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2016 Scripture Reading Charts

It’s become a tradition of sorts started by Kirsten about 5 years ago to share these scripture reading charts with our readers. And we know you look forward to them because the emails have been coming in! If you are new to the chart, the goal is to read from the scriptures every day. The 2016 Scripture Reading Chart let’s you mark the days that you read. You’ll soon find that you don’t want a blank day on the calendar. The hearts are to track Family Home Evenings, and the months at the bottom are to track temple attendance. This year I created 1 with the primary theme for the year on it and another with this year’s mutual theme. Both are available in 8.5×11″ or 16×20″ so you can choose which will be best in your home.

Primary Version

2016 Scripture Reading Chart with Primary Theme

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The “consistency is the key” quote at the bottom is taken from a conference talk by Elder David A. Bednar. In the talk he addresses regular family prayers and scripture study. He says that often it seems that it isn’t making a difference, but consistency of our intent and work was perhaps the greatest lesson. And that if you asked there sons they most likely won’t remember a defining moment, but they will remember that they had scripture study and family prayers.

We use the foil stars stickers to mark our days with.

Mutual Version


2016 Scripture Reading Chart with Mutual Theme

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This post is sponsored by American Crafts. All opinions are my own.

I'm Going There Someday Foil Temple Print

I’m Going There Someday Foil Temple Print

I’ve been playing around with the Heidi Swapp™ Minc™ machine and I’m in love with it! It is so much fun! My girls watched in amazement as I would place a piece of paper covered in foil in the sleeve, run it through the machine and voila! A beautiful foiled picture would emerge! Too fun!

I decided to make a temple print for my daughter’s rooms so they can see it everyday.


I found a clipart silhouette of the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple. I then added the “I’m going there someday,” to the bottom in a script and also a fun block font.


It was tricky to decide on the foil color so I did a few different ones and ended up loving them all but the silver with the turquoise stole my heart.


Block Font Script Font


Jellyfish Friendship Bracelets

Back in the day I was the queen of friendship bracelets. I remember spending my summers sitting with my sister and best friend working on the coolest bracelets ever! But this is one style of friendship bracelet we didn’t know about back then – the Jellyfish Friendship Bracelet. It’s call the Jellyfish Bracelet because the embroidery floss hangs down, like jellyfish tentacles while you’re making it.

Jellyfish Bracelets

It’s a little different type of bracelet because it uses this handy dandy wheel. I designed one and cut it of cardstock out on my Cricut Explore (using the pen and cut).

Jellyfish Bracelets

You can download the svg template to import into Cricut Design Space or use in Silhouette Studio.


Jellyfish Bracelets

You’ll need 7 strands of embroidery floss, each 20″ long


Tie the strands together, leaving a tail so you’ll be able to tie it once finished, and run them through the center hole.


The wheel has 8 slits, so leaving the one with START above it empty, run 1 strand through each of the slits. Then, beginning with the Start slit, or the empty one, count left 3 strands. Which is the left mint strand here.


Take that strand and move it into the empty slot.



Then rotate the wheel so the empty slot is once again at the bottom, and count up 3 strands.


Move it down to the empty slot, and continue turning the wheel and counting up 3 strands. That’s all there is to it!


Soon you’ll have a bracelet emerging in the center of the Jellyfish!

Jellyfish Bracelets

My cute niece made her  first YouTube video showing how to make these. Please hop over and show her some love!

Jellyfish Bracelets

Jellyfish Bracelets

Ok….so this is the 3nd year I have posted this Scripture Reading Chart.  Some of you may remember the post we did recently where we talked about the fact that all 5 Crafting Chicks and many other creative bloggers are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Mormons, the post can be found HERE.  If you read this post, you can see the importance for us to read from The Book of Mormon in the lives of members of our church.  So you can imagine that it’s also important for us to read this book with our families to draw nearer to Jesus Christ and God the Father.  Until 3 years ago, it was merely a dream to make this a daily habit with our family.  This has really really become easy and we’ve learned that “consistency is the key”.  This is dedicated to our friends that showed us this trick….and we are so grateful for their great idea.  It worked for us (I’m still surprised myself), and I hope it works for you too!

scripture low res 3 years ago at this time we embarked with a new year’s resolution that honestly I didn’t think we would be able to keep up….how’s that for a resolution!  This resolution was to read scriptures every day as a family….not a whole chapter, not even a whole ten verses, just at least one verse.  We just wanted to make family scripture study a habit, whether it was one verse or 20.  We had tried in the past to make this a habit with no real success or consistency.  BUT WE DID IT THIS YEAR AGAIN!  Last year we missed 2 days and so far this year we haven’t missed ANY.  That’s not to say that there wasn’t fighting and wrestling and rough housing and crying on some or all of those days; but that’s the beauty of it, that’s just how it is, for us at least…heavens…my kids are 8,7,6 and 4 and 3 of them are boys, that tells you enough right there. :)Let’s be honest, it’s like herding cats.  If we can do this, ANYONE can do this, trust me.

SECRETS TO OUR SUCCESS:  There are definitely secrets, but they are “EASY EASY” and completely no-fail as long as you can be consistent.

  1. BE ACCOUNTABLE:  This is the BEST SECRET of them all, I tell ya…use this one page CALENDAR CHART (printable below) that represents the whole year!!!!!!  Dave and I said so many times throughout the year that just the thought that we were going to have a gap on our reading chart was enough to muster up the umph to read each night, and how we didn’t anticipate that we would be motivated by that, but it worked.
  2. USE COLORED STICKERS & make it a game:  This was also a main key for us.  The child that was the most well-behaved got to choose the sticker for the chart that night.  This was a major motivator for our kids.
  3. CHOOSE THE SAME TIME EACH DAY TO READ:  For us, the time of day we chose wasn’t exactly at a specific specific time, but right before bed which was around the same time each night.  If you can choose the same time each day that works best for your family, you are really setting yourselves up for success.
  4. KEEP YOUR EXPECTATIONS LOW: Ok this is one of those times that low expectations are GREAT.  The kids are going to be rowdy, mean, ornery, and not want to do it at times…hang in there :) .  There should be a level of respect while reading, from my point of view, but it’s not going to be perfect.  Sometimes the best things are HARD, until it’s a habit.  Just tonight as we were reading, the younger two got into trouble because they were being too loud, it happens still, but at least we are reading.


Let’s be honest, we live in a world with shifting moral values.  We cannot look to Hollywood or the media to give us accurate truths and it seems to be rapidly declining.  -Jeffry R. Holland

ave a talk in October of 2009 speaking about the importance of scripture and it’s soooo powerful (HERE watch the video if you can). I believe that a loving Father in Heaven communicates to his children through prayer & scripture.  We not only believe in The Book of Mormon, but also the Bible and The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints has recently released some amazing Bible videos HERE that no matter what your religion, you will adore.  I want my kids to have open communication with their Savior.  I know without a doubt that learning to be more like God will help them more in their lives than learning to be like any other person they could model themselves after.  Since my job as a parent is to equip my children with the best tools possible for success, this is top priority.

(the thing that worked best for us is to print this out on a piece of white card stock and laminate)  My dear friend AMY SHUMWAY designed this one for our ward…I did our ward’s for that last 2 years and she was in charge this so she kindly lent me the file to share with all of YOU.

DOWNLOAD (8.5″x 11″): HERE

What has worked for you???  Let us know if you make this a habit too, we can’t wait to hear your feedback!





I was the Camp Director for our Young Women Camp this past summer (LDS girls camp), where the theme was “Stand Ye in Holy Places.” I REAAAALLLLY have had it on my list for awhile to make my own DIY marquee sign–and searching on Pinterest brought up some great tutorials on awesome blogs all over the place. So right before I went to YW Camp I decided we HAD to have our own marquee sign with the theme “STAND”! 🙂 So teaming up with my sweet husband, we made it happen! Here’s how.

What I used to make my own marquee sign:

wooden letters

craft paint and brushes

wood glue

Christmas lights (globe outdoor lights)

beadboard (as the background)

Drill and drill bits (we used 1 inch bits to make 1 inch diameter circles)

Duct tape (to tape the light strands behind the board)


DIY-marquee-sign-2 It was meant to be. I rummaged around the clearance area at Michaels and happened to find the last wooden letters to spell STAND! Miracle I say. These puppies are at least a foot tall. I sanded them and painted them various colors with craft paint.

DIY-marquee-sign-3 I measured how far apart I wanted the light bulbs to be and marked it with pencil. Note, I actually ended up using GLOBE LIGHTS–not the mini string lights that are pictured here. I love the look of marquee signs with the big round bulbs, but you could use smaller lights as well. I used 2 boxes of globe lights for my project.

DIY-marquee-sign-4 I had a spare piece of beadboard from a previous project in my garage. I cut it to the right size using a jig saw and sanded it to prep it.

DIY-marquee-sign-5 Then I painted it turquoise and white stripes for the background of the marquee sign!  Love it!

DIY-marquee-sign-6 Next I took the painted wooden letters and used wood glue to attach them to the beadboard background. I didn’t take a photo of it but then I piled heavy things on top of it all to make it all have a firm hold.

DIY-marquee-sign-7 Once the glue was dry we took it back out to the garage to drill the holes for the lights to go through. The size of your drill bit will depend on the size of lights you use. Get a powerful drill so you can go through the two different layers of wood!

DIY-marquee-sign-8 Here’s the beauty all cleaned up!

I don’t have a photo of the last step unfortunately! To attach the lights, I unscrewed the light bulbs and inserted the base through the hole, then screwed in the bulbs through the front of the sign. I used duct tape to tape down the wires and strands behind the board. It’s a hot mess but you can’t even tell from the front. 😉

DIY-marquee-sign-11 Here’s the finished sign during the day!

DIY-marquee-sign-10 And here is the marquee sign in the dark with the lights on. The finished product is about 5 feet long and almost 2 feet tall–it’s BIG.  I LOVE IT!! I seriously jumped up and down and squealed and danced like a crazy person when it all worked out! 🙂 It was an awesome statement piece at camp for sure.

This is just one way to make your own light-up marquee sign! Think of the possibilities! I’m already thinking of what word I can do next…….


SONY DSC This summer I was able to help plan our church’s girls camp for the 12-18 old girls in our area. The adult leaders worked with the youth camp leaders to plan a 4 day camp. Our YCL’s thought having a cowgirl themed camp sounded like a lot of fun. So the adult leaders set to work coming up with a way to tie the cowgirl theme into a learning and spiritual experience for everyone. Our leader had the idea of basing camp on Johnny Lingo’s 8 cow woman. If you’ve never heard of Johnny Lingo you can watch the original movie, or enjoy the newer movie on Netflix or Amazon. After we explained Johnny Lingo to the YCL’s they were excited about being “8 COW-Girls” so we ran with it.

After watching either movie you would probably think a tropical island theme would be the no brainer way to go, but we had a lot of fun using it in a wild west way. Here are somethings we did:

8_cowgirls Burlap banners: Cut burlap into pennants and make designs with painters tape. Then spray paint in a variety of colors and string on baker’s twin. We hung these around the pavilion for decoration.

Young Woman Values and Theme Banner: The bright colors fit right in with our spray painted banners and we hung these value flags from Mormon Modern around the pavilion as well with clothespins.

Stick Horses: Our main craft was having each girl make their stick horse. Every horse turned out unique! We later used these for a stick horse rodeo.

Camp shirts: We modified this Lingo Certified logo to read 8 COW GIRL instead of 8 COW WOMAN and added swirls behind it. Our main goal in designing the shirts was to create something the girls would wear again, so we had them printed on girl cut tees and put the logo on the hip.

Melodramas: Instead of skits we performed melodramas. Which were a lot of fun. Plus look how fun this stage is we had to perform on!

Tuck in Treats: It is tradition to give the girls treats at bedtime. Because of wild animals we had to keep all food out of the tents, so we gave these ponytail holders on the first night. The second night we gave little denim pillows with this girl and horse out of iron on vinyl on them.

High Noon Shoot Out: We filled a canoe with water in the middle of the meadow and handed out water guns for an all out water fight.

Cowboy Duet: We were entertained one night by this duet who played, sang and told stories.

We also divided the girls into 3 teams and had a dutch oven dessert cook off. (My team may have won!)

Every day we used a quote from the new movie and had devotionals that tied in with them.

Other than a couple of incidents with squirrels we had a great time!


Other girls camp posts you might enjoy:

IMG_0394 Oh The Place You’ll Go Girl’s Camp

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First Aid Certification

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Walking Sticks

Elastic Hair Ties

Have you seen these cute elastic hair ties in stores? You can often find them next to the register, begging you to take them home. You can find them at Ulta, Sephora, and even Anthropology, but making them yourself will save you some money and guarantee the colors you want.

Elastic for Hair Ties You will need 5/8″ elastic. The plain elastic with the line in the middle is called “fold over” elastic. I’ve ordered it from Pick Your Plum, and recently have seen it on the shelves at Michael’s and JoAnn’s. But the cute chevron and glitter I got from Sunshine Shoppe. Psst…the chevron is on clearance right now.

Elastic Hair Ties Making them is as easy as cutting and tieing. First, cut the elastic to the length you want. Somewhere between 8-10″ is a good length, depending on how thick your hair is and how big your wrist is. A lot of girl’s like to wear them as bracelets. Not only are they cute on wrist, but when they want to pull their hair up, they always have an elastic handy.

Elastic Hair Ties Once they are cut, you’ll want to seal the ends. I ran the ends over the top of a lit candle to singe them, but all the while I wished I had one of these cool gadgets-The Miracle Ribbon Cutter. How slick would that have been?! Then simply fold the elastic in half and tie a knot. It can’t get much easier than that!

**Edit** I’ve received comments that the Miracle Ribbon Cutter does not work on elastic. So please don’t buy one for this project!

Elastic Hair Ties and Printable Cards Our girl’s camp has a cowgirl theme so I made these fun Pony Up cards for the hair ties to go on. We’ll be giving them out as a tuck in treat, because of bears and raccoons and the need to keep all food out of our tents. Even though they aren’t food I think the girls are going to love them!


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First Aid Certification Handouts {free printable for YW Camp}

First Aid Certification Handouts {free printable for YW Camp}

I am the camp director for our girls camp (or Young Women Camp) for my church, which is a lot of work but a lot of fun at the same time! 🙂 Part of preparing for camp includes certifying and passing off certain tasks, including some requirements for First Aid. We did our First Aid certification a few weeks ago, and to liven things up a bit I made some cute handouts to give the  girls at the end of the night. Teenagers (and us old adults)  like sugar. 😉

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These came together really easily. I used some small little baggies, I think these were little jewelry zipped bags but you could use whatever you have handy or can find at the store. I made the tags in Photoshop and printed them on white cardstock on my home printer, then cut them out. Grabbed a couple bags of Lifesavers candies–because First Aid Certification gives you the skills to help you be a LIFESAVER! 🙂

The tags are a little less than 2 x 3 inches in size, and the baggies were a little bit larger, just to give you an idea.

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I filled the baggies with a few Lifesavers and using double sided sticky tape I attached the tag to the front of the baggie. CUTE!

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I know many people have already done their YW Camps but if you haven’t yet, maybe these can help with your First Aid Certifications! 🙂 Or bookmark them for next year. I actually made two different versions for you to download:  One version has “YW Camp” on it, and the other version has that removed so it can be used for more general first aid certification needs. 🙂 They both are sized as 8.5 x 11 inch JPEGS to make it super easy to print at home onto white cardstock.  Each one comes with 12 tags.

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All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.

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Happy camping! 🙂

For other YW Camp ideas you can check out this post:


ARISE, ARISE, ARISE…”  If you have seen the youth video from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the 2012 Youth Theme Song, you will recognize this graphic of a mountain below, with an arrow.  Each year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chooses a Youth theme.


and the 2012 youth theme is…


 “Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations.” (D&C 115:5). 

(You can find a LOVELY printable by BROOKE HERE.)


Since this was the youth theme for 2012, they created a VIDEO for the theme song with these graphics in it (below).

Also….drum roll please…with a QR code on the graphic that takes you right to the video link.  I love this video because it reminds us and our teens to “arise” and be their best selves that we can be.  With so much crap in the world today, it’s a much-needed reminder for all of us, right?!  The great thing about this printable, is that you can easily print them and hand them out if you would like.  I am a leader of the youth group in my area and we have handed these out secretly to the girls for the to find (like in the video), to remind them to “ARISE”.

I don’t know about you, but it seems that any reminders to look to GOD, is much-appreciated in my day to day routine.  Life is awesome, but it is tough and we have to kick and push and scramble our way through our trials to survive, so bring on the inspiration, I need it!

Here are a couple themes that have been chosen in the past…


“Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity’ (1 Timothy 4:12).


“Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:9).

2011:  WE BELIEVE…

“”We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul – We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all
things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of  good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”


THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!!!!  PS….if you like our posts, the biggest compliment that you could ever ever ever give us would be for you to share our posts or site with your friends, share links from Crafting Chicks on Facebook or Pinterest or whatever…WE LOVE and APPRECIATE THE LOVE & SUPPORT FROM OUR READERS!!!  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!!

You can DOWNLOAD The Page of graphics & QR codes (shown above in yellow) HERE (size 8.5×11, 8 per page):

You can DOWNLOAD The QR code alone HERE.

You can WATCH the video from HERE.

You can jump up and click your heels HERE….oh wait, there’s no link for that ;0, yes I’m a nerd.



Happy New Year 2012 to you all! We hope you enjoyed your Christmas and other holiday celebrations, I sure did! 🙂 Looking forward to the fresh start of a new year!

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Today I have a free printable for you! Each year the Young Women in the LDS church (Young Women is the church’s youth group for teenage girls) have a new theme/scripture that they study and focus on. For 2012 the theme is “Arise and shine forth that thy light may be a standard for the nations (D&C115:5)”. I created these posters for my mom’s Stake (or group) leadership and thought I’d share them with all of you–use them for your Young Women (or for anyone, really!) to print out and display all year to remember and be inspired by this scripture.

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Remember, our free printables and downloads are for your personal use only and cannot be used to sell. Of course you can use these to give to all of the Young Women in your wards if you want! You can print them at your favorite photo lab. The poster is available in 3 sizes (click on the links to download the sizes individually):

16 x 20 inch print

11 x 14 inch print

5 x 7 inch print

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I created this poster using digital scrapbook products by Crystal Wilkerson (scalloped tag) and GG Digital Designs (sunburst paper).

Have a great day!!!



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