Creating Fall Décor for the H2H Challenge

Fall is one of my favorite seasons to create for and, today, I have decided to jump way outside the box and create a home décor piece for you.  One of our challenges this month at Heart2Heart is a Fall Fun challenge, and what is more fun than creating a project that you can display in your home. 

This challenge ends in just a few days, so make sure to stop by and share your fall projects with us before September 30th.  

Like I said, I chose to make something a little different that I normally do for this design team.  Home Décor is one of my favorites to create and I truly enjoy sharing with others how to make their own decorations.  For this round, I decided to pull out my Cricut and HTV (iron-on) vinyl to create a little tutorial for you. 

Before we jump to the video, I want to show you a few details on this project.  It is a very simple project you can make on your Cricut.  I started out with one 1″ x 2″ slats of wood that my husband painted and sanded for me.  If you are not handy, or don’t have a handy hubby, you can purchase a sign like this one on amazon.

After the wood was finished, I created the design in Cricut Design Space then cut the letters from Black HTV (or iron-on vinyl). When you are using this type of vinyl on your design, always make sure to “mirror” your image and place the shiny side down on your mat.  

One the vinyl was cut, I was able to weed the images and iron the letters onto the wood using my Easy Press Mini.  “Weeding” is very easy to do. It involves removing the excess material from the backing sheet so that your image is ready to adhere to the project. 

I used the Cricut Heat Guide to determine my temperature setting and got to work adhering all the vinyl to the wood slats.  Once that was complete, I began assembling the flowers and leaves.  

I used images from the new Bloom with Grace Cricut collection. There are quite a few unique sunflower images in this collection and it was hard to pick just one.  Those little grid patterns spoke to me and so did those stitched leaves, so I chose to add them to my design and cut them out from Espresso, Sundance, and Copper Order paper. 

For those of you who would like to create one of these projects for your home, I have created a simple to follow Cricut tutorial for you.  In the video, I show you how to make the design in Cricut Design Space, how to adhere the HTV (iron-on), and how to assemble all the pieces for the sign. 

Once you have completed the project, I would love for you to share it with me.  I always love seeing how something I made inspired others. 

You will need to purchased the Bloom with Grace collection if you plan on using the same images I did. This collection is only available through my affiliate link and is not available in Access. 

I hope you were inspired by this project I created for the Heart2Heart Fall Fun challenge and you were encouraged to add one of your own creations to the challenge. 

Make sure to stop by the blog each week for a new challenge. Our Design Teams always have some amazing projects to share and there are always creations to inspire you. 

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

My Craft Space Video Set-Up

Welcome to another glimpse inside my craft space.  These past few months, I have been getting emails, messages, and texts asking me to show how I set up for craft videos, tips for editing, and how to make a tutorial.  As much as I would love to sit down with each person individually, I decided that it would be easier to just show you through an online video.  

Let me first preface by saying that I am not a professional videographer by any means.  I don’t have a huge space, a studio full of lights, nor do I have anyone to assist me.  It is just me in my 9′ x 9′ space working with what I have on a small budget. 

I chose to take a break from crafting this week to help those crafters and consultants who are wanting to start making crafting videos.  Everything I am going to show you is very basic, very simple, and very affordable.  I do show quite a few of the items I use everyday, but I ask that you research for items that will work for you.   

I have two spaces for video recording – a small space and a large space.  Both of these are also spaces I use in my everyday crafting so my video recording tools need to be able to be tucked out of the way.  Many of you will probably require the same type of set-up.  You may have a small space or a multi-purpose space where you plan to record your videos. 

Here is what my two spaces look like. As you can see, everything is portable and can be moved out of the way as needed. 

I like to have plenty of light and a backdrop when I record my videos.  I spoke about both of these when I wrote about how I take photos of my projects.  Since my budget is small, I chose these lights that work for when I take photos and when I record videos. 

I chose these Tri-Pod LED lights because they can sit on the floor as up-light below my project or used as light above my project.  I also like that I can brighten or dim them as needed. This comes in handy when my craft space is extra sunny and I need a little less light in my video. 

Lighting is extremely important when you are recording your crafting videos.  You want enough to highlight the project and show your viewers what you are doing, but you also want to avoid too much light that causes shadows.  It took me a few tries to figure out what lighting set-up worked for me.  

I also like to have my project sitting on a lighter photo backdrop.   My first few videos were recorded on my dark wood station and my grey desk. Neither of these were good surfaces for my tutorials.  They caused my projects to fade into the background and made it difficult for viewers to see what I was doing. 

These photo backgrounds are designed to prevent glare and provide a nice neutral surface.  I recently had another consultants tell me that she uses wallpaper in the same manner. 

After you have recorded your videos, you are going to want to look into some video editing software.  You could just upload your videos unedited, like I did with my first few, but they will probably be a little rough and you won’t have the option to adjust any of your footage or add things like music or transitions. 

I use my laptop to edit videos with the Movani software.  You can choose to use a software or app that works for you.  Many of my friends use their phones or tablets to edit their videos and their videos are always amazing.  You need to decided how you want to edit videos and what type of videos you want to create. Take some time to write down what you are looking for in an editing software and do your research.  It took me about four months of trials to figure out what I liked.  In my video, I talk about all the features I was looking for. 

As you can see, this is very simple and rudimentary and easy to accomplish on a small budget.  I hope that you have been inspired to start creating a few videos of you own.  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Thank you for Coming to the Crop

I wanted to thank each and every one of you who attended my Virtual Crop last weekend.  I enjoyed getting to know you a little more and loved taking some time to teach you a few new techniques.  For those of you who were not able to come, here is what you missed. 

It was two days packed with games, contests, live demos, and cropping time with friends.  To tell you the truth, I am exhausted, but it was well worth it. 

Would you like to know what we made throughout the weekend? Not only did we have a few face-to-face chats and crafting time together, I also designed four creations just for this crop. Each one taught a new technique and showed the attendees how to use some of the tools in their stash. 

The fourth creation of the weekend is not shown above. It was for attendees only and it was a really fun project. We dug into some Craft with Heart boxes and I taught everyone how to use items in to the box to create something new. This is something I personally love to do with my own boxes and it was a joy to show others how to do it. 

Again, a big thank you to all of you who came. I hope you enjoyed your weekend and that you were inspired to try something new. 

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.