Draw Organizers DIY| Recycled Materials

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Organizing is a passion of mine and yet even this drawer always ends up a jumbled up mess. Over and over I have tidied it up but it never seems to last long. While there are drawer organizers you can purchase they tend to be pricey and never fully utilize all the purposes that you need them to. Instead of running off to the store and buying a drawer organizer to fit some of the stuff, I decided to try to make my own for free. Yes free!  All of the materials I used were old boxes that would have been thrown in the recycle bin and the tools were literally already in the drawer.

Materials:

  • Cardboard Boxes
  • A Pen
  • Scissors
  • Handheld Stapler or Tape

Step #1:

Take EVERYTHING out of the drawer and place items into categories. For instance all the batteries together, tools together or similar items such as binder clips, push pins, and paperclips together.

Step #2:

Find a base line, this will be the height of all of the boxes. For my base line I used the cornbread muffin box by simply cutting off one side.

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Step #3:

Now it is time to make the boxes. Figure out what the longest item of each category is, this will determine how large of a box to choose for each one. Brainstorm which boxes you will use for each item. At the beginning I knew the Saltines box would be used for the scissors since they were my largest item and it was my largest box on hand.

The overall goal is to create a functional system which means that the sections need to utilize space smartly and fit the overall dimensions of the drawer. What I mean by this is, if you simply create customized drawers to fit each item there will be free floating space which creates the same issues as before, mass clutter. So how do you accomplish this well? Go one at a time and place the boxes into the drawer. This will help you visualize how much access space each box may need.

Step 4:

For smaller items such as wire ties and locks, you may not be able to simply trim off the top of a box. So… how do you create your own, well that’s easy. Take an excess piece of cardboard, use another box to create the base height, I used tiny dots to create a guide.

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Cut out the guide and cut four slits at each corner. If you are duplicating a box simply place it inside and use it to help fold up the edges.

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Begin folding, start with the slits, fold upwards to create easy creases. Assemble the box hold up one of the lengths, now hold the two sliced sides up and fold them so they touch the length side. Now staple or tape them together. Repeat on the other side.

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At the end of your project you should have all the items inside their own divider boxes inside the drawer. You may choose to leave some items without a divider box (as shown below). The last few larger items were left out of a divider box for me simply due to the fact that they were large in combination with running out of large enough cardboard pieces.

It is completely up to you either to cover or not cover the boxes with some type of decorative paper. I decided not to as I did not mine with the cardboard look, however, if you want to step it up aesthetically try scrapbook paper, contact paper, or even paint. At the end of your project everything should have a place and without a doubt there will be no more messy drawers as it is a lot harder to create a mess when everything has a home.

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XOXO Faith

 

Cricut First Impressions| Week 1

During the holidays, I received a Cricut Explore Air 2, which still seems surreal. As a craft lover I thought it would be the perfect addition to bring me to the next level of crafting in 2020. Before I even knew I had one, I would watch endless playlists of Cricut tutorials, Cricut tips, and all of those time trap ones that keep you hooked, thinking the entire time how did they do that. Plus, they all make it look so easy so of course naturally I thought once I get mine it’ll be just as simple.

So… I wanted to share with you all what it is really like when you use a Cricut with only one week of experience. Is it really as easy as people make it out to be or is it more equated to those step drawing pictures that go from one line to two lines then all of sudden there is an entire portrait. Often times things do not get shared unless they are mastered and I was curious to know if this was one of those things, glamorized by social media.

The Unboxing

That first peek of the machine is so exciting, seriously, it is a beautiful machine. Plus, it was exciting to see what bits and things were actually in the box. Once I opened it up naturally I had to try out the sample project. The entire process was honestly a bit intimidating as everything is new, and the fact that the Cricut is pretty pricy made me a bit nervous as I did not want to screw it up. I’ll be frank, the first time was extremely frustrating, before even turning the thing on thoughts starting rushing in questioning what in the world have I got myself into. Let’s just say it was not as easy as 1,2,3 press go to set it up. Simply putting in the pen was a panic as it requires a lot of pressure and then a loud clicking sound is made. I thought I broke it in the first five minutes! Ha.

First Project High

After the first project was finished I felt excited as it makes you feel accomplished something but it didn’t take long for that to subside. Cricut sets up everything for the first project to make it in a way fool proof. Once you actually start creating in Design Space it is a learning curve. I went from ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, to this is IMPOSSIBLE, within a few days. Learning anything new is a challenge but this machine has felt more like a roller coaster. It did not take long for me to realize that I wanted to contribute to the Cricut youtube community by making videos of my actual experiences rather than uploading only project perfections. Click below to watch the first video in my upcoming Cricut series, this is all about my first impression using the machine for one week.

Coming soon… Beginner Tips & Tricks| Cricut

XOXO Faith

Christmas Budget

Costco Haul & Review-11

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year but they can also wear out your credit card. Don’t want to be greeted with a bill in the new year? Follow my guide to holiday shopping.

  1. Homework.

Yes, if you want to save money it will require some work and a little time. Don’t worry, I am not talking about making your gifts with things around the house. Create a list of every person you want to give a gift to. Figure out a specific dollar amount that is practical to spend overall, this will be the maximum amount of money you CAN afford to spend. Either divide up the budget evenly or create specific mini budgets for each person.

  1. The List.

Write down a wish list for each person or ask what each person on your list would like. No list? What are their interests, I’m sure you have some ideas.  Even if an item on the list is out of their assigned budget write it down.

  1. Prep Baby Prep.

Before jumping in the car and elbowing through the crowd, create a plan. Below is a sample list; I cannot tell you how many times I hear people complain that their coupon won’t load or their phone is about to die. It is not the checker’s problem, so don’t be that person. Save yourself the hassle, charge your phone and screenshot or print out any coupons that may apply. Also screenshot or print any competitor’s ads if you would like the store to do a price match. Check prices online, since often retailers have different prices in store. Most retailers will match their online price in store, simply show them the ad online with all the specs so they can identify that it is the exact item.

Item A _________ for ___________

Sold at: _________ $ ______

Sold at: _________ $ ______

Coupons offered: yes or no  *Screenshot or print out all coupons

Price Match: yes or no, _________ $ _______

  1. Trust Issues.

Be honest with yourself, if you have trouble overspending go to the bank and withdraw the exact amount you have budgeted to spend. Put the money in separate envelopes with each person’s name on it, place them in a cosmetic bag so that they will not get lost. If you spend less for someone make the decision to transfer to another person’s envelope or simply put the money aside then back into bank once all the Christmas shopping is done.

  1. Guilt Dollars.

People often feel guilty during the holidays for not spending their entire budget on presents, however, that is the wrong way to budget. The goal of budgeting is to not end up in debt and not to show up to the holiday party dressed as Wllly Wonka. If you were gifted something that you know someone else on your list would love, treat its retail value as money spent, often these gifts would tip the budget anyway. Do not feel as if you need to pile on more either. When using coupons there are two options  either use the retail price or the discount price. I sway back and forth on this one, there is no right or wrong approach. One thing that is a huge no, no is to over buy to compensate for any deals you’ve received on one person alone. This will make the gifts feel cheap.

  1. The Journal.

Buy a cheap notebook or use an e-notebook to chart the budget. This will help keep track of how much you are spending on who, where and what. All of the gift lists, notes on discounts and prices should all be in this one place. Although you are keeping a log once you purchase a gift place the receipt in a pouch, just in case it needs to be returned later on for whatever reason.

Happy holidays and shopping,

XOXO Faith

Unpaper Towels: DIY

It’s that time of year where blankets are near, the fire (heater) is roaring and everyone is crafting. If you are throwing a party and looking to be a bit more environmentally conscious try out unpaper towels this year. Yes, you can buy fancy linens or official unpaper towels from Etsy shop owners and alike cites, however, they can be pricey. For a fraction of the cost you can create your own before the online shops would be able to ship theirs to you, they are that easy to make.

Plan with Me: Mood Tracker

Not sure why it has taken me so long to produce planner content, I absolutely love them. The new trend has been the bullet journal which allows for optimal customization, however, you can also create that with other types of planners. My go to planner for the last couple of years has been the Happy Planner, I love being able to take out pages without ruining it. It also has the capability of customization just like the bullet journal since you can add pages to the binding. Some of the popular pages to customize in a bullet journal are the tracker pages due to the creative level that breaks away from the traditional check list.

For my first aesthetically pleasing tracker I focused on a mood tracker. Mental health and mood trackers are linked to reaching a level of beneficial growth. At a glance one is able to tell how the month went on an emotional level then you can dive into the weekly side of your journal to see what caused that emotional effect. It is therapeutic and engaging as it becomes a work of art rather than a boring chart.

This particular theme, Live Foxi, is geared toward this fall/ early winter season, however it can easily work for summer months as well. Follow along below in the time-lapse video of me creating this little guy. (=

 

Live Foxi Tutorial

 

Are you a planner addict too? Let me know in the comments. 

XOXO Faith

 

Budgeting 101| Freebie

Adulting always seems as if you’ll be jumping into this magical fairy tale where you get to paint the walls without permission. Then you get there and realize all the negatives that align with them such as figuring out how to afford all the paint.ha. I’ve learned a lot in a short window of time but budgeting has always been a part of me, it’s fun. A game you cannot afford to lose, quite literally.