Friday, December 13, 2013
1. Pick out your favorite photos and sized frames.
2. Place photos inside the frames.
3. Apply vinyl to the top of one frame's glass according to the package's directions.
4. Hang to create a focal point in your home.
*Floating Frames 8"x8" $6.99 (Reg. $9.99) and 12"x12" $14.99 (Reg. $14.99) on sale until December 22nd, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Loom Band Storage Box I got from Craft Warehouse. I love it. It stores all my bands by color, making it easier to get what I need fast.
Now that I am adding beads to my bracelets, I knew I needed something fast to get organized! Every time I tipped the bag getting the bead I needed caused a huge mess!
Craft Warehouse has this other Loom Band Storage Box that has smaller sections that are perfect for mixing bands and beads. Right now I am storing some Metallic Pony Beads and charms inside. I can't tell you how happy this makes me feel compared to beads all over my living room floor. Ha!
* Rubber Loom Bands $1.99 300 count (reg $2.99) on sale until December 15th, 2013
And that does not take from those other 11 months. It does not mean you forget to count or remember or sit in awe of what is happening in your little piece of this eternal story. Oh no. It means you set aside a bit of time in your everyday life to just write it down. And smile. And feel FULL.
I decided early that I needed this project to be easy and simple. I needed it to fall together more than become another thing that falls by the wayside. I needed a simple, and yet fun, plan. So, when I found out that Craft Warehouse was sending the gorgeous Becky Higgins Heritage Core Kit for my designing month I knew these soft classic designs would be perfect for this collection of thankful notes and verses I wished to create.
I started by designing a simple title card, giving a name to my story and dates to my overall design.
This title card is just one 4x6 card, some sweet stickers, some machine stitching over the stickers, a Becky Higgins date stamp, stamped with a black Stazon ink pad.
Next, I used a few basic techniques to change up many of the cards slightly, but stayed true to the designs and patterns in the Becky Higgins Heritage kit. I started by cutting up the cards to creating quilt like designs, borders, and banners. I also cut out circles in the cards to place other card designs under or on top of other designs to create dimension and unique style. I added the Becky Higgins stickers, using almost all of the letter and number stickers most effectively by changing them up and cutting them, if needed, to recreate letters. I really wanted to get the most out of each number and letter on the sheet, and avoid needing an additional set of stickers.
I added a few photos to share a bit more of the stories, and may even add more when completing the project, but for now it is all about the thanksgiving stories and that is what I want to shine overall in these spreads.
I also created a mini album in one pocket so I could write a special note about each of my children and why I am thankful for them. I kept it simple and yet really shared my heart in the process. I think this will be a true treasure for them when and if they ever find it in the pocket. This is easily created by placing two bifold cards together and stitching up the center of the cards.
You may notice the verses throughout the cards, used as inspiration and completion in my thanksgiving. This is the list of verses beside each thankful theme if you wish to use them in your own set of thankful notes.
1: showing my children The Way, Proverbs 22:6
2: Capture, Psalm 69:30
3: Learn, Philippians 4:11
4: Fed, Matthew 6:25
5: Well, Psalm 46:1
6: Children, Psalm 127:3-5
7: Hope, Psalm 71:14
8: New, Lementations 3:22-23
9: Good, Romans 8:28
10: White, Isaiah 1:18
11: Freedom, 11 Corinthians 3:17
12: Beautiful, Psalm 45:11
13: Bad, Ecclesiastes 7:14
14: Growth, Ephesians 4:15
15: Purpose, Jeremiah 29:11
16: Strong, Psalm 68:35
17: Friendship, Proverbs 17:17
18: Words, Psalm 119:172
19: Rest, Matthew 11:28
20: Fruit, Galatians 5:22-23
21: Family/Unity, Colossians 3:12-17
22: Embrace, Psalm 63:7-8
23: Warm, Colossians 3:12
24: Truth, Psalm 25:5
25: Understand, Proverbs 3: 5-6
26: Create, Proverbs 31:10-31
27: Home, Psalm 84:4
28: Gather, Matthew 18:20
29:Love, Deuteronomy 6:5
30: Letting Go, Philippians 3:12-14
And my handwriting is never what I wish it were (or my stitching for that matter). And my words sometimes get jumbled or messed up as I add them to the card (maybe all those sweet distractions I call family), but in the end it is just wonderful. It is never meant to be anything but a reflection of me, my heart and my attempt at preserving that in some imperfect way. So never worry if your words are written just right, spelled correctly or how you were planning to jot them down, just embrace it all…
One sweet card at a time. And move onto the next beautiful project. In the end
being thankful is the easy part. Life is overflowing with things to be thankful for. Writing it down, counting it, holding it, and remembering it later, that is the harder part. But if you can just do it, the sweet gift you have created is priceless.
And that is just another reason why I love Project Life.
- Lisa Wilkinson
- Lisa Wilkinson
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Welcome Lisa Wilkinson to our designer spotlight! What we loved about Lisa's pages were her devotion to capturing her life with her children. We also love that she tells her stories using her own hand writing. Her children will treasure these stories!
I started Project Life as a way to capture everyday moments. Often I was creating lovely traditional scrapbook pages with lots of design and pretty details, but missing what I really wanted to capture of our simple everyday lives and even less of the stories I wanted to tell.
As I began creating the pocket pages I learned more about how this story is not just mine to share. I was able to have my children answer questions, draw pictures, even write the story from their view. This album has become a family album.
We all work together to make these memories and we work together to pull them together into this keepsake book of fun to fill pocket pages. I love having so many mini pockets to create mini layouts and add lots of our pictures and stories from our lives. This simple book has completely change the way I view scrapbooking for the better.
You can find more inspiration from Lisa at her blog, Chaos Meets Creativity, Pinterest, and on Twitter! Make sure to join us tomorrow as we feature her pages using the Heritage Core Kit with some tips on journaling!
Wrap blank canvas with burlap and layer with 5x7 family photos for a one of a kind gift that has a professional touch!
4 5x7 canvas
Black & toffee acrylic paint
Unfinished mdf plaque (frame shop)
Families are forever plaque (frame shop)
1. Paint your large canvas with 2 coats of Toffee acrylic paint. (this will help not show white through your burlap fabric)
2. Place burlap fabric on the front of the frame and wrap burlap around to the back and staple to secure.
3. Paint the 4 canvases and the Mdf plaque with black acrylic paint.
4. After your paint has dried on the canvases glue your photos on using Beacon 3in1 glue.
5. Glue your “Families are forever” plaque to the black painted plaque using E6000.
6. Lay each mini canvas and the plaque on the canvas where you would like them. Glue down with E6000.
7. After E6000 glue is dry flip canvas over and staple through the back of the canvas into each mini canvas to give them extra stability.
* 50% off regular prices of Entire Stock Stretched Canvas until November 15th, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
This is one of my favorite Rubber Band Bracelet designs. I love cuff bracelets and this is just a little smaller than a regular sized cuff. You can make it in your school colors for your next big game or spirit day!
To make this cuff I used the directions from the Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry Book and Craft Warehouse's Rubber Band Bracelet Loom, while using yellow and blue glitter loom bands.
To learn more about this book, check out my review on it here!
This project is quick and easy! Place small treats or a paper listing the day's activity inside!
Decorate our pre-made Burlap Bag Banner using paper numbers and mini clothespins.
Then, staple on to an Open Back Frame or hang on a mantel or staircase!
* Burlap Bag Garland on sale for $9.97 (reg $19.99) until December 15th, 2013