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Lint roller printing – and my April showers scarf is in Reloved Magazine!

So excited to share with you my latest project for Reloved because my DIY infinity scarf was chosen to be photographed on a model for the magazine! Pick up a copy of the magazine this week to see my step-by-step guide to fabric printing using a lint roller.It’s a doubly-thrifty project because I’m upcycling an old tablecloth and turning it into a wearable spring scarf by using a lint roller to print on some blue raindrops. Well, if the April showers come, I want to be able to stay warm by wearing my freshly printed infinity scarf, don’t I??I was SO excited when the editor of Reloved asked me to post the scarf to be used in a photoshoot for the magazine. I’ve never had any of my designed professionally photographed or modelled before, so I was excited to see how the photos would turn out. As I flicked through the magazine, a rather glamorous and very colourful image stood out amongst the pages – I love how great the scarf looks on the model and it’s perfectly styled with a bright blue tee. Each step of the process can be seen in Issue 41 of Reloved so grab a copy (you can find it in WH Smith, Tesco or order online with free delivery) and you can learn how to print using a lint roller! Oh, and how to make an infinity scarf too 🙂


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Design & print your own DIY cards for Valentine’s Day, birthdays & more

No, it’s not too late to show someone you care about them this Valentine’s Day. You’ve still got time to post a card to that special person, you just need to get hold of a card. No time to run out to the shops? No problem! I’ve come up with a super-simple DIY project to make your own Valentine’s card. No craft skills needed, honest!diy printed personalised valentines birthday card epson printer craft tutorial-8It’s as easy as typing out a message on your computer and hitting print. I used Publisher to create my design, so pretty much everyone will have this programme on their PC. But don’t worry if you haven’t got publisher; Photoshop or even a Word document would work equally well. Just pay attention to the page size, as you’ll want it to be a cute little A6 card (similar to a 6×4 photo size) once it’s printed.diy printed personalised valentines birthday card epson printer craft tutorial-11You can print your design onto A4 card and cut it in half before folding to A6 size, or if you don’t have any card to hard use one piece of thick A4 paper folded in half and glued down to add stability so that your card will at least stand up. got a card-backed document envelope somewhere in the office? This will do too! Even an empty cereal box will be fine to print on, as long as you cover up the Crunchy Nut image on the other side with a layer of paper!diy printed personalised valentines birthday card epson printer craft tutorial-2 diy printed personalised valentines birthday card epson printer craft tutorial-3diy printed personalised valentines birthday card epson printer craft tutorial-6Once you’ve got your paper or card ready, you only need to Continue reading “Design & print your own DIY cards for Valentine’s Day, birthdays & more” »


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Get your art out there – affordable ways to promote artists & exhibitions

As you will probably know if you have read my blog for a while, my husband is an artist and runs a number of events as well as curating exhibitions and art projects. For him it is really important to get information about his art events out there so that interested people can attend. Spreading the word about events or projects can be tricky. Social media is a fab way of advertising event details to your followers, but what if you want a wider reach or appeal to people who may not have a Facebook or twitter account?

Leaflet printing is one option. Printed leaflets or flyers are an affordable way of advertising and for Andy they are the perfect way to spread the word about his events. A simple eye-catching leaflet is an effective way of grabbing people’s attention and showcasing some of the pieces that they will be able to see. You don’t have to spend hours designing a complex leaflet, I find that often the most effective adverts or branding are the most minimal. A busy, fussy leaflet would certainly put me off! You also risk losing the important information such as the time and date of the event if you have a cluttered leaflet.

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Here are a few tips on designing the perfect leaflet for you event:

  • Sounds obvious, but make sure the copy highlights your event or services
  • Keep the layout simple, let your message stand out
  • Think about your colour scheme – do you want bright, vibrant colours or muted pastels? Classic monochrome can also look stunning
  • Think about your target audience – will it appeal to them?
  • One last thing to consider is whether you go for a one sided, double sided leaflet or folded leaflet

Once you’ve come up with your design and found a leaflet printing company how are you going to distribute them? Andy has a few places where he knows they will be happy to put a few of his leaflets advertising exhibitions or events. I would recommend asking around in shops or businesses where you think your target audience will visit.

I hope this has been useful and given you a few ideas on how you can advertise an event. If you want to check out any of Andy’s work or upcoming events then check out his website www.Andy-Greenacre.co.uk


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Making large wall-art using A2 poster

I recently bought some frames at a bargain price from The Range and wanted to make my own unique artwork for my bedroom. The frames were very large carved wooden frames in a lovely dark wood that I thought would go perfectly with my bed frame. I loved the frames, but they weren’t being sold in the empty-frames section –  they were discounted in the ‘wall art’ section. The frames were the surround for an art print of a paris scene, but that wasn’t why I was buying them – it was simply for the frames. It’s a great idea to look in the wall art department when you’re looking for frames, because you can often get frames at a cheaper price, as long as you don’t mind taking out the existing artwork. I got a slightly odd look at the checkout as I bought two of the same artwork, but of course, I was already brewing up ideas for new artwork for my wooden frames!

I encountered a couple of hurdles when using my new frames. First of all, the artwork had been glued in to the mount surround, so rather than just slipping out the print and adding my own images as I had anticipated doing, I had to actually cut the image out of the mount so that I could use it as a surround for my new photos. The second hurdle was that the aperture of the mount was just that bit-too-big to house the image that I had planned to print out using my home printer – A4 and A3 were both slightly too small and would leave a gap around the image.  After a quick look online, I found out that I could get A2 poster prints of my images, and this would be plenty big enough for me to trim off the edges and would fit the frame perfectly.

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So I chose a couple of images of my pet cats. I know it’s a little cheesy, but these are the very first photos that I saw of my cats when I was browsing the Animal Care website years ago to find a cat to adopt. These two cats had to be rehomed as a pair, and when I first saw the photo of my little black cat I was smitten – and when I saw her tortoiseshell sister I was sold. I have loved these cats for the past five years since they came to live with me back in August 2008, so these photos are very special to me, because they are the first glimpse I ever had of my furry friends. So I sent these lovely photos to be printed (I also found out that I can get business cards printing with printed.com but that’s another story!) and they soon arrived and I set to work putting them in the frames. Obviously, I was going to lose part of the print because the frames are square and the posters were A2 but I centred the cats in the frames and snipped off the excess at the edges.

I love my new massive artwork, and I hope you’ll agree that they look pretty good in the dark-wood frames. I probably wouldn’t have been able to afford this size of frame normally, so it was well worth me hunting in the artwork section of The Range to find large frames at a good price – let me know if you find any bargains this way too! 

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Anniversary Party ~ Inspirations for invitations

I may have already mentioned a few times on the blog that this year is mine and hubby’s 10th wedding anniversary and we are planning a big party to celebrate! It’s coming up soon in August and all year I’ve been non-stop pinning photos of gorgeous weddings and parties on my Pinterest boards. Although I sent out a virtual ‘save-the-date’ back in February (to make sure important guests didn’t go away on holiday – it IS in August, after all), I’ve since been gathering inspiration for making the invitations.

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For weddings and parties, the invitation (and the save-the-date) really set the tone for the occasion, and give guests an idea of what’s to come. I obviously don’t want to give away too much about the party on my blog because I want guests to experience it first hand, but I wanted to share my inspirations for invitations because I know that many of you will be planning your own hen parties, weddings and summer shindigs yourselves and might be glad to get some  ideas.

I love all the above invitations and there are elements of each that I really wanted to use in our anniversary party invites. I didn’t want to hand make the whole thing, because I’m not really a crafty card-maker, and I knew that a couple-of-hundred invitations would take ages to make (I remember making my wedding invites, and that was enough to last a lifetime!). So I wanted to design something that could be printed professionally onto cards and postcards that I could then embellish with a little stitching – I do sew for a living, after all!

So I made a design on the computer that used scrabble tiles to spell out clues of what the event was, and I sent this design to be printed using an online printer. There are plenty of services that will print your invitations – check locally or use an online company like I did, such as Instant Print.

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When the invitations arrived, I spent a few hours (rather than a few days, if I’d been making them myself!) stitching on little triangles of coloured paper to make a 3D string of bunting. I hope that this gives the impression of a lively party and that it will be a bit more of a big occasion than just a birthday party etc. This is the wording we used, in case you need inspiration yourself: “We invite you to share a special moment in our lives as we celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary”.

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I’m happy to share all this now, because the invitations have already been sent out and everyone should have seen them by now!  And I’m sure you’ll hear a lot more about my party planning activities over the coming few months, and I’ll be sure to share photos of the big event! Please get in touch if you’ve got any suggestions for fun party ideas, I need all the help I can get!

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