Cricut Design Space Star - Vote For Me!

Hi friends! Remember the Cricut Design Space Star Challenge I was telling you all about? Well I'm beyond excited to announce that my DIY leather embellished loafers are one of ten finalists out of hundreds of amazing submissions! Not sure how that happened! 

I need your help to move on to the next round to possibly become Cricut's next Design Space Star. Being Cricut's Design Space Star will mean my work will be featured on Cricut Design Space, and I will win a cash prize! Being featured on Cricut Design Space would be amazing exposure for my blog. So, please click below to vote ... no email or signup required! You can vote once per day until September 1st!

To add to the excitement around here, Cricut is doing something special! They are offering a discount on the Cricut Explore® Iron-on Bundle! It is regularly $355.95, and they are offering it for $269.99. That's like almost $100 off! This would make a great holiday gift for the crafter or kiddo in your life. It includes the Cricut Explore® that I used to make these loafs, and four rolls of iron on. I have used the iron on vinyl for so many projects around here! It's amazing stuff.

Oh yeah, and don't forget to vote :-).

I would love it if you pinned the top image too!  Thank you so much for all of your support!

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Posted on August 28, 2014 and filed under Style.

Behind the Blog: The One Household Item That Changed My Photography World

DIY photography tips

It's time for my second "behind the blog" post. We are talking photography folks. Do you ever see those photos that are so bright + white it just takes your breath away? You swear the photographer just bottled up all of the sunshine he/she could find and put it into the shot. Well, I've got a little trick for you to get that bright white look. I use this tool for all of my photo shoots. Well, it's not exactly a real tool. It is just something I made (go figure) with some household items. I call it the foil board. So what does the foil board do you ask? Well, it reflects the light to give your photo more ooomph (that's a technical term) and less shadowing.

DIY photography tools

Yep, that's my little set up right there. Pretty glamorous huh? I photograph in front of the couch next to the sliding glass door. This is where most of the light comes through in the house. I put a roll of white paper down (this is another amazing tool ... more on that in another post) and stand up the foil board to the left. If I got really clever with it, I would add a stand to the back of the foil board. I should probably do that. To make this foil board, you literally take a piece of foam board + wrap + tape foil around it. So do you want to see why the foil board changed my photography life? Take a look below. The first shot is with no foil board, and the second shot is ... you guessed it ... with the foil board.

Without Foil Board

DIY photography tricks

With Foil Board

DIY photography ideas

See the difference in the shadows on the left? Pretty dramatic huh? These shots are straight out of the camera with no editing. Imagine once I edit them and put some contrast in there!

Please add any other lighting tips you have below. We are all in this together.

P.S. Here is the tutorial for those DIY Loafers.

Also do you guys like these "behind the blog" posts? If so, how often should I do them? Once a month? Once a week? I'd love to hear your thoughts because I can't ever make a decision.

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Posted on August 22, 2014 and filed under Behind the Blog.

DIY Petal Belt with Cricut

leather belt DIY

This DIY belt is super simple + super chic to make. There are just three easy steps. Let's get started. I made this belt once before, but this time I made it with a Cricut Explore, and it was soooo much quicker.

DIY leather

BTW, this post is part of the Cricut Design Start Challenge. I'm so excited to be a part of this lovely team of bloggers: A Ruffled LifeKiki & CompanyFrenchieSweet C's DesignsStay + Co.Girl InspiredBeauty BabblerThe Life of the Wife, + Two Thirty-Five Designs

DIY leather belt

It looks great paired with a white dress!

DIY leather belt supplies

Download the free DIY belt template I designed for you.

cutting leather with a Cricut Explore

Upload this template into the Cricut Design Space. Adjust the size if necessary. Load your leather onto the cutting mat, and press cut.

ideas for leather projects

Glue your cutouts onto the ribbon overlapping the edges. Leave extra ribbon on the ends, so you can tie the ribbon.

DIY leather belt Kristi Murphy

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DIY belt

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Posted on August 21, 2014 and filed under Style.