Monday, August 18, 2014

Coming Soon!

I have got a lot of fun things coming to my blog in the next week or so!

Thirty Days of Lists
DIY Planner


A (Not So) Mini Album

Get ready for lots of great ideas and lovely inspiration heading your way!


Friday, August 8, 2014

Love For the Weekend/32

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In an effort for you all to know me a little better, as well as spread the love to other bloggers, sites, etc that I enjoy, I will be posting various links every Friday. These links will be whatever I've found interesting, exciting, or what I've absolutely fallen in love with over the past 7-ish days. Enjoy!

Lately, I've been on this kick to make these kind of better decisions.

I think this will help with those better decisions.

I really like how this (which is very popular in the papercrafting world) is linked to those said better decisions I want to make.

I registered for this, starting in September. You should play along too!

Of course, I HAVE to have all the things! All of them!

I read this weekly...because I'm a nerd.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wall Art Project: How-To (Just Two Midwest Girls Scrap Challenge)

Happy Hump Day! Yesterday, I was up on the Just Two Midwest Girls scrap challenge blog giving ya'll a closer look at this super cute wall part project for the August challenge! I figured I'd share it here on my blog too.


Reading the challenge launch post, I was kind of scrambling to finish, let alone, start this challenge. I definitely did not give myself enough time for all my grandiose plans, again, which I discussed in the post linked above. Even though my original plan(s) were not the turn out, I still love my wall art piece.

I have seriously been obsessed (borderline unhealthy) with this Coastal Cabana color from Stampin' UP! Like, I don't think there's been a project recently in which I HAVEN'T used this color. I'm constantly gravitating to it.

Anyways, when picking the color scheme for my wall art, I was trying to think of to whom I would gift this. It's a perfect "print" for a nursery or child's room. And of course, I thought of my best friend's son, who's still pretty brand new. Blue and gray it was!


Using my Silhouette Cameo, I die cut the letters of the alphabet using the Coastal Cabana cardstock and Smokey Slate cardstock, also by Stampin' UP! I used the Aharoni font and made each letter about an inch in height. The alphabet was typed in one text box, so I could resize the letters as one item, making everything proportional. I die cut a super cute Echo Park heart I found in the Silhouette Online Store. This was die cut in Coastal Cabana at a slightly larger size to highlight it as the focus piece.

I cut a piece of white cardstock-I believe it's the Bazzil white orange peel cardstock-to 7.5" x 9.5". I adhered the letters, alphabetically (obviously) paying close attention to the layout of the I (heart) U focus. You obviously want this in a diagonal layout. I replaced the "O" with the heart. I then cut a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock to 8" x 10", mounting the white piece of cardstock on top.

And there you have it! Super simple and easy. This project would make a great baby shower gift. Just plop this guy in a frame and voila!

Make sure to play along with us over on the Just Two Midwest Girls scrap challenge blog this month. Show us how you're using all those letters! Challenge details can be found here!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Make A Card Monday: A Multitude of Thanks

And here we are, another lovely week. I had a pretty relaxing weekend, at least compared to some more busy and chaotic weekends I've had as of late. Surprisingly, I'm welcoming the start of this week! It's another pretty week in my DIY Planner (a photo of which can be found here). That really helps to put an optimistic spin on a Monday.


I am back with a super cute and easy square thank you card! It seems like I can never have enough thank you or birthday cards. This is something you can whip up really quickly and is perfect for assembly-card-making. It's also really simple to change out the sentiment.

How To

  1. Cut your white cardstock to 4" x 8". Fold in half, making the card a square at 4" x 4".
  2. Die cut a banner using white cardstock. Stamp the sentiment using a teal blue ink onto the die cut banner.
  3. Figure out where you want the banner with the stamped sentiment. This is important as it will serve as a focal point and a placeholder to stamp the additional, identical sentiments above and below the banner. Line up the straight edge of the banner with the edge of the card. Adhere onto card front. **Before you do this, make sure to adhere a thin piece of ribbon that coordinates with your stamped sentiment under the flag/pennant side of the diecut, making sure to extend the ribbon a little past the ends of your banner points. Again, this is to bring more attention to your focal point.**
  4. Once the banner is adhered, stamp the same "thank you" 3 times above the banner and once below in a pink stamp ink.
  5. Using a standard size single hole punch, punch small circles out of a coordinating pink cardstock. (Mine matched, as I was using Stampin' UP! products.)
  6. Sprinkle and adhere those punched circles in the opposite corner of your stamping.
  7. Using a similar size solid circle stamp as your cardstock circles, stamp a few circles in the same corner with a teal blue stamp ink. Make it a little haphazard or confetti-like.
  8. Envelope: Make using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board-follow the measurements for an envelope that will hold a 4" x 4" card. I used the same color pink cardstock I used on the card.
  9. Envelope Liner: Using the same technique in last week's tutorial, I made the white envelope liner. That tutorial can be found here. On the envelope liner, I used the small solid circle stamp to stamp the confetti look in both the pink and teal blue found on the card.


Next week sometime, I will be posting a picture tutorial on using the envelope punch board to make an envelope and envelope liner. Stay tuned for that!

So, there you have it. I quick and simple thank you card! I do have to say, I really enjoy this square size. I will definitely be making more square cards. Too bad that weren't such a hassle to mail though. Won't stop me from making someone's day with pretty happy mail!

What unusual size cards have you guys been making lately? Let me know down below!


Supply List

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Love for the Weekend!

In an effort for you all to know me a little better, as well as spread the love to other bloggers, sites, etc that I enjoy, I will be posting various links every Friday. These links will be whatever I've found interesting, exciting, or what I've absolutely fallen in love with over the past 7-ish days. Enjoy!

I love watching any kind of tutorial. Lately, I've been watching mini album tutorials over on YouTube. One YTer, My Sisters Scrapper, makes gorgeous mini albums, as well as creates tutorials every once in awhile. This is something I would like to make soon. I see something like this going into my Etsy shop for the quickly approaching holiday season.

I am very intrigued by this. I would like to sign up, but it looks like the first "kit" doesn't come out until October. Do I sign up now and hope it's everything I love, or do I wait (forever) for October to see what they have to offer...? #firstworldproblems

I really enjoy it when bloggers put together this type of post. Especially when it directly correlates with my current obsession with planners!

I know I've featured this before in this series, but I want to highlight it again. I have absolutely fallen in love with this! It's helped me stay on track, pay better attention to my own body, as well as create a habit. You all should give this a try. I promise you, you will not be disappointed!

And, because I know you all are so curious as to what I'm reading right now, check it out.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Just Two Midwest Girls August Challenge Launch!

**Love for the Weekend post will up tomorrow, Saturday, August 2nd.**


I'm revealing my project for the August Just Two Midwest Girls scrap challenge! Go check it out and make sure to play along! 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Currently Loving in July + #currentlylist

Today, I have a handful of random items I have been loving this month. This is something I'd like to do once a month. I really enjoy seeing other people's monthly favorites, so I thought I'd share my own.

Currently Loving 
  1. My purple Personal Saffiano Filofax: She's not really a currently favorite, per se, because she's an all-the-time favorite. To put it in more appropriate terms, I'm obsessed with using my Filofax.
  2. Philosophy's Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser: Love. I don't know what else to say about it. It leaves my skin feeling clean and soft, as well as looking clean and clear. It will always be worth the money for me.
  3. 29 by Lydia Mondavi Secret of the Vine Serum Extract: It's never too early to start incorporating some anti-aging (I prefer to call it slower aging process) skin care products. This serum is used to improve the skin's elasticity, making it firmer and tighter, all while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. It smells lovely, a light dose of flowers. I use it as a serum, under my moisturizer most of the time. I've also used it as just a lightweight moisturizer. It does not make my face oily. So far, I like it. I haven't used it enough to notice any differences in my skin yet.
  4. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Marker Pens: I love using different-colored pens, even though I don't really color code anything when I'm planning or organizing. These are really nice and extremely fine point at 0.3mm. I use them all the time in my Filofax and Bullet Journal.
  5. Bath and Body Works' Sleep Aromatherapy Body Cream in Lavender Chamomile: OH MY GOSH I LOVE THIS SCENT! It really is calming and relaxing. It sits on my nightstand. I HAVE to put it on every night before I settle down to sleep. Highly recommend.
And here's my #currentlylist, inspired by Kristin over at rukristin papercrafts and her currently project.


What products are you loving this month? And, if you play along with the #currentlylist project, link up your list in the comments section!