Scratch Off Announcements…DIY

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February 23, 2012.

Yesterday I revealed Baby M’s gender with a Baby Gender Announcement I made myself. I said I would share how I did it so here goes.


Printer Paper or Card-stock (I used both)
Paper Cutter or scissors
Metallic Acrylic Paint (silver color)
Water Color Brush or All Media Brush (small)
Liquid Dish Soap
Paper Plate (something to put the paint on)
A7 Envelopes

First you want to design your own announcement in Photoshop or search online for a PDF version of one already created. I found mine via Martha Stewart. If you want that particular PDF then Click HERE. Input all your info and hit save.

Print your designed or pre-designed announcements out.

The PDF I used had guidelines to cut by. If yours doesn’t, you will need to measure and then cut each one to fit in an A7 envelope.

Painting the paper or card-stock will actually smear the ink and won’t scratch.
FIRST- either paint a layer with CLEAR NAIL POLISH or place a piece of SCOTCH TAPE over the part you want to be “scratched off”. I used tape since I was out of clear nail polish and it was midnight. I had a heart outline to go by. If you have no outline, you will want to create one. Circles are easy and you can use a bottle top or small cup to outline with.

Now it is time to paint. Mix ONE (1) part dish liquid to TWO (2) parts paint. I found that putting about a dime size of liquid dish detergent then 2x that amount of paint works the best. Mix together and start painting over your hidden message. I had a heart outline to go by but you can paint over it in whatever shape you want. Circles are very popular (see step above).

It took THREE (3) coats PER heart PER announcement. I made 30 announcements, so I painted those hearts 90 times. Paint the first coat and let dry for about an hour, then repeat. You want to make sure you wait an hour in between coats. The 3rd coat will also make it see through proof from the back. It seems like a lot of work but it was really fun and creative. Our family and friends loved the way we revealed this baby’s gender and it was completely heartfelt. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfectly painted. Mine weren’t and I still loved them because it was something that I put my heart into.

After they are COMPLETELY dry, get ready to mail. I pre-addressed my envelopes and then placed the announcements in them. It was one stamp per envelope. Enjoy.

COMMENT BACK with your creations.

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Your Everything.

Tricia Goyer had this beautiful video on her Facebook page. The 3 minute clip is about Jesus Becoming Your Everything. This was an inspirational piece for Mary DeMuth’s book Everything. Click on the link to read a few chapters.

“Here’s a bit about the book.

Readers discover exactly what it takes to grow in Christ and become like Him.
“I don’t write this book as a condemnation or as a sermon. The last thing I want to do is provide a ‘how to be the best Christian in ten easy steps’ guide. I pen these words as a fellow struggler who is learning that what we think about God matters, how we allow Him to reign in our hearts matters, and how we obey Him in the moment matters. It all matters. Everything.”
Author and speaker Mary DeMuth has been abused, foreclosed, abandoned, and betrayed. She has been pressed and drained till it was too much . . .
But it was just enough to bring her to a place of surrender, piece by precious piece. In that surrender, she found the freedom of giving everything to God. And through Scripture, community, and the work of the Holy Spirit, she gives it all over again, every day.
In this gentle and challenging book, DeMuth describes the process and the nuances that shape us to be more like Christ. Her words are clear, vulnerable, and thought provoking, and every chapter is infused with Scripture.
Most of all, DeMuth provides personal and practical evidence that there is no greater pursuit than Christ. We must surrender everything, but it does not compare to the Everything He is, the Everything He gives.”

Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to connect with other homeschooling & Christian moms.

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Lesson Plans. A Change.

On November 1st, I started homeschooling my eight year old son. It has had its easy days then its not so easy days. After some struggles, my husband sat down with me this afternoon to restructure my lesson plans. What a relief. A new set of eyes was just what I needed and I love that he is onboard with homeschool (it was his idea actually).

I think the next few weeks are going to go by more smoothly as we work into the holidays.

Do you have days were you are at your wits end? Do you struggle with lesson plans and having your children listen? Please tell me I am not alone in these ventures?

Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to connect with other homeschooling moms.

Thankful : Day One – Day Seven.

The first seven days of our THANKFUL via Instagram project has been a lot of fun. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am . Don’t forget to download your Blurb Book Cover for this November project. You can see that post by clicking HERE!

Please comment or link back in the comments with your #NovemberThankful photos. Follow me on Instagram as well @stacym27

Day One: Jesus

Day Two: My Husband & Our Kids

Day Three: My Camera

Day Four: Our Church

Day Five: Homeschool

Day Six: Our Right to Vote

Day Seven: My Dogs

November Thankful. Via Instagram.

It is NOVEMBER. The month of thanks! As the holidays grow closer and we get ready for Thanksgiving, Fall, family, leaves changing, Black Friday, football and good food, we should reveal our THANKS. Will you join me this month in sharing what you are thankful for? I know I am 4 days late in asking you but I’d love for you to join me.

How does it work?

Each day you take a photo with your mobile phone.
Share your photo via Instagram.
Use hashtags #novemberthankful and #threebusybees
At the end you can turn your month of THANKS into an Instagram book via Blurb Books.

You can download this cover for your Blurb Instagram book HERE!

Thanks to our friends over at Eighteen25 for this awesome download.

Now to catch you up on what I am THANKFUL for!!

I am THANKFUL for Jesus.

I am THANKFUL for my husband and our children.

I am THANKFUL for my camera.

I am THANKFUL for the ability to Homeschool.