GIRL4ACAUSE: #Dancember 2017

Hey Guys!

Today, I wanted to take the time out to talk to you about a yearly initiative that I have been participating in for the past few years called “Dancember”. Dancember is a fundraising campaign created by Judy & Benji Travis, popular vlogging You tubers, not only to raise money for a chosen non-profit organization but also to raise awareness about a specific cause. Each year, for one day in December, there will be a 24 live broadcast feed hosted by Its Judy Time to concentrate efforts on raising money. Of course, donations are open for the entire month of December.

In 2014, Dancember raised money to support Rescue Freedom, which is an organization dedicated to eradicating sexual slavery amongst women/children. That year, a community of You tubers ( creators, viewers, etc) raised over 100,000 dollars. For the past two years, Dancember has focused it’s efforts towards  raising money for Convoy Of Hope, a “faith based organization” that helps “the impoverished and suffering by distributing food, water, supplies and hope” ( COH, 2015). This year, they are going to do it again but what’s different is that they are shooting for 1,000,000 dollar fundraising goal.

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Every day in December, you can dance ( hence the “dance-ember) and share it online , not only to raise awareness for the campaign but also for the cause. You can learn more about the creators of this campaign and importantly, the cause that so many people contribute to by their effort, time, talents and skill to every year:

If you want to be on the Dancember Street Team, those who are driven individual’s who want to contribute to the campaign more about passionate outreach, you can do so here.

If you’d like to make a donation to help feed children and contribute to this campaign, you can do so here.

If you just want to find out more about Convoy Of Hope, apart from the campaign, check out the link right here.

I don’t know about you but I can sometimes feel overwhelmed during the holiday season because sometimes I feel that there is so much the requirement to “give” something to so many different causes. With Dancember, from one supporter being myself, do what you are led to do first and foremost. Find out if Convoy of Hope and their mission is a cause that makes you passionate and that you want to contribute to. At the end of the day, you don’t have to give “money” just to contribute to making a difference, you can also give your attention, genuine attention to something else, someone else…this season.

I’ll be there on the 24hr broadcast ( I believe it will be on December 15th!) which will be on their main channel, Join me and the rest as we dance our way to 1,000,000 dollars.

WorkWithIt, Girl: if you can’t dance, YOU BETTA WORK with what you got and do what you can : D.

 

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Winter Paperland: Cutest Gift Tags

Hi,

I am sure that this idea is nothing new and that many have already jumped on this bandwagon but just in case, I just wanted to share my take on making my own gift tags using scrapbook paper. It was not until this year that I discovered just how awesome scrapbook paper was and the zillion things one can do with it. That being said, I especially have been loving scrapbook paper where the design is composed of “squares” or rectangules because they make the perfect cut-out.

All I Used:

Scrapbook Paper

Ribbon

Glue

Here’s how I made mine:

First, I cutted out one of the squares and then on a plain/decorative piece of scrapbook paper, I cut out another another square larger than my festive square.

Then I simply cut off the corners of my green decorative paper and punched a hole in the top for a ribbon

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Next all I did was glue on my festive square and tied the ribbon on. With paper like this, you can create over 15 tags using just one sheet!

Why Buy When You Can Try: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Folks, from WorkWithIt, Girl!

 

 

 

WorkWith Christmas Bulb: Christmas Ornament LED Nightlight

Good December to you guys,

You know, I don’t know where my keenness to creating crafts with LED lights came from but I have been loving using them regardless. Today, I wanted to share my Christmas LED creation: a Christmas bulb with a unique spin on it transforming it into an nightlight. Who said Christmas ornaments were just for trees ?

What I Used: 

1 LED Light candle( Get these from the dollar store, they have the best deal, I got two for a dollar)

1 Plain DIY Christmas Ornament

Decorative Stickers

All A Girl Got To Do: 

Step 1) Decorate your Christmas ornament with your stickers ( the sharper, if that makes any sense, cut your stickers are, the more likely the light can reflect the shape better).

Step 2) Take off the silver part of your bulb and glue your ornament on top of your LED light candle. * Or you can just put the bulb on top of the candle but be careful, you don’t want it to fall off and break

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Turn it on and wala:

The shape of the snowflake stickers don’t protrude as outwardly as I’d like unless really close to the wall but nevertheless, I was really excited to do this and I’d hope that somebody out there might be too. Thank you for visiting WorkWithIt, Girl: see you soon for the next Christmas-themed post.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

Winter Paperland: Christmas Hairbows

Hey Guys!

Happy Holiday’s & Merry Christmas to you. Today, I wanted to kick off Christmas crafts on WorkWithIt, Girl with Christmas Hairbows made from Christmas-themed scrapbook paper. This year, I wanted to keep things simple in execution and also my explanation here; using paper in one shape or form is primarily the material we will use this year ( but not all of course). So, lets get started with today’s craft:

Backstory: Initially, I submitted this idea for a magazine but unsurprisingly, I suppose, my submission did not get chosen for publication. Nevertheless, I thought it would be nice to share my unique idea to make a hairbow using scrapbook paper here with you guys…even though it might not be as practical of an item to wear. Here’s what you’ll need:

1 piece of scrapbook paper

Gem of your choice

1 Bobbin Pin/Alligator Clip/Hair Clip

Hot Glue Gun

Scissors.

Step 1) Take your scrapbook paper and cut into tiny squares. My scrapbook paper design was already squares so I did not need to do so. You can make your squares however big or small that you want but you will need 6 squares per bow.

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Step 2) Make your squares into mini 3D snowflakes parts. I followed a tutorial that I shared on my previous post here.

Step 3) Staple or glue 3 of your pieces together and then glue another 3 together. At the end you will connect them together in the middle forming your bow.

Step 4) Glue your gem onto the middle

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Step 5) Glue your bobbin pin or hair clip carefully onto the back of your bow

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All done!

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WorkWith White Copy Paper: 3D Snowflake Tutu

Hello Hello to you! Today we are kicking off December with: The 3D Snowflake Tutu

Backstory: I did not quite know how to make a 3D snowflake ( and I actually probably still do not know how to all the way) until this year and while I saw that there was great usage of the 3D snowflake, I thought why not make a pancake tutu using these pretty snowflakes. Granted, I did not quite know fully how I was going to do this and whether or not I was going to use tulle but here’s what I came up with.

What I Used:

30 + Pieces of White Copy Paper ( Use what you have, if you have construction paper, cardstock paper, newspaper, gift wrapping paper, use it).

Tape ( Glue is a great/better/sturdier alternative, just may take more time)

Stapler

How It’s Done:

Step 1) While this tutu is called the snowflake tutu, it is not made up of individual snowflakes. Rather I simply replicated the pieces that will make an entire snowflake 25 + times. How many pieces you need to make is individualistic. Here’s the tutorial that I used to learn how to make 3D snowflakes(mine do look slightly different but it was certainly close enough) here.

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Step 2) After your finished making your snowflake pieces, a. take several pieces (2-5) sheets of copy paper and fold them vertically. b. Lie them down and determine exactly how many pieces of paper you need to wrap around your waist. c. Once determined, staple your vertical pieces of paper together creating the tutu belt.

Step 3) Fold the very edge of your snowflake and staple the folded edge onto the outside of your belt. Continue to staple the rest of your snowflake in the same direction (preferably) until the whole belt is filled.

Step 4) You can either poke holes into each side of the very end of your belt and then tie a ribbon through to keep the tutu on or you can just staple the very ends of your belt to hold together your tutu permanently. Either way, you are now done!

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Okay, okay okay, so I know that this tutu is not too practical to wear but for decorative/appeal purposes, it was certainly a delight (and time intensive) craft to make. If you decide to make it, let me know how yours turns out below and most of all, have fun!

~ WorkWithIt,Girl: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

WorkWith Metal Can: Simple Snowflake Nightlight

Hi Everyone ~

Backstory: I was pondering what craft I could come up with to submit to this magazine and my friend, Carly actually came up with the framework for this idea. Literally, all I did was snap some pictures and redid the top to post here. What I love about what she thought of is that it embodied what we here at WorkWithIt, Girl is all about, working with what you have. All it took to make was:

1 Food Can

1 LED Light Candle ( I had a multicolored LED candle)

Aluminmum Foil

A pencil or some other pointy object

How It’s Done:

Step 1) Take your can and decorate per your choice * I did not because I just liked the look of a regular can but you can add embellishments and do whatever you like

Step 2) Take a piece of aluminum foil ( tin foil) and poke your choice of design into the foil * Really you could use whatever you have but I used foil because that’s what she came up with and what we had readily available.

Step 3) Place your light in your can and place our foil on top and you are done!*Optional:  Place a ribbon around your foil for decorative purposes

There you have it!

It’s cost practically nothing to make and it’s surely family friendly! As always, remember to WorkWithIt!

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WorkWith Mason Jar: Snowy Bell Jars

Backstory: After doing the Enchanted Rose Jar, I have been thinking about creating my own snow globes, if you will, with mason jars but recently the main ornament I have been able to get my hand on was these adorable bell ornaments ( which I love). So, I figured that when things don’t quite go as envisioned, we can still make it work. For today’s project, there really isn’t much to it at all, all you need is some bells, glitter, a mason jar, some good tape or some glue that is water resistant: Snowy Bell Jars

What I Used:

1 Mason Jar

1 Bell Ornament of Choice

Glitter Of Choice ( I used some white iridescent glitter and later added a little bit of gold)

Tape/Glue

How It’s Done:

Simply take your bells and glue them to the top or the bottom of the jar ( It really is your choice, I taped mine to the bottom of the jar

Fill your jar to the brim with water ( make sure your bells are secured in the jar) and then sprinkle your glitter into it.

 

Turn your jar upside down and see the snow fall

 

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you!