Lumberjack Kids room Tour – Projects using the Cricut Explore *photo heavy

January 28th, 2015

The big day is here!!! 6 Weeks ago I was given my Cricut Design Star Challenge FINAL round assignment. The 5 finalists were to re-decorate a room with the help of the cricut explore, $1000 budget, and $500 in Cricut supplies.  Off to the races through Christmas, and New Years, and CHA, and ALT! It’s been a really busy 6 weeks for me, but all the late-nights have paid off and I’m soooo excited to reveal my room makeover to you! I have 2 boys and I was just loving this plaid/lumberjack craze so much, that I created a lumberjack themed kids room! With bunk beds!

PIN this room by clicking on this image:

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Cricut also asked me to create a video to go with the room reveal. Check it out here (disable pop-up blocker to see):


(this is totally my first video and I edited it and everything. scary!):

Lets back up to the before… wah wah. Cute bedding! but pretty much an empty room. The byproduct of moving 6 months ago. theprojectgirl-lumberjack-room-before

It’s still airy and bright, but so much more pazazz and I love how all the white and black make all the plaid and buffalo check just pop. I also want to take this moment to point out that I designed the duvet covers and used black iron-on to create the patterns on them. They totally MAKE the room, but so many people I’ve show them to think that I bought them!
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The desk area is so great. I actually had purchased the desk a few weeks prior to this assignment, and was so incredibly happy that I picked the right color! The brackets I had ordered 6 months ago from West Elm clearance. This room was totally meant to be!theprojectgirl-lumberjack-room-desk

One of the biggest reasons I wanted to do a bunk bed was for the loft space beneath. The perfect place for a little cozy reading of all our favorite baby lit books. My boys love it so much already.

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Thanksgiving Chalkboard Placecards made with Coasters

November 26th, 2014

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These chalkboard place cards are super easy to create. I found chalkboard coasters at Michaels and knew right away they would make the perfect placecards for my thanksgiving table.

Supplies

Chalkboard Coasters (I found these at my local Michaels)

Mini Wood Spool

Chalk

Ad Tech Hi-temp Glue Gun

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Basically you just need to glue the spools to the back of the coasters. I HIGHLY recommend a full-format high-temperature glue gun like this one from Ad tech. If you don’t have one, you should definitely get one. It has quickly become my favorite crafting tool. You have to be a little more careful with high-temp, but it adheres to pretty much everything, but you get less strings, and you have a few more seconds to reposition items before the glue hardens.

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Glue on one mini spool to each corner…

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Your place cards will stand up just perfectly, and all you have to do is write names on them!

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I also found cute chalk banners at Micheals and just had to get them. I love a few little chalk accents in my fall decor.  Also did you spy my burlap placemat?

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If you don’t want to glue spools to the backs, you can just leave the coasters flat and prop them against other decor on the table. You could also turn these into a banner by stringing them and writing what everyone is thankful for etc. So many possibilities!

DSD BLOG HOP + DIY Word Art + a Free Halloween Printable

October 29th, 2014
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Welcome to the P&Co. DSD2014 blog hop! You’ve arrived at Jen Allyson’s Blog – The Project Girl – and your letter is “I”
What is this letter for? Well if you visit all 20 blogs on this blog hop and collect all the letters, you’ll have the super secret coupon code to get this amazing digital scrapbooking kit free! (Coupon code only valid through Sunday Nov. 2)
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Here are all the links to the 20 blogs in the blog hop, and this is the official order that they go in (for your coupon code letters), collect a letter from each blog to create your coupon code then go here to get the kit:

P&Co
Scooty’s Designs
Amanda Yi Designs
Mari Koegelenberg
Dawn Farias
Digital Scrapbook Ingredients
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Sabrina’s Creations
Scotty Girl Design
KimB’s Designs
Celeste Knight
Jen Allyson  <—-YOU ARE HERE!! and my letter is “I”
Mommyish <—- Go Here Next!
Sugarplum Paperie
Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs
Robyn Meierotto
Laura Passage
Anita Designs
Deena Rutter
Karla Dudley
Gennifer Bursett

Don’t forget to shop the amazing DSD sales at P&Co too:

  • 35% off sitewide sale Wed Oct 29-Sun Nov 2.
  • $25 order gets 40% off, $40 gets 45%, and $50 get 50%.
And here’s Candice Palmer with some great info about creating frameable art with your digi kits AND a FREE DOWNLOAD!
Hi all, Candice Palmer here. Can I tell you how much I love autumn? It’s pretty much my favorite season. The nip in the air, breaking out my cozy sweaters, the kids going back to school and the anticipation of the holidays are just a few of the reasons this time of the year appeals so much to me.

Today, I’m going to show you how simple using your mad digital scrapbooking skills can cuten up your home for the holidays. I don’t actually think cuten is a word, but let’s go with it. By using simple digital scrapbooking tools, you can create a darling, frugal piece of holiday art for your home & save that extra money for Christmas.

  • All you need to do is find a simple digital paper or even just a solid background that you like.
  • Now pull it up in your favorite editing program (I’m a fan of good old-fashioned Photoshop).
  • Make your file the desired size with a 300 dpi resolution so it’s good & sharp.
  • Last, add the paper, solid colors, fonts, dingbats, and quote that you desire-just as you would create a digital scrapbook page, and voila – you’ve got a project that’s ready to be printed at home or sent off to be photo printed.
  • One more thing – keep it simple. Like Coco Chanel said “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” If your word art is too busy, it’ll be distracting and lose it’s charm. So carry on, but limit yourself to emphasize your quote and a few simple embellishments – maybe even just your favorite one.
And don’t stop there! I’ve gotten a little crazy with my out-of-the-box digital scrapbooking and added word art decor to several places in my home.

CLICK HERE for  a little Halloween printable to get you in a festive decorating mood. I created my file as an 8×10, but I added it to a white 8.5×11 page in Photoshop for home printing. Hope you enjoy it! Happy Halloween!

 

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