DIY Adventure Frame

I was given products to review in exchange for this post. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own and I only share products and companies I really love.

Hello there and happy Monday friends! Our school year is getting ready to start up so I thought it would be fun if my daughter and I recapped all of the fun things we’ve done so far this summer. We’ve explored our state and have gone on new hikes and adventures, which is probably both of our favorites. To remember what a fun summer we’ve had, we made a DIY Adventure Frame and she picked out her favorite picture from our adventures to put inside.


This frame was a really fun craft and something that you can make with and for your kids. Please be advised that children under 14 should have adult supervision and assistance with this craft. You will need a few supplies to get started…


Once you have gathered your supplies, lay some newspaper down and paint your frame.


Then, following the directions of the Prizm, get your plates, die cuts, and paper set up.


Stack them like a sandwich and feed the plates into the Prizm. Use the crank to carefully slide them through the machine. Pull the plates out on the opposite side.


Use the Tool N One to help poke out the paper from the die cuts. The Prizm cuts so nicely!


Once the paint on your wooden frame is dry, Mod Podge the paper pieces on to your frame and let dry. Then go over the entire frame with one coat of Mod Podge to seal it. Allow 10-12 hours of dry time.


Finally, pick out and print a picture to put inside of your frame.


Now you have a wonderful memory to look back on in a cute DIY Adventure Frame. I bet you have a couple of summer adventures worth framing!


I love the look of the aqua against the map scrapbook paper, don’t you? My daughter was super happy with how her frame turned out and rightfully so. It’s adorable.


What kinds of adventures have you gone on this summer and how do you record those memories?



Marvel Optics Glasses

Recently my daughter and I had our yearly eye exam and were told we needed new prescription glasses. After looking at the frames in the waiting room, I quickly ruled out the over priced glasses. They just weren’t in our budget… especially not two pairs. I decided on Marvel Optics glasses after looking through their affordable prices and the convenience of online shopping and ordering on their site.  

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Once we both decided on a style of frames we liked, we emailed a copy of our prescriptions and placed order. That easy. 

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They arrived on our door step several days later in cases and with little lens wipes. They fit great, the prescriptions are correct, and we couldn’t be happier with the convenience and service.

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My daughter loves her pink ‘reading’ glasses with Mickey on the arms. I think they make her look older! Not sure how I feel about that one… LOL!

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Right now Marvel Optics has a summer promotion running for 10% off all orders with code BEACH10 at checkout. Head on over and check out the large variety of styles for men, women, and kids. They even have sunglasses! 

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This post is a review based on my experiences with Marvel Optics. I was provided glasses to share my opinions, which are 100% my own. I only share products I think my readers will love too!

We are Thankful Frame

November is the month of giving thanks.
Although we should be thankful for our blessings year round, I think November is a month that people tend to share and reflect on the things they are thankful for.  I am sure you have seen many of your Facebook, Instagram, and bloggy friends sharing something they are thankful for everyday of the month of November. 
I wanted to find a way to share and display the things we are thankful for in our home, so I came up with this….We are Thankful frame.
8×10 picture frame
scrapbook paper
vinyl words “We are Thankful”
transfer tape
smoother (or credit card)
dry erase marker
Cut your scrapbook paper to fit your frame and slip it inside.
Place your vinyl words on transfer tape, peal off the back paper and lay the vinyl on the picture frame glass carefully.
Smooth over the transfer tape with your credit card.
Carefully peal away the transfer tape so that only the vinyl words are left.
Use a dry erase marker to add the things you and your family are thankful for!
We made this in the last craft class I taught and the girls loved it!
(I teach a monthly class in my home…it’s so fun!)
Thanks so much for stopping by!
I am thankful for my blog…where I can share and document my creative endeavors with you!
I am thankful for a family who is supportive of my creative side.
And I am thankful for my readers! Thank you for your sweet comments and emails…keep them coming! Bloggers LOVE sweet comments and feedback : )
Have a great weekend!
**If you are unable to cut your own vinyl and you’d like to make this project, send me an email and I can send you the vinyl words for a small cost.**
MinefortheMaking at gmail

DIY Fridge Frames {tutorial}

First of all, Happy Independence Day!!

We’re spending the day in the pool and BBQing with family and friends and of course some firework action tonight!

Thanks so much for joining us on our first {Workshop Wednesday} for our Christmas in July series!

If you are visiting from Flamingo Toes, welcome! So glad you are here. Be sure you pop on over to The Answer is Chocolate after you check out my gift idea for today.

Project inspired by Positively Splendid and my friend Brittany. 

I made these cool magnetic frames for my fridge or under $5! I loved the way they turned out so much, that I am going to make a bunch more for Christmas gifts this year.



Spray paint & clear spray paint

Sanding block

Heavy duty glue

Heavy duty magnets

Mini clothes pins



Spray your frames with 2-3 coats and your mini clothes pins. I used Krylon’s Satin Aqua. I bought my frames at the dollar store and removed the glass and threw it away. That way, if the frames ever fall, there won’t be broken glass everywhere.

Distress your frame by lightly sanding the edges. Spray again with a clear coat.

Replace the backs to our frames and a piece of paper or fabric in the frame. Using your heavy duty glue, adhere a mini clothes pin to the top of the frame and allow to dry according to the directions on your glue.

Using your heavy duty glue, adhere magnets at the top and bottom of the frames or on all four corners. I used clips to hold the magnets in place while they dried. I highly recommend this.

Add your favorite photos to the frames.

Pretty simple right? 

I love that the clothes pin allows for you to change out the photo quickly and easily too.

You could even make one for the kitchen that holds your recipe card. If you choose larger frames, you can clip wedding and birth announcements in them. It’s a pretty versatile gift I think.

Thanks again for stopping by for Christmas in July {Wednesday Workshop}!

Be sure to check out the other bloggers in the series…

Michele of The Scrap Shoppe
Tracey of My CreativiT

Cut It Out Decorative Cutouts GIVEAWAY

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Remember those gorgeous frames I painted and shared with you yesterday?

You know…
the frames with our wedding song lyrics?
Guess what…
Cut It Out is giving away one 8×10 frame of choice to two LUCKY Mine for the Making readers!!!
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These frames are swoon-worthy for sure!
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Giveaway closes at midnight on Sunday, March 11th, 2012. Giveaway winners will be chosen via and will be announced here on Monday, March 12th, 2012. Winners will have 48 hours to contact me to claim their prize before another winner is chosen.