Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Holiday Table Idea

Hi friends!

Cindy here. I should be cleaning house. I should be starting my cooking. But you know how an idea is sometimes a bug in your ear? That happened to me this morning. I was feeling guilty for not planning anything special for my Thanksgiving table and I realized that there is one very easy thing that even the most stressed crafter/hostess can do. (Heck even if you're a guest for Thanksgiving, you can pull this off.)

Here it is. Go to your hoarded collected Project Life kits. First, see if you recently bought the Fall or Family themed mini card kits, if not, any other kits will do. Choose enough 4x6 journaling cards for your entire table or party. Gather some pens and set them up either at your table settings or somewhere convenient. Have each person fill the card out with whatever prompt you want. "This year I'm grateful for....", for example.

If you want to make it a game, shuffle all the cards, hand them out again and have people take turns reading them out loud and have everyone try to guess who wrote it.

Then, throughout the day, take a candid or posed photo of each person individually. (You could even ask a family member to do this for you.)

When the holiday winds down, print your photos, cut them into 3"x4" sizes and slip them into pocket pages with their journaling cards above or below. Or you could punch the photos out with a 2" circle punch and mat them on cute matching 3"x4" cards as shown below.

What a wonderful memory book this would be for you to treasure for years to come and it doesn't require a lot of effort.  You could even use this idea for a Christmas or other holiday gathering. (PS If you don't have Project Life kits, just cut a bunch of 4"x6" cards in pretty light colored papers to use as journaling cards.)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone.

Now I do have to start cleaning and cooking. I hope you....


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Happy Hanukah Coins Treat Box

I hope everyone is enjoying a toasty crafty morning at home today!     Virginia here in a brisk and windy Northern New Jersey.    I am crafting!   I broke out my crimper and some Pink Paislee paper and some bling and a snowflake punch from my stash and made something I needed for Thanksgiving Day.

Every Thanksgiving my family is blessed to spend with my sister, Iris and many members of our family.   This year she has at least 35 guests coming and it's also one of the first days of Hanukah.   Her husband, Mike is Jewish and so are my niece and nephew Nicole and Matt.   I made these treat boxes with chocolate coins.    As I understand it the coins are called "Gelt" that the children use when they play the Dreidel game.
These treat boxes can be made for any occasion so if you want to fill with some other candy for either Thanksgiving,  Christmas or any other special day they are easy and inexpensive to make.
For a fabulous tutorial and a list of supplies head on over to:
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and looking forward to our Holiday Hooplah next week!  Vi


Holiday Hooplah

Hi Friends
From December 2nd - December 13th we will have HOLIDAY Inspiration to share with you, along with great prizes to be given away along the way.  Be sure to stop by and say hi!!  :)  


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Tis' the Season and a Giveaway!

Hello Crafty Friends ~ Darlene here!

Tis' the season for giving so I have decided to have another giveaway! 

I made this adorable chipboard album to celebrate. This mini album is made from a fun chipboard tag shape and measures 6.25" x 4.25". The perfect size to showcase those special traditions and family photos. Some of the pages have little envelopes that house hidden tags for your journaling.  I simply cut some K & Co. and MME papers to size and distressed all edges of the album. I used some fun embellishments from K & Co., Melissa Frances and Jolees. A binder ring with lots of ribbon holds it all together. 

Be sure to leave a comment below or on our Facebook Fan Page HERE for a chance to win this mini album! A random winner will be picked on November 29, 2013.

Some supplies were generously donated by EK Success.  
This giveaway is not affiliated or endorsed by Facebook.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Patriotic Pages

Happy Veterans Day!  Carla here today with a patriotic post in honor of the holiday.

This is one of the first scrapbook classes I taught, almost 10 years ago, and still one of my favorites.  I created a flag background with torn stripes and punched stars.

It serves as a ground for any kind of military or patriotic page.  I used it on a layout about my assignment as the director of public affairs at Lackland Air Force Base, home of all basic training for the Air Force. Lacking many of my own photos from work, I scrapped the story using postcards from the base, along with my new business card.

You could also use this background to document someone's entry into military service, your Independence Day celebration, or a visit to Washington, DC.  What other ways can you think of to use this flag background?  

p.s.  We still have exciting news coming for the Crafting Journals!  I can't wait until we can tell you!


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Instagram, Walgreens Prints, Project Life and Rhonna App...

Hi, Vi posting today!

Many have walked away from traditional scrapbooking and are either keeping their photo memories digitally or just  sharing them online.     As good and easy as it seems, I have heard too many Moms tell me how they have lost many precious memories because their computers crashed and they hadn't printed photos.    My son, loves the digital world and is really hooked on Instagram, but he still likes to take out his photo books and flip through them and I finally feel like I have found the perfect mix for the digital person and the tactile person.   Instagram meets photo editing App meets Walgreens printing and finally Project Life memory keeping...This is my story...

The football season started in August and I was able to capture and document each moment, milestone and disappointment over the last few months.  From practices to the playoff game that is happening tomorrow (Go Raiders! :)     The documenting was easy as I would edit the photo with the Rhonna App and include the scores the night of each game.   Through Facebook or Instagram, I could then let our friends and family know the game scores as well as Peter's successes on the night of the games.    I am happy to report that my fellow, Crafting Journaler, Anna told me Walgreens had an App to upload your Instagram photos and then get 4 x 4 prints!   This morning I uploaded my Instagram prints to the Walgreens site and my photos were ALL ready in just two hours!

I LOVE them and was able to then whip out my Project Life album and some of the packaged cards that I have bought and get a layout done in less than 15 minutes!

So if you have been leaving your photos in the digital world you may want to try some of these fun and simple tools to get your photos in albums.  Remember Instagram, Rhonna App, Walgreens and Project Life and they should all help you get those memories documented in a short period of time!

I will have another post in a few days that I had originally planned today but this Walgreens App changed my plans.  My next post will be on making a cute treat box for the Hanukah celebrations.   Since the first night is on Thanksgiving I will be making these treats to take to my sister's house for the kiddies. Stay tuned!