Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Scrapbooking with Your Kids and Creating Memories

Scrapbooking with your children and be fun and educational at the same time.  It makes a great summer project for kids or on rainy days when there is nothing to do.
Get together at your table and gather up some photos, embellishments, paper, craft scissors, adhesive, stickers and more and make a fun project with your photos and albums.
Start by creating a child friendly photo or scrapbook album.  Make fun layouts such as vacations, birthday parties, holidays, friends, etc.  If an album is a little too much for your youngster try making a few layouts or individual pages to start with.
Purchase scrapbooking supplies from the Superstore!
Have children work with smaller paper such as a 6 x 6" or 8x8"  and use smaller albums so kids won't be overwhelmed or intimidated by such a big project.
Bo Bunny Press - 6x6 Bare Naked Board Book - with 12 Pages, BRAND NEW

Set aside supplies for kids such as punches, stickers, and stamps that would be fun for them to use.  Get some markers and colored pencils out for them to write or draw with.

Teach them some basics such as how to mat a photo or picking colors that go well together for their pages.

Allow them to choose what they want to do and give them some freedom to express themselves.  They will love to express themselves and be creative with the project.

Work for short periods.  Especially with younger children. Older kids can work for longer periods of time but you can decide what works best for your kids.

Help them out when they ask otherwise work on your on individual projects and let them experiment. No matter what the result are of the scrapbooks this will be a fun time and a wonderful experience for you to share with your children.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Fun Cake Idea for a Bridal Shower Party

The Wilton Method: Three Ways to Ice a Cake by Wilton Instructors

In this quick class, Emily teaches three easy ways to ice a cake with buttercream: using an icing comb, a fork, and a spoon. Each of these techniques creates gorgeous, textured effects. Use them to decorate any cake, creating a unique, stunning presentation.

The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating by Wilton Instructors
The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating by Wilton Instructors

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Plans for Making a Picnic Table with a Bench

Picnic Table/Bench Combo
Build two great projects from one plan. you get a sturdy table for picnic diners that instantly converts to two benches for outdoor relaxing.
Making an outdoor picnic table with a bench can be done correctly with the right plans and tools.  If you have some experience you can even modify the plans to your liking by changing sizes, wood types, and more.
When preparing to make a table be sure to pick a wood that will hold up to the outdoors in the summer sun, rain and other weather conditions.
Making this bench on your own can be less costly than purchasing a similar type table and can be a fun project for the family.   What a great learning experience for a child to say that they help assist you in making a woodworking project.
Most woodworking plans come with details instructions, drawings and wood suggestions.  This one is a clear and easy to follow plan.  You can learn more or check out photos of other craftspeople who have made this plan by clicking this link

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Craft Mates Ezy Lockin Caddy Quilted Tote 3XL 6 Piece Set

Craft Mates Ezy Lockin Caddy 
Craft Mates Ezy Lockin Caddy comes with the ultimate organizer boxes that won't accidentally open! The perfect way to store all your small objects for beading, scrapbooking, sewing and more. The locking caddies have contoured compartments, made so things slide out with ease! Just push on the locking tab and lift up on the lid. The compartment lid will relock when it is closed. This craft organizer features 2 external and 3 internal pouches for storage of crafting tools, pens, pencils, and other larger items. The rear of the caddy features a larger pouch suitable for paper or stickers, with a flap that has a hook and loop closure. Adjustable shoulder strap with pad makes carrying comfortable and easy. Makes a great gift too! Quilted Tote 3XL 6 pc- This Black quilted tote comes with six 3XL locking caddies, each with 14 individual compartments, in the zippered interior. That equals 84 little storage spaces! Removable, adjustable shoulder strap with pad and a quilted handle make it a breeze to carry. Measures approximately 14"x 12"x 7" when empty.  

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Scrapbook Storage Solutions Basic Solutions and Guides

Creative people can fill up a scrapbook workroom very quickly and have lots of products that they need to store.
Whether you need to store scrapbooks, scrapbook products, or create a craft room there are a variety of solutions available online and in craft stores.    
Organizing your craft or scrapbook room becomes easier with the proper tools and basic information available.
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Tonic Studios - Table Tidy - Main Caddy

One desktop organization solution with an extendable module design
Size: 12 ¼” x 5” x 10 ¼”
Just like the product name, it’s time to tidy up your workspace! The Table Tidy Main Caddy is fantastic for storing your sewing, crafting, art or office supplies all in one easily transferable place. How? The Tonic Studios Table Tidy Main Caddy features a chrome finished solid steel frame that simply clips to your table or craft desk. The reinforced base allows you to securely store your heavier crafting tools such as scissors, brushes, pens, paints and so much more!

Best Craft Organizer - PortaInk Dual Swivel Traveler

Looking for an organized storage solution for your stamp pads and refill inks? Look no further than the Best Craft Organizer PortaInk Dual Swivel Travel! Whether you are at home or on the go, this ink pad organizer holds up to 48 ink pads and 56 ink refill bottles easily, conveniently, and securely.
No matter what your favorite ink brand is, the PortaInk Dual Swivel Travel can store it. The Portaink securely organizes a variety of ink pad sizes from large ones to small ones (with Small Ink Pad Inserts, sold separately).

We R Memory Keepers - Stackable Paper Trays - 4 pack

Tonic Studios - Table Tidy - Double Pocket

Storage Studios - Tim Holtz - Idealology Industrial Storage Cart

Monday, March 8, 2010

Information and Instructions on the Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Tool - Machine and Motor Bundle

Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Tool - Machine and Motor Bundle
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The Evolution Advanced Tool from We R Memory Keepers is a universal crafting platform for die-cutting, embossing, and letterpressing, and it just got even better. It’s lightweight and works with most leading brand die cuts and embossing folders. Now it’s easier to use with the attachable motor (included) and a height adjustment gear system that automatically adjusts to fit each project. This means you no longer have to figure out which mat combinations (sandwiches) are needed. The suction cup feet are perfect for no slip cranking and the easy fold up design and build in storage make it a perfect on-the-go tool.  The Evolution Advanced Removable Motor Attachment from We R Memory Keepers will take the Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Tool from manual to electronic use. Features include:
  • Suction cup feet for no slip cranking
  • Manual or electronic die cutting
  • Removable crank for attachable motor option
  • Easy fold up design
  • Extra built in storage
  • Height adjustment gear system (which means no more confusing Mat A, B combinations (sandwiches))
    Each kit includes:
  • Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Tool
  • One large, 6" x 13" cutting and embossing platform
  • Two mats for die cutting and embossing
  • One Evolution Advanced Removable Motor Attachment
  • One set of nesting dies

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Download Cross Stitch Patterns for New Baby Cross Stitch

Hello Little One - pattern - Free Cross Stitch Patterns

Nothing is more perfect than a new baby! Cross something special for the new arrival like a special saying, birth record, angels, flowers, alphabets, bibs, or something to match the nursery!

Counted Cross Stitch Colorful Borders

ePattern Guardian Angel Prayer

ePattern Baby Alphabet Sampler Cross Stitch

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Unique Scissors to Add Fringe Borders to Cards and Scrapbook Pages

EK Tools® Fringe Scissors
 Fringe Scissors
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Use these unique scissors to add a fringe border to cards and scrapbook pages. Also great for making confetti and shredding paper. Features include:

Ergonomic soft-grip handles.

Five non stick blades for quicker cutting.

Make intricate and neat fringe borders for your DIY craft projects using the EK Tools Fringe Scissors. Simple to use, these scissors are perfect for creating fringe borders and confetti for a variety of DIY paper and craft projects.

Fiskars - Performance 8 Inch Softgrip Titanium Fashion Scissors - 2 Pack

We R Memory Keepers - Mini Tool Kit

The We R Memory Keepers Mini Tool Kit combines six basic tools into one convenient kit. The small size makes it perfect for crafting on the go. It includes:

  • One 6" x 8" magnetic mat
  • One 6" magnetic ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Brad setter and Piercing tool
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