Friday, September 30, 2011

Teacher Gifts

I started this post some time ago, but never finished it...

When we headed back to school this year, I was kind of strapped for ideas...

But I came across these adorable little apple post-it note dispensers and office supply caddies at Walmart.

So, I got three post-it note dispensers, four office supply caddies, and a plaque with a scripture on it for the director and teachers at the boy's school.

One little custom tag (courtesy of my Cricut!)

Plus four cello bags, some shreds and some ribbon, and we have super cute and super easy teacher gifts.

I love making something so useful look so pretty!

Peace, ya'll!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Goodie Bags

I’ve been rather enamored with the many ideas I’ve seen recently for art parties…My older boy has a birthday coming up and I would love to be able to manage a full-on art party for him.

Alas, that isn’t going to work out this year, but I wanted to make him feel special by taking some goodie bags to his class.

Thanks to school supply sales, I was able to combine my art party idea and the goodie bag idea to come up with “ART STUFF” kits as goodie bags.

The bags are the 13 count Michaels economy bags – they end up being about 46 cents a piece. I cut a stencil and used some of my many mists to mark each bag as “art stuff.”

They contain art books I made myself from cardstock, bound together with book rings that we got for around 12 cents each.

Also there are crayons that were 20 cents each, paints for 50 cents each, colored pencil sets for 89 cents each, a little collection of paint brushes and pencils for 44 cents each and a cluster of Dum Dum’s for about 15 cents.

Then I put a custom tag on them, all the elements of which I had in my stash of scrapbook goodies.

All together, an adorable goodie bag for under $2.50…

So, what about you? Got any creative party favor ideas? I’d like to know..I still have one more little boy birthday to go this year!

Peace, ya’ll!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday Muse - the One with the cupcake in disguise

I'm a sucker for cupcakes anyway...

But a cupcake in DISGUISE...have to try it...HAVE TO!!!

These are courtesy of Lisa Storms.

I have no idea what the world you would do with this muse...

I just like it...

So there you go!

Any way its a fitting way to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sis, Kellie:

(She's tremendously fun and totally adores my boys....can you tell?)

Since I can't deliver cupcakes in person, I'll send you a virtual, disguised cupcake instead!!!

Peace, ya'll!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

One Sketch, Two ways

For the two layouts I'm showing you today, the starting sketch was the same. Its this one from Sketchy Thursdays:

The first layout is called Sprinklers and is the closest approximation to the sketch. The biggest difference is the size of the patterned papers and that I added a frame to the pictures. This one has some OLD supplies...just goes to show you that the old stuff can still look great!

Cardstock: Worldwin Colormates Orange Denim
Printed Paper: M Minds Eye Lime Twist Ou of the Blue "Boy" Sports
Chipboard letters: American Crafts Chipbard Gift Box
Ink: ColorBox Charcoal Chalk
Die Cut Stickers: My Minds Eye Lime Twist Out of the Blue "Family", Recollections
Adhesive: Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent, Scotch Mounting Tape

The second layout is sort of a play on the first...its still got that sprinkler theme and is also started with the same sketch. For this one, tho, I only had two good pictures to work with and so replaced one of the image spaces with my journaling block. I also added some fun jewels to simulate the sprinklers my little boy was trying so hard to avoid.

Cardstock: Paperbilities
Printed Paper: Sassafras Serendipity Scrumptious in Green Apple, My Minds Eye Lime Twist Fly a
Die Cut Stickers: Recollections (Grass and Clouds), My Minds Eye Out of the Blue Boy Accessories Sweet
Die Cut: Scenic Route
Bling: Queen & Co., Prima
Adhesive: Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent, Scotch Mounting Tape

Happy Scrapping!

Peace, ya'll!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Man of Many Hats

My dad made a toast once about all the hats he wore...

Apparently his grandson is following in his footsteps:

Peace, ya'll!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Muse - Oh, Praise you Bakerella

Do you like Bakerella? I do...I LOVE Bakerella...not that my family actually sees any products of my obsessions...

I'm terribly in love with THIS little image she post a bit ago on making your own gumdrops...seriously so pretty...and yummy...

This is totally cookable...and scrapbable...and if anybody is redecorating a girls room, here's your palette!

Peace, ya'll!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Never Offer a Toddler a Drink

Never offer the nearly-two-year old a drink of your smoothie.

You'll never get it back:

Not until its all gone.

Peace, ya'll!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pasta Face

I do love those pictures of kids with absolutely messy faces from eating things they love.

We are in no shortage of those around here, even from the utensil savvy big boy:

But this is about the LITTLE one...he loves pasta. Its one of his favorites (he is my kid, after all).

What got me when I was sorting through these was the way he holds a spoon...he's already got the precision grip.

He's even mastered the stop-taking-my-picture-Mommy fake smile....


Peace, ya'll!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday Cool

In my many wanderings this weekend, I found these amazing little upcycles:

There is an amazing little tutorial over at Design Reverb that shows how to turn these:

Into a super cool and creative business card holder:

Neat, huh?

Peace, ya'll!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday Muse - Autumn?

September....when did it suddenly become September?

Fall is probably my most favorite season - its still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, the colors are as vibrant as any spring, but richer, and there is anticipation in the air.

It seems fitting that I would post a Muse for the first Monday in September that celebrated harvest and lushness and all that gorgeous abundance that autumn brings.

This image is from Bathwater. Its just gorgeous:

What does this inspire for you?

Peace, ya'll!

Friday, September 09, 2011

Bad Mommy aka The First Day of School

My chillies actually started school two weeks ago...but its been a challenge to get to my PC to do anything with the pictures. Bad Mommy.

But here I am today to show you the shiny new students we have for this year. It was very, very easy to get Jayden to give us that back to school shot. He is, after all, an old pro at this:

This, I think, is the money shot, tho. He did this without my fact I was yelling, "STOP DOING THAT!!! POSE NORMALLY! STOP!!"

Ok, Ok...I'm kinda glad he didn't listen...cuz that is funny.

BUT Mr. Noah was having NONE of this first day of school stuff...true to his very independent nature, he refused to put on his backpack and wouldn't hold still for photos...

Praise God for sippy cups...because without those, we would have missed a still all together and it would have been a MUCH noisier morning.

Daddy DID get this backpack shot a couple days later with his cell phone:

I'm happy to report that the little guy now loves to go to school as much as the big guy. He's even INSISTENT upon carrying his own insistent as he was to NOT carry it on the first day.


Peace, ya'll!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

One Sketch, One Scraplift

My primary way of scrapbooking is working from sketches...either modifications of those I find online or my own that I create for the pictures I have.

Its the easiest place to start - kind of like blueprint for building a home.

I found this sketch a bit ago on October Afternoon's Blog and pinned it on Pinterest.

I ended up using it to do TWO layouts of the kids eating popsicles...the first was this one of Jayden:

Cardstock: Worldwin Papers Colormates Orange Denim
Printed Paper: Basic Grey June Bug
Die Cut Stickers: Studio Calico State Fair, Jenni Bowlin Studio Play Date Banner
Letter Stickers: Recollections
Punch: EK Success Open Scallop Edger

Adhesive: Tombow Mono, Scotch Foam Mounting Tape

After I had the first layout done, I totally scraplifted myself and did this layout of Noah with his popsicle:

Cardstock: Bazzill
Printed Paper: Crate Paper Toy Box Explore, Sassafras Vintage Yummy Pleasantly Puzzled
Die Cut Letters: Jillibean Soup
Stickers: Studio Calico State Fair, Jenni Bowlin Studio Play Date Banner
Ink: Stampin’ Up Ruby Red
Adhesive: Tombow Mono, Scotch Foam Mounting Tape

So...start with a sketch, modify it, then scraplift yourself. That pretty much sums it up!

Peace, ya'll!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Monday Muse - The One with Glorious Color

Its my one last fling with summery colors...I just can't stand how gorgeous this is!

This little beauty is from Olivia Collins Photography.. I discovered it on Creature Comforts.

This is a color combo I want to apply to some summer photos...Maybe I'll build a kit around it.

I'm for sure taking the color combo shopping with me!!!