Spring Cleaning by room – free organizational download

December 30th, 2014

I asked people on my Facebook page what types of organizational downloads they were interested in. I got a lot of great feedback, so I’m going to be doing a week of organization now through next tuesday with a free download each day. If you have a great idea for an organizational/planner form that you have been wanting, please leave a comment below, or visit my Facebook page and leave a comment there. Also I am now sending out a monthly+ newsletter that will keep you apprised of my goings on and free downloads, it only takes a second to sign up (there is a verification email sent to you right away), and it will make coming back to my site super easy especially when there is good stuff happening here like this week of organization.

I had a request for a Spring Cleaning form. It’s definitely winter here, but I LOVE spring cleaning, especially right after Christmas when you’re just kind of ready to de-clutter. In with the new… out with the old, right? Spring cleaning can be a bit overwhelming, so I created this list to tackle it by room.  Basically the idea is you pick a room that needs organizing/cleaning/purging, and you set a specific date that you are going to be working on that room. Then, the most important part, you set a GOAL for that room. This will help focus your efforts on what needs to be done. For a kids room, that goal might be rearranging for a sibling to move in, or organizing all the old baby clothes etc. If you pick a specific goal for that room, you’ll be less likely to get overwhelmed. There is also room for 8 specific tasks. I find that 8 is a great number. Enough to get stuff done, not so much that you feel like you’ll never finish.

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Red traditional Mantel with Noel banner and scallop glitter banner

December 29th, 2014

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I decorated my basement mantel with decorations I had lying around from years past. I love bright red for Christmas and definitely feel like it fits in better with the decor downstairs. I did want to freshen it up with a banner, and I had these gorgeous glitter letters from My Mind’s Eye.

I created this banner with the same process I used for my star banner a few weeks ago. This time I used these gorgeous book pages from an old copy of Heidi that my kids had already torn a few pages from.
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I especially loved this chapter heading for a christmas banner.  I hand-cut the papers into this pocket shape and then hot-glued on the rosettes and glitter letters. theprojectgirl-noel-mantel-glitter

I wanted to sew this banner instead of string it through holes. I have this gorgeous chartreuse ribbon, and I didn’t want it to cover the book pages, so I placed it under instead. theprojectgirl-noel-banner-ribbon

To keep everything in place for sewing, I used just a few little dabs of glue from my glue runner.

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On each end, I folded the ribbon over, and tacked it down with more glue.

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Once I had all the flags tacked with glue, I ran the whole thing slowly through the sewing machine.

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And then placed it on my mantel.

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I wanted to finish off the mantel with one more small banner. I grabbed these glittered confetti circles from My Minds Eye, and sewed them down the middle.

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Then I folded and glued them with my Ad tech permanent glue runner to create a scallop banner.

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I placed that across the whole mantel to finish off the look. The stockings are from Pottery barn, and the garland is one that I have used before from Joanne Fabric & Craft. I wrapped it in some gorgeous burlap ribbon that I bought on clearance after Christmas last year, also from Pottery Barn.
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Handmade Garlands & Doily Trees

December 29th, 2014

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I just love white on white on white for Christmas this year. I’m also working on keeping things simple. So I created a few simple DIY banners to put the finishing touches on my Christmas Mantel.

This Crepe paper banner is super fast, cheap and easy. I just bought a roll of cream crepe paper (for $.99!), and gathered it by bunching and pushing it through the sewing machine. Easy peasy!

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I created a tiny felt flag banner using my Cricut Explore to cut a sheet of white felt. The best way to cut felt with a Cricut Explore is to iron-on Heat n’ Bond to the back. You’ll need to peel the backer paper off, and press the bonded side down on the mat.
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I cut a ton of little diamonds out of the mounted felt. These are 1.25″ tall.

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I used white thread to string the triangles. A thin white twine would have been a bit easier to work with.
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I placed each diamond about 1/2″ apart, and then folded them down into triangles and pressed them with my iron.

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I love the sweetness of the final banner.theprojectgirl-felt-flag-banner-greenery

For the scallop banner, I sewed 2″ circles down the middle, and folded them over. And the ball banner was a super affordable pom pom banner from Michaels.

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I also created these super simple doily trees to finish off my little villages houses by cutting a 12″ doily into quarters.

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And then used some hot glue and my Ad Tech High Temp large format glue gun (my fav!) to glue it cut-end to cut-end. I do recommend possibly using a low-temp, or using a finger guards when glueing thin paper with holes.

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And there you go, doily trees!theprojectgirl-doily-tree

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Check out more pics of my Christmas Mantel:

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