For everyone in the Young Women's organization New Beginnings is right around the corner. It is a great time when we welcome new12 year old girls into the Young Women program. I made up an invitation and program if anyone would like to use it. When I think of new beginnings and young women, a plants always come to mind. I incorporataed a tree showing what they could become as they follow the YW program. A theme from our stake last year was also incorporated into the bottom corner "Live Like You Believe".
I made this very inexpensive to reproduce. I made it all in shades of gray so that it could be printed on your libraries copy machine. Instead of plain white paper, I suggest (and used) a cream peralescent cardstock. You can find it at JoAnn's. It comes in a tear pad of 25 sheets, 8.5Xll and is heavy weight. Read more [...]
A few years ago I decided there had to be a better way to go grocery shopping. I was tiered of trying to read a scribbled scrap of paper and walking from one end of the store to the other only to realize that I had to go back to the begininning because I forgot something. So, I took matters into my own hands.
I made a grocery shopping list. I organized it based on the store I shopped at most. Each section is broken out by isle or catagory. I filled in the list with the items I buy most.
I also made a section for listing out the dinners I planned to have that week.
Now when I am getting ready to go to the grocery store I first grab a highlighter and mark all of the items I need to purchase for each of the planned meals. Then I read each of the items on the Read more [...]
In our church we have a program where the Young Women work on improving themselves. This month is a night where we honor their success. It is called Young Women in Excellence (or YW in Excellence). Here is the layout I've been toying with for our invitations and such. I wanted it simple, clean and easy to print off on cardstock. Our theme is Women Of Virtue and is modeled after a program by Jessica Roberts found on Sugardoodle. Like Jessica, I chose gold as my accent color since gold represents the value Virtue. I printed them on pearlescent paper found in an 8 1/2 X 11 pad at JoAnn's.
Program: (sorry about the watermark)
Name Card for the Display Tables:
Alternate Name Card with notes from the parents about the YW's accomplishments this year and a note about a virtuous woman in that Read more [...]
A few years ago, well 11 to be exact, we lived in a great little apartment in Bountiful, UT. We had super fun neighbors that we would do stuff with as married couples all the time. There was a Down East Home (an outlet that sells returned catalog items including PB) about a block away and believe me, we frequented it often. I have stocked my house from many a deals from that DEH. One day they had a "tent" sale where everything was out in the parking lot. It was about 3pm and not much had sold. I found a chest of drawers that I was interested in, It was "distressed" and it was missing a drawer on the top right side. I did my usual fiddling with and realized that the top three drawers were interchangeable. I decided that when I got home I could paint it black and put a basket in the middle and it would look Read more [...]
A few years ago I was called to be the Primary Secretary. What a great calling! I got to work interact with all of the adorable children but my main job was behind the scenes. It was the end of the year and I wanted to spice things up for the next year. My sister in law's ward had been passing out "Primary Mail" and she said it was a great success. The person who had given a talk that day got to be the Postman and deliver the mail at the end of Sharing Time. I decided this was it, and with the approval of my President I went for it. First I went to Archiver's Scrapbook store and purchased a chip board mailbox. I decorated it with red, yellow and blue paper (Primary colors). Then it was time to make the mail. I wanted an old Airmail look. I got busy on Microsoft Publisher and this was my outcome:
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I was called to work with the Young Women of our church last year, just before Christmas. I knew we needed to think of a cute, inexpensive, and meaningful gift for each girl on their birthday. I found a bottle cap necklace on Etsy, but they were $8 each. Very cute, but too expensive. I did a little research and found that I could make my own for around $1 each! The following is a tutorial of the best advice I found from many websites including my own trial and errors. This craft is great for this year for YW in excellence, Christmas presents, or adapted for any program or theme!
Supply List: Cardstock, Bottle Caps, Workable Fixitif, Glossy Accents, Ball and Chain necklaces
I purchased everything at JoAnn's except for the bottle caps and necklaces. The best deals are at Hobby Lobby, especially with a coupon Read more [...]
I LOVE fresh laundry. I still remember in 7th grade borrowing my friend Marreville's gym clothes and loving the smell. I asked her what detergent her mom used and I have been using the same formula for over 20 years! Tide Clean Breeze or original scent and Snuggle Sparkle fabric softener and dryer sheets. The scent of my laundry has a reputation of it's own. I can't tell you how many of my kids friends mom's have asked me for this formula after my kids have played at their house!
Well, a husband and 4 boys later, laundry is a still a big deal. I can't do it alone so I organized my tiny laundry room. I have a front loading washer and dryer so i grabbed 4 clear storage bins and they fit perfect across the top. Then I made labels based on the colors of clothes that I seem to have a lot of. I printed them Read more [...]
Paper bag journals are a fun inexpensive craft perfect for trips, camps, or fun summer memories. My family made these at our summer family reunion in Laguna last year (filled with beachy words, photos from the Hollywood sign, and souvenirs from "Pink's") and the kids from 6 to 15 loved making them. For YW camp last year they were a hit as well.
At a regional camp meeting last year I saw a great journal craft. I took their idea and put my own twist on it. It is an inexpensive project and with a lot of prep work, goes very smooth in the woods.
Supplies (per journal):
3 lunch bags, folded and pre punched with 5 holes
22" twine, taped on one end for easy threading
scrapbook paper pre-cut to fit pages of the journal (16 total, 3 sizes)
velum labels (printable below)
testimony card for insert (printable Read more [...]
Our cute camp director last year (Nancy Christiansen) thought up a great idea. Camp Value Pills (aka Skittles). They came in value colors and were the perfect pick me up when girls were feeling blue.
Nancy bought the pill bottles from a local pharmacy. I took her text and turned it into a label to resemble real pill bottles. I made them to fit a standard mailing label that I had on hand (4X2 or 8163).
Click HERE for the printable PDF for the labels.
If you do not have or do not want to purchase labels, you can print off the paper labels below. Just cut out on the gray lines and glue to the pill bottles with Rubber Cement.
Click HERE for the printable PDF for the cut-able DIY sheet.
PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE EMAILING ME
Due to the huge number of people wanting to adjust these for themselves, I have uploaded Read more [...]
Find the Updated 2013 templates HERE
Last year for camp I was in charge of the crafts (dream job! Lots of work, but worth it). A quick easy one that the girls enjoyed were bottle cap pins. You could make these magnets, neclaces, whatever, but we did pins because they were the cheapest and I thought they'd look cool on their camp bags. The technique is basically the same as the bottle cap necklaces tutorial found HERE. Instead of drilling a hole for the necklace, we brought superglue and after the bottle caps were dry we glued the pin to the back. Supplies: blank bottle caps (Hobby Lobby) card stock (use a different color for each sheet you print for variety) Glossy Accents (JoAnn or Hobby Lobby) pins (very cheap at Hobby Lobby) super glue (Dollar store) scissors This is the one I made for myself (note: Read more [...]
With four boys I was bound to find myself serving in our local Cub Scout troop. After four plus years in Cubs, I've been to my fair share of Blue and Gold Banquets. Our pack has a tradition of having each boy make and decorate a cake. After they are "judged" we eat them for dessert. One year I made awards for each of the cakes, only I made the awards before I had seen ANY of them. I came up with as many categories and themes as I could and printed them off on glossy photo paper. With a sharpie in hand, I wrote each child's name on the back of the award that best went with their cake. It worked out perfect, each boy felt their cake was appreciated and we had extra awards to spare. Here is an example of one sheet of awards. They are four to an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet. There are 32 awards total.
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