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Last Day of School!! ~ Teacher Scrapbooks

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen a couple photos having to do with teacher scrapbooks I’ve been working on this week. I’m finally ready to show them off! 🙂

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I’ve been planning on making each teacher a scrapbook all year long. I Finally took pictures of the class last week and I printed them off on  Monday this week. I’ve been working on putting the pictures on cute paper and stamping names on the pages for the past 2 days!! I finally finished yesterday and I am here to show you the finished projects. I LOVE them!! They aren’t as FANCY as the scrapbooks I made last year. I did those ones on the computer so it was easier to make them look fancy. Paper scrapbooking is HARD compared to digital!! BUT, I was determined to do something different this year, since my 1st grader has the same teacher as my older boy had last year. I didn’t want her to get the same scrapbook with different picture. I’m a perfectionist like that. So, here you go:

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I bought some cute We R memory keepers 4×6 journal cards at Target and used them because they were already decorated cute. All I had to do was glue on the picture!

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Oh, I did use some of my new washi tape for this page because it was a little bland. Still easy peasy!

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I used a friends stamps to embellish the top page a little bit.

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And my cutie is on the bottom of the above picture 🙂

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We did a big class picture as well.

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And at the end of the whole scrapbook I put in a little extra journal card for them to write down their favorite things about the year if they want.

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So, that’s my first graders teacher scrapbook. I’m really emotional about not having a first grader anymore! I’ll miss the teacher! She has been a lot of fun to work with and get to know!

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Now moving onto my 2nd graders teacher scrapbook. He has a HUGE class!! 28 kids!! So her book took a little bit longer to complete than Brynnan’s!

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My cutie, Jonas, in the picture above.

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Aren’t these journal cards just THE cutest?!! I have some left over so I can’t wait to use them!! IF I ever get around to scrapbooking! lol

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I had FUN with the stamps my friend lent me! 🙂

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And that’s it! I’m going to put them into bags and write a nice Thank you note to them. My friend, Karlenn, has an Etsy shop where she sells her cards and she is SO amazing at it!! I LOVE her cards! I only buy them from her, never the store. NEVER again from the store!! 🙂 Yes, that’s how good she is! And they’re the same price as buying them at the store! So, go over and visit Kar’s Kards today!!

Anyway, sorry for the detour there. I had to give a shout out to my bestie! 🙂 I hope you’re having a great week! If your kids are still in school I hope all goes well with the last few weeks and if you want to do something like this for a teacher it’s really simple!! Just buy some journal cards like I did and slap in some pictures. If you don’t have a picture of each kid in the class you could scrapbook pictures from throughout the year if you went into the class to help out or something. I always have my phone with me to snap pictures every time I go in! Just in case! 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful Friday! Thanks for stopping by!!

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Guest Post by Kaysi from Keeping it Simple ~ Bubble Skirt

Hi!!  I’m so excited to be here today!  My name is Kaysi and blog over at Keeping it Simple.
I love everything crafty.  I especially love things that are simple and easy!  Most of my crafts can be done by anyone, even if you’re not super crafty.
I love making little skirts for my daughter.  They are so easy to make plus they don’t take much fabric, so they are very inexpensive to make. One of the easiest skirts to make is the bubble skirt.   I wanted to dress it up a little bit, with some lace.
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This is how I made it:
I measured my daughter’s waist and the length I wanted it to be.  The waist was 20” and 10”.  I added 4 inches to the waist, to give it a little flare at the knees.  Then for the length, you double the number because the skirt will be folded in half.  I cut a piece of fabric that was 24”x20”.
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I then folded the fabric together and sewed it together.
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I cut the lace 24”x9”.
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Then I cut scallops into the bottom of the lace.
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I sewed the lace together like I did the skirt.
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I put the lace on the outside of the fabric and then sewed some elastic onto the top.  The elastic was 20” long.
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And that’s it!  Super easy and cute!
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I love the look of the lace over the blue!
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And here is my little girl wearing her new skirt.
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I would love it if you followed along.
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Flash Friday SALE!!

This week I have been taking it easy and it has been NICE!! I feel relaxed and not stressed about what I have to post the next day!! I have a couple new posts coming next week. One is a guest post from one of my favorite crafty bloggers, Kaysi from Keeping it Simple. I will also be doing somewhat of an organizing post on Monday so you can look forward to that. School is out next Friday for us and I am scrambling to get chores and daily schedules together so I don’t go CA-RAY-ZY!! 🙂

Today, I have a fun sale going on in my Etsy shop! I posted each item that is on sale on my Crafty Meggy Facebook page. Go check it out! If you comment on the post first I’ll send you the link to the item on Etsy and you can then purchase it! I’m doing it a little different than others just because I want to get my sales up. Come on over and help a girl out!! I’m trying to get ready for end of the school year items as well as some fun stuff for summer!! I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on!!

I hope you’re having a great Friday!! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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A Little Honesty and Unplugging

A good blogging friend of mine, Amy from One Artsy Mama, wrote up a post about a game she and her husband made up called the “honestly game”. Go on over to her blog and read about it! I LOVE the idea!

Soooo…. today we’re going to play the honestly game.

Honestly, I’ve known for a long time that I’ve been neglecting my family and house responsibilities because of my crafty blog and all the crafting and fun stuff I’ve been wanting to do over the last 8 months or more. I kept telling myself that once I got my 30 sewing projects done before my 30th birthday everything would go back to normal. The only thing is that, this new way of doing things by neglecting everything, WAS the new NORMAL. How do you go back to the old way if you can’t really remember it?

It’s hard for me to balance both blogging/crafting and being the mom/wife at the same time so I am going to focus on my family in the coming weeks and getting back to life as usual. It’s really hard being a blogger. I first did it for fun and it has kind of turned into something more. I still really enjoy sharing all the crafty things I do, but I also feel like I HAVE to blog and if I don’t then I’ve failed. So, I’m going to work on enjoying blogging again as well during this little break. I’m hoping to come back in mid-June full force. I might pop in every once in a while to update you on something. I DO have to give you a bathroom reveal post…. I’ve been putting that one off for WAY too long!!

So, I won’t be totally gone, just a little. I have some fun stuff up my sleeves for when I get back, like a sew-along, which I’m totally excited about!! And I also have some amazing guest bloggers that will pop up in the next couple of weeks too, so look forward to that!

Oh, and honestly, I know that I blog every Monday about my organizing plans for the week, but the last month or so, I haven’t been getting it all accomplished. I’m lucky if I get one thing from my list accomplished! My organizing and cleaning mojo has gone out the window!! I hope that by not holding myself to such high expectations every day I will be able to get back on track with it all!

Now it’s your turn to be honest! Tell us something you’ve been afraid to say. I’ve been putting this off for way too long. My family is REALLY what matters!

I hope you’ll keep coming back and that I won’t lose you completely! You can subscribe to my RSS feed so you’ll know when I do put up a new post. I really appreciate all the nice and wonderful comments you leave! It honestly makes my day!! Thank you so much for helping my blog grow!

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Pinterest Pick Friday ~ Not a Finished Project

I know it’s Friday and I do have a pinterest pick to show you, but it’s been a loooonnnggg day! I don’t feel up to writing a post with pictures. Sorry! I’m trying to build up more posts so I don’t get so behind. Next week I’ll be taking the week off. If you have any crafty or fun things you’ve been working on I’d LOVE to show them off!! Send me an email at cameramegan@gmail.com

Ok, even though I don’t have pictures to show you, I do want your opinion. I saw a picture on facebook and then again on pinterest where they decorated the front lid of the Silhouette Cameo. I LOVE this idea!! I’ve been thinking it looks a little too bare! I decorated my control panel when I first got it. You can see that post here. I still have the same butterfly paper on it today! I really like it! So, I’m thinking I might stay with the butterfly them, but I’m torn! There are a TON of cute fluourishes in the Silhouette Online Store. I think I already have some, too, but I am not sure which one I want to use. I know I want it to go from the right bottom corner to the left. I don’t want it to take up the whole lid, so it doesn’t have to be that big. I’m thinking I might want it to be a flowery flourish and I could use green and pink and purple. Here are some of the ones I’m looking at in the store:

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These are the ones I’m trying to choose from. What do you think? When I look through them I try figuring out my favorites so I can narrow it down and I just can’t. I know I’m not really into the last one. I think the pear blossoms and the swirl borders are my favorite. But that could always change! I’m very flaky like that 🙂

I will most likely spend the next month pondering over this and then eventually make a decision and love it. But it really will take me that long to finally do it. I’m weird like that.

Thanks for stopping by today! sorry it’s not a very exciting post. If you have a craft you’d like me to feature, whether you’ve blogged about it or not, please email me!! cameramegan@gmail.com

I hope you have a great weekend!!

 

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Whatcha Craftin’ ~ Silhouette Notepad Covers

If you’ve been following my blog in the last week you know that I’ve shared a teacher appreciation gift idea. Yesterday I shared a tutorial on how to make a cover for the notepads. Today, I’m going to share with you a file I made with the Silhouette Studio program to make my notepad cover. Having the Silhouette makes it a lot easier, but you don’t have to have one to make this gift!

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So, to make the cover for a sticky notepad you will need:

Silhouette Cameo/Portrait

scrapbook paper

kraft cardstock

sticky notepads

Step 1 ~ Download the 5.5×8 file I made in Silhouette Studio HERE and the little tag that goes inside the envelope I have on mine HERE. They’re both Silhouette Studio files so you won’t have to do anything to them.

Step 2 ~Open up the files in Silhouette Studio. Put your kraft paper on your mat and put it in your machine and with the file named ‘notepadteachergift’ click the send to Sihouette button and let it do it’s work. Once it’s done you’re kraft paper will look like this:

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Step 3~ Fold along the dotted lines to make room for the mini pen.

Step 4~ Decorate the front cover to your hearts content!! You can use the Silhouette to get the rounded corners the same and to make sure the measurements add up. I’m really bad at measuring stuff so I just have my Cameo do all that work:)

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Step 5 ~ Now, you’ll want to print and cut the next file you downloaded. Open it up in Silhouette Studio. The file is all ready to be printed and then cut so click on the icon next to the Send to Silhouette button. It looks like a printer with a paper. Click that and it will make your print box pop up. Make sure you have your cardstock in your printer. I used pink, but you can use white or whatever color you want! click the print button and wait for it to print out.

Step 6 ~ Once you’ve printed off your tag put the paper on your mat and load it into your Cameo. Click on the Send to Silhouette button and hit skip the printing option, then hit continue. You’ll want to click ‘Detect automatically’ for the Cameo to detect your registration marks.

Step 7 ~ Once the registration marks are detected, make sure your cut settings are for the right kind of paper. Change your blade setting if you need to and then push Cut!

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Step 8 ~ Stick the tag into the envelope, if you created one like I did. You can buy the one I have from the Silhouette Online Store here.

Step 9 ~ Glue on the sticky notepads that you have and VOILA! You’re done!! 🙂

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Like I said yesterday, I bought a bunch of different sizes and shapes of sticky pads at the dollar store. I was able to split most of the packs up and make multiple pads out of just one bag of sticky pads.

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This one is my favorite. I like having the 4 different colored smallish tags on the left.

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these notepads from me, I have them for sale in my Etsy shop.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you’ll come back tomorrow, I have a fun recipe for you, compliments of my wonderful husband! 🙂 Have a great day!

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Tutorial Tuesday ~ Decorated Teacher Notepad

I am excited to be showing you this tutorial today!! Did you see the post on Friday, if not, go check it out.

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Well, this is where I show you how to make it yourself. It was EASY!! Even easier if you have a handy cutting machine, like the Silhouette Cameo, but you can do it even if you don’t have one! Are you ready? Here we go:

Supplies needed:

sticky notepad(s) (with or without a cover on it)

scrapbook paper

Kraft Cardstock paper (for the cover)

chipboard pieces

Vinyl

mini pen (optional)

Ok, so I think I mentioned that I bought my sticky notepads with the cover on the at PYP in August last year.

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So, that made making mine a little bit easier. If you can’t find any notepads with a cover on them they are easy enough to make! So, I will start with making the notepad cover.

Step 1 ~ Measure how big your sticky pad is (like I did), OR just read the package. It usually gives you the inches and cm:) I bought a bunch of them at the dollar store in different sizes for this tutorial. The biggest pad was 5×3.

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Step 2 ~ Next you want to cut out you cover. If you want to have a little pen with the notepad you’ll have to leave space for that. You’ll also want to leave some extra room on the sides. This is how my cover looked after I cut it out on the silhouette.

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If you don’t have a Silhouette:

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You can cut out a rectangle. I cut my rectangle to be 8×5.5 for my 5×3 pad to fit.

Step 3 ~ Use something dull to make the middle part for the pen fold together. If you have a bone folder that’s great. I don’t have one so I used my paper cutter and punctured the paper along the line every few centimeters.

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Step 4 ~ Fold the cover where you made the creases for the pen.

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Step 5 ~ Once you have the pen area folded then cut out a little spot on the top and bottom for the pen to clip to. I made the cuts on the longer so I could tell the top from the bottom.

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Step 6 ~ Now it’s time for the fun stuff! Grab patterned scrapbook paper and cut it to fit on the front of the cover. Layer and style your cover however you want! Use whatever embellishments you have and just have FUN!! 🙂

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These are a few of the ones I made over the weekend. If you haven’t had your Teacher appreciation week and would like to buy any of these, I have them in my Etsy shop. Head on over there to buy them today! (Click on the image above to go directly to the listing.)

And you’re all DONE!! I TOLD you it was EASY! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! Next week I’ll have some more teacher appreciation gift ideas for you! Hope you have a great day!

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LGO! ~ Daily Cleaning Chores

This week I’m going to be doing things a little differently, I’m hoping! I have been slacking off on my house cleaning and even on my organizing. I come and blog about what I’m going to do during the week and then I barely accomplish half of it. And it drives me CRAZY that I don’t do everything I wanted to!! Yes, I’m one of those people that does something that wasn’t on my to do list so I write it down after it’s done to feel like I’ve accomplished something. I know, I’m crazy! But, it’s the little things like that that help me keep my sanity cleaning and being a wife 🙂 The little accomplishments are seriously the biggest ones for me!

Anyway, this week I am going to concentrate on completing ALL of the basic chores I SHOULD be doing every day. I have a list of everything that needs to be done in the day and the order it should be accomplished in. I’m really not too worried about the order as much as just getting it done.

Monday ~ Wash boys’ clothes & Bedding, Clean downstairs bathroom, vacuum whole house, Dust lights, fans & blinds

Tuesday ~ Wash my bedding, Round up bathroom & other trashes, Clean microwave, Clean upstairs bathroom

Wednesday ~ Wash Blankets, Food Inventory, Balance finances & Etsy work

Thursday ~ Wash towels, sweep & mop kitchen, Deep clean the kitchen sink, Organize papers & mail

Friday ~ Wash Boys’ clothes, Vacuum house and under furniture, Organize laundry room & desk areas

So, there you have it! My list for cleaning this week and I am DETERMINED to check off every single one of these jobs each day! How about you? Are you ready to CLEAN??!! Have you been doing a lot of Spring Cleaning? Tell us about it!

I hope you’ll come back tomorrow! I have a fun tutorial coming and another one on Thursday! Yay!! This week is going to be packed full of fun just like the last one! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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Guest Post by Christina from The Scrappy Housewife ~ Stenciled Burlap Placemats

Happy Cinco De Mayo! I have another WONDERFUL blogger friend here to share a project with you today. This week has been filled to the brim of so much I hope you can recover in the coming weeks! We will, most likely, go back to the normal 3 days a week of posting. Sorry to break your heart, but I’ve got a family to take care of 🙂 I’m so glad Eva and Christina were here to join in the fun this week, a BIG thanks to both of them!

Enough of my blabbing, here’s Christina!

Hey y’all! I’m Christina aka The Scrappy Housewife and I am so happy to be here guest posting for Megan during her birthday week! Over at my blog, I blog about a little bit of everything, but especially about my adventures as a housewife, crafting, scrapbooking and organizing. I’d love it if you’d pop over and take a look! When I’m not blogging you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Today, I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite “throwback” projects that I did a couple of years ago and still use – my burlap freezer paper stenciled placemats. They were simple and added just the perfect touch of rustic to our dining room. Check it out:

I’m always looking for new tips and tricks to create a home on a budget so when a friend recommended a site called Tipnut I knew I had to check it out. I was not disappointed! The site is just slam packed with fun things to make and do and create. While checking it out I came across possibly the cutest placemats ever over at bloesem kids. Here are those adorable placemats:

They are made from burlap and freezer paper. I knew I had to try it.

Now, I’ll fully admit I’m probably way behind on this freezer paper stenciling thing. I spent most of the creativity I had the last 5 years on teaching and working with kids in the classroom. I’ve missed out, but oh man am I going to catch up, so when burlap went on sale 2 weeks ago at Joann’s, I snagged a yard and promised myself I’d make some. I had a coupon so I went ahead and bought the textile paint I would need as well. Here’s what I did:

First, I chose the size of my placemats and made a template. I chose 15×15 squares because we have a small round table and four rectangle placemats tend to overlap more than I’d like.

I used a black marker to make a dashed outline around my template to make it easier to cut out.
Then I cut them out carefully and removed 5 or 6 strands of the burlap from each side. I’d recommend that you cut inside the selvage edge on the burlap since you won’t be able to pull strands to make your border otherwise.
Also, it won’t really be 5 or 6 equal long strands of burlap. It’s not easy to cut the burlap evenly (for me at least) so you’ll probably have some small strands that pop off too. No worries.
Next I made my template. I wanted our placemats to look natural and rustic, but somewhat classy with a monogram. I used Microsoft Word and chose the first initial of our last name “L” and used a font size setting of 800 to blow it up. I printed it out and attached it and the freezer paper to my Fiskars self healing cutting mat plastic side down. I secured them with a binder clip and then went at it with my x-acto knife.
Scrappy’s Quick Tip: The reason I laid the freezer paper plastic side down is because my design was directional. When you iron the freezer paper to your fabric you do it plastic side down and you need to make sure your design is in the right direction while cutting out your template.
Then I ironed the freezer paper templates to each placemat. I made 4 – one for each placemat. I followed the directions on the Reynold’s Freeze Paper package and made sure I had a paper bag in between the iron and the freezer paper.
I used Jacquard Textile paint in a navy blue color and applied it with a stencil brush, but if you want fuller coverage I’d use a sponge brush or some other brush. Mine came out rustic which is what I wanted, but it’s not full coverage.
Here’s what they look like completed:
After I let them completely dry and removed the freezer paper (a must – let your paint fully dry before removing stencil) I flipped them paint side down and heat sealed the paint with a screaming hot iron. These placemats will be spot clean only, but considering the whole project cost me less than $20.00, I’m not worried about it.
Total Cost for supplies:
Burlap $3.99

Fabric Paint $5.29

Freezer Paper $3.50
Have you tried this technique? If so, I’d love to hear from you!
Thanks for letting me guest post Megan, and Happy Birthday!
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Thank YOU, Christina for guest posting on my blog today!! I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! I’ve heard so much about using freezer paper, but I have yet to try it… I guess I should get on that now, huh? 🙂
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for another round of Let’s Get Organized! I also have some more special posts coming your way SOON!! I can’t wait to share them with you! Have a wonderful and uplifting Sunday!
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Birthday Bash Giveaway WINNERS!!

Ok, so I couldn’t wait until tomorrow so I’m posting this now!

And the winners are:

 

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The CUTE animal zippered pouch was won by entrant #67 ~ Nancy C.

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The bracelet and earring set was won by entrant #33 Sonya N.

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The mini album and heart stickers were won by entrant #14~Rachelle W.

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The FREE 5×7 snapfish coupon code was won by entrant #27~Sonya N.

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The button headband was won by entrant #44~Sonya N.

And last, but not least, the three winners of the 30% off coupon to my Etsy shop were, Nancy C., Paula L. and Rachelle W.

Congrats to all the winners! Thank you for entering and I hope you will enjoy your winnings! The winners were chosen using random.org.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ve enjoyed my week long Birthday Bash! If you missed any of the posts here they are:

Birthday Bash

Birthday Bash~30 before 30

Whatcha Craftin’ ~ Boys swim trunks & Project Yesu shorts

Guest Post ~ Captain America T-shirt

Pinterest Pick Friday ~ Teacher Appreciation Notepad gift

I hope you’ll come back on Sunday because I have one last Birthday Bash guest post for you to enjoy. And it’s a GOOD one! Thanks for stopping by! Have a good weekend!

 

 

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