Monday, November 24, 2014

Six Handmade Christmas Holiday Ornaments You Can Make Today!

Everyone loves to receive a handmade gift, and a Christmas ornament is just the think to make any tree sparkle. Try creating one of these holiday ornaments shown below. To decorate an entire tree, simply make several at once.


Ornaments can be found HERE and HERE.

Be sure to pin and share these projects with your crafting group to help inspire them this holiday season!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Free Christmas Subway Art Printable!

The holidays are rapidly approaching, which means you're likely looking for something quick and easy to give as neighbor gifts. How about printing out a FREE Christmas Subway Art Printable, which you can then dress up and decorate as you like for as many friends and family as you need.

This fabulous printable was part of my "Holiday Seasonal Sampler" event:


Download HERE.

If you're looking for additional printables, be sure to visit my printables store HERE.



Download HERE!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

15 Minute Christmas Die Cut Gift Wrap

I think the holidays always feel a bit more special when you add handmade items to your list. Today I wanted to share a quick and easy die cut Christmas gift wrap you can create with your Silhouette machine. Here is the finished gift with presents inside. Depending on the strength of the wire you can hang this from your friends' and neighbors' doors or place it on a holiday tree:


To create this gift wrap, I used the following cut file from Silhouette (3d scalloped cone):



Design ID #11567

Then I decorated the cone with an accordion folded circle, which I die cut with a manual die cut from Stampin' Up. Additional circle punches, a doily, stickers, wire, and ribbon complete the look:




Here's another look at this project. Please feel free to pin your favorite images from this project. Fill this Christmas Cone with small, light gifts you think your friends and family will enjoy.


This project was created for Craft Lightning, a fabulous website that shares projects that can easily be created within a short amount of time. Be sure to visit their blog here for additional ideas!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How Stress and Chaos Nearly Killed My Creativity

If you've been following my blog, then you know that my life has been chaotic for the past six months. In early April when we made the decision to put our house for sale, I had my suspicions about what we were getting into. We have moved several times now, and I had a pretty good idea of what it would take to do it again. I even went so far as to warn my husband of the repercussions moving would have on my mental state.

So you would think that when in the midst of prepping the house to sell, selling the house, packing up the house, moving to a rental, searching for a new house, buying a house, moving from the rental into the new house, and unpacking that I would feel less--I don't know maybe "guilty" about mentally crashing a bit.

But it's still difficult. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I know all about worry. I certainly am no stranger to stress. And thankfully I know myself well enough that if chaos, anxiety, worry, and stress combine into one big superstorm then I'm likely to get depressed. Good grief! Who wouldn't?

But I was still caught off guard by how quickly my creativity came to a grinding halt.

First I blamed it on having to keep my scrapbook room clean all the time to show the house.

Then I blamed it on having to pack everything up for the big move.

Then I thought, "Well maybe it's because I don't dare unpack in this month-to-month rental situation."

And then I figured I didn't really have much free time with all the house searching we were doing.

And I certainly could excuse myself while my scrapbook room underwent new flooring that took almost a month to complete.

But when I started moving boxes and furniture and supplies into my office, it hit me:

I just didn't want to be creative any more.

What in the world happened?

How did a place I loved so much go from sweet refuge to stress prison?

I was heartbroken. And worried! Scrapbooking and paper crafting are a vital part of my job description after all. How in the world was I going to work if I couldn't even stand the thought of opening a box which contained paper I had once cherished?

I'll admit it. It freaked me out!

For the first few weeks, I felt concerned.

After the first month, I started to worry.

And then by month two, I began to wonder if my creativity would ever return.

How does one go about jumpstarting their creativity once lost? And can it ever be recovered?

I worried long and hard about both of these concerns, but I gave myself permission to simply do what I felt I could. I put in my full-time hours at work leaving the creative part of my job for those rare times when I found I could make something that I didn't want to hurl across the room.

I also gave myself an out. I didn't spend much time in my space after my normal work hours. I rediscovered my love of reading. I found Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I just didn't spend any more time being creative than I wanted to. I felt it was really important to my creative recovery to step away as much as possible.

And bit by bit I started to unpack, put things away, and rediscover products I had been holding onto until the "new house." I didn't let myself feel obligated to create. I just did a few little things at a time.

And while I appeared calm on the surface, I was still very worried in my head.

Then came the little moments of triumph.

I created my first layout, and I didn't completely hate it.

I filmed a video and it didn't kill me.

I read an old scrapbooking magazine, and I liked it.

I took a peek at the latest products in my favorite online stores.

And little by little I felt my mojo start to return. It wasn't easy. Sometimes it was beyond discouraging. Sometimes I even cried about it. I just couldn't help but feel discouraged. But I'm finding that the enjoyment is outweighing the frustration. And frankly, I'll take it.

I'm looking forward to more days of creativity. I look forward to wanting to crop with other scrapbookers. I look forward to renewing my monthly craft budget. I look forward to making things that I love and that make me happy.

And I'm happy to learn that I didn't kill my creativity. I just temporarily scared it away. Here's to it finding its way back home again!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Six Christmas Holiday Home Decor Projects You Can Make This Season!

Looking for a way to dress up your home for the holidays? How about using your paper crafting supplies to "deck the halls?" Today I'm sharing six projects you can make for this holiday season that will either make your home shine or serve as beautifully handmade gifts for your friends and family:



Click HERE to view all of the projects shown.


You can find this additional project, a holiday sleigh HERE if you're looking for more ideas!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Three Things I'm Loving Right Now

Today I wanted to share a few things I'm loving right now and that I wouldn't want you to miss out on.



First is the Scrapbook and Cards Today Scrapbooking Planner and Sketch Calendar. This AMAZING book is both a calendar and a source of inspiration. Order your copy HERE!


Second is the SCT Magazine Winter Issue, which will be available to purchase and download on December 5th. This is our best holiday issue yet! You can find all the SCT Magazine issues and Idea Books HERE.



And then finally, I wanted to share a fabulous new class hosted by Shimelle that includes many of your favorite Garden Girls. Due to the move, I wasn't able to participate; but this class is incredible and full of inspiration. Click HERE for all the details.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Scrapbooking and Paper Crafting Mystery Boxes for Sale!!

Looking for some new paper crafting products to jumpstart your creativity? Each year I go through my scrapbook studio and pull out items that I think other crafters will enjoy. I create several boxes of goodies that I then place on sale.

Today I'm sharing SIX "Mystery Boxes" that I'm selling:



Each of these boxes contains loads of scrapbooking papers, collection kits, and embellishments I think you might enjoy. 95% of the items in the box are brand NEW. I've also thrown in a few extra little items that have been gently used such as sticker sheets with one or two stickers missing, and brad collections with some of the brads missing. These boxes are filled with goodies and are sure to please. Papers range in color, theme, and style ensuring you'll get something you love.

To purchase: I will accept the $45 payment through Paypal. Please contact me via email to request one of the Mystery Boxes. Boxes will be sold on a First-Come, First-Serve basis. You have 24 hours to make your payment and then the box will be placed on sale again. I will send you a Paypal invoice or my Paypal information when you're ready to purchase.

Box #1: SOLD!!
Box #2: SOLD!!
Box #3: SOLD!!
Box #4: SOLD!!
Box #5: SOLD!!
Box #6: SOLD!!

Bonus Box #7: If there is enough interest, I will put together one more box full of goodies. SOLD!!

Shipping: All boxes are shipping in a US Priority Mail Flat Rate box to save on shipping. Shipping charges are included in the $45 price. Boxes will be shipped a few days after your payment has cleared. Currently I'm shipping to the US only. If you want to make arrangements for International shipping, please contact me FIRST as the shipping charges will be an additional cost.

A Sneak Peek: Here's a little peek at one of the boxes. Note that each box is different and may contain items not shown here. This box also contains additional items not pictured. But this will you give you a little peek at the type of items inside each box. Embellishments range from ribbons, stamps, ephemera packs, brads, Washi tape and more.



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