Recycled Desk Organizer

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Hello Makers! Can you believe how fast the summer is flying by? It’s almost back-to-school season! And with that being said, I’m all about prepping and preparing so that we have a smooth sailing school year. I am sure to stock up on all the household essentials as well, that way we aren’t running out to the store on busy school days or nights. The other thing I am sure to do is create an organized space for school work. This year my daughter and I made a Recycled Desk Organizer.

I know that my kid is able to accomplish her school work when she has all the supplies needed. It saves a bunch of time and stress when everything is in an organized place where she can access it all easily, rather than running around trying to find where she last put the scissors or the colored pencils. Everything in it’s place! I promise you it will save you a ton of time and hassle. Want to know the cool part? It’s all made out of recycled materials of things that you already need for your home!

Some of my favorite things to stock up on at Walmart of the school year are:

  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack
  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack
  • Scott® Tissue 20+4 Roll Pack
  • Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls

Besides being stocked on all the necessities, the bonus to buying some of these products are that they come with double the Box Tops! Now you can give back double!

Are you ready to make a recycled desk organizer for your kids? Let’s do it! 

You will need an empty Kleenex® box and enough left over rolls of Scott® Tissue or you can cut down left over Viva® Vantage® paper towel rolls to fill the box. My Kleenex® box fit 10 rolls. If you decide to use Viva® Vantage® paper towel rolls, you’ll have to cut them in half (or more) to fit. 

First you’ll want to use a utility blade to carefully cut the top of the Kleenex® box off (adults only for this step!). 

Next, decorate the tops of the Scott® Tissue rolls with washi tape and hot glue them into the box so that they are secure.

Then all you have to do is fill up the rolls with school supplies! We filled ours with crayons, markers, pencils, colored pencils, water colors, scissors, and a ruler. 

You can also paint the box and the rolls to create a whole new look! We love this mermaid themed recycled desk organizer. Isn’t it pretty?!

Everything is easily accessible, organized and ready for the new school year!

And with Box Tops on these everyday items, back-to-school shopping is made easier. Even though we homeschool, we have lots of friends who go to public school and will happily take our double Box Tops. 

All these products can be found at your local Walmart, and you’ll be able to give back double purchasing them! It’s a win-win if you ask me! 

How are you getting ready for the back-to-school season? I’d love to know! 

Painted Feather Sneakers

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Hello Makers! I’m always looking for fun crafts to do with my daughter, especially during the summer. Now that she’s 9, finding her own style and picking out her outfits and doing her own hair are things she’s starting to do more and more. So when she asked me if we could make her some new shoes, I thought it was the perfect craft… especially with back-to-school season coming upon us quickly. New school year usually equals new shoes. Here’s what we came up with…

Didn’t they turn out so cute? They were really easy and fun to make, so I thought we’d share the how to with y’all so you can make some too!

You’ll need:

Using the Platinum 6 and the feather die, cut out vinyl feathers. Yes that’s right… this sweet machine cuts through vinyl and super smoothly too.

My feathers were cut in seconds. Look at those clean cut lines too. 

Peal the back off the vinyl feathers and place them on the sneakers. Smooth out the vinyl and make sure the edges are pressed down really well to prevent bleeding.

Remove shoe laces and then stuff your sneakers with newspaper to prevent painting the inside of the shoe. I also covered the tongues with newspaper to keep them white. Cover the surface with plastic and spray your shoes with the fabric spray paint (found at your local craft store and please read the directions on the bottle before painting). Originally we taped off the plastic soles of the shoes, and as we were painting we changed our minds and pealed the tape. It’s personal preference, really.

Allow dry time between coats of paint and be sure to turn the shoes in all angles so that you can be sure you cover the shoe completely. 

After the fabric paint is completely dry, carefully peal off the vinyl feathers, and remove the newspaper.

I love the bright the white tongue and feather against the teal paint. They really turned out so great.

My daughter loves how they turned out. Although I helped and supervised this project, she was definitely apart of all steps and had so much fun creating her new sneakers. 

Would you like to win a Platinum machine of your very own?! I promise  you that you’ll love everything about it and the projects you can make using it are endless. All you have to do is enter the giveaway form below. Simple, right?! And, if you want even more chances to win, visit the other blogs participating in this giveaway and enter there too! We are giving away 3 Platinum 8.5 Machines!! Woohoo! Plus you’ll get a chance to see what creative idea they came up with using the Platinum machine. The giveaway will close on July 21, 2017, at 11:59PM MST and will be announced shortly after that. Best of luck! 

 
 

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Creative Desk Organization Ideas

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks! It’s a new month and time for a new theme for our Must Have Craft Tips series!

Schools in the south start a little earlier than the rest of the country, so we are going to get a jump start on that and look at some ideas for back to school.

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Today I’m focusing on keeping an organized desk. Let’s face it, no one wants to work on a cluttered desktop. It offers zero appeal to get anything done, whether it’s your desk or child’s. This roundup of tips will help you keep a lot of your supplies up out of the way and keep things tidy.

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
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Flexible Wall Storage Organization from Bondville

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Quick Desk Organization with Crates from Studio DIY

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Roll-Away Storage Desk from Better Homes & Gardens

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Clipboard Storage from Hawthorne & Main

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Memo Board from Little Glass Jar

 

These are pretty clever, don’t you think? I wish I had thought of that recipe book holder to use for textbooks back when I was in school!

Must Have Craft Tips & More!
Stay tuned every Friday this month for more great back to school tips and tricks!

 

 

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Easy DIY Cactus Sign

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Hi makers! As you probably know, I am a fan of all things cactus and succulent because I’m an Arizona girl. I’ve shared several cactus and succulent projects, and I’m not stopping now! I made this easy DIY cactus sign and I just love the way it turned out, don’t you?

I love the bright colors and the rustic look, don’t you? It also looks as if I painted all of the cacti onto the wood… but I didn’t! It’s paper! I know… crazy cool, right?

It really is easy to make your own. Here’s what you’ll need:

*You can cut out your heart and trapezoid pieces yourself, or you can buy the precut at your local Michael’s. 

You are going to use your Platinum 6, succulent die, and green felt to cut out your succulent. Watch this video if you need more help. I cut out 2 and double layered the felt so that the succulent was extra full.

Using your hot gun, glue the felt pieces together and set the succulent aside. 

Paint the Mod Podge onto the wooden heart. 

Lay cactus scrapbook paper onto the Mod Podge and smooth out. I use my smoothing tool, but you can use a credit card or your hand.

Using your razor blade, cut the excess paper off around the edges of the heart. My wooden heart had grooves on the front, making it look like slates of wood. I cut those out too.

Go around the edges of your heart with a sanding block (after Mod Podge is dry) to smooth out the paper on the edges. 

Then wrap twine around the wooden pot (or trapezoid) and hot glue it to the heart.

Grab that cute, felt succulent you set to the side and hot glue it onto the wooden heart too.

Hang it on your wall with some twine and done! Doesn’t it look so cute?! I just adore it!

What have you been working on lately? Do you love the cactus trend as much as I do? If so, you’ll have to check out the Cactus Purse I made my daughter…

And this fun felt succulent wreath

Or possibly this simple desert party

Have a great weekend!

Embellished Cactus Purse

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Hello there makers and welcome back! Have you noticed the cactus trend lately? We are from Arizona… home of allllllllll the cactus ever. Not really, but we see our fair share of desert life. I thought it would be fun to make my daughter something that can carry her hiking nature notebook and mini first aid kit when we go hiking and exploring. How cute did this Embellished Cactus Purse turn out?

My daughter loves it and it’s the perfect size for her couple of hiking things. It was pretty easy to make too! 

I used a blank canvas purse (found at Hobby Lobby), felt, pom poms, embroidery thread, and my Spellbinders Platinum 6 and my new cactus steel rule die. 

I used the Platinum 6 and the die to cut out a felt cactus. 

Made it so quick and easy and look at those clean cut lines!

Then, using green embroidery thread, I stitched X’s on the felt cactus to secure it to the canvas purse. Plus, it looks like cactus needles!

I added blooms to the cactus using pom poms and embroidery thread.

Then I hand stitched more pom poms to the bottom of the purse. I really love pom poms, y’all.

The zipper needed a little something special too, so I used embroidery thread to make a tassel to hang from it.

The cute little cactus notebook that my daughter uses for her nature journal was made at SNAP conference in the Spellbinders room. It’s so cute and fits just right in her cactus purse. 

Ready for our next hike! 

Do you love the cactus trend too?

Summer Wine Cups

Hello makers! If you don’t already know, I am pretty mermaid obsessed and I have been since I was girl. So naturally, when it starts to warm up and summer starts making it’s way to Arizona, I have a creative urge to make something mermaidesque. Check out these Summer Wine Cups I made!

Aren’t they fun?! The wine cups are plastic (found at Dollar Tree) which makes them the perfect cup for by the pool. I used a pretty, glittery coral vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and designed the images in the Silhouette Design Studio. I used my new Silhouette Cameo that I won at SNAP conference (WOOHOO!) to cut the vinyl images. 

Next I weeded the vinyl and added transfer paper so that I could rub them onto the wine cups. I just love the tiny shell and mermaid on the base of the cups, don’t you?! 

I thought the sayings were fun… Drink like a fish and Shell Yeah! And that glitter… it makes everything better!

I think they turned out so cute… perfect for a lemonade, a watermelon slush, or even wine! 

Be sure to wash these cute cups by hand to preserve the vinyl. 

What summer projects do you have coming up?

Feathers and Dreamcatchers Baby Brunch

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This past weekend I had the honor of planning and hosting one of my childhood friend’s baby shower with another one of my dear friends. We had so much fun planning this shower… we literally could not wait to shower our sweet friend, Michelle, and her new baby princess. I’m really excited to show y’all the details… because it’s all about the details right? And we really wanted to get it just right. After lots of Pinterest inspiration, Amazon searching, and creative collaboration, we decided on a Feathers and Dreamcatchers Baby Brunch.

The decor for the shower had gold, pink, teal, yellow and white colors throughout. I made lots of cute paper feathers with my Spellbinders Platinum 6 and the feather die and added them throughout the decor. We used them on banners, chalkboard signs, toothpick toppers, etc. 

Hand painted globe by Aimee Nicole Designs. Sign made by Mine for the Making.

I made a sign with a special quote on it for the baby’s room and had all of the guests sign a special message on the back.

We even had a dreamcatcher kit that each of the guests help make. 

These dreamcatcher cards were found at Target and went just perfectly with the theme… I couldn’t resit them! Everyone wrote dreams and wishes for the baby on them and then added it to the twine to make a cute garland.

We also made mini Dream Chaser signs with dreamcatchers on them… one for each guest to take home. 

The menu was full of all the things you would want for a yummy brunch. We had Michelle’s favorite donuts, a yogurt parfait bar, mini quiches, bacon, roasted asparagus and spinach salad, avocado shrimp ceviche, cheese danishes, and a mom-osa (mimosa) bar. We drank out of mason jars with cute paper straws and garnished our mom-osas with fruit. Everything was delicious! 

After we ate and chatted, Michelle opened gifts and let me just say, this was my favorite part of the morning. She is just the cutest and has the best reactions opening gifts! It really makes the gift giving so much more fun! 

We are so excited to welcome this new little girlfriend to our tribe. To be surrounded by women who build you up, encourage you, love you even on your ugly days… that’s a real treasure. And we sure are lucky so celebrate life’s beautiful moments together. 

 

 

Personalized Dog Dishes

Hello there makers! Are you a dog mom? If so, I have the perfect project for you… or for your pup, rather.  Check out these Personalized Dog Dishes. I picked up a couple of plain, aluminum dog dishes from the store and decided it was extremely necessary to personalize them for our pup.

Super cute, right?! I created the decal in the Silhouette design studio, cut it out on Expressions Vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo, weeded the designs and applied them onto the aluminum dog dishes using transfer tape/paper.

Be sure to really smooth over the vinyl to get out all bubbles before removing the transfer tape. 

They were that easy! I even saved the Silhouette designs for you so that you can personalize your dog’s dishes too. Pin this post and email me that you did… I will email you the design so you can make your own!

I love how they turned out and that it only took me about 15 minutes to complete. My Bruzer boy loves his new dishes too! 

Wonder what I should make next for this pup of mine… Do you have any favorite DIY dog projects?

DIY Feather Wall Hanging

Hello makers! Now that the weather is warming up here in sunny Arizona, we have been going on lots of hikes and enjoying nature while we can (summers here are too hot for hikes). One of our favorite things to do while on hike is look for good sticks. Most times we use them as walking sticks, but this time my daughter and I thought it would be fun to use the sticks to create artwork for her room. So today I am going to show you how I made this DIY Feather Wall Hanging!

So pretty right? To make your own, you will need the following supplies and tools:

First thing you want to do is use your Platinum 6 and feather die to cut your feathers out of card stock and felt. Using your scissors, cut the felt and paper to the size of your die, so it easily fits into the Platinum 6. Layer the plates according to the Platinum 6 directions and feed the die and paper/felt through to cut your feathers.

The Platinum 6 does such a great job of cutting through the thick felt and paper… just look!

Once your feathers are complete (I used 9 for this project, but you can use more or less), set them aside. Get your jute, sticks and wooden beads ready. Line up your two sticks, one above the other with about a foot in between. Starting with the stick on the bottom, tie the end of the jute in a knot around it. Bring the jute up to the top stick, tying a couple of wooden beads along the way. Now tie a knot around the top stick.

Now we are going to create a place to hang the feather wall hanging from, so give the jute some slack and tie a knot around the other end of the top stick.

Bring the jute back down to the bottom stick, tying wooden beads along the way, and secure with a knot around the bottom stick. Cut any excess jute with your scissors.

Now we are ready to hang the feathers! Hole punch your feathers and tie jute to them at different lengths. Then tie the ends to the bottom stick.

The Platinum 6 made the feather making process so quick and easy! I really love this machine. No batteries, no need for an outlet to plug it in, and folds up nice and compact for storage. Plus, it makes crafting so easy and project ideas are endless. 

I added one of my handmade signs to the center of the wall hanging once I hung it up. I absolutely love the finished project and so does my daughter!

Do you ever use a little nature in your crafts or artwork? I think I am going to do it more often! 

Have a great weekend, friends!

 

If you liked this project, check out my Felt Succulent Wreath using Spellbinders Platinum 6! There’s also a video in this post so that you can get a better idea of how the machine works. 

 

Spellbinders provided me with the Platinum 6 and steel rule dies, but all crafts/projects/and opinions are 100% my own and I only share things I know my readers will love too!

Felt Succulent Wreath

Hello makers! I’m looking to freshen up my front door for the new year. What better way to do that than with a new Felt Succulent Wreath?! Here’s my first blogged about craft of the new year… finally!

Isn’t my wreath so pretty? I don’t know about you, but I have a huge love for succulents. I’m not the greatest gardener, though I try, so I thought I’d figure out a way to create a succulent project without having to plant anything at all. 

For this craft you will need:

I used my Spellbinders Platinum 6 and the succulent dies to cut the succulents out of felt.

(Scroll to the end of the post for a video tutorial!)

Look how clean the Platinum 6 cut through felt!! Now stack them up…

Then glue them together with hot glue. Make sure you pinch them at the bottom!

And finally, I hot glued the felt succulents all over the heart shaped wreath. 

And viola!

My wreath is complete and ready to hang on our front door! But it would look great on a mantel or window or mirror. Where would you put it?

Didn’t the felt succulents turn out so pretty? I love the look of the 3 greens together. All in all this craft took about 30 minutes to complete, start to finish, thanks to my Platinum 6 for cleanly and easily cutting out my felt. Not too shabby if you ask me! Watch the video for a visual tutorial of the entire craft!

 

What’s hanging on your front door right now?

I received the Platinum 6 and dies from Spellbinders to review and share on my blog. All opinions are 100% my own and I only share products and companies that I truly love and think you will too.