Tips for Sewing with Kids

Hello there and welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips- hosted by Michele of The Scrap Shoppe, Bev of Flamingo Toes, Allison of A Glimpse Inside, and me (Kara of Mine for the Making). Every week we share a fun and different tip or trick and this month it’s all about sewing! This week I am sharing Tips for Sewing with Kids… what a great summer activity to get your kids involved in!

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Tip #1 Gather and use the correct sewing tools. Before setting your child down to learn to sew, be sure you have all the necessary sewing tools. It’s also a good idea to talk about the names of the tools and what they are used for. Here are 10 sewing tools/supplies you’ll need to get started.

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Tip #2 Utilized hand sewing cards. There are so many of these free printables online and they are easy to make yourself too. This is a great hand-on activity that is also great for fine motor skills. You can even utilize this activity while on a road trip, airplane, or camping!

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Tip #3 Learn the machine. If your child will be sewing using a sewing machine, it’s important to teach about the parts of the machine and how to safely use and operate it. This will eliminate future problems and create a much easier learning environment.

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Tip #4 Sewing Camp! Create a sewing camp for your kid(s) or if you aren’t well versed in sewing, seek out and find a sewing camp or class that your kid(s) can take. They will be able to participate and get a hands-on learning experience with other kids who are learning the same skills.

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Tip #5 Practice!! Practice makes progress. There are tons of beginner project ideas for sewing by hand and sewing with a machine. Utilize Pinterest and blogs for great ideas and free patterns.

sewingwithkids4 I hope you find these tips for sewing with kids useful! Be sure to click on the links within the post to get further information, ideas, and freebies related to sewing with kids. Do you have any tips not mentioned?

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Let us know if there’s any topics of interest you might have, and we’d love to gather up tips and tricks for you! Have a great weekend friends!

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Seven Great Sewing Time Savers

Hello and welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips – hosted by Michele from The Scrap Shoppe, Allison from A Glimpse Inside, Kara from Mine for the Making and me (Bev from Flamingo Toes)!

Every week we bring a different fun tip or trick and this month we are all about Sewing tips! This week I’m sharing Seven Great Sewing Time Savers – these are great ways to speed up your sewing projects and make everything easier. Something I can definitely use more of!

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So let’s dive right in!

Time Saver #1: Use craft supplies in fun new ways! When I’m sewing multiple rows on something, or even just something with a wide width, rather than having to stop often and measure my seam allowance, I have a fun way to keep track! I add a strip of washi tape right onto my machine to mark where to line up the edge of my fabric. It can be moved easily and it’s cute too! You can check out the whole Burlap and Lace Table Runner here to see what the finished project looks like!

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Time Saver #2: One of the things I struggle with is organization! But if you keep your space tidy, it speeds up the entire process because you’re not spending 20 minutes looking for that kelly green bobbin you filled 2 months ago. Here’s a great bobbin storage idea for always finding the one you need quickly!

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Time Saver #3: Along those same lines is Tip #3 – Keep your Most Used Sewing Tools Handy. It’s so easy for a sewing table to get buried under multiple projects, supplies and more. If you have a spot like this Sewing Machine Organizer, you won’t be hunting for your thread scissors or marking pens!

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You can make some similar for your Ironing Board as well!

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Time Saver #4: Invest in a rotary cutter and mat. So much of sewing is cutting out straight lines, squares, rectangles and more. Cutting these out will be so much easier and more accurate with a cutter and mat! You can even use a rotary cutter for cutting out apparel patterns. Once you get the hang of it you will find your cuts are more accurate than with scissors!

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Time Saver #5: Have Binder Clips on hand! There are several fabrics that you don’t want to use pins on – vinyl, leather and even heavyweight fabrics. These are perfect for using binder clips. They don’t pierce the fabric but they hold everything in place. And they give you an excuse to buy cute office supplies too! (Tutorial for Leather Fold Over Clutch)

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Time Saver #6: Keep your supplies for a project together. If you gather up all the thread, zippers, notions and fabric before you get started, it will make it so much easier to finish the project. Especially if the project is put in the To Be Finished pile. Fabric Baskets are so quick to sew up and are great for keeping the supplies together and organized!

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Time Saver #7 : Use Resources for Learning More! It sounds silly to say it – but there are soooo many amazing seamstresses out there and they have so many great ideas for improving your sewing. Dive into to sewing groups online, pick up new sewing books at the library, and spend time on Pinterest checking out ideas. (Yep. I just gave you permission to spend time on Pinterest.) There are tons of genius tips and hacks out there and Pinterest is a great place to find them and keep track of them! I’ve started a Sewing Tips and Tricks board if you want to see some of the ideas I’ve collected there.

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So we’d love to know – what are your favorite Sewing Timesavers?? Leave all your tips in the comments!

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Road Trip Tips and Essentials

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It’s summertime and you know what that means… vacations and road trips! Our family loves a good road trip. Whether it’s some place in our state we want to explore or a cross country trip, bring it on. We love to travel and most of the time we find it easiest to jump in the car and travel that way. Since we do it so often, we have a routine down… a system that works for us and that I thought I would share with you. Though I am no expert, I am full of wanderlust at heart and we travel often, so here are my road trip tips and essentials. This is focused more on road trips and travel with kids, but take whatever info you find helpful.

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  • If you are taking your own vehicle, be sure to have the tires aired up and checked, fluids topped off, and an oil change if necessary.
  • Make your kid(s) a road trip kit complete with a road map, road trip seek & find/BINGO (printables all over Pinterest), book(s), coloring books and twistable crayons (they don’t melt as easily and you avoid paper wrappers and sharpening), Mad Libs, small pillow, and a Kindle or iPad with headphones (loaded with new games, books, music, movies).
  • Download a gas station app so that you can find the best priced gas along the way as well as the nearest gas stations along your journey.
  • Pack easily accessible snacks and drinks. I utilize baggies and plastic containers to the max. I also love personal coolers because they are nice and compact and there’s a flat top to use as a table top in the car.

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  • Utilize rest stops for bathroom breaks and to stretch your legs (and the kids’). Sometimes I’ll have my daughter do a few jumping jacks, sprints, and yoga stretches to get some of the jitters out. It’s fun with the adults participate too!
  • Bring quarters for the kids. We reward good road trip behavior with quarters. Then at rest stops they can be used to purchase a treat or in the quarter machines that have stickers and tiny trinkets.
  • Bring a camera or a phone with lots of empty space for pictures along the way. Don’t be afraid to pull off the road (safely and in the designated areas of course) to take pictures and explore. I love looking back on our family travel photos.
  • Have a road trip play list ready to go. Have all of your family’s favorite songs ready for their listening pleasure. (This can even include audio books!)
  • Research ahead of time! Plot out and find cool and interesting places to stop along the way. This can be natural features, museums, parks, monuments, hikes, visitor centers, thrift and antique stores, farmer’s markets and festivals, historical places, restaurants, etc. Explore!
  • If you’ve done a lot of driving, be sure to check those tires and fluids in the car before you hit the road back home.

And don’t forget to refill those coolers with snacks and drinks for on the way back home! I hope you found my road trip tips helpful.

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This personal cooler is one of my road trip essentials we’ve been bringing on our most recent adventures and I love it (so does my daughter)! It fits my Diet Coke cans nicely as well as my daughter’s road trip snack baggies and water bottle (we refill it with a jug when needed) while keeping everything nice and cool. It’s not too big and bulky, so it fits well in the back seat or on the floor of the car. The flat top lid makes a great surface for snack eating or even coloring pictures.

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I am also loving the new Diet Coke cans with the fun song lyrics on them and felt inspired to add some lyrics to our little cooler. Isn’t it cute?! It’s super easy to do and only took me a few minutes.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to design and cut a vinyl sticker for the front of the cooler. I used lyrics off of one of the Diet Coke cans I was drinking… because I couldn’t get the song out of my head and I thought it would be clever on a cooler that holds our snacks and drinks. Plus, music is a big part of our road trips, as we are often singing loudly together in the car. No shame here! We love music!

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Head over to your nearest Sam’s Club for Coca-Cola and Diet Coke  and get yourself road trip ready while you sing your favorite song lyrics right off the cans.

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Do you have any road trip tips? I’d love to hear where your family is adventuring to this summer!

Sewing: Trim

Another Friday means another new Craft Tip. A new month means a new theme! Today we’re talking about a tip for sewing trim.

Must Have Craft Tips & More! In case you’re new to our series, each month my friends Bev, Kara, Allison, and myself will be bringing you a new craft tip, with a different theme each month. We just finished up organization tips in June, and we are moving on to sewing tips for July!

I am certainly no expert seamstress. I’m self-taught and have only been doing it for a few years now. I don’t know all the “jargon” and certainly look up my fair share of “how to’s” on Google. I also like to try things my way which may seem outside the box to your average sewer. But, if it works it works, am I right?

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This little bottle is my sewing secret. I know what you’re thinking… glue??? With SEWING??? YES!

I was recently trying to stitch some tiny little pom pom trim to a piece of fabric and things were just NOT going my way. Like I said earlier, I’m no sewing expert and this trim was on my last nerve. I really wanted to use it but not if it was going to frustrate me so.

I started searching my craft room for ideas to solve my problem and came across this bottle of Zip Dry. Like it says on the bottle, it is used mainly for paper crafts because, though it is a wet adhesive, it doesn’t wrinkle the paper when you use it. It also dries very quickly.

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The precision tip on the Zip Dry allows you to place a thin line of the adhesive exactly where you want it. I decided to give it a try!

Now, two things: 1) I needed to fabric to remain flexible, and 2) I needed to be able to sew over the trim without messing up my sewing machine needle.

DIY Patriotic Mason Jar Cozies - perfect for summer barbecues! I wanted to add a row of blue, white, and red trim to this piece of denim. I glued on each row and gave it just a few minutes to dry.

Unless you put the fabric up to your nose and noticed the lack of stitches you would never know the trim was glued on! Using the adhesive gave me a lot more control over how the trim laid on the fabric as opposed to trying to stitch it in place.

Now, did it meet my two criteria?

DIY Patriotic Mason Jar Cozies - perfect for summer barbecues! Yes! I was able to easily bend the fabric (you honestly could not tell the trim was glued it was so flexible) and I was able to stitch over the trim as needed.


I did a Facebook Live video with my little trick when I first discovered it. You can see how pliable the fabric remained after gluing the trim down.

Must Have Craft Tips & More: Sewing Tip - Glue tiny trim on fabric! You don’t have to save this trick for just tiny pom pom trim. Use it on ric rac, thin ribbon, decorative ribbon, rope, or whatever you might be using that you find hard to attach to fabric by sewing.

I hope you found this useful! We’ll be sharing more sewing tips every Friday this month!

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I have such an exciting new series to tell you about today!

MHCTM- square graphic If you’ve visited here before, you will have seen the Pinterest Feature Friday posts that we share every Friday. They have been so fun to write and we have all loved finding new friends to follow and pins to keep, but we felt like it was time for something new!

So today I’m introducing a new series that will be held here every Friday – Must Have Craft Tips and more! I’m partnering with Allison from A Glimpse Inside, Bev from Flamingo Toes, and Michelle from The Scrap Shoppe to bring you a fun and creative craft tip every week!

These tips will cover everything from crafting, organizing, sewing, DIY and more and will be great time-savers, cool tricks and new ways of doing things. We’re excited to share our ideas with you all and hope you find the series to be a great resource!

We’d also love to know about any tips you’d like – do you have a favorite craft you would like a tip for – or maybe some help with organization? We’ll be putting our calendar for the rest of the year together so leave a comment letting us know what you’d like to see!

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Make sure you stop in next week for our first post in the series!

DIY Flamingo Shirt

Hello there makers!

I am so excited to finally have a chance to share a craft with y’all. Last month I attended a blogging conference (SNAP) and I needed flamingo attire for one of the themed parties. Of course I waited to the last minute (read: I was busy up until the last second) and couldn’t find anything and didn’t have time to order anything online. Insert crafting opportunity at it’s finest. That’s when I decided I was just going to have to make something myself. Check out how my DIY Flamingo Shirt turned out…

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To make your own, you’ll need:

  • Silhouette Cameo (or a similar machine)
  • freezer paper
  • craft paint and fabric medium
  • iron
  • cardboard
  • sponge brush
  • blow dryer
  • shirt (Walmart for less than $4)

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the image I wanted on my shirt and then cut the image out on freezer paper. I put cardboard inside the shirt and placed the freezer paper flamingo and hearts on the shirt.

*You could use the inside of the stencil rather than the outside and get a different look as well.

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After you place the stencil where you want, carefully iron it onto the shirt. Make sure that the shiny part of the freezer paper is down, on the shirt.

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Next you’ll want to get your paints ready. Mix a few drops of medium in with the craft paint and mix around. This will prevent the paint from washing out of your shirt.

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Now you are ready to sponge the paint onto the shirt however you want. I wanted mine to look painted, so I emphasized the sponge look.

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After the area you want is covered, carefully peal off your freezer paper stencil. I used tweezers to help get the freezer paper lifted.

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Use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process and help set the paint onto the shirt. After it’s dry, throw it into the dryer for a quick tumble. Then it’s ready to wear!

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Thank goodness for those last minute craft projects that save your booty! I really love the way it turned out and it was perfect for the party at SNAP conference.

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I even got a special fan girl moment in my DIY Flamingo Shirt with my all time favorite crafter, Heidi Swapp. Talk about awesome!! More details on my fan girl moment and time at SNAP conference to come… it really deserves it’s own blog post!

So go make yourself some freezer stencil shirts, makers! The options are endless and it’s a fun, inexpensive craft. What would you put on a shirt with freezer paper?

 

 

DIY Party Fringe

I have been OBSESSED with fringe lately. . . I just think it looks so fun and festive! I also love that it is easy and inexpensive to make. I typically use tissue paper to make fringe, but I had some left over crepe paper streamers from a previous project, and thought I’d try using it this time. How fun is this DIY Party Fringe?
 
 
This is probably one of the easiest party d├ęcor DIY projects you can do. . . easy enough you can involve the little people in your life too! This project is also super diverse! You can make numbers, letters, shapes. . . whatever you want to complement your party theme and color.
 
In this case, I made a number to stand on a welcome table for a two year old birthday party, however, I think it would look adorable on a cake table, food table, hanging on a wall, or even on the front door to welcome guests.
 
So, let’s get to it. Here’s how to make your own fringe number.
 
Materials
  • Cardboard (I used a piece of a diaper box I had on hand)
  • Crepe Paper Streamers in Various Colors (you could also use tissue paper)
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
*You may also want a x-acto knife to make cutting easier.
 
Step 1
Draw the shape you would like to create on your cardboard. In this case, I chose to free-hand draw the number two.
 
Step 2
Cut out your shape. You could certainly use scissors, but since my cardboard was a little thicker, I used a x-acto knife.
 
Step 3
To help myself create straight lines of fringe, I drew faint lines as markers.
 
Step 4
  • Cut strips of streamers to longest length needed to cover your shape.
  • Fold streamers in half.
  • Fringe cut the folded streamer.
  • Open and cut streamer down the center so you have 2 fringed pieces (approx. 3/4 inch wide).
Step5
Using your adhesive, begin layering fringe strips. Be sure to start at the bottom of your shape.
 
Step 6
After fringing your entire shape, give your shape a trim and cut off any excess streamer hanging over the edges.
 
And there you have it! A simple craft to jazz up any party!
 
For more party inspiration and DIY tutorials, check me out over Mindy Alyse Celebrations.
 
Party On,
 
Mindy

Back to School Splatter Party

It’s that time of year again, can you believe it?! Back to School season is upon us! As a former elementary school teacher and a current homeschool mom, I can honestly say that I love this time of year. I get super excited to start up the new school year and I like to make it exciting for my daughter (and former students) as well. We love to ring in the new school year with a Back to School Splatter Party!

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This can be as simple or as extravagant as you want. This year our homeschool co-op group opted to take a field trip to Pinspiration for our Back to School Party. And let me tell you, this was one of my most favorite Back to School celebrations yet!

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I shared my love for Pinspiration before (check out this post HERE) and my daughter and I really wanted to share this place with our friends, so we invited them all to join us for some Splatter Room fun and healthy, Back to School snacks. 

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Pinspiration set up a darling Back to School themed table for us, complete with apple plates, plaid placemats, and chalkboard nameplates. The kids enjoyed rainbow carrot sticks with hummus, strawberries and cream, and apple & peanut butter sandwiches for their snack before we geared up and headed for the Splatter Room.

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After the healthy snack, the kids were fueled up and ready for some messy artsy fun! Pinspiration provided canvases for the kids as well as protective gear if we didn’t want to get too messy. We chose to have our kids wear white shirts just for fun! 

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The kids had a BLAST in the Splatter Room and made beautiful works of art. There were lots of giggles and looks of concentration. 

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We all had such a great time during our Back to School Party at Pinspiration. I love that the kids could be totally engaged and as messy as they wanted (without me having a panic attack). They loved that they had paint in their hair, on their faces and thought it was even funnier when one of us moms were caught in the fire (aka: paint). Definitely a celebration we will not forget!

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How do you get your kids pumped for a new school year?  Stay tuned for more Back to School Party ideas from our party expert, Mindy Alyse!

 

Thank you to Brooke of Pinspiration for the beautiful Back to School table and the awesome fun time we had in the Splatter Room! Can’t wait to go back!

Thank you to SicFit Scottsdale and Michelle Mango Cakes for the delicious and healthy Back to School snacks!

DIY Wooden Travel Dollhouse

Hey there makers! I am stopping by today to share a great summer project with you. With all the summer vacationing and trips, I thought this DIY Wooden Travel Dollhouse would be great for little girls! Using a We Made It Jennifer Garner kit and a few craft supplies, you can make one too.

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This wooden treasure box has 3 separate compartments and a sliding, transparent lid. After we decided to turn it into a travel dollhouse, we collected scrapbook paper, felt, pom poms, knobs, trim, Mod Podge, hot glue, a tape measure/ruler, scissors or paper cutter, etc. and got to work.

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We measured out the compartments, cut the paper and felt to fit, and Mod Podged or hot glued them into place. Then we added trim and knobs- also known as crown molding and chandeliers in dollhouse world. Using wooden pieces and a pom pom, we made a table and a potted plant to accessorize. Our peg dolls were ready to play! We made a bedroom, a ballroom, and a garden for Cinderella and Prince Charming. 

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Everything fits nice and neat inside with the lid on, making it easy for travel. 

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My daughter has had so much fun playing with her DIY Wooden Travel Dollhouse. We can’t wait to take it on our next road trip and our next camping trip we have planned. It’s also the perfect size for her Disney Princess Magiclip dolls, which have been visiting the dollhouse too.

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I have a feeling that this dollhouse will be getting LOTS of play! 

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To make your own and to check out the other awesome kits in the We Made It Jennifer Garner line, head to your local Jo-Ann Store. Be sure to check out the We Made It Jennifer Garner Sweepstakes too!

What types of things do you bring to entertain the kids when you travel? Let us know in the comments!

 

This post was sponsored by Jo-Ann but all opinions and ideas are 100% my own. I only share products and ideas that I love and I think my readers will love too!

DIY Planner Cover

Hello friends! I’m stopping by today to share my adorable DIY Planner Cover with you!

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If you know me at all then you know I am a planner and a list writer. Multiple lists, multiple calendars. It’s my thing. I have a planner that is just for homeschool (which I adore and you can find it for sale via @homeeducator on Instagram), our family wall calendar (it’s dry erase), my iphone calendar, and then my daily (paper) calendar. I am SUPER picky about planners. SUPER. I’ve only found one daily planner that I truly truly love (same goes with my homeschool planner) but the designer (my cute friend Emmy) stopped making them to focus her time elsewhere. You can imagine how excited I was to find out that @itsjustemmy was planning on selling her planners again!! Insert: happy dance. As soon as it arrived, I broke out my paper crafting supplies and started decorating my planner cover. You can find a great tutorial on Emmy’s blog HERE. Super easy!

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I went through my paper stash and got to work. I traced the cover on a piece of floral scrapbook paper and cut it out carefully. Then I cut a 2 inch strip out of pink glitter paper to overlay. I used double sided photo tape to adhere everything. Then I busted out the fun stickers…

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I love how it turned out and I can’t wait to start filling it in. I even started adding stickers and things to the inside…

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I love that I can personalize my own cover… or that it’s cute enough to just leave black and white! 

Head on over to Emmy’s shop to get your planner… once they are gone, they are GONE! 

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This is NOT a sponsored post. I just really love this planner and my awesome friend Emmy. I only share products and shops that I love and that I think my readers will love too.