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Six DIY Trends for 2012

I thought this article over at SNAP was an interesting prediction on trends for the next year…

1. Industrial
2. Bow Ties
3. Reclaimed Wood
4. Metallics
5. Patterned Walls
6. Bell Jars

As far as their predictions – I love reclaimed wood and think it’s a great trend. I also love the patterned walls, but am NOT a fan of wallpaper.

What’s your opinion – any trends you think will die? Think the chevron craze is over or here to stay? What about the mass purchase of chalkboard paint? Guess we’ll see…

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Blog Swap with Truly Lovely

Hey everyone! I know I’ve been neglecting the blog a little over the last few weeks…but we are officially back in the United States and job hunting, so hopefully, soon life will get back to normal over here!

Today Kassi from Truly Lovely and I are blog swapping – you’re going to love Kassi’s post on a simple, but adorable Christmas present…don’t forget to stop by and read my post over at her blog as well!
Well hello there lovely Creative Paige readers!!
My name is Kassi and I blog over at Truly Lovely!
I am THRILLED to be here blog swapping with the lovely Paige! 
She’s our Bloggie Bestie over on Truly Lovely this week, so when you’re finished here you can find her guest posting over at our place!!!

Truly Lovely

Truly Lovely is an ‘all things lovely’ blog written by myself and my younger sister, Kayli!
Miss Kayli and I are very close and we enjoy sharing all the lovelies in our lives including (but not limited to) crafts, recipes, stories, photos and more with our fun readers!!! 🙂 

Kassi and Kayli

You can click that picture to learn more about us but in the meantime, I have a SUPER easy, SUPER quick crafty project to share with you all!


 

Looking for a fairly easy sewing project/Christmas gift idea?
How about a personalized initial tote bag???


I made two of these for my sisters in law so far and each one was fairly easy to put together. 
(They were birthday gifts that they’ve already received… so no worries on a spoiler alert! haha)
Each one was also completed in just about half an hour. 
You could easily whip up several of these for your loved ones this Christmas!

First, I used some of the sew-able interfacing from Silhouette America, cut it down to the size of my fabric and ironed them together per the instructions on the interfacing package. 


Then you can use your Silhouette SD, Cameo, or other cutting machine to cut out your fabric initial. Or if you don’t have a cutting machine, you can trace then cut an initial with scissors. 


Once it cuts the initial out and you peel away the extra fabric, you’ll have your letter to sew on to your tote.


The interfacing is meant to be ironed on to hold down whatever you are planning to sew on, until it’s sewn of course.
So… you’ll need to iron the initial to the tote, then you can start sewing. 


Be careful while sewing not to sew one side of the tote to the other… Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything… I may or may not have done that with a pillow cover recently… 😉


Once your initial is sewn on you can add some pretty embellishments like rolled fabric rosettes or ribbon around the top. For the ribbon I just hot glued one end on to hold it in place, then sewed around the top and bottom of the ribbon. 

I used this method for my rosettes, but here’s a little tip I just figured out…


If you want an idea of how the rosettes look before gluing or sewing them on… Pin them to your tote first, then you can rearrange them to your liking BEFORE affixing them! 😉 
That may sound silly to some of you, but to me that was monumental! haha


There you go! 🙂 
You can now stuff with goodies or gift as is for a fun personalized gift your recipient can use all year round! 

Thanks SO much to Paige for having me over today and for being the Truly Lovely Bloggie Bestie over at our place this week! She is SO fun, right!?!?
To learn more about becoming a Bloggie Bestie, click here.
Until then… Hope to see you dolls around Truly Lovely sometime!

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Guest Post from My Sister’s Suitcase – Lil’ Monster Art Gallery

Today’s guest post is from Holly at My Sister’s Suitcase…and are you in for a treat!

You must, must head over to this blog…seriously…it’s new but already filled with fabulous ideas. I love that it’s two sisters writing a blog together – that just makes it even more fun. I knew as soon as I saw this site for the first time that I wanted them to share here at The Creative Paige.

Hi! I’m Holly, visiting here from My Sister’s Suitcase. My sister, Nat, and I just started our blog last month and Paige has been really sweet and supportive! She is helping us learn the “blogging ropes” 🙂 So I was super excited when she asked us to do a guest post for her.

With Halloween quickly approaching, I’ve been trying to fit in a few fun projects with the kids. They love this time of year, and I like to have them help create some of our Halloween decor. If you haven’t seen this post, last month I decided to create a HUGE magnetic chalkboard/wall art for my dining room {from an old canvas painting.} With the help of my “little monsters” we updated it for Halloween with some custom art and fun glitter frames.

Today I’m going to show you how we created the frames and our ‘Lil Monster Art Gallery 🙂

Here are the materials we gathered up for this project:

 

What you’ll need:

1. Glitter foam sheets with sticky back {8.5 x11} – (I got mine at Michael’s for $1.49 each)

2. Roll of adhesive magnets – ($1.00)

3. Scissors

4. Felt, craft foam, material, feathers… whatever you have leftover in your craft supplies 🙂

5. Frame templates – (I hand sketched some designs, you can download the pdf here, or draw your own!)

6. Free monster printables from Family Fun {the individual pdfs are linked later in this post}, and moustaches from The Paper Doll Shoppe

I had the idea of making an art gallery that my kids could customize and switch around whenever they want 🙂 That is the beauty of magnets… everything is moveable! I started with my frames. I wanted some blingy frames for our art, without the mess of glue and glitter all over my kitchen 🙂 Enter glitter foam…

I LOVE these adhesive-backed glitter foam sheets:

I have used them for several projects, one of my favorites is my glittericious birthday crown. But there are SO many ways you can use this stuff, it is great for kids too. We used 3 different colors of foam for our frames… turquoise, black, and citron green {my fav!}
Start by drawing your frame templates (or just print mine.)

 

Then, peel the backing paper off your foam sheet (I got some help with this part!)

 

Adhere your choice of template to the sticky side of the foam.
Now, you are all ready to cut out your frame! Easy peezy! Here’s what you have when you are done cutting out your frames:
Just add a few strips of your adhesive magnets to the back, and your frames are done! I love that this is a glueless project 🙂
Now, for our monsters…. whaa aaahaahaa! When I found these free printable monsters on Family Fun, I knew their little faces would be perfect! You can download all the printables I used here:
I wanted the kids to be able to “accessorize” their monsters and make them a bit more silly 🙂 I am kinda crushing on the moustache trend right now, and I found these adorable moustache and lip printables that I had to use!
Besides those, I let the kids pick what else they wanted to create. My 4-year-old wanted a crown on his “lion” {werewolf} and my 6-year-old did everything himself… some scary teeth, blood drops (really?) funky hat, and his favorite… green hair sticking out of his Dracula’s ears 🙂 It was really easy to make the accessories… we just cut out the pattern (moustache, etc) stuck it to the back of the foam (or pinned it on some felt, etc) and then cut it out. So simple.
We figured out where we wanted all of the “extras” on the monster faces, and then just attached magnet strips to the back of the face in the correct spots. Then, each “extra” was backed with a small magnet strip and now it stuck right on where we wanted it to be!
Finally, we were ready to put our monsters in the frames, and add the the silly accessories to their faces. My kids had so much fun seeing their creations. I think my favorite look is the mustache on the Frankenstein 🙂
If you don’t want to go to the trouble of making the monsters, the frames are SO easy to do, and make a great place to display artwork, special papers from school, etc. Here are a few of our frames on the fridge:
I hope you enjoyed this idea for an easy art project… I know my kids did!
Oh, and I almost forgot, one of my very favorite parts of the final “gallery” is the black sign I hung at the top… I got it last week at Michael’s, on clearance for $1.99! I think it is a seasonal item for Halloween, so it may be even cheaper now. The best part is, you can use a Chalk Marker to write on it, and it wipes completely clean! I’ve tested it a few times 🙂
You could use it as a countdown for various holidays, or just switch it out with your favorite quote or love note for your kids. Seriously, go get one today!
Thanks Paige for having me as your guest today 🙂 I hope everyone has a safe and SPOOKY Halloween!
Super cute, right? Goes right along with all of these “Monster-y” Halloween ideas we’ve had. Now you can build a monster face, keep away the monsters with monster spray and make a monster art gallery!

 

And I love the idea of having a big magnetic wall – think of the possibilities! Thanks, Holly for sharing and we are definitely going to keep up with all of the fun things happening at My Sister’s Suitcase!
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Monster Fun for Kids – Guest post from Lori

So today’s guest post comes from one of my favorite bloggers…and I’m not just saying that because she’s also my Mother-in-law…she really is great! Lori manages to run a crazy successful home daycare and has done it for like a million years. This isn’t just any daycare…they do all kinds of crafts, pre-school activities and amazing fun stuff. These kids are super lucky to have Lori and leave her daycare incredibly prepared for school. If you love creative, educational activities for your kids – you’ll love her blog! Oh, and her ideas are super cheap too…anyone can afford them!

 

Go Away, Monsters!

 

 

I am a home childcare provider, who loves her job, so I’m always trying to come up with creative activities for my kids.  Did I mention I LOVE my job!? I don’t take the task lightly, and hope each child in our home leaves everyday knowing they were loved and that they are special.  If they learn something in the process, we have had a successful day!

We are gearing up for Halloween, so we are discussing what’s pretend and our fears.  Fears are very real for small children, and they should never be dismissed, so with the goblins and the ghosts coming out, it’s the perfect time to talk about it.

 

Go Away Big, Green Monster

We have several monster books, but we always come back to the book “Go Away Big Green Monster” by Ed Emberley.

After reading the book, we made a potholder monster.  I found these cute potholders at the Dollar Tree, they come in bright colors, and  they are perfect to hold the items for storage when not in use.  It’s simple to do. First, get out your Tacky Glue or other craft glue.  I glued the big green shape to the black rubbery (silicone) back of the potholder. Go lightly on the glue, so it doesn’t go through the felt.  Did I mention I used felt? Ooops, use felt!  I doubled up the felt on the flimsy features, so they are thicker and sturdier for a 2 year old.  I cut out all the monster shapes to loosely resemble the book. That way they can make the monster while I read them the story.

face parts with head glued to back

 

Book with monster

Monster Fingers!

I had a crazy idea to paint the nails of glow in the dark “witch fingers” that I found at the party store.  I bought mine from US Toy, but they have a variety of other choices at other party stores. I just didn’t want to see blood on them!  It’s almost Halloween, so they can be pretty gross!   They all started with red nails, but I didn’t have a lot of nail polish (being the tom boy I am), so I recruited my wonderful daycare mom to help me.  Brandy works at a salon and offered to paint them in different colors.  She did a great job, they turned out very “monstery”, and I love them for what I had in mind.

For circle time we will be matching the “monster fingers” and learning our colors at the same time!  I had Brandy stick with orange, blue, black, and very recognizable colors, so it will be an easy game even for my toddlers.

*Note: the ones that were painted with the cheaper polish (green and blue), cracked and came off with monster use, so I used my acrylic craft paint on them, and they did fine.  I think sanding them ahead of time would help too, it did the ones I repainted.

Monster Fingers!
Monster Madness!
Beware of the Monsters!

Monster Spray

Last but not least, I have done Monster Spray for several years, and the kids absolutely love it!

I have a cute label, fun instructions, and the recipe for the spray. I went to the Dollar Tree to get the bottles (they come in a pack of 2, 1 spray, 1 pump), and I use the spray one for the kids.  I’ll find a way use the other one another time.

I found this poem instructions online years ago, so I can’t say where I found it, and I looked again to no avail! Here’s what the label says:

Directions:

1. Spray in corners, under beds, in closets, etc.

2. Shake before each use to make the magic stronger.

I’m not afraid, you don’t scare me.

I’ve got this special spray you see!

I’m not afraid, I’ve got nothing to fear.

Just one squirt and you disappear!

I made the monster label so they can take ownership for their spray, and feel confident when they use it, that it’s THEIR spray.  I have tried several herbal additives, but my favorite is just plain clear vanilla, and water.  A couple of drops of vanilla to the water in a special measuring cup, they can even help pour it in the bottle, dry the bottle off, apply the label, and then TADA!  Monster spray before nap, bed or Halloween to keep the monsters away!

Monster spray with bottles
Front label for spray
Back label for Monster Spray

You can download and print the Monster Spray label!

 

Great ideas, right? I know Halloween can be scary for kiddos, but instead of ignoring it, you can help your kids overcome their fears!

For more ideas for kids, check out her fantastic blog

 

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build-your-own monster face

Just in case you missed my guest post over at Blissful and Domestic

Ok, so I made this for Halloween, but silly monster faces are great any time of year!

I printed out lots of different silly eyes, noses, mouths, ears and hair on photo paper so that they would be a little sturdier.

Then I did my own ghetto version of laminating. I took this clear sticky plastic (you use it to cover school books) and sandwiched my pieces between two layers, then cut them out. It stuck really well and worked similar to laminating. (Not absolutely necessary, but I thought it would help them last longer in the hands of my destructive 2 year old.)

I glued magnets to the back of each piece and bought a round metal pan to stick them on. You could use a cookie sheet, pie pan or just the refrigerator if you want.

Let your kiddo use their imagination to create tons of faces! This could be hung on the wall, taken in the car or played with on their lap. It’s great and super portable – just throw the pieces in a ziplock and take them along.

You can print out the face pieces I used. It’s six 8.5 x 11 pages.

Download the printable PDF here and enjoy!

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Mini-Pallet Fall Art

Ok, so I jumped on the pallet bandwagon. I didn’t want to, but I couldn’t help myself. They had these little mini-pallet type things at Home Depot and they were only $6! Now, I’m sure you think everything’s cheaper in Mexico…it’s not. Almost everything is more expensive. So, finding a crafty project for under $10 is a MIRACLE! I saw this and knew I had to do something with it.

 

I just wasn’t sure what. There have been so many great palette ideas recently online…so here is my creation with the inspiration of many others:

from Young and Crafty

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from Martha Stewart 

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Here’s the step-by-step:

First I painted the slats with different fall toned colors.

Then I drew out an outline of a branch with a white pencil.

I cut out fall leaves using my Silhouette SD and traced them onto the wood.

Then I filled in the branch and leaves.

Pretty easy, right? I just wish I had a mantel to put it on…it’s pretty heavy to hang on our crazy concrete walls…

 

 

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Toddler Chore Chart

My big guy is approaching the big number 3 and we have noticed his desire to help around the house. In order to encourage that desire, we decided to make him a chart so that he can consistently help with tasks around the house. Of course, we made them easy enough for his developmental abilities and used pictures so that he could understand by himself. I wanted to make a magnet board, but couldn’t seem to find any sheets of metal here in our limited stores, so I went with a dry erase board approach. It is super simple, but hey, he’s 2…simple is good.

Here’s how I made it:

1. I got this sheet of plastic from our Home Depot (assuming that dry erase marker would work on it). It was $30 pesos ($2.50). Oh, and only one side is dry erasable – the shiny side. I made the mistake of writing on the matte side and yes, it did not come off, even with Windex. Boo.

2. I designed and printed out the chart of his chores.

3. I mounted it on scrapbook paper and used stickers to put his name.

4. I used scotch tape to secure the paper to the plastic (because I’m cheap and want to be able to change it out if his chores change). However, I could have mod podged it to the plastic as well.

5. My hubby drilled small holes and I used craft thread to hang it from the wall.

I know there are some awesome elaborate chore charts online and I love them. When my kids are older, I will probably do something more complex, but for now, he loves this one and I think just marking on it is more exciting than any sort of reward. We are working out what his prize at the end of each week will be. We’re thinking like 50 cents to put in his piggy bank.

Download a printable of the chart here:

download chart with these jobs here

or a blank chart you can fill in with your own jobs here

What age did you start expecting chores from your kids? How do you encourage participation?

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Mod Podge Canvas Art

So, I was inspired by this canvas art from Crap I’ve Made posted at Tatertots & Jello…I knew I loved it the moment I saw it.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to make my own version without using magazines, because well, we don’t get magazines here at our house in Mexico.

But I do have an abundance of scrapbooking paper scraps (because I save them all), so I decided to try to use the same technique with different supplies.

I pulled out all of my scraps and started tearing them into smaller pieces.

 

I had my 2-year-old help me with mod podging them onto the canvas. My technique was more of a organized randomness and his technique was just gluing things like crazy. His side actually ended up looking better than mine. (I tend to overthink things like this)

 

My original goal was to make a Welcome sign, so I cut the word “Welcome” out on my Silhouette SD and traced it onto the canvas using pencil. Then began the tedious part – painting white around the traced words. I painted and painted and painted. Four coats later, the color was mostly covered, but I hated the way the word welcome looked.

First, it was crooked. Second, it just didn’t stand out enough.

LESSON LEARNED: Use a much more simple shape, like the bird on the branch of my inspiration. Don’t get too complicated.

Luckily, this is a project that you can easily fix. I just took more paper and covered up the welcome to start over. My husband suggested doing something for the kitchen like a coffee cup or some kitchen utensils and I loved the idea. He’s brilliant, sometimes.

So, I found a coffee cup image with some cute heart-shaped steam and cut it out on the Silhouette. This was much easier to trace than the welcome and much easier to paint around. It took about 3 coats of white to mostly cover the scrapbooking paper and voila:

                     

 

I love it – it’s fits us, because, well, we love coffee. And living in Mexico, we have some darn good coffee, so it’s perfect.

linked up at Todays Creative Blog

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Turning 30 & Birthday Printable

Not me, I’m still a few years away from the big 3-0, but this weekend we celebrated my husband’s 30th birthday. I tried to decide if I wanted to do a theme for the party, but couldn’t come up with something great for a 30th, so I decided to just go with “Turning 30” being the theme.

 

I hung up signs around the room with random facts and quotes I found about turning 30 – my hubby wasn’t especially encouraged about losing muscle mass.

I hung up this Happy Birthday pennant banner above the food table – it added just the right amount of festivity. (I’ve included the printable below.)

I figured a man’s party is mostly about food, but we didn’t want to serve a full meal, so we went with snacks. After putting together our menu I realized that the real theme of the party was “Cream cheese” because everything we picked had cream cheese:

Bacon-wrapped Stuff Jalapenos, Stuffed Mushrooms, Creamy Caramel Apple Dip,

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake w/Cream Cheese Icing (shaped as an Apple laptop)…lots and lots of fattening cream cheese.

Fattening, but delicious.

P.S. If you like chocolate cake – try this recipe. Trust me, it’s a-maz-ing.

Here’s the Happy Birthday Pennant Banner (printable on an 8.5 x 11)