Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Give Thanks" Thanksgiving Countdown

I really wanted to do something to make the Thanksgiving season (aka November) more about gratitude than creating Christmas lists.  So, even though I meant to finish this 2 1/2 weeks ago, at least I finished it!  

I heavily relied on the cricut and mod podge to cut out and affix the letters, circles, and numbers to the canvas panel.  I cut out small magnets and stuck one just beneath each circle.  Then I printed out the activities to be done each day and laminated/cut them out and put small magnets on the back of those.  Here are the activites we have planned!  I based my ideas on ones from this website.  Feel free to borrow from me, too!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Family Hands

After I read Kristen's blog post about Pinterest, I decided to give it a shot.  I'd heard about Pinterest from other blogs, but didn't think I'd really use it.  I was wrong!  I love it!  I had found this idea elsewhere and had it bookmarked, but I always forget about my bookmarks.  What I love about Pinterest is that I can see the ideas that I like, so I don't forget them as easily.  We did this for FHE a few weeks ago, and I love how it turned out!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Holiday Subway Art

So, I really wasn't in much of a decorating, crafty mood for the majority of the time I was pregnant with Seth.  However, I did love to play around with photoshop and fonts.  The result was that I've started creating interchangeable holiday subway art for some frames in our living room.  Here's what I came up with.  Feel free to right click and save any of them if you'd like!  As I create more for other holidays, I will post them here, too!  I also have a few other things I'm going to post in the (hopefully) near future.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My Meal Planner

I have wanted to make a monthly meal planner for a while now, but only recently got around to actually doing it.  It still isn't complete, but there are just some finishing touches to take care of.  I decided not to make this meal planner a month-specific one (it's not going to have actual dates on it), but rather it is going to have labels that say Week 1-Week 5.  I'm keeping it super-flexible, too, so that I can change around dinners easily.  I mostly like seeing at a glance some of my family's favorite meals because I often get stuck in a rut and make some of the same things over and over, even though the ingredients to make a lot of these meals are found directly in our food storage, but I just forget about them!  This type of meal planner isn't for everyone, but for me, it works!  I just used an old cork board, spray painted the frame, used a sharpie to draw on the grid (not very well, I might add, but that's where embellishments come in!), and attached cup hooks in each of the squares.  Then I printed off lists of our favorite meals and made cute tags for each of them with my scallop punches and my laminator.  

I think I might even make tags to remind me to do a baking day or a freezer meal day.  I like to make bread and pizza dough, muffins, and pancakes ahead of time, so that I can just pull them out for quicker baked goods.  I also cook and shred chicken or brown ground beef ahead of time to make meals faster to prepare.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Blog Design

I just redesigned our family blog because I finally found a really great tutorial on how to customize your blog to suit your tastes!  I even created a blog template that I can whip out and use whenever I want to revamp my blog.  If anyone wants to use this template, just let me know.  I made sure that when I used any of the 12 x 12 papers that I have on my computer, I resized them not by changing the resolution, but by making them 1450 px wide or by making them 1100 px tall and using two of them for the dark gray area. Then for the light gray area, I just used the eyedropper tool and selected a coordinating color from my background paper and then used the paint bucket tool to fill it in.  After that, you can embellish any way you want.  

Here's the link to the tutorial.  The only thing I had a little bit of trouble with was making sure that my image stayed at 1450 x 1100 px.  I can't stress enough the importance of uploading the picture to photobucket using the 1MB upload option that she also stresses in her tutorial.  That is the only way that your background image will work and look right.   I had tried to use snapfish, but found that using photobucket over snapfish helped because photobucket had a box right by the image that has the url address that you need in the direct link box.  Every time I right clicked any image and copied the image address that way, it would shrink my image when I added it to blogger.

I also created my own header in photoshop by making it 700 px wide like she suggested, but I like mine a bit taller, so I set more like at 250 to 300 px tall and 72 ppi for the resolution.  I hope this helps any of you who are interested in doing things like this!  Before when I tried to customize my blog, I always messed up on the html codes and would get really frustrated by it, often spending way more than an hour on it.  Using this tutorial, I was able to redo my blog in under 30 minutes...including the time I spent using photoshop to create it!  Easy!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Letters from Santa

Here's a website where parents can communicate with Santa so kids can receive a letter from him. Go to this website and you'll find all of the details. http://www.dltk-holidays.com/xmas/intro.htm
Have fun!