How to Decoupage your own picture onto these craft blocks…
You can find the “How To” Video on my Patreon page here. http://www.patreon.com/patioelf
Now imagine giving this to a dear friend with a picture of the new baby, their wedding photo, or their beloved poodle. It’s a novel idea right? I saw the short video on Facebook somewhere. I think the video was all of 1 and a half minutes. Don’t you love when they do that? Make these video’s to make everything look effortless with a perfect outcome. That’s why we have editing by the way. You can cut out a whole lot. I tend to like to show you the ugly truth. You know why? For the same reason I like to see the real truth. I feel like I’m “less than” when I can’t quite do something as well as “someone” makes it look. I used to take stained glass art classes. Wow, was that expensive. Most of the people in the class were struggling like I was. We were all beginners. There was however, one girl who was doing simply flawless work. We were all amazed. Was she some type of prodigy? Was she just more coordinated than we were? When someone said to her, “Wow-your work is so much better than mine..” She simply stated, “Apparently.” Nice person right? It turned out that she was a stained glass artist who sold her wares in stores and shows. That’s all we found out but I’m not sure how. We wondered why she would join a beginners class and pretend to be a beginner. Maybe she just wanted to feel good about herself? But I digress, I love to show you when I make mistakes and I get an even bigger internal reward out of helping you avoid the aggravation I went through when doing a project. Just like you, I make mistakes, I love some of my projects and others I wonder if it “really” looks ok. I hear from people who know me that I am way too hard on myself. Since my Mother told me that even as a young child, (why in the world was I hard on myself as a young child?) I have to agree. So have fun as you watch the video, please feel free to show me your projects! I love that….And visit me on Facebook. Just click on the link here on the page to go on over to my page. Click like and follow so you won’t miss any of my work! Below is the list of all that you’ll need and don’t forget, you can do all of your Amazon shopping while you’re on my site. You don’t need to sign out and sign back in. Just buy what you want for this project, then continue on with your shopping, easy right?
These are the blocks that I used for this project.
Here is the laser printer I finally broke down and bought. The toner is more expensive than ink jet refills but it lasts soooo much longer AND it’s waterproof. Think of all the decoupaging you can do, think of all the transfers you can do! This was one of my favorite purchases of all time.
Here are the other supplies you will need.
Decoupage glue, I use a product called Collage Pauge, and I use the matte finish. For this project I wanted a matte varnish (or top coat) and I used this spray. http://amzn.to/2iZtYDX
however, I used that spray because I don’t have to worry about toddlers or doggies putting these in their mouths. A very good non toxic brush on top coat is this one which I use all the time and am currently out of. http://amzn.to/2AQJABG
Guess what I’m buying as soon as I finish this blog post?
You’ll also need medium grit sandpaper or an acrylic nail file. There are not a lot of supplies needed for this one. I hope you give it a try!
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
“Enough with the Candles” he said.
Last year I was at a friends house for a Christmas party. He showed me the room where he put my coat and I did a double take at one of the tables near the windows. He saw my face and said, “I know right? Enough with the candles! it seems like when people don’t know what to give you they give you candles-And once in a while?” he said into the back of his hand…” we know it’s a re-gift.” I had to think about it. I’m famous for giving candles because I love them although we all love our own favorite scents and unless you purchase them from Yankee Candle or another store where they allow returns, you’re usually stuck with what you get. That got me to thinking. I want to bring a hostess gift or something with me to parties or functions. I like to keep a few extra trinket type gifts on hand because once in a while you can either forget someone, hey, it happens….or someone gives you a gift out of the blue. It’s so nice to have a back up. So here’s what I do. I make these ornaments. I used to feel so badly about them being plastic and not glass like they used to be. But I’ve found that most people are just so happy to get something they love especially if you know them a little bit and can make something specific to their tastes or their decor. Here are the supplies you’ll need for this project and as always…remember that you can do all of your shopping while you’re on my site. I suggest you write everything down that you need or want, then click on any one link, below, say one of the napkins looks beautiful to you. Click on that link and purchase the napkins, then just continue to search for whatever else you need like you normally would.
Here are the supplies and here are the pretty napkins I’ve found.
Spray Paint for Plastic
Assorted Ribbons, thin and wide
Napkin Decoupage glue
Triple Thick Glaze
The links listed above each napkin go with the napkin below it.
Don’t forget…Upcycle with Decoupage is also on Facebook. If you go over and like and follow the page you’ll be notified every week when I put a new video out! Here’s to a happy and healthy Holiday season!
Why I may be leaving…YouTube
You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/qecbXY0BATY
This will be a blog post that’s different from the others since I am not going to just focus on the video and what you’ll need but I wanted to explain to a lot of you what is happening. I may have mentioned in the past that it takes 4 days to complete a video. I first work on the item(s) that I’m going to decoupage, that’s usually an all day affair right there, with drying times and all of the notes I’m taking. I’m usually attempting to get some housework done as I work on my video.. Filming the work is another hold up. I have to make sure I’m in the shot, I have to make sure the images are clear. If I was simply painting a piece of furniture -I could finish it in one day. Not when I’m filming though. That requires a whole different set of skills and it takes even more time up. I also have to edit the video’s when I’m done which usually takes a half a day, I put the blog post together, I take all of the notes that I’ve written and I do voice overs usually to explain exactly what I’m doing. I used to respond to everyone on youtube who had questions too which took an unusually long amount of time also. I had to respond to people asking questions on this website, and on my facebook page, all while wondering what next week’s video was going to be about. I am n o t complaining. I love doing decoupage, I love sharing what I’ve learned and the products I’ve used. Honestly? The pay has been that of a part time salary. if I was supporting myself I could never do this. I wouldn’t have the time and I would need a lot more money just to survive, especially here in NJ. The way you get paid when you make videos is through those sometimes annoying ads that you see pop up just before, during or after the video you are watching. Only when people click on those ads, will any of us working on youtube make money. The more views, subscribers and comments you have, even dislikes or thumbs down….is considered activity to advertisers. The bigger your channel and the video, the more money you make. Before I even started making videos I heard a lot of naysayers telling me that you can’t make any money on youtube. Only a few people can. (this advice was all ironically coming from Youtube videos) I knew that wasn’t true. I knew that if they were being accurate they would have said, “I didn’t make money on youtube, maybe you can.” Or “it wasn’t enough money for me for all of the work I was doing.” I also knew that these people were expecting too much too soon. I did all of my homework on how NOT to speak in a video….I’ve heard people cough, clear their throats (yuck!) yell at their kids, answer the phone, and one of my personal pet peeves, say UMMMMM several times through the video. I did my research on how to get found in searches, I paid for a program to help know which keywords to use. I learned all that I could. I finally got to a place where I have a much larger channel and a very good following. So much so that I had to stop replying to comments on youtube because it was just taking up so much time and I could not get away from the computer and the video’s. I took a break earlier in the year for a while, and it felt great….only because like an author who was under pressure to write a second book after the success of a first book, I was always doing video’s because I now had to do them. I had to get something out there on youtube. I knew that I needed to be consistent and that I needed to let people know they could count on me. But I was feeling very uninspired. I wasn’t wild about a lot of my projects. I spent a lot of my off time going over Pinterest, reading the most beautiful magazines out there, and looking over some of my favorite projects. And I felt like my creativity came back to life. But as I continued to make more new videos and I loved a lot of what I was doing….I noticed that the money I was making from the ads went to down to almost half of what I was making. I wondered if it had to do with the summer coming up. Summer is notoriously slow, naturally. Most people are out in the warm weather whereas the colder months bring people in. I was getting frustrated. Imagine working as hard as you can only to start making LESS money. I heard about something called Admageddon on Youtube but every youtuber that I saw complaining about it was either controversial or they had the most foul mouths. I’m not a big fan of cursing. I never heard my parents curse, and my Mother was always the classiest women I had ever known. So when I heard the larger youtube channel owners complaining I thought, “Well no wonder a family oriented business doesn’t want to advertise on your channel.” I thought nothing of it and moved on. A few weeks ago I got a notice from youtube telling me that my video was not eligible for ads and that if I thought youtube made a mistake I could challenge it. Only after my video had 1000 views with no ads would they then have a look at it. Problem was, most of my video’s hit that thousand on the first day or two, then the views trickle off greatly. Even if they did ultimately approve my video for ads, the very few people who watched my videos were not enough to keep me going on youtube. I was very concerned since I love what I do. My focus has been so much on making youtube video’s that I haven’t gotten to focus on much else like making more artistic papers to sell on Zazzle. I haven’t had the time to research how to put a slew of ads on your website and earn money from them. I don’t want it to be too annoying so no worries, if I do figure that one out, I’ll take it easy. The other day I decided to do some more research on youtube and what’s going on behind the scenes.
This is Fascinating if not Scary stuff!
As it turns out a whole lot more has happened on youtube than I realized. Use your favorite search engine and type in : Advertisers that have left Youtube.
You’ll see some huge names like Coke and Pepsi and a few of the major cell phone companies. Look, I’m not good with facts so I’ll tell you what I’ve gleaned from doing my research. There was apparently a company out of the UK who was doing an investigation about youtube and ads. They somehow learned that a terrorist attack was all able to happen because of youtube. The terrorists made youtube video’s and even earned so much money from the ad revenue they were able to afford everything they needed for a terrorist attack. This information was given to the Wall Street Journal and advertisers (after doing their own research) apparently all pulled their commercials (and all of their dollars) from youtube who wasn’t watching over their channels very carefully. I’m kind of annoyed with youtube because if not for the desire for money at all costs, they would have been paying more attention to the content. I’m wondering if someone is reading this and thinking, “That’s not fair, they can’t be all places at all times.” Here’s what I know. There were people who were adding ads of their own on to my channel. When I let youtube know about it, they didn’t care at all. I even told them that this person was putting links on my channel to drive people away from youtube, and that it should concern them. They told me that some people do this: They just sign up for a new account under a pseudonym and continue to harass, or make ruthless comments or advertise on youtube channels. You know what? That’s dead wrong. That right there means you have very little control over something that could be dangerous. That turned out to be dangerous. I could see if they had better controls and sometimes people slip through the loopholes somehow, but even I thought…..hmmm- so I could make up a fake name and go to the pages of those ugly people that insulted me and slam them! (LOL- it’s a little dream I had when I was first making videos and I had a few nut jobs say evil things-not just the perverts who told me to just take my top off-but the bullies, the ugly people – in short, the cowards) But I knew I would be doing the very same thing I didn’t believe in. So where does that leave us today? I’m throwing a few ideas around.
Charging for Videos.
So youtube sent me a notice a few months ago saying that my channel was large enough that I could now charge people to view my video’s. I talked it over with my husband and we both agreed. The reason people go to youtube is because it is all free. I know when click on a video and it tells me I have to pay, the first thing I think is, “There are 10 other channels who do what you do! For Free! Why would I pay?” I then search for one of the other videos. With what’s happened with youtube I’ve also got a bad taste in my mouth. I know that youtube would require a fee from me – so that if I wanted to charge for views-
a. You would have to pay each time you viewed the video
b. Youtube would want a cut of the money that I charged you.
c. Paypal (or Apple pay) would want a part of that money.
d. Youtube would almost surely start to tell me that I could not advertise products (or tell you which products I’m even using) since I’m being paid by them. I am not sure about that, but I’m guessing they would.
So….I want to continue to do what I do. Unfortunately I will have to begin to charge for the video’s but here’s my idea. I want to keep the cost as low as possible. I am currently looking into having a pay per video fee on my business Facebook page or on this website. The plus side about this website is that I may only need to pay a percentage to Paypal, eliminating the middleman (youtube) and there for keeping those costs as low as I can. This is all up in the air so I am hoping that I can get some feedback from you. I am going to make a video and post it on my facebook page to explain this perhaps in more detail. I hope you have liked and followed Upcycle with Decoupage on Facebook so that you’ll be the first to know when something changes. I am going to do a lot of research over the next few days so you’ll know something soon enough. In the meantime, thank you so much for sticking with me my friends. Below is the supply list and the link for you to buy it all.
So here’s how this works: Let’s say you want only one of the products I show in the video, just click on the blue link next to Maya Gold paints. It will take you to Amazon where you can purchase this color of Maya Gold paint. But let’s say you want hydrangea napkins. Simply click on the blue link which will just take you to Amazon. There you can order to your heart’s content. Not only what I’ve suggested but you can do all of your Amazon shopping while you’re there. There’s no change in the way you search, you don’t get charged anything different and you won’t even notice a change. The only reason I put the blog posts together is because I also watch youtube video’s and I know how frustrating it is when someone doesn’t tell me where they got something! I look all over, I search storefronts and online venues only to come up short. I try to showcase items that I know you can find on Amazon to make it easy for you.
Maya Gold Paints http://amzn.to/2xUoUHR
This color is Turquoise, one of the few colors I didn’t show in the video.
Martha Stewart Asst Glitter
Martha Stewart Extra Coarse Glitter
Napkin Decoupage Glue
Pretty Paper Napkins
Chalk Paint (Choose your favorite color and brand)
Nail Polish /Have some laying around? Experiment with them, You can also find some at a dollar store.
Triple Thick Glaze (paint on or spray on)
Sea Shells, if you don’t live near a beach you can always purchase these in a craft store.
Decoupage rescues this Thrift Store Piggy Bank!
I’ll be featuring a few Thrift Store Items that we’ll rescue with Decoupage. This little piggy is one of many items I have purchased from the Goodwill store near me. I love that I get a letter from Goodwill showing how the money from my purchases and my donations has gone to help people. SCOOOOORE…
I currently have a bowl where I throw my change at the end of each day. As I threw my change into it the other day I thought, “What am I doing?” At the very least I should have a bank. I have always loved piggy banks and knew I could make one a lot prettier than any I could buy. I could also make it to fit my color preferences-so can you!
I wonder if any of you have had a similar experience to what I’ve been going through. There seems to be a lot of upheaval around me. My spouse, my Dad, one of my best friends, all handling very frustrating events going on in their lives. Because they are so stressed, I have been so stressed. I only mention this because I feel badly that I can’t always respond to your questions or comments these days. It’s just me working the video’s, the camera, the editing, the projects, website, and Facebook page….I read your comments and I really do try to get back to you, but weeks like these, let’s just say they are so challenging…I think everyone will all be fine, thank God there are no serious illnesses. With all of that said, I’ll let you get back to your shopping and looking forward to a new project!
Here are the supplies you’ll need for this week’s project. I’m going to add a few links to some pretty napkins, the rest of the supplies are written exactly the way you’ll find them in a search. Since my site goes through Amazon, you won’t have to leave the site to get anything else you want.
Lettuce Napkins http://amzn.to/2xGYRp5
Rose Napkins http://amzn.to/2y9RGax
Magnolia Napkin http://amzn.to/2y9YCUT
Indigo Butterfly Napkins http://amzn.to/2fRPjyr
Jeweled Butterfly Napkins http://amzn.to/2wXHXiv
Other supplies you’ll need:
A Piggy Bank, if it’s porcelain, you will want to use chalk paint over it as a base coat. Same goes for plastic.
Napkin Decoupage Glue
Martha Stewart Assorted Glitter
Chalk Paint *background color of napkin and chalk paint should match
Small Curved Scissors
Triple Thick Glaze, (spray or brush on)
- May need Flat Back Gems
Easing into Mixed Media with Decoupage
Don’t be worried if you’ve never done a mixed media project. Mixed media means that instead of using paint, (which is one sort of medium) you are using, paints, inks, stamps, papers, glitter, stencils and other items you may want. I am going to keep this blog post very short this week since it’s been THAT kind of week. I am going to post the video very shortly and I only just now remembered that I had not even completed the blog post! I’m one hour away from watching my Korean Drama’s! I have to get this done quickly. But I digress….I’ll show you in the video step by step how to use mixed media with decoupage. I love that you can also use this plate as a hostess gift. Why bring a plate of cookies on a plate that you need back? Make a beautiful plate or platter and bring the cookies, dessert or appetizer that you promised you would bring, wrap them lovingly in some iridescent plastic wrap with a matching ribbon, and present the dish as a hostess gift. I’m telling you, your host/hostess will be very happy. What a nice surprise for all of their hard work. This project was made using images of Vintage roses and carnations that are my copyrighted images. But you are allowed to use them in your crafts to sell at craft shows or on Etsy. As long as you don’t copy and sell the images you’re safe!
Here’s the link to my store Zazzle: https://www.zazzle.com/vintage_white_watercolor_roses_sized_for_bottles_tissue_paper-256823821345302187
*that link will take you to the papers I used for this project.
So without further ado, here are the items you’ll need for this project. I’m going to supply one link this week, you can copy the list of supplies and just continue to enter those words into the search to buy everything that you need. You can also buy whatever Amazon needs you have while you’re shopping for supplies, you don’t have to sign out and start all over again!
Vintage Roses Tissue paper (see Link above)
Glitter Assortment http://amzn.to/2hkiHxh
Dye Ink Stamps, (must be DYE ink not pigment
Napkin Decoupage Glue
Dishwasher safe Decoupage glue *enter this phrase in the search bar through the above link
Clear Glass Plate
decorative Plate holder
Maya Gold Paint
Triple Thick Glaze *you won’t need this if using the dishwasher safe decoupage glue
Splatter brush or toothbrush
mini paint roller
Ink Blending Tool
Heat Gun (in crafts )