DIY Baby Onesie Using a Cricut Explore Air 2, Stencil Vinyl, Fabric Paint and New Designs by Paislee Press

Hi friends, I'm so excited to be sharing this super fun, different sort of project... Many of you already know that my husband and I are adopting a child.  As a result, I've been in nesting mode lately, gathering and making things for a baby. Since we don't know yet whether we will be having a boy or a girl, I've been collecting gender neutral items.  

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When Liz over at Paislee Press released the Scenic Route collection, I was immediately enamored with it.  I'm so excited to use it in my pocket page scrapbook and digital scrapbook pages, but first, I just had to use it to make some baby onesies!

With a little text advice from my sweet friend Emily (Desk of Confetti), I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 machine to kiss cut Liz's designs out on stencil vinyl.  The vinyl is adhesive so after weeding the design on the cutting mat, I peeled the backing off the stencil, adhered it to a pre-washed onesie and slid a piece of chipboard between the layers of the onesie.  Next, I used a foam brush to apply black fabric paint.  I allowed the onesies to dry for 24 hours, then carefully peeled the stencil vinyl away.  Next, I used a pressing cloth and iron set the paint on the onesie.  

I just love how cute these are and know I'll be making more soon! 

DIY Baby Onesie Using a Cricut Explore Air 2, Stencil Vinyl, Fabric Paint and New Designs by Paislee Press
DIY Baby Onesie Using a Cricut Explore Air 2, Stencil Vinyl, Fabric Paint and New Designs by Paislee Press
DIY Baby Onesie Using a Cricut Explore Air 2, Stencil Vinyl, Fabric Paint and New Designs by Paislee Press
DIY Baby Onesie Using a Cricut Explore Air 2, Stencil Vinyl, Fabric Paint and New Designs by Paislee Press
DIY Baby Onesie Using a Cricut Explore Air 2, Stencil Vinyl, Fabric Paint and New Designs by Paislee Press
 

The Gratitude Project | A DIY Minibook/Journal Documenting Thankfulness in November (Part II)

I can't believe how fast November has flown by!  I have some pretty big changes coming up at my "day job" and my hubby has been working a ton of overtime. As a result, our days and the couple of hours we've had had together in the evenings have really come and gone in the blink of an eye.

Life has a way of doing that. 

Which makes me ever so grateful I took the time to prep and create this gratitude project.  Taking the time to slow down and focus on all the good that has happened in the midst of a busy and stressful year has been good for my soul.

Last week, I had one evening set aside to spend time crafting with a close friend. That allowed me some extra time to work on my gratitude notebook.

Below are the pages I've completed and sources to the products used are noted.  You can see the start and first few pages of my notebook here.

 

Circle element from  Turning Leaves  collection by One Little Bird

Circle element from Turning Leaves collection by One Little Bird

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Give Thanks banner from the  Friendsgiving collection  by Paislee Press. Mini Flair from Feed Your Craft.

Give Thanks banner from the Friendsgiving collection by Paislee Press. Mini Flair from Feed Your Craft.

I plan to wrap up what is left of this project over the holiday weekend.  I also hope to film a flip through for my YouTube channel after it's complete, so I do hope you'll stay tuned for more!

Next up, I'll begin preparing for my December album, which I am already so excited about! I'm planning a hybrid album with a mix of pocket pages and 6x8 pages, contained in one three ring binder. I can't wait to share more about it really soon! In the meantime, you can read more about my December album from last year, here.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. friends! Hugs!

 

The Gratitude Project | A DIY Minibook/Journal Documenting Thankfulness in November

I love the concept of documenting a daily gratitude during the month of November. There are so many things to be thankful for each day... I thought about this a lot when my friend Elise from Feed Your Craft announced her #mythankful30 project last year.  She shared a list of prompts and I tried to document something each day that I was thankful for.  However, the project quickly became too big for me to keep up with and I fell off the bandwagon after only 14 days.  Of course, I was still able to find something I was thankful for each day as the month went on, but I just couldn't find the time to document it with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season plus December Daily taking over.

So this year, when I began to consider how I wanted to document my gratitude, I really wanted to create as much of my project ahead of time to allow myself space to finish the project this time around.  

I decided first to document the things that popped into my mind immediately.  I began a Google doc and just started typing. Before long, I had a list of sixteen things I was grateful for, each with their own little paragraph.  I smiled. That was a start!

Instead of documenting something each day, I decided to take the pressure off myself and use what I had already typed as a basis for my project. That way, when I wanted to fill gaps, I could refer to Elise's prompt list as inspiration. 

I began printing my list of gratitudes on my home printer on heavy weight card stock. I then folded them in half and scored down the center.  I layered my pages and used a kraft paper card stock for the cover.  I used my brand new Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut a leaf in the bottom corner. 

The Gratitude Project | A DIY Minibook Documenting Thankfulness in November
Products shown include the  Cozy collection  from Paislee Press

Products shown include the Cozy collection from Paislee Press

Already, I loved how the project was taking shape. 

Next, I began looking through my stash to select various washi tapes, stickers and embellishments that had an autumnal feel. After that, I selected some of my favorite digital collections from One Little Bird, Paislee Press and Sahlin Studio to print and cut from.

So far, I've found three evenings after work to create simple little pages in my mini book.  I'm enjoying the project immensely this time around and I don't feel bad if I've skipped a day (or three!).  I'm using my Instax Printer to print photos here and there, like this one, from Nov. 8th when my husband and I went to vote. 

4x6 quote card from We R Memory Keepers and tiny acrylic stars from Color Cast Designs

4x6 quote card from We R Memory Keepers and tiny acrylic stars from Color Cast Designs

Products shown include the  Turning Leaves  collection from One Little Bird

Products shown include the Turning Leaves collection from One Little Bird

Products show include the  Friendsgiving collection  from Paislee Press, wood veneer from Felicity Jane. 

Products show include the Friendsgiving collection from Paislee Press, wood veneer from Felicity Jane. 

I can't wait to find more time to work on this little book. For the first time ever, I'm actually loving the feel of a book that isn't page protected.  (see my failed DIY #LittleSummerJoy traveler's notebook).  

What are your thoughts?  I'd love to hear from you and feel free to include a link to your own November projects in the comments! 

Products Used:  White Heavyweight Cardstock from Hobby Lobby | Kraft Cardstock from Hobby Lobby | Various journal cards from Project Life and We R Memory Keepers | Digital elements from Paislee Press and One Little Bird. 

 

 

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com)

Hi friends! 

Do you love taking on new projects?  I do! I love the challenge of thinking outside the box, digging into something creative and pushing myself to try something new. This year, when LittlePaperProjects.com announced they were returning with #LittleSummerJoy and challenging us to create a traveler's notebook style mini album, I was so excited!  I've done traditional scrapbooking in the past, along with my pocket pages but hadn't ever really created something in book format.  So I decided to challenge myself to see what I could create.

My initial goal was to use supplies on hand from stash so my project would be budget friendly.  With summer being a really busy time for us, I wanted to keep my project simple so I could create and finish the project in a couple of weeks. Lastly, I wanted to make certain I took time to journal and really record the things that mattered - the memories, the thoughts and the feelings of this summer.

You can see the first few pages of my DIY traveler's notebook here and below are images from the rest of my project. At the bottom of this post are my thoughts on the project including what I learned and what I loved about the project. 

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com)
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com)

Products Used:  Turquoise Paper from Felicity Jane Studio | Stripe Paper from Midnight Collection Paper Pad by Becky Higgins | Remember This journal card by Paislee Press

 
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com)
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com)
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com)

Products Used:  Digital Stamps from Summer Notes available in my shop |  Find Your Happy Place digital word art by Digital Design Essentials |  Hombre journal card by Little Lamm & Co. | Paper by Felicity Jane Studio

 

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring designs by One Little Bird.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring cork stickers from Turquoise Avenue's Shop.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring designs by One Little Bird.

Products Used:   Paper by Felicity Jane Studio | Scoop digital elements by One Little Bird | Ice cream cork sticker via Sweet Summertime available in my shop.

 

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring designs by Paislee Press.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring designs by Paislee Press.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring designs by Paislee Press.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring designs by Paislee Press.

Products Used:    6x8 Faves Template , Circle Stamp and elements by Paislee Press | Paper from Felicity Jane | Acrylic heart by Color Cast Designs

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring designs by One Little Bird and Turquoise Avenue.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring designs by One Little Bird and Turquoise Avenue.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring designs by One Little Bird and Turquoise Avenue.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album by Mandy Elliott, Turquoise Avenue Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring designs by One Little Bird and Turquoise Avenue.

Products Used:  Soleil paper, elements and journal cards by One Little Bird.  | Love and heart stickers by Felicity Jane

While the class at LittlePaperProjects.com is still on going, I had to wrap up my project early (check back here on Aug. 1 for a big announcement!) due to some other responsibilities and time constraints.  I have never really been a fan of the summer months but doing this class has given me a greater appreciation for the summer months and the little moments of togetherness, adventure and excitement that each day brings. I also love the community surrounding this project/class. So many talented, wonderful creatives coming together and building each other up while encouraging each other to find daily joy is truly amazing.

In doing the project, I had so much fun layering paper and adding crazy embellishments.  I really enjoyed that I could create hybrid pages as well by printing my journaling and using digital elements from my favorite designers. I wanted to bind my album and insert it into my 6x8 three ring binder... HOWEVER, I first had trouble with self binding since my pages were thick and the book became quite large. Second, I found that I personally couldn't escape the idea of wanting to protect those pages and memories from fingerprints and smudges. So, instead of binding my book, out came the 6x8 full sleeve page protectors and in went each lovingly created page of my #LittleSummerJoy album! Surprised? Probably not.  I just felt so much better having my work protected, even if it didn't "look" exactly how I had wanted it to! In the end, it's not a traveler's notebook, but it is lovingly created pages of memories I'll cherish from this summer and to me, that is all that matters.

I'd love to hear how your project is coming along! Leave me a comment below with your thoughts and a link to your project!

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) - Week 1

Hi friends!  If you're in the same hemisphere as myself you're probably experiencing warm weather, sunshine and all the fun summer activities that come along with this time of year.  While summer hasn't always been my first choice for favorite season, I'm really learning to embrace the time of the year and all it has to offer. That is directly related to the #LittleSummerJOY class by my friends over at LittlePaperProjects.com.  This week, they've been celebrating the little things that add some joy into our daily lives and I joined in.

 

See my supplies for this project here and the first few pages of my DIY mini album here.

Celebrating the little things means sneaking out on a rainy Tuesday night for a little date night dinner with my favorite person.  Products Used:  Hangry digital stamps and elements from Identity by One Little Bird

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by One Little Bird Designs.

 

Celebrating the little things means taking the afternoon off work to go hiking together in the mountains. Products Used:  Press Plate No. 33 and paper from Summer Manifesto by Paislee Press

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by Paislee Press.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by Paislee Press.

 

Celebrating the little things means having an afternoon lunch outside on the deck beneath the umbrella while enjoying a warm summer breeze.  Products Used:  Soleil paper, elements and journal cards by One Little Bird.

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring Soleil by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com), created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue featuring designs by One Little Bird.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring Soleil by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring Soleil by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring Soleil by One Little Bird Designs.

Celebrating the little things meaning spending a full day with my dad, celebrating him for Father's Day.  Products Used: Paper by Felicity Jane, journal template by Paislee Press and Better Together digital stamp by One Little Bird.

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com), created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue featuring paper by Felicity Jane and digital stamp by One Little Bird.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com), created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue featuring paper by Felicity Jane and digital stamp by One Little Bird.

I can't wait to share more from my album!

I hope you've gotten the chance to join in and play along too!

How to Create DIY DVD Cases for Home Movies! A quick look at using digital scrapbooking products to create your own case covers.

Many of you may remember my Memory Keeping with Video series I released here on my blog earlier this year.  In that series, I discussed how I was converting old VHS tapes of home movies to DVD.  I've been working on this project throughout the first half of this year and had begun to burn some of these recordings to DVD.  My husband ordered these clear, slim DVD cases and I found myself searching for a way to label these boxes.

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How to Create DIY DVD Cases for Home Movies! A quick look at using digital scrapbooking products to create your own case covers.

The cases had a clear plastic sleeve on the outside that would allow a piece of paper to be slipped in.  I used these 6x8 templates from Liz Tamanaha, available at the Paislee Press store on the Lilypad. They worked perfect!  Using Photoshop Elements, I simply placed the 6x8 template on the right side of a landscape oriented 8.5x11 canvas.  Then, on the left side, I added a digital watercolor from the same Modern Art collection and added some text to label what was on each disc.   I then printed this on a sheet of 8.5x11 white cardstock, trimmed the paper down a touch and viola! They look great!

How to Create DIY DVD Cases for Home Movies! A quick look at using digital scrapbooking products to create your own case covers.
How to Create DIY DVD Cases for Home Movies! A quick look at using digital scrapbooking products to create your own case covers.

Using Digital Scrapbooking Products for Instant Home Decor | Valentine's Day DIY Craft Idea

Hi friends! Today I wanted to share a quick idea I had after a recent phone conversation with my best friend in Florida. She had mentioned that she and her kids had decorated their house for Valentine's Day already and it got me to thinking that I don't even own any Valentine's decorations. 

So instead of going out and buying some, I repurposed a 5x7 photo frame into a cute little display for our kitchen counter, using a card and digital paper from the L'amore collection by Little Lamm & Co.  I simply printed out the digital paper on a 5x7 card, printed the smaller 3x4 journal card, trimmed them both up, and adhered them with some washi tape. Then I topped it off with a simple, gold-foil arrow and viola! Instant, inexpensive home decor. I love it! 

Using Digital Scrapbooking Products for Instant Home Decor | Valentine's Day DIY Craft
Using Digital Scrapbooking Products for Instant Home Decor | Valentine's Day DIY Craft

What do you think?  What fun ways have you used digital scrapbooking elements around your home? I'd love to hear about them!

DIY IDEAS - The Best Place to Find Inspiration for Creating Handmade Gifts and Decor During the 2015 Holiday Season!

DIY Ideas for the Holidays! Best places to find inspiration for crafting handmade gifts and decor during the 2015 holiday season! www.turquoiseave.com

If you're anything like me, you're already thinking ahead to Christmas and the gifts you'll need to begin shopping for soon.  To help keep us within the family budget, I like to incorporate handmade items into our gift giving, especially for our family.  Handmade items are usually more appreciated and memorable than the store bought items that will soon be forgotten. 

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In addition, I also like to find creative ways to hand craft decor items for our holiday trimmings and entertaining guests during the season.

So today I thought I would share my two favorite places for dreaming up ideas , Pinterest and Creative Live, to help you get your own head start on the holiday season! In fact, I'm even sharing a little peek into my Christmas mantle this year featuring DIY salt dough starfish that my Mom and I made then covered in white glitter!

 

 

Pinterest

 

CREATIVE LIVE

CreativeLive is offering a variety of craft classes that are on sale right now at up to 30% off today through Friday, November 13th! (Discounts will vary from class to class).

Offer: Save up to 30% off select craft classes at CreativeLive
Valid: 11/9/15 - 11/13/15
 

 

 


Here's a peek at some of the creative classes that they'll be offering:

My 2015 Holiday Mantle - Decorative holiday garland with mini lights, teal and champagne colored ornaments in addition to DIY salt dough starfish for a seaside inspired holiday decor.

My 2015 Holiday Mantle - Decorative holiday garland with mini lights, teal and champagne colored ornaments in addition to DIY salt dough starfish for a seaside inspired holiday decor.

Decorative Floral Garlands — Floral garlands are not only beautiful, they are incredibly versatile. Learn basic garland-making techniques in Decorative Floral Garlands with Farmgirl Flowers. The Farmgirl Flowers team will share time-saving techniques and inspiring design ideas in this essential floral design class.




Introduction to Calligraphy — Instructor Bianca Mascorro will introduce you to the basic calligraphy alphabet and teach you beginner techniques you can use to practice making letter forms. You’ll learn about the tools and materials every calligrapher needs and how to hold and use the pen, starting with basic strokes. If you want to add special a flourish to your handwritten projects, Introduction to Calligraphy is the perfect place to start.


Fun and Festive Surprise Balls — Surprise balls infuse a bit of magic into mundane gifts and are a great way to increase the flair of basic party favors. Instructor Robert Mahar will teach you how to make these easy and unique containers for your small gifts.


Have you already begun working on your holiday decor and gifts for 2015? If so, I'd love to hear all about them!

 
 
 

Adorable Wood Burned Wooden Spoons | Pinterest Inspired Crafts + DIY

Who doesn't love a good Pinterest-inspired project?!

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Adorable Wood Burned Wooden Spoons | Pinterest Inspired Crafts + DIY

I love when I see an idea on Pinterest that I just have to try! 

This most recent Valentine's Day, my husband and I discussed not purchasing expensive gifts for each other this year in lieu of buying gifts or taking a trip for our wedding anniversary instead.  I stuck to that commitment and he did not. (But I'm ok with that because I love my Pandora charm!). 

So with saving money in mind, I browsed my Pinterest boards for some inspiration on something I could make for him to celebrate Valentine's Day.  I came across this pin from DollarStoreCrafts.com and knew this is something I had to do. 

Wood Burned Sexy Wooden Spoons - a DIY Craft

Adorable Wood Burned Wooden Spoons | Pinterest Inspired Crafts + DIY

This project was so simple.  I started by using a No. 2 pencil to freehand the phrases on the handles of the spoons while my wood burner warmed up. Then I simply traced what I had sketched out with the wood burner. I've been obsessed with my wood burner lately and have used it for a lot of projects in the last year or so.  This one is probably one of my favorites though! 

What you'll need:

  • Wooden Spoons with a thick handle
  • Pencil or stamps for your design
  • Wood Burner (nearly any hardware or craft store sells them)

Thanks to the blogger over at DollarStoreCrafts for the idea, tips, and tutorial! It was a smashing hit.

What crafty things have you been up to lately?

Mini Envelope Tutorial | DIY & Crafts

Pinterest is one of my favorite sources for inspiration, simply because I'm a visually inspired person. A while back I came across a super cute card with these little mini envelopes on it. I knew as soon as I saw it, those envelopes were something I had to try handcrafting! I googled a template for making them and had four made in a matter of a few moments. They are super easy and super adorable.   

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Step 1. Print out this image to use as a template in the inch size you wish your envelope to be.  I used 2 x 2 Inches.   

Step 2. I traced this template onto the back of the scrapbook paper I chose to use and then cut it out.

Step 3. Fold along the corners as indicated in the template. Use a tiny adhesive to secure. 

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