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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Themed Birthday- DIY Party Décor and Food

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For my daughters 7th birthday, I wanted to incorporate something she was very interested in at her age: reading! This little bookworm loves all things books and I jumped at the chance to make her a whole DIY party dedicated to books! :)

I originally wanted to host the party at our local library but they did not allow social functions in their conference room, so we hosted at my local church, and I had such a good time planning it all out. :) I recently had my external hard drive die on me, so I lost a years worth of photos unfortunately (insert very sad face here). I lost the photos of the super adorable library card invitations and library card pockets, but I do still have the photos of the day thankfully!

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I made an array of finger foods for her party, all inspired by a particular classic children’s books.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish—Goldfish crackers

Peter Rabbit—Veggie platter

The Very Hungry Caterpillar—Fruit platter

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie— Homemade cookies

Olivia at the Circus—Popcorn

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory--  Chocolate pudding

Cheese Belongs to You—Cheese platter

Oh, the Places You’ll Go—Birthday cake design and book quote

The red and blue dotted background behind her birthday table were actually just a few rolls of dollar store gift wrap hung up side by side. So an 8 foot wide background cost me $4!

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I made her a birthday banner made from a $1 dictionary (dollar store) that I tore pages out of and stamped in acrylic paint my individual letters. I already had the paint and ribbon, so basically, this was a $1 to make this custom book banner. :))

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As I mentioned, I lost the photos of my invitations (OMGosh they were CUTE!!!!), but I carried on the theme of the invitations to the thank you’s somewhat. I included in our thank you take home gift, a small spiral notebook (that I altered with our theme bookworm), and included instructions for making a bookmark at home, a pencil with “Alexis 7th Birthday!” inscribed, an “I love reading” pin assortment, and “I love reading” stickers. I also went to thrift stores and bought a bunch of excellent used condition books in all themes and reading difficulty, and told each guest to take one or two home with them!

The “thanks for coming!” was the same kind of card I used for the invitations, except that I had each “you’re invited” library card tucked inside a homemade library card pocket, with our bookworm friend (like on the spiral notebooks) on the pocket too. On my original invites I had written out the date, time, location, RSVP info, and a note that said “Please bring your favorite book to share,” so that each child could read their favorite book to their friends during the party. I hoped this would encourage guests to gift a book (easy to store!) if they wanted to bring a gift. We were also moving around this time, so I added our address for her friends to write to her (pen pals!). We love books. She got so many books and fabulous vintage ones too. She’s read all of them long ago. She’s quite the advanced reader. :)

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Here’s my lovely on her big day! Happy 7th birthday to my big girl!

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Thanks so much for reading! Do you ever theme your children’s parties too? :)

God bless!

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

DIY Index Recipe Cards- Easy Organization

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If you are anything like me, you have a bunch of recipes “saved” all over the place the place, and you can never find the one you are looking for when you need it! I was so annoyed with my lack of organization for recipes, so when I found this recipe box (on clearance- yes!), I knew I wanted to transfer all my recipes into a uniform system. I transferred all my recipes onto 4x6 sized index cards. That worked out much better! After a few weeks of using that system though, it became clear I needed a category section to file my recipes, or else I would have to search my entire recipe stack for ONE easy to miss card that said “Banana bread.” Ha.

I found at the department store, in the office section, a pack of index file cards and I guess that was ok, but the colors were off and lettered by alphabet; that was not going to work.

I came up with a crafty solution-- I made my own filing cards, of course.

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Using all scrap paper from my scrap paper stash, I found papers that were at least 5 inches x6 inches wide in medium heavy weight. I went with a rainbow theme. I love rainbow colors; aren’t rainbows so cheerful? I made a template of what I wanted the tabs at the top to look like by punching out a one inch circle and tracing a bit bigger than the circle around it. I made each tab “fan” in a pattern so that I could see the tab in front of it easily. So in total, I made 7 “templates” for my index card files and then made about two or three sets of each file.

For the labeling part I punched out a 12 or so one inch circles out of white cardstock, and cut them in half. I pasted one-half circle tab on each finished index card and labeled the ones I would use right away. I made extra index cards too, so if I want to further break down any existing category, I can easily add to it. Also, the white cardstock tabs are great because I can make a new label anytime I want and not damage the original index card. That’s important if you change your mind all the time, like me. ;)

So by the end of it, all my index recipe cards were 4x6 sized, but I had a little built in tab for each category. :)

Below is a sample of a 4x6 index card alongside of my finished index file cards. They all fit perfectly in my recipe box and they add such a cuteness. ;)

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Do you have a great trick to organizing your recipes? I would love to hear!

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Changes of 2013- New Years Goals

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At the beginning of last year, I made a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish during 2013. I had about 15 things on my list “to do” and most of them did work out, others not as well. I thought it would be a cool idea if I scrapbooked my goals and which were attained and which were not yet, so early January 2014, I went through my list and wrote about my successes and fails related to those plans. I think it will be nice to look back in a few years and see how far I’ve come. :)

I used all scrap paper as my main color here and I cut my pages at a slight diagonal to get this look. I think I rather fancy it. :)

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Do you scrapbook your New Years resolutions/goals? I plan on doing it again next year too. ;)

XOXO! :)

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Friday, February 28, 2014

New- Newborn Baby Scrapbook Layout

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I really had been out of the scrapbook scene last year for the most part. I made only a handful of layouts and always crafted randomly. I wasn’t completely oblivious to the fad of hexagons, octagons, and geometric shapes all over though. ;) I’m not sure if I jumped unto that fad train too late but whatevs. Art knows no time. :)

My sweet baby girl was just 2 days old in this photo. Newborn. :) She was sleeping peacefully in her baby bouncer while we all watched her and took a million pictures. ;) When I look over at her right now, playing with paper and trying to figure out how to open a glue bottle, she just makes me realize how fast it all passes by. How can this once little tiny baby be 25 months old already today??? She’s kind of a mini-me and big-sis by the way. ;)

I used an old 12x12 paper stack base as a background. I save all kind of salvageable paper and knick knacks. ;) I thought this paper gave me a neutral craft paper look. I accented with a cluster of prima flowers, bit of twine, a vintage doily, doodling, and some homemade geo shapes.

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Since I didn’t have a premade template ready and I wanted to do this hexagon thing, I ended up making my own geo hexagon template for later use. I printed off a variety of hexagons in different sizes and then cut around a few so I could have a few different sizes to use for my next project. I bet this would work for card making. :)

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Do you ever make your own template when you are in a hurry? Any particular brand that you like for templates?

I’m so glad you came by! :)

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

My Wish For You- Rascal Flatts Inspired

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I don’t scrapbook chronologically. I used to, but I find it’s too restricting now. Now I just scrap what I am inspired or moved by. This particular day, this photo of my sweet girls spoke to me and these lyrics to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts matches my dreams for my lovely children. I knew the minute I heard the song the first time, I had to scrapbook the lyrics. The song makes me teary every time. :)

I used a bunch of really old patterned papers from my stash and OLD embellishments too. Yay for using your stash! ;) This background and the colors are not my typical “go to’s” so although it’s a different style of pattern/color, I think I still found a way to make it work for me. :) I cant just have these papers in my stash forever!

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In case you don’t know the song, just read the lyrics. :)

"My Wish"

I hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you want to go,
And if you're faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin' till you find the window,
If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,
But more than anything, more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.
I hope you never look back, but ya never forget,
All the ones who love you, in the place you left,
I hope you always forgive, and you never regret,
And you help somebody every chance you get,
Oh, you find God's grace, in every mistake,
And you always give more than you take.
But more than anything, yeah, and more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.
This is my wish
I hope you know somebody loves you
May all your dreams stay big

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I actually have a zoomed in version of this layout as the screensaver to my phone. :)

Playing with papers that are out of your comfort zone is something I stay away from, but sometimes it works. What are your typical “go to” products or colors?

Have a wonderful, happy, stress free day! :)

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

DIY Bath Tub Paints- Kids Craft and Activity

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Bath time is a great time to get artsy and have fun. You can make a huge mess, and when you are done, you just put on soap and get cleaned up! :) I had been playing with the idea of doing cheap and easy DIY gifts for kids and I thought about doing DIY bath paints. First I had to test it on my kids of course! LOL

To make bath tub paints, all you really need is shaving cream and food coloring. That’s it! It’s that simple. You mix up some color and shaving cream and you are ready to paint!

We decided to use a 12 cup muffin tin for this time, and we filled each individual mold with shaving cream to the top, then added colors. We mixed with a paint brush and had half of the tin for Alexis and the other half for Adella, hence why there are two identical sides (easier for them to share a muffin tin, than momma have to clean two 6 muffin tins—my logic works. Whatevs. Ha!). They loved this!!!

Here is how I did my color combinations:

  • red- 2 red drops
  • orange- 1 red and 1 yellow drop
  • yellow- 2 drops yellow
  • green- 2 drops green
  • blue- 2 drops blue
  • purple- 1 drop red and 1 drop blue

Add more coloring for more intense colors. They wash off super easily also, so zero scrubbing or mess is permanent. :) Fun for them, fun for me! My kind of activity! ;)

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I even got in on the drawing action with my rainbow and fish collage. ;)

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So like I mentioned, I wanted to try to make these paints into a gift idea.

I couldn’t find any guidelines for how long shaving cream would stay firm or if the product would last, but I decided I was going to try making bath tub paint jars. I had my can of shaving cream already so I went to town. I used a few 4 ounce baby food jars I had and started experimenting. I added shaving cream to the top of each container and then added two drops of food coloring to each jar and swirled it around until the color was evenly distributed, just like when I did it in the muffin tin.

I would recommend not mixing these in small mouthed containers like this first because it’s harder to get everything all mixed up. I would mix the color with the shaving cream in a bowl first and then transfer it to make it easier. You can forgo the jarring process altogether if you don’t want to gift them, of course, and just put them in a muffin tin and mix (easily mixes like that) to use them right away, like I said earlier.

I had high hopes for this project and I was so happy with it, until I looked at it the next morning and saw that the shaving cream got all bubbly and not foamy. :(( I will make these again for myself personally, but as for gift giving, I would only make them on the day of gifting and tell them to use them immediately! :)

Even though it was a gift fail, I thought I could share my effort so maybe someone can tell me the trick to preventing shaving cream from foaming.. is there a way? Maybe I’ll try my luck with bath crayons next time. ;)

And how cute would these be if I could get it to stay firmed up? I made them cute for pictures just because. Haha.

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Do you ever do DIY gifts? Do you find it harder to do DIY gifts for kids? I sure think so!

Thanks for stopping by friends!

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Contemporary DIY Wedding Card- Bride and Groom

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When my cousin got married last year I knew I couldn’t just buy her a fancy store bought greeting card (because she loves my handmade cards so much :) ), so I looked around all the greeting card aisles for inspiration. I didn’t have much luck with a design I liked, but I found the PERFECT message (which I totally took a photo of and copied—is that horrible? lol).

The morning of her wedding (talk about procrastinator! LOL) I was going through my stash and found this very od sticker of a velvet tuxedo. I thought it was adorable and I figured out I could make a matching “bride” to fit the grooms outfit.

I cut out a silhouette out of cardstock and glued lace directly on top of the silhouette. I cut around the silhouette and topped it with a scrap black ribbon sitting on my desk (I’m telling you, half of my projects are made with everywhere is on my desk at the time. Ha!). For the background with the words, that was just grey cardstock that I stamped various wedding words on in a pattern (white ink). That really turned out well, I will have to remember that technique again. :) I did the title in the same way. I stamped the words in black ink and then stamped it again with glue on an inkpad, and sprinkled white glitter on while the glue was still wet. This way, if for some reason the glitter comes off, you can still see the words underneath (they were stamped in black too).

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Here is a pic of the words I had printed off to include on the inside of the card. Wish I had credit to give to an author, but no idea!

“When it comes down to it, getting married isn't about the guest list or the dress or the flowers or the gifts or any of those things… It’s about the commitment you're making to love and stand by each other. That’s all. And it’s everything”- unknown author.

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Making cards is so fun, yet so time consuming so I find myself making them much less often than I would like. Maybe I should start making cards more regularly. Everyone loves a card. :)

Have a FABULOUS day! :)

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Monday, February 24, 2014

DIY Changeable Door Wreath- Easy for Any Season

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I have never bought or made a wreath, but as I walked around my neighborhood I noticed some people had them and they changed them out seasonally. It made me start to think, what if I made a wreath that didn’t need to be changed out completely every few weeks (way too much maintenance! Haha)? Born was this wreath that has “parts” which are removable and can be changed with simple safety pin type closures. :)

I found a grapevine wreath at my local thrift store for a fraction of the cost of a new one at the department store. I took off the stuff that was on my wreath (ribbon and lace) and saved it for a different project! :) Then I made a bunch of spiral flowers out of long, thin strips of fabric in colors I thought could represent any season, and also white burlap, and glued them all together. I cut out leaf shapes out of tulle and burlap and hot glued everything on a sheet of felt to get an even surface (pins stick better).

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I think the pins I used are technically used for broaches or other pinable crafts, but they worked out well for pinning fabric through the thin layers of my grapevine wreath, and I had these around, so why not? ;)

I decorated a wooden “S” from my local craft store in white burlap and put pins on that also like I did with the flower clusters. And I found a wreath hanger at the dollar store (!) which I decorated with red ribbon. :)

When I had all my pieces assembled and ready to go, I pinned it all on the front of my wreath and hung it on my wreath hanger.

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I think I rather fancy it. :) And I love even more how low maintenance it is. :)

Do you make your own wreaths too? Do you change them out frequently?

I’m so glad you stopped by! :)

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Friday, February 21, 2014

I Love You to the Last Number- Everyday Scrapbooking and a Birthday

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I don’t remember exactly how it started but I think I can safely trace back this saying of ours to when we first got the book, “Guess How Much I Love You.” Its about a little hare that tries to tell the daddy hare how much he loves him, and the daddy always goes a step further in how much he loves the baby (Little hare: “I love you to the moon” Daddy hare: “Oh, that is far, I love you to the moon.. and back.”). So when we would exchange I love you’s for the night, I would say, “I love you to infinity” and she started to say “I love you more than infinity—I love you to the last number.” It’s so sweet that she says that and it makes my eyes water when I think of her and her tenderness. She is just an amazing little girl. <3

Today’s post is special because today is her 7th (!!!!!) birthday. I feel like I just a few weeks ago get used to saying she was 6 years old. She is officially a big girl now, huh? Right now, she’s into reading until her eyes close, playing pretend with any one of her million stuffed animals, dolls, or toys, she’s a great help with her baby sister and for the most part, she’s a good example too. She is very emotional and sensitive to words and actions. She feels so strongly about everything, this one. Stubborn like her mama and daddy and crafty as can be.

She just warms my heart.

Happy 7th birthday Alexis!

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The background paper and strips of patterned paper is by LilyBee Designs and I inked a doily on the edges to get the blue effect. The silver arrow embellishments are by Pink Paislee. :)

Thanks so much for checking me out. :)

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Meeting Nana- Newborn Baby Layout

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When my little one was still a newborn, we took a 2 week long trip down to Mississippi to meet her family down there. She was so tiny and squishy still, and new baby smelled and all.  :)

In these pictures, I believe it’s the first time she met her paternal grandmother and she’s being held. :) Isn’t it so special to meet a new born family member? :) Her Nana is sweet as can be and she is one of the best cooks, she even makes me nut free goodies sometimes (I’m allergic) if she knows I’m coming over. Mmm Mmm. :)

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The papers I used were a mix of Cloud9 and I think My Minds Eye. The little tags embellies are from SEI. :)

I did have sketch inspiration, but I was so bad about keeping track of the sketch sites last year I lost the sketch author. :( If you recognize the sketch, let me know.

Have a sweet day! :)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

DIY Crayon Melts with Words

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I have seen these crayon melt art canvases all over the crafty world and Pinterest world. There are a bunch of variations, so I decided to share my own method of the making this project. :)

For my version I used:

  • 12x12 white canvas
  • two packs of 24 crayons (really cheap if you buy on back-to-school sales)
  • a pack of vinyl letters or any sticker letters really(I’ve seen some at a dollar store too!)
  • spray paint to give my white canvas a different background color (you may be able to use acrylic paints too)
  • a hot glue gun to glue my crayons to the top of my canvas
  • a heat gun (mine is a Darice Heat Tool) (I’ve seen this attempted with a blow dryer also)
  • outside space safe for spray painting fumes and possible splatters

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Steps:

Put your sticker letters down to spell out whatever word you want. Spray paint the whole canvas and sides. Note that your letters will be what color the canvas was originally (so if you want a different color letter, spray paint the canvas before adding the letters and spray paint in a second color over the letters).

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These letters actually were not that great at all for keeping fully stuck during the spray painting stage, so they leaked under the letters, giving me a not “clean lined” finish look. I wouldn’t try this brand letters for spray painting if you want extra crisp letters. Because my letters got shriveled during the painting part, I replaced them with fresh sticker letters for the melting part.

I organized my crayons in a rainbow pattern ( I love rainbow!) with white crayons on either edge (I thought it would give it good contrast against the black on the sides), but you can use any color scheme or pattern you like. Then I hot glued them down one by one onto the top of the canvas.

Lastly, MELT with your heat gun! Start heating from the bottom of the candle and move up the candle as it melts. We melted for about 10 minutes. You can make the crayons melt in a pattern or randomly. I wanted an extra layered and chunky look. So we would wait a few seconds to let one area harden and then go back over the spot to make it really layered. When your canvas is all layered up and looking the way you want, you can peel off the stickers carefully and admire your art. <3

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That’s it! Easy and fun project! :)

I plan on making another few sets of these for my office one day too. They are just so fun and cute :)

Have you tried these crayon art melts? You should! :)

Have a wonderful day! 

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