DIY Beach-Inspired Bracelets

DIY beach-inspired bracelets

I am so excited that summer is coming! So, for this Make Something Mondays DIY craft, I decided to make beach-inspired bracelets. I found some really cute beachy charms, like a flower, anchor, and old-style ship wheel and attached them to some smaller chains.

It didn’t take much more than 15 minutes, and they look adorable. I think I’m going to make some anklets for the beach this summer, too.

 

DIY bracelet materials

Things You Will Need:
Clasps
Chains
Charms
Pliers*

*Optional items

 

bracelet flower charm

Step 1
Attach your charm to each side of the bracelet chain so it is centered.

 

bracelet clasps

Step 2
Attach your clasps at the ends of your chain.

 

DIY beach-inspired bracelets

You should have something that looks like the above image. Very beachy!

If you try to make them, let me know how it goes and be sure to send me pictures! I love seeing the crafts you make.

I had a lot of fun making them.

Happy crafting!

 

What Do You Want to See

I’ve been getting hits on a lot of odd pages lately and it has me confused. A year ago I was confident that I knew exactly what my followers and readers enjoyed, but now I’m not entirely sure. So, I want to know what you prefer.

By voting in the poll below, you give me a better idea of what types of posts you like to see and I can give you more of that. The poll will be open for 1 week and the results will be final.

Thank you to everyone who votes! You input is always appreciated. Leave me some comments if you want to see something that I don’t have listed. I’d love to hear it!

Guest Post: Beginner Card Making 101 by HafsaCreates

Hello! My weekend has been very busy ad I did not have time to make a craft today 😦 this is only the second time I’ve missed a Make Something Mondays in 3.5 years. Makes me sad.

Anyway, I wanted to give you a replacement and I found this great beginner card making tutorial that I thought you would all enjoy. Let me know what you think!

Olive Tree Life

Handmade cards can add such a meaningful touch to a gift.  It means that you took the time out to make something personal just for the recipient.  I know I feel extra special when I receive a handmade, handwritten card!  So today, I’m so excited to share with you a quick and easy way to create your very own card!  This tutorial is by the creative Hafsa Taher of HafsaCreates.  You should also check out her Etsy shop for unique handmade cards which she makes herself.  They are beautiful!

So, I’ll hand the mic over to Hafsa to show us this beginner cardmaking project that anyone can make…

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If you’ve done any crafts – any at all- then you already know how to make cards. A lot of the techniques you used in school crafts can be used in card making.

To make cards, the basic supplies you’ll need are:

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Where to Find Creative Inspiration on the Web

Last week, I wrote an article on how to beat creative block. From that article, I got a lot of questions about where I look for inspiration. That is a good question. Aside from going for a walk or talking to someone else, I get creative inspiration from other people. There is a pool of artists and designers out there who upload their work and ideas to websites and forums. But, which are the best ones to browse when you’re stuck in a rut? I’ve compiled some of my favorites for you.

For Design Inspiration

I Love Typography

i love typography

I go to this blog when I’m going through a font phase. Most designers drool over fonts on a regular basis, but I get in moods. Whether you realize it or not, font has a very important role in our everyday lives. You might overlook an ad just because the font doesn’t match the design. You’ll notice it when you see one designed by someone who has no idea what they are doing. All of the designers in crowd will be like “That doesn’t fit with those curves at all! They should’ve used Futura instead”, or something along those lines. This is a great place to learn about fonts and to discover new ones.

The Matboard

The Matboard

The Matboard is like a mixture between Behance and Pinterest. It is one of the greatest sites ever for creative inspiration. You can upload work, browse work, and network with other designers. When  can’t find something art related on Pinterest, this is my go-to site. It really is fantastic for all types of project inspiration.

Behance

Behance

I know, this is a common one. But you have to remember that it is common because it is GOOD. You can find all kinds of creative projects on here whether you are looking for graphic design, illustration or website projects, Behance has it all. I also enjoy the project shuffle filter that gives you random projects that you might like. It is also a good way to find a creative company if you are looking to get some marketing materials made.

For logo Inspiration

LogoPond

LogoPond for logo design inspiration

LogoPond has always been one of my favorite sites for logo inspiration. Every design on that site is clean and and thought out. It isn’t just a dump of work. The site is organized and highly functional, just how I like it.

Random Inspiration

StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is bookmarking site. You can designate your interests and it will show you information based on your likes. When you go to a site through StumbleUpon, you can choose to like it or dislike it. Over time, the site learns what you like over what you dislike, and can show you articles or websites based on your interests. You can also add sites or articles to the StumbleUpon. It will ask you for the URL, some keywords, a category that it fits in, and a description. This way, it can share that page with other users that have the same interests as you do. It is pretty cool. I use this one when I’m bored, mostly (which isn’t as often as I would like it to be). But it is also very helpful for finding inspiration on a specific topic.

Pinterest

Pinterest

Go ahead and yell at me if you feel the need to, but I LOVE Pinterest. It doesn’t matter what I am looking for, I can always find it here. Sometimes, I just go there for color palettes. It sounds strange, but just looking at the screen shot above, I can pick out fun and new ones. I love it!

When you’ve hit a wall and you need some inspiration where do you go? What do you do? I want to hear about the sites you visit when you’ve hit a wall.

Mason Jars!

I am loving these adorable knitted cozies to decorate mason jars! I’m not a knitter, but I do like the creative aspect! There’s a free pattern and everything. If this is your kind of decor, why wouldn’t you do it??

The Knitting Neurotic

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Folks in the Deep South drink from these. I know I did as a gal. But as we grow older we shed our former selves and strive toward sophistication. We drink coffee from expensive chain cafés, wear polo shirts with little alligators on them, and our mason jars? We knit cute cozies and put sticks in ’em!

Of course you can still down an Arnold Palmer from yours if you want but why when you can make it into a modern vase with a touch of whimsy?

A free knitting pattern perfect for Spring. Score! Not a fan of well positioned tree limbs in your jar? How about some agapanthus blooms or tiger lilies? Could be beautiful, right? Now hop to it!

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DIY Fitness Motivation Board

DIY fitness motivation board

In January, everyone decides to sign up for a gym membership to lose weight or “get fit” and it drives me nuts, because the gyms are packed for about 3 months. Every March they start to clear out again because about half of those people seem to lose their motivation to get there. I can relate to that though. Fitness is 100% mental for me, and for many others. Doing the work isn’t the hard part, but getting to the gym is. I never made a New Years resolution to lose weight or get fit. That is not my issue. I’ve been going to the gym for a long time now, but getting the motivation to go to the gym is where I struggle.

I’m a busy person, like many of you. But we all need to remember that we need to make time for the things we want to do. That is the bottom line. Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves of our goals and why we set them. So, this is why, for this week’s Make Something Mondays project, I decided to make my own fitness motivation board. This board is going to remind me of my goals so that I can make better choices to help me reach those goals.

fitness motivation materials

Things You Will Need:
Tape
Thumb tacs
Cork board
Motivational images or quotes

fitness motivation

Step 1:
Gather your motivational images and cut them out. I chose images that represented my goals, had motivational quotes, and funny images to keep the humor when I’m burnt out. Pick whatever images make you respond the most. Something that is going to get you off of the couch.

arranging motivational images on boards

Step 2:
Organize your images to fit on your cork board. I picked up my boards from Michael’s and got 4 separate boards in one pack so I organized my images to fit in sections.

motivation board with meal organizer

Step 3:
Hang it up on the wall as a reminder.

I also added a marker board for meal prep. I’ve decided that preparing meals in advance will save a lot of time during the week, and who doesn’t need that? I’ll let you know if that works out for me.

DIY fitness motivation board

There is quite a variety of athletic goals on my board. I’m very exciting to meet those goals and replace the old images with new ones. I think the yoga goals will be the hardest to meet. I have others representing running, a Tough Mudder, and lifting goals. I think my favorite humorous image is the fat monkey that says “didn’t run today”. Ha!
If you are interested in putting together a fitness motivation board, you can find A TON if images on Pinterest to get you started. If you want some of the images I have in my tutorial, you can check out my Fitness board. It is shameful how many images I have on there… so don’t make fun 😉
Happy crafting!