Thursday, January 24, 2013

Nursery Rhymes Layout #3

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This is another layout I made using the K&Company baby girl scrapbook kit. 

I love the Little Bo Peep 3D sticker!

Added a quick journal tab with some of the stickers.

And a "New Arrival" embellishment cut with the Cricut New Arrival cartridge.  

I like the lime green and maroon together.  Once I put pictures in it should help with some of the harshness of the green, but I really like this for a little girl layout.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Nursery Rhymes Scrapbook Layout #2

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This is another layout I made using the K&Company baby girl scrapbooking pack.  This one features Little Red Riding Hood.

I love the cute 3D sticker embellishments that come with the kit.

I made some the "baby" embellishments using the Cricut New Arrival cartridge.

I had to use up the insides of the letters.  Didn't want them to go to waste.

Finally a few cuttlebug flower embellishments in matching pink & green.

Easy & cute!
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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Nursery Rhymes Scrapbook Layout #1

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I wanted to knock out some quick scrapbook pages for my new baby girl's scrapbook before she arrived.

I found this cute scrapbooking kit a while back and knew it would be perfect for making some quick, easy, and cute scrapbook pages to fill in with pictures later.  

I love the K&Company baby scrapbook products.  They're sooooo cute.

Anyway, this page was obviously a snap- just put in some paper backgrounds & attach a sticker.  I love these premade backgrounds!

I made this page to go opposite.  I used the George & Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge to cut out the hearts.

Quick & easy!  Come back later in the week for more layouts I made using this paper pack.  

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Scrapbooking Tip- Making One Patterned Page into a Double Page Layout

Pin It post signatureI like scrapbooking a lot, but I'm also a Binge Crafter, so I don't just focus on one thing.  This leads to me getting hopelessly behind with my scrapbooks.  I finally caught up with my older daughter's just in time for daughter #2.  But I've learned in my scrapbooking to calm down a little and take shortcuts.  If I want the scrapbook to be done, I can't be spending time trying to make each layout look like a work of art.  So I've done a couple of things to try to make my scrapbooking a little easier and faster.

One of the things I do now is buy the We R Memory Keepers photo sleeves which allow me to just put in a bunch of 4x6 photos and do only a limited amount of actual scrapbooking.  By the way, Target carries a couple of these now, which makes life much easier than having to drive 30 minutes to get to Archivers like I was doing before.

Another thing I've started doing more is picking up scrapbook kits.  I like these a lot because they are already color coordinated and have ready to go embellishments.  There's just one problem I have with them. Often they only come with one sheet of a bunch of different papers.  Since I like to do mostly 2 page layouts, this doesn't work for me.

So I came up with a practical solution for making one patterned page into a double page layout- split the papers!  This is also a great way to use up those blank white 12x12 sheets that come in the regular scrapbooking page protectors.  So here's what I do.

I pick out a cute patterned paper.

I find a coordinating paper.  (I like to use something more subtle if the first is really busy.)

Cut them both into 6"x12" pieces.  Find 2 pieces of white 12x12 paper or cardstock.  (I save these from the 12x12 page protectors and use them this way.)

Glue one pattern to the top half and one pattern to the bottom.  

Make the other page the opposite.  

And now you have a workable 2 page layout!  This is a great way to get more mileage out of a 12x12 sheet if you only have one, and does help break up those cute but busy paper backgrounds.  Obviously you can do this either vertically or horizontally.  I'm going to share a bunch of layouts this week that use this technique so you'll see more of it.  

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

$5 Knit Baby Blanket

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When I found out I was pregnant again, naturally I went right to my Pinterest pinboards to look for inspiration for some new baby crafts.  I had knit my older daughter a blanket when I was pregnant with her, and thought it would be fun to make another one for my second child.  I found this one on Pinterest which I loved, but the instructions require about $60 worth of yarn, which I thought was kind of a waste.  AC Moore one week had a bunch of $1 yarns, so I went and picked up five (making this a $5 baby blanket) as well as some larger knitting needles.  So my total cost for this project was less than $10, which is my kind of craft.  

I thought it turned out really cute, but I also thought it turned out really masculine, so when I found out I was having another girl, I decided I'd better do something different.  I made this chevron heart applique blanket with pink polka dot fabric and minky instead, which is definitely much more girly.  Now I just need to figure out what to do with this one....  Someone needs to have a little boy.  

By the way, I ended up using the leftover cranberry colored yarn to make this hat.  I've got it in the carseat right now for her ride home.  So at least she's getting something out of this.  :)

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Button Shapes Activity for Preschoolers

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My daughter is obsessed with my craft supplies.  The button collection has basically become hers.  She loves sorting them and putting them in different containers.  I decided to make her some shapes to trace with buttons to keep her busy one afternoon, and she loves these!  We've since expanded into other shapes, letters, and numbers, but I thought it was a fun new way to use the buttons and wanted to share.  (Obviously toddlers should be supervised with small choking hazards like buttons.)

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Ocean Themed Baby Taggie

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My second daughter should be arriving any day now.  Even though she won't be able to enjoy it for a little while, I wanted to make her a special taggie that matched her ocean-themed room.  I found these sweet ocean fabrics from JoAnn's along with some matching silky ribbon and thought this came out really cute.  

Want to make one of your own?  Check out my Taggie Tutorial here.  

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

FREE Polka Dot Thank You Cards

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Ready for another freebie?  I made these pretty thank you cards using my Baby Girl Digital Paper Pack.  Aren't they cute?  I had some of these printed on cardstock at Office Depot for my daughters.  I think they are about $0.66 a sheet or $0.33 per card- not bad compared to the price of ink for my printer!  Plus they had free delivery, so I didn't even have to go anywhere.  They're not too baby-ish, I'm sure I can use them for both girls. 

Want some?  You can download the FREE pdf file by clicking here.  If you have any problems, email me at and I will send you the file directly.  Enjoy and feel free to pin these or share with your friends.  :)

By the way, if you'd like some of these personalized with a baby's name or in different colors, email me at or convo me in my Etsy shop.  I'd be happy to make you some inexpensive personalized cards!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Personalized Vinyl Water Bottles & Holiday Teacher Gifts

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This is obviously a bit belated, but these are the holiday gifts I gave to the teachers at my daughter's preschool.  The water bottles came from the dollar store and I used vinyl from Expressions Vinyl to decorate them.  These were cut using the Songbird Cricut cartridge, which I thought was really pretty for this kind of project.  My daughter loves the Cricut, so she was a big help making these.

I added in some water bottles with my Melted Snowman Water Bottle Labels (which you can download for FREE here) and some snowman popcorn sleeves- a craft I learned from one of my neighbors last year.  They were really quick to put together & made a cute holiday gift.

Sorry these are so late getting up on the blog here, but at least you can always pin & save the ideas for next year!  Hope you enjoy.  :)
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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Ninja Valentine's Day Water Bottle Labels!

Pin It So I decided the other day that I wanted to make some of my own clipart.  Not being a great artist, I thought I'd start with something that I could make from some basic shapes and came up with this super cute ninja!

While he's cute and all, I thought he'd be much cuter decked out for Valentine's Day, so I made these. 

Naturally, I had to put them on some water bottle labels.  Wouldn't it be fun to have a Ninja themed Valentine's Day party?  I'd better get started making more printables.  :)

I have two sets of these labels.  They are only $2 for the printable in my Etsy shop.  Print as many as you'd like.  Send them to school with the kids, make them for your class, pack in your kids' lunchboxes as a Valentine's Day surprise, or hand them out to your coworkers.  They're sure to make people smile!

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Printable Treat Boxes/Bags

Pin It Here's a new party printable for you.  Aren't these treat boxes cute?  They're the right size for small treats like candy or mini bubbles or toys.  For $2 I will send you a PDF file of the box with a pattern of your choice from the Baby Girl Paper Pack or Baby Boy Paper Pack and you can print as many as you'd like for your party.  Then just cut and assemble with scissors and glue!  They're a very easy DIY project for your next party.  If you'd like them to display a name or photo, I will customize these for only $1 more!

Click here for the girl treat box.

Click here for the boy treat box. 

Have a different theme you're working with and want a custom pattern?  Send me an email at or send me a convo in my Etsy shop, I'd be happy to make you a custom item. 

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Snowflake Digital Paper Pack

Pin It Are you snowed in and needing a craft?  I made this Snowflake/Winter Themed Digital Paper Pack for your winter crafting.  This pack includes 19 patterned and colored papers for you to make scrapbook pages, cards, party printables, home decor, etc. 


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