photo-4One of my business goals this year was to more creatively package my orders to ship out. I don’t have any employees to help me, so it has to be something quick and easy (while also being cute). For now, this is how I package my items, but I also wanted to share 9 other ways to creatively package your goodies so that when your customer receives them, they’ll feel like they’re receiving a gift from a treasured friend.

my current packaging for the shop, easy but cuteac-packaging

for a few of this week’s orders, I changed it up a bit with this post in mind…ACD-packaging ACD-packaging2

creme de la gems posted this beauty from earth cookie creates
earth-cookie-creates-packagingthe adopt shoppe is amazing at her packaging and personal touches
adopteshoppelove this simple look of using vintage book pages…so sweet and easy!vintage book packaging

look how fun these popsicle sticks are – can’t you just see them stamped? so cute!2031183380_c4c7c0def6_o

My good friend Courtney is co-owner of a vintage shop called Belle Wesley Vintage. I’ve ordered a few items from her and her packaging is super cute and fun with vintage findings and goodies. I asked her to come up with a few packaging examples for me and love what she came up with! BWV-packaging BWV-packaging3 BWV-packaging4

You can’t go wrong with wash, pom-pom trim and vintage cards – can you? I didn’t think so! Thanks Courtney (much love!!).

PACKAGING RESOURCES: My go-to resource for all things packaging is PaperMart. Their prices are outstanding when you buy in bulk. I love their paper bags (what?! They didn’t have these the last time I ordered!!), doilies and used to order their jewelry boxes before I started having them printed with my logo. Their website is antiquated but I have never once had a problem with a product from them.

What is your favorite way to package your items (or how do you like to receive them)? Any favorite resources we should know about? Do tell by leaving a comment!

A while back I posted a picture of my finished Project Life 2013 album that I completed in about 5 hours. Later, Becky Higgins reposted the picture to her Facebook, twitter and Instagram and there were many comments that followed. Some didn’t believe that I did it in 5 hours. Some asked how I did it. Others said they could never do it. So, I’m here to give a few tips and tricks on how I did it, so that maybe you feel like you could too.

project life bahamas I’ve done Project Life for 4 years now. I used to do traditional scrapbooking with papers and embellishments, but it got to be too time consuming for me as a wife, mother and business owner. So I started doing Project Life and was instantly hooked. I love how easy and convenient it is, having everything right there in the core kit (minus the album and plastics, which you can choose according to preference).

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FAQ about how I did 400+ pictures in 5 hours:

Does your 5 hours include your photo editing time?
No, truthfully I don’t do much editing to my photos because I’m lazy in that way. I usually take the photos as they’re shot in the camera. I organize my photos on my computer according to year and then month (in folders) so I can easily go through the year month by month and put what I want to print into a “print” folder for when I’m ready to upload. This doesn’t take very long, because I’m not editing every picture.

project life warm winter project life snap conferenceWhat prep work do you do to get ready to scrapbook?
I first take my pictures out and organize them by event on my kitchen table. I’m not one to put them in the book in exact chronological order, I do it more by season so that it’s less pressure to get the dates exactly right. I put each event in a pile and then organize the piles by season – once they’re organized by event & season, I stagger them on top of each other so that they’re ready to put in the book. After that I surround myself with chairs from my kitchen table and put all of my different designs of plastics around me. That way I can easily take out what I want.

project life spring project life summerExplain your process:
I take my first pile of pictures for an event (or if it’s just one picture of an event, I’ll put events together to make one spread). Once I see if my pictures are portrait or landscape, I plan out which plastics will work best for those pictures. I cut down any pictures that need to be cut to fit into the smaller spaces and simply slide them in. I used to round the corners of my pictures, but don’t do that any more. Time saver! Once the pictures are in, I do any journaling to explain them. I do very little journaling, most of the time the pictures speak for themselves. And who am I kidding? My kids like to look at the pictures, not read what I write. If there’s something that needs explained or a location noted, I’ll do that. Otherwise I don’t do much journaling, which also saves time.

project life summer 2 project life summer 3Any tips for us?
Sure!
1. give yourself some time to work so that you’re not dragging out your pictures and supplies over and over. I knew that I had time between lunch and dinner so I cranked my book out!

2. try not to focus on enjoying your pictures right then…I told my son who was very eager to look at the pictures that we’d enjoy them together when I got all done. It’s hard to do, because you want to cherish the memories, but you just really have to focus if you want to complete your book quickly. If you don’t care how long it takes you – then sit with a cup of coffee and cherish your pictures as you put them in your album. I was all about efficiency, so ain’t nobody got time for that when you’re rushing to get a book done before the next thing (laundry, cooking, etc) needs to be done.

3. don’t put pressure on yourself…get done what you can. I have a few pages from previous years that I know still need journaled. I’m just not that worried about it. Those holes will get filled eventually. Right now I’m happy knowing that my years are memorialized in a book that we can all enjoy whenever we want to. We can smile and laugh at the pictures from the past few years instead of dragging out my computer or a box full of unorganized pictures. No pressure. Do what you can do.

4. have fun. The process of memory keeping is supposed to bring a smile to your face. Enjoy what you’re doing, whatever the process or program that you’re using.

project life car show project life swimmingAny other scrapbooking or Project Life questions for me? Leave me a comment and I’ll respond here so everyone can see them! If you’re a PL user I’d love to know that too.

(by the way, this is not a paid ad for Project Life, Becky doesn’t know I’m posting it…
I simply love this product and want to share it with everyone because it’s saves me
tons of time and money!)

vintage dish jewelry stands Earlier this week my mom asked me if I wanted to get together and of course I said “yes” and suggested we go antiquing so that I could be inspired. And boy was I inspired! I love, love, love old things. Especially if they have chippy paint and rust.

butter-dishesI was so smitten when I saw these butter dishes. Before that day, I had never seen these teeny tiny dishes anywhere (or never noticed them). I snatched them up for a great price and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. By now, you’ve all seen the tutorials around about gluing a candlestick to the bottom of a plate and making a cake stand. I’ve done that many times and love the look. I knew I wanted to do something similar with the butter dishes, but change it up a bit to coincide with my love for vintage bottles & jars. So the idea was born to make teeny tiny jewelry stands that will look beautiful on your vanity.

butter dishes and jarsThe concept is simple, choose a jar or bottle that works size-wise in comparison with the dish. You’ll need a little bottle, but one that will stand up and not fall over once the dish is on it. If the bottle has a large neck, you can even put beads or buttons inside. I simply used some jewelry grade super glue called STARBOND, but you can use any brand super glue that you want to glue the jar to the bottom of the dish.

materials gluing stands For a less permanent alternative, you can also use a vintage thread spool and some double sided sticky tape. That way you don’t ruin your precious heirlooms and you can change it out when you want to reuse the dish (or the spool).

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vintage dish jewelry standsAren’t they gorgeous? I’m so excited to find places for these little stands, not just for jewelry but maybe even for office supplies or little candies. What would you do with them?

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Hi! My name is Elise, and I blog over at Sunday Charm. Thank you, Amy, for letting me take over your lovely blog today! I’m thrilled to be sharing a quick decorating fix with you. Earlier this summer, my husband and I scored the most fantastic dresser off Craigslist. I mean, look at it…

We moved this one-of-a-kind piece into our apartment…and then noticed the smell. The Craiglist sellers found it at a garage sale, stripped it, repainted it and tried to get rid of the nasty scent. Unfortunately for us, the scent was stubborn. I whipped up a little DIY for anyone else struggling with a similar problem, or anyone who wants to dress up their drawers!

To cushion the scent, we came up with an easy little potpourri-like solution. While I wanted to experiment with making potpourri, most recipes take between 2-6 WEEKS. That’s too long wait. We needed help now! In order to appease my short patience level, I came up with the following solution using scented pine cones.
What you’ll need:
  1. Scented pine cones (or other potpourri)
  2. Fabric
  3. Scissors
  4. Thread
  5. Yarn

What you’ll do:

  1. Lay your scented pine cone on your fabric to measure how large your fabric piece needs to be.
  2. Double the fabric over so that it’s big enough to be folded.
  3. Turn it inside out and sew the fabric together (hot dog style). Don’t sew the ends.
  4. Turn right side out and put your pine cone in the middle.
  5. Wrap the ends of fabric and tie with your yarn.
  6. Wa-la! You’re done. You can dress up your drawers and make them smell better too.
Thanks for letting me share. You can find my blog here…I’d love to hear from you!

treasure map This weekend we had some friends over for a camp out at our house and Dave had the idea to make a treasure hunt for the kids. There are 5 kids under the age of 7 so we knew they’d be all over it (and let’s be honest, the two of us had a blast planning it). We made out clues, each leading to another until the final clue led to the treasure map.

treasure map backDave wanted it to be a bit of a learning experience for the older kids, so he was sure to teach them about paces and direction.

{disclaimer: I’m not a professional photographer…these were taken with my iPhone in humid weather with speedy children. I’m sorry they’re not better but you’ll get the idea of what we were trying to do! xo}

learning about treasure He started by telling the kids that we found out that there was a treasure left on the property and that he found some clues. He handed the first to Ellie and she quickly read it and they headed up the hill to the prayer rock to search for their next clue.

clue They proceeded through the clues, finding groundhog holes and other landmarks with clues attached. They moved so quickly and, like all kids, fought over who could find the clue so we had to make the decision to have them take turns.

digging Finally they found the X and started digging. and digging. and digging. and then Dave had to help.

finding treasure It’s amazing how a painted shoe box filled with dollar store finds can be so exciting. I just love that about kids. They thought the treasure was the coolest thing ever. All in all a fun kids project!