an easy gift for the canner in your life

Canning season is on the horizon.  If you are a canner, or you know a canner… this is exciting.  Personally, I have canned only under the tutelage of experienced canners.  This year I have a goal of canning at least one something on my own.

I recently made some simple canning labels for my mother-in-law.  These labels were inexpensive and super easy to make.  If you know someone who likes to can, here is a tip… make these for them, maybe they will reward you with some of the fruits of their canning labor.

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I started by creating a very simple graphic in Photoshop.  You could probably even put something together in Word or draw and scan, depending on what you have available to you.  I just wanted a simple border with a bit of personalization and space for writing.

Once you have your image ready, head over the rubberstamps.net.  This is my go-to place for custom stamps.  Great prices, excellent work, so many choices.

For this project, I chose to make a custom wood stamp with no handle.  For the size, I knew I wanted the labels to be able to fit the regular mouthed jars so I found these round labels for a steal, and I made my stamp to be 2×2 for a perfect fit.

Then I just waited.

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When it all arrived, I got to work.  Really difficult stuff here… I didn’t worry too much about having them perfectly centered, cause I always like a rougher look.  It would not be very hard to get them all perfectly centered if that’s your thing… just a little extra patience.  It was easiest to remove the backing before stamping so I could clearly see the edges I was working with.

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I thought I would like the white ink the best…  But it turned out that the black looked pretty cool.  They reminded me of little pennies.

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Afterward, I snipped each tag off, just into squares and stacked then in a canning jar with a coordinating ribbon tied around the neck.  And viola, you are all set to make your canning friends very happy people!

fabric egg tutorial

One of the first cards I made was for Easter of 2009.  This was well before I was taking pictures of my cards, so you will have to imagine it.  I cut a silhouette of a little chick out of patterned paper and adhered it to a card.  It was simple, and understated.  Much like these fabric egg cards from Martha Stewart.  This would be a great project to try if you have ever wondered about using fabric with paper.  I love the idea of coordinating an envelope liner to match too.  You can find the tutorial here.   It is pretty simple if you are an experienced crafter and if not, this would be a great starter project to try.

Let me know how it turns out!

DIY

If you don’t know what those 3 little letters stand for, you just might actually have been living under a rock for the last few years.  You certainly don’t spend much time on pinterest and you probably only read news or techy type blogs.  DIY is all the rage these days.  With tutorials and projects and the wonders of the internet giving us the ability to connect with it all, DIY has taken the world, or at least a portion of it, by storm.

Do-it-yourself is a great phrase that can add fun and personality to any event all the while saving you some cash…well, hopefully.

Those 3 little letters can also leave you feeling at your hair pulling out, wits end.  Frustrated, tired, overwhelmed, sore in the neck, shoulders and fingers and, often, if your a bride-to-be, in tears.

Do you have a DIYDisaster to share??  Please comment, we’d love to hear as so many of us can share your pain.

With Seven Layer Designs, it has been a hope of mine to take some of the agony out of DIY for people who find themselves in the situation of wanting the DIYTouch without having to have all the DIYStress, DIYTime, and DIYMistakes.  This idea is especially perfect for brides who  already have enough to worry about, and for those who deem themselves less-than-creative.  (though I believe that there is some sort of creator in all of us, but that’s another topic for another day)

This idea is still taking shape, but I would love to be able to offer services that range anywhere from “you give me the idea and I do the rest,” to “I do a bunch of the annoying stuff and save the fun parts for you.”  A DIY for hire.  I do your DIY.  However you say it…I like the sound of it.  Let me use my tools of the trade, let me deal with the frustration, and you still have the DIY touch.

I am currently working with a bride-to-be who has graciously agreed to be my guinea pig.   She was looking to save some moola for her big day, and was willing to do some wedding projects herself to make this happen, so we are going to see how a DIY option works out for her.  In her case, we were looking at a fairly simple design, I proposed that I do all her designing and print the text of the invitation (because, I know we are all about printing our own things these days…but this can be a real nightmare wrought with frustration and once you finally get everything all lined up where you want it, then your printer starts malfunctioning, and we have all been there, and NO bride needs to deal with that), but once I have created the proof, I will video tape myself assembling the invitation, complete with many detailed tips and instructions and then, send her all the materials she need to do the production herself.

Because each one of my invitations is handmade, the production portion can add some serious time to the project and that comes with an hourly price tag.  But, when you grab some friends, a bottle of wine (well maybe not too much wine), and have some fun, you can accomplish so much more for free!  Not to mention you are putting your own work into a piece of your wedding… the first piece that you guests will experience.  Call me sentimental.

Worry free DIY.  No scouring forums and websites for the best materials for the job.  No worrying, no wondering, no watching YouTube video after YouTube video of how to make a paper pom-pom or adhere fabric to paper…  I got it.

If you know a bride or someone planning a party who might be interested some DIYAssistance, please send them my way!  Now would be a great time to get in touch and see how we could work together for some one-of-kind results.

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