Thursday, February 26, 2015

Another Album Down

I just finished the last few pages of Ethen's 4-year album.  And it feels good to have that on the shelf as the kid turns 6 in two weeks!

I don't save all my children's artwork.  In fact, I only pick out three or four things that I think are good, and I save them in an envelope at the back of each album.  I take a picture of any oversized artwork and some of the good stuff, then I usually incorporate into some sort of art page, and then I toss it.  And I don't feel bad at all...

Once in awhile there comes along something so precious you have to single it out.

At first I wasn't sure how to document it.  I finally just decided to slide it into an 8.5x11 and anyone who wants to read it can pull it out.  I did put a few typed paper strips on it to give it some context.  He's drawn several Star Wars illustrations, so I chose one to make a page out of to give the layout a cohesive feel.

He wrote it a year ago and it's been in his pile waiting for me to document.  I wrote the translation of each page on the bottom so in future years I'll be able to remember.

Here is a look at his fun story, "Jedi Dfeet" bi Ethen, Age 4.

This picture of Darth is awesome!  I love his colorful buttons.

It's interesting to me that he writes from the Dark Side perspective here.

And then the feared rancor comes!

R2-D2 is scared...

And all is darkness.

But then Luke comes to save the day.

And all is rainbows again.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DIY: Washi Stripes, Crate Bookcase, and Jewelry Organizer

I find that I'm constantly updating and reworking the organization in my kids' rooms.  They grow so fast and their needs and stuff changes so quickly.

Maya has filled up her current bookcase with books, and we were looking for organization ideas for clutter.  I didn't want to spend a lot of cash on another bookcase, and so Pinterest to the rescue!

I got these crates from and they were on sale and had free shipping.  I got all six for about $60.  I bought the ones that were pre-whitewashed and it saved me an extra coat of paint.

I used regular acrylic craft paint for the inside, but was happy with my choice to use Hi-Gloss house paint for the outside.  It really gave them a smooth slick surface that didn't feel chalky.  I let Maya choose what colors she wanted for the inside.  Little did we know that every Hobby Lobby in Houston is sold out of the color "dragon fruit."  So the project lasted about 2 weeks longer than anticipated as I searched and searched for more paint and had to resort to ordering it off of Amazon.  All of the other colors used only 1 bottle each, but the pink took about 3 or 4 coats for good coverage.

She helped me paint the insides.  I would not use a wall paint brush again.  It was too coarse and left lines.  I liked the smaller craft paint brush (above) much better.

Love the way they turned out!  So easy and cheap!

My next step was to organizer her jewelry.  I found these great segmented apothecary jars at Home Goods and love that they are compartmentalized for sorting.

The last part of the project was something that has been on my to-do list for over a year.  In a magazine I saw a picture of a wall that had washi tape stripes on it and fell in love!  I really wanted to try it in her room.  I scoured the internet for washi-tape that was wide (more than 2") and had a really hard time finding some.  China to the rescue!  How is it that that place has everything?!  I had to order it from China, but the site was reliable and quick.  Here is the link if you're interested.  Wide washi is becoming more and more popular so it is much easier to find than it was a year ago.

Anyway, I've had the tape for awhile and it's been sitting there.  I debated because:

1.  My walls are off white.  I didn't really want to paint her whole room, that is why I was putting up washi tape!

2.  My walls are all super textured (as you can see in the photo above).  I wasn't sure if it would stick well and if it would look dumb.

But after I got that cute bookcase in there, it was dying for some washi.  Just so happens that the colors matched well!

Putting it up was pretty difficult.  The texture on the wall didn't really give me a problem, so that was good.  It was the 45°angle that I wanted that gave me trouble.  It's a good thing that my engineer husband rocks at math!  A little trigonometry (done in his head of course!) and about 3 hours later I had a great wall of washi stripes!

Coming soon...

1.  A rework of Ethen's room to find solutions for the ever-growing Lego collection


2.  The playroom!  Some fun vinyl ideas.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine's 2014

I used stuff from my stash to create these two Valentine pages.  I based it off a pin from Pinterest and since I didn't have duplicate papers and stuff, I made each page slightly different, but the concept is the same.

The papers are so ancient and some of the companies are out of business, but the letter stickers are Arctic Frog and the Papers are old My Mind's Eye (above) and Pink Paislee (below).  The fun envelope and mail stickers came from Michael's last year and are Martha Stewart brand.  I just cut the love cardstock with my Silhouette Portrait.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

March 2014 Layouts

I finally got a bit of scrapbooking done. Now that I'm no longer working on my Christmas album, I am refocused on getting stuff caught up. These are March layouts -- from last year! Yikes!

Here is Maya's video showing her Monet facts.

The Susan B. Anthony video is a little harder to understand because of all the background noise.

A little clip of the alligator swimming by us.  The Russians you hear were fishing right there.  It swam up and you can hear the nervous dad say, "Let's go.  He smell feesh!"

Here's a little clip of "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line.  Who wants to come with us next month?  We are going to Dierks Bentley again!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Days of December 2014 | Week 4

Finally I have finished my December Daily 2014 album!  My goal was to have it done in January, but I'll take the first week of February. 

Day 21

Day 22

That Noel sure is a crafty thing!  She got really creative with the snowmen this year.

Spoiler Note: I got Maya's cute shirt at Target and didn't think it would be hard to find a similar one for boys.  I was wrong.  I scoured the internet and finally found one on Amazon.  It arrived and was about 3 sizes to large.  I was out of time.  I then got out my trusty Silhouette Cameo that has been so good to me.  It was easy enough to cut some holes out of it and make a template.  Then I just used fabric paint to dab the face on. 

I put the original envelope that came in the mail from the North Pole in the album because it had the fun postmark from the North Pole.  I just glued it to a piece of cardstock that I embellished with stickers.

Inside are the letters that Santa sent to the kids.  This was a fun new tradition that we started this year.  The USPS does this special service if you get them the letters before December 10.

Day 23

 This fun paper came from Pebbles Inc.  I just glued some metallic stars on it to give it some texture.

We made sugar cookies today.  The kids had fun decorating with the kit that Noel brought.

These precious reindeer made me smile every time I looked at them.  I am not much of a cookie-making mom, but the kids really loved this activity.

Day 24 - Christmas Eve

The kids each played a song they are learning this year.  I must insert a few cute videos to show how they are progressing.

We read the Christmas story in the scriptures.

I printed the image of our Christmas tree onto vellum so that you could see the next page shine through it.

This page was cut from my Silhouette Portrait onto kraft paper.  I just typed the verse out and cut it out!  Easy!

Day 25 - Christmas Day

I loved capturing the joy on their faces.  It was a fun morning, and I love that I have these pictures to remember this special day to look back on.

Noel bid us farewell from the Christmas tree...until next year!