If you’re like us and can’t wait for warm weather, you might be in the mood for one of these spring-y DIY projects we found on Kollabora. Find a link to each project at the bottom of this post.
Since meeting Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte at The Makers Summit, we’re completely amazed by the depth of her both her blog and her product design. She’s partnered with top crafting companies to create one of a kind crafting supplies that are unique as well as easy and fun to use.
Today, we’re excited to show you what we did with one of these products — adhesive stencils. We had so much fun making some custom tea towels with her stencils, and we wanted to share this fun tutorial with you. Here’s a peek at the simple supplies you need. You can find the full tutorial on Kollabora.
We’re continuing our spring series of Indie Craft Parade workshops, and next on the calendar is the iPhone photography class. People who attended The Makers Summit may have gotten a taste of this class. However, if you were unable to attend the workshop at the conference or if you’re just looking to up your photography game, this is the class for you. In this 2 hour seminar, you’ll learn how to get the most of your iPhone as well as some really great editing tips.
Taught by the incredibly talented Jivan Dave, this class will be invaluable to your Etsy shop, Instagram feed, or however else you share your products with the world. And it’s very reasonably priced. The $20 class fee will pay for itself over and over again.
For further details or to sign up for the class, see information here.
Wow! What a weekend. It was thrilling to gather with so many new attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, and friends. I hope you’ve been reliving the day through the attendee photos on Instagram. Indie Craft Parade will release our recap video and official photos in the next week or so, but until then, be sure to check out #makerssummit on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also read a really great takeaway from the event from the Brains on Fire Blog.
Here are some of our favorite attendee Instagram shots:
Entering The Makers Summit by goinghometoroost.
The main conference hall by bofagram.
The business card guestbook by french_ashley.
Vagabond Barista’s pour over bar by theflyformal.
Makers Gonna Make Tattly by tjbreil.
Jude Landry’s keynote by indiecraftparade.
Just before dinner by lilyasher.
Menu shot by our presenting sponsor virb.
Party Lounge during The Best Craft Party Ever by michelle_smth.
Goods from all the party stations by onceagainsam.
We’re shouting it from the rooftop: We Love Frontier Label! If you’re a maker and want to take your product to the next level, you need to talk to them right away. Frontier specializes in every sort of custom labels. And there’s a good chance they’ve printed labels for companies and products you love.
Fast, efficient, friendly, what more can you ask from a company? Frontier is all these things and more. What amazing products have they done? I’m glad you asked. Just see below.
Charleston Soap Chef
Knot & Bow
For many more samples of their incredible work, check out their Pinterest page.
Hey Makers Summit Attendees!
We’ll see you a week from tomorrow. Just to get you excited, here’s our video from last year. We’re very proud of the 2013 conference, but we think that 2014′s will be even bigger and better. It’s gonna be a great day!
We’re only a week and a half out from The Makers Summit. Crazy! We’ve been planning and working for what seems like months on end, and now it’s almost here.In the short time we have before meeting everyone at the conference, we want to get you pumped up about all the amazing people you’ll meet next Saturday. Speakers, sponsors, and attendees alike contribute to make this conference and party memorable, but we really wouldn’t be able to provide what we do without the help of Virb–an incredible build-your-own website service.Your website–which tells the world who you are–can make or break your business. That first online impression is so important, and Virb can help you communicate your brand and products in a simple elegant way. This is one product that we’ll sing the praises of over and over again.Here’s some first hand experience from Erin, one of our directors:I recently used Virb to build a website, and was blown away by how incredibly easy it was to create a beautiful website. My husband is a professional illustrator, and had been needing a new website for years. I’m relatively tech-savy, and thought I knew enough to use one of the various website template services. I tried a couple different services, but was so frustrated by the difficulty that I was about to give up, when a friend recommended I try Virb. After tinkering with it for a few minutes, I was hooked. A couple hours later, I had created an amazing website! (You can check it out here.) Their websites are designed specifically for the creative community, and have all kinds of great features like integrated shops with Big Cartel and Etsy. The templates are so beautifully designed and easily customizable, it was dream to work with. After seeing how easy Virb was to use and how ideal it was for makers, I knew this was a resource we needed to share with the makers community. I reached out to Virb and asked them to partner with us for The Maker Summit, and the rest is history!Virb will play a huge role in our event next week. In addition to being the presenting sponsor of The Best Craft Party Ever (which is shaping up to be amazing!), Virb is hosting one of our 4 workshops. The lucky people who snagged tickets to the conference will have an opportunity to learn first hand how to make a customized website start to finish.
Whether or not you’re attending The Makers Summit, it’s worth taking a look at the services Virb has to offer. You’ll be amazed at how something so simple will yield such impressive results.
Have you heard about Kollabora? They’re an online community for makers, and we’ve been loving the wealth of DIY projects to be found there. In fact, we started our own page where you can easily find past Indie Craft Parade DIYs.
We’ve rounded up just a few Kollabora projects that are inspiring us for Valentine’s Day this weekend. If you’re feeling crafty or just need some extra beauty in your life, these projects will get you started. Find a link to each at the bottom of this post.
One of the newest sponsors to join The Makers Summit this year is Big Cartel, another partnership we are really excited about! Big Cartel has been around since 2005, and handles behind the scenes shopping functionality for all kinds of beautiful online shops.
One of the biggest benefits Big Cartel offers is the ability to host your shop on your own site, fully customized. They also have very reasonable flat fee pricing, beginning with a free plan that you can try out and see if it works for you and your products.
If you’re thinking about opening an online shop soon and want to know what options are out there, you’ll definitely want to hear our Makers Summit panel about this very topic. We’ll have representatives from Big Cartel, Square Market and ScoutMob discussing various methods of selling online, and answering attendee questions about getting the most out of your shop.
Another reason that we love Big Cartel is their support of independent artists. Initiatives like their Field Guides help artists tackle issues like copyright, taxes, and making your shop better. These efforts are perfectly in line with our plans for The Makers Summit, so we’re excited to join forces and tackle these things together next month.
If you haven’t already, grab your Makers Summit ticket and come see what else Big Cartel has to offer!
MailChimp has been one of our biggest supporters from day one, and we’re pretty big fans of theirs as well. They are a sponsor of the 2014 Makers Summit! A few months ago, we finally had the opportunity to visit their Atlanta offices. One of the first things we saw when we walked in was this amazing embroidered front desk!
We knew we were in the right place.
MailChimp has a reputation of supporting creative and small business ventures like ours. So it seemed fitting that their front desk would be a giant example of craftsmanship.
We got to explore the offices with our friend Marco, and meet a few of the people that make MailChimp tick.
We were especially impressed by the 3D printer station for employees!
If you receive our Indie Craft Parade or Makers Summit newsletters, then you’ve seen MailChimp at work. (And if you’re not on the list, you can sign up at the bottom of our sites!). MailChimp makes communicating via email so much easier. And they provide a lot of Resources for beginners. Here are a few to get you started:
We know you’ll enjoy working with Freddie just as much as we do!