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DIY Calendar – Recollections Calendar Kit

Handmade Calendar Kit

Hey crafty friends! I’m so excited to share this new DIY Calendar kit from Recollections. You might be familiar with my love for memory keeping and being a mamarazzi, but can you blame me? What I love most about this new calendar kit is that it combines memory keeping with a monthly calendar. You can personalize your calendar every month with photo sleeves, journaling cards, and stickers. Handmade Calendar Kit

Recollections Calendar Kit

The 12-month calendar kit includes a photo sleeve for every month, holiday/seasonal themed cards for every month, stickers, and a pen. The cards are beautiful! They’re modern, trendy colors and patterns. They’re also double sided so there’s something for everyone’s style.

 

DIY Calendar Kit

I used up the majority of my pictures this year on Project Life so I have a new game plan for this calendar. I purposely left it blank in hopes that I will take pictures of the kids every first of the month. I think it would be great to set time that day to photograph the kids at the beginning and create a layout for them to look at all month long. At the end of the year I want to look through the year and see how they’ve grown.

Calendar Kit Another bonus is that there’s a hole to hang the calendar from and it comes with a box for easy storage once the year is over.

Christmas Calendar Gift

If you’re still looking for a sentimental gift to give a friend or grandparents this calendar kit is perfect! Filling it with photos of family members and birthdays is a wonderful gift for a special loved one. You can find the Recollections calendar kit at Michaels for $39.99.

Personalized Calendar Kit

 

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Paper Hot Air Balloon

Paper Hot Air Balloon

Hey guys, I have a cute Silhouette project to share with you today! Back in January while attending the CHA show I was able to get a sneak peek at the Silhouette products that are being released this year, since then I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the chipboard sheets. Here’s an easy paper hot air balloon tutorial using the new chipboard sheets and scrapbook paper.

Paper Hot Air Balloon

If you’re a die cutting machine user you know that chipboard is too thick to cut, but Silhouette has created a chipboard that’s great for cutting with your machine.

Here’s how you can easily make your own paper hot air balloon:

What you need:

-Silhouette Chipboard

-scrapbook paper

-adhesive

-ribbon

-twine

paper hot air balloon

Step one: Using the Silhouette software cut 6 hot air balloons out of chipboard. Then cut 3 of each patterned paper.

paper hot air balloon

Step two: glue a piece of patterned paper onto each chipboard piece. Fold in half (the machine creates a perforated center which makes this step super easy to align correctly).

Step three: glue the pieces together so that the chipboard side isn’t exposed on any of the pieces. I found it easy to glue three pieces together twice then glue those two pieces together.

Step four: hot glue ribbon, rick rack, or decorative trim along to hot air balloon to cover the exposed “seams.” Use twine or thread to hang the balloon and then you’re done! Easy peasy, right?

The paper hot air balloon is very study and perfect for a nursery or party decor.

DIY Paper Hot Air Balloon

 

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DIY Paper Flowers {without a die cutting machine}

Easy paper flower tutorial

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching it’s time to start thinking about gifts and ideas for the special mother’s in your life. Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to make paper flowers without a die cutting machine. It’s no secret that I enjoy using my die cutting machines, but I still like using punches just as much as I used to! These flowers are made with a punch, layered to create an ombre effect, and finished with a button in the center. You can use the paper flowers in a bouquet, centerpiece for your Mother’s Day brunch, or to wear as a boutonniere.

Easy paper flower tutorial

DIY paper flowers without a die cutting machine

paper

punches in various styles

button

tape runner

hot glue

DIY Paper Flowers Tutorial

Step one: Punch two strips of paper for each color (each flower has six strips of paper total). The lighter the paper the easier it is to repeatedly punch, but unfortunately also makes a flimsier flower. I used heavy cardstock for my flowers.

Step two: Slightly overlap one strip on top of the other for each color. I used a tape runner to glue them together.

Step three: Using a low-temp hot glue gun glue the first strip in a circular pattern. Keep wrapping the paper around, gluing every couple of inches. Then repeat with the next two strips, starting where the previous strip ended.

Step four: Glue a button in the center, the more it sparkles the better. :)

Step five (optional): hand cut leaves and glue to the back of the flower. Glue a felt circle onto the flower and add a pin on top.

DIY Paper Flowers Tutorial

Now you have pretty paper flowers to add to your gift wrap or to wear this Mother’s Day!

Easy DIY Paper Flowers

 

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Mini Paper Pocket Valentines

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

A mini paper pocket is  great for adding candy or Valentine cards in. Pair the paper pocket with washi tape shapes and bakers twine to create an easy Valentine gift for classmates and friends.

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

The Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket provides endless possibilities whether you love paper crafting or want to create an easy personalized gift. I received this die the day before CHA and immediately considered making 25 business card holders with it. Planning a Disneyland trip for a family of 5 + preparing for CHA + 25 embellished paper business card holders is NOT ideal in my book. I think I ended up with 3 mini pockets to give companies my business card to. But I’m ok with that because I know this die will be put to use in other ways, especially for holiday treats and gift tags.

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

Now you know how much I LOVE washi tape, right? I’m kinda sort obsessed with the stuff. I may or may not have over 60 rolls with a few more on the way. Its a problem..I know! If you’re a washi tape fan like me then you’re going to love the new Shape N’ Tape washi tape sheets from Lifestyle Crafts. Not surprisingly they sold out almost immediately after they were released but I’m keeping an eye out for them to be restocked. Imagine the possibilities with the washi tape sheets..you can create any shape you want instead of being limited with a washi tape roll.

washi tape crafts

To make the candy paper pockets I used my die to cut the paper and folded on the perforated line.

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

If you look closely you can see thin “tabs” that are folded which is where you apply the glue to close the die.

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

Now its time to embellish the mini pocket. I used the Tape It Kit to cut a few shapes out. This kit has 18 shapes that are great for small craft projects or scrapbook layouts. But don’t worry you don’t need a die cutting machine to use the washi tape sheets! You can trace a shape on the back and cut it out with scissors or an xacto knife.

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

I added various washi tape shapes and bakers twine from The Twinery to embellish my valentines, then filled them with mini M&M bags.

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

 

You can save 20% off all Lifestyle Crafts products by entering the discount code: PUMPKIN at checkout

 

 

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Disclosure: I received Lifestyle Crafts products to review. As always all opinions are my own and I highly recommend the Shape N’ Tape sheets, they’re awesome! :)