{12 Days} Laura’s Album

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If you’ve missed a few days on the blog hop, I’m catching you up! Go see Laura’s beautiful album she started! There’s a giveaway too!

{new} (etsy} Owl be your Valentine…

…if you’ll be mine!   New in the etsy shop is the Owl candy bar box for Valentine’s Day! These are quick and easy for teacher, neighbor, and co-worker gifts…and would be great little treats for school!  These little boxes hold a full size Hershey’s chocolate bar.  yum!

The download is available in the etsy shop.  It comes with an instruction sheet, too, with several photos.  But, just in case, I even did a little video to show you how easy these are to assemble.

{memory keeping} I have a story to tell…

…lots of them actually.  Everyone does.  But I haven’t been very good at getting them down.  I once was.  About ten years ago, when my first baby was born, I was a scrapbooking maniac.  Pretty paper, stickers, decorative-edge scissors and all!  I cut the heck out of all those photos.  He has two whole books.  Twenty or so months later, I had little girl.  I did good for a while…bless her heart, she almost has a whole book.  Then it got busy around here.  I lost steam.  Our house seemed to shrink and there were always little fingers that wanted to ‘help’ with the pages.  I soon discovered digital scrapbooking.  I love it.  I recommend it.  But I got so wrapped up in making the pages pretty that I lost a little priority.  Then I was obsessed with making my own little elements and papers, because I couldn’t find just the right ones for my pages.  I still enjoy that, don’t get me wrong.  That’s how all these little printables really started.  But it still left me (and my family) without something to look at, show my grandchildren, to live on after we’re gone.

So I’m changing my attitude this year.  I will get some books made this year.  Books that can be browsed through, loved, and shared.

Let me share a personal story.  My husband’s mother passed away the summer after he graduated from high school.  It was very sudden.  I never knew her…but have gotten to know a little bit about her through the pictures she had kept for her boys.  Each album (there are several), had pictures, in chronological order, of birthdays, Christmases, trips, and sports.  Each had a hand written note on the back of dates, places, and sometimes even a quote from one of the boys.  They have been a way for my husband to share his Mom with me and the kids.

We are an Army family.  We move around a lot.  We get to see and experience places that we would not have under other circumstances.  I realized recently (just the other day) that my children do not remember as much as I thought they would about where we have lived, the people we have met, and the places we’ve seen.  It was startling.  I didn’t realize that all those memories I was storing would not necessarily stick in a 4-, 5-, 6-year old brain.  Just another reason I’ve got to do this.

Because of these, and more, I’ve decided I’m going to be joining in on Project Life by Becky Higgins.

cultivate a good life by Becky Higgins

It’s really a simple way to document your year.  I’m not calling it scrapbooking.  It really isn’t.  It’s taking everyday photos of your life, jotting down a bit or two about it, and sticking it in a book.  Take a look at Becky’s video…


I will be using some of Becky’s products like this and these, but I’m also going to be using things I already have, the digital version of Project Life over at Jessica Sprague, and some printables that I’m working on now {wink!}.  I’m even planning on integrating this approach to the piles of school work of the kids’ that I’ve been keeping.  I’m a little late in getting my supplies, they should arrive this week from Amazon, but I have been taking pictures.  And I’ve decided that my kids are plenty old enough in helping me take some pictures (they are always taking pics on my phone anyway!).  I decided to use Instagram in conjunction with my phone, since it’s pretty much always with me.  You can follow my Instagrams by finding me…domesticatedlady.

Here are some posts to get you all revved up…

on Becky Higgin’s blog

and Mari Koegelenberg from My Digital Art Studio…love her take on it.

Will you do it with me?  It doesn’t have to be fancy.  Heck, it can be whatever you want it to be.

{etsy} Printable Calendars and another giveaway! CLOSED

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I’ve added another item to the shop.  Remember when we made these?  I’m using those same frames to make 2012 desk calendars.  These are a great gift for teachers, co-workers, neighbors…just about anyone.  Everyone needs a calendar!

check them out in the store

Let’s give one of these away, too!  Leave a comment on this post for one entry.  If you’re a Facebook fan, you get another (just leave a separate comment that you are a fan).  I’ll close the giveaway at 11 pm EST on Thursday night.  I’ll draw a name on Friday morning.  Good luck!

 

 

 

 

{etsy} A new shop and a giveaway! CLOSED

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Well I did it.  I’ve been talking about for a while now.  I opened an etsy shop.  I have my first item up now :)

It’s a kit designed to make your holiday cards fun and easy this year.  You’ll need photo editing software and a little bit of experience with it. Or, if you prefer, I can totally help you out with the whole thing.  Your photo goes in the template and you digitally ‘stache the photo!  Basically when its all said and done, you have a picture file you can send to any photo lab.  I made the template in the two most common sizes for holiday cards, 4×8 and 5×7.  I even added some extras, including a paper you can print for use as a family letter to include with your cards.

I want to give a set away!  Simply leave a comment on this blog post by midnight eastern time on Wednesday, November 9th.  I randomly choose a winner Thursday morning.  The giveaway will be for a set of DIY templates, plus if you need help inserting a photo and mustaches, I’ll do that too!

good luck!

{Hybrid Crafting} Crafting with Echo Park!

I’ve been a fan of the Echo Park Paper Company for a while now.  Unfortunately for me, I don’t have a scrap store anywhere near me.  I have a craft store, but not a real scrapbooking store.  Poor me.  I could order all the yummy goodies from an online store, but I’m impatient and when I want something…I’d like to have it now, please. The good news?  Echo Park has a whole bunch of digital goodies!  Right up my alley, right?  I recently bought some deliciousness from their digital store.  I was antsy to make something.  Ended up making 3-somethings. :)

 

Project #1…note holder

I’ve shown you my note holders before.  I think some of you even made some for yourself!  Just a reminder…the frame is $1 at Walmart, the note pad is a 3×3 postie.  If you’re a digi-girl like me, these are really simple to design your own.  {I’m gonna start talking digital scrap now…for those of you who don’t, don’t worry, I’ll convert you sooner or later!}  I opened a blank 5×7 canvas in my photo editing software.  I like Photoshop Elements.  They even offer a 30 free trial (and maybe I should offer some beginner lessons…hmmmm).  I opened up some digital papers, borders, and elements from the ‘For the Record’ line that I bought in the EP digital store.  I arranged them all on my canvas.  I wanted my 3×3 postie to sit on the library card, so I made sure that the library card was 3 inches wide to accommodate the post it pad.  The paper, library card, and the ‘domcumented’ tab are all digital elements.  I printed the 5×7 canvas on white cardstock and slipped it into the acrylic frame.  Now, here’s the cool part.  I opened up my Silhouette Studio software and went to their store online.  Echo Park has a bunch of print and cut Silhouette files for 99 cents each!  I chose the ‘For the Record’ bracket word art. When you get it opened up, you just print the image and then run it through your Silhouette machine and the machine cuts out the image!  So I made one and slipped it inside the acrylic frame near the top.  I took the backing off the post it pad and stuck on the front of the acrylic frame and tied it off with some ribbon.  EASY! CUTE! CHEAP!  enough said.

credits…paper, library card, tab, Echo Park ‘For the Record’ (digital).  word art, Echo Park’s Silhouette store.  ribbon, Michael’s.

 

Project #2…custom framed picture

This little project is even easier than the last one. Seriously.  And it’s another digital to paper hybrid project.  {And another reason to buy the software and come play with me :) }  Inside the Playground Elements 2 pack I bought, we’re a bunch of little digital journal cards.  I picked a super cute one and resized it to a 4×6 size.  I digitally cut out the middle (but you could physically do this, too) and inserted a cute, old pic of my cutie pie son.  Printed it. Put it in a frame.  done.

credits…paper, Echo Park ‘Playground’ (digital). frame, Target.

Project #3…candy bar box

I know, I know.  I like my candy bar boxes. ;)  But they are easy and cute…and who doesn’t like to get a chocolate bar??  First, I used some digital journalling cards that came in the Playground Elements 2 pack to make a little gift card.  I overlapped two cards; the ‘my friend’ one over the asterisks one and added a 4.  I picked a darling paper from the Playground paper pack and clipped the digital paper to the template I made.  {clipping is another digital scrap term…terms you’ll learn when you take the plunge.  hehe}  Then, just like those of you who got the teacher ‘bar none’ box, you just print, cut it out, and assemble with a bit of glue stick.  I stuck a standard size Hershey bar inside, tied it with a bit of ribbon and tucked the little gift tag under the ribbon.  Perfect for gift giving…say for the last day of school, maybe?

credits…paper, journal cards, Echo Park ‘Playground’ (digital). 4 font, minya nouvelle.  candy bar box template, me. ribbon, from my stash.

 

Have I made any of you want to go digital yet?

{Teacher Appreciation} Day 4…Candy Bar Box

I’m sorry, but anytime anyone wants to give me chocolate, I will take it.  I kinda think your kiddo’s teacher might just feel the same way.  It’s like a’Friday afternoon after the buses leave’ in bar form.

Today’s download works just a bit differently.  This little candy bar box was made by me…I thunk and made it :)  It’s a template product in my digital shop.  Meaning…if you digital scrap, you can make it into whatever you want it to be.  So, I can’t really give it away.  See?  BUT I can make it a ready to use printable and put it in my Etsy store.  What do you think?  It’s cuuuuuuute {sing-songy voice} and you’re gonna liiiiiiiike it ! {again with the singy voice}  It’s yours to use and print once…or a thousand times.  Use it for teacher appreciation, end of school, first day…the list goes on.  You just can’t sell it.  :) Continue reading for the details.

and it magically, exactly fits a standard size Hershey bar!

This will come to you as a 2 page pdf file.  The first page is the printable and the second is a full photo how-to sheet…it shows how to put it together.  You will need cardstock, scissors, glue (a glue stick would be just fine), and maybe some ribbon.  The directions will tell you to score the lines.  It has little dotted lines where you need to fold.  Scoring those lines just makes it easier to fold and look a little nicer.  I have a scoring thingy.  If you don’t, no biggie.  Just use a ruler and the back of a butter knife (not the blade, just turn it over).  It will make a nice little indention to fold, but not cut the paper.

Thanks so much, too, for all the encouraging words and nice comments.  I really do appreciate them! And please know that I would love to personalize each printable for everyone, but my children like to eat and have their Mom around…I just don’t have the time!

 

{Teacher Appreciation} Day 2…for some POP!ular teachers

Last year’s collaboration with Bridget from Bake@350 has been one of my most popular {ha!} posts.  She made the most adorable cookies ever.  We bagged them up with a cute treat topper and they were wildly popular {there it is again, I swear I’m not trying}.  It certainly helped that we were basically neighbors and we met to put the bags together.  You can read all about it here.

I am a big Bridget fan.  I’ve been reading and drooling over her blog for a long time.  And while I consider myself fairly crafty and a bit of a foodie, I have never tackled cookies.  Well, does Toll House break and bake count?  Anyway, although we have since moved and I am no longer close to Bridget, boo hoo, I decided I could still do a popular gift for our teachers this year in keeping with the theme from last year.

Not long ago, Bridget did a post about some candied popcorn she made.  She found the recipe from another super blogger, Kellie from This Blessed Nest. At the end, a comment was made about how you really could make this popcorn for any occasion….ding! ding! ding!  idea.

I followed Kellie’s instructions.  I used that microwave popcorn she did…by the way, it’s really yummy.  I used plain vanilla candy melts {you can find those at Walmart now for those of you, like me, who live in small towns} and regular M&Ms.  I did take out {ahem, devour} the brown M&Ms…just because I didn’t feel they went with my color scheme.  Call me picky.  I bagged it up and tied the bags with ribbon and this cute little tag I made.  And guess what?  I made some tags for you, too.  You can download them here. As always, they are in pdf format, so all you have to do is open and print.  You do have to have the free Adobe Reader, but you probably already have it on your computer.

Um…this stuff is delicious.  Seriously.  I’m surprised it made it into bags for the teachers.

 

 

 

{Teacher Appreciation} Day 1…Note Holder

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Take note, Mrs. Pierce and Mrs. Sepulveda…we think you’re awesome around here!

In case you didn’t know…I used to teach.  I have a great respect for the men and women who teach our children.  It’s a hard job, y’all.  And, unfortunately, it doesn’t always come with a ‘thank you.’  That’s why I think Teacher Appreciation is so important.  All the time.  But especially during the first week of May each year.  I try to send in a little something each day that week.  I’ll be sharing what we’re sending in this week.  First up, Monday’s gift idea…and it comes with a freebie!

Next time you are out, pick up 5×7 inch acrylic frame, some cardstock {if you don’t already have some}, and a pack of 3×3 inch Post It Notes.  I found everything at Walmart.  The acrylic frame is in the picture frame department.  It has a little molded ledge on it so that it will sit up a bit…which makes it perfect for a little desktop note holder.


Print the freebie {scroll down for the link} on white cardstock.  At least that’s what I do.  I like the bright white cardstock.  And when I get really fancy, I go Epson Premium Presentation Paper.  It’s a heavy weight, like cardstock and the finish is just really pretty and bright white.  {They have it at Target with the computers/printer ink}  Which is what I did this time.  Cut out the note and the matching tag.  Slide the note into the frame so the the little ledge is at the top.  Take the back sheet of the Post It pad off and stick the whole pad right square onto the space I’ve given you.

The frame was about a buck.  Plus, when the note holder runs out of Post Its, the teacher can get reload it with another pad.  LOVE THIS IDEA!  And just for the record, I didn’t invent this…I’ve seen it somewhere {where? not sure.  anyone know?}.  I just tweaked it a bit.  I made it in two versions, just for some variety.  Both are in the download below.  Now just attach the little tag with some ribbon and it’s ready for giving.  In fact, this little project is soooo easy and cost effective, you can make some extras!

Here’s the link for the free download.  IT’S HERE! It’s in pdf form, so all you need is the free Adobe Reader to open and print.

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{Marry Me Monday} A sweet little wedding favor

I know this is a little bit late since it’s Tuesday already…but too cute not to show.  I finished up the updated candy bar box template and have some to show!  I released this template a long time ago and it was formatted to fit money, too.  Well, that was just a bit too awkward.  This new box measures about 6.5″ long, almost 2.5″ tall, and a bit more than .25″ deep.  The absolute perfect size to fit a standard sized chocolate bar.  The perfect little box for a quick, easy, and inexpensive wedding favor.  Plus, use digital papers or color it to match your wedding colors and personalize it with your date and initials for a very personal favor, too.

The template comes in many different formats for all kinds of users.  The PSD file can be used with your photo editing software, the SVG and DXF files can be used with your Cricut (and additional software) or Silhouette digital die cut machine, and the PDF file can be printed and used as a pattern to use on pretty scrapbook paper.  Also included is a step by step instruction sheet with photos!  It’s here…and on sale.

I’ve gotta mention to that it’s a great little goody for birthday parties, showers, luncheons…even a special teacher treat!

template, paper and modified alpha from the Little Bird kit

Paper from Color of Happy by Valorie Wibbens

 

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