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Ideas for the new house

August 1
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Fun Diy Projects for the patio and garage

So as you may fave gathered, we are moving soon and we are finally to the place where I can start to get excited.  Although I don’t see any issues coming up before closing, you never know. Although I am holding off making big purchases for the home, I am starting to allow myself to daydream about new DIY projects for this house.  I figured I would share some of my favorite idea from Pinterest here.

The house has a lovely patio and pool and I want to focus most of my attention there in the beginning.  We have a plastic patio set that I spray painted but I want to get something new (or repurposed) for the new house.  I was about to purchase one when I realized we have a perfectly good extra table and chairs that we don’t need.  I am thinking that we should paint it white and it would look great in the patio, at least for a few years.

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I heart nap time- Painted table

Or maybe I could spray paint the set?

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In my own style- spray painted wood chairs

My husband recently got a nice saw and so I am thinking a few wood projects might be fun.  This little bottle opener seems perfect and useful!

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Shanty 2 chic- DIY bottle opener

 

And how cute is the grill tools holder?

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Lilluna- Grill tools set

This bench looks like an awesome project but we’d better get some easier stuff under our belts first.

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Ana White- storage bench

And lastly, how awesome is this upcycled file cabinet? I have an extra in my office and this would be perfect for our gardening tools. (I  would have never believed I’d be the person with so many gardening tools that I needed a special holder for them all.)

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Which project is your favorite? Have you done any of them?  If so share below! I will be sure to update with what I have done and how it went once we are settled!

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DIY decorative paper clips

February 29
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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase an item via a link from the page I will receive a small comission.  This does not affect the price you pay for the item. In fact, I research the best prices for my site.

DIY decorative paper clips for your notebook, planner, paper,s work, binder and other needs. Make these cute clips and binder clips with hot glue gold paperclips, and paper crafting embellishments.

If you’ve been on Instagram or Etsy then I’m sure you’ve seen the super cute paper clips that everyone seems to have.  They are adorable, but they can get pricy.  I decided I wanted to have some cute clips that I could make myself.  I went to Michael’s and looked around my home and came up with the supplies.  My biggest cost was the gold paper clips which were $4.99 at Michael’s. Luckily I did have a coupon so I paid less.  Anyways, these are a great way to add some fun to your planner, desk, homework, or job.

  

Supplies needed:

Hot glue gun or other strong glue.  (e6000 is great also.)
Cute paper clipsbinder clips
Bows/paper/embellishments to glue on
Nail polish (If doing the binder clips)

I started with the bows as these are my favorite.  I purchased my red bows at micheals after chrisrtmas on clearance.  THe gold and black bows were from Hobby Lobby.  I was able to get them half off during a week where they did half off all house brand papercrafting.  (yay!)

When I do the bows I like to place the clip under a support that hold its parallel so that bow stays on nicely instead of being at a weird angle.  My bows had double sided tape on the back.  I removed the tape and the added some hot glue.  I set the paper clip in the glue and then added more glue.  This afixes the clip flriminy onto the bow.  If you wanted to be really fancy you could add glitter to the back but I am not fancy nor did I want the mess.  I let these dry while moving on to the next clips

 

My next clips were these cute cupcakes.  These were found in the scrapbooking embellishments area at Michaels. I decided I wanted the cupcakes that were the same size and shape to be used together as a double sided clip so I started there.

These had larger adhesive areas for scrapbooking and I didn’t want them to stick to my planner pages so first I covered both sticky sides with hot glue.  I then added in the clip and glued some more.  Because these were fairly flat I didn’t need to use a spacer.

Next I did the single cupcake, careful to cover all of the sticky back to protect my paper.

I had this little bag of cute die cuts and I waned to use one of them as a clip.  I found this cute mustache and thought it would be perfect.  For this I used a slightly smaller clip.

Lastly I wanted to spruce up my gold clamps from Hobby Lobby.

For these I just grabbed some cute nail polish and went to town.  I painted one side and then let it dry before going on to the other.

 

Don’t they look so cute?

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Spring DIY round up

February 26
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SIX Super Simple DIYs for Spring

Spring is in the air, or at least it feels like it here in Florida.  I love to get a little crafty in the spring and put together some simple decor for my home.  I am not the most skilled crafter, and really anything more that some glueing can be problematic so I am sharing super simple ideas in the hopes that I can make one of them myself successfully.  Click through to the creator to find the instructions.  Enjoy!

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Recycled Bunny Vase by Weekend Craft

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Five Minute Umbrella Wreath by One Good Thing

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Mini Frames Spring by  A Diamond in the Stuff

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Easter Chicks by Myrtle and Eunice

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Spring Mason Jars by I Heart Naptime

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DIY Printable letter banner by Shanty to Chic

 

Did you make one of these crafts?  Show me!  Comment below or tag me on Instagram  @_amberdowns.

 

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Valentines DIY round-up

February 2
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Easy DIYs for a crafty Valentine's day. These crafts are a perfect way to spruce up your home for the holiday. Budget and kid friendly too!

Although I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, I do love me some DIY.  I went ahead and gathered up some of my favorite super simple Valentine’s Day DIY’s for the home.  If anything, it’s a great excuse to put up some pink and red around the house.

 

blue i style - ValentinesLoveScrabbleCoastersAre these coasters from Blue is Style not the coolest thing ever? I need a few coasters so I am going to use her idea for sure.

2321I love a good art print. These are perfect for any room or a gift. They are from A Night Owl.

candleI am in love with these candles from Artzy Creations. Also would make a great gift!

wrSeriously, why didn’t I think of this? I know I have a roll of burlap ribbon around here somewhere. Thanks Craftaholics Anonymous.

treeThis little recycled tree from Vicky Myers Creations is perfect for kids room.

 pillowThese pillows from Ribbons and Glue are awesome!

DIY-Book-Page-Flowers-3Not into pink? Try these book pare flowers from Busy Being Jennifer.

I hope some of these links inspired you to do a little holiday decorating.  Are you going to make one? Comment below or tag me in a photo on Instagram.  I’m @_amberdowns

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Office makeover part 1- DIY painted desk accessories

January 30
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DIY Spray Painted desk accessories

When we moved into this house three years ago I claimed what had been the formal dining room as my office and craft room. This was the only room in the house that was completely new. Yes, I had a desk but we had no additional furniture for the room. We’ve slowly been working on the room. We purchased awesome hutches and last year we got new desks and a storage cube. Now I am ready to take the final plunge and make this room awesome. I have decided I want to go with a simple gold theme. I am keeping the dark blue rug, but I want to be mostly neutral with the rest of the room. I had a pink trash can and pencil holder that just were not going to work with the new scheme but I was not ready to buy brand new ones, they were perfectly fine! So I grabbed a can of Krylon Metallic Gold spray paint and went to town.

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When you’re looking to paint items in your home take a second to consider how well the paint will stay.  I like to paint items that are accent pieces and not too large, and items that if I ruined them, would be ok.  I purchased these accessories on clearance and really could live without them if they don’t turn out well.  I also like to pick items that don’t get touched too much and don’t have moving parts. (That’s why I skipped the scissors and hole punch.)   These items were the perfect candidates.  Don’t have anything to paint? Check out a thrift store, yard sale, or other resale.  Ask your friend and family if they have old metal office accessories, chances are somebody, somewhere, is still holding on to the 70’s.   Not metal?  Plastic and wood are ok too. With wood make sure it’s sanded if its not finished or else it won’t look smooth.

This is after the first coat of paint.

This is after the first coat of paint.

As with any spray paint project find a nice spot outside out of the wind.  I like to lay paper down so that my grass isn’t colored for a week or two.  (If it’s too windy for paper it’s probably too windy to paint.)  Shake well and keep the tip at least a 8 inches from the object.  If you can see the paint puddle up on the object you’re too close.  You will be able to see it later and it will be likely to chip.  Instead of heavy close sprays do quick passes to give a light coat.  I like to do this process in three steps.  First I set the items up and do my first passes.

After the second coat.

After the second coat.

This is the longest step and where most of the painting happens.  I then go in  the house for 20 minutes and come out for another pass.  If the surface still needs more I go again, if not I will place it on its side or upside down and do another angle.  Depending on what you’re doing you may not need to do the bottom at all.  For these items I needed to do the curves of the bottom to ensure the pink was gone.  I then go back in and come back out one more time for a last coat.  Be sure to remove any grass that blows onto the items so that it does not get painted on.

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So here we go. Not bad for $5.  Step one of my office makeover is complete!IMG_2097

 

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2015 Ornament Exchange Link Party

November 13
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Looking for a christmas ornament to make? Look no further! Here is the complete list of all the ornaments made for the exchange I participated in last week.

Ornament Exchange Link PartyWelcome to the first 2015 Holiday Ornament Exchange!

Want to see all the amazing ornaments we have shared?

We are linking up all of our ornaments in the link below so everyone can see all the beautiful handmade and/or store bought goodies we came up with!

Let’s all get inspired this season!

The Hosts of the Exchange~Ornament Exchange Hosts

My Pinterventures | Made in a Day | The House Down The Lane | The Kolb Corner | Intelligent Domestications | Where The Smiles Have Been | Ash and Crafts | Inside the Fox Den | C’mon Get Crafty | Olives-n-Okra

We want to say a huge “Thank You” to all the blogs that shared the exchange announcement on their sites, we could not have done it without you! Hugs! Ornament Exchange Helpers

Lexi Michelle Blog | B is 4 | Xo, Lorey | Craving Some Creativity | Cherishing a Sweet Life | Our Crafty Mom | MidMichigan Mom


Make sure to visit all the other wonderful bloggers of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! All of their incredible creations are linked in the link party below.

DIY Adulation | The Farmhouse In The Field | Tastefully Frugal | My Sweet Things |Christmas Tree Lane | Simply Kelly Designs | Munofore | Decor To Adore | Tulips & Orchids | Rhinestones & Sweatpants |Happily Ever After, Etc. | From This to That | DIY Just Cuz | This Design Journal | I am Homemaker | Organized by Sunshine | Displaced Yinzer | My Life From Home | Nets Blog About Jnets Line | 10 Acres and 6 Chicks | Books and Life | Gardenchick | Two Purple Couches | DIY Just Cuz | Across the Blvd | Kentucky to Cali | Insolence + Wine | Our House Now a Home | Weekend Craft | Mary and Martha’s House | Random Bits of Happiness | Dragonfly and Lily Pads | Garden Matter | Recipe For a Sweet Life | Mama’s Journey | Amber Downs | Toolbox Divas | Craving Some Creativity | Vikalpah | Flourish & Knot | Raising Fairies and Knights | Blue Willow House | The Road to Domestication | Love My Messy Messy Mess | An Oregon Cottage | Home On The Corner | Fearlessly Creative Mamma | The Evolution of Mom | The Green Mountain Couple | Simply Home Love | Run with Jackabee | simple.pretty.life | The Chilly Dog | Try it – Like it | Gypsy Road | Playfully Tacky | Wife Mommy Me

We want to see your ornament tutorials too! Show us your creations by adding your post to the party below! Please add only ornament tutorials to the party. Thank you!

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Project Life Organization (on a budget)

November 3
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Project Life Card Organization on a budget with free printable! amberdowns.net

So as you may gather by my last post, I am a big Project Life fan. I love collecting the little cards and using them for my albums as well as other craft/personal uses. However, as soon as I purchased more than one pack, I knew I was going to have an mess. I wanted a simple, organized system to keep them, and I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg. (Really, I didn’t want to spend anything, I’d already spent enough on the project.)

I saw the cutest stuff on Pinterest with little carts, clear containers, wooden containers, so much stuff, but they were way over my non-existent budget so I started looking around at home.

 

 

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These are the lovely boxes in question.

I have an obsession with these $2 photo boxes from Michaels. OK. Technically they are $3.99, but they are on sale all the time for $2 or less. I find them at $1.67 and then sack a 20% off coupon! Anyways, I found one that I haven’t even used yet and went to work. One of the boxes we purchased had these cool little dividers in it. They were fairly flimsy and kinda ugly, but it gave me an idea.

I took the divider and made my own in my computer and printed them on card stock. I then added the titles of the categories to them and put them in the box. I considered decorating them with washi tape, but I wanted the tabs to be easy to find among the cards so I kept them the plain gray color of the card stock. You could of course decorate them if you wish.

 

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These are the categories I am starting with:
Title Cards
Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter
Christmas
Pinkish
Black and White
Wedding
Love and Valentines
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My camera really didn’t want to focus on this correctly. Sorry.

These categories work well based on the kits I have, but your categories may be entirely different. In making my categories I sat down in my living room and divided them up and made my selections as I went. This way I could really get a feel for what I needed and what would work well for my personal Project Life style. FYI I have the Seasons core kit so that definitely made dividing everything up easy, it also makes making my spreads easy as I have a place to start theme-wise.

I have attached the PDF file of the dividers to the bottom of this page if you would like to make your own. Print them out full size and cut along the lines. Its that easy! Also, I am pretty sure the boxes are on sale at Michaels this week.

Now to figure out how to organize the rest of my scrapbooking supplies…

Here is the PDF file of the template:

Photo box dividers template
Enjoy!

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Project Life- Or why I love pocket scrapbooking

October 25
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Project Life- or why I love pocket scrapbooking. All about my experience with Project life and why it is a great scrapbook and memory keeping system for me.

A few months ago I decided I wanted to start putting together a physical photo album.  I have years and years of digital photos but they are difficult to go through and even harder to enjoy with others.  I had tried scrapbooking in the past and always felt it was way to much of a creative item versus being a memories storage device.  Although beautiful, I knew i didn’t have the time or energy to come up with creative spreads for everything.  I wanted a streamlined fill in the blank system and I found that with Project Life.  Project life is a pocket page system with preprinted cards to help you decorate your pages based on a season, theme, or emotion.  As soon as I saw the system at Michaels I knew it was perfect for me.  It gave me the creative license to use my photos however I’d like along with the pre-made cards to help guide the pages and keep everything together with matching cards and color schemes.

This is a spread from my Husband's album

 

Project life is most often used with a 12×12 binder.  Most of the pockets are both vertical and horizontal 4×6 and 2×3, as well as some 2×2 pockets.  This gives lots of options for photos and cards on a two page spread.  I went with a smaller 6×8 book as I enjoyed how the smaller book felt in my hands.  Although I love the large spreads of 12×12 binders, I didn’t love their large size to hold and work with.  The company also makes smaller binders as well.

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This spread utilizes the Seasons core kit.

 

 

Many Project Life users (Project Lifers)  Like to do a spread for each week.  This is a great way to keep up with the day-to-day doings of your family but was too much for me.  I went ahead and have my albums grouped by event with the intent of one or two small albums per year.  Currently I have 3 albums. One for from 2011-2014, one album for wedding events and them my wedding, and one for 2015.  Once every few months I go through my Picasa albums and my phone album and order prints for my book. I always check Snapfish, Shutterfly, and Walgreens.com for deals.  Some have special offers for photos ordered with your phone.usually over-order on photos and then decide with I get them which ones I actually want to use.  The prints are cheap enough that I am fine with this. Next I  go through the prints and place them in my album how I want them. Project Life makes many different styles of pocket pages so I go though and see what layout works the best for the photos I want to use. I  After I have the prints situated in the pages then I start adding Project Life cards and embellishments to my pages.  I started with one Project Life Core Kit for my cards.  Core Kits are lager card sets with 3 rows of 2×3 cards and one row of 4×6 cards.  I picked the seasons core kit for my first one because I liked how it would work all year and give a great seasonal feel to all my photos. I highly recommend this kit for new project lifers.

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From http://www.shopbeckyhiggins.com/

 

One of my favorite aspects of Project Life and the pocket album system is journaling cards.  These cards can be used to write down information about the photos or the day they represent including how you felt, as well as details about who was there or where you were.

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From http://www.shopbeckyhiggins.com

 

Project life also sells smaller kits for holidays, babies, wedding, ect.   I have the Southern Weddings card pack which I used in my wedding album.

The pocket album idea is done by other brands as well.  A popular one is We R Memory Keepers.  Many of the items by the brand and other similar brands are compatible and you can always cut other items or scrapbook paper to fit the pockets.

Here are a few of the embellishments I use in my albums.

Here are a few of the embellishments and supplies I use in my albums.

 

Overall, I really enjoy the Project Life product line and the way it has made scrapbooking and memory keeping  doable for me.  I love going back and looking at my albums  and reading the cards knowing that I will always have these.  I also throughly enjoy the creative process.  It is almost like putting a puzzle together.  What goes where?  Does it fit? Does it match? What if I try this?  Its kind of like creativity for the analytical mind.  I do have to give a warning though; Once you start you will want all of the super cute embellishments, cards and albums.

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Free contacts sheet- Happy Planner printable

October 11
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Contacts printable
Contacts pages:

Print these pages on regular 8.5×11 printer paper or cardstock.  Cut along gray lines and then hole punch the gray circles.  Using scissors cut from the holes you punched to the end of the page. You may want to cut 1/8 in slits from the holes to the left side of the paper so that it slides better in the rings.

Viola!  Enter wherever you’d like in your planner.

 

Contacts version 1

Contacts version 2

 

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Decoupaged Dollar Store Pumpkin DIY

September 21
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Dollar store pumpkin DIY

 

So, as we have already realized, fall is here.  Although I have plenty of fall decor, I wanted to try something new this year with these foam pumpkins I found at the Dollar Tree.  They are super bright and really quite ugly on their own, but I felt like they had some hidden potential.  (And hey, they are only $1!)

 

After getting them home I decided that I wanted to decoupage them old book pages to display on top of my card catalog.  I found some old books that were going t0 be recycled and grabbed them for this project.

 

Decoupaged Dollar Store Pumpkin DIY

 

Supplies needed:

Foam pumpkins

Modge Podge  Recipe Here

Paintbrush

Cut up old book pages

Newspaper to cover your workspace

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Start by placing Mode Podge on your pumpkin.  Place a strip of book page on the Mode Podge and add more Mode Podge on top.  Press down so that the paper contours to the pumpkin.

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Repeat this step all the way around the pumpkin, covering all of the orange.    Note:  Different thicknesses of paper will work differently on the pumpkin.  Thick pages will cover the orange color well, but won’t contour the pumpkin as well.  Thinner sheets, like from a paperback, will contour better but won’t cover the color as well.

 

Repeat this step all the way around the pumpkin, covering all of the orange.

After you have covered your pumpkins lets the dry.  Remember to move them every few minutes as the drying process starts so that they don’t stick to the newspaper.

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After they have dried review and see where you want to do another coat.

I did’t love the green stems so I covered them in black tissue paper from my gift supplies.  You could keep it green, cover it in book pages or do whatever you think.

 

Here they are dry and on top of my card catalog.

 

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