100 Days of Mini Collages – First Week

#The100DayProject

This year I’m participating in #The100DayProject.  

I didn’t really think I would post on my blog about this because I’m actually not great at keeping up with projects that are that long.

But so far I haven’t missed a day and it seems really manageable, so here I am.

 

For The 100 Day Project, you simply choose a project and do it for 100 days.  It began on April 3rd (but honestly, you can start something like this anytime you like!)

I didn’t want to add another big “To Do” to my list and I wanted this to just simply be fun, so I chose something very easy and quick.

I got a 3.5 inch X 5 inch sketchpad at Michael’s when I was shopping there with my mom a couple of weeks ago.  It was cute and it was on sale for around $2.00.  (And my mom bought it for me – thanks, Mom!)

I didn’t actually know what my plan was for it, but then that night I found out about The 100 Day Project and this pad has exactly 100 pages.

I decided on mini collages because I love creating collages.  I have little scraps of paper I save to use up.

100 Days of Mini Collages

I also needed something portable because I’m traveling a lot and I didn’t want to miss a day.

Everything I need fits in this cute pencil pouch.

100 Days of Mini Collages

I have a Ziplock baggie of paper scraps, different colors of pens, little scissors, tape runner, a black pen and the actual little sketchbook itself all fit in there for easy travel.

How has it worked so far?

I’ve completed a new mini collage every single day.  Usually I do it in the morning before I get my day started.  It only takes a few minutes.  Then I take a quick photo and post it on Instagram.

That’s another thing I had to get over to make this project less complicated.  I actually hate taking photos with my phone.  Even on Instagram I typically take photos with my big camera and then upload them.  That process is fine, except if I’m doing this every day and taking a photo for Instagram every day then I needed to let go of having perfect photos and just take cellphone photos of the projects, especially since sometimes I’m rushing off somewhere as soon as I get the collage done.

And it’s been fine.  In fact, it’s been very freeing and fun.

Follow me on Instragram:  @KimberlieKohler

I’m using the specific hashtag #100DaysofMiniCollages for my project.

Here are all of my mini collages so far:

Day #1

100 Days of Mini Collages

Day #2

100 Days of Mini Collages

Day #3

100 Days of Mini Collages

(On this day I decided I preferred a horizontal orientation of the page and I’ll probably stick to that from now on.)

Day #4

100 Days of Mini Collages

Day #5

100 Days of Mini Collages

Day #6

100 Days of Mini Collages

Day #7

100 Days of Mini Collages

It’s been really fun and inspiring to do this so far and I’m excited to continue!

Remember:

Follow me on Instragram:  @KimberlieKohler

I’m using the specific hashtag #100DaysofMiniCollages for my project.

 

Jewelry Supply Storage

Jewelry Supply Storage

During my last reader survey, a lot of people asked me how I store my jewelry making supplies.

In today’s video, I share how I store my supplies.

The most important thing to think about when you are deciding how to store your supplies is how will you be using them.  Store them in a way that makes things easy for you.


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How to Make an Inspiration Treasure Chest

Inspiration Treasure Chest

Sometimes I have days that are just blah and I’m not inspired at all.  I love having a little “treasure chest” of items to inspire me on those days.

It’s pretty simple to put together:

  • Find a container; and
  • Put things in it that inspire you.

As time goes by, you’ll find some new things to put in it and perhaps take other things out.

In today’s video I show you how I put together my Inspiration Treasure Chest.

Video:

Inspiration Treasure Chest

Some ideas for containers:

  • I used a cute planter.
  • Altoid box (click here for a tutorial on how to decorate it)
  • Mason jar lantern (obviously without the candle.  Click here for a tutorial to make it.)
  • Any box.
  • Basket.
  • I also think of my sketchbook as a treasure trove of inspiration.

Inspiration Treasure Chest

Ideas of what to put in your Inspiration Treasure Chest:

  • Cards with inspirational quotes.  (Learn how to make quote cards here.)
  • Photos of inspiring places.  You could use your own photographs of places you’ve visited and love or print inspiring photos of places you’d love to visit.
  • Souvenirs.
  • Cards/letters you’ve received.
  • Any ephemera that inspires you.
  • Aromatherapy (essential oils, herbs or candles.)
  • Any little items that delight you.
  • A list of things to do to feel inspired again.
  • Anything else that you find inspiring.

So what are you going to put in your Inspiration Treasure Chest?


Jewelry Design Workshop

Have you been making jewelry, but following others’ tutorials and have a yearning to come up with your own unique designs?

Have you seen other people’s designs, but they’re just not quite right for you and your own style?

Wondering how you even figure out your own personal jewelry style?

And how do you come up with ideas without having all day to dream about jewelry designs?

Give me a few minutes a day and I will take you from wondering how jewelry designers come up with their ideas to designing your own jewelry in your own unique style!

In my Jewelry Design Workshop you’ll learn my process for never running out of ideas for jewelry designs. Through the process, you’ll develop your own personal jewelry style and even learn how to put together a cohesive collection.

We’ll start by learning about the basic principles of jewelry design. Then you’ll learn how to create an Idea Collage, a technique you can do over and over again to get lots of inspiration. Plus you’ll get some bonus prompts for even more inspiration. I’ll share my process for pulling ideas from your Idea Collage.

Then we’ll move onto actually sketching our design ideas and choosing designs for a collection. Finally, I’ll share tips for finalizing your jewelry designs and troubleshooting when a design does not seem to be quite working.

Learn more and sign up here.

 

Long Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace

Today is Part 3 of our 3 part series of necklaces.

In the tutorial you will learn a simple, but unique wire wrapping technique to frame a focal bead for a necklace.

Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace

Video Tutorial:

In case you missed the previous parts of this series:

Pro Wire Wrapping Finishing Tips

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace

Wire Wrapped Necklaces


Have you been thinking about joining in for Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry?

Things you should know:

  • I created it to help you find your creativity (or amp it up!)
  • Each week is designed to take you on a journey starting with a creativity boosting activity (creativity booster.)  Then I teach you jewelry skills techniques.  We finish with actual step-by-step jewelry projects.  It’s set up that way so that as you go through you get what you need – creative inspire, technical skills – and at any point you can create jewelry.  You may come up with your own designs.  You may make the projects in the class exactly as is.  You may put your own spin on any of the projects.
  • You get access to this course forever in the future.  So if you don’t have time right now, you can come back to it later.
  • It’s only available once or twice a year.  So even if you don’t have time right now, if you want to take the course this year I highly recommend getting it and then working on it when you do have time.  (Remember:  you have access to it forever.)
  • The lessons come out each Monday, but you do not have to do them at any specific time.
  • Once you have purchased this course, you always have access to every time I run it without paying anything additional!  (Even when I add and update the content!)
  • Learn more here:  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry
  • Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
  • It starts on March 5th – registration will close on that day!

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse

Tools & Supplies Needed for Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry [and how to get them inexpensively]

Tools and Materials Needed for Rediscover Your Creativity

My eCourse, Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry begins on March 5th.  You can get registered now.

The course is all about finding or rediscovering your creativity.  And it’s also about jewelry making.  Each week there is a creativity activity to boost your creativity (creativity boosters), lesson on how to do certain technical skills in jewelry making (jewelry skills lessons) and then full projects for making jewelry (jewelry projects.)

I set up the course so that you have the tools so that at any point you may start to get ideas of your own for jewelry designs.

This is a 6 week eCourse and there are 21 jewelry projects included.

For my workshops I typically let you know what you need for it beforehand.  This eCourse is a little different, but there are certain things you’re going to need.

I highly recommend that you use what you have on hand and be creative about making adjustments to the projects we’ll do.  (And I recommend that for any jewelry project that I teach!)

And because I don’t want you to have to break the bank to take this class, I’m also giving you some tips for getting supplies less expensively.

The video is almost 14 minutes long.  The same information is in the PDF below if you prefer to read!

Here is the PDF for the supplies and tools you’ll need:  Tools and Materials List

Please don’t miss out on Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry.  It’s only available once or twice a year.  Registration will close on March 5th.  After that, you’ll have to wait to get in again!

And even though it’s a 6 week course at a specific time, you really can work at your own pace.  You keep access to the course and all the content forever!

Learn more and register here:  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse