Monday, March 30, 2015

Project Life 2014 // weeks 41 - 45

Project Life 2014 // weeks 41 - 45

week 41

left side - design A, right side is We R Memory Keepers 

For this week, I decided to go big with the art work. I tend to do this when I don't have a lot of picture or words going into my spread. At the top, I told a little story about Jay running a race here in our town. The kids thought it was pretty cool to cheer Daddy on.

3x4 grid cards

Simple page. I printed these pictures here at home. I then cut white card stock into 4x4 squares and adhered each photo to a square. 

For the middle I used a mixture of embellishments to fill the 2x2 squares. I wanted the see-through element, so I chose to leave the blank space open. The top pockets are sewn across the top to hold in the stars.

week 42

left side - design  , right side - design A

For this side I simply cut my photos down to 4x4 to fill the page. The middle 2x2 squares are still clear, and you can see through to the last page. 

The quote on the bottom left photo was cut from a Studio Calico card and adhered to the picture.

All three sentiments shown here were cut from different Studio Calico PL cards and adhered onto new cards/photos. Often times, I don't care for the busyness of the cards and this is a great way for me to still use and enjoy the cards, and the sayings.

Studio Calico PL kit, 4x6 index cards

week 43

both sides - design A

You guys know my obsession with my type writer. But I still want my handwriting in my albums. I am trying to achieve a good mix. I love how this page turned out. I'm really into black and white. The Midnight Edition is still my favorite kit. I always find myself coming back to it.

Midnight Edition, 4x6 index cards, Studio Calico stamps, Project Life pens

More art work. It just makes me happy. I typed up my journalling onto card stock, cut it out, and adhered it to my photos/cards.

Midnight Edition

week 44

left side - design A, right side - design Q

insert - 12x12

All handwriting for this side. A little trick I've talked about before: when you have a 4x6 opening and you want to fit in 2 3x4 cards/photos, simply attach both 3x4's to a 4x6 index card. They won't slide and you won't even see the back card. I did this on the top right.

Studio Calico PL kit

For the insert, I wanted to add in this pumpkin Paige made a school. I slipped it into a 12x12 page protector, centered it the best I could, and then while holding it in place, I stitched around the entire edge. I love how it looks like it's floating.

For this side, I only used a 4x6 index card cut down to 4x4. I wanted to focus to be on the pictures of Paige in her costume. I like how the orange in her wings pops against all the black and white. 

Midnight Edition, 4x6 index cards, Thickers 

week 45

both sides - design A

Here's a look at the week with the insert I added.

insert - 12x12 altered

This week I didn't have many photo's from our week at home (me and the kids) because Jay was visiting his brother in Utah and then they drove back cross country. For this side, I cut a map from a 6x6 Studio Calico paper pad and adhered it to a 4x6 index card. I also used an index card cut down to 4x4 to record some quotes from the kids.

Studio Calico PL kit

For the insert, I grabbed all the snapshots of Jay by the state signs from his iphone. I had asked him to do this before he left. He actually missed two states because they drove though during the nigh/dark so could't see the sign. When I printed the photos out I originally planned to cut the photos out and use them as I normally would, but I liked the way they looked all together on the template and decided to leave them as is. I slipped the page into a 12x12 protector. I stitched all around the edge. I then used some chipboard letters for a title and stitched them down as well. Lastly, I stitched along the top and then I cut it down, all around where I had sewn the plastic.

For the left side, I took up a 6x12 space by cutting up some school work Austin brought home. I then used the Studio Calico "road trip" card to document a little about Jay's cross country trip. On the "choose happy" card I wrote a bit about having the kids solo for a full week...I thought the card title was fitting. 

In the middle, I used some 3x4 grid cards (the tab at the top is a stamp) to document some things the kids were loving this week.

That's it. I'll be back next week :)


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lego Party

Austin's 6th Birthday // Lego Party

For my awesome son who is so completely and utterly obsessed with Lego's, there was no question that this year we would have a Lego party for his friends. We decided to only invite four friends this year, and we lucked out that all four could attend. Austin does much better with small numbers. We also had parents drop off their child. I have to tell you that I was nervous about this. Two hours with six kids...oh my. And I'll be honest and say that the first 15 minutes were awful. Jay looked at me and said, "Really...two hours??!!" But after the boys settled and started building, it was great. 

We have two systems for organizing Austin's Lego's. We keep the majority of them in bins by color. He also have two larger bins in his room: one for all random pieces/colors he can throw in at clean up time until they can be resorted, and one for holding zip lock bags of new kits. We try to keep kits together as long as possible. For the party, we only used the color bins. I didn't let the kids play with any of his new kits he got for his birthday or any kit that was still "in tact". I covered the table with brown paper from the Dollar Store, lined up the bins down the center, and called it done. I did put them in rainbow order :)

I've had a stack of paper crowns left over from a playdate sitting in the studio for over a year. I decided to add a Lego figure onto each with a staple.

I also has some Lego figure coloring pages out at the little table. 

Once things settle and everyone got over the excitement, the kids all ate a bit of lunch. Super simple food this year too (remember my word this year...SIMPLIFY). I made PB&J, popcorn, strawberries & blueberries, and chocolate cupcakes. Water was served in little mason jars.

The banner is made from Project Life cards, specifically cards from the Midnight Edition. I attached a Lego figure (shrunk, printed, and cut out) to each and then sewed the cards together. 

Each guest took home a Lego mini kit. I scored at Target and found four matching kits in the clearance section for $4 each. Another perk of having a small number of guests...good favors.

I made Austin's shirt. I make the kids a shirt each year for their birthdays. I am saving all the numbers and hope to make them each a quilt one day after they out grown the shirt tradition. I used the same little Lego guy as a stencil for the applique. 

The boys all seemed to have a really good time. It was so funny hearing them all talk about what they were building, and what the Lego people were doing.

When they got bored of building, we played Lego Bingo. Seriously...BEST IDEA EVER. They played for a good 30 minutes and my kids have been playing this at home ever since.

Next, we played Lego Hunt. I had hidden 12 yellow Legos earlier that day. The kids had to work together to find them all. This was so fun. The boys were yelling and counting and racing to find them all. 

After the Lego Hunt, we did cupcakes. Always a crowd pleaser.

The last activity was Lego Towers. Each kid had to build a tower and see who could build the tallest one before it fell over. Again, the boys got really into this one. The all started building separately, but then when they realized they needed stronger bases, they started to combine towers and work together. So fun.

It was such a fun party. Now on to plan Paige's which is in a few weeks. It's a good thing planning parties makes me happy!


To see our Lego Invitations, read HERE.