March 30, 2013 by tminspired
If you’ve been following me over the last couple of years, you know that every year for Nathan and my Anniversary, I make him a scrapbook. You can see one of the previous ones that I blogged, here.
This year, due to a major lack of time, I decided to outsource my scrapbooking routine. I didn’t want to go to any basic company and do any regular book. This was our 4 year Anniversary, after all. I couldn’t stop my creativity at a drop of a hat because I didn’t have time to! So – I turned to my new favorite company, Artifact Uprising.
This company is SO great. I ordered their 5.5×5.5 Instagram-friendly soft cover book. Nathan and I both use Instagram like crazy. (If you’re not following me yet, I would love you to! You can find me @TMinspired) I thought it would be a great way to showcase our last year by using ONLY our Instagram photos.
It took me a while to sort through our entire feed and save/organize the photos that I wanted to use, but it was well worth it!
The user friendliness of Artifact Uprising’s website was divine. There were pre-made templates that you could use for the pages, but they also included an option to create your own page completely. I LOVED it. It allowed me to still creatively scrapbook, but sped up the time I usually take tremendously.
Sometimes it’s easy to figure out the layouts you want (especially when you can click to add in their page templates), but often times I find myself stuck after page 4. I loved how I could play around with the layout, drag and drop photos, add in borders and colors, and keep the “fun” alive throughout the process. I’m somewhat of a perfectionist so this took me a lot longer than it probably would any of you. Just in case you need layout ideas for your own Instagram book, or if you’re just genuinely curious as to what the book looks like as a whole, I took some photos – just for you!
The presentation of his gift was super hipster. I bought a plain cigar box from Joann’s and stained it to the color that I wanted. (More about that later!) Then I put some shredded brown paper that you can buy at a party store (I grabbed mine from Michael’s) and filled the box. The book fit nicely inside, and then on our Anniversary, I let him open it! He LOVED it, which means that my new idea was a success!
I would love it if you go and check out Artifact Uprising for your next online photo book order. Everything looked exactly as it did when I ordered it. I’m a VERY happy customer, and I think you would be too.
Happy Anniversary, Nathan!
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January 4, 2013 by tminspired
On December 14th, 2012, the peace and innocence of Newtown, Connecticut was shattered and 26 people lost their lives. 20 of which were dear, sweet children. So many of us, including myself, were absolutely at a loss of words.
Now the students and faculty of Sandy Hook Elementary School are preparing to begin classes again in a new location. To ease their return, the Connecticut PTSA has organized The Snowflake Project to create a winter wonderland in their new school.
I am joining in this project, and have made 26 unique snowflakes for each life lost on that tragic day. I wanted to share it with you, too, in case you wanted to do the same. 13 of them I used out of plain white coffee filters, and the other 13 I made using colorful and fun cupcake liners.
They are asking for everyone to make and send snowflakes for them to hang around the school. Their only request is that the snowflakes have no words on them. Think bright, sparkly, happy, and magical!
Snowflakes need to be sent by January 12, 2013 to:
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514
You can check out the CT PTA website or Sandy Children Help on Facebook for more information or updates. They are also putting together a photo album of the snowflakes; you can send photos to email@example.com and yours will be included, too. Please add a note to let them know where the snowflakes are coming from (your name, school, grade or age, town etc).
Need some paper snowflake-making inspiration? Check out this simple tutorial from Martha Stewart.
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June 9, 2012 by tminspired
I’m a little bit behind on my 12 crafts for 2012, but trust me, I’m working on it! I will succeed in my goal, and I have SO many more ideas that I’m dying to create. All I have to do now is make them… and post them.
At the end of May, we had an “end of the year” party for a Jr High Cgroup (Bible Study) that I co-lead with one of my best friends. As a part of our “thank you” gift to all of our girls, we made each one of them an adorable, Monster Bookmark. Then, we put them in these super cute, inspirational journals, that are filled with quotes and inspiring reminders that go straight to your heart.
* Thanks to Pinterest, we saw this bookmark idea and started making them right away!
(P.S. The girls loved them!)
Instead of copy/pasting the entire tutorial including the print out for the shapes you need, I want to give official credit to the original idea. I will, however, share with you the basics.
What You’ll Need:
Patterned paper + cardstock
Scissors, a glue stick, a pen/pencil, and a ruler
If you want to make them extra fancy, you can also use stamps, stickers, crayons, markers, and anything else you can think of. Just make sure it’s flat enough to be squished in a book.
For the template and the rest of the instructions, check out this awesome blog, Tally’s Treasury: http://tallystreasury.com/2011/02/corner-page-bookmarks-3/
It was time consuming making 16 of them, with 8 different colors/papers. But it was definitely worth it and I can’t wait to make more in the future!
"God created you to be you and nobody else." ~ Conover Swofford
Have you made these little monster guys for yourself? Include a photo in the comments below! I’d love to see them chomping on your book.
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May 14, 2012 by tminspired
Sometimes, it’s hard to figure out what to buy your boyfriend for his birthday or for Christmas… Let alone try to make him a gift! I’ve had a difficult time figuring out a way to use the creative side of me to make presents for my boyfriend, without it seeming too “girly.” For the past 3 years, I’ve made my boyfriend, Nathan, an anniversary scrapbook. This puts our whole year into one book that we can cherish for the years to come!
But for his birthday, I wanted something different. But I also wanted something that we could actually use. So after a lot of research and the deadline drawing closer each day, I decided to make him an ABC Date Night book! I mainly got the idea from seeing multiple examples on Pinterest.com, including the clear paint pail from Michael’s for all the extra goodies, but I made everything my own way.
To clarify, this post is for the DIY Anniversary book ONLY. The extra cost of the paint pail and candies will not be included to the total project. That was something I added on at the end.
What you’ll need:
Paint samples from Home Depot – These are all FREE. Mine even had the option of making it your own “swatch” with the black pieces. (I took two in case one broke.) Remember that you need 26 “pages” for this book. Take a couple extra just in case you would prefer a different color, or if you made a mistake. Mine were also kinda large, so I folded each one in half. That way, there is color on both sides of the “page.”
Decorative letter stickers – You can buy these at a discount or with a Michael’s coupon all the time. They range anywhere from $1-$5 per pack. For the bubble letters, I got them for $1 each. The purple and brown sparkle letters I previously had from an older project.
Ribbon, stamps with ink, sharpies/markers, colored pencils or crayons – Get creative! Use what you have lying around the house. These were all FREE.
Don’t forget a hole punch and glue! – Also FREE.
My total cost of this project = $2!
The full list of date night ideas I used in my ABC book:
A – Play a game of Air hockey… or two!
B – Build a sandcastle together at the Beach
C – Chubby bunny… ’nuff said!
D – Dollar store Date night! (We each pick two things for our date, but we can’t peak at what the other person bought until AFTER we check out!)
E – Everyone gathered at Disneyland
F – Finish an entire book in the Bible together
G – Game night!
H – Hot chocolate party!
I – Drive – In movie! (In your garage)
J – Read 2 paged (each) out lout to each other from the Sweetheart Journal
K – Fly a Kite together!
L – A game of Laser tag… or two!
M – Movie night (obvi!) – Including a list of movies we love to watch. That way we are never stumped on “what to watch.”
N – Night time dessert picnic!
O – Go to Downtown Orange
P – People watch at the mall
Q – Quietly Geocache – stealth required!
R – Dance together in the Rain (we’ll have to take a “rain check” on this one – heehee! #punny)
S – Go Stargazing while laying in the bed of your truck
T – Bake some Treats together!
U – I will tell U 3 reasons why I love U, then U will tell me 3 reasons why U love me. (Then we’ll hug!)
V – Make our own pizzas… Then deVour them!
W – Take a Walk together
X – Have an eXtraordinary time playing Call of Duty
Y – Yard sale date! (But not Hoarders style!)
Have you ever made a Date Night book for your Sweetheart? Tell me about it in the comments below! Be sure to subscribe to my blog via email for the next Craft of the Month!
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