Friday, September 2, 2011

A Little Thanks for a Big Job


I have discovered that I am a ‘repurposing upcycler’ when it come to my crafty gifts.  I love to take ordinary things and make them unique and special. 

Unique and special are a the exact words I use to describe the 4 people I made these gifts for recently. The teachers at the preschool that my now kindergartener had for the last 2 years, and her little sister and brother will have for the next few years, have gone above and beyond for us, and I wanted to say ‘Thank You’.

Now, we all know I can’t just say ‘thank you’ and call it a day. Oh no way!  I had to get cutesy with it. So I decided to make some “Preschool Teacher First Day Emergency Kits”.

I know, I know, you’re thinking, “What the heck in the world?” is in a kit like that.  Here’s a list of the few goodies I was able to fit in the tins I had on hand. (To be honest, I could have filled a container at least 3 times the size of these tins with all the different ideas of things I wanted to include, but you deal with what you have I guess.)

  • 1 package of 20 anti-bacterial hand wipes
  • 1 ‘package’ of 6 crayons
  • 3 pieces of Hershey’s chocolate
  • 1 tea bag
  • 1 ‘package’ of Band-Aids with Neosporin


These tins were incredibly easy to put together, and yet look so stunning.

I am going to put some more together over the weekend, and I will put a quick tutorial together.


Until then…



Why I do what I do.

People often ask me once they find out that I love to craft and create, "What is the one project you are most proud of?" My answer is always the same, "My five kids!" They are the reason I have been scrapbooking for so many years. I want to be able to capture their childhood through pictures, and evoke emotion through the art of scrapbooking. I found a wonderful company, Close To My Heart (CTMH), that allows me to do just that. Their breathtaking line of paper packs with coordinating embellishments and stamp sets take the guess work out of scrapping, and they are a huge time saver. And let's be honest, when it's fun it's easier to get a project done. Once I discovered CTMH, I decided to become a consultant so that I am better equipped to share the joy I feel when preserving memories that will be passed on for generations to come.

Another benefit to using Close To My Heart products is the versatility they offer. Not only do you get to create and protect your precious memories by scrapbooking, but you can also use the paper packs and embellishments to create personalized and unique cards as well as sprucing up your home decor. I love having the ability to transform a simple photograph into a piece of art I am proud to display in my home or give as a gift to a special person.

It is not the amount of 'creative talent' but rather the level of interest and passion you possess that will determine what we are capable of accomplishing together. Let me show you how simple, quick and most importantly fun scrapbooking and paper crafting can be.