30 July 2011

More Scrapbook Pages!

Check it out, I have 7 more pages to share! I told you I was on a roll...Most of these I did while up at the lake--having a limited amount of supplies at my fingertips def. made these go much quicker. I used primarily collection kits so the matching was already taken care of, a total timesaver!

These two are Crate Paper's Toy Box collection. I also lifted the designs from a couple of layouts in April's Scrapbook Trends.

And here we have Echo Park's For the Record--what a fabulously versatile line! The pictures were from a photo gift I made for my DH and FIL for Father's Day--I made that giant alphabet block by scanning an itty-bitty wooden one, then printing out the sides and gluing them onto a cardboard box..
Another EP...I'm going to use up every last scrap of those goodies, I tell ya!

I almost forgot about this one...Cosmo Cricket Jack's World...an oldie but a goodie! And I used it to scrap this cutie-patootie pic of Sadie...doncha' just love that grin?!

And finally, one I made for Studio Calico's Sunday Sketch--awesome inspo from that site, as always :)

Some SC bits, and more CC.

Thanks for looking!

27 July 2011

I'm on a roll...

I got back into the scrappin-swing after ten days up at the lake. And I've managed to carry it through even after being home 3 days! It's been a long dry spell, so it felt good to be creative, and to dream in patterned papers again.

I used a few sketches to keep the mojo flowing, the first 2 came from Ella's Publishing Co, a great source of inspiration!
Here's the first one:
I combined two Crate Paper lines: Emma's Shoppe and Paper Dolls--perfect for my two little Sweeties :)

And the second one:
More Emma's Shoppe from Crate...I love it so much I'm ordering more!

I found more inspo on the Elle's Studio blog, with their Take Out Tuesday challenge:
Some older Cosmo Cricket, and pics from last fall.

I'm linking up at Paper Issues--we're having a Life is Sweet linky party!

13 July 2011

Play Canopy Tent from Repurposed Curtains

Chloe saw this fairy play tent in a catalog ($198!!) and asked for it for her bday...I thought it looked like something I could make. When I found this tutorial on 2 Little Hooligans, I knew I'd be able to give it a shot.
I cut up two old curtain "scarves" that I had on hand, as well as a couple of valances I wasn't using any more, and added some ribbon, flowers and a hula-hoop.
Not bad for $10, right?!?

12 July 2011

We had a Fishie Birthday Party!

Chloe is Four!!
I can't believe it's been four years since my life changed so completely--Chloe made her appearance at 8:29 on June 21, 2007, and suddenly, I was a Mama. She requested a "Fishie" party this year, and I was happy to collaborate with MIL and D. on activities for the party...Planning for just a few of her friends from pre-school and family, we all took the theme in a slightly different direction.

Food was simple--goldfish crackers in a glass fishbowl, candy sushi--which was a huge hit w/the adults--(idea from here), and a watermelon shark (another great idea I found here)!

I was too frantic to take and good pics before or during the party, but I used Pink Paislee's Soiree Flags and Baker's Twine for the table labels,

...as well as for these homegrown wildflower vases (woohoo for finding another use for the babyfood jars!)!
The cute sea-life theme images were a free digital download from here--I recolored them to fit my scheme.
I re-did the front door wreath I made for Leah's shower for the party, using more PP Soiree:

Check out the awesome ship D. constructed from cardboard and an old sheet--the kiddos loved it, and it was so cool that the playset served as the end of the boat.

We also had a photo-booth type set up, using this awesome background my MIL painted. The sharp-toothed fish came off, and the kids could choose him or the octopus to pose as. All the other creatures were held on with velcro, so they could be rearranged.
We took pictures of everyone, then had them decorate a frame with sea-life themed stickers which they took home. We included the photos in the thank you notes.
We had a little fishing pool as well, with paper-clipped paper fish and a magnet fishing pole, and all of the sea-life stuffed animals I could round up from the toy bins. I made some felt fishie bean bags for a beanbag toss that never really happened.

D. and I planned a treasure hunt that had the kids figuring out clues that led them all over the yard, and finally to their party-favor treasure: a tiny sand pail containing swedish fish, a squirt gun and those plastic sea creatures you get in the tubes.
Hiding out in the treasure chest after the loot was found.
Finally...the cake! I always end up trying to frost w/buttercream in the summer, and I think I finally learned my lesson that it just doesn't work in the heat/humidity! I think it turned out cute nonetheless, and Chloe couldn't have been more pleased :)

So...that's about it. A great time celebrating my fabulous four-year-old, who I hope will stay little just a little while longer!
P.S. Paper Issues is having a Life is Sweet linky party, where I've linked up my table labels--you should check it out!