5 Inspiring Art Journal Page Ideas

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Today I’m in a soulful mood and inspired to make some art. How about some art journal pages? Great idea, great start of the day, any day. Actually, I make mine throughout the day, rather than first thing. Great meditation on how to proceed with things that are a bit stuck during the day. You […]

Linky Party Time :: LINK UP your creative projects!

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UPDATED NOTE Mar 5: …. For 3 more hours you can link up at this party. Later today, we’ll start a fresh new party…., with new features of the week. Join now, and/or join later… In any case: Welcome back! Thank you so much for your contributions last week. I managed to visit almost all […]

Art Journaling :: How-to Make an Artsy Envelop

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Are you /your kids having a ‘we have nothing to do’ day? Have a look at this video and you all will be instantly inspired to start an art journal today and/or to design your own envelops for Christmas.   Fabulous. The art technique of layering and layering colors and design elements are so perfectly […]

How to Carve Stamps for Pro’s + an Easy Way for Kids

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Art journaling is really not one technique on its own. It is a soulful pursuit using almost any art making technique under the sun, ranging from drawing, calligraphy/cursive letters, painting, using markers, decoupage, stenciling, stamping, scrapbooking and other paper crafts, ceramics and beading. It’s all how you put it together to have meaning for you. […]

Art Journaling | Scrapbooking Video Tutorial

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HOT TIP OF THE DAY: Last day to enter. Anthropologie Necklace Giveaway (knockoff)! I WANT YOU TO WIN.   Scrapbooking Tutorial  In this free art | journaling | scrapbooking workshop by Dina Wakley you can learn  how to make a really artistic layered tag.     In this free online art video, you will learn […]

Scrapbooking Freebie: Clock Faces

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I promised you frequent scrapbooking ideas and freebies here at FineCraftGuild.com and I’m sticking to that promise. Today, I am featuring what-I-consider-to-be fabulous free printables for you: timeless vintage clock faces. Actually, they were vintage watch faces. I love them. So unique.  Somehow they tickle my creativity! ~   ‘…makes a great kitchen clock, and […]

Free Valentine Cards + Font

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Digital card making and scrapbooking on the ease: here’s just the perfect Valentines font for you.  It’s loaded with hearts, without being frilly. Just what you need for your guy! Perfect. Designed this font specifically for Valentines Day. Jules’s a firm believer in making your own Valentines Cards, and so are we. She is highly […]

Calligraphy Workshop Gift

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I’m sooo excited!!  I got my first Christmas gift for the year from a fellow blogger and it’s something that touches my heart (or my soul… not sure yet…?!! But this stuff is soulful!)  Remember Melissa who made this fabulous dress, and gave us the free tutorial on how to make your own in just […]

Circus in Town

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There’s a circus in town!! It’s a scrapbooking decoupage – circus variety, in a tiny altered tin box. None less exciting!! I caught her eyes… The clairvoyant told me to come hither and tell me my fortune. Scrapbooking delight. 10 out of 10. The muse, the art, the details of this tin alteration projects are […]

Recycled Mags Waste Paper Baskets

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Want something to do this summer that’s both good for you and for nature? This sculptural waste paper craft will keep you and the kids happily entertained for a while, and is made with 100% recycled materials. Isn’t it the most gorgeous office waste paper basket or serve as kitchen display baskets? 100% recycled magazines; […]

PS I Made This

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That’s the great title of a great book Part designer DIYPart fashion Part lifestyle inspiration guide. I counted 27 projects in this book. All are practical and with easy (obvious) to follow instructions.   Sample Trendy Fashion Project 1 How to Make a Fancy Ruffle Shirt (Upcycling a plain boring white t-shirt)   Sample Trendy […]

DIY Postcard Journal / Calendar

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Pin It Need a new calendar for 2012? Don’t buy anything *. Make one yourself instead. Like how? Here’s an idea: perpetual postcard calendar / Asley from ‘Under the Sycamore’ showed this really sweet perpetual calendar / journal idea last week at designsponge.com, and I want to share it with you today, as it’s easily […]

Book Review: MicroCrafts Teaches Tiny Treasures

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I It’s been a while since I’ve done a book review, but this one is interesting. It just came out last week: ‘Microcrafts’ by  Margaret McGuire, Alicia Kachmar, Katie Hatz and Friends. It is published by a wonderful publisher, Quirk Books, who only seem to feature titles that I like, love or that at least […]

DIY Personalized Bookmarks w Beads & Jewels

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Step-by-Step Instructions 1. Collect materials: string, or strip of leather, or yarn or jewerly wire coverd in fabric,….. ~ or equivalent.. + pretty beads + tools to attach beads. 2. String them together, creating a long beaded jewel for the book bottom end, and a tiny beaded end-jewel to be topping out of the closed […]

Birthday Reminder Tag Board

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Absolutely darling is this scrapbooking tag board by Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy to help her poor memory in celebrating the birthdays of those around her. Best of all, she shares the how-to with us on how to make our own. source: http://jaimelyn11.blogspot.com/2011/07/have-hard-time-remembering-birthdays.html

Butterfly Prints

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Just added some great summer art prints to our Butterfly Crafts collection.  This gorgeous vintage butterfly clip art originated from a 1880’s Natural History Butterfly print (four stages of butterfly transformation).       Butterfly Craft Resources Collection How to  Make a Simple Butterfly Mosaic  (free tutorial) Butterfly Soap (for inspiration)

Fathersday Scrapbooking :: Dad Album :: Free Template

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Nope. You haven’t ran out of time yet to make something personal for fathers day this year.  Here’s Rose coming to the Rescue. Last year, one of the Fathers Day projects I  (Rose) had in mind was to share a little DAD book with you. It took me until now to finally made one for […]

4th of July Maps Clipart GiveAway

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I thought to share two great giveaways today for fun paper art & craft projects to help you celebrate 4th of July in the craftiest of manners. What better way to celebrate independence day with a vintage map of the USA and Lady Liberty holding up the American flag? How-to Use these 4th of July […]

How to :: Art Journals

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Today I want to feature a lovely series of videos on how to make an art journal. Millande from Millande.com creates page after page layout in her journal,, using all kinds of art making techniques that range from painting to collage. But best of all, she shows us how to just do it, hum-ti-dum, on […]

Book of the Month :: Kids Craft :: Klutz Kits

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Today, I don’t just want to promote just one book, but rather a whole slew of them: Klutz Kits. Their books are not normal books, but craft project books that often come with tools and materials to make the projects described within. My niece and I have come to look for their books at any […]

How to Cut a Paper Heart Doily

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Who said a doily has to be round? Want a heart instead & wonder how to cut a paper heart doily? Easy. Just do as you’d normally do with a circular paper doily.   Step-by-Step Paper Doily Making Tutorial 1. Fold a rectangular piece of paper over (resulting 2 long rectangular blocks). Cut the outside […]

Fine Art Print Books – Artist Interview

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Meeting a real artist is always inspiring. Today I met book artist Alison Kurke in the ancient little town of Civita Castellana, Italy. An artist: she does not want to teach the art of bookbinding, she wants to create. Fortunately, though, she is willing to talk to me today about how to bind books. She […]

Handmade Business Cards in Pouch – the Perfect Gift

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When I noticed these wonderfully unique business cards on a Medieval Craft Market here in Northern Italy, featuring quality handmade cotton paper and presented in leather pouches that were also made by hand, I knew instantly that I would make a blog article out of them. Craft Gift Aren’t those wonderful leather pouches…!? They would […]

Sunny Fathers Day Cards

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If your dad loves the sun and Mexican vacations, send him some sunny rays with this sunny Father’s Day card.   Click on this thumbnail for your free downloadable greeting card.   Complementary Fathers Day Activities : Make a Mexican Lunch Make lunch for your dad today, featuring tacos filled with healthy Mexican goodies. If […]

How to Make a Book Cover With Butterfly Rubber Stamps

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Today I’ve created a free paper crafts tutorial with butterfly rubber stamps. This is a craft that children could do, but one that seriously crafting adults would like as well. Rubber stamps are incredibly versatile craft supplies, and it is a good idea to create a themed-collection of stamps as well as color-matching ink pads. […]

Craft & Art Instruction :: Books I’m Currently Reading

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Today I thought to share with you the books that I like reading / am getting inspiration from / am currently plowing through. Most are related to projects I am either doing right now, articles I am planning to write, projects that are coming down the pipeline, and then of course, good old food for […]