Create your own personalized “Wreck This Journal”

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Have you heard of Wreck This Journal?  It’s a super awesome book by Keri Smith – on each page, there is a different prompt to “wreck” the page, and by the time you finish all the pages (which could take anywhere from a month to years, depending on how dedicated you are to it), your book will look *nothing* like it did when you bought it fresh from the store!  My friend Amber introduced me to the book – she bought a full sized one and showed it to me over coffee one day… a few days later, I went out and bought myself the pocket sized travel journal (called Wreck This Journal Everywhere) for my trip to Newfoundland.

One day, Amber was upset because she spilled a full cup of tea all over her journal (and even though it’s called “wreck” this journal, I can definitely empathize with not wanting to actually destroy the entire thing).  So,  I decided to make her a personalized journal, to cheer her up.

The first thing I did was go out and buy a plain notebook – I found a set of 3 hardcover, pocket sized notebooks with a plain white cover and plain white paper inside in the dollar section at Target, and they seemed perfect for the task at hand!  I made the cover using coordinating scrapbook paper, and included a little pocket, with a matching bookmark that slid right inside.

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The next thing I did was to think up different page ideas and ways for Amber to wreck her new journal.  In the exact middle of the book, I created an “about me” page:

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I created different instructions for every page.  Some involved interaction with other people (there’s an “autograph” page and a page where she will have a friend write her a letter), some involved interaction with the environment (think leaf rubbings, gluing in random objects found on your journeys, etc) – but I tried to keep most pages focussed around things that really reminded me of Amber.  One of Amber’s favourite things in the world (and one of my favourite things about her) is her love of music… so of course, there were a few music-oriented pages in her personalized Wreck This Journal:

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I used some journal prompt cards from my craft stash (these ones came from a K & Company Smash Pad) and taped them in using washi tape in coordinating colours.  Not all the pages had something taped on the opposite side though, because I wanted to leave some space for doodling and answering the prompts.  I also only taped the top down, so that they can be flipped up and doodled under, if desired.

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Creating your own wreck this journal is a super fun process, because you can make it really specific to yourself (or your friend!).  Are you a foodie?  Create food-inspired prompts, like listing a random set of ingredients and making a recipe out of them.  Are you into sci-fi?  Create a page where you doodle a monster from space.  The possibilities are endless!

I do think it’s way more fun to create a journal for a friend (and have them create one for you!) because then the prompts come from someone else and they’re more unexpected!  It’s also a great idea for a quick gift for a birthday, or any day, present.  Will you create one?  What are some of your ideas?

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Doctor Who Party

Party SpreadAs you may have gathered from some of my previous posts, I am a huge Doctor Who fan. To welcome the new Doctor, I decided to throw a little party for myself and my Whovian friends.  We gathered at around 5pm, so that we’d have plenty of time to eat, chat and play games before the new episode came on.

When I began to plan my party food, I was working with some dietary restrictions – I wanted all my food to be gluten-free and vegan friendly, so it wasn’t as easy as looking up a Doctor Who party on Pinterest and copying the recipes and ideas.  I had to come up with a little bit of creative thinking.

The Sonic ScrewdriverI started with a punch, that I fondly named “The Sonic Screwdriver,” served in turquoise blue Old Fashioned glasses, with a big bowl of ice on the side.  It consisted of 100% pure pineapple juice, some green Powerade (melon & pineapple flavour) for colour, and malibu rum.  It tasted like summer, and the entire bowl was gone by the end of the night.  As a special Whovian touch, we sipped out of Dalek straws, which were sitting in my TARDIS mug!  (AAHH! Daleks in the TARDIS?!)

As an appetizer/snack during the show, I prepared a bruschetta-style tomato mixture, as well as guacamole, served with gluten-free tortilla chips.  These were a big hit!  For the guac, I used this recipe, minus the cilantro (I’m not a fan!)

Sontaran Spuds & veggiesFor dinner, I served oven roasted potatoes (aka “Sontaran Spuds” – which was quite timely, since Strax was featured in the first episode of Series 8!), along with roasted vegetables and Jasmine rice.  I had originally intended on shaping the rice as an Adipose, but I ran out of time… so just imagine that it looks that way!  I couldn’t come up with a clever name for my veggies… anyone have any suggestions?

DessertFor dessert, I bought some Lucy’s cookies (I tried making some cookies, but I used a new recipe and it didn’t turn out – FAIL!).  So I set out some cookies with a cute little “ginger” quote – the Doctor always wants to be ginger! As well as some Adipose-Mallows (large marshmallows, with small marshmallows cut in half for legs and feet, and the face was painted on with chocolate).  I also used my Doctor Who chocolate moulds to create some festive little allergen-free chocolates in fun shapes!

Whovian Chocolate

 

Yahtzee in actionAfter dinner, I broke out my game of Doctor Who Yahtzee – which is basically like the original version, except the shaker is a TARDIS, and the dice have various Doctor Who characters on them.  It was pretty funny because none of us had actually played Yahtzee before… and the Sonic Screwdriver beverage was making math a bit difficult!  We had a blast though.  We managed to get in 6 rounds before it was time to sit down and watch “Deep Breath” (Series 8, Episode 1).

Did you do anything to celebrate the new Who?  What did you think of Peter Capaldi’s premiere episode?  Leave your thoughts in the comments… and check out more party pictures HERE.

Creative Kiddie Crafts – Superhero Costume

My nephew is about to turn two, and he has one of the biggest imaginations I’ve ever seen in a kid his age.  Last year, his obsession was with monsters/Monsters Inc.  This year, he is all about the superheros.  Spider Man and Batman are his favourites, but he kept telling my sister that he needed an “ornange” (aka orange) shirt so that he could be “Super Matthew” – and a birthday idea was born!

supermatthewlogo

I started by designing a “Super Matthew” logo in Adobe Illustrator. The colours were more just a guideline of what it “could” look like.

I ended up going shopping for fabric after creating the logo, and I found some cool orange and mint-green/turquoise based prints that I loved so much! I also dug deep into my mom’s old fabric stash and found some vintage options that were super cool. The vision was definitely coming together in my head.

Now, keep in mind, I don’t really fancy myself a sewer, so this was a bit of a challenge for me.

supermatthewmask I decided to start with what I thought would be the easiest part of the costume – the mask.

I picked out my orange and mint green felt, some matching embroidery floss and ribbon and went to town on making a reversible mask.

I based my work on this tutorial over at slowmama.com that I came across on Pinterest. I didn’t follow it exactly, but I *really* loved the tip about using packing tape to affix the mask to the felt when cutting the pattern – that worked so much better for me than pins!

 

supermatthew_mThe next step was to begin turning the logo I made in Illustrator into a textile version with fabric. This was a bit more challenging than I anticipated, because in graphic design, there are all kinds of tools to help you make straight, precise lines. With fabric, not so much.

I created two versions of the “M” – one for a cape, and one for a t-shirt. They definitely had a bit of a “handmade charm,” but they were pretty good, I thought!  I used fabric glue, rather than sewing the pieces together.
supermatthew_giftI created the cape using this tutorial from The Southern Institute.  It was pretty easy to follow – all I did was buy a large men’s t-shirt, cut off the arms and front, add a velcro closure to the neck, and glue on my logo.  Voila – instant cape!

For the wrist cuffs, I just free-handed them using felt, and stitched on a little M.

And for the t-shirt, I found a shirt that was one size too big for my nephew (so he could wear it for a while) and glued the logo on.  I folded them all up, wrapped them in some blue tissue paper and set them into a reusable box.

supermatthew_card Finally, I created a card using various matching papers and washi tape, carrying through the “Super Matthew” theme.

I also included a Spiderman board book, and an Incredibles book – both of which he was more interested in when he opened up his present!  Oops.  I think my family was more excited about the present than my nephew was… UNTIL my niece decided to put his cape on herself, and he realized exactly what it was that was in his present.  Then, he immediately wanted to put the cape (and the shirt) on, and he ran around the house yelling “FLY!!!” … it was just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

 

Free Printable: Chalkboard Easter Tags

 

 

 

It’s almost Easter and that has me thinking about Easter baskets!  Every good basket needs a tag, so I’ve created these printable chalkboard tags for you to download and share with all the little bunnies in your life! Simply download the high resolution PDF file, print, punch, tie and go!Free Printable Easter Tags from Superflash Creative

 

To download the PDF file, click HERE and hit “save as”.

Supplies needed:

  • printer
  • cardstock
  • scissors
  • ribbon or double-sided tape

Instructions:

1. For best results, print on heavy cardstock.  Print and carefully cut along the edges of each tag.

2. Use the tags by either punching through a corner and attaching with ribbon, or attaching to a treat bag with double-sided tape.  Use the tags to embellish Easter baskets, candy jars, treat bags or any other gift you’re giving this Easter – Enjoy!

Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath

Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative

For Halloween this year, I decided to create a wreath for our front door. But I didn’t want to do the traditional orange and black – instead I opted for something a little more glamorous. That’s how I came up with the Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath. It was also important to me that I didn’t spend too much time or money on it – all of the products used to create the wreath were bought at either Dollar Tree or at Michael’s just last week when they had a sale on Halloween items (I also enjoy shopping the week after Halloween for great discounts on products for next year!). Time wise, it only took me about an hour or two to create the wreath.

The supplies I used were:
– aluminum wire, bent into circles
– thinner jewellery wire
– glue gun
– 4 silver & black skull garlands (Dollar Tree)
– 1 magenta & black bat garland (Dollar Tree)
– 1 wired silver skull garland (Dollar Tree)
– 1 black sparkly LED foam skull (Dollar Tree)
– 1 bunch of black roses with spiders (Dollar Tree)
– 28″ of black sparkly ribbon (Michael’s)
– 1 magenta floral spray (Michael’s)

Note: if you need a bigger view of the process shots, just click on the photo!

Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - Wire Frame  Step 1: Arrange aluminum wire into circle forms. Mine measured at 14″ diameter for the outside circle and 10.5″ diameter for the inside circle. Attach the two with wire “joints” – it doesn’t have to be too sturdy, since the garland will wrap around the forms. Just enough to keep them centered and spaced out while you work. Now, I used the aluminum circles because I happened to have the wire on hand – if you prefer, you can use a wreath form, pool noodle, or anything else that forms a circle!
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - Wrapping Garland  Step 2: Once your circles are formed, you can begin wrapping your garland around the form.  I used about 1 length of garland per quarter of the wreath, for 4 garlands in total.  When I started, and came to the end, I used a drop of warm glue (I didn’t use the hot setting for fear of melting the plastic) to secure the garland to the wreath form.
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - Garland  Step 3: After the black & silver skull garland was in place, I used one length of the black & magenta bat garland as an accent.  I wrapped it around loosely, just to give the wreath a bit of colour.
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - wrapping wire garland  Step 4: To give the wreath a bit of dimension, I cut small (about 5-10″) lengths of the wired skull garland that I wanted to stick out from the wreath. To secure the wired garland, I simply moved aside a bit of the fluffy garland (in an area where it was not glued down) and wrapped the wire around the aluminum frame. Then once it was secure, I took the end that was sticking out of the wreath and twirled it around my finger to create a little curl.
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - Ribbon  Step 5: At this point, the wreath should be taking a pretty good shape, and looking almost like the final product! This is a good time to cut your length of ribbon (I used about 28″ to hang it on my door from a screw – some people like to cut a super long ribbon and hang it from an upside down hook on the inside of the door – like this – but I prefer the inside of my door to be clean and free – either way, it’s your choice!)
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - embellishments  Step 6: Now that you know where the top & centre of your wreath is, you can add your embellishments! I used a magenta floral spray that I got for 50 cents at Michael’s, one black rose at the bottom corner and a spider from the same arrangement at the top left of the wreath, and a foam sparkly skull with a control on the back to give it LED lit-up eyes).  I used low-temp glue from the glue gun to set them all in place.

And… voila! Here is the final product, hanging on my door & ready for trick-or-treaters! If you have any questions about any steps in the process, please leave them in the comments. And if you make a wreath like this one, please link it up! I’d love to see it!  (As always – all link party linkups are on the “connect” page!)
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - Final Product!

Craft Night Party!

Superflash Creative Craft Party To celebrate my new crafting space, I decided to throw a small crafting get together with some coworkers.  As it turned out, “small” turned out to be super small, and it was just myself and one other due to a few different unplanned circumstances… but sometimes those are the best kinds of parties!

Superflash Creative Craft Party - Fruit Infused Water When I started thinking about the party, I began thinking about my menu.  The party was planned to take place after work on a Friday night, and there were some dietary concerns to consider too.  I eat primal, and my coworkers are vegetarian and vegan.  There is a bit of overlap between the food needs – the best of which is that they are all focused on natural, healthy foods.  Since it was a craft party, I thought about colour, and I decided the best foods I could possibly serve were fruits and vegetables!  They’re colourful, and they’re primal, vegan, and vegetarian friendly – how could I go wrong?

So, my menu consisted of:

    • a platter of fresh berries & grapes, and some green apple slices.  I whipped up a vegetarian/primal friendly dip out of Greek yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon, and a caramel dip made of dates, vanilla, almond milk and water that is friendly to all three diets.

Superflash Creative Craft Party - Cucumber Tomato Salad

  • A fresh cucumber and tomato salad.  This has always been a summer staple in my Italian family, and it is delicious.  It’s just diced (fresh – not canned) tomatoes, cucumber, fresh basil,  onions and then a dressing made up of olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Yum.
  • Not pictured, but I also popped some natural popcorn.  Popcorn is one of those things that isn’t really paleo-friendly, but I have to admit, I did cheat a little.  It’s hard to resist!
  • For beverages, we had a giant glass jar with fruit-infused water, and two glorious bottles of wine that my coworker, Cheryl, brought (no, we didn’t go through both!)

Of course, I added little labels beside each item so that everyone was able to identify what they wanted/were able to eat.

Superflash Creative Craft Party - Fruit & dips

Superflash Creative Craft Party  - Craft Room

Superflash Creative Craft Party - Bottle Cap Magnets

When it came to the crafting portion of the evening, I wanted to pick things that would be easy for everyone to create, but also things that would turn out nice and would be fun to display.  Bottle Cap magnets were the first thing that came to mind, because they’re quick, easy, fairly trendy right now, and they turn out great.

I happen to save bottle caps every time I drink anything from a glass bottle – and since the centrepieces at my wedding were made of glass coke bottles… I happened to have a lot of bottle caps!  We started by using one-inch circle punches to cut out our images.  I used an vintage magazine to cut out a cute little couple, and some old sheet music for mine.  Cheryl made hers out of a business card.  I added a bit of embellishment, with glitter, rhinestones and beads.  Then we used Mod Podge’s Dimensional Magic to seal them in place.
Superflash Creative Craft Party - crafts & wine

While we let our magnets dry a bit, we watched a bit of Orange Is The New Black and then began crafting up some cards.   Cheryl made a beautiful “I Love You” card for her man, while I created a little something to mail up to my nephew for his first birthday.  We decided to make use of some of my tools and toys, and picked out some stamps, ink, and embossing powder.   I’m not sure if you can tell in the pictures, but in my card, the word “one” is embossed in red, and in Cheryl’s, the butterfly is embossed with a lovely clear embossing powder, on top of turquoise ink.  Her card turned out really great!

Superflash Creative Craft Party - Card & Magnets Superflash Creative Craft Party - card

In the end, it turned out to be a super fun night of wine and art!  We both had a blast, and came away with a few fun things to display and share.  To recap, here are some of my tips for throwing a craft party:

  1. Take into consideration other people’s diets, and plan accordingly.  There is bound to be something for everyone, even if it takes a bit of creative planning.
  2. Lay some butcher paper over your surfaces.  It serves as scrap paper, if you want to test out a colour before using it on your project, and it makes for easy cleanup the next day!
  3. If you know how to use something that’s unique and interesting – teach others the technique too!

Superflash Creative Craft Party - Creating!

Have you ever thrown a craft party?  What are your best tips?

Life’s A Beach – Photobooth!

Life's A Beach - Photobooth A photobooth can be such a wonderful addition to any party – and the good news is, it’s relatively easy to set one up!  For the Life’s A Beach birthday party, we picked a spot on a covered patio outdoor with nice lighting.  We nailed a large white sheet to the wall, and hung a fishing net, as well as the bunting for the party, available on Etsy.  Because the party was made up of 7-year-olds of varying heights, we also added a crate (covered by the white sheet) for the kids to step on – this allowed us to get some of the decor in the photobooth pictures.

Life's A Beach - PhotoboothThe best part about photobooths is that you get high quality photos from your party, where most will look directly into the camera – which is rare of party photos!  It is an interactive element to a party that all people, young and old, are happy to be a part of!  Add in a few props, and you can keep everyone entertained for hours!

If you have the capabilities, it’s fun to offer on-site printing – this allows for a take-home souvenir from a fabulous party.  It can also double as the “loot bag” for kids – and it’s a lot more memorable than candy or cheap toys.  It’s also fine to NOT offer prints from the party – you can email the photos or collect them all in an online photo album so that they can be shared afterwards.

 

Life's A Beach - Photobooth by Superflash Creative Life's A Beach - Photobooth by Superflash Creative

Life's A Beach - PhotoboothBecause I love you all so much, I’m offering up my photobooth props as a FREE DOWNLOAD.  You can click that link to download and print.   Cut them out, attach them to a small dowel rod, and you’re set! Add in a few other fun props (I found the Elvis glasses and luau garlands at the dollar store – and I made the chalkboard out of a dollar store tray, by painting it with chalkboard paint), and you’ve got yourself a rockin’ party that won’t soon be forgotten!  The props can be used for any party – they’re not “beach” themed at all.

If you use them, I’d love to see some photos! Post a comment and share them!

As always, blog link-ups can be found on the connect page.

 

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