Chalkboard Ornament Tutorial

Do you love making homemade ornaments?  Sheila created these fun and easy sweet ornaments for our annual Christmas Ornament Party.  Below is the supply list and easy tutorial.

Supply List:
Black Ornaments, Red/White Bakers Twine, White Sharpie Pen
Assorted Ribbon, Greenery, Small Snow Flakes, Vintage Buttons
Hot Glue Gun

Using the White Sharpie write Christmas messages and let dry.

I doubled my red/white bakers twine and tied in a bow.  

Next, tuck the greenery underneath the baker's twine and glue.

Glue snow flake on greenery.  Glue ribbon on top of twine and add button.

These were so easy to make.  If you have to make a lot of them, do it in assembly line by doing all of the writing first, then tying the twine, putting on greenery, etc.

We hope you enjoyed this fun and easy tutorial.  Wishing you a creative day.

Capture your Holiday Memories

December comes rushing in with holiday cheer, family traditions and Christmas lists... This year in all the hustle and bustle, don't forget to document your December memories.  

Here are just some fun ideas to capture your December.

Grab your camera or use your camera on your cell phone and start documenting your holidays.

Made in Minutes December Edition

Holiday Made in Minutes.... FaLaLaLaLa! As we wrap up the last Made in Minutes in 2016, we will be focusing on everything Christmas!  

We will complete 5-6 (2-page!)

Christmas themed pages, using lots of colors, patterns, die-cuts and Dana's classic style!   

Grab a friend and come get your Christmas layouts complete so all you have to do is fill in with you photos and memories.  Join Dana on Monday, Dec 12th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for December Made in Minutes.

December Project Life

You have probably heard Dana mention how much she loves the Project Life class! With an entire year completed, it is time to start fresh! This is the PERFECT time to begin! Join us each month as we embellish 4x6" and 3x4" Journaling and Filler cards to use in 4 weeks of 2-page Pocket Page spreads (8 pages total)! 

This isn't your "ordinary" Project Life that see in the store.... it is so much more! 

You will use the latest and greatest papers and embellishments from many of Dana's favorite companies... starting with the "Posh" line from Simple Stories for January!   Come join in the fun on Tuesday, Dec 6th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Seating is limited so grab a friend and register today!

Printing on Project Life Cards

Hello! Many of you have asked how to print on your Project Life cards, so I thought I would provide you with a step-by-step tutorial.

You only need a few supplies:

Journaling Cards

Clear Ruler

Temporary Adhesive



Step 1: Open your word processor. I like to create Text Boxes. I know that my cards are 3x4” in size, so I create a 3x4” Text Box. I add a light gray border around it so that it is easy for me to envision the journaling card.

Step 2: Measure the area that you wish to print on. On the “Here & Now” card, I wanted to print above and below the image, so I created 2 Text Boxes within my 3x4” Text Box. On the “#THISISNOW” card, I only had one area to measure and create a Text Box for. Once again, I created a border around the text box so that I can see where the area is that I am typing in.

Step 3: Type your journaling in the Text Boxes. Here you can change the style and size of fonts.

Step 4: Delete the borders from around the Text Boxes. You will only see the typed journaling.

Step 5: Print on a normal piece of printer paper.

Step 6: For this step, I use a lightbox. If you do not have one, you can also use the sunlight coming in through a window. Position your journaling cards over the typed areas on the printer paper. Use repositionable adhesive to adhere the journaling cards over where you want to print.

Step 7: I find that my printer works better if I feed the paper with the journaling cards from the Rear Tray. This requires me to change the settings on my computer, as shown below.

Here are my finished journaling cards! They are ready to slip into my Project Life album or adhere to my layouts!

Card Making Tips

Do enjoy giving those special people on you gift giving list a special handcrafted card?  If so, here are a few tips to help you get started:

Gather your card making supplies:

  •  Pattern Paper, Cardstock, tags, coordinating tags, ribbons, lace and embellishments.
  • Use pre-made card blanks and envelopes to make card making easy.
  • Think outside of the box with your embellishments...  Look for chunky embellishments such as small greenery, holiday buttons and floral sprays.
  • Gather some fabric to add additional layers without a lot of bulk.
  • Don't forgot if you like to add more interest - add glitter glue for an extra pop.

Do you love creating Christmas cards?  Then join Sheila for Merry Little Christmas Cards on Thursday, November 17th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  Hope to see you there!


Made in Minutes

Do you love bright and fun colors to scrapbook with?  Then you will love Dana's November Made in Minutes class on Monday, Nov 21st. 

This month's Made in Minutes, we are using Amy Tangerine's "Oh Happy Life" to complete (4) layouts - yes, FOUR! Your kit will include a preview of a new monthly class that Dana will be teaching beginning in January... be one of the first to see an example! 

Seating is limited so register today!

Mini Crops

Have you heard the exciting news?  Heart Sisters Scrapbooking Events has announced the first Mini Crop of 2017 on February 3rd and 4th.  

Crop is limited to just 30 croppers.  There will be two people to a 6 foot table and assigned seating.  We are going to have a great time in our cozy setting!

Our massage therapist, Tiffany with her gifted hands will be on site Saturday for those that would like a massage. 

Hotel is offering a nightly discounted rate of $119.00+breakfast.  You can take a break from scrapping and get rejuvenated with a little swim or a soak in the indoor whirlpool..  Ask for Renee when making your reservations. 

And last but not least - LOTS and LOTS of places to chose from to eat.  Within short walking distances is Culvers.  Nothing better than a little stroller in evening to walk out those scrapping kinks and end up with a small dish of ice cream. 

This is a great time to get all your holiday memories scrapbooked.  These crops fill up fast... so register today.


Christmas Recipe Album

Dana is bringing back her Recipe Pages for the Holidays, and we want to use YOUR favorites in the class! After signing up for the class, you will receive instructions to submit your favorite recipe(s) to Dana, and she will use those recipes to create the class pages! On the night of the class, please bring 6 dozen of your favorite to share... so everyone will go home with lots of yummy treats! We will create (12) 6x8" pages, and you will receive a 6x8" Project Life binder to store them in!  Register today to reserve your spot!

Merry Little Christmas Cards

Do you love creating Christmas cards to give to those special people on your list?  Sheila will be at Heart Sisters Scrapbooking Events on November 17th to teach this creative class.  You will be able to finish all these feastive cards just in time to add your heartfelt message and send them to special person.  Grab a friend and register today to reserve your spot.

Made In Minutes

Do you love creating beautiful scrapbook pages that are easy to add your photos?  Dana is back this month teaching her popular Made in Minutes using Amy Tangerine's "Oh Happy Life" .  You will be creating 4 complete layouts to add to your scrapbook!  Join us for this fun, creative class... Register today to reserve your spot!

Merry & Bright Soldered Ornament

Sheila is continuing her month soldering class this month with Merry & Bright Christmas Soldered Ornament.  Come create this sweet soldered ornament.  Learn easy techniques to get you soldering like a pro.  


Don't have a solder gun?  No worries, we have all supplies and solder guns to help you create this ornament.  

Seating is limited.  So grab a friend and get register today.

Project Life

Come join all the fun of Project Life.  It is never too late to start!

Project Life - The last 5 weeks of the year! The November kit documents the month of December and celebrating the Holidays! We are using the "Tis the Season" collection from one of Dana's favorites, Elle's Studio. Pattern papers, Bits and Pieces, and Puffy Stickers are used to assemble the Journaling and Filler Cards this month!

Creating Dreamy Light Photos

Do you love creating dreamy photos?  

Here are just a few tips to start creating those dreamy photos:

  • Create light white backgrounds by using foam board and draping the background with white cheesecloth.
  • Be positioned near natural light, near a window.  Making sure when photographing your subject that you don't cast the shadow.
  • Get off auto and into your manual settings for DSLR users.  By choosing a lower F Stop it creates the dream bokeh effect (blur).
  • Practice, Practice and Practice.

Happy clicking!

Art Journaling Ideas

Do you love to art journal? 

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Fill page with doodles and drawings
  • Go out for a walk and gather leaves and flowers to press in your journal
  • Find a poem or quote and write it down
  • Stitch a design with needle and thread on your page
  • Find old photos, bit and baubles to put in your pages

Schedule the time to just get creative.