Michaels Makers Summit 2015

August 3rd, 2015

theprojectgirl-michaels-summit-pillowLast year I was asked to join the Michaels Makers team, and this year I was thrilled to be asked to return to the team. Each month I get to create a project using supplies from Michaels, and share the projects on my blog.  This year as part of the program, they invited all their bloggers to a Michaels Makers Summit in gorgeous Sonoma, California. theprojectgirl-michaels-summit-table2We started off with an incredible dinner party at the Long Meadow Ranch. Every detail was perfect, and the food was divine. theprojectgirl-michaels-summit-table

So much thought was put into this event, I was truly in awe of everything. theprojectgirl-michaels-summit-menuAnd we even made flower crowns, and I met so many wonderful crafters. A shout-out to my people here – Aunt Peaches, Lia Griffith, and Jaderbomb. It was such an incredible evening. theprojectgirl-michaels-summit-tribe

The next morning we headed to unsurpassed The Ranch Above, which had been transformed into a crafter’s paradise by the Michaels crew. The detail and styling was stunning, and all of the makers were beyond impressed.

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There was even a giant floating hash-tag in the swimming pool. Amazing!

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So many pretty details like these faux chandeliers made from custom picado flags. theprojectgirl-michaels-summit-chandelier

Hanging umbrellas, and tented cabanas…

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We had such a lovely day of crafting, we took four amazing classes (weaving, watercolor, paper flowers and image transfer) – all taught by Michaels education partner, Creativebug and great news –  each of the classes are available online for FREE on Michaels.com until 8/22 (you can re-create one or all of our summit projects)! Here are a few shots from all my classes:theprojectgirl-michaels-summit-tissue-paper

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Looks pretty amazing right? It was an incredible experience to be able to go and craft with all of the amazing Michaels Makers and the Michaels team who coordinated everything for us.  In case you haven’t met all 50 of this year’s Makers, check out each of our blogs and bios here! They’ll be posting about the summit as well, so its a great way to see more pics! Follow along throughout the year and feel free to create projects with us by sharing on Instagram using #MadeWithMichaels.

And I do have to show off my weaving that I took home and actually finished! I loved learning about weaving from the Creativebug folks (this weaving class is FREE until 8/22/2015). I decided to weave an “L” for Leo and hang it up in his room, that hopefully I’ll get to decorate by his birthday. Weaving is pretty easy, just time consuming. So it’s nice for a little late-night relaxation.

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theprojectgirl-weaving-loomI love how it turned out… a little collegiate and masculine. I’m super excited to get it in his room.  theprojectgirl-weaving-alpha

We ended the summit with a lovely brunch, and then a Q&A session with the Michaels CMO. The setting at the top of this mountain was beyond gorgeous, and it was great to be able to talk to the minds behind the marketing at Michaels. theprojectgirl-michaels-summit-qandaI have to say that my favorite part of the weekend was getting to know so many wonderful people. All of the Michaels Makers are so so so nice and incredibly creative. The Michaels team went out of there way to make this event something to remember. Every detail was attended to, and their team was friendly, kind, and helpful at every turn. Thank you Michaels for an awesome summit, hopefully there will be many more in the future!

Check out all the other Maker’s posts about the Summit:

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Patriotic Banner using Metallic Foils

June 26th, 2015

theprojectgirl-minc-usa-banner2Things have been busy around here, lots of deadlines and such with my design work. But I was happy to take a day and play with my new goodies for the Minc machine.

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I used these great letters and flag kits, as well as the silver, red, and blue foils. You can get starter kits and accessories for the Minc machine at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann, as well as local and online shops.

I love using this machine to foil. the foil goes on like butter, and the transfer sleeve helps keep the foil lined up with the paper.  Here you can see how the letters and banners look straight out of the bags. Black/white, ready to foil. Its kind of hard to visualize your project without the color, but so AWESOME once they are foiled because it’s such a huge change.
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The machine is super easy to use, you just send your toner-printed items or the Minc accessories through the machine with foil over the areas you want to foil. Once they come through the other end, you peel off the foil, and you have gorgeous vibrant metallic designs.
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I ran all my pieces through the Minc, and then put foam dots on the backs of the letters to add dimension to the banner. theprojectgirl-minc-usa-banner-pop

Then I assembled the banner, adding some ribbon between each letter. theprojectgirl-minc-usa-banner-closeAnd here’s my cute finished foil banner! Just in time for the month of July!
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*Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via product provided, payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Links contained on this post and within this blog may be affiliate links.

Metallic Butterfly Magnets

May 31st, 2015

theprojectgirl-butterfly-chalkboardI’m having so much fun with my MINC foiling machine. I created some adorable metallic butterfly magnets and it was seriously so fast and easy.

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Supplies:

Minc Foil Applicator

Minc 3D Butterflies

light pink foil

mint foil

hot pink foil

rose gold foil

green foil

3/8″ small magnets

Ad tech glue gun

The Minc 3D butterflies come pre-cut, you just have to punch them out, and then run them through the MINC machine with the color of foil that you like.
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After they’ve run through the machine, you pull away the foil sheet, and everywhere that was black on the butterflies is now fabulously metallic. For this project, I used the light pink hot pink, rose gold, mint, and green foils. theprojectgirl-foil-minc

The foil transferred so well on these, they look like they are made of metal not paper.  For the magnet part, I just got some small round magnets, and used my handy Adtech HiTemp glue gun. I gently folded the wings up, and then glued the flat part of the butterfly body to the magnet.
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All the little butterflies turned out so so cute!

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I recently bought this GIANT magnetic chalkboard from Chalk Couture (they custom painted it for me too!), and knew the butterfly magnets would be perfect for it. So I wrote a little spring quote, and then added all my butterfly magnets too it. theprojectgirl-butterfly-chalkboard-full

Look how cute they turned out, and so so so metallic. I love the bright and fun colors of all the MINC foils. theprojectgirl-butterfly-chalkboard

All these supplies should be available at your local Jo-ann and Hobby Lobby as well as a variety of online stores.  And I have to say that I was super impressed at how well the foil transferred onto these butterflies using the MINC machine. I have a regular laminator and have done some foil transfer stuff before, but these turned out phenomenally using the MINC.
theprojectgirl-butterflies-close*Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via product provided, payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Links contained on this post and within this blog may be affiliate links.