Hello, fellow craftspeople!
Three months flew by so fast and I am in the final stages of my Multimedia Journalism class. Unfortunately, this is my last post on Create It Yourself Crafts. It was a great journey that taught me a lot and pushed me to work harder. I remember clearly the shock from the first class where we had to choose one blog topic and stick with it till the end of the semester. Crafting was one of the first things that came to my mind.
I love do it yourself projects, but with the busy college life I rarely get to create. This blog was the perfect opportunity to combine my hobby with studying. I didn’t expect to have that much fun meeting people who share my likes. One of the tasks from our professor Melody Gilbert in the beginning was to have a specific question for our blogs. Mine was: “How do you craft your style?” I found numerous great stories and I would like to summarize them in this final post.
Week 1: Where am I?
I will have to admit that during the first class, I was a bit overwhelmed. Creating a blog on wordpress and choosing the right design, account on twitter, facebook group… It involved new experiences but now that I look back on it, it was all very useful.
Week 2: Welcome to CIY Crafts
In this post, I introduced my blog and shared some of my favorite crafting projects.
Week 3: First Interview
This was an exciting week because I did my first interview for the blog. The biggest challenge was that we had to interview someone from the opposite gender. I personally t was worried because crafting is usually something more typical for girls to like. However, Svetlin Ivanov proved me wrong. This was also the week where we started taking short audio bits and embedded them in the blog using Sound Cloud.
Week 4: Home Decorations
Here, we again continued working with audio interviews but made it more complex by adding background music.
Week 5: Great Gift Ideas
It was time for slideshows! It was a challenge for me to figure out how I can make my slideshow more interesting than just random photos changing. So I decided to do a picture tutorial on how to do a paper bouquet that Eli Schavuleva taught me. You can see the tutorial below.
Week 6: A Crafting Architect?!
This was the time when we learned how to shoot and edit 5-shot videos using the YouTube Editor. I interviewed my friend Yana Karadzhova who loves crafting and made me a great set of paperclip earrings. In her interview, she showed me how architecture and crafting have a lot in common.
One of my favorite interviews was with Alona Zavgorodnia. I have known her for a while and she had shared with me her passion for postcards before. But I had no idea she was into crafts as well. She also introduced me to Postcrossing: a website where you can send and receive postcards from strangers all around the world.
That week we also had our midterm assignment. We had to shoot and edit a news package on a topic related to our blogs. The catch was that we had to do it in only 3 hours! It was quite fun seeing more that 20 people running around the AUBG campus with their cameras, trying to get the perfect shots and interviews.
Week 8 and 9: Midterm Progress
After such a great, beginning of the semester, we made a short summary of the skills we had learned so far. A well-deserved fall break was waiting for us after that.
Week 10 and 11: Bracelets!
In this post, I interviewed Slavina Glavcheva who is an extreme bracelet lover. She taught me a unique braiding pattern and I shared it with my readers in a video tutorial.
Also, our professor introduced us to two new websites that every journalist should know: Storify and ThingLink. In my post “Storify and ThingLink? What is that?”, I explained how the sites work and created my own examples.
Week 12: Art is for Everybody
For this blog post I interviewed Stephanie Stoitsova who is the most artistic and creative person I know. I included a Storify link connected to the interview.
Week 13 and 14: Patience is the Key!
I decided to use Milena Shavuleva’s story “Patience is the Key” for the last post because it was different than any other interview I did. She showed me that it doesn’t matter what age you are or what your job is, if you have a hobby that you love, you can always find the time and inspiration for it.
The thing that unites all the people I interviewed is the relaxation they feel when crafting. DIY projects can take a long time to complete, but it is exactly this creative process that gives the mind a break from any problems or stress.
Even though for now I will not be able to continue blogging, I had a lot of fun doing it this semester. Not only did I get to talk about one of my hobbies, but I also learned a lot of new technologies and tricks connected to journalism.
It was a great journey and I am happy with the results!
Have a great week!