Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Six Back-To-School Paper Crafting Ideas

Today marks the last day of summer for us. It's the first summer that I can recall being ready for the kids to go back. With the craziness of our move, I think it will be good for them to make new friends and settle back into a more structured routine. To celebrate (or at least acknowledge) that tomorrow is school, I thought I'd share a few "Back-To-School" items I've shared in the past here on my blog. Be sure to pin your favorites!

Create a Back-to-School album (includes start-to-finish video) HERE.

Create a card and matching treat box for either the teacher or your student on their first day HERE (includes start-to-finish video).

Print out and frame this FREE printable to start school HERE.

Give the teacher a thank you card with this FREE printable available for download HERE.

Get started on teacher appreciation gifts early with two projects shown HERE including this stamped chalkboard frame.

Decorate backpacks and paper lunch bags in this fun tutorial HERE.

I have lots of back-to-school ideas HERE in my Pinterest board if you're looking for additional ideas. I pin new items to the board from time-to-time to consider following it if you like the ideas that you see.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

A Little About Prayer and When God Answers Yes and Sometimes No

I am a firm believer in prayer. I frequently pray to my Heavenly Father in gratitude for a blessing, to ask for assistance with something, or just to talk. I have an ongoing dialogue with Him in my mind as I go about my day. I know He loves me and he has answered my prayers many times.

Sometimes God Says "Yes" to My Prayers

When I was moving into my neighborhood in our previous home, I needed friends. I was going through the illness and death of my son, and I needed some women who I could count on to help me get through it and find joy again. So I prayed and prayed that I would have friends. The Lord blessed me in spades, and I was given the most amazing group of friends. In fact, my entire church congregation became my friends and still continue to this day to be there for me, hug me, love and support me even though we no longer live in the neighborhood.

During that same time, the Lord put a particular burden on us that concerned me. He invited my husband to serve in the Bishopric which consists of a group of men that for a period of about 5 years help to make sure the congregation's needs are cared for. We were still in the midst of dealing with the death of our son, and my husband was broken and hurting. I was beyond worried about the burden this calling carries. But the Lord said "yes" this was something He wanted for my husband. And I realized why very quickly. Brett served with the most amazing men during this time. They taught him to laugh again. They became his friends. They uplifted one another and helped one another. And even after we all moved in different directions, they were the best of friends. Anytime Brett returned from an activity with these guys, he was a happier man.

Sometimes God Says "No" To My Prayers

The biggest "No" I have ever received was when I asked that my son be healed from cancer. I wanted this so badly for Joey. I knew Joey was a good kid, and I was doing my best; but still God said, "No" and took my young son home to heaven with Him. While I was devastated and still miss my son every day, knowing that the Lord and Heavenly Father love me  helps me to understand that they love my son too. That my son returning home early was actually a beautiful gift. And while my prayers were not answered in the way that I wanted, Heavenly Father also blessed our family with many miracles to help sustain us when the answer was "no."

This morning, I heard the terrible news that one of Brett's incredible friends passed away from a heart attack. The moment I heard the news I broke down bawling. This good man had been a true and good friend to my husband and to me. He had been in our home month after month as a "Home Teacher" with a spiritual message and more often than not an entire evening of laughs. I am in shock and worried for his beautiful and incredible wife and their amazing children. Today the Lord's answer was "no." But I am hoping He chooses to allow all of this man's friends to step in and help this family.

I know that when the answer is "no" there are other ways he blesses us. I pray today that we may lift Katie's burdens. That she will feel the love of her Heavenly Father. That we may become His hands to support her. That her children know we are thinking of them, love them, and are all here for them. May Katie know Jed is near her and feel his love for her (because he is crazy about her).

Today has been a difficult day, and I know that is has been beyond devastating for my friend's family. I hope today Heavenly Father uplifts and sustains them through this difficult time.
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

How to Create a Fall Paper Wreath

This wreath was very much inspired by the wreath created HERE by Becki Adams. Hers was a spring wreath, but I thought it would look equally good with the "Fall Is In the Air" collection. Here's a look at the wreath I created:

How to create a fall paper wreath with www.jengallacher.com. #autumn #papercraft #fallcraft

To create the wreath, I used one circle in an embroidery hoop. Then I cut several strips of paper in varying widths and lengths to fit around the hoop's frame. Here's a closer look at how the papers are attached. Use a strong adhesive to hold them in place.

How to create a fall paper wreath with www.jengallacher.com. #autumn #papercraft #fallcraft

To complete the project, I used some of the stickers and ephemera pieces from this collection to dress up the wreath. I really loved this little owl. Don't be afraid to fussy cut elements from the paper sheets. Some of the items are a bit larger than the stickers and elements and look great on their own! Here's another look at the finished project:

How to create a fall paper wreath with www.jengallacher.com. #autumn #papercraft #fallcraft

Make This Project:

(Click product photos for information or to shop. Affiliate links have been used where possible.)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

How to Create a Negative Die Cut Birthday Card

I am always in need of Birthday cards. How about you? Looking for a fun and creative design that works for both adults and children? Try this card I designed for Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine. It actually comes together quite quickly with a few tips and tricks. Here's a look at the card:

Die cut birthday card by www.jengallacher.com for SCT Magazine. #diecutting #echoparkpaper #birthdaycard #cardvideo

You can watch the complete instructional video HERE on my YouTube channel or below:

Here's another look at the card. Be sure to pin these images for inspiration later!

Die cut birthday card by www.jengallacher.com for SCT Magazine. #diecutting #echoparkpaper #birthdaycard #cardvideo

Die cut birthday card by www.jengallacher.com for SCT Magazine. #diecutting #echoparkpaper #birthdaycard #cardvideo

Make This Project:

(Click photos to shop the products. Affiliate links have been used where possible.)

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Take My "Back-to-School" Paper Crafting Class!

Are you ready to head back to school? How about a creative class that gets you up and running? Be sure to check out my Big Picture Class. This Back-to-School scrapbooking, card making, and mini album video class features the following three projects using products from my "Teacher's Pet" collection, which I designed with Echo Park Paper:

Back-to-School #scrapbooking, #cardmaking, and #papercrafting class with Jen Gallacher hosted by Big Picture Classes. http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/classes/back-to-school

Click HERE to watch the videos!

This class includes videos showing you how to create each of the three projects shown. Use the products mentioned or use your own to create an entirely new look. It's about to creative in the classroom!
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Monday, August 08, 2016

How to Scrapbook on the Diagonal

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