Pretty up-cycled basket tutorial!!

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Here is a my pretty up-cycled basket tutorial!
Below are the pictured instructions and text to follow as well, 
if you don't understand something or have questions please let me know I will
do my best to answer all questions!




Ok so I have seen a lot of these up-cycled plastic bags, where you fuse the plastic bags together with wax paper and an iron, my tutorial starts after the actual fusing of the plastic bags so here is a tutorial for that here if you need it!
So lets add our own flair!!


Here are the steps that follow the pics have fun :)
1. I have fused my bags together and made sure that the edges are straight, ( I dont have an actual size because it could vary with your plastice bag fusing), but you do need:
-2 pieces that are the same size for the sides of the bag
- 1 piece for the bottom that is the same lenght as the two side pieces but 
not as wide
2. measureing all sides to make sure the are even and matching up to one another
3.&4. I  am adding  lace to the sides
to give it some pretty flair and I am measuring the sides of the plastic bags 
5. I am measuring my lace to fit the sides of my bag and then cutting to match
6. Lets Sew!
7. using my pins to mark put together the sides and the bottom 
8. sew all sides together inside out
9. Flip bag out, and you have your self a cute little basket...add straps and you have a pretty little up-cycled bag!


  
I hope you enjoy all this tutorial I will be making more and I will update you on my newest upcycled bags!!
Have a great day,
<3 Shana
Check this out for more inspiraion
http://1goodthingblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/manic-mondays-fusing-plastic.html#.UJMZildSSVp

Short, Easy tutorial on Lighting setup for Etsy Pics......

Pictures are the heart and soul of the Etsy community, they are what your customer see's first before they decide to purchase your product. This makes the pictures the most important aspect of your Etsy store, ( or any other place you may sell) So how can you capture beautiful photos of your products? Well its Simple, if you understand a few things about taking photo's:
-First of composition is everything, make sure that your item is the center of attention and nothing else is overpowering it. When you look at your photo make sure that your eye is draw towards your product and not another part of the photo. 
-Light is KEY! you must have good lighting to have a great picture, try to use natural lighting, you can setup by a window or out side, just remember keep out of direct sunlight it will overexpose your photo I  Will show you my 3$ setup that works for me...



Lovely, huh I use Tracing paper to cover the window behind the item, and I put tin foil on a piece of cardboard to make a reflector. I adjust the reflector to add more or less light to the item. This set setup gives the items the perfect amount of light, for me. But always remember to experiment, the rules where made to be bent!
 -Last , but still extremely important, you need to need to understand your camera, take a picture of the same thing on different setting so you can see the difference, Learn to manually White balance your camera and also adjust the EV setting these two little settings can change your photography in a big way!!

Well that is it...Told you it was short and easy, you should be shooting awesome pics in no time!!
Let me know if this helped you at all!! comment with the your experience!!

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