Darby Smart DIY Videos
Exciting news! I’ve been experimenting with video. I’m not a videographer. Not even close. But – I’ve been creating and uploading some pretty cool videos for Darby Smart this year. Darby Smart started as a company that sells DIY kits and I worked with them a few times in the past to design some fun DIY kits – you might remember the etched star glasses?? Trust me, they were super cute.
They have recently launched a really neat app that let’s you share DIY and recipe videos. By only using my iphone to shoot and edit, I created these DIY videos with no experience what so ever. They aren’t professional quality, although that’s what I like about them. Besides, that’s kind of the point behind making something yourself right? To not buy the professional version from the store but to instead put your own spin on it even though it might not look perfect.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure it was going to take off. It seemed like one more social media network that I didn’t have time for. BUT – as I’ve been being creative with video, it’s turned into an interesting outlet to meet new clients and craft lovers.
Here are a few of my favorite videos from the app!
Leather Stamped Keychains:
DIY Mother’s Day Mug:
Father’s Day DIY Coasters:
Leaf Backdrop with Cricut *giveaway*
I’ve got three rules that I tell my wedding clients when they want to DIY something for their wedding:
- If it’s a new skill that you’ve never learned before, don’t do it. Never tried calligraphy? Don’t try to to learn it and hand address 100 envelopes. Disaster waiting to happen.
- If you don’t have the time, don’t do it. Wedding DIYs often need to be done in multiples – favors, place cards, centerpieces, escort cards – are not one offs. Time yourself making one then multiple that by the amount you need to make. Do you have that much time to spare?
- Do not do it for the sole reason of saving money. Trial and error and mistakes will often lead you to spending more money than you would have hiring a pro.
Cricut asked me to design a project that a bride and/or groom could make with their Cricut Explore Air 2 machine that would be hip, modern, and impactful. Pantone recently released their color of the year, Greenery, and I used that to design a fresh paper leaf backdrop. The beauty of using paper, instead of real leaves, for this backdrop is that you can make is way ahead of time. Months even. Spend one night with Netflix, your ipad, and your Cricut to cut all of the pieces needed for this cool backdrop.
How are we going to hang this thing? It’s going to be dependent on the wall you are hanging it on. You can work with strict venue rules by using removable glue dots. As I’m sure you’ve found out, many venues have many rules about what types of decor are allowed in their spaces. A more advanced option would be to bring your own piece of 4′ x 8′ plywood and hang the leaves with spray adhesive. You could also sub in a large piece of foam core for the plywood.
Scroll down for the instructions for the DIY, more importantly, the info for the giveaway. Over on my instagram account we are giving away one Cricut Explore Air 2. Perfect timing for anyone getting married this year to get a start on your decor projects!
Three packets of 12″ x 12″ cardstock in shades of green
I use my (ancient) ipad with my Cricut. It bluetooths to the machine like magic. The Design Space app is really easy to use and functional. I actually prefer the ipad version over the desktop version.
- Download the svg file for the backdrop right here. It’s FREE. Yay!
- Upload the file into Design Space
- Cut out all of the leaves. I find that it goes faster if you are able to have a few mats ready to go with cardstock before hitting Go.
- Stick the leaves up on wall using glue dots or spray adhesive.
GIVEAWAY TIME. It’s the best time. The most awesome time. Let’s do this thing. Who wants a new FREE Cricut Air 2?
Hop on over to my instagram account right here. My handle is @MEdgemontDesign. To enter: like the giveaway post, follow me, tag a crafty friend, and follow @officialcricut.
Contest ends on Thursday, March 9th. Winner will be randomly drawn from entries.
Even more Cricut project ideas:
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
Cricut Explore Air 2 Review + Gift Guide!
It’s no surprise to anyone that I love my Cricut machine. If you’ve gotten into a conversation with me about creating, I’m sure I’ve talked your ear off about how it’s A) amazing, B) will cut through almost anything, and C) will cut any SVG file. Logos, custom text, one-of-a-kind designs – this machine can do anything. A time machine would come in handy right about now so I could beam back seven years with my Cricut and my ipad to be in project heaven when I was a bride. All I had back then was an exact knife and a loving friend to help me cut out the die-cut hearts I needed on every. single. invitation. pocket.
Was I crazy? Probably.
Crafty couples of 2017! You can quickly, easily, and WIRELESSLY die cut your own invitations while streaming every single episode of The Mindy Project. Of course, a giant project like DIY invitations is not for everyone. I repeat: Not For Everyone. The crafty couple that is going to bond over DIYs might be slightly masochist, loves a challenge, lives for a tedious project, and doesn’t mind using every extra hour of their day to work on their wedding. This was me back in 2009. And it’s now what other people pay me to do. Dream job.
Cricut sent me one of their brand new Cricut Explore Air 2 machines for an honest review (and to give me a reason to start on my gift guides). Hand to God this is the best piece of equipment that a home creator can purchase on a small-ish budget. In about thirty minutes, I went from opening the box to designing a custom ornament on my ipad to magically bluetoothing it to the Cricut to having a custom made Christmas decoration in my hands.
And, here ya go, my first gift guide for the 2016 season. It’s not too early to shop. Get your shopping done now and then you can relax with a belly full of cookies and nog for the whole month of December. Sounds good to me.
Gift Guide for the Crafty Couple:
- Golden Pen: Because all great crafters are only as good as their shiny, shiny tools.
- Weddings In Color book: Biases opinion here (I styled this book), but it really is full of amazing ideas for colorful, modern weddings.
- Metallic Vinyl: To use in the Cricut, you can cut out anything out of vinyl and basically personalize stuff to your heart’s content.
- Leather Pouches: To keep your supplies organized in style.
- A Tool Box: No plastic tupperware here – you will only be as inspired as your environment is aesthetically pleasing. This concept applies to storage containers too.
- Scissors: A must-have supply with a fun twist
- Cricut Explore Air 2: Seriously, you need this machine. My opinions are not swayed by free stuff. I use mine for client projects, personal projects, and gift making. The holidays are coming! Start your crafty gifts now!