I know it’s hard to remember with all this blistering heat of the summer, but we had a REALLY snowy, cold winter this year. Remember now? Lots and lots of consecutive snow days, even ones in really late winter after super warm days? I remember it well since Brielle was just a baby and we were itching to go for some stroller rides, but often stuck inside!
Let’s take a little walk down memory lane with this scrapbook page from Brielle’s baby book about her first Christmas that I have yet to share here! It features a few of my favorite photos of that season, including her first picture with Santa, a family portrait from Christmas Day, a favorite shot of her from the Christmas Card photo shoot wearing the tutu and headband I made her, and one of her taken on Christmas morning with my brandy new lens I got minutes earlier!
I was excited that I FINALLY got to use a doily on a layout (something I’ve wanted to do for a while!)
On the right side of the layout, I was able to include another pocket at the top, which includes a copy of the Christmas cards we sent out to family and friends.
And as you’ve seen time and time again, I used the left over scraps from this layout to create the birthday card to add to my stash of handmade cards!
Supplies: Patterned Paper: My Minds eye, EK Success Inspirables | Embellishments: K&Company, Wilton Doily, EK Success Disney Alphabets
Here are a few more pages from Brielle’s Baby Scrapbook:
Month 5 was a memorable one as it was Brielle’s first Christmas! Otherwise there weren’t too many milestones, just lots of fun days with family and practicing growing up!
Supplies: Patterned Paper, adhesive borders: K&Company Poppyseed | Felt Stickers: K&Company | Chipboard Letters: Heidi Swapp
Month 6 was mostly spent indoors due to a super cold and snowy winter! But we did lots of practicing on things we wanted to accomplish: sitting up, standing up, eating solid foods, taking naps in our crib and growing teeth!
For the scrapbook page, I went with that “project life” look that everyone’s been doing lately with all the color blocking squares and I love how it came out!
Supplies: Patterned Paper and stickers: K&Company
Month 7 included ALOT of BIG things! She had her first night away from home (which didn’t go as well as I had hoped but it was only the first attempt at a night away), she popped out TWO teeth at the same time one LONNNNNNNGGGGG night,
she went to her first parade (St. Patrick’s Day – which you can see above where Derek wore her in the ERGObaby Original Baby Carrier the whole time and she fell asleep), and she began crawling! All that practice of things the last month really paid off for a fun and memorable month!
Supplies: Patterned Paper: K&Company | Punches: EK Tools, Martha Stewart Crafts | Dot Stickers
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You may remember that my bestie, Allie, recently gave birth to her first son. I was very happy to have met the little guy recently on one of her visits up north. Since her birthday was near, I decided to give her a gift any mom needs…wine!
Ok, before you jump down my throat, know that I am not advocating for moms to drink while nursing or solely watching their child. But let’s face it… moms need a time out too! They need a few minutes to themselves to do something they enjoy, to read a book, to paint their toenails or to just enjoy a glass of wine! So I made this an extra special set of wine — it’s Mommy’s Time Out Wine!
These mini bottles containing one glass each and are the perfect gift for a new mom who shouldn’t be drinking a whole lot anyway.
I wrote a little poem that I added to the back of the box about how mom deserves a time out and added a few ribbons to accent!
If you know someone who needs a Mommy Time Out, then feel free to click the image above and download my free printable of this design!
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Just when we thought we were done with the stack of weddings we were attending/in (if you remember, in 2012 I was a bride, made of honor and bridesmaid), the next round started up again!
While we were not able to attend Derek’s cousin Kelly’s wedding in Texas, we did send down a gift in a Love, Honor and Cherish handmade card.
Then Derek was also an usher in Casey and Courtney’s wedding a few weeks ago. I gifted her bridal shower gift with another one of these metallic wedding themed cards.
For Kelly’s big day, we sent them each a different, personalized creation. This first one uses some Amy Butler paper that I just love with a something blue theme!
For Casey and Courtney’s big day, I made them this “Just Married” card using some old Jolee’s stickers I had in my stash. I was looking for my tallest groom sticker, as Casey is one tall guy, and this was the card I came up with!
Congrats to all the new couples!
To Love Honor and Cherish Card Supplies: Patterned Paper: Martha Stewart Crafts | Embellishments: Jolee’s Boutique Stickers, Jolee’s Parcel Border Stickers, Sticko Wedding Phrases
Just Married Card Supplies: Patterned Paper: Unknown | Embellishments: Jolee’s Boutique Stickers, Sticko Wedding Phrases
Wedding Day Supplies: Patterned Paper: Amy Butler | Embelishments: Jolee’s Boutique | Ribbon
You may remember a few years ago when I posted that it was hard to believe we still know people graduating things. That was two years ago and we still have family members graduating! Derek’s cousin (and Spot of Tea Designs reader), Kristin graduated with her associates degree in Applied Science in Radiography just a few months ago! I’m happy to report that she documented the process to her decorated graduation cap (a trend in 2014, don’t you know!) and is sharing it here at Spotofteadesigns! Take it away, Kristin!
Two of my closest friends from x-ray school decided to make it a girl’s night with a couple bottles of wine and dinner while we decorated our caps! It was so much fun and definitely the best way to relax after FINALLY finishing x-ray school!
- Graduation cap
- 12” x 12” piece of scrap book paper (I used green glitter!)
- Thin glitter ribbon (I used gold!)
- Black glitter letters to spell out message
- Skull and crossbones with pink bow scrapbooking stickers
- Hot glue gun
- Bottle of wine! haha (optional, of course!)
- Measure the top of the cap and cut the glitter paper to fit. Tip: cut the paper slightly bigger then the measurement as you’ll need to make a hole for the button that the tassel attaches to in the center
- Place the paper on top of the cap and make a mark where the button is in the center. Cut an “X” shape in this marked spot, fold back the little flaps then carefully trimmed the flaps off to make a hole for the button. Use a hot glue gun to secure the paper to the and allow to dry. After the glue dried, trim the excess paper around the border.
- Cut 4 strips of thing glitter ribbon and hot glue around the border.
I have seen so many clever ideas on Pinterest like, “Keep calm and x-ray on”, “Let me palpate you”, and “Finally R.T. (R)” These letters stand for Radiologic Technologist, Radiography, which will be my credentials after I pass my boards. It’s the same thing that nurses have after their name R.N. except mine is for Radiology! I came up with my idea after hearing the song “Bad to the bone” by George Thorogood. I decided to change it to say “RAD to the BONE”.
- Cut out the stickers from the sticker sheet (still attached to the backing) and arrange them on the cap. This will allow you to make sure they all fit before gluing. TIP: Know where the front and the back of your cap are so you don’t get glue them down upside down!
- Once confirmed on placement, use the hot glue gun to secure them in place!
Congrats again, Kristin!
Garlands, Pennants, Bunting. Is there really a different between all these things? I’ve seen the terms used so interchangeably. Anyway, I was recently working on this photo heavy two page spread from Brielle’s baby Scrapbook and needed to add a little something cute to it so I decided on a mini garland with punched hearts.
I didn’t want to do the typical pointed triangle or arrow shape, so I dug into my stash of craft punches and pulled out this journal plate design. With just a few snips and one fold, I was able to make a unique little shape, perfect for a garland.
I strung them across the top of the left page and front and center on the right. Underneath the title was a listing of all the visitors who came to meet Brielle in the first days/weeks/months. I have a similar page of me and all our friends/family that came to meet me when I was a baby!
And in typical crafting fashion, I made sure to use all those paper scraps from this spread to create a mini card. Here’s a little trick: since I knew I’d have a large journaling block in the center of the right page, I cut out the patterned paper behind it and saved it for my card!
It was just the right size for a little background accent for this “Hugs + Kisses” themed design!
Supplies: Patterned Paper: Martha Stewart Crafts | Punches: Martha Stewart Crafts and EK Tools | Stamp: Hero Arts (I think) | Alphabet Stickers: EK Success Bookworks
You can never have enough birthday, thank you or just blank handmade cards in your collection for future uses! I decided to use the upcoming patriotic holiday as inspiration for a little crafting session and worked up a few stars and stripes themed cards for non patriotic holidays.
This first card was a great use of my stash! These Jolee’s By You stars are ANCIENT and the patterned paper used to make the striped sticks come from the border of a Martha Stewart Crafts Christmas print. Together with some word phrases from EK Success’s old “Bookworks” line, they are a great celebration card for anything happy! I especially love the stars and stripes theme here that has no hint of a red, white and blue theme!
Supplies: Patterned paper: Martha Stewart Crafts | Embellishments: Jolee’s By You, EK Success Bookworks
These next two cards that scream BOY to me! I took inspiration from paper crafter Nichol Magourik and tried out that “perfect scattering” effect she always does. You know the look, where it seems like the pieces just randomly fell in the perfect place to create a fun visual effect, but I’m sure there was a lot more work to get them like that? I love when she does this, which you can see here, here and here so I tried it for myself. Not bad for my first attempt, right?
Supplies: patterned paper: K&Company, Martha Stewart Crafts | Stickers: Sticko | Baker’s Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts | Stamp: Inkadinkado
You may remember this gift I gave my sister before the birth of my nephew, Logan:
A gift of 12 DIY onesies with iron on letters for use in his monthly photo shoots. After he outgrew each onesie, she generously donated these back for Brielle’s use.
For Allie’s transportation themed baby shower, I wanted to gift Baby Boy K with a similar gift that Allie could use for his monthly pictures.
I used the graphics designed for the invitation and a few sheets of these Avery Shipping Labels (extras from the same pack used on Brinley and Brielle’s Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes) to make a set of DIY Monthly Belly Stickers! This way, she could easily peel and stick them onto a plain onesie she already has!
I wrapped them up in an acrylic box with a custom label and included them in her collection of gifts. I can’t wait to see each month’s photo and watch him grow!
If you like the designs of these DIY transportation monthly belly stickers, feel free to download the three page pdf printable by clicking the image above.
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