Crafty Fun Friday: Sticky Note Cover from Coasters Tutorial

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I love papercrafting. I haven’t done much of it lately because I’ve been so wrapped up in the world of vinyl personalization (need a decal?), but today I was so happy to get my fingers dirty again. I love playing with paper! I have so much scrapbooking paper, you might say I’m a hoarder. It’s probably nothing compared to what others might have, but I feel like it’s a ton.

Today I finally completed something I’ve wanted to do for a while: a snazzy cover for one of my many Sticky Note Pads (yes, Post-Its). I also used a tool that I’ve had for a while, but haven’t used much: The Cinch from We R Memory Keepers. Actually, I think the main reason I bought the Cinch was to make these sticky note covers. The Cinch is a bookbinding tool that’s pretty much just awesome. You can use wire coil binding or spiral binding to bind together books or papers, or even chipboard coasters. It punches the holes (round holes, no less, unlike some similar tools), lines up your coil and materials, then presses together the coil. Fast and easy!

I started with 2 coasters that I stole borrowed from a restaurant that are 4 inches square. 

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Then, I ran the coaster through my Xyron machine to make one side sticky. You can also use a glue stick or a tape runner; whatever you have on hand is fine.

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Put the sticky side down on the bottom of your scrapbook paper, and trim closely around it with a sharp craft knife. 

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 I need to change the blade on my knife; it took a few swipes to cut through the paper.

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Once the paper is trimmed, run the coaster through the Xyron again, to make the other side sticky. Trim the paper from the other side. (I used two-sided paper on this project, in case you’re confused – kitchen tools on one side, and the blue/yellow/green stripes on the other)

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Repeat with other coaster.

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Once the paper was adhered, I used a fine grit sanding paper to smooth out the edges on the coasters, and to clean them up a bit. 

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Next, I used my distress ink and a sponge to darken the edges.

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When the ink was dry, I was finally ready to break out The Cinch! I lined it all up and punched 7 holes at the top. 

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I used 3/4 inch Book Binding Wires to bind it all together… 

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…and voila! My snazzy sticky note cover was done. I’m so happy with how it turned out; I can’t wait to make more!

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Give it a try! My daughter immediately claimed the pink book, so I made the cooking book for myself. Enjoy!

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Menu Plan Monday: February 24 – March 1, 2014

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It’s a new week! After last week’s non-posting, boring, lazy week, I decided that this week I need to get back into things and stay on track. Tonight I’m going to crack open my fancy blog planner and plan out the rest of this week. Really! I will, I swear. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll even stick to my meal plan.

Now, on to this week’s menu!

February 24 – March 1

  • Monday: Bacon Cheeseburger Puffs – love these!
  • Tuesday: Beef Enchiladas
  • Wednesday: Fish Sticks and French Fries – soccer/yoga class night, so we need something quick and simple
  • Thursday: Honey Garlic Pork Chops
  • Friday: Homemade Pizza (Pizza/Movie Night!)
  • Saturday: leftovers 
  • Sunday: Crockpot Roast with yeast rolls

What are you cooking up this week?

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The Week of the Uninspired

This was pretty much me, all week.

This was pretty much me, all week.

For whatever reason, I’ve been feeling uninspired this week. That’s unusual for me, as I can typically crank out a recipe or two at the very least, but this past week I didn’t even stop by to do that. So, I apologize. Tasty Tuesday will return next week! I’m embarrassed to admit, too, that I didn’t even make a meal plan this week. Shame on me!

I’m going to go ahead and blame my laziness on the weird weather we’ve been having in the Atlanta area for the past month. Because of the snow and ice, the kids were out of school for what seemed like FOREVER, and my routine, such as it is, was completely let go. They finally went back to school this past Wednesday, so I’ve been in recovery mode every since.

I’m looking forward to next week, to start over with a brand new week, and get things back on track! You’ll be hearing more from me, I promise!

When you get out of routine, does it take a while to get back to normal?

The Cookies are Coming, The Cookies are Coming!

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I’ve been at it again! After my first round of Girl Scout printables (which are still FREE, by the way), I decided to whip up some more fun printables for my daughter to use for her cookie orders. I was so happy with how they turned out, I decided to offer them for sale. I found the super cute little girls from an amazing artist (sorry, keeping this one a secret) and I was just so tickled with how all of the cards turned out.

Cookie deliveries will start this weekend, and I love that these cards will help us keep things straight as far as who ordered what, how much they owe, and how many boxes should be in their orders. Plus, they add a little extra to the deliveries, in my opinion.

These Cookie Receipts are the same size as the free Thank You Notes I posted: 4.25×5.5. To make it super easy, you can buy Avery Postcards that come four to a page and are perforated. Or, print on card stock and cut them apart yourself on the guidelines. Easy peasy!

These are currently available in my Etsy shop; go check them out!

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Here We Go Again: The South has Fallen…Again

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Mother Nature is back at it for Snowmageddon, Part Deaux! Or Snowpocalypse 2, SnowJam Part 2…whatever you want to call it, we’ve been slammed, again. This time around, however, preparedness has ridden the line of paranoia for the last week, in my opinion. As soon as the mere possibility of snow and ice was reported, the region reacted. Afterall, who would want a repeat of the mess that happened a mere two weeks ago? Things are a titch different this time, thankfully. As far as I know, there were no children stuck at school – how could they have been; school was cancelled early on Monday for Tuesday and Wednesday. This was a bit of overkill, as all it did on Tuesday was rain. Today, Wednesday, there’s no way anybody should be going anywhere, as it snowed and sleeted overnight, then promptly froze on the ground. But at least it started overnight, when most people were home, as opposed to the middle of the day.

I’m prepared for the onslaught of jokes about how we Southerners just don’t know how to handle bad weather. It’s inevitable. When you hear words such as “catastrophic” and even “biblical” being used on the news to describe a storm, it’s just opening us up for ridicule. Southerners, though, take it in stride. Sure, there was panic beforehand. The grocery stores were packed on Monday, pictures of empty milk coolers and bread shelves floated around Facebook and Instagram, My kids and I ventured out on Tuesday to pick up some non-essential items such as chocolate chips and goldfish food, and I had a nice chuckle at this one:

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My Publix had milk and bread, but if you wanted chicken, you were out of luck. Southerners: if the lights go out, we can still barbecue!

But my favorite part of “weather events” like this are the memes, I must admit. Here are a few favorites:

...the moose out front should have told you.

…the moose out front should have told you.

Hubby has cabin fever already, so he could use one of these…

This about sums it up.

This about sums it up.

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Some important things to remember through all of this: stay positive, keep things light, and remember to laugh. It’ll be 70 again next week. Seriously.

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Weather Channel 10-Day Forecast

Menu Plan Monday: February 10 – 16, 2014

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I’ve been terrible at sticking to my plan. I admit. I’m great at making a plan, but sticking to it is another thing entirely. I am trying to get back on track, though. Last week I went to Sam’s and stocked up, so we should be good. I found some great prices on meat – I love it when the meat is “Reduced for Quick Sale”. Those are my favorite stickers to find! I found ground sirloin and ground chuck for $2.54 a pound! So I bought almost 10 pounds. I really need to get a second freezer so I can really stock up when I see those prices.

For this week, there are a few meals that were on the schedule for last week that we didn’t actually do, so we’re trying again.

Now, on to this week’s menu!

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What are you cooking up this week?

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It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!

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So, I might be going a little overboard with this whole Girl Scout Cookie thing. This is my daughter’s first year as a Girl Scout, she’s a Daisy, and I am so excited that she’s decided she wants to be a part of this. I was a Girl Scout for practically my entire childhood, and I have so many fond memories. I hope she has as much fun as I did! But back to the overboard part.

My daughter’s troop consists of Kindergarten and First Grade-aged girls. Suffice it to say, they’re not too excited about the whole cookie booth sales thing. I’m trying to explain to my girl that it’s important to sell a lot of cookies because it helps the troop, it helps you, blah blah blah. And, everyone loves Girl Scout cookies, and they love to see cute little faces selling them.

When the other moms and I were talking about setting up the booths, we decided to keep it simple; we would handle making the signs since our little girls can barely write legibly at this point. And me, being the overachieving, vinyl-cutting, personalization-business mom, said I would take over the sign-making. Here’s what I came up with:

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I thought they turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself. And yes, that is glitter vinyl on the Troop sign. We can all use a little extra bling! The girls all signed their names on the Troop Thank You sign, and it looks great.

Is it too much, yet? Am I a normal Girl Scout Mom?

So then I was thinking, it would be nice to give each customer who buys cookies from our cookie booths a little Thank You card with our troop information on it; you know, in case they needed more cookies. Plus, it teaches the girls that a simple Thank You is a wonderful thing. I’ll also be making personalized Thank You notes for my daughter to put with her pre-orders. I’m generally not the best when it comes to writing Thank You notes, but maybe I can at least teach my children how to show their thanks. Of course, after I thought of the cards, it was all I could think about, so off I went to Photoshop to get busy.

I was so happy with how the notes came out, that I decided to share them here, free to download, for whomever may find them useful. Let’s try to teach our children the art of being grateful! And so many people buy Girl Scout cookies, and support the organization; they especially need to be thanked.

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Daisy Thank You Notes

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Generic Girl Scout Thank You Notes

To download, just click on the picture, then right-click and select ‘Save As’. Print the cards full size and borderless (if you have that option) on card stock, then cut apart on the lines. Or, you can purchase the Avery Postcards 8387. Super simple! Terms: PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not sell the design or the finished product. Print as many times as you need. Design © Shannon Moore, 2014, 

Here is an example of the personalized card I did for our troop. If you would like personalized cards for your troop, please contact me for pricing!

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And of course, if you need cookies. I’ll hook you up. 🙂