Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Getting Organized!

Hi all,  I just did my post over at Simple Stories you should check it out.  I am trying to get organized this summer, and one of the areas I am trying to tweek is Menu Planning.  My plan is to do a lot of batch cooking over the summer, so by time school starts and all the football practices, I will have a freezer full of meals.  This process saves so much time, I have pinned a bunch of really great Menu Planning ideas on Pinterest.  But I was in need of a "Menu", so I made one that I think will work for my family and our "Menu system".

Here are the supplies I used:
Simple Stories Papers (Summer Fresh and Documented)
Magnetic Canvas
Magnetic Strips
Picture Frame(no glass or backing)
Wall Paint
Rustoleum Magnetic Primer
Maya Road Chipboard Banner
Kerri Bradford SVG file
Eclips Machine
Wood Letters(MENU)
Avery Labels

I started the project by measuring and tapeing off the size of the Picture frame.

Next I rolled on 3 coats of Rustoleum Magnetic Primer,  make sure you roll on 3 light coats for best results.  And this stuff really stinks so use proper ventilation.  After the primer dried throughly I rolled on 2 coats of wall paint.  When the wall paint was dry, I added the frame and the wood letters.

Now it is time to cut the pieces for the Menu.  I cut seven pieces of assorted Simple Stories papers and Magnetic Canvas at 3.5x4.5 inches.  I also cut 6 strips of paper at 1x12 inches for (2) Magnetic Strips that are approximately 26" long.  I adhered all the papers I cut to the Magnetic Canvas and Magnetic Strips.  I just used my tape runner to adhere them.  I covered the 4 banner pieces with Simple Stories Documented, and on one of the banner pieces I added some Simple Stories Summer Fresh elements.

I used my Eclips machine to cut the days of the week out, I used a SVG file by Kerri Bradford.  I also printed several labels of meals my family likes to eat, I also put the labels on the Magnetic Canvas.  I put the rest of the labels on the freezer.  I attached the clothespins to the banners.

On the freezer I have several labels with different meals, as we use up the meal I take the label off the freezer so I know I need to make more of it.  I am hoping that this will help with knowing whats in the freezer, and by looking at the Menu I will know what to pull out of the freezer the night before.  I also printed some labels that say "Out to Eat" and "Camping" in hopes that I won't have to cook everyday!  I am going to use the clothespins to hold grocery lists and to do notes.

I made a little recipe holder with a Simple Stories Memorbillia pocket, to hold all the receipes for the meals.

I hope you enjoyed my post,  off to do some more organizing!  Kellie

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer fun

Hi all, sorry I have not been around lately, I thought as soon as school got out the craziness around here would let up a bit, but I guess not.  Right now I am trying to get things organized around the house.  I made a cute project a while back I thought I would share with you today.

I used My Minds Eye and Little Yellow Bicycle papers for this project.  The strawberries are an SVG file, I cut with my Eclips machine.  You can put candy inside the strawberries.  It is a cute little summer gift idea.

Have a great Day!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Welcome to my blog!!

Welcome to the Simple Stories Mix & Match Blog Hop!

I am so excited to have you here!!

Here is the Complete Blog Hop List:

Kellie Rabideau  {You are Here}

** Be sure to leave a comment on each blog you visit, one random comment will be chosen to win an album assortment!!

Our Challenge was to use the Mix & Match Album,  and here is what I decided to do:

For my album I wanted to do a Travel album, to document all the fun camping trips we take during the summer in Michigan.  This is a work in progress, because I plan on adding to it as we go more places, and revisit the same places again.  It is neat to see my kids in the photos and how they have changed.

For the cover of the album I used Simple Stories Summer Fresh, a Simple Stories Memorabilia pocket, svg files by Keri Bradford, Tim Holtz Idea-ology file tabs and a Studio Calico embellishment

For the inside cover I cut out the balloon that was on one of the journaling cards in Summer fresh, and added another Simple Stories Memorabilia pocket, I plan on using this pocket to put journaling notes in.
For the first page of the album I printed a map of Michigan on a transparency, and added the letter stickers at the top. 

I have always loved the look of the Ali Edwards overlays, so I decided to use them in this album and they worked perfect for it.  I love all the page protectors you get with the album they give you so many options.  I added  a journaling card to highlight some of the things we did in Ludington.

I love the neutral colors of the inserts that you get with the album.  They work well with all the nature type photos I had.  I just added bits of color from Summer Fresh and Awesome. I also used some more svg files too.

I hope you enjoyed my album, be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win one of these awesome Mix & Match albums. OK your next stop is Kay Rogers Blog.  Thanks for stopping by! Kellie

Friday, June 1, 2012


Hi all, I am sure glad it is Friday!  Today on the Simple Stories blog some of the design team members(including me) were part of a Simple Stories Basics challenge.  So I thought I would share my post here too.  You should check out the Simple Stories blog too, there are some really great projects on the blog today.  My project is a mini album...

Here is what you would need to make this:

(3) pieces of 4"x6" chipboard

(2)pieces of 2x 6" chipboard

(1) 12 x 12  Simple Stories Basics Designer Cardstock "Grid" paper #2416
Cut into (3) 4 x 6 pieces, and cut into (4) 2 x 6 pieces

(1) 12 x 12 Simple Stories Basics Designer Cardstock "Floral" paper #2417
Cut into (1) 4 x 6 piece,  one small circle box 2 1/2" Diameter, one small free hand cut heart

(1) 12 x 12 Black Cardstock
Cut into (8) 2 x 6 Filmstrips, I spritzed all the filmstrips with Mr. Hueys

(1) 4 x 6 sheet vellum

(1) 4 x 6 transparency

Simple Stories Summer Fresh Expression Stickers #2403

Simple Stories Summer Fresh Fundamental Stickers #2402

Filmstrip svg (I used my Sizzix Eclips to make the filmstrips)

Flat box svg (this is the lens part of the mini)

Black ink

Tim Holtz Idea-ology file tabs

Bind it all or Jump Rings

Sewing machine

Mr. Hueys , white

Photos (I printed all my photos using photoshop, I found if you do a index print you can get the small photos to fit in the filmstrips, they were sized at 1.4 x 1.8 inches.) and it prints a lot on one page

I covered all of the chipboard pieces with the "Grid" paper but the inside cover is covered with "Red Floral".  I inked all the edges. For the cover, I added the File tab to the center top, placed the you & me sicker on the file tab, found in the Simple Stories Summer Fresh stickers.  I cut the lens with my Eclips machine, I made the circle box at about 2 1/2" in diameter. I cut it out of the "Red Flower" paper.  I free hand cut a heart out of the same paper and sewed it onto the lens.  I added the word Snapshots and the chevron pattern sticker on the front as well as the Life is Good sticker, and sewed across them to secure them down.  Add a photo in the lens and in the corner.

This page is the inside cover page.  I used the "Red Floral" paper to cover the page.  I added two of the film strips at an angle.  I spritzed the filmstrips with Mr. Hueys.  I added the So Sweet Together sticker in the center. For dimension I cut the ribbons on the sticker and added pop dots behind them.

For the next page I added my journaling.  I printed my journaling on a piece of transparency, backed it with the 4 x 6 piece of vellum and sewed down the side of it.  I used an Ali Edwards overlay as my journaling block to write in.

The next page is where I used the (2) 2 x 6 pieces of chipboard, these are covered on both sides with the "Grid" paper and Film Strips are on both sides.  In some of the spaces I added Simple Stories Stickers.  I also added one of the Tim Holtz file tabs at the top left corner. 

The last page is first covered with the "Grid" paper and then two filmstrips are placed on top.  These are also decorated with more Simple Stories Summer Fresh Stickers.

Well, I think I covered everything about this mini, I did bind it with my Bind it all, but you could use jump rings instead if you did not have a Bind it all.  Thanks for looking!!  Kellie