2016 Minted Holiday Cards

2016 Minted Holiday CardsOh Happy Day… look what is here!! My 2016 Holiday Cards by Minted. I LOVE Minted, which is no secret around here! The quality, colors, designs, uniqueness.. I love it all :) When I see a Minted box on my doorstep I throw a tiny little party haha! I can’t be the only one right?!

2016 Minted Holiday Cards

2016 Minted Holiday CardsI searched and searched this year for the perfect cards (read more about that HERE) but when I saw the Letterpress option I couldn’t pass it up. I have always wanted to do Letterpress cards and I actually didn’t even know Minted offered it until last month! I chose the “Every Happy Thing” cards and they are just SO. GOOD. They have a ton of options too… check them out HERE. We have had a pretty traditional Christmas Cards for the past few years so this felt like a fun change! I also took a little risk because you can’t really preview the neon color on your screen. I trust Minted though so I knew it would be good!

2016 Minted Holiday CardsThis year our photos are from the talented Laura Elise Photography. I highly recommend her if you are in the Houston, Texas area! She is super talented, I love her photographic eye, her colors and crisp images but the best part is she is amazing with kids :)  I felt like we had so many good options that I went with the collage picture!

2016 Minted Holiday CardI also LOVE that Minted addresses your holiday cards for… wait for it… FREE! The envelope design options are super cute too… this design wasn’t actually designed for the card I chose but I thought they looked super cute together.

2016 Minted Holiday Cards

2016 Minted Holiday CardsThe quality never disappoints, I am kind of a paper product nerd so thick, expensive feeling paper is really exciting, ha!

2016 minted holiday cards Overall I am super happy with how they turned out. Now I have to actually get myself to the post office to buy stamps. It’s kind of getting ridiculous how often I DON’T have to shop in person haha… thank you internet! I hope everyone has a great “week before Christmas” and thanks again Minted for the fabulous Christmas Cards yet again!

2016 Minted Holiday Cards

2016 Minted Holiday Cards

Tissue Paper Pom Pom Flower Kit

UPDATE: You can find the whole/cream flower kits HEREand the pink kit HERE!

tissue paper pom pom kit

If you know me you know that I can’t leave a blank wall alone for long :) Well… here is our “nook wall” as we call it the day we moved in to our house two years ago, such a sad little nook. About a year later my talented husband built some nook shelves (that I still need to post about). But I felt like it needed a little something more. When I saw this Tissue Paper Pom-Pom Flower kit from Martha Stewart Crafts in these colors I knew they were perfect for our nook wall!

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We just had our kitchen remodeled this past summer and because we have a pretty open floor plan, that turned into remodeling the breakfast room and all redoing all of the flooring. The living room to the left has a lot of color and the breakfast room to the right has some amazing new wallpaper. I didn’t want to go too wild so the mix of pinks and whites were perfect for this space!

tissue paper pom pom flower kit

I have made a few versions of these flowers before for showers but these turned out way better! I obviously never added enough layers of tissue. These actually took me longer than I expected because there are so many layers haha!

tissue paper pom pom flower kit

tissue paper pom pom flower kit

tissue paper pom pom flower kit

They really look pretty anywhere, my husband even thought they were a dining room centerpiece when I was building them on the table :)

tissue paper pom pom flower kit

tissue paper pom pom flower kit

Here is our wall before…. better than when we moved in but lacking the TaylorMade pop of color.

tissue paper pom pom flower kit

tissue paper pom pom flower kit

After the perfect “floofing” of the flowers I just hung them up with thumbtacks. Ahhh the colors!! LOVE!

tissue paper pom pom flower kit

tissue paper pom pom flower kit

tissue paper pom pom flower kit

tissue paper pom pom flower kit

tissue paper pom pom flower kit

tissue paper pom pom flower kit

I just used two packs (5 each). Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween products are available in store at Michaels :)

Project Life Card Holder

Project Life Card Holder

A few months ago I was playing on Instagram and looking at the hash tag #craftroom because it’s just plain fun. I came across an awesome Project Lifer, Miriam and her pretty feed. I looked back through her photos and fell in love with her Project Life Organizer! My husband is really handy so I started drawing up some plans.  Spoiler Alert: he built it and it’s amazing!!!

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The one I saw on Miriam’s Blog is a lot larger but mine has to fit on a shelf so I had to keep the size down. I gave my husband the dimensions and this weekend he went to work! Mine is 30″ long and 9 1/2″ deep.

project life organizer

My husband even made risers in each section so my cards have stadium seating. He glued and nailed the dividers in and I sprayed it white.  In other news I need to stop buying Project Life Kits :/

project life organizer

project life organizer

I have been using the plastic trays that the kits come in so the cards stand up. I find it SO much easier to use something if it’s already out. Not only are they handy but now they are even prettier in my new holder! When people walk in to my craft room they always say “what are these pretty papers?!” They are their own decoration :)

project life organizer

Project Life Organization

Thanks Bryan for building me the best Project Life Holder Ever!

5th and Frolic Project Life Core Kit

5th and Frolic Project Life

This post is part of a paid campaign with American Crafts, but all opinions are 100% my own. This is a product I have used and loved for years.

If you have been reading TaylorMade a while, you know that it’s no secret how much I love Project Life. I don’t just talk about it here on my blog, I also talk about it in person too :) I have even converted some friends because I am just that happy about it. I started memory keeping before I was 10 years old, before I even knew what memory keeping was. In High School I started a traditional scrapbook. But after college, life got busy and I stopped. Which is a similar story that a lot of people have and now that I have kids, preserving our memories are more important than ever to me! Enter Project Life.

Project Life is a super-simple approach to scrapbooking created to simplify the process. It requires no scissors, no glue, no tools and no skills of any kind. If I want to I can whip out 10 pages in an hour. If I am feeling especially creative, it also can be customized and “fancied up”. I even bought my non-scrapbooking sister a kit last year :) I love that it appeals to the person who’s never made a scrapbook in their life as, as well as those with lots of traditional scrapbooking experience. I have posted some of my tips and tricks  HERE, HERE and HERE.

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Project Life used to be sold exclusively online but is now available at Micheals! YAY! For all our immediate crafting needs, Michaels carries one of the largest selections of Project Life, including two exclusive core kits and several exclusive albums.

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The two exclusive kits are both awesome. The Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic Core Kit is my personal favorite and it features an array of light blues, pinks, greens, yellows and airy neutrals. The fun icons include birds, trees, foxes, houses, keys and clipboards. The edition has a distressed feel. They also carry the The Vintage Travel Core Kit which features deep blues, reds and browns, along with a variety of darker neutrals. The icons in this Edition include trains, airplanes and maps.

I usually have a good mix of DSLR photos and iPhone photos so I love the smaller pockets for those! Here is a spread I did with the Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic Kit with some pictures from March, I tend to skip around a little (click on the picture to see them larger)…

(Left Side)

5th and Frolic Project Life

(Right Side)

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I did add some embellishments for this week’s spread but this kit would be so pretty if you did nothing but slide your pictures in.

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So, how many of you out there are “project lifers”?

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