Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Sweet Treat

Last night I finished the last of the hand made decorations for Peanut's 2nd birthday party - two banners that will hang in the dining room with all the food, treats and balloons. There were a couple of mishaps along the way, such as running out of the paper I was using for the birthday banner and having to wait for Michaels to restock it so I could buy more, but it all worked out in the end. 

That is of course until last night at 10:30 pm when my oh so sweet husband looked at one of the banners and told me I spelled "chocolate" wrong.  So I started freaking out thinking I had to re-do the entire banner when I used up all the paper. I sat there trying to figure out where I went wrong in spelling it, all the while he is laughing and I'm getting more and more agitated.  Turns out, I had it right the entire time.  He was just messing with me and my pregnancy brain was too slow to realize I was indeed correct.  He got a good laugh out of that one. 



Anyone care to take a guess at what the theme for this year's party is?



The only real clue is that one of the banners says "The Chocolate Room."  



All those that are a fan of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory should pick up on the reference.  One of my all time favorite movies! The dining room is a mini version of the Chocolate Room from the movie.  Of course I couldn't make a tree with 2 feet tall gummy bears hanging from it and hubs nixed the idea of a full on chocolate water fall.  But we are going to improvise.  I got a chocolate fountain that will be the centerpiece of the table and lots of sweet treats will be available. The parents are going to hate me. 

This party also gives us a good excuse to pull out our old fashioned hot dog roller and popcorn cart.  I have a pretty stocked Pinterest board with all the food and decorating ideas. I'll spend this upcoming weekend beginning the decoration process of streamers and banners so I'm not running around like a crazy person the day before the party. I have a sketch of how I want the room to look and I can see it perfectly in my head.  Now to make it happen! 

The follow up birthday post will include Peanut's custom invite, her customized t-shirt, and the final product. Stay tuned! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Finally back at it!!

I love scrapbooking. I mean I love, love, love it.  But I haven't had the chance to really sit down and crank out some layouts in a long time.  After moving in with the hubs parents for six months I found I had no space to work and all of my scrap stuff stayed locked in the trunk of my car.  For SIX WHOLE MONTHS.  *SOB* Add in my Smeeky bestie moving away and I really fell into funk.  

I'm two years behind on Peanut's baby album.  I have all the pictures uploaded and ready for printing but I have the first 3 months already printed out.  I keep telling myself to do what I have and then print more but the problem is - I'm not doing what I have.  My past focus was on finishing our honeymoon book before starting a new one.  Then I began to focus on making the decorations for Peanut's 2nd birthday which meant the scrapbooking stayed on the back burner. But this past weekend I finally got back into the groove that I so badly missed.  

I started Peanut's scrapbook and really began organizing and creating layouts.  I purchased a new Making Memories Circle cutter which I LOVE.  It makes cutting circles so easy and much more precise than tracing a jar or bottle and hand cutting it out. After a quick YouTube tutorial I was on my way!



This is the first layout I created.  I organized my photos by timeline and our maternity photos were first on the list.  I used my circle cutter to make the circles and distressed them so they really pop off the page. 
                                      
I continued working on the maternity photos after I finished the first page.  I wanted them to have something to tie together so I included the little silver butterflies on each layout. 

Here is the second page of the layout.  I think this is my favorite from the group that I worked on this weekend. 

Here are the two layouts side by side.  I really like how nice they look next to each other.  

From the maternity pictures I then moved on to Peanut's nursery. I realized I had so many pictures of this that I had to narrow down my choices. 

Cutting out circles with my new circle cutter!

From there I was ready to move on to the real meat and potatoes of the book - Peanut being born!  I only got one layout completed but there will be plenty more to come!

Once I finished all the decorations for her birthday party I'll again focus on my scrappin. Sneak peeks of the decorations will come in the next blog post!