I don’t know about you, but it breaks my heart when I spend a lot of money on scrapbook paper and only use a small portion of it. I save all of the bits and pieces knowing that I will use them somehow in the future.
This easy paper craft uses all of those odds and ends you have laying around and turns them into refrigerator magnets. Everyone could use a fridge magnet or two to hang up the precious works of art from our children, important notes, reminders, etc. It starts with wooden shapes.
I found mine at the craft store for the bargain price of 29 cents per piece. You can’t beat that!!
Just trace the wooden shapes with a pencil onto the leftover scrapbook paper. Cut the paper shape out with scissors.Glue the paper onto the wood shape with a glue stick. You can then embellish with different paper shapes, bling, glitter, gems or whatever suits your fancy. After you finished decorating, let everything dry. Once the shapes are dry, glue a magnet onto the back with a hot glue gun. Mom may have to help little ones with this step.
Place your magnets on your refrigerator and admire your craftiness!
This paper craft project raises the lowly paper lunch bag into an “artsy” gift bag. You don’t have to have an artistic bone in your body to do this craft. All you need are black and white clip art images, access to a printer, and colored pencils. IF you can color, you can make fantastic “art”! Easy peasy!!!
This fun project looks complicated, but it isn’t. I promise. Just follow the steps below, and you can make gift bags that are almost as pretty as the gift inside. If you want to use the same images that I use you can find them here. I used the Photoshop brushes by punk safety pin set 60 retro flowers. The pictures are quite lovely and have an organic look and feel to them.
I prefer to use Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils. I feel that the pencils have brilliant and beautiful color, and are a high-quality product. You just don’t get the same results with cheaper pencils. If you are unsure how to use colored pencils, check out this informative blog post by Dorcas Designs. She has a very clear and easy to follow tutorial. You will be a pro in no time after reading her instructions.
- Paper lunch bags
- Colored pencils
- black sharpie marker
- clip art
- Choose clip art that is to your liking. The important part is that the image should be a black and white line drawing, and look like a cartoon drawing.
- Measure your lunch bag, and set up your page layout size in your printing software to be the same size as your lunch bag. For example, my lunch bag measured 5.25 in x 10.5 in so that was the size of my page layout. I used photoshop for my project, but you could use any word processing software. i.e., word, Microsoft publisher, etc.
- Place your clip art into your page layout where desired. Place the bag into your printer and print the clip art image onto your bag.
- Color your image with colored pencils.
- Trace over the black lines with a sharpie marker if necessary.
- Voila, you now are done. Wasn’t that the easiest prettiest gift bag ever?
What? You say you don’t have time to color but like the idea of a quick, cheap gift bag? Not to fear! Just print clip art onto a lunch bag, add embellishments and you are done. The bags can look beautiful and still a have a personal handmade touch.
The flourish image came from the Photoshop brush set Ancient by green eyed butterfly which you can find here.
The dandelion image came from the Photoshop brush pack Dance of the Flowers by Sleepwalkerfish and can be found here.
Decorate candles for Halloween with easy to cut paper words and clip art.
Get some cheap old candles from Walmart and make them look like a million! Just download the Halloween scrapbook paper craft templates and attach to the candles using our easy directions.
You can cut the words and pictures by hand, or use your favorite die cut machine to do the job. Files compatible with most machines are included in the download.
Use black card stock or black tissue paper. The tissue is harder to cut, so if your children are helping, I would suggest using cardstock. Arrange the letters or clip art around the candle, (you can use a little bit of glue or two-way tape to help attach the letters to the candle).
The next step is to wrap the candle with a sheet of wax paper, and then use a hair dryer or embosser to apply heat and melt the art into the candles. Apply heat until the area is shiny, then move on to the next area.
Remove the wax paper, and your candle is now ready to be lit. These make great teachers gifts or Halloween party decorations.
As always, please use common sense when burning candles. Never leave a burning candle unattended!
Every month Oprah Winfrey has an article in her magazine titled What I know for sure. She writes about the things she has learned to be true in life. This got me thinking, what have I found out for sure during my years on this planet. I know that I have made a heck of a lot of mistakes. I also know that I have had a heck of a lot of good things happen to me too. What do I know? What is it that I know to be true that I can pass on to others?
After giving it a lot of consideration, I have come to the conclusion that the majority of my life problems have stemmed from one thing. When I don’t listen to my inner voice and let others influence me against my better judgment, my life simply doesn’t work.
Let me give you an example. I have always, always had an artistic, creative side. This has been true for me since I was a small child. I wanted to be a commercial artist when I grew up. The people in my life (especially my father) although well meaning, were discouraging when it came to my career choice. My dad thought I should be a teacher. Teachers get three months off every summer, and really how hard can teaching kids be? Others told me to follow the money. Do whatever pays the most.
So I burned through many jobs, chasing money. It never occurred to me to try to find employment in the art field, remember I was told that wasn’t a good idea for me. After I married and had children, I stayed in one god awful job for 18 years. My other directed self-was listening to my well-meaning husband. He couldn’t understand why I hated a job that paid well, had benefits and an excellent 401K plan. This was also a job that I started watching the clock after I was there 3 minutes.
At the age of 45, I couldn’t not listen to my inner voice anymore. I quit my awful job after returning to school to study graphic design. It was the best decision of my life. I was finally doing what I was meant to do in life. Was I making a ton of money? In one short word No. Was I happy? Yes.
I have found that in life a person must always be true to their inner callings. That is the voice of God speaking. You will never go wrong following your heart. Is it scary? Sometimes. Is it challenging? Always. Will your heart sing and your soul soar? Most definitely.
Don’t be one of those people that puts off your life to be lived in some future time. Enjoy doing the things that make you smile, and all will be well. This I can promise you!
Download a free printable copy of this card. (You, of course, will insert your own photo) The easy to follow instructions are below. Let everyone know about the new precious addition to your family, with a handmade card from you.
- Download printable PDF files
- One digital baby photo, or wallet size 2.5 x 3.5 baby photo print.
- 3/8 inch white grosgrain ribbon
- X-Acto knife
- 10 mm corner punch
- glue runner
- bone folder
- Print out Front and back inserts of the card onto bright white cardstock, if you are using a digital image place the image onto a bottom layer with your digital imaging software, otherwise just print out and then cut out 2.25 x 3.25 in square and place wallet size print behind the cutout hole. Attach photo by running a little bit of glue runner on the edge of the photo.
- Cut out front carefully with X-Acto knife and ruler.
- Use bone folder and ruler to score fold in the middle.
- Fold the front of the card in half.
- Use 10mm corner punch to round out all corner of the card.
- Cut out inserts with X-Acto knife and ruler, then use corner punch on all corners.
- Cut a 3/8 inch slit onto the middle right and left sides of the front of the card.
- Cut two lengths of white grosgrain ribbon about 4 inches long.
- Insert each ribbon into slits from the front and attach to back with a little bit of glue from glue runner.
- Run glue along the back edges of both inserts and place onto the inside of the card. Use the photos above for placement guidance.