Monthly Archives: October 2010

DIY: Beaded Belt Tutorial


| Bliss, DIYs, Fashion & Beauty

Phonto Beaded belts can retail for up to hundreds of dollars. However since I had plenty of time and the wedding-crazies I decided to make my own.

Unfortunately I ended up not choosing a dress style that needed a belt. But I suppose now I can just wear it when I want to be fancy (or to the grocery store).

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In different colors that could add a lot to a simple dress or made on a smaller scale for a beaded headband. This tutorial is pretty straight forward but this DIY also includes my supplies.

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SUPPLIES:

Satin Ribbon:

You can find this almost anywhere – just don’t get wire-edged.

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Seed Beads:

I used two sizes in silver instead of clear because I wanted some sparkle.

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 Crystals:

I used Gem-Cut Rondells (this link is for a larger size I used 8mm) and Bicones that were 4mm and 6mm. All of these were crystal colored – NOT crystal AB – which has the multicolored oil sheen

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 Pearls:

I used two different sizes for these as well. 6mm and 8mm

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Rhinestones:

I ordered sew-on rhinestones in two sizes (12ss & 20ss) from ebay

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You will also need Fabric/Bead Glue and a Beading Needle along with beading thread. Oh, and plenty of patience and time!

READY TO GO?!

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 THE STEPS:

STEP 1:

Measure the length you want the belt to be and add 2 inches so you can finish the ends. I used satin ribbon that was 1.5″ wide.

STEP 2:

Apply the glue to the ribbon in 1-2″ sections with a paint brush. Make sure you put a decent amount on just not so much that it soaks thru.

STEP 3:

Sprinkle your seed beads onto the wet glue and pat them gently with your hand to make sure they stick. Wait for this to dry completely before doing anything else

STEP 4:

Lay your length of ribbon along a ruler and spread your beads out evenly along the side of it (you don’t HAVE to do this it just helps you make sure you don’t end up with a bunch in one spot).

STEP 5:

Bead, bead and bead. I tied a seed bead to the end of the thread before pulling it thru so it wouldn’t pull out. I worked one section with all the beads instead of doing one type at a time. It’s good to have this some place where you can work on it for 30 mins at a time and then walk away from it. Makes it WAY less overwhelming.

STEP 6:

When you get done you’ll realize that you’ve lost some seed beads in the process. I went back and filled in any holes at the very end.

STEP 7:

Lightly singe the ends of the ribbon to keep it from fraying and then fold them under and hand sew them flat. At this point you can either add hooks or you can do some sort of pretty clasp. Another idea is to cut the ribbon much longer than you need, bead only the part for your waist and then tie it into a bow at the back.

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Photoshop: Create an Action


| Design Love, DIYs

When you have a ton of photos (let’s say, wedding photos) that you’d like to format similarly (perhaps, scaling down to share online) a useful tool in Photoshop is to use “Actions”. It allows you to reproduce the same edit multiple times without having to redo EVERY step for EVERY image.

HOW IT WORKS:

Basically you are able to set up a certain function that you’d like replicated across all your images and then with a single click have it apply to each image. It takes a second to set up but it’s very useful when you have a lot of image or would like to save certain settings to use in the future.

SET IT UP:

For my example I have 149 photos from our wedding. I’d like to be able to share those online but the high-res photos would be huge and take forever to upload. (Click images to view larger)

So I created an “Action” to make them all no larger than 550 pixels wide and 72 dpi (screen resolution).

STEP 1:

DUPLICATE your folder of images because there’s no way to give the files new names with actions and you don’t want to save over your original photos.

Rename the new folder something obvious like “For Web”.

STEP 2:
Open a horizontal AND a vertical image (we have to create an Action for each depending on the layout).

STEP 3:
Starting with your vertical image. Select Window: Actions.

STEP 4:
Create a “New” Action by clicking the icon.

Name your Action accordingly (so it’ll make sense to you later). Then click “Record”.

STEP 5:
Select Image: Size

Set your size accordingly. I set mine as 550 px tall (because it’s a vertical image) and 72 DPI. NOTE: Be sure to have “Resample Image” checked (or you won’t be able to set the pixel height).

STEP 6:
Select File: Save (you can also select close after you save to add it to the action).

STEP 7:
Stop recording the action by clicking the icon.

STEP 8:
Follow the same steps for your horizontal image. Create a new “Action”.

Name the “Action” accordingly and set the size.

STEP 9:
Open all your images from your “Web” folder.

Select the correct “Action” according to the layout and push the play button. It’ll automatically resize and save.

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Fashion: 1960s Chic


| Bliss, Fashion & Beauty

I recently discovered a line of dresses when I was looking for a pencil dress to wear to my bridal shower.

They’re by a company called Stop Staring and run from $100 – $200.

Ranging from floral patterns to solid satins there’s a good range to fit any event.

I chose a blue watercolor pattern. The fit is superb for anyone with curves. The only downside is the dresses are unlined – not a problem with the cotton one I chose but might make for some serious undergarments under the satin ones.

Shop here.


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