Monthly Archives: December 2014

Memo Board Tutorial

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Hi all, Fleur here today with a fun tutorial on how to make a quick dry erase memo board.

To start off you will need a frame with glass in it – you can use any size, I used a 4×6 glass frame from Ikea.  You will also need some 3×4 journaling cards, letter stickers and small photo.


Pick two journaling cards to use as your place to write and hold the photo.


Add a small photo to one side and the letters spelling TO DO or whatever you would like to use it for (recipes, messages etc.) on the other side.


Insert it into the frame then using a dry erase marker you can add your TO DO list.


You can wipe it off with a wet cloth and start all over again. This one will be above my desk to remind me of things that need to get done ASAP.

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Even though it’s still 2014 this is my first post for 2015 so Happy New Year!  I can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring!

Playing with Stencils

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Hey Nerds! I hope you’re all ready for Christmas!! I just have a few more things to do and then it’s smooth sailing! Except for my oldest’s birthday on December 23rd! It’s always a little hairy having a birthday 2 days before Christmas, but we always have a great time!!

But I digress! I wanted to share a few tips and tricks to playing with your stencils!!

I like painting with my stencils and with one that has such a fine design, I like to use a makeup sponge and some thick paint. I used the Adirondak Picket Fence paint from Ranger for this because it’s nice and thick. Just get a little paint on your sponge and dab it on where you’d like it being careful not to smush it too much so it bleeds.



Just keep going until you get the design you’re happy with!




For my second layout I decided to stamp in my stencil! I had my design pretty much figured out, then I just removed all the paper from my layout and left the stencil.



I actually did this first with a wooden stamp, but I wasn’t able to press down firmly enough, so I flipped the paper over and did it over with a cling stamp and no block. That way I could really press it through my stencil!



I Love the way this tunred out! So fun!



I love being able to stretch your supplies and use them in fun ways!



I can’t wait to see what you do with your stencils!!




Nerd Girl Michelle’s December projects

Hey everyone, I had so much fun working with the Fancy Pants Oh Deer collection this month.  I got a total of 6 projects done with this collection…so far!  It is by far my favorite Christmas line this year!  The nerds challenged us to use stencils this month, here is a LO and card I made using stencils.

Lump of coal tag

lump 3

lump 2

Be merry card

Be merry 3

Be merry 2

A few pics of my mini album





And here are the projects I made for the 12 days of Christmas using this same collection

Merry & Bright



Barb’s Bargains – Dec. 09 2014

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Either way we are happy to help.

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Hey everyone, Michelle here today with a mini album tutorial. If you’re like me, you’ve accumulated a lot of 3×4 cards in your stash. I never know what to do with all these leftover cards until I came across a mini album on Pinterest made with 3×4 cards and plastic photo id holders. I thought it was the most brilliant thing I have ever seen!

Here is what you need:

Plastic photo id card holders (I got mine at Staples)


Here is what they look like out of the package:


And you will need some book rings (I also got at Staples)


It was an really easy and quick way to create a mini album! Here are a few pics of the inside:








Nerd Girl Fleur’s December Projects


I loved playing with the Simple Stories DIY Christmas collection.  Here are the projects I made with it. First up was the Ribbon Spool Ornaments that I showed in the Tutorial on Tuesday.


I created this 12 days of Merry so that my older kids would have some say in what we did for Christmas this year.


I used the Tim Holtz stencil and some texture paste to creat this gift card holder bag.


I fussy cut the flowers from patterned paper for this gift bag.


And finally a layout.  I hardly ever do Christmas layouts but I really wanted to scrap this photo of my husband and I.


I can’t believe December is here all ready – I wish you all the wonders of the season.

Ribbon Spool Ornament Tutorial



These ribbon spool ornaments are one of my favorite to make – I usually add them to the top of the present.  They recycle which is great and they are fast and easy which is even better.  Even the kids could help make these.  Here is a quick tutorial on how to make them. You will need some old ribbon or thread spools, (these ones are from American Crafts ribbons) patterned paper, stickers or embellishments and twine.


Trace the spool onto the patterned paper twice, once for each side, cut out and glue them on.  You can trim an excess after they are dried.


Wrap some twine or ribbon around the inside of the spool.


Once the inside of the spool is covered leave a loop of twine at the top and then glue the end onto the inside of the spool.


Take another peice of twine and lay it underneath the loop.


Pull it tight and make a bow.


Decorate the outside of the spool – I used the Simple Stories DIY Christmas collection for these. 


Here is the final result.