Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My Smash/Junk Journal Booklet Accessory Kit Plus Journaling Tip

The week of July 15th, my family and I went on a little vacation. We rented a cabin-like house about an hour from home. It was beautiful and very relaxing. It had a pond to fish, a swimming pool and a hot tub. We had a great time. We were able to fish and actually catch something. It was the first time fishing for my kids and I. My husband actually has done some fishing before so he was able to help us :) This was the perfect time to take pictures for future scrapbook pages, smash book pages, cards and even Christmas gifts. It is never to early to think about Christmas presents. Also, it was the perfect time to test my Smash/Junk Journal/Booklet Accessory kit I put together :)
The purpose of this kit is to have available the most simple things someone could use to be able to make a quick page or write down quick ideas when away from home.
So, this is what right now I think is necessary to accomplish that:

Right before our trip I went to Kohl's to get a few things and (as always) as I was browsing the clearance section, I found a Tablet Sleeve that I assume it was sold last Christmas. It was pink and only $3.00! I can't believe people paid $30.00 only 7 (almost 8) months ago. for $3 I have a bag that holds my TO GO kit.
Inside the bag I have the following items:

Pens (Zig and Copics)
Mecanical Pencil (Bic)
4 color pen (Bic)
White color pencil (Prismacolor)
Scotch Tape
Washi Tape
Glue stick
White liquid glueTape runner
Date stamp (recollections)
Green ink spot (Stampin' Up)
School Scissors
Note pad paper
MY Homemade SMASH/JUNK JOURNAL/BOOKLET (of course :)


When you are away from home on vacation, you tend to loose track of time. This is why I stamped the date on individual note pad pages to write down quick notes as the day went by without thinking what day it was. Just make sure you move the top page to the back at the end of each day.
It helped to keep track different things we did during our time there. Now I can use them to make scrapbook pages with those pictures I took  :)

Here is the YouTube video for this post.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think about my kit :)
Do you guys have one? If so, what do you carry with you?
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Customized Birthday Banner "Captain America" Style :)

For this year, my son's birthday party theme was Captain America. Ever since we saw a Captain America suit at the store, he wanted to be Captain America so he was :)
Here is a picture of the decorations we had. It was a small party, just family :)
This was the first time that I baked the cake and decorated it. It turned out very yummy!
Since my son loves m&m's I used them to make the Captain America shield on top of a simple round cake. I used some black icing to write his name on the side. I used a tooth pick to write the letters and then, I went over them with the black icing. It was very simple to make and also very fun!

This post is a quick tip on how to make a super fast and simple Happy Birthday banner. As you can see, I quickly customized a Happy Birthday banner for his Captain America themed birthday party. The banner had a green bow between the words, and I just made that Captain America Shield with some card stock and glued it on top of the bow. I think it turned out pretty cute. You can reuse it by making different embellishments to fit your party's theme.

I made a video to show you how I customized this Happy Birthday Banner.
Let me know what you think!

I am all about making things on a budget and I think these decorations turned about pretty cute.
Hope you enjoy the post :)
Let me know if you have any questions.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

My take on the Smash Book Trend Plus Crafting Supplies Haul for the month of July

I just now started finding out more about Smash Books...I know, I know, I jumping on this wagon a little late, but I am glad I did :) I have always loved paper, notebooks and journals. When I was in elementary, I got a pretty cool Mickey Mouse notebook for Christmas. I did not know what to use it be honest I did not want to use it at all because it was so cool...anyway, I turned it into a diary now known as Smash Book :) I wrote about what was going on in my life, I glued little notes, pictures and paper keepsakes and stuff.

Now I see all that in what is called a SMASH BOOK. I have see the Smash Books at the store, but I have never actually hold one in my hands :(I have only seen them online, and since I have plenty of materials at home, I decided to make my own. So, this is my take on the Smash Book tend:

here is a picture of it :)


After much thought, I decided to make my own Handmade Junk Journal Booklet. Why is that? you may ask... Well, I am just picking up the diary/journal habit again, my craft budget is low, and I wanted something quick and small to carry with me :) I am planing on making another one that looks more like the real Smash Books, but right now this is perfect for me.
Another thing I am working on is putting together a Junk Journal kit to go with my Junk Journal Booklet. This is what I have so far...remember my crafting budget is low? Well I found some Copic pens on clearance for $5.39. I bought the Cool Gray color ones and the Sepia color ones which I am going to use as my journaling pens. Also, I found some Smash brand journaling tags (this is the only Smash product that I own) for $.82 so I bought that, too. It would have been crazy if I didn't ;)

Here are a few more things I bought as my Crafting Supplies Haul for the month of July. I will add more items to my kit and show you what I find as I find it.
I am trying out this YouTube video thing, so here is my first YouTube video that goes along with this post. In this video you can see the inside pages of my booklet. Let me know what you think :)

So far, I am very happy with my journal booklet and my start up kit ;)

Let me know if you have any questions. Please leave a comment.

Do you use the Smash Products or do you make your own?

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

"2013 Cow Appreciation Day" at Chick-Fil-A

I can not believe that Chick-Fil-A celebrated another "Cow Appreciation Day" this past Friday, July 12. This year has gone by really fast! We that in mind, let me tell you... I was not able to add a ton of accessories to our costume from last year as I had planned on my post in 2012. (read HERE). What we did add was this fun accessory. We made our own "Eat mor chikin" signs. They turned out pretty good. They looked like the real thing :)

We proudly wore them with the rest of our outfit :) What do you think about them?

If you like them and you would like to make some for next year, here are the materials and instructions.


White color cardstock

Black Sharpie Marker

Red Sharpie Marker

Hole punch (big enough for the Jute to pass through)

Jute (I got it at Home Depot)

Paper trimmer

Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Distress ink applicator

Instructions to make your own "Eat mor chikin" sign:

1. Cut the cardstock to 5 3/4 in. x 7 1/4 in.

2. Use the black sharpie marker to write the words "EAT MOR CHIKIN" (as shown in the picture)

3. Use the red sharpie marker to draw the "CHICK-Fil-A" logo (as shown in the picture)

4. Punch out a whole on both top corners of the sign

5. Distress edges with the walnut stain distress ink and applicator 

6. Cut about 30" of Jute

7. Thread jute through the whole and make a knot on the front of the sign

8. Adjust lenght and repeat step 7  on second whole

That is it! Very simple to make. My oldest son made his own and I made one for my youngest and for myself.

We had a great time dressing up as cows again. Getting to eat lunch for free and having a place for the kids to play made it even more fun.

We'll see what I'll be adding for "Cow Appreciation Day" 2014... I am thinking maybe face paint? ;)

Leave a comment. Did you visit Chick-Fil-A? What did you wear?
Let me know what you think about our signs ;)

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UPDATE: Click HERE to read post for Cow Appreciation Day 2012 and HERE for 2014

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

CHCBlog Card Sketch Challenge #1

So as I told you on the previous post. I decided to figure out how to post a Card Sketch Challenge. This is the CHCBlog FIRST EVER Card Sketch Challenge!!! I hope you join in :)

I will post my sketch at the beginning of the month and give one or two of my examples as inspiration. You will have all month to link in your project (I will soon figure out Facebook to link to it as well) and then there will be a drawing on the first of the following month. Does that sound good? :)

Alright... HERE WE GO!

CHCBlog Card Sketch Challenge #1

Remember, a sketch is just an idea. The circle does not have to be a circle. It should be your interpretation of this sketch. Most importantly...have fun with it! :)
Here are a couple of cards I made using this sketch.
I made this card as a gift for a friend who had a baby girl :)

I made this card as a gift for a family member :)

Alright... now is your turn. To participate use the inLinkz button below. I hope you have fun :)

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Questions???  Leave a comment :)
(Let me know if you have any trouble using the link)


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Cards Magazine Publications

Remember when I said that after the Carol Duvall Show I started collecting craft tools and products...well, it did not take very long to acquire plenty of things to make more professional looking cards, so I decided to look into cards submissions to magazines. I came across Cards Magazine. For Mother's Day, I had made a card for my mom and my mother-in-law that matched a category they were asking submissions for so I decided to submit the card. A couple of days after I submitted it was the deadline, and the very next day they sent me an email that said that they wanted to publish my card! I could not believe it. I got in with my very first submission!

I was publish in the Cards Magazine October 2010 issue in the Card and Envelope section.

This is the card that was published :)

Then, another one of my cards was published in the Cards Magazine July 2011 issue in the Bridal Invitation section.

This is the card that was published :)

Two out of three of my submissions have been published, not bad! :)

Being published in a magazine is another successful goal to add to my Arts and Crafts resume. I love when God blesses me this way. He truly gives you the desires of your heart when you trust in HIM! :)

Now I have decided to figure out a way to post a CARD SKETCH for you guys to use, give you some time to use it in a project, post it and vote on it. What do you think?

I think it would be cool! Stay in touch for CHCBlog first ever CARD SKETCH Challenge!

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