Thursday, February 16, 2017

Random Act of Kindness Day 2017! Join In A Little Fun (and a free download)

Hello peeps! I have schemed up a last minute fun project I am really excited to share with you today.

Kindness starts with me...and YOU!

Did you know that February 12- 18 is OFFICIALLY Random Acts of Kindness Week? I knew there was a group out there promoting little acts of kindness around the world, but I had no idea the designated time would be this week. Until I read about it... last week. The day before I left for a three day conference. Not the best timing, but I was so inspired! I really wanted to celebrate - to embrace the idea and maybe get a few other crazy folks to play along. On the way home (I had a four hour drive) I can up with a crazy plan. Truth be told - I got the original idea from The Alison Show. She is so much fun and she sells these 'I'm Doing Awesome' tumblers. I thought, how fun (and random) would it be to pass out a little cup of fun to someone having a bad day? And the 'Swag Cup' was born (patent pending, just kidding

So Monday night I made up 10 of the cups you see above. I filled them with: candy, confetti a few surprises, and a blank note card to encourage the recipient to keep the fun going.

 Then I called a few of my favorite people around town. I asked them to take a cup and give it out on Friday. And I'll be damned.... they said YES! I was a little surprised at how easy it was. ?These are busy people. Like, really busy. But somehow they bought into this crazy idea of spreading joy! So, now there are TEN SWAG CUPS floating around Louisville just waiting to surprise someone.


YOU GUYS. I am so so excited. I am hoping they send me lots of IG messages and texts with pictures so I be a witness to their craziness. We will be sharing with #HotWheelsandRAK.

Care to join us??

As much as I wish I could send all of you a SWAG CUP, well......this is kind of a last minute thing. Instead, I created a few FREE downloads you can print at home to use for your own Random Act! 

I don't want this to me an overwhelming or stressful activity.Simple plan, y'all.. Here's what to do:
1. Click over HERE to get your free downloads. Included in the download is 2 'You're Doing Awesome note cards, a note you can sign for your new friend, a tips sheet for playing along 
2. Print out your note cards , sign your letter and put something with it. Maybe some candy, a flower, it doesn't have to be anything big, be creative! 
3. Go out on Friday and give out your swag. If you can, snap a picture or two along the way. More on how to share that with me for a chance to be featured on social media below! 
4. Bask in the glow that comes from making someone's day a little brighter, and that we were able to pull it off in just a couple of days! (crazy impromptu schemes for the win)

OK, one last thing. I really want this to be a group project. I want to see YOU! I want to see what you put together and hear who you gave it to! Share it with your peeps on Instagram and/or Facebook . Use #HotwheelsandRAK  and I will be sharing your pictures all weekend long- I want  keep the warm fuzzy feeling going.

So....have I convinced you? I hope so! Go now and get your goodies, and tell your friends! You can use the links below this post to Tweet, FB share or Pin on Pintrest. The more people we have spreading fun around the city the better IMHO

Leave me a comment below with a HELL YEAH! If you are going to play along.

xoxo, Michelle

Saturday, January 14, 2017

December Memories Album


Happy 2017 peeps! How have you been?  I really love the idea of a new year- fresh starts, resolutions, motivation for new goals. In theory. I've never been great at goal setting or resolutions, but I have made some big plans for the new year- in my work and personal life. What about you? Any new resolutions for 2017? 

Today I wanted to share my December Memories book for 2016. I've done this project before and always really love having a collection of pictures from everything I do over the holidays. This year was particularly full- I turned 40 last month! Thanks to my wonderful friends and family, it was a really amazing birthday = ). I am a lucky bitch woman. 

I have been really into traveler's notebooks as a place for memory keeping, and decided to use one for this album. It's smaller than in years past, but I had a lot of fun just playing around and sneaking in a little creative time. This was a place to just share highlights and fun tidbits- I plan to tell the larger stories - my birthday, family, etc in my bigger 12x12 yearly book. Does nayone else work that way? 

So, let's dive in. I linked as my of the products as possible at the end of this post, but many of this stuff was older product from my stash. The cover pictures above was 100% inspired by Paige Evans. I have used her stitching techniques on pages before, it is such a fun accent! Title is an acrylic piece from Color Cast Designs that I colored with a Copic marker to match my color scheme. 

First page. That awesome left side is the wrapping paper I WAS OBSESSED WITH. It's from Target. I may have audibly squealed when I found it. Maybe. I decided to line the insides of my book with it. As you can see, it did have a few puckers, because it was so thin, but I still love it. Right side- I printed a large photo of my front door on textured cardstock.

Like I said before, I used a lot of products I had in my stash. The notebook is something I sell in my Etsy shop. I one thing I did buy specifically for this project was two sets of journaling cards from Paislee Press. Instead of using them as 3x4 cards I used my Silhouette to print and cut them like titles. I love that little machine, you can do so much with it! (also, this year will officially be known as the year of the Christmas Flamingo.)

I also used the Silhouette to print this merry paper. Aren't my friends adorable? ; )

That holly and berries is an old Kelly Purkey stamp.

Pictures from our family Christmas. Birthday cake and Xavier basketball centerpieces. Yep.

The tricky thing with travel journals is not using too many bulky embellishments. These felt snowflakes I found are so perfect! Not too big but a cool texture.

Those glasses were the best 3.99 I spent in December and I will never admit how long it took for me to get Penny to sit still for this picture #fancycat 

Did you do a December album? I want to see it! Leave a link in the comments below. Also, check out the supply list below if you are looking to try making a travel journal into a mini album. I shared links to my favorite pens, adhesives and books for this kind of project.

Want to see my December albums from years past? Click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

Supplies List:
kraft notebook (from my shop) These are also really good
die cut elements, titles - Paislee Press
Washi Tape - Studio Calico, Target, most are older from my stash
Patterned Paper - Target
Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine
Photo Printer - Canon Selphy
Cover acrylic title - Color Cast Designs
Paper clips - American Crafts
My favorite journaling pen
My favorite paper adhesive
Felt Snowflakes - Hobby Lobby
Red twine - from my stash

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas - Crafty Friends

Hello! It's almost Thanksgiving - do you have your holiday shopping done yet? OR, are you like me and have a list but no actual gifts yet? (please tell me I am not the only one?!?)

I put together a few lists of great gift ideas to help you out this year! A mix of things I have pinned to give to some of my loved ones. A mix of things from: Amazon, my little handmade shop and local Louisville handmade friends. I am a big believer in handmade gifts and supporting local businesses, and I hope you are too. Plus consider supporting some of my friends this year!

Today's list includes a variety of ways to encourage your crafty friends! Whether you know someone who likes to dabble in a few mediums, makes handmade gifts for every holiday or has told you they want to learn something new in 2017- I have a few fun ideas! 

1. The Crafter's Box // Monthly Subsciption. This ia new subscription service, each month your friend would get a curated box with an easy to complete project! It comes with online videos and a message board. You can get your pal a one, three, or longer subsciption.
2.  JVilla // Loom Kit with Yarn and Weaving Guide. I'm obsessed with this girl's Instagram feed. She sells these lap looms with the tools worked right in. Learning to weave would be so fun! This is actually on my christmas list, and I am really looking forward to playing around with it.
3. Gift Certificate for a Handmade Workshop. Local to Louisville? I teach a variety of crafting and cocktails workshops around town. You can read about them HERE. Buy a gift card for your pal and come with them for a really fun girls or guys night out! These events have been really, really fun so far. I have a LOT of fun projects to teach for the holidays! 
4. Silhouette Cameo.  This is definitely an larger gift purchase, but one you can be sure they will use the heck out of! The Silhouette is a digital craft cutter. Think of it like a printer except it cuts instead of prints. You can use it for: stencils, paper, fabric, plastic, a million different mediums. You can design your own files for things like monograms, names, shapes, it's really unlimited. This listing  is for the newest edition and it comes with all sorts of accessories they can play with! 
5.  DIY Woven Art by Rachel Denbow. I have a girl crush on Rachel (there, I said it). I have read her blog for years- she sews crafts with paper, home decor, and recently took a shine to weaving. She is very inspiring and I would LOVE to get this book to go with a lap loom = ).
6. Craftsy Gift CardHave you ever taken a Craftsy class? I love them (I blogged about one of their sewing classes HERE). They are an online learning website that has classes on a variety of skills- cooking, sewing, crafting, photography, etc! Beginner classes, advanced- there is something for everyone. A gift card would be a welcome nudge for your buddy to try something new! *A bunch of their classes are on sale for Thanksgiving Weekend!*

Did I help you fill your gift list? I hope so! This was a lot of fun to put together. Like I said earlier, I am not paid by these companies to promote them- I just enjoy sharing things like this. = ) Call me a professional enabler...

Thanks for coming back today- I am so thankful for my little piece of the internet and all of YOU who hang out here with me = ) Happy Happy Thanksgiving! 
xoxo, Michelle