Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bahamas Mini Album

Today I have a mini album to share with you.  The first of three!  I had three vacation/trips I needed to scrapbook and I wasn't sure exactly how to tackle them.  The first set of photos I worked on were from last year's vacation and I had well over 100-200 photos.  After much research and deliberation, I decided on a Project Life 6x8 album and used page protectors for a snap album.  I bought three different styles of page protectors and mixed and matched them throughout the album.

I started by adding all my photos in first and then went back and added in journaling as needed.  This album only has embellishing on the cover page.  I wanted to keep it as simple as possible, so I would finish it :)

Here are a few photos.


Here's my cover page, with minimal embellishing :)  I used a plain 6x8 page protector for this, then on the back, I was able to stuff all of our maps and flyers we had collected.


I used several of these 4x4 page protectors throughout the album.  They have an adhesive strip along one side so you can add them anywhere.  LOVE them!


Now these page protectors were a little odd, but worked out great for journaling strips.


 Another odd one, but the little squares worked out good for bits and pieces of journaling.


And another 6x8 page protector, for those photos I just didn't want to cut up :)

What do you do for vacation photos?

Sunday, June 14, 2015

My first pocket letter! (that I made)

In my last post, I shared the first pocket letter that I had received, from my friend TRACY.  After I received hers in the mail, I started working on one to send back to her.  I felt like it took me forever! 


Here's an overall picture of the whole pocket letter.


Then a close up of the top row.


Close up of the middle row.  The middle pocket there, I included a letter on the backside.


And here is a peek at the backside of the top row.  I tried to include goodies on the backside or the front side.


Here's the letter, all wrapped up.  I had to add a bit of extra padding to the envelope with that pencil I sent :)


And here's a look at the bottom row. 

This was a lot of fun to make, once I figured out where I was going with it :)

Hope you're having a good weekend!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Pocket letter from a friend.

Hey there!  So I guess it's been a long time, huh?  I have been doing a lot of things in my craft room.  I just haven't been taking pictures and posting on the blog.  I've been super lazy in that area.

I have three mini albums a card and a pocket letter to share with you though, in addition to today's post, and I'm happy to say photos have been taken and uploaded, so the hard part is done!

Today I want to share with you a pocket letter I received from my good friend Tracy.  She asked if I would want to exchange letters with her and I was so excited!  I had seen people all over Instagram doing these and thought they looked like so much fun.

So here are  pictures of the letter Tracy sent me :)


Here's how the pocket came, all wrapped up with a large doily and some twine.


And it fit perfectly in a business sized envelope.


Then when I opened it up, full size, this is what it looked liked.  She said she went with a birthday theme since it was sent around the time of my birthday.  She is so sweet :)  If you know Tracy or read her blog, you know she has this crazy attention to detail.  Look at that little tag in the lower right hand corner, the heart punch, the inking, stamping and twine, so cute!  Each little card is a mini work of art!
 
The back size of the letter included little treats; candy, labels, washi, tags and a handwritten letter from Tracy.  I loved all of it!
 

Here's a picture of all of the fun goodies Tracy sent me.  Such a fun exchange! 

Have you created a pocket letter yet?  I made one for Tracy too and I'll share pictures soon.  Hope you have a wonderful day!  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Embossed thank you cards.

Happy Monday!  Sorry for the long absence here.  I've started a new instagram account just for my crafty projects and I've been posting more over there,  @fourthouseontheright

Today I wanted to share two cards I made for Abie's volleyball coaches.  I used the same colors, just flip flopped the backgrounds and then embossed the sentiment with black powder.  I always love how this looks :)

Hope you have a fabulous week!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

What I'm working on.

Hello Wednesday :) Ever since I came back to my old job, the days have just been flying by! Best decision ever!

Today I wanted to share what I was working on. A few weeks ago, I cleaned up my craft room and found a bunch of unfinished albums and projects.  So I made a list and am slowly checking it off. Right now I'm working on our vacation album from last summer.  I decided to use an 8x8 album and divided page protectors,  which has become somewhat of a challenge for me since they are so small! 

I also wanted to show you guys these fun FELT doilies I picked up at Michael's!  Aren't they awesome!

What are you working on right now?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Project Life Update.

Happy Monday!  Did you have a good weekend/holiday? Ours was busy but so good :)

Today I wanted to share a Project Life Update.  This is week 13 and an insert.  One of the things I love most about scrapbooking this way is including the girls school papers like this,  as the year progresses. 

I've fallen into a routine, on Sunday afternoon,  I prepare my planner for the upcoming week and then take about ten minutes to print my pictures and fill out my Project Life cards from the previous week. 

I'll be back later this week,  with a peek of what I'm working on and a fun little something I picked up the other day.  Have a fab Monday and thanks for stopping in!

Friday, March 27, 2015

15 year old boy birthday card.

What do you do when your nephew turns 15.  Besides have a slight panic attack because it seems like it was just yesterday that he born, you try and figure out what type of card to make for him :)


I'm not sure about the sentiment, a little worried it's too girly, but I know he won't even notice :)

I cannot believe he's 15.

Thanks for sopping by today.  I hope you have a great weekend!  Abie's last volleyball tournament is this weekend, but other than that, we have the regular stuff on the schedule.  What about you?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Birthday gift card.

So you know I always make the same gift card holder.  4x6 and score at 1 1/2" and 4" and usually round the corners.

Landry had a birthday party over the weekend and I put off the gift card holder until the very last minute, like walking out the door last minute!


I will say, for waiting until the last minute, I LOVE how this turned out!!!!  (excuse the spray paint on my thumb, I was giving our wicker furniture a fresh coat before I ran in and made this Saturday!)

I literally trimmed the paper for the holder and then grabbed a couple of tags from my leftover bowl, did some quick stamping and I was finished!

I hope you're having a great week so far.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Glittered clothespins!

Did you have a good weekend?  Ours was awesome!  It flew by, but was still great.  We got a ton of stuff done around the house, ran errands and spent a lot of time outside :)

Today I wanted to share with you some fun glittered clothespins that the girls made last weekend.  I saw these on Twitter, I think.



The girls set up shop at their craft table with Mod Podge, clothespins and glitter.


The first step was to spread the Mod Podge on, a good thick coat.


Then sprinkle on a nice layer of glitter.


And knock off the excess glitter.


Your finished product!  A lovely glittery clothespin :)


What was awesome about this was that even Landry got in on the action :)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you have a fab week!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Nephew birthday card.

Happy happy Friday!  Today I wanted to share my younger nephews birthday card. 

It was super simple and fun to make. I used a little plastic jewelry bag, from a craft store,  to hold three different types of confetti.  Then I covered up the top of the bag with some patterned paper and little tag I stamped :)

I kept the inside simple, with just a stamp.

Sorry about the lighting,  it was really sunny when I took the photo, but no complaints from me on that!

Any big plans this weekend?  Mike is working on our fence,  changing it from a 4ft to 6ft and I have the normal house stuff to take care of :)

Hope you have a good one!  Thanks for the visit!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New planner stamps!

It's Wednesday already! Woot woot!

A couple of weeks ago I saw a picture on instagram with a link to My Sweet Stamp Shop and they carry the cutest stamps for your planner!

I picked out three sets that I thought I would use the most, they were $7.95 each. The shipping was super fast and they are the heavy acrylic stamps :)

I've been using them for a few weeks now and love the orderliness they add to my weeks ;) I've been using chalk inks to stamp with,  they seem to bleed LESS through the paper. If I clean the stamps immediately,  they don't stain. I've had problems with chalk inks staining my acrylic stamps in the past.

So here's a peek at the three sets I ordered and one of my weeks :)

Do you stamp in your planner?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dad's birthday card!

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We had some fantastic weather here and were able to spend a lot of time outside, it was great!

My dad's birthday was on Friday and I whipped up this card for him.  I just love that Starburst,  but I still haven't mastered the spacing when I'm stamping with it. Need to work on that.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

St Patrick's Day Banner!

Now that is officially March I figured it was okay to post my new banner I made!

I picked up two different packages of shamrocks at the dollar store,  some foam glittered ones and then a package of different sized cardstock ones.

I punched holes in each of the corners and ran twine through, then strung this puppy up!  And it was only $2!

Have you made anything fun for St Patrick's Day?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pen holder.

Happy Weekend eve! Today I wanted to share an easy pen holder I made for my office.

I had a leftover jar, from some red cabbage I think,  that I took the label off of and ran the jar through the dishwasher. Then it sat. For like months,  in my craft room. I knew I would find a use for it and finally did!!

I wrapped some burlap ribbon around the middle,  remember from the candle holders I made,  and then added some black ribbon too.

So simple and easy! I took lots of fun pens and pencils to work :) to add to my jar.

Thanks for the visit today!  Have an awesome Thursday!

Monday, February 23, 2015

13th birthday Dinner Party!

Happy Monday!  Did you have a good weekend?  We had a busy weekend, but it was FUN!  We celebrated Abie's 13th birthday on Saturday with a dinner party for her friends.

Abie wrote the menu up on the chalkboard out front ;)


Here she is posing in front of the photo backdrop.  This was early in the day.


Getting the table ready!


Checking spacing, making sure everyone would have just enough room.  We used an 8ft table and fit 9 girls around it.






 We ordered this awesome balloon arrangement for her centerpiece.  She loved the way it turned out!


 Landry has really gotten into cooking and helped out SO much for the dinner!  Here she is working on the creamy tomato soup.


I'm not sure who was the Chef and who was the Sous Chef here...


And the birthday girl.  She was SO excited!   She borrowed a pair of my heels, so was ridiculously tall!  The girl is 5'6 in her bare feet already :)  She really wanted a tiara too.  Such a sweetheart.


The chefs, discussing something VERY important.


We made simple place cards for each of the girls, which doubled as a small party favor.



The appetizer was shrimp cocktail, huge hit!


Creamy tomato soup in bread bowls was served next, followed by Cesar salad.


There were two girls that are vegetarian, but still ate the shrimp..., so they had stuffed tomatoes for their entree.

The girls had a choice of beef or chicken, stuffed with goat cheese and spinach and a side of new potatoes.  In the invitation, Abie included a response card which the girls sent back with their choice of entree so we knew how much of each to prepare.


All of the plates, ready to serve.


And dessert, homemade chocolate mousse.


This was a team effort!  From the invitations, to decorating, to food prep to serving and clean up, but oh man, SO MUCH FUN!  A fancy dinner party for your 13th birthday party?  Awesome.

Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon and have a super fantastic week!  :)