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In December 2010, my then pregnant sister, Melanie, and her hubby, George, purchased their first home.
It had previously been owned by an older couple so it needed some updating interior work! As my little nephew was on his way, they chose to focus on a few of the basics, the walls and the floors. Today, I’m very excited to share her first ever before and after guest blog post!
Here’s what the kitchen floor and walls looked like before:
Mel says: First we tackled the wallpaper on all the walls of the house. For the kitchen floor, we removed 3 layers of vinyl. Most of it came off in strips, but some parts we had to use a little work. Usa a razor blade to cut long strips in the floor, then pry up with a flat shovel. A shovel with a long handle works best to get the most leverage, making it easier to remove.
We painted the walls a new, light tan color. Before applying the new floor, we screwed down the sub floor to stop squeaks. We also under cut all door jams so the new floor tiles could slide underneath.
We put in DuPont 10 mm laminate tile floor. Tip: leave about a 1/4 inch gap around the walls to allow for expansion.
To finish, we put in white 4″ colonial base molding around the edges of the room. We also added butterscotch oak moldings to transition our hard wood floor in the living room and a customized oak stair nose to finish off the step in to the dining room.
It looks great, Mel!
At Allie’s bridal shower, a fellow bridesmaid and crafty gal, Karen, made this fabulous Pink Sherbert Punch which was gone before we knew it! Here’s the details to create the yummy creation (via Paula Dean):
- 2 quarts of raspberry sherbert (let thaw 1.5 – 2 hours before making)
- 1 liter bottle Diet Ginger ale
- 1 46 ounce can of Pineapple juice
- Pineapple chunks
Place sherbert in punchbowl first then add the other liquids. Mix.
Add the fruit items last. Sip and enjoy!
(ours didn’t have alcohol but I’m sure you could add it to spice things up!)
Today, I’m headed out to my nephew’s Christening (baptism? is there a difference?) where I will be named his godmother. Here’s the simple card I made for the occasion!
(supplies: patterned paper: K&Company, stickers: Jolees, punches: Ek tools and Stampin Up)
You may remember from this post, or this post, that my guest poster Allie loves owls. So when it came time to throw her bridal shower, we went with the themes of pink (an original color she wanted to use for the wedding) and owls!
Here’s a little snippet of her shower details:
Allie’s mom and bridesmaids alike made and bought delicious and colorful appetizers to munch on when guests arrived.
Guests sipped on bridemaid Karen’s delicious pink sherbert punch. Check back for a future post with the recipe!
One of the other crafty bridesmaids, Genny, found this post on Design Sponge on how to make fabric owls. She whipped up adorable paper versions, which we used as tags for the Martha Stewart Crafts favor bags filled with candy.
I altered my Halloween Owl Cupcakes with a more fitting color palette (using golden oreos and pink frosting). These funfetti filled cupcakes were display on a cupcake tower, mixed in with chocolate and nutella cupcakes. Allie’s mom, Karen, is not only a great cook but also a great baker. She made this moist, yummy cake which we topped with 2 more of Genny’s custom bride and groom owl cake toppers.
As a group gift, the 8 bridesmaids gave Allie and her husband the gift of time. She opened our group gift to find the above 12 wrapped gifts, each with a preplanned date for them to enjoy starting the month after their wedding. I’ll share the how to and details on each date once she starts to open them after her May wedding.
Mid way through opening the presents, we played a really fun bridal shower game, a purse scavenger hunt. Guests paired up, grabbed their purses and ran down the list, trying to check off each item. The best part came at the end when each team has to shown their nominated “strangest item” for the bonus 50 points. Allie chose a package of articulating paper used in dentistry! We also played wedding scattegories, where the answers all had to start with “K” for Allie’s new last name. As gifts, creative bridesmaid Carolyn, purchased and wrapped 4 gifts for guests to choose from: something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
Yeah you’d think this birthday card was for a youngin’ but nope, it’s for my soon to be brother-in-law’s double sweet sixteen birthday card. (for those of you who can’t count, that’s 32).
Happy Birthday Frankie! Sorry I couldn’t be there to celebrate this year!
(supplies: Stamps:Hero Arts)
Memorabilia, as in ticket stubs, programs and labels, have always found a place in my scrapbooks. It helps to document the dates/locations in a unique way.
Here are a few different ways I’ve included memorabilia to help tell my story:
My Funny Valentine (2006)
Back in the day, when D bought me cards for my birthday or Valentine’s Day, he used to hunt out the most ridiculous, non related card he could find. This year’s birthday card included a GI Joe Happy 5th birthday card and a Valentine’s day card talking about dog poop. I chose to keep these cards whole and create a little pocket for them for future reading.
(supplies: Letter stickers: EK Success)
It’s weird to say that this layout documenting my life at 25, was 5 years ago now! For my birthday, my coworkers gave me a bouquet of flowers, cookbook and a few other goodies. I kept the notes attached to the flower bouquet and filled in the other area of the layout with some descriptions of my life at that age.
(supplies: patterned paper: I believe it’s Crate Paper)
While in our 30s, D and I still attend quite a few music shows for bands that are still popular with kids that can pretty much be our children! We sit in the 21+ section and watch the parents faces as they watch their kids moshing and all the other craziness that happens at these shows. Here’s a page that included a much of my tickets from these shows.
(Supplies: Chipboard Letters: Heidi Swapp, Journal sticker: Martha Stewart Crafts)
Happy Birthday 2 Me (2008)
This was the first year I started the tradition of treating myself to a massage for my birthday. I thought it made more sense to scrapbook the receipt than a picture of me half-naked faced down on a massage table.
(supplies: patterned paper: Doodlebug, Stickers: Jolee’s Boutique, Making Memories, Martha Stewart Crafts)
Snail Mail (2008)
Each year, I get more and more photo scrapbook cards. In recent years, I have cropped them up (to only keep the photo part) and included them in a pocket page at the end of my book. In 2008, I saved a few stamped from cards received and used them as a border along the top of my pocket.
Merry Christmas (2010)
For Christmas 2 years ago, we had decided not to buy presents for one another, but just do stockings. Little did I know that this stipulation would cause me to go on a scavenger hunt in the house, where he hid my full-sized presents that wouldn’t fit inside the stocking. To scrapbook this holiday, I documented the time we woke up, the stocking display, and a small pocket to hold the note that explained the hunt.
(supplies: Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, Christmas sticker: K&Company)
Trigger Tuesday is a week or two week challenge hosted by Cath Edvalson of Paper Crafts Magazine on their Moxie Fab World blog. It is meant to inspire creative artists in color palette, composition, texture and design by one photo alone.
This week Cath gave us this photo:
I’m sure with the blue gingham pattern and the white on white accents, most people probably think baby boy themes when looking at this photo. But since I’m in full on wedding mode, I definitely thought, something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue as in weddings!
As I have three showers to attend/help throw in the next few weeks, this was a very timely inspirational post to make a few bridal shower cards.
I used the white on white embossed looking design, the color palette and the criss cross tied bow as inspiration to make my two cards.
Thanks again for the inspiration, Cath!
(supplies: Die cut strips and cake sticker: Martha Stewart Crafts, patterned paper: EK Success)
This design was inspired literally by a quote said by my friend Genny. She has a great sense of sarcastic humor and wit that I enjoy. So when the words “I think in cartoon” came out of her mouth, I knew it would make a great t-shirt design!
I Think In Cartoon can be worn by adults, children and pets alike! The talk bubbles plays off the old Sunday comics I used to read weekly that shows a playful way to present a phrase!