Adding layers this season can apply to more than just your clothes. Get stacking and layer up your wrists as well! We are pairing flowy dresses with rough cut stones and chunky chains. This tutorial takes little effort and makes a big impression. Grab the kit or if you have bits of chain and unmatched gemstones laying around this is a perfect way to put them to use!
Time needed: 30 minutes
- chain nose pliers
- round nose pliers
- plated steel curb chain
- jump rings
- lobster clasp
- gemstone center
Get the full tutorial HERE
Meet Eva, she's the badass girl boss behind Sycamore Street Press. Eva and her husband Kirk run the gorgeous and smart stationery company from Utah. They have two adorable kids and live life with the intention of creating simple, beautiful and sustainable products. Their fan base is enormous and it's no surprise that they have a stockists list several scrolls of the mouse long! You can feel the special bursting off of the paper goods they create and when you hear their story you understand why you love these small items so very much. We asked Eva some of our most burning questions and she didn't disappoint.
I Make... things that contribute to a simple, beautiful life. For the first few years of Sycamore Street Press, we were focused solely on making hand printed letterpress stationery and art prints. And we still love making those things. But we've also branched out into other media, and are moving towards becoming an all around lifestyle brand.
First maker memory... Drawing in kindergarten. I loved it and already knew that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.
Makers that inspire you... So many! Folk Fibers, Helen Frankenthaler, the anonymous artists of the Byzantine age, Cathy Callahan, Willa Cather, Françoise Hardy, Voices of Industry, Astier de Villate, Merrilee Liddiard, Sofia Coppola...
Favorite tool of the trade... Copic multiliner brush pens and Muji roller ball pens for drawing.
Something you wish you could make... We're doing more branding design, which is a lot of fun, I'm starting to do film with my partners at NØRR, which is a dream, and I'd love to get into textiles and also make a book!
Top Places to Source... I love finding inspiration and items for our upcoming curated shop when I'm traveling.
Favorite place in Heber City, Utah to snack.... The Owl Bar at Sundance has great little bites.
Favorite shop in Heber City, Utah to blow your paycheck at... Well, my own! I'm so tempted to buy everything I'm ordering for our upcoming online shop expansion! We've got Baggu bags, Blockshop textile scarves, Public - Supply notebooks, Aporta hats, and lots more... I'm very particular about what I bring into my home and life, but these are all things I would love.
Favorite song at the moment.... Smoke in the Elevator by Bobo
Your indigo stationary series is out of this world. Tell us a little bit about the process and inspiration behind it.
Thanks so much! I've always been influenced by traditional artisanal craft, and the inspiration for that series specifically came from Japanese indigo textile dyeing -- shibori. I designed the first pieces in that collection back in February of 2014. It's interesting, because at the time, no one in paper goods or stationery had done indigo/shibori inspired work. It was trending a bit in fashion and home decor, but I had no idea how huge it would become later that year. I was very fortunate in that I created something at just the right moment for the cultural zeitgeist. Just ahead enough of the trend that I was the first in my industry and could therefore sort of "claim" it as my own, but not too far ahead that it didn't appeal to the audience. There are negatives to it, as well, in that when a trend becomes so huge, it inevitably will fall and receive a lot of backlash. I still love my indigo designs and stand by them, and the color indigo and shibori will always be beautiful... but my current interest is moving on to other things, you know? I'm trying to find that line of making work that is timeless, not trend-based, but still current. Easier said than done.
We love all the proverbs you use within your work. Which piece of advice do you follow the most?
Thank you, from the quotes I've used in my work, probably "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are" by Theodore Roosevelt. That principle applies every single day and helps me feel calm and grounded.
What's next for Sycamore Street Press? Any sweet projects in the works?
Well, the curated goods in the shop starting mid-October, of course. (So scared and excited for that!) More paper goods, which I always have a blast designing. We're in the middle of creating branding for a new boutique hotel on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia. And Kirk and I are going to take our two kids and travel / live / work for a few months abroad next year. This has been a plan of ours ever since we started Sycamore Street Press 8 years ago, and we're thrilled that we'll finally be able to make it happen!
An update on where we are and where we are going:
For the Makers started because I wanted to make DIY fashionable, accessible, and easy. We put out a survey earlier this year and listened to what you had to say. You want more, and you want it to be better, faster, and with a price point that hits high and low. We took a look at the business and figured out that while our monthly subscription is the best in the industry, it is also one of the most expensive. In order to lower our price we would have to compromise our exceedingly high standards for quality and originality, which is not something we are willing to do. With that in mind, we’ve decided to say goodbye to our subscription service so we can focus more on what we do best.
Today we launch an all new For the Makers experience! We are going to have more content and DIYs, more project kits and materials that you can buy à la carte in our shop, and more tutorials that focus on making the moments in your life more special with DIY.
I want to thank you for making with us over the years and for growing with us. For always telling us what you want because we are a community of makers who grow together. We are still committed to bringing you the best and most unique experience in DIY materials, tutorials and inspiration. I love learning with you and seeing all of your DIYs come to life. I hope you’ll continue with us into this next chapter. I invite you to check out the new site, give me your thoughts, share the news and get your hands ready to make more of the things you love.
Thank you and Happy Making,
founder + ceo
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Toss your plain-white, everybody-has-that tray out the window. There is a new tray in town! The more color the better with this bright, bold and cheerful update to a classic style. We used acrylic paint and some other simple materials to create this tray in a matter of minutes (plus a little drying time...which means we ate some cookies and watched it dry). Pick up a plain acrylic tray and grab a couple old brushes to sweep on big stripes of color. We would love to see how yours come out so don't forget to share it with us via instagram and twitter with #forthemakers. Now, let's get started!
- acrylic paint in many colors, plus white and black for mixing different tones
- paint brushes
- painter's tape or thick washi tape
- acrylic tray
- spray-on sealant
- rubber bumpers
- glass of water
- paper towels
Step 1: Tape all around the outside edge leaving just the bottom of the tray uncovered. You don't need to completely tape the inside it will be safe just as it is from paint and the sealant.
Step 2: Mix up your paint. Apply the paint in quick swoops. Try varying the direction and thickness with each stroke. Go crazy and add a little splatter for a fun effect. The more the better.
Step 3: Allow some of the layers to dry before adding more so you don't end up mixing all the paint together. Keep painting until you've covered the entire tray. Let the paint dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Step 4: With the tape still on, spray the bottom of the tray with sealant and let dry. Once the sealant has dried remove the tape and add rubber bumpers on the bottom of the tray to prevent it from getting scratched as you use it on tables and surfaces.
We love this tray used as an entryway catchall. Store your keys and small wares. It will make quite a colorful statement and exude personality right at the entrance of your home.
Everyday seems to be a rush against the clock. With holiday season just on the horizon, life is about to get a little more hectic. These printable lists will help keep you organized and focused on the task at hand. Plus, not much else gives you more satisfaction than crossing a completed task off a list, amiright?! We brightened your everyday tasks up with pretty watercolors and motivating quotes.
Triangles? Yes. Because when you love something why not embrace it full force? We're still crushing hard on this geometric life staple. Creativity is making this simple geometric shape shine from wardrobe DIYs to home accessories and even nail art. Take a look at some of our recent favorite takes on this everlasting trend.
2. Golden Ratio & Friends by Carl Kleiner via The Fox is Black
4. DIY Removable Triangle Decals via Burkatron
4. Equilateral Nails from General Store
6. DIY Wooden Triangle Shelves via The Merry Thought
7. Geo Metal Collection by West Elm
8. DIY 3D Geometric Paper Sculpture via Apartment Therapy
9. Triangle Catch-All Dish from Urban Outfitters
11. Triangle Manicure via The Fashion Medley
12. Leather Triangle Backpack via Etsy
top image via pinterest
With summer slipping away and fall on the horizon we're feeling the need to update our living spaces with cozy layers and tons of texture. In this month's Runaway Collection we used contact paper in an unconventional way with our Stevie Rope Necklace and we thought it would be fun to try out another DIY featuring the ease and versatility of this material. With more and more patterns popping up in sticky back form it's only natural to want to update ALL your surfaces. We found three contact papers that we couldn't resist; shiny gold, slick lilac and on trend marble combine to make this super cute and simple wall art. Print out our template for easy cut shapes or create your own for endless possibilities! This project is super easy and makes a big impact on that print collection you've been curating for years.
- - scissors
- - pencil
- - contact paper in 3 colors: gold, marble, lilac
- - ruler, to determine the center
- - watercolor paper or large piece of white cardstock
- - picture frame, ours is from Ikea
- - printable template
Step 1: Determine how large you would like your artwork inside the frame. You can bump up or down the scale of our shapes in your printer settings if you would like depending on the size of your frame. We used a 16" x 20" frame.
Step 2: Cut out the template shapes and trace them to the back of the contact paper and cut out along the line with scissors.
Step 3: Cut out a piece of thick paper the size of your frame, this will act as the surface for the contact paper to stick to. We used thick watercolor paper and traced around the frame insert to determine the right size.
Step 4: Lay out the contact paper shapes, inside the frame to find the center and get the placement how you would like. At first we intended to use the mat but ditched it last minute. (and then we changed our frame to white). Decisions, decisions...
Step 5: Once you have the placement how you would like pick each shape up starting with the bottom most shape. Remove the paper backing and stick the contact paper onto the white watercolor paper. Do this for all of your shapes. Make sure to press down along the edges so that the contact paper adheres correctly.
Step 6: Insert the watercolor paper into your frame and hang on the wall!
The 70s were more than Disco Fever and The Hustle, this month we're focusing on the decade's folk art and ethereal ladies in the Runaway Collection. We've given patchwork, chain link and macrame a much needed makeover in this month's four projects. Make it your own way, from trivets to a chunky statement necklace, you'll let your inner 70s goddess shine in no time. Follow our Runaway Collection inspiration and process below!
Macrame and patchwork may seem like a thing of the past but we were intent on modernizing these two techniques. We swooned when we came across this street style photo earlier this month. Cute and seasonally transitional, this outfit has it all.
Using brass hardware and exotic contact paper we transformed industrial and crafty materials into a must have necklace for fall. A little it moody, a little bit earthy and a whole lot of cool this necklace holds up to its namesake.
While we love a good macrame hanging, we decided to go for a more functional project with the Carley Beaded Trivet. Practical and pretty this trivet is just in time for all those home cooked meals we've been looking forward to. We don't know about you but we've had the delivery guy on speed dial all summer long...
Our model and dear friend Casey killed it this month, seen here rocking the Joni Link Bracelet. She remained cool, calm and collected even when we asked her to wear a wool sweater in 93 degree weather. Casey, you're the best!
While Brooklyn Heights might be known for it's Brownstones and promenade, we couldn't help but admire the more modernist buildings in the neighborhood that leant themselves to this month's color palette.
We hope you enjoy this month's projects! If you missed the sign up this month there is always next month... let's get making!
These days we document everything through photography. Learning how to use available light in your photos goes a long way. Here at For the Makers, we spend a good amount of time behind the lens, so we decided to share our tried and true tips and tricks of product photography. Elevate your photo feed with well lit, well curated photos that will make you look like a pro.
- - Tripod, to keep the camera angle consistent, and maximize clarity by minimizing camera shake at low ISO settings.
- - Backdrop, poster board or seamless paper.
- - Foam core / poster board, cheap and easy solution to use as a reflector to bounce light.
- - Masking tape / glue dots, for securing backgrounds and products in place.
- - Windex / paper towels, to clean reflective surfaces or anything that might show fingerprints and smudges.
- - Step stool, for overhead shots and shooting larger items.
Find a naturally well lit room to shoot in. White wall are a plus. Set up your backdrop next to a window with plenty of natural light. As with a built-in camera flash, bright sunlight will create reflections and harsh shadows, so place your product in indirect light. If indirect light isn't available, try diffusing it by covering the window with a sheet of vellum or a white piece of paper.
Place your product in the center of your background. To minimize shadow and unwanted detail of your background, make sure that the product has at least 6 inches in front of your backdrop. Create a bounce card by placing white foam core or poster board opposite of your window. This will reflect light back over your subject, and even out any shadows.
For trickier items that don't lay flat, glue dots, double-sided tape, and a piece of cardboard covered in white paper can be very useful to stand things up horizontally. This will give you more options for more angles of your subject.
You don't need a professional camera to take professional photos but the better your camera is the more control you will have.
- Camera flashes will produce lighting with harsh contrast that is not ideal for capturing detail. If your camera has the option, always turn off your camera's flash.
- The hardest part of shooting indoors is keeping your whites white. Although you can correct this in editing later, you will lose image quality, so it's always best to try and get it right in-camera first. The best way to do this is to stick strictly to natural light. Indoor lighting has a different color temperature and will often result in an all over orangish tone to your photos.
Depth Of Field
- Depth of field (DOF) is the amount of distance between the nearest and farthest objects that are in sharp focus in a photograph. You can control your DOF by adjusting the aperture of the lens, and the distance you are from your subject. The wider the aperture, and closer your subject is to the camera, the shallower your depth of field becomes and vice versa. Therefore, a small aperture combined with more distance between you and your subject deepens your depth of field. The photo below shows a very shallow DOF. This can be useful for low light situations, portraits, small items, and helping your subject stand out from the background. A deep DOF is useful for scenarios that require detail and sharp focus in the entire photo. In most situations however, (especially if you are using a camera that automatically adjusts your exposure) the closer you get to your subject the more shallow your depth of field will be.
What to RemEMBER:
Mind the details
- To minimize your post production editing, be sure to take great care in the presentation of your product. Iron or steam clothing to eliminate wrinkles and polish reflective surfaces with windex to avoid dust and finger prints.
Choosing / Varying your angle
- To make something look larger, get down low on it's level. To make something look smaller, shoot using an overhead angle. Varying angles of your subject helps to engage your audience by giving them multiple points of view that tell a story.
- Pay attention to the focal point of your photo and how your eye moves through the frame. Eliminate any distractions that might take away from the most important elements of your photo.
- The softer the light, the softer the shadows.
Below is an illustration of this basic set up using natural light. Place your subject on the X in the middle of your table or seamless paper and move your bounce card slightly to find the perfect position to light your product.
Practice makes perfect, but following these basic guidelines will help expedite your process of getting the perfect shot. Keep up with our pic of the day by following @forthemakers on instgram, and flaunt your new photography skills by tagging #makertakes and #forthemakers.
Personalize your calling and business cards to really stand out in a crowd. Use the calling cards provided in the Courtside Collection or have some simple cards printed and then DIY a colorful design to match your individual style. We came up with 3 simple techniques below that will really take those calling cards to the next level.
Simple Marbling Technique
- -calling cards
- -foaming shave cream
- -food coloring
- -glass dish
- -paper towels
- -scrap paper
HOW TO MAKE
Step 1. Spray about 1/2 cup of shave cream into the dish.
Step 2. Squeeze a couple drops of food coloring onto the cream and gently whip in creating swirls of color. Don't over mix.
Step 3. Press the face of the card onto the cream in a direct motion down, and then lift up.
Step 4. With a scrap of paper, scrape the foam off the card in a single sweep and discard the scrap.
Step 5. Set aside to dry and continue dipping cards over the swirled surface. After a few cards you might want to add more foam and stir in additional dye.
Have fun! This one gets addicting once you get the hang of it. Go the extra mile and try more than one color mixed in the foam.
Ombre and neon Edges
- - calling cards
- - 2 card sized scraps of paper
- - montana spray paint (we used Mr. Crab & Fro. Strawberry)
- - wood clamps
how to make
Step 1. Stack the cards neatly and sandwich between the two scrap cards.
Step 2. Tighten the clamps onto the stack carefully to keep the cards flush on all sides.
Step 3. In a spray booth or ventilated space (like outside) lightly dust the edges with paint*. Keep a distance of 12 or more inches from the can.
* for ombre, start with the lighter color & then layer the darker over just half of the stack.
Step 4. Allow time to dry, then remove and flip the clamps to reveal the other side of the cards and repeat spraying the other side.
Step 5. Leave in a ventilated space to dry and after 30 minutes you can remove the clamps and separate the cards.
- calling cards
- watercolor set
- paint brushes
This one is kind of a no brainer. Scout some inspiration on pinterest and go wild with paint!
No longer are the days of swishing polyester track suits. Make your jog sleek and cool with our Courtside Collection and these nine other athletic blue items.
1. Sneakers Nike 2. Bracelet Monica Vinader 3. Sunglasses Opening Ceremony 4. Water Bottle BKR 5. Skirt Alexander Wang 6. Mineral Sunscreen Coola 7. Smart Watch Nuband 8. Sports Bra Naked Sports Gear 9. Gym Bag American Apparel
Top image by Perry Curtis for Stylist UK Magazine.
The Courtside Collection includes a few ingredients commonly used in facial mists. Looking to customize yours? Look no further. While there are lots of wonderful products on the market, knowing the uses for certain ingredients allows you to develop the perfect formula for your face. Here's a run down of common ingredients and their benefits.
Aloe Vera Oil- Used to treat chapped skin, burns, scars and inflammation
Pure Rosewater- A gentle astringent used to hydrate and soothe red, dry, and sensitive skin
Calundula- A traditional antiseptic and antibacterial that is nature’s gift to soothe baby’s sensitive skin or calm sun-damaged skin
Lemongrass- Helps firm the skin
Cucumber Seed Oil- Balances moisture, removes toxic build-up & improves complexion. Helps damaged skin like acne, psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, cuts and scars. It helps heal dry and cracked skin.
Tea Tree Oil- Antibacterial, which prevents breakouts.
Sea Salt- Treats blemishes and nourishes the skin.
Bergamot Oil- Helps correct oily skin and soothe inflammation.
Colloidal Silver- Antiseptic and antibacterial properties kill bacteria and helps heal skin abrasions and burns.
Eucalyptus- Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, commonly used in skin care products to treat skin conditions such as burns, wounds, ulcers, and eczema.
Jojoba Oil- Lessens irritated skin and promotes natural production of collagen
Witch Hazel- A natural astringent that can help with acne control by reducing inflammation and decreasing oil
Vitamin E- Can help fight the signs of aging, protect from sun damage, and even potentially lower skin cancer risks
Mix and match these ingredients to formulate the perfect mist for your skin. We think the perfect base to add these ingredients to is green tea. Learn how to make your own green tea facial mist with this easy tutorial.