Easy Instagram Magnets

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Looking for an easy and quick gift for someone special? All you need is a smart phone and magnet sheets!

I recently decided to make my boyfriend a little something for Father’s Day. He was working, and his 3 kids were out-of-town, so I wanted to do something special that centered around him and his kiddos.

I have an Instagram account with many photos of him, his children and his Chocolate Lab, Matty. He LOVES pictures and is always asking me to “Print Out” the good ones. After much thought, I decided to make him magnets with some of my favorite shots of his family. It was super easy, so I thought I would share this little ‘how-to” with you!

These are the “Materials” that I used:

  • Instagram Account
  • Diptic Account (other apps also work for this part. PicFrame is another of my favorites.)
  • A place to print Instagram photos (if you don’t want to print at home, Walgreens has an app that allows you to print direct from Instagram onto 4×4 sheets you can pick up at their photo center)
  • Magnet Sheets with a sticky side

I first used my Diptic application. I chose the layout (under “classic”) with 4 square frames equal in size. I chose 4 of my favorite pictures and placed them into each of the squares. Then I saved it as a picture onto my phone. Next, I used my Instagram app. I chose the photo I had just made in Diptic, added a little Instagram flare, and them saved it to Instagram. I actually made 2 sets of four this way.

Next using my Walgreens application, I chose to print the two Intagram photos at my local Walgreens. They turned out great, by the way. Wonderful quality, quick turn around and they were only .39 each.

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Once I had the prints, I purchased magnet sheets at Hobby Lobby. I chose the sheets with one sticky side, so that I wouldn’t have to glue the photos myself. I strongly suggest this. It obviously makes the whole process quicker and easier, but also you don’t have to worry about the possibility of your photos getting ruined by the glue.

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I simply stuck each photo onto a sheet, cut off the excess magnet, then cut each 2″ x 2″ square with a sharp pair of scissors.

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The end result was a quick, easy and inexpensive gift that my boyfriend loved! I can’t wait to make more!!

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Hosting a Bunco Party!

So, I know it was over a month ago, but I am just getting around to sharing about the lovely Bunco party that I hosted in July.  

I play Bunco every second Tuesday of the month with a wonderful group of ladies that were introduced to me by my sister-in-law.  Each month a different person hosts, and in July, it was my turn.  

Now anyone that knows me, knows that I love to host a good party.  I love to cook for people, and I LOVE to give gifts.  Lucky for me, one of the tasks of hosting a Bunco party is finding gifts to use for “prizes”.  I was so excited to do this, because this year I was determined to find all of my gifts handmade from Etsy.  Even better, I decided that all the gifts that I would buy would be handmade from members of my Eastern Washington Etsy Team.  The trick was finding things within the very limited budget that we are given when hosting the party.  I was going to have to put on my super frugal hat for this task!  

I chose items from 3 of my fellow EWAT members; Sentimental Stones, Orangethyme and Sagegold Soaps.  Each of these 3 sellers had great products, all different from each other and all within my budget.  

Sentimental Stones is an amazing shop run by Kim Murphy in the Spokane Valley.  Kim is a total sweetheart and an amazing artist.  She makes jewelry, coasters, magnets and other items from tile.  She also makes the cutest magnetic boards, which look so lovely with her tile magnet sets.  Lucky for me, Kim was running a special deal for 5 of her 2″ stone magnets (exactly how many I needed).  I chose 5 different designs that I thought would appeal to everyone.  They were absolutely beautiful, and extremely well made.  I couldn’t have been more happy with my purchase.  

Memo board with small magnet set (4), one 2" magnet and 2 coasters

Visit Sentimental Stones at http://www.etsy.com/shop/sentimentalstones  

   

My next purchase was something I was really looking forward to.  I had been ooh-ing and ahh-ing at this shop for quite some time.  Rachael O’Brien at Orangethyme makes the most amazing lip balms, soaps and perfumes and she has a second shop where she creates some beautiful jewelry pieces.  I myself had been dying to try her lip balms, so I decided that they would be a wonderful addition to my prize packs.  With scents like Creme Brule, Peppermint, Sangria, Pomegranate Lemonade and much, much more… how could you go wrong?  They were absolutely tremendous and such a HUGE hit!  

Lip Balm from Orangethyme

 You can pick some up for yourself at http://www.etsy.com/shop/orangethyme  

or visit her jewelry site at http://www.etsy.com/shop/rachel323  

  

Finally, I decided to purchase handmade soaps from Sagegold Soaps in the Tri Cities.  Kerry Biglin at Sagegold has amazing soaps and always has a great offer in her shop – 4 bars of your choice for $15.  All I had to do was purchase the 5th bar and I had one for each gift!  The big dilemma was choosing just 5!  They all sounded good enough to eat!  

Now, when the package came in the mail, I immediately opened it up and spent the next few hours just “sniffing” the soaps.  They were amazing!  They were deliciously fragrant, but not overbearing, and they were packaged beautifully.  

Sagegold Soaps

You can see Kerry’s shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/sagegold  

   

In addition to these gifts I threw in a pair of earrings made by me, and then I packaged them up in colorful tissue paper and some cute little decorative take out boxes.  The winners were very please.  And the losers… well, I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m jealous!!  

   

In addition to providing the prizes, the hostess also provides dinner and dessert.  Below is the recipe for my Margarita Ice Cream Pie – which was also a huge hit!  

Ingredients:  

1 (1.5qt) container of no sugar added vanilla ice cream 

1 (6oz) container of frozen concentrated limeade 

 1-1/2 cups crushed pretzels (I stick mine in the food processor to get a fine mix) 

 3/4 cup melted butter or margarine  

1/3 cup sugar  

 1 container cool-whip (thawed)  

2 shots of tequilla (optional)  

I prefer to use  a spring-form pan (like you would use for cheesecake) for ice cream pies/cakes, but a deep dish pie pan will do as well.   In medium bowl, combine the crushed pretzels, melted butter and sugar. Press into the bottom of your pan until you have a thick, flat layer.  Freeze for about 30 minutes. 

While the crust is freezing, in a medium-sized bowl, spoon in small scoops of the ice cream.  Add limeade concentrate and the tequila if desired (this doesn’t cook out, so if you are serving kids or pregnant women, you may want to leave it out).  With electric mixer on low-speed, beat just until blended. Pour over frozen crust, carefully smoothing it out to form an even layer.  Cover and freeze overnight. 

The next day top with the Cool Whip and freeze an additional 30 minutes or until ready to serve.   Serves 8-12 people.  Or 4 in certain families… 1 if I have had a really bad day…

My First Blog Giveaway…

I say it’s about time for a contest!!!

I am currently looking to give a way a Creativity is Messy prize pack valued at over $25 to one lucky follower.   Items in the prize pack will include jewelry, hair accessories, magnets and other misc items.

Win a Creativity is Messy prize pack!

Here is how to enter…

Check out the Creativity is Messy Etsy Shop and leave a comment here on my blog telling which item, currently for sale, is your favorite.   And for possible prize selection ideas, please include your favorite color.  Simple as that.

The entry deadline is Sunday, July 18th at 11:59 pm.  I will randomly choose a winner on Monday, July 19th, sometime in the AM, and post their name on my blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Would you like to have additional entries?

1) Become a fan on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/creativityismessy) – BAM! One additional entry!

2) Follow on Twitter (http://twitter.com/creativitymessy) – BAM! BAM! Another additional entry!

3) Sign up to follow this blog! – BAM! BAM! BAM! That’s up to total 4 entries for the price of one!  WE MUST BE CRAZY!!!!

Just make sure to include in your comments which additional entries you already participate or signed up for!  And don’t forget your favorite color!

Good Luck!