Simple Desert Party

We wanted to celebrate a start to another homeschool year, and what better way to celebrate than with a party! Parties don’t have to cost a lot of money and they don’t have to take a bunch of time to organize. One of my favorite things to do is get the kids involved in the planning and party making. Enter in our Simple Desert Party!


We decided on a small budget and that we wanted the party to be bright and happy and desert themed since we live in the Arizona. 



We shopped around the house in supplies we already had and went to our local dollar store for a couple of plastic table cloths and a package of balloons. My daughter insisted that every good party has food… and she opted to bake cupcakes. 


Using paper I had on hand, twine, toothpicks, hot glue, and my awesome Prizm Die Cutting & Embossing Machine to make the adorable decorations. 


They were all so easy and fun to make! I used my Prizm to cut out and emboss the potted cacti and then used two sided tape to attach them to the banner pieces. 


Aren’t they so pretty?! I just love them.


Next, we glued some of the paper potted cacti (say that 10 times fast) to toothpicks to make toppers for our yummy cupcakes. And they couldn’t have turned out any cuter!



We loved planning and decorating for our Simple Desert Party! It was easy thanks to my Prizm machine and stock of leftover party supplies!


Not only is it super easy to use, there’s a ton of dies to pick from and it’s small for easy storage. You can check out the DIY Adventure Frame we made using the Prizm HERE


There you have it! Aren’t those cactus balloons fun?! Thanks for stopping by today, makers! Remember that you can create a fun celebration using what you have and adding a few cute details… doesn’t have to be hard or overdone or cost a lot!

How do you celebrate the start of a new school year?


*Spellbinders supplied me with the Prizm machine, but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own. I only share products and companies I know my readers will love just as much as I do!

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 décor 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.
  • 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).
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,

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.

Project Life: Scrapbooking Made Simple and Lovely

This post is part of a paid campaign with American Crafts, but all opinions are my own.

Hi there friends!

I am SUPER excited to share something I’ve wanted to start for years. I have never been good at keeping photo albums or making fancy scrapbooks. I love to take pictures…but that’s as far as it goes. When I heard about Project Life a few years ago, I knew that if I was ever going to scrapbook, that’s the way I would want to do it.


If you haven’t heard of Project Life, let me give you the gist. This was me 3 years ago…

You mean to tell me I can scrapbook without cutting any paper?

That putting together one page can take less than 15 minutes?

I don’t have to embellish if I don’t want to? Because the paper and designs are that lovely?

No glue, no tape necessary?

And the “I’ve never scrapbooked a day in my life” person can easily do this?

It sounds too good to be true!

It’s all true, my friends. And it’s so so so super awesome. Let me show you my first ever 2 page spread….all about my daughter starting Kindergarten!



Lovely right? I can’t even handle that I am not a Project Life scrapbooker! I used the new Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic Core Kit and the cards are seriously swoon-worthy. The array of light blues, pinks, greens, yellows and airy neutrals give this Core Kit a light and whimsical appeal. I LOVE the little houses, cameras, birds, typewriters, foxes…so so cute. The plastic sleeves make it easy to just slip in a pretty card or a photo!


As I said before, I have never scrapbooked a day in my life and Project Life was so simple and fun for me to put together. I am certain that the expert scrapbooker (like my bloggy bestie Michelle from Delicate Construction) would also love working with Project Life as well. Pairing up the pretty papers and deciding what photos I wanted to use… love it all. And check out how cool this card is! I can write a message on it, fold it, and slip it into one of the small sleeves.


Notice I had fun adding a few embellishments of my own that I already had on hand (most of them were from SNAP conference and are also American Crafts products). But it’s totally not needed…the paper is just SO pretty you guys.


I know what you are thinking. Where, oh where, can you get your own Project Life set up? Michael’s carries one of the largest selections of Project Life, including two exclusive kits… the Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic Core Kit (the kit I used in the photos) and the Vintage Travel Core Kit (which features deep blues, reds, and browns with vintage looking trains, planes, and maps).


Thanks so much for stopping by today friends! I loved sharing my first scrapbooking experience with you. Hands down Project Life is the way to go… Scrapbooking made simple and lovely.

If you use Project Life, what are some of the Core Kits you love?

Close To My Heart

Hi friends!

I am so excited to share our newest sponsor, Diana of Close To My Heart.

Close To My Heart is an awesome scrapbook/paper crafts company and how perfect that May is National Scrapbooking Month! Can I get a “woot! woot!” from my scrapbooking/paper crafting friends?!

Let’s learn a bit more about Diana and Close To My Heart…

Hi my name is Diana and I am a wife and Mom, I have four boys. I am passionate about doing family history, I have always loved taking pictures. So it was very easy for me to start scrapbooking.  I have always been a crafter and Close To My Heart is a wonderful company that allows me to scrapbook, card make and  create home decor. I love teaching classes using our wonderful products as well!

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, you can get a special paper packet for only $10 when you spend $35 in May (valued at $19.95 retail). This paper packet includes 12 cardstock sheets as well as 12 B&T Duos® papers that were specifically designed for this promotion only—you can’t get the paper packet anywhere else! Start National Scrapbooking Month off right with a unique paper packet at a bargain price and get your creative juices flowing! Party Hostesses receive one paper packet free with qualifying May Gathering sales totals of $400 or more. New Consultants who sign up during the month of May will receive the Dream Pop paper packet in their New Consultant Kit.
* Shipping/handling and tax apply. Not available for purchase at full retail. Offer valid May 1–31, 2013, while supplies last. Purchases must be current, retail-priced product.

  I am also offering a drawing for anyone who places an order on my web site, under the Mine For The Making party, the drawing will be for a stamp set or paper pack worth up to $17.95.

How awesome! Let’s give a big welcome to Diana!!

Head on over to Close To My Heart to check out the fun collections they have. Not only is the Dream Pop collection adorable, but I L.O.V.E. the Stamp of the Month idea!! $5 for a crazy cute stamp? Yes please!

Total cuteness! I can’t wait to attend one of Diana’s craft classes!

Find Diana here…

{shop} Close To My Heart

{blog} Scrap N Today

{facebook} /DianasCTMH

Are you interested in sponsoring Mine for the Making? 

I would love to help promote your shop, business, blog, or product. Please send me an email!


Minnie Mouse Gift Bags

It’s FRIDAY!!!

Are you looking forward to the weekend? I’m in beautiful Utah…beautiful scenery and MUCH cooler weather. I’m really enjoying myself and I can’t wait to share my experiences from SNAP! Conference with you when I get back.

Today I am sharing the super simple gift bags I quickly threw together for my daughter’s Minnie Mouse Birthday Party.


-plain white gift bags

-black paper

-red polka dot paper

-red with white polka dot ribbon



-Minnie head template (or craft cutter)

-bow template (or craft cutter)


Lucky for me, a sweet friend used her Cricut craft cutter to cut out my Minnie faces. I used my Silhouette to cut the bows. If you don’t have a craft cutter, you can easily cut these shapes by hand using a template. Templates can be easily made by finding a google image, sizing it appropriately, printing it out, and tracing it like a stencil.

Next you glue your paper Minnies and bows to the gift bags.

Tie a piece of polka dot ribbon to the handle of the bags.

Fill will fun goodies and allow the kids to use them for collecting pinata treats.

After the kiddos collected their pinata earrings, I wrote their names on the bag with a Sharpie.

Want to see what the kids got besides pinata treats?

Handmade Minnie (or Mickey) puppets

Homemade Minnie Mouse cookies (by KatieCakes) with a cute handmade thank you tag attached with baker’s twine.

A kiwi strawberry water bottle insert.

Minnie temporary tattoos

Handmade Minnie (or Mickey) Mouse ears

FREE class pass to Children’s Culinary Institute

Check out the Minnie Mouse Birthday Party reveal if you missed it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Have a great weekend!!

DIY New Year’s Eve Photo Booth

Hi there, friends!
I have a FUN and CHEAP idea for you to help you ring in the New Year! Usually we spend our NYE at home eating and playing games. I wanted to add something new to our celebrations this year but I didn’t have much money to spend on the festivities. Here’s what I came up with…
Super fun, right?
White plastic table cloth
Colorful card stock
Colorful tissue paper
Wooden skewers
Push pins
 Craft Paint
Circle sponge brush
Hot glue gun & sticks
*Almost all items I had on hand already. I just went through my craft stash.*
I used my Silhouette (favorite crafting tool EVER…what would I do without her?) to cut out all of the photo props, hats and banner. 
I hot glued the skewers to the photo props and the pennants to twine to make the banner.
I added rhinestones and paint polka dots (craft paint + circle sponge brush) for a little something extra.
For the hats, I added yarn to tie them to our heads (since I had it on hand) and made tissue paper pom-poms to add to the tops of the hats. 
For our “photo booth,” I hung a white plastic table cloth from the wall using push pins.
And then we went to crazytown with the paper props and hats…
We used my iPhone to take all of the photos and then I used a fun app for the edits (FotoLR3)…
I LOVE the way they all turned out! Too fun.
There you go friends! 
A FUN and simple way to ring in the New Year at home with the family and friends.
Thanks for stopping by and have a SAFE and HAPPY New Year’s Eve!
I will see you back here Monday for MFTM’s TOP posts of 2012!

Fancy Necklace Stand {tutorial}

Hello friends! Did you have a great weekend full of family and food? 
Us too!

Today I am going to share a simple and inexpensive Christmas gift idea that girls of all ages will love.

Fancy Necklace Stand

-Cardboard silhouette necklace stand (JoAnn for about $8)
-Spray paint (I chose black)
-Pretty scrapbook paper
-Mod Pode
-Sponge brush

{How To:}
1. Spray paint the bottom “stand” of the cardboard necklace holder. Let dry.
2. Rip up scrapbook paper.

3. Using your sponge brush, paint the cardboard silhouette with Mod Podge and start applying the scrapbook paper. There’s no right or wrong way of doing this…just be sure to cover the entire surface of the silhouette with paper. It’s okay to over lap the paper and it’s okay to get your hands messy smoothing out the paper.

4. Once the silhouette is covered with scrapbook paper, apply one more layer of Mod Podge to the top to “seal” everything. Allow time to dry.
5. Put a few necklaces on your Fancy Necklace Stand and call it a gift!

Pretty and easy! Can’t beat that.
I love a simple, pretty, handmade gift, don’t you?
Are you making your holiday gifts this year?

I hope you all have a great week!

This post was originally shared at Tattered and Inked for the Creative Christmas series.

Monogram Hair Accessory Organizer

If you have a littler girl, you know that with a little girl comes LOTS of hair accessories. At least that’s the case at my house : ) That being said, I decided to not only make hair accessories for my friend’s baby, but also a place for her to keep them all. 
Monogram Hair Accessory Organizer
-Monogram letter
-scrapbook paper
-hot glue & gun
-Mod Podge
-sponge brush
-embellishments (I used rhinestones)
I traced the letter “S” on the scrapbook paper, cut it out, and Mod Podged it to the “S.” Then I embellished with rhinestones, using my glue gun to adhere them. 
After that I hot glued a long piece of ribbon to the back of the “S,” letting the ribbon dangle. I hot glued the velcro to the bottom of the ribbon to make a loop for headband storage. 
Lastly, I clipped all of the hair accessories to the ribbon! 
This project took me about 45 minutes to make, consisted of inexpensive materials (plus supplies I already had), and is such a useful gift. I made sure to choose colors that would match her little princess’ nursery. 
Thanks for stopping by! Come back tomorrow so I can show you another gift I made for sweet baby Sofia!

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Baby Shower Banners

I mentioned that I was busy making banners for a close friend’s baby shower when I shared the “Owl  Always ♥ you” printable I made for her nursery, and today I am excited to share them with you!
I made 2 pennant banners using my Silhouette, scrapbook paper, ribbon, and hot glue.
I also made a pinwheel and fanned circle banner with sweet Sofia’s name on it. I used the same materials for both banners, except I used twine for the name banner instead of ribbon.. I used my Silhouette to cut out Sofia’s name on a piece of scrap white vinyl.

I just ♥ the paper I picked out (purchased at Michael’s). 

How cute are the pinwheels?! 
I LOVE making pennant banners and was inspired to try something new when Ami from AliLilly made her daughter’s birthday banner! I used the same tutorial that Ami used from My Blessed Life.
I already knew how to make pinwheels and just in case you don’t, here’s a great tutorial.
I am also going to be making pink and green tissue paper pom-poms for the shower. Besides banners, tissue paper pompoms are my favorite go-to DIY decoration.
So what do you think? Do you purchase or make your party decorations? 
Thanks for stopping by! Join me next week for a back-to-school printable and a sneak peek at the baby shower gift I made for my friend’s sweet Sofia!
Don’t forget to enter the Lilla Rose giveaway that’s going on! The giveaway closes on Sunday, August 7th at midnight (AZ time).


 I heart Naptime