Monday, September 29, 2014

Are You Busy? 10 Ways to Boost Your Energy!

I have been busy, busy since April working to create our new website, Craft Classes Online. Along with that I've been creating a place for my online workshops, Creative Workshops with Shirley Pando, and creating brand new workshops, including "A Crafter's Guide to Social Media Marketing". (for anyone with a crafty business)

Then there's the wife and mom duties and a very large emotionally needy dog! Add in spin class 5 days a week AND a personal trainer appointment two of those days! Yeah, I'm pretty busy. (and quite tired, but I love naps!)

So how do you boost your energy without too much coffee?? Read on...

Friday, September 26, 2014

All About Me Album - Journaling About YOU!

OK, so by now you know you have "permission" to journal about yourself. You've decided to create a journal or scrapbook that is all about you...your thoughts, dreams, daily routine, etc. YAY for you!

I thought I'd share the journaling in my All About Me Album. (Pretty scary, but I know I can do it!!)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

6 Reasons to Scrapbook YOU!

So you're not really sure you want to scrapbook about yourself. You're fine just taking photos of others and scrapbooking about them, but what about YOU? Maybe you think (like me!) oh, I hate looking at photos of me. I look so fat/ugly...(fill in the blank). Let's look at some reasons why it just might be a good idea to scrapbook about yourself.

Monday, September 22, 2014

4 Ways to Add More Space to Your Mini Albums

If you've been following along with my blog, you may be thinking about creating an "All About Me" album. Your future generations will be so grateful that you have made one. Can you imagine how they will feel to find a gem like that?

Check out my previous posts to see the "All About Me" album I created using paper bags. Click HERE for part 1, HERE for part 2, HERE for part 3, HERE for scrapbook topics and HERE for tips.

Today I share ways to add in some extra space to your album, just in case you have lots to share!

Friday, September 19, 2014

13 Tips to Jump Start Your "All About Me" Album

Have you been thinking about creating an "All About Me" album for future generations to get a peek at what it's like to be YOU? Check out my previous posts HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE to see the "All About Me" album I created using paper bags.

13 Tips to Jump Start Your "All About Me" Album!

Monday, September 15, 2014

1 crafty take on a Project Runway challenge, Part 3

In the post last Wednesday, I spoke about how much I love Project Runway. In a tribute to the show I've brought back an project made using unconventional materials, or in this case, the utilitarian brown paper bag.

Check back to Part 1 and Part 2 of our project.  In today's post we'll see part 3 of our "All About Me" Paper Bag Album.

Friday, September 12, 2014

1 crafty take on a Project Runway challenge, Part 2

In the last post from Wednesday, I spoke about how much I love Project Runway. In a tribute to the show, I've brought back an project I made years ago using unconventional this case, the utilitarian brown paper bag. OK, so it's not that unconventional, but it is used in a way it was not originally created for. ;-)

Check back to the previous post to see the start of our project. In today's post we'll see part 2 of our "All About Me" Paper Bag Album.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

1 crafty take on a Project Runway challenge, Part 1

I love Project Runway. I think I've seen at least 98% of the 13 seasons that have aired so far. (How did I even miss a season of my favorite show? Horrors!) It amazes me how can the designers can come up with a sketch and create a beautiful outfit in one day. As I watch, I try to think of what I would do for that specific challenge. I'd never make it with such pressure to create!!

What is even more amazing is the unconventional challenge. This is where the designers create an outfit using things that are not made for clothing. In past seasons they've used car parts (seat belts, headlights, etc.), candy (Twizzlers, Hershey bars, etc.), and plants (flowers, moss, etc.).

So in that vein, I started thinking of what I've made in my crafty pursuits that began with items that are not your usual craft supplies. Enter: a brown paper bag.

Ah, the utilitarian brown paper bag! It brings back memories of many a school lunch of PBandJ. Such a simple, yet useful, item. It was not that long ago that we used to create scrapbooks with them. I sold many a paper bag album on eBay years ago. Let's head to the "way back" machine and take a look at this timeless treasure.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Creating Stencils and Masks with Cricut

Continuing on from last Friday's post, "3 Crafting Tools You Can Make with Your Cricut". Let's now move onto using stencils and masks.

This stencil/mask, below, is made from a used file folder. Catridge: “Straight From the Nest”, pg. 33, key #6 or A6, Border Shift creative feature at 2”.  

Friday, September 5, 2014

3 Top Crafting Tools You Can Make With Your Cricut!

I love crafting tools. Some would say I love collecting crafting tools, and they just might be correct! I believe that if you spend a little more money to purchase quality tools, you will get the best results in your crafting. Good tools can really make or break your end product. 

BUT, if I you can actually MAKE your own tools that work well, then that is even better. Such is the nature of today's post.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2 Easy Ways to Cut Stamps with your Cricut

Looks like I've really been Cricut crazy lately with all these posts using my Cricut. Actually, these are portions of previously run online workshops. Because they are a little "older" and I won't be offering them again, I now get to share them with you. :-) So in honor of National Stamp Month, here's a video tutorial to learn to cut stamps with your Cricut. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Create birthday decor with your Cricut and markers!

Today, I share a portion of a lesson from a previous online workshop. The course, called "Cricut: All About Birthdays", was taught along with Cara Miller and Jeri Parks.

A well planned party often has zones or areas where different events take place.  There may be a game zone, an area to set the birthday presents, and a table for the cake and other food items.  We’ll create signs and place cards for each designated zone.