Don’t Eat The Photo Props

Don't Eat The Photo Props PosterThis post is for all bloggers (or photographers) who struggle with their family and friends eating the photo props. There have been numerous times when I’ve had to remind my family not to eat the photo props. Just the other day this conversation happened:

Husband:  Are you using those jolly rancher gummies for anything? (note: they’re sitting in a pile of washi tape)

Me:  Yes, they’re for a post.

Husband: Oh, because I had a few already.

Me:  Don’t eat any more! I don’t know what the ratio of X’s to O’s are in there. (yes, I really said that)

So I decided to do something I should have done years ago, make a sign.  And if you need a sign in your life like this, click here for the PDF.

Valentine Cards with a Purpose

Positive Valentine CardsThis year I decided to change things up a little with our Valentine cards.  Normally I make a standard card that my daughter can sign and give out to everyone.  This time I plan on making them more personal and giving them a purpose.  My daughter will address each card and write something she likes about that child.   The cards read, “I like that you ________.” and she will fill in the blanks. It could be as simple as, “I like that you are kind”.    The emphasis will be on writing something sincere and positive.

I know this isn’t for everyone. If you like the idea, there are directions below.


White Cardstock – 8 1/2 in x 11 in

Washi Tape


Parchment Paper

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Click here for Valentine card template. washi tape envelope directions

Directions to make outside pouch

1.   Cut a piece of card stock to 8 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in.  You will get exactly 4 strips out of a standard size piece of cardstock.

2.  Fold in half.  Refer to fig 2.

3.  Place two pieces of tape on the top and bottom of the paper with half of it hanging off the edge.  Fold tape to the back side to seal the folded paper together.

4.  Your paper should now look like fig 4.  Trim tape with scissors (refer to dotted blue lines).

5.  Decorate the top of the pouch.  Set aside.

positive valentine cards 2Directions for the Valentine card.

1.  Print Valentine card template on cardstock.

2.  Cut into eight pieces (refer to crop marks).  Make sure the crop marks are cut off.

3.  Place a piece of washi tape on the right side of the card with about one inch of it hanging off the edge.  Fold it over so the sticky sides of tape come together.  A little of the tape should be on the back side of the card.  This will be the pull tab for the card.

4.  With a pen, write pull on the tape.  Let dry.

5.  Write a message on the card and tuck the card inside the pouch. Done.

Pom-Poms, Totoro and a Few Good Links

DIY totoroLast week I was busy working on DIY projects for my daughter’s room.  One of the projects is a -pom-pom rug (pictured above) which I’m still working on.  It has turned into the never-ending project.  Just when I think I’ve made enough pom-poms, I need more.  Have you ever had a project like that? I think this is why I like short and sweet crafts.

Since I don’t have a craft tutorial for you today, I’m sharing a few links that you might want to check out:

Totoro tutorial (pictured above) by Cheek and Stitch – her version looks much better than mine

Sweet Potato Latte Recipe by Eugenie Kitchen – I’m looking forward to making this for breakfast.

Fun With Washi Book Giveaway by Mod Podge Rocks

It’s a Bird…It’s a plane… It’s a Super Valentine!

Superhero Valentine 3Before anyone starts freaking out, let me just say I’m not ripping off someone else’s post. I’m actually ripping off my own post.  I even went as far as re-using the title *gasp*.  Back in 2011 I created this superhero Valentine printable which you may have seen on my other blog.  As I mentioned before, I’m slowly bringing some of my favorite posts over to this new site.

Superhero Valentine 5Click here for Superhero Valentine Template


Superhero Valentine template printed on cardstock


Pinking Shears

Hole punch



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1. Cut out all pieces from template.

2.  Cut bottom of capes with pinking shears.

3.  Sign name on back of capes.

4.  Punch a hole at the top of the cape.  Slip the cape over the stick and wrapper.  It should stay in place on its own without any tape.

Superhero Valentine 25. Tape eye masks to lollipops (refer to photo).  Done.

Creating with The 3Doodler

3doodler art gobletGoblet and Vase made by David Roehl with a 3Doodler

Have you heard of the 3Doodler before?   It’s a pen that allows you to draw in 3-D.  The pen heats plastic filament and as you draw it cools.  In a lot of ways it reminds me of a glue gun but in pen form.  Just like a glue gun, the filament will trail off and make tails sometimes.


About a year ago I gave one to my brother for Christmas.  Recently he started making more things with it and I thought some of you might be interested in learning about it.  Plus, it turns out that Wobble Works (creator of the 3Doodler) just came out with the 3Doodler 2.0 that they’re funding on Kickstarter.  The new version is smaller, quieter, and easier to use.

3doodler art ballBall by David Roehl

With any craft medium, there’s a learning curve.  The 3Doodler takes some time to get used to.  I’m still trying to master it.  I’ve discovered that it’s difficult to make items that look refined with the pen.

3doodler art chickenChicken & Egg by David Roehl

One of the benefits of the pen is that it’s easy to encase an item within another item.  I’m not sure if you can tell but the egg is suspended inside the chicken.  With other art mediums, making something like this would be more difficult to do.

Have you tried out the 3Doodler?  How do you like it?  What would you make with it?

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