Oct 31, 2013

PL JOURNAL MINIKITS: HOLIDAY EDITIONS and GIVEAWAY!

For the past few weeks I have been working hard to start my first PROJECT LIFE album. I have researched, questioned, and noted several tips on starting a PL album as well as a quick start to digital layouts and a video tutorial on how to edit your iphotos for PL layouts.

As a free lance graphic artist my next feat was to create my own cards, papers, and embellishments.

I chose to start with the upcoming holidays and design a couple of mini kits. I started with 3x4 cards and worked my way around the layout. Eventually I had several 3x4cards, 4x6 papers, and even some stickers!


 {These are just samples of my upcoming holiday pages..I can't wait to get them finished!}




You can use these kits as png files for digi layouts or print them on card stock and sticker paper for traditional layouts.



I also chose more non traditional colors to offer a modern and colorful edge to the holiday seasons. I have never nor will I ever be a red and green person!

I am currently offering both the Thankful and the December mini kits in my Etsy shop!

But wait that's not all! Three lucky winners will receive both holiday mini kits as well as $25.00 to spend at my Etsy Shop, Printing Pixels! Yep, that's right not one but three winners! Get the mini kits and then use the $25.00 for anything else in the shop!

And if you just can't wait to shop or if your not one of the lucky three enjoy this coupon code (25HILLBOOK) good for 25% off your entire purchase! 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Oct 24, 2013

Printable Treat Bags for Any Occassion!

A couple of weeks ago my little Lilli turned four and to celebrate we hosted a small backyard shin dig. That was before it turned into winter {it's below 40 here today}. My DH started up a fire and we cooked up some hot dogs and s'mores. Who loves roasting wienies and marshmallows? Well my family does!

I couldn't just let an opporutunity like a cute little girl's birthday party go by without using my craftiness to create some much needed awesomeness. So what do you get when you cross s'mores with a crafty mom?

S'MORE BAGS! PERSONALIZED OF COURSE!


Here is how I done it!

Step 1: I created a template for the bag in Photoshop.

{CLICK HERE for your FREE COPY OF THIS TREAT BAG TEMPLATE}

Step 2: Decorate the template. I used the fill tool to color in the treat bag. I added a circle shape and some pretty text and clip art to coordinate with my little lady's party theme!


Step 3: Print

I had my treat bags printed at Staples for 50¢ each. I chose this option because my printer was out of ink at the time! But they will print out just fine on a home printer.



Step 4: Cut, fold, and glue! Psss...I used decorative scrapbook scissors to create the jagged edges!


Simple as that!

Of course the final result for the party!!! I filled each bag with a few marshmallows, graham crackers, two Hershey bars!


 
Aren't these cute? I loved them and so did everyone at the party! 

Are you are paper crafter? What's your latest paper project? If you love paper crafting as much as I do come join me over on my new Facebook group THE SUNNY PAGES! We love paper! And we would love to share it with you!

Happy Crafting and Good Luck!

PL PART 3: Editing Photos a Video Tutorial

Happy Thursday to you! Yes you! You know you're my favorite. Are we having a good week so far? I sure hope so! And just think it's almost the weekend...AGAIN! So work hard and keep looking up! What do you have planned for the weekend?

I just wanted to pop back in for another quick tip for getting started with digital Project Life. The main concept of PL or scrapbooking in general are the photos. The pictures of our loved ones that drive us to create everlasting memories of fleeting moments. Seconds caught on film can last forever when archived the right way. I just wanted to explain a bit about how I enhance those moments so that their true beauty can be looked at and remembered by all. :)

Editing photos for your digital layouts {or for printing} can be a little tricky but so worth it and almost necessary to achieve good quality spreads and great memories captured. My photos are usually taken my one of two devices, my Canon camera or my Iphone. Granted my Canon takes better quality photos but my Iphone has really surprised me on more than one occassion. More often that not I find myself in need of a camera and don't have my Canon with me so I resort to my Iphone, so needless to say a lot of my photos that are added to my PL layouts are taken with my Iphone.

So how do I go from an ordinary Iphoto to a printable image with great color and quality? I resort back to my handy dandy Photoshop. Now if you don't have Photoshop I have linked several online photo editing software sites.




SIDE NOTE: Try to upload your images via a direct connection, ie. USB cord, or memory card. If you email them the resolution goes way down.  

Here is a video tutorial on how to edit your photos for your PL layouts. Enjoy!



I hope this video was helpful! It's a super easy way to better the quality of your photos and your layouts. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 

If you have any tips or tricks to share with us please comment! 

Happy scrappin' and GOOD LUCK!

Oct 21, 2013

PL PART 2: A DIGITAL START with OVER 30 TEMPLATES

Happy Monday you'll! WELCOME! I hope you had a blessed weekend and are ready for the week. Let's clear our minds and hearts and be accepting and loving of all that comes our way! And remember one of my favorite quotes from the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, "...act the way you want to feel..". If you want to be happy and productive act happy and productive. Easy, right? Sure it is. And remember I'm always here if you need support or love.

Okay, moving on to the topic! A DIGITAL START TO PL!

If you have never even heard of Photoshop don't worry. Hopefully with these tips and links you'll be a PS hero in no time at all. PS is a photo editing/creating software from Adobe. It's been around for a long time and really comes in use for digital art. If you don't have a version of PS you can download a free 30 day trail of the latest PS here. Now I'm not going to sit here and try to explain every little thing about PS, as we would be here a month of Sundays {and I only know enough to get by ;)}, but I do want to share a few links and tips that I have found invaluable.

OPEN A  12 x 12 LAYOUT

PSE 10 {Photoshop Elements 10, what I use) as well as most PS programs have a preset for scrapbooking layouts. Yay! With these sizes:
  • 6 x 6
  • 8 x 8 
  • 12 x 12


By selecting this it will automatically open a new project at the selected size in the correct resolution for printing. EASY enough!

GIVE ME SOME PSD TEMPLATES, BABY!
  
When starting a digital PL or even a regular ol' scrapbook layout a good place to start is with a template. Now if you are PS savvy you can create your own. Or there are several sites that offer them for a fee, like the official DIGITAL PROJECT LIFE site by Becky Higgins,  and some sites and blogs that offer them for free.I have included my first one here



Now granted it's my very first PL template but so far it's worked pretty well. And it's hardly anything compared to these free sets by some gracious bloggers...

{1/2/3/4}
These ladies are so awesome to share their creations and layouts! I'm so excited to try them out and to read their amazing blogs! SO MUCH INSPIRATION! 

And if you don't know much about using templates, layers, and/or clipping here are a couple links that I found helpful. Click the images to be directed.






So hopefully with these templates and links you'll be able to learn and create all the PL layouts you want to. I'm not going to pretend I'm some great digital scrapper but I did want to share those few things. I hope you can use them well. And don't forget to check out the blogs behind the free template links. These girls work endlessly to help those of us that need some inspiration and guidance. 

Know of some great sites, links, freebies, or tutorials? If so please share in the comments. If you're are a blogger or designer and you would like to contribute something for all of us to use please email me here.I would love to showcase your talent and ideas.

That's it for now. Remember have a great day! BE HAPPY! BE PRODUCTIVE! 

LOTS OF LOVE AND BLESSINGS TOO YOU! 



~S



Oct 19, 2013

A PROJECT LIFE STARTING POINT: PART ONE


Happy Weekend loves! I can't express how grateful I am that you have stopped by HOH today. I am super excited for the weekend as it holds some fun plans. My dear hubby is turning 30 today! Yep that's right the big three OH! Wow I can't believe we are getting older so fast. At least it seems that way. Of course I am still 28 years young baby! And you better believe this twenty something gal will not let her already thirty something husband forget just how old he is. I know I'm a meany.

I debated on throwing Cole a surprise party but he really hates social gatherings so we opted for a nice quite date night. Those are few and far between these days. With three little ones and work it's hardly never that we get a night out. So I booked one the finest sitters in all the land a.k.a Nana to watch the tots so the hubs and I can hit the town. Now we aren't big party people so we don't do bars or even drink for that matter but we do know how to enjoy a good steak and some window shopping. Well at least that's what we have planned. There is even talk of trying to hit up a haunted house. We met during October, actually it was 5 years ago yesterday! {I seriously just figured that out. Where is my brain? That's okay at least I remembered before him. Now to act like I have known this whole time.} And for his birthday, which was technically our second date, we went to Scarowinds***. That's Carowinds ( an amusement park) during the late hours of Oct-Nov. They turn the whole amusement park into haunted grounds. It's pretty fun if you like rides and don't mind weirdos dressed in fake blood popping out at every corner. So maybe we will try to recreate something similar this weekend. :) 

***FUNNY ANECDOTAL ABOUT YOUR'S TRULY***WOMEN ONLY*** PARENTAL SUPERVISION ADVISED: The Scarowinds trip was our second date. Literally the day after our first date. I'm not much for scary things ie, haunted trails, scary movies, and even the dark. I have a photographic memory, well I think I do ;), so those images get engraved into my mind and pop back out when i'm either asleep or home alone. But anywho...there we were two new found lovers carrying on through haunted houses and such. Note when you have a weak post baby bladder don't drink a whole bunch of anything and get the b'jesus scared out of you. Needless to say I screamed and my post pregnancy bladder went tinkle tinkle. Yep! Probably should have just kept quite about it but I just blurted out, "Dear Jesus, I think I peed myself." It was more a joke than anything. But I don't think he will ever let me live it down that I peed my panties on our second date. If hash tags had been around back then well... #ineednewdrawers  #seconddatesaturate. Don't you guys just love these random fun and oh so awkward fun facts about me? :)

Speaking of October and traditions brings me to my topic for today. My renewed love of scrap booking. I have been a scrapper for over a decade but in the past couple of  years fell out of love with traditional scrapbooking. I just never had time for it and found myself spending endless amounts of money on papers, stickers, embellishments and print cost. Before giving up I did create a digital album from Mixbook. Lilliana's baby book! I loved it! The whole world of digital scrapping was intriguing but at the time, 3 years ago, bleak. So needless to say it didn't hold my interest. If you don't know by now I like a lot of different crafts. I recently joined a Project Life group on Facebook and quickly fell in love with it. And of course the idea of being able to digitally create my layouts was even better.

As a free lance graphic artist, self-taught, I love dabbling into all forms of graphic art. So creating my own templates, journal cards, and playing around with photos really has my heart skipping beats {literally, my heart has been skipping but more on that another time}. This week I researched a lot on PL {Project Life} and the way it works. And really it's just an art form. A way to incorporate photos with journal entries and create colorful layouts filled with awesomeness. At least that's how I explain it.

Here are the questions I asked and some answers I learned.

What is PROJECT LIFE {PL}?

Just click here. 

Is PL for me and where do I start? 

If you love photography, journaling, scrapbooking, or graphic design than PL would be great for you! It just so happens that I love it all. I love taking photos of everything, my children, pretty things, and my-self (yep, I do those aerial shots of the oh so awesome kiss face more often than I should}. I enjoy scrapbooking both traditionally and digitally. And we all know I lurve me some graphic designing. The only thing I haven't really ever done is journal. But with PL it's easy. You more or less just write what happened that week, or day. Pretty easy, right?

Digital,Traditional, or Hybird?

Deciding whether you want to go digital or traditional is certainly a personal choice. In short, for me,  traditional includes purchasing inserts and PL kits like these from here. Certainly you can create your own cards and things as well but as far as embellishments and thickers {thick stickers} are concerned you would purchase those in physical packs.  Digital PL is done by using a program like Photoshop. You can use templates and create your own cards, papers, and thickers digickers {digi stickers). And just because you have never used Photoshop doesn't mean that you wouldn't be able to do digital. There are programs like Mixbook and Shutterfly that offer easy peasy solutions.And last but not least there is always the choice to do hybrid. And that my friends is where the two worlds meet. Print digital layouts and add traditional elements and mementos. A lot of people choose this. I more than likely will end up with a hybird book!

If your're looking for more inspiration on DIGITAL PL click here. Cathy has already helped me so much. And of course Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, has her official Digital Project Life site here.

Can I start now?

Yes, I did ask this question. And YES is the answer. I had doubts about starting now with 2013 almost over but I just couldn't wait. All the Project Lifers I spoke with said it's up to you. If you want to start now, then start. It's your project, it's your life. Do what makes you happy! 

So that's just what I did! I started up about 3 weeks ago. I have one week accomplished. A tip that worked for me is to start with a week that has a theme. Halloween, birthday, etc and go from there. It's easier to be inspired for a more prominent event than just starting with the everyday stuff. Now that I have my hands dirty I feel pretty comfortable with how everything works.

HELPFUL RESOURCES TO GET STARTED:




Coming up in this NEW series... {just a few things I have learned this week}

Part Two: Brief lesson on Photoshop for PL..and a FREE TEMPLATE

Part Three: Editing Photos...especially iphotos.

Part Four: Creating Journal Cards, My First 2 Page Layout, and a FREE SET OF JOURNAL CARDS!

AND TONS MORE COMING AS I SHARE MY JOURNEY INTO PROJECT LIFE! 

How about you? Are you a long-term PLifer? Just getting started? Digital or Traditional?




Oct 14, 2013

DIY PLANNER DIVIDERS A SILHOUETTE CHALLENGE

Happy Monday lovely readers and visitors! I can't wait to show you all the wonderful Silhouette projects this month so let's get started.

As you guys may know in hopes to create my one of kind custom planner I have taken it on myself to DIY as much as possible, including the cover which I have left like this for the time being.


I also "gold dipped" my pens...


And created some personal planner stickers and diyed some Halloween sticky notes...



Needless to say I am a little addicted to my planner right down to the smallest details and accessories like pens, paper, and printables. I love creating my own layouts and designs to use in my planner. After all my planner needs to work for me. It needs to be 100% functional as well as pretty.

This weekend in light of our monthly Silhouette Challenge I wanted to create some bright and bold tabbed dividers. I played around with this concept for awhile until I found something I liked and something that was functional.

First I designed some colorful tabs in Photoshop Elements 10.


I labeled the tabs according to my needs and my life. Categories like weekly schedule, budget, blog plans, and fitness tracker are perfect for my busy life as a SAHM, blogger and moma tryin' to shed the baby weight. I even added in tabs to create sections for my Etsy shop. I am super excited about having everything in one planner.

I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut my tabs which I printed on label paper { you can use sticker paper as well}. Once you create an image in Photoshop and save it as a png file you can open it in the Sihouette Studio. It will look a little like this.


First thing I did was add register marks {since I planned on printing}. I postitioned the tabs within the registered marks, traced the image and selected "trace the outside" only, this will trace only the silhouette of the images. I printed, inserted it into the machine, detected register marks, and cut!. Ta da. Instant tabs that are bright, colorful and sticky.

Psss...I used a 1 on my blade to create a kiss cut! This is a great technique to create stickers that will peel right off the backing.


I really like all the colors....they're so me!!!

I decided to use some of these on my hanging files to organize my paper work. However the majority are going in my planner as tabs. Here is the direction I am heading. I like the look of tabs across teh bottom and top. I know it's a lot but I have a lot to plan. Family, kids, errands, meals, blog post, etsy ideas, school stuff...etc. It's defiantly overwhelming and to think I was doing it without a planner up until two weeks ago.




Once I printed and cut my labels for the tabs I created my dividers. Just some bright and colorful dividers. I placed them in a piece of laminate and made enough room for my tabs at the end. Once it was laminated I simply trimmed the excess. I hole punched it a little higher than normal so the tabs would stick out from the top.

And there you have it easy peasy tabs with colorful dividers! I have several more to finish up but I ran out of ink tonight.


Their pretty and they help to keep everything in it's place. This would be an easy project to create even if you don't own a Silhouette. You could easily cut them by hand. I just like to make stickers! And doing the "kiss cut" with my Portrait delivers the perfect kiss every time.

Now it's time to see what my friends from the Silhouette Challenge group have been busy slicing and dicing all month. Let's check out their projects here:

Birthday Invitations Homer Simpson Style by Black & White Obsession
3D Haunted Forest by Chicken Scratch NY
Pumpkins and Peacocks Fall Mantel by joy & gladness of heart
DIY Cheers Garland by Rain on a Tin Roof
Wedding Gift Wrapping by It Happens in a Blink
Glitter Monogrammed Pumpkin by unOriginal Mom
Halloween Family Rules by Tried & True
Faux Stitched Speech Bubbles by Get Silvered Craft
A Mario Bros. Backsplash by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
Halloween Spooky Eye Luminaries by A Tossed Salad Life
Halloween Party Treat Bags by The Thinking Closet
"Create" Wooden Pallet by Lil' Mrs. Tori
Decorated Pumpkins by Tanya's Creative Space
Cute Wedding Card by Zanaree
Learn to Tie Your Shoes by From Wine to Whine
Halloween Banner by Sowdering About

Wow so much craftiness in one place! Comment and let me know your favorites and I'll highlight some next week as well! I'm going to rework my Silhouette Challenge gallery and showcase my favorites from the past! More on that soon! If your interested in joining us for our group posting event next month?  We'd love to have you.  Simply fill out the new member request form, and Lauren from The Thinking Closet will get you squared away!

{psss...my canon is still in the shop..so sorry for the bad iphotos} :)

~HAPPY CRAFTING AND CUTTING! 

Oct 10, 2013

QUICK PRINT: PARTY PLANNING CHECKLIST

Over the weekend my oldest daughter turned four. I still can't believe that she is four already! Makes me sad that time goes by so quickly. We hosted a small family gathering at our home on Saturday. Just a little social gathering around the fire pit roasting hot dogs and making s'mores. It was a nice change compared to our my usual parties.

But even the smallest parties and soirees require planning. There's what food to buy, guest list, decorations to create, and last minute projects that come up. In order to keep track of the get together I created my own PARTY PLANNING CHECKLIST!

It worked out great!

I just jotted down my list of things to do in three different sections; weeks before, day before, and day of. This allowed me to see what I needed to do ahead of time and made for better planning which made for a smoother party.

 
{CLICK HERE to get your FREE COPY OF THIS PARTY PLANNING CHECKLIST}

Of course the planner in me added more things to the list and jotted down every little thing to remember. I SAY FREE YOUR MIND!



{ Again I apologize for the awful pictures. My Canon is being repaired and can not wait to get it back.}

Are you planning a party? Looking forward to planning? What is your greatest dilemma when it comes to party planning?

Good Luck and Happy Planning!

Oct 8, 2013

LABELS TO LOVE AND COUPON CODE

Well my camera is broke! As you could probably tell from the horrible photos in my last post. I felt horrible about posting those pictures, which were taken with my Iphone. Ugh. Well I hope to have my camera back soon as I have lot of good post ready to get... well...posted. But in the meantime I have found some cool tid bits of goodies to share with you guys.

First, I came across these darling little labels. For the little ones of course. But hey their so stinkin' adorable you could put them anywhere.

Check 'em out!




Aren't they just too cute! My littles would love these!

And for the next little bit  enjoy this coupon code!



ENJOY YOUR NEW LABELS! 

Oct 4, 2013

DIY STICKY NOTES w/ FREE PRINTABLE



Happy Friday everyone! I hope you guys are as ready for the weekend as I am! I have a fun filled weekend plan. My big girl turns four this weekend so we are throwing a shin-dig here at the house. A little Fall fun. A fire, s'mores, and wienie roast! I'm hoping for a little cool weather so I can bring out the sweaters and leggings.

So this week we talked a bit about dressing up our planners with personal stickers and colorful pens. I wanted to share another tutorial on how to DIY YOUR OWN STICKY NOTES. Now if you're not a planning addict no worries you can still use this to create some awesome sticky notes for your calendar or bulletin board. Or anycase to just have some cute stationery lying around when needed.

First things first is I created a new project in Photoshop. 9" x6"'', 300 ppi, RGB Color Mode. This will allow you to have two columns and three rows when making six 3'' x 3'' sticky notes. Draw a straight line at intervals of  3'' down and across. These will be your cut lines. Next you can add clip art, text, backgrounds, etc. CREATE YOUR OWN MAGIC! You can make them all the same or each one different. BE CREATIVE and HAVE FUN!

Should look a little something like this...just play around with it until you love it!


I like to transfer my projects to a 8.5'' x 11'' project board that way I know what it will look like on printed paper. You can transfer it by selecting all, hold shift+ctrl+c, this will select all and copy the entire board. Paste it onto your new paper size board. Add additional text or fun stuff if you want too!

Like this....


Next, just print them out! I recommend using a good resolution so the colors pop!

{sorry about the blurry image...it was sunrise and the lighting was horrific...but in any light you get my point, right?}
I just cut and trim the notes to size.


Now there maybe a better tutorial out there that shows you how to make a sticky note pad. But here is how I do mine. I simple keep the loose notes in a little pile on my desk and when I want to use one I grab my glue tape and stick-i-fi the top of the back. Works just like a traditional sticky note! And holds a lot better. You can still reposition or remove it later if needed.

Like this...


And place it where I want it.


And ta da...personalized sticky notes! Easy Peasy!



Let me know if you make these and send me some pics of the ones you create at Instagram #thehouseonhillbrook. What do you like to use sticky notes for? Are you a sticky hoarder? Where do you like to sticky shop?

DON'T FORGET TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPY OF MY SPOOKY STICKIES HERE!

Let me know in the comments what you would like to see next!
  • DIY PLANNER PAGES
  • DIY WASHI TAPE
  • HOW I ORGANIZE MY PLANNER
 The one with the next votes will be my next tutorial! But don't you worry I plan on doing all of them soon!

~Good Luck and Happy Planning~ 

Oct 2, 2013

♥♥♥CLEAN EAT SWEET TREAT♥♥♥ no bake oatmeal cookies



» kid friendly » freezable » packable » no bake

Someone once asked me the following question:

Can you eat clean and still have sweets? 

First of all there are a lot of misconceptions about clean eating. I think the majority of the population believe that eating clean means tasteless cardboard and salads with no dressing. But I assure you it doesn't. As I have said before clean eating is just simply eating whole unprocessed food with no preservatives or artificial ingredients. And I have also said that you can take almost any recipe and clean it up. Well...let  me show you what I mean...

One of my go to recipes for a quick sweet treat is my grandma's delicious no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies. Their quick, easy, and ready in minutes. And my tribe loves them.

Here are the ingredients to my traditional recipe...the one I used for years:
  • 2cups of sugar
  • ¼ cup of cocoa
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 stick of butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2½-3 cups of quick oats
The recipe I found for the cleaned up version came from here. My sweet cousin from Texas sent me the link and a part of me wishes she didn't because I have made several batches. And while they are clean and yummy their still not exactly calorie friendly. A lot better than their dirty counterpart but still not this thick girl's best friend.

The clean version called for:
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil (you could also substitute butter)
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped nuts, raisins, or dried cranberries
  • 1 ¼ cups dark chocolate chips (or regular semi-sweet chocolate chips, if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
I don't add nuts or fruit. I also sub sweet-baking chocolate for the chocolate chips.That may not be 100% clean but like I've said before we are an 80/20 family. If you really wanted to make this recipe spotless you could use all pure/organic ingredients. If your interested in making this recipe click here for the directions.

Don't forget to download your FREE COPY of my 4x6 recipe cards here!

In all honesty I love the cleaned up version so much better. The cookies are so much yummier! In the past my dirty version was always hit or miss. Would they harden or not? With the clean recipe you pour the hot mix into a baking dish and cool it in the fridge and they firm up. I pour mine over wax paper that way I can lift it out and cut it into perfect little bars! So easy and so yummy!

I hope you'll give this recipe a try. It really is AMAZING! Even if you're a dirtier eater try 'em, once you go clean on this recipe you'll never go back...I promise! And although it might be hard try to save some for the kids! ;)

~Good luck and Happy Cooking~ 




Oct 1, 2013

GOLD DIPPED FLAIRS & GIVEAWAY

Hey you'll! I hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday afternoon. I wanted to pop in with a little SURPRISE and show you another tutorial that might just make the golddiggers swoon.

I mentioned in my last tutorial, DIY: PRINTABLE PLANNER STICKERS, that I'm obsessed with my planner and all the accessories that come with it. Pens, washi tape, sticky notes, pretty colorful pages. I am really obsessed with my favorite pens, Papermate Flairs. I love these colorful guys. Their felt tip marker/pens that will not bleed through the finest papers. Seriously I use them on 20lb and haven't had a problem yet! I purchased mine here.

While I was at Staples I also picked up another new Sharpie in metallic gold. Man I love these things! First of all Sharpies are just great but a gold Sharpie is a must have accessory. Seriousely I tote mine everywhere. And yes, I do realize that may be a little strange but you just never know when you will need to spin gold, baby! :)

It didn't take me long to realize that my Flairs needed a little well...flair. Gold flair that is. Don't we all just love gold flair? I think I might need an intervention. I have painted toys, furniture, and DIYed some word art, so needless to say I might need someone to takeaway my Krylon and Sharpies. Ahhh! Just the thought of that makes me cringe.

Anywho..my flairs got a little makeover. In less than 5 minutes I created a faux gold dipped effect by coloring the end tips with my metallic Sharpie.

Let's take a closer look...

Ahhh...my flairs.


I used a bit of washi to tape off the ends of my pens.


Then I just colored them with my metallic gold Shaprie.


I even did my metal clips on the pen lids..just to be matchy matchy! Is your mind blown yet? Well it's about to be when you see what's next.

Here are my gold dipped pens and can I even say dipped when they weren't? Yep I can...it's my blog, yo!



Adorbs, right? I think so! Nothing like a little dab of gold flair to make this colorful pens swoon worthy. A small DIY for some big impact.

Now comes the mind blowing part. I'M GIVING AWAY A 12 PACK OF PAPERMATE FLAIRS. Gold dipped or not your choice! Yep that's right. If your the lucky winner you can choose to have you flairs delivered to you in their prestine new package or you can have a little golden goodness done by yours truly. I'll even wrap them up in nice shiny bow!




a Rafflecopter giveaway

~Good luck and Happy Planning!~ 
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