Friday, August 31, 2012

My Smash Book / Junk Journal

Here is my Smash Book / Junk Journal I made myself. Check out my Pinterest board DIY SMASH Books to see where I got some of my inspiration from. Also check out my other post about the Smash book I made for my friend.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Weekend Mini Project - Not so much...

Well this was supposed to be a weekend mini project (Sign, Progress) but like all things it is taking longer than I first anticipated. First off I recruited my husband to help and he is a perfectionist. So he has been sanding and shellacing and re-sanding and re-shellacing it over and over again to get the perfect finish. I'm cutting him off tomorrow, hehe.

In the mean time my 12x24 Cricut mats arrived along with my 12x24 black vinyl. So I decided I needed to get my act together (and stop blaming only my husband) and create the lettering for the sign. So I opened up Cricut Craft Room (aka CCR) and began laying it out.

First I measured the sign and it is 18.75W x 8.25 H . So I made a rectangle the same size in CCR to use as a template so I know what size I have to work with.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cropped 2012 Mystery Challenge Event

Watch LIVE as we host challenges, give away over $2,500.00 worth of prizes, chat with your favorite crafting professionals and personalities, and virtually crop with Megan and all of your friends!
I'm really excited to join the Cropped 2012 Mystery Challenge Event . I got my mystery box and am waiting to get together with my friend Carrie next weekend so we can work on our challenges together. We have 2 challenges to complete before the event September 21 – 23.
Mystery Box!
Check out what people have done for Challenge 1 and Challenge 2 so far.

Here is what came in my mystery box:
Content of Mystery Box
I can't wait to start creating. Anyone else participating?

Monstrous Shower Fun!


We are throwing a surprise baby shower for my friend and her son this Sunday. So I won't be able to post this until after the shower because I know she reads this blog once in a while and I don't want to ruin the surprise for her. (Post written 8/23/12)

On one of her Pinterest boards she has all of these cute monster ideas for her nursery. So I thought it would be really fun to go with that theme.

So first up I made her a Smash Book / Junk Journal.  I have been wanting to make one of these for a while and I had just received a Bind-It-All for my birthday. So I decided to go for it. Plus I thought it would be a great idea for my friend to have a Smash Book for when the baby comes or even to help document the end of her pregnancy. She is an avid scrapbooker and has big plans for her baby book. So I thought this would be great for her to "Smash" things on the fly so that she would later have the info for her baby book.
My 1st Smash Book
Inside page including fun tags and pockets
I scoured many sites and Pinterest Pins for ideas. Check out my board to see my inspirations.

Here is my 2 part video about my very first Smash Book / Junk Journal:
Note: I apologize in advance for how many times I say cute, haha.  

Part 1:

Part 2:

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Weekend Mini Project Progress

So far I was successful with enlisting my husband with making my sign. I asked him for a scrap piece of wood and this is what he gave me.

Tiger Striped Curly Maple
 Can you believe this is what he has for scrap wood? I asked for crappy scrap wood because I had envisioned maybe mopodging the whole thing with some scrapbookpaper. Now I can't imagine covering this beautiful piece of wood. He said he doesn't have any crappy wood, haha. What a wood snob.

Here it is after he rounded the corners with his router
Here it is with some shellac for protection and
to help bring out the grain
Now I 'm afraid to do anything to it. It's so pretty. I told my husband we should just hang it as is on the wall as is. Hopefully today I can start using my Cricut to cut out some practice letters to get the right font and size down before cutting my vinyl.

Isn't she beautiful

Well off to chase the baby around first;)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Weekend Mini Project

I found this adorable sign on Pinterest and I absolutely love it.

We have a glass door with a big window leading out to the backyard. Our dog Lucy has made that window so dirty with her nose prints.
Here Lucy is looking
out the window.
Putting this sign near the door would be really fantastic. So I plan to do this project this weekend. I'm going to see if my hubby can cut me a nice piece of wood from his scrap pile. Then sweet talk him into rounding the edges with his router for me. I will then paint it or mod podge some cute scrapbooking paper onto it. Then cut out the letters with my cricut. I'll probably do vinyl letters. Or use it to make stencils and then paint it. I'm not sure yet.

I'll post the project as I go. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Engagement Card

So I am really excited. My brother just got engaged to his long time girlfriend. So I whipped up this Engagement Card for them.

I had some issues making it. I was using Cricut Craft Room to set up the file. When I was cutting from it my Expression was cutting super slow. So annoying. Finally when I got everything cut out and assembled, I was writing on the inside then closed it and saw that I got ink all down the front. I had to replace the girl. You can see some of the ink on the swirl. Oh well, I think it still came out ok. What do you think?

I also had fun using my Cuttlebug for the background.