Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy anniversary and last post

Today we are celebrating two wonderful years of the creation of this blog. Thank you so much to all of you that have read and commented throughout this time. I am now moving to a new adventure and hope all of you will accompany me too. We have just launched the new website for Craft Room Secrets, I have added the link to it below and I am hoping to see you there soon!


Craft Room Secrets website

Monday, December 15, 2014

My 2014 December Daily

As soon as I saw the amazing Believe collection from Heidi Swapp I knew it was the right choice to use for my December Daily for this year. I was so inspired by the colors and images that I couldn't wait to get started. In a few days I had my finished album.

The first step was to get all my supplies and create a Kit, just looking at all my goodies together made me so happy. 

 Buying a December Daily kit can be expensive, you can instead create your own using stickers, stamp sets, washi tape. This year I used a lot of free printables that I found on Pinterest.

 My December Daily is enclosed a box from a Christmas package that I had. I love the idea of using a box to preserve the album after Christmas is over. To embellish it I made a bow and believe sign with my Silhouette.

For the cover I kept it simple as this collection is so amazing that no heavy embellishments are needed. A simple flag, a glitter star,fibers and wood veneers were enough.


For the construction of the album I used a cereal box and the two-ring binding system from Tim Holtz. The size of the project is 6x8, and that was the measurement of my box.

The album consist of three sections: a side flap that is for Christmas preparations, the center part has the daily numbered pages and a special file folder at the end just for December 25th. My youngest daughter's birthday is actually on Christmas day so I really need extra space for more pictures for that day.

The album is full of inserts, flaps and pockets to make it super interactive. The paper pad has so many images that you can cut and use to embellish.

On the Heidi Swapp blog there is tons of free printables that are amazing to use as decor for the pages.

I feel so excited to start printing my pictures that will preserve all the memories of this Christmas Season.

Thank you for reading and Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It is Grinchmas in our house this year!

Continuing with our tradition of themed Christmas decorations in our home, this year we decided to have a Grinch-inspired Christmas.
I love the Grinch's story. It has so much meaning, that it was an easy pick for us.

  I want to share this quote from Dr. Seuss: "Perhaps Christmas doesn't come from the store, perhaps Christmas means a little bit more". That was the inspiration for our theme this year.

 This year was a little bit difficult to decorate, being that the Grinch is not readily available in stores right now. We had to use a lot of our imagination to put the theme together. 

But at the end the theme got together well and I especially like how colorful and cheery our house looks this holiday season.

Printables were our best friends. You can find so many things online especially on Instagram to get your theme going.

I was so inspired by the theme that I forgot to take pictures of the process of making some of the homemade decorations. But these frames from Michaels are my favorites. They were unfinished wood that we painted lime green and used a printable to complete.

We made ornaments using the Silhouette and Dollar Tree foam ornaments. 

They bring so much color to our tree.

Here are some other pictures of the tree and the DIY ornaments.

For finishing touches I found some Grinchmas fabric that I used to make pillow covers for the living room and even framed some of it for the foyer table.

And i made this sign with the silhouette for the entrance of the house. It is my welcome to our guests to show them what's ahead.

Thank you for reading and Merry Christmas!