Vintage Ephemera iPhone 6 Case via Shutterfly

Last month I attended a fun event to learn more about Shutterfly products and had a blast designing my own custom products and even crafting with them. So last week when I purchased my new iPhone 6, rather than picking up a case for it at the phone store, I headed home and designed my own to order through Shutterfly. To do that, I utilized scanned images of things I had in the studio- a vintage floral trade card, a little red-bordered Dennison label, and the tax stamp on the side of an old cigar box.Cathe_Holden_iPhone_Shutterfly_01I digitally combined the pieces in Photoshop, including a scan of my handwritten name, and uploaded it to Shutterfly. It took a few tries to get the dimensions down, as I needed to add some blank area around my collage to make it fall right into place within the iPhone 6 case template. Today it arrived at my door in their signature orange box and I am super happy with every bit of it.

Shutterfly iPhone cases are 50% off right now!

Cathe_Holden_iPhone_Shutterfly_02I really like how the image wraps around the side of the case. Be sure to account for that in your image editing and cropping so you don’t loose an important part of your design that is meant to fall only on the back of the case.Cathe_Holden_iPhone_Shutterfly_03Of course, you can use family photos, your own artwork or photography, and Shutterfly has lots of options for graphics and layout on the phone cases. Or, you can do like me and scrounge up some cool pieces to scan. Or, even better, dig through my FREEBIES page to find pre-scanned goodies to use, including cigar tax stamps, vintage calling cards, and red-bordered labels. I’ve included thumbnail links below.Cathe_Holden_iPhone_Shutterfly_04 The vintage rose/cigar trade card used in my iPhone 6 case design was made into a free image sent exclusively to all those on my newsletter email list recently. Be sure you’re signed up to receive an exclusive freebie from me with every email.

Cigar Tax Stamps

Cigar Tax Stamps

Vintage Calling Cards

Vintage Calling Cards

Vintage Label Images

Vintage Label Images

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Small Canvas Wall Assemblage

Make fantastic, unique wall art no matter what your skill level. Check out my latest project over at SC Johnson Family Economics to see just how simple and fun it is to make a unique small canvas assemblage from things you already have.SCJ-Cathe-Holden-Assemblage You’ll find lots of theme ideas to get those creative juices percolating. Leave a comment on the project post at SCJ- I would love to hear what you think and some of your own ideas!

Bonus: The vintage ship painting image used in my assemblage is FREE to you here.

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Paper House Luminaries with ButtonLovers.com

CH_JSIM_BL_House_Buttons_07In my most recent Inspired Barn workshop, attendees crafted and embellished lovely paper house luminaries that I designed similar to those I taught at last year’s Spellbound Event. However this time we decorated our houses with spectacular glass and crystal buttons and buckles sponsored by Blumenthal Lansing’s ButtonLovers.com.ButtonLovers.comCH_JSIM_BL_House_Buttons_01In previous workshops students were asked to gather and bring an assortment of vintage rhinestone, crystal and glass jewelry pieces to add sparkle to their luminaries. I also brought along a large assortment for sale that had taken months of searching, shopping, bidding and buying. So to have easy access online and in so many local stores for similarly beautiful new pieces can not only make gathering easier, the wide range of Blumenthal Lansing brands allows for so many gorgeous choices. And unlike most scrapbook embellishements, these buttons and buckles are of much higher quality for creating lasting heirloom pieces.CH_JSIM_BL_House_Buttons_02The ladies in both recent workshops used the buttons and buckles in many creative ways. CH_JSIM_BL_House_Buttons_03Buckles were slipped onto ribbon, or with bars snipped, used as sparkly window frames. CH_JSIM_BL_House_Buttons_04We used wire cutters to remove button shanks before gluing to the houses, or punched a small hole into the paper and slipped the shank into it, gluing in place to secure.CH_JSIM_BL_House_Buttons_05 Some students used flower shaped paper punches were used to cut out shapes that were glittered and buttons attached for additional bling effect. We decorated other sections of our houses with the glitter and finely ground mica flakes. Everyone made a set of three little luminaries and each was simply stunning!CH_JSIM_BL_House_Buttons_10Blumenthal Lansing has an enormous assortment of buttons and buckles besides the more formal ones we used, in fact they even carry many fun items on ButtonLovers.com  that are not buttons such as Boutique Appliques, Buckles and Closures, Button Art Kits, Buttons and Beads, Button Storage, Handbag Handles, Love Labels, and Photo Fabric. To find a store near you, click here for their retail partners. Visit ButtonLovers.com’s blog, community project gallery, Facebook page, and Instagram feed for a constant supply of inspiration and product promotions.

The Paper House Luminaries Kit is Now Available on Etsy for Instant Download!

CH_IB_Etsy_House_LuminariesIf you’d like to make these lovely Paper House Luminaries yourself, you can find the full Paper House Luminaries kit with photo instructions, and image & template printables for instant download in my Etsy store for only $10.

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