Monday, November 7, 2011

A "pretty" grocery list!

So I honestly don't know how I would (or ever did) live without my smartphone. I have an iphone4 and like they say, there is an app for everything! Recently, I discovered this awesome app called "GroceryIQ" which is basically a grocery list app. What's so awesome about it is your other half can add to the list on his phone and the list will sync on both your phones. So when you add something to the list, he can see it on his phone and vice versa. I thought this was so great...until my husband would never use it. Prior to this app, I had a little boring notepad that had a magnet on the back of it that lived on the fridge. The hubby was very good about adding to the list when he noticed we were low on something. So back to the notepad, except this time...not boring.

I had these loose grocery list papers sitting in my office, that I had forgotten about. So I simply stapled them together and at the same time stapled them to a piece of scrapbook paper.

To get it to stick to the fridge, I tacky glued an old mat (garage sale for like 5 cents, cheapo!) to the back and then stuck some magnet strips (.97 cents for a huge pack at walmart!) to the mat.

And Waalaa! A cute little grocery list (no boring notepad) that cost me pretty much nothing that my husband will actually use. I would call that a success. And please note the cute picture of the baby on the fridge. Ya, that's my baby boy...he's pretty much the cutest baby in the world ;)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Ghostly Footprint cards!

I realize Halloween is over and this was a last minute project, but I have to share it! How cute are these little homemade Halloween cards? I wish I would have taken pictures of Little E while I was printing his feet. Bummer!

Here's the how to --> Remember that Halloween scrapbook paper I had? I simply folded a sheet of that to make a card, cut out black cardstock and footprinted Little E's feet, glued it to the paper, drew a little ghost face after the ink had dried and decorated with scrapbook stickers and embellishments :)

I have to admit I think they are adorable.

Ahhh :) How fun is that.

Candy Corn Wreath

Candy Corn Wreath

There is this fantastic blog that I follow called "Crap I've made: Sometime's its amazing and sometimes its just crap." I LOVE that title and wish I had thought of it. Dang it! It's so appropriate for this little tutorial. Sometimes we creative types get something in our heads but then it doesn't come out as planned. That's what happened here. I had these big plans for this wreath and it just didn't work out like I had envisioned. You may think its adorable but its not what I was after. Oh well, there is always next Halloween. I would like to rate my projects on a 5 frog scale with 5 frogs being the awesomest and 1 frog being the crappiest. The BOO project totally recieved a 5 frog rating. This one, however, I am only giving it a 3 frog rating. So here you go...let's make a 3 frog rated Halloween wreath.

Step 1- Gather supplies. You need a styrofoam wreath, ribbon (candy corn colors!), modge podge, a little wooden plank guy, some more halloween stems, embellishments (scratch that, I didn't end up using those!), some scrapbook paper and some hotglue. Oh and you will also need a large dog to supervise.
Step 2- Wrap your ribbon around your wreath. I had originally planned to have the ribbon intertwined rather than doing chunks of color but I didn't have enough ribbon. :( And I didn't feel like driving an hour away to get the matching ribbon. I also used a little modge podge along the back to secure my ribbon as I went.

This is what it looks like after completing step 2.

Step 3: With the help of my husband and his trusty staple gun, we stapled spider web to the back of the wreath and stretched it til it looked like a web. You will want to put hotglue over your staples becuz they will pull easily out of the styrofoam. The staples just made it easy to work the webbing.

Step 4: I had originally planned for the web to be thicker so that I could have my other goodies look like they were caught in the web, but to much webbing made it look like a blob of white, instead of a spider web. So to make my web more visible and to have something to put my goodies on, I did the whole staple/hotglue thing with a piece of black scrapbook paper.

Step 5: Add your embellishments. I tossed some candy corns on there from the Halloween stems. I painted the wooden plank black and did the same thing I did with the BOO letters with scrapbook paper. Then I wrote BOO on there with a black paint sharpie.

It's cute, but not what I envisioned. And Halloween is nearly here, so it will work for this year.

Hopefully my attempts at a Thanksgiving wreath have better results ;)



Guess what! I love fall and I LOVE Halloween decor. I have more fall decor than Halloween decor but I am in the process of fixing that. For my first official tutorial post, I have come up with a really fun, inexpensive little piece. And I have to say, it is absolutely adorable.

Step 1- Buy some letters. I chose to spell out BOO but you could do any Halloween message you want and you can totally adapt this to any holiday. I bought these letters at Wal-mart for $2 a piece and I spray painted them black. Note: If the only black paint you have is rust inhibitor paint meant for your husband's will work. ;)

Step 2: Find some really cute scrapbook paper. I had a 40% coupon to Hobby Lobby and I wanted a whole pack of Halloween paper since I scrapbook. You could just buy 3 specific sheets of paper making this part of the project a ton cheaper.

Step 3: Trace your letters on the back of the scrapbook paper and cut them out. Be sure to trace them "backwards" so when you flip them over the scrapbook paper side is face up on your letter. Also cut inside your trace line just a bit so that you will leave some space for the black to be seen on the edge. Your scrapbook paper should be just a little bit smaller than your actual letter. Then hire your husband to make the fine detailed cuts in the middle of the letters.

Step 4: Modge podge. I recently started using it and it's just about the best thing ever created. Slap some on your letters and place your paper on the letter.

Step 5: This was my favorite part. Take a brush and a little bit of modge podge and put it all around the edges of your letters. This is going to ensure that the paper lays flat on your wood letter. It will not mess your paper up (that's what I LOVE about modge podge). After you get some along the edge, take your finger and wipe it off along the edge, flattening the paper as you go.

Step 6: Find some fun Halloween "greenery." I am not exactly sure what you call the cute little Halloween stems. I cut them with wire cutters so I could work with each stem individually and I hot glued them to the back.

Step 7: Add some embellishments if you like (like my little bat on the purple O) and then sit back and admire how cute your BOO is.

Step 8: Spend every 15 minutes for the entire evening telling your husband how much you love your BOO and how cute it looks on your piano. ;)

I hope you enjoyed the first tutorial! This just popped in my head when I was walking down the craft aisle at Walmart. I saw it in my head and had to put it to work and ended up with a pretty awesome little Boo. =)

About Me!

Hi there! I'm Stephanie. New mom. Wife. Nurse. Lover of creativity. A woman with a bucket list a zillion miles long and an unhealthy obsession with snowmen. I created this page to keep a journal of my attempts at being creative. Sometimes those attempts yield an awesome result and sometimes those attempts yield an epic fail.

Things you should know about me:

I am literally obsessed with snowmen. (I said that already, right?)

I love modge podge.

I love scrapbooking.

I love DIY projects.

I love being inspired by others.

I love being a mom (best.job.ever)

I love flea markets, craft shows and garage sales.

I hope you leave here inspired =)