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October 29 2013


Vintage Art by Summit Avenue

Joell Norberg of Summit Avenue is an artist, vintage junk collector & designer of templates & graphics for creative people. You can find her eclectic mix of work on Creative Market, where you'll find gorgeous designs, such as vintage flowers, ribbons, beautiful backgrounds and more. Be sure to check out the vintage holiday digital papers. They are fabulous!

Laurels and Wreaths

This pretty set of laurel branches, wreaths & divider designs are perfect for using in scrapbooking, invitations, websites/blogs, logo design and lots of other creative applications.

Vintage Lace Borders

Here you'll find some pretty lace borders to decorate your favorite projects. These are perfect for blog dividers & decorations, page layouts, crafts, albums and photo frames!

Think Spring Digital Art

This fresh set of organic, hand drawn designs & word art will have you feeling happy spring time thoughts in no time!

Vintage Doodle Frames

A delightful set of hand drawn frames are perfect for any picture.

Divine Vintage Paper Frames

Chalkboard Facebook Tabs and Web Icons

Make your Timeline stand out and look more professional with custom App Buttons! These are also great to use as social icons on your blog or website.

Vintage Typewriter Key Social Icons

Add some stylish Social Media to your blog or website with these vintage Typewriter Key design icon buttons.

Vintage Holiday Digital Papers

This pretty set of vintage holiday patterned papers are wonderful for all your holiday photo & craft projects!


I hope you have found these design as inspirational as I have. Let us know what you think.

Tags: Design DIY News

October 11 2013


Google Web Designer: No Less than No More Flash in Banner Ads


Google’s newest free project carries a promising title. With a name like that, what would you expect? Will it be a competitor to Dreamweaver or any other classical HTML editor? Well, theoretically you could create HTML content of any purpose. Practically you’ll rather sooner than later return to your former solution. Yet, if you’re into creating banner ad campaigns, Google Web Designer is the place to go.

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September 23 2013


There We Go: 25+ Incredible Sites Created Using Website Builders


It seems that website builders are on the rise lately. These sites boast the capability of helping anyone create a professional website, with no technical experience at all. While not all website builders are all that they claim to be, many do provide everything needed for even those with a blind design eye to end up with a fairly nice-looking website. Some of the more flexible web builders – those with more advanced features – are attracting web designers, since they can create almost any website they imagine without needing to know code.

May 06 2013


Creative Ideas from One Artsy Mama

If you're looking to learn a variety of new craft projects, One Artsy Mama is a site you definitely have to check out. One Artsy mama is the brain child of Amy Latta. On her site, she shares a variety of creative projects including home decor, kid's crafts, sewing, jewelry, and more. She recently published her first e-book Crochet 101, and it's absolutely fantastic and a must-read resource for anyone looking to get into Crochet.

Amy has tons of awesome DIY and craft projects that I'm absolutely in love with.  I've selected some of my favorite projects and posts from Amy's blog that I think you'll fall in love with.

First of all, if you're interested in learning how to crochet, Amy is an expert. Be sure to check out Crochet 101 and get started today. Amy provides you with all the resources and tools you need to get started.

Create Crazy and Colorful Coasters with Amy: I love this project that Amy came up with. It's so cool, creative, and easy to make.

You Are My Sunshine Framed Art: I absolutely love this project. It's perfect to put around your house or use as a gift for a loved one.

Ever wanted to throw a Lego Party? Amy shows you how to through the perfect lego party complete with Party Favors, a Lego cake, and tons of Lego fun.

Tissue Paper Cherry Blossoms: I love this idea for decorating my apartment. It's absolutely gorgeous! I really want to set aside a time to get this done!

Shabby Chic Jewelry Organizer: Make a jewelry organizer with Amy. I absolutely love this gorgeous jewelry organizer.

I hope you've enjoyed these awesome craft tutorials from Amy Latta on One Artsy Mama. Be sure to connect with Amy on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Tags: DIY

May 03 2013


Colorful Scrapbook Pages

I've always wanted to come up with unique ways of saving my memories, and scrapbooks have started to become my creative outlet. I can spend hours a day just choosing different patterns and clip art to combine to really make my memories come to life in the pages of a scrapbook.

I searched the web to find some of the most colorful and creative scrapbook pages, and I hope they inspire you to create awesome projects.

If you're looking to create some colorful scrapbook pages and paper printables use these awesome papers and graphics from Creative Market:


Tags: DIY

March 27 2013


Colorful Melted Crayon Art

Save any of your broken or unused crayons and join the melted crayon craze! Melted crayon art extends far beyond creating a crayon rainbow, there are so many different designs you can create using different color combinations. I searched a variety of DIY sites and Pinterest boards for the most inspiring melted crayon designs, and then created palettes based on the colors found in the art pieces.







How to Create Your Own Crayon Art

If you're looking to create colorful art without using crayons, check out these products from Creative Market

Tags: Design DIY

January 31 2012


Home Decor Trends: Moroccan Pattern Stencil Wall Tutorial

Stenciled walls are becoming quite the trend right now. And for good reason, it adds an awesome pop to the  room.  I have been dying to stencil a wall for a while now, the problem is, the process looks very daunting and frankly, a little tedious. Finally, I decided to go for it and stencil the main wall in my living room to give the rather drab room, a big pop.

Source: 1, 2, 3, 4

After looking through tons of color palettes and patterns, I set out to find the perfect gray and decided on a Moroccan pattern similar to the bedroom below. I bought the "Wall Stencil Marrakech Trellis" from CuttingEdgeStencils for about $50.


I tested several paint colors  in all shades of gray and finally found the perfect shade. I chose, "Timber Wolf" by Benjamin Moore. If you are in the market for the perfect gray paint, I highly recommend trying this. I have tried so many that were too blue, too purple, and too brown and found that this was the perfect gray hue.

After trying out 15 paint colors, I ended up with "Wolf Gray" by Benjamin Moore (seen below) because I switched and confused the word "wolf" and ended up painting an entire wall a color I hadn't even tested before.

The photos don't translate the colors quite as well as in person. This shade is really a dark blue as opposed to a slate gray. After painting the wall the color you choose, the real fun begins.

I started stenciling in the bottom left corner as it was the most discrete. My first chunk took 20 minutes to complete. As I continued it started getting a lot easier. Here are some pointers I learned through the process:

  • - Pour a half-cup of paint into the tray
  • - Work the paint into the roller by rolling it around evenly a few times. You don't want clumps of paint on the roller or the stencil will come out clumpy in places.
  •  - Once the paint is evenly distributed on the roller, roll over the stencil a few times quickly.
  • - I liked the look of the gray coming through, so I would only roll it a few times. It gives it a "stamped" sort of look which I preferred against the gray.

To ensure the stencil lines up and it is even throughout the wall, make sure the stencil is lined up with the white paint from the last group you did. Tape all 4 corners and its stays right where it needs to be for you to quickly roll over it.

Doing a full wall is much easier than a wall with a huge fireplace in the middle. Luckily, the stencil I purchased came with smaller stencils to fill in areas and edges that the large stencil wouldn't fit in. For each edge of the fireplace, I used the smaller stencils and filled in the lines one by one.

After several more hours of the same work over and over again, I completed the entire wall. There were places where paint clumped up, but when I finished the wall, it was hard to find those places that were smudged, so I decided not to worry about it.

Stenciling Photos & Process by: Allison Silber 

Overall it took about 10 hours to paint and stencil this one wall. It is definitely a lot harder than just picking a color, painting and calling it a day, but I love the look that this wall brings to the whole room.

As far as pairing decor with a stencil wall, the one problem is that you can't have too many other geometric patterns in the room as they all start to clash (hence the 4 pillows I have with all the same pattern). I decided to order a textured rug that was more muted, and some textured solid color pillows to balance out the patterns in the space.

January 12 2012


Vibrant Shrink Plastic Earrings & Book Feature Wired Beautiful

Do you like making jewelry? Do you like playing with shrink plastic? Perfect—me too! Shrink plastic offers endless possibilities when it comes to creating personalized jewelry.

When it’s in its final shrunken state, this plastic is incredibly durable and it can be sanded or drilled into just like wood, Plexiglas or metal. So, when you’re creating pendants, charms, or, in the example I’ll share with you here, “beads,” even if you forget to punch holes in it before you shrink it, you can always drill holes afterward.

Start with clear shrink plastic. It comes semi-clear or in several solid colors, but for this particular technique, clear works best. Drop alcohol ink (my favorites are Ranger Ink’s Adirondacks) onto scraps of the plastic, or, full sheets if you prefer. It’s fun to watch the ink blend and redistribute itself. This ink comes in a large assortment of colors, so it’s easy to find and use your favorite palette!

Let the ink dry completely (it dries relatively fast) and then cut it into simple shapes and punch 1/8” (3mm) holes in each. (I varied how far I put the holes from the short ends of my rectangle shapes, but I kept them centered side-to-side.

Using a heat gun, and working on a Teflon craft mat or heat-resistant surface, shrink the plastic shapes. I like to use a wooden skewer to keep the pieces from flying around. If your pieces curl a tiny bit here and there, don’t worry—it will provide interest when they are stacked together.

I used the shrunken pieces in place of beads and made earrings from a project in Heidi Boyd’s gorgeous book, Wired Beautiful. Heidi’s version—Suspended Coral Earrings—is just one of so many really cool wire jewelry projects and if you are interested in learning how to make the earrings as well as other jewelry items like pendants, bracelets and rings, you owe it to yourself to get this book. Even if you’re new to wire jewelry, Heidi makes it super easy and approachable.


The great thing about colored inks on clear shrink plastic is that the finished product ends up looking like high-end fused glass, and yet it’s incredibly light and you can barely tell you’re wearing it. These plastic pieces also look great as smaller charms on a charm bracelet, alternated with small beads on a necklace and so many other possibilities. Are the wheels turning?

December 23 2011


Creating A Festive Holiday Wedding

When picking a wedding date we hope for sunshine, gorgeous days, and perfect temperatures, which is why a high majority of weddings you see are during the summer. But what about chilly, cozy and romantic nights filled with candlelight and bundling in the best fall fashion has to offer?

Winter weddings have a charm all their own and the color palettes can be just as gorgeous as those of summer weddings. If you are looking to tie the knot over the holiday season or the winter months that follow, don't forget that you have many great options on your hands as well.

Source: Kiss

Red details make for a festive pop during winter months. This gal below decided to tie her look together with a bold nail color and matching shoes. That just screams winter romance.

Source: Christmas Wedding


Looking for a little way to save your wedding invitations for years to come? The ornament DIY below allows you to create a special ornament with your extra wedding invitations, which is also a great gift for your bridal party and family. Baker's Twine is another resource that should definitely be on your radar for winter weddings. Whether you use it to wrap up gifts, or try a unique approach such as this cake, this is one supply you will be sure to use for every craft project that your wedding entails.

Source: OrnamentCakeBow Tie

An ornament guest book is a perfect way to save kind words from your guests and keep them with you every holiday season as you prepare to celebrate your anniversary. Pulling them out and reading these words will remind you of your special day.

Source: Ornaments

Christmas weddings don't necessarily mean you have to stick with traditional Christmas decor. Ideas such as these swirly treats or a festive pop on  champagne to ring in the new couple. These details add pops of color and make the night fun and festive for everyone!  Dessert tables are a fun way to offer an assortment of goodies for guests, and happen to be all the rage in the wedding industry these days.

Source: Dessert Table

Creating a perfect tablescape  with perfect place settings will bring the whole look of your wedding together. Bow tie napkins, festive toppings for desserts and glass pieces filled with small ornaments are a great way to tie everything together. Who says you need flowers to make your centerpieces pop?

Source: Glitter, Place Settings, Desserts

If you want to get really festive, there are lots of great ways to incorporate ornaments into the scheme of things. Place cards, mini chandeliers hanging from above, centerpieces and mini trees are all great ways to do it. These craft projects are all very simple and low-cost but will make your holiday wedding look all the better.

Source: Place CardsOrnament Chandelier, Guest Book, Ornaments

No matter what holiday or winter look you are going for, adding in a few personal DIY projects will give your day a little extra personality. Having a fun and festive holiday wedding can be just as much fun for guests as it is for you. Consider adding pops of red and green on top of a palette of whites, silver and gold so that the palette looks cohesive and not overdone. Time to get a little creative and get excited about your holiday wedding. And hopefully you will get a little snow to take some hopelessly romantic photos on your big day!


December 20 2011


October 03 2011


Project from Sharing Stitches: Amazing Artist's Apron + Giveaway

In two previous posts—one for the Market Bag and the other for the iPad Sleeve—I shared with you some techniques I love to use for painting layers on canvas and then using the canvas to sew projects with. Well this time, I wanted to kick it up one notch by adding some hand stitching to my painted fabric. I chose the Amazing Artist’s Apron from the book, Sharing Stitches by Chrissie Grace. Liz Lamoreux—one of 15 contributing artists in Chrissie’s book—designed this project.


I was already of fan of Liz’s aprons, so I was excited that she shared how to make one in this book! The yummy palette I was inspired to draw from for my apron—How To—comes from lover Phoenixfire. So, with my palette in mind, I headed to Michael’s for paint and embroidery floss and found it easy to find all of the colors in both instances. Having the ColorSchemer app on my phone made this super handy, as I could just pull up the palette and have it in my hand as I visually scanned the products.


I started by painting plain pieces of light-weight cotton (I only used a small amount of duck canvas this time) with the five basic colors, then had fun layering them with spatters, drips and, of course, lots of stencils. After my fabrics were dry, I cut all the pieces I would need, according to the directions in the book. The focal point of this apron is the pocket, which is a mini quilt of sorts, made up of strips and squares of the various painted fabrics. The pocket is lined and divided into four sections—making it like four different pockets—but before I sewed the patchwork pocket to its lining, I went to town having fun with hand-stitched doodles (or embroidery if you prefer).

One of my favorite books for embroidery inspiration is Doodle-Stitching by Aimee Ray. So before I started stitching, I flipped through the book to get my wheels turning. Everything I did was pretty basic and freeform. I used stem stitch, cross stitch, straight stitch, chain stitch, French knots and, a new one for me, threaded running stitch. I really never went at this by thinking too hard about it. I just looked at the lines and patterns made by the paint and “doodled” on top as it struck me—much like you’d do doodling while on the phone. The lines and shapes on the fabric you paint can therefore act as a type of accidental pattern. Fun, right?

If you love this palette as much as I do and you’d like to try and win this apron so you can see it in person and look cute wearing it out and about town, leave a comment here expressing something you found inspiring over at and you’ll be counted in for the random drawing held on October xx.

August 10 2011


Painted Canvas: iPad Sleeve + Giveaway

How exciting—I get to give something away! Several people liked the Market Bag that I posted last time (thanks so much for the love, lovers!), so I thought it would be really fun to make something to giveaway this time. The palette—Sirus IFRC—that provided the inspiration for this project comes from napkin guy and I loved working with this combination of colors. The pattern comes from Sew4Home and was designed by Alicia Thommas (edited by Liz Johnson). With the exception of omitting swivel hooks (instead I used center-release buckles), using a concealed magnetic clasp instead of a nickel one (and, of course, using my own painted canvas and a coordinating fleece), I made the project just as it was presented.


It’s really a lot of fun to make projects from canvas that you have painted and made your own mark on. The person who first got me excited about painting layers on canvas with this approach is Roxanne Padgett. I took her Luscious Layered Canvas class last spring and have been having a grand ole time ever since. I continue to experiment and try new things and new ways of making each piece uniquely my own. You’ll be seeing more projects from me where I take this path using a palette, so I thought you might like to see briefly, how I go about painting the canvas. And if you don’t want know all that, just skip to the bottom and leave a comment if you’d like to try and win this bag. I’ll never know the difference.

For what I do, I buy unprimed cotton duck in a medium weight and I typically buy it in one big folded piece (72” x 6 yards [1.83m x 5.49m]) because it’s most economical that way. If I just want to paint canvas, without a particular project in mind yet, I like to work on pieces that are about 18” x 24” (46cm x 61cm) and I usually just tear it. Sometimes—as with the project I’m showing you here—I will read the pattern to see what sizes I’m supposed to end up with and then I tear the duck to individual pieces that are about three inches bigger than I need to allow for shrinkage (when the canvas gets wet).

Before starting to paint, I like to get an entire piece of canvas wet first and I just do this in the sink. Getting it wet allows the paint to spread faster and easier. Start with one color and just make several random strokes. Then use a foam roller and work it over the entire surface to spread the color. Irregularity is good—don’t get hung up thinking you need to end up with a consistent, solid fill here. You’re just getting started!


Take a second color and just squirt some in several places. Pretend you are Jackson Pollock and just have fun flinging it on there. Work this in a bit with the roller too, but leave it more concentrated in some places and less so in others. Now you have a decent background and it’s all assorted layering techniques from here. I’ll share a few of my favorites here with you, but keep in mind, you are the artist and whatever way you do it is the right way.

Okay, so one thing I like to create are washes/gradients of color. Be sure the canvas is still wet when you do this. (Or don’t—see last sentence, previous paragraph.) Wet your brush, load it with some paint and start working it onto the canvas. Lightly dip your brush in water and keep stroking, working out in one direction from where you started. Dip it in water again and continue working in one direction as the pigment starts to fade until your brush is more or less clean. I think it looks nifty to then rotate the canvas 90 degrees and repeat with a new color.

Let’s see . . .what else? What’s really fun is to make a watery mix of paint and then just pour it onto your canvas. I then like to lift one edge of the canvas while the paint is still pooled and hasn’t fully soaked in yet, and let it run and drip. Another thing to do with a watery mix of paint is to draw with is using a palette knife.

And then the last thing I’ll share today is that one thing I love to use are stencils! Stencil application works best with a dry roller, working on dry canvas and with paint that isn’t too thin/watery. Fluid acrylics are fine—just don’t add any water to them. Squirt some paint onto your palette or a paper plate and load your roller by evenly getting paint around it. Then, just roll it over the stencil onto the canvas. Sometimes you have to work it in a couple directions to get good coverage. Hold the stencil in place firmly as you do this. (Side note: You know who has cool stencils? Mary Beth Shaw. I was inspired to use her stencils when I worked on her book, Flavor for Mixed Media, and I have used a couple of her stencils in this project.)

Repeat all of these techniques multiple times in multiple layers for the most depth and biggest impact. What happens when you make mark you don’t like? You guessed it—paint over it. No pressure. Nothing but fun here. In lieu of overpainting, another thing that I’ve found is fun to do when you don’t like something (and this only works when the paint is still wet) is to take the canvas to the sink and run it under the water to soak it, wring it out and presto! You have a whole new piece of canvas with a cool stained look over the whole thing. See? Life is full of surprises and that’s where the fun comes in.

If you want some more ideas for painting with layers, I highly recommend Flavor for Mixed Media. (Not to mention there’s some great recipes for food in this book, too!)

iPad Sleeve (shown) Giveaway

So . . .enough of me talking already! Would like a shot at winning this iPad Sleeve (which can also be used as a small shoulder bag in case you don't have an iPad)?

I'd like to get to know you and your crafty interests.... so which books from the Create Mixed Media Shop are you most interested in seeing projects or techniques from?

To Enter, leave a comment by Friday, August 19th:

  1. 1.) Link to one (or more) books from the Create Mixed Media Shop
  2. 2.) Why you chose the book(s)

One winner will be selected randomly and will be notified via Love Notes (make sure your notification settings are set to receive these via your email). Contest officially ends Friday, August 19th, 2011 by midnight USA PST.

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May 24 2011


Author Introduction: Shannon - a Professional Florist for the Wedding Channel

Meet Shannon, a new author soon to be seen frequently on our Wedding Channel (mainly). She has over 23-years of floral experience and is so deliciously creative with her art, that we had to snag up some of her talent for our benefit!

Besides owning and running, Flourish, located in Sacramento, California, Shannon also blogs and manages,, a fantastic resource and fun place for wedding tips, floral advice and you name it.

Shannon has been a COLOURlover since September 2010 as FlourishShan, and constantly refers brides over to to first create a palette before deciding on flowers. We'll get to learn more about her flower advice and a little DIY in the coming posts. Give her a big welcome and feel free to hit her up with any wedding flower related Q's! Enjoy! - Molly Bermea / Blog Editor

Hello, from Shannon herself...

Hi!  Let me start my intro post by saying that I LOVE color!  Color has always been a defining element in my life.  I clearly remember the color of my childhood bedrooms, the color of my high school's corridors and the colors of my own bridal bouquet.  Color drives my passion for floral design.  I consider the way I combine colors in my creations to be my strong point as a designer.  That is why I am so drawn to the COLOURlovers site and the tools it offers to myself and other color-philes (is that a word?).

Sarah Maren Photography

Day in Your Life Photography

So when Molly asked me to blog for the wedding channel here on COLOURlovers I couldn't say "YES!" fast enough.  I have been using the tools on this website for a little over a year now when developing color palettes for weddings and branding my blog, Fancy Pants Weddings and re-branding my floral business, Flourish.  I am a HUGE fan!

Flourish is my main business.  We are a special event floral design company in Sacramento, Ca.  I have been in business for over 20 years.  Every day brings me a new set of design challenges and I love it so much.  I have designed florals for over 800 weddings and events.  About 10 months ago I realized my brand could use some dusting off and sprucing up.  John Conley, graphic designer and friend, developed the color palette and logo that were to starting point for a complete brand re-vamp.  He has also helped me with every aspect of the branding from the look of the website to business cards.  But in the end it always comes back to the colors.

This is the palette we started with when we first started talking colors for Flourish's new brand.  As you can see, after a  few minor tweaks we stayed pretty true to the original color ideas.

Recently, I helped a bride develop a color palette using COLOURlovers for her wedding.  Erin had a hard time blending colors when she was developing the look and decor for her wedding.

The palette we put together was the main tool she used when choosing all the elements of decor for her event.  Linens, paper products and florals all centered around this palette.

Her bridal bouquet (above) added a little punch of magenta/purple and ivory.  Her bouquet consisted of Super Green roses, peonies, cymbidium orchids, dendrobium orchids, anemone, stock, Bells of Ireland and hypericum berries.  It smelled heavenly too!

Because clearly I do not have enough to do, I also write the blog, Fancy Pants Weddings where  I dish out advice and help to brides and grooms planning their Northern California weddings.  I also feature images of real Nor-Cal weddings, do the occasional wedding craft, and try not to take it all too seriously. Stop by and say "howdy!"  Because no blogger wants to feel like they are talking to themselves.

I am looking forward to writing more for COLOURlovers regarding weddings and all that goes into to planning the big event.

Header Palette:

April 22 2011


Earth Day Book Giveaway & Recycled T-Shirt Flower Pin Tutorial

To celebrate Earth Day today we have, Tiffany Threadgould of and, here to teach us how to re-purpose an old t-shirt to make these adorable flower pins. Tiffany just launched her first book, ReMake It! (by Sterling Publishing). It's super adorable and is a pretty fun book to have on hand whether you have kids or you just love to re-purpose. We'll be doing a giveaway for 3 of these books at the tail end of the tutorial with a BONUS PRIZE, so stay tuned!

T-Shirt Scrap Flower Pin


  • T-shirt
  • ruler
  • washable marker or pencil
  • fabric scissors
  • twist tie
  • button with two holes
  • pin back or safety pin

Use one T-shirt to make a single color flower, or mix it up and use strips from a few different shirts for a flower with different colors.


1. Measure and cut ¾-inch wide strips from the bottom of a T-shirt. From those strips, cut eight 8-inch long pieces.

2. Pull on the ends of each strip and stretch them until their edges curl. Snip three holes into each strip—one in the middle and two more, each ½ inch from the ends. Be careful not to cut across the whole strip, just to make small holes.

3. Slip the ends of the twist tie through a button, and pull it through so it is snug across the front of the button. Twist the ends of the twist tie together tightly until they are completely twisted at the back of the button.

4. Thread the end of the twist tie through the hole at the center of one of the T-shirt strips. Then, thread the twist tie through the holes on the ends of the T-shirt strip. Repeat this for all the rest of the strips

5. Holding the T-shirt strips and button together, untwist the twist tie ends. Insert them through the holes in pin back or wrap them around the safety pin (whichever pin you decide to use). Adjust the twist tie until the flower and pin are held firmly in place on the pin back. Remake a whole bouquet of flower pins and grow a garden on your shirt!

More About The Author

Tiffany Threadgould is a design junkie who gives scrap materials a second life. She's the head of design atTerraCycle, a company that collects and creates products from waste. She also keeps up her own green biz,RePlayGround, where you can find ReMake It recycling kits and oodles of DIY projects. Tiffany thinks that garbage has feelings too and can sometimes be found talking to her pile of junk at her design studio in Brooklyn, N.Y.


Tiffany was so kind to send us three (3) books to give to you! We are going to do another random pick from the user comments on this one. So if you'd like a cool copy of ReMake It! You must do the following:

Leave a comment telling us what your favorite art/craft style is be that a link out to your most favorite craft blogger(s) or just list your top 1-5+ most favorite things to work with be that modge podge, sewing, quilting, re-purposing, scrapbooking (traditional or digital), card making, painting, etc. The sky is the limit in the craft world!


Bonus Prize is a $25 Gift Card at COLOURlovers partner,

I will be posting this article on the COLOURlovers Facebook wall. All you have to do is:

  1. 1) LIKE the COLOURlovers Facebook Page
  2. 2) SHARE the article on your facebook wall
  3. 3) Leave a comment on the article I posted on our fb wall which should include your COLOURlovers USERNAME.

We will be conducting a random drawing from the facebook post commentary. As long as you followed the steps, you will be included.

You may play and qualify for BOTH prizes (ReMake It! book AND the $25 at The contest will run from today, April 22nd, 2011, until Thursday, April 28th with winners announced Friday, April 29th, 2011. You must be a COLOURlovers user to qualify for either prize. So register if you need to!

March 29 2011


RAW COLOR - RBP Printing with Vegetable Ink

The work of Daniera ter Haar & Christoph Brach, who have become better known by the name of one of their projects, Raw Color, is highly prismatic, covering the spectrum between art, design, photography and color research by mixing the powerful colors of vegetables, innovative color harvesting processes, with unique applications for print and textiles. Each project is created with an astute design sense and captured with stunningly composed photography.

The Eindhoven, Netherlands based team uses color as the 'connection between their different practices' posing questions like 'what is the nature of a color and what is the connection to its physical state.' This post focuses on their research on vegetable pigments. Two other posts to follow will focus on their design and photography.

“Color is a really nice connection between those disciplines. We use it almost as a material, and it’s transformative the way it can make something seem hard or light or heavy.”


A visual research about vegetables and their powerful color. Vegetables are dismantled and purified to their visual essence 'RAW COLOR'. The harvested color is captured by a new process preserving their intensity on color cards. Categorized by shades and families a new map is created which shows their beautiful diversity. This projects reinterprets the vegetable and puts it into a new context.


Trying to apply some of our strongest pigment we made some juice cartridges. These inkjets prints are done with (C) Red Cabbage, (M) Beetroot en (Y) Pumpkin. Caused by the irregular juice flow, the ink jet created unique stripe pattern in every print.


A series of photography created as a reaction of the earlier research done on the color cards. This is a further examination on the visual structure of the vegetables.


100%SAP is a project about the power of natural color. Vegetables are transformed to a natural ink to feed a new printing process. This process enables the viewer to watch the posters print slightly grow. A 3-D ingredient returns as 2-D icon.

Liquid Palette

What is the nature of a colour and what is the connection to its physical state. Based on the ongoing research of deriving pigments from vegetables, the aim was to showcase the liquid condition of the colour before it is fixated to the medium of paper or textile. Compared to its solid condition, transparencies and volumes play suddenly an important role.

Presented in a cabinet the 130 preserved containers expose pure and mixed shades of different vegetables and different mixing ratios. This project was developed for the exhibition Dutch Domestics at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt.

What unites Raw Color’s work in general — is a steadfast devotion to the exuberant exploration of color.

Raw Textiles

We were asked by Edwin Plerser to showcase the Raw Color project. One of our aims was to develop a 'product' that could be sold in his shop, and similarly add a new chapter to our research on vegetable pigments. For the exhibition we developed 'Raw Textiles', a series of hand dyed silk scarves, that derived from the vegetable pigments. This was the first time that we examined the application of the dyes on textile. We deepened ourselves in the old techniques of dyeing textile with natural pigments and their possibilities. After dyeing the silk for several days it resulted in 18 unique shades that were created by pure and mixed vegetable dyes. We presented them as a big gradient in the window display. For those who are interested, they are for sale!


Exposure 2 - Textiles

Fascinated by the idea of shaping a textile by the pure usage of light, we developed 'Exposures' a photosensitive fabric based on the blueprint technique. The 'gradient machine' is especially designed for the production process and exposes the textile in horizontal lines to the daylight. These line-thickness can be adjusted. Depending on the length of exposure, the light is captured in the material, that is resulting in different shades of blue. The longer exposed the darker the fabric will become, which is not only indicated by the colour itself but as well by the numbers representing each lines' exposure time in minutes.

"White isn’t wrong,” says ter Haar, “but it does mean you don’t have to make a specific choice.”

Quotes from Sight Unseen who asked Raw Color to "explore their love for color" in a special commission. Project descriptions from Raw Color.

February 02 2011


Here's a Way on Wednesday: Organizing Etsy Patterns Usefully

If you ask my husband, he'd tell you I'm the last person to ask about organizing my craft space, but I promise, I do have SOME nooks of organization amongst all my madness! One of the most recent additions to the actual organized areas of my craft-mess are my sewing patterns. I started a recent habit of buying some simple sewing projects from sellers and some of them tend to verge on e-book status of 12-20+ pages each, and that may or may not include the pattern pieces too. So after having about five different pattern stacks sitting on my desk, I decided I needed to clean it up a bit.... as I was clicking the button to buy another pattern.

You can do a number of no-brainer ideas to easily manage this stack. But I wanted to share what is working for me so far using what I had on hand in my office.


  1. - 3 Ring Binder (thickness depending on what you want)
  2. - Clear Page Protectors
  3. - 3 Ring Hole Punch


  1. 1.) Hole punch all your instructions (don't hole punch any cut/un-cut pattern pieces unless you just want to keep them for tracing)
  2. 2.) Layer in to the binder back to front: One Clear Page Protector, then Pattern Instructions in front and so on... alternating. Basically you will end up with your instructions with a clear pocket for pattern pieces at the back of each pattern and also helps as a divider for each pattern.
  3. 3.) Make a cute fabric binder cover if you so wish. I haven't made it that far (see links for resources below on doing this).


I originally started out with no particular order in my binder, keeping my baby/kid patterns grouped together and accessories like a pin cushion and some purse patterns together. I have now outgrown my one binder that is about 1.5" thick. Since I am having a baby in about four months, I'm assuming I'll buy and continue buying baby, child and kid clothing and accessory patterns so I am about to split up my binder in to one for accessories and things and then one for baby/kid things. I could also use my 4" thick binder but it seemed a little bulky for an all inclusive pattern holder and when I'm working on a pattern, I wouldn't want such a massive binder in front of me. Your choice.


Here's what looks like a seamstresses Pattern Making/Transfer Binder cover because it includes some extra pockets. It's a visual tutorial on making a master pattern for your binder cover and then making the actual cover: Binder Cover Tutorial - Part 1: Making the master pattern

Another, minus adding things like pockets and such, but using a quilting design (as in mixing fabric pieces) is by the - Binder Cover.

Now, I don't normally like, nor link to anything by, but This general tutorial on making a binder cover seemed decent enough and might be more clear than the other two above. Covers making the master pattern and then sewing instructions. Free Pattern & Directions to Sew a Binder Cover.

This is a pretty cute one, mainly because of the fabric and extra embellishments. Binder Cover Tutorial by

You could add some sweet little tags on the binder backbone and front with Computer Printer Fabric. Which you can get in many varieties, the cheapest being a sew-on inkjet printable fabric (comes in cream or white). I got some at JoAnn's for under $10 for a pack of four sheets (Tailor brand - I have yet to have an opinion on brands for this type of product yet, but this brand seems great so far). There are fusible and other types but it ups the price. Since I already have fabric fusible products I just got plain sew-on.

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January 24 2011


DIY - Twine Signs for the Home

In 2010, using twine for crafty stuff was a big trend, and it 's still going strong.  I don't imagine the use of this classic craft material going anywhere anytime soon. It brings nature in to the home with a rustic farmy feel - something like Pottery Barn and Anthropologie.

This twine inspiration is from my mom. One of my Christmas gifts from her this year was a family name sign with the lettering done in twine. I am so in love with it! Although an extremely cheap project (or gift for that matter) it is very time consuming. I guess that statement might be of opinion depending on the word and letters you have to deal with. My mom did two family names, "FORD" and "BERMEA" - lucky for her she got out of doing my sister's married family name, "SUTHERLAND". That might have pushed her over the brink of sanity, especially after already having made two others.

So on with the how-to.  Neither my mom nor I have seen this done with lettering anywhere but on Sense and Simplicity by Gracie - Letters Made From Twine. This post is a great opener for this type of project, but doesn't exactly cover complications that come up with each letter in the alphabet. Boy, did she miss out on some headaches you run in to with some other letters.

The supplies are really low-maintenence: Heavy-Thick Cardboard, Knife to cut (the cardboard), Lot's of thick Jute Twine, Glue (hot glue or otherwise) and scissors. If you don't want to wing it on the lettering, you can find and print bubble letter stencils for your tracing to the cardboard.

Super Pointers (tips):

1. Any letter with an end (see the difference between the "O" and the "J" and "Y" in the above picture) will need holes punched-gouged through the center tip. Make the holes a decent size because it'll get crowded as you start re-using it to make the ends.

2. Wrap the ends of the lettering first in a seashell shape covering all tips.

3. You might come across areas's of the lettering where it might seem impossible to get coverage without making a huge lumpy thickness of twine over a spot - my mom came across this issue on a few letters. The solution: glue down fake-wrapped strips. Check out my example using the letter "B". With so many rounded area's and in-betweens it was easier to glue fake-wrap down.

I secured mine on the wall using jagged picture hanger teeth and, since they were so light, Push Pins instead of nails. I put this right in my foyer as you walk in the front door and it has become an inspiration piece to actually do something attractive with my foyer. And before anyone mentions it, we know, the "M" turned out smaller than the other letters - one we'll re-do.

Alternative Ideas.

Originally my mom was going to mount each letter on to fabric covered foam board (thick kind), but she didn't finish them as far as that part of the project went and I liked them so much as-is we kept them like this. You could easily make one single letter with the family name like "B" for "BERMEA" and mount it on a fabric or linen covered foam board and you have a very quick project.

Adding Colour. Jute Twine generally comes in two colours, Green and Brown. You can find it at most hardware and gardening stores. As before, I'd suggest buying there instead of the craft store as the price might be higher for less product (why do craft stores have to do that?). I came across these FANTASTIC colours in both striping and solids that would make a finished wrap look fabulous!! You could make a permanent "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" sign? (ok, granted a lot of work). This coloured twine is offered from Not On the High Street ( Unfortunately for me, it's UK based. Here are some comparable options, but I'm not finding colours like the UK ones. I'm sure they're out there, just keep google-ing.

Pack n Seal -

PaperMart -

ArtFire -

Etsy Search Result for "Colored Jute Twine" in Supplies

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January 17 2011


DIY Rustic Wedding Cake Stands

Let's face it, looking at your upcoming wedding expenses can be daunting. As you may know, this past June, my younger brother, Sam got married to his lovely wife, Emily. My mom and I were in charge of mostly everything; decor, food, planning and coordination, and I can say, a bit of planning helped them move through the major expensive decision so that they made it to the wedding day with everything, including the budget, in order. Things like invitations, cake, flowers and such, can all be expensive but one of the bigger expenses is always the cake, which I will focus on here.

The Backstory.

When it came down to the nuts and bolts of the getting the cake, Sam and Emily really couldn't care less about having a lavish 8-layer tower extravaganza. However, they did want gourmet flavors as opposed to the standard buttercream frosting, bleh. They wanted the divine Tiramisu with silky, melt-in-your-mouth cream frosting; the Chocolate Chip layered chocolate cake with yummy chocolate whipped cream frosting, etc., etc. You get the picture. They were all about flavor vs. presentation. Which was fine, but left me trying to make their budget work with the gourmet price.

I could easily have fit one of the available wedding cake packages in to their budget, but it meant they were only going to have either a 2-tower (10" bottom and 6" top) gourmet wedding cake, plus two smaller side sheet cakes for around $300, or a 3-tier (10"-8"-6") and no side cakes for about the same price. Not really much for your buck, and we needed more cake than that. This is when Sam and Emily told me that maybe we could do something different with the cake rather than ordering one of the wedding packages, because they didn't really care about having a tower-style cake arrangement.

Planning & Comparing Cost Saving Ideas.

Here's where the creative part had to work. I came up with a brainstorm after Emily mentioned that a regular order for an 8" gourmet cake was only $18-26. All I needed was an attractive and inventive way to lay out the cakes. There are plenty of bakeries doing these sort of designs but using lots of floral (more floral ups the expense so I kept thinking). The goal was to do something that would present the multi-tier the cakes in a nice presentation.

You could discuss with your bakery about different options, but I ended up with certain things I had to just deal with with no work-around. For example, what the cakes would come on. Talking to the bakery I found out that any standard ordered cake comes on a gold, scalloped edged cardboard base, bleh, again. Trying to eliminate that part, I found that other options would cost at least $90 per 8" round cake (we needed 3). One option would get the cake delivered on a 'wedding cake base' - which consisted of a 1/2" thick plain cake board. This would have been nice, but not for the $60 jump in price. I then asked if I could supply them with my own materials as a base that they could make the cake on. I was told this was okay and I placed the order. I would have the cakes placed on thick plexiglass circles.

Two weeks before the wedding I called to confirm and remind them that we were going to do this. This is when I  found out from the main baker/designer that due to the health codes I wouldn't be allowed to provide my own material - so out the window that went. I was back to dealing with the gold cardboard. I realize this is wordy, but I want to share my process so that it may help you along your decisions and different directions you can go with making the cake hundreds of dollars cheaper.

The Vision Coming to Life.

I had access to building tools and materials via my Mom and Dad's shop, so that helped. If you don't have any access to a shop via friends or family, some cities have public shops available for time/tool rentals - ask your local hardware stores about this.

For the base, I had decided to put the cakes on 1-inch wooden rounds, stained a dark walnut-ish colour. The cakes were going to be 8-inches around, with a 9-inche gold cake-board each. I decided to make the wooden rounds about 10-inches.

1.) Cut the rounds as round as you can (use a compass or 10-inch plate to draw them out).
2.) Sanding the edges will definitely help soften any rough looking angles around the edges.
3.) Wipe the wooden circles clean with a tack cloth or dampened rag.
4.) Apply your wood stain or paint (whatever finish you have decided to use).

For the supports. I needed something that would look neat and not be too extravagant, because the cakes were going to be fairly plain looking. I wanted something rustic but a bit contemporary, and I needed a way to stagger the height height of each stand. I decided to go with two varieties of drinking glasses and a vase. I used a large bubble vase that we already had sitting around, and picked up three champagne glasses and three Irish Coffee Glasses. The vase I kept upright and the glasses I put top-down.

If you are looking to get a vase just like the one I used... I googled "clear glass vase" and got this result from, so you can see this is a standard variety at any floral shop. So, if you cannot find one via family, friends or your local thrift shops - ask your local florists how much they would sell you one for.

1.) First I wrapped twine around the necks of the champagne glasses each separately (using a knot and hot glue to secure and finish off the twine wrapping).
2.) Then I connected-wrapped the Irish Coffee Glass handles with twine (I needed to balance the twine-wrapped elements and it helped stabilize the heavy glasses).
3.) Lastly, I hot glued the glass bases to the wooden cake bases. Find out where the center of your wooden bases are, add glue to the glass base rims. You might even lightly trace with white chalk where you want the placement of the glass rings before adding the glue.

*note: see the twine wrapped glasses above in the photo with all three cakes in it.

Final Touches. Sam and Emily didn't have a preference for a cake topper (of course), so I decided to go with an all-floral design, keeping it consistent with the wedding flowers. I had two ways of doing this, the first was to get the tops made by the florist we were using. This was going to cost I think $8 or so for each top and included an oasis bowl for the fresh flowers to sit in and everything. Not too expensive, but in the bigger picture spending another $25 was not what I wanted, so I opted for my second option, ask for extra stem flowers of a sturdy variety. Using those we cut each stem to about 4-inch and wedged them in simple arrangements for each cake. Notice the main, top cake has a bigger arrangement than the other two.

You might also notice the scene going on in the large vase. I had decided that since we were not doing a cake top, I would make a "cake bottom". My arrangement consisted of glossy river rocks, two types of decorators moss, a stick from the woods and a bird from the craft store. Altogether, a reasonable $10 or less. You can find the moss and river rocks at craft stores, but also check your local dollar store--where we found both the rocks and moss, or dig in the woods and river.

Resources, Notes & Tips:

Cake Setting Notes: The original idea of using plexiglass would have been cool, but as I called around to get some custom-cut rounds the price started going up again. My cheapest option was $15/each. So that would have made our $26 cakes $41 each. Not completely a necessary expense. If the gold foil cardboard piece is too ugly for you, try covering the entire round with a floral vine, decorative paper or fabric element (twisted fabric maybe).

Cake Frosting Finish Tips: Luckily I found out that I could get a different finish than that of a standard cake piping (the kind you see on pre-made, ready-to-buy cakes in display cases for birthdays and occasions). I asked about different piping designs and it started costing more (getting in to the wedding cake design costs again). So I asked simply for a "rough spatula finish" - you can see the result on in the images of the finished display above. I could have gotten a frosting-smooth minus pipping (or with it, which I didn't want) or this sort of rough look. So ask your bakery about different options that won't up the cost. This look to me, made the cake look classy, and didn't look like they went with a cheap over-the-counter cake.

Vase Acquiring Tips: As mentioned, if you have your mind on a certain type of vase and you cannot seem to find it at your local thrift shops or you want to save yourself some time, call around to local florists to see how much a single vase might cost.

Gluing: I originally used hot glue to secure the glass supports to the wood base, but you could use other types such as Gorilla Glue or Super Glue or even go as far as to router cylinders 1/8-inch into the bottom of the wooden rounds as well. Ideas I haven't tested. The hot glue holds well but doesn't show a nice smooth finish - which ultimately is not even seen.

MAKE SURE YOUR CAKES ARE ON A NON-WOBBLY SURFACE - SECURE THE TABLE. Since they are precariously balanced on glasses and vases, make sure 100% that the table is secure.

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January 12 2011


Here's a Way on Wednesday: Painting Dots the Easy Way

DOT: A tiny round mark made by or as if by a pointed instrument; a spot. -

This is such a simple method that I always think everyone already knows how to do it, but I think that's just me, who comes from a crafty background. Growing up we were constantly exposed to art, painting and crafts of many variety so things like this come by second nature without a thought. But then the thought did come to me that some of you may not realize how fast and easy a project can be when you're adding painted dots - which you might be dreading. Dread no more!

image credit and copyright raysto on

"Morning Shave Dot Painting"
image credit and copyright to the artist, Sergei Vishinsky (

Dotting in the artistic world widely referred to as Pointillism, a form of making art out of a series of dots. There are many different styles and representations to using this in art. Notice in the "Morning Shave Dot Painting" (above) uses a grid-like technique similar to that of a closely viewed newsprint image, and heavy to light areas with spaces of negative space or white space to create the overall look. As you can see between the two images [above] Pointillism or Dot Painting, can easily fluctuate between more abstract and loose like the flowers in the first painting.

Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term Pointillism was first coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation. -

image credit & copyright artist, giddygirli from
It can also be as basic as this image. There is no limit.

Regardless of using this dotting method for an artistic piece or a craft piece they can easily be reproduced using the eraser end of a pencil, the rounded nubby end of a paint brush (or other nubby-type stick-like object), an artist or nail art dotting tool, or a stiff round [paint] brush. I personally opt for the first two options as with any more or less pressure on the rounded brush my increase or decrease the diameter of your dots and if you want an equal even set that doesn't work. Also, using a brush and getting the angle off can vary the size and shape of your dots. Realistically, you don't need to go out and buy a dotting tool, they are handy, yes, but there's probably something in your house that you already own to be able to make dots with. It's easy.

credits: paintbrush dotting image by | pencil dotting by

The last TIP I'll leave with you is to first practice practice practice on a scrap piece of paper before delving right in to it. Generally, to get the same size dots for each one, you would want to dip and re-dip for each one, make sure you don't get too much paint globbed on to your dotting tool (whichever you decide to use). Sometimes even dipping-dotting your tool in to the paint, and then do a single dot on a scrap paper can release the initial glob of paint it grabbed and make nice rounds.

Paintbrushes, with their rounded, aka "nubby" ends, tend to make smaller and smaller dots as you re-use the same dip. An eraser on the other hand would more likely just get more faded and start creating rings or uncertain outcomes with each re-use of the same dip.

image credit & copyright artist Barbara J. Carter (

The paintbrushes will also leave a more bubbled look like this image (above) when using the end of a paintbrush (or a round paintbrush used for making dots) or an actual dotting tool. Even more so, using a latex gloss paint over a flat paint, may affect the end finish "bubbled" look as opposed to a flat dot-circle look. Leaves you with lots of experimenting to do! Good luck!


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January 03 2011


January Wedding: DIY Snowflake Roundup

If you were to describe January what would you say? Off the top, I automatically go with Snowflakes. I'm done with Christmas and the reds, greens and bells and trees. I'm all for the beauty and freshness that winter and the New Year brings.

Most often people choose a January wedding for the Winter Wonderland approach which can be anything from elegant snowflakes, ice-sculptures or cold climate whimsical creatures such as Polar Bears and Penguins (or even Swans). If taking on a more formal theme, using pure whites or even a rich gold and/or silver will do.

In any case, snowflakes can be incorporated in whimsical, formal and even a rustic theme. It's all in how you decide to reproduce them. They are great to use as the main design element or as a filler decor piece. It's ok to overuse them too!

Paper Snowflakes from Basic to Advanced

Remember making these in grades school? Did you forget how to make them? I did. My little guy is only 2 1/2 so I'm not exactly re-living grade school just yet, but here's a basic starting point.

If you're like me, just winging it on this type of project is not super satisfying. I want to know how to make mine look really cool. So now that you have the basics down, which you should test out and understand before moving on, let's make them more extravagant. You'll want a sharp pair of fine tipped scissors for making really detailed and delicate looking snowflakes.

So far, my favorite resource is They seem to have an endless list of excellent patterns for folding and creating really intricate looking snowflakes. It's a resource site for children, but just as great for adults and perfect to get many different styles if making millions of these for a wedding.

This is an example of how cutting different types of patterns can create gorgeous results. Follow the folding directions and tips from the site. Each pattern is printable from the site, they have a different variety of folding and cutting techniques (2 sided, 4 sided, 6 sided etc). As you can see, after following the folding directions or trying out one printed method, you could roughly draw the similar shapes to make your own.

They even have a quick visual tutorial on folding and cutting your snowflake from coffee filters (you how we love how cheap coffee filter ideas!). This image was taken from 12 Sided Coffee Filter Snowflake PatternTips and larger image available at the link listed.

Here's a great way to make delicate looking snowflakes from paper doily's on - Made with Love: Doily Snowflake Garlands. Use them as a garland or not.

Snowflakes from paper (or foil) cupcake holders by - Silver Snowflakes. I personally don't like her end result image on top of the post, it doesn't do it justice, just compare it to the image I borrowed from her smaller set, much better. Apply some cutting techniques from and you could have something really pretty. This would be a simple way to get some mini patterned paper snowflakes as you can buy some post holiday print holders to use.

Snowflakes from Non-Paper Mediums.

Giant Stick Snowflakes would be great for a background or wall decoration. This Tutorial is from - Giant Craft Stick Snowflakes.

Craft Sticks and Buttons from It was for an ornament, but you can hang all types from ceilings, use on tables, etc.

Snowflake Applique. Another great post-tutorial by - Snowflakes (and a mini tutorial). These could be used for chair-back covers, napkins or some sort of table decor or added to a hanging material decor. Depends on how intricate you want to get with a mass sewing project.

PolyClay. These would be pretty scattered on table tops. Tutorial by

Here's going out on a limb and further in to kid projects, but these Borax Snowflakes (using Pipe Cleaners) are pretty darn cool and almost resemble crystals (less work than gluing a bunch of crystals and certainly less expensive than buying anything). As close as you are going to come to a delicate crystal snowflake. Photo from but the tutorial is officially from - Crystallization

I think that wraps it up nicely from Paper to Borax! There are so many snowflake ideas out there! But before we go here are a few January wedding colors from the library:

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