Make Something Monday: DIY notebooks and photo albums


I had some cardboard left over from online orders, and it was way too much to waste.


But what could I do with it? What could I make?

 I had an idea: why not get out some scrapbook paper and make some small notebooks and photo albums?

I cut the cardboard to the desired sizes and folded it over to make a flap.


Then I used Locktite spray adhesive to affix scrapbook paper to what would be the front cover.


Then, you cover the folded over edges on the inside with contrasting paper like this:


Then, cut your notebook paper to the desired size and punch holes where you want them to go.


Punch holes in the cardboard flap and back cover with scissors. Make sure your notebook paper holes line up with these holes!

Get some binding posts (Lowes Hardware sells them for $.88) and poke them through the holes. Put your notebook paper on the posts and secure the fold over the paper. Screw the screw head into the post. 


And when you’re finished, you’ll have a recycled notebook that is refillable!

I made two of this size to function as  photo books:


And one flip top notebook


A journal sized notebook, another flip top notebook and a matchbook style notebook:


This is a super fun activity to do with kids. I can’t wait to show you the scrapbook we’re making together. 

Have a wonderful week!

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Make Something Monday: DIY tray

Our bathroom counter needed a little something. We have some bottles and containers that we use each day but just having them piled up or sitting around didn’t look nice. I wanted to find away to make them blend in, but still be accessible. 

I had seen an idea on Pinterest I wanted to try. I assembled the following supplies:

I grabbed my trusty chalk paint and things got a little greener. 

Two coats later, I had a green picture frame. I popped this scrapbook paper in it and replaced the glass.

Then, I attached the drawer pulls. 

Now all of our jars don’t look like we’ve just left them sitting out. 

What “Pin-spired” projects have you done lately?

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Make Something Monday: DIY storage boxes


Get ready to see the easiest DIY ever.

We have a lot of need for small storage at our home but small storage can be costly. We DIY whatever we can from shoe boxes and diaper boxes.

These boxes were created from old shoeboxes for my daughter’s new desk.


It’s so easy: first, get a few old shoeboxes, some bookplates and some modge podge. You can use cloth instead of paper if you’d like.

Then, wrap your box with the cloth or paper, as though you are wrapping a present. Remember to glue as you go.


Then, after you’ve got all of your boxes and lids covered, add your bookplates. I Like to put the lids on and sit the bookplate on it without actually attaching it. I do this so I can make sure I like the placement before I make it permanent 🙂 


If you like the bookplate placement, punch holes, push the fasteners through and fold them back.

And then you’ll have some brand new desk boxes.


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Make It Monday: Kids’ American Flag Made From Paint Sticks


Today’s Make it Monday post is for the kids! Maybe you have children, or grandchildren, or even nieces and nephews who might enjoy it. 

This cute little flag is inspired by folk art- it’s definitely different from anything I usually make and it’s far from perfect. The paint ran, the colors bled a little, but I’m kind of liking its imperfections.

All you need is this:


If you’re doing this with kids, my only advice is to use wood glue, or leave operating the glue gun to the adults.
You’ll need to lay out your paint sticks like this, alternating the notched ends.


Then, using either wood glue or hot glue, glue two of the sticks cross-ways. The notched ends will serve as a guide for getting your cross bars glued on straight.


Then, flip it over and place your star stickers however you like.


Go ahead and paint the blue field on your flag. Paint over the stars if you plan to peel them off. That’s what we originally did.


Then, alternate your red and white stripes on the flag.


In the end, we decided to use white star stickers since the paint bled a bit.


This was a fun, easy and cheap craft project. My kiddos loved it and I bet yours will as well.

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DIY Tips and Tricks: prepping for painting 


I recently painted our living room walls. It’s a big room and painting it was no easy task. 

In fact, prepping to paint it was no easy task. There were old nails sticking out everywhere from the previous owners, scuff marks, holes…you name it, we had it.

I was in a big hurry to get those walls painted, but I also knew I had some prep work to do first.

1. Fill any holes, dents or cracks with spackle. Allow it to dry for about a day, then sand it and make sure you clean away the dust.

2. Take off the electrical outlet covers and light switch plates.

3. Don’t shake the paint! Stir it with a stir stick or stir it by rolling the can.

4. De-fuzz your roller with a lint roller or tape.

5. Cut in around your ceilings, baseboards and trim first, and then paint the walls before it dries. This will prevent what’s known as “hatbanding.”

I hope you have enjoyed DIY Tips and Tricks this week.

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A farmhouse gallery wall…revealed


Last week, we published this post to ask your advice about our living room gallery wall.

You guys even helped make our decision by participating in my poll.

And after mulling it over for a bit, we chose to do this:


I love that cute little B on the top right, but I feel like it doesn’t really go with the rest of the gallery. I will probably change it out, but for now, isn’t this wall a hundred times better?

Have a wonderful week.

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Make it Monday: DIY personalized wall art and how you can make it!!


I saw something similar to this in a catalog earlier this week and immediately thought about how easy it’d be to make.

All you need is word processor and to download some fonts that you like.


My finished product looks like this, though I’m thinking of ordering it on a canvas.



I used Bookman Old Style for the big B and the “Boone,” but used Brush Script Demo for the “established,” and Bradley Hand for the year. Dafont.com  and Freefonts.com are a great place to get free fonts if none of these appeal to you. 

This printable is super easy and lots of fun to make. 


Now, where to hang it?

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Farmhouse Friday: gallery wall


We are, one by one, painting the rooms in our home. This week, we painted our living room. 

For over a year now, I’ve had this gallery wall behind our couch:


Here’s a better look at it:


While I like this gallery wall, I do want to change it up. 

I laid out our frames and wall art that I love and I decided to do just play with them. Now I’m stumped and I need your help! Which option would you choose? Here are the contenders:


Option one: leave the gallery wall as it is and change nothing.


Option two: mostly the same but repurposing some other art taken from other rooms.


Option three: count your blessings and a framed B.


Option four: a large family picture in the middle and a little art mixed in


Option five: super hodgepodge 


Which do you choose? Vote in the poll below.

 

Which option should I choose for my “behind the couch” gallery wall?

Option one
Option two
Option three
Option four
Option five

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DIY Tips and Tricks Thursday: fool proof your paint choices


I hate to paint. I hate it so much that we have lived in this house for almost four years and still have yet to paint our dining room, office, playroom, kitchen and bedroom. 

And out of the rooms that have been painted, we only painted two of them. Since hiring out a paint job is so expensive, we typically only hire out the rooms that have tons of trim/cabinets and such to paint around. 

Almost all of our rooms (except the bedrooms) are painted in Benjamin Moore Barbados Sand. It’s a nice neutral color that we had in our old house as well. It is a warm tone that pairs well with our red oak floors.


Here is an example of what it looks like in our living room: 

While I hate to paint and am certainly no expert, here is what I’ve learned in regards to choosing paint colors.

1. Paint chips are a necessity, and so are paint samples. 


Paint samples are cheap and give you just enough paint to test what the color looks like on your wall. Paint a section of the wall and then observe how the color looks in different levels of light throughout the day. If you don’t like it, get a different sample and try again.

Paint chips are great for comparing other colors in the same family…which leads me to my next piece of advice. 


2. When in doubt, go one shade lighter.

This little piece of wisdom has served us well when painting both my daughters’ rooms. When we painted my oldest daughter’s room, we must have gone through three samples. We wanted a nice light aqua but kept choosing colors that were TOO aqua.  One shade lighter than my final choice turned out to be THE ONE.

3. If your home is fairly open, use the same color in all the public areas, or use colors within a shade or two of one another.  This makes your home seem more cohesive and feel more pulled together. 

And lastly,

 4. you get what you pay for. Cheap paint is watery and doesn’t go on the walls well. It also isn’t very durable and will not last as long as a good quality paint. 

Have a wonderful Thursday, my friends!!

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Cedar Chest chronicle: the final installment 


Last week, I did something that wasn’t very nice to you sweet readers. I cliffhangered you!! I’m truly sorry . But I’m also really excited to show you this:


Ta-DAA!!!!! Isn’t she a beauty? That’s two coats of Minwax Polystain in Espresso.

I’m so glad to see this project finally put to sleep and I am also loving how this cedar chest looks in our living room.

I’ve learned a lot while refinishing this cedar Chest and I’m happy to share.


1. Wood veneer is hard to remove but comes off a lot easier with a heat gun and chisel.


2. Your furniture project will have an ugly stage and that’s ok. Keep going. Ugly stages are temporary.


3. Sand your piece between stain coats, or it will not dry well.


4. Be patient. Don’t rush it because the finished product will be so worth it. There are also plenty of places where I nicked the wood on the cedar chest because I was trying to rush.


We are planning to get a cushion for the top so we can sit on it if need be.

I also made a little time lapse video you can check out here:

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Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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