30 minute DIY Vintage Notebook

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I know this has been done before, but thought it would be tragic if this ideas was overlooked this holiday season.  The great thing about a personalized notebooks from old storybooks is that there are endless possibilities of old books that with their old titles, can be very nostalgic, funny and personal. I love notebooks, I have MANY notebooks that serve many purposes.  I write my to-do lists in them, grocery lists, ideas and I LOVE them.  With my absolute obsession with journals and notebooks, it seemed fitting. SUPPLIES scissors Cinch binding machine or other binding machine Cinch binding coil either plastic or metal (for this I used the .75" copper coil) vintage children's storybook or other book or choice additional paper (I used a 40lb cream colored paper) This Christmas record notebook was given to me last year by my dear friend Tanna!  I would pay so much to have a vintage record cover like that! STEP 1:  Take the book apart.  Carefully cut the pages as … [Read more...]

{Praying for Connecticut}

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  We have all been holding our little ones tighter this week and thinking about those sweet families in Connecticut.  Our prayers and thoughts will continue to be with that community and the families who have lost their loved ones. XO  The Crafting Chicks … [Read more...]

Home Depot Blogger Network: Decking the Hall

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Want to know a little secret? Not every house has a beautiful mantle decorated for Christmas. sshhhh....I know right? They seem to be everywhere and everyone seems to have one, but our house is very lacking in the mantle department. I almost convinced the husband to help me build a faux fireplace just so I could have the mantle. But luckily for him, I came to my senses when I realized we don't have a spot one would work in and took to decorating our stair area instead. I love what Home Depot's Director of Trends and Design, Sarah Fishburne says, "Find the designer within and deck more than just the halls. Start with the front door and go from room to room, adding a wreath here and some garland there." And that's exactly what I did! Home Depot's Style Guide is full of great advice and ideas for decorating your home. Download the latest Style Guide to enter your best Holiday Décor for the chance to win $1,000 GC to The Home Depot. We've lived here for a little over a year, … [Read more...]

Pick Your Plum Giveaway

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Today's giveaway is one you're going to love! Pick Your Plum is giving a lucky reader a gift box (valued at $75) stuffed full of their goodies--just because you are awesome! Not familiar with Pick Your Plum? They're a deal a day site--1 deal, 5 days a week. Every day they feature a new goody, from craft supplies to clothing and accessories, that you will want to get before they run out! … [Read more...]

11 Christmas Printables

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We've pulled together our Christmas printables and put them in 1 place--RIGHT HERE! Click on the link below the picture for the corresponding post and download! Polar Express Tags Peace on Earth Chalkboard Art Santa Stationery Homemade Christmas Tags Letter to Santa Reindeer Noses Magic Key Polar Express Tickets Christmas Countdown Cookies for Santa 12 Days of Christmas 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. Please link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you use our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. … [Read more...]

12 Day of Christmas Printables

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A few years ago I shared how our family does the 12 Days of Christmas each year for some neighbors that are elderly and alone for the Holidays. In that post I shared the poems my mom wrote for each package.  But this year I took it up a notch and used Crystal Wilkerson's Be Merry kit to make some printable tags for you.  I hope you enjoy them.   There are 18 printable tags so you can have some extras or just print out the ones you want. :)   This is a compressed (zipped) file.  Once downloaded, just right click and unzip. 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. Please link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you use our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Art Mini Frame

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I currently have a big fat crush on chalkboard art. And I love the miniature frames from PoppySeed Projects. And this project combines the two. Originally this projected was posted on their blog, but I wanted to be sure you saw it (and got a chance at the free download at the end) First thing that I love? Poppy Seeds miniature frames! You know how small things are adorable? Well, it's the same with these frames! I think they are so fun painted a bright color and left empty on in a wall collage. In fact (don't tell Kim or Holly) I think the mini's are my absolute favorite of all their frames. I used the Miniature Eleanor Frames, sanded and painted a metallic red. Because the frame is so small I decided to keep it pretty simple and just a solid color. And the other thing I'm loving right now is chalkboard art! So I created this little bitty sign to go inside the frame. You can download them here. They come 4 to a page and are sized 4" x 3" to fit perfectly. You could use … [Read more...]

Christmas Wallpapers

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Enter our All I Want for Christmas Part 2 giveaway. I went bright and cheery with these Christmas wallpapers for your iPhones or iPads. They may not be traditional, but they sure are merry! Click on the links below to download. If downloading on your mobile device the image will open in a new window, hold down on the image for a few seconds and then save to camera roll. From there go into settings and choose as your wallpaper. iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad Papers and trees by Crystal Wilkerson.   … [Read more...]

{Polar Express Printables}

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  My good friend Beth planned an adorable "Polar Express" street party on Monday!  The kids were in heaven....with the story, hot cocoa, pajamas, treats...and even a mini train (like the little tractor barrel trains you see at a carnival).  We loved it! I made some printable tickets and bell tags for the event.  I would love to share these with our readers.  I love the book "The Polar Express."  It is such a fun theme for a Christmas party...You can even just pretend you are on a train, or use the tickets to watch the movie! I used the talented Crystal Wilkerson's bracket shape for the bell tag and ticket shape for the train ticket ...she is amazing! Polar Express Printables {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 … [Read more...]

All I Want For Christmas Giveaway Part II

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Yes, the rumor is true... our AMAZING "Pick Your Own Prize"  Giveaway JUST ended... but don't despair, we have the BEST news that will get you JUMPING FOR JOY all over again!! Some amazing businesses caught wind of our last giveaway & decided they want to jump in & help our readers with their Christmas shopping too!!   We are SO excited to tell you about our.... BEST. GIVEAWAY. EVER!! {PART II, hehe} Can you BELIEVE it! We were SO excited!! And this time, there are FIVE WINNERS instead of just three!! You heard me! FIVE more peeps get to cross some more things off their  Christmas list!! … [Read more...]