Quick Tip Tuesday


I've been using faux leather to make some paper clip planner decor for my daughter and some cute hairclips for my granddaughters.  I've used a variety of leathers, and my conclusion is... don't skimp on faux leather. 

You can get some adorable prints and solids on Amazon for a bargain!  But don't!  It does not cut as flawlessly as faux leather from a company that specializes in faux leather such as The Polka Dotted Peach (NOT an affiliate link, just a regular link to a business I like).

Compare the crisp cut of the  better "leather" to the one on the right.

The Polka Dotted Peach and other similar companies are not expensive, they just aren't dirt cheap. A 9x12 sheet of leather runs $3 to $5 typically.  On Amazon, you can get 6-9 sheets (smaller or about the same size and thinner) for about $9.00.  But in the long run... if you want crisp cuts, don't fall for the cheap price.

Quick Tip Tuesday - My Favorite Glue


Many crafters would agree... Bearly Art is the best glue!  Why?  It's acid free, archival quality, dries clear, adheres well, but the top-most reason is... The Precision Tip!  You can use it on the smallest of areas.

In addition to being my favorite glue, I found a product on Etsy (Store name WhimsicalWishesUS) that keeps me from having to put a pin in it to keep it clear.  I can store it upside down with no leaks so it is ready to use right away.

I am not affiliated with this Etsy shop.  It's just a useful product that I really like.

What glue do you use?

Planner Stencils


Many of today's planners come with blank or very basic pages, so I decided to make a planner stencil for my daughter.  She can use this in a bullet journal or junk journal as well.

The materials include Matte Stencil Film (I purchased from Hobby Lobby, but it's also available on Amazon), a cutting machine and standard grip mat, and a design. 

You can purchase stencil designs or you can create your own.  I got my design from Abbi Kirsten Collections, but you could also use Canva or another graphic design software.  Here is my stencil as seen in Cricut Design Space

Once your design looks the way you want it and you have opened it in your cutting machine software, all that is left to do is load the stencil on a mat and cut. And here is the finished product.  My Cricut cut it beautifully.

Visit Sew Can Do and Handmade Monday for more crafty inspiration.

Quick Tip Tuesday-Protect Your Fingers

 Today I made some cute decorations for paper clips to give my daughter for use in her planner.  

The superglue was not working.  It wouldn't adhere my faux leather to the paper clip, so I got out my hot glue gun.  It worked like a charm, but... I forgot to use my silicone finger protectors and I paid for it when a big driiiiip from the glue gun hit two of my fingers.

  I've got a blister coming up on one of my fingers now.  Don't forget to use your finger protectors!

Scrapbook Pages

 My sister and I and our husbands went on a cruise together last year.  We had never taken a vacation with just the four of us!  This trip gave me layouts to demonstrate how I make pages with one photo or multiple photos.  The bottom line, if the picture was taken professionally and is at least 5x7, I will usually put it on its own page.  Otherwise, I use multiple snapshots on each page.  Below are some examples from our trip.

Have a crafty week!  And check out my Etsy shopEtsy shop if you get a chance. Thank you.

Escape Room for Kids

 Here is a brand-new indoor escape roombrand-new indoor escape room for kids ages 7-12!  Includes 8 puzzles and a secret code to crack. Will the kids be able to escape from the watrpark?  No preparation for parents or caregivers.  Just print, cut puzzles in half, and use.  Lots of other themes are available in my Etsy shopEtsy shop, and printables are on sale till them end of June!  Create an amazing experience using printable escape rooms for kids.