Thursday, January 27, 2011

Swim with the Fish - Recycled Soda Bottle Craft

The items you need for this craft:
*  Sharp Pair of Scissors
*  Sharpie (to draw the pattern on the bottle) 
*  Stapler (used to close bottle to make fish)
*  2 Liter Clear Soda Bottle
*  Paint
*  Moving Eyes

Kiddie Valentines

I thought I'd share what my daughter made for her Valentines last year!  We used the 'Walk In My Garden' cricut cartridge, stickles, and eyes and created these cute pencil cards!  She decorated them all on her own!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Michael's Haul

Today I decided to stop at my local Michael's to check out the scrapbook paper clearance.  I didn't find much.....but I think my wallet is happy about that! 

Clearanced for $6.99

Dollar bin items (the white flowers are my favorite)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I thought I'd share one quick Girl Scout craft that I think could be adapted into quite a cool scrapbook-style project!  This is a jewel case picture frame!  It uses 1 slim case, some ribbon, and any other embellishments you wish to add!  I made mine simple since I had to gear this project to Brownies (2nd-3rd graders)!  Just use your imagination on this one!  The sky is the limit!

Time to get back in the swing!

My New Year's resolution is to get back into the swing of scrapbooking and card making!  I sometimes get lost in my life as a Mom and as a constant volunteer!  It's hard to find time to do things around planning Girl Scout meetings and driving my children to soccer.  MY PLEDGE to myself is to try and set more time aside to do the things I love!

In the last few days I've started to organize my space to prepare for the craftiness I have planned!  I admit my room will never be quite like the beautiful spaces I see all over the Cricut message board... but I still completely love it!  It's big enough to craft in and kid-friendly enough my children spend hours in it!   I simply don't need anything more..... well, unless you're talking more craft supplies!  

For the longest time I didn't know what to do with my old glass canning jars.  At my former home I displayed them in my kitchen at the top of my cabinets (along w/ a bunch of other 'country' looking items).  However, when we moved 3 years ago I wanted a different look and kept the jars tucked away in a box......Until last summer!  After reading another blog about the various ways to use old canning jars in a scrap room, I finally dug the old things out of the box and put them to use to hold my flowers!  

ORGANIZING METHOD 2:  2 Tier Metal Holder
This handy metal holder I found at my local Goodwill for .99!   It's the perfect size to hold all of my Michael's $1 bin buttons!  

ORGANIZING METHOD 3:  Stickles Holder
Who would have thought the local hardware store (Ace!) would have what I needed to construct a 'cheap' stickles holder?!  After reading about this idea on the Cricut messageboard, I decided to give it a whirl and make my own!  It works pretty well!

ORGANIZING METHOD 4:  Cropper Hopper 10 Drawer Cart
This is another one of my Goodwill finds!  It cost me a whopping $7.99!   Anyway, as you can see, I labeled each drawer with a color and now I am able to keep my scraps organized! 

Ah yes.... 3 more Goodwill finds!  After scouting around online I discovered that many people were using old cassette holders for their stamps.  I'm definitely not a stamper (I tend to only have the cheap style!) but my girls and I still like to play around with them once in awhile.  This method allows us easy access to all our colors.

I think that's it for now!  I'll post some of my other organizing ideas in another week or so!
I hope you all enjoyed this short post on my room!