My #StickaPic Craft Party – HP Social Media Snapshots Photo Paper @Staples with Special Discount

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I love to make things, especially during the holiday season. It’s fun to give homemade gifts and when I use photos in my DIY projects, it makes them extra special.

As an HP Smart Mom Panel member, I have been able to give HP insight into what a small business owner, blogger, mom and DIY/crafter likes about products such as printers and photo paper.  I’ve also been able to try out new HP products first hand. Recently I travelled to San Diego for the HP Print and Pamper Retreat where I was able to visit HP headquarters and meet with executives to give my input about product development.

During the trip, we also were treated to a craft night. I was in DIY heaven when I walked into the conference room at the Rancho Bernardo Inn and saw tables and tables of make and takes. I was inspired by the projects and couldn’t wait to get home to share what I learned with my friends! These projects and more can be found online at

Taking an hour or two during the day to get creative with good friends is such a gift. Even though we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving, I put on some Christmas music and lit some cinnamon candles as we visited and snacked on some pumpkin goat cheese and scones. As my friends arrived, they printed photo “name tags” on HP Social Media Snapshots sticky photo paper with their favorite hashtag. It was fun to see what word they each picked to describe themselves.

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Other friends picked love and awesome. I chose brave.


My friends loved using the free HP Snapshots app to access and print photos straight from their social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook as well as their smartphone’s photo stream. HP Social Media Snapshots 4×5 sticky back photo paper is perfect for creating projects. We made three easy and fun photo projects perfect for gift giving.

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1. Tile Coasters

How to make yourself: Get some stone tiles in the bathroom section of Home Depot. You can also use ceramic tiles for a more polished look. Print a photo onto HP Social Media Snapshots photo paper from Instagram using the free, HP Snapshots app. You can pick a white or black frame for your photo, or trim the border off completely, like I did. Peel off the protective backing from the back of the photo and adhere it to your coaster. Cover the top of photo and coaster with Mod Podge. After it dries, put four, small felt pad dots on the back of the coaster, one in each corner, to protect your coffee table.

2. Photo blocks

How to make yourself: You can buy wooden blocks from a craft store like Michaels, but I had my husband cut them from wood. The HP Social Media Snapshots photo paper is 4 x 5 but the image will be smaller when you trim off the bottom portion that contains the message below the photo from Instagram. I left a border on my photo and trimmed it down to a perfect square – 4 1/8 x 4 1/8. You’ll need 9 equally sized square blocks to fit together to make a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 square.

After printing a photo onto the HP Social Media Snapshots photo paper using the HP Snapshots app, trim your photo. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the blocks, then adhere your photo to the blocks. Let dry then use an exacto knife to cut the photo along the lines of the blocks so they can be separated. Sand the sides of the blocks for an even finish. Repeat on all or any of the remaining 5 sides. You can also paint some of the sides with acrylic paint.

3. Christmas Ornaments

How to make yourself: Purchase a glass ornament at a craft supply store like Michaels. You can get a round glass ornament with a flat front and back surface which works well for adhering a photo. Print a photo onto the HP Social Media Snapshots photo paper using the HP Snapshots app. A smaller image works best for this craft. Punch out the image you want with a circle punch. Peel back the protective backing and adhere to the ornament. Using Mod Podge, cover the entire photo as well as a small border around the photo. Sprinkle glitter on the exposed Mod Podge (you can cover photo or just the border like I did). Tie ribbon around the top to match the colors in the photo and/or the glitter.

While in San Diego, I met the creator of the PicCollege app. You can make the coolest photo collages on your phone with their grids and templates that include themes for holidays and events. They even have templates for phone cases and greeting cards.

This is a PicCollage I made of my guests working on their projects. So cute! If you haven’t used this free app, be sure to give it a try.


Deal Alert!

Now through November 30th, HP Social Media Snapshots are Buy One Get One Free at Staples when you use this link and click “redeem now”.

What are you making for the holidays?

As an HP Smart Mom Panel member, I received free products in order to host the HP #StickaPic Party. All opinions expressed are my own.

Free Small Business and Blogger Summit in Houston – 11/17/15 #VZWHoustonSMB‬


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I get asked often by readers, colleagues and friends how they can start their own blog. It’s wonderful to hear from those who have been inspired by Still Living The Dream to go after their passions and I love to point folks towards resources that will help them be successful.

As a small business owner (I am also a social media strategist, freelance writer and owner of J.Patrick Communications, Inc.), I have been helped by many others, too. I’ve found that the blogger and small business communities are extremely supportive of those who work hard to realize their dreams.

I love working with companies who give back. Verizon is a company that gets “it”…they know what businesses need and believe that it is important to support them as they grow.

I’m excited to announce that Verizon is hosting a FREE Small Business and Blogger Summit in Houston on November 17th. This half-day event from 8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the JW Marriott Houston on Westheimer includes panel discussions, keynote presentations and networking with a focus on how Small Minority-Owned Businesses can achieve personal and professional results, manage their business to new heights and share best practices with peers.

Attendees will hear from speakers including Linda Alvarado, President & CEO of Alvarado Construction, Inc., Emilio Gonzalez, Executive Director For Strategic Alliances at Verizon, Alex Davidson, CEO of Securranty, Carol Guess, General Counsel at The Guess Group, Inc., Alex Lopez Negrete, President/CEO of Lopez Negrete Communications, Inc, Laura Oldaker, CEO/Executive Director of By Your Side Senior Care and Nelson Reyneri, Senior Vice President, Sales & External Affairs at Liberty Power Corporation.

There will also be a blogger workshop during lunch co-led by Byrdie Franco and Eric Tung where you can learn tips about how to successfully work with brands and generate income from your blogging activity. Eric is a superstar in the industry (just ask one of his 154K followers on Twitter!) and I’ve had the pleasure of hearing him speak at conferences on a couple occasions. I’m looking forward to meeting and hearing from Byrdie for the first time at this event. You won’t want to miss this.

This event is free to attend, but you need to sign up ahead of time.

Verizon is also helping those in the community by giving two small to medium businesses $5,000 each to donate to charities of their choice. You can find out more about that here and will be given the chance to apply when you register for the event.

I can’t wait to hear more about trends and topics that are currently top-of-mind for small business owners and bloggers including technology that will help me improve MY business. Hope to see you there!

This post was sponsored on behalf of Verizon #vzwhoustonsmb



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