WorkWith 8×10 Canvas Board: Simple Butterfly Pencil Pouch

Good Sunday & Happy Mother’s Day ♥

Backstory: I have had these 8×10 blank art canvases in my craft drawer for months now but I am just not really much of a painter to use them for that purpose, that is. However, I knew that I wanted to workwith the canvas part of it and what I came up with is what I am sharing with you today.

What I Used:

1 8×10 Canvas Board

Ribbon of choice

Paint + Stamp ( You can choose what decorative material you’d like for your pouch)

Stapler + staples

Hot Glue Gun

How It’s Done:

Step 1) Take the canvas off of the frame. * The canvas I had, had staples in the back and I just tore the canvas from the staples with scissors. Make sure you keep the wooden frame because you never know when it might come in dandy

Step 2) Cut off the ragged sides of your canvas and fold horizontally to create a pouch like shape.

Step 3) Take the time to decorate your canvas now. * I will say that this step can be done before step 1 if you’d like, I just chose to do it at a later time

Step 4) Fold in the left and right sides and staple so that the canvas pouch will remain it’s shape. * It is my suggestion that you fold in the sides with the staples inward and glue the sides down to the back so that the staples do not show but it is certainly up to you.

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Step 5) Glue your ribbon onto the top of your pouch (the front side-only)

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Step 6) Add on any decorative material ( optional)

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You Are Done!

IMG_2757IMG_2749Sure, it may not be much but it’s something more than what it was. What I love about this project is that the outcome can be as unique as is the individual; you can use stamps, lettering, stencils, acrylic paint, watercolors ( I used), pop art, impressionism and so much more for your pouch. I just did what was simple to share but in my mind, I am just thinking about how many directions I could have went in, in terms of design.

♥ Workwithit: Make It Yours, Make It Work ♥

The Struggles Of A Craft Blogger

Rise & Shine, this Sunday ~

Today I wanted to do a different kind of post, like I do every now and then, and to share my personal struggles in being primarily a craft blogger. I do want to emphasize that these are just my own challenges when it comes to being one and that these things may not be comprehensive/all encompassing of everything nor, everyone but I still wanted to just share my thoughts on the matter. Here I go:

  • When you get an idea for a project, but you have to wait to get to a store because you do not have everything that you need:

I can not express how many times I have had an idea and that I had become so excited to execute the idea, only to be held back by not having everything I need to see it’s completion. Now, the difference with WorkWithIt is that primarily, the materials for each project I do my best to use what I already have…but every now and then, I’ll need to get one or two items to create a specific project. Unfortunately, I can not run to the store every time I need something or I would just be there too much..so I have to wait until the next time I can make a trip to the store, despite being on the edge of excitement and now greater impatience! I have concluded that I just need a store in my backyard!

  • The concern that you’ll run out of ideas ( also known as creative juice):

When I first started craft blogging, this was not really a concern of mine but over 30 post in now, sometimes I worry that I will run out of ideas which will lead to less posts –> less consistency —> less enthusiasm —> less passion –> deletion of blog..like all of the past blogs I have been through. Sometimes, I just sit in my chair and stare at an image or even the ceiling waiting for another idea to hit me so that I can keep pushing on and doing this.  As much as creativity is a part of what I do and who I am, I still do worry about losing it or just drifting off in it, like I have done in the past.

  • Creating things just for content, not necessarily practicality nor daily use:

Being a content creator means that you constantly have to be on your feet thinking about what to create next and as a craft blogger, sometimes I am just creating things purely for the sake of a post but not putting anything to use. Sometimes, I worry that I could become some sort of craft hoarder because of all the craft creations necessary for me to create but not necessarily to use for anything else past sharing on this blog. Thankfully, I do not get attached to most of my crafts and I have been able to let things go but I hate to be so wasteful about it!

  • The comparison game: if there’s not someone who is better at crafting, then you always in the back of your mind, thinking how you are one in a million who is creating and diying, why do my ideas matter ?

One of the hardest things for me has been to accept that what I am doing is enough and good enough for what ” I AM” trying to do. It is not often that I ever scroll through sites like Pinterest or even to use the tag ” Crafts” on WordPress because I have a hard time looking and not comparing what others are doing to what I am doing. They have better pictures than I do, their ideas are better than mine, their execution of a particular project is better than mine, their website/blog is better than mine……these thoughts go through me head and I just think why would anyone want to pay any attention to what I am doing…sub-par craft-making. Really, I know this type of thinking is a depriver of the joy that I get out of creating but it just happens more times than I can even remember as I type right now. The more I create here though, I am learning that no idea is exactly the same because every creative mind is not the same, but it’s a struggle surely….

Do you have any struggles with craft blogging or being any type of blogger ? I want to hear you in the comment section below.

WorkWithIt ♥

~ Bre