. For this project, I painted it a flat brown and it looks sooo much better.

2. Sheet music or other recycled paper

3. Glue

4. Water

5. Scissors

6. Scrap cardboard that is large enough to fit in your frame

7. Any embellishments you would like to add. I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the letters "It is Well" but you could choose another quote or lyric as well!

How To Do It:

1. Mix glue and a little bit of water in a small jar/cup. I'm not really into measuring stuff when it comes to crafting, but you'll want it to be the consistency of soup.

2. Cut your cardboard to the size of your frame.

3. With a small paint brush, paint your glue mixture onto your cardboard. Then, start placing your paper onto the cardboard and "paint" more glue on top of the paper. Continue to glue and place your paper small sections at a time. I basically used the same "technique" I used for my sheet music desk, except for that project I used spray glue. Once I was finished, this is how mine looked:

4. Once your pages are dry, cut the excess paper off around your cardboard.

5. Add your embellishments. I glued my letters directly to the sheet music layer.

6. Once everything is dry, put your cardboard into your frame. My frame didn't have any glass or backing, so I simply taped my cardboard to my frame. (This picture is before I added my embellishments)

Now your frame is ready to be hung up!

I love it because I used items that I had on hand and it didn't cost me anything! What wall art could you create with items you have on hand? Get creative!! :)

P.S. -- I even made a sign for Crystal Padilla Music's merchandise table using a poster board frame. I didn't take an after picture with it all glued down (and straightened) but you get the drift!

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Quick Christmas Gift!

Last Friday was my best friend, roommate, and blog assistant's birthday. Crystal loves music (as you can tell from her blog). She's one of those people that can seriously play pretty much any instrument she decides to pick up. Her main instrument is drums, though. I know-- could she get any cooler? I mean, really. Anyway... I wanted to make her a gift for her birthday that was personal because her other gift was a gift card for Toms. I love gift cards, but they don't provide the personal, meaningful touch that I love.

When looking for a gift to make, I saw this on Etsy. I loved the idea, but I wanted to make it more Crystal (modern, edgy, etc.) This is what I came up with:

This project is SO easy to do. There are three simple steps:
1. Write the music term of your choice in a text document (I used Microsoft Word) over and over again. I obviously used the word drums, but you can put "music" if you want something general. 
2. Print and cut out the musical instrument of your choice. I used my Silhouette machine to cut out an amazing drum set that I bought through their online store. Again, if you want something general, you can print and cut out a treble clef.
3. Put it in a picture frame. I used a frame that I bought at a yard sale. I love the detail of it!
See, I told you it was easy! And, I used materials I already had around the house. Some close ups:

What do you think? 
Christmas is almost a month away and this is a cute, quick, and inexpensive project!

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My First Sale on Etsy!

I sold my first item in my Etsy Store last week! My sweet friend, Christina, bought these:

I wanted to make something special to send with the earrings so I decided to make a cute card and a box for the earrings to go in with my Silhouette machine. If you don't have one.. you need to get one! They are amazzzzinnnggggg. 

(Note: this post is not extremely detailed in how to create these items, but rather what you can make on the Silhouette, so if you have any specific questions, please feel free to email me or leave a comment!)

I picked these pretty fall colors:

I used Silhouette's template for a box (it is a free shape that comes with the machine!). This is what the program looks like on your computer screen:

You might have to click on the picture so you can see it clearly, but you can make the box any size you want by dragging the corners (like you would a picture). 

I used the cardstock setting and put it on "double cut" so that it comes out better. It comes out of the machine like so:

Did I mention it also perforates the edges that you are supposed to fold? Um... genius!

I folded it and added some glue so it stayed all together. Then I added two free shapes to the top (two flowers that I just layered on top of each other):

Then, I moved on to the card. The card is also a template that Silhouette provides for free with the machine. I just sized it to the size that I wanted. Then for the front of the card, I cut out two brackets (also free!) and an adorable fall leaf (that was the "free-shape-of-the-week" a few weeks ago). I added a piece of the same yellow to the back of the leaf so it popped through that cute heart!

For the inside, I just typed in what I wanted to say and cut it all out. It is SO simple to do!

I just put the earrings in and they were on their way!

If you have an Etsy store, the Silhouette machine is definitely worth the investment. I just love how I can make each item more personal by making my own boxes and such to send them in!

And, Christina loved them and sent me a picture of her wearing them.. which made me smile :)

I hope to have more earrings up by the end of next week so keep an eye out! You could receive a cute box and card too! 

Toodles <3