Monday, February 16, 2015

DIY Meal Planner

The hubby and I have been making great strides in improving our health and part of the process is eating well.  Meal planning is really important to ensure we can eat as healthy as possible without huge amounts of stress on me.  Nothing worse than having a busy day and then coming home without any idea what to make for dinner.  I usually do my planning on Friday night or Saturday morning and do my shopping on sometime during the weekend.

I saw these great free printables on and so I put together a binder that will contain all our meal plans for the year in one place.  It's really great to be able to go back and see a particularly good meal plan and then copy it for a new week.  This works well when I'm short on time or imagination.  I can also make notes about changes I made and whether it was a hit or miss.

I printed each page on Hammermill Premium Inkjet & Laser paper and then scored and folded the pages in half to create 8.5" x 5.5" pages.  I glued the bottoms of the pages together with score tape to create pockets (good for holding new recipes I want to try or coupons for shopping) and then used my Cinch to bind it all together.  The covers are just black chipboard cut to 8.5" x 6".

There are lots of other planner printables on the site I used so I'm sure I will be creating some other organizational helps.

Valentine Card

I had grand plans to make a bunch of Valentine cards this year but I just didn't have time to do it.  I did get this card done for my hubby.  It looks like a really simple card but it sure took a long time to glue everything down!!  I found the couple silhouette doing a Google image search and unfortunately I was never able to figure out who to credit with it (if you know, leave me a comment and I'll update this post).  The little hearts came from the Close to My Heart Artiste Cricut cartridge.

The card base is a Close to My Heart pre-made card base.  I use these all the time - they are always perfectly cut and scored and the price can't be beat!  I think they are the greatest value in the whole CTMH line!!  For $14.95 you get 50 cards and the envelopes and the quality of the cardstock they use is awesome!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Butterfly Shaker Card

I had lots of fun making this card for my sister for her birthday.  I pulled together lots of tips and tricks I've picked up lately on making shaker cards.  I also had some trial and error while making this card.  I started out by creating the card front on my Cameo.  I drew a 3.75" x 5" rectangle first and then grabbed a simple butterfly silhouette from my stash of svgs.  I placed that at an angle  near the top of the rectangle and cut it out of white cardstock.

I've picked up a tip from several crafters to use fun foam as the base behind your shaker to give your card a more substantial feel and to help make sure your shaker stuff stays where it's supposed to.  I tried just cutting the same shape out on my Cameo but I learned that you can't cut fun foam with your Cameo.  So...I ended up laying my base on top of the fun foam and tracing it with a pencil and then cutting it out by hand.  Just make sure you cut everything a tiny bit larger than the opening so it doesn't show when you glue it all together.  Also, trace your design using the backside of your card front just in case your pencil slips like mine did.

Then I adhered some plastic I had leftover from some packaging (always save the plastic!) and used distress ink in peeled paint to give it some color.  Here's another lesson I learned - don't adhere the plastic until you've finished your inking.  I stamped the sentiment in Topiary ink and drew some faux stitching around the edge of the card and the butterfly.

I glued the fun foam to the back of the card piece.  Then I laid my sequins down on a piece of patterned paper and glued it to the fun foam.  Then that whole piece was glued down to another piece of coordinating patterned paper.  I then glued that whole thing down on a Colonial White card base.  

There are lots of tutorials on YouTube if you've never made a shaker card before.  My favorite YouTubers would be Jennifer McGuire, Sandy Allnock, and Kristina Werner.  You won't go wrong with any of them.


Kirby Teesdale Studio Patterned Paper from The Paper Studio
Sakura Jelly Roll White Pen
Fun Foam from Hobby Lobby
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Scotch ATG Tape

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Awesome Albums!!

During the month of February, when you purchase one of Close To My Heart’s coated canvas albums you will be eligible to receive a second album of your choice at half price. That is a savings of over $17!

These albums are available in a gorgeous variety of colors and patterns in both post-bound and D-ring styles—perfect to pair with traditional, Studio J®, or pocket scrapbook layouts.

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Dates: Offer valid February 1, 2015–February 28, 2015