I Love My Teacher Your Story…


Happy Wednesday: This week is all about paper crafts and also school is out tomorrow.  James class had their end of the year celebration today. To honor his teacher for the fabulous job she did this year, I made her a scrapbook. I used Your Story to create this beautiful little keepsake for the teacher. I had all the moms sign it like a year book. I also made her a cool lamp shade for her room. I will add a picture of the shade but it will probably be a feature project coming up soon. We had the party today and I wanted to add the little video so that is why I waited to post.

  Supplies used:

Provo Craft

Your Story

8×8 black window album


Die cuts with a view mat stack back to school

Prima bling and flowers

Dymo label maker

White cardstock

ATG gun

This project was meant to be a quick easy project.

1)      Tape the single sided papers together. I had 10 pages front and back.

2)      Follow directions for the Your Story and bind the book.

3)      Cut 4×6 photo mats so each child has a page. Arrange the mats going portrait and landscape.

4)      Add picture of each child and print their name with the label maker.

5)      Fill the window in the front with a cute teachers saying. This one was part of the mat stack.

6)      Decorate the outside with bling, ribbon can be added down the side to enhance the overall design.

7)      Finish off with a prima flower

The lamp shade was created using the same papers. This project stole the show but it takes forever to create. I do not think his next year teacher will be receiving a lamp for the present.

I hope this will inspire you, to create end of the school year book for a special teacher.

Have a Super Creative Day.

Michelle Van Etten



Popcorn Box Flower Pot

Sometimes friends need a little pick-me-up…wouldn’t it be nice just to leave a little something for them as a surprise?  Here’s an inexpensive way to give some love to your friends:

Using my Cricut, I cut out the popcorn box, embossed it, embellished it, and then filled it up with some flowers.  The size of the box is perfect for dividing up one of those six-pack of flowers you can get at your garden center.  It would also be great to fill it up with yummy treats too!!

Click here to download the FREE tutorial on how to create this cute flower pot.


Fab Find Friday – YUDU Style

Every Friday we will bring you fabulous finds from other designers. We are open to suggestions too! Please email us  to nominate your favorite blogs  or artists.

Today we are celebrating the upcoming  launch of a sister blog dedicated to all things YUDU. The Mixology Sisters will be posting weekly to the new Yudu Blog. This blog was to launch today but there was a technical issue. We will be Launching on Monday if all goes well. In honor of our upcoming  launch, we devoted this weeks Fabulous Finds Friday to the YUDU.

Also, look for Mixology Craft Girls representing the YUDU at events around the country. We’ll let you know when and where those are happening as they come up.

What Cyndi has to say: I am a big fan of the YUDU. I have had so much fun creating projects using the YUDU. I look forward to sharing them.

What Erin has to say: I love, love, love my YUDU! Everything I see I want to screen print on! It will be fun to show you some new projects I’ve been working on, but until then here’s a few projects I’ve made with my YUDU:

What Sarah has to say: A dream come true…the YUDU! I am excited to share my ideas for printing patterns on fabric and then making pretty things. Plus, I am experimenting with new ways to use the supplies…I have come up with some fun ideas—stay tuned!

What Michelle has to say: The YUDU is amazing and will save you so much time and money. My daughter (Malia ) for her 4th birthday would like a scrapbook party. I plan on designing all the pieces for her party on my YUDU including  T-shirts. I created this door hanger for Malia”s room today. As an expert in all things clear, I designed my screen to fit a Build-a-Book page.  I discovered that the Copic markers can be used right on the inked side. The alcohol ink did not remove the screen print design. I am giddy with all the possibilities and of course this will now be a class. Checkout my blog for other projects and inspiration.

Have a Fabulous Friday

Happy Crafting

The Mixology Girls