Saturday, August 19, 2017

Easy DIY Washi Tape Projects

I {heart} washi tape!  Like, seriously, I love it.  If you're going to have to tape something, why not use fancy tape instead of boring, clear Scotch tape?  My motto has always been "Why be boring?".

Every time I go to Michael's or Hobby Lobby, the washi tape calls out to me.  It's as though it's saying "Cheryl, I'm a sad, lonely roll of washi just looking for a good home.".  And just like stray animals, it jumps into my cart and I just don't have the heart to tell it no.  

My washi collections has grown exponentially over the last few months (thanks to those enablers on some Facebook groups I belong to) and I'm starting to get a good organization plan in place.  

This is ONE of my boxes of glorious Washi Tape!
Because I have so much tape, I decided to see if I could find some uses other than decorating my planner or envelopes.  Here are some great ideas I found:
































I have several of these projects on my list to try.  I promise I'll share pics of my attempts when I do them!

Before I go, I thought I'd share some links to some of my favorite washi deals. As always, using these links helps support Pink and Paper and helps me continue to share fun things with you!


              

Happy Washi Crafting!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Why Budget?

A few weeks ago, I posted about budgeting.  After staying on budget, our first money goal is to get out of debt.  We still have some medical bills and things to pay off, so we're several months away from being totally debt free....but we're much closer than we were!


I belong to several Facebook groups, one of them being a Dave Ramsey Budgeting group. In this group, folks ask questions and share their struggles and victories with money.  There are several people in the group who have paid off all debt, have several months expenses in savings and are working on the rest of the steps in Dave's plan.

The other day, someone in my group posted about something that happened to her and she gave us permission to share as long as she remained anonymous.  Here's her story...

"Lunch today at Steak n Shake is a reason I'm thankful for DR. I saw a mom with 3 kids, she looked to be down on her luck they were splitting one meal, and she looked to be in a bad way. I sat next to her with my little one in tow, and asked if she was ok, she balled her eyes out that they are on the brink of being evicted if they didn't get the rent money and struggling financially. Her little one is in remission from cancer and she was scared they would be in a shelter. My little one was very sick when she was born, so I felt her pain. I called my hubby and we got their rent paid for the next three months and filled their fridge with food. They aren't even in much debt but medical bills have drowned them, I asked her to meet with me next week so I could help her and her husband get out of the hole they are, she agreed and has already called me 2x to confirm what she needed to bring. My husband even got her husband an interview at a friends trucking company for Monday. DR put us in a position to live like no one else so we can live and give like no one else. I'm so happy we were able to help."

I sat at my desk bawling like a baby when I read this.  This is what it's all about, people! How exciting would it be to look at someone who is struggling and know you can change their situation because you were smart with your money? I CANNOT wait until we are at this point.  We give to a missionary that comes to our church, we donate if there's a family in need and we give to our church - but I've never been in the spot to pay rent for several months and fill up someone's fridge.  



Someday soon, I will.  Someday, I will bless someone with a car. Someday, I'll buy a needy family a TON of groceries. Someday, I'll experience the joy of changing someone's situation when they think all hope is lost.  Jesus said to do it.  That's reason enough for me.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Pen Review - Sweet Secret

More pens to review today...  

I recently placed my first order with AliExpress.  AliExpress sells cheap stuff from China.  I love it!  So far, I've only bought pens and washi tape, but I've been pretty happy with everything I've gotten.

I am a HUGE fan of Pilot Frixion pens, so when I saw these for $3, I had to try them.  They are a knock off brand of the Frixion pens.  I figured if they were crappy, I only lost $3.  But I was pleasantly surprised - I love them!!!!!!!


Here's a close-up of the label.  If you'd like to order them, just search erasable pens and sort by price.  I am not sure of a brand and as you can see, most of the wording isn't in English.  


As soon as I received them, I sat down and tried them out, of course! I really, really like them.  The colors are vibrant, they don't skip and the ink is smooth.  


I feel like they don't erase quite as well as Frixion but they're pretty stinking close!


Although they said they were 0.5 (that's what the package said, but I'm assuming they meant .05), I feel like they write more like a .07 to me.  I feel the Frixion .05 have a much finer line.


If you want cheap pens, you should totally buy these!  I have had them at my desk at work for several weeks and they continue to work perfectly - no skipping or running out of ink.

Until my next pen purchase...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wonder Woman


On Saturday, I went with some gals to see the new Wonder Woman movie.  Girl Power!

I was born in September 1975. The first episode of Wonder Woman aired on TV in November 1975 and the show ran until 1979. (In case you were wondering....)

I remember as a kid watching Wonder Woman reruns.

I. LOVED. HER.

Like, seriously.

Like most young girls during that time, I wanted to be Wonder Woman.  I had a WW costume, complete with crown and everything and I would just run around in it.  I thought she was so beautiful and so strong.  And who doesn't want a lasso of truth to catch bad guys?


Lynda Carter was so stunning - and still is, for that matter.  Have you seen her now?

  
Impressive!  I'm super jelly of her gorgeous eyes. And the rest of her, for that matter.

Being a lifelong Wonder Woman fan, I was very skeptical when I saw the pics of the new movie coming out.  First of all, I did not like this new outfit.  It was almost too dark for me. 


Second, the new WW seemed like she just didn't have "it".  Don't ask me what "it" is, but it makes sense in my head.  I just couldn't picture this gal saving they day.


After seeing the movie today, I changed my mind.  I really loved it!  She is gorgeous and the outfit grew on me.  I thought it was a great story of a sexy woman kicking some serious butt!  It had a good message as well and I can totally see Gal Gadot becoming a hero to many little girls out there.

She also has really good hair.

And can we just talk about that GLOWING lasso of truth?  Amazing.  I mean, I really want one.  No joke.  If I could buy one, I'd totally hang it on the wall of my craft room.

Now.... What do you think?  Which Wonder Woman is better?

I tend to lean towards Lynda, but probably just for nostalgia.  It's basically a toss up, but because of nostalgia, Lynda eeks out on top.

I'd love to know what you think...



Saturday, July 15, 2017

Pens!

My pen shelf in my craft room.  I don't love the mis-matched container but it works for now...
Hi, My name is Cheryl and I'm addicted to pens.

I have loved pens, paper, markers, crayons and handwriting since I was a child.  I don't know when it started, exactly, but I can remember sitting around just writing names and trying to make them pretty.  I would color the letters and outline them all fancy and make "word art" before it was a thing.  My love for all things stationery grew as I grew up and it's still going strong.

I just finished organizing my hundreds (I'm not exaggerating!) of pens and decided I'd like to start sharing some reviews of my favorite pens here.  I know I've read a lot of reviews online and it's helped me make some great choices, so I'd like to do the same for you guys.

I'll post reviews starting next week, but in the meantime, check out the pics from my Pinterest board of some beautiful writing instruments...

This makes my heart skip a beat.  Pens AND organization!

DIY Pen holder using PVC pipe- Genius!


I've been wanting these MildLiners for a looooong time.  I just ordered my first set!  Woo hoo!


I just want to look at this table all day.

I love this pouch!  I saw it on Pinterest but can't figure out where to get one....

This is the "Better Together" pouch by Mochi.  Love.  But I'm cheap and it's like thirty bucks.


Happy Saturday!



Thursday, June 29, 2017

Money!!!

It's almost July!  And July is officially my favorite month of 2017.  Not because of Independence Day (although it is one of my faves), not because it's summer (I HATE to be hot) but for a reason you'll probably never guess.

On July 7th, I will make the last payment on a debt we've been paying on for 5 years.  A BIG debt with a BIG monthly payment.  I won't get into specifics on it - I'll just say some if it was our fault and stupidity and some of it was due to other things in my past.  That doesn't matter now.  What matters now is I get to start over, in a way.  I am so excited because I'm going to actually make a budget.

Who gets excited to make a budget? This girl!  (And her mother...)

For the entire time we've been paying on this loan, we had a monthly bill list I would follow.  See, a budget is telling your money where to go while planning for current and future expenses.  Because this payment (and a few medical bills) was so large, we haven't been able to budget in that sense of the word.  All I really did was decide which bill was paid with our first paycheck and which was paid with the second each month.  We would have a small amount left for food and that was it.  Anytime something extra came up, I would have to finagle bills around to try to make it work.  And living that way stinks!


So, July begins the rest of my life of FREEDOM!  As the scripture above says, when you owe money to someone, you are a slave to them or to that debt.  It keeps you in chains and weighs on you.  It is always there and breaking free is hard.  Really hard.  Through the process of paying off this debt, we had months where we would think "If we'd just filed bankruptcy, this would have gone away" or "Poor me...blah, blah, blah".  But those days are gone, people!  We paid what we owed, didn't ruin our credit in the process and we survived.

I'm not sure if you all live on a budget.  If you do, stay on it!  If you don't, why not?  Budgeting takes discipline, effort, and commitment.  It's not always easy to say no when something screams "BUY ME!".  But, you can do it. And so can I.  I'm so excited to sit down this weekend and tell my money where to go and not the other way around.  

You may not agree with him on everything, but Dave Ramsey has great budgeting advice.  He suggests using an envelope system and using cash only.  We haven't done that all the time in the past, but we have been trying to stick with that lately.  It works!  It's much harder to hand over a hundred dollar bill than it is to hand over a debit card.  You don't feel the loss of your money with plastic in hand.  I am currently working on a new envelope system for my wallet and I'll share pics of that when I'm done.

If you're new to budgeting or your money is out of control, educate yourself!  I would suggest this book:

One final thing.... Just imagine what you can do when you have money and aren't struggling!  Check out this article where folks are telling their money what to do... and it's fun!


Alright, I'm off my soapbox for today, folks.  I am far from perfect in the budgeting department, but I'm learning and getting better as I go.  I want you to come on this journey with me.  Let's get rich together, ok?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Pens! Pens! Pens!


I love pens.

Seriously.  I looooooooove pens.  I love pens more than some humans.... 

Ok, maybe not.  But still, my heart does go pitter patter as the sight of gorgeous rainbows of pens!  I'm a serious addict and have no plans to curb that addiciton any time soon.

Because of said addiction, I own hundreds of pens.  People will frequently see my pen collection or the massive amount of pens in my drawer at work and say "There's no way you can use all those pens!"  WRONG!  I most certainly do.  I rotate them out almost weekly and prefer hand written notes to computer generated printouts, so I use them a lot.
I figured I may as well share this fabulous collection with you all, so I thought I'd start sharing a new set of pens every few days....  Here goes!

Stabilo 88 Fineliner Pens
Felt tip pens - sometimes called fineliners - are probably my favorite type of pen.  I am not sure why, but I feel like my handwriting looks nice with them and I love the way they write.  With a fineliner pen, you do have hold  your pen somewhat upright, so if you write with your pen slanted, you may not love them.  

One of the other selling points of these particular pens is the color choices.  I love that they have tons of colors - including neon!

Here's a sample of how they write, along with the colors/names.


The neon colors don't show up great in the photo, but every color but neon yellow looks really nice and bright in person.  These pens are so much fun!  They write smoothly and don't bleed through most paper.


I would highly recommend them!  I feel like Amazon has the best price and you can get them online HERE.


Remember, anytime you use the link above to purchase on Amazon, you're helping support Pink and Paper.  

I'll be back soon with more pen love.

Happy writing!





Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy


I wasn't going to post today but I saw this quote online a few minutes ago and it really made me think.  

All my life, I have worried about keeping everyone around me happy.  In my mind, if you weren't happy with me, I was bad.  I thought if people weren't happy with things I did or said, it meant I was wrong or it meant I was a disappointment.

At 41 years old, I can finally say I am learning to change this.  It's a hard habit to break.  When you've tried to be a people-pleaser your whole life, it becomes a bad habit just like smoking or chewing your nails.  I often find myself giving up what I want, or sometimes what I need, so that others aren't upset with me.  Don't get me wrong - I'm not talking about being a selfish jerk and ignoring other people's feelings.  I'm talking about being you, unapologetically.  I'm talking about learning it's ok to be different than someone else and to not agree with everything they say. 

If you rely on other's happiness for your self-worth, stop.  Stop now!  I wish it hadn't taken me so long to learn this.  The last few months, I've started to be more "Cheryl" than I feel I've ever been.  And if people don't love all the parts of the real me, that's ok. I'm not going to be a jerk - on purpose, that is - but I am going to be me and I'm going to be ok with that.    

It is not my job to be everything to everyone around me.  Or to create happiness for those that can't do it for themselves.  I will love those around me.  I will be kind and generous.  I will do what I can to help others - but I won't lose myself in the process, anymore.

If this is you, remember the wise words of Kevin Hart...


Happy Saturday!