Friday, November 29, 2013
While thinking about what kind of advent I wanted to do this year, I couldn't find anything that fit what I wanted to do. I wanted something fun, interactive, and something that could help bring in the Spirit of the holiday. I decided to do a Christmas Music Advent to share here and on our music blog.
Here's how it works. I found these cute little chevron bags at Hobby Lobby (24 for $3.99 but they were 50% off so 24 for $2!). They are about 4.5"x6.5". I printed a number for each day and attached it to the bags on 4x6 papers from my printer. The 4x6 size also fits perfectly for the inside too.
On the inside of each bag, is a card with a different song for each day leading up to Christmas. I wanted to give some variety, so I included fun songs as well as sacred.
A few years ago, I attended the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas concert. They always have some kind of story that they share with one of the guests performing the script, and that year they told the story behind "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day". It was a song I had never given much attention to, but since hearing the story behind it, I absolutely love it! I wanted to that with other Christmas songs too.
So that's what you will find inside the bags-a 4x6 card with a small backstory behind the song itself. I also have a space at the top to write in an activity or treat. For example, Day 1 is "Deck the Halls" so our activity is decorating our house and our tree.
For extra fun, I added a QR code to each of the advent cards. When you scan them with your phone, the song for that day will pop up. I tried finding a good variation of arrangements. I split the downloads into two folders-the days and the advent cards.
Download the Advent Cards (there is a problem with the link but I'm working on it!)
Monday, November 18, 2013
I have been loving the variety of burlap that has popped up everywhere-ribbon, colors, patterns, so many possibilities! It's so much fun. And the perfect match for fall.
Die Cuts With A View is known for their gorgeous papers and their Spiced Cider Stack did not disappoint! Plus, they now have a burlap 6x6" paper stack that I have fallen in love with. The two stacks were a match made in heaven. I made several things with them, and this is the first project.
Because the burlap paper is so easy to work with, I knew I'd be able to pull of making some medallions with both paper stacks. I made two different sizes. Here are the supplies needed.
DCWV Spiced Cider Stack
DCWV Burlap Stack
Hot Glue (Lots!)
vase & shred
Scoring Tool (I have a Martha Stewart one)
They were all made the same way. Here's how to do it! The Burlap took some extra patience because it's pretty thick but it worked well. I used my scoring tool to score one 6x6" piece from the pad every 1/2". Once 6" sheet makes half of the medallion. To make it into a fan, fold along the score lines and then pinch it in the middle. Bring the two middle sides from the pinched point up together and secure with hot glue (this will leave one side flat). Do the same thing with the other side and then hot glue the two of them together along the flat one sides of each half. For one of the medallions, I scored 1/2" along some patterned 6x6" paper and then created a "bow", securing with hot glue as well. The middle was covered up by a graphic from of the of the papers in the Spiced Cider Stack.
For the metallic medallion, I used the same method as the burlap, except I scored it horizontally and vertically to give it some extra texture.
For the larger medallion, I used the 12x12 papers with two different patterns. It's also the same method (score every 1/2" and then pinch them together and secure). The graphics all came from the same paper in the stack. They were all so cute, I had to use them.
To finish them off, I used some wooden dowels and hot glued them. I inserted them in some floral foam in a vase I covered with some burlap twine.
They turned out so cute, I can't wait to do something similar for Christmas.
I also made a fun little block withe the another medallion. I painted an 8x8" wooden block, modged podged some paper from the Spiced Cider Stack (that I cut down), and then adhered a burlap medallion on it. Another fun way to use the burlap paper!
Monday, October 7, 2013
In looking at my posts, I'm seeing a trend lately. Lots of missionary and young women's stuff! It's been on my mind a lot with two sisters on missions and my calling as Personal Progress Advisor.
In our ward, we only do Personal Progress nights on the 5th Wednesday of the month, which happens about four times a year. I remember when I was in Young Women's, over a decade ago, that we used to have a night monthly that was dedicated to it. We usually had an activity that helped us pass off something in our book. Things are much different now, and girls are required to be more motivated, but I still wanted to help things along.
I decided to begin a Personal Progress Workshop Series. Basically, we meet once a month, generally the third Saturday, and we have a project or something that we are working on that will help them learn something new and pass off Personal Progress. And I didn't want to be the one to teach them every month either. So I created a sign up sheet for the Relief Society binders asking the women in our ward to volunteer their time and talents to the girls. I also sent around a sheet in Young Women's asking the girls what types of things they would like to learn.
Some of the things we have coming up are a Photography workshop, knitting/crochet, baking bread for the Sacrament, sewing, budgeting, journaling/basic memory keeping, jewelry making, and budgeting. It does sometimes take a little prodding to get ladies to sign up to teach, but after a couple of explanations and some reminders, we started getting names on the sheets.
Here's a breakdown of how I plan these:
1. First, talk with the teacher and get an idea of what they would like to do. We do a 2 hour activity and no more, unless necessary. Also, be sure to let them know what the budget is and decide who is going to get the materials needed, if applicable.
2. I create an invitation to hand out on Sunday and mail or drop off to girls who aren't coming on Sundays.
3. I ask who is coming so that we can plan on the numbers (see below for a lesson I gave the girls about follow through)
4. Send our reminders via text, Facebook, phone calls, and on activity nights
5. Touch bases with the teacher and see what they need.
6. Be sure to have a thank you note/little gift for the teacher that the girls can sign following the activity. I have some thank you cards I will be posting soon.
For our first workshop, we learned how to make Peach jam from one of the canning queens in our ward. She found the half pint size jars and then printed off the recipe for the girls to take home. It was fun! While the peaches were boiling and we had down time, it was fun to chat with the girls and spend some time with them. I also made a handout that related what we were doing to the Gospel. When it was over, they each got to take home a little jar of jam. This activity would apply an experience in Knowledge and Good Works (if the wrote a note and gave it to a friend/neighbor). It could also be the beginning of a 10 hour project if they chose to make jam for their family.
And now for the lesson on follow through. When I asked for RSVP's, I had about 10 girls say they would come. I think most of us get used to having some then not show up. It's how life is. However, I've been growing tired recently, not just in Young Women's but in other situations, of people not doing what they say they are going to do. I think many people don't realize how important it is to do what you say you are going to do or at least communicating with others if you can't. I was especially concerned because we are involving other people in the ward. Out of the 10 that said they would come, we had three show up. Three! Not even half. Two girls that were planning on it did call to say they had something come up and were going to miss it. I took the opportunity the next Sunday to teach this principle. I bought some Peach Rings for the three girls that came and for the two that had called to say they couldn't come after all (so five total). I presented it to them and explained why they were getting it to everyone. I think the message sunk in because I could see the "Oh's", and the looks on their faces. I wasn't trying to rub it in, I did it kindly, but I let them know that, in the future, they need to communicate with us or whoever is planning the activity. I would have brought something for girls who initially said they weren't coming, but we had every girl that was there that Sunday say they would come. Hopefully, it helps things better in the future.
I will be sharing invitations, handouts, etc. on the blog for all of our workshops. Next month is photography and coincides with our month of gratitude that I am doing. I will be posting more about that in a couple of weeks, but you can follow my Facebook page for updates. Also, we have a fun Halloween Personal Progress centered around skeletons! I am working on the final details and will post that in a couple of days as well.
For now, here are the printables that I used for the jam/canning activity. As always, email me at email@example.com for questions or comments. I would love to hear what your ward is doing! Leave a comment to share the ideas!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Wow, I have seriously been MIA recently! The end of summer was a busy one but I'm ready to share more goodies. First up, a General Conference Personal Progress Packet. There are some great packets on the web for families and primary kids, but I wanted to make one that would help the girls, not only learn something and have a reason to pay attention, but also help them check off some personal progress experiences. Each value has an experience represented so, if they finish the packet, they will have completed 8 goals! I included extra pages for more experiences or for those girls who have already completed the chosen value experiences.
When the girls bring back their packets, I will have a little something for them, including those that completed 1,2, 4, or 8 experiences (haven't decided yet but probably some sweets/candy or fingernail polish for the ones that complete 8, packaged up cute!). That way, those who were only able to complete one will still feel they accomplished something great and can be recognized for it.
I just printed these off on my home printer but you could take them to Kinko's or another printing facility and have them do it. They are still cute printed as black and white too. Please let me know if you have any questions or problems: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, I love to hear feedback on how it worked for you!
Download the packet.
Update: I am working on a Spanish version and should have that available in the next day or so.
Friday, August 16, 2013
This was a super easy and quick creation. Have you seen the clocks at Ikea? They are about $2.99 and just scream to have something fun done with them. I decided to use my chalkboard vinyl from Pick Your Plum, along with my stash of Washi Tape from them, to put this clock together. It did require a little ingenuity. The face of the clock is just a piece of paper stuck with glue to the insides. There isn't a base to stick the vinyl to. I found some cardboard from our diaper boxes and traced the circle to make a base. Easy peasy! The vinyl stuck right to it. Before adding that in, I used two rolls of washi tape and alternated between them. Then I stuck the base in, added another layer of washi tape around the inside part of the circle, and stuck the clock parts back in. That's it! I love writing new messages on it. And when I get sick of the color, I can easily add new washi tape (I'm excited to change it up for Christmas!).
Monday, August 12, 2013
We've had a very busy month and it seems like things may have calmed down a little bit. Phew! The culmination of our summer activities was my youngest sister's LDS (Mormon) Missionary farewell yesterday. We had family and friends coming to my parents house after the service. I thought it would be fun to have a little favor for them to take with them.
I had a lot of ideas, and some I'll be adding later on, but I settled on Missionary M&M's. I made two different prints-one for a full size bag of M&M's and another for smaller baggies. At first, I was going to use the full size bags. I found them at Costco for a decent price but actually meant to buy the fun size! Oops. I found some 3x4" baggies at Michaels and decided to split the bags in half to get more out of them. We expected a lot of people! I'm going to save the rest of the M&M's for my Young Women. I made the tags exactly 3x4" too and stapled them to the baggies. Super easy and I got it done while watching a movie (all 80 of them!). I used blue and yellow because it matches the colors of Uruguay's flag. Here's a view of the baggies (sorry about the bad pics, I had to use my camera phone because I forgot my camera!):
I also made the full size prints. I stapled them on either side too but you could easily use glue dots if you wanted too. Stapling was just easier!
Full Size Download Here
I love doing missionary farewell invitations! I have several designs in the shop and I do custom orders all the time. Here are some of my designs:
Posted by Jennifer Day at 7:40 PM
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
I decided last minute that I want to give my son's cousins some little boxes of fun for the fourth. Pop Its are fun, easy, and cheap...what kid doesn't like throwing them like a grenade or stomping on them? I decided to make up this fun pillow box and share it with the world! I made it big enough to hold the entire box, but you can always take the little baggies out and put them in that way.
Also, I made a print that is a smaller box and fits two to a page. For that one, you will definitely need to remove the Pop Its from their boxes (but I would leave them in their bags). I printed mine on some pearl cardstock which gave it a fun shine. After printing, cut out and then score. If you have a scoring tool with the guides, I would use that for the straight edges down the middle of the box and along the tab. For the sides, I used my Scor tool without the guides and traced it along the edges of the blue.
You could also fill them with Pop Rocks or any other fun, poppin' candy or popcorn. Enjoy!
Download the prints here (for the large) and here (for the small).