Savings Jar

Argh! I hate it when a plan doesn’t come together. I was starting to lose faith in whether the Create 52 project was even going to really get started, never mind get finished and then I thought…maybe I’m over thinking this! I went back to the drawing board and thought about what the purpose of Create 52 really was and the purpose was to encourage me to do creative things more often. Life is busy and that’s not an excuse but I still want to be creative. So sometimes my creative activities will be small things but I’m going to share them anyway. The best part of this whole project is that when I rushed to put the idea together, I didn’t set a time limit in writing, so obviously I had a year in my head because there’s 52 weeks in a year but realising that probably isn’t possible doesn’t mean I have to give up on the whole project.

Anyway, onwards and upwards. I’ve had a big old ugly plastic money box for about 6 years or more and it burst at the bottom a couple of weeks ago so I (with a lil help from my friends, okay family) counted the money and bagged it to lodge it into my bank account. Now I have to tell you, I was so grateful that ugly old money box was gone but then I had nowhere to save my money. BING! Light bulb moment! I’m sort of obsessed with jars (as in I can lose HOURS of my day checking Pinterest for cool jar ideas)  so I went to IKEA (duh!) and bought a big  jar. The I added some map alpha stickers that say ‘Adventure Fund’ and wallah….new savings jar. Because let’s face it, all anyone really wants to save for is to travel the world. My new rule is that every Friday any change that I have goes in the jar.

What do you save your coins in and what are you saving for?

cork board 2 cork board 1

Whose idea was it to start Create 52 right before silly season? Obviously I was ridiculously busy in the lead up to Christmas like everyone else and I’m back in work now & have things on 4 weekends out of 5 this month so I’m waaaay behind. There goes New Year’s Resolution number 1 – be better at organising blog posts and Project Life in advance. Must try harder.

So I’m kind of back on track with Create 52 as of week 2 of January and I’ve started off with something simple. I’d love to say I bought a blank pin board & went from there but that would be a complete lie. I bought the board, from Forever 21, with the black map already printed on it. I bought it last September so I’m not sure if it’s still available but I’ve seen some other options online. I’d also love to see some creative people adding their own maps to pin boards. I just picked up some pins (I couldn’t find a size I wanted so I had to buy dress making pins and cut them). I added a white pin to where I live (Ireland) and red pins to all of the places I’ve been up until now. I’m toying with the idea of adding another colour to places I plan to go but I’m not sure yet.

Finally I chose a quote I like that was short and simple and added it to the board using Amy Tangerine Thickers.


Adding nail varnish to water Adding white card on top of nail varnish removing card from nail varnish Finished prducted Using my cards for Project Life

Saying I was going to post my weekly Create 52 projects on Sunday was a ridiculous idea. Sometimes I won’t get a free bit of time to make things until Sunday and then it puts pressure on me to edit the pictures and write the post the same day. So I’ve decided it’s more realistic to post them the following Wednesday. Let’s see how this goes.

Last week I had a lot on so I didn’t get around to any crafting until Sunday. I’ve wanted to try this marbling effect on paper for ages so I decided to try it on 6×4 and 3×4 white card so I can use them in my Project Life album. I really wanted to use Christmas colours like red and gold but unfortunately I didn’t have those colours. I’ll definitely pick up some cheap red and gold nail varnishes soon and try it again.

All you need is:

  • A container (preferably a disposable one because it may get some nail varnish on it)
  • Water
  • Nail varnish (whatever colours you like but glitter in a clear varnish doesn’t really work too well)
  • Card (or what ever you want to add the marble effect to)
  • A wooden skewer or something to mix your nail varnish
  • A tweezers

It’s a really simple process:

  1. Add the water to the container until its 3/4 full.
  2. have your card ready as the nail varnish sets quickly.
  3. pour a couple of small drops of nail varnish onto the water. It should sit on the water rather than sinking (if it sinks, you may have added too much).
  4. Swirl the nail varnish around with the skewer immediately to mix colours or change the design.
  5. Using the tweezers, gently place the card onto the nail varnish, which should be sitting on the water.
  6. Leave it for a few seconds.
  7. Again. using your tweezers, lift the card from the container and leave it somewhere to dry. It should be dry and ready to use within a few minutes.

I hope you try this technique. It’s quick, easy and fun. Next I’m going to try marbling a plate to use as a ring plate and I’m also hoping to make some marbled Christmas cards to use in my Project Life album.

Have you tried this marbling technique before?

Create 52

I’m majorly impressed with those people who take part in Craft 365 projects. Like 365. As in a different craft project each DAY for a YEAR. I wouldn’t even attempt it because I honestly don’t think I’d make it through an entire week. For one, there are some days I’m so tired after work that thinking is difficult and two, I’m really not creative enough to come up with that many craft ideas. 

So with that in mind I’ve decided I’m going to attempt a Create 52 project. I’m calling it Create 52 because it could include anything from sewing projects to scrap-booking spreads to baked goods. Some will be pretty small projects that I can  do in a few hours and some will be bigger projects that I can work on each evening for the week. 

I haven’t decided what way I’ll share the projects here yet but I’m going to attempt to share them every Sunday.

I hope some people will join me or share some project ideas along the way.