Friday, August 31, 2012

Louisville Slugger

This is the layout for the week.  Our family (before I had our daughter) at the Louisville Slugger Museum.  My husband does contract work for a company based in Louisville and goes up there occasionally for business.  So, in 2009, we went along with him (just as we did this past July) and while he worked during the day, Harrison and I played!  One evening we went to tour the Louisville Slugger Museum.  We had a blast....I don't know who had more fun, our son or my husband, but it was a great evening out together.  We purchased a personalized baseball bat for our son and made many memories together that week.  Hope you enjoy the layout!  It was fun reminiscing!  Have a great day and remember, it is always homemade!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


This is a cute Card/Tag to send to a married couple or to your hubby one day in his lunch or in his luggage when he is going out of town.  It is a simple tag that is decorated with a place on the back for a quick message.  The playing cards are from the Dollar Tree.  They are mini cards.  Very cute and perfect for the use on small card fronts or scrapbook pages.  You never know what you will find at the Dollar Tree or a Thrift Store.  Check it one out one day soon going in with just a "creative" mind.  You will find more than you think!  Have a great day of crafting and remember, it is always homemade!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Quick and Easy Make-n-Take

First of all, I know this picture is not the best, but I wanted to show you all of the circles that I stamped.  While in Florida, I had to take some kind of crafting project to work on....I had gotten several stamp sets out that I had not really used much yet and I wanted to play with them a little bit.  So, I punched out many circles and then I stamped them all with all different kinds of stamps.  When I got home, I used my scalloped circle punch and punched out printed paper to match each stamp.  The following pictures are some quick projects and cards that you can make with these on the go....
Have a great day and remember it is always homemade.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Oatmeal Waffles

This is what was for breakfast at our house this morning. Thought I would quickly share the recipe. These waffles are filled with all things good for you....and your kids will never know it, as long as there is some syrup on top! I have no idea where I found this recipe but it was on the Internet somewhere. Hope you enjoy!

Oatmeal Waffles
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk (Can substitute regular or almond)
1 cup quick oats
1 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp oil 1 cup wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Squirt of vanilla
Ground Flax Seed (optional)
1. Mix the eggs and milk together.
2. Add the oats and mix.
3. Add molasses and oil and mix.
4. Mix flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a separate bowl. Then add to wet mixture and mix well. (I always add ground flax seed to this mixture as well for a little added umph of goodness) 5. Add to a waffle maker and eat, eat, eat!

Very good. Very good for you. Secret healthiness. Remember, it is always homemade!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Boy Meets World

Okay, so since my desk was a mess (and I really have no idea how it got that way), I worked on my bedroom floor making this layout.  Even so, I think it turned out really cute.  I always so such simple layouts so, I decided to get some of the new things I have bought recently and some things that I haven't used much and I got to work on making a really cute page.  These were some snapshots that I took of our son in July of 2009.  Yes, that is how far behind I am still!  I just wanted to do a quick layout that focused on several snapshots all at once.  The elements on the bottom of the page  are from all kinds of little packs of embellishments that are laying around in my scrap area!  The letters are epoxy letters, the red bicycle card is from a 12x12 piece made by Crate Paper (The Toy Box Collection).  Something I picked up at Archiver's.  The blue piece underneath is a paint chip named "Little Boy Blue" appropriate!  The other little pieces scattered around are from a couple of different little embellishment sets that have been sitting in my drawers for too long. 
Hope you enjoy and have a great day of scrapping!  Remember, it is always homemade!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Origami Boxes

How cute are these little boxes?  Perfect for little treats for anyone...and they can be decorated however you choose.  I saw this box on a you tube video done by Kristina Werner.  The video is below and she also shows a great way to decorate these little boxes.  She used a paper bag to make hers and that is how my box on the right is made.  I love the vintage vibe it gives.  My other box is made a little larger with thin printed paper.  If you need a more sturdy box, this is the way to go....and it is pre-decorated for you.  All it needs is a bow to finish it off.  Both are very cute.  You can make one in about 5 minutes after you make your first.  Hope you all have fun making these for little treats or baked goods to give to family and friends! 

Have fun and remember the best gift is always homemade!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Peek-a-boo Card....Soooooo Cute!

This is a really cute card.  I will say that it isn't the easiest card to make but after you make it once it is easier the second time.  FYI before you start--DO NOT TRY TO CHANGE THE SIZE OF THE CIRCLE PUNCH...just sayin'!  It will not work....the smaller circle works perfectly.  The front of my card looks a little different than the one in the video below but that's what's great about any decorate it to your own taste and to your own genre of card.  I made mine into a "True Love" card.  I always need cards to send with my husband when he goes out of town so, just a warning, I have made several lately!  You will probably see them soon!  :-) 

Anyway, below is the video from which I got the directions to make this card.  Dawn is a Stampin' UP! demonstrator and she has a great blog and many videos on YouTube.  Her YouTube channel is "dawn5377" and her blog is  

Enjoy the video and making one of these really cute cards!  Remember, everything is always homemade!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Scrapbook Layouts

I will admit, I have cheated a little this week. I have not done a new layout and here is the reason....I am potty training my little girl and simply have not had the time. I do the Three Day Method and you have to be by her side for three days. It is a long and exhausting three days but totally worth the end result. Yesterday was day one and she did great! By the end of the day, she was not having any major accidents. She was telling me when she needed to, hopefully today will be a little less stressful and tomorrow will be a breeze.....HOPEFULLY! It worked like a charm with my son two years ago and so far it is going well with her. If you have a toddler, I highly recommend this technique!! Okay, that was my little plug in for potty training now on to the layouts!

The following layouts are a few of my favorites from my son's First Year Album. They are all simple but very cute. My favorite is the snapshot layout above and the Halloween layout below. Since Halloween is around the corner (I really need to start working on costumes so that it is not a mad dash the week before) I thought that this layout would help some of you in the coming months when it is time to scrap those Halloween photos. Side note: I have already been working on some Halloween projects. I can't wait to share them with you! Anyway, hope you enjoy the layouts! Have a wonderful day and remember it is always homemade!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Owl Pillowcase Box

I know I say this a lot, but, seriously, how much cuter can you get???  This is an owl made with the Stampin' UP! tag punch and the scalloped circle punch.  The circles of the body is a 1 inch circle punch I got from Hobby Lobby.  The tiny circles for the eyes were done with my Cricut and the feet are tiny flowers from a mini punch I bought at Micheal's.  The pillowcase box was cut out on the Cricut using my SCAL software.  You can find a template as well anywhere on the Internet!  Just fill the box with treats, decorate and send to someone you love!  Have fun and remember, it is always homemade!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Button Card Set

  So this is the cheapest thing you can make!  I bought the felt buttons at Big Lots for ONE DOLLAR.  I used 1 1/4 piece of white cardstock and then stamped the words on each and it made such a cute little set of 3x3 cards.  Simple, cute, easy and cheap.  That is what I like best!

Always simple, always homemade!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Wall Streat Area

Here is a layout I did this week of our NYC trip.  These pictures were taken in Lower Manhatten.  They are of the Bowling Green Park, Charging Bull Statue, U.S. Custom Building and the view up Broadway.  It was nice getting back to scrapbooking after being out of town for four weeks.  This page seemed a little plain, but I just can't get used to working with an 8 1/2 x 11 page. 

On the other hand, I did make a cute journaling box!  :-)  The picture below the layout is the other 3 I made for future projects.  I made these out of graph paper index cards with embellishments of all kinds.  I saw this idea on the blog listed on the right side of this page labeled Mish Mash.  She has such cute ideas!  Very simple and very cute! 

Hope you all have a great day and remember, it is always homemade!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Gum Wrappers

These are sooo cute and soooo easy.  I saw these on MY PINK STAMPER and I decided to make these for my kids' Bible class teachers at the end of their quarter.  Easy, cheap and cute.  I am all about it.  Go over to Robin's blog and check out all the dimensions!  Have fun and remember, it is always homemade!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Birthday Cards

Hey everyone!  I am finally back home for a while!  We were out of town most of the month of July!  Literally!  We had a lot of fun but I am so glad to be back in my bed, my house and in my shower.  Those are the three things I miss the most when I am not at my house!  But, with coming home you have to get back in the swing of things and get back to work in the real world.  When you are out of town you don't have to do laundry (like you do at home), you don't have to cook much, you don't have to, to say the least it is taking lots of motivation to get back into the real duties of being a stay-at-home-mom! 

One of those duties (which I love) is to get back to crafting, stamping and scrapbooking for you guys!  :-)  Another one is to keep up with the family birthdays for this month!  So, one of the first things I did last week was get a couple of birthday cards made for a couple of family members.  It was so good getting back at my craft table and creating!

The first card is made with the Sweet Scoops SU stamp set and it turned out really cute.  The "celebrate" stamp is from another set of mini words that I picked up somewhere along the way.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig made this card so simple and easy to get it all placed perfectly!  Best $5 I ever spent at Joann's! 

The second card was made for my brother-in-law who turned 50 this year.  I wanted it to be simple but "over the hill-ish" too.  So this is what I came up with.  I really liked the "celebrate" stamp, I used it again on this one as well.  I cut out the numbers with my SCAL using the A&S Jiggy Roman font.  Such a cute font!  Thanks to my friend Jennifer for introducing this font to me!  LOVE IT!

Hope you all have a great day of crafting and remember it is always homemade!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Ellis Island

Just like last week, this is another layout I did while out of town with a limited amount of scrapbook supplies.  The paper behind the pics on the right side is really pretty reminds me of vintage stamps.  I thought it would go well with the Ellis Island theme of the page.  The squares on the right side are an actual photograph of the floor in the main building on the island.  I wanted to incorporate that somehow and this is how I chose to use it.  Hope you enjoy and remember it is always homemade.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Treat Bag Holder

I was browsing my Paper Crafts Magazine the other day and I came upon a marked page and a circled project that I have been wanting to try and this is the result.  The original is in the March/April 2012 issue on page 67.  It has a few differences but the general idea is the same.  The thing about crafting is that you have to make it your own.  This would be perfect for some candy, nuts, or anything in that genre for someone special. 

Here are the dimensions:

Cardstock is 2 3/4 x 11

With paper laying HORIZONTALLY on your scoreboard, score at 4 1/2 and at 6 1/2. 

Cut one edge with a border punch or decorative scissors.

Cut out a piece of patterned paper and border punch it and adhere to the back panel.

Decorate BEFORE closing!!!

I secured mine with a staple and tied the ribbon over the staple. 

Have fun and remember it is always homemade!

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