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How To Resize a Photo

Friday, August 15th, 2014

How to resize a photo For Wedding Bouquet Photo Frame Charm.

I get asked a lot how I resized my photo featured on my wedding charm so I thought I would create a tutorial.

I used a free art package called Paint it can be downloaded for free here: http://www.getpaint.net/


Open A New Folder

Open A New Folder

Click on the File menu and select New.


 

Image Size

Image Size

A box will open in the print size section change the width to 1.4 cm and the height to 1.7 cm.


 

Page Will Open

Page Will Open

Your new page will open to the size of the charm.


 

Open The Photo File

Open The Photo File

Click on the File menu, select Open and choose your photo file.


 

Select Your Photo File

Select Your Photo File

Your photo will open.


 

 

Select Photo

Select Photo

Click on the pointer tool and then click on the photo to select it.


 

Copy Photo

Copy Photo

Click on the Edit menu and select Copy.


 

Select Blank Document

Select Blank Document

Click On The Blank Document

Click On The Blank Document

Select your blank document at the top of the window (it will open) then click on the pointer tool and click on the open blank document.


 

Paste The Photo

Paste The Photo

Click on the Edit menu and select Paste.


 

Paste The Photo

Paste The Photo

A box will appear select Keep Canvas Size.


 

Resize The Photo

Resize The Photo

Click on the pointer tool.


 

Resize The Photo

Resize The Photo

Click on the corner and drag the image until it is a perfect size.


Cut The Photo To Size

Cut The Photo To Size

Click on the cut tool, the photo will then be cut to the size of the document.


 

Save The Photo

Save The Photo

Click on the File menu, select Save and save your photo.


Your photo is now saved to the correct size and ready for you to print.

 

DIY Wedding Goody Boxes For Children

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Here are more of my DIY children’s goody boxes for you to make for the children attending your wedding. They are perfect for keeping children occupied during the wedding  ceremony.  They can be filled with lots of fun items for example colouring materials, small games, jigsaws, puzzle book or even a small disposable camera.

I previously introduced my Christmas range of goody boxes, including a cute Reindeer Box and a pretty Angel Box.

I have now released my complete range of goody boxes, they include designs for both boys and girls.

The character labels are available for you to download completely free of charge. Please scroll to the very botton for the downloads.

Children's Alien Goody Box

Children's Alien Goody Box

Children's Bee Goody Box

Children's Bee Goody Box

Children's Blue Bear Goody Box

Children's Blue Bear Goody Box

Children's Pink Bear Goody Box

Children's Pink Bear Goody Box

Children's Butterfly Goody Box

Children's Butterfly Goody Box

Children's Dinosaur Goody Box

Children's Dinosaur Goody Box

Children's Fairy Goody Box

Children's Fairy Goody Box

Children's Fish Goody Box

Children's Fish Goody Box

Children's Monkey Goody Box

Children's Monkey Goody Box

Children's Sheep Goody Box

Children's Sheep Goody Box

Materials Needed:

  • The downloaded  illustrations
  • Goody boxes (available on the internet just search for ‘plain goody boxes’)
  • Card
  • Glue or double sided tape
  • Scissors

Step 1

Download the illustration (below), filling in the childs name before you print it out.

Step 2

Cut out the illustration and then cut out a rectangle 6.5 cm x 7.5 cm from contrasting card to compliment the illustration.

Step 3

Glue (or stick down with double sided tape) the illustration onto the rectangular card.

Step 4

Attach the decoration to the front of the goody box.

Each illustration can be downloaded for you to print by clicking on the illustrations below.

When you have downloaded the image please scroll down as the image is location centrally on the page.

Please note the illustrations are exclusive to our website they can be used personally but are not available to be used commercially.

If you mention our free illustrations on another blog or website please credit us with a link back.

Alien Illustration

Alien Illustration

Bee Illustration

Bee Illustration

Blue Bear Illustration

Blue Bear Illustration

Butterfly Illustration

Butterfly Illustration

Dinosaur Illustration

Dinosaur Illustration

Fairy Illustration

Fairy Illustration

Fish Illustration

Fish Illustration

Monkey Illustration

Monkey Illustration

Pink Bear Illustration

Pink Bear Illustration

Sheep Illustration

Sheep Illustration

Reindeer Wedding Favour Boxes

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Each year at Christmas I make  small gifts for my family which I place on the Christmas table as  place settings.

I thought this years gift would make a perfect wedding favour for a Christmas wedding.

Reindeer Wedding Favour Boxes

Reindeer Wedding Favour Boxes

Material Needed:

Step 1

Glue the ribbon in a cross shape on the lid of the box.

Step 2

Glue the reindeer in the centre of the box lid.

Step 3

Glue the moss around the reindeer.

Your box is now ready to fill with christmas treats.

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DIY Christmas Wedding Goody Boxes

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

I have designed a range of children’s goody boxes for you to make for the children attending your wedding. They are perfect for keeping children occupied during the wedding  ceremony.  They can be filled with lots of fun items for example colouring materials, small games, jigsaws, puzzle book or even a small disposable camera.

For Christmas I have a cute Angel made especially for little girls and a fab reindeer which is suitable for both girls and boys.

Children's Angel Wedding Goody Box

Children’s Angel Wedding Goody Box

Children's Reindeer Goody Box

Children’s Reindeer Goody Box

Materials Needed:

  • The downloaded  illustrations
  • Goody boxes
  • Metallic or sparkly card
  • Glue or double sided tape
  • Scissors

Step 1

Download the illustration (below), filling in the childs name before you print it out.

Step 2

Cut out the illustration and then cut out a rectangle 6.5 cm x 7.5 cm from metallic or sparkly card to compliment the illustration.

Step 3

Glue (or stick down with double sided tape) the illustration onto the rectangular card.

Step 4

Attach the decoration to the front of the goody box.

Additional Ideas

The Angel can be left as it is or would look fabulous decorated with glitter or stars.

The reindeer can also be left as it is or to make it truly fun you could add a red pom pom for his nose or simply add red glitter on his nose.

Each illustration can be downloaded for you to print by clicking on the illustrations below.

When you have downloaded the image please scroll down as the image is location centrally on the page.

Angel Illustration

Angel Illustration

Reindeer Illustration

Reindeer Illustration

Please note the illustrations are exclusive to our website they can be used personally but are not available to be used commercially.

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Christmas Robin Cupcake Toppers

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Every year at Christmas I like to add a handmade element to our Christmas decorations.

This year I decided to make some cupcake toppers that we could keep and use each Christmas.

I decided to design some cute festive robins but I wanted to keep them simple so I could make them as and when I had the time.

Robin Cupcake Topper

Robin Cupcake Topper

They are made from a simple circle of brown felt with beaded black eyes a yellow felt beak and three layers of ribbon for its wings. I then wanted a cheery red fabric for his red breast so I plumped for a micro dot red and white fabric and to finish off I added yellow beaded legs.

To emphasise the details I used a black thread and stitched a back stitch around all the robins features and to make him extra neat I added another brown circle of felt to the back of him.

To add him to the cupcake I slotted a cocktail stick between the two brown circles.

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Reindeer Christmas Wedding Favour Jars

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

I wanted to design some fun wedding favours which are a little out of the ordinary. I came up with three ideas. Here  is the first idea.

Reindeer Wedding Favour Jars

Reindeer Wedding Favour Jars

They are simple to make and you only need a few basic materials.

Materials Needs:

  • Empty Jam Jar
  • Paint
  • Glitter Paint
  • Plastic Toy Reindeer
  • Ribbon
  • Snowflake Charm
  • Glue
  • Crepe paper
  • Sweets
DIY Reindeer Wedding Favour Jars

DIY Reindeer Wedding Favour Jars

Step 1

Glue the reindeer onto the jar lid. You will need a strong glue for this.

Step 2

Once the glue has dried paint the reindeer and the lid in white paint. You will need a paint that will adhere to plastic and metal, I used acrylic paint. Once the paint is dry paint again but this time with glitter paint. I used a clear paint with irridescent glitter flakes. Leave to dry.

Step 3

Once the reindeer is dry you are ready to decorate the jar. I filled the bottom of the jar with shredded silver crepe paper. I held the folded crepe paper together and then cut strips. Loosely drop the shredded crepe paper into the bottom of the jar and then fill up with sweets of your choice. I used Bon Bons as they look like snowballs but any sweets could be used.

To finish the jar I tied a red ribbon in a bow around the neck of the jar and dangled a small snowflake charm from it.

This idea can be made with a wide variety of childrens plastic toys and of course they can be painted in your colour scheme.

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Beaded Halloween Spider Tutorial

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Over the weekend I designed these Spooky Spiders, I thought they would be a fun addition to a Halloween wedding reception.

Spooky Spiders

Spooky Spiders

These spiders would look fabulous positioned in table centrepieces or hanging from candelabras or attached to your wedding favours.

Materials needed:

  • 4mm wire
  • Large bead (approx 16mm)
  • Smaller bead (approx 12mm)
  • 2 4mm beads
  • 24 large seed beads or 4mm beads
  • 24 7mm bugle beads

Tools needed:

  • Cutting pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
Spooky Spider Tutorial

Spooky Spider Tutorial

1. Cut a length of wire approximately 25cms. Thread two 4mm beads onto the wire position them in the middle of the wire and twist the wire to secure the beads in place.

2. Thread the 12mm bead on the two ends of the wire and position snuggly near the two 4mm beads.  Twist the wires so that 5mm of twisted wire is exposed near the 12mm bead.

3. Thread the largest bead onto one wire. Wrap the other wire around the back of the bead.  Twist both ends of wire together and cut the excess wire off.

4. Cut a 10cm length of wire. Wrap the wire around the middle of the spider to form two legs. Repeat three more times until you have eight legs.

5. Thread alternating bugle beads then large seed beads. In total thread on three of each. To hold the beads in place wrap the wire around itself.

6. Repeat step 5 until all eight legs are completed. Bend the wires to form legs.

Your spider is now complete.

Please note the spiders are for decorative use only they are not toys and are designed to be made by adults as they contain small parts which are unsuitable for children.

Please feel free to make as many of my spiders for personal use. Please do not make and sell my spider design.