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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm so glad you're here. Every week the projects and recipes shared here at the party are so inspiring. I'm excited to have you here and welcome to everyone who's new!! I really appreciate everyone who linked up last party and I look forward to seeing what everyone has to share this week.

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It's always so hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com

Painted Pencil Garland by Dukes & Duchesses
Mixed Berry Cream Cheese Waffle Cakes by Lizventures
Adorable Sleepy Masks by Madyson & Marie
JalapeƱo Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts by Everyday Made Fresh
One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet by Homemade Hooplah
DIY Creeper Slap Bracelet Minecraft Craft by AttaGirl Says
Mason Jar Pineapple Upside Down Cake by Totally the Bomb
Fall Burlap and Lace Wreath by Inspiration for Moms

Please grab a featured button!

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

Please grab a button and share the party with your friends!!

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DIY Custom Lunch Box

The awesome vinyl in this post was provided by Expressions Vinyl. All opinions are my own.

DIY Custom Lunch Box at artsyfartsymama.com

This year is my daughter's first year of school and she's so excited! When we were making a list of supplies she'd need for school, she was adamant that she needed have her very own lunch box with her name on it. No problem, kid! With a little help from my handy Cricut and some fun colored vinyl from Expressions Vinyl, I knew we could whip up a custom lunch box in no time (and you can, too!)!

DIY Custom Lunch Box at artsyfartsymama.com

First, we needed a lunch box to work with. I found this really great metal one at LunchBoxes.com (not sponsored). It's really great quality and super affordable. Even better - it's completely blank so you can easily customize it!

DIY Custom Lunch Box at artsyfartsymama.com

As far as vinyl goes, Expressions Vinyl carries TONS of adhesive vinyl options in multiple colors. My daughter and I spent a long time deciding, but finally came down to choosing (my personal favorite) glitter vinyl in melon/pink, white, and purple. The glitter effect is pretty much perfect, and you don't have to worry about making a mess with this stuff. The quality is fantastic, and the colors are always bright and vibrant.

DIY Custom Lunch Box at artsyfartsymama.com

After uploading my designs into Design Space, I was ready to cut. The Cricut is pretty genius with the settings knob on the machine to help you save time and vinyl mistakes. Since glitter vinyl is usually a little thicker than traditional vinyl, I usually place the setting at the dot just after "Vinyl" OR change it to the "Custom" setting and just choose "glitter vinyl" from the menu.

DIY Custom Lunch Box at artsyfartsymama.com

Once you've got your vinyl placed on the mats and the settings where you need them, simply press "GO!" and watch the magic happen. The vinyl was cut perfectly and done in just a few minutes. I really do love my Explore machine oh so much, and it has saved me time and money on so many projects!! If you're shopping for a new machine, I highly recommend the Cricut.

DIY Custom Lunch Box at artsyfartsymama.com

Before adding the vinyl, clean the lunch box with a soft rag or paper towel and alcohol to remove any debris or smudges. Normally you would weed out the vinyl and then apply it to your project with transfer paper. Instead, peel the vinyl from the backing and placed it on the lunch box like a sticker for the front, back, and sides. For the sides, I cut one long pink glitter piece about 1.5" x 22" and wrapped it around the entire side of the lunch box for some extra color. The front and back pieces (purple/white) measured about 6.75" x 5.25" and I centered them on each side.

My best tip is to work slow, and use a scraper tool as you go to work out any air bubbles.

DIY Custom Lunch Box at artsyfartsymama.com

To apply the name and the Pinkie Pie design (found at DoodleCraft), weed out the vinyl and apply with transfer paper or use my money-saving vinyl transfer Glad Press'n Seal Hack!!

DIY Custom Lunch Box at artsyfartsymama.com

Peel the transfer paper or Glad Press'n Seal off, and your new custom lunch box is ready to use! My daughter can't wait to show it off at school this week and it fits her personality perfectly! When creating with vinyl, the only limits are your imagination.

What kinds of designs would your kids like on their custom lunch boxes? While you're thinking about it, fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win a $50 gift card to Expressions Vinyl! Good luck!


Free Printable After School Checklist

I received product in exchange for this post. All opinions shared are 100% my own. #HSMinc

In an effort to get the school year off to a good start, I know I need to stay organized. To help with that, I've created a fun and FREE Printable After School Checklist as a reminder for kids to stay on task when the school day is done.

Free Printable After School Checklist at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc #FoilAlltheThings

To personalize the print, I decided to let my daughter help add foil with the Minc. The Minc machine does require some adult supervision, but kids can definitely have a ton of fun turning laser printed items (both pre-made or custom designs) into a beautifully foiled creation in just seconds. You can find the Minc starter kit and accessories at Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann, as well as at some local stores and online shops.

To create the beautiful foil look on the checklist, set the Minc heat setting to 3 or 4. Then cut a piece of Minc foil to cover the sections. We used teal for the top and pink for the check boxes and the list. Open the carrier sheet and place the checklist face up inside the sheet. Carefully lay the foil over the paper (color side up). Carefully lay the top of the carrier sheet down over the print and smooth it out with your hand.

Tip: Sometimes static on the carrier sheet can cause the foil to shift, so just work slowly and try to keep everything in place as best you can.

Free Printable After School Checklist at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc #FoilAlltheThings

Place the carrier sheet into the Minc until the rollers grab it to pull it through the machine. Let it run all the way through, then carefully open the carrier sheet. Remove the paper and foil, then slowly peel the foil off the paper. Now your after school checklist is foiled and looking gorgeous! It really is as simple as that.

Free Printable After School Checklist at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc #FoilAlltheThings

The checklist is now ready for use! The color options are endless when it comes to using foil. Just use your imagination and be creative! As you can see, the checklist includes basic reminders for most children in school, such as: unpacking a lunch box (for obvious reasons), unpacking a backpack so important papers and reminders aren't missed, eating a snack, doing homework and reading (you can add however many minutes in the blank), plus getting their chores done at home. To help things go a little smoother in the mornings, kids can get clothes and shoes ready for the next day, and getting to bed on time on a school night is a must!

Free Printable After School Checklist at artsyfartsymama.com #HSMinc #FoilAlltheThings

Place the checklist into a frame behind the glass to keep the foil looking beautiful and use a dry erase marker to check things off the list as they get done each day. The marker wipes clean off the glass with a cloth or use a little alcohol or glass cleaner when it gets really dirty.


Free Printable After School Checklist at artsyfartsymama.com

For those who don't have a Minc machine (yet), I've also created a free printable after school checklist in primary colors. Put in a frame, and it's ready to use!


Free Printable After School Checklist at artsyfartsymama.com

For something a little different, I've also created a bright colored free printable after school checklist.


Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you share this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.


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