Saturday, February 22, 2020

How To Start Your Own Crafting YouTube Channel (For Beginners)

how to start your own crafting channel on youtube for beginners

How To Start Your Own Crafting YouTube Channel (For Beginners)
Do you enjoy crafting? Do you enjoy watching crafting tutorials on YouTube? Have you ever wondered if YOU could make crafting videos that others might enjoy watching? You can! It's really easy to get started. Here are a few ideas and tips for beginners.

Getting A YouTube Channel
First, you need a YouTube channel. There's plenty of info on the Internet about how to do this, so I won't bother repeating it, but here is a link to get your started.

Equipment: The Basics
You don't need lots of fancy equipment and software to make a simple crafting video. However, there are a few basics that will make the process easier and make your videos prettier.

1. Your Phone
2. Good Lighting
3. A Background
4. Video Editing Software (not necessary, but handy)

So, let's talk a little about these.

Making Videos With Your Phone
For beginners, a phone is a perfectly adequate way to begin making videos. Most phones today are more than capable of putting out quality video. However, you'll need to mount the phone so your hands are free for crafting. For beginners, I recommend a simple mount stand like this one:

It clamps to the edge of your desk and is easy to move and manipulate. Your phone goes into the squeezable clamp and can be positioned over your work space for easy video-making. Below are some photos of the one I use.

Desk clamp to hold your phone while making videos

desk clamp for phone videos

Lighting Your Videos
Ideally, I recommend window light for pictures and videos (not direct sunlight). It's soft and natural and always looks good. However, a window isn't always an option. If that's the case, it's good to have at least one bright light source to simulate window lighting as much as possible. An easy way to get some extra light on your work space is to use something like this ring light.

It has a few different settings for warm/cool and level of brightness, plus it's cheap and easy to use. Just clamp it to the side of your desk, plug it into your computer USB port and you're ready to go! Here's a look at how I set mine up on my desk (below).

desk clamp ring light for phone videos

desk clamp ring light for youtube videos

A Nice, Clean Background
Next you'll want a good background for your videos. As a crafter, it's okay to use a craft mat, but if you want to do a flip-through of a pretty junk journal or other project you've created, why not use a nice background? I prefer clean "wood" backgrounds or a similar look. Whatever you choose, make sure it doesn't compete for attention with the project you're trying to showcase. Simple is usually better.

For my desk background (see pics below), I used faux wood wallpaper on the back of my craft mat. See a tutorial video for this here.

pretty wood background for youtube videos

pretty wood background for crafting videos with alphabet cards

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Video Editing Softare
If you're new to making videos, you don't have to use software. You can just record your video and upload it to YouTube. (Click here for how to upload a video to YouTube.)

However, if you have an iPhone, you can use iMovie software (free for your phone from the Apple app store) to edit your videos and do fun stuff like speeding up/slowing down your video, adding titles, filters, music and more. I won't go into all that, but if you're curious, here's an article I found about it.

So, now you have your phone mounted to your desk with a nice ring light and a pretty background... time to shoot your first crafting project and share it with the world!

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Monday, February 10, 2020

What To Do With A Junk Journal

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
This journal was created using the Letters & Postcards printable kit
from My Porch Prints

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What To Do With A Junk Journal
Maybe you've heard of junk journals? (Click here for a beginner's tutorial.)
They are these cool, beautiful handmade books created from bits of discarded "junk"... things like receipts, old book pages & papers, doilies and other ephemera. Some are made of fabric, some of paper, old grocery bags, file folders, cereal boxes. If you spend any time on Pinterest, YouTube or Instagram, you have to agree these junk journal things are beautiful!

But what do you DO with them?

I once asked the same question. And I think anyone with an interest in creating these pretty journals is probably wondering the same thing.

Well, here are a few ideas for what you might do with a junk journal:

The most obvious use, at least to me, is to make a good old fashioned journal. Record your thoughts and feelings in the pretty tea-dyed pages.

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Created using the Mysterious Woman Journal Kit
from My Porch Prints

Art Journal/Sketch Book
If you make junk journals, you probably already have an interest in art on some level. Why use blank white pages when you can sketch and draw out your ideas in a book that is already creative and inspiring?

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Lavender Layered Journal Cover

Memory Book/Photo Album
Gather pictures of that new baby, or postcards and letters from your grandparents, or just memories of your friendship through the years... concert tickets, receipts, fun memories scribbled on tags or bits of coffee-dyed paper. What a pretty collection of memories & photos!

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Created using the Letters & Postcards Journal Kit

Travel Journal
Go on an adventure, and take a junk journal with you! Fill those pockets with ticket stubs, luggage tags, that weird candy you ate in Nepal? Save the wrapper! You'll never forget that memory. That postcard from Florida? That train ticket to Paris? Each bit of "junk" from your journeys can be saved as a memory. And don't forget a few Polaroid photos, too!

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Created using the World Traveler Scrap Pack

You hang pictures on your wall, you decorate your shelves with boxes & knick-knacks... why can't a journal be a piece of art in your home? Fill up a bookshelf with journals of every theme! Place one on your coffee table as an interesting conversation piece. Fill it with the things you love, and your guests can get to know you as they flip through its pages.

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Created using Fairy Tale Journal Kit & Fairy Tale Mini Books

Wedding Guest Book
Perfect for a vintage, woodland or other themed wedding. The junk journal guest book can be themed to match! And guests can write not only their names, but also well-wishes and memories for the happy couple.

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Woodland Romance Journal Kit

Prayer Journal
Record your prayers and favorite Bible passages. Draw a picture to go with what you've read. Your time with God can take on a new creativity, reflecting the talents he's blessed you with!

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Prayer Journal Kit

Botanical Journal/ Field Guide
You love nature. Your garden. Your walks. Pluck a few flowers or leaves and preserve them in your journal! Find out their names or properties. Or draw pictures of what you see... be it bird, bug or beast.

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Botanical Wax Paper Bag Journal

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Letters & Postcards Journal Flip-Thru Video

Day Planner
Keep your chaotic life in check. Make those grocery lists, track sleep or weight loss... like a bullet journal, but with a shabby, coffee-dyed creative twist.

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Easy Beginner's Bullet Journal Printable

Creative Planner
You love to make projects... sewing, cooking, mixed media, refinishing furniture, gardening, etc. Whatever your hobby, you need to be organized and plan out your future projects, and a junk journal can be just the place to do that! When inspiration strikes, record your ideas and maybe sketch a little drawing to go with it. Or cut out pictures from magazines as inspiration.

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Sewing Journal Printable Kit

Recipe Journal
Whether it's your great-grandma's homemade noodles or that cake pop you loved from Pinterest... pictures and ingredients combine to create a recipe journal! Make it kitchen themed with images of vintage 50s appliances. Or food themed with scrumptious cakes, tea & desserts! Record memories of those special times in the kitchen, with grandma or grandpa, mom or dad or your babies & grandbabies.

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Tea & Dessert Folio Kit

Flow-ish/Gift Journal
You're not the only person who loves to create! So, share your journal in a swap. And include pretty bits of art supplies, papers and tags within the pages and pockets for your friend to use in HER journal!

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Letters & Postcards Journal Kit

What to do with a junk journal from My Porch Prints
Botanical Notes Junk Journal Kit

FREEBIE! Print This List
If you sell or gift journals, please enjoy this FREEBIE! It is a vintage-style card that lists the ideas in this article. You can include it in your journal for your customers and friends.
Click here for the full-size printable file.

Freebie Printable