Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIY Tear Off Note Pad

So.... what do you do when you have a mile long to-do list??

Well, if you are just the right amount of crazy, like me, you go ahead and add, "make a to-do list notepad" to your to-do list ;) Hey... I warned you that I was a little crazy...

I give you the "Ain't Nobody Got Time For That ~ To Do List" notepad


I love these little notepads because you can add any picture or wording that you want, and make them in any size you want too!

First, you will need to create an image in a photo software program, I use PicMonkey, and size it according to how you want it to look on your notepad. Next, open your photo in Microsoft word and and move it on the document so that when you cut your paper, it will be in the center of your notepad. I adjusted the margins all to 0" so that I had more freedom in moving the images around. For a notepad this small, I was able to use the image four times, spaced out to make four "pages" of my notepad.

Cut the paper into fourths {if yours is sized like mine} and then cut a piece of cardboard in the same size as the pages. For this you can use the back of old notebooks, scrapbook paper stacks always have a perfect piece of cardboard on the back that you could also use.

The only other things you need for this project are Aleene's Tacky Glue, a paint brush, and binder clips.


Stack your pages together and put the cardboard on the back. Paint a good amount of the tacky glue on the top edge of your notepad, making sure to include the cardboard.


Next, use the binder clips to hold everything in place..


Let it dry for an hour or so and that's it... your own custom notepad!


The glue is perfect for holding the notepad together but still allows you to easily tear the the pages off!

Now... I'm off to go actually finish my to-do list! haha!

Thanks so much for reading!


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Butterscotch Bird Nests

My kiddos are on spring break!! That means momma has to find lots of fun things to keep them busy, and this is a super easy treat they love to help with...


You only need 4 ingredients to make them...

 
Start by melting the butterscotch chips and peanut butter together. I use double boiler but you could easily melt them in the microwave too.

Once the mixture is melted, gently stir in the chow mein noodles.

Using two spoons, spoon out just enough of the mixture onto wax paper to make the shape of a small nest. Add two of the mini Cadbury eggs and give the nests a few hours to set at room temp. {Or you can speed things along by cooling them in the refrigerator}


Enjoy!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Re- Styled Coffee Mug

Hey, hey! 
How about an easy, won't break the bank, fun little crafty project??

I give you the:
$1 Re-styled coffee mug! 




Here's what you need: 
Rub on decals... any kind at all, there are tons of them to choose from these days! A blank white {or any color really} mug from the Dollar Tree, and {not pictured} clear nail polish.


Cut out your transfer, and tape it around your mug


Next, apply preassure over the transfer with the included applicator {also known as a Popsicle stick, hehe} Just follow along with the instructions in the package.

When you have it all applied, it should all be smoothly adhered to the mug like
 so:


In it's current state... all sorts of things could happen to it. The most annoying would be that the rub on transfer would wash right down the drain the very first time you cleaned it. 

Not so with this little trick...


Clear nail polish... any kind will do, just use what I am sure you already have.
Just apply a very thin coat and allow it to dry.


and...

Ta-Da! 


I have been using this cup every day for a week 
{hand washing it}
 just to make sure I wasn't going to set you out on a silly craft fail. This one is a keeper! 



Thanks so much for reading!