The Bucket List Book

My principal is retiring this year–which by the way I am none to happy about! 😦 She is leaving us to pursue some things on her “bucket list”–which brings me to this post. I wanted to give her something to use on her new adventures and something that would say thank you to her for all the mentorship she gave to me, so I came up with the idea of making her a “Bucket List Book”. A place where she can make a list of all the things she wants to do and then blank pages to write about them or to keep photos and notes. Here are some pictures of it–I hope it’s not to sappy, and I also hope that she isn’t reading my blog because I won’t be giving this to her until Tuesday.

Thank you Jeannie for making me want to be a better teacher and for pushing me to work harder when I never thought I could! My Golden Apple Award and Teacher of the Year Award are all due to you and in honor of you! Thank You!!!


bucket (clip art from Microsoft Word), ribbons (from my scrap ribbon drawer), handle (a jumbo paper clip bent into the correct shape), wooden handle (spool from some ribbon I got at Michaels), silver paper (Michaels) letters (Cricuit diecut “Alphalicious”), jumbo eyelets (Stampin’ Up), adhesive tape (3M)


OOT Bags Offerings!

As promised, here are the OOT bags I currently offer. If you do not see something that fits your needs, please contact me and we can work to make it happen!

All bags include (you can add/take away items at an additional cost):

* 1-2 bottles of bottled water

* maps of your destination (you supply)

* itinerary

* a listing of places to see (specific to age/theme)

** map, itinerary, and places to see will be compiled into a folded 3-5 page booklet for recipients to use


This is the OOT bag to choose if you need a quick welcome bag for your guests. It can be customized to meet your needs and the items listed can be added/taken out depending upon what you would like. Any container would work for this OOT bag.

* 2 bottles of water, chocolate, hard plastic water bottle (customized with labels), flip-flops, maps, note cards (handmade and personalized), snack packages (pretzels, trail mix, peanut butter crackers, etc.), itinerary, places to see*


Included in a large customizable coffee mug in your choice of color:

* instant coffee of your choice, spoons (caramel or chocolate dipped), lady finger cookies (or similar substitution) STARBUCKS gift card

BATH OOT BAG ($35 each)

Included in a basket or re-usable plastic bath container (can be customized with paint pens or labels)

* your choice of scented lotion, soap, salts, towel in color of your choice, and a bath robe)

OOT BAGS FOR KIDS (ages birth-12) ($15 each)

Included in a handy canvas bag with custom decorations (including recipients first name)

* coloring book/activity book, 24 count Crayola crayons, hard plastic water bottle (first name printed on bottle), snacks, age appropriate toys from Discovery Toys


Included in canvas beach tote (customizable with names of bride/groom or recipents)

* sunscreen (minimum 30 SPF), chapstick, flip-flops, straw hat, towel in your choice of color


*Please note that due to shipping laws, you must supply your own bottled wine*

Included in small wicker picnic basket or backpack:

*wine glasses (2 or 4-can be engraved), crackers, cheese, cheese spreader


Included in a toiletries bag:

* trail mix, water bottles, nail care kit (clippers, nail file, clear polish, buffer)

All kits are a minimum 5 OOT bag order and must be paid up front-in full, plus the cost of shipping. One of a kind OOT bags are also available, so contact me for details.

OOT Bags are now available!

Click on the blue link in the upper right hand corner to learn all about OOT Bags and why they are perfect for your Destination Wedding!  Totally custom!  Start with a few basics and I’ll handle the rest!

No Time My Friend…

So, I’ve got NO time for card making, scrapbooking, or making anything crafty!  😦  Report cards need to be finished by the 29th, and I have to pack up and move my entire classroom down the hall to make room for a new 1st grade class.  I’m glad because I get to teach Full Day Kinder. next year–but I hate moving–maybe it will give me a chance to purge 18 copies of things I don’t really need!  Anyway–my Stamping Club started back up again on Saturday–god how I miss that!!  I finally got my rub-ons from SAB in March!!!  I got a few blank canvases (okay coffee mugs!) and started rubbing away!  Here is my first one–like it?  Very simple, but I think it rivals Starbucks!  It’s for sale-$8 and it’s yours!  

Happy Mother’s Day

I wanted to make a scrapbook for my sister for Mother’s Day–she had a boy in October and she hasn’t had the time to make a book for him, let alone get any sleep!  I picked up a couple of paper kits at Michael’s last night and whipped this together in about 2 hours.  If I would have thought of it sooner, I would have made more of the embellishments myself, instead of buying them–just because I think it’s a little more personal.  I left the pictures out because I can’t decide if I want to put some in, or let her pick her favorites and journal about them herself.  I will give her some adhesive and a nice pen if I go with that option.  Next up–a small-ish sized book for my mom–she’s coming to town on Monday, so at least I have until then! 🙂  Enjoy!  If you are interested purchasing a ready made scrapbook or scrapbook kit, the prices and sizes are listed to the right! This is a 12×12 size.  Click on the pictures for a bigger view.

The Winner Is…


“So great blog candy! greats designs and lovely cards!” picked number 21

Doris, just e-mail me at and I will get your package out to you!  To everyone else…2,000 hits are fast approaching—I feel MORE blog candy coming on!  Thanks for all your great websites, recipes and comments!! I feel so good reading them and knowing people are enjoying my cards!

There’s still time!

You still have time to enter into the blog candy contest!! I’m not doing the drawing until at least 7 or 8 pm (Indiana time–whatever that is anymore!). See below for the candy!

Kristen 🙂