Daisy Badge/Award Holders- A “Beyond the Ziploc” Idea

It’s December, and many troops may be planning a Court of Awards ceremony as part of their holiday festivities. There is a thread on the Greenblood Yahoo Group that gets revived every now and again for ideas to present the girls with their badges and other awards that’s a bit more exciting then the ziploc bag with their name on it. This is the quick and easy way that I gave my girls their pins and badges at our fall Investiture and Rededication Ceremony. With the help of my Cricut, I had this project for 15 done in less than an hour.

Here are the step-by-step instructions. First off, here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • Cardstock- I used white, yellow, and green
  • 1/8″-1/4″ wooden dowels- I bought these at Lowe’s. I used dowels (1/4″ thick) in the spring when we made pinwheels as part of the Movers Try-it. They come as 4 foot lengths and the staff are great about trimming them down to the size you need. However, these dowels are thin enough that you can clip them to size (12″-15″) with pruning shears.
  • Adhesive (my go-to dry adhesive is Tombow Monoadhesive), Glue Dots for adhering badges and patches

I also used the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge that came with my Cricut Expression, and used the 6-petal flower (5 1/2″ size so 4 could be cut from one sheet of cardstock), the leaf, and the circle (1 1/2″-2″- a circle punch also works for this). I don’t think having a Cricut for this project is a deal-breaker, just a nice time saver. Fortunately, flowers and simple leaves are fairly easy to freehand draw and cut out.

A) After cutting my shapes, I took the flowers and cut 2 parallel lines (about 1/2″ wide), one on either side of the center hole (part of my flower shape automatically).

B) I used those cutlines to thread the dowel on the back side of the flower. You can hold the dowel in place with a spot of adhesive or a glue dot.

C) After securing the dowel, I turned the flower over and adhered the flower center. I used the center for her Brownie pin if she was being invested, and the 100th Anniversary pin is she was rededicating. The tack held nicely using the 1/8″ dowel rod (D). The tack might not hold as well when using a 1/4″ dowel, but the wider dowel is not an issue if you’re using the center for a Promise Center (Daisies) or another patch.

E) Next is attaching the leaves. The Cricut leaf has a little bit of a stem, which was perfect for adding adhesive and wrapping around the dowel rod, and attaching to the back of the leaf (F). I varied the location of the leaf on the dowel, and I also varied whether they were on the left or the right to distribute the “bulk” when I put them in my vase.

We hand out awards and badges as we earn them, so I didn’t have a large collection of new things to hand out. Rather, I wrote the names of the things that they earned during the early fall on the petals.

That’s it! Super easy, right? The daisies were such a hit with the girls- they were an instant keepsake! It made it so worth the extra bit of effort.

Happy crafting, everyone!



Time to turn the page…

As of July 1st, I’ll be officially retired as a hybrid template designer. While there is a measure of sadness after having designed templates for two and a half years, I’m looking forward to shifting focus with my creative endeavors. I’m not leaving scrapbooking and paper crafting! I’m looking forward to getting back to making hybrid goodies for Sugarplum Paperie, so you’ll see plenty of enabling there.

However, the focus of this blog will shift- from strictly designer and store enabling to being a resource blog for paper crafting and scrapbooking with children. I’m going to start sharing the projects I have done with Natalie’s Girl Scout troop- project tutorials, highlighting products and designers, and probably the occasional digital freebie here and there. I’m so excited!

Here are photos of a few of the girl scout inspired projects that I’ve done. Click on the photos to link to my gallery at The DigiChick to get information on the products I used.  The tutorial list has been started:

Mini Tag Album- the girls earned their green Daisy petal- "Using Resources Wisely"

Our 2010 Brownie Investiture Invite (my sample)

Natalie's Try-It Journal

Not to worry! All of the template or printable freebies that I made as a Creative Team or Design Team member (at least, the ones I didn’t have to take down after a set amount of time) will still be available on 4Shared. I’ll work on tagging those posts with “freebie” so you can find them easy.

Do you need tutorial ideas now? I do have a couple written for the stores I have designed for (thanks, ScrapMatters and The DigiChick/ The Hybrid Chick for a fabulous opportunity to be creative!!!!)

Paper Bag Album Tutorial- Thinking Day “Passport”

Hybrid Labels- STICKERS!

Trinket Boxes from Plastic Boxes

Hybrid Mythbusters (not a tutorial, per se, but some decent information on trying hybrid papercrafting)

Repurposing Chipboard

If you happen to be a Girl Scout Leader stopping by- Welcome!! If you’re looking for particular project ideas- don’t hesitate to write me a comment. It will help guide the mountain of ideas on my list.

Have a great 4th of July Weekend! Be safe!


iNSD 2011: OK, Now I’m Ready

Happy iNSD! I’m hope you’re enjoying all of the festivities! I plan on spending my Saturday scrapping after spending the morning with DD- we’re headed to a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Workshop for Girls, her first private ice skating lesson with Miss Abby, and the Girl Scout Council Store to spend her hard earned cookie dough.

While I don’t have any new releases, I have whipped up a freebie for you. Here you go:

I designed the template based on a recent page I made, using new goodies from Sugarplum Paperie. Did you know she’s guesting at The Lilypad this month? She’s joined their monthly “Build Your Own Collab” promotion, with a paper pack, element pack, and alpha called “Saturday Morning.” She says these products remind her of her new sheets. That may be so, but I found this color palette to be particularly girl scout-friendly. I used her stuff to capture the girls as they earned the “Movers” Try-it.

Don’t forget to tell your friends to “Like” me on Facebook- I’d love to have 100 likes and link you to an exclusive freebie to say “Thank You”

Have a great weekend!

Are you ready for (inter)National Scrapbooking Day?

Because I’m not! LOL!

Sad to say, I have no new releases for one of the biggest scrapbooking days of the year! My designing mojo suddenly gave out, so I put my Brownie troop first for a bit. Troop Camp certification, a Camp-in at COSI, learning new goofy camp songs, pulling invasive plant species at the local park, and lots of Try-its! Oh, and put the Easter holiday and singing in the choir in there… Hope you don’t mind.

However, that’s not to say nothing is going on. My entire shop is on sale at The DigiChick– 30% off until Sunday, so stop by and check out my recent releases and some re-releases. Plus, I’ll be putting up some freebie templates (digital and hybrid) for you to snag. Don’t forget to like me on Facebook– there will be much love spread if I can exceed 100 Likes this weekend…

Have you seen my recent releases?

This one was featured on The Hybrid Chick blog as part of their virtual baby shower:

Here are a few more recent re-releases:



Stop by The DigiChick this weekend for lots of fun and challenges- we’re hosting a late night pajama party- Woot!