Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dissolving Embed Paper - So Much Room for Soapy Creativity!


When I started making glycerin soaps, I wanted to get lots of detail into my designs.  I used exacto knives and toothpicks to cut pieces of soap into fancy shapes like birds, silhouettes, tiny tiles... you name it.  I loved doing it but even then there were so many looks I couldn't achieve.

I used chocolate transfer paper, which was fun but colors will bleed since it's made of food coloring.

I saw soap designs with photographs in them and was pretty excited until I found out they were using sheets of acetate or plastic which didn't sound very skin friendly (hello, sharp edges and corners!). My quest continued.

Bicycle Soap - winner of Best Melt & Pour at HSMG Conference 2010
Then I heard about dissolving paper.  I was intrigued but read about people using hairspray to set the ink so it wouldn't bleed, and even then it was very problematic.  But it sounded like the best material, so I tried it.

Well, let's just say that once I figured out the nuances of embed paper, I was hooked!  I created an entire soap collection around this material because I loved it so much.  It's perfect for making logo soaps, wedding favors (photos of the happy couple!), and combined with other soap techniques it's a show stopper.
Are you interested yet?  If so, here are my Cliff's Notes about this amazing stuff:
  1. This is my favorite brand. I've had NO problems with it.  My soaps that are years old still look new.
  2. Use a laser printer!!  Ink jet printer ink will dissolve into a fuzzy blob!  Not pretty!
  3. Only use graphics with the designer's permission.  Personal photos are great, but celebrity pics will get you in trouble. The world of digital clip art is vast and affordable. Just check the artist's rules about using them if you plan to sell your gorgeous creations.  
If you'd like to learn more - from printing tips to a step-by-step project - check out Issue 9 of Let's Get Soapy which also includes free printables.  I'm sure you're going to have so much fun!!  

Comment below if you have any questions or additional input!  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Illustrated Tutorial - Mondrian Soap Pop

Hello!  Today I want to show you how to make a soap pop like I did here, inspired by the artist Mondrian.  This is an advanced but very gratifying project! :)



If you need a pop mold, I use these (click image to view more info):



I hope you like it, and maybe even give it a try!  Feel free to comment with questions. I'm very happy to help!

For more Soapylove melt and pour / glycerin soap projects, check out www.soapylove.com!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hello again! Care to get reacquainted?

Hi!  It's been a long time since I've used this blog, and to be honest I forgot what a great place it is to share and write!  And since it's been so long I thought it would be great to catch everyone up.

So first, here's what I look like these days!  No big deal really, but it's good to have an accurate picture in your mind when reading posts, right?

I work full time in marketing and don't sell Soapylove soaps right now, but the Soapylove Facebook page is going strong.  It's frustrating, though.  Even though there are over 7500 fans there, my posts reach only a few hundred (unless I decide to BUY exposure which I can't do all the time).  That's Facebook for ya.

My kids are getting so big (10 and 7!) and my husband is doing great with his acupuncture practice. It's summer break and the weather here in San Diego has been pretty amazing!

Okie doke, well consider yourself caught up! :)

I really want to share this hilarious video with you.  It's called "girl vs. pin" where the host tries making the fish-in-bag soap project.  You have to watch it!


Gotta go now but I'll be here more often!  I look forward to getting a bit more wordy than the usual one-sentence Facebook posts. Please comment and validate my efforts!  :)  Ta ta for now!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Natural Lip Balm recipe and video


Hello Kin Community viewers and Soapyfans!  This is the last video in the 8 video series I made with Kin Community.



It's been amazing seeing all of the projects come to life with their amazing style!  So since you are probably here to get the full instructions on how to make your own lip balm, let's cut to the chase!  Here you go!  

Natural lip balm
Supplies (all can be purchased at Brambleberry.com, or in health food stores)
½ t. honey
1 T. sweet almond oil
1 T. coconut oil
1 ½ t. beeswax pellets
Lip balm pots

Microwave all but honey until melted.  Stir in honey until incorporated.  You can reheat the mixture if it thickens before you can pour it.  Pour into lip balm pots.
Allow to harden.  Use!

For lots of great Soapylove tutorials, check out www.soapylove.com.  Thanks so much for coming!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bath Tea recipe and video


Hi Kin Community viewers and Soapyfans!  Thanks for coming to my blog!  Here is the latest tutorial video from Kin Community, where I show how to make simple and pretty Bath Tea Bags.  Below the video is the full tutorial and links to the resources.  I hope you enjoy it!


Bath Tea

All supplies can be found at www.brambleberry.com:
Epsom salt
Oatmeal
essential oil
Assorted dried, untreated flowers such as chamomile, lavender, calendula, or rose petals.
big bowl for mixing

In a large bowl mix 1/4 cup Epsom salt and 1/2 cup oatmeal.  Add 10 to 15 drops of essential oil.  Mix well.
Now add 1 cup of combined dried flowers.  Mix well.

Fill tea bags ½ way (flowers will expand when wet) and seal open edge with an iron.
Make a tag, bundle, and tie.

Scroll through my posts for more videos, and come to www.soapylove.com for soaps, books, and eZines!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Glycerin Soap with Eraser Toy recipe and video

Hi Kin Community viewers and all Soapylove fans!  Today we are making the classic glycerin soap project - the toy-in-soap!  :)  This is a hit with kids and has lots of creative potential for non-kids, too!  Think of different color and item combinations.  You don't have to be limited to toys.  Any item that will not be sensitive to submersion in moisture and heat will be fine.  You can even use little plastic containers to put a message or gift inside!  Here is the video and full project instructions...



Toy Soap
Cutting board, knife, pyrex cup.
Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol 
Plastic treat bag, ribbon.

Cut clear soap base into cubes and melt in microwave.  Start with 30 seconds on high power and stir.  Repeat until soap is mostly melted, then stir until completely melted.

Add a few drops each colorant and fragrance oil.

Fill mold ¼” full.  Allow to form a firm skin, spray toy with alcohol, then press toy into soap layer.

Spray soap and exposed side of toy with alcohol, then top off with remaining soap.  You may need to warm up your soap again.

Allow to harden at room temp, freeze for 10 minutes.  Invert mold and pop out by pushing with your thumbs.  Pulling the edge of the mold away from the hardened soap will help release the bar if it's not coming out easily.

Wrap in plastic treat bag, tie with ribbon.

For more Soapylove tutorials, check out www.soapylove.com!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Soap Slime recipe and video

Hi Kin Community viewers and Soapyfans!  Today's video features a really fun project for Soap Slime!  This would be great to make with kids since it's so simple, and adding the colorant is the best part!  Here's the video and below you will find the supply list.


Supplies and directions:
3/4 cup water
1 packet powdered gelatin
1/2 cup of clear liquid soap
Green colorant, or blue plus yellow (You can use food coloring, or get the ones in my video here)
Fragrance oil (from my Candy Jar fragrance set)
Plastic bail jars or any plastic jar/container
Rubber / plastic eyeballs, bugs,  or other creepy objects (optional)

Place the gelatin powder in a bowl. Meanwhile, bring the water to a boil. Stir water into gelatin until powder is dissolved. Stir in liquid soap.

Add colorant. Now add a few drops of fragrance oil.
Put creepy objects into cups or jar and pour in soap (it is lukewarm at this point).
Put soap into fridge for several hours or overnight. 

Voila!  For more of my tutorial videos on Kin Community, click here.  Or go to Soapylove.com to see more of what I've been cooking up!  :)