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Before the days of digital photos, we saw a great deal of photo albums lined with images of those birthday parties, anniversaries, school plays and other special events. Today, we don’t have that as much with so many things done digitally. However, there is just something extra special about being able to hold an image that incites a memory in your hand. This is where scrapbooking comes in.

With scrapbooking, we can bring back the old handheld memories of an event or activity with photos, captions and other fun stuff. You can even use your digital photos and either print them from your home computer or have them printed off in a store or photography center. Digital photography even gives you the ability to edit and crop and more before you print them so your photos will always look their best.

Some examples of when you might preserve your memories with a scrapbook are:

  • Birthdays
  • Weddings
  • Graduations
  • School ceremonies
  • Anniversaries
  • Family trips and vacations
  • School events or kid activities
  • Sports’ events
  • Family get-togethers
  • Holidays
  • Babies, toddlers and child milestones
  • Anything special to your family

Now that you know more about how to preserve your memories with scrapbooking, all you need to do is begin gathering the right supplies to help you do your scrapbooking the right way. You can then keep these special memories in your family for many years to come. It can be great fun to sit around together and look at all of the old scrapbooks.

We sometimes talk about scrapbooking here on the blog and I’ve found a wonderful video about how to add titles to scrapbooks.

Gel candles can be a rewarding hobby and a great way to decorate your home or create handmade gifts that you can give to others. One of the reasons these candles are so popular to work with is because they come in a great variety of colors of gel wax. It’s fun to be able to pick your own fun colors and colors that match your existing décor. Another reason these gel candles are so popular is that the gel wax is cheap and easily found at many local hobby stores and online.

If you’re going to work with gel candles, however, there are some things you can learn that will make it easier for you to do so. You can do this as a craft project with kids or for any other get-together or event or just as a solo hobby and with these tips, it’s easier than ever.

Tips on working with gel candles:

  • If you add products to your candles, make sure they are “gel-safe”.
  • Use non-polar fragrances with your gel candles. Polar fragrances can bind with the wax and cause a safety/ fire issue.
  • Test the fragrance first if you are not sure if it is safe for use in the gel candles.
  • Gel wax is not really a wax at all; there is a material added to the gel to help it burn like a wax candle.
  • Make your candles in crack-resistant containers that can withstand heat of 200 degrees and more.
  • Gel wax candles are good for longer-burning candles (more than 10 hours)
  • If you’re using a low grade gel, you can use about 3% fragrance oil concentration.
  • Higher grade gel can take about 5% concentration.
  • Always have a clean, safe area to work on while making your candles.
  • Always follow all manufacturer’s instructions carefully and closely.

Now that you have these tips, you’re ready to start working today. There’s no better time than now to enjoy some homemade craft making. Gel candles make great home accessories or handmade gifts that you can share with most anyone you know.

Home Decor That’s Fun to Be Around!

Whimsical home decor offers something unexpected. Not only making a home more beautiful, home decor that implements whimsical elements will make a home more fun to be in. Discover the ways in which you can liven up your home decor with a few whimsical decorating ideas.

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There are many great ways for you to enjoy home décor and to play a part directly into the décor that you have in your home. One way to do this is to make your own home curtains. Adding curtains to a room is a quick and easy way to change the look of the entire room.

However, you may already know that curtains and other window coverings can be very expensive. When you add the hardware such as hooks and rods, you’re looking at even more expense. One way that you can save on some of the costs is my making your own home curtains. Another benefit to making your own curtains is that you can also be more specific about what they are and how they look. If you’ve ever had trouble finding the right curtains for a room in your home or finding the right colors also in the right size and style, then you will appreciate the control that comes with making them yourself.

It does not have to be that complicated to make your own home curtains. There are even patterns out there to help you and all you really need to do is buy the material and follow the pattern. It’s possible to make your own home curtains even if you have no prior experience with sewing or decorating.

Here are some steps to take to make your own home curtains:

  • Determine what kind of curtain will work best in the room. This can be based on the room and its current décor and also on your own personal tastes and preferences.
  • You should also choose something that you are capable of creating yourself so if you’re a beginning, you want to stick with designs that are fairly simple to sew. Move up to more elaborate designs if you have more capabilities with the sewing machine.
  • Choose the colors and design you want for the material.
  • Now pick the material itself. Overestimate slightly the sizing you need to allow for the hemlines and also for mistakes.
  • A correct size of material will be six inches longer than the bottom of the window and two times the width of the window.

Remember that there is no reason you should have to break the bank to decorate your home windows. With these tips and ideas, you can learn to make your own home curtains and save money while also having a direct impact on the décor of your home.

Give Your Home Decor the Illusion of Flight

Anti gravity home decor sounds impossible, but it isn’t. With a little imagination, you can give your home decor the illusion of flight. Just like that

scene in the movie Mary Poppins, you could be sipping tea in hovering armchair. And you don’t even have to buy new furniture to create the illusion of defying gravity. A few home decor tricks is all it takes to give your furniture a fantastic, anti gravity edge.

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