Tag: decoart

This is not a brand new idea by any means, but I just wanted to share our summer journals that we made this past week. It was a quick and fairly simple little project—hopefully it will help our kids get their writing practice in while school is out, plus it will be fun to keep a record of fun summer memories and other random thoughts, in their own words. (yes, I know summer has nearly reached its halfway point for us, but I was determined to make these anyway!)

Supplies you can use to make a summer journal:

  • Plain notebooks
  • Fun patterned paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Craft Paint (I used Spa Blue by Decoart)
  • Craft brushes
  • Washi Tape (I found most of them at Target!)

I don’t have a step-by-step tutorial today but I’ll share the basics! 🙂

1.   I traced the shape of the notebooks onto the scrapbook paper and cut the paper out.

2.   Then I took a foam craft brush and brushed on thin layers of Mod Podge on the notebook cover as well as the backside of the paper. Then I stuck the paper onto the notebook cover and smoothed out any bubbles.

3.   I also painted the back of the notebook with craft paint. It did take about 3 coats to cover up the original black and white design, but it worked!

4.   I added some fun washi tape (love that stuff!) on top of the scrapbook paper and cut out my girls’ initials with my Silhouette Cameo.

5.   Then I brushed Mod Podge over the entire thing, front and back, to seal it all in. Wait several hours to dry. DONE!

I’m planning on having my kids use different journaling prompts every few days or so, perhaps drawing them out of a jar. Some days I’ll have them write whatever they feel like writing. There are some great writing prompts I found online to get you started:

The amazing Shawni of 71toes.com: Journal Prompts and Job Jar

Beauty and Bedlam: conversation starters

Even though summer’s almost halfway over I’m still excited to get going on our journals! 🙂

Am I the only one who has a hard time crafting up a gift for dads? Seriously, I love to give a handmade gift–but also try to give something they’ll like and those two don’t always go together when it comes to dads. They’re not really into the cutesy stuff like moms are.

It’s not very often my husband gets excited about using supplies from my craft room! So I knew this was a success when I suggested it as a Christmas gift for my husband’s boss, and the husband was on board. And then he made more to give to co-workers and his dad. It’s a welcome mat, but instead of putting an initial or last name it uses the GPS coordinates to the front door.

Let’s get our geek on:

To find the GPS coordinates you can either sneak up to their doorstep with a GPS unit, or using Google Earth you can locate the house and the front door to get the coordinates. This is probably the fastest way.

After finding the coordinates I cut them out with my Silhouette. (The rug is from IKEA and costs about $10.)

We measure to make sure we’ve found the middle of the rug and then tape it down.


And after trying all sorts of things to attached the middles of the O’s and such we’ve found that straight pins really work the best to keep things in place.

Then go ahead and paint. You could stop here, but I decided to add some red stripes since this one was for our doorstep.

I marked it off with more painters tape and painted red.

It looks a lot like a flag. Guess I could have added stars in the big stripes and called it our Americana rug!

A simple gift that any geek will love! And use!

Do you have geeks in your life?