Visiting Teaching / Relief Society


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Add this image/quote to any photo album or scrapbook! It is the perfect quote to go with documenting your sweet life! This is also a great gift idea for loved ones.  I made this in Cricut design space and cut out the vinyl with my Cricut Explore. It’s the perfect DIY Photo Album Cover!

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LIFE IS A BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURE (Cricut Design Studio)

Materials:

-Cricut Explore Machine

-Cricut Design Space software

-12×12 standard grib cutting mat

-Vinyl (your choice of color)

-Mini Photo Album

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Prep:

Find your album and decide on the size for the front. My design is 6×6 inches. Load your vinyl onto the cutting mat and into the cricut explore.

Cut:

Cut the vinyl using the appropriate settings.

Assemble:

Remove the vinyl lettering and image and place on the front of your album.

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I’m here today sharing our inspirational quote!

I think this quote is perfect for the first Sunday in January.  Most things in life don’t happen immediately.  I know the internet has made us want everything now, but the most important things in life are build, “Slowly by slowly, small by small.”  Don’t get discouraged, and don’t be hard on yourself.  Just do your best and work everyday and soon enough you can reach your goals. I am excited to offer this Slowly by Slowly, Small By Small Free Printable!

 

This download is for 4 smaller prints on an 8.5x 11 page.

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And this one is for an 8×10 size.

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And if you missed last month, Nikkala shared her Family Scripture Reading Chart.

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And our friend Kristen Duke is sharing these fun Scripture Memorization printables!

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Enjoy!

All printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP.  For personal noncommercial use only.

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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.

WHY WE’VE MADE IT A PRIORITY?

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!

xoxo,
KIRSTEN

 

 

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Did you know that Aug. 6 is National Rootbeer Float Day?  I found out last year and thought it is the perfect day to deliver a fun treat to friends and family.  I ran to the store and got everyone a carton of ice cream and a 2 liter of rootbeer.  I didn’t have time to make a printable last year, but made sure I had one for this year to share! Rootbeer-float-essentials

I was talking to Nikkala and she took my printable design idea and she came up with this one for you.

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Add it to a single bottle of rootbeer and a small carton of ice cream for a single person.  Or for a family gift, give a larger carton of ice cream and 2 liter or a 4 pack of rootbeer.  Either way, you are delivering happiness!

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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 www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.

Enjoy!

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 A little food for thought…this is one of my very favorite quotes and helps me remember

the things that matter most.  I love this and I love the dear and amazing woman that wrote it, Marjorie Pay Hinckley.

Lime Green & Aqua 5×7 Printable push DL button below:

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Salmon and Aqua 5×7 Printable, push DL button below:

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Yellow & Aqua 5×7 Printable: push DL button below:

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What inspires YOU to be the best mother you can be?

{Remember, 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 send your friends and link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}

 

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On Sunday I taught the ladies in our Church (the class for women is called Relief Society). My lesson was based on a talk given by Elder M. Russell Ballard in October 2012 General Conference, and I created this chalkboard art quote as a handout for everyone to take home.

Elder Ballard spoke about how bees in a beehive work together to create honey, and how even though each bee only contributes about 1/12 teaspoon of honey to its hive during its short lifespan, each bee is essential to the life of the hive. They all work together as a whole, all of them contributing their small amount of honey which, added together, creates a life-sustaining food. “Work that would be overwhelming for a few bees to do becomes lighter because all of the bees faithfully do their part.” He likened it to US, how small and simple acts of kindness and service that we all can perform daily really do make a difference in the world. He invited us all to “help pollinate the world with the pure love of Christ!” I love it! What a great reminder in this crazy world we live in.
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“These simple, daily acts of service may not seem like much in and of themselves, but when considered collectively they become just like the one-twelfth teaspoon of honey contributed by a single bee to the hive. There is power in our love for God and for His children, and when that love is tangibly manifest in millions of acts of Christian kindness, it will sweeten and nourish the world with the life-sustaining nectar of faith, hope, and charity.” Elder Ballard

I have this available as a FREE PRINTABLE  for you all today! Yay! :) This would be awesome to pass out to the ladies you visit teach, to hang in your home, or to keep in your scriptures.

The zipped file contains an 11×14 inch poster as well as a smaller 4×6 handout as JPEG files. These files are zipped, so once you download it, you will need to right click on the file and select “extract file” in order to print them. You can print them at home; I printed mine at Costco.

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DOWNLOAD the poster here!

Credits: The bee and hive graphics were found at The Graphics Fairy. I created the honeycomb background myself in Photoshop. The chalkboard background can be found at Lil Blue Boo. Fonts include Return to Sender, SF Covington, Bergamot Ornaments, Muffaroo, Contribute, Lane

{Remember, 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 send your friends and link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}

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If you are curious about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called Mormons), we and many of our fellow bloggers have put together a packet sharing our feelings and information on why we are Mormon (see the original post here). If you are genuinely interested in learning more, send us an email at craftingchicks at gmail dot com and we will personally send you a free Book of Mormon and the packet with blogger testimonies, no strings attached and no pressure whatsoever!
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Happy Halloween friends!!!  Since Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday, I have seriously been crafting up a storm.  I shared these last week at the FABULOUS BLOG EIGHTEEN25!!  We have loved their blog for so long as I’m sure ALL of you have, and we have always enjoyed the fresh ideas that come from these fellow crafters.  We have LOVED looking at all the other Halloween ideas for their Spooktacular September….SO FUN!!

Today I will be sharing my LACE & RIC RAC SPIDERS.  I wanted to make some spiders this year.  I immediately knew I wanted to use Martha Stewart Fine Glitter, spray glitter, lace, liquid starch, patterned fabric, and some sparkly beads for the eyes.  As I went along, I added the pipe cleaners to stiffen the spider legs.

SUPPLIES:

  • 4′ ric rac or lace for each spider
  • Sta-Flo Liquid Starch
  • matching pipe cleaners
  • glitter spray
  • loose glitter
  • sewing machine
  • ribbon
  • patterned fabric
  • sparkly beads for eyes
  • glue and glue gun


Dip the ric rac and lace in the liquid starch and wring it out so there is still starch on the lace or ric rac, but no excess.  Next, hang them up to dry either over a bowl to shape the legs, or hang clothes pin them to a string.

The thicker lace needs more support with pipe cleaners, but the liquid starch still lends needed stiffness to the lace and ric rac.  Cut the lace and ric rac to the size of the pipe cleaners.

Glue the pipe cleaners to the back of the ric rac.  These are nice because they stay pretty hidden.


Then, shape the 4 pieces of ric rac into an “M” shape.
Let the lace dry overnight in a bowl that will shape the legs like so….

This is the smaller spider that dried in a smaller bowl.  After the lace dries, hot glue the pieces together and curl that legs like so.

Use a couple of pieces of pipe cleaner to make the legs point upwards a bit.  The starch makes the lace bendable, but stiff enough.

After the pieces of pipe cleaner are glued to the pieces of ric rac, glue the ric rac pieces together and mold the legs to your liking.

THEN EMBELLISH!! At this point, you use the spray glitter and add the Martha loose glitter while the spray glitter is wet.  Then add the orange Martha glitter to the Mulit-colored spray glitter when it’s still wet.  I love the way the different glitters add to the vintage feel of the spiders.  You can’t really see the glitter on the white spiders, but oh it’s there….believe me, it’s there.  Now for the SPIDER PHOTO SHOOT!  Mr. Black Spider Magoo…

To make the scrunched up fabric, all you do it cut a piece of fabric that’s 3″ wide and about 36″ long and sew along the edge, then turn the fabric piece right side out.  Then, choose a ribbon to string through the center and fasten both ends of the patterned fabric so the ribbon so it doesn’t slide off the string.  Glue the scrunched up fabric to the middle of the spider body or anywhere that makes it hang straight.  Add glitter pom poms for the body.

SHOT #2 of the dainty spider.

This spider is much bigger.  I WISH WISH WISH you could see the glitter on the body, it’s magnificent!  For the body of this one, I made a polkadot rosette and folded it into a cylinder then glued it to the spider legs.

Each one turned out with a unique little personality.  I made two of these and this one just fit nicely resting on my corn husk pumpkins.

This guy looks a little spooky here, he’s starring at me with his wee beady eyes.

So that’s a wrap!  You can use these spiders in a variety of ways….add to a wreath, hang from a chandelier or anything for that matter, rest on a tabletop or other decoration, etc. etc.  Happy Crafting!!

xoxo, KIRSTEN


I’m back to help make your visiting teaching fun and easy.  So go make your appointments and I will tell you what you need! Here is the Visiting Teaching Handout for July PRINTABLE FREEBIES!

The lesson for the month of July is on Strengthening Families and Homes.  When I was thinking of things I could do for the sisters I visit, I wanted to focus around something the family could do together during family home evening.

I found this recipe for Chocolate Cookies in a Jar and thought it would be a perfect way for you to take a treat that the family can make together without too much prep.  Besides, who doesn’t love a yummy treat?!?!

I also found these cute little tags from Summertime Design and added the info I wanted on them. One is the cookie recipe  (what they need to do with the mix) and the other one has a quote from the lesson. (You can download and print them by clicking on the words above.  I made them so you can print them on 4×6 photo paper or you could print 2 to a regular sheet of paper.)

Chocolate Cookie mix tag for Visiting Teaching July 2010 Visiting Teaching Quote Tag on Strengthening Home and Family So here is the recipe for the cookies:

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
 

Directions

  1. Combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a 1 quart wide mouth canning jar, layer dark brown sugar, white sugar, cocoa, chopped pecans, and chocolate chips. Pack everything down firmly before you add flour mixture, it will be a snug fit.
  3. Attach a tag with the instructions.

I went to my local thrift store and bought some cute jars, not cause I’m cheap but I am trying to be more green. :)  I layered in all my ingredients (minus the nuts, cause ya never know if someone is allergic).  Then I printed off my cute tags and put them on there with some fun ribbon.  I sure think my ladies will enjoy these.  I know I can’t wait to give them out!

I also wanted to list a few other sites that have fun ideas for Visiting Teaching just to keep everyone motivated:

Visiting Teaching from the LDS Church

See Me Visit Teach

Visiting Teaching Tips

Visiting Teaching.net

Visiting Teaching Surprise


Wanna know the secret to wanting to get your visiting teaching done each month? Take your ladies a fun cute treat/handout. I have loved visiting teaching but since I started making cute handouts I can’t wait to go! There are tons of fun sites out there that have great ideas. For the month of June the message is on the Sacrament and I just didn’t find anything that I loved, so I came up with this Visiting Teaching Handout for June:


It’s a little Sacrament booklet with quotes about the Sacrament, our Savior, and the covenants we make by partaking of the Sacrament. (If you would like to know more about the visiting teaching program please visit http://www.lds.org/.)

Here is what you’ll need:
a small picture of Christ (I got mine at Deseret Book)
white card stock
a brad
a piece of vellum

I printed out the quotes that I liked best. I actually found some that weren’t in the lesson but I liked these better. You can find the quotes in format here, or type up your own. I made a label document with each square the size of the picture so they would be easy to cut out.

I cut out the quotes and attached them to the picture with a piece of vellum over the front of the picture. I made them small enough that they can hang out in a set of scriptures. I hope my sisters enjoy them and I hope you are able to use and enjoy them as well.

Now make your appointments and go visit!