Tuesday, March 30, 2010

First Easter Layout

Hello crafty friends!

I finally got into the spring spirit and decided to do an Easter Layout. I used the Flutter Butter collection by Bo Bunny, love it! Still have a ton of paper left. This is actually the first layout I do of my son and I wasn't sure at all how to tackle it. I normally add flowers to everything but boys are hard! What do you think? I thought I could get away with it because I used blue and yellow ones!

The words 'baby's first' were Bo Bunny stickers and the word 'Easter' as well as the journaling tag were cut using the Storybook cartridge on my Cricut. The phrase 'little one' came from the New Arrival cartridge.

The brown borders were cut using a Martha Stewart border punch. These papers actually came from a collection kit that includes one page of each style but I love to make double layouts, so in order to 'fake' a coordinating yellow sheet, I used the matching rubbons. All of the swirls are also Bo Bunny stickers.

For the flowers, I layered a bunch of basic Prima flowers I had in ivory and blue and added Bo Bunny epoxy brads in the centers. To add some interest, I sprayed some flowers with Glimmer Mist in Frozen Lake. It just made it a little darker and added a pretty sheen. BTW, Glimmer Mist is my new favorite product, love it!

Here are some more detail pictures. Thanks for stopping by! Have a creative day!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Bo Bunny Snowy Serenade Layout

Hello crafty friends,

More winter coming your way! LOL! No, I don't have my seasons all mixed up; I'm just really backed up!!! My goal for the next few months is to play catch up with my scrapbooking. I'm actually 2 years behind! These photos of my daughter were taken in January 2008.

I really wanted to play with these papers I've had for a while but the colors didn't go together so I printed the pictures in black and white. I have to say I LOVE Bo Bunny! These papers are so much fun that the LO actually came together rather quickly! The papers are all glittered and I added some more sparkles by brushing Diamond Glaze (Queen and Co) on the letters and flowers as well as spritzing with Glimmer Mist. The snowflakes are also glittered (MLYB) plus I added bling to the centers.

This was actually my first time trying Glimmer Mist. This product is FUN but tricky! The flowers you see here started out white and turned blue when I sprayed them with Frozen Lake Glimmer Mist; but as they dried, they turned green! Maybe I did something wrong, who knows but I'll try it again for sure. All the sparkle is hard to resist!

Here are some more close ups. TFL!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Santa Mail Keepsake Box


I know what you're thinking, Santa? Aren't we in Spring? Yep, but... I had this project on my desk for awhile and I finally finished it. I wanted to make a keepsake box to keep all those letters Emily's written to Santa Claus before I loose them. I'm hoping to give them to her when she's older and doesn't believe in Santa anymore, say 35 or so! LOL!

K and Company's Evergreen collection had the vintage feel I was looking for, for this particular project but really, the sky is the limit. Using papers in a musical, rock theme can result in a cute keepsake box for concert tickets, you could also make a similar project to store mementos from a special trip, menus of restaurants you went to on romantic dates, and the list really is endless.

1. Begin by removing all of the hardware and painting the inside using acrylic paint. I used a dark shade of red.

2. To cut the paper for the top and bottom of our box, place the paper of your choice over the lid and run your finger on the edge of the lid to create a crease that will act as a cutting guide. For the sides, simply measure the height and cut a strip the same size. I used a 3 1/2" strip for the side of the lid, and a 4 1/2" strip for the side of the base. I did need to cut an additional piece of paper because the 12 inch length was not enough to go around the box. That was no biggie though. To adhere the paper to the wood, just spread a thin layer of Modge Podge over the surface, place the paper over it, and let dry for a couple of minutes.

 3. Once you have cut your paper to shape. Use an emery board to sand all the edges and ink in a coordinating color.

4. Add your choice of embellishments. I used ribbon, stickers, poinsettias, and a couple of jingle bells. I also used Stickles and Glossy Accents to add dimension.

That's all folks! This project was so much fun to make, and easy too!! I hope you like this idea and give it a try. The video below will give you more details. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Candyland Inspired Birthday Party

Hey there my crafty friends,

Today's post is not so much about scrapbooking but it's certainly related to paper crafting. I wanted to share how I used my scrapbooking supplies to create a candy inspired party for my son's first birthday. I got so much inspiration from this amazing blog so I had an idea on what to keep my eyes open for.

It was soooo much fun planning and creating all the goodies. I tried to do things here and there on the weekends not to feel bombarded right before the party.  I was very pleased with how everything turned out...

The picture frame mural was cut using my Cricut and Small Wonders paper by K and Company from Michaels. Frames, title and flourishes were cut on my Cricut using the Storybook cartridge. The frames were cut at 10" while the flourishes and title were cut using the Fit To Page option.

This worked out great; my mom loved it and I plan to give it to her. Since the frames already have holes on them, I'm just going to use a ring to turn it into a quick brag book.

To offset the candy buffet table and background, I made a birthday banner by cutting circles with my Coluzzle and stacking them together. I then cut the letters on the Cricut with the Alphalicious cart at 6.5". The last step was to punch holes with the Crop-a-Dile and string red grossgrain ribbon.

I used a minimal amount of adhesive because I'm planning to pull it apart  in order to reuse the cardstock and pattern paper  to make a birthday mini album later on. By the way, the cardstock I used was a Recollections 8.5x11 pack from Michael's in primary colors and the pattern paper was Bright Stripes by the Paper Company Studio bought at AC Moore. The ribbon was also from Michael's.

I'm a kid at heart so I really enjoyed putting together this candy buffet. Some of the apothecary jars I already owned and others I bought at Home Goods. All the candy was purchased at BJ's, except for the rock candy and the jumbo swirl pops. The small salsa containers were a lucky find at Walmart.

Guests took candy home in these bags. I bought them at Michael's as well. I typed a simple rectangular tag on Word and printed it on regular white cardstock, then matted it on the same striped patter paper I used in other party elements. The tag read, "Thank you for being so sweet!" The picture frame in the back read, "Having you at my party has been a real treat... Please don't leave without some sweets."

The cake was an amazing creation by a super talented mom I met in my local moms group. I was really impressed at home beautiful and whimsical it came out.

I wanted the centerpieces to be fun and bright and I needed to stay away from flowers because, of course, the party was for a boy. To keep the candy theme going, I used cardboard vases from Bloombox and styrofoam to keep the candy upright. A strip of pattern paper gave it the finishing touch. To cover the styrofoam, I brushed it with Modge Podge and glued in shreded red paper I found in the Easter section at Michael's.

Quick tip, I purchased the First Years Take and Toss sippy cups for the younger children and cups with straws for the older ones at Walmart. They weren't that expensive and helped me avoid sticky floors! I adhered a mailing label to each one and provided a washable crayon so everyone could write their names. This worked out great! Last time I had juice boxes for the kids, by the time I blinked, there were 20 half empy juice boxes and spilled juice every where.

To make the cupcake toppers, I drew a 1.25" circle in Word with various text boxes and used a 1.5" circle to punch it out. I then cut 2" scallop circles on the Cricut using the Alphalicious cartridge. I assembled them with a 4" lollipop stick found at the baking section at Michael's. If you plan to use this idea, let me know so I could upload the file.

The goody bags were just a kit that contained a toothbrush and tooth paste. I was thrilled to find these in the travel section in Target. They were a big hit at the party.

Some more pictures:


All of my dining room furniture and couches were moved to the garage.
The furniture you see in the pictures was rented from our local party supply store.
In a different room, I set up a kiddie pool filled with balls for the babies to play in. I also had a Candyland board game and Candyland Castle game for the kids to play with.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this LONG post, whew! It's now back to the drawing board for me, I have thank you notes to make, and Emily's birthday is in six weeks!!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Baby Milestones Mini Album

I wanted to record some of my son's monthly milestones. Little Yellow Bicycle's Baby Safari collection was perfect for the job. I used the punch out tablet and coordinating paper tablet along with embellishments in the most adorable baby boy color palette.

For each month, I have a picture and a journaling note detailing new happenings. Love to see how much my son has grown and a mini album is just perfect to give you a quick glance. Although Dylan's birthday is already here, I'm only up to month seven but I thought I'd give you a peek anyhow.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Altering My ATG Gun

Hey there!

I have received many inquiries regarding my ATG. Thanks for taking the time to write to me and leave those lovely comments on my galleries on scrapbook.com and TwoPeas.

Unfortunately, I altered my ATG a while back so I don't have a tutorial. However, I thought I would still give you some tips.

You will need:
 -a can of spray paint
 -a can of "accent" spray paint
 -a can of clear finish

1. Unscrew the adhesive wheel holders and cover bolts using blue painter's tape.

2. Cover the lid of the gun using butcher paper and painter's tape.

3. Apply two coats of spray paint to the body of the gun, let dry and apply a second coat. I used American
    Accents in Sweet Pea available at AC Moore, just like the other spray paints listed above.

4. Once the body of the ATG is dry, uncover the lid and spray with the accent paint and let dry. I used pearl
    spray paint because I was going for a matte smooth texture but I've seen it with glitter paint and it also
    looks pretty although the texture will be a little rough.

5. Now embellish as desired. I used a ton of girly rub-ons and bling. You may consider sticking to a theme
    using like-colors and embellishments. How cute would your ATG look painted in turquoise and
    embellished with beach inspired elements, for example?!

6. Protect your newly altered ATG gun with two coats of clear finish. It comes in matte or glossy finish. I
    recommend the matte finish, it will look and feel so smooth that everyone will think it came like that!

7. Replace the wheels we removed at the beginning and replace your adhesive.

That's it! This is a fun and fast project with big impact. I'm including a buddy video if you want some more details. If you do give this a try, let me know how it turns out!!!

In other scrappy news, I just got an e-mail from the super sweet Kaitlin over at the Paper Company. She loved the lollipop invites I recently made with the cute and fun Bright Stripes paper from the Celebrations line and featured them on their blog!!! I'm so excited and honored, thank you soooo much! Check out their blog, the new new releases are AMAZING!!!