Easy Instagram Magnets

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Looking for an easy and quick gift for someone special? All you need is a smart phone and magnet sheets!

I recently decided to make my boyfriend a little something for Father’s Day. He was working, and his 3 kids were out-of-town, so I wanted to do something special that centered around him and his kiddos.

I have an Instagram account with many photos of him, his children and his Chocolate Lab, Matty. He LOVES pictures and is always asking me to “Print Out” the good ones. After much thought, I decided to make him magnets with some of my favorite shots of his family. It was super easy, so I thought I would share this little ‘how-to” with you!

These are the “Materials” that I used:

  • Instagram Account
  • Diptic Account (other apps also work for this part. PicFrame is another of my favorites.)
  • A place to print Instagram photos (if you don’t want to print at home, Walgreens has an app that allows you to print direct from Instagram onto 4×4 sheets you can pick up at their photo center)
  • Magnet Sheets with a sticky side

I first used my Diptic application. I chose the layout (under “classic”) with 4 square frames equal in size. I chose 4 of my favorite pictures and placed them into each of the squares. Then I saved it as a picture onto my phone. Next, I used my Instagram app. I chose the photo I had just made in Diptic, added a little Instagram flare, and them saved it to Instagram. I actually made 2 sets of four this way.

Next using my Walgreens application, I chose to print the two Intagram photos at my local Walgreens. They turned out great, by the way. Wonderful quality, quick turn around and they were only .39 each.

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Once I had the prints, I purchased magnet sheets at Hobby Lobby. I chose the sheets with one sticky side, so that I wouldn’t have to glue the photos myself. I strongly suggest this. It obviously makes the whole process quicker and easier, but also you don’t have to worry about the possibility of your photos getting ruined by the glue.

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I simply stuck each photo onto a sheet, cut off the excess magnet, then cut each 2″ x 2″ square with a sharp pair of scissors.

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The end result was a quick, easy and inexpensive gift that my boyfriend loved! I can’t wait to make more!!

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Shhhhh……

I’m really excited about some of the handmade items that have blessed our home this Christmas.  With the multitude of shows and on-line orders that I had filling my plate this year, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to make a lot of my gifts.  But that’s okay, as I am constantly surrounded by handmade beauty each and every day thanks to Etsy.

I wanted to share a few of the awesome handmade items that I have bought for Christmas this year.. and a few that I have received!  I’m not saying who they are for… just in case 😉

Someone I know is going to be sporting these awesome earrings really soon!  SevenPly recycles broken skateboards into fun and beautiful jewelry.  I just adore her shop, and knew someone who would too!

Recycled Skateboard Stud Earrings

I love these sock monkey cup cozies!  I have actually purchased two now, one as a birthday gift and one for a Christmas gift.  CrookedHookCreations has some of the cutest crochet items I have ever seen.  And these monkeys are perfect!

Sock Monkey Cup Cozy

One of my favorite shops on Etsy is OrangeThyme.  Rachel makes some amazing smellies!  And I mean that in the best possible way!!  I’m looking forward to receiving this cute little soap in the mail soon.  Complicated Reindeer is the brainwork of both Rachel and her 6-year-old daughter.  A sweet-smelling soap with lots of red glitter…. just like Rudolph’s nose!  There is none of this magical soap in stock at this time, but let me assure you that there isn’t a bad product in this shop.  They are all amazing!

Complicated Reindeer Soap by OrangeThyme

 
I was lucky enough to have an awesome Secret Santa this year through my Treasury Tree Team.  Erica of BisonGirl makes some adorable baby booties.  Here is an example of her work:
 

Owl Booties!

I haven’t fit into baby booties for quite some time now, but Erica found some awesome items from other Etsy sellers and had them sent to me. 

TNTees is a shop after my own heart!  TNTees litterally stands for “Trash into Tees” and that’s exactly what Jenelle does.  She makes  gorgeous jewelry, adorable clothing and functional and fun items out of recycled t-shirts.  You can see why I love this shop so much!  I just love my new produce bags 🙂

Recycled T-Shirt Produce Bags

I was also fortunate to receive 2 amazing items from DirtyDeedsSoap from my secret Santa.  The lavender soap smells so lovely, and the Chocolate Truffle Lip Balm is absolutely heavenly.  I don’t know how Erica knew that I was a soap addict, but I want to thank her and DirtyDeeds  for helping fuel my addiction 😉 

Chocolate Truffles for your lips!

I most likely will be too busy to blog the next few weeks, so I wanted to leave you all with my Christmas wish….

I hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!  Bless you all and I will see you in 2012!

Christmas Ideas – Recycled Style!

If you are looking for ideas for Christmas, why not buy handmade?  And if you are looking for handmade presents this year, why not buy recycled?

 

Here are a few of my favorite Eco-Friendly gift items:

 

These gorgeous leg warmers from SweetBriers on Etsy are recycled from an old sweater.  They would look darling with some black tights and cute pumps!

Repurposed Sweater Leg Warmers in Gray and Black Stripes

 

I love these book lamps made by ConduitPress!  This is totally on my wish list this year!

World Book Encyclopedias Book Lamp

 

How about an organizer with drawers made from recycled cigar boxes?  Check out this awesome three shelved wooden case from APKHandmade!

Chest of Cigar Box Drawers

 

These recycled paper ornaments are so awesome!  Kerri from TheRehatchery hand cuts and assembles each one.  I love it!!

Geometric Paper Ornament made from a recycled Christmas Card

 

I think just about everyone I know would appreciate one of these gorgeous gifts… Including myself!!  (not that I’m hinting or anything….)

Why I Love Handmade

“Handmade items appeal to trend setters, not trend followers” – Unknown

I know, I am bias… but I love to buy handmade! 

Handmade Bracelet by Creativity is Messy

I started to think the other day about all the reasons I would rather buy a handmade item over something mass-produced.  I was amazed with what I came up with.  I posted the question in a forum and received even more feedback.  I decided to share some of these reasons here in my blog, hoping to inspire others to consider buying handmade as well.

  • When you buy handmade, you are purchasing a unique item, make with love and care from an artisan. 
  • When you purchase something from the mall or a big-box store, you are buying a mass-produced item made by machines in a factory, or even worse, in a sweatshop with unethical work practices. 
  • Handmade items have a personal touch.  A lot of handmade items are OOAK (one-of-a-kind).  Even if the design is reproduced buy the artisan, oftentimes there is still a uniquness to each piece.  
  • Mass-produced items are exactly that… Mass-produced.  You could buy the exact same shirt, or bracelet, or picture, or whatever that a million other people bought that day.
  • Buying handmade supports crafters and artists.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t know a lot of crafters and artists that are rolling in the dough.  Not everyone can make it big like Martha Stewart.  Most of us do what we do because we LOVE doing it.  Not for the money.  I doubt that the CEOs of Wal-Mart can say they don’t care about the money.  I doubt that the reasons they open hundreds of new stores each year, selling cheaply made, sub-par products, driving away millions of dollars from small business is simply because of their LOVE of buying crap and reselling it to the consumer.
  • Handmade items are often made with quality materials by expert craftsman.  They usually last longer, look newer and better longer!
  • Handmade items can often be custom-made to specifics made by you, the buyer.
  • Handmade items are now easier to buy.  There is no need to wait for the next craft fair!  With sites like Etsy, Artfire, Zibbet and many others, you can buy handmade from the comfort of your own home! 
  • Customer service!  If you ever have an issue with the product that you buy, you deal with the person that made the item… not some person behind a customer service desk or even worse… over the telephone!  You deal with someone who cares because they take pride in their work.  You deal with someone who wants you to love the item as much as they loved making it.
  • I began my post with this quote “Handmade items appeal to trend setters, not trend followers”.  Be a trendsetter!  Be an original!  Don’t settle for cookie-cutter!  Be OOAK!
  • Buying handmade is cool! 

 And lastly…

I actually can’t give enough reasons to buy handmade.  It is something I am extremely passionate about.  My favorite reason is because I love to give unique, one of a kind gifts.  I love giving something to someone and listening to them when they say “Oh my gosh, that’s so cool!”  I hate giving something as a gift and listening to them say “Oh, I’ve seen these” or “I have one just like it” or “(someone else) has one just like it”.  For me, it’s like nails on a chalkboard. 

I had a wonderful Aunt by the name of Joyce.  She was one of the most amazing women I have even had the pleasure of knowing.  She was strong, smart, beautiful, talented, independent, creative, stylish… I could go on and on.  I always looked up to her – and still do. 

Joyce was the most amazing gift-giver!  She would get me some of the coolest, most unique items as gifts.  Not everything she gave me was handmade, but most often it was.  I use to look forward to every holiday, just to see what would come in the mail from her.  Even as an adult, I would get giggly with excitement when ever a package from my Aunt Joyce would come.

Unfortunately, my Aunt passed away 6 years ago after battling breast cancer.  In her memory, I have tried to adapt many of her life philosophies, but especially her passion for gift-giving.  I always try to find unique and modern items for gifts.  I always try to find  or make items that no one else has, but that fits the personality of that person.  I love to see the look on people’s faces when they open the gift and “get” how unique that particular item is.  I love seeing that look, because I know exactly how that person is feeling. 

There are so many reasons to buy handmade.  I am sure there are many I left out.  I hope that one of these reasons touches you and inspires you to buy handmade as well.