Sunday, June 30, 2013

Craft for Community Zine

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.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Etsy Craft Party 2013

Sewn paper garland and origami triangle for Etsy Craft Party photo booth backdrop at Creative Outlet Studios

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 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!
Various papercrafts and screen printing decor for Etsy Craft Party at Creative Outlet Studios
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?
Opening the doors to the Etsy Craft Party at Creative Outlet Studios
KC of Make Shop Live revealing her natural dying techniques at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party
KC's Natural Dye Reveal!
Etsy Craft Party guests using the Provo Craft Cricut and Cuttlebug machines at Creative Outlet Studios.
Trying out the magical Cricut & Cuttlebug from Provo Craft

Jennifer Priest of Hydrangea Hippo leading a DIY gift bag craft at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party.
Gift Bag station with the super talented Hydrangea Hippo
(tutorial at How About Orange)
Guests trying out Epson LabelWorks ribbon printers at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party.
Smiles courtesy of Epson's LabelWorks PRINTABLE ribbon!! 
Making leather and felt scrap pins with Marisa Lynch of New Dress A Day at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party
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!
Guests making letterpress gift tags at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party
Letterpress Gift Tags were guided by the lovely Desiree B. & Emma of Fiskars

Screen printing with Miriam Dema and Mome Rath Garden at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party
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 leading the Craft for Community zine station at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party
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!

Sweets from Cake Bar, Parchment, Bake All The Things, and Baker Bliss Maker benefitting Share Our Selves at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party
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.
Raffle bar curated by A Little Known Shop at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party, Birdie and Bear in the foreground.

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.
Band Hank and Her Ponies playing at Creative Outlet Studios for the 2013 Etsy Craft Party
Hank and Her Ponies set the perfect tone for the evening!

Etsy Craft Party guests enjoy the Wine Lab at the Camp and Piaggion on Wheels food truck at Creative Outlet Studios
Culinary awesomeness outside with The Wine Lab at The Camp & Piaggio on Wheels

Reggae band Special Blend playing at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party
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!