paper craft projects are my fave

September 30, 2014

I’m teaming with Craftsy to learn some new skills. Craftsy offers hundreds of online video classes in sewing, cake decorating, photography, art, cooking and many other categories all led by expert instructors.


As much as I love a good de-cluttering session, my craft closet is definitely the messiest space in the house. I have a hard time getting rid of anything because some of my best projects have been created with leftovers. That being said, my scrap paper supply is overflowing at the moment.

Enter Craftsy’s (free!) eGuide, 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects. In this guide, five experts share their tutorials on how to repurpose those scraps into something useful, like this accordion thank you card I made.


Included in the guide are detailed instructions on:

    – How to use scraps to make a stunning scrapbook layout
    – 3 ways for using leftover paper to make cards
    – DIY scrap paper embellishments
    – Creating lined envelopes using paper scraps
    – Color blocked thank you card (FREE template included!)
    – Organizational hacks for your paper crafts stash

To learn all this and start putting those scraps to good use, follow this link and download the guide for free. And take a look at all the Paper Craft video classes Craftsy offers right here.

Craftsy is a yamf sponsor but I would love their classes even if they weren’t. View their entire class catalog right here.

funny cards are my fave

September 25, 2014

I have a pretty solid card collection but the problem is, I have a hard time parting with the best ones unless I’m positive the recipient will appreciate it as much as I do. Each of these might stay in my stash forever.

1. That’s Bananas
2. Favorite Parent
3. You Had Me At
4. Fanny Pack
5. We Are So Tired
6. Clean House, Full Fridge
7. Stupid Card
8. We Should Get Coffee
9. Treat Yo Self
10. Bridesmaid

a birthday cake backdrop is my fave

September 24, 2014

Kelly recently threw a birthday party for her daughter Matilda and made a photo backdrop inspired by a yamf project. I loved it so much, I asked her to share the how-to today.

Having a best friend as a party planner always comes in handy – even when we are 2,000 miles apart. Mel’s advice of focusing on one or two big elements may be the best party advice I have ever received. So for Matilda’s second birthday party, I gathered inspiration directly from this YAMF birthday poster.

Matilda was meeting family and friends for the first time at this party, so a photo booth was a must. Here is how you can make your own:

Supplies: a large sheet of plywood (I got this one from my brother’s garage), paint (I used Martha Stewart craft paint), two paint brushes (one small for the candles and one larger for the cake layers), and painter’s tape.

Process: Tape off the cake and layers, paint each layer a different color, pull off the tape, free hand tall candles, alternating colors, and snap away!

Time: I painted the morning of the party and it took no more than two hours.

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a patch banner is my fave

September 18, 2014

from guest contributor Kelly Smith

My son started getting random patches after each soccer practice and was excited to iron them onto something. But the thought of putting them onto something that he would grow out of, broke my heart a little. I mean, patches are cool and should be displayed. So we made a little banner that he can hang in his room and add to as more patches come his way. Here is how you can make one for your little as well.

Supplies: one sheet of felt, a pair of scissors, some fabric glue, a small wooden dowel, and some string.

Process: Fold your sheet of felt hotdog style, cut a triangle towards the center. Then put glue along the top edge of felt and fold over about an inch – hold for a bit until it sticks, then let dry. Stick the dowel through the top tunnel – add string. Iron on patches and hang.

Time: ten minutes tops.

You guys, I am totally excited to start collecting patches as souvenirs to fill this little guy up. And then you know I will have to make a bigger one. And so on and so forth. Enjoy!

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beth allen is my fave

September 17, 2014

custom portrait

Instagram has become my entertainment of choice during round the clock feedings. Sometimes I fall down the rabbit hole of newborn pics and try to find the strangest baby name of the day. And sometimes I meet crazy talented people and I remember why social media can be so great. Beth Allen is one of those people.

How do I love her? Let me count the ways:
Pinkish (abstract art is always welcome to the fave club).
– I commissioned a portrait of Beck and he walks around the house hugging it and saying, “it’s me!” I love how she accentuated his curls (which were freshly cut before the top photo was taken).
– She teaches Thursday night art classes and I might need to make a trip to Arizona just to attend.
This print.
– She has one of my favorite Instagram streams where she sells a small, original painting every Friday.
– Also, her husband bakes.


Beth Allen, welcome to the tippy-top of my fave list.

bottom three photos by Angela Hardison for

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