Monday, April 20, 2015

Mini Album Monday #52- Coin Envelope Album

Today's featured mini album is a unique one.
It's very tiny and has no photos!

I used coin envelopes for the pages.

For the title, I painted a large 2 with a foam stamp.
Then I added a narrow strip of pattern paper,
a small flower, and a word strip that says just.
This makes the title, "Just 2."

I used a total of 12 coin envelopes that measure 2 1/4"x 3 1/2".
I took a piece of pattern paper measuring 3 1/2" x 5 3/4" and scored every 1/4" to make 
an accordion fold. Then I attached each envelope to a fold.
I wrapped a piece of ribbon along the binding and attached it to the inside of the covers.
It ties at the edge to keep the book closed.

In the first and back envelopes- the covers- I placed a small piece of chipboard to make them sturdy.
Then I sealed them closed.
For the rest of the envelopes, I cut off the flap and used a small circle punch to make a tab 
which makes it easier to pull out the cards.
In each of the inside envelopes, I placed a piece of white cardstock measuring 2 1/8"x 3 1/2".

On each of the interior envelopes, I placed a journaling prompt.
The cards on the inside are for the answers.

Each of the prompts asks for two things:

two everyday things I couldn't live without
two of my favorite songs
two things I worry about
two things I want to do before I die
two stores I shop at
two things that scare me
two snacks I could eat every day
two people I'd be lost without
two nicknames I've been given
next two places I want to go on vacation

I find journaling is easy to do with prompts.
I got the journaling prompt from this book.

 Each interior page has a narrow strip of pattern paper and a small flower.

I tried to keep it simple, but cute.

I think this kind of album is so easy to complete as it is very simple
and the journaling is do-able.
You can sit down in a couple of hours and complete it.

I think it's nice to document things about me for my kids to have someday.
I know I'd treasure a book like this about my mom or mom-in-law.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Make me understand the way of Your precepts; 
so shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.
Psalm 119:27

This post is linked to Skip to My Lou and What's On the List?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Envelopes Made From Maps

Do you guys send out letters or cards anymore?
I 've made a goal to start sending out more cards to my loved ones.
I think it's lovely when I receive an actual card- they're just so special in this age of technology.

I thought that one way to make these cards even more special
would be to make cool envelopes for them.

I decided to use pages out of an old atlas to make some envelopes.

Here's how I made the envelope.
My card measures 5 1/2"x 8".
I set the card at an angle in the lower left corner of the page.

Next, I folded up the bottom making sure it reached just above the center of the card.

Then I folded in the left side.
 I trimmed it so that the top edge of that flap lined up with the left corner of the card.
Then I did the same thing with the right side.

At that point, I trimmed the excess paper off to create my top flap.

It ended up about 13 1/4"' from the top point to the bottom point
and 15 1/2" from the left point to the right point.

 My envelope fits tightly around the card, but that isn't necessary.
As long as your card is covered, I think it's ok if it turns out slightly larger than the card.

I folded in the two sides and the bottom and used tape to hold them together.

Then I used a glue stick to close the top flap being careful not to get any where the flap
 may come into contact with the card. 

Because it's a busy print, I placed a label on the front for the address.

I'd be pretty excited to get a map envelope in the mail!
Don't you think these things would even put a smile on the face of a postal worker? 

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
1 Thes. 5:28

This post is linked to The Crafted Sparrow, My Repurposed Life, Funky Junk, and I Heart Naptime.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thrifty Thursday #162

The pickings were small this week at the thrift stores.
I actually went to three of them, but left with only two small bags.

Sometimes I score big- sometimes not so big.
I will tell you that time at the thrift store is never wasted, though:)

I got this beautiful old cookbook for fifty cents.
It's copyright is 1963.
I'm giving it to a friend who is starting a collection of vintage cookbooks. (I just love friends who don't mind when I buy them stuff from the thrift store!:)

I spent fifty cents on this old book.
I think it's just beautiful- even the binding is pretty.
It doesn't have a copyright for some reason.

The pages are all dark with age.
Love it!

I got four books for my son to read.
He's been on a big reading jag lately- especially of science fiction books.
I definitely want to support this trend while it lasts!
Each of these books were only a quarter.

I do have one more thing to show you.
 I found this as I was driving through my neighborhood- that's right. I got it out of somebody's trash.

 It's an awesome wooden spool! It's about 14" high.
Nice, huh?

That's it.
Hopefully I can squeeze in some yard sales this weekend.
Good luck to all of you with your treasure hunting!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Abstain from every form of evil.
1 Thes. 5:22

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Layout of the Week #107

In addition to the layouts that I make to I document things that my family does,
every so often I like to make one that is just about us.
If you've never done one like that, you should. You will certainly treasure it.
Today's layout just captures us at this moment in time.
At one glance, you can see what we're like on this day.

Here's the layout we'll be creating.

To make it, you'll need:
one piece of 12"x 12" cardstock
one piece of 7 1/4"x  9 1/2"cardstock
four strips of pattern paper measuring 1"x 12"
one piece of pattern paper measuring 3/4"x 11 1/2" (you could use a piece of decorative tape instead)
four photos measuring 3 1/2"x  4 1/2"
letter stickers for the title (not pictured)
four journaling cards -mine are 3"x 4" (you can use note cards for this)
pen for journaling
paper trimmer

To start, adhere the four strips of 1"x 12" pattern paper along
 the outer edges of the 12"x 12" cardstock.

Next adhere the 7 1/4"x 9 1/2" cardstock in the center of the background.

Now place your four photos on the center piece of cardstock.

Place the 3/4"x 11 1/2" piece of pattern paper (or decorative tape) along the center of the layout.
It should run right across the center of the photo mat.

Write on your journaling cards, then adhere one to the outer edge of each photo.

For my journaling, I stamped several words along the edge of each card.
Then I filled in the blanks about each family member.
The words are:
(I got this list from a Stacey Julian project many years ago.)

Now place your title above and below the photos.
Add a date somewhere on the layout- I placed mine at the bottom of the bottom left photo.

TA-DA! That's it!
You now have a layout that captures your family how you are right now.

Here's an example of the journaling for my younger son:
Ethan is: 13 1/2
has: an Instagram account with 2040 followers
can: play Madden football - for hours!
watches: You Tube videos
reads: when Mom makes him
wishes: he could play tackle football, but settles for flag football
needs: to go bow fishing

You could use this layout to compare siblings
or even feature one person with four different photos.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, stop by every other Wednesday for a new step by step layout.
Each one can be completed in less than an hour using products that you have on hand.

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

Test all things; 
hold fast what is good.
1 Thes. 5:21

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Recipe of the Week #165-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix butter, sugars, and eggs. Add vanilla, salt, baking soda, and flour. Fold in chocolate chips.
Place by large teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake for 10-13 minutes.

Note: I prefer soft cookies, so I pull mine out just before they're done and let them finish cooking on the hot pan.

Today I'm sharing an old family recipe with you guys. I've been making these by memory since I was in fifth grade. My hubby claims he married me for my chocolate chip cookies:) These are fantastic- I guarantee you'll love them!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, 
kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 
bearing with one another, and forgiving one another,
 if anyone has a complaint against another
Col. 3:12

This post is linked to Plucky's Second Thought, Between Naps on the Porch, and It's Overflowing.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Badge Holder DIY

Does anybody else have to wear a badge for work?
When I go into work on Fridays (I home school my boys the other four days of the week),
I have to wear a badge at the medical clinic where I'm a nurse.

Recently, my work issued badge holder bit the dust, so I decided to come up with my own.

Here's my new badge holder.
I wanted something that would match any color.

It was super easy to make.

If you'd like to make one, all you need is:
a badge reel (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
a pendant that is big enough to cover the front of the reel
wire cutter
E-6000 glue

First, you'll want to cut the loop off of the pendant.
I used my Tim Holtz scissors, but wire cutters will do the trick as well.

Then just place some E-6000 glue on the back of the pendant and center it onto the reel.

Give it 24 hours to dry, and you're ready to go!
I chose a solid silver pendant, but you could go as wild and colorful as you like.

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; 
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Psalm 119:16-18

This post is linked to What's on the List, Tatertots and Jello, and Skip to My Lou.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Pink Roses and Pearls

Every so often, I feel like making some jewelry. . .
usually after walking through the bead section of a craft store:)

Last Friday night on date night, my hubby and I took a swing through Michaels.
They had a sale on beads, so I had to pick some up.

I just fell in love with these pink roses. 
I figured what goes better with pink roses than pearls?

So I picked up some of both and took them home.

Here's what I used for this project:
Stretch Magic elastic string 0.5mm
pink roses
ring blank
E-6000 glue

I put one pearl between each of the three roses,
 then strung several more around the back of the bracelet.

On the back of the package, there are instructions for how to tie off the string.
It's basically two square knots.
Tip: to make the bracelet extra sturdy, I used two strands of the elastic string.

I had one rose left over, so I made a ring.
I used some E-6000 glue to adhere the rose bead to a ring blank.
Then I let it sit for 24 hours.

I think they turned out pretty and girl-y.
I don't get enough pink around my house, so I really like this set!

I hope you all have a delightful weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

I will delight myself in Your statutes;
 I will not forget Your word.
Psalm 119:16

This post is linked to Simple Nature Decor, Too Much Time on My Hands, My Repurposed Life,
and Today's Creative Blog.