Wednesday, November 26, 2008

One for the road

Before I head out of town for the Thanksgiving weekend I have another little project. Madalyn was invited to a birthday party for a girlfriend of hers who turn 7 last weekend. I wasn't going to make anything, but it all changed when I was walking through Barnes and Nobles Bookstore. Madalyn's school was having a fundraiser so we were there buying a few new book and getting something for Hannah when I came across the stationary section of the store. I found a craft covered recycled journal and my mind started turning with the possibilities. So I picked it up and told Madalyn my plans for the journal and she loved it. I painted around the binding pink, found some fun paper in my stash to cover it with. I cut the paper a little bit longer and went around the edges and cut another piece of fun paper for the insides to help hide the front piece. I took ribbons that I bought at Target in the dollar section and tied them to the binding. Then I added prima flowers, some bright pink paper flowers, bazzil Piglet Blossoms, rhinestones by me and my big ideas, and a left over letter that I have had for years! To make the large flower match a little more I rubbed the pink paint over the petals. It cost me only $9 for the journal and the rest was all stash. Think that I will be making more this Christmas for my sisters and nieces! Wishing you all a safe, fun, creative Thanksgiving weekend. Jenn

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I have been busy working on a Christmas gift for my In-Laws that live in GA. My husbands family decided that this year we would buy or make something for $20! When I heard that I thought what in the world am I going to do. They have two girls ages 6 and 3 and as anyone knows it is hard to buy anything these days that is $20 or something they don't have. So I put my creative mind to work and came up with a game board made out of metal. Do I have your interest? Okay so I took a panel of 12x12 metal (that was in my stash), ruby red cricut vinyl (that I had left over from a wall saying I did for my SIL), photos that I downloaded from their family blog, magnets (that I bought at Micheals, 50 for $6), red paint, pink paint, blue paint, green paint, yellow paint, stamps, mod podge and Ranger Glossy accents. So far I only spent six dollars. But if you were to buy the metal and magnets for would be at about $12. Anyway! I started by cutting the vinyl into 1.5" squares and putting them on the metal in a checkers board pattern. Once that was done I flipped over the metal and made a tic-tac-toe board and stamped around it to give it a little more interest. Once that was done I coated it with mod podge as directed, once one side was finished and completely dried I turned it over and did the other side. Then I painted the sides on the magnets, 12 in red, 12 in pink, 12 in green and 12 in blue. Then I took the leftover magnets and a few more (6 all together) from another pack and painted the sides yellow, that way you could use them for the crowned pieces by putting the colored one on top. Next I printed the photos onto normal computer paper as a wallet size in a fast draft print setting. I picked a picture of each member of the family and printed it 12 times and cut their faces out and taped them to the magnet, making sure that the picture was the same size as the magnet. One I adhered the photo I covered the photo with the Glossy Accents and let them dry. OH! Here is a tip... if you use wax paper and place all the pieces on it while drying from the paint and glossy accents you can then move them around with out them sticking to anything. Here are the photos that I cut down, the layout of the board and the game pieces. Thanks for stopping by! Jenn

Friday, November 14, 2008

Christmas on a BUDGET!

The Christman Challenge this year is to stay at $20 for a family gift and that is all. No individual gifts of any kind. I have to say that when I heard that I thought good freaking luck! But i have come up with a few ideas. I am making a game board out of metal I had, scrap booking supplies, pictures, and magnets. One side will be a tic tac toe for the young family members and the other will be a checkers board. I have started it but still need pictures and magnets to get it done.
The other is a hard cover album from http://www. kodakgallery. com/.
They have a deal with a coupon until November 19th, you can BUY ONE GET ONE FREE! AND then they have another coupon that can be used to get 30% off an order of $60 or 20% off an order of $30. All you do is upload pictures and create a book. You can change the layout, pick color, and add captions or a story. So I did that and go TWO books for $25.05 including tax and shipping!!!! What a deal. I am now done with that side of the family. Now on to the other side.

Make sure you stay tuned for pictures of the game board project!

Happy scrapping! Jenn

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Door Hanger

I have been wanting to make a door hanger for my scrap room and I have finally got around to doing just that. Didn't exactly turn out how I imagined, but I do like it. I used a K2R acrylic panel, red paint, red ribbon, Prima flowers, a light dusting of Glimmer mist, My Minds Eye Magnolia line, Me and My Big Ideas Rhinestones, Creative Memories black letters, and Three Bugs in a rug Chaos & Confusion Letters. I started out by painting the edges of the acrylic, cut a piece of my paper to the exact size of the acrylic, and cut another piece to complement the pattern paper. Then I cut out a flower from the paper (they were double sided), picked out flowers and lightly sprayed them with Glimmer Mist, and adorned them with rhinestones. Then I put the pattern paper on the back side of the acrylic and taped it down only where something else would be hiding it from the front. Then I taped down the blue piece of paper to the front, added the stickers, ribbon and then the flowers. Both my husband and my kids laughed when they saw what it said, BUT ever mom needs a timeout once in awhile. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Scrapbooking Room

Two and a half years ago we moved to our house and I was so excited that I was finally going to have my own scrap room. It was wonderful...upstairs, two windows over looking the backyard and the view of the mountains. I never really got a chance to use it because I had just had my daughter Makayla the week we moved in. (On Monday I had her, Wednesday did the walk through and Friday started moving in.) So having a new born and a 5 year old didn't really give me time to scrap. Then when my daughter turned 4 months I found out I was pregnant with our son. My scrap room dreams started to fade. I had turned my room into a nursery for Kyle. I figured that we would have to find room in our bedroom, but my husband was so awesome... he gave me the guest room instead downstairs!!! I was so excited! I could have the kids playing in the backyard with the slider door open and watch them, still had views, good size room and a walk-in closet. But I never in my mind thought of all the stuff that could be dumped in to a room and not really organized. All scrapers have stuff busting at the seems, but they are all for good reason. In the year and a half that I have been "downstairs" my room has never been truly organized, that is until now. I have been taking an hour here and an hour there to get things cleaned up and on the walls. All I need to do now is move the fish tank back out to the living room. It has been in here since the builders had to come and redo our ceilings. But that is a long boring story. Once that is gone and I get some book cases I will really be in HEAVEN. Before Pictures.... (mind you I had been working on multiple project.)And after.... All I did was put stuff in storage units in the closet, my Husband, Bill add shelves in the closet, I made an old widow in to a French memo board, used tins for incoming and outgoing bills, and I was finished.

OH! Before I go..... you need to check out the Kits2remember Design team Blog. They have ideas of the tissue box I help design and many more amazing projects. They also have a RAK (random act of kindness) give away. And as always you should check out!!!

Thanks for dropping by! Jenn