Whopper of a Birthday Free Printable

Wishing you a Whopper of a Birthday by Allred Design

Who does not love a little chocolate for their Birthday? I originally designed this for gifts for our Primary Teachers, but it's come in handing for some quick birthday gifts for relatives (sometimes I add a gift card to bump it up from $1 gift to something more substantial).

So I thought I would share and I've created a generic version where you can add your own

Once Upon a Time My Craft Room was Clean (TOUR)

[Found this post in draft mode from five years ago and thought I'd share that once upon a time my craft room was clean. Scroll down for the reality that is NOW!]
Welcome to my craft room & office!

I figured since it's clean I would finally take photos of my space and share it with my friends. Please don't hate me because if you're like me, I use to look at peoples craft rooms in awe and jealousy. I have been were many of you are, on a fold out table shoved in a corner of your family room, hoping no one but your family sees the creative mess you have surrounding you. You can never find anything because there's no room or way to

Simple Mother's Day Gift Printables from Positive Affirmations

Despite all of its joys, being a mother is no easy task. Moms receive no sick days or vacation days, and they're on call 24/7. Yet as hard as they work, mothers are often still bombarded with messages that they're not doing enough.
This simply isn't true! That's why Personal Creations has

Finally!! Family History Made Easy!

H-E-L-L-O People.....check this out!!

I cannot stop telling people about one of the coolest, most helpful APPS I've found to date. Find, reserve, and print family names. In fact, the creator's of this APP boast "Spend time in the temple with your ancestors, instead of outside searching for them. "

Do you want to learn more about Family History and why it is so important to ME and the LDS community, click here? And you can click here to learn more about LDS Temples.

Back to the APP, it's called Take a Name. You will never believe how easy it is to find family names people...in fact, it will BLOW your mind!!

More time serving.  Less time searching.  Try it free!

Real people. 
Real experiences.
Everything you need to take
family names to the temple.
Find temple ready ancestors
Try before you buy
Pick your price*

Reserve names
Print temple cards

Me & My Family History 

I am not a die hard, seasoned family search expert by any means. I do not know a lot about genealogy, although like a faithful member I continue to search through my line hoping to find individuals that still need their work done. I think through my many attempts I have only found a small handful of names (...more like 3).

So imagine my excitement when a friend told me about an app that would data mine through your family tree and pull out the names that needed the work done. I couldn't possibly be that easy, right??

Download the app to your phone or tablet and simply log into it with your FamilySearch log in information. You can select if you want to do Male or Female; type of ordinance; and number of names you'd like to search. I picked both male/female, all ordinances and the maximum number of 20 names. Then I left my phone to do the work. HOLY MOLY!!

When I returned to my phone the app reported that it had it had searched through thousands of names and the number of ordinances that needed to be completed. Here's some screen shots of the result for me and some of my family...check out the names and numbers. 

I love looking at how each of these relatives are related to me or where they have lived based on various census records and such. You get this awesome preview when you click on each of the names.
Once you've received your results, you simply have to click on the name...(which is awesome too), reserve the name and then "get cards". You can email the cards to yourself and print from there or if you're like me and have a Canon PIXMA iP8720 Inkjet Printer that is WIRELESS you print directly from the app.
In fact, I like to lay in bed and do this entire process...super easy! I think the hardest part so far is cutting the cards down (and that isn't that hard).
Check it out in iTunes and Google Play to download for FREE! 

*The APP is currently being offered for free. No clue, if the developers will start charging. However, a popup screen does appear periodically asking if you'd like to donate...DO IT!! We did. I just imagined the amount of time it would have taken me to find these names and gleefully gave them my money...it is so worth it!

Refugee Summer Fun Packs

Looking for a fun way to get involved with Refugees here in Utah? Currently they're collecting Summer Fun Packs. This is a great activity for church groups, families and friends. So hit your local dollar store and put together a bag or two!!

Summer is coming and many refugee kids will be out of school. We are collecting these kits to distribute to help add some fun to their summer. PLEASE KEEP ALL ITEMS GENDER NEUTRAL. Please put only these items in the kit. Adding or taking out items makes things difficult. We want the kits uniform to help with distribution. Please deliver them to our warehouse between the dates of May 17th-31st.

Drop them at our Sharehouse: The location is on the Lincoln Elementary Campus 450 East 3700 South, South Salt Lake. This is a block southwest of Granite High School. M or W 11-4:30. Follow the signs once you drive in, we are in a portable classroom north of the school.
Learn more about Utah Refugees by following them on Facebook. They post most immediate needs there.

Also, if you're involved in a local group that would love to learn about Utah Refugees and how they can help, I am available for speaking engagements. Presentations are approximately 30-45 minutes long with power point presentation and videos, along with ME. I do request that you combine my presentation to your group with a service project or collection of items to donate to the Utah Refugee Connection. Simply email me and we'll coordinate the details.

Inspired by Pinterest: Easter Project Round Up

I am so excited to share some of my favorite Easter craft ideas. I've linked to the original blog post that features the video that shows you how easy and fun all of these crafts are to put together.


Inspired by Pinterest: Easter Egg Ideas

Watch me today as I share a variety of fun ideas on how you can decorate your Easter eggs for the upcoming holiday season. Whether you're creating them with real hard-boiled eggs or from plastic or paper mache eggs, you'll love the ideas featured from Pinterest and my own stash of crafty ideas.  [Link to Original Blog Post & Video]


Inspired by Pinterest: Glitter Bunny Canvas

Watch me and my cute daughter Emma as we share how fun and easy it can be to create your own glitter bunny canvas. The fun Easter craft technique can be applied to wood, canvas and other surfaces and it's so simple you and your kids can create this together! [Link to Original Blog Post & Video]


Inspired by Pinterest: String Easter Eggs

Join me today as I teach you and (returning guest) Tausha Hoyt, host of Sassy Style Redesign how to create String Easter Eggs. You've seen them for years and all over Pinterest, but I will tell you the different ways to stiffen the string and tips I learned from creating eggs both large and small eggs and even ones filled with an candy surprise. Come get sticky hands with me today!  [Link to Original Blog Post & Video]

Inspired by Pinterest: Peeps Wreath

Join me as I demonstrate how simple it can be to create your own "Peeps" Wreath for upcoming Easter holiday. You'll be amazed at how fun these can be to make and you can always eat your leftover supplies.  [Link to Original Blog Post & Video]



Inspired by Pinterest: Leftover Easter Egg Dye Ideas

Watch today as I share some fun ideas on how to use up those left over Easter egg dyes to tint and color your other craft supplies. So be sure to hit your local craft and grocery stores and buy up their clearance on these because you will want to try some of these fun ideas at home. [Link to Original Blog Post & Video]

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 Inspired by Pinterest show. 

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.
Download PDF
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!!
Download PDF
Download PDF
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!!

Download for Apple/iOS
Download for Android

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.

Inspired by Pinterest: Fun with Foils

Join me for Inspired by Pinterest on My Craft Channel as I share some golden ideas for using FOILS in your home decor, paper crafting and more. I will share product tips and tricks featuring the many of the popular products from Therm O Web.

For additonal information about the products featured visit the following website:
Therm O Web
Heidi Swapp

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.  

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