Ginger Snap Crafts: August 2011

{wow me} wednesday #14

Welcome to {wow me} wednesday #14!
September is Back to School month
here at Ginger Snap Crafts! Yeah!
 So make sure you follow along for some great tips & tricks!
I’m having a Back to School link up party that will be open all month long.
So if you have any back to school ideas please link them up {HERE}.
Tonight’s party is for all of your other latest & greatest projects & ideas!
Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!
Last week’s most viewed link was this
by A Step in the Journey
Check out all of the little touches.
Love it.
{Makes me want to start on my own master bedroom makeover!}
I’ll be featuring some more of your fabulous link ups
at {take a look at you} on Thursday.
So make sure you check back to see
if it was YOU who made me say {wow}.
Now it’s time for the PaRtY!
The rules are simple.
Follow Ginger Snap Crafts.
{Please grab a button or add a link somewhere on your blog.}
Link up something YOU
have made, done, whipped up or created.
{Please no etsy shops, giveaways or advertisements.}
Link up to your post, not your main blog.
Visit some of the other links.
Leave comments, make new friends
& most of all have fun!
Ginger Snaps

no whining pleez {free shipping CODE}

Traci from No Whining Pleez is having a HUGE sale!

Baby Blanket Chenille Patchwork Quilt

$2 off all blankets

Chenille Baby Blanket-- Butterfly Floral-- SALE

$1 off all burp cloths

Chenille Burp Cloths Trio--Kiwi Baby--  SAle

and buy 3 get one FREE on all her Christmas Stockings!

Blue Elf Stocking  pick one either stripe or dot

{Aren’t they cute???!!!!}

Personlized Stocking--Ecospun Felt

It gets even better!

Traci is offering Ginger Snap Crafts readers FREE SHIPPING!!! {Wahooey!}

Use the code REWARDS at checkout.

{Offer is only good for a week…so get to shopping here!}

Thank you, Traci!! 

blog swap {preschool color book with jujuB}

Today I’ve got a TWO super cute crafty gals to introduce you to!
You’ll LOVE what they are sharing today (perfect for back to school},
and you’ll LOVE their blog even more.
Make sure you stop by jujuB today & say hi!
Hello Hello!  We are jujuB!  Just two friends and neighbors who LOVE to craft. 
Okay, we don't just love to craft, we are kind of obsessed with it. 
We get together just to craft at least once a week. 
Ok ok...truthfully, since we started jujuB we do it way more than that,
but we don't want to sound so obsessed that you think we are crazy.  :) 
Ok, I, Becky am a little crazy, and Juliana is what keeps us all together,
that's why we are such a great team! 
We are so excited to be doing a blog swap with Ginger! 
So, remember to check out our blog today and see what she's up to! 
Today, we wanted to share this darling Color Book that Juliana came up with. 
Since school is started again--we figured this was a GREAT Back to School idea for the little ones. :) 
So check it out and remember to check out our blog at 
We are always up to something new and fun!
As I prepare to teach my little one preschool this year I wanted to make a fun color book that we could look at to review colors. Children learn so much better when you include more then one way of learning. For example show them a picture of a dinosaur (visual) then have them act out how to be a dinosaur (physical). So how do teach colors using different senses? Add TEXTURE!!!!! This color book is all about texture, so as your child is looking at the picture (visual) they can also feel different textures (tactile)! I made this great book using random stuff I found all around my house and I'm sure you have a lot of this stuff in your house, too!!
I had little color wands left over from our preschool curriculum last year so I cut up some old page protectors and sewed them on to make a pocket for the wand. Then I sewed on some super cute ribbon on the edges to make it cute. Then I sewed 2 pieces of paper together to hide the sewing and to make my pages more sturdy. Lastly, I just hot glued everything on the pages. I had a great color sticker book that I used a lot,
but you could also use pictures from a coloring book or picture book.

The ribbon was seriously my favorite thing about this book. Isn't it awesome!!!


Yellow Page

Texture: yarn, a straw and a sponge!

Green Page

Texture: a left over piece of felt

Blue Page

Texture: Wands

Red Page

Texture: Ribbon

Orange Page

Texture: popsicle stick, bead, paper flower

Pink Page

Texture: buttons

Purple Page

Texture: pipe cleaner

Brown Page

Texture:  burlap

Black Page

Texture: lace

White Page

Texture: shoe lace

So cute!!  What a wonderful way to teach colors to your little ones!
{Thanks so much for sharing, ladies!}
Remember if YOU have a fabulous back to school idea, link it up {HERE}.

back to school {link party}

Welcome to my
Back to School
{This party will last all September long!}
So, feel free to link up as many projects & ideas as you’d like…old or new.
The only rule is that they must fall under the category of back to school.
Teacher appreciation gifts, organization tips, after school treats,
school lunch ideas {Please! I need help on this one!},
home schooling helps, preschool tricks & tips, how to make homework fun,
sending kids to college {I don’t want to think about that one yet!},
dorm room decorating…anything related to going back to school.
Each Monday this month I’ll be featuring some of YOUR back to school ideas!
Today I’m featuring some of my favorite back to school ideas
from some of my recent {wow me} wednesday parties.
FYI: {wow me} wednesday will go on as usual each week…
so save your other fabulous projects & creations for that! 
{Can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!}
Now check out these fabulous back to school ideas!
from I Should Be Mopping the Floors
from Giggles Galore
from The 36th Avenue
from Crissy's Craft
Now it’s YOUR turn to go back to school!
FYI:  Links are in random order so that each person will have a chance to first on the list.
{Let’s get this party started!}

new series {back to school}

Yep!  You read it right...
Ginger Snap Crafts is going

Back to school.

{all September long}

It's going to fun...make sure you follow along!
The Schedule
Back To School Link Party
{This party will be open all month long!}
Each Monday I will feature
some of your back to school ideas!
Guest Post &/or Giveaway Day
{If you have a fabulous back to school idea or tutorial
& would like to guest post please email me
at  gingersnapcraft {at} yahoo {dot} com
& I'll add you to the schedule.}
{wow me} wednesday party
will still be going on each week!  Yeah!
So make sure you check back each Wednesday
& link up your latest & greatest!
Whatever goes!  Can't wait to see what you are up to. :)
my usual {wow me} wednesday feature post
I'll be sharing my {top five} back to school helps!
Most of you know I have 5 kiddos.
It takes a lot to keep us on track & organized.
I'll be sharing my favorite projects & ideas
that make my family's life so much easier this time of year. :)
{Grab a button & help spread the word. :)}
Ginger Snap Crafts
{See YOU on Monday!}

saturday surprise {ad space giveaway} CLOSED

Did you notice???

This week was   HUGE for me! 


My little blog passed 1000 followers.  {I can’t believe it!}

Thank you to you & you & you & YOU!

I’ve got a bigger celebration in the works that you’ll hear about in the next couple of weeks,

but until then I thought I’d say THANK YOU by having

a little giveaway to celebrate this BIG milestone.

Up for grabs today is {FREE AD SPACE} on my sidebar.

{Your blog or etsy shop button will be posted in my sponsor section for 30 days!}

To enter just leave a comment.  That easy!

{2 Winners} will be announced next Saturday!

{I had to give little shout out to Sweet Peas & Bumblebees!}

This is my first post using Windows Live Writer

{They are the ones that told me about it! Thanks, ladies!}

You should try it out!

{Have a great weekend everyone!}

{giveaway winner}

The winner of the Alayna's Creations Giveaway
 for the Seasonal Countdown Blocks
was comment #36 Kayla!


I'll be emailing you soon! :)

fab friday {family wall}

It's done!  Wahoo!
This is what I've been working on all week.
So yes, the rest of my house is a little messy & unorganized, but  that's OK. :)
{My inspiration was found here.  Thanks, Kristyn!}

I bought all of my frames from Hobby Lobby for half off. 
{Don't you just love Hobby Lobby's half off sales??}
It seems like every time I go in there what I need is half off!  Love Hobby Lobby! :)

First I laid out all my frames on my kitchen table,
along with the words I wanted on my family wall later
so I could get an idea of where everything would fit.
I played with the arrangement & came up with something I liked.

I took a picture & printed it I wouldn't forget how I had it arranged. :)
Then I started hanging up my pictures. :)  My goal was to have as few extra nail holes as possible.

I was doing so good until I realized my pictures where WAY to low.  Oops!
So I had to move everything up...much better...but yep, I do have a few extra holes in my wall! Grrrr!
Most of them were hidden behind pictures...I only had to touch a few spots. Yeah! :)

Once I started hanging the pictures I did make a few changes in my arrangement,
but it did help to have a general idea of where I wanted the pictures to go.
After I got all the pictures hung...I started cutting the vinyl. :)

Fonts List:
Family is... {Not His Angel}
forever {My Own Topher}
laughter {Hiccups}
joy {Curlz MT}
love {Oh Photo Shoot}
smiles {Mr. & Mrs. Popsicle}
wonderful {AR Julian}
strength {My Own Topher}
kindness {Bosshole}
lots of fun {Every Time I Miss You}

Then all I had to do was apply the vinyl lettering.
I love it!  Of course, my hubby didn't even notice
until about 30 minutes AFTER he got home.
{Hmmmm....not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing! ;)} 
My 4 year old did say she loved it each time
I asked her as I was working on it!  Love that girl! :)

{Hope you all are having a fabulous Friday!}

Be sure to check in tomorrow!
Seasonal Countdown Block winner will be announced.
{If you haven't entered click here.}

PLUS I've got LOTS of fun stuff planned for September!
I'll be telling you all about it TOMORROW.
Can't wait!

I link up to several link parties throughout the week! {Thank you so much for hosting, ladies!}
You'll find a link to each of these fabulous blogs on my sidebar.