Friday, May 31, 2013

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Treat Bags

Personalize your treat bags for any party!!

I absolutely LOVE the idea of personalizing every aspect of a party. We will be celebrating my daughter, Lydia's 1st birthday in October, but it is never too early to start. 
I used my Cricut to cut out the banner, heart, and crown. 
The doilies are leftover from my wedding seed bags (you will see those in a later post).
I hand lettered the name with a Sharpie pen because it dries really fast and doesn't smudge.
The cellophane treat bags were a super bargain at Goodwill's Easter Clearence, and I picked up two packs of 20 for less than $1.00!  

Thursday, May 23, 2013

 He thought I was crazy when I picked out the shower curtain rings for the clearance isle at Wal-Mart. You see, we have an enclosed shower with a door, so no need for a curtain. 

I knew I could so something with them later and 10 for $0.50, I couldnt pass them up. After sitting around my house for weeks I came up with the perfect use for them!
The shower curtain rings hold all my packaged stickers together so well!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pretty up a plain card cage

I've been in love with bird cages since childhood so when I found out I could get a cage for my wedding cards I was hooked! 
So then the search began. 
I had a limit in my head that I wasn't willing to budge on. $20. I searched high and low, from the Iron Range to Stillwater, and couldn't find a unique vintage card cage. Then we found it. An all white cage. It wasn't unique. It was the same as the one behind, and sold in bulk to party and craft stores. $19.99. Luckily I had the Joann app on my phone with a 50% coupon! I was able to buy the card cage and the flat marbles and still stay under my limit.

What you need:
Plain card cage
Flat marbles in 2 sizes (could use river rocks, beads, etc)
Hot glue gun 

Very easy to do.
Step 1) roughly arrange the marbles around each other to figure out a pattern

Step 2) glue marbles down 1 at a time as close to the others as possible

Step 3) glue marbles as accent and topper. For my topper I used a big stone with a small on top and anchored it with another stone inside the top

I can't wait to use this for all my parties.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Baby layout
While I was pregnant I would tend to bore easily. One of the things that kept me busy was preparing pages to have on hand after the many newborn pictures started rolling in. The lettering was by hand, there is stitching from a vintage Singer sewing machine and I stamped the baby buggy and the shadowing on the corners. Alas, it is still empty, and waiting for the most perfect picture(s) to fill the spaces.

Written in the Sand
This was our first time at the beach as an "expecting" couple. As you can see, the baby bump is barely there, but we had already decided on a name. Lydia. 


My sister and I have always been close. She supports all my silly ideas and encourages me to do what I love.  Although sh livs across the country, when I see this page I am reminded of how close we are.

Lydia Newborn

I couldn't stop at the first page like this that I made. I loved the design so much that I made a second. She was so cute in the little basket, and the elephant was a gift from Daddy's work.

Photographs taken by Shelly Tripp

Lydia Newborn
 We had a lot of fun during this precious little girl's newborn photo shoot. Lydia was born Oct.15.2012 at 1:37 in the morning. She is the best thing to have ever happened to my little family.

The photographs in this scrapbook page were taken by Shelly Tripp  

It's Sweet to be 15!

It's sweet to be 15!
One of my first layouts. It's nice to get this out of the dusty back pages of my album.
When I turned 15 my mom threw me an awesome before and after makeover party. We had a temporary tattoo table, one for hair, piles of makeup, and an entire candy buffet. Take home notions were left throughout the party on tables and counter tops. Mirrors and applicators. Nail polish and candy. 
My mom even took me to the Mall of America, where sales associates handed me clothes over the doors for the whole Pretty Woman experience every girl dreams of.