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Springtime in Paris Contest

Earlier this month, I saw that Michaels was having a fun contest centered on the theme: Paris in the Springtime. I’ve wanted to go to France and this gorgeous city for as long as I remember. I’ll never forget seeing the iconic Eiffel tower erupt in a dazzling display of golden light on New Year’s Eve 1999. For this project, I decided to create a DIY travel journal.

Paris DIY Journal

When I saw this Recollections Keepsake Book at Michaels, I immediately thought of the Eiffel tower’s beautiful sparkles! It was also the perfect size to throw in my purse or suitcase to document beautiful memories of the City of Light.

Paris DIY Journal Embellishments

I embellished the front with elements from the Trinkets Collection by Project Life, a die-cut image of The Eiffel Tower created by my silhouette machine, and punched flowers. In terms of design, I opted to almost everything flat and avoid additions that might “catch” as this journal was shuffled between suitcases/bags {no double-sided foam tape, no rhinestones, & no ribbon}.

Paris DIY Journal Supplies

James and I have been so fortunate to travel to a number of amazing places in the past: Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Aruba, Barbados, Hawaii, and the list continues… A common theme I’ve noticed: If I don’t write down a snapshot of our day while we are on the trip, it is 10x harder to remember an accurate timeline that captures daily adventures after the fact. In the past, I’ve taken a small little notebook with me and scratched down details I didn’t want to forget. The problem? I haven’t had time to do anything with them! What a messy collection of memories!

Travel Journals

This beautiful on-the-go journal solves my issue! It will allow me to capture all those candid moments and effectively start the documenting process immediately.

To prep this little book for journaling, I sprinkled decorative elements throughout its pages. Here’s a sample:

Paris DIY Journal Pages

Why the “keys”? …No, it isn’t in honor of The Pont des Arts {although I would have loved to have seen this tourist spot before glass panels were installed}. Instead, it symbolizes getting off the beaten path and discovering Paris through the lens of a local. I look forward to not only visiting the top 10 list of iconic attractions/museums, but also seeing fun landmarks that might not necessarily show up in a guidebook.

Paris DIY Journal Cover

My goal with this project was to create something worthy of capturing the ever-evolving beauty and grace of the city. I can’t wait to fill in the pages someday.

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DIY Art Print for St. Patrick’s Day

Some St. Patrick’s Day art inspiration for you this weekend:

Irish DIY Print

To complete this simple art print, I used a journaling card from the St. Patrick’s Day Mini-Theme Collection by Echo Park.  Then, I added several text layers and several embellishments, including a center shamrock made out of sparkly gold hearts.  Love this simple quote– perfect for St. Patty’s Day.

Irish Print PSE

Irish Print Detail

A couple of tips:

  • I placed each line of text on a separate layer in Photoshop Elements.  (If there was a scripted word within the line, it also received its own layer.)
  • I aligned my text by dragging and dropping ruler guides.
  • Fonts: Ostrich Sans and Sverige Script.
  • After I had everything the way I wanted it, I merged all the layers so I could easily drag the element onto an 8.5 x 11-inch paper to print.

Irish DIY Print 2

I loved the way this little journaling card turned out– so, I made it into a greeting card too!

Irish Print Card Details

I sized the digital element to be 3-inches wide and layered it onto gold paper and a green die-cut shape.  Can’t beat a card that you can make in less than 10 minutes after the digital work is already complete!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day… Cheers to simple DIY projects that add a bit of charm to your home!

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You Are My Sunshine Party Theme

When Olivia was discharged from the hospital, we followed the nurses orders to stay away from public places for fear of RSV.    When the flu season ended in late April, we decided to celebrate!  I knew that I wanted to do something based on song, You Are My Sunshine, since I sang this tune to Olivia while pregnant and during her time at the hospital.

Sunshine-Party-Pin

When I searched Pinterest for inspiration, I came across the tag line, “We’ve weathered the storm and landed on Cloud 9” from this gorgeous party on Bump Smitten.  I couldn’t believe how perfect this little saying was for capturing both the turmoil and joy of the past few months.  Here is my spin on Olivia’s sunshine party.

The Invites

I’ve always loved the idea of sending candy as part of a beautiful invitation.  I spied this elegant invite and knew that I wanted to design my own whimsical version for Olivia’s big day.

Sunshine-Invite

I used digital patterned paper, a collection of fun fonts, and a butterfly punch adorned with tiny pearls to complete the look.

The Decor

Sunshine-Table

Tablescape elements: handmade tissue clouds sprinkling raindrops and hearts; a handmade “Olivia” banner constructed from patterned paper, punches, and spellbinder dies; chocolate dipped oreos and assorted lemon treats; fresh flowers; and a fixings for sunshine sundaes!

Sunshine-Table2

Sunshine-Spoons

I fell in love with this gorgeous set of spoons by BellaJacksonStudios that are stamped with the lyrics to the party’s theme song.  They ended up being the perfect serving pieces for all the sundae toppings.

Sunshine-Mints

I also made mints for guests to take as favors!  One side featured a flower sunshine burst while the other sported a delicate tulip.

Sunshine-Bar

Our bar area was stocked with various lemon flavored drinks and a fun sign announcing our signature concoctions.

Sunshine-Drinks

Sunshine-Tree

This manzanita branch tree functions as a perfect backdrop for displaying special photos and vignettes related to important celebrations.  For this occasion, I hung handmade little frames, gold glittered stars, and a mini bunting banner spelling out Olivia’s name.

Activities

Sunshine-Sundae

The main event of the party: making sunshine sundaes!  We had a selection of toppings including: chopped lemon cookies, candy pecans, mini chocolate chips, Andes Mint chips, butterscotch/white chocolate chips, and sprinkles!

Sunshine-Dart-Board

Since the guest list included mostly adults, I wanted to come up with an activity that would be fun AND still allow everyone to chat at their leisure…  our homemade sunshine dart board turned out to fit the bill perfectly!

Sunshine-Cards

Finally, I also set up a station filled with cards to give to Olivia in the future on her 16th, 18th, and 21st birthdays.  I asked our guests to leave our sweet girl a fun message or memory.  These simple cards were made in Photoshop using various digital elements and adorned with rhinestone/pearl embellishments.  I can’t wait to see Olivia’s face as she reads priceless messages from family and friends.  Completing this activity with my grandparents and seeing their handwritten well wishes has become a treasured memory for me, as well.

It was a wonderful day filled with laughter and sunshine for our sweet Olivia.

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