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Monday, January 21, 2013

Smile Jar

Happy 2013 everyone. It is L.B. from Cool Beans By L.B. I hope everyone has had a good start to the new year and lots of smiles are coming your way. A friend of mine went through breast cancer in 2012 and told me that this year she was going to collect her smiles to have in bad times. I decided this was a great idea so I up-cycled a food canister to create a smile jar. (You can see lots of ideas for this on Pinterest)
I cut 2 large circles (so forgot to record the size) from George and Basic Shapes, cut one of them in half and added some fun decorative tape to create the base of my jar lid.
Next, I added the word "smile", cut with the adorable Create-a-Critter cartridge (I love the way it has a heart to dot the i). I placed the circle on a larger white base and added a bow before adding it to the top of my jar.
I added a tag cut, with the Splish Splash (these are my go to tag bases) Lite cartridge. I once again cut one layer in half and added the cute tape before using Hello Kitty Font to add 2013 to it. On the other side of the tag it gives me my basic instructions, "Write down the things that make you smile so if you need one you can pull it out and read it. Save them for New Year's Eve and read they all."
Once I had this done I wanted a place to hold the slips of paper and a pen so it would be ready whenever I wanted to add something to the jar (or anyone else does). I cut a small box of Tags, Bags, Boxes and More and put it together, adding a small circle with the word "joy" also from Create-a-Critter on front.
I have been adding thoughts ever since and even my daughter and husband have added a few. Thanks for stopping by Cricut FANatics today. Hope you find a reason to smile today.

Created by: L.B.
Machine: Cricut Expression, Gypsy
Cartridges: Create-a-Critter, Tags, Bags, Boxes and More, George and Basic Shapes, Splish Splash
Additional Materials: Martha Stewart Crafting tapes and ribbons, DCWV Citrus Stack papers, ATG gun and adhesives.


  1. Fabulous idea!! Love all of the details, the colors, and the idea of opening at the end of the year. Great!!!

  2. This is a fantastic idea! I love the idea of saving happy thoughts for tough days. The design you've created is so pretty too! Love those papers you used.

  3. This is such a lovely idea! I loved the jar and box you created. Thank you for this idea!

  4. I love the idea-- and I love the cheerful, happy jar and box you came up with! So sweet!!

  5. This is a wonderful idea!! I LOVE it!! Just think how special it will be for her to open those cards on the days she needs them most.

  6. What a fantastic idea! Definitely going to be lifting this one!

  7. I love this idea. Sometimes we all need a reminder of how blessed we are.

  8. Love the idea. Going to make myself one. Thanks for sharing.

  9. What a great idea! The colors would be enough to make anyone smile. Nice job.


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