As I prepare for our "fireman" 5th birthday party for Dallas, I can't help but think about last year's party. Dallas' 4th birthday, was a Thomas the Train party, so we had the cake, outfit, and decorations all to match. This was the first gathering we had hosted, since our move to Denton, and we were not real sure how it would go. We invited our family, close friends, and some of the new friends that Dallas had made at his daycare. It was a beautiful day, we had a full house and everyone had a great time.
I scrapbooked this page using a great page kit from Lickety Split Scrapbooks. If you like to scrap using page kits or you are looking for something fast, they have a pretty good selections. I bought the kit at the Great American Scrapbook Convention, which I look forward to attending every year. I changed the layout of the page kit, which I do most of the time. The kit as it was did not allow for the number of photos that I wanted to use. I also added the colorful foam stars, the letter stickers, and the journaling pocket. I don't like my handwritting, but think it is important to use it sometimes, so that people will know a little more about me, so I tend to tuck it away or hid my journaling on my layouts.
Page Kit: Lickety Split Scrapbooks
Foam Stars: Craft section at Wal-Mart
Letter Stickers: EK Success
A while back, I posted a group of pictures I took of my cousin, Alexis at the Fort Worth Water Gardens. It was my first time to shoot there, and it was amazing. There were so many different places and ideas just kept popping into my head. At one point, when Alexis was down in the pit, and I was way up at the top, shooting down at here, a man stopped me and said, “She is beautiful, and those red shoes, wow, should be a great photograph.” I agree, so when it came time to scrapbook these pictures, I knew the title right away, and knew that I wanted to create a page which would highlight her red shoes and her zebra dress.
Paper: zebra paper from the Paper Studio – Safari Untamed Collection
Ribbon: Red rickrack from Hobby Lobby
Brads: black and white zebra – The Paper Studio
Beautiful sticker: Glitz & Glitter word stickers
My son's 5th birthday will be here soon. So, I decided that I needed to get the party planning started. He told me that he wants a "Fireman" birthday party....ok, easy enough to do. I started by booking a bounce house in the shape of a firetruck. He is going to be sooooo excited when party day comes, and they set that thing up in the back yard. Next, I went to find some invitations. I looked at 3 different party stores, and no one had anything even close, so I decided to make my own.
I started the invitation, by typing a printing the party information on my computer, then I trimmed it to fit the invitation. I wanted to cut out the words "5 Alarm Birthday" using my cricut. This provided me with the perfect chance to use the cricut craft room, online. So I connected my computer and my cricut expression, and was able to complete the linking process. I was happy to see that when you open cricut craft room, they give you circut craft room basics for free. It is really just a font and some basic shapes. I loved it because I was able to connect the letters to make one cut instead of cutting each individual letter. That really saved me a lot of time. I also liked that you could move the image anywhere you wanted on the mat, this saved me some paper, as this allowed me to save paper by placing the images really close together.
The last thing I did, before attaching everything, was use chalk to make the invitation seem like it was on fire. I used red, orange, and yellow shades of chalk, and blended them all together to give the impression of fire. Always start with the lightest shade of chalk first, and work your way toward the darker colors - you get a better blend that way. I think the invitaitons turned our really cute and I can't wait to had them out to our family and my son's friends.
Cardstock: Basic black and white printer paper
Chalks: Red, orange, and yellow chalks by the Stencil Collection
Titles: Cricut Craft Room Basics
Last year, my wonderful boss, invited us all to go to a Texas Rangers game. I think my son, Dallas and my husband, Vertis had more fun in the play center than we did watching the game. I was sure that these pictures would made for a great layout.
I started by cutting out all the peices, using the Cricut and the Sports Mania Cartridge. Next I typed my journaling and printed it out. Then it was a simple as matting the pictures and putting it all together. Notice that I used one of the pictures as a pocket to tuck our ticket stubs into for safe keeping.
Paper: DCWV - The Nantucket Stack
Cricut: Sports Mania
Ribbon: Bobbin Ribbon
Clear word stickers: EK Success
I always have my camera ready when we have family gatherings. Easter, with the sunny day and happy kids, always proves to be a great picture taking day. This year, I was lucky enough to capture some great shots while the kids were hunting Easter eggs.
Time to scrapbook.........
While I was at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, I found these really great scrapbook kits by Scrapbook Fun Addicts. I don’t usually use kits, as I prefer to create my pages from scratch, but this one was so cute that I couldn’t resist using it. I did change it up a bit to fit all the pictures that I wanted to include, and I absolutely love the way it turned out.
Page kit: www.scrapbookfunaddicts.com
Ink: Scrapin Up
My husband and I took a quick trip to Las Vegas, the past few days, and got home last night. I just wanted to share a few of the pictures from our trip. We had a great time, and have decied that Vegas is our new "vacation spot". At one point, we found ourselves with some extra time, so I googled "scrapbook store" and about 10 options within a 20 min drive showed up. We took some time to visit a couple of them. It was really neat seeing what trends were common to both Vegas and Dallas, and to see what kinds of things they were doing different as well.
We stopped by to see the "Pawn Stars" store. I would have liked to have had more time to look around, but there were so many people there that we didn't get to see very much. I did, however, see a painting worth 22, 500.00 dollars, and at least now I can say that I visited :).
I also have to say, I forgot my camera at home.....I know what kind of scrapbooker leaves home with out one of the most important tool ever. Thank goodness for my iPhone, it took pretty good pictures, that I will be able to use in my scrapbook.
My name is JoNeita Kelly and I have been crafting for at least the last 20 years. I live in Forney, Texas with my son, Dallas. I am a High School teacher and Cheerleading Coach. I love to craft and to continue to improve my photography and editing skills whenever I have free time. What I love most is telling our story using pictures, it is the most important gift I can leave my family.
Former Design Team Member for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog