Let The Creativity Flow With Cricut Explore

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Do you like to craft, explore your creativity, and share your creations with others? Did you know Cricut has been in business for over 50 years, and their primary purpose has been to develop tools that inspire creativity in people. Cricut’s award winning products allow the average person to create beautiful projects at home.

So, what exactly is Cricut?

Cricut is a family of electronic cutting machines that allow you to create incredible DIY projects on your own. The Cricut does most of the work for you. 

The two machines that Cricut offers are:

Cricut developed the Cricut Design Space™, a cloud-based software that works seamlessly with the Cricut Explore® family of machines, to provide loads of creative freedom with your projects.

Design Space allows you to access to all of your images and projects from any compatible computer or iPad making it easy to create and design no matter where you are. Just upload your design to the Cricut Explore cutting machine, and watch your design come to life as the machine cuts the image for you. 

I’ll be covering some of the awesome things you can make with a Cricut over the next few weeks. Stay tuned to find out more about Cricut’s machines, how they differ, and what you can do with them. 

Until then … happy crafting!

10 Baby Items That Can Be Repurposed As Your Child Grows

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As my girls have grown I have found myself left with a ton of baby items we don’t need anymore. I donate most of our old baby stuff to local charities, but I like to find a way to use some things around our own home.

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Here are a few baby items that can be repurposed that are no longer needed for the kids!

  1. The biggest item we’ve repurposed would have to be our old crib. My carpenter husband cut the legs shorter and turned the crib into a kid sized daybed for the play room. 
  2. Hanging Diaper Organizers can be used to store shoes, panty hose, hair bows, etc.
  3. Changing tables/stations can be converted to a storage unit.  Add a few baskets or bins for socks, shoes, etc. Our changing table has drawers and a small cabinet, so we turned it into a small dresser for the girls with the bonus of storage shelves!
  4. Hanging Toy Chains can be turned into a floating bulletin board.  Use them to hang artwork, photos, etc.  They also make great places to clip hair bows, ball caps, etc.
  5. Moses baskets can be used as a laundry or toy basket!
  6. All mothers know how many cute infant clothes are accumulated in such a short period of time, and many of them will only be worn once or twice.  Save a few newborn to 0-3 outfits, socks, etc, to use as baby doll clothes.  Onesies work great for this as they never seem to be in short supply, and it’s much cheaper than buying doll clothes!  The same goes for any extra diapers you may have left over when your baby moves up a size.  We happened to have half a pack of preemie size diapers left over when Ellie moved into newborn size, and those preemie diapers fit most of her dolls perfectly.
  7. Small hangers made for baby clothes are great and functional for a couple of years, but as your child moves into larger sizes you find yourself with a stack of baby hangers and nothing to do with them.  Instead of throwing them out use them to hang pants for older children by folding the pants in half over them!  I also have a few tucked in my own closet to hold scarves. A friend of mine uses them to store ties.
  8. Burp Cloths and old cloth diapers make the best cleaning rags!  If you’ve got a mop that uses the disposable mop pads most burp clothes are the perfect size for a washable reusable variety.  This is a great money saver!
  9. Teething rings and teething toys are great to throw in your insulated lunch bag instead of using ice or buying ice packs.
  10. When Ellie hit the I will not lie down while you change my diaper phase I found myself with a stack of waterproof changing pads that I no longer use.  I actually found a few great ways to reuse these. Use them on tables or counter tops during messy activities such a painting or turn them into bath mats!  I keep a stack of the cloth ones under the bathroom counter, and at shower time one is placed in the floor next to the tub.  I don’t have to waste money replacing my worn out bath mat, and I can toss them in the wash when I do my towel load.  I also keep one under the dog’s water bowl to soak up any spills and drool when he’s particularly messy (which happens often with a bulldog). If your child is a bed wetter (regularly or on occasion) changing pads can also be placed between the sheet and mattress to create an easy to clean up waterproof matter protector.

What baby items have you found new uses for around your home?

Creating Lasting Memories and Beyond With Blurb (Part 4)

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing how and why Blurb is such an incredible source for telling your story—whether it includes photos, words, or both. I realize that not everyone has the desire to write a novel or sell a book of their photos. Some people just want to commemorate a trip, an event, or a special occasion. Others may want to visually capture a business concept or life experience. Whatever the inclination, Blurb makes it easy and affordable to realize it.

Chances are you already have an idea for the kind of book you want to create. But in case you need a little inspiration, here are a few ways people have used Blurb to create their own creative and useful books:

Gifts -A beautiful, custom-made book is one of the most thoughtful, meaningful gifts you can give.

With Father’s Day, graduation, and wedding season just around the corner, this type of book can make the perfect gift that keeps on giving. And with Blurb’s cutting-edge book-making tools, you can add photos, words, stories, drawings—anything you want—and make something that’s truly one-of-a-kind. Ideas include: a favorite recipes book, a baby’s first year book, a book of poems, a senior year book, etc.

Memoirs- You have a story to tell.

Ok, so you may not have hiked across the Sahara or been on Broadway, but that doesn’t mean that you haven’t impacted lives or had interesting life experiences. And it certainly doesn’t mean that you don’t have valuable insights to impart. Even if you have no interest in sharing your memoir with anyone, the process of reflecting on your life and writing down some of your thoughts and experiences can be incredibly eye-opening and cathartic.

Pet Books- What better way to showcase your best friend than with their very own book.

It could be something as simple as pictures and quips of trips to the park, naps on the couch, playing with a favorite toy, or basking in the sun, to a more in-depth life story book about your pet. These can be shared as gifts, sold to fellow pet-lovers, or just kept for your own personal enjoyment.

Non-Profit Fundraising Books
With Blurb, non-profits can share their story with compelling words and images and then sell them via Blurb’s Sell & Distribute option to fundraise for their organization.

For example, Gerrit Greve’s Hearts for Healing book showcases how kids interpret a giving heart through art. It also chronicles how Greve’s students gained new confidence in themselves and their abilities knowing that their art could make a difference in someone’s life and health. This beautiful book is an example of how Blurb’s platforms can be used to support a cause that’s important to you.

These are just a few ways that you can use Blurb to share your story or promote a purpose, but know that there are many, many others. Get creative! Honestly, the most important part is just clicking on the “Get Started” link on Blurb.com. As you start the process of creating your own book, you’ll be surprised at how quickly the creativity floodgates open!

And when it does and you’ve created your own book, be sure to tell me about it—if you’re okay with me doing so, I’d love to promote it to other readers. Who knows? You may inspire someone else to create a book of their own!