April 30th, 2015
I’m totally getting into this planner trend thats happening right now, so I wanted to show you how easy it is to create a custom dashboard. If you’re not familiar with a dashboard, it’s a laminated page in your planner that has sticky-notes, tags, stickers, etc that you can grab quickly to embellish your pages.
I used the Minc Foil Applicator ($149.99 msrp) and light pink foil ($9.99 msrp) to make my dashboard look amazing. Here’s a quick step-by-step. To use the foil process, you need a print from a LASER printer (ink-jet won’t work). I love my laser printer, if you don’t have one, you can go to a local copy shop and print out designs on their laser printers.
For this dashboard, I designed this file (click here to download). It’s an A5 size and fits perfectly in my A5 planner.
For the backside of the dashboard, I used a sheet of paper from the Minc paper collection. I cut one sheet to the A5 size, and then one sheet the same width and 1/3 of the height to create a pocket.
I ran all those pieces through the Minc by putting them through the machine with the foil on the #3 setting.
After the pieces get heated in the machine, the foil pulls right away from the paper leaving foil where the toner is! I love how sweet this light pink foil is.
I took all the pieces and stacked them, the “Get it girl” page facing out, then the other sheet and pocket facing the opposite direction. Once they were all stacked I laminated them together using a laminating sleeve.
You can feed a laminating sleeve through your Minc machine or use a laminator.
Once my sheets were laminated, I cut around the paper (be sure to leave some of the laminate around the edges to keep everything together, then I marked the holes using a sheet from my planner and hole-punched the dashboard.
Look how cute the pink foil is!
And here is the backside. To get the pocket to open, I used an xacto knife to slice through the laminate where the pocket meets the backer paper.
You can use the pocket for anything really. I threw in some journal cards and some paper clips.
And the front of the dashboard I placed sticky-notes, enamel shapes, and flair. I love how cute everything looks placed on the dashboard, and I really really love the foil edge!This is my first time using the Minc, I love how compact it is so I can store it with all my craft stuff. The heating element in it actually covers the full 12″ areas so that you get even heating and foil transfer. And of course I love all the colors of foil you can get. I seriously cannot wait to create so many more projects using it. What projects can you think of to create with the Minc Foil Applicator?
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April 4th, 2015
My Ollie turned 4 this year. 4!!! I seriously can’t even believe it. He wanted a lumberjack themed party to match his lumberjack bedroom and that seemed like a great idea to me! I made this birthday flag for the front door using my Cricut Explore to cut some buffalo check flannel (backed with heat n’ bond) and then ironing it onto a piece of burlap runner that I cut to size and sewed a pocket at the top for a dowel to go through. This was super quick and easy but one of my favorite projects for the party. It’s now hanging on Ollie’s bedroom door.
For the party we decided to host a pancake breakfast.
Mr. Project cooked up a flap-jack storm, sausages & bacon. I served up some pastries, fruit, syrups, juice and milk. As usual, we made way too much food. But it was all yummy and I love the red lunch trays that I borrowed from a friend.
Apparently I only make iced cookies for parties. I was thinking about ordering some off of etsy, but I waited too long. I had my hearts set on having them, so I stayed up late the night before the party and made these super cute cookies including a buffalo check buffalo!
I’m all about taking a regular bakery cake and making it feel like a themed cake (see my monster cake). For this cake I ordered a 3-layer 8″ cake with chocolate frosting and no decorations. To make the wood grain look, I used the wrong end of a paint brush and dragged it through the icing. The whole thing took less than 10 minutes and cost $15. I topped it with these extra-tall red candles.
To keep the kids entertained, we had a few crafty activities. The kids built log cabins from lincoln logs.
They also sawed logs (cut swiss cake rolls)…
And made beards with craft foam that I cut on my Cricut Explore.
We sent everyone home with mini mason jar mugs filled with red cinnamon bears. The stickers on top say “We’re so PLAID you could come” with a buffalo check background.
I took all these photos before the party started so I could just enjoy everyone’s company. I did manage to get just a few of Ollie as he ran about so excited about his celebration starting.
He’s so big and handsome and capable, I just can’t believe how quickly he is growing up. Happy Birthday Ollie!
March 2nd, 2015
I’m super excited for this month’s Michaels Makers assignment. Michaels is hosting a contest where you can enter to win a trip Paris! To kick it off, all of the Makers created a paris-inspired project. What is more paris-inspired than a 16″ tall glittered eiffel tower?
Ad-tech Low Temp Glue Gun
I created some custom SVG files to cut on my Cricut for this project. I want to offer them for sale in my Etsy Shop, but I need to perfect them just a little bit more. This glitter card stock from Michaels is super thick, perfect for a structural project like this.
There was a lot of folding and to get a nice crisp edge on glitter card stock, I used a bone folder to crease all my folds.
I used all my trusty Ad Tech low temp glue gun to glue my 3D pieces together, And then pretty much just glued everything on top of each other starting from the top going down to the bottom.
The top was capped with this little piece, and then I put a skewer in through the middle of the top and glued it in place.
Then I adhered a little flag that I printed out, and tied on some ribbon, and voila (thats a french word, right?), my pretty glitter eiffel tower!
It’s such a beautiful decoration, now I just want to throw a paris-themed birthday party for myself!
- Now it’s your turn! That’s right, you can enter to win the trip of a lifetime to Paris too. How? By creating your own Parisian-inspired art, floral, baking or paper crafting project and uploading a photo to https://paris.michaels.com/ through March 31. You can also share your project on social using #SpringtimeInParis #Contest.
- What do you win? A four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more!
- If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com.
And check out the rest of the Michaels Maker’s projects:
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