It’s popular among my friends to post on Facebook something you are thankful for once a day during the month on November – A Month of Gratitude.  What a wonderful idea to take a look at your life and see why you are so lucky and blessed.  I was thinking this would be a great activity for my kids except they aren’t allowed to have Facebook accounts yet.  To solve that issue I created these sheets the kids can use for A Month A Gratitude.  Feel free to download for use in your own family.  Their answers can be quite funny and revealing!  I am a scrapbooker so I plan to slide these sheets right into their scrapbooks when complete.

Click on the images to download the Month of Gratitude Free Printables.  After you They are both full 8.5×11 pages.  I printed mine on Kraft paper for fun.

(After you click on the image, right click and save as to download.  Or just click on these links: MonthofGratitude  MonthofGratitude2)

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This year my 5-year-old has requested a Brave birthday party with her favorite princess du jour, Merida.  The opportunity to use something besides the standard pink, purple, yellow, and blue for a princess party if refreshing.  The décor and color schemes are dark teal, dark purple, and gold.  The actual party is still a few weeks away but I do have the invitation graphic to share.  I’ll be back in a few weeks to share details of the party!

As always, if you wish to order a similar invitation for your brave princess, email me at rubycreative@hotmail.com

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I was recently featured on the Therm O Web blog with this fun project great for all ages!  I originally found this idea in my daughter’s American Girl magazine.  She immediately wanted to make one after reading about it.  We completed this entire project for about $10… a true bargain when talking about American Girl accessories!

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Therm O Web Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Washi tape
  • Small mailbox – try the dollar section at Target
  • Candlestick between 5″ – 8″ tall
  • Ribbon
  • Cardstock

First cover the mailbox with strips of ribbon and washi tape.  Then out of iCraft Adhesive sheets, cut two large hearts for the mailbox end and 7 smaller hearts for the flag and mailbox body.  Peel off one layer of the iCraft backing, stick hearts to the mailbox.  ICraft Adhesive is so versatile it will stick to uneven textures, for example a seam between bulky ribbon and thin washi tape!  Peel off the remaining iCraft Adhesive backing and sprinkle iCraft hearts with glitter.  Use an old paintbrush to brush off excess glitter.  Finally, attach the mailbox to a candlestick with Jumbo Zots.

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This layout was recently posted on the Therm O Web blog.  Get full instructions on how to create a iCraft glitter photo frame here: http://thermoweb.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/sweet-dreams-baby-pillow-door-hanger-from-therm-o-web/

I can’t believe this child is now in kindergarten!  I really hope I am not the only one seriously behind in my scrapbooks!

Trying to get into the Halloween spirit, I created this rosette banner for our mantle.  This was a good project because it used up some old, but nice, Halloween papers and embellishments.  The following Therm O Web adhesives made this project a snap.  Add a few glowing candles, spiders, and skulls to complete the look.

Therm O Web Supplies:

For full directions see the Therm O Web blog: http://thermoweb.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/therm-o-web-rosette-halloween-banner/

Imagine teaching 10 little girls, who have never seen a sewing machine in real life, how to sew a pillowcase.  Sound insane?  Well, it went so much better than I expected!  Of course I had wonderful help from my Girl Scout co-leaders and a terrific set of girls.

I got this idea from Therm O Web, an adhesive company I work with.  Therm O Web is a proud sponsor of the One Million Pillowcases Challenge thru Better Homes & Gardens.  The pillowcases we made will be donated to charity (we don’t have a specific charity yet but we are hoping for a women’s/children’s shelter).  Our challenge was to make pillowcases with our Brownie Girl Scouts.  My little Brownies had SOOOOO much fun making these pillowcases.  And they loved that they would be given to children and women in need.  Of course they wanted to take one home too, but that will have to be a separate meeting!

The key to working with kids is pre-work, pre-work, pre-work.  We had to teach the kids how to use a sewing machine and make the pillowcases in just 3 hours.  I cut all the fabric, cut all the dots, prepped the dots with Therm O Web Heat N Bond, and even threaded all the machines before they arrived.  I also made a complete sample for them to see before they started.  I had all pieces ready for a second sample that was constructed step-by-step with the girls as an example.

  

When the girls arrived they got a short lesson in the parts of the machine and got to test-sew some scraps together.  Then it was on to the real deal.  Like I mentioned, overall they did a great job.   Some of the more experienced sewers put dots onto their pillowcases but some of the newbies didn’t get that far.  And that was okay!

   

In the end we made 12 pillowcases to be donated.  It was a busy but fun afternoon!

All the gorgeous fabric was donated by my fellow Therm O Web Design Team member Pat Sloan.  Thanks Pat!

My kids start school again in 3 weeks (we always start a bit later).  My youngest is starting Kindergarten this year.  While I am sad to lose the buddy I hang out with during the day she is super excited to go to school all day long and eat lunch at school.  She has an orientation a few days before the first day of school where she will get to meet her teacher and see her room.  We made this cute but easy vase to take on orientation day for her new teacher as a small “looking forward to a great year” gift.

I started with an inexpensive glass cylinder vase.  You can use any vase as long as the overall shape is a cylinder, otherwise slanted or curved sides won’t work for this project.  I covered the vase with Therm O Web Sticky Lines and then peeled off the backing.  The 1/4″ or 1/2″ size will work.

Then I attached the pencils to the Sticky Lines.  I too about 40 pencils to go around my 3″ diameter vase.

Setting aside the vase for a moment, I created the ribbon flower with Therm O Web iCraft Dots.  I created the flower center with a 1 1/2″ iCraft Dot starting with a jewel in the middle and wrapping bakers twine around it to cover the remaining iCraft Dot.  Leave a tail of the twine at the end.  To make the larger layer I gathered ribbon on the 2″ iCraft Dot in a circle.  Then just place the smaller iCraft Dot with twine over the middle of the ribbon iCraft Dot tucking the twine tail under while sticking them together.

Then I attached a length of ribbon with Sticky Lines around the pencils and attached my flower.  I also added a die cut of the word school to the ribbon border.  I die cut the word from paper that was already pre-adhered to a Therm O Web iCraft sheet.  My die cut instantly was turned into a sticker for easy assembly.

Enjoy the back-to-school shuffle!

Below is my most recent invitation creation.  The bride chose a really fun color palette of purple, orange, red for the wedding.  I softened the colors a bit for the summer shower but the effect is similar.  The main part of the design is the subway art-like copy in the middle.  I used only three fonts and mixed them up a bit to make the different lines stand out.  The invites were paired with an orange/coral colored envelope from Paper Source to match the flowers and were printed with dark purple addresses.

This coming Memorial Day weekend, fill up on card making inspiration with the Operation Write Home Blog Hop.  Operation Write Home helps heroes write home while deployed.  They have donated over 1.5 million handmade cards to deployed troops since they started in 2007.  Learn how you can create cards for OWH!

Operation Write Home has a giant collection of sketches: http://www.owhstarsandstamps.org/p/owh-sketch-collection.html  Unlimited wonderful cards could be created from their sketches.  The Therm O Web Design Team was challenged with Sketch #30 for the Operation Write Home Blog Hop over Memorial Day weekend.

Here are my interpretations of Sketch #30:

 

A few years back EK Success stopped making fun embellishments with the teams of MLB.  No more Cubs stickers and embellishments for scrabooking.  So to make this recent layout I went through my scraps and pulled out fun red and royal blue papers and found a few coordinating embellishment die cuts.  Just the color combination with the “Go Cubs Go” title get the point across.  It’s amazing what your paper scraps can do!

Melissa Bullock


I love scrapbooking, graphic design, photography, and many other fun things. I take care of and adore two daughters, a husband, and a basset hound. I strive for a creative life amongst errands, chores, and the daily grind.

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