the DIY guide to home improvement store hacks: ways to save money on upgrades, crafts, and more!

Home Depot used to be the bane of my preteen existence. Going to the obnoxious orange store with my dad on the weekend usually meant being dragged around every aisle while being promised a hotdog and tiny bag of Lay's afterwards.

I seldom got the snack, but I did (somehow) develop a deep adoration for the ever-present sawdust and concrete floors of that place. Now, at 24, I don't mind frequent trips to home improvement stores and hey, neither should you! So I put together a small list of ways I pinch pennies at these money-sucking black holes. Good luck 😉

jetpens haul and review - handlettering and bullet journal supplies

I have been a shameless pen collector all my life. I have boxes upon boxes of pens that probably don't even work anymore, yet I can't shame myself into throwing them away. Such is life for a stationery aficionado.

A small portion of my pen collection... Trust me, there is plenty more. This is just what's readily accessible at my desk.

That being said, became a blip in my radar recently and I wanted to give them a shot. Usually I do all my pen shopping in-person (hell-ooooo, who can resist doodling on those test paper pads in Staples? Not I!), but for free shipping over $25 (it is easy peasy to do that, trust me) I thought JetPen might be a great option to try things less readily accessible.

These opinions are all my own, I bought these with my own money, yada yada yada. I've also ranked them from "MOST FAVORITE EVER!!!!" to "meh, alright" for your browsing pleasure. Enjoy!

Silhouette Sunday: Print and Cut Planner Stickers WITHOUT registration mark margins!

This is the story of what started as a "can I pull off this out-there idea?" and turned into a thousand-likes Facebook post to one of the Silhouette groups I'm part of...

I made these awesome stickers just messing around with my Silhouette Pixscan mat and some of Gemma Correll's artwork (you can find her stuff here-- she also sells *actual* stickers) and posted the idea to a Silhouette Facebook group-- then immediately got tons of requests for a tutorial. So, being the "tech teacher" I am, I wanted everyone to get in on this amazingness and made a video!

I'm admittedly more of a video-savvy explainer anyway, so if you want to watch this process, start-to-finish, watch the little YouTube embed below:

If you're looking for a download of the Emoji sticker sheet I'm using in the video, follow this link to the Dropbox zip file. It contains not only the sticker sheet image, but also the "blackout" cut image you can trace in Silhouette Studio to get easy cut lines.

Have fun and keep crafting!

Silhouette Sunday: Merry Christmas handlettered cut file freebie!

To get in the spirit of Christmas, I decided to spend a bit of time this week handlettering... which lead to making a free cut file for you to enjoy!

I think this will make a great decal for a mug, or even heat pressed onto a festive shirt for the holidays. If you use my file and have fun with it, I would love to see. Just tag your posts on social media as #Twinklefarts and I might even repost your picture ;)

Anyway, feel free to use it as much as you'd like for personal projects. All I ask is that you refrain from selling items using this particular design unless granted explicit permission. Download the file here.

Happiest of holidays to my wonderful blog readers,

Silhouette Sunday: DIY Print and Cut Instax Stickers

Gone are the days of using Sharpie permanent markers to caption the instant exposures of Polaroid and Instax cameras! I found a marvelous (and adorable) way to decorate my photos from a recent trip to California and wanted to share them with all of you for this week’s Silhouette Sunday!