Incentive Jars – Out of this World/Awesome

My 3 youngest children attend cyber school rather than a traditional brick and mortar school. We recently had a conference with our family coach and worked on setting some personal and academic goals for the kids. I put together these incentive jars for 2 of them (I’m still working on the third) to encourage them to work on some areas that need improvement. My daughter, Madison, is working on managing her time better, so I’ve set a goal for her for when she should be done with her school work each day. If she reaches her goal, she gets to put a marble in her jar. My son, Matthew, is working on reading for enjoyment outside of the school curriculum and also working on his writing skills, so his goal is to read non school issued books and write a report, summary, or review about what he read. His jar is a bit smaller since it involves doing additional work outside of their regular school work. Once their jars are filled, they earn predetermined reward. 😀

To create these, I upcycled pill bottles from the pharmacy (I have far too many of these floating around). I painted them with Viva Maya Gold paints, which are delightfully shimmery! I then splattered white distress paint onto Matthew’s and wrapped trim around his, but wrapped lace around Madison’s. The title pieces were altered with the same Maya Gold paints, but the wood veneers were all altered using PITT markers. Here’s how they turned out:

jar top

jar front

jar Madison 1

jar Madison 2

jar Madison 3

jar Matthew 1

jar Matthew 2

jar Matthew 3

jar Matthew 4


The fabulous CE goodies I used:

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Daddy’s Girl – Creative Embellishments and CSI 182

This month Creative Embellishments is sponsoring the challenges on CSI Color Stories Inspiration, so our team has been invited to guest design for them as well! I had a lot of fun cracking case #182. Their challenges are so unique since they combine color palettes with other criteria. For this case, I chose a white background, leaves/vines, mouse/other animal, and wet medium from the evidence category and chose the word “sweet” for my journaling. I attach journaling card to back of my layouts the majority of the time since it doesn’t tend to go with my design. I also like that including hidden journaling or a message on the back leaves a pleasant surprise for my children to find later. My journaling reads, “I have always loved watching your father play with you and your brothers, especially as babies. He’s so sweet and tender with you in particular since you’re our only daughter. It melts my heart and I get to fall in love with him all over again.”

Here’s how my page turned out:

Daddys Girl


Close up of the cluster on the left. I  altered the flourish piece with Pitt artist markers:

Daddys Girl close up 1

Close up of the cluster on the right:

Daddys Girl close up 2

Close up of the title piece. I altered the wood veneer bunny and title pieces with Silks paints:

Daddys Girl close up 3


CSI’s Case 182 mood board:



The CE products I used: