Sunday, May 26, 2024

Just Keep Swimming Layout

You know I don't normally create one photo scrapbook layouts but this one was the only single photo and my granddaughter looks so cute I didn't want to add it to a Month In Review layout.

The theme for that year's recital was Disney and her costume is Finding Nemo. I didn't have any Nemo embellishments so I went searching in Cricut Design Space and found a clown fish and whatever type of fish Dory is.

I think they are so cute and worked out perfectly for this layout! I decided to use "Just Keep Swimming" as the layout title. As you can see, I used letter stickers for part and used my Cricut to create a ombre layered word.

Check out the YouTube video to see how I created this layered title and how easy it is to create your own.

Friday, May 24, 2024

TGIF; Thankful Friday #319

Happy Friday and Happy Thankful Friday! My daughter and I have been organizing the closet in the Command Center and it's been a lot. The good thing is that we're taking our time. Is it a good thing? I don't know. LOL

This week I'm thankful for the amount of crafting supplies and materials that we have. There is definitely no shortage of them in our craft room. Many of these supplies were purchased but a lot were gifted. With that in mind, I'm planning on gifting a lot of these supplies.

That is another thing to be thankful for...crafters love to share their goodies. There's always a Trash/Treasure pile when you go to crops & other events and this is a perfect time to share.

Here is a little before & after of the right side of the closet. I should have took better before photos because it was so messy and unorganized! Things were basically just thrown in there especially at the bottom.

Yes, we pulled everything out!

Most things went back to where they were, but now the papers are in order, one less paper holder on the bottom and items were bagged or placed in containers.

What are you thankful for this week? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Let’s Get Messy May; Episode 4

Is May already halfway done? Time flies! It’s Thursday and it’s May so it’s time for another project in my Junk Journal!

The first three journal spreads involved flowers/leaves so I figured why not continue that.

I basically colored in this black/white piece of paper which covered a ream of copy paper. I grab it every time we open one in my office! Once the coloring was complete, I added marks, paper pieces and tried to make it into something I liked.

That beautiful tile looking piece on the top left was from a cardboard packaging for hand soap. My  mom bought a set from Costco and the packaging was so beautiful! I had to make copies of them (you may see these later) and also, tried to remove the top layer on the actual box.

I used Pinterest for quotes and found this one to be perfect for my life right now. I used a white pen and my own handwriting for this one.

Be sure to watch the YouTube process video and come back next Thursday for the final junk journal spread of this Let's Get Messy May series.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Printable Cuttable Creatables Spring Hop

Woo Hoo! I love participating in hops and this one is a good one! If you have a Cricut and love cute SVG cut files, you need to check out Printable Cuttable Creatables' website. I used the Graduation Gnome SVG for my project today.

My granddaughter is graduating from Eighth Grade this month and this cute gnomie is perfect for a cute cake topper.

One thing I'm always going to do when I make cake toppers is add dimension. Once I lay down all the pieces, I get a better look at where to add extra dimension. And for this image, I added some on the shoes, sleeves and of course his cute nose!

A little bit of white ink pen highlights never hurts either! Check out my YouTube process video to see how easy it was to put together:

Be sure to hop along start HERE to find all the goodies!  And links to other blogs or YouTube channels and leave comments. There are prizes, inspiration and free SVGs so be sure to hop along with us!

Thanks again for dropping by! Don’t forget to stock up on designs at 50% Off during my Birthday Sale through May 27th!

Bonus: If you use 3SONS15 coupon code, you'll get 15% off your purchase after the 27th!

Monday, May 20, 2024

Trash to Treasure Fun Projects

I took a week off from work and finished a bunch of projects that have been sitting there staring at me for far too long. Both of these have shorts on my YouTube channel if you're interested in seeing them in action. These are the before and after pictures.

One of my favorite things to do is to make treasure out of trash (or not quite trash, but ugly). When DD and I decided to redo and organize the Command Center, she removed this side table from under her desk. It's pretty solid wood but as you can see...kinda boring!

I used my Cricut to cut stencils and acrylic paints to change the look. Don't you love it? It looks perfect on our front porch especially with those faux grout lines (that was an afterthought).

The second project came from my home. I was (sort of) gifted this coaster set, but it is way too foo foo for us. I mean FAMILY speed out as "Father And Mother I Love You"...a little lame don't you think? I covered them in white acrylic paint and then sanded them down to get a smooth finish.

I then used E6000 to adhere some cheap, throwaway drink coasters of different craft beer places and/or restaurants that I had in my collection. Once they dried, I added a thin layer of polycrylic glaze over the top of each one. This is perfect for our backyard patio and it came in this cute wire holder.

I'm working on another project which involves another furniture updo. I bought this table at Goodwill for $4.79. We're looking for a side table for our backyard covered porch. Once it's sanded down, I plan on using black paint to cover it and then emulating a vinyl record on top. I can't wait to see the final result!

You can see the final result on my IG account. I always post photos there!

Find me @3sons_and_astar

Friday, May 17, 2024

TGIF; Thankful Friday 318

This week has been a hard one but I am thankful for DS2’s visit. He came home for Mother’s Day and for the week. 

I treated myself to a new Cricut and having a week off my 9-5 was a blessing!

It was tough knowing I was getting one less Mother’s Day greeting but my daughter in law sent a beautiful message and it was much needed. 

I’ve never been a Material Girl but I have to admit, it was nice to be spoiled for Mother’s Day. New shoes, a new purse plus beautiful flowers! But most importantly that we spent the day together. 

Iron Crafter Challenge YT Hop; Scraps

When I saw the Iron Crafter Challenge Hop product for May, I knew I had to join. The product to use is SCRAPS. Yeah, I have a lot of those!

I decided to create a grid layout for this challenge with all kinds of fun embellishments forming a “L” on the left side and bottom of the layout.

I’ve never did this before and I really like how this turned out.

YouTube Hop Info:

ironcrafterchallenge  #embellishments #scrapbooking #useyourstash

Join a fun group of crafty peeps each month as we take on the Iron Crafter Challenge! Each month Anna from @piececraftlove or Tara from @thepapersnob will select a challenge ingredient to use on a layout. This hop goes live on the THIRD FRIDAY of the month. We will have a hop on YouTube and Instagram to show how we used the challenge ingredient(s) for the month. The mystery item for the month will be announced on the first of each month.

The mystery challenge ingredient for May is SCRAPS! 

Here is a playlist with ALL the videos of the participants:

If you want to learn about the mystery item and play along, come over to the Piece Craft Love Facebook group:

Here is a list of the folks playing along, please check out their Instagram or YouTube channels to subscribe and say hi!!











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