Project Life Freebie – Washington Cards

Hi Everyone! Happy Sunday!

I’ve been scouring the web for Washington-specific journal cards to use in my project life layouts and have come to the conclusion that they simply don’t exist. I suppose Washington State isn’t as sexy and scrapbook-able as California or New York, but it’s still a state worthy of a little love! …Right??

So… I tried my hand at creating my own. With a little bit of research, and a lot of pinterest color pallets, I came up with this:

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Not bad for a first timer, eh? In celebration of my success, I made the cards in two color schemes (Washington Sunrise and  Washington Forest) and… wait for it… I’m releasing them out into the world for all other Washingtonians to enjoy!

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Click here to download the Washington Sunrise journal cards.

Click here to download the Washington Forest journal cards.

If you end up using these, I’d love to see your creations. Comment below with a link, or tag #NatureCraftsLovePL on instagram. In time, I hope to create more and build a Washington collection. Maybe adding some specific cities, other colors, and images. Any suggestions?

 

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2014 Goals: Scrapbooking with Freckled Fawn

One of my 2014 goals is to catch up on all my scrapbooking. I like to scrapbook in one-year chunks, creating chronological albums that serve as a yearbook or visual journal of my life. I think I was 12 years old when I made my first scrapbook (it’s pretty ghetto). When I began, I created books based on the school year (because apparently nothing scrapbook-worthy happens in the summer?!). Then when I graduated high school I decided to switch to the calendar year and actually purchase real scrapbook albums, pretty paper, and other supplies.

Lately (like for the past 5 years), I have been majorly slacking in the life-journaling department. I think it’s partially because I picked up a series of other crafty hobbies such as crochet, sewing, and general crafts within the past few years, and maybe partially because I got burned out after nearly 10 years of constantly cutting, pasting, and archiving. Nevertheless, I still find myself thinking about events as they happen, and what my page layout would look like if I were to scrapbook it the following week. But because I’m so far behind (I’m just now scrapbooking 2011), I just let those thoughts and ideas disappear into thin air because it’s easier to simply not think about things than it is to deal with them – first world problems, eh?

Okay! So. Since 2014 is going to be the most productive year ever, I’ve decided to take strategic approaches to reaching my goals. Thanks to instagram, I found an adorable company called Freckled Fawn. They design and produce their own papercrafting supplies that you can either order on an individual item bases, or subscribe to a monthly kit called OHDEERME. I was a little hesitant because it’s $30 plus shipping per month, but after doing some quick math on how much I usually spend at Jo-Ann on supplies, I decided it was well worth it. My strategic approach is that if I’m paying $30 per month for super cute supplies (that totally get delivered right to my door!!!), I better actually use them.

My first OHDEERME kit was way too much cuteness packed into one snailmail package.

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And now you can see why I’ll likely be a life-long customer. Oy. Cheers to 2014: The Year of Scrapbooks! I hope to share some outcomes of this year-long-scrapbooking-binge with you soon. In the meantime, go ogle over all the adorableness that is Freckled Fawn!

Christmas 2013: Homemade Gift Roundup

HomemadeGift3I have a longstanding habit of “over doing it” on Christmas. It’s never enough to simply get one single gift for a person. As you can imagine, this often results in me scraping for pennies, time, and sanity leading up to Christmas. You would think that after 26 years I would learn my lesson… you would think.

Since we got married in September (and proceeded to take a 10 day honeymoon to Hawaii), my bank account isn’t as fluffy as it normally is this time of year. With that in mind, I thought this would be the perfect time to test my ability to exercise self control and NOT buy 42 gifts per person on my list. Making 42 gifts per person is much cheaper. 😉

Every year I make a couple homemade gifts for friends and family, but this year, with my self control exercises and all, I decided to make a couple more than normal.

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1. Slouchy beanies for two of my friends. This pattern is super simple and quick! I liked that it’s an easy one to modify. I shortened the length, added pompoms, and played with alternating colors.

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2. Boot cuffs for my sister and mom. Seems like all the cool girls are wearing boot cuffs these days. I can’t tell if it’s going to be a short lived fad or something that sticks around for awhile, but regardless I figure we better keep those legs in style! This pattern is another super quick and easy one.

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3. A giant pompom beanie for my nephew. I forgot to take a picture of this before I wrapped it all up… hence the weird cutout picture. ha. I’m kind of loving pompoms these days. While this pattern is super cute and simple (with a step-by-step picture tutorial!!), I think I made it a hair too small for him (get it? get it? hair too small?? because it’s a beanie… and it goes over hair… HAHA. ugh)… Oh well. Now I have an excuse to make another one!

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4. Hand painted dino ornament. Cute, right?!! I really like to give my family ornaments with their gifts. Not everyone gets one every year, but there’s always bound to be at least 3 or 4 people who get them taped to their presents. I want to make a tradition of giving my nephew an ornament every year. So far I’m two for two! I kind of just winged this hand made gift. You can find a similar tutorial here.

Truth be told, there should be fifth and sixth gifts on this list but I didn’t finish the crochet blanket for my sister. And I totally failed to take pictures of the (super adorable) reindeer ornaments I painted at Painted Plate.

Accomplishment is a good feeling.