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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Congrats, Taylor!.... part 3 ***Picture heavy!***

The party continues....  What's a party without a gift (or two), right? Well, for Taylor's grad gift from her parents she requested a week at Disneyland. So she and her folks and some of the extended family are spending five fun-filled, magical days at the Happiest Place on Earth. To go along with her trip to the Magical Kingdom, I created an album for her to record her memories in.
The lettering and most of the specialty cuts you will see in the album came from the Mickey & Friends and Mickey Font Cricut cartridges. The Mickey borders you will see were created by me using shapes from Mickey & Friends and DesignStudio. I made the little badge creating a 1" green circle with the words "Magical Memories" repeated around the circle and then sandwiched it between the tiny star and the smallest circle die from the Spellbinders Star Circles set. The lettering and the green center of the badge were both glazed to add some shine and the star was glittered.

 The ribbon covers the seam where the two card stock papers overlap on the front cover. Before adhering the piece for the spine, I embossed it. I LOVE the added texture this gives. Ready to go inside???
You will see these fun icons scattered throughout the album. The sunglasses and the Mickey ice cream were creations that I made. The rest were all found on Mickey and Friends. I added glaze to the sun glass lenses, the sucker and ice cream, the buttons on Mickey's shorts, the car, and two of the stars. I also used a bit of gold Stickles on the two other stars and my markers to add additional shadow detail.

Inside the front cover there is a large pocket on the left, a long pocket with a tag that pulls out the top of the right hand page and an additional larger pocket with a pull-out page which pulls out to the side. (The picture on the left shows the tags in their pockets. The one on the right shows the tags pulled.) In addition, the little Mickey shorts icon is only attached on the its edges so that additional pictures, tags, mementos can be tucked underneath.

Page 2 and 3.... The page on the left is ready to accept a large 5x7 if you'd like. The tags easily slip behind the photo place holder attached to the left side of the page. There is also a fun tag which can be used for journaling or even some photo booth pics which slip inside the photo place holder (I forgot to pull that tag from its spot in in pic #2 but it's that yellow piece behind Mickey's hands.)

Page 4 and 5 .... The left hand side features another large panel for a big pic or maybe a collage of smaller ones. Another photo place holder is attached to the bottom of the page.  You can slip tags or pics behind it and slip a narrow tag inside (red-and-white striped this time). There is a small half (or I guess it's more like a 1/3) pocket-page to the right with a pull-out, folded tag. When you flip that page, you find another long narrow spot to add photos and a large pocket with a page that pulls out to the side. Again, Donald's hat is only attached on the edges so pictures or mementos can easily be slipped behind.

Pages 6 and 7... More large, medium and small panels. More tags. More fun details! The right hand pocket page on this page folds out to reveal the large side-entry pocket with tag and an additional large panel to add more pics, journaling and mementos. The little corner detail where the rose is can easily accommodate one or more pictures or tags.

Pages 8 and 9...  This summer Disney/California Adventure is revealing its newest attraction... Cars Land! And of course it is on Taylor's Must-See list. So of course I had to include a place of honor for Lightning McQueen in the album. Again a little corner strap to hold tags and pictures, a 1/3 pocket page with a folded tag, a long narrow pocket with a tag and a large side entry pocket with pull-out page.

Pages 10 and 11... In order to make the scrap of character paper fill the space I needed to cover, I cut it down into it's elements and glued it down onto white card stock that was cut to fit the space on the left side page. I loved how it turned out so much that I didn't want to cover it up with additional fluff so the little corner strap is vellum.

Pages 12 and 13... More character paper this time on a tag slipped behind a corner strap adorned with "Disney hands" on the left. Another 1/3 pocket page and another large side-entry pocket with pull-out.

Pages 14 and 15.... The fun continues! More pockets, tags and panels to add pics and mementos.

Pages 16 and 17 (inside the back cover)... Can you believe all the space to add memories into this book. It may take here several trips to Disneyland to fill it up.

Phew! My original vision was something simple, maybe a couple pages, but when I saw Kathy's All Occasion Mini Album I decided to expand my vision. And I have to say, it took me the better part of every free minute I had from Monday until Friday when we went out the door to go to the party to finish it. In fact, I finished at around 4:15pm on Friday, snapped the pictures you see above as fast as I could,....
... including a bit of help from my son, wrapped it up in a gift bag with tissue and went out the door at 4:33pm. Jaime's home is 50 minutes away and I had to get there in time to help with the decorations before the guests showed up at 6pm.

It was all worth it and I'd do it again. We are so proud of Taylor. She has not let the issue of having Down Syndrome stop her from trying new things and achieving her goals. Yes, it may have taken her two years longer than a typical teen to graduate from high school, but she did it. She didn't drop out. Along the way she took dance classes and drama too. She had lots of tutoring help as well as plenty of help from her parents and siblings and friends. And in the fall, she will be attending college in a special program for kids just like her. It's amazing how far society has come. I remember when I was little there was a boy who had down syndrome. He didn't go to school with us. I don't know if they institutionalized him or what but he would disappear for months and then reappear around holidays. Now, these kids (and their parents and care givers) are taught that all is not lost. That they can learn and grow and develop if only a little bit more effort is applied. It's a wonderful thing!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Kathy's album designs are so fantastic. And her tutorials walk you through every step of the way so well. I just love them! Special thanks to Kathy for sharing her wonderful creations!! With the exception of choosing my own papers for this project and altering the tall, skinny pocket from a center cut out tag entry to a diagonal opening, I followed the tutorial. And it turned out fantastic! Just ask everyone that saw it.  (hopefully they weren't just being nice to my face.)

Thanks so much for visiting. Have a great day!

Papers came from SandyLion and DCWV.
Black cardstock: Recollections (Michael's)
Yellow cardstock: The Paper Store, Bazzil
Ribbon: Celebrate It 360 (Michael's)
Glaze: ModPodge Dimensional Glaze
Vellum: PaperTreyInk
Markers: Bic Mark-It

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Congrats, Taylor!.... part 2

I have more of Taylor's grad party decor to share today. Once again, something simple that turned blah into WOW.
For desert Jaime made a sheet cake. She wanted to do some letters to decorate and we played with the idea letters on toothpicks or just standing them up in the frosting. Eventually, we decided on a banner. Armed with plenty of inspiration, I sat down and drew out what I wanted and then created it on my computer.
I cut the banner pieces out by hand. When I made this project, I printed the design on cardstock, but next time I will use regular copy paper weight paper as we found out that the cardstock looked great but ended up being too heavy.

Using a marker on some string I colored my own 'bakers twine' in yellow, since yellow is Taylor's favorite color.
Scored, ...
... added some stitching detail using a perforating blade, ...
... then folded and glued the pieces in order along the twine making sure to leave extra string out at the sides for tying them to the skewers.
The sheet cake was too shallow to support the weight of the sign so we ended up taping them to the outside of the platform tray that Jaime placed it on. Then, we ruffled some fun 3" wide ribbon to skirt around the sheet pan for additional festiveness.Turned out great, don't you think?

That's it for today. Hope you have a terrific day.
Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Congrats, Taylor!

This last weekend we had a little celebratory event for my niece Taylor who graduated from high school. My niece Jaime (Taylor's sister in law) hosted it. I got to help with the decorations.
I know you can't tell from the above pic, but I embossed the letters and numbers to give them a bit more something.
Argyle for Taylor's name....

and Swiss Dot for the numbers.
Jaime and her daughter created the mortar board style hat from poster board. I just supplied the letters. It came together nicely, don't you think?

More to share tomorrow. Have a wonderful day!
Thanks for visiting.

Friday, May 25, 2012


Smiley from millan.netToday's project is brought to you by my son! Yep, it's true. Much to hubby's dismay, the boy likes to cut and glue and doodle like his mom! HA! :) He's pretty well rounded though. When not working on projects like this, he plays swords/sabers like a true Jedi or Ninja or pirate or whatever his character of choice is next. This project is for school. He had to make a display to go along with a report he is writing at school. It could be a diorama, poster, mobile, or whatever display he wanted to create. His topic: Snakes. Smiley from millan.net{Yay!} The main rule was that the student had to make the project not the parents. {Who me? I would never....Really, after years of helping doing my brother's homework in high school I was not going to do the same with my child.} Parents could "assist" but it had to be the student's work.

When I first thought of making a snake, I thought of using toilet paper or paper towel tubes, but I was fairly certain we wouldn't be able to come up enough of them in the allotted time. Then my son said, "I want it to be blue." To which I replied, "I think I have some blue paint or we could cover them with paper."  {Bing!}Smiley from millan.net  My idea light came on at that moment... Why cover with paper? Why not make from card stock?! We are talking about a seven year old kid with the attention span of a gnat. I need to be able to keep his attention on HIS project after all.

First step was cutting some 12x12 card stock down into strips. My son was afraid of not cutting straight lines so I told him I would draw the lines, but he had to cut. {See? Assisting.} Next, I showed him how if he used a cinnamon bottle from the spice cabinet all the tubes would be the same size (or fairly close). Then he could slide the tubes off and glue them. Remembering the attention span issue, I also pulled out some clothes pins so that he could use them to hold the tubes while they dried and he could move onto the next one. He caught onto the efficiency of that quickly. He made all of the tubes with very little help from mom. He had difficulty popping the holes on either side of the tubes so mom did have to step in with her mighty hand strength to assist there. Then he cut down string and tied them together.

Smiley from millan.netAfter gluing the front of the head piece flat and the end of the tail piece, he got out markers and colored. Then mom made a few decorating suggestions which he liked a lot so I showed him how to cut the 'rickrack' pieces using my Cricut and Plantin Schoolbook cart. Once again, he glued them into place, used the clothes pins to hold them while they dried, then trimmed off the excess.

And of course added some more details with the markers.Smiley from millan.net
And he's pretty pleased with his creation. They gave us two whole weeks to work on this project. We got it done in two days. I'm not 100% sure what they are expecting (or not expecting) but my son has told me it's done. He isn't going to add anything else to it. Maybe he'll change his mind over the course of the next couple day...? I guess we'll see.
Smiley from millan.net
Just a few more days of school for us next week and then 1st grade will be over. A little six-week break full of swimming lessons, movies, play dates... Can't wait!
Hope you are having a terrific day.  Thanks for visiting.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Taking Inspiration Where I Can Find It

Do you ever have a day where you're feeling a little less than inspired? Your get-up-and-go has decided it doesn't really want to? Well, this month's little gift to my church friends is a collection of terrific quotes that hopefully will help brighten their day. Maybe give them a boost.
Normally I would make my own designs, but since I wanted to make a booklet of quotes, and I didn't have a lot of time, I started by collecting some pre-made designs from the web. Lucky for me, there are a lot of talented, creative people out there that like to share their creations. :)
Most of the creations I found were sized to be printed at 8 1/2"x11" which was way too big for what I had in mind. I sized them down and laid them out to where I could print nine per sheet.
I cut them down, matched them up in pairs so that I could create back-to-back pages...
... and used a bit of glue stick to glue them together.

Then I ran them through my Xyron to laminate them. Trimmed off the excess laminate, punch a hole in the top corner, and strung them on a bit of ribbon to create the booklets.

All done. ...well, almost.
I decided the booklets needed a cover. Back to the computer...  I used one of the designs as inspiration and created a cover page and slipped it on the ribbon. NOW they're finished! :) And not a second to lose. It's time to go out the door to meet my friends.

Special thanks to all those that shared their designs! You really helped me out!
If you're interested in making your own booklet of inspirational quotes, you can find the downloads HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. They have so many more quotes and designs than what I used. Some religious, some not. The links I gave are to the actual pages/posts that include the designs I used. But if you return to their home pages and search through their blogs you'll find lots of other fun stuff that I'm sure will inspire you.

Have a wonderful day! Thanks for visiting.