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Christmas in July

Baby's First Christmas Two Page layout: family portrait |

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!

Baby's First Christmas Two Page layout |

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!

Baby's First Christmas Two Page layout Doily accent |

I was excited that I FINALLY got to use a doily on a layout (something I’ve wanted to do for a while!)

Baby's First Christmas Two Page layout: Pocket for Family Christmas cards |

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.

Handmade Birthday Card Made from paper scraps |

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

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Scrapbooking: Brielle’s Baby Book Part VI

Brielle's #Baby #Scrapbook: see individual layouts that fill up her book |

Here are a few more pages from Brielle’s Baby Scrapbook:

#Baby #Scrapbook Month 5 |

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

Baby Book as Scrapbook: month 6 two page spread using K&Company paper collection |

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!

Baby Book as Scrapbook: month 6 two page spread using K&Company paper collection |

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

Baby Book as Scrapbook: Month 7 |

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,

Baby Book as Scrapbook: Month 7 |

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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Mommy’s Time Out Wine Gift {FREE PRINTABLE}

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!

Mommy's Time Out Wine Gift: Before shot of the 4 pack of mini bottles |

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!

"Mommy's Time Out" Wine Gift with FREE #Printable |

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.

Mommy's Time Out Wine Gift: Poem on back

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!

"Mommy's Time Out" Wine Gift FREE #Printable |


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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To Love, Honor and Cherish Handmade Wedding Cards

Handmade #Engagement Card: To Love, Honor and Cherish |

Just when we thought we were done with the stack of weddings we were attending/in (if you remember, in 2012 I was a bridemade of honor and bridesmaid), the next round started up again!

Handmade #Wedding / #Engagement Cards |

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.

Handmade #Wedding / #Engagement Cards |

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.

Handmade Wedding Card using Amy Butler patterned paper |

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!

Just Married Wedding handmade Card | spotofteadesigns.comFor 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

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Guest Post: Kristin’s Decorated Graduation Cap

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!

"Rad to the Bone" Decorated Graduation Cap (for someone with a degree in Radiography) |

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
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Bottle of wine! haha (optional, of course!)


"Rad to the Bone" Decorated Graduation Cap (for someone with a degree in Radiography) |

  • 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.

"Rad to the Bone" Decorated Graduation Cap (for someone with a degree in Radiography) |

  • Cut 4 strips of thing glitter ribbon and hot glue around the border.

"Rad to the Bone" Decorated Graduation Cap (for someone with a degree in Radiography) |

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!

"Rad to the Bone" Decorated Graduation Cap (for someone with a degree in Radiography) |

Congrats again, Kristin!

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Mini Punched Garlands

#Baby #Scrapbook 2 page layout with photos of everyone meeting the baby |

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.

Use a label punch to create a fancy handmade mini garland on a card |

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.

#Baby #Scrapbook 2 page layout with photos of everyone meeting the baby |

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!

Use a label punch to create a fancy handmade mini garland on a 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

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Use Your Stash Challenge: Stars and Stripes

Handmade Card using stars and stripes theme |

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.

Handmade Card using stars and stripes theme |

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

Handmade Birthday Cards Using a "stars and stripes" challenge |

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

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Baby Shower Gift: DIY Monthly Belly Stickers {Free Printables}

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.

Transportation Baby Shower Invitation Close Up |

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.

DIY Monthly Belly Stickers: baby Shower gift |

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!

DIY Monthly Belly Stickers: baby Shower gift |

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!

DIY Monthly Belly Stickers for #baby photot shoots |

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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