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Christmas Craft Ideas 2017

Christmas Craft Ideas 2017

Christmas Craft Ideas 2017 Christmas Craft Ideas 2017 - Today I'm sharing some Christmas Craft Ideas using the Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments Bundle, which by the way is now available for only $19.99.  That's right! This is NOT a typo! It was a lot of fun coming up with new ways of using my paper-cutting-dies from Spellbinders. I decided to dress up this plain flame-less candle with a piece of blue ribbon and a Peace-Sentiment-die from Spellbinders.   This sentiment was cut using gold card stock and embellished with flat back pearls.  I used my art glitter glue for adhering the sentiment ...
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Christmas Loaded Bags 2017

Christmas Loaded Bags 2017

Christmas Loaded Bags 2017 Christmas Loaded Bags 2017 - This is my first installment of Christmas Snail Mail Ideas using paper bags.  It's been awhile since I've made a loaded envelope.  If you've never heard of loaded envelopes, click here to watch this easy loaded envelope tutorial. I created this Christmas Loaded Bag for one of my YouTube channel subscribers.  In it she'll find useful items like Christmas Cards and envelopes, tags, die-cuts for her paper crafting, a metal-cutting-die and a couple of wands to pretty up her Christmas gift wrapping. List of Supplies I've used several different items in ...
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Halloween Card Making Ideas

Halloween Card Making Ideas

Halloween Card Making Ideas These Halloween Card Making Ideas were created using paper cutting dies from Spellbinders, Sizzix and Aliexpress. I made all my Halloween cards from scratch using white textured card stock (I prefer the textured card stock because it gives my cards a more upscale look and feel).  These handmade cards are A2 size, meaning they measure 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. This is pretty much your standard card size. To cut your card size, you cut your card stock to 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 then fold them right down the middle. Yes! It's that easy! Next ...
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Halloween Card Tutorials

Halloween Card Tutorials

Halloween Card Tutorials Here's the second entry to my Halloween Card Tutorials for 2017.  I just love Halloween! It marks the beginning of cooler weather, beautiful fall foliage and end of the year holidays!  And along with those holidays there is a lot of card making and gift exchanges! In my home we go all out for Halloween. We decorate our home, hold parties, and of course give out tons of candy! I made the following Halloween Cards using the Spellbinders Spooky Halloween Die Set from the Small Die of the Month Club.  Click here to get 15% Off your ...
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Hello and welcome to Decor8yourlife!

Through the years, Decor8yourlife has become more than a webmaster's paradise for me. It has developed into a passion for paper crafting.  In the early stages of my brand, I had a general picture of where I was headed. I first began with decorating articles and videos. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE to decorate! However, there was something major missing in the equation. The human factor.

As a webmaster, it's all too easy to get tunnel vision.  You're in a cubicle or office the major part of your day, without much interaction but maybe a phone call or email from a client.  But the majority of my day was pretty much pounding on the keyboard, generating codes, and testing and retesting, then testing once again.

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This is all fine and dandy if you enjoy the least amount of human interaction as possible; and a major perk is that you never have anyone breathing down your neck.  You're marching to the beat of your own drum.... it's fantastic really. But still.... very little of the human touch.

Given that my decorating articles and videos were getting attention but without much engagement in either venue, I really didn't have much to go on.  I would post a decorating video, soon enough it would reach over 2 or 3 thousand views. I even had a shabby chic video out there that went well over 35 thousand views. I've taken it down since, it was causing too much of a headache. People were stealing this video and then uploading it in their fly-by-night channels, monetizing as their own, etc. I found myself constantly having to deal with Google to take the other videos down for copyright infringement.  I just don't have the time to keep up with all that. So I did what the bible told me so. If my right arm.... then cut it off. (you know the saying)

For years I've had a curiosity over paper crafting.  Right up until the end of my decorating days, I had never really wondered into the paper crafting section at Hobby lobby.  It was always about the decor.  Little by little I'd venture deep into the store to see what all the fuss was about. I began to watch videos on YouTube.  One thing led to another and I landed on Graphic 45 Mini Albums! And the rest.... like they say.... is history!

I have a minuscule crafting channel on YouTube.  I say it's minuscule in comparison to the mega channels of 100k subscribers or more. Yup! I'm just a tiny fish in a huge pond! However, this tiny fish has so much to be thankful for! I've made a ton of friends. Over four thousand of them! I know. I know. To some they are just "subscribers" or "followers". To me, if someone thinks enough of me and my videos to sub to my channel and continue to come back for more... that's a friend! To me, if someone takes time out from their busy schedule to leave me a nice comment and click on the like button.... that's a friend!

I have gotten to know so many wonderful people, through the power of my crafting project shares and tutorials.  I feel truly blessed. I know that at any given point in my day, I can watch a two minute video, leave a comment or begin a conversation, and the person on the receiving end will comment right back. I love that! And some of my YouTube friends, have also become my facebook friends! And I mean actually friends. Not just people who "like" a facebook business page and you never get to hear from them.  They share events of their every day lives with me. They share their good times as well as their times of sorrow. And for this, I will be forever thankful.  These beautiful crafters who entrust their personal lives with me... it just fills my heart with joy to know there are so many loving folks out there!

I know I get pretty chatty sometimes; and boy can I talk your ear off! But in a nutshell, I just want to let you know that crafting is my passion and I will always have something to share with you.

Be sure to subscribe to our RSS Feed, YouTube Channel, Pinterest, Facebook Page, Twitter, and follow us on Instagram for some behind the scenes and "what's on my desk" posts.

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Thanks to the folks at Spellbinders, I had the privilege to attend this year's CHA 2017 Creativation Trade Show! I can't begin to tell you what a great honor this was!  I had the opportunity to meet and network with Spellbinders designers like Seth Apter, Debbie Adams, Becca Feeken and Tammy Tutterow.

I also had the opportunity to meet and talk to many industry giants like Heidi Swapp, Diane Shultz, Emma Lou and Frank Garcia.  I took tons of video and pictures; and I hope that you join me over at my YouTube channel so that you can view my CHA 2017 videos! Thanks for stopping by!

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