Halloween Gift Container

With Halloween coming up, I thought it would be fun to share an inexpensive idea for a gift container. You can purchase these clear containers at Michaels for only a few dollars and then decorate them with the Halloween coordinating papers.

Here are the instructions:

1. Use the Fancy Frames cartridge to cut out a frame and the coordinating shadow layer. I cut the shapes to 2.5″.

2. Use the Cake Basics cartridge to cut out the monogram letter. I cut the letter to 1.5″

3. Adhere to the canister with foam dots to add extra dimension.

4. Tie ribbons to the handle, decorate the cover with coordinating papers, and add flowers.

I hope you enjoyed the project and have a great weekend.


Diana McGraw





Finding a Balance…

Have you ever read a book or heard a story from a close friend that was so thought provoking, it made you want to re-evaluate your current life choices. I just finished reading a great book, “Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas” by James Patterson. The story is about a mother who writes a diary for her son so that she can pass along life lessons and important moments in her life. I just have to recommend it to all working mothers who struggle with the balance between family and work or other important things in our lives. This was a great reminder of what is most important in life.

This story really touched me and came when I needed it in my life. Between work, the boys, the house, and my husband being deployed, I was struggling with finding a balance. This book prompted me to take a hard look and remind myself that family is most important.Everything else (the laundry, cleaning up after dinner, work) can wait. I also realized that I would love to pass a journal on to my children with the lessons I have learned and my favorite moments of our lives together.

I love these journal kits you can buy from Paper Source. I used the 8″ by 10″ album instead of the journal because I liked the glassine sheets in between the pages. Here are the instructions for the project.

1. Cut your patterned paper to 10″ by 12″. Apply PVA glue to one side of your chipboard cover. Place glue side down on to the center of one of the rectangles (make sure your patterned paper is wrong side up). Cut the corners and use the PVA to adhere the excess paper to the chipboard.

2. Since the kit doesn’t come with chipboard for the spine, you can either purchase additional chipboard or you can use something that you at home. I used a cereal box and I cut the box to 10″ long and and the same thickness as the spine of the book.

3. Cut book cloth to 12″ by 5″. Adhere the chipboard to the center of book cloth. The trick to centering is fold your book cloth in half and draw a line to indicate the center. Then draw a center line on the cereal box. Match the lines up and the cereal box will be centered. Also if you are using a light colored book cloth put the colored side of the cereal box up so that the neutral side is facing down. This will help ensure you don’t see the cereal box design through your book cloth.

4. Adhere the chipboard covers to the book cloth so that there is about 1/4″ between the chipboard and the cereal box. This space will allow for the book to open and close easily.

5. Fold the remaining book cloth over and adhere it to the inner side of the covers.

6. I then used an old metal label from a worn out box that I bought a long time ago at Ikea. I used an exacto knife to make slits in the spine of the book for the metal label before I threw the box in the recycling.

7. Add ribbon to the chipboard where the book cloth and paper meet. I used the PVA to adhere the ribbon. I folded the excess ribbon just like I did the paper and book cloth and adhered it to the inside of the cover.

8. Use PVA on the last page of the book to adhere it to the back cover. Use extra PVA on the mesh. Do not put any on the spine of the book. Apply to the front page to adhere the front cover.

9. I then used an old piece of bubble wrap that came in a package that I got last week to add dimension to the paper. I sprayed the bubble wrap with glimmer mist and stamped it on the cover of the book.

10. Then add flowers and embellishments to the cover and spine.

11. Use the Fancy Frames cartridge to cut out your favorite frame. Adhere to the inside cover and journal in the frame. Add embellishments.

I was really excited about this project. I just have to make three more for my other little ones. I think I will give it to each one on either their wedding day or when they have their first child.

This book by James Patterson has really made me focus on what is important to me… family. I am interested to hear of other books that you may have read or something that you have found to be inspirational. Leave a comment and let us know what you have come across that has helped you with keeping a balance in life.


Addison Paige

It’s Time to get Organized…

With school starting this week for my boys… I always feel like this is the time to get organized. This is a fun bulletin board that is multi-functional. It is a push pin board for notes, has a frame to clip business cards to or other items, and it has a place for me to put my keys. Plus I love how beautiful it turned out. The color scheme is great for our entry.
With the challenge this week using items from our local dollar store, I purchased this wire fence material for $.99.
It worked out great because at the end of each section the metal frame was bent so that it could connect multiple sections. I just took pliers and opened it up a little more so that is would be perfect for keys.
Here are the instructions:
1. Use a push pin bulletin board for the frame. This will allow you to use push pins to stick notes on the right side of the board. This is one from my office that I don’t use any more. What a great way to repurpose and reuse.
2. Adhere patterned paper to the bulletin board (you could also use fabric, newspaper, or wrapping paper… if you want that craft paper look you can always use a brown paper bag from the grocery store).
3. I used two sections of the garden fence and tied them together with black ribbon. Then use pliers to open up the clips for your keys.
4. I then used packaging tape to adhere it to the bulletin board on the left hand side of the board.
6. Add lace trim tied in a bow to cover up the tape. Add a flower embellishment.
7. Use the Fancy Frames cartridge and cut out the shape that resembles the Eiffle Tower. I cut it out to 5″ and adhered it to lower right corner of the board. Add a flower embellishment.
I hope you enjoyed the project… have a great Thursday!
Addison Paige