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Another insert that I made for the “newborn” section of my son’s Project 365 album was all about his big sister and how she interacted with him when he was first born.


This little Design H insert has photos from several days, including when she visited us in the hospital, when we came home, and those first couple of days at home.  I used the BasicGrey Highline collection– I love the bold colors.  For this particular layout, I let things get pretty girly, since it is a big sister layout, after all.




I’m trying to really use up some of my stash, and part of that is using stickers from collection packs.  I have trouble using stickers for some reason, but I really made an effort to include several on each side of this page.  On the back, I used a gorgeous–but huge–floral cluster sticker to layer onto the journaling card.




This pretty little label sticker looked like it was free-floating until I added stitches to each of the loops on its ends.

Some enamel dots in yellow, pink, and orange finished off the page!


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Back in May, I posted a pocket insert that I’d made for my son’s album.  Since then, I’ve actually done a lot more work in that album– in fact, except for some “background” pages (based on prompts from the Baby Edition of Project Life), the first half of the year is done!  This is good progress, considering I want to finish this whole project by the end of the year…

Most of the progress I made was early in the summer, but it’s only now that I’ve gotten around to photographing, editing, and sharing the pages.  I’m going to go in chronological order with the inserts as I share them on the blog over the next series of posts!

First up: the photos from when we were at the hospital for my son’s birth.  I started with a Design G pocket page to document labor and delivery.  I’ve used prompt cards from Project Life Baby Edition (the old version, a yellow colorway) as well as the Jade Edition.  (If you recall, these are the two main core kits I’ve used throughout the entire album).  I embellished with some doily pieces (from my Grandma’s craft stash) as well as a die cut pack from Bella Blvd (“Cute Baby Boy”).




I used some craft foam to lift up some of the embellishments, and even though I don’t normally do it, I used some brown ink to edge the die cuts.




I used more of the same materials on the back side of the page, and yes, I definitely brought the footprint card into the hospital and asked the nurse to stamp my little boy’s footprints on it!  (We had a great nurse…and a great doctor, too.)

I added another insert with a Design I page to include more photos from the hospital stay.  I used similar embellishments, but since I was going with more of a blue-and-white color scheme on this insert, I wanted more navy.  I hand-wrote “life” with a thick Sharpie, scanned it, and then turned it into a cut file using Trace in Silhouette Studio.  I also cut out quite a few hearts out of the same cardstock, and you’ll see more of them in upcoming pages!




I used print-and-cut navy labels to add journaling to my photos on this insert, as well. On the back, I wanted to add the word “yawn” to a funny photo of my baby’s cute yawn, but I was out of the letter “a” on my (Basic Grey Nordic Holiday) alpha sheet.  I simply cut around the negative space and used it anyway.  I think the hollowness adds to the effect of the word!


As you may imagine, we have a LOT of photos from this hospital stay.  I included more in other pocket inserts, but these were the most “embellished” of them, so I won’t share the others.  I also showcased enlargements of newborn portraits in 8.5″x11″ page protectors, and I included memorabilia from the hospital, as well.

Stay tuned for more inserts for B’s album!

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Cardboard truck

It all started because my four year old came up to me and said that he wanted to make a cardboard truck and paint it.

And so, Mommy decided that it should be a cardboard truck big enough to play in. And it should have moving parts.

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B advised as I built it, and he made his own control panel (he told me exactly the function of each “button” and “lever”).


After the cardboard pieces were cut out, he painted them on the back porch.

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(he even used some splatter painting techniques he’s seen on some crafting videos with me!)

When they were dry, we assembled the truck, and he’s been having a great time pretending to work at a construction site!






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This summer, I wanted to do some sewing with my kids, especially V, who had been asking to do more during the school year.  I planned a project with her (post coming later!), and in the process, her little brother wanted to get in on the action.  When we chose fabric for her project, he also saw some fabric he loved, so we purchased it for him.  But before we got to that project, I wanted to do a bit of introductory sewing with him.

One day while my daughter had a friend over to play, B was feeling a bit left out, so I called him into the craft room to do some sewing with me.  I cut rectangles of some scrap flannel so that we could make a little pillow together.  Since B just turned four, he can’t reach the machine pedal, so just like when I started machine sewing with V, he sat on my lap.  He “steered” while I used the pedal to keep the stitching going.  He also carefully removed the pins as we approached them!

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He was thrilled to get to stuff his own pillow, and we sewed it closed together.

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This project got finished so quickly, and he put it to good use right away!

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And then he was hooked!  He kept asking about the next project, and so I quickly got the fabric he’d chosen pre-washed and cut out so that we could make…. SNUGGLE PJ pants!

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He sat on my lap as I sewed every seam (even some of the serging that I did to finish the edges), carefully removing pins as I came to them.




I deliberately lengthened them so that they will last a bit longer– he is growing so fast!  I love this colorful Star Wars fabric that he found.  It’s so fun!



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For months, my little boy has been talking about how he wanted a Star Wars cake!  He is completely into Star Wars– the ships, not the characters.  So when we started trying to figure out a cake for his fourth birthday, we decided to go with a space background and ships on top.


This was definitely a learning experience for me!  I looked up lots of ways to get black frosting…and I definitely didn’t want a funny aftertaste or green teeth as a result!  My research led me to the solution to make Hershey’s Special Dark frosting (it’s a buttercream type) and then add some black Wilton’s food dye gel to darken it from there.  By starting with an already-dark frosting, it only took a couple blobs of gel to get it as dark as I wanted.

For the galaxy/nebula haze effect, I used shimmer powder and fine edible glitter.  After the frosting crusted over a bit, I brushed the powders on with a paintbrush.  I tried to use several colors, but they weren’t terribly vivid (and even harder to capture in photos!).  I LOVE the shimmer effect, though!




Husband and I chose two different types of sprinkles to make the stars: some large sugar crystals and some tiny pearls.  I think the two different types give the effect of close and far stars.


I decorated a practice cake the weekend before B’s birthday.  Since our kitchen is being renovated this summer, we spent a few weekends at my parents to escape the chaos.  My dad made his favorite chocolate cake, and I tried out the black frosting and space decorations.  A friend had given me a Star Wars cake kit with BB-8, so we used him on this cake.


Based on this cake, I decided to do the galaxy/nebula effect in a swirl/streak shape rather than cloudy areas.

For B’s “official” cake (on his birthday), we were at Husband’s parents house, so his mom made the cake for me to frost.  We had Star Wars starships (made by Hot Wheels, affiliate link to a similar set HERE; bonus that they are actual toys that became part of his birthday gifts!) that Husband placed on top of the space background, and we added four candles for the birthday boy to blow out!



I think my Star-Wars-vehicle-loving little boy loved his birthday cakes!

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I’m trying to do as many different kinds of projects with my kids this summer as I can.  One thing that I’m excited to do with them is to make scrapbook pages for their own 8″x8″ albums.  B has just started his; he made his very first page in the spring, and just this past week, he made another one with me.


Since he just turned four and doesn’t have much experience with scrapbooking, I did a bit more to help him get his basic design– I prepared some layers and helped him stick them down under his photo.  He told me what he wanted to say about the photo, and then I set him loose to decorate.  I’d set out the title stickers and a few other embellishments that coordinated with the topic of the page, and then he added lots of glitter stickers (it was sweet of his sister to share) so that we could enter this into the kids’  “Anything Goes With Glitter” summer vacation challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog.  He really got into making arrows with the glitter stickers, after I suggested putting the “way to go” sticker on so that it pointed toward him and his teacher in the photo, haha!



(P.S. See V’s layout HERE)

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One of my goals for this year is to finish my son’s Project 365 album.  I’d really like to finish it by his birthday (near the end of June), so I decided to get started.  In April, I finally submitted a HUGE order of photos to Persnickety Prints– I’d spent quite a bit of time over the previous months (and months…almost a year?!) planning inserts and determining where I was missing photos in my daily pockets (I also printed photos for other projects).  I’m still not finished with that process, but I was getting antsy and wanted/needed to start actually putting things together.

After my order came in, I spent an hour or two cutting smaller photos apart and slipping photos into their appropriate pockets.

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My approach for finishing the inserts will be to just pick whatever one strikes my fancy at the moment!

This past weekend was iNSD, and even though I was slammed with a cold and allergies on Saturday, I mustered my strength on Sunday to get started on one of the inserts: the one for Thanksgiving 2014.

When I was planning out the page, I’d pulled a few older products (some paper lace, chipboard, and some felt embellishments) from my stash and stuck them into the album to remind me to use them.  It was a good starting point when I feel so out of practice with pockets!


I added in some scraps of patterned paper and some Project Life cards (Jade edition).



For the journaling, I used some navy print-and-cut labels I’ve made (and keep making!) with my Silhouette.  I think I need these in every color in multiple sizes.  I’m loving labels for adding little bits of story onto my photos.

On the back of this insert, I highlighted one of the days from this weekend when we celebrated my daughter’s birthday.  Since it’s my son’s album, I focused on his part of that story.


This time, I used some old Project Life patterned paper (remember the Cherry Edition, before it was called the Cherry edition??) and more of those labels, this time in black.  The one Project Life card (middle right) is from the Baby Edition (the old yellow one).

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