Kindness Rocks

I very recently learned about something amazing called the Kindness Rocks Project. You may have heard of it. People are painting rocks with fun images or encouraging quotes and leaving them all over their communities for others to find. This  creative activity isn’t just an excuse to paint rocks. It’s also a simple way to surprise someone with a little encouragement or a smile when they stumble upon these miniature works of art. It has become hugely popular in my city over the past month or so and it has been so neat to see everyone’s excitement over finding rocks or painting their own to hide. I absolutely love the purpose of this project, so I organized a play date with my friends and their littles and we all got together and painted rocks for a couple of hours.

It was so much fun spending time with other moms talking and painting. And our little ones had a blast painting rocks, making a mess, and running around my front yard. It was neat seeing everyone’s designs. Of course, all us moms complained about not being great painters. But then we reminded each other that it’s not about creating a masterpiece. It’s about having fun and knowing that our little creations can be an exciting find for anyone.

My attempt at galaxy rocks

Rocks painted by Mini Moose, Baby Moose, and me.

Social media has become a popular way for others to share rock painting ideas. And many people also post pictures of the rocks that they have found in their communities. There are so many different Facebook pages and groups for local Kindness Rocks movements, and most of them suggest writing a hashtag or the name of the FB group on the back of the rocks so that people who find them can share them in the group. I added the name of one of my local Facebook groups to the back of my rocks. I also created a special hashtag just for my rocks so I can see if anyone finds my rocks in particular. It will be fun to see if any of my rocks show up on FB or Instagram.

I still want to add some quotes and encouraging words to our rocks before we start hiding them. And that’s IF my littles even let me hide them! They want to keep their rocks and play with them. So this is a great teaching opportunity for me to tell them the importance of giving and being an encouragement to others.

Mini Moose’s rocks

Baby Moose’s rocks

If you’d like to learn more about the Kindness Rocks Project, be sure to check out their website! And make sure to search Facebook for your local Rocks group! It’s a great way to connect with other rock painters and hunters, and you may even find hints for where to find some rocks yourself! If you don’t find a group for your area, then start one!

To get started painting rocks, just find or buy some smooth rocks (you can get a big bag of rocks at Lowes for around $9!) and some acrylic paint at your local craft store, then start painting to your heart’s content. Paint anything you’d like. It doesn’t have to be fancy or perfect. And if you want to add detail or wording to your rocks, you may want to get some paint pens for that. Also, be sure to finish your rocks with a clear coat spray paint so your work doesn’t wash away in bad weather.

I hope some of you join in on this amazing project. I have my own encouragement project in the works that I can’t wait to share with you soon! But this one is such a great summer activity, I had to share it with you! Have fun painting rocks and finding them in your community. Let’s all spread some art and some kindness. It’s something the world really needs right now.

In My PP: April/May 2017

It’s been a crazy past couple of months since Littlest Moose was born. Of course, he’s been taking up most of my time. It’s been hard to find the time to sit down and craft. But one thing I’ve been sure to do is to continue with my planner. Not only because it keeps my mind and my days somewhat organized, but also because the one or two hours I get to take each week to do a spread provides a great opportunity for me to just relax and focus on the coming days and what I need to get done. It’s kind of like therapy that I can do for myself one night a week after the kids have all gone to bed.

Warning: This is a VERY image loaded post! But I hope that some of you can find inspiration in how I do my layouts. And perhaps some of you can find encouragement in seeing that even though things get written down and planned, they don’t always get done. But I write them down anyways to remind myself of what can be accomplished if I push myself and do my best. So here you are, my weekly Passion Planner spreads for April and May.

Since Littlest was born, I’ve kind of ignored the time slots in my Passion Planner. It’s hard to stick to a very specific schedule with a newborn who does what he wants when he wants. So I’ve been covering up the times with washi tape and dividing each day into “subject blocks”. Under each subject I write down to dos or appointments so my days still stay organized, but I’m not restricted to completing tasks in a specific amount of time. This layout has been working out fantastically for me. Give it a try if you don’t like dividing up your day by the hour.

Same concept with the subject blocks, but I mixed them up just so the colors can kind of be all over the place. I didn’t really like it though, LOL. Oh, and I started adding a habit tracker! Helps me make sure I complete certain tasks each day without having to write it down everyday. And no, I don’t always write in the dates. Mainly because I forget. Or I’m too lazy.

Watercolored spread inspired by the Jane Davenport washi tape I used.

This week was the week my family took a vacation to Walt Disney World. We vacation without a schedule, so I decided to do a little memory planning for this spread. This was so much fun to do and I love having pictures to look at to remember our trip.

No washi tape! Less bulk, but still functional the way I need it to be.

Another “no washi” spread.

Back to using washi tape. Because FLAMINGOS! And I love the monochromatic color scheme for this particular week.

So tell me, which spread was your favorite? What do you think of my “subject blocks” replacing the time slots? I hope you found your own planner inspiration in this post! And if you decide to do a layout like this in your own planner, make sure to share it on Instagram and tag me (@mypapermoose) so I can see!

5 Reasons to Love Paper Pumpkin

Subscription boxes are all the rage these days. From makeup and skin care, to clothing, to educational items, to pet items, and everything in between, it seems there’s a subscription box for it all. People love them! And why wouldn’t they? It’s basically like a Christmas present at your door every month and the contents a pleasant surprise.

If you’re a crafter like me, there is one subscription box that you absolutely should not be missing out on: Paper Pumpkin! Paper Pumpkin is a subscription box from Stampin’ Up! and here are 5 reasons to love this box of creativity.


1. Creative Me Time Delivered Right To Your Door Every Month

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription and each box has a do-it-yourself craft kit that you can complete in 1-2 hours. That’s at least one hour of creative crafting time you can have all to yourself! And with projects ranging from card sets to treat boxes to home decor and more, you’ll never get bored with what you get to create each month. This has been a God send to me this past year. With pregnancy and now a newborn, finding time to craft has been quite the struggle. But I can always count on Paper Pumpkin kits each month to give me a creative escape.

2. No Need to Buy Additional Supplies

May Paper Pumpkin Kit Contents. Image copyright Stampin’ Up!

With Paper Pumpkin kits, everything you need to create each project is in the box! Everything, from card bases and envelopes right down to the tiniest embellishments and adhesives, is included with each kit so you’ll never have to run to the craft store to finish up a project.

3. Extra Craft Supplies

Just a fraction of the supplies I’ve collected because of Paper Pumpkin!

Instead of having you scrambling to the craft store to get more supplies, Paper Pumpkin will leave you with new crafting supplies each month! Every kit includes a high-quality photopolymer stamp set and at least one mini ink pad that you can use over and over again even after your Paper Pumpkin project has been completed. After just a few months, you’ll have quite the stamp set and ink pad collection for creating whatever your heart desires!

Not only that, but each Paper Pumpkin kit also often leaves you with some spare adhesives! I have quite the stash of adhesive dots and dimensional adhesives now thanks to Paper Pumpkin! That means I’m spending less money on buying adhesives myself! Oh, and here’s a tip: You can ensure you have extra dimensional adhesives left over by cutting them in half when you use them!

4. Make What They Say, or Do It Your Way!

The top card is the Paper Pumpkin design. The bottom card is my twist on it.

In case you were wondering, every Paper Pumpkin kit comes with illustrated instructions so you know step-by-step how to create each project. So all you need to do is follow the directions to create fabulous paper crafts! That’s perfect for those times where I’m feeling crafty but lacking inspiration. I can still create something amazing without having to think of a design all on my own. But if you’re the adventurous type or feel extra inspired, throw out the instructions and have fun with the project kit contents! Use the items to create a project of your very own. Or combine them with your own craft supply stash to create something completely out of the box! There is no right or wrong with creativity, and Paper Pumpkin is a great gateway to creative ideas.

5. Always Have A Handmade Card on Hand

A little look at my handmade card collection ready to give or send.

Now that I’ve been subscribing to Paper Pumpkin for over a year, I have quite the stock of cards and gift card holders on hand. And as forgetful as I am, it’s nice to have that last minute birthday or thank you card on hand to mail or include with a gift! And even better that each card was made by my own two hands. Paper Pumpkin has made it so easy to create a set of cards that I can use for almost any occasion, and my collection of cards just continues to grow.

These are just 5 of the reasons that I love being a Paper Pumpkin subscriber. I’m sure you’ll find reasons of your own once you start getting creative each month!

If you’d like to start getting a box of crafting fun delivered to your mailbox each month, now is the perfect time to start your own Paper Pumpkin subscription! From now until June 10th, 2017, first-time subscribers will get 25% off the June, July, and August kits! That’s just $14.96/month for the first three months, including shipping! So go ahead! Get stamping! And make sure to choose me, Jacqueline Nimrichter, as your demonstrator! Sign up for Paper Pumpkin now at www.paperpumpkin.com or click on the image below to learn even more about Paper Pumpkin.

Sign up by June 10, 2017 and get 25% off your first three months!

Another Adventure Begins

You may have noticed that things have slowed down on my end lately. Fewer projects and blog posts have been made and shared this past month. I’ve given myself plenty of goals and projects to try and make. But most of them have remained an idea written in my planner. I’m not pleased that my productivity has declined as of late. But I love the reason why! Let me introduce you to him.

Meet the newest Baby Moose in the Moose family! This little guy is Moose Little #3 in our wonderful family. And he is the reason I haven’t been able to stick to my plans as much as I would have liked.

I’m going to be honest with you. This pregnancy was the hardest of all of my pregnancies. And I wasn’t expecting that at all! The fatigue was merciless this time around and I found myself so much more tired and unmotivated than I was with my first two pregnancies. The constant hip and back pain during the last half of this pregnancy didn’t help at all either. It was so hard to get comfortable at night and get some good sleep! So I often found myself napping or just being lazy on the couch instead of working or creating like I wanted to. Yeah, I did not handle this pregnancy well at all!

And of course, this little guy threw in even more curveballs just to keep this pregnancy interesting. He wasn’t head down when he should have been, though he did position himself properly before he made his arrival. And he decided to stay cozy in mommy’s belly for an extra 9 days past his due date! But he finally chose to make his appearance very early on March 12th (after a very hard labor and delivery) and make us a family of 5.

I’m so excited this Baby Moose is here! And his big sister and brother couldn’t be more excited to have their baby brother out of Mama’s belly. But now the real adventure begins.

It was hard enough balancing work and motherhood while being pregnant. Now I get to figure out life with three kids along with pushing to achieve my goals and plans for this year. Not gonna lie, I’m super anxious about juggling it all. But I’m determined to make this year an amazing one, despite having a slower February and March than I had anticipated. I have this adorable new little one in my life now and he, along with his brother and sister, are my reasons to strive for success.

This is going to be a grand new adventure. And I look forward to every moment of it!

Beautiful You

Ok, so I have this project in the works. It’s been in the works for a while now and I’m having a hard time hashing out all the details of how I want this project to work. But it WILL happen in the next month or two!

A big part of this project will be cards. Lots and lots of cards. Which I need to design and make. Soon. So I’m working on that aspect of the project too. But I don’t want to wait until this project launches to share some of the cards I’ve made for it so far. So here’s a look at one of the card sets I will be offering soon!

These cards were made using the new Beautiful You stamp set and the Watercolor Pencils from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. These have easily become some favorites and most used items of mine. The images in the stamp set are so fun and the sentiments are just so encouraging!

And of course I love the watercolor pencils for the painted look they give to the images. They are so easy to use and the results are always fabulous. It’s a quick and easy way to get that look of watercolor for someone who has never used watercolors before. Here is an alternate colorway of the same set.

I do plan on playing with this stamp set some more and actually painting in the images with watercolors. But for now, the watercolor pencils are my go to for coloring in pictures!

I’ll keep this post short and sweet. I have a lot more work to do to get this project off the ground as soon as I’d like to! Send your creative vibes my way because I can certainly use them!

 

 

 

Have you tried out our new Watercolor Pencils yet? What did you think of them? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Many Happy Birthdays Paper Pumpkin Kit

My birthday was yesterday! So I thought it was great timing to share these fun birthday cards from last month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.

I love these cards for two reasons:

  1. They are such a fun and unique design that I will love giving to some friends or family this year. The slide feature with the little word window is just too cool! And I can include a little gift card if I’d like, as well!
  2. I made these while hanging out with two of the sweetest gals I know! Looking at these cards makes me smile because I made them while spending time with friends and enjoying a craft night together.

Like I stated earlier, I love the flexibility of these cards. I can write a note on the bottom or I can include a gift card for the recipient. OR these can be used as party invitations! This kit includes everything you need to make these fabulous cards, including 9 party invitation cards to turn them into eye catching invitations for your next birthday celebration! Stampin’ Up! doesn’t miss a beat with these monthly kits!

How would you use these cards? Invitations? Or as a gift card holder? Right now, these have been added to my stash of cards to send/mail. Can’t wait to send one!

 

 

 

Want to get your own monthly project kit in the mail? Then subscribe to Paper Pumpkin! You’ll get an all inclusive craft project kit delivered right to your door! It’s a fun surprise to look forward to each month.