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Free Printable Coloring Bookmarks for Back to School

Hi I’m Cindy from Skip to My Lou. It is time to head back to school and we are ready to bling out our school supplies! My daughter loves Sharpie markers to embellish all her things. There is no mistaking her supplies!Coloring Bookmarks + Sharpie

She is also a huge fan of coloring. The Sharpie fine point markers are perfect for helping her make bright vibrant creations. I decided something she could color for back to school would be a perfect way to get her excited and prepared.

Coloring Bookmarks

I want to keep her motivated and inspired this school year. These coloring bookmarks get her coloring something that will remind her that she is strong and to keep trying!

You too can inspire with these bookmarks. Just download the file and print.Free Download Coloring Bookmarks

Download them all here.

MAKER Tip: Use a heavy card stock for a durable bookmark that markers will not bleed through.

Then start coloring!

Coloring Bookmarks

MAKER Tip: After you’ve colored your bookmark, use a piece of wide clear tape to laminate it so you can use it all year long!

What a beautiful reminder every time a book is opened.

These free coloring bookmarks are a  fun activity that is sure to inspire! Looking for more ways to inspire you can text these friendship quotes and motivational quotes to your friends.

How are you preparing to head back to school this year? Show us what you’re MAKING on Instagram by tagging your photos with #MakeItWithMichaels!

Brighten Your Classroom Décor with a Heidi Swapp Lightbox

If you are a teacher, today we are celebrating you! Hello, it is Jen Evans from Heidi Swapp’s team back to share with you some of my favorite classroom ideas. From one teacher to another, these are a few ways I love to make a classroom feel like home while also staying organized.

Heidi Swapp Light Box

One of my favorite ways to celebrate a holiday, classroom theme, or lesson unit is with the Heidi Swapp Lightbox. It is easy to slide the letters in and out. You can even have your students do it!

Lightbox Teacher Decor

You will be surprised how the children take pride in coming up with inspirational quotes for the classroom too!

Only the Brave Teach

If you need a shelf to place your Lightbox on, check out the unfinished wood section of the store and find this one! Just add a coat of your favorite paint to match your classroom décor!

Teacher Decorations

I love having some of my favorite supplies right next to my desk. This Heidi Swapp Instax Tropical Photo Holder makes a great photo display but also can hang some office or school supplies from it as well! Slide your favorite washi tapes right across the bar too. Just pull the tape right from the roll on the bar.

Lightbox Classroom DecorUse the clips to hang photos or inspirational quotes – or both! Save these free printables and print them as a 4×6. You can also print them with an Instax Share Printer like I did here! Hang and enjoy!

Teacher Quote Printables

Teaching is a Work of Heart

Teaching Print 1 – Click Here to Download

2 Teach is 2 Touch Lives 4 Ever

Teaching Print 2 – Click Here to Download

Create your own supply holders using an unfinished wood canvas board and metal can.

School Supplies Storage

Just paint the board your favorite color and then glue the can to the top with E6000 Adhesive. Just let it dry flat overnight! It’s a great way to keep your supplies close to your desk!

School Supplies Storage

Lastly, I knew I needed something large to hold my collection of Lightbox Inserts. Having them in an organizer really helps keep them sorted and saves me time looking for what I need.

Lightbox Insert Storage

I used this jewelry storage container to store the letters and icons.

Lightbox Insert Storage

It is tiered so it can hold a lot more!

Lightbox Letter Storage Lightbox Letter Storage

With the icon images easy to see the kids will have a lot of fun finding what they need to decorate the Lightbox!

If you are a teacher, thank you for all that you do to shape the future and for making your classroom a fun creative place to learn!

Share your DIY teacher décor ideas with us on Instagram using #MakeItWithMichaels!

 

 

Patriotic Sugar Cookie DIY by Sweet Sugarbelle

Fourth of July is often celebrated in the company of family and friends alongside great food and sweet treats. Why not make the holiday even more memorable with beautifully decorated sugar cookies? Today Sweet Sugarbelle is here to show you a sugar cookie DIY!

Sugar cookie DIY by Sweet Sugarbelle

Sugar cookies take a little time to make, but with Sweet Sugarbelle Shape Shifter Kit, it has never been easier.

Sweet Sugarbelle Shape Shifter Set

To make these delicious delights you will need:

Now, let’s get started!

STEP 1

Following the directions and recipe included in the Shape Shifter Kit, bake enough heart shaped cookies to feed your crowd. Feel free to use your own cut-out cookie recipe if you have one!

Sweet Sugarbelle Sugar Cookie Recipe

Maker Tip: Use rolling pin rings, or 1/4 square dowel rods on either side of the dough to create perfectly even cookies.

STEP 2

Use the Wilton Color Right System to color and prepare royal icing for decorating. Red and the winter formula for blue that’s included in the kit are perfect for this project.

Keep in mind, you may have to reduce the ratio of color depending on the amount of royal icing required. Start small and work your way up if the color isn’t quite dark enough, and remember to account for development. Colored icing tends to darken with time, and as it dries.

Once the icing is colored, thin it to the consistencies indicated above, and put the flood icing into bottles and piping bottle into bags with couplers and tips

Sweet Sugarbelle sugar cookie DIY

STEP 3

When the icing is ready, it’s time to decorate! Since there are two designs, evenly divide the heart cookies. Half will become white cookies with red stripes, the other half blue with stars. We will start with the white.

Begin by using a #2 tip to outline the cookies.

Sugar cookie DIY

STEP 4

Give the outline a few minutes to set up, then use white flood icing to fill the cookie. If necessary, use an offset spatula or the Sweet Sugarbelle food pick to move the icing around. Once the cookies are flooded, set them aside to dry. This might take up to eight hours, depending on the climate where you live. Royal icing tends to dry more quickly in arid climates. You must wait until the white layer is completely dry to add the red details, otherwise the colors may bleed.

Maker Tip: Using an oscillating fan to dry the cookies will create a shiny finish, and help to reduce color bleed.

STEP 5

When the first layer of icing is dry, use red flood icing to create stripes using a “drizzle” technique. The look of the stripes will depend on how fast you move, and the consistency of the icing. After adding stripes, wait until the cookies are completely dry. It shouldn’t take as long since the details are on top of a previously dried layer of icing.

Maker Tip: Sometimes royal icing separates over time, causing unwanted icing accidents. The Sweet Sugarbelle Bottle Spatula is the perfect tool for stirring the icing after bottling.

STEP 6

Creating the blue sprinkle cookies pretty much follows the same steps as above. Begin by outlining the cookies with a #2 tip.

STEP 7

Fill the blue outline with flood icing. Again, use an off-set spatula or food pick to smooth out the icing if necessary.

STEP 8

Give the blue icing a minute or two to set and then drop on a few white star sprinkles and add a light sprinkling of nonpareils and then let the cookies dry.

Sweet Sugarbelle sugar cookie DIY, Wilton sprinkles

Since cookies decorated with royal icing need time to dry, it’s best to make them a few days ahead of time. When the cookies are dry, they can be stored in an airtight container between sheets of waxed paper until you are ready to serve.

Your friends and family will be so excited to eat beautiful decorated, delicious sugar cookies at your next Fourth of July barbecue, and you will be proud to say that you made them yourself.

Now that you have entered the world of cookie decorating, what do you want to MAKE next? With the Sweet Sugarbelle Shape Shifter Kit the possibilities are endless! We want to see your DIY decorated cookie projects on Instagram, use hashtags #MakeItWithMichaels and #sweetsugarbelle so we can take a look! Happy baking!

Rustoleum Patio Refresh

DIY Patio Refresh – a Guest Post by Lovely Indeed

Hi all! Chelsea here from Lovely Indeed, bringing you some fun summertime inspiration for your patio space. I love the summer season! The relaxed days and evenings are a perfect time to have friends and family come together for some outdoor fun. Our patio was in serious need of a summer refresh, so we turned to RustOleum and Michaels to help us update some of our patio furniture with a little pop of color. It took no time at all, and now we’ve got a fresh look on our patio so we can entertain in style.

Rustoleum Universal Spray Paint Patio Refresh

Rust-Oleum recently released a few new shades in their Universal Spray Paint line, which turned out to be perfect for our project! We chose Gloss Seaside, which is a vibrant blue that brings a beachy vibe to our space. Here’s how we updated our old black metal patio chairs in just a few minutes.

Patio Refresh - Painting Metal Chairs

We started by giving them a thorough wipe down to clean off any dust and debris. Next we took them outdoors to a well-ventilated area, and spread out some scrap cardboard on the ground to catch any overspray. After that, it was as simple as point and spray!

Rustoleum Universal Spray Paint Patio Refresh

Rust-Oleum’s Universal cans are particularly great because they have a comfort trigger so your hands don’t get fatigued from spraying. And with the paint and primer in one can, it covers beautifully. It only took one coat and a few touch ups to cover our black chairs. The cans also allow you to spray at any angle, which is crucial for a project like this one – I was able to tip the cans upside down to spray the underside of the chairs. It took just under one can of paint per chair, and just like that they’ve got a new life!

Rustoleum Universal Spray Paint Patio Refresh

We allowed the paint to dry and cure for about 24 hours and then added them back onto our patio space. We also added a few special pieces from Michaels to spruce up the area and make it our own. The faux grasses, plants, and succulents are a great idea for a small outdoor space if you don’t have a green thumb.

Faux Grass Faux Greenery Succulent Container

Add a few flameless candles, some pretty containers, and a throw pillow to make it cozy and comfortable.

Palm Leaf PillowPatio Refresh

We’re loving the new pop of color the chairs bring to our patio! It’s such a simple, quick refresh but makes a major impact. Here’s to lots of time outside this summer!

Summer Wedding Trends

Trends & Tips to Planning a Summer Wedding Like a Pro – A Guest Post by David Tutera

Hi, I’m David Tutera and I’m thrilled to be sharing summer wedding trends and tips with you today. Planning a summer wedding allows you to celebrate your special day during one of the most beautiful times of year. Your wedding day is all about the celebration of your love and you want to make sure to tell that story by letting your personality shine through every little detail of your day.

If you join the many brides and grooms who take advantage of the weather and setting a summer wedding offers, then you want to be sure it goes off without a hitch and keep in mind some of the top tips and trends I’m sharing to plan your summer wedding like a pro.

The Perfect Accessories

Accessories are the essence of you and can bring out your personality and your overall wedding style through a variety of additions. Add some pizzazz to bridal fashion or bouquets with a beautiful bling brooch or make a statement with a stylish belt that gives your gown just the right amount of sparkle.

And the accessories don’t stop there. This summer, when it comes to hair, brides and bridal parties are opting for chic accents like floral hair combs or delicate gold leaf hair vines crawling along a low bun or a free flowing hairstyle to add the look of ethereal elegance.

Bouquets are one of the most important accessories that complete a wedding day look. Take advantage of adding a little personality to your bouquet with shiny accents or a bold pop by wrapping the stem with fabrics like my applique lace wrap with a pop of bling. Some brides even choose to nix flowers all together for a more unique approach with an all bling bouquet made of floral brooches and crystal picks!

‘Props’ to the Bride

Take advantage of special items that make for the perfect photo opp in the summer months–think outdoor photos of the couple surrounded by a botanical garden while holding a charming vintage parasol, or a picture perfect wedding gown hanging from a personalized “Bride” hanger on a sun-drenched day.

These small details make a meaningful impact and even more memorable photos for years to come.

Floral and Décor

With the summer months, comes very hot and humid temperatures in many regions, and the last thing you want to see are the flowers you spent so much money on wilt from the heat. Fear not! I am happy to share that there are so many stylish alternatives that can save your wallet and your worries!

When planning your floral scheme, not only should you look for blooms that can withstand the heat, but you should also consider mixing both real and faux flowers into bouquets and centerpieces, like the roses and peonies from my collection at Michaels. You’d be surprised at how real they look and the fact that they last far beyond the wedding day makes for a great memory for you and your guests.

Specifically trending this summer are greenery focused weddings with beautiful, organic elements and metallics making a bold statement alongside traditional floral. To achieve this look, add touches of faux greenery like succulents and metallic accents like gold eucalyptus leaves into bouquets and reception décor.

It’s only the smallest of details and personal touches like these that will give your wedding a great ‘wow’ factor for your dollar, while creating a bigger impact overall that you and your guests will appreciate and remember for years to come!

 

 

Just Chill Out Summer Flamingo Party

Hi! I’m Jen Evans,  a member of the Heidi Swapp Media Team. I’m thrilled to share my “Just Chill Out Summer Flamingo  Party” with you today! Invite your friends to bring their suits and appetite and make this bash the best one yet!

Just Chill Out Summer Flamingo Party

Party prep has never been easier with the Heidi Swapp Lightbox! Let the regular and mini Lightbox make the statement on your table! Just add your sentiment or quote and let it do all the talking!

Just Chill Out Summer Flamingo Party

This snack ‘n’ play table is the perfect place to add party treats, drinks, bubbles, and water balloons! It sets the stage for all the fun!

Need a fun cake stand to add height to your table? Take a fun patterned bowl and glue two glass candlesticks together with E6000 adhesive and then glue them to the bowl. Let it sit overnight to seal and you will have a stylish platter by morning!

Add a ‘pop’ of color without helium! Make a bold statement with balloon clusters on either side of the table. Blow them up and tie three of them together. After you have four groups of three, place them on a stake in the ground. Twist twine around the balloons and stake to keep from blowing in the wind. Repeat for the other side.

Just Chill Out Summer Flamingo Party

A party wouldn’t be a party without a few selfies in the mix! Use the new Instax Mini 9 to get that perfect selfie with your friends!

Heidi Swap Mini Instax 9 Cozy

The new Mini 9 has a convenient mirror on the front of the camera so you can get that perfect selfie! Customize it with a new Heidi Swapp Instax Tropical Camera Cozy!

Display the photos right away while snapping them with the Heidi Swapp Wood Photo Stand. You can give the stand a summer look by painting it a bright color!

Have guests decorate their photos with an Instax frame or clear sticker from the Heidi Swapp Cards Pack.

Now that all the photos are finished it is time to “chill out” and get wet! Whether your guests are floating in a pool or enjoying their water balloon fight, take few more pictures!

Then, as your guests are about to leave, let them put together a fun Instax book to take with them! They will love adding to it with more summer memories!

Have guests add cards from the Instax Card Packs too. It is so much fun to swap and share cards with friends!

Whether you and your friends are chilling out by the pool or cooling down with a water balloon fight make the memories last with a fun party! Capture it all with the new Heidi Swapp Instax collection!