Hi everyone!! I'm Jennifer Donovant from iwanttobeaworker.wordpress.com and knitogether.wordpress.com which is a co-blog between my sister and me. I am so excited to guest here on Blissful and Domestic!!
I am a Christian wife and mother who loves making things with my little girl. I became very blessed this year by getting to become a stay at home wife and mommy. With that has come a lot of opportunities for more church involvment, more crafts, more walks, more stories, more of all sorts of things. I absolutely love it, but still find myself wondering how I didn't accomplish all I wanted to in a day :) That being said I have wanted to come up with some things that we could make and have on hand to easily give to someone in a card, with baked goodies, or as a simple thinking of you in the church mailboxes. Ever since fall has begun my little girl and I have enjoyed walking all over town and admiring the leaves, and she has really enjoyed her fall "collection" which is leaves she finds pretty, acorns, pine cones, etc. I have also noticed on Facebook that a lot of people share our love of fall. I wanted to come up with a way to preserve that beauty and share it with others, while at the same time making keepsakes with my little girl. I had been thinking about how to preserve those beautiful leaves and share them....then I started thinking...maybe I can laminate them! For this project I used:
- My laminator(got this year for $25 from Wal-Mart, best investment ever!)
- Paint sample cards (from Home Depot-Lowes no longer has this kind)
- Ribbon (I keep skinny ribbon on hand that you can get for $1.00 at Wal-Mart or The Dollar Tree)
- A little modge podge
- Magnet tape (got mine from craft dept at Wal-Mart)
- Printed Bible verse
I simply laminated some of the leaves and then added magnet strips to the back and we have leaf magnets! Others I laminated, used a hole punch, added ribbon, and viola a leaf bookmark! Super simple and very cute!!
Two of them I did with a Bible verse. I picked the verse I wanted, typed it up, printed it, and then cut it out with fun scissors to make the edges pretty. To make the bookmark itself, I was going to use card stock (I buy the scrap booking packs from Wal Mart for $5) but I then remembered I had several paint sample cards...those are free! So I took a paint sample card and cut out my bookmark using an old bookmark as a guide. Then I stuck the verse to it via modge podge, added a leaf to the bottom, laminated it, cut it out and made a very cute bookmark! For another I played around and just stuck the verse to a paint sample card, then decided what I thought would be cute. So ended up cutting that one out into a square shape, added a leaf, and laminated. It turned out being my favorite! I made it a magnet and put it in a birthday card to an aunt. Everything we made was pretty, easy, fits into a card, cost very little, and I think people will enjoy getting them....I know I would.
I was originally hung up on trying to make the traditional style bookmark, but then decided it was just as cute to use the leaves by themselves or to make different shapes. My little girl loves hearts...so I see some heart shapes in our future. I loved this because it can be adapted for different things....I have plans already to try flowers and flower petals in the spring, and to try to capture leaves next fall in different stages of changing colors. The possibilities are endless! Hope you have enjoyed this idea! Let me know what you think and what you create, I love new ideas!'
Bye for now lovelies!