The Best Time to Celebrate Printable

Last month I showed you a recipe box I had painted and embellished with my new vinyl cutter.  I don’t know if you noticed the color, but it was a turquoise leaning toward green. 

Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci  13
Clear Vinyl Shelf Liner to Tranfer Vinyl - Crafty Staci 13

It wasn’t a shade I had in my paint arsenal, but one I mixed myself.  I combine paint often to get the color I want, but the problem is that there is always too much of it by the time I’m done.  I don’t want to run out because it’s impossible to replicate exactly, and as I add more paint to get the color I want I end up with a lot.  I hate to waste it, so I usually go find something else to slap it on.  That’s how this frame happened.

The Best Time to Celebrate Printable - Crafty Staci 1
The Best Time to Celebrate Printable - Crafty Staci 1

I started out with this.  Pretty uninspiring and a little beat up, but I kept it because it was wood and I liked the shape.

The Best Time to Celebrate Printable - Crafty Staci 2
The Best Time to Celebrate Printable - Crafty Staci 2

After a couple of coats of paint and a vinyl cut design, I coated it with Mod Podge.  All it needed was something to go inside, so I made this printable.  I love the look of chalkboard, but really hate the chalk dust, so this was perfect.  If you click on the picture below the PDF should open.

The Best Time to Celebrate Printable - Crafty Staci 3
The Best Time to Celebrate Printable - Crafty Staci 3

I’m so glad I hung onto this little frame, and it matches my new recipe box.  It also matches this tray that I had previously painted with chalkboard paint.  And something else before that.  There may even be another layer – I’ve forgotten how many times I’ve repainted this poor thing.

Ampersand Tray - Crafty Staci
Ampersand Tray - Crafty Staci

I didn’t manage to use up all the paint, but decided to quit while I was ahead.  I have three projects I love, and that’s something to celebrate.

The Best Time to Celebrate Printable - Crafty Staci 4
The Best Time to Celebrate Printable - Crafty Staci 4

New Year’s Eve Memory Page

When my daughter started college in the fall, she mentioned that she thought it would be fun to write down some of the things she’s thinking, feeling and doing right now so she can look at it again when she graduates to see how she’s changed.  That’s something I’ve always wished I would have done with the kids for the new year, so I decided it’s never too late.  I made up a sheet with different prompts they can fill out, then stash away for blackmail material later.  I mean, share with them when they’re older, mature young adults.

Here’s the printable (click image to download PDF):

These are the categories I used, and what I had in mind for each.  Of course, you can interpret them any way you’d like.

  • The upper left box is for a current photo
  • Listening – music
  • Watching – TV, movies
  • Reading – books, magazines
  • Loving – important people
  • Surfing – favorite websites or online activities
  • Creating – music, art, sports, writing, etc. -  I feel like this could be a broad category
  • Enjoying – hobbies, clubs, etc.
  • Eating – favorite foods and drinks
  • Waiting – future hopes and goals
  • Admiring – people influencing their lives
  • Achieving – notable accomplishments
  • Being – a brief self-description
  • Feeling – that one’s probably self-explanatory
  • Hoping – what they’re wishing for
  • Wearing – favorite clothes, shoes, etc.
  • Believing – what they believe in

You’ll notice most of the boxes are pretty small.  I thought about spreading this over a couple of pages, but realized I had a better chance of participation if it didn’t look like I was assigning winter break homework. 

Have a safe, happy New Year!

Printables and Padding Compound

I’m a list maker.  My memory is a little hit-and-miss, so it’s really the only way I can keep track of what I need to do.  I do it so often, it’s a family joke.  The funniest part is when my adult and nearly-adult kids come and ask me for a packing list when they’re about to go somewhere.  They’re broken.

Because I make so many lists, I go through a lot of paper.  I’ve tried cutting up scratch paper and just using it as I need it, or securing a stack with a binder clip, but something is missing.  I think I like the ripping sound it makes when I tear off a completed list and triumphantly throw it in the trash.

Padding Compound 1
Padding Compound 1

A few months ago, I came across a project on Chica and Jo that had my name written all over it.  They were making notepads with something called padding compound.  Making my own notepads?  Out of whatever I want?  I was so in.

I finally got around to ordering the padding compound from Chica and Jo through Amazon (affiliate link). It’s $7.99 for a bottle.  I waited, as I always do, until I had a large enough order for free shipping.  It took the tiniest amount to make the three pads, so this is a great value.  It seems like I could make a million of these before I run out, but Chica and Jo have kindly provided an estimation guide that says it’s more like 120.  I took this photo AFTER I made the pads shown.

Padding Compound 2
Padding Compound 2

I’ve never been happy with the size of the grocery shopping list pads I’ve bought before, so getting to make my own in a larger size made me pretty happy.  You can download that printable here.

Padding Compound 3
Padding Compound 3

I named my to-do list What To Do, because it sounds less bossy than To Do.  There are three pages to this printable, which you can download here.  That’s mostly because I like to play with fonts, and wanted to use all the graphics I drew for my blog.

Padding Compound 4
Padding Compound 4

Making these couldn’t be easier.  Print out as many pages as you’d like on regular paper and cut them to size.  I went with about 40 pages per pad.  If you’d like the back solid, like a pad you’d buy, also cut a piece of cardboard the same size.

Padding Compound 5
Padding Compound 5

Clamp the pages together with a couple of binder clips.  If you want to protect the top page from excess compound, you can put a piece of cardboard or popsicle sticks (which I read about in the comments on Chica and Jo’s blog) at the top edge.  I’m storing the sticks with the compound so I can just use the same ones every time.

Padding Compound 6
Padding Compound 6

The next step is to brush the padding compound onto the top edge of the pad with a small brush.  My binder clips were very large, so I didn’t have any trouble getting the brush in there, but you may want to try clipping from the side if yours are smaller. 

I ended up leaving this overnight, but from what I understand it dries quickly.  I removed the clips and added a second coat.

Padding Compound 7
Padding Compound 7

After that dried, it was just a matter of peeling off the popsicle sticks and the pads were finished!

Padding Compound 8
Padding Compound 8

I’m anxious to make more, especially with the holidays coming up.  These could be personalized or make from scrapbooking paper, and combined with a cute pen, would make a useful teacher’s gift.  Actually, these would make a great, inexpensive gift for anyone.

Don’t make the mistake I did though.  I put one on my desk and one in my sewing room, so I had two lists going at the same time.  It was pure chaos.

Mousekeeping Tip Envelope

I am extremely appreciative of the housekeeping staff whenever we travel.  One of my favorite things about leaving home is that I get a break from all my usual cleaning duties, so the people willing to do it for me are my heroes.  We always make sure to leave a tip when we check out, but I never thought to leave it in something cute.

My friend Erika sent me a link to a cute envelope someone had made to leave a tip for the housekeeping staff at Disneyland, otherwise known as Mousekeeping.  When we were planning for our recent trip, I decided to come up with one of my own.  I thought Mickey’s wizard hat from Fantasia was appropriate.  I was able to make this using only simple shapes in MS Publisher.  The font is Waltograph and can be found at Dafont.

Mousekeeping 1
Mousekeeping 1

Just click on the image below to download the printable PDF.  Print out on white cardstock.

Mousekeeping 2
Mousekeeping 2

Cut out, cutting around the two yellow tabs at the bottom and carefully cutting the two black slits just above the writing.  Cut around the top of the ears and hat only above the faint yellow line (do not cut the line).  I found the best way to do this was with an Exacto knife.

Fold in at the bottom of the red area and at the faint yellow line.  Tape or glue the sides of the red area closed.  Slip in the cash (I promise we left them more than $1 – this was for the photo)…

Mousekeeping 3
Mousekeeping 3

…tuck the tabs into the slots and leave somewhere for Mousekeeping to find.

Mousekeeping 4
Mousekeeping 4

I’m anxiously looking forward to the next time I can make use of one of these envelopes!

Fabric Inventory System

I spent a day last weekend gathering, organizing and calculating in preparation for our meeting with our tax accountant this week.  I love being self employed, but when the new year comes and I realize I have to make sense of the file I threw everything into all year, I start to wonder if I don’t need a better boss…

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Stitched Thank You Cards

As some of you know, I had surgery, a fairly lengthy hospital stay and recovery time at home (technically, still in effect) recently.  Our friends and family didn't forget about me, sending over candles and lotions and flowers and magazines.  Now that I'm pretty much back on my feet, it's time for the thank you's. I had to make the cards.  Had to.  Ok, chose to.  I wanted them to be special.  I was meandering through the craft store and saw large paper tags for scrapbooking and thought they'd make cute cards.  I've also been wanting to try sewing on cards, so here's what I came up with.

Card 1
Card 1

You can print the card and envelope here on cardstock.  There are three cards per sheet, but only one envelope, so you'll need to print the envelope page alone twice to come out right.  Cut out all pieces along the gray lines. 

Card 2
Card 2

Cut out 18 rectangles of fabric, 1 3/8" by 1 3/4".  Cut 2 pieces 1/2" by 2 1/2".  Iron onto card, using  a small scrap of fusible web (like Wonder Under or Steam-a-Seam) for each rectangle, no steam.  The adhesive doesn't need to be as big as the rectangle, just a little bit to hold it in place.  The two longer pieces go on the card as shown in the photos.

Card 3
Card 3

Trim away the fabric covering the notch on the envelope.  You'll notice on the card in my examples, there's a lot of white space showing on the edges.  I increased the size of the fabric on the other cards to the dimensions above to fix that.

Card 4
Card 4

Zigzag stitch between all the rectangles, backstitching at ends to secure.  Stitch across the top edge of the back envelope piece and across the top edge and notch of the front.  Stitch a row through the middle of the fabric on the card, pulling the ends to the back and knotting.

Card 5
Card 5

Lay front and back of envelope, wrong sides together and stitch down sides and across bottom.  Punch a hole in the top of the card and tie on a piece of ribbon.

Card 6
Card 6

Carefully slide the card into the envelope.  If you're mailing these, they will fit in a regular invitation-size envelope (5 3/4" by 4 3/8") and don't require any extra postage.

Card 7
Card 7

All this bright color, and one of my favorites turned out to be the black and white one.

Card 8
Card 8

Although, I kinda love them all.

Card 9
Card 9
Card 10
Card 10