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Fantastic Friday | Baby Shower Giveaway with My Mind’s Eye

Fantastic Friday | Baby Shower Giveaway with My Mind’s Eye

I love Fridays because I get to think outside of the scrapbooking zone and inside of the project zone. This week I created a baby shower kit using the Lost and Found Collections by My Mind’s Eye and one lucky winner will get it for her very own! I decided to go with Portobello Road and create a baby shower kit for a baby boy.

I love the vintage feel of the Lost and Found collections. I adore the softness of it all and couldn’t wait to get started.

I first made a list of the items that I wanted to create for a basic baby shower kit. Then I put my Silhouette to use for a good share of these projects to make things come together quickly.

The first and foremost important aspect of a baby shower is the invite. Without the invite there wouldn’t be a party!

Next comes decorations. I’ve never made a banner decoration before but thought how fun it would be not only for decoration for the baby shower but for the new mommy to hang in baby’s room as decoration.

Another fun decoration idea is confetti. I made the most of my scraps and saved the stars from the banners to use as confetti.

I thought a fun and simple activity for the shower would be an advice album for the new mom, where guests can jot down their most useful hints on conquering the grand step into motherhood.

Now who doesn’t love a cupcake? I made some coordinating cupcake wrappers to fancy up the treats.

Of course a perfect shower wouldn’t be complete without little favor boxes for the guests. I made these fun cone shaped boxes which kept with the feel of the pennants. These simple boxes could be filled with blue and white jelly beans.

Don’t you agree that the My Mind’s Eye Lost and Found collections are perfect for this purpose?

You could be the happy owner of this baby shower kit, complete with:

  • ? 12 baby shower invites
  • ? 1 banner
  • ? confetti
  • ? 1 mom-to-be advice album
  • ? 12 cupcake wrappers
  • ? 12 baby shower favor boxes

To enter answer the following questions.

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Fantastic Friday | Using Transparencies in Scrapbooking

Fantastic Friday | Using Transparencies in Scrapbooking

After nearly 16 years of scrapbooking, I can’t recall a time that I’ve used a transparency overlay to create a scrapbook page. Luckily today’s steal, the Fancy Pants Transparencies Mega Kit, allowed me the opportunity to put an end to that nonsense! I guess I’ve always been a little intimidated by them, but after using them I can’t believe that I never gave it a try. Let’s just say transparency overlay = super easy scrapbook page.

To start with I chose three of the overlays that I thought would be fun to work with.

For the first layout I wanted to create on a white background so that the boldness of the green transparency could be true. It’s one thing to always be thinking about when working with overlays—what the final product is going to look like.

I built my page on a white piece of cardstock in a matter of seconds. I wanted Sarah’s name to be subtle after the overlay was in place so I used green letter stickers for a monochromatic look.

Next I attached the transparency on top of the white background using mini glue dots. I then added a few embellishments on top of the transparency to give dimension and my layout was complete!

I used the same technique on the next, building the page, adding the transparency, then adding embellishments on top for dimension.

You can see on this layout where I added some paper designs to the base of the layout, beneath the transparency, then added the transparency for the perfect finishing touch.

Now if you’re thinking to yourself “what on earth would I do with thirty overlays,” rest assured there are lots of uses for the transparencies.

I used one of the transparencies to create a simple and stunning card.

I created another card, cutting out a window of flowers on the front. I added a slice of transparency to the inside creating a fun window through to the inside of the card.

Last but not least I made a quick bottle wrap for a bottle of bath salts that I keep by my tub. The beauty of the transparency is that I can keep it by my tub and it doesn’t matter if it gets wet!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone and don’t make the same mistake that I made — waiting 16 years to use transparencies!

Crop A Dile III — Main Squeeze

Crop A Dile III — Main Squeeze

Happy Friday everyone! We are so excited about today’s steal, the Crop A Dile III—Main Squeeze by We R Memory Keepers, that we thought it would be fun to show you something a little different this week.

Instead of creating a massive project, I found a video on You Tube that shows a quick demonstration on how to use the Main Squeeze.

Sometimes it’s nice to see a tool in action to see the potential of what it can do.

I thought of  a few ideas that would be easy to do with the flower and tag dies that come with the kit. During the summer months (or the springtime that seems to be endlessly challenged with rain) when boredom has set in, think of how fun it would be to take the flower die and some straws. Cut the straws into small segments and alternate on a string with the flower dies and you have an easy necklace!

You could also use the tag die to create the perfect embellishment for a card or layout, and well, the metal tags have unlimited options to add a little cutness to your projects.

Have a great weekend!

DIY BBQ or Pool Party with American Crafts Heat Wave

DIY BBQ or Pool Party with American Crafts Heat Wave

I don’t know about you but for me the countdown to summer is ON. There are 17 days left until the bliss of summer vacation is upon us, which means lazy, lazy and more lazy. (I know, who am I joking, right? It’ll be as busy as ever!) Anyhow, today’s steal, the American Crafts Heat Wave collection has got to be one of the most fun summer collections I have ever seen.

I thought it would be fun to create a BBQ or pool party kit for my girls to celebrate the last day of school with their friends. It has become a tradition for us to grill up some hot dogs and have friends over and this year we will be doing it Heat Wave style.  :)
First, every party needs an invite. I love the amazing array of papers to choose from to create the perfect invitation. Today’s kit comes with four sheets of each paper, so you can knock out multiple invites without running out.

Now what kind of party would be without something to cool you off when that heat hits. I hit the dollar store and found a few treasures to blast with some Heat Wave, including this cute little ice bucket and some good old-fashioned root beer.

I simply added some of the fun chipboard pieces and stickers from today’s steal to the outside of the bucket. I also dug in my stash and found some cute blingy letters to add. Anticipating condensation, I made sure to attach the letters with dimensional foam squares and add some glue dots to the stickers.

Next I made a fun wrapper for the bottle of root beer. While this won’t be able to chill in the bucket of ice, it will sure look cute on the table next to the cups which the guests can fill with ice.

Speaking of cups, it seems like a never ending battle to remember whose cup is whose. While an easy answer is simply adding names with a sharpie to the outside of the cup, I decided to take it one step further and create dangly name tags for the guests.

To attach the name tags to the side of the cup, I simply took my Crop A Dile and punched out two holes, about 1/2″ apart, in a vertical line on the side of the cup at the top. Next, I added an eyelet to a piece of the Heat Wave chipboard. I threaded a piece of ribbon through the two holes of the cup, starting from the outside of the cup on the top hole. Next I threaded the chipboard piece through the bottom piece of ribbon and then finished things up by tying a quick knot. I used my label maker to create personalized names, and now our guests will have their own unique cups.

For centerpieces of the tables, I found some metal buckets. I added stickers, chipboard pieces and ribbon to the handle to decorate.  You can use the buckets to hold utensils wrapped in napkins.

Then you can even add an extra Heat Wave touch by creating napkin rings to hold the untensil kits together.

When the sun sets and the party is still raging on, you can add some citronella candles inside the buckets to help keep the mosquitos at bay. Just be sure to flip the handle down so that your ribbon doesn’t catch fire!

I couldn’t resist dressing up some plain ketchup and mustard bottles. I simply wrapped the bottles with paper, added a ribbon around the middle and added some yum.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t resist a cupcake and this party isn’t complete without them! To make the cupcake toppers I cut out some circles using my Silhouette, then added chipboard pieces to the centers of the circles.

And of course, I didn’t want the guests to leave without a little thank you. I filled some clear bags with watermelon candies and created a little tag to finish it off.

Simple. Cute. Fun.

And now…the countdown to summer  is on!

Mini Albums—Half Pint Style

Mini Albums—Half Pint Style

Mini albums—that spectacular creation for either a heartfelt gift or a low time commitment project. I love them! I particularly love today’s steal, the Half Pint Albums by We R Memory Keepers, because they are just like working with a full scale album—but smaller. And let’s face it, small =’s cute! I love the freedom of creating my own pages then slipping them in a page protector. It truly results in unlimited creative freedom.

If you’ve never created a mini album the ideas are endless. Here are a few to get your creative ideas flowing.

  • Baby shower or bridal shower gift
  • Wedding gift
  • Wedding reception registry book
  • 12 month overview of your child
  • 1st day of school overview (create a spread for grades K – 12)
  • A “happy thoughts” book
  • Recipe holder
  • Vacation album
  • Teacher gift (have all of the kids in the class draw a picture then drop them in the page protectors)

For today’s blog post I decided to create two different albums.

First off I decided to make a recipe book for “My Sugar Girls.” My two sweet teenage daughters have started their own baking business in an effort to raise all of their fees for marching band. I’m continually finding the recipes spread around the kitchen and slopped with baking ingredients. I thought it would be nice and helpful for them (as well as a sanity saver for me), to have all of their favorite recipes in one convenient album. It will be nice for them for quick reference and will also make a great keepsake down the road when they have families of their own to bake for.

For my second album I couldn’t resist creating an album to document all of the wonderful ScrapbookSteals sisters that I have had the pleasure of meeting since being a part of the ScrapbookSteals family. So many of you have touched my life so greatly and I can’t wait to add more to my album (including photos with those of you that I have met but don’t have photos of). I’m so excited that I will actually have the opportunity for a little girly time this Sunday when I will get to meet up with six more of these wonderful women after my 1/2 marathon! Just wish you could all be there.

I hope you have a great weekend. I know I will! :)

See you Monday!