Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bitty Bag Valentine's Goodie Bags

Last February, we had Parker shortly before Valentine's, and I wasn't feeling like crafting leading up to having Parker, so Evelyn's Valentine's cards were pretty simple (which is not a bad thing, because that's what I did growing up) and consisted of a card and a self-inking stamp. This year, since I didn't have a baby right before Valentine's, I'm way on top of Valentine's cards for Evelyn's class party!

Evelyn chose to do My Little Pony cards with pink goodie bags for the girls and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cards with navy goodie bags for the boys. With some assistance from me, she used the Horizontal Stripe Middy Bitty Bags in hot pink and navy to hold a Valentine's card, a bouncy ball, an eraser, and a couple of pieces of candy (though I didn't take pictures of the candy included).

On the outside, she used foam heart stickers to decorate the goodie bags, as well as heart-shaped gem stickers. We had to keep it a little less complicated because she was doing 22 of them, which included writing her own name on all the cards (not necessarily a fast exercise for someone still learning how to write).

Bitty Bag Valentine Goodie Bags | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Bitty Bag Valentine Goodie Bags | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Bitty Bag Valentine Goodie Bags | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Bitty Bag Valentine Goodie Bags | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Bitty Bag Valentine Goodie Bags | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Bitty Bag Valentine Goodie Bags | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Aside from the Whisker Graphics bitty bags, the Valentine's cards and heart-shaped gem stickers came from 99 Cents Only; the erasers and foam heart stickers came from Dollar Tree; the bouncy balls came from Fry's.

Friday, January 29, 2016

2015 Holiday Card Family Pictures

I ran out of time this past December to do holiday cards with a handmade element (like I did for our 2014 holiday cards and our 2013 holiday cards). I also didn't make it in time to send out cards before Christmas, so I made sure to get Happy New Year cards so that I could at least send them out in time for the new year.

The picture I chose for our new year's card:
2015 Holiday Card Family Pictures | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Hopefully both kids can be looking at the camera for 2016 holiday cards without weird looks/faces/smiles. Evie is getting easier to coach for photos. Parker . . . is still a baby (nuff said).

Our friend, Jessica (J Pace Images), took pictures for us. Here were some of the other pictures from the same photo session at Mesa Arts Center:

2015 Holiday Card Family Pictures | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
2015 Holiday Card Family Pictures | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
2015 Holiday Card Family Pictures | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
2015 Holiday Card Family Pictures | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
2015 Holiday Card Family Pictures | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

After we were done with pictures, we also checked out The Store at Mesa Arts Center. It's a local artist co-op and had neat handmade items, which we always like looking at!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Parker's Boo Hoo Face Layout

Baby boo hoo faces are so cute and hilarious to me. Maybe to everyone, but I can't speak for everyone.

That moment of indecision is especially cute and hilarious. Boo hoo? No boo hoo? Boo hoo? It's like an infant emotional roller coaster.

When Evie was a baby, I did a layout of her boo hoo face (Boo Hoo Face Layout), so I thought it only fair that Parker got his own boo hoo face layout.

Parker's Boo Hoo Face Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Parker's Boo Hoo Face Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Parker's Boo Hoo Face Layout | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I used a slide frame die from Pinkfresh Studio to cut the frames (which I've since lost and it drives me crazy, because I don't know if I misplaced it or little hands moved it). The 12x12 background paper is Studio Calico and the patterned paper inside the die cut frames is 3x4 journaling cards from Elise Blaha Cripe's Project Life Seafoam Edition.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Denver Girls Trip Photo Booth

How I didn't post these photo booth pictures sooner, I don't know, because photo booths are too legit to quit.

During July 2014, I went on a weekend trip to Denver with Emily, Melody, and Lee Anne - girls I grew up with. Denver was a good place to hang out for the weekend because it's foodie and hipster, so there were many things to do.

We found a place to stay the weekend on Airbnb. It was a cute little place with a couple bedrooms and we had it to ourselves. On Friday night, which was the day we all arrived, we ate a late dinner at a nearby restaurant, Argyll.

The next day, we had lunch at Comida at The Source, which was this market that had a few trendy restaurants in what looked like a converted warehouse, along with a floral shop, bakery, and other things. For dinner later that night, we cooked pasta and ate on the patio out back. The weather pretty good, perhaps even a bit chilly for my Phoenix blood.

During the day on Saturday, we hit up a craft market that we found, the Horseshoe Market. At the market, there was a vintage camper-turned-photo booth called Picture Me Camping, and we did two rounds of photo booth so that we'd each have a photo booth strip (but also, I love that many photo booths now offer digital copies of photos, otherwise I'd have to scan them).

And after all that set up . . . photo booth!

Denver Girls Trip Photo Booth (Picture Me Camping Photo Booth) | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Monday, January 18, 2016

2014 Holiday Card Mini Album

It's now 2016, so naturally, I just finished a mini album of 2014 holiday cards.

For several years, I would do a December mini album that included a highlight of our December, in addition to including the holiday cards we received. That was a bigger time commitment than I felt like I could (or perhaps wanted to) continue to give during the holidays, so starting in 2013, I scaled back to just a mini album of holiday cards.

Many holiday cards these days are either photo cards or include photos, so although I end up not doing an album in the vein of Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas or Ali Edwards' December Daily, the cards and photos are still a little snapshot of friends and family.

For this 2014 album, I knew I wanted something where the book rings were at the top, rather than the usual left side. For flat photo cards, it didn't really matter where the spine was, but mattered a bit more for the traditional side-fold cards. To get around this, I cut strips of white cardstock, trimmed with a scalloped border punch, and adhered those to the top of each card on the back (except for one non-standard shaped card). This made is to that I could do a top loading album and not interfere with side-fold cards.

I went clean and simple for the covers: book board cut to size, white acrylic paint on both sides, chipboard shapes also painted with white acrylic paint for white-on-white, and the year with Thickers.

2014 Holiday Card Mini Album | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
2014 Holiday Card Mini Album | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
2014 Holiday Card Mini Album | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Next up: 2015 holiday card mini album. Maybe I'll even get to it before 2017 rolls around. (The other day, Greg asked me why I keep starting new projects when I have a backlog of other projects that I've started. I don't have a good answer, besides telling him to "step off," half-jokingly, of course.)

Also:
December 2013 mini album
December 2012 mini album
December 2011 mini album
December 2010 mini album
December 2009 mini album