2 Peter 1:2

Because its Wednesday and because I got a little creative today. I’ve got a free download for you.

2 Peter 1-2

You can print it as a poster and frame it or you can print a smaller copy and add it to your journal or journaling Bible.


To download  the actual file please fill out the form below.

Project 52 Week 1

I told you last week I was going to try to do the Project 52 again this year. I really am going to try to stick with it in order to complete an entire 52 weeks of pictures. Some weeks it might only be one photo and another week it may be more than that. This week is a DIY project I have been wanting to try and tweaked to make it my own.

I made a book page wreath as inspired by many different wreaths on Pinterest.

Book Page Wreath Part 1

Here after I rolled the book pages and stapled the ends that would not be shown together I laid it out to see how big it was going to be.

Book Page Wreath Part 2

This is what it looked like after I hot glued the pages to the foam board I had cut. I hadn’t made the centerpiece yet.

Book Page Wreath Part 3

This after I put the centerpiece in but since have added more to the center to fill it in more. I will update with a final picture later.

It was simple and pretty fun to make and my next DIY project is a monogram with old book page maps. I may add some sparkle to it.  We shall see.

This week we are getting back into a normal routine again so I may not get to work on the next DIY project until the end of the week. I’m trying to do one artsy, crafty, DIY project or something that allows me to use my creative abilities every week.  Arts and Crafts help me relax.

3 Crafts/DIY on Pinterest

Here are a few crafts that is currently on my Pinterest boards. I love this site it is so addicting.


Do you have any craft ideas you would like to share?

Custom Made Study Corral’s

I saw these study corral’s on oriental trading last year and thought it was such a good idea for my girls. However, I didn’t want to spend the money on them when I had the supplies to make them on my own.  So without further ado I have created my own and here is the tutorial. Sorry I don’t have step by step pics. I got to caught up in the creation process and forgot to stop and take pics along the way but I did grab a few.

Here are the supplies that I used:

  • 2 Tri-fold project boards (I have 3 kids and needed 2 to make one for each of them.)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Stickers
  • Scissors
  • Glue or adhesive of some kind
  • Box knife
  • clear contact paper
  • packing tape

I started with 1 tri-fold project board.


I then cut it in half. It’s too tall to use on its own.


Now its in a more manageable size. I grabbed my scrapbook papers and supplies and started laying out my interior design. You could leave the board blank or you can decorate it however you want to customize it for your child. My girls love having individualized things so I let them choose a theme and put it all together.


I had to do some piecing together of different scrapbook papers. And then customized the papers with stickers and their names.  I used the flat edges for the bottom on all the boards so that they would stand properly.

Once I had the papers glued down and stickers where I wanted them. I covered each one with clear contact paper so that it would protect the boards AND so they could use dry erase markers on them for notes or whatever. They can also use post its to leave on their board for things they want to remember while studying. Because contact paper will not stay on cardboard I used packing tap on the backs of the board to hold the contact paper in place.


And now we have our own custom study corral’s.





These can be folded up and put away in just a few seconds for easy storage.

The Elemental Journal by Tammy Kushnir

The Elemental JournalComposing Artful Expressions from Items Cast Aside

By Tammy Kushnir
Published by F&W Media



Book Description

Create Expressive Books from Salvaged Treasures

Rusty doorknobs, cardboard containers and plastic packaging may seem like trash to some, but through the creative mind, they are transformed into beautiful expressions – equally parts artful book and assemblage. The Elemental Journal will show you how to craft a wide variety of journals to hold your secrets or express your inner thoughts, and discover new ways to use wood, paper, fabric, plastic and metal in your art.

Peek inside The Elemental Journal and you will find…

  • 15 stepped-out journal projects made from unusual materials and found objects, from tree bark to dismantled photo albums to tin boxes.
  • Tips for seeking out materials for your journals in flea markets, garage sales, and in your own attic or trash can.
  • Inspiring gallery projects from 9 contributing artists, including Susan Tuttle, Jen Osborn and Jill Berry.

One artist’s trash is another’s treasure. Discover yours with The Elemental Journal.

**Please note that this book is not explicitly Christian in content. If you are looking for a Christian Living titles featuring a large amount of faith-centered content, this titles may not be the best selection for you.


My Review:

If you are a crafter this is a really great book. It’s got amazing pictures to show you step by step how to create these items.  The ideas are endless. You can use this as a guideline for other craft ideas as well. It shows you how to take things you would not normally think of using or that others might throw away and make beautiful pieces of art. It was very inspirational and inspiring and really makes me want to get to crafting. Of course I am trying to contain myself because I am going to be moving soon. I need to stop “crafting” for a while and get to packing but its so hard when you see books like this that just stir up the desire to make beautiful art.


If you’re a crafter I recommend that you look this book up for purchase by clicking on the image above.





*I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review.

Elmer’s CraftBond and X-ACTO kit

I just got this kit in the mail this past week to try out. I can’t wait to get crafting with it and sharing what we make. I love to craft stuff and this stuff just makes it so much easier. It’s got every kind of bond that you can think of and great decorative edge scissors. Also came with a rounded corner punch. Can’t wait to try it and show you what I have done with it. This is only just a small part of the product line. There are all kinds of different CraftBond and X-ACTO products that you can purchase. You should check out their websites at Elmers.com and Xacto.com to see more of their crafting products.



Sewing Project ~ Girls Capri Outfit

Boo will be 5 on the 22nd of this month and one thing she asked me to do for her is to make her a new outfit. So while we were at Hobby Lobby she found a pattern that she liked.

IMG_4065She loves the pink polka dot one. So that is what we are making. Then she picked out the material that she liked.

IMG_4067of course it had to be pink. I figured she would want the polka dot print since the girl in the pattern was wearing the polka dot material but she didn’t she liked the pink swirly material better.

IMG_4068After talking her out of orange and black trim since it doesn’t go with the pink swirls and Hello Kitty since it wasn’t pink either we decided on white ribbon for the trim.

IMG_4069A few days after buying the other stuff we found these adorable pink flower buttons at the craft department at Wal-Mart for $0.60 . 

Today I laid out the pattern and pinned it and then realized I didn’t turn it inside out. lol So I took it all back off, turned it around and pinned it back to the material then had to leave for Drama Queen’s 10 yr old check up. (The following pic was taken moments before I realized that I didn’t turn the material inside out. lol).

IMG_4070     By the way Drama Queen has grown over 3 inches and gained 5 pounds in one year. Her doc was very much pleased and impressed with her growth spurt.

So that’s what I am working on right now. 🙂



Chore Chart Tutorial

My girls need a visual reminder to keep up with their chores and after searching for chore charts at the store and on line, we couldn’t find anything that really met our needs. So I started thinking about ways to make my own chore chart. I didn’t want to have to keep printing off papers every week so I tried to find a way to make it semi permanent. I finally figured it out. So last night we tackled our Do It Yourself Chore Chart.  Here is what we used: (There are a lot of pics)

  • Poster Board  12” wide by 22” long (your size may vary)
  • Scrap book paper (12×12)
  • Decorative edged scissors
  • Stickers (letters, borders)
  • glue
  • tape
  • Transparent contact paper (get it in the kitchen supplies)
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • marker

After I gathered everything we would need. I traced out how I wanted the chart to look on the white poster board. (sorry forgot to take a pic of that) Then I let the girls pick out which scrapbook paper they wanted for their section of the chart.
IMG_0769 Luckily it all worked well as far as color scheme. Then I measured the paper out and cut off about 2 – 3 inches off each section to make them fit. One of the sections that I cut off I used as the top portion of the chart for the title. I glued all the pieces were I wanted them.
Once all the pieces were glued where I wanted them I then used these large purple letter stickers that I had for the title. We just made it simple and put the word “Chores” at the top. After that I found two border stickers that I liked and placed them as seperators at the bottom of DramaQueen’s section and Princesses section. Then I drew the lines to seperate the days and the chores with a marker.
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I also had the girls pick out the color of letter stickers they wanted for their names and placed them on the top line of each section and then put a sticker for each day of the week in each section. Once that was done I wrote out their chores that they have to do on a regular basis on the chart and left spaces blank for chores that they do on different weeks.
IMG_0778bThen on the other side I used decorative edge scissors to trim a decorative edge on just the one side.
Now that the paper part is complete and I have the chart how I want it I used the transparent contact paper and cut a piece about 1/2” longer than the chart. I left about a 1/4” overlap on the top and bottom. I attached the 1/4” at the top to the table to help keep it steady. (If you get the easy peel off contact paper you can do this without worry that it will be permanently stuck to your table.) I slowly worked the contact paper down smoothing it as I went to make sure to keep the bubbles out.
After you have finished smoothing over the entire chore chart you need to flip it over and wrap the contact paper around the back side of the chart. I used some tape to help hold it down.
Once all the edges have been folded over. You now have a chore chart that you can hang on the wall. To add chores that my girls do not do every week I use a dry erase marker. We also use a dry erase marker to check off what chores have been completed. And the great thing about this is the dry erase marker wipes completely off the transparent contact paper.  So now I have a semi-permanent chore chart that was used with stuff I actually had on hand. (the transparent contact paper is great for laminating things too.)
And here is the finished product:
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TMT: Reusing formula cans.


When my girls were still babies I unintentionally started a collection of formula cans. You know the great big ones that contained powder formula? For some reason that I can not remember I didn’t throw them away. Finally I decided that I could use them for something. They were a good size and they had plastic lids. They stacked neatly and easily. So I started reusing them as containers for crayons, markers, buttons, screws and bolts and miscellaneous other things that didn’t really have a particular place to be. You can decorate the outside however you want and label them and you have really neat storage for your odds and ends. The list of things that could be stored in these containers area endless.

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TMT: Reusing Old Christmas Cards


A few years back I read somewhere about reusing old christmas cards. Some of them are so beautiful and I always felt bad about throwing them away. The article mentioned that you should take the old card and cute out the cute shape/picture and reuse them the following year as gift tags. You also could punch a hole in them and thread some string through it and make ornaments out of them. String them as garland or even use them in scrapbooking layouts. There are a million things you can use old Christmas cards for. My problem is finding the time to do it all. If you have any other ideas or pics of ways you reuse old Christmas cards please leave a comment or send me the to: dmauton (AT) gmail (DOT) com . I would love to see your creations.

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