Organize with Clipboards

I'm always looking for better ways to stay organized.  And sometimes I need reminders right in front of my fave.  I'm using clear clipboards today to show you a quick way to stay organized.  Remember a couple of months ago I decided to start using Cricut Explore Air™, you can find more about the Cricut here.

This project is super easy, it will take about 30-45 minutes + drying time.  Here are the supplies you'll need to get started.
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 - Cricut Explore Air™
 - Cricut Design Space
 - Cricut Vinyl
 - Cricut Transfer Tape
 - Arcylic Paints
 - Painters Tape
 - Clear Clipboards

Step One:  Tape off your desired width on the back of the clipboards.

Step Two:  Paint the backside of the clipboards in your desired colors.

Step Three:  Log into Cricut Designer Space and create words or  labels, I used Monday through Friday.

Step Four:  Cut your vinyl using your Cricut Explore Air™ and use Cricut Transfer Tape to transfer the vinyl, set aside.

Step Five:  Paint clipboards a second coat.  Let dry.

Step Six:  Remove painters tape.

Step Seven:  Add your vinyl labels to the front of the clipboards and hang.
Hope you enjoyed this, leave a comment letting us know how you plan to use your clipboards.

DIY Spiral Notebook

Today I pulled out my laminator, binding machine, paper and a few other supplies and created this DIY spiral notebook and I wanted to share with you how you can make one yourself.  It's not as hard as you might think and if you don't have the laminator or binding machine, you could easily have your local office supply store laminate and bind it for you.
Let's get started, you only need a few supplies, I gathered these items:
 - 40 sheets printer paper for the inside of your notebook
 - front cover and back cover, print any image
 - Laminating pouches, I used 6x9 inches
 - Laminator
 - Clear binding coil
 - Binding machine
 - Coil Cutting and Crimping Tool

You can create your notebook any size - larger or even smaller than mine.  I'm sharing with you the measurements I used.
Notebook is 6X9 inches when completed
 - Laminating pouches - 6x9 inches
 - Covers - 5.75x8.75 inches
 - Inside sheets - 5.5x8.5 inches

Turn on the laminator to pre-heat.  Set temperature based on your manufacture's  instructions.  Print out covers, cut and then insert the front and back covers into the laminating pouches.  Using the binding machine punch holes into the front and back covers.  Count out 40 sheets of printer paper, cut them to size and punch those.  There are 80 total pages inside the notebook.

 Line everything up, add the coil and then crimp the ends of the coil.

Hand Painted Note Cards

Happy Friday everyone!

I've been searching for great first day of school teacher gifts. And decided to make a few using what else...SCHOOL SUPPLIES!  I absolutely love when the isles start to fill up with all the school supplies.  I love to see what's new, and always loving the classics.  My favorite classic...64 count Crayola Crayons, you know the one with the sharpener in the back...yes!
Today I used INDEX CARDS.  Yes! Regular 3x5 inch blank index cards to create this great project. You only need a few more supplies to get started - let's go!

3 - pkgs 100 count blank index cards
Berry Basket
Scrabble Tiles (optional)
Acrylic Paint - I used Decoart's Americana Sea Breeze
Foam Brush
Binder clips

1.  Stack index cards.
2.  Clamp two sides using binder clips
3.  Paint ONE coat on 2 sides - let dry
4.  Re-position the binder clips and paint ONE coat on the other two sides, let dry
5.  Pull apart the index cards, you can try flipping through them, like a book and they will come apart easier.  If you added a little too much paint, you will need to pull them apart one by one.
6.  Stack the cards together and tie with ribbon.
7.  Place the notecards in the berry basket.
8.  (optional) I added scrabble tiles just to add something to the front, you could also simply add a tag.
And you have the cutest little teacher's gift, teachers could use this to write hall passes or even notes home.  And I could see this in more amazing colors - pink, red, blue, purple...all the colors!  Thank you so much for stopping by.

DIY Balloon Filled Gifts

I'm so excited to share this project with you.  Celebrate birthdays and special celebrations with balloons filled with small gifts, money and confetti! Let's cue the confetti and cue the fun! Grab yourself a few balloons and get to blowin' and create a super fun and fast gift.  DIY style - of course!
Why not make the birthday boy or girl work a little for the fun gifts and what a creative way to give money!  I grabbed a few supplies and got started.  I’m so excited, here is what you'll need..
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– A clear container, we used a glass jar
– confetti (you can find our handmade confetti tutorial here)
Clear Balloons
– Ribbon
– Small toys and money to fit inside the balloons
This is pretty simple.  All I did - take confetti, insert it into the balloons and then blow up the balloons. Our balloons are small so we did need to roll the confetti to fit inside.  Same with the toys.  Please note: choose toys without sharp edges.  The whistle in the picture would tear the balloon each time we tried to get it inside a balloon.  You will need to stretch the balloon over most toys.  Money is much more simple, just fold in half and then just roll to insert.
 I tied a bright pretty ribbon, added a card and that's about all.  I think anyone would have a great time popping each balloon and find sweet surprises inside.  

Hand Painted Vintage Sugar Mold

I purchased a Vintage Sugar Mold months ago and it has been sitting in the garage waiting to become something awesome.  Yes, yes, I'm using the words painted and vintage in the same sentence.  I love the look of vintage pieces and I also love to update them to make them work for me in the studio. Give me paint and I will paint the world.

Just to give a little history on sugar molds:  They were used the southwest areas of the US and Mexico to measure brown sugar, the sugar was thick and full of molasses.  It was packed in molds and wrapped, then sold in local stores or at markets.  Pieces of the sugar were chipped away as needed for cooking.  The sugar was measured this way because most places didn't have scales.
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I purchased my mold at a local vintage market.  You can find these at most vintage markets.  You can also find them here and here

 This project took a little time, but it was really easy.  Here is what you need to get started:
     Vintage Sugar Mold
     Arcylic Paint
     Primer Spray Paint
     Foam Brushes

1.  Clean the mold
2.  Spray the primer the base coat - let dry
3.  Then paint base of mold with acrylic paint (I painted three coats)
4.  I then painted the holes different colors
5.  Let dry and touching up as needed

The mold fits my Cricut supplies fit perfect!  In additional to my holding my cricut supplies, it can also hold pens, markers, scissors, all your crafting supplies, as well as plants candles, the possibilities are endless.

Cricut Explore Air

I'm so excited!  tisa's creations and Just My Little Mess are so proud to now work with Cricut for all of our DIY and crafts to create anything from cards and invitations to party and home decor.  Cricut is going to be the perfect partner!
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I just received my new Cricut Explore Air™ and I've started creating and cutting and it's really amazing.  This machine is fabulous straight out the box.  The set up was super easy and I love that it connects to my computer via Bluetooth and I can use it from my iPad as well as my computer.  Yay!  Here are a few more features for you to love.

  • Dual carriage for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one step
  • Upload your own images for free
  • Cut over 60 materials from vellum to leather
  • Smart Set® dial for easy material settings
  • Free Cricut Design Space online software and iPad® and iPhone® app
  • Cut Smart® precision cutting
  • Works with all Cricut® cartridges

I hope you join us as we explore Cricut Explore Air™ and all of the amazing products Cricut has to offer.

Desk Organization: Big TO DO Notepad

Meant to be Sent has some of the greatest stationery products.  I've purchased a few notepads from them and let me tell you....the paper stock, the gold edges...I love everything.  I purchased a notepad called the Big Ta Do Pad List.  "This is no ordinary notepad, it's oversized, measuring 7 X14 inches, gold edges, and on heavy paper stock.  The days of the week are perforated into sections for easy on the go lists or keep them all together to see your week at a glance.  

photo by:  Meant to Be Sent

So my problem?  I have a small work area and I really can't have this on my desk.  So I thought I could maybe hang it on the wall.  Here's how I did it.  

I measured the pad with a ruler to find the middle. 

Mark the center and drill the hole. 

 I sanded the hole just a little to make the front of the notepad smooth, and then just hung it up on the wall in front of my desk.

This was a super easy project and I can keep my favorite notepad at my desk without taking up space directly on the desk.  This is not a sponsored post I'm just sharing something I adore and I hope you will too.  Head on over and take a look at other Meant to Be Sent Items.  Have a great Thursday!

Gifts Just Because

I have many people around who continue to inspire me and encourage me to do my best and sometimes convince me to do things I never thought I could do.  I'm always looking for small gifts just to say thank you.  I love stationery (yes,  I know, you are well aware) - I also love to give stationery as gifts.   I created this really quick gift and I wanted to show you how simple it is to create something special for the special people in your life.
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Here are the supplies used:

Pencils (Traget Dollar Spot)
Printed Stationery - find similar from a previous post here
Small piece of twine
Alpha Stickers
Small Hand Saw
So I gathered my supplies and went to work.  I measured the tin container.  Then cut the pencils to 4 inches with a small hand saw.  I wrapped the pencils with twine.  I then took the stationery, cut to fit into the tin (my stationery measured 3.5 X 4 inches) and placed those in the tin.  Close the tin and add a ribbon, then decorate with a round tag and stickers. 
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