Monday, November 24, 2014

The Ultimate Giving Guide for the Papercrafter


If you're like me the thoughts of "what am I going to get 'so and so' for Christmas?" started a few weeks ago. It seems from the end of October until Christmas Eve I'm plagued with that thought. Today I'm joining with a few other bloggers to help you answer that exact question. I'm helping you decide what to get for the Papercrafter in your life (maybe that's you). If that is you, maybe you'll find a few suggestions for Santa to leave under your tree. 
  1. Cricut Explore Electronic Cutting Machine * Oh I wish Santa would be leaving this under the tree for me! I saw this machine in action at the SNAP conference last Spring.
  2. Home+made Burlap Cardstock * I've used this on so many projects already! I LOVE it! I used it on my Thanksgiving Banner and in a process video.
  3. Envelope Punch Board * This just arrived on my doorstep a couple of days ago. I'm so excited to make envelopes with the huge stash of patterned paper that I have.
  4. Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Open Book Nesting Dies * That deer head silhouette and those script words are amazing!
  5. Pebbles From Me to You Roller Stamp  * I use this all the time. It makes a fun addition to titles and jouranling.
  6. Shimelle Slick Writers  * I need the grey, please. Okay, I really need the teal and coral too.
  7. me & my BIG ideas Pocket Pages Pocket Cards, Gratitude * I don't remember the last time I used a MAMBI project but these cards are adorable! They're on my wishlist.
  8. Shimelle Pow Gold Glitter Album (12x12)  * A POW glitter album?!?! Sign me up, FAST!
  9. Bella Blvd Christmas Cheer * I've used this collection over and over. I adore it. (it would make the most adorable December Daily album.)
  10. Gift Bag Punch Board * This too landed on my doorstep a few days ago. I'm planning on making LOTS of cute little gift bags for Christmas gifts.
  11. Martha Stewart Crafts Large Circle Cutter * My circle cutter is ancient. I'm hoping Santa will bring this new fancy one to me this year!
  12. Homemade Decorative Tape Numbers & Glitter  *
     I've already used 2 pkgs of this stuff. I LOVE it!
  13. Hazel & Ruby, Wrap it Up Paper Roll, Newsprint Floral  * I think this would make the most adorable background for a layout or for a ton of DIY projects. I'm even thinking of making delicate gift bags or envelopes with it. 
Hopefully, you can find something for that crafter on your list (or add a few things to your list). Thanks for stopping by today! I'll have more gift giving guides coming up! Make sure to sign up for my newsletter so you don't miss anything!







I've teamed up with 8 other bloggers to bring you the Ultimate Gift Guide Round Up! Click on image to get more details. Let the shopping begin!








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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Homemade Gain Scented Laundry Detergent

Over the years I've tried a few homemade laundry detergent recipes. I've used a few of them for a few months and then I go back to my old stand by, Gain. I simply love the smell. That's all there is to it. The homemade detergents cleaned our clothes, I never had a problem with them, I just liked the smell of Gain. Well, I recently found a way to get the best of both worlds. (Less expensive homemade detergent PLUS I get to have the smell of Gain too.
Here's what you'll need:
Homemade Gain Scented Laundry Soap by @jbckadams Easy Inexpensive Neighbor Gifts #homemadelaundrysoap #neighborgifts #Gainscented
 When I took the photos I forgot to put the box of baking soda in the photo. Don't forget to add it when you make your detergent.

* Ingredients:
Baking Soda (4lbs)
(2) Zote Soap Bar 14.1 Oz
OxiClean 1.3 Lb
Washing Soda
Borax Laundry Booster
(2) Gain Fireworks 13.2 Ounce  (optional)


You'll want to start by grating the 2 bars of Zote soap. I did make mistake while making my detergent. The good news about me making a mistake is that you won't have to make the same mistake. I started by cutting the soap into large chunks and putting them into my food processor. I went wrong by grating the soap with the large grater instead of the small one. You'll want to use the small one. (You'll see why in a minute.)
Homemade Gain Scented Laundry Soap by @jbckadams Easy Inexpensive Neighbor Gifts #homemadelaundrysoap #neighborgifts #Gainscented
 Here's both of the bars of soap into the tub ready to be mixed:
Homemade Gain Scented Laundry Soap by @jbckadams Easy Inexpensive Neighbor Gifts #homemadelaundrysoap #neighborgifts #Gainscented
Now comes the magical time when we're going to make this into Gain scented detergent. Dump both containers (or you can only use one) of the Gain fireworks into the food processor. (I was way too lazy to clean out the food processor twice, that's why there are a few pink streaks in there.)
Homemade Gain Scented Laundry Soap by @jbckadams Easy Inexpensive Neighbor Gifts #homemadelaundrysoap #neighborgifts #Gainscented
 This time you'll want to use the chopping blade. After about 2 minutes in the food processor your fireworks will look like this: (almost a powder but still a little bit chunky).
Homemade Gain Scented Laundry Soap by @jbckadams Easy Inexpensive Neighbor Gifts #homemadelaundrysoap #neighborgifts #Gainscented
Now, it's time to mix it all together.
Homemade Gain Scented Laundry Soap by @jbckadams Easy Inexpensive Neighbor Gifts #homemadelaundrysoap #neighborgifts #Gainscented
See all those huge chunks of pink...that's why you want to use the small grater, not the big one. We had to put this entire batch through the food processor (again) to get rid of the pink chunks. It wasn't a huge deal, just kind of a pain.

That's it! After you get it all mixed together it's ready to use. The best part is that you only need to use 1-2 Tablespoons (yes, tablespoons) per load. I've used it in my HE washing machine for weeks now and it works great!

I decided that I'm going to share my laundry soap with my neighbors as Christmas gifts. I found cute milk bottles at Target and I filled them with my homemade laundry soap. On the tag I'll add the directions for usage. I hope they'll like it. I'm always anxious to give a useable-practical gift, you can't get more practical than laundry soap. Here are a couple of different options I found for milk bottles in case your local target no longer has milk bottles. ( * Milk Bottles or  * Milk Bottles).
Homemade Gain Scented Laundry Soap by @jbckadams Easy Inexpensive Neighbor Gifts #homemadelaundrysoap #neighborgifts #Gainscented

The tag says: "Let our family help your family with a few loads of laundry this holiday season" Here's what I used to create the labels: * Pebbles Home for Christmas Chalkboard Envelope Seals and * American Crafts Kraft cardstock

* Ingredients:
Baking Soda (4lbs)
(2) Zote Soap Bar 14.1 Oz
OxiClean 1.3 Lb
Washing Soda
Borax Laundry Booster
(2) Gain Fireworks 13.2 Ounce  (optional)

I hope my neighbors will enjoy this very practical Christmas gift. I know I love it! What will you be giving your neighbors this holiday season?

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