Sunday, June 15, 2014

Quick and EASY Paper Covered Mini Book of Mormon




I love these mini Book of Mormons. Or is it Books of Mormon? I don't know, but what I do know is that they are cute, convenient and they make great gifts! Especially for baptisms. What a fun activity for Relief Society, Young Women, or even Primary.

Previously I covered the minis with fabric. HERE is the link.
http://littlemisssuzyq.blogspot.com/2012/01/covered-mini-book-of-mormon.html

But not only is this new way MUCH easier...I prefer it!  I think it's SO cute! 

All you need is a mini Book of Mormon, some scrapbook paper, some glue and a piece of ribbon (opt). After that, you can use your creativity to "make it your own". 

First cut your paper. I used card stock. Most scrapbook paper is card stock so it's not hard to find. It's not super thick, but it's stiffer than regular paper. 

Cut 3 pieces. 2 pieces to fit the front and the back minus about 1/2" to 1"and one to fit over the spine. This piece should overlap the front and back pieces slightly.

Adhere the first piece to the front of the book using glue or a strong glue runner. I used my ATG and it worked perfectly. (You can find these at any craft store.  I got mine at Michael's)

Next, do the same on the back with your back piece.

If you want to add a ribbon for a book mark do it now. Just glue it onto the spine. I glued mine all the way to the bottom to make it stronger.

I did something a little different when I attached the paper to the spine. I used adhesive  and added some glue on top of the adhesive. I then adhered the spine piece slightly overlapping the main front piece. The rest of the spine piece will hang over the edge for now. The reason I used the glue along with the adhesive is that this piece is under stress so the adhesive doesn't hold it permanently, but it holds it quickly so it stays in place while the glue dries. I use this trick often.

Now just do the same on the back and attach the other part of the Spine piece. DO NOT GLUE THE PAPER ON THE ACTUAL SPINE. As the book opens and closes the spine moves and it won't work if you glue it down. 


I file the edges to make them all smooth and finished. You can also ink them.
Now embellish it the way you want it and have fun giving it to someone you love!




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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Relief Society Activity-Top Ten Deadly Drugs, Pills That Kill & Poisonous Plants



We had another Relief Society Activity last week and it was a good one!  Our last one was our Look "Up" Birthday Party and it was big and fun and A LOT OF WORK!!!  This one needed to be more simple and waaay less time consuming.  This is what we came up with.

I know a doctor.  He's a really smart doctor.  He's also a VERY GREAT TEACHER.  He is also the FUNNEST, most entertaining person I know!!  He is also my husband!!!  I asked him to do a presentation on Poisons in the home.  After he agreed to do it I thought, "What if no one comes?".  These smaller simple activities don't usually get the big turnouts that the big parties do. Maybe 10 or 15 people.  I really wanted to get a big group for Ted.  I decided to make extra special invitations to hopefully lure people in.  Haha!
I can't claim the idea as my own.  When I was teaching Young Women I found this idea for a handout on Sugardoodle.  I can't find the one I used, but I wish I could because I think it's so clever.  I thought this would be a fun way to get everyone's attention as an invitation.  Smith's sold me 50 bottles for .15 a piece.  Then I decided to make 20 more, but thought that I would be pushing it going back to Smith's so I went to Fresh Market.  They charged me .30 per bottle. :(  I filled them with some Mike and Ike's candy and the others with Hot Tamalies.  I used the 4 inch bottles.  Cute, but if I had it to do again I would use smaller bottles because it took a ton of candy to fill all of the bottles and I only filled them a little over half full.

I thought since my invitations were medicine bottles it was only fitting to have a prescription for the posters.  We lured them in with a couple of cliffhangers like, "Come and find out what the most dangerous creature on earth is." and "What was the substance stacked at the entrance of the grocery store that can kill in minutes? The same substance my son's friend said you should drink if you are ever stranded.".  We also sent out emails to remind everyone.  Even on the day of.

It was a fun and informative night and we had about 40 people show up!  I was thrilled.  Candice, Nickie and Betty Jo made beautiful little sandwiches and fruited lemonade for refreshments.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Thanks for Bee-ing There for Me!-Teacher Appreciation Etc.




Do you need a special THANK YOU gift for a teacher or someone else who you want to show appreciation to?  I have a simple idea for you. You can make an apron, tote, pillow etc or just print out the tag and attatch it to a gift.
I have said it before...I am a crafter, not a seamstress.  If there is much sewing involved I usually pass on a project and find one that I find a little less frustrating.  Having said that let me share this project with you that has VERY LITTLE SEWING.

I wanted to say thank you to some women I have been serving with in the Relief Society (my church's women's organization).  I needed something cute and QUICK!!!  I came up with the saying "Thanks for "bee"-ing there for us.  I thought it would be cute, bright and cheery to do something involving bees and of course, the colors black and yellow.  There is also a page that says, "Thanks for Bee-ing there for me".

Ever since I made THESE BAGS, I have wanted to do an apron using the same method.  I have seen them all over the internet.  (My creative friend Dotty makes them each year to give the graduating Laurels in our Young Women Organization.  She sews on a ruffle for each of the value colors.  They are adorable!)    

I bought the canvas aprons at Walmart.  You get three in a package for 10 bucks.  
Recently, I had bought the fabric I used for the ruffles from the remnant bin at Hobby Lobby.  I just thought it was so cute that I wanted to do SOMETHING with it.  It was perfect for this!  I also had the polka dot on hand.



First I made an Iron-on for the bib of the apron using Microsoft Publisher..  I recreated a few of the flowers in the fabric so they would match perfectly, but if you don't have the same fabric you shouldn't have a hard time matching it with some balck and yellow fabric.  I just printed the design onto this heat transfer paper I bought at Walmart, Ironed it onto the apron and then sewd on the ruffles and ribbon.
 I added a loaf of bread and a jar of honey and wrapped them in a basket.
I used my Cricut to cut these bees and glued them to a wooden skewer.

 I have created these tags. and you can you use them in several ways depending on how extravagant you want to be. If you don't want to sew, here are some ideas of some gifts you could use.  Just attach the tag to your gift!  
1. Bit O honey
2. Bread and Honey (Honey Bear Bottle)
3. Basket or bag full of YELLOW and BLACK items

This is what I made for Kade's school teacher for appreciation week.  It is SO simple.  Canvas bag was purchased at Walmart. (I hot-glued these ruffles and fringe on.)  I filled the bag with Bread, Honey, Honey maid Graham Crackers and Bit O Honey Candy. Hope she feels appreciated because she is.



Print the iron-ons and tags HERE.  The backwards pages are for the iron ons.







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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Using up my scraps – Grandpa's Attic S.E.I.



I store my paper mostly in collections. I was recently reorganizing my paper. I have A LOT!!!! I have given much away to my daughter. I have some collections that are almost completely gone, but I love them and don't want to throw the scraps away. Instead I made a couple of quick projects in order to use them.

I made three cards.

I wrapped them in paper.

I added a couple of buttons to make a closure.


I also covered a journal.

I cut tags out of what was left.

Now I have a cute gift ready if I need it.

I love this paper and it felt so good to be able to use up all of the scraps.


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Friday, May 23, 2014

Teaching Institute

 Ted and I have been teaching Institute for three weeks now...What?  What happened?! This is something I didn't ever expect to do.  Scary!!!


For those of you who don't know, Institute is basically Gospel teachings for college students.   I have taken MORE than a few institute classes for sure.  When I graduated from High School  I didn't enroll in classes at the University of Utah, but I took the bus to the "U" every morning and took Institute classes all day with my friends who were waiting to turn 19 so they could head out on their missions. I absolutely loved it and I look back on that year as one of the best in my young adult life!  I took Institute every quarter when I was in college (Yes, I did eventually take actual college classes) and several as an adult as well.  By then I had Ted in the classes with me. I have taken Institute from some of the best gospel scholars there are and I am not exaggerating even a teeny bit when I say that. Some teachers that come to mind are John M. Madsen, Thomas R. Valletta, W. Jeffery Marsh, Calvin R. Stephens and David A Christensen.  You would think that this would give me confidence right?  No.  It intimidates me because these teachers have forever touched my life and I feel so grateful for them.  I feel such a responsibility to the students who are in our class. I can't even begin to explain how humbled I am by this new calling.  I have taught Primary, Young Women and Relief Society and I LOVE it!  I really do love teaching and I always feel a great responsibility to those I teach. There are no cutesy handouts or elaborate themes in Institute.  All I am armed with is the scriptures and my testimony. ...and Ted.  He is an amazing teacher!  Actually he is an amazing EVERYTHING!!! I know this is a great opportunity for me to grow in my knowledge of the scriptures.  I love it.  I can already feel myself growing. PRAY FOR ME! Or maybe I should say, Pray for our class! : )
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Monday, May 5, 2014

Cinco De Mayo Gift Bag




HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!!!!
Look what I got today from my dear friend Patty!  (With a "Y") I can't even tell you how much I love this lady.
 Chips, Cream Cheese, Chutney's and Salsa con Queso.  SO GOOD!!!
I just thought it was so cute that I had to share!  Delicious too!  Ted and I had some for lunch and the chutneys from Harry and David were so good.  Good thing we got a taste before the boys get home from school this afternoon.  They will devour them!

This would make a fun Teacher Appreciation gift don't you think?!  Doesn't need to be a Cinco De Mayo gift.  Who doesn't love chips and salsa any time of year?

PS:  I recognize that darling card as one of Patti's (with an "I") beautiful creations.  I have the most creative and sweet friends on the planet.

Hope you have a great day!

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