We had a special station at our Etsy Craft Party to incorporate Etsy's fantastic 2013 theme, "Craft for Community." Led by the amazingly talented Rachel Hillberg, participants at the Zine station were given several community themed prompts, including Etsy's provided word bubbles: "Together we can _____ to create a more fulfilling and lasting world." It was great to see everyone really sit and take their time with their pages to create an "issue" that is individually interpreted but collectively whole. So enjoy as you flip through the pages of this e-zine, made by you, for you! You may even find some printed copies in the studio on your next visit! Check out this article in the current issue of Juxtapoz for more on the current state and roots of zine culture.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013
It's been a week and we're still smiling from our Etsy Craft Party with the Academy of Handmade. This was one of the larger events we've hosted and it was beyond fulfilling to see so many people collectively crafting and having fun...in our studio! We hope you enjoy the photos below (whole album on our Facebook page) and join us again soon for another great event or workshop!
If you don't know already, we at Creative Outlet Studios love a good party! And it's probably safe to say our favorite part is theming and decorating. We've been loving bright tropical colors and you can't peruse blogs or pinterest lately without coming across an abundance of geometric inspiration. These tutorials helped us whip up some seriously simple but impactful decor:
We were also lucky to have the fabled sister/daughter/graphic designer extraordinaire, Whitney (many over you have heard about our other 1/3 traveling through Australia), back to not only make our awesome graphics for the event, but to bring them to life with the gigantic folded paper sign for the party!
How about I let the pictures do some talking now?
|KC's Natural Dye Reveal!|
|Trying out the magical Cricut & Cuttlebug from Provo Craft|
|Gift Bag station with the super talented Hydrangea Hippo |
(tutorial at How About Orange)
|Smiles courtesy of Epson's LabelWorks PRINTABLE ribbon!!|
|Leather & Felt Scrap Pins led by fashion repurposing maven, Marisa Lynch!|
Find photos of some uber creative finished pins on her blog, new dress a day,
as well as her own fantastic creations & tutorials!
|Letterpress Gift Tags were guided by the lovely Desiree B. & Emma of Fiskars|
|Crafters got to choose fabric swatches including colorful remnants from Volcom (check out their New Future blog on environmental responsibility) and print one of 3 awesome designs, including a commemorative design from Hearts and Laserbeams! Thanks to the Meagan Segal of Mome Rath Garden & Miriam Dema for leading the screen printing station!|
|Rachel Hillberg of Elephant Dust Handmade led everyone through the basics of zine making with a "Craft for Community" theme. Check back here for a link to the finished "e-zine," or sign up for our newsletter to get it in your inbox!|
|In addition to a portion of proceeds benefitting local charity, Share Our Selves, the all-donation dessert bar was generously and yummily (??) filled with sweets by Cake Bar, Parchment, Bake All The Things, and Baker Bliss Maker.|
The other big hit of the night was the Raffle Bar, curated by A Little Known Shop, which featured amazing prizes from a ton of local Etsy sellers as well as our other amazing sponsors! Find a complete list of contributors at the bottom of the post.
|Hank and Her Ponies set the perfect tone for the evening!|
|Culinary awesomeness outside with The Wine Lab at The Camp & Piaggio on Wheels|
|Surprise performance by our friends Special Blend at the end of the night!|
We can say with complete confidence that we can't wait for Etsy Craft Party 2014! We look forward to seeing Etsy shop owners grow and continue to foster the face-to-face community throughout the year. Here's a list of the fantastic people and business who helped make the night!
Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers & featured Etsy sellers!
Hearts and Laserbeams
Sheswai Nail Lacquer
Grow by Eleanor Whitney
Wine Lab at the Camp
Piaggio on Wheels
A Little Known Shop
New Dress A Day
Elephant Dust Handmade
Hank and Her Ponies
Miriam Dema Art
Mome Rath Garden
Bake All The Things
Baker Bliss Maker
Whimsy & Ink
Paper Jam Print Shop
BOSS Girls Inc
Blooms in the Air
The Sunshine Grove
Audrey Miller Art