Friday, August 1, 2014

Michigan 2013 6x8 Sn@p Scrapbook



I'm about to go to one of my favorite spots next week for a mini "glamping" getaway - the southwest coast of Michigan! I just love the lighthouses and quaint beach towns along that part of Lake Michigan. To stir my enthusiasm further, I started flipping through my 2013 Simple Stories Sn@p 6x8 album that contains two mini trips from last year- summer and fall. Both were amazing! 

For the cover, I traced a photo of the South Haven lighthouse and cut it on my Silhouette Cameo, along with the words. Love my Cameo!!

Here's the first trip from Summer:

Hands down, Southwest Michigan sunsets are so beautiful!!

The "South Haven" words were cut on my Cameo. The @ page was included with the sn@p album. Sweet!

Gotta have our ice cream treats at Kilwins!

This was one of my first Sn@p albums so adding the cards was new to me. Very easy though! I actually worked on the Summer trip of this album while on the Fall trip. The girls were watching "Hocus Pocus" in the cabin while I was scrapping away! 

We usually visit South Haven in early August for Blueberry Festival. Nothing like taking in a blueberry pie social! 


And here's the Fall trip:

I used a divider to separate the trips. I just love that these are included with the Sn@p album. I took a picture of the construction sign and cut out the cool "SoHo" logo. Leave it to South Haven to make construction seem fun! 

Jollay Orchards was a great place! And the cider donuts? Um, saying they taste good is definitely an understatement! 
 
My girls and their friend enjoyed the rental bikes back at the campground. They really were #socool! 

I look through this little album that was SO easy to put together and remember such fun memories. That is exactly what a scrapbook should do, right? YES!! 

All of my supplies are Simple Stories products - I Heart Summer,  Harvest Lane, and one 3x4 card from the Him Sn@p pack. I have girls obviously, but many of the Him cards are great for my girls, too! 

Thanks for visiting. Happy scrapping! 


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Project Life Baby Album Gift

I love scrapbooking and now I subscribe to the more simpler pocket scrapbooking style. It's so much easier and makes me want to convert all of my non-scrapbooking friends that say they don't have time or aren't creative!

This is true of one of my family friends who just had a baby. While she was pregnant, I asked her if she scrapbooked and she said she didn't. So, I patiently waited until the baby was born and created a first year scrapbook as a gift that would be totally doable for this non-scrapbooking new mom!

I first jumped into the pocket style of scrapbooking last year with Simple Stories products. I've made several of the 6x8 albums and have collected extra albums when I've caught them on sale. This pink album was one of them. 

 


I added the baby's name and some circles to the front of the album using cardstock and my Silhouette Cameo. The font is Oh Photo Shoot. This same font I used throughout the album. The baby's nursery theme is Dr Seuss ABCs so I thought this combination played a little into that theme.

I also purchased the Project Life Baby for Her core kit. I still have some scrapbooking to do for my daughters from when they were toddlers (ugh), so I figured a whole kit wouldn't go to waste. 

Since I had a crazy month in April filled with many birthday celebrations and Easter celebrations, it took me a while to get to this project. This ended up being a good thing because I could add some of the photos that the new parents shared on social media, which would show how they can utilize the pages. If they don't like how I did it, though, no worries! Just remove them from the pockets! Such a great thing about this format, too.

Ok, enough babble and onto the pages:

 



 

















 


 
 
I included an archival safe pen  for journaling and the handmade card above. 


The new mom has received the album and said she couldn't wait to fill it. Doable!!

Happy crafting all! 


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Batman and Superman Birthday Party!

It was that time again! Aiden and Eliot turned 4 and it was time to party superhero style! Aiden loves Batman! Eliot does, too, but he also likes Superman so those were the superheroes that we focused on. I created a Superhero party Pinterest board and got ideas from that.

The superhero 4 year old portraits:
 

I got this idea with printables here: http://thethingshannahloves.blogspot.com/2013/07/superhero-birthday-party.html?m=1

I also brought the backdrop to the party. This way the party guests could get in on the superhero pictures, too!

The banners:







 
The treats:
 





Superman Oreo balls! 


Batman cookie dough balls!  



Chocolate covered pretzels! 










And Tootsie Roll Pops dressed as Superheroes!


The kids enjoyed the lollipops!




And so did the bigger kids-lol! This was my cousin's "mini me" villain-lol!

I did NOT make this amazing cake (Michelle at Edible Creations did!!)  
but I decorated the solid foil party hats, and this photo showed them well.

Here are the adorable birthday boy superheroes with the hats on!

Here are the games:

The first game was Superhero buckets! It's just like bozo buckets, but with superheroes taped onto the dollar store buckets. We also used dollar store ping-pong like balls for the game.


The next game was the Villain game. All of the kid guests were superheroes trying to get the present-stealing Villian! Their weapon? Silly string!!! Warning: You need a pretty cool family member or friend to be willing to be the villain like we had!

 
So that's about it. This was a fun birthday party theme to make things for. Happy crafting!