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Organizing 101: Silhouette Scraps

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I just love when I am facing an organizational challenge and have an “ah-ha” moment. Even better is when that solution is free! As a packrat at heart I always hated throwing away the letters, shapes, and numbers that were left over from my Silhouette projects. Recently I was creating conversation hearts for some Valentine decorations I just couldn’t throw all the words away. I started rummaging through my craft room to look for a solution and came across my stash of Wedding Planner materials including a bunch of photo pages. I realized that the photos pages would be perfect to keep different size scraps organized in a binder.

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For the mini letters, number, and shapes I used business Avery Business Card Pages and mini Post-it Notes to identify them. This has made it really easy to browse what I have before taking the time to create something new. The scraps above where from Valentine conversation hearts I made. I tend to use these smaller scraps for birthday cards and such. You could also use the Avery Trading Card Pages for these smaller scraps.

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For the slightly larger scraps I used Avery Horizontal 4×6 Photo Pages. In each slot I placed an Oxford Ruled 4×6 Index Card to catalog what the letters, numbers, or shapes were. As they are replaced with new ones I can just cross off the previous and write in what it is being replaced with. This saves so much time from guessing and I can reuse the index cards 30+ times.

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The Avery Diamond Sheet Protectors are great for the large cutouts I make for parties, holidays, or when I did my weekly bump boards during Parker and Caity’s pregnancies.

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I also found that when I was clearing the cutting mat there were always tons of little scraps that went everywhere. A recycled tissue box is a perfect and an easy way to keep the scraps out of the way without running to the garbage. I just sit mine next to my Silhouette and empty it when it gets full. With all of the cute new patterns Kleenex is coming out with I don’t even need to worry about covering it!

Valentine Crayons – Tutorial & Free Printable

To say I have been waiting for this day is an understatement. Last week Parker came home from “school” with a pink sheet of his classmates for their Valentien’s Day Exchange. Ekkkkk the time of crafts, room parties, and field trips is finally here! I went straight to Pinterest and ended up deciding on heart shaped crayons. There were many pins of Pinterest but I ended up choosing Cherished Bliss for my inspiration.

We took a quick trip to Target to get some supplies. Overall, this project was very easy and relatively inexpensive, especially if you have old broken crayons laying around.

Box of 120 crayons – Target $6.99
Heart shaped silicon mold – Target $9.99 (similar here)
Treat bags – Michael’s $5 for a pack of 50 (similar here)

You will also need an X-Acto knife, old cutting board, butcher knife, cookie sheet, card stock, and a stapler.

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The most time consuming part was removing all of the paper. Ideally you would use old broken crayons you already have laying around but we don’t have many of those yet. I used the X-Actro knife to slice the crayon paper making it much easier to remove. This was an easy project to do up in Caity’s nursery while she was playing on her play mat. I decided not to do it around Parker because I didn’t want to encourage him to always take the paper off his crayons. Like it isn’t a natural instinct 😉

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Once they were all done I found an old cutting board and used our butcher knife to cut about 8 at a time.

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Once they were all chopped up I filled the molds to the top and added the little speckles left over. I did notice that there are quite a few browns in the box. You may want to leave some of those out and balance the colors so there is a few more lighter colors than darker ones.

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I suggest putting the mold on a cookie sheet in case they spill over. That is certainly a mess I would not want to clean up! The bake time will vary depending on your oven, we ended up baking ours on 120 degrees for 16 minutes. We started with 10 minutes and kept adding time until all the chunks had melted. Once they were completely cool, about 45 minutes I popped them out!

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While they were baking I used the template from Parker’s nautical second birthday favors to make Valentine themed ones. For the month of February you can download this template here! Special shout out to Miss Kate Cuttables who makes adorable digital images like the heart monsters above!

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Although I did most of the work these were coming from Parker so I had him color a little on the back of each one.

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{Semi} Wordless Wednesday: First Sewing Project

 

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One of the goals I set for myself in 2015 was to finally pull out that sewing machine and learning how to sew. When my parents surprised me last weekend I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to sit down for a lesson. My Mom has been sewing for about 40 years now and is pretty amazing. In case you are wondering how much work I actually did… I sewed every single stitch!

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I knew I wanted to make a pillowcase dress for Caity and matching tie for Parker. I couldn’t find a pattern at Jo Ann Fabrics, although I walked away with a ton of McCall patterns on sale for $2.99/each. My Mom was able to create a pattern based on her measurements. I purchased a yard of the turquoise and red fabric. We used Wonder Under to secure Parker’s tie to a t-shirt I picked up while we were there.  Since I still have a lot to learn about sewing I don’t feel like I am able to offer a tutorial on this quite yet. However, tomorrow I am going to share how I made her Yo Yo feather bow! It’s was really easy and since I can buy the materials at a minimum of two inches I was able to save money by only getting what I needed.

I am really proud of myself and can’t wait until their photoshoot tomorrow!!!

Festive Fall Fonts & Fall Printable

As I sit here on my computer I can’t believe that I am actually chilly! At 38 weeks pregnant I am extremely pleased with the mild summer we had but am anxious for Fall. It really is my favorite season and I gladly welcome the cooler weather that comes with hoodies, football games, and pumpkin picking. It’s been a while since I have done one of these but was feeling inspired by Pinterest and decided to create another free printable for the Fall. I really enjoy doing these and they are such an easy way to add a festive pop to your mantel or wall.

Fall Subway Art 2014 8x10 600DPI Watermark

You can download this printable for free in September and October by liking my Facebook page, Cherry Blossom Love. Just visit the WELCOME tab underneath the Facebook banner and right click to save the printable right to your computer. Feeling inspired?!? That is what I was hoping for! Here is a list of the fonts I used to create this printable. They were all found on dafont.com at one point in time and were free to download.

Football – Bolton
Hoodies – OKAY
Fall – Tall Trees
Apple Cider – KG Ways To Say I Love You
Acorns – Rosewood Std
Mums – Berlin Sans FB Demi
Cinnamon Apples – Always In My Heart
Family & Friends – Thankful & Blessed
Trick Or Treat – Peach Sundress
Autumn – Harlow Solid Italic
Scarecrows – The Dead Salon
Bonfires – Halo Handletter
Pie – Rio Grande Bold
Pumpkins – Sketch Block
Harvest – Always In My Heart
Leaves – Always Here
Give Thanks – Chunkyness
Hayrides – Hash Tag
Pumpkin Spice – KG Ways To Say I Love You
Memories – Tall Trees

Downloading fonts to use with programs such as PhotoShop and Word are really easy and below is a step-by-step of how to do it. I am not a computer expert so this is just based on how I am able to download them to use.

How To Download A Font V2
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PRINTABLE DISCLOSURE
Please do not resell or take ownership of this printable in anyway. Feel free to share on the web but you must give me credit by linking this post.

FONTS DISCLOSURE
I was able to download all of these fonts for free, but most cannot be used for commercial-use (unless you purchase a license). It’s important to review the “read me file”, when provided, or the font description for each font you download.