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    I am so excited to share my love for photography with you and your friends. I specialize in family and product photography, custom cards & invitations, but I also like to share my DIY projects, crafts, party decor and home decor adventures. Thanks so much for visiting my website!

    - Laura

Let’s face it – managing a household on top of working and taking care of a family is no simple task. Do you also feel like there’s just not enough time in a week? With all the things to balance on a daily basis, sometimes it seems impossible to indulge in hobbies or even just relax! Although it may seem counterintuitive, taking the time to plan your week in advance can help you manage the responsibilities and even free up time for the fun things on your list, too.

I am sharing six easy tips for planning out your week in advance on the Life Storage blog. It even includes free organizational printables! So grab your cup of coffee, visit the post and start balancing your life!

Good luck! I would love to hear your helpful tips, too!

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DIY Mother’s Day Card Using Cricut Design Space™

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thank you!I recently shared my newest crafting and DIY maker – the Cricut Explore Air 2.  If you missed the introduction no worries you can see it here.

Today I am sharing a super easy Mother’s Day card I made using the Cricut Explore Air™ 2  machine. This craft is perfect for a beginner Cricut user like myself! Let’s get started, shall we?I will admit I was a little nervous to use this beautiful mint machine. But after watching a few tutorials on the Cricut website I gave it a whirl and have been crafting with it every chance I get!  The Cricut Explore Air™ 2 and the Cricut Design Space™ are very user friendly and easy to use. Making this card was super fun and easy!

Cricut Design Space™ is a free, cloud-based, easy-to-use software that lets you edit, customize, and preview projects on your computer, iPad®, iPhone®, or Android device.  There are images for every project, holiday, and style in the Cricut Image Library, too! Prices vary but I have found some cute ones as low as 99 cents! You can view the Cricut Access Membership Plans  for more information.

I chose to make an existing Make It Now project found in the Circut Design Space. It is titled Simple Mother’s Day Card by Kaytee.  I was super impressed by how the software walked me through each step (which paper to use, what tools to use, etc.) and I could definitely see myself making more projects since there are so many fun ones to choose from!

Materials Needed for this project:

Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine

Cricut Design Space™

12 in x 12 in LightGrip Cricut® mat

Cricut® Scoring Stylus

Cricut® Weeder Tool

Patterned cardstock

Grey cardstock

Pink cardstock

Adhesive Foam squaresThis project makes one 5 in X 7 in card with an envelope to fit. I thought this was brilliant! The Cricut Scoring Stylus used to make the envelope is officially my favorite tool!  Such a timesaver for folding!

Instructions:

Cut: In Cricut Design Space™, cut images from cardstock.Assemble: When removing the pink cardstock from the mat, make sure to keep the insides of the letters. I used the Weeder tool to assist with this. Adhere the smaller circle with the letters cut out to the larger solid circle. Glue the insides of the letters in place.Apply foam squares to the back of text circle and adhere to front of card.

To form envelope, fold along score lines and adhere side flaps to the inside of the bottom flap.And that’s it, a super cute and simple Mother’s Day card that I cannot wait to share this weekend!I just love the simplicity of the envelope too!  You could literally use any paper combination your heart desires, even add a few embellishments.What do you think? Are you ready to try out the Circuit Explore Air 2?  I am just scratching the surface of what this amazing machine can do so be sure to follow along to see some more ideas!  In the next couple weeks I plan to share how you can make your own designs easily in Cricut Design Space™.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. #CricutMade #ad

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  • Alison - May 12, 2017 - 7:08 am

    So gorgeous! Love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - May 12, 2017 - 2:21 pm

    Love your creativity!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - May 14, 2017 - 6:26 pm

    Absolutely love this Mother’s Day card!! It makes me want to get mine out and start creating!!ReplyCancel

Introducing the Circuit Explore Air 2

Discloser: This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thank you!

Crafting is my retreat from the everyday hustle and allows me to be creative. I love designing and making things for the home, parties, as well as homemade gifts for our family and friends. When I learned about the Cricut line from other bloggers and all the amazing things it could do I knew this was the tool I had always dreamed of.  It seriously is the ultimate DIY maker!  So when my friends over at Cricut sent me a new Cricut Explore Air 2 I was beyond excited!

What do you make with a Circut Explore Air 2 you might ask? Practically anything and everything your creative heart desires!!!  I plan to make some fun party decorations, banners and signs to name a few ideas. I am new to the world of Cricut but I plan to share my learning experiences here on the blog and I am eager to share my new Cricut crafting adventures with you!

Today I want to show you what to expect after opening the box and the amazing features this machine has to offer.  After opening the box you are presented with a beautiful mint color and sleek design. I just love the color!The Cricut Explore Air 2 can cut a large variety of materials – and just with a simple turn of the knob!  There is even a “custom” setting available (I can’t wait to find out what this does!).The Cricut Explore Air 2 also can cut up to 2x faster in Fast Mode!  The Cut Smart technology not only cuts but also it scores and writes for you! I am very excited to try out these features!!  I can’t wait to make some pretty note cards with the handwriting option and perhaps some cute party favor boxes with the scoring feature!The Cricut Explore Air 2 also has some sleek storage compartments which make the perfect space savers and leaving more room on the workspace. All of the accessories, which are sold separately, fit perfectly!  They really thought of every little detail!The Cricut Explore Air 2 also syncs with all of your Cricut cartridges so you can still utilize them. The wonderful people at Cricut also sent me all the accessories and supplies I need to make all my crafting dreams come true! Stay tuned for some fun new projects featuring Cricut vinyl, paper and pens!  And please feel free to comment and share your own experiences or tips for using the Cricut Explore Air 2,  I would love to hear from you!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. #CricutMade #ad

 

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String art is a fun and kid-friendly DIY and also makes great gifts!

I am sharing three free printable patterns perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Day! All the details plus a step-by-step tutorial can be found right now on the Life Storage blog so be sure to check it out!

Have fun making those homemade gifts from the heart!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I don’t know about you but my favorite Easter treat as a child were Peeps.  I looked forward to those yummy and vibrant colored marshmallows in my basket every year.  So this year I opted to start a new tradition of making my own Peeps, as well as traditional marshmallows and boy was I surprised how easy and fun it could be!  I will definitely be making these for camping and the winter holidays, too!

I came across a few recipes online, and ended up altering a few different ideas. I will more than likely alter it again to keep it a bit more healthy (definitely find a replacement for corn syrup, if possible) and will update this post if such the occasion occurs.  Let’s begin, shall we? (This post includes links to purchase some of the items needed for this project  – thank you for your support, as a percentage helps support my family.)

The recipe can be found here: DIY Marshmallows

After you let the mixture set overnight, you will want to remove the bottom plastic wrap from the pan.  It should look similar to the picture below:

You will then place the marshmallows on a cutting board.  Spray the cookie cutters (any shape you’d like) with a cookie spray to prevent sticking.  I found these Peeps bunny shaped cookie cutters by Wilton a few years back and love them. Press the cookie cutters firmly (a little tapping will help) into the marshmallow.  Remove and place the marshmallows onto a plate or baking sheet lined with wax paper to prevent sticking. Repeat this step until all marshmallows are cut.

In this case, I used half of the mixture for bunnies and the other half I saved for marking traditional marshmallow squares.

Decorate with various colored sugar. I used Wilton Bright Sugar Crystals and they turned out to be the perfect colors!

I added mini chocolate chips for the eyes.

They came out super cute!

I wanted to make something else with the remaining marshmallow was I cut them into cubes.

I cut some straws (I found them at Michaels) and decided to use some festive Easter sprinkles.

I placed the straw into the top of the marshmallow and simply rolled some sprinkles on it.

I love how these came out, too!  It was so easy and fun to do with the kids!

These would be great for a party too!

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  • Jeannie Buechele - April 6, 2017 - 1:02 pm

    Laura, these came out so adorable and I can’t wait to make them. Thanks for sharing the recipe.ReplyCancel

    • Destro Photography - April 7, 2017 - 4:29 pm

      Thank you Jeannie!!! I appreciate the sweet comments! You’ll have fun making them 🙂ReplyCancel