Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Easy DIY Framed Pegboard

When we remodeled my son's room this Fall as he started Kindergarten, we added a large, homemade pegboard on the wall by his desk. 



I measured the wall space and headed to our local Home Depot. I found a long sheet of raw pegboard and a store employee cut it to my specifications: 40 inches long and 24 inches wide. 


Originally, I tried painting the raw pegboard using spray primer and spray paint. That method did not work for me.  I wasn't getting good coverage. 


I switched to a foam roller and that worked perfectly. I was originally worried about paint getting trapped in the pegboard holes but that wasn't an issue at all with the foam roller. 

I didn't need much paint at all. I purchased a color sample and had it customized to the color I choose: Behr Powdered Snow. 


While at Home Depot, we picked up some brick moulding to frame the pegboard. This is nice moulding typically used to frame windows and doors. It looked great, was priced right and was already primed. After cutting the moulding to perfectly fit the pegboard, we added a coat of paint. 


We built the frame around the pegboard as we hung it.  First we identified where we wanted to bottom of the pegboard to be, found the wall studs and nailed in the bottom moulding.  We used a level to make sure we had frame straight. 


Next, we slipped the pegboard into the bottom moulding, then added the other pieces of moulding around the pegboard to complete the framing. 


We found some fun accessories for the pegboard at Ikea and added a wire basket and a rail holding 3 buckets.  


The wire basket is attached with peghooks but the rail is screwed in permanently. The buckets are removable. 


My son loves to paint, draw and color so we use the pegboard primarily to hold his art supplies. I hung a clipboard on the pegboard so we would have a place to display his artwork. This particular clipboard had metal tab with a hole - perfect for a pegboard hook. The clipboard makes it easy to change the artwork he displays. 

If you have any questions about this project, I'll be happy to answer them in the comment section below. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 13, 2014

70 Letter Surprise: Using A Photo Collage

Good morning, everyone. Today, I have a simple layout made with a photo collage, a journaling card I ran through the printer, and the October kit from My Creative Scrapbook. 

We had a big party for my Mom for her 70th birthday and I had several photos I wanted to use.  I used PicMonkey to make the collage, then printed it out as an 8 x 10 photo with a large white border. I trimmed down the white border to make the collage fit better on my 12 x 12 layout. 


I wanted to add some journaling to this layout, but there was no room on the page itself. The kit contained a white cute die-cut card that I thought would work perfectly as a journaling spot. 

I backed the die cut with orange patterned paper for a pop of color, used washi tape to adhere the card temporarily to regular printer paper then ran it through my printer. The photo trio below shows the steps I used and the finished journaling card. 


After the journaling card was ready, I made a little pocket for it under my photo collage then slipped the card into the pocket. The card pulls out to reveal the hidden journaling. 


Though this kit is Fall-themed not birthday themed, it worked out great by using the more neutral papers and palette. A cute and versatile kit!  Paper and embellishments are from Doodlebug Design

If you participated in the blog hop last week, pop over to My Creative Scrapbook blog to see if you were one of the lucky winners!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Can't Mask My Feelings: Doodlebug Design

Hello and happy Friday!  We're starting to gear up for Halloween around here, which made me think about last year's costume when Cory was a Ninja Turtle. 

I made him a simple mask with craft foam and fabric ties and he loved wearing it. I snapped this photo of him last year, in his pjs, with his mask. 


I printed the photo as a 4x6 on my layout, using the October kit at My Creative Scrapbook. The playful nature of the pattern papers from Doodlebug Design worked well with the photo. I cut the papers into strips then stitched them on cardstock with a zigzag stitch. 


I happened to have a stamp in my stash that said: I can't mask my feelings for you.  It was perfect with the photo and cute raccoon journaling card. I added a punched leaf and a striped photo corner for a pop of color. 

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Together Again: Anatomy of a Layout

If you are looking for the My Creative Scrapbook blog hop, please see this post. 

Hi everyone. I'm back today with another project from My Creative Scrapbook's October kit. This cute kit featured the Friendly Forest collection from Doodlbug Design. 



I loved the patterned paper with the words about Fall and wanted to feature it so I made it the base of my design. I layered a few other papers in the collection to make a horizontal photo mat near the bottom of the page. 



The die cut card is from Jillibean Soup. It was white and a bit too stark for my layout, so I darken the card a bit with mist and sewed on a colorful ribbon. I backed the card with purple patterned paper from the kit to make it pop against the orange background. Then I added a couple stickers on top. 



To the right of the large orange photo mat, I added a doily under the photo, a tab sticker and layered a flower on top of a large die cut leaf.




The layout was coming along but I needed a space for my title and I wanted to balance out the heaviness at the bottom on the page.  So I added a shipping tag to the top, colored it with mist then added some stickers, die cuts and my title. 



Here's another look at the completed layout: 



If you haven't joined the My Creative Scrapbook blog hop, stop by for your chance to win some terrific prizes. Entries are open until 11:59 pm eastern standard time on Oct. 8. Details about the blog hop are in the post beneath this one. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My Creative Scrapbook Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Blog Hop for My Creative Scrapbook. It’s our October Kit Reveal and our 9th birthday! 


We’re celebrating all month long with great giveaways. The grand prize winner will receive the October Main Kit featuring Echo Park and Carta Bella!  It’s perfect for your Fall projects.


Echo Park and Carta Bella are partying along with us and they have donated terrific prizes!  Three blog hoppers will win this prize below:


If you are following the hop, you should have arrived here from Kris Berc’s blog.  

My Creative Scrapbook releases four kits each month. I designed with the October Creative Kit, pictured below.
   

This is a layout I made with the Creative Kit, which features a cute Fall line from Doodlebug. 


In this layout, I used journaling spots for both function and design. I used a large die-cup leaf to add a pop of color. 


The next stop on the blog hop is Marilyn Rivera: http://marilynrivera.blogspot.com/

The blog hop ends October 8 at 11:59 pm Eastern time. Winners will be chosen from comments on participating blogs and will be announced on the My Creative Scrapbook blog October 13.

You can find all the details for the hop on the My Creative Scrapbook blog. Subscription information for the monthly kits can be found here.

Thank you for stopping by and for your support of My Creative Scrapbook. We would love it if you would follow us on Facebook.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Sneak Peeks: My Creative Scrapbook

I'm baaaaaak!  Hi everyone.  My apologies for the long absence. I have a doctor's excuse, but sheesh, it's been no fun. But I'm all done now. Treatment is over and I'm back to crafting and creating. Yay!  I have missed it so.

Before I left, I had been on the Design Team for the monthly scrapbook kit, My Creative Scrapbook. The owner was so sweet to hold my spot and welcome me back.  The full reveal of the October kit is not until Oct. 5, but I'm going to give you a few sneak peeks today.






Aw, Fall. Love it. Hay rides, pumpkin patches, falling leaves and candy. Lots of Halloween candy. How can you not love that?1

October is our birthday month at My Creative Scrapbook and we'll have a blog hop with terrific prizes from your favorite manufacturers. The hop starts Oct. 5.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Super Yummy Strawberry Banana Nut Smoothie


Hi everyone!  Spring has sprung! With Easter just around the corner and summer not far behind, my thoughts have turned to my squishy waistline.

With fresh fruits and veggies coming into season, I decided to dust off the Nutribullet and make a few healthy smoothies. 

One of my favorite smoothies to make is one I call Banana Nut. It's full of healthy ingredients but tastes like a banana peanut butter milkshake.  Even Elvis would approve. I promise!

The smoothie has 2 cups of spinach, but has no spinach taste at all. The flavors of the peanut butter (boosted by flaxseed meal) and banana really win out. 



Recipe:
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 cup skim milk (or soy or almond)
1 T peanut butter
1 T flaxseed meal
1 banana
6 strawberries
Ice cubes

Layer ingredients in a blender.  I added mine in the order of the recipe. One tip: be sure to add the peanut butter somewhere in the middle. Otherwise, it may stick to the blender sides. 

If using a Nutribullet, be careful that your liquid does not exceed the max line. It's OK if the fruit/veggies do. 


Mix and enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!
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