Tuesday, October 22, 2013

MAGIC Monday ( a day late): Mummy Lights

Today's Magic Monday craft is so easy and fun you could even do with your kids!

Lets's dress up some empty canning jars Halloween style!

Supplies you'll need:

Empty canning jars, various sizes
Battery operated tea lights
Googling eyes ( could use different sizes or colors too)
A box of gauze bandage roll. I was able to cover 3 big and 3 med jars with one roll.
Also not pictured, some tape regular and double sided or photo splits


Unravel and unfold the gauze roll

Attach one end to the jar with a piece of tape. I used masking as didn't have any clear on hand.

For the smaller jars I cut the gauze in half

Wrap the gauze around a few times, but not too thick otherwise the light won't flicker through as well. Cut off desired length and press down. The gauze will stick together

 Next are the eyes, I used photo splits to attach to the jars

Add the "candle" and you are all set!

Here's my inspiration for this simple craft found on Pinterest:


Enjoy! And thanks for reading, Julie

Monday, October 14, 2013

MAGIC Monday...tasty fall treat

Today my family and I shared a special and quite easy fall treat as we shared this nice day "off"

Inspired by many pins on Pinterest about MINI CARAMEL APPLE BITES, we decided to give it a try.

I saw some that used a melon scooper, or just cut apples into chunks, we opted to do spears.

I also read reviews and ideas of caramel not sticking to the juicy inside of the apple. Which found was true. We created a mini caramel apple bits to eat right away, so that didn't much matter to us, but I could see how if you were making these for a party, it might not look so appealing.

A simple how to:

We blanched our apple slices in ice cold water for several minutes as we melted caramels and I also had a hand some dipping chocolate. 

I dug out a variety a toppings, all nut free for our house and whatever I had on hand. We used different sugars, coconut flakes and sprinkles. 

I prepared the dipping and sprinkling area with some parchment paper and we used cupcake wrappers to hold our apple slices in.

Toothpicks were used as the apple holders and we go to it! All I can say is YUMMY!

Have some fall fun this week, thanks for reading and ENJOY! Julie

Monday, October 7, 2013

MAGIC Monday: a Halloween Memory Window

It's October and time to bring out the pumpkins, fall colors, trick or treat candy bowl and more...
I especially love looking back at Halloweens and seasons past's pictures of my children dressed up, enjoying the pumpkin patch, or taking a walk in the fallen leaves.

Here is a super cute way to showcase those memories:

A Memory Window!

My husband curb picked this great window and I get to use it again for Halloween. Even if you don't have a window pane, how about decorate a simple poster board and hang it up as you get in the Halloween Spirit of dress up and fun?

Enjoy! Julie

All you need are photos, some fall or Halloween themed card stock and tape!

Arrange your photos

And there you have it!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Post Disney Magic!

Happy October all!

Are you enjoying the tease of fall weather yet? Or the tasty favors of fall? I personally love FALL! It's my favorite season and I'm looking forward to sharing some fall things with you all this month. 

But first a wonderful picture that captures all that Disney Magic from my special Mommy and Daughter trip to Walt Disney World two weeks ago...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

vacation Photo overload: Part 2 Displaying and Showcasing

As I shared in my previous post vacation-photo-overload about some simple ways to preserve your vacation photos and memories in albums, I'd now like to share how you can display and showcase vacation memories.

From photos to souvenirs,  sand and match books, to plane tickets and more... Let's take a look at a few clever, creative and easy ways to do so.

Vacation Boxes

not a scrapper, no problem! You're bound to come home from any trip with brochures, ticket stubs, foreign money, pressed pennies, and other little flat items. Instead of tossing everything or putting in a zip-lock bag in a box in your closet, why not showcase those items.

the supplies needed for this simple project can be found at your local craft store. I bought several craft boxes, which I inked the edges with stamping ink and then used letter stamps to add the labels.

Inside I placed various items:

Mini Album Bin
this goes along with another idea I showcased in the previous post. The little timeline books I have showcased in a simple Dollar Store Bin in our living room:

Picture Frame Displays
An easy and nice way to showcase your vacations is through a wall of photos. Whether you do a collage or have a growing collection of photos taken from various trips to the same or different places. It has wonderful visual appeal and makes for a fun conversation starter.
"place of been"
 This collection is in my Aunt's home. She showcases a single landscape or focal point that represents trips and places her family has been and lived. She keeps the wall appealing by using matted black and white photos in similar frames.
I loved this idea so much, I created my own version:
"with Mickey"
Thinking beyond just a keepsake box or a framed photo on the wall, the possibilities are endless!
one jar, two jars...you get the idea. Here are two ideas of ways to showcase small mementos that we have done:
 sand and shells from a beach vacation
matchbook collection from many different restaurants

Finally here are some other unique ways to showcase and preserve your vacations memories that I found on pinterest:
Vacation rocks
Trip Shadow boxes


for more inspiration I have a travels memories board on my pinterest page:
so print some pictures, take out those souvenirs and share away! Thanks for reading, Julie

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fix-It-Friday: simple picture wall

It has been awhile since I shared a fix-it-Friday project...or maybe since I've had time for a little project

Today these blank walls needed some fixing

Quite awhile back when we rearranged some furniture around in our family room/kitchen space, my husband had planned to make some custom shelving to fit in this nook around the desk. Unfortunately life happens (flood) and the walls have just remained a blank canvas.

I bought a hanging pocket organizer for my children to drop school mail in for me to look at. It was just lonely hanging there. So I was inspired by the fact, I have plenty of blank frames and tons of art work from my own little Picasos and Reniors, why not showcase some of that!

I picked out some frames and artwork, plus a few other pieces that currently were not hung up anywhere

this is where the fix-it-Friday comes into play. How do you get all of that on those blank walls with out having six sets of hands to hold each piece up?

Masking tape is your answer!

I taped off the edges of each frame

to make an outline and then began placing these tape frames on the wall

Now I could see how each frame would fit

next was hanging each piece up. For another masking tape trick, I marked from the top of the frame to wear the nail would need to be:

placed the marked piece of tape on the wall and hammer in the nail

PERFECTION! well to a degree :-)

thanks for reading and I hope this inspires you to fix-it-Friday! Julie

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Vacation Photo overload?

You just got back from a great Vacation at Yellowstone Park, or a weekend getaway at the beach or a week stay at Walt Disney World, what do you do with those 1000+ photos you took?

  1. leave on the camera memory card
  2. upload to your computer...for no one to see
  3. print them at Target and keep in an envelope
  4. share on Face Book

OR how about PRESERVE those Memories! You don't need to be an avid Scrapbooker or Computer Whiz to be able to preserve and showcase your photos. Here are some fun, simple and unique ways to do just that.

First, get the photos off the camera and onto your computer. I love using Google's Picasa. It a free program you can download to your computer to store, edit, print and more.

Second, look through them. I mean spend some time and pick out those favorite shots of your daughter in the pool, or your Mom riding horseback, etc...you know the shots. You don't NEED to scrap or print EVERY picture you took, that's just took much work.

Third, once you have your top selection of photo memories figured out, its time to do something with them. here are some ideas I have done.

mini "one picture" books

These are my favorite little timeline books, you can do this from annual vacation getaways to school pictures or birthdays, the possibilities are endless!

this is my Disney salute to NY book
Each time my husband and I go to Walt Disney World in FL, we take a picture in the same spot with the NY backdrop behind us.
Keepsake Albums
If you took a special trip, a once in a lifetime trip, like a friend of mine did to Walt Disney World you can create a custom Keepsake Album.
I created this book for her family with a large spiral chipboard album
Collage Photo Page
Maybe you have a lot of favorite photos, so using the collage maker through Picasa you can put them all together in one "big" picture. Add into to a piece of scrapbooking paper or card stock and then you can frame it and display or create a special album of all these great collages.
this I made for a sweet friend of mine after we had a fun filled weekend at WDW
4 x 6 Pictures with Journal cards
There are so many quick and easy products available now at your local craft store to big chains like Target. Buy a Photo quality 12 x12 album and the 6 slot 4 x 6 refill pages and you could put together a whole album in less than a day!

This is an example of just that. I like to use these pages mixed within my traditional albums. I slide in the photos and then use pre cut cardstock and stickers and add story behind the pictures. Very easy!
A digital photo book from a website, such as Shutterfly or Snapfish.
The picture of the album below is similar but was made using a digital photo maker through Disney's PhotoPass website. These type of albums are so quick and easy to do now. For the Traditional sites, you can just upload your selected photos, pick your theme and let "it" create the book for you. My Mother does this all the time.

iPhoto book
It seems just about everyone is snapping photos off their iphone or ipad nowadays, including on Vacations. Besides just sharing them on Face Book or Twitter why not use a great new app called Simple Prints. You select photos off your idevice, place on the page, and order, Cant get any easier!

You can even personalize the pages after you receive your book in the mail.  Add some stickers and other embellishments. PERFECT!
Another mixed media in digital scrapbooking can be done through Mixed Book.
Although I have not personally done these, I've heard it is quite easy and fun and you can purchase themed packs (including Disney) to make the pages even more unique. The pictures below were made by a fellow Disney Fan Erica B.

Traditional Scrapbooking
This is probably the most time consuming of all of these ideas, but alas my favorite. I truly love the feel of paper and adding my photos in unique patterns and layouts, then adding all the little pizazz.
a souvenir collage

simple use of space and design

play on the scene in the title "beach"

Postcards as journal spaces
In case you think I go nowhere but WDW...here are a few pages from other vacations to the Atlanta area and the beach.
 The top photo is an example of a souvenir collage. You know all that stuff you pick up along the way, now you slap it down on a piece of paper and add it to your photo album.
The second two just showcase simple to a little more flair of the use of simple embellishments, clever title letters and basic photo layouts is really all you need.
The last photo shows a great way to close an album. This layout is the closing page to a Myrtle Beach Family vacation we took back in 2003 with my parents and sister's family. I had each person write down their favorite memories on some purchased postcards and attached them in the book.
I truly hope some of these ideas have inspired you, to get those photos out of that envelope or upload to print and find a way that preserves your vacations memories!
Coming next in this series (why not, huh?) is Vacation Photos preserved as a display! stay tuned
happy memory making, preserving, and crafting! Thanks for reading, Julie