Monday, September 30, 2013

Just some Scrapbook Layouts

Hi everyone.  Happy Monday.  I just wanted to pop in real quick and show you some scrapbook layouts I have done recently.  I have been on a hiatus from scrapbooking and really need to get caught up, but alas this is birthday month around here.  So not to much scrapbooking going on.  Here is what I have for you ... 

These two layouts are from May of last year.  I used my Cameo to cut out a chevron background.  I used the whole background for one page and the leftover cut outs from the background on the other page.  I then cut out the fancy lattice and layered my photos.  Pretty simple.  

This layout is from February of this year.  We played this fun game with our Valentine's dinner and wanted to include the menu.  I cut a pocket using one of the shapes from the Silhouette online store.  Love how interactive this one is.

This layout is from March of this year.  I do believe I used one of the sketches from the Silhouette blog to do this layout.  I really love the colors in this layout, the yellow just pops off the grey.

Well that is all I have for you today.  I am running off to pick up the girls and go to a local fall festival.  Should be a ton of fun.  Hope you have a great week.  

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Decorated Mixed Media Notebooks

Good morning, hope your week is going well.  Today as I was waking up I said to myself "Thank the lord it is Friday".  Then I realized that it is only Wednesday.  That is what kind of week I am having.  Not a bad week, just feels really busy.  But enough of that, today I have some decorated notebooks to share with you.  I got this idea from a video Heidi Swapp did on My Craft Channel.  It was the perfect idea for a birthday gift for my daughters teacher.  It was also fast and easy.  Here they are ... 

To do this I just bought some simple Kraft notebooks off of Amazon.  I then used white acrylic paint, color shine, and a stencil to create the designs on the cover.  I cut some frames with my Silhouette Cameo and glittered up some thicker letters.  I then used some Heidi Swapp stamps and black ink to stamp the sentiments and finally added a bow with some zip dry.  It really only took about thirty minutes to complete the notebook.  It was so fast and easy that I had to make another for myself.  Who doesn't mind writing down their to do list in a pretty notebook.  

Well that is all for today.  Hope you have a great day.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Daily Cleaning Charts

Happy Friday!!!  Hope you have some exciting stuff planned for the weekend.  We are going to do our normal, soccer games and general hanging out.  I hope to carve out some time for crafting.  We have several birthday's coming up that I needed to get going on.

Well today I have some cleaning charts that I made a couple months back.  See I had to make a schedule for myself because this is the first time I have had to clean the house myself in a number of years.  Back story:  About a year after my husband and I got married we bought a house.  We were both working at the time but I was doing all the cleaning and it led to many a disagreement!!  So we decided to get a cleaning service.  Best decision ever!!! Fast forward a number of years and we had kids and still kept the cleaning service because that meant I could spend more time playing with the kids.  Well one day my 5 year old came to me and asked when our lady was coming to make her bed.  I was flabbergasted and decided then and there that it was time to cancel the cleaning service and start dolling out chores and doing it ourselves.  You see, I think the greatest crime in this world would be to raise ungrateful and entitled kids.  So thats what we did. In addition to saving money, I am teaching my kids how to contribute to the family and making them self sufficient all with one decision.  So to keep us on track I made these cleaning charts ...

We have a three story townhouse that if done all at once would take about 6 hours to clean properly.  I decided to break up the task over the week.  Not so overwhelming that way.  I actually used the Designer Edition of Silhouette Studio to create these and then sent them to printer.  It is really cool that you can do that with the software.  The clipboard was my first attempt at Mod Podge.  I used two different pieces of scrapbook paper and then used some ribbon at the seams of the paper.

Well that is all for today and probably for the weekend.  Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fun Birthday Card with the Silhouette

Afternoon all, I hope you are having a fun week.  I wanted to share with you a quick birthday card I made for my daughters teacher.  Her birthday is next week, and Charlotte can not stop talking about it.  Probably because it is close to her own birthday.  So here is the card I made ...

I used some paper from Heidi Swapp for the A2 card base.  I then made a fun frame for the card with the Silhouette, kinda hard to see in the picture.  To do this, first I created a square.  Then used an outline of a cupcake shape and put it in the middle of the square.  Next you select both those shapes and choose subtract in the designer edition software.  Then I created the Happy using the font Digs My Hart.  I overlapped it onto the cupcake.  I then select all the shapes and choose weld.  It created this cool frame which I sprayed with some Gold Lame color shine.  I cut the Birthday with some more Heidi Swapp paper and pop-dotted it onto the card.  Easy as pie.

That's all I have for today, hope you have a wonderful finish to your week.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Kids Room Decorated and Done (Finally)

Hi all, I hope this Monday finds you well and you had a great weekend.  We did some hiking at a local park since it was so beautiful here.  This past week, I spent most of my kid free time finally finishing my youngest daughters room.  Back in the spring we decided that it was time for her to move to a full size bed and also get rid of the baby room.  So we bought her a matress, converted her toddler bed to a full size bed and bought the paint.

She wanted a purple room, as that is her favorite color.  We chose this shockingly bright purple, that I thought was a mistake because it made the room so dark.  Once we moved the furniture back in, it became a little less of a shock.  So we couldn't just paint her room, we had to decorate it.  She wanted a big rainbow on her wall.  I tried hard to give that to her, but after ruining two whole rolls of Silhouette vinyl trying to cut each of the colors, I gave up and decided that fairies would be much better.  So I used the remaining vinyl and cut some fairies I bought from  It is amazing how smooth the Cameo cuts this vinyl.  Here are the pics of the fairies ...

We also wanted to give her a place to draw on the wall.  She is notorious for drawing on the walls in the house.  It is fantastic that she wants to be so creative, but a pain to clean up.  To combat this we used some Silhouette chalkboard vinyl and created a drawing space.  We framed it with some trim pieces from the hardware store.

As you can see it is already well used.  Finally I wanted to give her plain pink lamp shade a fun update.

I went to the home goods store and bought a lamp shade for about $7.00.  I then spent every evening after my kids went to bed for an entire week hot gluing this ribbon to the shade.  It took so long because to get the ruffle look I was going for, I had to glue each individual ruffle and wait between ruffles for the glue to set.  I found the butterflies at Pottery Barn Kids and love how they match the colors in the room perfectly.

Thanks for stopping by and getting through this long post.  Hope you have a wonderful week.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Girly Birthday Cards with the Silhouette

Hi all, hope you are having a great day.  We are in our second week of school here and adjusting to the new schedule pretty good.  This past weekend was a busy one for us.  We had two birthday parties and a soccer game.  The birthday parties were for two pretty special girls.  One is the daughter of good friends of ours and the second was for our little niece.  I made them each a special card, here is how they came out ...

Both cards are 4" x 4".  The first card was made with a mermaid purchased from the Silhouette online store.  I embossed the card frame with the flowers Cuttlebug folder.  I then added the decorative ribbon and stamped it with the Birthday sentiment.  The second card is made with the fairy ballerina purchased from the Silhouette online store.  The card frame is stamped with two different sentiment stamps from My Pink Stamper.  I added the ribbon and some pink stickles to the ballet shoes to complete the card.

Oh and I wanted to leave you with a picture of my littlest daughter on her first day of school.  No special dress for her as it was game day for the Eagles!!

Hope you have enjoyed these cards.  Have a wonderful day and make sure to try and fit in some crafting time!!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

First Day of School and Lunch Box Notes with the Silhouette

Hi all, happy September and happy first day of school for many of you.  We sent our little, or I guess now big, one off to her first Day of Kindergarten today!!!  It was exciting and emotional around here.  All excitement from her and all emotional for me.  Here is a pic of our big girl...

She is looking all smart, beautiful and grown up.  I made the sign by taking a frame we had and painting the back board of it with chalk board paint.  I then used a pencil sharpener to sharpen the chalk to a point to make the writing better.  Of course I got this idea off of Pinterest.  

To go along with her lunch box and show her how much we love her, I usually make a special card.  This year I decided I wanted to spread the love over the whole year and not just on special occasions.  I made a box of lunch note cards to keep in the kitchen to help me do it.  Here is what it looks like ...

This box is a Lori Whitlock design from the Silhouette online shape store.  I did have to look on Youtube to figure out how to assemble it.  I used some Dear Lizzy paper to cover the box and cut the title out with the Silhouette.  I decided to make seven different notes for the box so I did add some dividers and tabs to the box to keep them all organized.  Here are the notes ... 

I made these cards using the print and cut feature of the Silhouette.  Once I designed each one, I just duplicated them and was able to fit 6 to a sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch card stock.  I made 12 of each note to go in the boxes.  I also added a little stickles to each note to make them extra special.  Each note is 2.9" x 2.9".  Just the size to write a quick note for the kiddos.  

So that is all I have for you today.  Now that the kiddos are back in school I will definitely have more time to post my craftiness!!  Have a great day.