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TMNT Free Printable

It’s been a little while since I’ve created stickers to share so I figured it was about time. After profusely searching the internet for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles planner sticker freebie (or even one I could order), I came up empty handed. What’s a girl to do? Create her own of course! This week is my baby boy’s 3rd birthday, so in honor of him, I created a TMNT sampler for use in the Happy Planner. (You can use the stickers with most planners; however, you’ll have to trim the full boxes a little.)

TNMT Preview

Download the HP pdf here

Download the HP .studio3 here

I’d love to see how you use this sampler! Tag me on IG @krammenage6 or on Facebook!

TERMS OF USE: Please remember that my designs take time to create and while I thoroughly enjoy sharing them free of charge, they are for personal use only. Please do not claim them as your own or distribute the file. Direct them back to here so they can enjoy them and others as well. Thank you!

Disclaimer: Images for this sampler were taken from Google and the icons are from www.flaticons.com.
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It’s Planner Time!

I’ve always used some sort of planner to help organize my time. I have tried various ones over the years, including electronic versions like Cozi or the calendar app on my iPhone, hourly, horizontal, etc. but have yet to find peace with the method I was using. My bestie then introduced me to Plum Paper Planner. They have various options available to suit anyone’s needs and the regular planners come with several weekly layout options. At first, it was a little overwhelming with all the options but I eventually chose the hourly layout option since that was what I had been doing since becoming a Thirty-One consultant (I utilized time block scheduling each day). I like that the planner offered more writing room which I desperately needed because I tend to write largely. In addition, I like that there is extra room for notes and a “top 3” under each day. I also liked that the weekly pages have a vertical layout. Most planners you buy at conventional stores have horizontal layouts and don’t allow me enough room to fill in my day. One of the other positives with Plum is their ability to customize. I don’t mean adding a name here or monogram there, but full customization: name, monogram, or picture on the cover; font choices; color choices; pattern choices; and add-ons! Check out http://plumpaper.com/ to get the full scoop on everything you can do with it (I promise you won’t be sorry). I have since moved on to a different planner that I’m completely in love with – MAMBI’s The Happy Planner. I like that this one allows me to add and remove pages with ease and the boxes are even bigger than Plum’s so I rarely run out of room. (In later posts, I’ll show you my planners and the differences between them.)

So back to my Plum Planner – I started using it in November but hadn’t delved into doing anything but writing down my work and K’s school schedule. It wasn’t really working the way I wanted it to. Then my bestie told me about decorating it (say what?! Lisa Frank anyone?). I checked out her Instagram and joined a few groups on Facebook and oh my! It’s like a light shined straight down from heaven! My love of crafting was mixed with my need to have a more functional way to keep my life organized! And down the rabbit hole I fell. So many names, brands, stickers, washi (think smaller, thinner duct tape), and Etsy. Now, all of that can definitely get pricey if you let it; BUT, the crafter in me knew I could create my own for way, way less. Don’t get me wrong, I love the convenience of already made and cut stickers and some of them are just downright beautiful, but I just can’t justify spending money on something I can make myself. Plus, I can make it exactly how I want. Now I know some of you are thinking, what? Are you 8? Hear me out… It’s a lot like scrapbooking. You create weekly “layouts” using stickers and washi but you have your weekly plans instead of pictures (unless you choose to go that route – I don’t personally). It’s functional and makes me WANT to accomplish my tasks. It also gives me a creative outlet and an hour each week for just me. The very first one I created was for the blizzard earlier this year and features a beautiful blue and pink snowflake theme.

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You can download the Plum Planner version here.

My goal is to release something new at least 2 times a month (I have 4 kids – 3 who are 4 and under so that may not always be doable). I have a few more that I’ll be posting over the next few days so enjoy and I can’t wait to see your layouts! Leave a comment below and tell me what you like about the theme and if there’s anything different I can do for future.

TERMS OF USE: Please remember that my designs take time to create and while I thoroughly enjoy sharing them free of charge, they are for personal use only. Please do not claim them as your own or distribute the file. Direct them back to here so they can enjoy them and others as well. Thank you!

In Craftiness,

Courtney K.

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DIY Nursing Pads & WIP’s

As Willow’s birth gets closer and closer (only about 9 1/2 weeks left), I find myself fretting that I don’t have everything I need in terms of nursing and diapers. Before Harrison was born, I purchased some MegARoo’s cloth nursing pads (the disposable ones are AWFUL) at a steep discount since she was going out of business. I absolutely love them but found myself having to wash them so often because I didn’t have enough. I don’t want to deal with that this time around and after looking at the prices of purchasing more, I decided to make some.

Nursing Pads

It’s really helpful that I have all the supplies I need as well. The first thing I had to decide was what materials to use and what size I wanted when finished. I was really happy with MegARoo’s size so I knew I didn’t want to change that. The materials I decided on are PUL outer (waterproof), flannel inner, and cotton velour outer (gives the pad the stay-dry feel). I couldn’t find any information on how many layers of flannel to include inside so my first set had 4. The first one definitely didn’t turn out as great as I hoped. I initially cut the pattern to size since my plan was to use my machine’s overlock foot but the layers are too thick to get it into the foot properly. Needless to say, I scrapped it and started over. I added a 1/2″ seam allowance to the next one, straight stitched to hold the layers together, trimmed the seam allowance, and used a close (#1) and wide set zig-zag to overlock the edges to prevent any fraying. It came out okay but you can see some of the flannel through the sides and the edges have a somewhat lettuce effect (the pink pair in the picture above). It took me playing around with my setting to get the lettuce effect to go away and by the 4th of 5 pairs, I finally had a product I liked! The second pair I did was with the pirate PUL. I decided to change the inner layers from flannel to bath towel material since I was using the same thing in Willow’s NB AIO’s. I really thought this was a genius idea because I wouldn’t need as many layers but they would be incredibly absorbent. Um… what I didn’t compensate for is how THICK bath towel is. Even with only 2 layers inside, the pads are so bulky they would definitely be noticeable through a nursing bra. So I guess that’s my night time pair! My third set (the zebra print) I decided to use only 2 layers of flannel and think that will be perfect. At this point, I was still annoyed that my edges still had the lettuce resemblance so I tried moving my width a tad farther apart–to #1 1/2 instead of #1 and that did the trick on the last two sets (the green ones). I’m just so happy to have finally figured it out! Here’s the best of all of them:

Nursing Pads (Single)

Side note: I totally love this PUL pattern. It’s actually an older Thirty-One pattern! I’m still not really happy with how unclean the edges look though. I think I’ll try all flannel (no cotton velour) and see how that turns out and maybe turning and topstitching or turning and overlocking.

I’m still working on knitting items for Willow and am making progress on her layette set. I finished the front left panel and started the front right panel of the cardigan. I’m hoping to complete that today if I have time (thankfully it’s only 25 stitches per row). After that’s finished, I have to knit the 2 sleeves which I’m planning to do 2AAT to save time and ensure they are the exact same length. I’m thinking I should have done that for the left and right front panels too. Once that’s complete, then I’ll start the booties and hat which shouldn’t take more than a day or two and then can finally start her blanket! I’ve been dying to cast on since the yarn arrived a few weeks ago. It’s even prettier in person and incredibly soft.

Switching gears to general crafting–you may have noticed a new layout and tab on the homepage. I’m so happy that I finally got a layout and background I’m happy with! As far as the new tab, I created a bunch of free printables for a project I’m working on and blogged about over on The Kramer Menagerie. You can read more about it by clicking the link. I really love creating things and sharing them so enjoy!

Well that’s what I have for today so until next time, much love and many crafty blessings!

♥Courtney♥

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