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Initial Frames January 7, 2013

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Initial Teacher Frames

I wanted to share with you the gifts I made for Will’s preschool teachers and a slight variation on this gift I made for my office co-worker friends.  I did hi-jack this idea from my friend, Tanya, when we were gone on our annual scrapbooking trip to Minnesota.  She was doing the same for her sons’ teachers and her co-workers.  I loved the idea so much I had to copy her. 😉


First, I found two 8 x 10 frames.  I found these frames at Michael’s Crafts.  Next, I cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit the frame.  We found this super cute paper that looks like handwriting paper at Crafts Direct in St. Cloud, MN.  I wish I would have picked up a few more pieces.  It was just perfect for the teacher gifts!


In order to turn the frame into a hanging piece I added two prong hangers to the back of the frame and strung it with hanging wire.  This was the hardest part of the whole project.


I attached the prongs right to the cardboard backing piece of the frame rather than the wood of the frame.


One on each side.


I found ribbon that matched the paper I used to cut out the teacher’s initial  for the frame.  I cut them about 4 inches long.  I think I used about a spool of each color for each picture.

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I tied one end of the hanging wire to the frame, but left the other end untied.  I started tying the ribbons to the wire in a pattern.  I tied them really close together to create a fuller look.  When you get close to the opposite end tie the other end of the wire to the prong.

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Here are the finished teacher frames.  I cut the initials out of another piece of scrapbook paper using my Cricut machine (Alphalicious cartridge).  Lastly, I hand wrote the teacher’s name below the initial.  I have to add here that we are so thankful for Mrs. Tams and Miss Congdon who have enriched our little guy’s life with so many great learning experiences at preschool!


Here is the variation on the initial frame that I made for my co-workers in the office.  I used a 5 x7 frame and cream paper with black stripes for the background (Jo-Ann Fabrics).  Instead of making it a hanging picture, I added three ribbons tied around the base of the frame.  The frame just stands on its own.  I also used their first name initial instead of last name.


One of My Favorite Places! August 11, 2011

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Some of you have been asking me to share my “new” scrapbooking space.  As many of you know we tend to move a lot.  Before we had Will, I had a whole room to set up my scrapbooking/crafting stuff in.  Well, that room was turned into a nursery and I was sent to the corner of the office with only a card table.  I think the biggest selling point for me to agree to move to our current house was the gigantic room in the basement that would easily fit our office and a scrapbooking area.  I must say I am in love with my crafting nook.

I was able to trade in my small card table for this desk, typing table and file cabinet.  A big thank you to my friend, Therese, for selling it to me!  Most of what I need is housed right at my desk.  If you are a fellow scrapbooker you have to know this is not all of my stuff – ha!!  It is a requirement as a scrapbooker to have a slight addition to paper among other pretties!  So….here’s the rest of my stuff stored in the closet!


Let’s take a closer look at a couple of things now.


This is one of the ways I organize my scraps.  This was part of a plastic organizer I had from way, way back.  The rest of it broke, but I kept this piece.  I labeled each drawer with a color or two and filled it up with scraps.  It has worked great!

Back to the desk area — On the typing table I have the greatest invention EVER — my Cricut Expression and cartridges.  I also have a color printer here.  Under the desk I store my rolling case and shoulder bag.  The black file box holds my paper.  I have 12 x 12 file folders for each color.  It holds the full sheets of paper and large scraps. 

On the main desk, I added this organizer piece.  It is actually a shoe rack I bought at K-Mart.  It works great to stack a number of items all in one area of the desk.  I have my stamp inks, chipboard letters, ribbon, idea books, idea notebook and xyron machines here.  Also, check out the awesome star clock I found at the Sidewalk Arts Festival last year! 

All summer I’ve been hemming and hawing about what to put up on the wall above my desk.  There are so many ideas out there.  I’ve been looking and looking at Pintrest for ideas.  I am always drawn to the gallery style of decorating so I gave it try  here.  I decided to be very practical and used things I already had sitting around the house — not a single new item was purchased for this display (yeah me — more money to spend on paper!). 

 I always like to personalize with pictures.  The white 12 x 12 frame in the upper left corner is a picture my mother-in-law and Will made for me for Mother’s Day with Will’s hand print (so special).  Next, is a frame I inserted some sort of metal piece in and then made magnets out of stickers to attach pictures of my trip to NYC in 2002.  The next column is a picture of Will that my friend, Suzie, took when he was 18 months old with all the fall colors (love it!).  Below that is a 12 x 12 clipboard for displaying scrapbook pages.  I plan to switch these out monthly.  Last is a corkboard.

This is the space where many of the tidbits here are born. 

Let the creating continue!


Organizing Chipboard Letters August 3, 2011

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I spent some time going through some things and organizing/reorganizing this week.  I found this cute pull drawer box sitting empty in the closet and decided it would work perfectly to store my chipboard letters.  I found these boxes on clearance at K-Mart a couple of summers ago.  I used the two other boxes to hold my ink pads (perfect fit). 

I started by creating a file card for each letter.  I cut them out on white cardstock.  I measured them so they would fit snuggly inside the box.  I love Close To My Heart products (thank you Therese and Kellie) so I used the Boutique Alphabet acrylic stamp set and Hollyhock ink to stamp the letter on each card.  (BTW ~ I use pink whenever I can since I mostly scrapbook boy stuff) 

I fit the file cards into the box and started sorting my chipboard letters into their slots.  I hardly ever think to use chipboard letters since I regularly use my Cricut machine.  Now that I have them organized I hope to use them!

To add the finishing touch, I stamped a label for the front of the box.  I also did labels for the two boxes that hold ink pads since that’s been on my “to do” list forever.  Funny how the last week of summer vacation can get you motivated to get things done!

I heart organization!!!!


Anniversary Scrapbook

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Since my hubby and I will be celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary this Friday, I thought I better get busy and scrapbook last years’ photo.  When we got married I thought it would be fun to capture a picture of the happy couple once a year on our anniversary.  I figured I could handle creating one page a year in a smaller 9 x 9 book.  So far, so good!  I’m sure one day we’ll look back and marvel at how young and skinny we once were (okay already thinking that about our wedding photo).  To make it easy I decided to go with a color theme for the book : RED.  Red was one of our wedding colors, so it seemed appropriate.  I add a picture and a short note about what we did to celebrate the day. 

Last year was the big 5 years, but we never got around to celebrating just the two of us.  We never even took a picture.  When I was thinking back on it, I remembered it was that weekend that we took Will to Lakeville, MN to “A Day Out with Thomas”.  So this became our 5 year celebration/picture.


Summer ABC Book July 28, 2011

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One night I had some extra time so I flipped through some magazines at Barnes and Noble.   I found this project in one of the scrapbooking magazines (wish I could remember which one).  I really enjoyed this project and it was a perfect way to capture Will’s summer fun!

I mostly used what I had sitting around to create this album, but had to buy a package of blank index cards and a package of A-Z cards.  I found both items at Wal-Mart.  The A-Z cards were about $3 and the index cards were less than a $1.  Inexpensive project!

For the front and back covers I cut two pieces of cardboard the size of the index cards from an old box sitting around.  I used brown and orange ink to distress them and add some color.  I used stamps and stickers to decorate them. 

Before I started I mapped out a summer event and picture to match each letter of the alphabet .

Our Summer List from A to Z

A: 40th Anniversary    B: Blowing Bubbles    C: Children’s Museum

D: Daddy    E:  Emma    F: Fireworks    G:  Garden    H:  Hungry Caterpillar

I:  Ice cream    J:  Jump    K:  Kjersten    L:  Learning    M:  Movie

N:  Nature    O:  Owies    P:  Potty Training    Q:  Quiet    R:  Running  

S:  Slide    T:  T-Rex    U:  Uncle Tim    V:  VBS    W:  Wet    X:  Xtra Special Reward

Y:  Yogi Bear Campground    Z:  Zippity Zoo Day

Now for the really fun part…decorating each card.  Before decorating each card I hole punched the top left corner of each index card and each letter card.  They are clipped together with a book ring.  Here is a sampling of four of my favorite cards. 

As an after thought I thought it would be fun to add a little journaling to the back of each card that had more of a story to tell.  Here is the one card I’ve completed so far.  This will be a work in progress — a little at a time.  It will be fun to look back at all the little things you quickly forget about your little ones. 

Last, I added a few ribbons to the book ring to jazz it up a bit. 

I just love these quick start to finish projects!  Give this project a try to capture your summer memories. 


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