Sunday, May 17, 2015

Introducing DIY KIOSK

Hello! Today is a special day as I get to share some exciting news about a project I’ve been designing and working on for the last year and a bit. Introducing the DIY Kiosk! My new biz and website!
DIY Kiosk is an online home focused on all things DIY and handmade. In the Kiosk you can shop for DIY Kiosk goodies including: zines, stationery, DIY project kits and creations as seen on my DIY Kiosk blog.

I have been blogging here at My Life As A Magazine for 5 years now. I have enjoyed and appreciated every moment working on this blog and all your lovely comments and support over the years has meant a lot to me.
This blog has also been a place where I have built and started many friendships and found like-minded communities that have made me feel at home. I thank you for that with all my heart. My Life As A Magazine blog is still very important to me and will now act as more of a personal journal that I will be posting on every now and then, with my main focus on the DIY Kiosk.
Crafting is something very close to my heart and is something that gives me happiness daily so I wanted to create a new website where I could have a fresh start and share my crafty and professional skills and knowledge with you.
I hope for and would love your support in this new adventure! Welcome and please join me at the DIY Kiosk.
Lots of smiles and hugs, Jenna Templeton

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Snail Mail

A huge part of my craft making has been dedicated to the art and love of snail mail. I even wrote and designed a zine about it last year called Happy Mail Days.

Given my love for handmade correspondence, I was thrilled to see the love for snail mail being further spread around the globe with the new book release, Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh, published by Hardie Grant.

I'm also very excited to say and extremely honoured to have been included in this amazing publication profiled on the 'Pen Pal' pages and also having some of my mail featured on a few pages throughout the book - talk about a dream come true!
My profile page talking about my lovely pen pal Ishtar
Not only is the main subject of the book something I have been passionate about from a young age, (having written to pen pals and family around the world as soon as I could write),but because the book has been written and designed by my favourite publishing dream team - Michelle Mackintosh and Hardie Grant Books. Most of my book collection have these two things in common!
Michelle's cat Bronte makes an appearance too! - so kawaii!
 Snail Mail is beautifully designed, each page visually stimulating featuring mail from all over the globe.

Throughout the book, Michelle opens her heart to the reader sharing her personal experiences with snail mail and how handmade correspondence has played a significant role in her life. 

Snail mail is about spreading love through handmade surprises sent by post and Michelle has embraced this concept by setting up a PO BOX that allowed people to submit their mail art to be featured in the book. Snail mail brings a special sense of community through manual correspondence and this feeling has been captured page by page.
My mail featured in Snail Mail top left corner (Purple one with sprinkles)
My pink polka dot envelope features fourth from bottom right corner.
A celebration of all things mail and handmade Snail Mail teaches you about the art of handwritten etiquette, samples of famous letters written in time, envelope decorating ideas, templates and the cutest set of stickers to decorated your own mail.

Big thanks to Michelle for featuring me and my mail in your inspiring book - I was also very touched to be mentioned in your thank you letter.
List of people who sent mail to Michelle's PO BOX
 Here are a few more snaps of the book and the lovely decorated package Michelle sent the book to me in.

My purple sprinkle envelope makes another appearance - yay!hanging third from the left.
Love, love, love!! Cat Mail!!
Beautiful package decorated by Michelle
Lovely designed card sent by Michelle
My thank you card was sent in the most sweetest stamped envelope. Learn how to make these stamps in the book!

Happy Mail Days to you all!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Handmade With Love

Hello! Sending my love to all this Valentine's Day! I have been busy crafting some DIY's for kids and parenting title CHILD Mags
You can check out my latest DIY's over on their website HERE 
Hint: They all have a love theme!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas with The Australian Women's Weekly

The festive season is upon us! I don't know about you but I always start to plan my Christmas crafts and gift wrapping in July! November is also my favourite time of year as I love looking at all the Christmas magazines!

 This year The Australian Women's Weekly published a Christmas Ideas special issue.
In this issue you will find lots of great festive recipes, Christmas gift wrapping and decorating ideas. 
Included in this issue is 6 of my very own DIY projects that I hope will inspire you to get Christmas crafting with little ones.

You will find my DIY projects in the 'Children fun craft' section on page. 163.
This 6 page feature also includes my styling and photography. 
The issue is available to buy in stores now.
So have fun making clay ornaments, a gold and glittery table centerpiece, Japanese fabric gift wrapping, Piñata bonbons and more!

My 'Plush Tree Decorations' DIY project also featured in the November issue of The Australian's Women's Weekly too.
Merry Christmas Crafting!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

World Mail Day

Today, October 9th is World Mail Day! So happy mail days to you all!!
Why not dedicate a little time today to put pen to paper, post a postcard, write a letter and send pretty decorated mail art to a pen pal, friend or loved one. To celebrate the art of analogue correspondence I would love to share with you some of my recent outgoing mail. 
 On the subject of snail mail. I still have a few copies left of my 'Happy Mail Day' zine in  online shop. It is filled with many ideas on how to decorate envelopes and make sweet mail art kits. Check it out here.

How will you celebrate World Mail Day? Would love to know.

Many happy mail days to you!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Put your hand on your heart...

Hello! Apologies for my absence for the last couple of months. I promise I have a good excuse! I have been working on some new exciting creative projects that I will be sharing with you soon. 

In between my projects as you can see via my Instagram, I have been sending out lots of snail mail around the globe. Some to pen pals and other 'happy mail'  to customers who have purchased my zines and stationery kits! This washi tape, heart corsage brooch has been posted out to a fan of Aussie TV show Neighbours. A little nod to iconic 80s couple Scott and Charlene (aka Kylie Minogue).

Love a good hit of nostalgia!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Gift Wrapping with the Australian Women's Weekly

Hello crafters! The Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair is on again commencing this Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th of July.

Thanks to the Australian Women's Weekly team, I will be giving some gift wrapping demonstrations on their stage this Wednesday 9th.

I am looking forward to meeting you all and sharing ideas on ways to personalise your presents and teach you some fun gift wrapping techniques using fabrics and other household materials.

So please do come along and pop by!

Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair
Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island

Wednesday 9th July
Women's Weekly stage

There will also be more crafty demonstrations by the wonderful Women's Weekly team throughout the running of the fair.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Character Cutie Bag

This gal - a character cutie bag features in my latest zine 
Learn how to make her and other themed packaging and envelopes (not seen on this blog)here!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Happy Mail Day Zine: Sneak Peek

It's here! My new Happy Mail Day Zine is now available from my online shop!

Alert snail mail lovers!!!

Happy Mail Day is your visual guide to decorating envelopes, mail art, making themed kits, handmade stationery, papercraft techniques, DIYs and penning a letter.
Also inside - A envelope template, seals and labels to make your own Happy Mail Day themed mail art!

Here are a few sneaky pictures of the inside - you will also find more snaps in my online shop!

Many Happy Mail Days to you!


Friday, May 30, 2014

2014 MCA Zine Fair

Hiya! Today I am sharing a few snaps (sorry about the images did not take my SLR camera on the day) of my stall at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art Zine Fair that was held last Sunday, May 25th. What an amazing day it was!! A huge thumbs up to the MCA crew for hosting such an amazing event. BIG thank you to those who popped by and said hi at my stall or who bought one of my zines! Hope you are all enjoying them. Also met and made a few new lovely pals who were fellow zine stall holders.

This has been a big highlight of my year (well the time I patted a baby quokka is right up there too). There were so many lovely people who came through the zine fair doors - many thanks for your sweet and supportive compliments about my work.

Before the big day, I also very much enjoyed designing the look and layout of my stall, making all the little zine fixtures and price signs. Can you spot the paper Harajuku Takeshita-Dori entrance?

On the day I launched my 'Happy Mail Day' zine! More photos of this to come soon and I will be adding copies for sale in my online shop this week!! The 'My Life In Biscuits' zine did sell out on the day eeep! so looking at re-prints. I was also selling mock postage stamp stickers, 'Japan in a Collection', 'Little book of mt Masking tape' zines on the day too, along with mini Kawaii Pop photobook and 'Pop Goes your Mail' letter art kits.

Having a stall at the MCA zine fair has been and honour and an amazing opportunity! Looking forward to sharing more of my works with you all again soon.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Happy Mail Day Zine

Introducing my new publication - Happy Mail Day zine!!
As you know from my many posts I LOVE mail art and posting snail mail to pen pals and friends across the globe. So it was only natural that I dedicate a whole publication to 'Happy mail days'!
Inside you will find ideas about decorating your mail, creating themed kits, handmade stationery and papercraft Diys and more!

I am thrilled to say that I will be launching my 'Happy Mail Day' zine this Sunday (May 25th) at the MCA zine fair! An event that is part of the Annual Sydney Writers Festival. As a fellow zine maker and reader I have attended the MCA Zine fair event for the past few years. But for the first time this year I decided to apply for a stall and I was so delighted when I was accepted and given a place in this years fair.

So please do come and say hi if you do decide to come and check it out - would love to see and meet you.
Admission to the MCA Zine Fair is free and is open from 11am-4pm.

As well as launching my 'Happy Mail Day' zine I will also be selling my 'Pop Goes your Mail' letter art kits, 'Japan in A Collection' zine, mini hard copies of 'Little Book of Mt Masking tape' and 'My Life in Biscuits' zines.
Off course there will be a few more other paper-themed surprises exclusive to the days event!! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

How.Do: Woolly-Pom Rosette DIY

Have you heard of the amazing How.Do app? Its a smartphone/tablet app designed for creatives and crafters all around the world to post and share their DIY tutorials through pictures, video and voice recordings.

When the How.Do team contacted me to ask if I would like to contribute to their April Knitty Gritty DIY campaign - I was thrilled!

A fan of a good crafternoon making rosettes, I decided to incorporate wool into the mix and have made a Woolly-pom rosette!

Use your Woolly-pom rosette as a brooch or to embellish a gift!

You can check out the tutorial here. Or even better by downloading and using the free How.Do app. More of my How.Do diys can be found here

Blush... I also made a little interview appearance on the How.Do blog - thanks to the How.Do team for the interview and lovely write-up!!