Backyard Regatta

Michael had the brilliant idea to have a backyard regatta a few weeks ago.  We gave Kate and her friends some foam stickers and some styrofoam bowls that have been sitting in our pantry for years.  Literally.  We stopped using paper plates or bowls in an effort to be more green several years ago.  Throwing them away seemed to totally defeat the purpose so they’ve been cluttering up our pantry ever since.  First order of business was to decorate the boats.

Kate thought that the bottom of the boat would be the best place to stack up some stickers.  She’s a fan of layering.

Michael and I jury rigged some sails out of straws, index cards, and scotch tape.  Durable they were not, but it worked for a few races.

We launched the boats in our above ground pool.  I thought that the overabundance of stickers on the bottom of Kate’s boat would put her at a disadvantage, but it actually worked in her favor.  Her boat capsized and then the boat itself acted as a sail.

It probably didn’t hurt that her boat crossed paths with the output of our filter.  🙂

And the winner is the USS Raptor!

I imagine this would also be a lot of fun in a kiddie pool.  Maybe even more fun because the kids would be able to get closer to the boats.  I imagine there are more bowl boats in our future.  After all, we still have a ton of styrofoam bowls in our pantry.

30 Sucks!

I saw this on Pinterest and I’ve been dying for an excuse to make it.  Well, wouldn’t you know it, we just had a friend turn 30 just last week.  🙂

(You’ll have to excuse the less than stellar photo.  I am such a procrastinator that I finished this the day of the party and then we had to stop for the suckers on the way.)

This was way more fun that my usual go to gift which is a bottle of wine.  I just wrapped a box up like a present using some of my patterned paper and added some ribbon around the top.  I stitched around the edge of the “sign” and the letters are little stickers that I traced over with dimensional adhesive.  I added a popsicle stick.  Then I put some floral foam in the bottom and stuck in my sign and 30 suckers.  It was a big hit!

Final Minibook Post

For this minibook at least.  I’m sure there will be more minibooks to come in the future.  🙂

I take a ton of pictures.  Seriously, a ton.  So it’s hard for me to narrow them down for a project like this.  Even after ruthless culling, I still wanted to include 7 photos of Kate and Michael playing on the basketball court deck.  Instead of including 4 full 6×6 pages which I would then feel compelled to embellish, I adhered 3 sets of the photos back to back and included them as stand alone pages.

It was at this point that I realized that it would be much better to have 3 rings instead of 2.  I wanted each picture to go through (at least) 2 rings so it wasn’t floppy, but I also wanted them spread apart so that you could see the next set of pictures peeking through.  Mine are spaced as wide as they could be given the placement of the rings, but ideally I would have had them justified at the top and bottom.  Next time.

Once the book was assembled, I noticed that the photo only pages were kind of sticking so I took the book apart and added some quick stitching around the edges.  The texture was an added bonus.  You can see on the next page that I added some more film strip ribbon and a few more rubbons from my stash.

This project was so much fun!  I actually completed it without buying anything which is a minor miracle for me.  To be fair, I could probably open up a store with the amount of scrapbooking products that I have collected over the years.  What can I say?  Unlike clothes, paper is always the right size.  🙂

More Cruise Minibook

I’m back with the second installment of the minibook saga.  🙂  Here’s the second page.

I lined this photo up with the photo on the other side of the transparency so that the adhesive would be covered up.  It wasn’t a great photo, but this girl was amazing and I wanted to include a pic so I could journal about it.  I found some clear envelopes that I bought 12 million years ago and I added one on top of the photo so I could put our sea passes in it.  If you take out the sea passes then you can clearly see the photo.

I added a strip of green cardstock which I journaled on and then I threw on a prima flower and some bling.

On the facing page, I started with the freaking adorable picture of Kate.  In case you can’t tell, she was a huge fan of the buffet.

This is also the first page that I used the Tim Holtz film strip ribbon on.  I *love* it.  I printed out a ton of pictures when I was planning on scrapping these pics as 12×12 pages and obviously I couldn’t fit them all in a minibook.  Since they were already printed I happened to have index prints of them which is what I used in the filmstrip ribbon.

I ran the ribbon through my xyron machine and then attached the tiny index prints to the back.  Then I stapled the whole thing to the page.  Love, love, love.

I think I’ll do one more post about the book on Wednesday and then move on.  I have new stuff I’ve been working on.  🙂

Cruise Mini Book Part 1

I haven’t had very many substantial blog posts in the past week or so because I’ve been working on this minibook.  I finally finished it and I can’t wait to share!

I <3 minibooks.  I had a blast making my December Daily (here’s Ali’s) and have been looking for an excuse to do another one, so when I recently looked at my to-be-scrapped list and saw that it had 7 or 8 2 page layouts from our recent family cruise, I decided that it was a minibook waiting to happen.  I was also dying to use my new Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon tape and this project was the perfect excuse.

I’m going to break this down into 2 posts several posts in an effort to avoid making this post 12 pages long.  🙂

I found some plastic sheet thing in our office that, according to Michael, came out of a picture frame.  Score.  I was going to order an acrylic album, but I’m cheap and impatient so this was way better.  I used my trimmer to cut it and then punched holes in it with my crop-a-dile.  Side note: I am in love with my crop-a-dile.  I used an old acrylic album as a template to decide where to place the holes, but if I had to do it over I would have put 3 holes in the album instead of 2.  I might add some stuff to it later, but for now I’m leaving it blank.

On the right you can see the first page.  I used a Hambly transparency that I bought forever ago.  It was so nice and thick that it worked great as a stand alone page.  I trimmed one of my 4×6 prints down a bit and added some ric rack so the side of the of the photo with staples.  Then I got all fancy and put some stickles on the staples.  Yum…  glitter.

A million years ago, I was on a design team at a local scrapbook store which is now out of business.  Basically, I got products once a month to make a layout for them to display in the store.  One month they gave me some cruise rubbons which I had to get pretty creative with as I had never been on a cruise.  Clearly my pack rat nature has paid off.  I actually found these and added one to this page.

You can see green showing through from the back of the page and that was intentional.  One of the challenges (and a lot of the fun) of working with transparencies is that they are, well, transparent.  To keep the adhesive from showing through on the green strip of cardstock, I used my Xyron machine.

Hmm…  I was hoping to get a few more pages included in this blog post, but it’s already pretty long.  I’ll post some more on Monday.  I would love to know what you guys think!



New Skirt!

Well, it’s not so new anymore, but here’s the most recent one.  🙂

I added some elastic to this one and I love it.  It keeps it from falling off of my tush.  🙂  It was super easy; I just made the top hem a bit bigger and suddenly it was a pocket for elastic.  I bought some new fabric and I have grand plans for another skirt soon.  This time I’m going to try to figure out how to add some pockets!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Look what my awesome husband helped Kate make me for Mother’s Day. I love it!

While I was sleeping in 🙂 Michael helped Kate make this using a canvas and some orange paint. I love that he used her handprints to make the letter M. What a nice, different, way to incorporate some handprint art into our home decor.

Potato Planting AKA My Black Thumb

I bought some organic potatoes the other day and they started to sprout.  Michael, the cook in our family, was a bit put out by this, but I thought it was kind of cool.  He suggested that I plant one with Kate so that she could watch it grow.  He even helpfully found these directions as he knows that I have a bit of a black thumb.  No really, I kill every plant I touch.  But I figured, how hard can it be?  It’s already sprouting.

First I gathered our supplies: potato, skewers, cup, water, scissors.

Then I cut the skewers down to size.  I know the directions called for toothpicks, but we like to improvise here.  Also, I have no toothpicks.  Kate was fascinated with the skewers.

Then I let Kate explore the potato.  Hey, it’s her science experiment, right?  I cut it short when she started trying to eat the raw potato.  A picky eater she is not.  🙂

Then I stuck in the skewers.  I decided to go with a nice star pattern.  (I sound like such a snob here.  I’m really not.  I am, however, a bit neurotic and OCD.  )

I decided to let Kate pour the water since she’s obsessed with pouring water.  Plus, I wanted her to feel like she was involved.  She loved it and would have happily poured the water back and forth for an hour if I had let her.  Then she got to help set the potato in the water.

Seems easy enough, right?  Wrong!  The black thumb strikes again.  We did this weeks ago, but our potato never sprouted.  It just dissolved.  There were trails of potato snot in the water.  I thought about changing the water, but Michael suggested that maybe the potato knew what it was doing and it needed the starch.  We waited and waited and waited until tonight we finally threw it away.  Maybe we’ll try again with a different type of potato because Kate thought that it was pretty cool to check on our potato every day, but she (and I) lost interest when nothing every happened.  Has anyone successfully done this?  Care to share any tips?

The 16th layout

I completed 15 layouts on Friday and Saturday, many of them 2 pagers.  None of them anything spectacular.  They were all just blah throw down layouts.  While I was at my crop on Saturday there were some ladies there who were passionate about their scrapping.  They had come from all over Texas and they were obsessed with Tim Holtz.  Now that’s not really my style, but their stuff was amazing and it reminded me of how much fun I used to have scrapping.  When I would get *maybe* one layout done a week, not 15 in 2 days.   When I used to spend hours adding layers of fun goodies, not just slapping some pictures on some cardstock and calling it a day.  I was inspired.

Today, I got one layout done.  It was only a one pager.  I spent hours on it.  I love it.  Now it is far from perfect, but I felt like I finally got to play again!  I’ve decided that I can’t keep on at the pace that I was.  Good lord, I have something like 19 layouts slated for January alone.  I’ve decided that I am going to be much more selective about the layouts that I choose to scrap- as Michael says, I don’t need to make a page every time Kate goes to the park.

Without further ado, let me take you through the 16th layout.

First I trimmed the photos slightly, maybe 1/8th of an inch off of each side?  Then I matted 3 of the photos very thinly with some patterned paper before I busted out the big guns, the hubby’s sewing machine.  I have had several scrapping buddies who are intimidated by the thought of sewing on paper and I just don’t get it.  Of course, I learned to sew on paper way before I learned to sew fabric so maybe I’m biased, but I think paper is easier.  It doesn’t bunch or shift and you can glue it together instead of messing with pins.  I didn’t even change the bobbin.  🙂  Don’t put glue right where you’re going to sew though.  It tends to gunk things up.  For these pics, I sewed a slightly crocked line around the edge 3 times.

Then I decided to ink the edges of the paper, because, hey why not?  I got nothing but time here.  This was right about the point that Kate woke up from her nap and I realized that I had basically gotten nothing done during her whole nap except for matting 3 pictures.  It was fun though!  I went ahead and slapped those 3 pictures down while Michael was getting her up.  Have I mentioned lately that he’s awesome?  🙂

Now what to do with the one remaining picture…  I decided to frame it with some of the die cut ribbon tape stuff that came with the patterned paper I was using.  It’s kind of a pain to use, but it sure is cute.  It wasn’t really popping against the paper though so I outlined it with a brown marker after I had it down to give it more definition.

Then I decided to use some of my stash of chipboard glitter letters.  Of course, I only had 1 of the 4 letters that I needed, but I’m not one to let that stop me.  I just cut up an “h” to make an “l,” a “g” to make an “o” and an “a” to make an “e.”  The “e” doesn’t look perfect, but I’m going with it anyway.  I went ahead and outlined these too.

I also made a little tag to slip behing one of the photos to add some journaling.  Not that it needed to be hidden, but it didn’t fit on the page anywhere.  Then I threw on some rubbons and a bottle cap.  Speaking of, who knew bottle caps were back in style?  Not me, but I saw them out at Archivers this weekend.  Lucky for me I never throw anything away and I still have several from the last time they were popular.  I had even already flattened and painted this one.  🙂

Here the finished layout!  I decided to get all artistic with the background.  Well, that and the fact that it was rapidly getting dark and I wanted to take these photos with natural light.

Here’s a close up of some of the details.

Questions about any of the supplies?  Leave a comment and I’ll try to dig out the packaging.