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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Bon Appetit!

Today I wanted to share with you the other album that we made at our Creating Keepsakes Convention adventure.  It is a lovely recipe album by Button Farm.  If you haven't seen their kits, you really need to check them out.  Click on the link, you won't be sorry!

 This is such a cute recipe album, and it is so dimensional.  I love how she uses layers of chipboard to create such a "touchable" project.
 The pages have a variety of flips and recipe card pull outs.
 I love the vintage feel of these papers.  They are by Farmhouse, part of the Button Farm line of products.  I LOVE THEM!!!  I can only get them online or at the convention as my LSS doesn't sell them.  Oh, how I wish they did.

 Some of the pages don't have a recipe card...I plan on putting pictures on them.

 So stinkin' cute!
 This page has a full sized recipe card and mini cards made from the sticker sheets.

The end...or is the beginning of lots of yummy treats?

Stay crafty, and hungry, my friends!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"Life is Good" Mini Album

I just wanted to share with you the awesome little mini album that I made at the last Creative Keepsakes Convention that Jackie and I went to.
 The class was by Embellish It!  I love how it turned out.
 I think that I am going to use it for my Thanksgiving album this year.  It is simple, colorful, and will beautifully display pictures of the day.
 Maybe I'll use my Polaroid camera for the pictures.  Yes, I think I will.  I think that style of picture will fit this album perfectly.

 Isn't this CUTE??!!

 It used the Simple Stories 24/7 line of papers...I LOVE THEM!

It was fun and easy to put together.
This back page is the only page that I created.  I just used the same pattern as the front, but used leftover papers.  I always decorate the back of my albums, as I think they are just as important as the front.

What do you think?

Stay crafty, my friends!!


Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Arc Planner Page Storage

 I just wanted to show you all my humble little planner page storage device, otherwise known as a recycled box!
I covered the box with kraft paper, with full intentions of decorating it.  I haven't got around to that yet. Thank goodness there's no deadline for that.  But, maybe I can put it on my to do list.  After I covered the box, I wrapped a ribbon around the lid, and tied it in a simple knot.  I use it as a handle to pick up the box.
 Inside, I created dividers with file folders cut to size, and added tabs for the categories.  As the weeks are done, I just take them out of my planner and keep them in here.  Who knows if I will ever need to look back through them, but if I do, they will be here ready for me.

Stay crafty, my friends!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My Blog Planner

Hello, and welcome to my post on my new "Blog Planner!"  I am so excited about this project.  I am a planner person and it is only natural that when it comes to blogging, I'd want to plan that out too.  

I searched all over the net looking at various planners.  It came down to a couple of key points for me.

1.  I am not doing this for a business, so it didn't have to include financial information.
2.  I share on Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube, so I wanted to make sure I could include information and checklists to help with that.
3.  It had to be simple and flexible so that I would use it, but also have enough space to plan, make checklists, etc.

This is what I eventually ended up with.  I will include information on where I found all of these free printables so that if you want to check it out, you can.
I started with my Arc notebook, that I purchased at Staples.  It is a full sized 8 1/2" by 11" notebook.  I bought a zippered pouch that I put on the OUTSIDE of the planner, and I also used a Smash Book elastic band to hold it all closed.  
 I put the pouch on the outside because then I can just remove it when I am working on my planner.  The Arc system allows you to remove and replace all of the components with ease, and I love that.  I filled my pouch with multicolored pens, some highlighter tape, a correction tape, and some binder clips.  There is plenty of room to add more things if I need to.  I suppose I could put it in the planner, but the bulkyness of it bothered me, so the outside seemed the best place for it.
 Inside the front cover, some sticky notes, and some mini note pad papers that I got from Levenger.
 I printed off the first page of our blog and put it in the book, just because I could!
 The first section is the monthly section.  I added a yearly calendar I got from Calendarpedia.
 Then, I printed off these lovely monthly calendars and wrote in my dates.  I used month stickers that I had in my stash from Boxer.  The calendars came from The Mac and Cheese Chronicles.  I am just putting the basic information about the posts here.  This way, at a glance, I can see what I did, or what I am planning.
 That same link above is also where I got these lovely weekly pages.  Here is where I am going to put more information.  What the post is about, checklists, to do's, links, etc.
 I found these quarterly planners At Template Trove.   I'm not sure what I am going to do with them, but I thought they were cool, so I added them.
 I found this "Blog Post at a Glance" at Living Live Brightly.
 And this page for planning an marketing here at Oh My Handmade Goodness.  I thought that if a daily post was super detailed that I could have a whole page dedicated to it.  The beauty of this Arc planner is that I can add or subtract pages anywhere in the book with ease.  (Gotta love that!)
 I thought this "Blog Post Checklist" by Girl Loves Glam had some great information, so I included it in my notebook as well.
 These are "Ideas and Notes" pages, and I got them from Ironic Adventures.  I am jotting down ideas I have, blog to do's, etc, on these pages.  I covered them up because I want you to be surprised.
 This is a lesson plan.  I was thinking that if I was to do some sort of series (like a several part tutorial) this grid might come in handy.  I got this form from "Printable Paper".  They have an amazing assortment of papers you can print.  This link takes you to just the "teacher" section, there are other sections.  If you haven't, you should go check out this site.
 This last section is in progress.  I want to create some sort of simple index of the blog posts.   Jackie and I tried to use a lot of tags to help categorize things, but it is long.  I am going to simplify it for my own use.  I haven't started yet, we will see how it goes.
 Last, but not least, the catetories of my tabs.  Blog Posts, Craft Groups (information about the group I am involved with "Sassy 6" lead by our awesome Stamp-Master Elsa!), Post Ideas, Post Index.  I have one more tab, and I don't know what I'm going to do with it yet.  I also have some Arc Pockets in the back to hold stuff as I need to.

That's it, my planner.  I hope you liked it!  I have just started using it, and so far...I love it.  Hopefully it will keep me more on track with writing posts more frequently!  Maybe I'll be so organized I can have themes!  Maybe, just maybe.  :)

Stay Crafty, My Friends!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Planner Pages

I thought that for today I would share some of my Arc planner pages with you.  I still love my Arc Planner.   I love that I can alter it to suit my needs.  I love that I can have a little fun with it and have a different theme each week for my page.  I love that I am remembering more...that's always a good thing.
 I was working on the 2014 months, and got these inserts from Uncalendar.  They offer inserts that are unpunched, so you can use them in the Arc system, Filofax, Franklin Covey, whatever you want.
 This is a page I made with post it notes covering it.  It was fun to block my ideas and thoughts.
 This page was decorated in anticipation of our vacation...First stop was Disneyland!
 Then we went to Vegas.

 October was the Halloween themed month...and you all know how I love Halloween.  I decorated these pages with a variety of stickers that I had in my stash.

 This page was preparing for my trip to Seattle with my BFF, Jackie.  We had SO MUCH FUN!
This page was done in simple black and white.

Thanks for looking!

Stay Crafty, My Friends!