DIY Beauty/Fashion Collage

Hello!  So sorry I haven’t been posting for a week!  Oopsie!  January has being pretty nuts for me…and it’s going to continue to be like that all the way through.  I have EXAMS.  Yep.  Just to get an idea, yesterday I had a science test, today I had a science test, tomorrow I have a french exam, monday I have a french exam, monday I have a geography quiz, sometime in here I am going to have another french quiz, a french exam on friday, a geography exam the next friday after that, and then my other two exams on that next monday and tuesday.  GOODNESS.  So I’ve gotta get studying!  The exam that I have on Monday, it’s a 3 minute long presentation in french that I’ve been memorizing, so I have been a little stressed with that.  Oh, and then I start a new semester on Feb. 5th, which is my easy semester with English, Business, Math, and Family Studies.  Thank goodness I got science and french over with.  Haha, so I apologize if I won’t be posting very frequently throughout the month…I’m not dead!  I’m just…consumed with craziness.

So, what I’m sure you are here for…

My collage!  I have a collage that I made about a year ago in my room, and I am doing a full post on it!  I’m going to share my tips, and ideas, and a few close-up pictures of mine.

To be honest I don’t even know where I got the idea from to make one of these, it was so long ago!  And I wanted to say that I have also started making one with birds from Birds And Blooms magazines for a birthday present for my Aunt and Uncle…so they don’t have to be just beauty…you can use whatever clippings you’d like!

Here are a few things I’ve learned that I want to share!  These are just what I did with mine, but obviously you can customize your’s however you desire.

  • Make clean cuts!  Go around the image neatly and evenly to make it look nice and neat.  
  • Don’t worry about overlapping, but don’t do it too much.  When you get almost done, you sometimes will have some little spots to fill up, but pick and choose the right sizes of pictures so that they try to fit well in the blank space.
  • Try to fill up as much area as you can, but once again, don’t overlap too much.
  • Remember that you can change up the angles of things for a cool look.
  • All sizes welcome!  I think a collage looks better with lots of sizes of images cut out.
  • Even out the colours.  I liked to make it sort of all even, and not too dark in one place, or too pink in another.
  • Keep in mind that when you are done your eye might go to one single thing, and you want to be sure that you really like that thing.  Don’t make the focal point something that you don’t love.
  • Even out the sizes too!  Make sure there aren’t huge things in one spot, and little things in the other.
  • Keep in mind that if you are framing it, the frame will cover up the edges a little.
  • Do you want writing or no writing?  I liked an even mix of both.
  • Keep a large garbage bin right beside you so that you can just lean over it while you are cutting the images for an easy clean up!
  • If you are looking for really little things to fill up some space, you can use words you like.  For example ‘blush’, or ‘Nordstrom’ to fill out the little spots.

And my last and final tip…the most important in my opinion…

  • Make sure that you love every single thing you cut out.

That is what made mine so special to me.  I really went through tons of magazines, and picked out things that I really liked or that sort of had a story to them.  I really can’t say that I dislike ANYTHING on my collage.  This is what made it the most time consuming for me.  I always found things that I loved, but there would be like article writing over them and I didn’t use them…haha.

By the way, I did this collage in sort of two periods.  I worked on it for a few months, and then took a long break, and then got into it again.  I just used old magazines from around my house and a bristol board.

Anyways, enough with this, here it is!

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I have seriously gotten so many compliments on this thing!  I just can never stop looking at it whenever I’m getting ready in the morning.

Thanks for reading!  Talk to you soon, and please let me know if you make one or have one!  Bye!

DIY Ombre Speckled Shirt

Hey guys!  So I found a DIY a long, long time ago, and I don’t think I’ve ever showed you guys!  I am planning on doing it sometime, because it looks so good!  I thought I would share it with you now, with Christmas coming up, so maybe you could make it for presents!  They use hot pink with a t-shirt, but you could of course try it out with different colours, and a long sleeve shirt.  Maybe even a sweater?

 

Here’s a link to the tutorial! 

 

Thanks to blog.freepeople.com for the awesome tutorial!  I know I will be trying it out soon!  It seems super simple and easy, and you don’t have to spend a fortune on it.  Like I said, it seems like a great holiday gift idea, and I’m sure whoever you give it to will love it, because tee shirts are great gifts when you don’t know what to get somebody!

Talk to you soon!  Thanks for reading!  Let me know if you try this out…I’d love to hear what colour you used!

Bye!

 

PS, I know this isn’t a Countdown To Christmas post, but there’s only 10 days and two hours!!

My DIY Peter Pan Collar Necklaces!

Hey guys!  So on last week’s TGIF I showed a picture of the little DIY project I was working on, and now it’s time to show you!  I made Peter Pan collar necklaces!  Missglamorazzi put up a tutorial of these, and I was immediately drawn to them.  So, like a little Martha Stewart, I made my way to Michael’s, and got the supplies for it!  They were a little messy to make, and I had some downfalls.  I made like ten of them and only one I actually LOVE.  I made a whole bunch with glitter, but they are really stiff!  I’ve been a little too busy to actually test out wearing them, but from what I can see, they are going to be too stiff and too ‘crafty’ looking.  I made two with studs, and I am still experimenting with them too, but they seem really lightweight, and they seem like they lift up and kind of float around my neck…maybe some tape stuck to my shirt…?  Haha, but out of them all, one turned out AMAZING!  I feel like it was $600 at Chanel or something!  I got so many compliments on it the day I wore it to school, and it’s really cool being able to say that you made it.  I have a whole ton of supplies to make these things, so I am still going to experiment on how to make them just right.  I didn’t feel like doing a tutorial on them would be necessary  because missglamorazzi did it, and that is exactly where I made mine from.

For my favourite, you need beige felt, beige ribbon, tacky glue (or just really thick glue in general), pearl beads, scissors, and a cutout of the collar shape.  Here’s the tutorial that explains everything really well:

And, I just have a couple of tips from my experience that I wanted to share with you! (all referring to the pearl one):

  • Make sure to cut off the top of your glue, don’t twist off the cap and use a brush.  The brush will stick to all of the beads that are already placed on the felt, and pick them all up off of it.  Just squeeze the glue out of the top in the areas that you need, and if they aren’t too small, spread them out with a brush.  I didn’t know that I had to cut off the top part of my glue, I just thought mine was broken!  I personally outlined my collar with the beads (just like she did), and then when I had to put the glue all around them on the inside, I used a brush and the beads that were already placed on the outside rim stuck to the brush and came off.  In other words, don’t use a brush for this one!
  • Use lots of glue!  Some of the beads will probably come off and you will have to reglue them like me, so just use a lot at start.
  • Make sure the entire surface of the felt is coated with glue, so the beads all stick.  No shortages!
  • Put lots of coats of glue on the ribbon.  The collar is a little heavy, and you don’t want it to fall off when you’re wearing it.
  • If you don’t want to print off the template, just trace it on your computer screen!  Obviously very lightly because you don’t want to damage your screen!!  I just very quickly did a little sketchy trace, and then kind of polished it just by freehand, and then cut it out.

Now, referring to the glitter ones:

  • Don’t use too much glitter, you’ll be surprised.
  • Use wax paper!  If you get some on the wax paper when applying the glitter, just dump it back into the bowl and use it again.
  • Know that this is a messy project.
  • Before removing the collar from craft area, tap it to make sure ALL the excess glitter comes off.
  • GET THE FREAKING TIPS WITH GLUE.  PLEASE.  I had this issue so many times that I had to make a new one.  The glitter does not adhere to the tips unless they are very SERIOUSLY coated.  If you don’t coat them, they look ridiculous.  It didn’t really show in the video, but oh my gosh, please beware!  Do it the first time, because once the glitter is already on the whole thing, applying glue to the tips again just makes it all lumpy and doesn’t even work!  Along with this, pick a colour of felt that goes with the glitterso that if some felt does show through, it won’t be that noticeable!
  • Once again, use lots of glue on the ribbons.
  • Remember that you can mix glitters to make it look kinda cool.  I may attempt to do an ombre one in the future!

I think that’s about it for my tips!  The studded ones were easy, just very time consuming!  Oh, and if you are sneaky you can get two out of one piece of felt!  So if I find out a way to wear my other ones, I will show them in OOTDs.  But for now, I am just going to show you the one that I love (which by the way, I just wear it with a plain beige long sleeve shirt), and the pic I showed last Friday.

A little ridiculous you may say?

 

Thanks to missglamorazzi (my favourite youtuber) for the tutorial and video!  Talk to you guys in like a second with another post!  Bye!

DIY Heart Sweaters

Heart sweaters are a HUGE trend this year, and I found an amazing DIY of how to do one!

 

If you’d like to see the post I did on DIY sparkle heart sweaters (the one on the left), click here!

*Pictures from here and here*

So I’ve been watching a lot of Stilababe09’s videos (or Meredith) and saw that she did an AMAZING DIY of these.  I was THRILLED, because I have wanted a Wildfox Couture Baggy Beach Jumper with a heart for about a year now, ever since they became really popular.  Anyways, I absolutely ADORE this video, because there are no special tips and tricks that are difficult, no sewing, and not a lot of products to use.  And, they are completely customizable, you can pick your colours, and shape.

Here’s her video!

 

 

Thank you to Meredith!  Let me know if you guys try this out!  I’ll let you know when I do!  *Hint hint: early Christmas presents!*

 

DIY Peter Pan Collar

Peter Pan collar tops are HUGE for Fall this year, and there the new thing is a detachable collar.  This allows you to put the collar over any top and give the illusion that you are wearing a super trendy shirt.  These collars are all over the internet right now, so I thought I’d link some for you!

Louis Vuitton inspired, by Honestly WTF

Black with pearls, by Born In ’82

Leather collar, by This Chick Got Style

Black polka dots, by BYOV (picture below)

 

 

 

Thanks for reading!  Let me know if you try this!  What do you think of this trend?

Click here to see my other DIYs!

 

*Pictures from here and here*

DIY Wildfox Couture Baggy Beach Jumper

Hello!  I’m on a roll today!  I was checking craftgawker, and I found something that I had to share with you guys.  So a not long ago I did a post on Taylor Swift’s Wildfox Jumper, and hey, I just found a DIY on the exact one!

Taylor Swift heart sweater

Click here to see the tutorial!  Thanks to Sarah from Tulle and Trinkets for the DIY!

It looks like all you have to do is mix glitter with mod podge and paste it on!  Get this sweater for a fraction of the price!

Thanks for reading!  Talk to you soon!

*Picture from here*