#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com)

Hey guys, I am so excited to share that I’ll be playing along with my friends Jen + Julie over at LittlePaperProjects.com for another year of #LittleSummerJoy.  Last year I was a contributor for the project and had so much fun creating for it. I can’t wait to find out who will be contributing this year and browse their inspiration!

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#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a mini album to celebrate Summer, by LittlePaperProjects.com
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a mini album to celebrate Summer, by LittlePaperProjects.com

Until then, however, I’ve been gathering supplies and making some mental notes of how I’d like my project to come together. Last year I created this mini album using mostly pocket pages. This year, I want to try something a little more outside my comfort zone.  I’ve noticed a few of you gals on Instagram are planning to do the TN Midori style.  While I love this concept, I am a bit OCD about how my albums look on my shelf and wanted to continue using my chipboard binders, since that is what holds last year’s project.  So I began devising a way to create a DIY book that I can bind and insert into my6x8 binder.  I’ve been browsing Pinterest and formed my idea from this pin and this pin.

So my plan is to create individual pages that are roughly 5x8.5.  I’ll simply use 8.5x11 paper and cut it in half, using 1” to score and punch holes for the binding at the end of the project.  Then I’ll insert the finished project into my binder.  By using individual pages, my plan is to be able to run them through my printer to type out long journaling pages when I wish.

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a mini album to celebrate Summer, by LittlePaperProjects.com
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a mini album to celebrate Summer, by LittlePaperProjects.com
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | Supplies for a mini album to celebrate Summer, by LittlePaperProjects.com

Last year, I chose the colors I wanted for my project (see last year's list of supplies here).  This year, the colors have chosen me based on what I already had in my stash. Since I’m a huge believer in using what I already have, I’ve compiled supplies with neutral colors, focusing on white, teal, soft beiges, black text and little pops of color.

For my photos, I plan to use my Instax Mini Printer and also incorporate a few 2x2 and 4x4 prints which I’ll have to order from a professional lab since I don’t have a photo printer at home.

I’ve been pinning all kinds of inspiration for my project to this board.  Just for visual inspiration, I’ve added some fun quotes, digital design elements by my favorite designers and much more. Come check it out!  In addition, you can find the LittlePaperProjects.com board here.

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I can’t wait to get started on this project. I’m really hoping for some free time this weekend to get busy.  Will you be joining in?  I hope so! If so, leave me a comment or tag me on Instagram (@turquoiseavenue) to show me what you’re working on!

Happy Memory Keeping!

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Products Shown:  6x8 Chipboard Binder by Paper Studio, Hobby Lobby | Cork Stickers by Turquoise Avenue Etsy Shop|  Various 12x12 Papers from past Felicity Jane kits|  Wood Veneer shapes from Color Cast Designs | Flair from Feed Your Craft | Instax mini pockets by Heidi Swapp| Various Project Life cards by Becky Higgins.

2015 December Daily® Days 14 - 25 | A Holiday Memory Keeping Project

Earlier this week, I shared this photo on Instagram and asked if I should share the rest of my 2015 December Daily. The response was pretty clear that several of you wanted to see the rest of the album, even though it is after Christmas and many of you are probably feeling "over the holidays"!

So this will be my last share on this album... I was able to finish everything up with a little planning and a couple of free hours one evening.  While my album wasn't exactly as cohesive in color as I would have liked, I'm happy it's done and I can move on. Done is better than perfect.  To make my photos match up with the colors I had been using, I could have turned them black and white, but I feel like that might have stolen some of the character of them.

At the bottom of the post, I've linked up some of the products I've used. Enjoy!

Products Used:  6x8 Binder and Page Protectors from Hobby Lobby: Shop Online | Aqua acrylic stars and hearts from Color Cast Designs |  Free Printable Number Tags from Rebecca at Simple As That   |  Various Journal Cards from Felicity Jane (Sept. - Nov. 2015 kits)  | Cork Shapes and Stickers from my shop |   Digital Design Essentials Word Art  | One Little Bird Designs| 6x8 Templates by Little Lamm & Co. | Free Printables from Pinterest | Joy to the World and Someone Worth Melting For free printable by Alex Hunter Designs

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!






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!


Happy Valetine's Day Idea - Pinterest Inspired Stud Muffin Breakfast for Him

It's Valentine's Day and if you're like me, you're scouring the Internet for fun, inexpensive ideas to surprise that special someone in your life.  I'm happy to share this simple, easy idea!

Happy Valetine's Day Idea - Stud Muffin Breakfast for Him

I hope you and your valentine are enjoying a beautiful, special day together!  While I'm a firm believer that you should love, cherish, and spoil your special someone every day of the year, I'm also a sucker for a day dedicated to romance and hearts!

My husband has been working seven days a week and on a really tough job/shift so early this morning I surprised him with muffins, milk, and a valentine's gift! It was an idea that stemmed after finding that adorable Stud Muffin tag from Eighteen25 on Pinterest.  I pinned it here.

Happy Valetine's Day Idea - Stud Muffin Breakfast for Him
Happy Valetine's Day Idea - Stud Muffin Breakfast for Him

If you love this idea, you should check out this Pinterest-inspired handmade gift I made for my hubby to accompany his muffin breakfast!

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DIY Glass Magnets | Crafts, DIY, and More!

Have you ever seen something for sale in a store and thought, "I wonder if I could make that?"  That happened to me recently while browsing the mall one evening with my husband and parents. We were walking around a gift shop when some really cute glass fridge magnets caught my eye.  I pointed them out to my mom and her ever crafty self pointed out in return that I could easily make those myself.  She proceeded to share a list of things I'd need. That evening when I got home, I did a Pinterest search and happened across Sabby in Suburbia's blog where I found a quick little how-to. Last weekend I made a trip to Hobby Lobby to gather some supplies, then this afternoon when I had a little quiet time, I decided to give this DIY magnet idea a whirl... And I'm pretty happy with how my project turned out!  In fact, I really love them!

Would you like to give this DIY a try? Here's what you'll need:

  • Round Glass Marbles, with a flat back
  • Strong magnets
  • Mod Podge
  • Super Glue
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Scissors or a Circle Punch
  • Pencil

Here's how-to:  Using the scrapbook paper, cut (or punch) a circle that will fit the flat back side of the glass marble.  Mod Podge the paper to the back of the marble and allow to dry.  Dab a bit of super glue to the top center of your magnet and then add the marble, paper side to the magnet.  Allow to dry and voila!  DIY Glass Marble Fridge Magnets.