Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Project Life 3x4 Organization Using CTMH Organizer

I know- you didn't even know this blog still existed. I almost forgot, too-lol!

I had a request to post this so it could be pinned. So, here's my very first Project Life (PL) post! I won't even promise that there will be more, but this one is about my 3x4 Close To My Heart (CTMH) medium organizer full of 3x4 Project Life cards and how I organized them.

A fellow Project Lifer posted her fully organized CTMH organizer a couple of weeks back on Facebook, which immediately prompted me to order an organizer of my own! She had hers organized by color, and had colored file folder tabs on spare PL cards as dividers. I loved that so much that I went out and bought tabs, too, but . . . 

Then I saw a video by Taniesa Vlasak of The Crafty Pickle ( and she said she used her Silhouette to make dividers. I almost guilted myself into designing print-and-cut dividers in the Silhouette software - justifies having the machine, right? :)

Now I knew I wanted to organize by color, but I also wanted to keep the PL kits together somehow. This is what I thought would work for me: taller main dividers for the colors/seasons/holidays, and then shorter sub dividers with the kits' names. This resulted in me needing to make a LOT of dividers on my Cameo. This was labor intensive, but I feel is going to be worth it in the long run for me.

The Main divider categories:

Multi (as in multi-colored - no particular color stands out)

All of the sub dividers are names of my core kits (all partials), mini kits and even theme packs. I have a divider for them all. So if I'm doing a girly page where red works, I can go to the red main divider and then look for the 'Girl' theme pack sub divider. Colors of my photos usually dictate my color choice, so color being assessed first works best for me. The only time that may be an exception is for a season or a holiday.

I used Boulder font for the main dividers, and then Ali Edwards' free font for the sub dividers and the Journal  & Filler cards ( stuck in the front of each section. I've also seen a "Words" section in addition to Journal and Filler, but I chose to put words cards in as fillers.

All of my 4x6 title and bifold cards are in Dollar Tree plastic little bins on the bottom shelf of my new IKEA Raskog cart.  Those have divider tabs with just the kit names. I don’t use 4x6s as much, and figure that my 3x4s will dictate what 4x6 I will need, if any. Some day down the road I may be justified in getting a 2nd medium organizer for 4x6s. One never knows! I also have one of those same Dollar Tree bins filled with the 3x4 packs of PL cardstock.

I think that’s about it. Let me know if you have questions. Happy PLing, all!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Santa's Cookie Plate and Milk Mug

When I had my 3-year old twin cousins over last week, I sat them one at a time in my lap and held the Sharpie markers with them to create this cookie plate and milk mug for Santa. No, the design wasn't quite theirs, but they did have fun coloring with me I think. I actually bought Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer coloring books so that when the one wasn't coloring with me, they could color on their own, and just the way they wanted- LOL!

I went over the writing and made it more bold after the boys colored with me. When I was done, I put the plate and mug in the oven and baked them 30 minutes at 350 degrees as many Pinterest DIY pins say to do. This makes the Sharpie writing permanent.

They turned out great! Below shows Eliot in the process. Thanks for looking! Happy crafting and Merry Christmas! 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Reindeer Food!!

Today I made "reindeer" food (while my pup drooled), added it to a couple of Dollar Tree containers, and then decorated the containers- so fun! I made them for two families that are "deer" to me- lol!!

The deer image was found on the internet and cut from vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo machine. Side note: I so love my machine!!!  The letters were cut using the CK Jolly Elf font. I got the tag and reindeer food recipe from this adorable blog:

That's all for now. Happy crafting all! 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Baseball Themed Baby Shower honoring a Grandpa!

Last week I hosted a party for a co-worker who was becoming a Grandpa! This man has been so good to our office with remembering everyone's birthdays with printouts of our horoscopes, planning the office parties and monthly lunches, sending cards when we're sick, etc. He does so much to treat us like friends as opposed to employees/co-workers, so I thought he deserved a party! After all, this was quite a milestone for him and he was so excited sharing details with us of his daughter's journey to adoption.

One thing you definitely need to know about him is that he is a HUGE Cubs fan! So even though baseball season was over (especially for us here in Chicago-lol), baseball was an obvious choice for a theme. We called it, "Celebrating Grandpa's Little Slugger."

Here was the invitation. I got the idea from Pinterest.
I actually created a board for this party if you're interested
in having a baseball theme party as well. 
The invitation was all done on the PC -
no fancy matting or anything. It was only given to him.
Everyone else was sent an email.

 This was a gift from me and the party "committee."
This gift also doubled as the game. Each item was wrapped
inside the Cubs bag and the guests had to guess what the item
was and guess whether Grandpa would guess it right. This
turned out to be a lot of fun. I used my Silhouette Cameo
to personalize some of the items. I purchased the bib
and blanket from fellow crafters on Etsy.
The winner of game received a book called,
"A Cub Fan's Guide to Happiness!" Too funny . . .
A close-up of the contents . . .

This was added last minute for an even 10 items inside the bag.

 Back of the "Grandpa's Diaper Bag" tag

What the bag and tag looked like before it was wrapped!

Here are my centerpieces, "concession stand" sign, &
some description cards for a few of the items.

Here is my "bat and baseball" favor -
Oreo balls and chocolate covered pretzels!
Certainly not professional-looking, but they were enjoyed.

The centerpieces were alternately filled with peanuts and
Baby Ruth fun size bars. The flag also included Grandma
on the other side since she was also invited to the party.

This is what our lunch room looked like
before the after-work party!
We catered hot dogs and fries to go with the theme.

How could we not have Cracker Jack?!
The beautiful cake was made by
here in the Chicago Suburbs. Her daughter works with us,
so I gave her a photo of one I saw on the internet and
her mom did a fabulous job of recreating it yet
added her own fun touches to it!

A co-worker of mine found a cool story to relate
Grandpa's favorite dessert, lemon bars, to the Cubs!
Apparently in the 1920s-30s, lemons were thrown at players
or refs that didn't do well in that fan's opinion!
I named the lemon bars "Sour Loser" Lemon Bars!

This is what the favors were displayed in.

I also made a banner with the grandson's name
based on an idea I found on Pinterest.
Here's the party in action! Grandpa was opening
gifts to the left.We were so happily surprised 
by his daughter and baby coming to the party!

 This party was a lot of fun to put together and I received so many compliments on it. That felt really good. Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cupcake Card!

I finally played around with one of the many Miss Kate Cuttables freebies that I've been downloading since May- which is when I bought my Cameo. Her graphics are so adorable!! For this card, I didn't quite use the graphic as she had it, but it's general cupcake shape is from her. And of course I had to stickle it up! This is for my niece/Goddaughter. So far I like working with Miss Kate Cuttables. And I am loving my Cameo. :)