Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December Daily | Day 5 Mozart Light Show

Today I documented the first of December.  I have not done any templates yet like I have in years past.  

I took a photo of the light show we went to see.  I like the look of white typed journaling against the dark background.  It is also a nice contrast to the white chipboard number from the main kit. 

I cut some patterned paper to make the top card, and added a label with one of the acrylic pieces. 

I have been added typed journaling using both my computer for longer stories and my phone, with the Pixlr app.  

Trying to record more quotes as I hear them.  

The full spread.  A lot of photos and words.

Thanks for checking out my pages again! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

Monday, December 5, 2016

December Daily | Day 4 Donuts and Downtown

Today I documented our trip to the Driscoll hotel downtown to see the tree lighting there. They had singers so it is a nice little event. Plus, voodoo donuts is right down the street. 

This spread is really simple. Lots of photos, a chipboard number for the date (this happened at the end of November again).

I used a few cards from the Pam Garrison mini kit.  Love the bright colors she has in her kit.  I also added two chipboard statments from the surprise kit.  That kit, plus the cheer and magic kits are great Story Kits for DD. 

I love the full pocket photo of donuts. I also documented the story of Avi losing his tooth that night. He tries to act like he's very mature but he still has that spark of magic. 

Thanks for checking out my pages again! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

December Daily | Day 3 Santa!

Good morning and welcome to Day 3 of my December Daily Album.  Though we are not quite actually into December yet. This spread happened at the end of November which is when the Santa event we like to go to took place.  
Free champagne (for adults) and free cookies (also for adults, but we let the kids have some if they whine hard enough at us) is a winning combination. 

How cute is that very vintage Crate Paper snowman chipboard? Hoarding for the win!

I placed him inside a clear pocket. I just cut one page protecter in half to make this insert.  I typed up a card about what each kid talked about and wants. 

I backed the chipboard with patterned paper on the back.  And a cute photo of Lakshman. 

I took lots of gingerbread village pictures.

A simple cork geotag over my notes.  I had to cut up those leaves because I messed up my typing on the original card. 

True story.

That picture of Nandini was priceless. 

A look at the whole spread.  Avinash gave me the idea for an interlocking S & C.  Actually that was a chocolate design idea of his.  I'll take it.

Thank you for checking out my December Daily album! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

Friday, December 2, 2016

December Daily | Handmade Holiday Day 2

I documented our trip to the Christmas Tree Farm next. I used this free word art from Ali Edwards as an overlay on this photo of Nandini. I added a simple star and brad on top.  I always use a ton of stars in my December Daily.  Can't be helped.

The hay maze always gets me the best smiles and faces. I did more typed journaling here and found this gold sticker to fit in the space underneath the words. 

I cut a patterned paper from the kit in half and made a 3x8 divider. 

An extra photo of us and a simple white wooden tree. 

I love this photo of Ryan with the boys.  I put the ticket on the edge of the photo and added a little stamping, bring on the twinkle.  


Thanks for checking out my December Daily album! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

December Daily | Handmade Holidays Day 1

Cheers to a new holiday season! I am so excited to be starting my December Daily album again.  I love all the inspiration from Ali Edwards and have been watching her old album videos and going through my old albums as well. 

I chose this grey album with gold scripted Merry Merry Merry,  along with the main Ali Edwards kit.  I also got the Pam Garrison mini kit. 

I made a pretty simple title page this year, but I did include this awesome chipboard piece I've been hoarding for years.  The five stockings were just too perfect for our family. 

I had to spruce up the inner cover a little too. 

The back is just a very quick and very short intentions page.  I've thinking about the joy and magic of this season a lot lately.  Going back to family time.  A break from school and the car and running around. I stacked the acetate shapes from the kit and journaled around them. 

We got our tree after Thanksgiving, so I already have a lot of moments I want to include in the album.  I added this star transparency in between these pages. 

I stitched some wooden stars with red string. Love that extra texture. 

The first spread I added was from an event back in November, but it was too special.  I have a lot of before December moments in here actually. 

Avinash had the role of Esteban the Magnificent from the Day the Crayons Quit.  I used a green crayon to make this little doodle and photographed it.  Then I typed my journaling on the image and printed it out. I added a little star and a stamp from the AE cheer kit. 

It is one of my most favorite hybrid pages I've ever created. 

I backed the journaling with rainbow hearts patterned paper from SC.  I added a big red chipboard A and a word strip about applause.  I took so many pictures of the play with my big camera, but somehow my phone picture turned out the best. 

Thanks for looking at my pages! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Harry Potter Party| 10+ crafts and games to play with Free Party Printables

We are so excited for the new Harry Potter movie, Fantastic Beasts to finally be out.  We are going to see it tonight and I figured it was finally time to share the details of Avinash's Harry Potter Birthday Party (from last year, oops!).  

 I crafted my heart out for this party.  It was a true labor of love.  And, I never could have done any of it without, you guessed it...


Seriously, it saved my life so many times while planning this party.  Like, for this super amazing carnival candy table cover.  

Here are my other projects I made and games we played. 

Hogwarts Invitation Scrolls // These were such a huge hit.  I made admission letters from Hogwarts for each child and a train ticket.  I also used red fimo clay to make the wax seals for the envelopes.  The paper was scorched a little too before going out.

Paper ties in house colors //  Red/gold for Gryffindor, green/silver for Slytherin, Blue/copper for Ravenclaw and yellow/black for Hufflepuff. I created a template for the ties which makes cutting them out quick.  I used colored cardstock to make these ties.  Download the template here for free!

Letters from Hogwarts over the fireplace // I printed these out and strung them up over the fireplace with simple sewing thread.  I added some brown paper boxes to add to the sense of packing for Hogwarts and shopping in Diagonalley. The birdcage was a lucky Goodwill find.

I created a Hogwarts letterhead and scripted envelope, which you can download here.  I printed these on cream cardstock and folded them over and glued the fimo wax seals on.

Potions Class // I used a variety of bottles and jars to make this set up.  The kids and i had fun combining different liquids and food coloring to make these bottles.  I also added feathers and rocks and borax crystals to the collection.  I also have a set of printables for these potion labels available here.  Free potion printable one and free potion printable two.

Magic Brick Wall // I made a 9 3/4 train station brick wall for the guests to run through when they entered the party.  I used a brick backdrop and cut it at a diagonal and taped it back together so it overlapped, then I cut another opening where the overlap was so it seemed to be one solid piece. The kids had such a blast running back and forth through this thing.

I designed a 9 3/4 Hogwarts Express to hang over the wall which you can download here (for free!).

Chocolate frogs and Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean // We bought a chocolate frog mold off of Amazon and made these ourselves.  Unless you are able to stock up at Universal Studios, these are really expensive on the secondary market but everyone wants to try one!

I printed out some boxes to look like the original bean boxes just because they are so festive and colorful.  I bought several of the real things on Amazon, but the packaging is just not as nice.


Harry Potter Book Cake // We simply brought a picture of this to our local grocery store and they were able to recreate it in frosting.  We added the golden snitch using a gumball with paper wings and real prop glasses.

Flying Lessons // This was a fun little station set up outside.  I had the kids hold the broom and took several jumping shots.  They love looking back at these pictures of themselves really flying! 

Floating Candles // Amazon to the rescue again.  I bought a big pack of electric tea lights.  The great thing about these is that they stay lit for a long long time, so you can even set them up the night before. I just taped a rolled up piece of copier paper around them and strung them up on white string again.  The effect was really magical.

Sorting Hat // Ryan played Dumbledore for all the kids and put on a little sorting hat show.  Everyone got sorted and got a corresponding tie.  We also had diadems for some of the Ravenclaw girls if they wanted them.  This was such a fun part of the day. 

Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean // I bought a bulk case of these candies on Amazon.  This was such a fun party activity watching the looks on everyone's faces while they tried earthworm and earwax and vomit! Ha!

Pumpkin Juice // Much like the OG pumpkin spice latte, there is no actual pumpkin in this.  All for the better I say.  Mostly apple cider and cinnamon.  It was good!

Wizard & Witchcrafts // I bought crafting kits from Oriental Trading Company and Target for the kids to do.  They mostly couldn't sit still long enough, so people just brought these home with them.  It's easy to find around Halloween.

 Butterbeer Floats //  I used my own recipe and served these at the party as well.  They were a big hit.  The secret is lots of good caramel. 

Thanks so much for taking a look at our fun Harry Potter Party.

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