artsy-fartsy mama: July 2015

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm so glad you're here. I am always inspired every week by the projects and recipes shared here at the party. 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:

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Grilled BBQ Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa by Homemade Hooplah
How To Glaze Cabinets by Diva of DIY
Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Shooters by Pink When
DIY Bubble Refill Station With Free Printable Signs & Homemade Bubble Recipe by Must Have Mom
How to Make Puffy Paint by One Little Project
2 Ingredient Copy Cat Costco Berry Smoothie by Tastefully Frugal
Pressed Penny Jewelry by A Disney Mom
Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla by Dad What's for Dinner

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

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  • 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!)

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Free Printable Roald Dahl Bookmarks

My daughter and I love reading. We love reading on our own, and especially love reading together. One of our favorite authors is Roald Dahl, and we've been working through reading all of his books. We recently finished Matilda, and one of my favorite things about this book is Matilda's love of wonderful books and reading, along with the clever shenanigans! 

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I'm joining up with some other bloggers this week to share some fun and inexpensive kids crafts all themed around books and reading. I'm very excited to share some fun, and FREE printable bookmarks all based on Roald Dahl books (including Matilda, of course) with all of you! And just for fun, I'm also sharing a super easy tutorial to make mini tassels to attach to your bookmarks if you wish!

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Once the bookmarks have been printed and cut out, you'll need some thread. Any kind will do. We used Rainbow Friendship Thread from Craft Project Ideas. The colors are fun, easy to work with, and is super affordable!

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Take a hole punch (any size) and punch a hole in the top center of the bookmark. It doesn't have to be perfect. You can enforce the hole with a piece of tape or laminate the bookmarks for extra overall strength.

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Now it's time to start making a bookmark tassel! Choose a skein of thread in a coordinating color with the bookmark. Get creative. You can even mix colors if you're feeling extra crafty!

DIY Mini Tassel Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Use a scrap piece of cardstock (or use an extra bookmark) about 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide. Hold the end of the thread at one edge of the cardstock and wrap it around (not too tight) about 15-20 times. Keep about 3 inches extra and cut. Hold the thread in the center and carefully remove from the cardstock by gently pulling it off.

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Fold the extra thread at the bottom of the tassel and start to wrap it around about 1/3 of the way down (picture 1). Wrap it tightly around the tassel and tie a knot and tuck in the end, or glue the end down with some super glue (picture 2). Carefully slide one side of some sharp scissors through the bottom loops of the tassel and cut (picture 3).

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Now your tassels are complete! You can trim the bottom of the tassels to even out the ends and/or shorten them. You might notice that the green tassel looks chunkier than the other two. Instead of wrapping the thread 15 times (like the pink and blue), I wrapped the green one about 30 times and trimmed it shorter than the others for a different look.

I'll warn you though, after you finish your first one it's kind of addicting to keep making more!

Free Printable Roald Dahl Bookmarks and DIY Mini Tassel Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Decide how long you want your string from the bookmark to the tassel. You can easily eyeball this, or get out a ruler if that makes you more comfortable. Cut a piece of thread double the length, and then fold it in half. Push the fold up through the hole in the bookmark. Then, thread the two loose ends through the loop/fold and pull through. Now the string is attached to your bookmark and you're ready to add the tassel!

If you don't want to add tassels, you could also use multiple threads. Just cut them the length you want, and loop through and leave just like this.

DIY Mini Tassel Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

To attach the tassel, you'll need a needle. Thread one open end through the needle (picture 1). Then, carefully pull the needle through the top loops of the tassel. Even though it's hard to see, try your best to get through each loop (picture 2). Once the needle is through the other end, pull the open thread all the way through. Remove the needle, and tie the open ends together in at least 3 tight knots (picture 3). Tug on them a little to make sure your knot doesn't slip! Move the tassel around until the knot is covered in the center of the tassel.

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Now the tassels are attached and your bookmarks are ready to use!! You can get creative with your thread colors, or use ribbons instead for a different look. Don't be afraid to get creative!

Free Printable Roald Dahl Bookmarks and DIY Mini Tassel Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

These bookmarks are a fun (and affordable) kids craft that will hopefully also get them excited for reading. My daughter is loving using her new bookmarks, and wants to make more to give away to her friends as gifts! You could really get creative with gifts and pair a bookmark with a Roald Dahl book, and add in a few Wonka goodies!!

Free Printable Roald Dahl Bookmarks at artsyfartsymama.com

All five of the Matilda bookmark designs have a quote from the book by Roald Dahl, with illustrations by Quentin Blake.

Free Printable Roald Dahl Bookmarks at artsyfartsymama.com

All five of the Roald Dahl bookmark designs have a quote from the books by Roald Dahl, with illustrations by Quentin Blake. The name of each book is on the bookmark.

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
   and linked back to this post.
* For best results, print bookmarks on cardstock and laminate.


For more fun book crafts for kids, check out the other projects below:


3 Ingredient Ranch Pretzels

Whether you're looking for a simple snack in the afternoon, or want to impress your friends with something delicious, these ranch pretzels are a must have. With only 3 ingredients and the tiniest amount of work, you can have warm ranch pretzels ready for any occasion in minutes.

Easy 3 Ingredient Ranch Pretzels at artsyfartsymama.com

Ingredients:
15 oz pretzels (either twists and/or sticks work great)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 oz package Ranch dressing mix

Directions:
  1. In a small mixing bowl or cup, mix oil and ranch dressing mix together well.
  2. Pour pretzels into a large mixing bowl. Pour ranch and oil mixture over the pretzels and combine with a large spoon until all the pretzels are covered. Let sit for 30 minutes - 1 hour, stirring the pretzels every 10-15 minutes.
  3. Pour pretzels onto a baking sheet and bake at 275ยบ for 20 minutes.
  4. Let cool, then store pretzels in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

These really are that simple! With a little help from an adult, this is also a fun recipe for kids to help with. My daughter loves helping me make (and eat) them. These pretzels are also fun to give as a tasty gift!!


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I am always inspired every week by the projects and recipes shared here at the party. 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

DIY Glitter Necklace by Sugar Crumbs
Frozen Butterbeer Recipe by Rae Gun Ramblings
DIY Marquee Letters by Crafting in the Rain
3 Ways to Make and Eat Waffle Cones by Ella Claire
Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream Sandwiches by Flavours & Frosting
Cross Stitch Antique Chair Refinish by Flamingo Toes
Chipotle Knockoff Cilantro Lime Rice by Sweet C's Designs
Beach Towel and Bathing Suit Rack by The Summery Umbrella

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

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  • 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!)

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DIY Back to School Supplies

Thanks to Elmer's and Mead for the supplies used in this post. All opinions are my own.

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Back to school supplies are popping up in stores everywhere right now, which means summer is slowly coming to an end. The only thing better than brand new school supplies is being able to make them your own! I'm excited to share some DIY back to school supply inspiration using products from Mead and Elmer's to get your kids excited to start the school year off with some personalized school supplies!

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Let's start with my personal favorite: the Mead Trapper Keeper Binder! I used to have one of my own when I was in school, and loved it! I was always excited to organize all my school supplies in one place, and looked forward to choosing from the large array of Trapper Keeper designs available each year to carry in my new backpack. 

My daughter loves Hello Kitty, so naturally the Hello Kitty Trapper Keeper Binder was a hit. We decided to dress it up by adding some bling to the outside. We used Elmer's X-Treme School Glue to attach gems in different sizes and colors because of its stronger hold than regular school glues. Plus it's washable so you don't have to worry about letting your kids go crazy decorating their supplies.

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To attach the gems, add a small drop of glue to the back and press it on the Trapper Keeper. Make sure the binder is lying flat while the glue dries so the gems don't shift or slide off! 

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Once the glue dries, the binder is ready to use! We added gems randomly to the front of the binder, on Hello Kitty's bow on the spine, and on the flap. My daughter loves the extra sparkle, and there won't be anyone showing up to school with *exactly* the same thing!

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Personalizing folders is super easy, too! You can get Mead folders in tons of designs, and some are even designed to coordinate with the Trapper Keeper. We cut some hearts out of glittery cardstock (to coordinate with Hello Kitty) in colors that matched the folder, and simply glued them on with Elmer's X-Treme School Glue Stick and let it dry. You could also glue on gems and other embellishments to make it your own!


You can find Mead notebooks for awesome prices in all different sizes, colors and patterns. This red one fits perfectly in the Trapper Keeper with the Snapper Trapper binding, but the red color just didn't match the rest of the folders! So, with a little glitter cardstock and glue stick, we were able to personalize it in a snap!


Measure the notebook (up to the wire binding), then cut a piece of glitter cardstock to fit. If you don't have the Snapper Trapper on the binding, be sure to mark where the holes need to go and punch them out with a hole punch so you can easily put the notebook in the binder when you're done.

Cover the back of the cardstock with a good amount of glue stick, making sure to get the edges and corners covered really well. Align the paper with the edge of the notebook cover, and smooth it out and press it down with your hands. If needed, place something heavy on top until the glue dries. We also added a heart with a gem embellishment to the corner of the notebook to bring in the Hello Kitty theme.

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Even though it won't snap into the binder, we also decorated a Mead Academie Wirebound Sketchbook with a glitter cardstock cover, and added a couple of glitter cardstock hearts to the folder inside the sketchbook with X-Treme glue stick.

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Don't forget to add some Elmer's School Glue and glue sticks to your pencil case! When it comes to personalizing your school supplies, the possibilities are endless. I hope we've inspired you to get creative with your back to school supplies to make them the best looking supplies of the year!!

To really kick off Back to School season, join me to chat about school supplies with Elmer's and Mead at a Twitter party on August 4th from 12pm - 1pm ET! Hope to see you there!


DIY Foil Notebooks

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

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In my opinion, you can never have enough notebooks! Being able to make some yourself for a fraction of the cost of buying them in the store is even more of a bonus. These DIY Foil Notebooks are really fun and quick to put together with some printables and the Minc machine. The notebooks are a both stylish and functional way to organize your shopping lists, and as a journal or back to school notebook for the kids!

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To create your notebook, you'll need to start with the cover. Simply print out the notebook cover (free printable available at the end of this post) on cardstock using a laser printer and trim. Make it fun by printing on any color of cardstock, then choose a coordinating color foil!

Using a ruler and a bone folder, make a crease along the center of the cover. This will make things a lot easier later on.

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There are tons of ways to add foil to your projects, but none are as easy and quick as using the Minc!! The Minc is one of my favorite crafting tools that turns laser printed items (both pre-made or your own 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 notebooks, set the Minc heat setting to 3 or 4. Then, cut a piece of Minc foil in a coordinating color to cover the paper. Open the carrier sheet and place the notebook cover face up. Carefully lay the foil over the paper (color side up) and lightly press down and make sure none of the text is uncovered. Carefully lay the top of the carrier sheet down over your project 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.

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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 notebook cover is foiled and looking gorgeous! It really is as simple as that.

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Now that your cover is ready, you need some paper to go inside the notebook! I've created 3 different designs that you can print on regular copy paper:
  1. Large lined, for kids to be able to draw a picture and write a short sentence below.
  2. Standard lined paper, which is great for journaling or making lists!
  3. Blank, for when you just want to do what you want.
Each notebook will need no more than 8 sheets of paper. You can print the sheets double sided, or mix things up. It's your notebook, so create it to work best for you!! Once the pages have been printed, crease the center fold of each page with a ruler and bone folder.


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Now it's time to assemble the notebook! Lay the pages flat and align the creases of each page, including the cover. Make sure everything is centered, and use binding clips to hold the pages together.

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Turn the notebook over, and use a sewing machine to bind the book together. Set the machine to the longest stitch and sew VERY slowly along the fold line. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and the end.

If you don't have a sewing machine, no problem! You can hand sew (punch small holes along the fold line with a thumbtack), or even use staples along the fold line. Just make sure to keep the pages together with binding clips so the pages don't shift and make for a crooked notebook.

DIY Foil Notebooks at artsyfartsymama.com

Once the book has been sewn, trim the excess thread. Now your notebook is finished and ready to be written in!! These notebooks will make great gifts, or would be a unique back to school notebook!!

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When you first close the notebooks, they will probably pop right back open. Press along the seam with the bone folder a few times, and that should help the notebooks stay closed. I have two different printable cover designs to share with you so you can create your own DIY foil notebooks!

Download the "Be Silly Be Honest Be Kind" Notebook Cover
Download the "The Best Ideas" Notebook Cover

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.


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I am always inspired every week by the projects and recipes shared here at the party. 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.

artsy-fartsy mama

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

Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce by Alisha Enid
Interactive Toddler Purse by A Girl & A Glue Gun
Lemon Oreo No Bake Cheesecakes for Two by Sweep Tight
DIY Utensil Holders by The DIY Dreamer
DIY USA Bleach Tee by Busy Being Jennifer
Sand Pudding Recipe by The Gracious Wife
Summer Bucket List Free Printable by My Love for Words
Caramel Banana Monkey Bread by Mom's Messy Miracles

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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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