A few weeks ago, I went away for the weekend with a group of friends to scrapbook. While I haven’t made it every year, this was our 10th anniversary of doing this. We, being these wonderful women that I met (gasp) over the internet on a pregnancy/parenting support message board more than 13 years ago.
Scrapbooking seems to be a lost art. But I have to tell you, to sit down for 4 days, once a year, and have someone take care of me and only have to focus on creating and preserving memories for my family is awesome. It allows me to tap into a creative part of me that I just don’t have the time to sit down and use on a regular basis. Sure, there’s digital. But there’s something about touching paper…about creating things with my hands…that cannot be replicated. And the end result…my children’s faces while looking at these books is priceless. They love them.
There are tutorials everywhere for this kind of thing. So I’ll add to the million more and post another.
I wanted to make Norah a valentines shirt and she wanted it to involve glitter.
Enter glitter fabric paint! Woot! I used Tulip Soft Glitter paint because that’s what brand the store carries.
The only other things you need are freezer paper, a ruler, scissors, and an iron. Oh, and a shirt.
Oh – and your paint sponge thingey (what are they called?)
I had give my sister in law my cricut cartridges to test out, otherwise I’d have just cut a row of hearts on the freezer paper that way. But since I didn’t have them, I cut out my stencil on freezer paper.
Once I had them cut, I figured out my rough positioning and ironed a strip of freezer paper to the inside of the shirt so that my paint would not bleed through.
After that was complete, I pulled out my ruler and did some precise measurements (only because I do not trust my eyeballs) and ironed on my stencils, making sure all the corners were good and adhered.
I started painting by dabbing it on in thicker globs, and then smoothed it out with strokes. I let it dry for about 30 min and added a second coat. After that, I let it dry for about an hour and peeled off my freezer paper. Then I let it dry for 48 hours before she wore it.
She loves it. She wants me to make a bunch more – polka dots, words, and whatnot.
Are you one? Or do you desire to be one? Or perhaps you just want to devour some cupcakes with girlfriends. Why not?
Alyson and Meagan are planning a Fairy Fabulous Crafting Slumber Party and y’all should check it out!!! Go to the blog for complete details!
Registration for the craft weekend opens up on Monday, March 5th at noon, so don’t wait!
My kids made their valentines this year, as they do most years. I pinned a few ideas and then asked them to pick from those. Here’s what they chose.
Give a hoot valentine, for my owl obsessed daughter, found here.
She picked out the paper colors and I traced the owl pattern and used a circle punch to do the eyes. She cut the owl out, drew on the face and eyes, glued the eyes on, and wrote cute, owl-y sayings on them. I used my x-acto knife to cut the slots for the pencils and inserted them so that the cardstock wouldn’t rip.
Glow stick valentines, for my 4th grader, found here.
Simple free printable that I did some simple editing to in Photoshop (4th grade boys do NOT want their valentines to say ‘love’). All he had to do was cut them out and sign them and bag them in cello bags (we found that was the easiest solution, as they wouldn’t stay attached).
Bouncy ball valentine, found here.
Another easy peasy free printable that the boy had to simply cut out and sign. He did the bagging, I did the stapling.
Check out some of these other fun ideas I pinned for Valentines Day (crafts, decor, foods, cards, etc). I bigfatpuffyheart Pinterest!!!
Happy Valentines Day!
I participated in the Craftaholics Anon exchange. Did you?
It was so much fun last time, both trying to come up with something I thought someone would like and also, waiting for a mysterious handmade gift to arrive! So I did it again!
Here’s what I crafted up for my partner
a glass chevron pendant
a grey cabochon pendant
a petite cocoa rolled rose ring
and a little something for her daughter…a holiday rolled rose hair clip (that i photo’d badly)
I hope she likes them!!!!
While I was at it, I made this one for my little gal. She was giddy to get it…its GREEN and its got her name on it!