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if you're anything like me, and got sucked into buying at least ONE of the Project Life core kits...but DON'T ACTUALLY do Project Life...then you may or may not own an ABSURD amount of 3"x4" cards. Thankfully, I only own one core kit - but sweet Jesus are there a lot of cards in there! I've done a few pocket style pages and have been using them where I can, but I would prefer to find other ways to use these cards, too.

The other day I sat down and decided to make as many greeting cards as I could, using almost all Project Life cards. Here's what I came up with.

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If you are wondering, the core kit I own is called "Honey Edition". I do like the bright colors in the kit. I am just not a fan of how repetitive the cards are. There is no way I will ever use all of them! I am going to try and incorporate them more into my regular layouts, too!

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I've finally taken the time to bust out my Silhouette these last few weeks - feels so great to use it again! I still have the Silhouette Portrait but it works just fine. Maybe someday I will upgrade to the Cameo. For now, I'm plugging away making some scrapbook pages and other things. Here's a recent layout I just completed. I used my Silhouette for the title. As soon as I saw the title, I knew exactly which photo I needed to scrap!

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This layout was inspired by this adorable page from Megan Klauer design. When I'm not feeling super creative, I love pulling inspiration from my Pinterest boards. Even though I choose to follow her layout, I love how mine came out totally different with my own spin. Scraplifting is a wonderful thing!

Here are some more detailed pics. I used Bella Boulevard's Snapshots collection for this entire layout.

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I have more items to share soon, including some cards that I've been making lately - trying to use up supplies that I already own, instead of buying new! But...we all know that isn't entirely possible ;)

 

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Happy New Year, everyone! Since we are already in January, I figured it was time to share one of my recently completed crafty projects - a felt Advent calendar.

DIY Felt Advent Calendar

This daunting project started roughly 2 years ago when I saw this Pottery Barn Advent calendar and decided "Oh, I can make that". (famous last words!!) I decided to purchase the best quality felt (100% wool) because I wanted it to be *perfect*. Well, by the time I had purchased all the felt and other miscellaneous items - I had spent well over the $65 price tag that Pottery Barn charges. Woops. But uhhh...this will be HANDMADE! Passed down for generations! Something like that, right? ;)

DIY Felt Advent Calendar

DIY Felt Advent Calendar

Anyway, I did NOT come up with these ideas on my own. A few of the pockets I sketched out and came up with - but most of them were derived from ones I found all over the Internet. So please, do not give me credit for all these cute little felt creatures! I just copied and cut them out best I could :) (thank you, Pinterest - I have included a full list of links at the bottom of this post for all the ideas I found out there!)

DIY Felt Advent Calendar

FYI: I recommend using 100% wool, high quality felt for this project. It was so great to work with and it looks amazing. MUCH better than the cheap felt you can find in stores. I searched on Etsy and found a bunch of sellers that offered wool felt. I'm glad I went this route - it really made a big difference.

Now for the numbers: the problem with this project was that I started it roughly 2 years ago. I started strong but before long life got in the way and I never picked it back up. It sat for well over a year, and then we moved, etc. This year I decided it HAD TO BE DONE. With Brooke being 3.5 years old, I knew she would be totally into it. I buckled down in late October and decided I needed to make a few sacrifices if this puppy was getting finished. First: I couldn't hand stitch everything. I started using my machine for a LOT of the stitching. It still looks totally fine - and I'm SO glad that I allowed myself to do this. Second: I could NOT even try to cut out or even die cut the numbers...OR better yet, hand sew them. No way. I threw in the towel and purchased some cute, pre-cut wool felt numbers on Etsy. All I had to do was glue them on!

DIY Felt Advent Calendar

DIY Felt Advent Calendar

This project was a combination of hand & machine stitching, hot glue, and a little bit of fabric glue. I created all 25 pockets, then machine stitched them to the tree. (tree was traced and cut out mostly free hand...I was going for a whimsical look). Once the pockets were all stitched on, I took the time to go back and add little embellishments such as buttons, sequins, etc. Hot glue was my friend!

We used this calendar leading up to Christmas and it was A HUGE HIT! Brooke was totally into it. She loved having something waiting for her each day in those pockets. We don't really do candy in our house, so some days it was a small little trinket - but most days it was a note that was left by "Christmas Magic". The notes had different activities for us to do: things like craft projects, baking cookies, going to see Santa, etc. All in all - this was a PERFECT project to do when you have a toddler in your home!

DIY Felt Advent Calendar

Below is a list of all the various Advent Calendars that I pulled inspiration from for this project:

Lil' Luna
Rain Drop Stops
Inchmark

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Hi everyone! I am doing my best to get back on the blog on a regular basis. I won't lie - it's not easy with working + 2 little ones at home, but I'm trying! I have been able to get back into crafting a bit lately - it feels SO good! When we moved, most of my stuff got packed away and I'm sad to say most of it had been sitting in boxes up until a few weeks ago. However, I've decided to take over the spare bedroom as a temporary crafting area - and get myself situated in there. Eventually we will finish our attic and turn it into a true crafting room - but for now, I will just make do ;)

If you follow me on Instagram, you can get a glimpse into my unpacking and items that I've been working on. Here are some pics that I shared of my crafty organizing thus far. I'm getting there!

I took a trip to IKEA to grab some essentials for organizing. I picked up an Alex drawer unit to house a lot of my smaller items. I really do love it...can't wait to get more, ha! ;)

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Some more BYGEL rails, similar to my old setup in the old house

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OK, onto some crafty creations! The other day I sat down to make a few cards. I used the Chubby Chum Pals stamp set from Paper Smooches - such a cute set. I colored all of these images using Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. WAY easier (IMO) than busting out the Copic markers. This first card is a CASE from Kristina's version.

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that's it for now - stay tuned for more projects! I just finished up a felt Advent calendar that I made from scratch and I'm pretty proud of myself. I definitely want to share that with you all! :) Thanks for reading!

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I finally finished sewing a Brooke for her new bedroom. I am so picky (ha!) that I didn't really love any of the bedding in stores. I suppose that is what happens when you're crafty, right? Anyway, when I was about 39 weeks pregnant with Henry I got a HUGE burst of energy and did a ton of sewing. I completed this quilt top in just a few hours. It was a SUPER fun quilt to do - I just followed the Jelly Roll Race pattern and video from MSQCO. The fabric is a jelly roll from Riley Blake called "Simply Sweet".

It took me a bit longer to put together the backing, have it quilted and then bind it...but we were just a little bit busy moving and enjoying our summer ;) Anyway, it's all done now - here are some pics. I am hoping to complete decorate Brooke's room. I will try and post pics when it's complete!

Front:

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Back:

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some detail shots...

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up close of the quilting. I used Missouri Star Quilt Company quilt by mail service. They were GREAT!! No, I don't get any compensation from them for saying that (I wish!) - I paid for them to do it, as I just don't have a sewing machine that can handle quilting such a large quilt. I chose the flower quilting pattern and I think it turned out so cute.

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Brooke approves!! :)

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