Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to Make Striped A Anchor Board

For those of you that were curious, here is a tutorial on how to make a Striped Anchor board.

Pretty Simple Supplies…

 1x8 in. Pine board 
.91 or 1 in.  Edge lock Blue Painter's Tape
White paint
Vinyl color of your choice
Paint brush or sponge brush

Cut your pine board 10 inches in length.  

Tape off your board.  I used 4 strips of tape.  I spaced them roughly 1 1/4 in.  apart.  Make sure to come in from the edges 1 1/4 in.  Press down firmly on the edges of the tape so there a good lock and the paint won't run into the taped off areas. 

Apply your white paint.  You can apply a couple of coats to make it more thick.  

Once your paint is dry, remove the tape.

I cut an Anchor out of Vinyl  on my Silhouette Cameo.  It measures Roughly 6 in. tall by 5 in. wide.  Apply.

Project complete.   To make the board stand up, Drill a hole in the back and cut a dowel to fit the hole you drilled or you could hang it on the wall.  

These turned out so fun!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Camp Recap… Anchor My Soul in Christ

I had the opportunity to be the Girls Camp Director again this year!  I wanted to share with you some of the fun things we did with this theme… Anchor My Soul in Christ.

Even if this theme were not to be used for a Girls Camp,  I think it would be fun to use some of the following ideas for a Nautical Party idea too!

I made this sign from Cedar fence slats and found some thick chip-board anchors at Hobby Lobby.  I painted them Gold and bought some rope to wind through them.  I found the perfect tree to put the sign on!  M-wah!

I really liked this theme!  So many fun things to do with Anchors.  We made some pennant banners out of fabric left over from something we made for each of the girls that I will share with you at the end of this post!  

Our campsite was perfect!  We had some fun little groves of trees that were fantastic to hang our banners on.  This area served as a stage for our skits and in the background we put the cubbies I made to serve as a place for secret sisters so the girls could sneak in and deliver their goodies to each other.  

We made Anchor Bracelets with some charms I ordered.  To see how to make this anchor bracelet, you can see that HERE or click on the photo below…

My Assistant Luetta Cut all of these boards for the girls to make journals.  They are made with thin particle board that the girls spray painted and decorated and filled with paper.

My Husband did an activity with them where they were put into teams and had to carve a Boat out of a bar of Ivory soap.  We judged them and then the girls Raced them down the creek that was  next to our camp.  He tied in a message with the whole boat and Nautical theme!

I made them up treat sacks that coordinated with our theme and put them each night in their boxes…  I found all of my designs from Creative Market.  They were all pre-made.  I just put in the text I wanted to...

We did another craft, Anchor Boards.  Just paint and they picked out their own color of Vinyl.   If you would like to see a tutorial on how to make these you can see that HERE or by clicking on the photo below...

Oh yes and of Course they had a Water day/ Water Fight with the Bishop!  My husband has so much fun with the girls at Camp!  He is such a Kid!

We did a Spiritual Walk with them.  They went to  4 different stations.  At each station they were taught about a certain subject.  At the end of the walk they were given a little bottle (get it? message in a bottle), and some paper.  They wrote down their thoughts about the walk and their testimony and rolled it up and it was theirs to keep! I found this Treasure Map online and just added my own text to it.  

On each stage of the walk they received a charm that represented what they were taught about.  Once they got each of their charms, we later put them on Bracelets for them to wear while we had scones.  Yes, this all took place in a nice little drizzle of rain while my awesome assistant was making us Scones!

Now for one of the exciting things we gave each of the Girls…To Go along with the whole Nautical theme...

We made each of them Backpacks out of cute Fabric we found at Hobby Lobby! 

I took a pattern I have seen on Pinterest, re-designed the pattern to have pockets on the inside as well as the outside too and yes they are lined!!  I also designed the pockets to have various sizes to accommodate different items such as sunglasses, water bottles, journals.  

So Fun to see the girls using these on their hike and walking around camp with these!  We thought they could use these bags once they were home from camp for the rest of their summer and school too!! 

We started sewing a few months before camp and made 22 of these backpacks!!! Whew!

I do not have a tutorial of how I made our bags at this time.  I patterned mine after this Summer Tote  HERE at the Gunny Sack.  The bags I have here are different than hers, I made mine a little bit bigger and re-designed them to have pockets inside and out, which meant cutting my fabric differently at some stages than she did on hers.  
We tied a tag that was laminated to each of the bags, kind of like a luggage tag. Again this template I found at Creative Market and I added the text...

So fun!!! I loved  how these Backpacks turned out!

There is a little re-cap!  So Exciting!  I think it took me a couple weeks to recover from this!  The girls were great!  They were amazing!  Love them!  I could not of made it with out the help of my fantastic assistant Luetta & her family,  all of our awesome Young-Women's Leaders, Priesthood Leaders and everyone else who was involved in making this camp possible!! Hugs! 

With Much Love& Gratitude,

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How to make an Anchor Charm Bracelet

I wanted to share with you how to make an Anchor Charm Bracelet.

It is actually pretty easy!

Anchor Charm   (figure out what size you want first... I found and ordered mine on  Etsy)
                                          This anchor I purchased is roughly 1 1/2 in. long.  
Suede Cord  (purchased from Michaels)
Jump Rings (split & normal opening)
Lobster Clasp

small pliers (jewelry pliers)

First Cut your cording.   Cut two different cords, each measuring roughly 5-7 inches in length.  Fold each cord in half so it is doubled.  They will remain doubled in half and secured that way.

1. & 2. Take the doubled in half cord on each of the ends of the anchor charm.   Coming up from the bottom of the charm, push the two ends up from the bottom towards the top, leaving a small loop to push the ends through.   Do this for both ends of the charm… the top hole and the bottom of the anchor.  

3. & 4.  Pull both cords tight to tighten the loop and fasten the cord onto the charm.  

Once that is fastened.  You need to place the charm with the cords on the wrist and measure around the wrist to see how long the cords will be.  Trim them to fit the wrist the bracelet is going to be worn on.   (keep in mind that each of the fittings you will attach will add some length to the ends of the bracelet.)

5.  Assemble your Clamps, jump rings and lobster clasps.  You will need them to be assembled like they are in the photo above.  (clamp, jump ring with simple opening and lobster clasp.)  (clamp and split jump ring).  

6. At this point you have your bracelet with the charm in the middle and doubled cords on each end of the charm.  Take the ends of one side of the bracelet say the top end of the anchor.  *Make certain you have both of the cords that are that side of the bracelet. (it will have two cords or laces in it because each end of the bracelet has a doubled cord in it.)    

7. & 8. Lay the doubled cords ontop of each other in the channel of the clamp.  Take some pliers and crimp the clamp closed over the doubled up cords.  Repeat for the other end of the bracelet say the bottom end of the anchor so that each end of the bracelet's doubled cords are securely fastened together with a clamp.  

Place the bracelet on the wrist and latch it closed with the lobster clasp and Bracelet is complete!


 With Much Love & Gratitude,

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Winner of Creative Spaces Vol. 3

I wanted to announce the winner of the Creative Spaces Vol.  3 that I am giving away on my blog today!

The winner is…..

Marty Walden of Marty's Musings!


Thank you to everyone who entered!  I appreciate all of your wonderful comments!

With Much Love & Gratitude,

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