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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Recipe Binder!!

I've been printing recipes off the web for soooo long and I had a HUGE file folder filled with pages of recipes. 

I figured it was time to handle that mess of a folder.  I started searching for a recipe binder for months.  I specify binder because I wanted to be able to add pages as I pleased. 

I kept coming across binders with weird sizes, with no place for sheets protectors, made for index cards, etc...

What do you do when you can't find what you are looking for...??  Just make it yourself.

The above binder is actually the one I made for my sister.

What you'll need:
- 1'' binder that has inserts on the front, spine and back.
- Scrapbook paper
- Sheet protectors
- Post-it hanging file folder durable tabs
- Card stock
- Glue
- Scissors
- Printer
- Permanent marker

- Basically it involves cutting and gluing your scrapbook paper until you like how it looks.
- You can personalize your cover by printing your name and gluing it on the top of the cover.
- Once the cover is finished, slide it in the front insert of the binder.

- Use scrapbook paper and print your name.
- Once the spine is finished, slide it in the spine insert of the binder.

- Start with a sheet of card stock (you can get it at any dollar store).
- Glue strips of scrapbook paper to it.
- Print yourself a title for your divider and glue it on the sheet.
- Insert the sheet inside a sheet protector and place it inside the binder.
Repeat these steps until you have all the dividers you wish to have.

- Take out all the tabs you'll need and write your titles with a permanent marker.
- Align all your dividers (which are placed inside sheet protectors) and start sticking your tabs on them. I find having all the dividers well aligned as you place the tabs, help to prevent the tabs from overlapping each other and making hard to see them.

Last step:
- Insert all your FAVORITE recipes inside sheet protectors and place them inside your binder.

VOILĂ€!!  Hope you enjoyed this project!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Super Cute Name Labels!!

Are you looking for an original way to label all your children's school supplies?

How about something like this?

Not only are they super CUTE and super resistant... they are also WATERPROOF!!!

I've been using MyTwoBabes Designs labels for two years and I absolutely love them.  They stick to everything.. I even put them on all my daughter's lunch containers (re-useable drink containers, sandwich boxes, etc...) and after each school day I throw them in the dishwasher and the containers come out with the labels still on!

The labels are available in different shapes (circle, oval, flower, etc...) and in different sizes.

These are the ones I order:

I've ordered from My TwoBabes Designs at least 3-4 times :) And I'm always happy with what I receive :)

You can visit MyTwoBabes Designs store here.
Also, if you join their Facebook page, they often offer coupon codes.  :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Giant Birthday Candles!

Here's a fun birthday prop you can use over and over again.

I made these Giant Birthday Candles a few years ago:

I love how tall they are.  They measure 30'', 36'' and 42''.

What you will need to make these Giant Birthday Candles:
- Thick cardboard tubes in various size (I cut my tubes to these sizes 22'', 28'' and 34'')
- Spray paint (White Spray paint and bright colors)
- Masking tape
- White plastic cups
- Yellow and Orange foam sheets (Dollar Store)
- Hot glue gun
- Regular glue
- 6'' Wooden dowels
- Black paint

Here are the instructions to make one candle, repeat the steps if you wish to make more.

Step 1: Spray paint your tube white.  You may need to do two coats.
Step 2: Wrap masking tape around your tube starting at the top and working your way down.  This will determine where your white stripe will be.
Step 3: Spray paint your tube again, but this time a bright color.  You'll probably need to do a few coats.
Step 4: Gently remove the masking tape from your tube.
Step 5: Insert a white plastic cup in the bottom of your tube (this will be your base).  I used a plastic cup for the base because it gives you a flexibility if you put it on a surface that isn't quite level.

Step 1:  Cut 2 yellow foam sheets in the shape of a flame (approx. 5'' high).
Step 2:  Cut 2 orange foam sheets in the shape of a smaller flame (approx. 2.5'' high).
Step 3:  Glue orange flames on to the yellow flames.
Step 4:  Paint your wooden dowel in black.
Step 5:  Glue the 2 flames unto each side of the dowel. (More towards the top so that you have enough dowel left to glue to the bottom of the plastic cup).
Step 6: Using your hot glue gun, put a dab of glue on the bottom end of your dowel and then glue it onto the inside of the other white cup.
Step 7:  Insert the cup on the top of your tube.....


P.S.  I'm linking at these Parties.

Monday, July 11, 2011

What to do with Rubber Boots!!

Do you have a bunch of ''cute'' old rubber boots laying around in your closet and you don't know what to do with them...

Look at this FANTASTIC idea:

I have some really cute ones here and I'm dying to do this project... however the problem is.. I need to keep them until my youngest is finished wearing them. I figure I will be able to do the project in about.. umm.. lets see... 4 years! hehe

Do you want to see how to make them? I found the project on Rosy-Posy's blog. She also did a second post explaining how to do drainage holes and how to hang them. You can find this post here.

If you happen to do this project (which I'll be super jealous!! hehe), I would love to see pictures!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sponge Balls!!

My daughter's birthday is coming up and I was searching for ideas of water games for the kids.. trying to find something different from water balloons and water guns.

And I came across this brilliant idea on Betz White's site:

SPONGE BALLS!!!! Honestly... you can make them any color you wish.. just a question of buying sponges... cutting them and then tying them together with string... it's really that simple!
Get the instructions here.

I'm so excited to try them out... my girls helped me assemble them and started throwing them around right away. I'm going to place them in a bin of water and let the kids soak 'em and throw 'em as they please. It's going to be FUN FUN FUN!!!

DIY Dreamer

I find myself roaming the web seeing so many great things handmade by such talented people… I just dream that I could be a DIY too.

Have you visited Etsy? Did you see all the WONDERFUL things people created? I wish I had an ounce of their creativity.

Cheers to all you DIY people out there! I wanna be just like you!

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