12/01
2015

DIY baby photography: Up in the clouds

DIY baby photography: Up in the clouds – on carriecanblog.com

Every year I make my own Christmas cards for family and friends. And every year I try my best to do something original, quirky and  – let’s be honest – time consuming.

But this year the hubby and me decided to do something quick and dirty. And what could be more simpler than taking a picture of our newborn baby girl Merel? Well, turns out that if you ask 2 graphic designers to make a Christmas card, nothing is ever simple. You see, we had the great idea to take a picture that not only showed the holiday spirit but that also referred to our sweet girl’s name (Merel means blackbird in Dutch).

DIY baby photography: Up in the clouds – on carriecanblog.com

So something that says both Christmas and birds? A brainstorm later we came up with this idea: “let’s photograph her as a little angel inside a fluffy white cloud!”. Off course we could have photoshopped the cloud but nothing beats the real thing. So after excitedly typing in the terms “DIY” and “cloud” on Pinterest, I came across this great tutorial by The Farm Chicks.

DIY baby photography: Up in the clouds – on carriecanblog.com

A few evenings filled with balloons, paper and glue later, we put our very own cloud on top of Merel’s highchair, dressed our girl up in a family heirloom baptizing gown and reused some props from our wedding photo booth. A minimum of Photoshop retouches later (taking out the legs of the chairs) we had these wonderful shots. Aren’t they lovely?! I’m so glad we didn’t follow up on our resolution to do something simple!

PS: in case you’re wondering, the background is a wall of the baby room. The wallpaper is Squarestripe Pink by Roomblush.

01/12
2014

Free DIY tutorial: Advent calendar

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Oh my, I can’t believe it’s December again! Christmas 2014 will be a special one since it’s the first one for my baby girl Merel. I thought this deserved a proper countdown so this year I finally made my own Advent calender. I based the design on my new Gifts Christmas Cards which are available in my shop.

I thought I’d make this calender my very first Christmas gift to you, lovely blog readers, so I turned this project into a printable and DIY tutorial! Hurray!

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What you’ll need:

• glossy A4 photo paper
• scissors
• eyelet puncher and gold eyelets
• 24 small glassine bags
• decorative rope
• kids wire coat hanger
• candy and small chocolates

First up download the free printable tags over here. Print them on the glossy photo paper and cut them out with your scissor.

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Fill the glassine bags with the candy and chocolates. Fold the bag over, place the round tag on top and punch a hole through both with the eyelet puncher. Put the gold eyelet through the hole and fasten with the puncher.

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Cut off 24 strands of rope of different sizes. Thread trough the eyelets.

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Hang the packages on the coat hanger. spread them out evenly.

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Tadaa, that’s it! Easy isn’t it?

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10/04
2014

Free Easter printable: Egg & box DIY

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Easter is just around the corner so it’s the ideal time to get crafty.

And is there something that feels more like Easter than painting eggs? But if, like me, you don’t have the patience you had as a kid to hand paint the afternoon away then may I introduce you to my Easter printable? Ideal to spruce up your boring brown eggs.

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Materials needed:
free A4 Easter printable
– eggs
– egg carton
– needle
– scissors
– spray paint
– cake pop sticks
– spray adhesive and glue
– large piece of styrofoam

Tutorial:
Make one small hole at the top & one slightly bigger hole at the bottom of the eggs with the needle. Blow out the contents. I find it works best if you first puncture the egg yolk with a tooth pick. (Treat yourself to a yummy omelet once you’ve done crafting.)

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Place each egg on a cake pop stick (or any other stick you might have lying around) and stick into the piece of styrofoam (you could also use a more environmentally friendly alternative, I just used styrofoam because I had some lying around). Spray paint the eggs making sure they are entirely coated. I used gold spray paint but off course you can use any colour you want. Let dry.

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Cut out pieces on the printable. Carefully remove any paper wrapping that might be glued to the egg carton. Attach the gift box wrapper to the carton using spray adhesive. That’s one piece done already!

Roll the half circles up to create cones and glue. For the bunny ears, just glue the ends together.

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Decorate your eggs with bunny ears & party heads. Sit back & admire your handy work!