Friday, December 9, 2016

Handmade Magnets

Hello! Christmas will soon be upon us, so I thought I'd share one of my favorite easy to make gifts: Handmade Magnets.

I've made a number of sets of these over the years and they are always a big hit. They're easy enough for kids to help make, easy to customize, and super useful. I mean, you can never have too many magnets.

These are made from 3/4" magnets. You can find an 18 pack of them for $1.99 at most big box stores.

I create and print out whatever words or pictures I want on white card stock. This year I used my Silhouette Cameo (and Silhouette Studio software) to do my designing, printing, and cutting, but in the past I've done my designing in Word and used a 3/4" circle punch to punch out the words.

Use some really strong clear glue (I like to use E6000 glue for this task) to attach a clear glass rock to the top of the magnet. This protects your design and has the added benefit of magnifying it a bit, too.

I like to package the up in groups of 3 in a little clear favor bag with a bit of matching ribbon. You can gift them just like this, or add them to a gift basket.

How are your handmade gifts coming along this year?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christmas Bible Journaling

I'm over on the SRM blog today sharing a bit of Christmas Bible Journaling and a trick for adding nice handwriting to your Bible when you don't have nice handwriting.

Head on over to the SRM blog to check out all the details.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Reindeer Vinly Decor

I'm over on the SRM blog today sharing a little Christmas project I've created with SRM's metallic vinyl.

Head on over to SRM's blog to find out the details about how I created this reindeer vinyl decor.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Chalkboard Christmas Tree

Today I have a really simple but fun piece of Christmas decor to share with you; A chalkboard Christmas tree.

I found a fun unfinished wood tree kit. I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but I knew I wanted it. After having it for a few weeks, I decided that it would be lots of fun to paint it with chalkboard paint and leave notes for each other on it during the month of December.

I got some green Martha Stewart chalkboard paint off of Amazon. I used 3 coats of the paint on each board. Truthfully, it was fully covered after 2 coats, but since it is going to be used and not just looked at I added one extra coat of paint since I had more than enough. 

We're already having lots of fun leaving each other notes about what Christmas movies are on TV tonight, or what we want to do (like look at lights or have hot chocolate). I have a feeling this is going to fast become one of our favorite pieces of holiday decor.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Masculine Birthday Card

My grandpa's birthday is coming up next week, so I needed a masculine birthday card. Here's what I came up with.

I started with a bit of an oldie but a goodie for my paper choice: Pebbles Inc Birthday Wishes. I don't make a lot of cards, so I tend to go through my 12 x 12 papers a lot faster than I do my 6 x 6 paper pads, so I still have some of this fun paper in the smaller prints hanging around my scrap room.

It's super busy around my house right now, so I decided to reach for die cuts and stickers to decorate my card. The fun "it's your Day!" sticker from SRM's Fancy Birthday Sentiments was perfect for the center of one of the balloons. When I finished layering up the card, it felt a little plain, so I added some sticker stitches as well. I used both black and white sticker stitches to pull in the black and white from the patterned paper.

This masculine birthday card is already in the mail and on its way to my grandpa. I hope it brings him an extra smile on his birthday! Do you like to use stickers to save some time when making cards?

Friday, November 18, 2016

Halloween Mini Album

I know Halloween was last month, but I just finished up documenting our Halloween fun this year and I want to share my finished Halloween Mini Album.

I have photos of just a few of the pages from my mini album this year. I make one every year, because it's just so much fun. This year I used Doodlebug's Boos & Brews Collection. It's, of course, adorable and not too spooky.

I mixed and matched my pages in this album. I have horizontal pages that are 4" x 7" and vertical pages that are 5" x 6".

I used my We R Memory Keeper's Cinch to bind the album.  The binding runs the full length of the horizontal pages. The binding is centered on the vertical pages with about an inch of unbound edge above and below the binding.

If you do a lot of book, journal, or mini album binding, the Cinch is a must have tool. It's so easy to use!

I even threw in a little 4x5 page just for fun. I kind of like the "messy" look of this album with all of it's mismatched pages. 

Now that my Halloween mini album is done, I can move on to getting my December album prepared! What are you working on this week?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Embossed Thank You Card

I am over on the SRM Blog today sharing an embossed thank you card, that you don't need an embossing folder (or machine) to create!

Head on over to the SRM Blog to find out all the details on how I created this card.