I first found the idea for this project here. I did a few things differently, mainly because they saved me time, money, and resources.
Before you gather your supplies you'll need to make a list of 52 things you love about the person receiving this heart felt gift. They don't all need to be serious! In fact some of my favorite reasons were the silly ones.
Now that you have your list gather all the materials necessary. You should be able to complete this project from start to finish in a couple of hours. However, if you're like me and have a bunch of kids hanging around all time, it might take a few days. But seriously it's insanely simple!
Find a template online that matches your printable business cards. I used Avery business cards because I knew it would be easy to find the matching template. Once it's downloaded open up the template in your document program (I use Open Office) and choose a font or two. If you don't like the font choices in your program you can easily find a free font on www.dafont.com and add it to the fonts in your program. Now type all 52 reasons into the business card template. Don't forget to number them! I ended up using two different fonts, one for the numbers and one for the text.
Next, you'll want to jump over to www.picmonkey.com and create some simple graphics with text. One for the cover page and one for the last page of your book.
Print those cards! Depending on what kind of playing cards your using you may need to trim a little here and there to make the business card fit how you want. I used a paper trimmer for this but scissors work just as well.
Use your adhesive dots to attach each business card to a playing card. I used 2 dots per card. One on a top corner and one on the bottom opposite corner. This helped me use less dots, save money, and time by not having to apply 4 dots for every corner.
For the cover page I placed the business card on the front of the playing card. For each numbered reason and the last page I placed the business card on the number side of the playing card. I used the two joker cards for my cover page and last page.
Now the fun part (at least for me), laminating! This was a little tricky to figure out but in the end I only needed to redo two cards. I found it helpful to feed the sheet of cards into the laminator using something hard and flat like a large picture book. This way the cards aren't shifting in the laminating sheet before it gets heated. You'll also want to leave plenty of space between each card inside the sheet to insure that each card is sealed around the edges. It might also help to run each sheet through the laminator a few times.
I chose to laminate my cards because I wanted them last and with three young children running around they needed protection from spills and other messes. This isn't necessary to complete the project but it does give it a permanent and professional finish.
Once all your cards are laminated simply cut around the edges to free them from the laminating sheet. Grab your hole punch and make two holes in each playing card (make sure you are punching on the same side of each card!). I eye balled it but you could be more precise by marking where you want your holes first using a ruler and then hole punch.
This next step again is not required. If you can't crochet that's ok! You can use the ribbon without crocheting or you can use binder rings, zip ties, the possibilities are endless.
I used a 3.5mm hook to crochet two 2 inch chains, leaving a long tail at the beginning and end of each chain. Now take your finished ribbon chains and thread them through the holes in your book. I finished each binding chain using the long tails to tie a square knot and then a bow.
That's it, your done! Easy right?
Now wrap it up and give it to someone special this Valentines Day!
This is a family favorite in my house. It is by far the most requested recipe when it comes to holidays and potlucks. And everyone expects me to bring this if I'm invited. It is so delicious!
This is a simple southern take on Mac N'Cheese (sorry no bread crumbs).
3 Cups dry macaroni
6 Tbsp butter
6 Tbsp flour
4 Cups of milk
2 Cups of shredded Cheddar cheese
Pepper to taste
1 Medium pot
1 Large sauce pan
2 8x8 pans or 1 9x13 pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Fill medium pot about 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling add in the noodles.
Place butter in large sauce pan and melt over medium heat. After the butter is melted add flour and mix together with your whisk.
Now, slowly mix in the milk and add pepper.
(I do not add salt due to the high sodium content of the cheese.)
Keep on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
In the meantime, the noodles should be done. You only want to cook them partially (they continue to cook in the oven) so take them off the burner when the ends of the noodles are slightly flared out. Drain and place evenly in 2 8x8 pans or one 9x13 pan.
By now, the roux should be thickened and ready for the shredded cheese. I wait until it's almost boiling so the cheese melts quickly and evenly.
Pour the cheese sauce over the noodles and mix in well with a spoon.
Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes.
My kids love this served with baked beans, peas, and rolls.
If you make the 2 8x8 pans like I did, this recipe can easily be frozen for later. Follow the directions above but instead of baking it place it in the freezer. Thaw overnight and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
I also make a fun summer version with tomatoes baked under the shredded cheese.
My little corner filled with all things crafty became a dumping ground over the last couple of months. It was time for a change! So I carved out a few hours one Friday afternoon and did some serious organizing. I find it so energizing to take a stale unorganized space and make it functional again. Here's what it looked like before (don't judge me, we all know crafting leads to hoarding!).
Eeek! Yarn overflowing, crochet needles everywhere, felt and fleece piled high, and you can barely see my poor sewing machine.
I first decided the quilting table was no longer working for me. I mean, I never quilt so it seems ridiculous to have a QUILTING table. I quickly found it a new home through Craigslist. We had a spare desk so I decided to use it. It's a simple desk that will make it more difficult for me fill with clutter (hopefully).
I took everything out and off the desk and shelves, moved my new to me desk in, and then proceeded to do some major de-cluttering. There was a bunch of junk inside that quilting table. I made some piles, found unused containers throughout my house, labeled them with a paint pen and viola! A completely new and organized Craft Corner.
Wow! So fresh, so clean! Everything has a place with room for more.
Here's the breakdown of where everything ended up.
This is one of my family's favorite
week night dinners during the week and I'm so excited to share it
with you today! All three of my children (yes, even the baby) love
this chili. And it is so delicious and warming on those cold winter
Bean Turkey Chili
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 small onion diced (or half of a
1 can Kidney Beans 15.5 oz
1 can Black Beans 15.5 oz
1 can Tomato Sauce 15 oz
1 can Diced Tomatoes 14.5 oz (plain,
1 packet Chili Seasoning
1 cup Chicken Stock (or broth)
Brown the ground turkey over medium
in a large pot.
Add diced onions, cook until
Throw in the beans, tomato sauce,
diced tomatoes, chili seasoning, and chicken stock. Stir well,
reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes.
Add a sprinkle of cheddar cheese
before serving and you're done!
While the chili is simmering I put
together a quick salad and pop some cornbread muffins in the oven.
**This chili can also be prepared in
the slow cooker, for those extra busy days.
Instructions as follows:
Brown the ground turkey over medium
in a skillet and add to the slow cooker.
Dump all remaining ingredients in,
Cook on High for 4 hours or on low
for 6 hours. (Cooking times may vary in your slow cooker. I
recommend trying it out on a weekend so you don't come home from
work to burnt chili.)
Day is upon on us so I thought I would make up a quick and cute
themed pattern! This adorable Granny Square Heart can be used and
gifted in so many ways. As a fabulous trivet, dish cloth, coaster,
or wash cloth. You could even use it as an applique on a t-shirt,
onesie, or pillow.
Please let me know if you find any mistakes in the pattern so I can quickly correct them!
Crochet Hook (I
used a 5mm)
worsted weight yarns (I used Lily Sugar and Cream)