General Dollar Store Advice
Dollar stores do not have a consistent inventory. Do not assume that the cute stamps or perfect sized container will still be available in a month. If there are several dollar stores in your area it is worth it to visit all of them as they will not all have the same merchandise. Take the time to walk down all the aisles and pay close attention. Often the best finds are on the ends of aisles or not where you would have expected to find them. I have found crafting supplies in both the toys and cosmetics aisles.
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Educational and Free
Podcasts are a terrific opportunity to enhance your education for free. Blogging and web design are popular podcasting topics. Podcasts can easily played on desktops, laptops, tablets, and most smartphones.
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Distressed for Success
Crafting can get expensive. Luckily, these bookmarks can be made with basic supplies many people have around the house. The cardboard is from a the packaging of a pair of liner socks. The distressing is done with ink pads that are drying up.
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“Resist the temptation to use dazzling style to conceal weaknesses of substance.” Stanley Schmidt
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Fresh New Cards
Homemade cards are an excellent way to show someone that you care about them. These cardboard punch-out cards have the added advantage of using cardboard that would otherwise go in the recycling bin. This tutorial is highly customizable and is a great way to get kids involved in crafting.
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The Beauty of Summer
Summer is associated with outdoor activities, vacations, warm weather, and long daylight hours. It is the season for baseball, swimming, and evening walks. If you are in the southern hemisphere these quotes are probably more appropriate for winter.
“One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” Jeannette Walls
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Good quality photos are important for blogging and web design. Eye-catching bright and clear photos attract visitors and give your posts and projects a professional look. Stock photographs are a great way to reinforce your message.
The list below includes over 50 sites which offer free stock photographs. Public domain photos can be used without restriction. Some sites offer their pictures for free, but have restrictions (attribution, non-commercial use, etc) so please check the site’s terms before using the photos for your blog or other project.
Sites for Free Stock Photographs
4 Free Photos Public Domain Photos
Big Photo This is a good site for free photographs for personal and educational use.
British Library on Flickr
Buringwell.org Public Domain Image Source
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