Back to School – Preschool Totebag *Free Download*

August 1st, 2014

My little boy is growing up (insert crying here). He’s such a little love and we have such a strong bond, it’s going to be hard to not have him with me all day long. He’s starting preschool in the fall and on his supply list he needs a tote bag not a backpack. So I thought creating a custom tote bag would get him super excited to start school (he’s already thrilled).

We went to Michael’s and grabbed a pack of tote bags and some iron-on vinyl.
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This is such a fast and easy project, all you need is a tote bag, iron-on vinyl, a die-cut machine, and an iron.

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I cut out Ollie’s name (be sure to do mirror image!), and a monster that I had Mr. Project quickly draw for me (see bottom of post for a free download of this cute monster).  Then I placed them film side up on the bag to get the placement right:

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And then ironed on (one item at a time). I also learned after the first one to read the instructions (ha!) and put a cloth between the iron-on and the iron. No irons or tote bags were damaged in the process, but I was a little nervous there for a minute. preschoole-tote-iron

After ironing, I pulled off the plastic liner and saw the final product!

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The bag turned out so so cute! Ollie is completely in love with his new bag and even endured me taking more than one photo!
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There was even posing!!! this is unprecedented folks, maybe he could be a child model after all.

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Now he really can’t wait for school to start. He even told our babysitter that I would make one for her. preschoole-tote

I have a few more Back to School crafts up my sleeve that I’ll  be posting about in a few days. here’s a little sneak peek… I guess I’m pretty excited for school too!preschoole-tote-grouping

And if you have a back to school project, be sure to enter the Michaels #Create2Educate sweepstakes for your chance to win a $50 gift card! There’s a winner every day, so keep sharing your favorite back-to-school craft until August 15th. For more info and to check out other entries, visit michaels.com/create2educate-sweepstakes.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored as part of the Michaels Makers program. I received free product in exchange for this post. All ideas, opinions and wording is entirely my own and I had a lot of fun too!

Creative Office Gallery Wall and Burlap Canvas Project

July 15th, 2014

I’m so excited about my Michaels Makers project this month. A few weeks ago I received a surprise package in the mail. I opened it up and it was full of so many fun “raw” items from Michael’s new RAW BAR line of products. I love all things burlap, so I was drawn to the 6×6 burlap canvas and immediately knew what I wanted to create.

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Since we just moved into our house, all our walls are bare. This little burlap canvas was just the push I needed to create a gallery wall in my office.

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When I saw the canvas I knew I wanted to use the Hazel & Ruby stencil masks because they are pretty much the easiest way to make cute crafty projects.  I had a sample of their brand new “cut your own stencils” and used is to cut this “Joy” (that I hand-wrote on my computer and turned into a digital cut file) on my Silhouette cameo.

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I placed the stencil mask directly on the burlap (it’s adhesive on the back), pressed around the edges to keep the paint from bleeding, and then painted over the “Joy” using a white acrylic paint.

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Then all I had to do was peel off the mask, and there you have it, an adorable little canvas and the burlap is pretty much perfect for any decor. How easy was that?? Hardly any work at all.

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Okay lets move onto the gallery wall. So my office had nothing on the wall, just a big white space waiting to be decorated. Inspired by this little burlap canvas, I gathered things from around the house, old frames, picked up more items and frames from Michaels, and even painted a few things. This is what I put together:

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Each of the items on the wall has a story. Spencer drew this illustration of San Francisco for me 5 years ago when we lived in San Francisco.

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Michaels one-click projects – 4th of July Party

June 13th, 2014

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I was recently asked to be part of the Michael’s Makers team of bloggers, which basically means that I get to create and post projects on my blog once a month for Michaels, and I get to be part of a talented group of crafty women. I was thrilled to be asked to be part of this team, but when I saw what an amazing group of bloggers they assembled I was blown away that they asked me.
This month I chose to create these cute 4th of july projects with the help of the new Michaels.com one-click projects feature (which is ingenious).
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Michaels just recently launched their new online shopping website (long awaited for internet shopping junkies like me). One of the best features of their new site is the Projects section, where you can see projects and, with one click, add pretty much all the items needed to your shopping cart. Brilliant.
Surfing through the projects available, I came across a ton of great holiday projects, including many 4th of july themed projects. And because I love to plan a good party, my two favorite projects were these USA Mini Cupcakes, and Silverware Holders.
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I was able to easily add the items to my cart and then I only had to buy a few more items to be able to tackle these projects. 
Like a cake mix, coconut, and berries! This was actually my first time making mini cupcakes. And let me tell you, I don’t think I’ll ever make regular sized cupcakes again! They are so cute, and each cupcake uses like 1/3rd as much batter as a regular cupcake, so you get a bajillion cupcakes out of one cake mix. Perfect for my two little boys (the size, not the quantity hehe).
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 I also love that part of the project is displaying the cupcakes in the cupcake tin. So if you are taking this to a party, not only can you make several trays worth out of one cake mix, you have a super easy way to transport and display them.
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