Monday, October 31, 2016

October 2015 Digital Layouts

Although I am making a mini album to document all of this trip, I wanted to include a digital page in my annual family scrapbook that I print through Shutterfly at the end of every year.  I just picked a few of my favorite photos to highlight the trip, and the nitty gritty details are in the mini album.

October 2015 Hybrid Layouts

Happy Halloween!  Today I'm documenting last year's Halloween.  This is the last of my Harry Potter pages.  It's been super fun scrapbooking this theme. 

Patterned paper from Reminice's Wizard101 collection.  4x6 template from Paislee Press, and broom clipart from In A Creative Bubble Magic Set.

I typed out the words I wanted using the Magic School font.  I then cut it out with my Silhouette portrait.  It is a bit tricky to cut a 12x12 page on a Silhouette Portrait that has a cutting width of 9".  In hindsight, I should have spent the extra cash for the Cameo.  I wasn't sure how much I'd use it at the time, but I truly love this machine and can't recommend it enough.  You could say it's changed my world :)

Next up is a collage of photos and embellishments documenting Maya's bullseye.  I knew when I saw Maggie Holmes' Open Book collection that I needed it.  I've been hoarding this bullseye, waiting for the day I'd make this page.
I'm mixing paper and embellishments from the extra-versatile Maggie Holmes Confetti and Open Book collections.  Wood veneer stars are from Studio Calico.
Lots of dimension and layers on this page.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

October 2015 Calendar Pages

I've been working mostly on my Disney World album, but I wanted to slip in my October pages before the month is over!

Monday, October 17, 2016

may the forties be with you ★ an adult star wars party | part 2

I blogged about the invitation and decorations here yesterday.  Today I'll show you what I did for our costumes, food, and activities.  Sadly, most of these pictures are not great, because they were all taken after the sun had gone down.


I am super excited about the new movie Rogue One.  I chose to go as the new character, Jyn Erso.  No one knew who I was.  For shame.

I got the jacket and pants from the boys' section in Target.  I couldn't resist sewing some patches on it that I got from the Disney Store.  I know it isn't totally true to character, but I thought they were cool:)

Dave recycled his Jedi costume from like 20 years ago...still fits :)

Maya was Sabine Wren, the Mandalorian graffiti and explosive artist from Star Wars Rebels.

Ethen couldn't wait to be a gonk droid.  He beeped and bopped around.  He lost the costume contest by one vote to Asajj Ventress, probably because people forgot he was around (by the end of the party he was upstairs playing.)

I zip tied two storage bins together, cut out a hole for a transparent tupperware window, put dryer vents on his legs, and kleenex boxes on his feet.


We had the kitchen decorated like a Cantina.  We put black lights up to make the drinks glow.  I put tonic water in three large vases, which glowed the best.  Energy drinks are supposed to glow too, but the lights weren't quite powerful enough.

I don't quite know how to photograph under a black light.  I didn't want to put the food out too early before guests arrived, so at the first knock I started arranging it and took a quick snapshot.  These aren't the best pictures, and the food looks less than appetizing, but you get the idea.

I had been making Star Wars ice cubes all week.  Tonic water didn't freeze well at all, it was very slushy because of the bubbles.

I picked up this Death Star mold at ThinkGeek.

These ice cube trays were at Five Below.

The blue Bantha milk was yummy, especially with ice cubes.

For appetizers we had cheeseball I shaped as the Death Star as best I could, and 7-Leia taco dip.

The main dish was Sith Sliders (BBQ pulled pork sandwiches).

For sides we had Bow-ba Fett chicken salad pasta and Vader veggies.

 Maya helped me make mini tie fighters for desserts (marshmallows and Oreo crisps).

Maya also made the Chewy Wookie Cookies (magic cookie bars.)

I bought a cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory and cut a Star Wars template out to shake cinnamon through.

I also had the bakery make a sheet cake that  I had them put an edible print on.


I figured adults don't really want to play games.  I thought about trivia, but I knew I'd have an unfair advantage (wink, wink), so I just really set up a few photobooth type areas where people could take selfies.  Few people did.

I put up a graffiti wall, but only the kids were interested that, especially Sabine.

Thanks for coming and making the Forties fun!

My neighbors

The girls

The boys

Sunday, October 16, 2016

may the forties be with you ★ an adult star wars party

Forty.  Cry or celebrate?  Dave asked me what I wanted to do for my fortieth birthday, and we narrowed it down to having a dinner party at a restaurant, or a party at our house.  When I saw the phrase "May the Forties Be with You," I knew this would be the perfect and only year we could pull off the ultimate adult Star Wars Party.  Dave's birthday was the day after the party, so for only a few short weeks we share the age of 40 together.



I got my inspiration from the Rebel Hangar they had at Hollywood Studios. I hung this sign on the front door.

I made an old x-wing starfighter wing out of a cardboard box, a concrete form, and a pvc pipe.

I collected bits of old junk and spray painted them with symbols.

There are a ton of travel posters on Pinterest so I made a fun collage.

Lots of fun details:

This wampa (from ThinkGeek) just had to have a home here above the fireplace as the focal point.  It was a hit.

It's face is classic.  I made a little brass plaque to put under it that says "Donated by Luke Skywalker."

On the mantel I put various books that are super fun to read.  They are "official" books that have fallen into the hands of the Rebels.  My kids loved Sabine and Ezra's journals (so did I.)  I spent the last couple of weeks watching the first two seasons of Star Wars Rebels and they are fantastic!  Not just for kids.  A must for any Star Wars fan.

Only true Star Wars fans got all the details of my party.  I quickly learned that I probably know more of the details of the Star Wars Universe than the average person.  But I learned a lot more while preparing for this party, so that was fun too.

Wicket was standing by ready to feed the guests some of his Ewok cookies.

 I covered most of the house with subtle details and treasures.

Some of Sabine Wren's art was on display. (Actual art is by Alessandro Pautasso). 

I also hung some Imperial propaganda posters that Sabine tagged with her graffiti.

This was on the kitchen door.

We have the perfect Millenium Falcon shaped window. 

The kitchen was decorated like a cantina.

Come back tomorrow and I'll post pictures of our costumes and the food.