Showing posts with label Silhouette. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Silhouette. Show all posts

Mar 10, 2014

For the Love of Paper: Cutting Embellishments

Hello and happy Monday beautiful people.  I hope and pray that this week is an awesome one for all of you guys.

I have a special treat for you'll's Silhouette challenge day. For those of you that don't know what that is by all means let me catch you up. Once a month a group of crafters that have silhouette cutting machines get together in hopes to challenge each other to try new things and learn more about our Silhouette Portraits and Cameos.

This year we're doing something a bit different. This year each month will have a theme.For the month of March our theme is paper. No matter what kinda project we do it has to involve cutting paper {cardstock,chipboard, etc}. Now as most of you know I love paper. I'm pretty sure I'm a paper junkie. Everything from planners ,scrapbooking, and other crafts I'm a snob when it comes to paper.  I hoard a ton and now that my scrapbooking hobby has become a hot topic over at THE POCKET SORUCE I have collected even more in very short time and I have more on the way. 

My pocket scrapbooking has fired up my paper passion so much that I'm always in search of new projects for paper and my Silhouette.When I was brainstorming on this months challenge I immediately knew I wanted yo try designing and cutting some paper embellishments for my pages and album. And my trending love for all things gold sparked an idea. What if I could create my own version of gold chipboard stickers?

By adding two Silhouette mediums together; printable gold foil and chipboard I could possibly create some thick chipboard accents for my pages.

First I gathered my materials, which included:
  • Silhouette machine
  • Chipboard or thick kraft card stock
  • Gold foil (I recommend Silhouettes printable adhesive foil) 
  • Silhouette Studio 
  • cut file
  • cutting mat
My designs we're simple. Hearts, geotags, arrows, and miniature cameras on one page. I created the png files in Photoshop and carried them over into SS. The arrows and days of the week are from a brush set by Miss Mint over at Peppermint Creative. Once I had the page fixed I traced my designs. I lowered the threshold and the high pass filter creating a thinner cut line.

Once I had my design and SS ready to go. I fixed up my material. I cut an 8x8 sheet of chipboard and 8x8 sheet of printable gold foil. The gold foil has an adhesive side so I carefully removed the backing and placed the gold foil onto the chipboard.

Entered it into my machine and began my cut. My machine suggested I use a cut setting of 5 but ultimately that did not work. I went all the way to a ten and still nothing. It only cut half way through the chipboard.

I tried several different ways and still nothing. With my blade still at ten I changed the settings to perform a double cut. And.....nope didn't work. :(

I eventually decided that the chipboard I was using {not the Silhouette brand} was just to thick for my blade. So I moved on to option B. Simple cardstock. Now I would suggest using kraft cardstock to give it a "chipboard" appeal but white was all I had with this project.

I repeated the process. Cut an 8x8 piece of cardstock, an 8x8 piece of foil and adhered them together. And cut! With the blade on seven I had a successful cut. Even though the cardstock isn't as thick as the chipboard It still gives the piece a bit of depth.

Now I have several new embellishments to add to my new pages. I even used them for this week's layout.

I really love how they turned out. Yes, it was a bit of a trail and error process but honestly it's always like that with my Silhouette. I'm no pro at all so I play with it until I get a finished product that I like and can use.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

  The Great Lamp Rescue Barnyard Animal Paper Garland & Party Details Sweet and Simple Easter Bunny Card Owl Theme Baby Shower Ombre Paint Chip Earrings & Free Cut File Spring is Blooming Drop It (Like It's Hot) Hexagon Tray Spruce Up Your RECIPE BOOK Gift Card Giving Free Cut Files Custom outlines for stamps Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Juice Boxes Wine Themed Bridal Shower Learn How To Make A Sewn Paper Garland! Moroccan Thank You Card 3D Flower Spring Wreath For the Love of Paper: Cutting Embellishments Create Your Own St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers Swimming Word Art St. Patrick's Day Lime White Chocolate Chips Cupcakes + Freebie You're invited to a dog party! I'm so Lucky! Spring Wreath with SIlhouette Cut Flowers Tiny Princesses Paper Dolls Colorful Quote with your Silhouette Get Well Bouquet with Persimmon Roses Greeting Card Holder Baby Shower Invitations How-To Create a Custom Pillowbox on Your Silhouette Machine + Free Cut File! Quality Time Jar Matchbox Cover with {FREE CUT FILE} DIY Baby Girl Shower Invitation Candy Alphabet Travel Game Paper Garland Pretty Paper Roses DIY Geometric Heart Journal Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party Wedding Shower Gift Heart Map Decoupaged Letters (A scanner + A Silhouette = Spectacular results!) Easter Pop-up Box Card with Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! Better World Greeting Cards Star Wars Silhouette Canvas Monogrammed Gifts Make Printable Gift Wrap with your Silhouette Software Free Printable: Blank Banner with free Silhouette Cut File
1. McCall Manor // 2. The Turquoise Home // 3. Creative Savings // 4. Sandpaper and Glue // 5. The Thinking Closet // 6. Sowdering About in Seattle // 7. Persia Lou // 8. From Wine to Whine // 9. Dream a Little Bigger // 10. Please Excuse My Craftermath... // 11. Play. Party. Pin. // 12. Everyday Paper // 13. Practically Functional // 14. A Tossed Salad Life // 15. My Favorite Finds // 16. THAT'S ME!! // 17. Adventures in All Things Food // 18. A Glimpse Into Barb's Life // 19. TitiCrafty // 20. The Experimental Home // 21. feto soap blog // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. The Stamp Doc // 24. Ginger Snap Crafts // 25. Simply Kelly Designs // 26. Whats Next Ma // 27. unOriginal Mom // 28. Bringing Creativity 2 Life // 29. Cutesy Crafts // 30. My Paper Craze // 31. Create & Babble // 32. Grey Luster Girl // 33. The Sensory Emporium // 34. Lil' Mrs. Tori // 35. Black and White Obsession // 36. Mama Sonshine // 37. Weekend Craft // 38. Creative Carnival // 39. Peace, Love and Joyce // 40. Tried & True // 41. The Frill of Life // 42. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 43. Get Silvered // 44. Minted Strawberry

Jan 13, 2014

Organize It: Bathroom Closet

Happy Monday loves! Let's get this year started off on the right foot. Last week I shared with you all my hopes for a better 2014 and I'm making strides to keep my targets on track. One of the ways I am doing that is by starting small. Last year I focused a lot of energy on bigger projects like painting and remodeling that I often forgot the smaller areas of our home like the closets, cabinets and drawers. This year in preparation for a move that is coming soon I am bound and determined to get every square inch organized and functioning before tackling any major projects. In fact there are only a few "big" projects on our list before we move. After all we hope to keep the dollars in our pockets and out of the house we are leaving behind. So, I sat down a few weeks ago with a master list and jotted down every single project both big and small that needs to be done before we pack up and move out.

Since we aren't exactly sure when the move will be, I have to be prepared. That means a lot of organizing, purging, and down-sizing has to happen. And even if your not planning a big move spending the first part of the year creating a more happier and clutter free home will ensure a happy family all year long.

My personal plan is to start with smaller projects that only take a few minutes to an hour and knock those out quick. And since I'm a spur of the moment type gal I don't really ever plan my projects out, I usually find myself digging or looking for something and end up organizing or sifting through drawers and closets. Or in most cases when something gets out of hand and ends up spilling over the rim, like our bathroom closet, I usually find myself laying restless in bed thinking about cleaning and sorting. Yes, I am aware that may not be normal but hey I really love that I do that.


Friday I opened up the family's bathroom closet, which is mostly used to house our cleaning products and linens, and found this...

I immediately slammed the door and ran off to my happy place, which means I skedaddle into the pages of the January/February edition of HGTV magazine, and soon forgot the chaos happening behind door number one. But after a restless night of tossing and turning I started bright and early the next morning.


I ripped everything out of the closet. Yep...everything!

Yikes, what a mess! Random sets of sheets, cleaning product, and pet supplies came out. As you can tell by the bins and baskets I had once attempted to organize this space but failed horribly.

The closet is pretty much an empty hole in the wall. It has no shelves. I knew I needed some sort of shelving system. But in keeping with my other goals I shopped my house instead of heading out to the store. I recently purchased a new bookcase for my office but have yet to put it together. So I snatched the metal Ikea shelf, which the bookshelf will replace, and threw into the closet. You may remember this shelf from my craft closet clean out last year but since reclaiming my studio I don't have the need for the craft closet.


Once I had the shelf in place it was time to load everything back in. Well not everything. I organized the linens into the larger baskets on the very top shelf. I purged a great deal of missing sheet sets and baby blankets I no longer needed. Cleaners got a shelf of their own and the first aid box got cleaned out and put back in. I don't store medications in this box just swabs and alcohol type stuff.


Now that I had everything back in the closet in baskets and bins it was time to create some labels. The labels on the larger green baskets were made by simply designing them in Photoshop, printing, cutting, and laminating. Easy peasy, huh? But I wanted to try a different approach on labeling. I have always loved the look of chalkboard labels but every time I try to use them my handwriting ends up looking ratchet. For those of you who were blessed with beautiful handwriting I envy you. But writing with chalk or even chalk pens leave my chalkboard labels looking illegible. But I do love the look of them.

Enter my love of vinyl labels. With the help of my Silhouette Portrait once again I cut some vinyl labels for some mini chalkboards. I used pink to add some more color. The font I used was Sacramento. I made cut two labels, transferred them with contact paper, and voila, faux handwritten chalkboard labels. I'm giddy about them. I may have had the entire family jolt into the bathroom to gander at their marvelous beauty. I know it's the small things that amuse me. And if I ever need to change them I can just cut some new vinyl. And my Silhouette Portrait was used to cut the red cross for the first aid box as well. That was just too easy!


Of course once I finish organizing a space I have a tendency to keep making reasons to gawk at it. As I was jumping into the shower I just popped open the door...yep, for no reason other than to stare at the beautiful order of the closet. It's so awesome what you can accomplish in such a short time. Now when I go to move I can pretty much just grab the baskets and go.


Last year I joined a group called The Silhouette Challenge on Facebook. It's a group of crafting, scrapping, and several bloggers that work together to master the art of Silhouette using. It's been a Godsend this past year for all sorts of Silhouette issues good and bad. Last year, a group of bloggers from the group got together for a 12 projects in 12 months challenge. Each month we showcased one project on the blog and linked to each others as well. You can check out some of my past projects here...Canvas Date Art, Makeup Organizer, Gold Foil Art, Personal Birthday Gift.

Since starting the Facebook group, The Silhouette Challenge has grown tremendously. We now have over 30 bloggers participating and each month it grows. This year we are doing something a bit different. Each month a topic will be chosen and with that topic we will have to create something unique. I am really excited about it because it gives me the opportunity to try different things.

This month, for January, our topic was organization. Of course that's one of my strong points. And the first thing that comes to mind when I cross my Portrait and organization is labels of course. Faux handwritten chalkboard labels!

Now like I said we have over 30 blogs partaking in this month's challenge so I hope you are prepared for some more swoon worthy organizing goodness.

  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids' Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It's Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What's Next Ma
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue's Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. "What's For Dinner?" Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar  & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Create
  35. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About
These projects are so A-mazing! Happy clicking and pinning of course!

Are you taking this month to get organized? What's your latest project? What's next? Have a Silhouette project to share?

Dec 9, 2013

DIY: Lettered Christmas Pillows

Hello happy readers! Happy Monday to you all! I'm so excited to share a new Silhouette project with you today. In fact I have a ton of goodies to share including an awesome giveaway that will help one lucky winner purchase their very own Silhouette. That's right so stay tuned to the end and I'll dish the dirt on how to enter The Silhouette Challenge giveaway.

First things first let's talk Christmas! If your counting its 15 days and a wake up. This gal is enjoying every bit of it. What's not to enjoy when you have colors of red and green, the gleam of tinsel, the sound of holiday cheer, and the smell of hot chocolate? I love all the things that make up Christmas. I think I could live in the North Pole and be perfectly content. One ticket for the Polar Express, please! One of my favorite parts of the holiday is decorating the house. It has always been our family's tradition to decorate the tree on December first and this year was no exception. We spent Sunday evening decorating the tree, the house, and the couch. Yes the couch.

This year I decided to put my Silhouette to work by making some appliqued pillows for Christmas. I had in my mind to start with some sort of flannel and add some snowmen or reindeer appliques to them but while I was out gathering supplies I came up an even better idea {if you ask me} and even turned out to be one of the cheapest crafts I have ever done.

  • Fleece throw { the cheaper the better, I found mine at Wal-mart for $2.88}
  • Heat Bond fusible iron on paper { $2.97, I used half}
  • Silhouette machine
  • Christmas words designed in Silhouette Studio
  • Iron
  • Very Sharp Scissors


While I was at searching for some flannel fabric { slim pickens in the fabric department, try the sheets} I came across this guy...

A fleece throw for $2.88. I love throws, I have several I keep close by me at all times, but this one wasn't for cozy time. For a little less than three bucks I had enough fabric for two 20'' pillow covers.

I laid out the throw and cut four 22" inch squares. If you have never cut fleece before {like me} you'll need two things SHARP SCISSORS and patience. It's not like linen or cotton it rolls up after you cut it and trust me you can only hope for a straight cut. I fixed it in my sewing and trimmed up the seams but cutting ol' red was not the highlight of the night. Plus I realized out of the ten pairs of scissors I own not one of them are sharp.

Once I had my four squares {2 squares per pillow} I ironed them out and sewed three sides on the inside. I flipped it right side out and inserted my pillows {just to make sure they looked ok}. To my surprise they looked pretty darn good! ;)

So up to this point it is pretty much basic pillow it? Awesome...moving on!


Now for the Silhouette and appliqueing fun!

I decided to skip the typical snowman or Santa applique and do something a bit more modern. I love the look of text on a pillow so I played around with a few designs and finally settled on "Ho, Ho, Ho" and "Joy". I used the default font in Silhouette Studio and stretched it to fit.


I purchased Heat and Bond iron on interfacing and scoured my fabric bin for some remenants of white cotton.

I cut two pieces of interfacing and fabric about the size of normal printing paper. Fusible interfacing is really easy to work with. Especially the kind you iron on. Basically it's like paper with glue on one side. You layer the fabric and interfacing together {wrong side of fabric facing the sticky side of the the interfacing}.

IRON! Iron over the paper backing! The paper will adhere to the fabric.

DO NOT PEEL THE BACKING! Leave the backing on the entire piece of fabric. Now you should have a 8.5'' x 11'' piece of fabric with interfacing on it. 


Next, you will take the paper sized piece of fabric and place it on your cutting mat. I used my fabric blade on a 3 and cut fabric side up. I had a few problems with my cut because my cutting mat is less than sticky I had to tape my medium to the the sides of the mat which in all honesty didn't help much. So needless to say there were a few kinks here and there and a couple of places where the blade didn't cut all the way through. I really think if you have a sticky mat and a sharp blade you'll be fine on this project. I am defiantly going to pick up a new mat soon! Maybe 2 just in case.  Once I had my words cut out I went back the the ironing board and started placing them. Peel the backing off each letter. Placing the letters is trail by error and however you want to do it is fine. I centered my second "HO" and then added the first and third around it.

Once you have the letters positioned where you want them. Iron over them until the letters melt into the fabric. Be careful not to burn or move the letters while ironing.

STEP 5: Cover Your Pillow

After you iron on your words you can immediately use your pillow cover! Now, you can sew the last side of the pillow but for this case I just decided to leave it open a bit and tuck it under the pillow, since these covers aren't permanent and I can easily remove them in few weeks after Christmas.


This project took me about an hour from sew to finish and it was fairly easy. And it totaled less than $5.00 for two pillows. You can't beat that with a candy cane, right? And this is just one of the million billion things you can do with a Silhouette. If you want to see more Silhouette goodness check out these links from all of my friends from the Silhouette Challenge Facebook group.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

  1. 2013 Snowman Christmas Card by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  2. Christmas Hoop Art by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  3. Silhouette Nativity Advent Candle Box by One Tough Mother
  4. Christmas Party Photo Booth Props by unOriginal Mom
  5. Another Stenciled Tea Towel by Cutesy Crafts
  6. Silhouette Gift Tags by Rain on a Tin Roof
  7. Snowflake Pin / Ornament by Coley's Corner
  8. State Sign Couple Gift by It Happens in a Blink
  9. Mason Jar Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  10. Merry Christmas Wall Decor by One Artsy Mama
  11. Deer Head Holiday Banner...featuring Santa's Reindeer by The Thinking Closet
  12. Restore your UGGS (with PAINT) by From Wine to Whine
  13. Monogrammed Snowflake Ornaments by Architecture of a Mom
  14. Christmas Countdown Sign by The Girl Creative
  15. Elf Chalk Sign: "The Best Way to Spread Christmas" by Weekend Craft
  16. Glittery Christmas Subway Art by The Turquoise Home
  17. Sketch Pen Labels by Sowdering About in Seattle
  18. Snowflake NOEL Sign by My Favorite Finds
  19. DIY Holiday Hostess Gift by Everyday Paper
  20. Folding Nativity Backdrop by Chicken Scratch NY
  21. Recycled Glass Jar Advent Calendar by Nearly Handmade
  22. Reindeer Card: Double-Sided Print & Cut by GetSilvered
  23. Personalized Block Ornament by Suburble
  24. Paper Medallion Christmas Tree by Create & Babble
  25. Mini Mid-Century Homes by Tried & True
  26. Glitter and Vinyl Minecraft Christmas Ornament by A Tossed Salad Life
  27. DIY Countdown to Christmas Refrigerator Style by My Paper Craze
  28. Reversible Recipe Holder/Block Frame by The Sensory Emporium
  29. DIY: Lettered Christmas Pillows by The House on Hillbrook
  30. Simply Charming Christmas Ornaments by Life After Laundry
  31. No Glitter was Worn by GiveMeAPaintbrush
  32. Make Easy Ornaments from Paper Circles by Bringing Creativity to Life
  33. Cutting Machine Embroidery Applique by Terri Johnson Creates
  34. "Believe" Christmas Banner by Daily Dwelling
  35. DIY Christmas Nativity Card by Pitter and Glink

Do you have a Silhouette machine?

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    Now you could spend it on stocking stuffers but wouldn't you rather pick up your very own Silhouette. I mean come on, a little self love during the holidays is good, right? And think of all the handmade gifts you could craft. Yep, that's right it's for homemade Christmas gifts. Wink wink! And believe me once you get started you won't stop so you'll have something to have fun with come the new year and all year long!

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    Oct 14, 2013


    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!

    { canon is still in the sorry for the bad iphotos} :)


    Sep 24, 2013

    CLEAN EATING: Recipe Collection

    A couple of weeks ago I shared my new found love for clean eating and how I planned our first month's meals. Cleaning eating in layman's term means to eat clean, whole foods. It's almost been a month since our lifestyle change and I just have to tell you how amazing we feel. We all feel AWESOME! Better than we have in years. Maybe even ever! It's amazing how putting junk and sugars into your body can make you feel. I will never go back to the way I was eating. EVER!

    Prior to making our lifestyle change we were living so poorly. On a personal note I was dragging through the days, sleeping as much as I could in the mornings and staying up late. I didn't feel good unless I had a Diet Coke in my hand and something sugary to snack on. We ate boxed dinners, ate drive thru, and consumed a dozen sodas a week. I am really embarrassed to say that but it's the truth and we all know the truth hurts.

    When I first mentioned "clean eating" to my hubby he was a little apprehensive to the idea. "What you mean give up sodas?". "What will we eat, cardboard and lettuce?" Honestly I didn't know what we would eat. I'm not the world's greatest cook and often relied on frozen dinners and boxed items to prepare meals. Throw the kids some poptarts, warm up some pizza rolls, and throw in a lasagna was my way of cooking. But since turning clean I haven't even bought the stuff. I have made everything from scratch. And better yet I have tried to use all natural and when I can get it organic ingredients.

    But when you make a lifestyle change you have to prepare for a learning curve and all though clean eating seems and should be simple, it defiantly called for some hard core research and learning. In order to understand whether something is considered clean you have to be able to understand the ingredients, processing and storage of the item.There is no way I could sit here and tell you what's clean and not clean as I am still learning for myself. But I don't think it's rocket science. And don't get me wrong our family is not 100% clean. We're more 80 20. We are still finding out what works for us.

    Learning new recipes has been one of my favorite things, other than the obvious health reasons. There are so many clean and healthy recipes out there that aren't cardboard and lettuce. There are full meals with real meat, veggies and grains and most that I have found take less than 30 minutes to prepare. I have found recipes for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and even desserts. Yes brownies, cookies, and pies can all be clean. In reality almost any meal you can think of can be cleaned up.

    I have gathered so many new recipes lately that I found my self with printouts, scrap paper, magazine clippings, and even several pinned on my new clean eating Pinterest board. I was swarmed by recipes. So what did I do? I created my first ever recipe collection! I have never collected recipes. I own a handful of cookbooks but honestly never read them. So how do you go from a less than half time cook to a mom that makes three meals a day for five people? One recipe at a time!

    I designed a 4 x 6 recipe card for my clean eating cookbook. Any time I find a recipe I just grab one from the already printed and cut pack or if it's online I pull the pdf up in Adobe and cut and paste the recipe in and print. It works either way.


    Once I had some recipe cards filed out. About two dozen within the first two weeks of going clean, I found a photo album for cheap and organized my cards. I thought really hard what I wanted the sections of my new recipe book to read. I ultimately choose catergories that were reflective of our cooking habits and meals. I included both the editable pdf and the list I used as free downloads.

    breakfast, oatmeal, omelets, lunches, school, snacks, baked, no bake, slow cook, smoothies, bread, veggies, fruits, entrees, meatless, treats



      After printing out my tabs I cut and laminated them. I used tape to adhere them to the pages of my photo album. I estimated the number of pages between each category. Some categories received than others. For example, I knew I wanted a space for smoothies but that section is a lot smaller than the entree pages.

      The photo album that I chose was from the dollar store and with a limited selection wasn't really my taste. So I improvised and covered it with some contact paper and decorated it with some vinyl I cut with my Silhouette Portrait.


      AND AFTER...

      I think this will keep my growing recipe collection under control for now. I don't think it will be long until the pages are all filled so I might need to think on a larger scale. And of course I love how bright and bold it is. It inspires me every time I look at.

      My cards fit perfectly inside the album sleeves. I can slide them in and out when I need to. I can't wait to fill this book with some more cheap clean eats.

      So let's have it! How do you store your recipe collection? Have you gone clean? Send in those awesome clean recipes and I'll pick my favorites! Um Yum!

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