Utah Refugee Information Simplified

I have had the blessed opportunity to speak recently in Davis and Weber County to groups of amazing women (and men) that are looking for a way to help refugees, but get a little lost trying to sift through the different agencies and organizations here in Utah. Trust me, I spent many hours looking, applying and attending orientations to figure out where my talents fit best and how all of these amazing organizations work together to serve refugees.

Me helping at Granite School Districts Back to School Night Carnival for Refugees
I have loved speaking to groups of individuals who know little about the 60,000 refugees here in Utah. Sharing the information and inspiring them to ACT is something I'm passionate about. If you are interested in having me come and speak to your group of friends, neighbors, co-workers or church members please email me.

Below are a few handouts I've been sharing at these speaking engagements and thought they would be a great resource here online as well.
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NORTHERN UTAH...what a great opportunity to meet with all the key organizations that work with Refugees and find out where and how they need help. This is a wonderful organization trying to do amazing things, support them by attending this Refugee Festival on September 24th in Kaysville!!
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As I tell everyone when I speak, get online and follow the organizations you are interested in. A lot of times immediate needs to help refugees are posted with little notice. Here's a few pages I would follow AND make sure they're showing up first in your feed:

Serve Refugees (The Utah Refugee Center)

Also, download the Serve Refugee APP to learn more about Refugees and How to help them. This APP has received national attention for being a one of a kind app...a must have if you want to get involved!!

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And be sure to follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram too. I will post many great opportunities to get involved on my feeds as well. 

"You can't do everything for everyone but you can do something for someone!"

Fall Banner Sign Craft Class

Back in August I taught my first "Craft Class" in my home at some urging from friends and neighbors. We had a blast! I remembered why I love teaching crafts and helping people be creative!! So I'm hosting another class that when I shared on social media I had such a HUGE response from. But no worries, I am teaching THREE different dates and times!!

Join me for to learn how to create this darling "Hello Fall & Y'ALL" Banner Door Decor. It's made from pine and is approximately 11x16". All supplies will be provided for those attending class. You will stain your wood and learn how to paint the darling saying using a stencil. You'll then learn how to combine different floral pieces to create the finishing touch to this darling sign. 

NOTE: If you're unable to attend any of the classes and would simply like to pick up the kit (excluding stain and paint), simply purchase below and email me to let me know you will not be there and would like to pick up the kit. Space is limited and will be given on a first come first serve basis.

Dates & Locations
NOTE: You will not be billed for the Spanish Fork Class HERE. Simply select that option and leave your cell number in the notes. A store employee will contact you for payment to reserve your spot OR contact April James Interiors directly by calling 801-798-7171.

What's Going on with Inspired by Pinterest?

I have been hesitant to update my current situation on my blog for some time now. But decided it would be best to let my "Inspired by Pinterest" followers know what is up!

The past five years working for My Craft Channel and developing my "Inspired by Pinterest" show has been amazing! However, they have decided to pursue other opportunities with the company and as a result my show (all shows on MCC) were essentially canceled. I'm no longer working with them on their social media and marketing or obviously my job as the MCC Program Director. It was a dream job and I have been super quiet about my parting from my DREAM JOB since June, but I've finally come to grips with the reality and decided to move on.

If you're looking for my Inspired by Pinterest shows, I'm putting all my episodes up on a new "Inspired by Pinterest" YouTube Channel. I would love your continued support by having you click over and subscribe to my channel. 

In all seriousness I have loved filming Inspired by Pinterest and working with all the amazing talent over the years. But I am so excited for opportunities to change my focus. If you follow me on social media then you will notice that I've enjoyed the time to focus on improving my HEALTH. I'm also very involved working with REFUGEES here in Utah. I will continue to craft and hope to bring more "Inspired by Pinterest" blog posts and Facebook Live events as well.

From the bottom of my heart...thank you for your support.


P.S. Shameless plug... please follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook to learn what I'll be cooking up next!!

Inspired by Pinterest: Blooming Monograms

Join me for Inspired by Pinterest on My Craft Channel as I brighten up chipboard and wood monograms with beautiful spring florals. You'll love the pins I am sharing and you will want to start adding florals to all your home decor after watching!

Pin Referenced in Today's Episode

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For more card display ideas, visit my
Just My Type Alphabets Board

Join me next Thursday for another great IBP episode!

Disclaimer: Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration but not all pins lead to blogs. I tried to only pick those ideas that I could find the original creator and give credit to. Please take a moment and check out these great blogs because without them I wouldn't have content to talk about on the new My Craft Channel show Inspired by Pinterest.  

Quick & Easy Cards Printed on Store Bought Cards

Often times I need a quick card for a simple thank you (birthdays too), but I don't have a lot of time. So this project was the perfect solution.

I purchased a value pack of notecards and matching envelopes from my local Hobby Lobby. I've seen similar card sets at other craft stores. These that I'm using for this project are 4 x 5.5" and you get 50 cards/envelopes for $6.99 and the day I purchased them they were 50% off...woot, woot!! 

Simply download a graphic you would like to print on your cards. I used these beautiful floral bouquets from my all time favorite sites, Creative Market. You can use these as a JPG or EPS (illustrator) file. View them here.

I couldn't have completed this project without the help of my my PIXMA MG7720 Wireless Photo All-in-One Printer. It was so easy to print these cards out once I got it set up that I couldn't stop. In fact I put together a few sets as "Birthday Gifts" for some of my friends.

The trick to this project is to define your project dimensions in your PRINTER SETUP on your computer. On my Mac I simply created a new "user defined" option and called it "CARD". You'll notice that the "Paper Size" is 5.5in width x 8in height. I didn't mess with the margins at all.

I put the cards in my lower printer tray that normally has my 8.5x11" paper in it. Simply move the size and top brace to fit the cards and put back in the printer. 
The last key step is when you go to print it, make sure when your printer window pops up that you change the PAPER SIZE. Remember, I called my custom settings "CARD" so I select that and hit PRINT.

What I love about these cards is I can print as few or as many as I'd like. If you'd like to glam them up a bit, you can add glitter to the design. I thought the center of the flowers would look adorable with a little glitter or stickles to finish off the card with a little extra LOVE.