Busy Bees

With snow and rain saturating much of the nation, it may be hard to believe that spring is right around the corner.  If you are aching for the first signs of the season, but don’t have the cash to spend on a tropical escape, consider these fun and affordable projects that will really get your kids buzzing: Printed Bees:  Your kids don’t have to be mini Picassos to decorate your home with pretty flowers and busy bees.  To make a vibrant spring mural, have your children draw a bunch of flowers with crayons, markers or colored chalk on a piece … Continue reading

Postal Increase: Stock Up on Stamps

Sending snail mail is one of the most frugal things you can do, because you really get a lot of service for a little stamp. Imagine, you can send a letter anywhere within the United States for only 41 cents. You can’t even buy a candy bar for that amount without some serious couponing. And, it doesn’t take that much more to send a letter overseas. But, as you may or may not know, the postage rates are going up here in America, starting on May 12th. The first class stamp will rise from 41 cents to 42 cents. Media … Continue reading

Stamping Into History

It’s a set of super-spy stamps that is sure to sell out soon. Bond… James Bond… is now part of Britain’s Royal Mail. Earlier this week the queen’s postal service issued a set of stamps commemorating the fictional spy and his creator, Ian Fleming. Actress Samantha Bond, who played secretary Miss Moneypenny in Pierce Brosnan’s four Bond films, unveiled the new stamps while posing for the media next to the secret agent’s favorite car—-an Aston Martin DB6. The six stamps feature the original cover artwork of Bond classics including “Dr. No,””Goldfinger,””Diamonds Are Forever” and “From Russia With Love” and are … Continue reading

Look Who Will Be Gracing Your Envelopes in 2008

Once you finish using the last of your Christmas stamps you’ll have a plethora of new self-adhesive postage options to choose from to mail off all those holiday-related bills. The United States Postal Service just unveiled a list of new stamps they plan to release in 2008. Among the new postage stamps scheduled to grace envelopes next year is the face of a Hollywood legend whose eyes inspired a hit song. Screen siren Bette Davis is being honored by the postal service on the 100th anniversary of her birth with a commemorative stamp. The 10-time Academy Award nominee will be … Continue reading

Create Your Own Postage Stamps

After spending time creating a custom card or invitation, it would be nice to be able to add a personal touch to the envelope too. Although there are many options for personalizing the envelope, creating your own postage stamps could be just the solution you are looking for to create a fun and customized card. Photostamps.com allows you tp upload your own photo and then print it out as real USPS postage. There are many fun possibilities with this product. This would be great to use on baby announcements. You could include a favorite picture on the new baby on … Continue reading


It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s Superman… on a stamp. That’s right; superheroes are coming to a post office near you. Starting Friday, July 21 you will be able to adorn your letters, bills, and postcards with Batman, Wonder Woman, Plastic Man and a half dozen other superheroes. The popular comic book characters are the latest stars to be featured on postage stamps. The stamps will be sold in sheets of 20, half featuring the individual superheroes and half showing covers of comic books they star in. Postal Service representatives say that this first set of super hero stamps … Continue reading

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of my Favorite Things There are a few scrapbooking tools that that I use on almost every layout. I’d like to share them with you and let you know why I like them so much. Making Memories Magnetic Stamps If you are a seasoned scrapper, I’m sure that you are seen or used these great stamps. I have used them around friends lately and they have instantly fallen in love with the versatility these offer. You use the magnetic stamp base and then can spell and word you want with the individual magnetic letters. Making Memories currently sells … Continue reading

Crafts: Tips and Ideas

Here are a few simple craft tips and ideas. These will come in handy when the kids are bored, when you run out of craft supplies, or if you just prefer to make your own. Fun with Scrapbooking Scissors Scrapbooking scissors come in many varieties and can cut out many different shapes. They are fun to use and they are not just for scrapbooks. Your kids can make decorative mats from construction paper to accent their artwork, put a decorative edge on a homemade greeting card, or cut out different colored strips to glue onto a background for a cool … Continue reading

Theme Albums – Cousins Book – Part 2: Michael’s Pages

My three sister-in-laws came to my house last Wednesday to have a girl’s scrapbook day, while our husbands took our kids to a dairy farm. (I sent my camera with my hubby and he did a great job of capturing the fun on film!) I had gathered all the necessary supplies (see blog post part 1) and had arranged all our products on our full-extended kitchen table. After a little discussion, we determined we had 4 boy pages and 6 girl pages to create. We also determined that it would be easiest to mass produce each page since we were … Continue reading