Creative Spark Link Party #61

Creative Spark Link Party

Happy July 1st!! Can you believe the year is half-over already!? I must admit, I am feeling a bit shocked that the calendar reads July already!

In honor of the approaching holiday weekend, I thought today’s Creative Spark Link Party Features should have a patriotic theme. And they’re all projects you can easily accomplish between now and when the festivities begin on Saturday! You know, if you’re like me and haven’t thought about the holiday at all yet… (wink)

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Simple Dotted Sharpie Mugs

DIY Dotted Sharpie Mugs via www.twopurplecouches.com

How, how can it possibly be the end of June already!? I feel like the Spring months passed by in a flash! Yowza! Anyways, today I’m sharing a sort of Part B to these Father’s Day Mason Jars I shared recently. These Sharpie mugs were part of my FOX19 TV appearance, but I didn’t finish them in time to get them on the blog before Father’s Day. (oops!)

But the great thing about these Sharpie mugs is that you can make them any day of the year. Sure, they make great gifts, but they’re also great crafts to do for yourself!

And they are suuuuuuper simple. And you know how we like simple around here (wink).

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DIY Travel Journal—Repurposing Old Maps

DIY Travel Journal made from old maps

This article was originally published in the June 2015 Issue of VRAI Magazine. 

As you begin to plan out road trips and embark on new adventures this summer, don’t forget to pack a journal! Sure, you can document plenty of sights on your smartphone or digital camera, but writing down the details of the day helps you capture even more. Some of my favorite childhood memories come from our annual family vacations. We criss-crossed this country, stopping at all sorts of landmarks and sights, from The National Mall in Washington D.C. to the St. Louis Arch to the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings in Colorado. Along with the rolls of film used to capture our stops (because this was long before smartphones existed!), I always kept a journal, taking time each day to record how many miles we’d driven, the sights we’d seen and the stories we’d heard. Though I never evolved into much of a scrapbooker, I kept brochures, ticket stubs, and maps of all the places we toured and visited.

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