This time last year I was positively over the moon about being accepted onto the Helmar team, and I’ve had a blast working with their products and getting to know my fellow team members. I’ve been invited to stay on for the next six months, too, so who knows what I’ll come up with to share. But today I thought it’d be fun to look back over the projects I’ve created for them over the last 12 months.
I started out my Helmar time with a bit of a bang: using Liquid Scrap Dots to pipe out my own skull stamps to make ribbon to decorate the house with. Still one of my favorites!
My next assignment called for a Veteran’s Day project, so I borrowed some service pictures from a friend and made this shadowbox for her.
Then, suddenly, it was Thanksgiving, and I made a centerpiece for our hall table.
I ventured into glittered territory for my December post, showcasing these Victorian Lady ornaments I made for our Victorian-themed Christmas tree.
I loved these King Cake Pillow Boxes I designed for my January project. The look almost good enough to eat (and yes, there’s still glitter freaking everywhere!).
Using their Fabric Stiffener and Draping Liquid I created some patched fabric hearts and had a lovely time getting nice and messy with it.
Then I spruced up an old frame with some fabric, ribbon, and (of course!) for a pretty Victorian Memo Frame.
In March I made the most of Todd’s upcoming birthday by making him a very accounting-centric card with real adding machine tape.
Then decoupaged this wooden bunny wall hanging that I’ve had around for ages in time for Easter.
In April I took advantage of a spare clock laying around and had a little fun with paper and glue.
In May I made a pocket letter and decorated envelope for my pen-pal.
In June I got to show off some of my Dal’s in the courtyard diorama I made from upcycled cardboard and other things around the house.
And I doubt you’ve forgotten my July post, where I painted my own car and sealed it with Helmar Crystal Kote Gloss (that I then needed to disclaim because it wasn’t a tested use… oops!).
After the art car, I toned things down a bit and altered the cover of a composition notebook--a much more traditional project…
Made some seasonal paper clips for use with my planner…
And crafted a sweet card for a friend’s baby shower (which is today’s post over on the Helmar blog).
And that’s what I’ve created for Helmar over the 12 months! I’m already working on my next project for Helmar to kick off the next 6 months with the team. I have no idea what will come after that, but I know it’ll be creative and fun!
39 thoughts on “My Year With Helmar”
Wow! You have done so many DIY projects in the last year! Good for you! I am trying to make it more of a habit and really want to encourage more creativity around the house with my kids!
And this is just my Helmar projects, I was on 2 other teams at the beginning of the year, plus personal projects 🙂 I think it’s great your making creativity a habit–it improves our lives so much!
Wow, that’s a lot of DIY projects in the last year…I think I’ve done like 2 or 3 🙁 Congrats on another six months and I can’t wait to see what new projects you come up with!
It’s so important to make time and space for your creativity to stretch out! I hope you’re able to work in a few more project in the next year 🙂
Wow, what an assortment of craft projects. You’ve been busy for sure!
Yes, I love to stay busy! I’m fortunate in that Helmar and the other teams I’ve had the honor of being on really let us do whatever we feel inspired to do with their products and inspiration 🙂
You are so crafty. I love everything you made especially the time to craft project. If I ever get a craft room, I’d love to make one of them.
Thanks 🙂 You wanna know a secret? You don’t have to wait until you have a craft room 😉
Such great craft projects! It’s always so fun to look back and see the different projects you’ve made throughout the year.
Thanks, Kelly! I thought it’d be a fun stroll down memory lane 🙂
Look at you go, this is great that you have gotten the chance to do all of these projects. I made a goal this year to do more crafting this year & I have managed to do it – love it as it’s so relaxing!
Excellent, Laura! May you continue to make the time to craft to your hearts content!
So crafty! Wish I was. You did so many projects, thats pretty awesome. I love diy and crafts I’m just not at all crafty.
I hear that a lot, Jeanine, and I’ll tell you what I told my cake decorating students back in the day: you can learn to be crafty! It’s a skill, just like anything else, and if you click on any of the links in the post it’ll take you to my post on the Helmar blog, most with step-by-step instructions! If you ever need help figuring out how to do something, my inbox is always open!
WOW! What a collection of crafty ideas! The only one I’ve managed to do is decorate envelopes 😛
Thanks! I love decorating envelopes, even if it’s just a little washi tape here or there. It’s just such an unexpected thing 🙂
I love the projects that you created! Especially the shadowbox and the “it all adds up” card. Very clever! Congrats on partnering with the for another 6 months they are lucky to have you!
I admit, Stacey, I was pretty proud of that card. I’m honored to be invited back for another term 🙂
Wow! You have made some awesome stuff. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with!
Thanks! I can’t wait to see, either (I never know until the inspiration strikes, lol).
I love the card — I know some people who would enjoy something like that. Lol
Thanks! It’s super easy to make (there’s a link to the step-by-step with each project).
Amazing, you are so creative! Love the car Btw 😀
Thanks, Peg! I get a kick out of the car, too, it’s my little happy every day I have to drive to the office 😛
Wow! I love the idea of one project per month. I love crafting, but I often get overwhelmed by the vast amount of ideas and over-stimulation in craft stores. Hehe 🙂
I usually have 2-3 going on at any one time, Shelly, but aiming for one a month is a great place to start if you’re trying to get into the crafting habit. I know what you mean about getting overwhelmed, though, but I write down all the ideas that come to mind in a notebook and that gets them out of my head, allowing me to focus on one or two at a time without risk of forgetting the other ones. Definitely helps cut through the overwhelm!
What is Helmar? I love your projects. I scrapbook so I can appreciate the card. I love that frame!
Helmar is an adhesive company out of Australia with a US distributor as well. They have fabulous products–the Quick Dry 450 is nicknamed “hot glue in a bottle”–and can be found in some craft store chains or online.
Wow your very crafty. I wish I could do stuff like this. Great job
Thanks! I bet you could–crafting is a skill, and skills can be learned 🙂
So creative! Love how varied the projects are.
Thanks! I love to do a lot of different things–keeps the wheels turning and avoids creative block 🙂
It looks like you had a pretty crafty and fun year with Helmar. I love the Christmas tree ornament most of all! So cute =) And glitter is a silent beast lol.
Silent beast… I think I like that better than some of its other names! I was really happy with how the ornaments turned out, and they looked awesome with all the other paper ornaments on the tree.
Congrats on your first year! And your projects look amazing!!
Thank you, Michelle!
Wow you are so creative! Those crafts look amazing.
Thanks, Kristen! I believe a bit of creativity each day keeps me sane 🙂