Monthly Archives: December 2012

Joy Blocks with the Cub Scouts

I work with the Cub Scouts in my area and last week we decided to make a present the Cubs could give their mothers.  I wanted something cute that the mothers would love to use, yet something easy for the boys to put together.  We decided to make these cute Joy Blocks (sorry for the picture quality – the lighting was not great)

I pre-painted the blocks black.  Last year we let the boys paint and while they did do a good job it took forever to dry.

I cut a vinyl J and Y out of the metallic red vinyl and covered it with transfer tape.

After a demonstration from me the boys applied the vinyl letters to their blocks.

The boys then tied a red ribbon on the bell.  After that was done they wrapped the Joy block set in celophane wrap and curly ribbon. They were very excited to give them to their moms!

Summer is the author and owner of Summer Scraps.  She is constantly inspired by her 3 kids and has great support from her husband.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, watching movies and has a secret passion for video games.  Summer loves to share crafts and recipes.  You can also find Summer on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and at her Etsy shop.

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Simple Noel Plates for Holiday Decorating

I  know that I am not the only one who is intrigued when the title has simple in it. Right?

It seems like all we do this time of year is run, run, run & run some more. We love the idea of giving a handmade gift to friends, neighbors, or co-workers, just not all the time and effort it would require.

noel vinyl plates tutorial with Sassy Style Redesign

Am I right? Well, today is your lucky day! I have a truly simple project that will take minutes to do and the results look like you took forever. Everyone will be wondering how in the world you have time to look so fabulousand have time to make a homemade gift that doesn’t look like your 5 yr. old helped.


First you need to gather all of your supplies.

noel plate supplies

4 White Plates-I used this design from Zion Mercantile because it’s versatile & I love it, but you could use whatever you want.
Vinyl-I used this fabulous glitter/red vinyl by (you can even emboss on this vinyl-it rocks)
A cutting machine-I used a Silhouette. You could use a Cricut or even Google images and a pair of scissors. If you really want a Sillouhette-you must check out this deal!
Because I used a Sillouhette, I chose my fonts online and cut them out. However, if you are using a Cricut, don’t stress, just use some fonts that you already have. If you are Google imaging it, this part is easy. Just find the font you want, size it in a word type document and print.
noel plates step 2
Once you have your letters cut out on the vinyl, all you need to do is apply. I am pretty sure that you know how to do this but, just in case, I took a picture.

noel plates step 3 L

Now that you have adhered all of your vinyl letters, you are good to go. I told you that it was easy!

noel plates tutorial finished close

These are darling hung on a wall, or displayed with plate holders. (dollar store) You are going to be the talk of the town if you not only make them, but give them as well.

noel plates tutorial finished 3

Easy gifts rock, but easy gifts that take 10 minutes & make the recipient feel  loved are Fantastic!


For more fun, simple DIY & just plain inspiring stuff, head over and visit Tausha at her blog

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Nativity 4×4 Blocks

Hi, it’s Kaysi from Keeping it Simple again.  I’m so excited to be here today!
With all of the commercial things about Christmas, Santa and gift giving, sometimes we forget why we celebrate the season. My sweet friend made me a block like this last year and I loved it so much that I wanted to make some for my friends.  There are 6 sides that go with the story of birth of Christ.
I just took a 4×4, cut it into a square and then painted it red.  Then I cut the nativity images out of white vinyl.
Here are the 6 sides:
nativity block (3)
nativity block (2)
nativity block (1)
I plan on having my kids help tell the story and find the image that represents the part of the story that is being told.
Merry Christmas to you all!  Thanks for having me again!
I would love it if you followed along.

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Santa I’ve Been Good, Bring Me a Silhouette Cameo

If you have a Silhouette Cameo on your Christmas List for Santa then you may want to check out this awesome bundle. And of course it’s packed with tons of Brookie Standard and Specialty Vinyl!

Read below what you get with it….
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  • Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Machine (MSRP $389)
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