Sunday, May 25, 2014

Graduation Time is Here

Got some Pomp & Circumstance happening in your home?  
Whether you'll be crying for joy at your child's
college commencement or kindergarten graduation,
here are a few great DIY ideas for handmade gifts. 
Create a one-of-a-kind graduation wall canvas, celebrating the great achievement.  Using scrapbooking techniques, I kicked them up a notch, creating a 3-D canvas that is proudly displayed.  Pull together your favorite photo from the big day, the graduation announcement, and coordinated embellishments.  For all the details, click here.

Fun party favors for Grads
What better way to say "I'm so proud of you" than with a jar full of chocolate?  Here's a fun idea that would make great party favors or for your child to give to their friends.  Grab a bag of chocolate peanut butter cups, a small hinged or mason jar, a few graduation embellishments, and you'll have those kids eating out of your hands (literally).  For the complete tutorial, click here.

Photo Projects for Graduation
A simple wooden frame can easily be embellished into a special graduation keepsake.  One quick trip to your local craft room (or arts & crafts store, if you prefer) to pick up a few graduation-theme accents, and you'll be ready to create this wonderful treasure.  Click here for the tutorial.

Graduate Gifts
For a little something extra, why not alter a mini chunky notebook for the new grad?  It may be too small to keep track of all their job interviews, but it will work well for them to jot down their summer to-do list.   And it's the perfect size to hold a gift card! The link is here.
Hope these projects inspire you to create your own handmade treasured memories for your special graduate.  Now pass the tissues...

And don't forget Father's Day is this Sunday.  
Here's another wall canvas project you 
and the kids can create for Dad.  
sPersonalized Wall Art for Father's Day Gifts

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Handmade Mother's Day Project

With everyone's busy lives, I'm glad the calendar tells us to take one day to celebrate Mom.  However, my Mom says "everyday is Mother's Day," and I tend to agree with her.  Hopefully, your kids tell you how much they love you more than just one day a year!

However, next Sunday, go ahead and lavish your Mother with more than a hug and kiss--give her several! And if you still feel like you want to give her a gift, make a handmade one that she will treasure always.

Here is an art canvas I made for my Mom several years ago.  It's still one of my most favorite projects ever. Even though I've posted this before, I'd like to share it again in case you missed it the first time.

Gifts for Mother's DayPin It
 8" x 8" and 8" x 4" canvasses tied together with ribbon;
each canvas painted and then decoupaged with designer papers;
Photos added.

Scrapbook Project for Mother's Day gift
Yes, that's really me, just minutes after I was born.
Note the year:  1956
(Ohhhhh!  Am I THAT old?)

Unconditional Love
Scrabble tiles spell out "DAUGHTERS"
Chipboard used to spell "LOVE" 

art project for Mother's Day
Additional embellishments:  chipboard scroll, button and
silver heart charm tied to "E"

Scrapbook Projects for Mother's Day
Then added ribbon, brads and flower

Finally, current year of bottom photo:  2010

I had so much fun creating this wall hanging canvas for my Mom.  It still hangs in her kitchen so she sees ii everyday.  

Every few years, I update the bottom photo of my daughters and me and change the date.  So this year, when my daughters are home, we'll snap a few new photos, and decoupage it to the canvas when we visit my Mom.  

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