Sunday, June 8, 2014

My (almost) Finished Paper Bag Smash Book

Yes, I did it.  I made my own Paper Bag Smash Book!

At a "get ready for Girls Camp" meeting with my cohort for the 3rd years a few weeks ago, we were busy trying to come up with ideas for . . . you guessed it,  "Girls Camp."  One of the ideas that my cohort brought to the table was Paper Bag Journals for the girls.  Paper Bag Journals?  Now not knowing anything about paper bag journals, that was my reaction.  Well it was more like "really?"  But outside I was all for it.  
Later at home I decided to find out what a paper bag journal was, so I headed for my all favorite "Pinterest."  I found all kinds of paper bag journals on there, but all the ones I liked didn't have any kind of tutorials, just pictures.  So I ended up googling "how to make a paper bag journal" and found this awesome Youtube video (well it's actually split into 3 videos) with step by step instructions on how to make your own Paper Bag Journal.  While watching the video I proceeded to make my own.  
I didn't have any double stick tape so I used a glue stick.  Well that just took forever and was a mess, so I ran (drove) to the store and got me some double stick tape at Joann's in the scrapbooking section.  And yes, I had my 40% off coupon.  I have now almost completed my very own Paper Bag Journal, which I have renamed "Smash Book" because I think that it sounds way more cool.  
One of the coolest features of the Paper Bag Smash Book (Journal) is all the pockets.  There's multiple pockets on every page, so the girls have places to put their mementos.  I do however need some more ideas on what to do in the pages, so it's not quite completed.  If you have any I'd love to hear them.  I was thinking a page for the hike and one for the devotionals.  That's two down.   
So here's my pictures of my completed "Smash Book" plus the link for those awesome Youtube tutorials.  Here is part 1 of the Paper Bag Journal Tutorial.

Front Cover
Our Camp theme for this year is C.O.M.E. 
Covenants, Obey, Minister and Endure
Inside front cover with a pull out card for the girls to write their testimony of the Savior on.
Another page with Scripture Insert
Back Cover with this years Young Women Theme
"Come Unto Christ"

Monday, April 28, 2014

Toilet Paper Holder

I was looking at toilet paper holders at the local store and they are pretty expensive.  An old friend of mine used to make her own using old coffee cans and material, so I thought I would make a go of it.  I don't drink coffee so of coarse I have no old coffee cans, but I do have lots of food storage and much of that comes in the same size cans.  (#10 size.)
So I found a few (3 is what you need) that were already open and emptied the contents into another container.  Wala!  Empty cans!  Next I cleaned them and took the bottom off of two of them with my can opener.  I saved one of the bottoms for making the lid of my toilet paper holder.  I like my pampered chef can opener because it doesn't leave sharp edges.  I then got out my duct tape and taped the cans together with the one that still has the bottom on the bottom.  I wrapped it clear around to make sure it was secure.  I then found the material I wanted to use and cut it just a bit bigger than my toilet paper holder.  Using my hot glue gun (you can also use spray adhesive or whatever else you prefer, but hot glue is what I had on hand) I glued my material to the cans.  I folded over the edge and glued that down making for a clean end.
I then glued the bottom material over on the bottom. 
 I tucked the top into the inside nice and neat gluing that down.
  I then made my lid by cutting out a circle a little larger than the top.  I glued that down on top then pulled it over to the other side gluing it down.  I then went to home depot and bought a cheep knob and attached it.  It came with two different size screws but they were both too long.  I found one I had on hand a little shorter, but still too long so I improvised using some discs I had left over from another project.  It turned out perfect.  
I then made a cute wall quilt to go with my toilet paper holder.

And that was it.  Easy Peasy, and very cheap!  Just how I like it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Resurrection

The last few weeks I have been pondering a lot about the Atonement and the Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for the Savior for all that he suffered in both Gethsemane and on the Cross for me.  I am so grateful for his miraculous Resurrection on the third day.  He lives!  Because of all he did, I know that I too will live again and that I can have eternal life by following his commandments.  I love him.  He is my Redeemer.

Here are a few printable's that I created just for you.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Young Women Values

Free Printable's

Here are some Value Printable's that are a little different than the first ones I made.  These are the ones we  are using in our New Beginnings Program this year.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope that all of you have a wonderful Valentine's Day today.  May you find joy, friendship and love all around.

This Subway cart can be found at a great blog called "Decorating through dental school."  Here is the link.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Story of a Quilt

I found this really cute Jelly Roll at Joann's and had to get it.  I had my coupon which helped with the purchasing desicion.  Taking home my treasure I set it down trying to think what to do with it.  So I went where I always go to be inspired (or as you may say, find a pattern).  The internet.  I found this awesome site called the Jolly Gabber that sells some beautiful fabric as well as having some great tutorials.  Doesn't the name Jolly Gabber sound catchy?  I love it!   Here is the site if you would like to check it out.  One of those tutorials just happens to be the Jelly Roll Jam.  Are you getting hungry?  I know I was licking my lips.  Well I printed up the pattern and watched the instructional video.  I then commenced to my sewing room and put together my own.

After finishing the project I took a look at the result.  It's too small.  I want it to be twin size to go on my youngest daughters bed.  The size you are looking for in a twin is at least 72" x 108".  Even adding my boarders it wasn't going to reach anywhere near those dimensions.  So off I went and got another Jelly Roll.  Still too small.  I need 2 more squares.  So today I am off to buy me yet another Jelly Roll.  I printed off my coupon for 40% off and I'm prepared.  I bought some other fabric for the boarder and can't wait till it's time to add it.  Here is the quilt with just one Jelly Roll.  I'm hoping to have the top done this weekend.  Wish me luck.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sunday skirts

I was able to go to paradise last week and browse through loads and loads of fabric.  The big bonus is that I got to buy loads of fabric because it was so cheap.  I love outlet stores!  One of the fabrics I bought I thought would make a cute skirt for Katie, my 11 year old.  So Saturday night I pulled it out of my stash.  I was excited to realize that it was not only enough to make Katie a skirt, but I could make myself one as well.  So that night I made myself one.  Then wishing I would have made hers as well I set my alarm for a little bit earlier Sunday morning so we could be twinsies at church.  The skirts I made literally took me about 20 minutes to make.  Just cut, sew a hem, sew top to fit elastic and pull elastic through.  Here is Katie and I right when we got home from church.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Scripture Cover Tutorial

I found this tutorial on Pinterest for a scripture cover and thought, "What a great idea."  So of course I had to make myself one.  

I found that after I made mine there were a few things that I didn't like.  I don't like how the stabilizer is out and you can see it from the sides.  I also wanted it to be a little smaller height wise and not hang over so much on the top and bottom.  So I made a few adjustments and this is what I came up with.

This project is so simple and fun.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask in the comment section and I will do my best to answer them.