Saturday, May 14, 2016

Week in the Life | Thursday & Friday Pages

These are the last two days of my Week in the Life 2015 album that I need to share.  My Friday story and Thursday words are here if you want to get more of the story.

Notice how the opening photo is still dark.  That was a long night.  

I do tend to take these phrases and sayings quite literally.  How we roll, indeed. 

I'm so glad I told that long story about Nandini and roller skating here.  Though when we went back a few months later it was back to square one again with her.

 Very photo heavy, but I staggered the color and black and white pictures.
Patterned paper and some stamped + watercolored flowers together. I like having a little variety in my page tabs. 

 I was so nervous about his new school then.  I'm still adjusting but at least I know it better now.

 I trimmed a 4x4 square page in half for this little series of cute photos.

Lots of black and white in here.  Simple and beautiful.  Yes.

My previous week in the life posts are here. See my completed Week in the Life album from 2014 and 2013 here.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Week in the Life | Saturday and Sunday Pages 2015

I am doing Week in the Life again this year along with Ali Edwards.  I have done this project for five years running.  

It is basically a mini album that focuses one normal week each year.  
A good combo of photos + words. 
 If you have noticed me taking an inordinate amount of seemingly inane pictures recently, this is why.  
I usually share my album pages during this week, but I have barely started on it.  In looking back I saw that I only shared half my album from last year too.  

So while I work on this years, I thought I would complete the 2015 Week in the Life pages as well.  Here are Saturday and Sunday of the week.  

I did a comparison shot of our front yard in AM and PM.  I love the font of those thin wiry letters contrasted with the bright scalloped circle. 

So funny to look back at how shy she was when her teacher came to visit.  She now wants her to come back again.  Lol.

I really went for the pink on this page.  It matches her dress and the flowers from the second page as well.

I double layered this photo with a translucent overlay in photoshop and then a transparent card over top that in the album.

The journaling here is all about my garden.  My plants have changed a little but the words remain very true.


Photoshop journaling and stickers.  I love this kind of hybrid scrapbooking. 

I just love how this  photo turned out. I used an Ali Edwards digital brush with my typed journaling. The words are a little more legible in person.

I love adding things directly to the album without a page protector.  I backed the large photo with this patterned paper. 

So many peacocks.  I couldn't resist.

I did a good job with food photos this year.  

My album ends the night before Avi started first grade.  The end of one adventure and off to the next! 

Thanks for checking out my pages! I will be back with this years album soon I hope. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cinco de Mayo | Party DIY Ideas

Taco trucks, cactus, and flower banners galore. And a margarita machine for the parents too.  What else could you need for an awesome Cinco De Mayo Party? 

Well, it was actually a Cinco de Nandini of course.  She may be five but she is still 100% our baby. 

The set up | After coming up with our color scheme I added as many fun details as I could.  We used colorful table clothes.  I purchased fabric that I can use again for other projects and borrowed some Mexican Yoga Blankets.  

I bought tiny little cacti to place on the cake table.  I tried to corral them on a shelf so kids wouldn't touch! 

I filled up glass apothecary jars with chicles I got at fiesta.  

The dollar spot had the perfect Mexican-themed little pails to use for party favors.  We filled them with maracas and little beach balls. 

 I spotted this foldable taco truck on-line and had to get it for the party.

Bottles of Jarrito and berry baskets of limes made for good table decor.  I added sand and shells to tie in to our beach theme.

I picked up this marquee seahorse from Target's awesome new Pillowfort collection (my fave!).  Love how it tied in with our seahorse piñata too.

I used a combo of Martha Stewart flower kits and tissue paper to make this pom-pom flower garland.  It added so much texture and color to the cake table.  So happy with how this turned out.

Cactus DIY | I had to have some more cactus as well.  And fringe.  Fringe makes everything better.  I cut out the cactus shape from some more big cardboard boxes.  I freehanded traced the shape in pencil and then cut around it.  Cardboard isn't the easiest to cut, but because I was covering the whole thing in fringe a few jagged edges didn't matter.  I cut many long strips of forest green and chartreuse green tissue paper to use.  I used spray-on glue on the cardboard and started adding my strips of fringe.  I just ripped the strips to fit across and folded the extra around the back.  I used gold glitter washi to add some extra sparkle to it.

The Activities | We had a bounce house for the kids.  This was a huge attraction.  We also set up a table with seashells and paints for the kids to decorate.  We tried to make a huge sandcastle for the kids to decorate.  I took a huge cardboard box and then we set out glue, mod podge and buckets of sand.  It didn't really look like a sand castle but the kids had so much fun with it.  

Of course we also had our photobooth and fun props to play with and the piñata at the end.  Wow, we were busy! 

I also did some Mexican Sugar Skull inspired face painting.  I loved the faces with flower on them, but most kids wanted to be a sugar skull cat or a sugar skull dog, ha! 

The Food | Yummy Mexican food of course.  And this adorable veggie octopus that my friend Farya made.  She is so creative. I used these Cinco de Mayo Printables which I recolored to suit our party theme.  You can download them for free here.

Fiesta 1

Fiesta 2

I printed them out and then pasted them onto cards so they would stay put on the tables.

Happy Birthday my baby girl!! 

Wishing you guys a fantastic Cinco de Mayo!  Hooray!

See all my posts about the Mexican Beach Fiesta here:

See my other parties here.
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