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A Banner That Will Make You Smile

I felt that my room needed something else to make it feel more “complete.”  I wanted to do something crafty that I could hang on my walls which are still a little bare that would bring color and happiness into the room.  I decided to make a banner to hang above my window.  I was inspired by Kate’s thankful banner and Meg’s peace banner.  I had first wanted my banner to say “Imagine” because it is something I’m doing all the time and it is a variation of “dream.”  I decided it would be too long, however so I chose “smile.”  The word smile makes me happy and I thought it would help to remind me to not get overly stressed out from school.

I gathered my supplies and I got to work.  I used glitter, tacky glue, white ribbon, a sponge to spread the glue with, scissors, five sheets of thick scrapbook paper (not the flimsy kind), scissors, and a large sheet of tagboard.  I picked out colors that would work both in my room at my apartment but also at my room at home.  I try to make sure I can reuse everything during the summer when I am

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Create Your Own Book of Possibilities

Have any of you seen Queen Latifah in the movie Last Holiday?  It was an okay movie, but what really inspired me more than any of the scenes or acting was a prop in the movie.  Queen Latifah’s character, Georgia, has a book that is a collection of all the things she wants to accomplish during her lifetime.  She cuts out magazine pictures, glues her head on to the pictures, and then documents what the pictures show and what she wants to accomplish in the future.  She calls it her “book of possibilities.”  I loved this idea and ventured out to make one of my own.

I headed to Target to buy a scrapbook kit.  I ended up buying this vintage kit for $24.99.  It had everything I needed and looked perfect for what I wanted.  I liked that it was vintage looking since I plan on having it the rest of my life.

Instead of tearing apart magazines to glue onto the pages, I instead went to stock.xchng, a free stock-photo website, and searched for photos that went along with what each of my goals were.  For example, one of my goals is to have a family, so I found a

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DIY Custom Flats The Way You Like It

I looked through my shoe wardrobe a few weeks ago only to find many very basic shoes, mostly black.  While they are practical, sometimes I want something more to make an outfit more personal.  Girls just wanna have fun, right?  Well, shoes are fun to wear, but not if they are completely boring.  I found a pair of black flats that I had bought at Payless a couple years ago.  I had never worn them because they were shiny, which I tend to not like because sometimes it makes shoes look cheap (which they were).  I think I bought them for under ten dollars, but I decided that my money isn’t to be thrown away.  I was determined to make something of the black, boring shoes that had been sitting in my closet for way too long.

I came across this post at Make It and Love It and was hooked.  I don’t have a lot of money to use to buy new fabric constantly, so I looked to my custom bulletin board for inspiration.  Well, not even inspiration because I stole the fabric from the bulletin board to use on the shoes.  I still love the green polka-dotted fabric, which

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Polka-Dotted Inspiration

I have created a super simple tutorial for creating a fabric covered bulletin board on a budget. The obstacle I faced was that I did not want to spend money on fabric that was going to be permanently attached to a bulletin board because the colors of my apartment are different than my room at home with my parents. I also wanted to make something else out of the fabric at a later time, so I had to find a way to attach the fabric without permanently fixing it to the cork.

I started with a fairly large bulletin board and one yard of this green polka dot fabric I got from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store. It is a home decor fabric, so it is thick and very

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