Saturday, July 19, 2014

Family Letters

Introducing my latest design letters, the word FAMILY. I bought the letters at The Wood Connection. I sanded them a little first.
The coated them, front and back with gray acrylic paint.

Then I worked on the order of the papers I chose, to create a fluid design, but also create contrast. As you can see I chose yellow and gray as my color theme.

Put it all together and this is what you get!

I added some touches of teal to spice it up!

I added a layer of Modge Podge on top of my letters after the papers had been attached and dried for a day to minimize wrinkling.
It's available in my Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My "Quotes" Journal

I'm a lover a good quote and after rereading my More Series books and her newest one available on Amazon, I was inspired to create a quotes journal because Jay McLean just had so many quotables and having it in my Kindle notes wasn't enough. So go read her series! It will inspire you too! Start with More Than This.
So back to my's the finished product. 
But it start out as this old school memo book that we've all seen (at least in America). Once back to school supplies shopping begins, I can find them for 99 cents.

My daughter hijacked this one before I could beautify it.

So it went from that to this by wrapping it in scrapbook paper.

You need 2 pieces of 12 x 12 paper that you will cut down to 9 3/4 x 12 (measure the journal 1st, that's just what mine measured as).
Those are used to wrap around the cover. As you can see I had to add strips of coordinating paper to cover the rest because the paper wasn't big enough.
For those strips of paper, I cut a 2x 9 3/4 for the outside and 3 x 9 3/4 for the inside. I repeated the same for the back cover.
Then I found the cool chalkboard stickers to use as labels. One even had a cute little Jaybird on it. And they really do work but, I had thicker chalk and it just didn't look pretty. So I used white paint pen. I'm going to look for skinny chalk the next time I'm out.

I love this scrapbook paper. It's called Be You by Fancy Pants. This page is all one print. I didn't cut and layer those strips. But it has quotes about being you, being in the moment etc.

Then I added a little washi tape with the alphabet (found in the scrapbook section of a craft store). It comes in tons of different patterns.

Then I added some red ribbon with glue.

I used a little baker's twine to wrap around the front a couple of times to tie on these charms.

I added a mini clothespin to keep my place.
And this is what I ended up with.
*** All measurements given are in inches.***

Monday, July 14, 2014

An Initial Craft For Kids

Sophia has been wanting to craft up a storm, so the other day we got on Pinterest and found a few things that she wanted to make. One craft we started with we found over at
We changed it up a bit but we're still happy with the results.
We started with a cardboard letter S we found at Joann's. She used acrylic hot pink paint to paint the letter first and let it dry.
Then, she glued buttons that we also bought at Joann's on top. Her idea was to use glitter glue so that if it was too thick or clumpy, it would just look like glitter.

Super easy. Pretty inexpensive. And she had fun. All I did was make sure she didn't get the acrylic paint all over herself or the kitchen.