Growing through life creatively…

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A Pinterest a day keeps the summer boredom away…

My daughter and I have decided to “be productive” with her summer vacation this year.  Although I’m sure it will not happen EVERY day, we hope to pick a project or recipe that I’ve pinned on Pinterest and give it a go.  I’m sure my son will be roped into some of these adventures too.  We will post the “results” here!

Today’s project is the creation of the Summer Bucket List which I also hope will help keep the kids from driving themselves, each other and me crazy!

2013 Summer Bucket List

List made using Creative Memories digital scrapbook program Storybook Creator 4.0.

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Wedding Gratitude

The last few weeks have been a blur as we’ve made it through the end of school and the beginning of “wedding month” for my sister.  The good news is there have been lots of opportunities to be creative!

Here is a quick project my daughter and I did this afternoon.  We will be making something like this for my sister’s wedding and wanted to make her a sample.  She will be free to change shape, font, paper & colors.



Materials Used:

  • Cottage Garden paper by K&Company
  • White Shimmer Cardstock by Creative Memories
  • Brown Cardstock by Creative Memories
  • 5/8″ sheer ribbon

Cricut Cuts:

  • Scallop Circle (CM Stork’s Delivery) cut at 5″
  • Circle (CM Stork’s Delivery) cut at 4″
  • Sleigh Ride Font (CM ‘Tis the Season) cut at 3.3″

I love making banners.  Such a quick way to make something fun and feel a sense of accomplishment!


Onward and Upward Junior Girl Scouts

After 2 fun-filled years, it is time for my Junior Girl Scout troop to bridge over to being a Cadette.  I looked through the many options for bridging ceremonies and then adapted one to suit my needs.  Much of the wording came from a ceremony posted online by the Girl Scout’s of Wisconsin Southeast organization.  It was originally a candle ceremony, but with 18 girls in my troop that just feels like playing with way too much fire.  We were also planning to hold the ceremony outside which could be frustrating to deal with the wind.  You would need to adjust the distribution of speaking parts to the number of girls/leaders in your troop.

We had hoped to set up a better “rainbow bridge” but this was the best we could do with the wind.


Bridging Ceremony for Girl Scout Juniors

Leader #1:  The girls are now going to do a sand ceremony.  They will pour small amounts of different colors into a small jar that they can take home as a keepsake of the following important tenants of the Girl Scout Law:

Girl#1         I will do my best to be…

Girl #2        Purple represents being honest and fair

Girl #3        A Girl Scout works honestly and keeps her promise.  She is fair in all she does and to all those she meets.

Girl #4        Blue represents being friendly and helpful.

Girl #5        A Girl Scout is amiable and loyal to her friends.  She helps others wherever and whenever she can.

Girl #6        Green represents considerate and caring.

Girl #7        A Girl Scout works well with others and looks out for the well-being of those around her.

Girl #8        Orange represents courageous and strong.

Girl #9        A Girl Scout attempts new tasks and braves new endeavors.  She is confident and self-assured in her actions.

Girl #10      Red represents being responsible for what I say and do.

Girl #11      A Girl Scout readily admits her strengths and weaknesses and is aware of the consequences of her actions.

Girl #12      Yellow represents respect for myself and others.

Girl #13      A Girl Scout acts with integrity.  She directs her thoughts and deeds to encompass her own beliefs and to be sensitive to those around her.

Leader #1   Although we are out of colors of the rainbow, Girl Scouts have additional attributes that we would like to share.

Girl #14      A Girl Scout respects authority.

Girl #15      She understands the sense of regard for another’s position.

Girl #16      A Girl Scout uses resources wisely.

Girl #17      She uses her materials, money, time, and energy with care as not to waste the Earth or her own resources.

Girl #18      A Girl Scout makes the world a better place.

Leader #2   She strives to clean, conserve and enrich the world around her.

Leader #1   She believes it is important to leave a place better than she found it.

Leader #2   And last, but certainly not least, a Girl Scout should always…

All               Be a sister to every Girl Scout.


Materials Used:

  • Craft Sand in Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Purple
  • Small glass jars with lids (These are actually wedding favor jars from Party City)
  • Sharpie (to put names on the bottom BEFORE you fill them)
  • Funnels
  • Plastic Spoons


Test your jars out ahead of time to see how much they hold.  You can do this by seeing how many spoon fulls of the same color it takes to fill the jar.  Use the same color so that the sand can be dumped back and reused.  Depending on the size of your jar, your needs will vary.  I was able to advise the girls that they could use 2 level spoons of each color to get the desired amount to fill the bottle.  They had a lot of fun making these and had a nice little reminder of the exciting step they were taking in Scouting!