I have been preparing for my next Bazzill card swap. I really enjoyed the Halloween card swap so now I am preparing for the Christmas card swap. I found this really cute tutorial on how to make a Christmas Tree on Pinterest and I thought that it would be perfect for my holiday cards. I made them but I haven’t had a chance to put all together yet. I think the trees would also look cute on a scrapbooking layout.
October 6, 2012 is card making day this year! I should have had better plans in place like leave the kids home with the boyfriend all day kind of plans. Unfortunately I did not make those kinds of plans. The actual plan is that after the little one wakes up from her nap we are going to make some cards together. She loves to stamp so I expect that she will be doing a whole lot of stamping. I will be working on some card ideas that I have had in my head for a while. This is one of the cards that I will be trying to finish tonight!
This past weekend I had yet another busy weekend with the first day of school starting on Monday. The big monster has gone to 8th grade. This will be his last year in middle school which is somewhat hard for me to comprehend. The little monster has made it to pre-kindergarten which I can still handle and be ok with! It’s the big monster that has me feeling all nostalgic and sappy. Enough about me, this post is supposed to be how to create cute baby boy layouts to give away. I created two layouts to be given away to a mother to be this weekend and they didn’t take me much time at all! I will admit that I didn’t get the best pictures of these layouts as I scrapped late at night and of course woke up late the next morning so I wasn’t able to get amazing photos of these layouts. I am going to attach them though so you can see how quick and easy you can make a scrapbook page for someone else.
The first layout is created by using a 12×12 piece of cardstock as my base, I then cut a decorative page into a 10×10 square and adhered it to my cardstock. I adhered a vellum piece with welcome baby to the top of the page for the title. Then I adhered two photo mats that are slightly larger than a 4×6 picture. Lastly I adhered three strips of different colored paper ribbon to the bottom of the page.
The second layout is created by using a 12×12 piece of cardstock as my base, I then used the Creative Memories Jumbo Fancy Frameto cut out a frame and adhered to the cardstock. I then added the baby’s name in chipboard which is from K & Company to the top of the page. I then punched out squares and added them to the middle of the layout to break up some of blue color. Next I added a journal box to the bottom left of the page and an epoxy sticker to the bottom right of the picture. I added some paper ribbon on the bottom just to tie everything in.
Of course I couldn’t send these layouts to the baby shower without a card so I made one of those too. The card was made by taking a piece of 12×12 cardstock and cutting it in half. I then take one half and score it down the middle so that I can make a 6×6 card. I like making 6×6 cards because they give me more space to decorate :). I then added a decorative paper to the middle of the card and then another smaller piece of decorative paper to the front. I added a vellum baby saying to the right of the card and I called myself done.
The two layouts and the card took me about an hour to complete maybe a little more. All in all it was a quick and easy way to create something for a baby shower and introduce them to the world of scrapbooking :). What do you think of my quick and easy layouts?
I had a relaxing weekend for the most part but my body just seemed to crash on Sunday. I didn’t make anything or get on the computer or do anything at all. I did do some laundry, how exciting is that?? Saturday I was able to work on some layouts, make some flowers, and make my own stamp cleaner. I did all this with my little one right by my side the whole time. There is something about little girls that just makes them attached to you at all times. Friday night was my friend’s wedding which was a beautiful night! I guess since I was so busy on Friday and Saturday that I deserved to shut down on Sunday.
I haven’t taken pictures of the layouts that I have worked on yet but I am going to share with you the stamp cleaner that I found online! It works really well and is a lot cheaper to make it then to buy it!
The recipe for stamp cleaner is as follows:
- 2 tablespoons of glycerin (can be found at your local drugstore)
- 8 ounces of distilled water
- 1 tablespoon of baby shampoo
- 1 spray bottle
Mix all of these items together and you are good to go! Spray your rubber or acrylic stamp and clean it off with your sponge and your all done. Does anyone else make their own stamp cleaner and if so what recipe do you follow?
I have been very busy making cards and finishing my layouts up. I have a wedding coming up and of course I didn’t have any cards made for a wedding! I had to go and make one which wasn’t a problem because I love to make new things. I don’t know about you but I get a real joy out of making things for other people. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy making things for myself but seeing the expression of joy on people’s faces when I give them something that I have made is so exciting. Here is a picture of the card that I made it didn’t take me long at all which is a good thing considering I started late at night. Those monsters of mine just don’t want to go to bed sometimes.
The card is a 6×6 card which is one of my favorite size cards to create! I have no idea why but that size just appeals to me for some reason. Maybe it has something to do with that OCD of mine that I have mentioned a few times before. Here is how I made the card:
1. cut a piece of 12×12 cardstock in half and then score it so that you can make your fold.
2. cut a piece of cardstock into 4×4 size (mine is from a Martha stewart collection) and mount it to the front of the card.
3. make a circle on the front of the card in pencil (I used my small creative memories custom cutting system circle to make a circle, which is a 4 inch size in diameter)
4. punch out your first set of hearts in mine were 1 1/4 and adhere them to the circle by slightly overlapping each one.
5. punch out your next set of hearts in the same size and adhere to the lower portion of your hears that you already adhered to the card.
6. repeat step 5 one more time.
Voila you end up with a heart flower of love which is what I am calling my creation. Since it is a card that I have made for my friend’s wedding. Tomorrow I get the pleasure of watching my friend get married! I have also made her an 8×8 scrapbook that is just waiting for her pictures and the first page of the scrapbook matches her card that I just made. Again its an OCD issue.
Have any of you ever named your creations?