Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Breastfeeding Project + Coupon Code + Giveaway

We've all seen the #normalizebreastfeeding movement and whether you are passionately involved or totally sick of hearing about it, it is everywhere.  We've also all seen the phrase "breast is best" and it seems that breastfeeding and nursing are at the top of everyone's conversations these days.  I happen to be one of those insanely passionate about breastfeeding people (yea... sorry to all my facebook friends who get the grunt of that) but here's the thing:  I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.  I don't want to make you feel bad or put stress on you because mama, you have enough stress from everywhere else in society.  Here's the other thing, almost everyone can successfully breastfeed and I want YOU to succeed.

That can't be true, right?  We know so many people who weren't able to breastfeed.  Well, that is true but not for the reasons you think.  My favorite example to explain what I mean is this:  I have come across several women who have mentioned having trouble keeping their supply up, that they suddenly started to dry up, etc.  In talking with them I ask if they are eating peppermint.  Peppermint is used to dry up your milk supply.  On multiple occasions these mothers have said "oh my gosh, yes!  I didn't know that!"  The only reason I know is because I was blessed with a brilliant lactation consultant who was a wealth of knowledge and I wanted to be a sponge for the information.  Most nursing mothers don't know this because no one has bothered to tell them  (There are other foods to avoid as well, such as sage)  There are also "tips and tricks" to help with latch, letdown and supply that your local lactation consultant could help you with.  Please know that if you were unable to nurse before, it's not your fault and (except in a few cases) it's not your body's fault.  YOU ARE ENOUGH and your body is AMAZING.  That being said, there are situations where you have to adapt (pump instead of nurse, etc) or sometimes it really just doesn't work (I knew a woman that tried everything and wanted it so badly and just couldn't even though she had no trouble with her other children).  That's just bad luck of the draw.  Most of you reading this are not in that category though so please reach out if you want to succeed.  It takes work sometimes but it's worth it.

There are also foods that will increase your supply like water, oats (old fashioned is best- try to steer clear from instant) brewer's yeast, fenugreek and "mothers tea" just to name a few.

{Photo via www.gluten.org}

Sorry, I'll get to my point here...
Because I am so passionate about breastfeeding I jumped at the chance to participate in a project that was being done to really normalize the everyday aspects of breastfeeding.  I'll let you in on a secret.  We don't all look like beautiful models while we nurse.  No, I've never stood nursing in the middle of a sun glistened woods, holding my perfectly content baby while a baby deer brought me a burp cloth.  (Although I will admit, those nursing photos in the woods are pretty cool!)  Usually I haven't showered, my hair is every which direction and my toddler is stretching out my favorite v-neck top while crying "mommy moo, MOMMY MOOOOOO!" (that's what we call it in our house, don't judge)

For this project, Erica from Capturing Memories With Erica teamed up with the North Central Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition to present a photo book to anyone who was interested but also to set in places like doctor's offices, lactation offices or the local WIC office.  Here's what Erica had to say about the project:

Whether you are currently pregnant, plan to be pregnant at some point, nursing with difficulty or successfully nursing, this post is for you.  I want you to hear a few real stories from real people about breastfeeding because every mama is different, every baby is different and every story is different.  The women in this post were others who participated in the project and gave me permission to share their story.

This mama is a makeup artist and mother to three sweet kiddos (two girls and a boy).

{This is one of my favorite photos from the project.  The three of them are so beautiful!}

Samantha's Story:
"My breastfeeding journey started about seven and a half years ago when I had my son. I had known my whole life that my mom had breastfed both myself and my younger sister. In fact, neither of us had food until we were 1. I never really made the decision to breastfeed, it was just ingrained in me that when you have a baby that's how you feed it. With the support of my mother, we made it almost an entire year of breastfeeding while I worked a full time job. We had our struggles -I got mastitis 1 month in- but it was totally worth it. It was incredibly satisfying to see a baby grow and thrive on something my body was making! Five years ago I had my beautiful daughter. The "breast is best" movement was dying down and people were staging nurse-ins all over our state (FL). Stores were shaming breastfeeding mothers everywhere and it was worse the older your baby was. We made our own decisions about what was right for us and she breastfed till the age of 2. We are now 6 months into our breastfeeding journey with our third and final baby. We participate in all we can to help #normalizebreastfeeding. Even with all the experience I've had feeding my other 2, we still have struggles. I've had mastitis and thrush to add a few bumps in the road, but I couldn't imagine life any other way. Knowing I have provided food for 3 sweet babies has been amazing and something I'm really proud of! Things can be difficult sometimes, but we keep trying!" 

This mama is a dance & yoga instructor who had two very different experiences nursing her children.

Okay y'all, don't be fooled by the first sentence of Brittani's story, this mama had some serious struggled in her breastfeeding journey.  Trust me, it's worth the read...

Brittani's Story:
"I had the perfect breastfeeding experience with my son. From day one, he was an absolute textbook nurser. He latched perfectly, ate well, did everything right. I never once experienced pain, chaffing, bleeding, or even had sore nipples. He went from breast to paci to bottle and back with no issues. We nursed for 15 months, when he weaned himself. It was wonderful. I loved every minute of it. It was a beautiful bond. 

Since we had such a great first experience, I had mixed feelings about what to expect with our second. I went back and forth between, 'omg, he was so great, what if the next one isn't as easy?' And 'oh, I'm a nursing pro! We've got this, I'm not worried at all!' Wellllll, it was not AT ALL like the first experience. My beautiful, STUBBORN little daughter came out and became a lazy eater. Not at first! Our first feeding went well! She latched fine and all was well. Now my first few days are kind of blurry due to pain meds from the c-section, so I don't remember when night the nurse came in and told me she had lost more than 10% of her weight and wanted to know if they wanted me to just give her formula in a bottle. It would be ok since she took a paci. ???? I wasn't aware she took a paci.... Ok...it's 2am, I'm so tired and hopped up on pain meds....sure I said. Well there is when it all went downhill!! She started to have trouble at the breast. The nurses would come in and shove her head on it, which is normal, but I could tell even then, that wasn't going to work for her. She would lunge back and scream! We would both cry and cry at ever feeding. She hated, and still hates to be contained and held down. Later, a few different LCs told me she was basically traumatized at the breast. She started to refuse it completely. Even before I tried to get her to latch, just the general motion of getting her close would set her off. She started loving bottles and became a lazy eater and refused to work for it. She started losing more weight. She got re-admitted to the hospital at 6 days old for failure to thrive. While there, she had blood drawn and an upper GI done. Through all of these issues, she was also spitting up profusely. Normally, reflux doesn't show up until about 2 weeks, so we were worried. I cannot even begin to describe to you how badly she would throw up. It would shoot halfway across the room. We would use a full size beach towel at every feeding. She ended up having her blood drawn 5 times, an upper GI, a liver ultrasound and a lower abdomen X-ray, all before she was 2.5 months old. She was sent to Riley for it and they put her in reglan and Zantac. Since she would latch anymore, I had to start pumping after every feeding, to supply milk for the next feeding. I still offered the breast at every feeding, which she would refuse. So my husband would take my pumped milk in a syringe with active at the end. He would hold the syringe at my nipple and I would put her to it. He would squirt done milk as I would try to latch her, to entice her to latch. It would take us 45 minutes-1.5 hours to do one feeding together. We did this for about 7 weeks before she finally started to latch on her own. She still hated it and would not latch every time. We struggled for about 3 months before we were finally exclusively breastfeeding with no bottles. She finally grew out of her relax at around 6 months. Now, she is a cluster feeder who will not take a bottle or a sippy cup! All breast all the way! This second round of breastfeeding was literally the HARDEST thing I have ever done in my life. There were so many tears. On top of everything else, she would literally cry for 8 hours on end. Nothing would stop her. So many times I wanted to give up. So many people would say, just pump and give her a bottle. But it wasnt the same. I had a primal need to nurse her. And with the support of my husband, we got through it! She is now almost 11 months and I love nursing her. I'm so proud of myself for overcoming that. It was the roughest few months of my life."

{Because doing the splits isn't hard enough, she added nursing!  Love it!}

This mama not only cherishes the bond that nursing her daughter creates but even views breastfeeding as an act of worship!  That might be my favorite response ever!  I love this mamas perspective and love!

Maria answered a few specific questions I had, read on to see her responses!

1. How long did you nurse your child(ren)? Sarina is 16 months old and still nursing with no end in sight. Being a full-time working mom, I do enjoy snuggling close with her after work. I do plan on going until she wants to stop or if I get pregnant again... not that it seems like Sarina wants that to happen anytime soon haha. 

2. What is your favorite thing about breastfeeding? I like the snuggles but I really like the feeling of being able to help her feel better through nursing when she feels sick, and knowing that it is helping her in the long run, and myself. My grandmother passed away from breast cancer before I was even born, and I hope by breastfeeding, I am cutting my chances of getting cancer. Breastfeeding is also a recommended act in my religion, Islam, which encourages mothers to breastfeed kids until they are about 2.5 years old, so it is also nice to know that while I may not have as much time to devout to  traditional worship bc of baby business, this act of nurturing also counts as worship for me. 

3. What is your least favorite thing about breastfeeding? I don't know if it is because I am away from Sarina all day, but she makes up for by waking up to nurse pretty much all night. I don't mind it too much but it would be nice to be able to take a nice warm bath without having to hear for her waking up throughout the night! 

4. Any nursing advice for moms just starting out? It gets easier! At week three I was ready to give up because it was hurting and I thought it was normal to hurt. One I got the latch right, it was magic and became no big deal. But it couldn't have happened without my husband's support, and my cousin who is a super breastfeeding advocate and educator. I was able to text her and call her anytime with any questions or concerns and she helped out. That kind of help is what can help everyone be more successful with breastfeeding because it isn't as easy it looks in the beginning.

{This is my other favorite photo of her because it includes dad too!  There is nothing better than when the whole family is supportive.}

This mama knows that babies don't always get hungry when you are at home sitting down and proves that the words "mom" and "hard work" go hand in hand!

Renell's Story:
"Being in the barn around animals has always been a place of comfort for me. I grew up the youngest of five on a grain and livestock farm. Now that I have children I wanted to be provide them with the same comfort that I had growing up. Even though it is our older children that own and show the livestock, it is truly a family affair. We spend hours in the barn, feeding, washing, and working with the animals. Deacon is extremely comfortable and used to being in the barn and being around animals. It only seemed natural that we incorporate that into the photo shoot. It is my hope that it empowers other moms to nurse their babies anywhere they are. Additionally, it is so nice to not have to deal with the hassle of worrying about a bottle. The inconvenience of stopping what I'm doing to mix a bottle or warm up a bottle is something that just doesn't fit into the show day schedule. It truly is a meal on the go! We also don't have to worry about bottle sanitation when we're in the barn or at a show. Both of those places can be dusty and dirty; no need to worry about whether the bottle that would be going into Deacons mouth is clean or not. We are so fortunate to have this opportunity, and we wouldn't have it any other way!"

{This photo makes me exceptionally happy because my own babe likes to play with my hair too!}

{My Story}

I know this post is getting long, so I will keep my story as brief as I can.  I went into breastfeeding with the perspective that it was not about "trying" but that I was going to breastfeed by any means necessary.  I know the amazing powers of human milk and I wasn't about to miss that opportunity.  I will admit, my baby was and is the ideal nursing child (so this goal was not difficult for me to achieve).  I realize that I am lucky in that he immediately latched on within minutes of birth, that he ate well (as a matter of fact, he was a gulper!  I had a fast letdown and he was up for the challenge.  I actually had to figure out ways to slow it a little).  However, I have also worked hard to keep up with nursing a now 19 month old.  I have cut out foods that will harm my milk supply.  I haven't eaten peppermint in a year and a half (and it's my FAVORITE Christmas ice-cream!) and have altered my diet on numerous occasions trying to figure out the cause of my son's skin sensitivity (milk protein is not as easy thing to avoid!)  I've also worked hard to pump more than my son needs so that I could donate to premature babies in need.  I could have had less time attached to the pump (which is the devil, really) but over a year later I have been blessed to be able to donate over 18 gallons of milk (and yes, I am proud that we were able to do this!)

{Little man is really the ones who donates it... it is his milk after all}

Sometimes I really just want to finish my own meal before my toddler rips down my shirt for a drink.  Sometimes I think it would be easier now that he's a toddler to be able to just give him another snack instead of when he desires breastmilk.  Sometimes I would like to go an entire day (when away from him) without having to pump because I'll either (A) get too full and need to pump and/or (B) feel like I need to pump so my supply doesn't dry up.  Sometimes he accidentally bites and that seemingly tiny cut makes me grit my teeth to keep from screaming out every time he nurses until it heals.  But more often that those "sometimes" I still feel my heart both melting and expanding while I cuddle my sweet baby while he nurses.  I am still amazed at the power of breastmilk in keeping my baby healthy and in bringing him comfort through nursing when he feels sick.  I love that my body not only created this tiny human but continues to nourish him as he grows into a curious, fearless and absolutely joyful toddler.  All the times I am tired, feeling "touched-out" or just want a minute to myself melt away the moment my son latches on and looks up at me with those big brown eyes.  At that moment, it's worth every single minute of it.  I will continue to let him nurse until he is ready to stop and no one can tell me otherwise.

{About Manny & the Breastfeeding Coalition}
Manny is not only one of the moms in the book, but she is involved in running the online portion of the North Central Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition and works for the local WIC program. She became involved a little over a year ago and realized that people don't know it exists because there was little to no online presence. She thought this was important and began thinking up this project. "I noticed online that images of breastfeeding evoked a conversation, it wasn’t always what we breastfeeding moms wanted to hear, but it was definitely a conversation starter. I also knew how powerful those images could be in influencing the minds of young mothers. I knew that if other photographers were able to start a conversation, that we could at least draw attention to the coalition with one."

Manny realizes the implications a book like this could have on other mothers:
"I see the difference that the images can make for mother’s deciding how they want to feed their babies. Many often don’t know the laws and assume they have to cover up, or there are restrictions on where they can feed their babies. Seeing the images of other mothers breastfeeding everywhere, can help them realize that they can too. Other mothers, just like them can breastfeed and work, can breastfeed and shop, can breastfeed and farm and more. We wanted the book to show the public that the coalition existed and hopefully that any mother can breastfeed anywhere."

{That's Manny nursing her own daughter! How precious!}

Interested in helping?

I'll be honest- I didn't realize there was a "Go Fund Me" page for this project (I must have been chasing down my little guy when they talked about it at the Mother's Day tea!) However, I love the idea of raising money to help put these books in local OB offices where mothers and soon-to-be moms will see them. Check out the Go Fund Me page to read more about their goals and donate. Whether you had an awesome breastfeeding experience, wished you had more support and encouragement on your journey or are thinking of breastfeeding in the future, if you have the extra funds and are looking for a good cause, this is it.

 {My son LOVES looking through the book from this project!}

Okay, here's a little something for you too!

As you may have seen in my photos above, I looooove wearing teething necklaces while nursing. They give babe something else to grab while nursing (instead of your hair... or mouth... or whatever!) My favorite teething necklace shop Sugarplum Collection has offered EVERY ONE OF YOU 15% off your purchase when you use my code. Check out my review on them and get the online code here!

Want more?

My mom and I run our own small business Chubby Bunny, Happy Home that creates items for your little ones and home. Our focus is primarily on babies and toddlers. Although we don't usually make reusable nursing pads, we do have a lot of "spare" fabric from our other projects and are always looking for ways to help mamas and encourage breastfeeding. Because of this, we want to offer a pack of 12 reusable nursing pads (6 pairs) to one lucky winner. Prize will include 6 different patterns and will be shipped free to the winner. Open to US residents. Just enter using the widget below (Hint: the instagram option is worth 5 entries, so make sure to do that one!)

Happy Crafting Nursing,
Kelsie Ann

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sugarplum Collection Teething Necklace Review + Coupon Code!

Mamas oh mamas, do I have a treat for you today.  As you may know, I review products on Fridays and those products have ranged from items for yourself, baby, to craft with or just to make life easier. Today I am reviewing a product that I use almost ever single day and it has a double purpose- it's stylish for me and it's useful for my son (in several ways).  It's like the swiss-army knife of motherhood fashion.

[Disclaimer:  I have received free product in exchange for a review.  I am in no way obligated to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.]

{Photo via Sugarplum Collection}

Sugarplum Collection Silicone Teething Necklace
Over a year ago I was introduced to the idea of using a teething necklace.  My son would grab a hold of my hair while he was nursing and boy did that little guy have some strength behind that YANK!  My mother in law bought me a few teething necklaces for him to grab instead and ever since then I was hooked.

Did you realized they could be used that way?  It's true... despite the name, they aren't just useful for teething.  Almost every breastfeeding mom I have talked to says that their child grabs at something while they nurse.

{Apparently they are fun to pull on even when not nursing!}

How do Sugarplum Collection's necklace stand out above the rest in this area?
Shop owners Brittany and Diana have a variety of sizes and shapes for you to choose from when creating or purchasing a necklace.  I have the "Neutral Beige" design and I love that it has 3 different sizes of round silicone beads plus more hexagon silicone beads as well.  The variety of shapes and sizes keeps little hands busy and occupied.  They also come with a nylon cord with breakaway clasp which is nice because if babe decides to pull really hard, the necklace pops off without strangling you first!  I have an older teething necklace (different brand) that has such a loose clasp that it comes off every time I pick up my son and it gets pinched between us.  As odd as it sounds, I was happy that Sugarplum Collection's clasp is strong enough to hold up through daily wear and play yet still pops off when it needs to.

So... are they good for teething too?
You bet they are! The silicone beads are firm yet give just a little so that they cushion babe's teeth when they are hurting.  On the necklace I have, the range of bead sizes and shapes offer a variety of pieces for my son to chew on so that he can find the one that soothes him best at that moment. It's the perfect teething product because it's always with me and I don't have to dig through the diaper bag to find it!

{Getting my son's hair cut and the necklace is right within his reach- no digging around trying to find something to keep him occupied}

A lot of people don't realize this, but the teething necklaces need to be 3rd party tested to meet CPSC safety requirements. Sugarplum Collection's components and finished design are 3rd party tested. That means they have certificates proving that the components are in fact free from harmful chemicals and that the designs meet safety requirements as well.

What does all that mean?  It means that the materials are safe for your baby to put in their mouth!  As I mentioned above, they are also made with a nylon cording and I have never worried about the beads falling off or coming loose.  Not all materials are created equally, so go with a certified company such as this one to keep your baby safe.

They look great too!
Sure, style isn't quite as important as your child's safety but if you can "have it all" why not?  I found Sugarplum Collection while searching etsy for a specific color scheme.  I really wanted something that had a creamy theme to it with a touch of pink.  When I found one with the hexagon bead I was IN LOVE. This necklace is everything I was looking for.  It looks great with so many of my outfits, but I really like it with whites, cremes and dark grey too!

So if you've got a little one that nurses, is teething or if you just want a stylish necklace that your babe can tug on without worrying about broken jewelry or choking hazards these are a MUST HAVE.  Sugarplum Collection has so many colors, bead shapes and designs in their necklaces (even different color options for the nylon cord) that you are sure to find one you have to have.  Here are just a few from their etsy shop:

...and this one is my other favorite.  I think I'll be making another purchase to this shop again!

Here's the special treat for EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.
Instead of hosting a giveaway where there is only one winner, Sugarplum Collection has offered to give everyone who uses the code "KELSIE" at checkout 15% off!  Make sure you place the order through their website  www.thesugarplumcollection.com for the code to work!  How awesome is that?

To keep up on new products, get future deals and to give them some love, don't forget to "like" them on Facebook and "follow" them on Instagram!  (Psst... they don't just have teething necklaces, they have shoes, bows, suspenders and more accessories for your little one).  Check out their website to take a look around.  I was so surprised by all they had!

Thanks for stopping by.  Which design is your favorite?

Happy Crafting,
Kelsie Ann

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

DIY Reminder Board {Dry Erase} in minutes!

Show of hands- how many of you have things going on during the day that differs from the person living in the same house as you?  I'm guessing about everyone is raising their hand right now.  In our home we have events that everyone goes to (like small group or family gatherings) but we also have times when one of us is doing something without the other (my husband is a track coach and in the spring he often has meets that run past dinner time or even bedtime).  Being a busy mom- or just a busy human being in general- has scattered my brain and even if my husband says "I won't be home for supper" before leaving for work, I still have to send him an e-mail at 2 PM asking if I need to make supper.

Please tell me I'm not the only one here?  If you're scatterbrained like me, first- know that's it's okay and that I understand you.  We're in this together.  Second- I have a solution for you.  Better yet?  It's super fast, easy and cheap to make!

Here's what you need:

- Frame with glass (I opted for a larger frame because I wanted room to write extra "notes" but any size will do)  Check out the dollar store or Goodwill for cheap frames!

- Scrapbook paper

- (optional) stickers for titles, days or anything you want to always be on the board.

- Dry erase marker

It's so easy to make...

Remove any papers or photos that are inside of your frame.  Cut your scrapbook paper down to size so that it will fit inside the frame.

Add any stickers that you might have wanted to include.  If you have a cutting machine, you can also cut letters out "mirrored" so that they can stick directly to the inside of the glass instead of the paper.  To do this, simply type your text and then flip horizontally" before cutting.  I chose to do this for one reason only- I can swap out the paper quickly and easily whenever I want a fresh look!

{Font used here is bromello - one of my favorites!}

That's it!  
Put it together and write on it with your dry erase marker.  I made ours so that we can circle the day and then write our notes on it.  I don't really need to know what is going on, I just need to know if I'm responsible for family supper, if I need to be somewhere and if I need to hold off bedtime a few minutes so that my husband can say goodnight to our son.

The possibilities are endless!
Don't need a reminder board?  Use it to write quick notes to yourself or each other...

...or use it to plan out your meals for the day (I wish I was this organized.  More like "uhh what do we have in the refrigerator?"

Do you need one of these for your home?  It only takes a few minutes so don't wait- go make one now!

Happy Crafting,
Kelsie Ann

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Washi Tape projects + $25 Giveaway!

Did you see my post on Wednesday about washi tape?  I've just dipped my foot into the world of washi tape and I am hooked!  There are hundreds of uses for the stuff whether for scrapbooking, crafts, even home decor!  I shared with you my first couple of projects and today I want to share two more and give you a chance to win a bunch of washi of your own!

[Disclosure: I have received free product from Chickydoddle in exchange for a product review.  I am in no way obligated to write a positive review and all opinions and statements are my own.]

As I mentioned in my last post, in my hunt for the perfect washi prints I stumbled upon an etsy shop called Chickydoddle.  She has some really cute prints at good prices!  I asked her if she was interested in collaborating with Cut, Craft, Create and she has been a pleasure to work with.  Since getting my prints I have seen some new designs pop up in her shop that I *love* so I'll be buying from her shop again soon!

Here's why I like her shop:

1. She has a great selection of washi tapes, paper tapes, stickers, tags, labels, seals, twine, stamps & ink, bags & boxes, envelopes & paper and more embellishments.  Whew.... boy is that a list.  I've never used paper tape before so maybe that will be my next adventure!

2. The shop's motto is "heart first, business second".  On her etsy page she explains what this means: "The mission of my business is to generate a reasonable profit while helping schools and non-profit organizations in need. I donate a portion of my shop's proceeds every year."  How cool is that?  I will always support a business that tries to make the world a better place.

3. She has wonderful customer service.  Because of our back and forth with all the details involved in a collaboration, I was missing one of the prints I was hoping to review.  Winnie- the shop owner mailed me that print the very next day for no charge.  She also let me bundle some other items I wanted to purchase together to save me the shipping charge.  She really went above and beyond in the customer service department.

4. She can make custom stickers, labels and washi tape! Think weddings, special occasions or business supplies.  I wish I would have known about this for our wedding but maybe we can get some items made for our business someday.  The washi tape requires a larger investment (you get a LOT of it in an order) but the stickers and labels can be made in smaller quantities.

5.  The quality is very nice.  I've never used washi tape before but of the ones I tried from this shop, they are great!  The tape is thin and can be molded around pretty much anything without bunching up but is strong enough that it doesn't rip while you are trying to use it.  Each roll comes with enough tape to do several projects, even larger ones so you get a lot of "bang for your buck".  Overall I am very happy with it.

So here's what I made with the washi tape I tried:

Of course, I had to use it in a scrapbook layout.  Using the Numers/Ruler design, I was able to include a date on my page.  This design has numbers 1-16 on it so it can't be used for all dates but I love this idea!

This same print can be used for functionality as well!  I stuck it down on the desk in front of my sewing machine and on top of my scrapbook station for a quick reference.  This way I don't always have to go get my ruler to double check the size of something I'm working on.

Who knew it could be used this way?  

I also used it to add an extra touch to the bookshelves in my son's nursery.  For this I used the Red, Teal & Brown Magazine Article tape because it has a clear background and the magazine print fits perfectly with all the books sitting on the shelf!

This was it before:

...and after...

Neat huh?

If you want to see details about the other projects I made, check out my most recent post.

Okay now, want to win your own?  Chickydoddle has offered to give one lucky winner a box of washi tape worth $25!  That's a lot of washi tape to create all sorts of fun projects with!  Entering is easy and open to US residents.  Good luck!

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Happy Crafting,
Kelsie Ann