28Feb

How to Generate a Button Code using WordPress

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I got an email from my friend Christin (you remember, the one who so generously sponsored my trip to Allume last fall), letting me know that she had a new image and link for her site.

However, she sent me a photo and a link, I wasn’t really sure what to do with that. In my widgets, I can either paste in html code, or I can add an image, but to add an image I needed a URL of it, and not the actual image uploaded. So, I wasn’t sure how to proceed.

I found an easy way and decided to share it with you. This is a “dummy’s” method to creating your own button code for any image (that you have permission to use, of course).

Step 1: From your dashboard, start a new post (don’t worry, we aren’t going to publish it).  And click the upload/insert photo button. I’m assuming you can do that, but here’s a screen shot for your viewing pleasure:

Step 2: After you select your file and it’s uploaded, go ahead and enter in the other information. You’ll want to enter the desired url address, you can also change the size here:

 After you add your photo, it should look like this (ignore my simple facebook message in pink…not at all relevant to this tutorial..lol). This is what your photo will look like.

Step 4: Go to the “html” tab, and copy the code given.  This is your button code.

And, there you have it :)  That’s your button code for those who, like me, know very little about computers, html, etc…this is a cheater’s way to get it.

To use this code, all you have to do is go to your widgets, and choose the “text” (arbitrary text or html) option, and paste it in. Easy peasy, and if you look to the right you can see Christin’s new button on my sidebar.

 


 
02Sep

Make Your Own Pinata.

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As promised, instructions to make your own pinata.  Overall, it was a positive experience.  The good things about making your own pinata–mine was completely FREE, and Caeden had a lot of fun helping out as well.  The not-so-great things–it makes a big mess, and is pretty time consuming, so in the scheme of things $15 might not seem like so much to pay for one.

Anyway…here we go.

Step 1:  Gather your materials.  You will need:

-A Balloon (blow it up)
-Flour
-Water
-Newspapers
-A large bowl to mix your goo in.

Step 2:  Mix the goo :)  To make the glue, mix 1 part flour to 2 parts water.  1 cup flour and 2 cups water should give you more than enough.  Also, it tends to settle, so it’s nice to give it a little stir every once in a while…this was Caeden’s favorite part.

Step 3:  Tear your newspaper into strips.  Tear your newspaper into approximately 2 inch strips.  No need to get fancy and cut it because the torn edges actually give a more uniform seam when they are all glued onto the balloon.

Step 4: Paste newspaper strips to balloon.  Using the flour/water paste you created, adhere newspaper strips to the balloon.  Remember to leave a hole at one end (I left the end with the tie) open for popping and pulling out the balloon when you’re done.  The hole will be used to fill up the pinata with candy.  You will eventually cover the balloon 3 times.  Dip newspaper strips into your paste and place them horizontally on the balloon, overlapping the edges slightly and smoothing everything down.  Let this dry for approximately 24 hours.  Apply a second coating of newspaper strips vertically in the same fashion and let them dry for a day as well.  Finally, apply a third coating of newspaper strips diagonally.

Here is what mine looked like after the first coating (it’s still wet in this picture):

Step 5: Pop Balloon, Fill with Candy, Decorate.  After the final coat is dry, you can decorate your pinata as you choose.  One idea I had was to paint it a solid color and let the boys put hand prints all over it.  However, I ended up deciding to make a baseball instead.  I did this using recycled tissue paper (Yes, I am one of those people who saves tissue paper out of gift bags/boxes).  So, I just cut my tissue paper into small squares…2-3 inches maybe, and used a liquid glue to wad them in place.  Finally, use a pin to pop your balloon and gently pull it out.  I didn’t have any trouble with this.  I just held onto the end until it slowly peeled away from the paper mache inside.  Then, put candy in your pinata and it’s ready to go :)  I covered up the hole on top with tissue paper as well.

Here is the finished pinata about to get whacked by the birthday boy.


 
09Nov

Build an Embellishment (tutorial)

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I’ve been creating like crazy lately, but it’s been mostly for SNR manufacturer events, which I can now start sharing a little at a time (as the 30 days pass).  This embellishment tutorial was my very first class at Scrapbook News and Review.  I had a lot of fun with it.  This was also for the Scrap Within Reach event.

Speaking of SNR events, we just had a HUGE one this weekend.  A ton of fantastic classes and lots of eye candy, from manufacturers like Technique Tuesday, Stewart Superior, MLYB, Bo Bunny, Glitz Designs, Fancy Pants, G45, etc.  Anyway, everything is still up so head over there for some amazing holiday projects.

Anyway, now on to the tutorial for this layout:

When I first got my hands on this paper, so aptly named “The Factory,” I knew right away that I was going to do some fussy cutting to make my own embellishments. The designs were so easy to cut and worked well to make perfect accents and embellishments for my page.

I kept cutting out designs until I had enough to build my embellishments, and then I distressed the edges accordingly. I roughed up the edges of most pieces, and inked the edges of one, as you can see in the photo.

After all of my pieces were ready, I started adding them to my layout, building from the bottom up. I used the larger circle as a base for my title. So, I added the larger circle to the bottom corner of my photo and then placed the title letters on top of that using foam squares for dimension.

After my title was in place, I started adding the rest of the pieces around it as accents. Using more foam squares, I adhered the star to overlap the title, and added the yellow circle to one corner of the star.

I then layered two more circles, adding those above the title, and I added some small rub-ons to the yellow circle. As a finishing touch, I added “blue jean” distressed stickles to the star. And, this completed the embellishment cluster that was centered around my title.

Finally, I added gold stickles to the last cut-out piece—the yellow circle cluster—and added that to my layout using foam squares.


 
17Jul

Friday Spotlight #14: Fun Project Tutorial

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First of all, thanks so much for the queries and well-wishes! They have been much appreciated. I started feeling really yucky over the weekend and ended up having to go to the hospital on Monday morning, where I was diagnosed with the Flu! No fun at all, especially on top of being almost 9 months pregnant. Either one of those things alone would kick my butt–having them together has been no fun at all. But, the good news is that I am starting to feel a little better.

And, in 1 week from today, baby Logan will be making his appearance into the world! Still seems surreal sometimes.

Anyway, I want to start mixing up the spotlights instead of focusing on stores every week, so from now on it will be tutorials, challenges, stores, kits, etc…pretty much anything I find interesting or want to share :)

So, here we go for today. I created this project using my July English Garden kit from Scrapperie. The part, specifically, that I worked with was the Cosmo Cricket, Girl Friday collection.

I have a little cousin who is in the first grade, and is struggling with spelling and reading. She is also a major girlie girl! So, I immediately thought of her when I saw this paper:

I didn’t take step-by-step pictures, but here is what I did:

1. Cut out each individual letter from the paper. I left a little of the tan color as a mat for the letter.

2. Using mod-podge, I glued each letter to some bright pink cardstock, to make it stand out. Be sure to leave enough room for a mat. Just for extra protection, I covered the whole thing with an extra top coat of mod-podge. Then, cut out each letter again, leaving a bright pink cardstock matting behind. Here is a close up of some of the letters:

3. I was recently blessed with a cricut! Very cool, but I got so used to not having one that I haven’t even used it yet. So, I got it out and cut the bag w/ my cricut and some more matching cardstock. Here is the entire set. I can’t wait to give it to my cousin so that she will have some fun letters to practice with :)

For this week’s giveaway, I am offering up another kit. No pics yet, but my kits are always fun (if I do say so myself! lol)…to be entered to win the kit, just leave a note with your favorite scrappy site–store, challenge, forums, any kind of scrapbooking site…just tell us what you love about it.


 
27May

My baby is growing up… (and lollipop flower tutorial)

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I’ve seen similar flowers before, but wasn’t really inspired to make them until I found these Cosmo Cricket papers, which just lend themselves so well to little circle flowers. I’m sure many of you may have seen similar tutorials before, but I was making them anyway, so I thought…why not go ahead and take a few step-by-step pics as I go…

Here are the supplies you’ll need…2-3 different papers, and an edge distresser. I chose these papers because I could easily just cut out the circles:

Cut out 3-4 circles in various sizes. I think mine range from about 1/2 inch to 2 inches. The best part is that you’ll be distressing them anyway, so it totally doesn’t matter if your circles are perfect and straight or not…so just get out the scissors and start cutting circles!

Once you have all your circles cut out, go around the edges with a distresser. You can use scissors as well, but I have to say that, for me, using a distresser is much easier and you can get them for like $1-$2.
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Then, stack them. I made mine be a little off-centered in the stacking just to make it more “fun.” And, here is my finished product:

And, here is a layout using one of these little guys :)
As a mother it is so crazy to watch your children grow up before your eyes. I watch Caeden and more and more I catch glimpses of a little boy where my baby used to be. It’s so crazy. Already he makes me so proud!
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We always pray before meals. Usually if I’m alone, I just pray silently, but when Caeden as born, God brought to mind that I needed to pray out loud with him so that he would start to learn what I was doing and why. As he got older, he has become more involved and I have taught him to hold hands during prayer. So, I would always say, “Hold mama’s hand” and then we pray before we eat. We do this as a family now.
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Well, this morning, Chad and Caeden were eating breakfast together and Chad said that when he put the food on the table and got Caeden in his chair ready to go, Caeden held out his hand to pray! I am just beside myself this morning, it made me so happy! To know that I have actually taught him something and to know that even at such a young age, he is learning to thank God and praise Him for his blessings and to ask His blessing on our meals and lives.
I hope everyone has a happy Wednesday :)

 
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