The Pin Junkie: February 2015

Pin Junkie Pin Party #106

Welcome to The Pin Junkie 
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day! 
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The party is held every Thursday at 7:00 PM MST.
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 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


Here's what I've been up to this week:

how to keep your car clean paper tulips


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Be sure to share your best St. Patrick's Day projects.
I'll be featuring some in March!


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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.
fried plantains recipe
by Diana at Soulful Necessities


how-to-be-more-organized
by Alice & Luci at Mums Make Lists


Beach Glass Jars DIY
by Natasha at The Artisan Life


shrimp scampi pizza recipe
Shrimp Scampi Pizza
by Lisa at Cooking With Curls


crockpot-peanut-butter-cup-cheesecake



Origami Paper Tulips

Origami Paper Tulips
Origami Paper Tulips


Have you ever tried the Japanese art of paper folding known as origami?  As a kid, I used to love learning new ways to fold paper.  Back when I was in school there were no cell phones, text messaging, or Facebook.  If you wanted to send a message to someone, you had to send a note and the more elaborately you could fold the note, the better.

I'm not sending any notes, but I am ready for spring!  Winter has certainly worn out it's welcome and I'm ready for warmer weather and spring flowers like tulips and daffodils.  While I patiently wait for spring and real tulips, I decided to make some paper tulips.

The pin that inspired me to try making these paper tulips was a dead end, but a quick online search gave me this excellent tutorial for making origami paper tulips.  Since there are already many really good tutorials that show how to make them, I'm not going to reinvent the wheel and post a full tutorial here.  If you'd like to try making some, you can go here for the full directions.

Origami Paper Tulips


Origami Paper Tulips


Inspired by this pin for paper tulips.



More paper flowers here
&
these do have step by step instructions!

paper-flower-tutorial

easy-to-make-folded-paper-flowers



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How To Keep Your Car Clean & Clutter Free

How To Keep Your Car Clean & Clutter Free
How To Keep Your Car Clean & Clutter Free

We spend a lot of time in our cars, don't we?  Sometimes its seems like our cars are almost like a second home!  And just like our homes, they can get cluttered with stuff.

I don't have little kids anymore, but when I did, I was constantly finding junk and trash in every conceivable space of the car:  in the door cubbies, in the seat pockets, under the seats, and of course on the floor.  I really dislike having a dirty cluttered car, so of course all this trash made me a little crazy!  These days, my car doesn't get nearly as dirty, but I still sometimes have receipts, wrappers, and other pieces of trash in the seat and door pockets. 

This is an easy way to keep your car clean and clutter free and OMG, I sure wish I had done this years ago! This is seriously one of those "why didn't I think of that" ideas!  It's as easy as getting a plastic container with a lid to use as a trash can in the car.  Now I don't have little pieces of trash all over the place and instead of cleaning out the whole car every few weeks, I just have to occasionally empty out the trash can!  (If I still had kids, I'd have them take turns emptying out the trash can!)

As a nice bonus, I love that the container is grey and goes with the interior of my car!

How To Keep Your Car Clean & Clutter Free





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Pin Junkie Pin Party #105


Welcome to The Pin Junkie 
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day! 
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The party is held every Thursday at 7:00 PM MST.
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 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


Here's what I've been up to this week:

the sweet life in paris by david Lebovitz printable-oscar-ballots how-to-organize-vacation-pictures

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Be sure to share your best St. Patrick's Day projects.
I'll be featuring some in March!


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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.

soft baked pretzel sticks
by Amanda at The Chunky Chef


Grow Your Facebook Reach
by Stephanie at The Tiptoe Fairy


best sugar cookie recipe
by Brittany at Pennies Into Pearls


berry heart sugar cookies


Organized Home Decor Closet


Printable Oscar Ballots

Printable Oscar Ballots
Printable Oscar Ballots

Who likes watching the Academy Awards?  I admit I do and I watch every year.  I love to see the stars arriving on the red carpet, I like to see what they're wearing, and I even like that moment when the envelope is opened and everyone waits for "and the Oscar goes to. . . "  This year I've seen very few of the nominated movies, but that won't stop me from tuning in.  I'll be watching solo this year, but in the past I've watched with friends and it was fun to have these ballots on hand.  Viewers can cast their votes and mark who they think the winners will be in each category.  It's also nice for guests to have a handy list of nominated movies to take home with them.  So whether you're watching alone or with friends here's how to make your own Oscar ballots.

Materials:
black construction paper or card stock
hole punch
ribbon 
Printable Oscar Ballots

For the black cover:
1.  Cut the black paper so that it's 12 inches long and 5.75 inches wide.
2.  Fold the left side in 1.25 inches.
3.  Find the center of the folded edge by measuring 6 inches from the top. 
4.  Punch two holes on the left side 3 inches apart, or 1.5 inches from the center.

Printable Oscar Ballots
For the pages:
1.  Print out the cover and the ballot (found here)
2.  Cut the printed pages in half lengthwise.
3.  Insert the pages into the cover and hole punch again, this time through the printed pages. 
4.  Thread a ribbon through the holes and tie on the back.

Printable Oscar Ballots

That's it! You've got some quick and easy party favors for your Oscar viewing party!  Will you be watching this year?  Are you watching with friends?  Which nominated movies have you seen this year? 


Printable Oscar Ballots


Inspired by this pin for Oscar party ballots.


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How To Organize Vacation Photos

How To Organize Vacation Photos What do you do with your vacation pictures?  Do they stay on your phone or in a folder on your laptop never to be seen again?  Well I'm going to show you a great way to organize your vacation photos and get them out of digital storage!

How To Organize Vacation Photos

I'm old enough to remember the days when you had to send film away to be developed and then you'd put the developed pictures in a photo album.  Now, everyone has their pictures digitally stored on their phone, on Instagram, or on their laptop.  Don't get me wrong, digital photography is great!  I love being able to see my pictures right away, share them instantly, and delete bad pictures with the push of a button.  The downside of digital photography is that often once pictures get stored somewhere, they're never seen again.

Would you like to free up some space on your hard drive?  Wouldn't you like to know that your most important family pictures are backed-up and safely stored?  It's time to get those pictures off your camera, out of digital storage, and enjoy them!

A few years ago, I started making photo albums for each of our family vacations and I used Shutterfly to help me do it.  It's a great way to keep photos from each vacation organized and easily accessible and the professional photo books from Shutterfly look so much nicer than pictures in those ugly old fashioned plastic albums!

It's taken awhile, but I finally got around to making a photo album for our trip to Brussels, Paris, and Amsterdam as well as our southwest road trip.  I really enjoy putting these vacation photo books together because I get a chance to remember the trip as I'm choosing the pictures for each book.

How To Organize Vacation Photos

I love using Shutterfly to make my photo books because it's so easy to use and I can design my books exactly the way I want them to look.  Shutterfly has so many choices of book sizes, styles, designs, themes, fonts, and colors.

How To Organize Vacation Photos

Not only is Shutterfly's book editing program really easy to use, but the quality of the books are excellent. They are nicely bound and have exceptional imaging and print quality.

How To Organize Vacation Photos

And you can add text so you'll never forget any important details, names or dates!

How To Organize Vacation Photos

And you can upload as many pictures as you want to Shutterfly.  When you sign up for a free Shutterfly account, you'll get free unlimited picture storage!  That means even if you don't make a book, your pictures are still backed up and safe.  If your laptop crashes or you lose your phone, you still have all your pictures!

 
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I also used Shutterfly to print pictures of some of my favorite trips for the gallery wall in my living room because two of the frames needed large format prints (larger than 8x10).

gallery wall travel photos




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