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Posted by admin_upcycle on October 5, 2017

DIY 5 ways to decorate your seashells

 

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

Elmers Glue

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. 

                                                 

Posted by admin_upcycle on September 28, 2017

DIY Decoupaged Piggy Bank loaded with Glitter

 

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 

 

 

Posted by admin_upcycle on September 21, 2017

DIY Mixed Media Decoupage Glass Plate

Mixed Media Decoupaged glass plate

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

Chalk Paint

Triple Thick Glaze *you won’t need this if using the dishwasher safe decoupage glue

Splatter brush or toothbrush

mini paint roller

Dye Ink

small stencils

Rubber stamps

Ink Blending Tool

Heat Gun (in crafts ) 

                                       

 

Posted by admin_upcycle on September 14, 2017

DIY Repurposed Coffee Can to Storage E Z Decoupage

This Used to be A Coffee Can! 

Not only can you roll up magazines and place them in here for storage, but if you use the larger sized cans of coffee you can keep a spare roll of Toilet paper inside. No one will ever have to ask you where the extra roll is because it will be enclosed in this lovely storage container. 

Necessity is the Mother of Invention and the Inspiration behind so many of my projects

That’s why my book is titled, “Upcycle with Decoupage” It’s projects like these that I love the most. I have plenty of napkins on hand, I have plenty of cans around and a very inexpensive project becomes something that looks quite charming and it’s functional! LOVE that! So aside from the coffee cans, you’ll also need some saran wrap, heavy grit nail files and furniture polish. *The furniture polish is to remove any labels and residue from the metal cans. 

Here are the links to everything else you’ll need. Don’t forget! You can do all of your Amazon shopping while you’re on my site. Let’s say you’re going to purchase the variety pack of Martha Stewart Glitter. You add it to your cart then think….”You know what? I really wanted to buy that gift for Aunt Martha….” Simply go back up to the search bar and enter what you’re looking for. You don’t have to only buy what I recommend and you don’t have to sign out and sign back in again. 

Don’t forget …Upcycle with Decoupage is on Facebook, if you like and follow my page, Facebook will notify you as soon as I put a new video out! 

If Any of the links don’t work, simply click on any high-lighted link, and enter the descriiptive words into the search. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

E6000 glue *clear                                                                   http://amzn.to/2f6abVi

Chalk paint asst.                                                                     http://amzn.to/2f6ERG9 

Martha Stewart Glitter Set                                                       http://amzn.to/2w8xlBM

Pearl Rhinestone Ribbon Trim                                                http://amzn.to/2x2k5xA     

Grey Velvet Ribbon                                                                 http://amzn.to/2wXCxIs  

Organza Ribbon                                                                      http://amzn.to/2x1Pf84   

Embossing Gun Kit  *image below                                            http://amzn.to/2eVD96F   

Maya Gold Paint  *  also in Petrol, Violet & Blue                         http://amzn.to/2x1LWxD  

Napkins (Link is just above napkin image)                         http://amzn.to/2wa3MA0                                                                            

http://amzn.to/2wXwS5f

http://amzn.to/2f78s28

Napkin Decoupage Glue                                                         http://amzn.to/2xz5ACH

 

 

Posted by admin_upcycle on September 7, 2017

DIY Repurpose Wine Glass to Holiday Candle Votive

Watch the video here:  https://youtu.be/J7AEMEklkP8

 

 

 

Decoupage Using Rice Paper and Dye Inks

So we had a party a week ago. My brother was in from Florida, I invited the majority of our neighbors and we ordered some Italian Food from our favorite Italian place, Mama Flora’s. I had finished all of the shopping for everything else, and then I noticed it…. a complete mish-mash of wine glasses. Some that were gifted, some that had been with us since the beginning, some that we got along the way when we needed more. I hated to throw them away, they were perfectly fine. I knew I couldn’t make it to Goodwill for a few weeks and that’s when it hit me, I can make VOTIVES out of these!!! I got all excited. Over the summer I took a mixed media course and we used Dye inks for all of our projects. We used a lot more than that but as always, I tend to try to figure out ways to incorporate new things that I learn into decoupage. I already had this rice paper (Calligraphy paper) on hand – I purchased it originally for use in my copier. Uh, no. Maybe it was just my printer but it constantly jammed up inside the printer so that by the end of an hours worth of attempts all of the pets had hidden in different area’s of the house. I knew I would be able to work with the paper in the future though-so today’s video was all about the rice paper and Dye Inks. 

Turning a Wine Glass into a Votive- Repurposing at it’s best. 

Using the inks I was able to create some votives to help ease us into Autumn. Amber, Rust, Yellow, Orange and some burgundy all went into this weeks project. While I don’t like taking down my summer crafts, the shell wreaths, the floral pots with summer flowers, and the ocean themed projects …I did love adding these little beauties to those new empty spaces. I simply inked the papers, added stencils and a stamp and tore the paper into strips. I then decoupaged those papers onto the surface of the glass. Seriously, this was so satisfying.

Go on ahead and watch the video and in the meantime- don’t forget that while you’re shopping through my site, you can order anything you need from Amazon while you’re there. You don’t have to sign out and buy the unrelated items by signing back in. Don’t forget that Upcycle with Decoupage is on Facebook and when you hit “like” and “follow” you’ll be notified every week when I put a new video out! 

Here’s what you’ll need: * Images are below the links

Rice Calligraphy paper                                                       http://amzn.to/2eJKKoJ

 

ink pad set (fall colors) * you can search other colors too   http://amzn.to/2wJjQWs

12 pack ink pad Sorbet Scoops                                             http://amzn.to/2wJcGkE

12 pack Dye Ink Pads Dew Drop                                           http://amzn.to/2wIPHGu

Large Ink Pad   * Angel Pink   *other colors available                            http://amzn.to/2wJewSE

Round Ink Blending tool *w/ replacement sponges                               http://amzn.to/2wJol3a  

E6000 Glue (with Precision tips)                                                                 http://amzn.to/2wbwdIL  

Heat Gun                                                                                                      http://amzn.to/2eJA7SZ

Napkin Decoupage Glue                                                                              http://amzn.to/2vME6ZZ 

Fall Stencil  (Stencil is 11 X 8 -though images are smaller                          http://amzn.to/2j5gGJ4   

Rubber Stamp   3 x 3 x 1 Fall Tree                                                                http://amzn.to/2wJBOIb 

Rubber Stamp 6 x 4 (best if working on Bottle) Mouse and Bird in tree         http://amzn.to/2gNo0si  

Rusty Patina    *there is a 2.99 shipping fee with this                                      http://amzn.to/2j4SneD 

All Color Glitter assortment                                                                             http://amzn.to/2j7Dckz

 

 

 

TRiple Thick Glaze Top Coat                                                                  http://amzn.to/2wJCNbp