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Great Ideas — Free Printables {2}!!

3 Sep
 Do Your Best @ Kiki Creates
Trick or Treat Printables @ I Heart Naptime
Autumn Subway Art @ Vintage Marigold
Weekly Meal Plan @ Mine For the Making

Keep Calm @ Lil Luna
Bridal Shower Cupcake Toppers @ One Rad Mother
Football Party Squares @ She’s {Kinda} Crafty
Thanksgiving Printables @ Crissy’s Crafts
Candy Corn Banner @ My Computer is my Canvas
Back to School Subway Art @ Balancing Home
Make Beautiful Things @ Landee See Landee Do
 First Day of School Apple Printable @ Jaysey’s Crazy Daisy
 Lunch Jokes @ Sprik Space
 Clever Thoughts @ Sweet Bee Buzzings
 Proverbs Printable @ Agape Love
Fall Subway Art @ House of Bledsoe
LDS Sept. Visiting Teaching Printable @ Sugar Tot Designs
Do Small Things with Great Love @ The Creative Paige
 Fall In Chocolate @ Our Forever House
Autumn Leaves @ Mine For the Making
September 11th Printable @ Junk in Their Trunk
School Subway Art @ While He Was Napping
Once again, amazing projects!! 
I love the weekend and seeing YOUR ideas!! 

And come link up YOUR projects and enter to win — 8 Piggy Paint colors plus chemical-free nail polish remover {$64.99 value}!! 

 

 Have a Happy Saturday!!
xoxo



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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Back to School Teacher Gift {printable}

11 Aug
What an honor to be a part of Jen’s Summer Social! Jen and I have been blogging friends for a long time (in bloggy years) and have just recently been able to get to know each other better as we work on the SNAP! Conference team. I can tell you that Jen is just who you think she is from reading her blog, and yes, she really is that nice! I’m pretty sure you could look a long while and never meet a nicer person.
My name is Kendra and I keep a blog called My Insanity. It is where I share all of my crazy/creative ideas. 
And the insanity abounds, but I do like simple projects, too, like this one for a sweet start to the new school year.
Last week my kids went back to school! If yours aren’t already there, undoubtedly they will be shortly. Have you met the teachers yet?
Here is a simple and sweet idea for something to take to the teacher on the 1st day of school or a Back to School night, that will leave an impression, without going overboard.

When my kids went to meet their teachers they handed them each an apple with special teacher sticker.
The teachers looked a bit surprised, but genuinely pleased by the gift. Turns out, most teachers aren’t actually given apples as gifts in real life. But I want to change that! What better to give them? Practical, portable {edible}, and now personal! (This idea was inspired by these clever valentines we gave last year, thanks to these great printable stickers from Twig & Thistle.)
I designed the apple sticker graphic and then printed out a sheet of stickers on label paper (I used Avery 5408 round 3/4″ labels). I tried to create a printable sheet of stickers for you to download here today, but couldn’t figure out how to keep the formatting just right (any advice for me about making printables on label templates?).

So if you’d like stickers for apples for your teachers, click on the apple graphic above, and right click and save it to your computer. You can download templates from Avery for the kind of labels you are using. Then fill in the circles with this graphic. This specific template is meant for use in Microsoft Word. If you don’t want to mess with templates, just get full-sized sheets of sticker paper and place the graphics all over. You might be able to punch them with a sharp circle punch, or just cut them out with scissors.

 Hope this helps you start off the new school year on the right foot with your child’s teacher!
Thanks Jen, for having me!
Thanks Kendra — what a cute First Day of School gift idea!!
  Kendra is so creative — I love her ideas!! 
I love this Bandana Tablecloth!!
Kendra also throws FAB parties:
Check out these Nail Polish invitations Kendra made for her daughter’s Spa Day Birthday Party!
And I’m loving this Rainbow Cake she made for her son’s 1st birthday party

Kendra can do it all– Craft, Bake and Throw a Great Party!!
Pop over and see the fabulous ideas at Me & My Insanity!!
Have a fabulous day!!
xoxo
PS — It’s almost time to head back to school. Are you thinking about getting organized? I’m sharing my favorite beautiful and organized Pantry Makeovers today over at Babble’s Home Ec blog 🙂

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Summer Boredom Busters!! {10 Printable Kid Activities}

6 Jul
Hey TT&J Ladies! I’m Laurie and a total Tip Junkie
I just ADORE Jen and am honored to be guest posting today and sharing my favorite free printable activities for kids this summer. 

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I love handmade projects but more importantly I have a passion for 
promoting creative women through their ideas and products.

Therefore, on Tip Junkie you’ll find 900+ free printables, 600+ homemade gift patterns {including a gift finder}, HGTV-type decorating tutorials, party themes, a giveaway directory of free products being given away, and much more! There’s even an iPhone/Andriod App ‘cuz I know you’re always on the go.  
See, I told you I was a junkie. {snicker}

Laurie Turk {Tip Junkie}
Let’s get started with some fabulous printables shall we!
Here are my top 10 printable activities for kids that would make perfect boredom busters if you’re in a pinch for something fun and quick.

Printable Activities for Kids

Here are 10 free printable activities for kids to quickly beat the boredom this summer without leaving the house! 
I’ve included a variety of printables such as creative activity lists, paper dolls for boys and girls, fun educational activities, printable games, and even darling Lemonade Stand printables. Hopefully, these activities will engage your child’s imagination and be entertaining boredom busters.
free  printable birthday game 
Create a Board Game All About Your Family
free Summer Fun List
1. Print out this free Summer Fun List and post it somewhere everyone will see it. This is an especially good list if you have toddler age children, as lots of other lists are geared towards kids who are a few years older.
More Printable Activity Lists:
  • Phineas and Ferb 104 Days of Summer Calendar – You can fill our this fun Phineas and Ferb calendar with fun events for summer vacation, including suggestions like making a puppet of yourself or inventing a fruit smoothie or make up a song. See what your and the kids can come up with and make this summer memorable.
Free File Folder Games


2. Free File Folder Games – Check out these free, printable file folder games for preschool thru 2nd grade. These educational games are great for homeschooling, waiting rooms, long trips, rainy days and in the classroom.
Fairy Tale Paper Doll printable
3. Fairy Tale Paper Doll Printable – Print out these little boy and girl paper dolls and instantly transform them into Snow White, The Little Mermaid, and The Frog Price. There is also a darling Slumber Party version to add to your wardrobe collection.
More Free Printable Paper Dolls:
Summer lemonade stand
4. Cute printable labels and stickers for your own Summer lemonade stand. Available in original yellow or pink lemonade.
More Imaginary Play Printables:
Don't Eat Pete Game
5. Don’t Eat Pete Game – This game is so simple your older children can play it with your preschooler! It’s simple to make and even easier to play. The sky’s the limit with Don’t Eat Pete! Use cereal, dinner or lunch food, as well as any kind of candy to play. I’ve made several themed version that you can print, laminate, attach a bag of M&M’s to make for neighbor gifts or party favors.
Free Themed Printable Games:
Printable Car Games
6. Printable Car Games – Print these free printable games on cardstock and laminate and keep in the glove box. That way, whether you are on a long road trip or just running errands around town, you will have something on hand to keep the kids from getting bored in the car.
More Printable Activity Packs:
Summer Reading Kit for Kids
7. Summer Reading Kit for Kids – A kit filled with goodies to help your kids fall in love with reading! There are two cute printable options, one for girls and one for boys.
Alphabet Flashcards {printable alphabet letters} -
8. Alphabet Flashcards {printable alphabet letters} – These adorable alphabet flashcards will make learning letters fun. They can also work overtime in a frame on your nursery wall. The link to print them all out is at the bottom of that post – look for the HERE. It’s kind of hard to see.
Shop With Me Bingo {Printable Bingo Cards for Kids} 
9. Shop With Me Bingo {Printable Bingo Cards for Kids} – Keep your kids busy while you are at the grocery store with this fun printable shopping bingo game. There is also an I Spy version for preschool age children. Print, laminate, and enjoy a shopping trip free of fits.

Free Bingo Cards and Memory Games to Print:

How to make Angry Birds Balloon Animals  
10. How to make Angry Birds Balloon Animals – Are you or someone you know a fan of the popular iPhone Game Angry Birds? Maybe your thinking of putting together an Angry Birds Birthday Party Theme. Or, just give these to the kiddos and let them put them together and play Angry Birds – Balloon Version.
Activities for Older Kids:
32 things to make using a cardboard box
Bonus: This isn’t a printable activity but it’s free! If you have some extra card board boxes around the house you’ll be blown away by these 32 things to make using a cardboard box. They are DIY activities, games, and imagination building props to encourage your child to play for hours.
I hope these will bring lots of laughter and fun into your home. Huge hugs to Jen while she’s on vacay and I hope she’s having the time of her life. {I can’t wait to see you again my fab friend!}
xoxo,
Laurie

Isn’t Laurie amazing?? She get SO much done!!! And her sites are amazing!!
Head over to Tip Junkie to get inspired!! 

Whether you are looking for how to make a Bottle Chandelier:

Bottle Chandelier

Or printables galore! 

Summer Fun List

And fantastic Party Ideas like

No Sew Wedding Bunting

And so much More!! 

Plus, check out Tip Junkie on Facebook where you can get tons of great ideas 

and

Be sure to link up to Tip Me Tuesdays — Laurie’s wonderful linky party!! 

xoxo

Great Ideas — Patriotic Party Printables!!

3 Jul
With the Fourth of July holiday upon us, here are a few Patriotic Party Printables to make your Day even prettier!!

And check out these other Fourth of July Party Printables I have seen around:

The Weekend Wrap Up Party is still going strong — 

One lucky reader will will this Teresa Collins Stampmaker {$169 value) from 



A fabulous machine that lets YOU create your own stamps!!

You can even use the stamps to create unique jewelry!!

Have a Happy and Safe Fourth!! 
xoxo

Great Ideas — Patriotic Party Printables!!

3 Jul
With the Fourth of July holiday upon us, here are a few Patriotic Party Printables to make your Day even prettier!!

And check out these other Fourth of July Party Printables I have seen around:

The Weekend Wrap Up Party is still going strong — 

One lucky reader will will this Teresa Collins Stampmaker {$169 value) from 



A fabulous machine that lets YOU create your own stamps!!

You can even use the stamps to create unique jewelry!!

Have a Happy and Safe Fourth!! 
xoxo

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Free Fourth of July Party Printables!! {tutorial}

23 Jun
 
Hi TT&J Readers! I’m thrilled to be a guest today as part of Jen’s Summer Social Series, while she lives it up in London. I love Jen, and I hope she’s enjoying herself!

I’m Kami, and I run the blog: NoBiggie.

It’s a lifestyle blog that includes all my favorites: craftscookingthrifting and my family.
 

I’m a big fan of the 4th of July, and today I thought it would be fun to share with you a free printable that can help make the 4th more festive. Here’s what the free download looks like when you print it out.
 
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
– scissors
– some sort of 4 inch circle cutter (paper craft punch, cutting dies or scissors will work too)
– a paper slicer for straight lines (scissors can work here too, if that is all you have)
– a low temp hot glue gun (this speeds up the process)
– a stapler
– cellophane bags
– red, white and blue candy

 


Step 1. Gather all your supplies to start
Step Step 2. Use your paper slicer to cut the turquoise strips
Step Step 3. Use your circle cutter to cut the 4 inch circle – I used a big craft punch from Michaels
Step Step 4. Use your scissors to cut out the tiny flag

 

To make the Paper Medallion:


Step 1. To make one paper medallion – use two turquoise strips
Step 2. Accordian fold the strips: back and forth folds
Step 3. Adhere the two strips together making one long strip and then adhere again forming a circle
Step 4. Add a big spot of hot glue to the center

 

Next – hot glue all three pieces together.

 

Here’s the fun part: the candy!

I found all these red, white and blue candies in the bulk food section of my local grocery stores. (Winco and Maceys…if you live in Utah)
 

Now add a few of each type of candy to each bag. For fun, you can also add something fun for the 4th like a party popper. Once everything is in the bag, fold over the top and staple it closed.

 

I love that you can really make this printable paper craft your own. As you can see, out of the 4 that I made, they are all different. The one below is my favorite. 🙂

 

You could also stick one on a giant lollipop OR you could add a toothpick, and make them cupcakes toppers. 
Get creative and have fun!

 
If you make these, I would to see it! You can upload it to the NoBiggie Facebook page.

Happy 4th!
Thanks Kami — those are so fun for the Fourth!!! 

Thanks for being my Summer Social guest! 

Kami is one of my very favorite people in blogland and in real life.

I love her ideas!! 

{Check out the cute Train Party she threw for her little guy this Summer}

{I love this Make Stuff art that she made for her craft room}

{And Kami turned her living room into her craft room – I love that!!}

I could go on and on, but let me just leave it at this — she is wonderful!!!
Be sure to check out No Biggie and say hi!!!

PS — We went to the museums yesterday  – they were amazing! And I brought some crafting things with me to make a little journal of our trip. I have been working on it every night. I just can’t stop crafting – lol 

Have a great day!!
xoxoxo

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Free Fourth of July Party Printables!! {tutorial}

23 Jun
 
Hi TT&J Readers! I’m thrilled to be a guest today as part of Jen’s Summer Social Series, while she lives it up in London. I love Jen, and I hope she’s enjoying herself!

I’m Kami, and I run the blog: NoBiggie.

It’s a lifestyle blog that includes all my favorites: craftscookingthrifting and my family.
 

I’m a big fan of the 4th of July, and today I thought it would be fun to share with you a free printable that can help make the 4th more festive. Here’s what the free download looks like when you print it out.
 
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
– scissors
– some sort of 4 inch circle cutter (paper craft punch, cutting dies or scissors will work too)
– a paper slicer for straight lines (scissors can work here too, if that is all you have)
– a low temp hot glue gun (this speeds up the process)
– a stapler
– cellophane bags
– red, white and blue candy

 


Step 1. Gather all your supplies to start
Step Step 2. Use your paper slicer to cut the turquoise strips
Step Step 3. Use your circle cutter to cut the 4 inch circle – I used a big craft punch from Michaels
Step Step 4. Use your scissors to cut out the tiny flag

 

To make the Paper Medallion:


Step 1. To make one paper medallion – use two turquoise strips
Step 2. Accordian fold the strips: back and forth folds
Step 3. Adhere the two strips together making one long strip and then adhere again forming a circle
Step 4. Add a big spot of hot glue to the center

 

Next – hot glue all three pieces together.

 

Here’s the fun part: the candy!

I found all these red, white and blue candies in the bulk food section of my local grocery stores. (Winco and Maceys…if you live in Utah)
 

Now add a few of each type of candy to each bag. For fun, you can also add something fun for the 4th like a party popper. Once everything is in the bag, fold over the top and staple it closed.

 

I love that you can really make this printable paper craft your own. As you can see, out of the 4 that I made, they are all different. The one below is my favorite. 🙂

 

You could also stick one on a giant lollipop OR you could add a toothpick, and make them cupcakes toppers. 
Get creative and have fun!

 
If you make these, I would to see it! You can upload it to the NoBiggie Facebook page.

Happy 4th!
Thanks Kami — those are so fun for the Fourth!!! 

Thanks for being my Summer Social guest! 

Kami is one of my very favorite people in blogland and in real life.

I love her ideas!! 

{Check out the cute Train Party she threw for her little guy this Summer}

{I love this Make Stuff art that she made for her craft room}

{And Kami turned her living room into her craft room – I love that!!}

I could go on and on, but let me just leave it at this — she is wonderful!!!
Be sure to check out No Biggie and say hi!!!

PS — We went to the museums yesterday  – they were amazing! And I brought some crafting things with me to make a little journal of our trip. I have been working on it every night. I just can’t stop crafting – lol 

Have a great day!!
xoxoxo