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Well the Christmas Gathering is over…so now I am posting tutorials for most of my projects. If you attended the Gathering there are a couple of ways to find the project you are looking for:

1. Direct link below

2. Scroll through the blog

3. Use the “search” feature at the top right corner

4. Go to the Categories tab>Be creative and scroll around

Here is a listing of most of the projects (click on the title for more info):

Cork Dry Erase board & Clipboard Apron

Bandana Apron

Clothespin Magnets

Scrap Paper Magnets

Small custom notebooks

Custom Cards & Notepads

Craft Caddy

Candy Caddy

Seed Packets

Garden Tags

Closet Dividers


Felt Flower Headband

Flapper Flower Pin

Canvas Bag

YUM Trivets & Bird Trivet

Ruffle Tea Towels


Cork Coasters

Frame Tray

Round wood tray

Decoupage bowl

Window Dry Erase board

Chalkboard Frame – I’m working on getting an after pic of this


I’d love to know which projects you like the most, so please leave some comments on those posts! Have fun crafting…

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  • Shanalea - Where would you suggest looking for such a large frame. I have been wanting to a do a chalkboard frame for awhile, but haven’t found a frame large enough.

  • Christin - Love all the ideas! My favorite has to be the tote bag. I think that will be such a cute christmas gift for my son’s teacher & he can help make it! Thank you for taking the time to post all these tutorials on the blog for all of us that couldn’t make it to the Gathering.

  • a pocket full of posies - OH MY GOODNESS!!!! LOOOOVE them ALL!!! AMAZING!

  • Tess S - i would have been shaking in my boots! i’m not good in front of a crowd.

    shanalea- i was just at the thrift store and saw some really darling frames attached to some questionable art pieces for well under $10. i’m sure you could always knock out the print and work from there.

  • my kidz rock - WOW! God has really blessed you with some talents! Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic ideas! I attended the Gathering, and now my daughter and I are making clipboards for all of her friends for Christmas (we just bought the scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby). Please post the instructions – when I click on the top link it’s only the cork boards. Thanks so much!

  • Kate - I really like the round wood tray – I L-O-V-E your idea of using the shadows to trace!

  • nikki - I am looking fo the clipboard in structions and any advice on where to buy blank ones? I had a blask last night and I ready to crank out some crafts. I have a ton of craft supplies and always need new ideas.

  • christina larsen - I loved all of your ideas. Three of my favorites were the frappacino box/caddy, notepads covered in paper, and the cake plates. I hope I can find time to make these.

  • Mara - I adore all of your craft ideas. Your site if by far my favorite for crafts and photography! I am so inspired and I am going to attempt the Bandana Apron and gift them as gifts. Hopefully, I can make it to IKEA so I can tryout the Cork Coasters and Round Wooden Tray.

  • the inadvertent farmer - Can’t wait to look through them all…what a great list! Thanks, Kim

  • Nikki - Really enjoyed your crafts. I have bought the stuff to do the clipboards, but cant find instructions

  • Alice - I am trying to make that 12 days of Christmas deal like you showed. Can you send me the link to that project? And give me some ideas of what to put on it. My kids are 9 (boy) & 10 (girl).

  • Lynnette - I am in love with all your DIY! What a great find your site is today.

  • Suzan - wow,
    I really think your site is awsome. there’s not much I wouldn’t make my self. I read the post of the nasty comment. the old grouch must not know what real crafting is.
    I will link your site on my blog.

A quick and easy fix up for a basic notebook. I think it would be cute in a stocking or in a little gift basket with other things…

Supplies: Scrapbooking paper, ribbon, decorative tape, notebook (mine were a pack of 3 for $2.99 from Target), stickers, Mod Podge if you want to seal it1109ntebooks-01

Step 1: Measure scrapbooking paper to fit the cover and a bit on the inside

Step 2: Use spray adhesive to adhere the paper to the notebook (if you want to cover with Mod Podge you could)

Step 3: Hot glue ribbon to the top back of the journal

Step 4: Cover where the tape connects with decorative tape, label or sticker1109ntebooks-02

I added a few stickers with the initials of the recipients. Cute stuff.1109ntebooks-03

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  • Lora Grim - Ashley,

    I am curious about the spine of these notebooks. Do you put adhesive or mod podge on these or do you leave them untouched so they will be flexible when opening?

    Thanks for all the great ideas. Lora

  • AshleyAnn - I ended up not using Mod Podge, but I think you could do a thin coat and it would still be flexible

  • ari Morris - i’ve been missing your posts…they havent’ come through my Reader since Nov 5…so sad! But now i’m up to date.


  • Mindy Howard - I tried this with Mod Podge twice and both times he paper wrinkled up and it looked terrible. What can I do?

  • Nicolle S - I can’t believe there are only 4 comments on this post! I love this DIY idea so much and I can’t wait to recreate it. I’m a new fan and I’ve been reading through all your posts. I love your blog!

  • cara - love it i cant wate to get home n try it a perfict pressie for my sisters kids.and so fun to do.. thank you for the insperation..

  • Shannon Quinn - Very cute!

  • Susan - i would love to get updates from your craft site please

  • Wendy - These are great!

  • Tammie Hash - I love this idea! Thank you!

  • Linda Bates - These look like grest gifts to give as Jornals and Diaries too if those words were added to the front of the book. Such a pretty inexpensive gift.

  • Dawn - Ideas like this are wonderful. I belong to a craft group in my community and we’re always looking for quick, easy crafts. Thanks, so much

  • Susan - Daughter & son-in-law both Teachers. Am making/giving these for Xmas. Thanks for GREAT GIFT IDEA!

  • Florence Horan - This is a really neat idea – I am looking for ideas like this for fund raiser. I can probably get the notebooks at a dollar store

  • Abbey - Can you tell me what scrapbook paper this is? It’s really pretty!

Okay you ladies that deem yourself as not having a crafty bone in your body…this tutorial you will love! Now, of course, there are TONS of ways to customize and create an apron…this post is not going to touch on any of those. I originally saw this idea in a Martha Stewart magazine years ago. These would make super cute Christmas gifts to go along with some homeade cookies or some other finger licking good food…

Supplies: Heat-n-Bond tape, ribbon, bandana, Fray Check


Step 1: Cut your ribbon long enough to go across the width of the bandana and wrap around a body…tied in a bow. Apply Fray Check to ribbon ends to prevent fraying.

Step 2: Cut your Heat-n-Bond tape the width of the bandana

Step 3: Iron on the Heat-n-Bond1109apron-2

Step 4: Remove the paper backing from the Heat-n-Bond

Step 5: Center your ribbon on the center of the bandana

Step 6: Turn ribbon and bandana over to iron together. If the ribbon has a print on it, the iron can mess that up if you iron directly on it.


Step 7: Pose like you are a rockstar for pictures.1109apron-4

I love these aprons because they are inexpensive and cute…which means I feel free to use it alot without worrying about messing it up. If you know a big sports fan you could make it out of the colors of their team….OSU an orange bandana with the polka dot black ribbon.

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  • ashlee - your rockstar pose is right on…have you been practicing?! So this is what my girls, 11 & 9, are making for anyone they want for Christmas! great idea!

  • ElleBows - You are too cute!!!!

  • karen brown - LOVE this one for the little girls! My 5 year old would totally wear this and think she was big time!

  • Amy Tietsort - Ashley,

    I attempted to make an apron tonight. My ribbon is not adhering to the bandana. Do you have any suggestions or answers to why it might not be sticking?

    Love the idea and was going to give as Thanksgiving gifts for Christmas aprons.


  • AshleyAnn - Amy – I am not sure. I just followed the instructions on the Heat and Bond, you might review those. Make sure you iron settings are what the directions say…

  • katie - Just made 5 of these aprons for family for Christmas. They are TOO cute! I love matching the bandanas with all different kinds of ribbon! Thanks so much for such a great, easy idea that turns out so cute!

  • Flea - Have you made the tutus with ribbon and tulle? Those are frighteningly simple, and absolutely adorable.

  • Cat - I just made two of these for my nieces as an early Christmas present. (They’ll need them for baking cookies at Christmas and this way it won’t seem like I’m spoiling them on Christmas day! ;-) I made one with a pink bandana and one with a purple bandana, their favorite colors. Even used the polka dot ribbon! Great craft, thanks!

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  • Andrea @ The Train To Crazy - Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that?

  • Semalee - This is it! This is it! Thank you thank you thank you! This is the perfect partner to the homemade vanilla I made in hopes of turning it into a cute teacher’s gift! Yay! Thanks!

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  • Renae - Thanks for the great idea! This is going a perfect b-day gift for one of my friends!

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  • Liz - love the tutorial however I cannot print it prints only a corner of the site. Is tehre a way to print the full tutorial? Anyone else having printing problems. Tried in several nets ie explorer, chrome etc. thanks

  • marianne - I’m thrilled to get this idea–have so many gifts to make for family members. Can’t wait to start!

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  • danielle - I love that this is no sew – and so cute too!

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  • debbie - can this be put into the washer with the iron on adhesive with out it coming apart?

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