Part of having a baby is having family come and visit!  I made a series of Design H inserts to document my family and my husband’s parents coming to visit after B was born.

First up is when my parents stayed with us, and my brother also came for a visit.


I used the Bella Blvd. “Cute Baby Boy” die cuts to embellish this layout, as well as print-and-cut navy labels for journaling.  I added tiny stars that I punched, and hearts that I cut with my Silhouette– some from extra Baby Edition journaling cards.


On the back, I continued the theme of blue and yellow– the blue cards on both sides are from the Jade Edition, and the yellows are from the Baby Edition.



In between the two grandparent-visit pages, I added an insert that has my baby boy in each of their arms.  On the reverse of the layout, I have a card upon which each grandma wrote a special note to him.  I included a shaker pocket in the middle– filled with sequins, glitter, and some hearts.  I stitched a few of the larger navy hearts in place deliberately, so that some of the shaker filling would get caught on them (so it’s not just all pooled at the bottom all the time).  I adhered the pocket closed, and I covered the adhesive with some washi tape.


My in-laws came and visited us, too.  For these pages, I continued with the yellows from the Baby kit, but I added in some light green to coordinate with the colors in the photos.



The green embellishments are a combination of a very old My Mind’s Eye sticker sheet, print-and-cut labels via my Silhouette, and some coordinating cardstock that I punched into tiny stars.  The kraft “Love” tag is from Jillibean Soup.










It’s that time of year!  I’m the director of our church’s Sunday school program for kids again this year, and I designed another postcard to welcome the students back.  I really liked the basic template of last year’s, so I decided to just flip it around a bit and use different digital supplies.  I tried to use supplies that would coordinate thematically to our verse for the year, Psalm 119:105.


fonts: Nightly Poem and Amatic
papers, elements: Sweet Shoppe Designs “Get Lost: Add-on” by Amanda Yi
ribbon: Sweet Shoppe Designs “Little Things” collaboration kit: ribbon by lliella
string: “Bit of Luck” kit by Audrey Neal (Design House Digital)
staples: “iListen” kit by Carrie Arick
background behind verse: color-adjusted QuirkyHeart_Currently_BlogHop_tab1-blue (The Lily Pad)

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!

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!

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!






Utility sewing

Not all of my sewing is fun and beautiful.  Well, perhaps, that’s not entirely true.  Almost all of my sewing is fun– I love the sense of accomplishment that comes with a completed project.  Recently, though, I took a little bit of time to sew up some utilitarian things for my household.

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First, I made some re-useable mop covers for my Swiffer-like mop.  We had our kitchen renovated this summer, and that project included getting new floors in the entire ground floor of our house.  I’ll be doing (hopefully, ha!) a lot more mopping, and I really didn’t want to have to keep buying disposable mop cloths.

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These covers are made from scrap flannel (an old, old sheet) and an old less-than-white-but-still-clean hand towel that had been relegated to rag status**.  The towel became the mop part, and I used the flannel to make pockets on each end so that the mop head slides right in.  It was a very simple sew– I based my measurements on the size of the mop head and basically just serged everything together.

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**I did make one with all flannel, but when I used it, I found that it stuck too much to the floor when I was doing wet mopping, so when I make more (and I’m definitely going to make more), I’ll use more towel pieces.

When I’m done using the mop covers, I’ll toss them into my rag wash load, and they’ll be ready for the next time I do some floor cleaning!

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I used some scrap cotton for my next quick sew: a cloth cover for a frozen-veggie ice pack.  Recently, a friend and I were talking about ice packs (and I’ve been needing one more often recently due to foot pain), and she mentioned that she keeps a bag of frozen veggies (peas, corn, etc.) that has been “permanently” designated for ice pack use only.  I thought that was a great idea, and instead of just putting a label on it like she suggested, I took it one step further (because, after all, I am me).  I like to have my ice packs wrapped in a bit of cloth, so why not just make a little pillowcase that can just live on the veggie bag all the time?  No one is going to mistake the dino-covered bag for a supper side dish 🙂

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This was, quite possibly, an even simpler sew than the mop covers.  I simply made an envelope pillowcase sized for the 1-lb bag of peas I had for an ice pack!

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Now, if you will excuse me, I’m going to go and ice my foot. 🙂


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!