Prepping for the Culture Days workshop

I'm finally getting to some craftiness this weekend. A nice, long bike ride this morning and now I'm ready to get to work. Here's the workshop I'll be putting on at the North Vancouver City Library. It'll be on September 29 and will be part of North Shore Culture Days. They'll be tons of fun, creative, free stuff going on September 28, 29 and 30 so be sure to get out there and find some nifty activities to be part of.

The workshop is being promoted on the library's website as well as featured on the Arts Office website. Hopefully someone shows up for it!

I was trying to come up with some ideas for easy and cheap projects to share. I decided to repurpose old travel maps. I have a few from my trips and have gathered a few from friends. Travel maps are great during your trip then when you don't need them anymore and they're super tattered - what do you do with them?

I have 3 projects in mind so I want to test them out before I present them at the workshop - best to work out the kinks on your own instead of in front of a bunch of strangers!

First step for tracking down projects - start checking out blogs and DIY sites for inspiration.

I found this fridge magnet tutorial on Instructables that is project #1. Easy to make, only a few items to track down and super cheap!

I lucked out at Michaels - everything was 50% off and then 20% off of that. So I went to town. I picked up 2 sizes of clear glass gems. Ideally, if I had time, I would try to find these in a thrift store but I'm a bit under the gun.

I then picked up 2 sizes of magnets...

And after years of crafting, I finally bought my very own glue gun. I'm actually excited to test it out. Hopefully it won't be too messy!

I also bought a selection of papers. They are so darn pretty! If I can get into the swing of things with the magnets, I can make a set out of this paper. I'll probably package these up and give them away.

After conquering fridge magnets then I'll be making cards and gift tags. I have a couple of ideas for the cards that I'm super pumped about. I need to figure out an idea for the text I want to include - maybe I can grab text from old newspapers. My printing, after years of computer work, is atrocious so that's not an option!

Other Crafty Adventures

I'm getting around to hanging more frames these days. Small tasks but good to get them done. I want a wall of frames with cork boards, mirrors, photos and prints. I'm getting there!

These frames need new prints and photos. Feels weird to have photos of somebody else's family.

I actually got some of my Instragram photos printed. They end up looking pretty darn FAB. This is a set I framed for my friend Marnie. Her kids are so sweet!

And my Instragram poster has finally been framed and hung in my living room. Love it! The frame was super cheap at Michaels and was the perfect size for the poster. I managed to hang everything on my own without any mishaps. Phew!

Oh and I found these cork placemats at Superstore last weekend. I have some Ikea circular cork mats I picked up at the thrift store that I think will be getting an update soon enough! I still have a bunch of vinyl for stenciling and lots of paint.

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