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Apple Library Card

I am so excited to be teaching at the All Things Silhouette Conference in Georgia this November. It is already sold out, but I have a feeling they’ll be doing another one. Terri Johnson is the mastermind behind it all and I have loved getting to know her over the past few months as we have discussed my class and other fun happenings for the conference. She is an expert in using fabric with your Silhouette to create amazing sewn pieces. She even has an embroidering class available on Craftsy. She’s big time! apple gift bag diy

Today I am on her blog sharing a quick tutorial for making these apple library cards that are great for giving to a teacher, or as a special note for your littles ones on their first day of school, or when they may need a little pick-me-up. Head over to Terri’s blog and get all the details.
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3D Apple Gift Box Tutorial

apple 3D box

Summer is ending very shortly if it hasn’t already for your kids and they’re heading back to school. Hooray! This apple gift box would be great to fill with treats or supplies for your child’s teacher. You could also fill it with some fun surprises for your child as a little gift on their first day of school. After they open it up, use the apple on your mantle in your fall decor.

How to make a 3D Apple Gift Box

Supplies Needed

(This tutorial contains affiliate links, but only to products I personally use and love!)

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Step 1: Cut out all of your pieces using your Silhouette.

Step 2: Fold along all the dotted lines to create the creases for all the edges.

Step 3: Glue the bottom sections of one of the apple side pieces to create a curved, bowl-shaped bottom. While creating the box, we will be using the Tombow Mono Liquid Glue to adhere all the sides together. This is my favorite adhesive for 3D projects. It has a strong hold and dries quickly.

Step 4: Glue the bottom piece to the bottom-side section you previously glued.apple box tutorial 2

Step 5: Glue the bottom sections of the other side piece to create a curved, bowl-shaped bottom.

Step 6: Glue the two side pieces together making sure to adhere it to the bottom piece.

Step 7: Glue all the top sections together to complete the box of the apple.

Step 8: Your box should look like this.
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Step 9: Now we will make the lid. Glue the sections of the lid together using the liquid glue.

Step 10: You have now completed the box and the lid base. Your apple should look like this.

Step 11: Roll the brown strip of paper and glue the end to hold the rolled shape.

Step 12: Fold the leaf in half.

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Step 13: Bend the bottom of the leaf down.

Step 14: Glue the bottom of the leaf to the stem.

Step 15: Using your glue gun, adhere the stem to the center of the lid. Let cool.

Step 16: Bend the leaf back down and make any tweaks to get the look you want. Fill the box with goodies and close by placing the lid on top.

This same tutorial can be used to create my Pineapple and Coconut boxes too. Just make a few minor adjustments for the tops.

Memory Calendar

July Calendar

INSPIRATION

I started a new memory calendar at our house a few months ago as a way to document the fun things we do as a family, and also to start building a foundation for the concept of time with my kids. I was inspired by all those planner girls out there. I never really understood the whole planner thing until I went to Silhouette Summit in May and met, Cori, The Reset Girl. She showed me her planners and told me about the wonderful planner community and all about her business adventures. She was so kind and patient and had this amazing energy about her as she shared her passion for planning. I left wanting to have a million planners to decorate and a million things to schedule in them.

Reality is, I don’t have a lot of things to plan. The kids and I pretty much fly by the seat of our pants at home. We have play dates scheduled with other friends, but that’s about the extent of it. And hauling around a planner along with everything else for kids (diapers, wipes, snacks) just wasn’t going to happen for me. There are a lot of moms that love their planners, but I just didn’t see it working out for me at this point in my life.

With the itch to somehow keep a planner I came up with our memory calendar. It has grown over the past three months and evolved to be more fun than I had imagined. I love creating little embellishments to go along with our simple adventures of the day. I plan to have the kids help create little embellishments to put on the calendar to mark their memories of fun they had that day too. For now, I’m having too much fun creating to share it with them. Ha!

July calendar embellishments

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June 2015 calendar

EMBELLISHMENTS
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Embellishments are the funnest part of the whole calendar to me. I love drawing up designs to go along with our activities and cutting them out with my Silhouette CAMEO. My embellishments are very literal of the things we have done that day. This is for my kids. They can’t read yet, but when they see an image of their bikes by the mountains, they know that was the day they rode their bikes in the mountains. Pretty straight forward. My kids LOVE this calendar. They look at it all the time, point to a picture and then tell me all about the fun things they did that day. You can embellish your calendar any way you would like, but this is what works for us and is what my kids love.

In addition to embellishing with die cuts and other paper crafts, I also use mini Instax prints from my Instax Share Printer. I can’t even tell you how much I love this little printer and the tiny photos it pops out. When I first bought it, I was a little skeptical about how much I would actually use it. I’m happy to say, I use it all the time and can’t get enough of the tiny, adorable photos. It really is the funnest little tool. I have increased the amount of photos I use on the calendar each month, as you can see by looking at the month of July. It brings the calendar and memories to life that much more. My kids love seeing pictures of themselves, but they love it even more when their friends or cousins are in the pictures with them.

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June calendar cotton candy

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CREATE YOUR OWN CALENDAR

I originally created this calendar last year to be made into a little planner for kids. I loved it so much, I enlarged it for our wall calendar. The reason I love this one is because it has 6 rows of weeks. I didn’t want to have to share any squares when room runs out on the calendar, and the last day or two of the month have to share a square with the days from the previous week. All the extra space from having 6 rows gives me room to right goals, a bucket list and other fun things for the month. During birthday months, I plan to highlight the person in this area with a photo and some fun things about them. Okay, let’s get down to business and make a calendar…

  1. Download and print out the calendar: You can download the calendar in my store. I printed mine at Cosco photo center. It’s a 20×30″ print and is about $8. To make it reusable for each month, I put mine in a frame. You can also laminate it.
  2. Fill in the month and days: I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut the letters for the month out of cardstock. I taped them on using scotch tape so I can take them off and reuse the letters for other months. The days of the month are filled in with a black dry erase marker. Nothing fancy here. :)
  3. Plan and embellish: The first thing I do when I have the month and days filled out, is go through and mark holidays and special events. I use these calendar cards for the majority of that process. Then I document the fun things we do each day with a memento, photo or paper embellishment. I use washi tape, scotch tape and sometimes a glue stick to adhere the embellishments to the calendar.
  4. Document: When the month is over, I snap a photo of the whole calendar along with some close-ups of special events that happened. I put them in an album along with all the photos I used on the calendar that month. Then I use some glass cleaner to clean the glue and marker off the calendar for the next month.

This calendar is so simple to make and you can embellish to your own taste. My family loves it and I know yours will too. Any questions or fun ideas for this calendar, please post below. I’m always looking for new ways to make this even better.

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Weather Chart

weather chart and cards

I am doing a little preschool at home for my boys this year. They are only two so I’m keeping it pretty informal and simple. I made a few things for “circle time” I wanted to share incase any of you out there would like to do the same thing.

Part of our circle time will be talking about the weather and seasons. I made this weather chart wheel that we can spin to point to the weather each day. There are also cards we can place on the calendar so we can see the weather patterns through the month to hopefully give them a better idea of seasons.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Weather Chart
  • cardstock
  • adhesive
  • brad
  • foam core/chipboard (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cut out pieces. Glue to foam core or chipboard if you would like to make your chart more sturdy.
  2. Layer the pieces with the wheel over top the background and the arrow on top.
  3. To make the arrow spin, insert a brad through the arrow and chart. Glue the chart to the background.
  4. The make the arrow stay still while the wheel spins, insert the brad through the arrow and glue the underside of the brad to the top of the arrow. After it has dried, place the brad/arrow through the wheel and background. Glue the brad to the background.

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Book Binding Tutorial

book binding tut

There are several ways to bind a booklet, and today I’m going to show you a simple way using some string, a needle and hole punch (optional).

book binding tutorial

You can follow the illustration above or use the step by step pictures below.

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  1. Fold all your pages in half.
  2. Align the centers of all the papers.
  3. Mark where you want your holes to be. You will need three.
  4. Use a small hole punch to cut out the holes for easier threading. I do this if I have a lot of pages and if they are cardstock. If you have a few thin sheets, you can just poke through with a needle and your string.
  5. Start by threading your string through the middle hole into the center of the book.
  6. Thread it from the center to the top.
  7. From the top hole, take it down and through the bottom hole into the center of the book.
  8. String it from the bottom hole through the center hole to the outside of the book.
  9. Both ends of the string should be on either side of the string going down the spine.
  10. Tie your two threads in a square knot around the center string. Then you can tie the two ends in a bow around the book to close it.

I love this simple way of binding and the professional look it gives your projects. If you don’t want to have the remainder string on the outside of your book so that you can use it as a clasp, just flip the sides of the steps and start step one from the inside of the book instead of the outside. Then you can finish with a small knot on the inside of the book and cut off the tail strings.

You can see all the details of the inside of this planner on my post HERE.

Calendar

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Here’s a great little project to get your kids excited for school. A simple calendar and planner that they can mark holidays, birthdays, field trips or even track the weather in. I printed out a few blank calendars on cardstock. Four calendars on a sheet, two on each side. I then printed out all the holiday icons onto sticker paper and used my Silhouette to cut them into squares with the Print and Cut feature. You could also use the new PixScan mat.

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Once you have everything printed and cut, fold your calendars in half to make a booklet. You can then fill the months and dates on the calendar, a great writing and counting exercise for your kids. Finally you get to put the stickers on all the important dates and start using the planner.

planner inside sticker

You can find the blank calendar and all the calendar icons in the Silhouette online store. Silhouette is also having a great Back to School promotion on their machines as well as their specialty media (sticker paper, cotton canvas, gold foil, etc.)

August Promo

Portrait Bundle:

Originally $260.91
SALE $149.99

CAMEO Bundle

Originally $380.91
SALE $269.99

FREE Download | Bubblegum Machine

bubblegum reading download

I have a free download for you today as promised. Keep your kids reading through the summer with this fun poem and a bag of bubblegum. This would also be a great gift to new students for the upcoming school year.  The free download is available as a .pdf to print out, and an .svg to cut out the bubblegum machine with your digital cutting machine. If you have a Silhouette you need to have the Designer Edition software to import. There is a promotion going on for 40% off Silhouette Studio Designer Edition using coupon code ROBISON at checkout.

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FREE Download | Rainbow Kids Craft Tutorial

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I have a fun kids craft for you today. This is one I remember doing when I was little and thought it was the coolest thing. The steps are easy, and depending on the size of rainbow you print, this will keep your kids busy for a little while.

Supplies Needed:

  • Rainbow Card | Free Download
  • Tissue Paper in a rainbow assortment of colors, cut into 1.5″ squares
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Cotton Balls
  • Gold Candy (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Download and print the rainbow card. (The sample above is using the size that prints 4 to a page.) Cut tissue paper into 1.5″ squares
  2. Wrap a square of tissue paper around the eraser of a pencil.
  3. Lightly dip the end of the tissue paper into the glue.
  4. Press the tissue paper onto the rainbow card.
  5. Continue to add tissue paper along side the previous one going by colors and following in order of rows.
  6. Glue cotton balls or candy to the ends of the rainbow.

You can also use the rainbow cards with other media. Try coloring, painting or glueing colored candies to it. For Silhouette users, you can import the .svg file using the Designer Edition (currently on sale) and cut out all the pieces in different colors to be glued together. There are a variety of fun ways to decorate your rainbows while spending time the kiddos. How are you going to use the rainbow cards?

Temporary Tattoo Paper Tutorial | FREE Printable

tattoo tutorial BLOG

My Valentine party is today, and I wanted to quickly pop in and give you a tutorial on using the Tattoo Paper from Silhouette. This stuff is seriously awesome! You can use it on just about any surface! I’m going to show you how I used it on the plaster heart magnets I made.

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The tattoo paper comes with great instructions on the box, but I thought I’d just give you a visual step-by-step of the process.

  1. Print out your designs on the shiny side of the paper. I have provided some designs for you as a FREE download. Make sure to mirror the image before printing so your words aren’t backwards on your project after you transfer the image. Peel the top strip off of the blue sticky sheet.
  2. Line up the sticky side of the paper with the top edge of your designs. Press and seal out all the bubbles.
  3. Carefully transfer the rest of the clear sticky sheet from its blue backing onto your printed designs.
  4. Rub over the design making sure the adhesive transfers and also smooth out any air bubbles.
  5. Cut out your design to transfer.
  6. Peel the clear plastic off leaving the adhesive over your design. Put your design face down on the surface you’re transferring it to.
  7. Using a damp cloth, I used a wet wipe, press down on the design for about 15 seconds until the images transfers.
  8. You can spray with a clear sealant to protect your design if you would like. I didn’t on the magnets and they seem to be holding up fine.

Isn’t that amazing?!  will see you tomorrow with a free download of a Valentine card to go with the magnets. You can see a sneak peak on my Instagram.

DIY BINGO Cards | FREE Download

BINGO cards blog

I have another fun Valentine party activity today.  I did this with my family several years ago when all my nieces and nephews were little and they loved it. I thought it would work great for my party I’ll be throwing with my friends and their kids. I had each mom send me a picture of their kids, which I also used for the photo banner. I inserted their photos into this Bingo card and printed out 3×3 photos of each kid to use as the drawing cards. Little heart confetti makes perfect markers for the squares.

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I made the Valentine cards a FREE Download. The file contains two different card styles depending on the number of photos you’ll be using. There is a 4×4 and a 5×5 card. Each card comes in .jpg and .png format.

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DIY Photo Banner | Using your iPhone

photo garland blog

I have a Valentine party coming up that I’m hosting for some friends and their darling kiddos. It is so fun to get together and see the things kids create and talk about while crafting. It’s one of my very favorite things. I’ll be posting some of the fun activities we’ll be doing at the party so you can use them at your parties too.

I want to personalize as much of this party as possible to show the kids how loved they are. I thought a photo banner would be a great way to do that. I asked each mom to send me pictures of their kids with one reason they love them. I printed all the photos and reasons they are loved onto 3×4 cards using the tutorial below. I then added gold glitter to mini clothes pins and finished them with a paper heart. Clip all the pictures to the banner and it’s finished. Each kid will leave with their picture as a little Valentine card from their mom. The cards can then be slipped into Project Life photo sleeves.

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Classmate Valentines

ball blog

I wanted to give you all a closer look at some of the Valentines for kids with some tips and tricks. Like I said before, I picked up just about everything at the dollar store.

Have a Ball this Valentine’s Day!

These ping pong balls had 12 in the package for $1. I pulled the hearts from the tag and using Temporary Tattoo Paper decorated the ping pong balls to coordinate with the tags. It was so fast and easy, I think I’ll try it out on more surfaces with future projects. Just follow the instructions on the back of the package.

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Love is in the Air + Don’t Burst my Bubble

My little boys think balloons and bubbles are the coolest thing ever right now. I made these next two Valentines specifically with them in mind. You can tie a balloon to the tag for kids taking them to school, or inflate them and give them to family and friends at home.

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Valentines for Kids

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New Valentines for kids are up in the Silhouette store today. All the cards are print and cut files and the toys are from the dollar store. That means cheap and easy Valentines for your kids to give to their friends and classmates. I’ll be featuring all these valentines on my blog this week with some tips and tricks to help you out.

1. Whoopee Cushion | 2. Ball | 3. Balloon
4. Treasure Box | 5. Flute | 6. Bubbles
7. Rock Candy | 8. Ruler | 9. Sucker
10. Pencil | 11. Glasses | 12. Bracelet/Crayons

DIY Silhouette Handprint Tutorial

hand wreath present

I wanted to add a personal touch from my boys on their grandparents gifts this year. I decided to go with handprint crafts on the gift wrap. Projects like this make me love my Silhouette even more. Rather than tracing and cutting out handprints for wreaths on several gifts, I just traced their hands in Silhouette Studio and cut them without taking up all my spare time. Jax and Mason’s handprints are in separate colors to make them stand out on their own a little more.

The handprint wreath is available in the Silhouette store. You can resize the handprints in the file to match that of your own child, or you can draw your own in Silhouette Studio. Here is a little tutorial I put together to show you how you can trace your own child’s hand in Silhouette Studio to use for handprint crafts too. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Turkey Bingo

turkey bingo AMY ROBISON

We celebrated Thanksgiving with my side of the family last week and my nieces and nephews loved this Turkey Bingo game. I even heard my little three year old niece yell this is the funnest game! All the kids playing were under seven years old and could play on their own. That’s a big deal to them when they don’t have to be on a “team” with an adult. Continue reading