freebies: a summer journal kit for classmates + free printables.

Monday, June 23, 2014


the school year is coming to an end this week and we couldn't be more excited around here!  i can't wait for lazy mornings without a rush to the bus stop or packing the same ol' lunch every day.  time for fun in the sun!

a friend gave me a call this past week asking whether i had any ideas for a unique class gift for her son. her boy and my oldest are much alike.  they love to draw, write, and read.  on the spot, i thought of an educational and encouraging idea and got to creating...

i love flipping through my daughter's journals.  her little stories, songs and drawings are so sweet, especially at this age as she's learning to creative write and document activities and events.  i'll be motivating her throughout the summer to journal our adventures, whether they be a mad dash to the ice cream truck or a road trip through the mountains.



i've designed a colourful popsicle-themed label and tag to accompany the gift of a journal, pen and pencil to make the perfect year end treat for classmates.  not only is this gift for classmates useful, but also, inexpensive, costing less than $1 per student.

while i realize the school year has already ended for our friends south, i thought i'd offer this gift idea and printable to stow away for next year...

and, i also came across these summer journal prompts on pinterest that will be great to spark ideas! visit my summertime fun board on pinterest for more great fun-filled summer activities!



the supplies.

journals or notebooks
pencils and pens
large popsicle sticks
elastics
twine or ribbon
hole punch
scissors
hot glue gun
white cardstock paper
avery label paper 5163 {10 per page}
printable popsicle journal tag
printable popsicle journal label


the how-to.
  1. print your journal tags on white cardstock paper and journal labels on avery 5163 labels which come 10 per page.
  2. trim the popsicle journal tags. have your child sign each tag, if you choose.
  3. hot glue the popsicle journal tags to the popsicle sticks
  4. stick your labels onto the journals.
  5. i used inexpensive hilroy ruled exercise books which easily rolled up and held in place with an elastic. 
  6. tuck your pen and pencil into the elastic or tie your pen and pencil to the journal if you are not rolling.
  7. hole punch the popsicle tag and tie to the journal, pen and pencil bundle with twine or ribbon.




let's get crafty: DIY vintage book page art.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014



In my Pinterest travels, I stumbled upon a pin that led me to this site, Vintage Printable. Vintage Printable provides free, public domain/out-of-copyright images for you to print or download. Many of the images are vintage naturalist or scientific illustration, but there is a huge collection of other images too.

The site has been sitting in my bookmarks and I wanted to attempt an easy DIY using the gorgeous artwork. Coupled with my huge collection of vintage Reader’s Digest hardcovers, I’ve created some beautiful Springtime art to hang in your home, use for cardmaking or crafts.

The site is a little tough to search but doing so through Google images is the easiest method to find images by topic.  Simply type your topic term and conclude with site:vintageprintable.com {see example below}  I searched for Springtime terms such as butterflies, eggs, rabbit, botanical etc. and found a beautiful assortment of images. I downloaded a collection of images I wanted to print.



Using a stack of doubles of my vintage Reader’s Digest collection, I tore out pages and trimmed the ripped edges for easing feeding through my inkjet printer. Ideally your pages should be an approximate size of 5 x 7 inches.



To print your images, you’ll have to set up a custom size if your printer settings don’t already have a 5 x 7 option. In your printer’s settings, I set a custom page size for 127 mm x 177 mm which translates to the 5 x 7 page size. Select your custom page size, and check off your “scale to fit” and “fill entire paper”. Load your book pages into your printer tray. (My printer was a little finicky in grabbing the vintage book pages, so I actually fed one page in at a time.) And, print!




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this post is a repost from www.momadvice.com where I'm a guest blogger sharing a DIY or craft each month.  if you aren't already a follower, head on over to Amy's blog!  It's overflowing with tips, tricks, and knowledge to help you stay organized, sane, and on budget... 


freebies: all about my daddy questionnaire.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


father's day is just around the corner and if you're in a pickle of what to give that everyday super hero, here are two free printables to get you well on your way.  i designed these printables last year on my old blog www.daffodildesign.com, and i thought it was worthy of a repost after receiving hundreds of downloads!

first, celebrate with a sweet treat and add this awesome topper to his favorite dessert.


instructions included


and then, surprise him with this all about my daddy questionnaire. these questionnaires are always a fun activity to do with your children and i suspect you'll collect some hilarious answers! i never knew B weighed 36 pounds, measured 10 feet tall and his favorite food are grapes!  frame your printable and wrap in a bow tie and he'll love it!



let's get crafty: 3 favorite ways to top off desserts + a free printable.

Monday, June 9, 2014

this post is a repost from www.momadvice.com where I'm a guest blogger sharing a DIY or craft each month.  if you aren't already a follower, head on over to Amy's blog!  It's overflowing with tips, tricks, and knowledge to help you stay organized, sane, and on budget... 
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February and March were birthday months for the boys in my life. In February, my little guy turned two, and in March, my husband, well, let's just say he's much closer to 40 than 35. Whether it’s a homemade waffle birthday breakfast or a donut cake, we love our desserts around here! In my very first DIY and crafting post for MomAdvice.com, I've shown three of my favorite ways to top off our sweet treats.

POM POM GARLAND



First, and my most fave, is this simple fuzzy and fluffy pom pom garland. Colourful and playful, it adds so much fun to your dessert. You could make this garland with tiny to large fuzzy pom poms or even craft your own poms out of yarn.

What you need.

Pom poms. Size and color of choice.
(I purchased an assorted bag from Michaels with my trusty weekly coupon.) 
Twine or thread
Large needle
Scissors
Skewers, straws, small dowels




The how to. 


  1. On your crafting surface, arrange your pom poms in your desired order. 
  2. Thread your needle. Begin to thread the first pom onto the twine. Be sure to leave at least 5 inches excess on the end. 
  3. Thread each pom onto the twine. Space the poms a desired distance apart. 
  4. Once you’ve completed adding your poms, tightly secure the twine to your stick using a double knot. Trim your twine. 
  5. Tightly secure the other end to your second stick and trim. 
  6. Insert into your sweet treat. 
  7. Dig in! 



CHALKBOARD TOPPERS 




I love that these toppers can be reused throughout the year and for all types of celebrations from birthday breakfasts to report card day! I found these small wooden shapes for less than 50 cents at Michaels and gave them a triple coat of chalkboard paint.

What you need. 

Wooden shapes
Straws, popsicle sticks, or small dowels
Chalkboard paint
Foam brush
Paper towel or newspaper
Hot glue gun and glue
Chalk



The how to. 


  1. Protect your crafting surface with paper towel or newspaper. 
  2. Paint your wooden shapes using the chalkboard paint. When using chalkboard paint for crafts, I use a minimum of 3 coats. Allow for drying time in between coats. It seems to dry quickly.
  3. Attach your wooden shapes to your stick using a dab of hot glue. Draw or decorate your chalkboard topper for your occasion.
  4. Insert into your sweet treat. 
  5. Dig in! 


PAPER BANNER WITH WASHI GARLAND + FREE PRINTABLE 




Washi tape is a huge trend right now – and there are limitless crafts you can muster with it! My go-to topper are washi garlands. Paired with a paper banner, it makes a super sweet addition to your treat. I’ve designed two free printable paper banners in 3 colors for your next occasion.

What you need. 

A collection of favorite washi tapes
Twine
Skewers, straws or small dowels
Free printable paper banner: {Click to download} HOORAY! or HAPPY BIRTHDAY 



The how to. 


  1. Cut a 18 inch length of twine 
  2. Cut your washi tape in equal or varied lengths and fold evenly over the twine, leaving 5 inches of vacant twine on each end. 
  3. Print the free printable paper banner and trim. 
  4. Secure your paper banner to the top of your sticks using a piece of washi or hot glue 
  5. Below the paper banner, tightly secure your washi tape garland using a double knot or bow to each stick. 
  6. Insert into your sweet treat. 
  7. Dig in! 


 Grab Your Free Printables HERE: 


around the house: small corner creative space.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

creative and fresh small corner office space from sarahmstyle.ca


this small corner creative space has become a favourite spot in our home.  my office space downsized
by about three-quarters when we moved, but i think the size of the space i have now is perfect. much of what i had before was unused and more for display of things, and the extra square footage didn't really provide any added function.



as you walk downstairs to our basement, you're greeted by this colourful niche. my desk space lives around the staircase corner, so what you're seeing in this photo above is right behind me as i work, blog and pin.

the focal point of this space is the painting. a 30 x 40 abstract by moi. back in october, my birthday month, my motto was "just go for it". i went wild and chopped my bangs, started another new class at the gym, and threw caution to the wind, and painted. it felt so good to be unrestrained by my own insecurities and stubbornness. to feel free and confident that i could do anything i set my mind to. i wasn't completely in love with my piece... but i didn't hate it either. and the meaning behind it is SO much greater than the actual canvas itself. i am proud of it.

below the canvas, a portion of my vintage camera collection resides on another IKEA picture ledge. luckily our IKEA sideboard fit perfectly in this niche and is home to a display of pretty little things like books, vases, and faux flowers. the lamps have been in the guest room, master bedroom, storage, and now they finally found a permanent home. i love repurposing things. the sideboard is packed full of my office supplies, paper, and my wireless printer - so handy!

around the corner is my desk space... 



i keep my desktop simple with items i need daily such as calendars, journals and a bazillion list and note pads.

at my left, a smiling chimp hook hosts my big camera. we had an old monogram stored in a moving box and i gave it new life spray painting it gold.  below the monogram, i made some quick DIY art by framing 9 of my favourite pantone postcards right on the grey ribba paper that comes with the frame.
framed is my most favourite print by the talented charisse of pixel paper hearts.  this girl is a genius.  rather than framing it under the matting, i washi'd it right to the mat with gold dot washi.  the mattings in the turquoise frames were covered with marimeko gift wrap for added punch. the "you got this" art is actually a cute desktop wallpaper from design love fest, printed and framed.






i recently completed my wall gallery and inspiration board splashed with love, inspiration, and motivation.  at the very top, a simple strand of 4 x 6 photos i printed on my HP hang with mini clothespins on twine. below is a collage of framed photos and kid art, which has become essential in decorating every room in our home.  i love my little portrait by my 6 year old and a colourful canvas done by my 3 year old. in the frames, a DIY heart, a treasured 45+ year old photo of my mother, and another favourite print from pixel paper hearts.







my inspiration board is an $12 2 x 3 foot pinboard from walmart with a spray painted frame.  it is home to a collection of photos, notes, art, and a handmade glitter garland.  and... a few of my own prints from my new etsy shop!! 

I am truly flooded with inspiration and motivation when i look up from my desk, especially when a creative block comes along.  surrounding yourself with beautiful things that have meaning is essential in creating a space you will feel comfortable and creative in.  




source list. 

sideboard: ikea
lamps: homesense
painting: DIY
picture ledge: ikea
cameras: thrifted, etsy
the little things: homesense, indigo, ikea

desk: old, crate and barrel
chair: old, ikea
frames: ikea ribba, pottery barn
smiling chimp: urban barn
pinboard: walmart
tray: ikea
pencil cup: indigo
vase: dwell studio

hustle + heart and kinds is the new black print: pixel paper hearts
we do loud and flamingo print: hazel ink
hey. you're awesome print: justine ma design
you got this framed desktop wallpaper:  design love fest

let's get crafty: our pet flamingo, fifi.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014




meet fifi. hannah's very own pet flamingo. she doesn't say much and she's terrible at fetch, but she's definitely a cheerful accessory to hannah's room.  my 6 year old gets these ideas, and often, can't let them go. we really wanted a puppy but my allergies are much too terrible. we agreed on fish to celebrate the last day of school before summer... but meanwhile, hannah wanted a flamingo. she had already crafted a paper collar and hat for her future pet, but this is the best i could do.

my heart skipped a beat when i spotted these pink glitter flamingos for yard decoration at our local dollar store. they'd be so awesome as a centrepiece at a summer party!  here's how you can make your own standing flamingo!




what you need.

plastic flamingo yard accessory
{double rad if you can get your hands on a  glittered one, or glitter your own!}
two wooden dowels: dollar store or michaels
wooden base: michaels
spray paint
glitter
washi tape
a drill and bit the same diameter of the dowel
hot glue
spray adhesive: elmer's from walmart or michaels





the how-to.

1. to measure the holes for your base and dowels, insert the metal legs into your flamingo, and mark your base at the two points where you will drill your dowel holes.

2. choose a drill bit that is close to the same diameter of the dowel's tip and drill holes in the base about 1/2 inch deep. make sure your drill bit isn't too large as it'll make your flamingo a little wobbly.

3. you'll likely have to increase the size of the holes on the flamingo's belly to fit your dowels. using the same bit, drill through the holes on the flamingo to increase their size.

4. spray paint your dowel legs and base.  i chose metallic gold and lime green.  let dry completely.

5. i added glitter stripes to the dowel legs by taping off equal alternating sections with washi tape.  i sprayed this portion of the dowel with spray adhesive and rolled the dowel through a paper plate of glitter.  let dry and remove washi tape to reveal the glitter striped socks.

6. add a little hot glue in the base holes and insert the dowels.  let dry.

7. carefully insert the dowels into the belly of the flamingo.  my dowels slid all the way up and inside to the back to ensure she's sturdy.  add a little hot glue under the belly around the dowel to secure in place.

8. give your flamingo a name and a home!






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