Make a Tote Bag with a Special Message!

Make a Tote Bag with a Special Message!

These two images show my “Life in the Light” tote in my shop, so if you don’t have time to make one, you can always buy one there!

Everybody needs tote bags. Because everybody has stuff. This tutorial will show you how to make one exactly like you want! (While I was making this one, my husband came in, saw what I was up to, and asked for a custom-sized one for himself. I love it when he gets what I’m doing!)

Although I carry a “Life in the Light” tote bag in my shop, making one of your very own with my motto on it or anything else you want to say is very easy. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you step-by-step how to design and create your very own so that you will have a one-of-a-kind tote you’ll be proud to take with you everywhere you go!

You can watch a video of the process here, or you can download the free pdf here.

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Faithbooking: Scrapbooking My Spiritual Journey

Find joy

Have you ever tried Faithbooking?

It’s taking your spiritual journey and making scrapbooking or journaling pages about it. My only resolution this year is to let go and let God. So embarking on this new way (for me) of documenting how God is moving in my life is intriguing, to say the least.
This first page shows a picture of my grandchildren (and the boyfriend of my oldest granddaughter) sitting in front of a museum at Christmas time. It’s not all of my grandchildren (I have eleven!), but it’s the ones who were there that day. The picture was taken by my daughter-in-law, who is a fantastic photographer. (We have two photographers in our family, and they are both stupendous. I’m sure I’ll have pictures from my son-in-law during the year, too.)
Matthew 15:13 says: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” That sounds like a great goal for the new year, and I want to embrace it fully.
Deuteronomy 4:9 says, “Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.”
That’s a mandate from God, and faithbooking is a great way to obey the commandment. Keeping my faith journey alive for my grandkids is very important to me, and I am looking forward to really getting down with the whole idea.
Sometimes I’ll do it digitally, as I’ve done with this first page. Then I’ll print it out and put it in a scrapbook. And then sometimes I’ll do it traditionally, with paper, embellishments and ink. Perhaps some of the layouts will be “tradigital,” a combination of the two.
I’d love for you to come along on my journey, and for you to share yours with me!

How do you document your faith?

Free Printable Memes for Your Craft Room

 I love these printable memes.

Funny, but somehow true as well (which makes them even more funny!!). I thought you might enjoy printing them out and posting them on your walls in your craft room like I have. Just click on the image and it will take you to MediaFire, where you can download them for printing. Enjoy!

Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial

Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial

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MAKING GLASS PEBBLE magnets is one of the easiest crafts there are, and they make some of the nicest magnets around, perfect for giving or to put on your refrigerator. I’ve created a simple tutorial for you to follow if you’d like to make some of your own.

Gather your supplies

You’ll need:
Glass marbles
Decorative paper
1″ hole punch (not shown)
3/4″ magnets (not shown)
Glossy Accents dimensional glue
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
glass pebbles supplies

Glue paper circle to glass pebble

I’ve tried adding the glue to the glass pebble and adding the glue to the paper circle, and found the second way much more effective. Just add a swirl of Glossy Accents glue to the circle on the right side of the paper and then adhere it to the pebble. Let dry completely.
glass pebble backside

Add glue to the magnet

Using hot glue, add just a dollop of glue to the magnet.
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Adhere to the back of the pebble

Add the magnet to the back of the pebble, over the back of the paper circle.

Finished magnet

When the hot glue is dried, you have completed this simple craft! Now you can hold several sheets of paper to your refrigerator, or a photo, or anything else lightweight (the magnets are not really that strong and won’t hold a lot of weight). Of course, it totally depends on how strong the magnets are that you use. I used ProMAG Flexible Magnets that I bought at Michaels, but I’m sure there are stronger versions if you look for them. An office supply store is a good place to look.
For an alternative look, draw on the backs of the glass pebbles with Sharpies and glue the magnets to them for a very colorful, one-of-a-kind look that you can customize anyway you want to. This is a great idea for kids crafts, too!
finished magnets
 
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9 Crafting Tools for Better Projects

9 Crafting Tools for Better Projects

9 Crafting Tools for Better Projects

No one likes crafting fails, but one way to make sure they don’t happen is to use the best crafting tools. Some you can make by hand, but it’s often better to spend a little money that will make your crafting easier for years to come. Here are some of my favorites. (This post contains affiliate links, which just means if you buy something from one of the links, I get a small commission. Feel free to get your crafting tools elsewhere, though.)
1. A good sanding block for sanding down furniture, distressing wooden projects, and making all your sanding projects easier. It saves your hands, too!
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2. A hot glue gun with a stand. The stand is really important, as it keeps your gun in the right position, protects your surface that you are setting the gun on, and keeps it always at the ready.
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3. An Xacto knife or craft knife to cut stencils, lift small pieces of vinyl or paper, and a variety of other purposes. (I carve tiny doors in my little wooden houses with my Xacto.) Make sure you have plenty of blades, too.
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4. A paper cutter for cutting paper, vinyl, and card stock. Paper is such a wonderful medium and so useful for so many different crafts!
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5. A metal edged ruler for drawing and cutting straight lines.
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6. Hemostats are excellent for pulling stubborn needles through thick cloth and for turning and stuffing narrow pieces.
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7. A Cropodile for punching holes and setting grommets.
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8. A pen-style holder for felting needles makes needle felting go faster and easier and is much easier to hold in your hand.
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9. A selection of good paintbrushes. I can’t tell you how important that they be good quality is, especially for sign painting and for other projects where you need fine lines. Believe me, the extra money you spend on your brushes will make a big difference in the ease of making your project and the success of it in the long run.
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Good tools pay for themselves. Take care of them and they will last far longer than lesser quality tools and do a better job along the way.