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Oh Snap! A Camera Strap! February 11, 2014

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This is such a fun DIY and different than most of my projects.  I don’t usually do much work with fabric, but once I saw these lovely camera straps I just had to create them.  The day after I saw them on Pinterest and read Natlaie’s tutorial on Design Love Fest I went to the store to pick up the supplies.  I actually put them together in January but hadn’t mentioned them yet because I had to gift them first!  Two of my friends have fancy cameras and I just had to make these for them.  My favorite part about these is that you can design them to fit your style.

The materials needed are:materials

Fabric Glue
Needle & Thread
2 Swivel Hooks
1 Yard Cotton Webbing
Painters Tape
Acrylic Paints

  Notes on the materials:

*Decide the colors you want to use.  I chose a black, turquoise, and gold {which actually turned out looking like a  mustard color}
*You should decide how much cotton webbing to use based on how long you want your strap to be. A yard isn’t mandatory.

Start off by taping the strap into a design you’d like.  Remember whatever area you tape over will remain the color of the strap, the rest is where you’ll paint.  I wanted the strap to be symmetrical when it was hanging around a neck, so I folded it in half so the strap was side by side and mimicked the design.

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I created one striped strap and one chevron:

design

Once all the tape is in place, start painting!  My straps were done drying after about 30 minutes, but I waited 2 hours just to be sure.  Then I removed the tape.

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Now you can grab your swivel hooks, thread the ends of the strap through and use the fabric glue to secure the strap to itself.
Thread a needle and sew a couple stitches just to be sure the strap will be secure {I chose a thread that would match my turquoise paint so it would blend in nicely}.  I also put clips right where the glue was and left these overnight to make sure they dried right.

swivelThat is it folks, you now have a lovely camera strap so you can keep your camera safe  and sound when you are
out clicking away…like my friends Lei and Chris here who sent me a photo of their camera strap in action!

leilei

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Stampin’ Up Some Holiday Cheer December 16, 2010

My teacher friend Penny is a salesperson for the company Stampin Up.  I flippin love to craft and make things, so Penny and I became close over my first 3 years teaching at our school (almost too close, because our friendship cost me everytime I ordered something from one of the Stampin’ Up catalogs hehe).  Some of my favorite days at school were when Penny organized after school stampin’ classes in her classroom where we’d make holiday-themed cards.  At first, I never wanted to give my cards away, because they were so cute and I had worked so hard on them that I was afraid if I gifted them to anyone they wouldn’t appreciate the full effort that went into them! But I got over that.  The trick was to find people who are also crafty who truly understood the beauty of each “work of art.”

When I got Penny’s email about her holiday classes, I knew I had to get the girls to attend one!  There were several that sounded good, but the date that we were all available was for a class where you make 3 Christmas gifts with Stampin’ Up products.  Penny uses some ideas from the company, but really creates some amazing things using her tools and a lot of imagination.  When we got to her “stampin’ attic,” we were immediately excited for the crafting experience that awaited us.

First of all, you would never believe the craft room Penny has going on in her attic.  When I read that we would be having the class in her “stampin’ attic,” I sort of thought it was just a cutesy name for a room she used to craft.  But I was wrong; this room is MADE for crafting and nothing else!  I want one someday: the walls covered in organizers with drawers for every piece of crafting material a girl could dream of, and any remaining space adorned with cards and projects Penny has handcrafted.  It was my own personal slice of heaven.

This class reintroduced me to the familiar feeling of not wanting to actually gift my gifts to anyone because I loved them so much.  We made a cloth pin that I swear could sell for bundles in a boutique, an applique coffee mug with an adorable paper-crafted tag and cocoa/mocha mix inside, and a set of elegant red and white stationery in a handmade box with a satin bow on top.  Everything was a joy to make, and the best part about it was that over crafting we were all able to bond and conversate!  If only I had a glass of wine in my hand, again, a slice of heaven.

Hard at work on our gifts

I think I can speak for all 3 of us Uncharted bloggers who attended this class on Tuesday when I say we will certainly be going back for more stampin’. Now I just have to figure out who will appreciate this next set of crafty wonder…

The finished gifts 🙂

 

 
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