15 Summer Beauty Must Haves & Makeup Steals

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Summer is almost here! (Can I hear a collective sigh of relief!?!?!) And with summer, comes the drastic (albeit welcome) change in weather, trends, and colors. And as such our makeup routines also change so drastically! For me, the change in weather and makeup is a fun and much needed one! Summer brings all the beautiful bronzes and brights to the forefront, along with that carefree light hair and makeup that go along with the hot summer days!! So in the spirit of all things summery, I bring you an article devoted to the best products that will help you look your best during the hot summer months~!!!

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30 Simple, Creative, Handmade Projects and Gifts – Part Three

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How is everyone doing today??? Hopefully this article finds everyone in both good spirits, as well as, good health~!!! Its definitely been a bad cold and flu season, and being cooped up in my house inspires me to MAKE things~!!! Does it ever have that affect on you??? Yes, I’ve been getting the “I need to get crafty” itch!!! ;)

That brings us to today’s Part 3 in the 30 Simple, Creative, Handmade Projects and Gifts~!!! Bringing you a little bit of everything – jewelry, body products, home decor, fashion and scrapbooking DIY projects~!! Definitely something for everyone here!!! If you haven’t seen the first two parts to this series, you can check out Part 1 and Part 2 – with LOTS more inspiration and wonderful ideas!

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30 Simple, Creative, Handmade Projects and Gifts – Part Two

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Welcome to Part Two, in our Creative, Handmade Projects and Gifts series~!!! Bringing you more simple, easy and fun ideas for everything from gifts for family and/or teachers, home decor, scrapbooking, jewelry and more~!!! I don’t know about you, but I”m always looking for new and fresh ideas in the creative department, to not only make gifts for family but also for myself! ;)

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30 Simple, Creative, Handmade Projects and Gifts – Part One

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How many of you make gifts for people for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, etc? Or I should ask, how many of you have ever thought about doing that? But maybe didn’t know where to start, or what to make etc? Or thought about making hand-crafted items to supplement your income from time to time? Maybe you have a party coming up and you’d like to make some of the decor or favors? Looking for ideas for Teacher’s gifts???  I have all these ideas and MORE, nicely assembled for you to peruse and get inspired!

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How I Started Digital Scrapbooking

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I started like everyone else doing the traditional paper scrapbooking, but after having my second child found it hard to find the time. And when my little one was down for a nap, I’d race around trying to get all my scrapbooking supplies laid out on the table, only to hear my little one wake up only minutes after I’d just begun scrapbooking. After a couple of tries, I realized this was going to be put on hold indefinitely. That is, until I discovered Digital Scrapooking.

I started digital scrapping in 2002, before there was very many resources out there for us Digital Scrapbookers. But there were a couple websites, and I’d purchased a program so I started playing around. I found out how much easier it was to digital scrapbook vs regular scrapbooking. If I didn’t like the size of a paper/embellishment/flower etc – all I had to do was re-size it, or even delete it. No harm done, no paper or money wasted! I loved the freedom it gave me – if you could dream it, you could do it! And I was HOOKED!

Fast forward to the present and now there are SO many websites where you can download digital scrapbook freebies and/or buy digital kits from designers. The digital scrapbook community has grown tremendously and the resources available are endless! In some ways, I feel as though I’ve come full circle, now that I’ve started doing Hybrid Scrapbooking (Cross between Digital and Paper Scrapbooking). Creating projects/albums using mediums from both worlds.  Its fun and doing the Hybrid Scrapping it gives the dimensional look you don’t have as much in Digital Scrapbooking alone. (Although with a good program such as Photoshop – your digital projects can look almost as dimensional as the paper scrapping counterparts!)

In future articles, I’ll share more on the topic of hybrid scrapping, as well as some of my fave digital designers, fave places to download digital freebies, different programs, techniques and much, MUCH more~! So stay tuned~!