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Getting Started (Making a Book)

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I've wanted to make another book, but the idea of starting it is pretty daunting. What should 
I put in it?  How do I get organized? (Don’t get me started about getting organized.) It seems 
almost easier to just give up. That’s why this Blurb video was so great to find! It answered 
all my questions (well, most of them) and got me pretty much squared away to make a really
sweet photo book. Check it out for yourself and see what you think. And, if you make your 
purchase by 9/30, you can Save 15% off photobooks at Blurb with code SEPT15%

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I hope that you enjoy your book making experience!

Four Steps to Age New Pine

My new favorite item is the skinny chalkboard.  A couple of weeks ago I made a
Skinny Chalkboard, and featured it on this post.  I used a light stain on it,
but I was not completely satisfied with the color.
I wanted the frame to match my antique pine furniture,
so I had to make it look a bit old.  In my local hardware store they did not have
the stain I was looking for.  I decided to use a mix of colors to achieve the shade
I wanted for my frame.

There are several methods that you can use to get an aged wood look,
but that depends on what you are aiming for. I knew what I wanted and I went for it.

In order to remove the previous stain, I had the frame sanded.
After the frame had been sanded, I cleaned up any dust left behind.
The pine was back to it's original bare state.  To achieve the old look I
wanted, I did the following four steps:

Step 1. I used a pre-stain to condition the wood.  This helps prevent blotching. Follow instructions on the can.

Step 2. I used a driftwood stain next.  The driftwood stain is almost grey in color, so I rubbed it thin on the frame and wiped the excess off.

Step 3. Next, I gave it a semi-thick coat of the golden oak stain and let it dry completely.

Step 4. When the stain was completely dry, I rubbed on a dark wax. I waxed it on and waxed off excess wax leaving the wood looking darker and aged.

I love the new color on the frame, it matches the furniture perfectly.
Thank you for joining me today and hope that you were inspired.
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A Place for Your Travel Memories

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Traveling during the summer is a great time to make memories that you can cherish forever.  A trip to the Grand Canyon, to the lake or the mountains, serves as a canvas for awesome photos.  I remember heading over to the Disney Parks as a child with my family.  My dad could not always make it to our vacations, but we were able to share our adventures with him. We looked over the photos that my mom took of us on our outings and we recollected every moment. Those were the albums of the past and not in the best condition today. You can't bring everyone with you while traveling, but you can share what you loved about a place in a one of a kind travel book.  

This is the summer to create the book and preserve your memories, a custom travel journal documenting your favorite adventures—even to sell and fund your next trip.  Get step-by-step instructions and book ideas from great travel books created with Blurb to help you make a book you'll be proud of.

Are you ready to get started on your travel book? Use promo code AUGUST15 and Save 15% on all purchases now through August 25th.  

Save also 25% on print book orders of $75+ on 1st purchase only, now until August 25th. (New Customers only)  Use code TRYOUT. 

Enjoy creating your book!

Win a Cricut Explore™ (Closed)

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I'm so excited you guys!  I get to share an opportunity for YOU to win a Cricut Explore; how cool is that?  Have you ever thought to yourself, "Man, if only I didn't have to cut up all this paper/ vinyl/ vellum/ card stock/ chipboard/ aluminum/ leather/ felt/ acetate/ fabric by hand!  I always think of that when I am working on a craft project.  

Here's what you can do for a chance to win one for yourself! Here's what you do! Sign up below to receive the Cricut Newsletter by August 19th, and you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to win a Cricut Explore™! Use your email or login with Facebook and you will automatically sign up for the Cricut newsletter and be entered to win the giveaway.  The Newsletter is filled with tips, crafting ideas and deals on Cricut products. 

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Back To School $500 Giveaway! (Closed)

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Thanks so much to everyone who participated in zulily's Back to School Giveaway. 
We would like to congratulate Jennifer Hughes from for 
winning $500 in zulily credits for herself and for one of her readers. You can check 
out her winning post here:

Thanks again to everyone who participated.
Gray 'Drive Into the Sunset' Tee & Pants - Toddler & Boys
School is a couple of days away.  Where or where did the summertime go?  
Well, the stores are lined up with school supplies and there is nothing better 
than getting all of your back-to-school shopping done in one place…unless, you 
can get it done AND paid for!  That would be nice wouldn't it?  Well I am here
to let you know that it is possible.

Enter below to win the Zulily Back To School Giveway where both you and 
I can each win $500 in Zulily credits! While you're back-to-school shopping 
on from 8/4 - 8/11, pick out your favorite item (apparel, shoes, 
accessories, gear and more) and post a link to that item in the comments 
section below. 
Zulily will announce their winner on 8/12, and if we win, I'll announce 
who my winner is on 8/13!  
Thanks Zulily for making the task of back-to-school shopping fun! 

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