Keeping it Simple: July 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Scrapbook Thursday

Here's a quick page I did last night. After all of that scrapbooking a couple of weeks ago, my creativity is gone, so I went back to simple. I did sew on the page a little bit.


Here a made a big pocket to put all of his preschool papers I wanted to save

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Whatever Wednesday: No Tank Top Required

I have a lot of cute maternity clothes. They are great, but there is one problem, the majority of them require a tank top underneath them. For some reason, that is a very common style for maternity shirts. Well I love the layered look, but where I live it is not uncommon to hit 100+ degrees right now. So I needed to fix them because it's way too hot to wear a tank top and a shirt!!!

So this is what I did:

I took these two tank tops. I've had these since high school and they really don't fit anymore and cut them up.
Using the bottom of the tank top for the top of the white piece, I sewed them into the shirts! Just like that I have the layered look but without the extra layer!!

Here are a few that I have done, I plan on doing more, even to my non-maternity shirts.



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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: Ruffle Shirt


This being my 4th pregnancy, I have a lot of maternity clothes, so I really don't want to buy anymore. I do want something different, so I've decided to redo some of them. Here is one that I did, I just made ruffles for the front of it.
This is how I made it:

1) I took a shirt and an old skirt (I got it at a garage sale for $.25)

2) I then cut up the skirt into 2 strips. I cut these about 3 inches wides
3) To make the ruffles, I used a straight stitch. I put it all the longest width and stitch. I then sewed on side of the strip, about 1/2 inch away from the edge. Make sure to leave extra thread at the top and bottom of the strip
4) Next, I tied one end of the strip. The other end, I took the bobbin side of the thread and pulled it. This will make your ruffle. The more you pull, the tighter the ruffle. I did this for both of my strips
5) Once I got both of the strips to ruffle, I pinned them onto the shirt. Then with normal setting, I sewed the ruffles onto the shirt.
6) Next I wanted to make one big ruffles for the center of the shirt. To do this, I cut one strip 5 inches in width and the other one 3 inches in width. I then place the smaller one on top of the larger one and then sewed (with the longest settings) them together down the middle
7) I then pulled the bobbin thread and made it ruffle and then pinned it onto the shirt, in between the other two ruffles on the shirt and then sewed it.
**** This is the part of the story that I try it on and realize that this is cute way for ruffles, but not for a maternity shirt. The bigger that I get, the more spread out the outer ruffles are, so I took off the outer ruffles.******

So this is what it looks like with just the middle ruffle, much better!!
I know that it is hard to see the ruffles with the black on black, but I promise that in person they are really cute!
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Motivate Me Monday #28

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Hello everyone!!! How was your weekend? Mine flew by like usual but was very fun!!

Last week we have another great week!! It's so fun to look at what everyone is doing. It really gets my mind turning and thinking about what I want to do next.


Judy from In His Grip took a goodwill couch and really transformed it!
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Amanda at the Hand Me Down House redid this lantern using food coloring and mod podge!!

Summer from Sumo's Sweet Stuff made this adorable circle mobile out of scrapbook paper!!

Frugal Homemaking made this great wreath out of paper bags, yes I said paper bags!!

Hungry Hippie made this awesome necklaces out of bottlecaps and glaze, so fun!

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Scrapbooking Week: Features and a GIVEAWAY!! (closed)


Wow, the week is already over. I really hope that you enjoyed scrapbooking week as much as I did! It was really nice for me to just focus on scrapbooking and get some done. There are some really great links that really inspired to me do more! So thanks to everyone that participated!!

Here are a few of my favorites, you really should go check out all of them here!!

Jenn from the Seeds on a Breeze did this adorable page. It really has a story to it, which I think scrapbooking is all about!
Heather from Storing up my Treasures took a weekend and made 30 pages, I wished I could do that!!

Sarah from Enjoy Every Moment made several adorable pages, including this one!

Crystal from Crystal's Craft Spot made this page and many more of her girls!

Maryanne from Crafty Mommy Dive made this page of when she was a baby, so cute!!

Kimberly from Bugaboo, Mini, Mr and Me made this wonderful little alphabet book!


And now to end my scrapbooking week and I have decided to do a little giveaway, just to say thank you to all you!! I'm going to be giving away 5 handmade cards and 1 little 4x4 accordion scrapbook (pink, blue or yellow) to 2 lucky winners.

Winner #1 will win these cards

Winner #2 will win these cards


Here is the cute scrapbook, all you have to do is add pictures!

And you will get to choose your color


There are three ways to enter:
1) Leave a comment telling me what you like about scrapbooking
2) Follow me or become a follower
3) Grab one of my buttons and put it on your blog

Please leave a separate comment for each entry

And that's it! I'm going to have this going until next Friday (July 30th) at noon and will pick the two winners. Good luck and thanks once again for reading my blog!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Scrapbooking Week: It's Party Time!

For my son's 5th birthday, we did a SpongeBob party! It was a ton of fun! We had a huge crowd of 17 kids! Luckily we had some fun games planned. We:

-made little SpongeBobs out of yellow dish sponges
-had snail races on the floor (they had to crawl across the floor on their bellies)
-went jellyfishing (they caught tissue jellyfishes blown out by a fan)
-hit a SpongeBob pinata

So of course I had to do a layout for his fun birthday party.
I just wrote on the banner because I was lazy and didn't want to turn on my Cricut :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Scrapbooking Week: Using Buttons


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I don't know about you, but I love scrapbooking with buttons. They are so great and add so much to a page. You can put them in the center of a flower, put them on a picture, or just put them anywhere. This layout I used lots of buttons and I love it!!

Another simple but fun layout. It was super easy to do, I just cut the decorative paper with some curves and then added buttons and letters.
I used 4 different kinds of buttons, the bigger ones are actually clear buttons with paper behind them. For added texture, I used a circle stamped and "swirled" the ink (for behind the letters).
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Scrapbooking Week: Super Simple Layout

Here is a very simple layout that I love to use. I like to take pictures vertically, so this one if a great way to fit them all. I have an awesome scallop punch that I used for the brown paper.


For a little more dimension, I put two little strips of cream paper on the green, inked them and then added some metal.

Scrapbooking Week: Sewing on a Page


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In the middle of my scrapbooking break, I got my very first sewing machine in the mail (hip hip hooray!!). Well I told myself that I wouldn't work on any other crafts other than scrapbooking. But I had to try out my new sewing machine, so I did, on my page! I have always loved the look for the stitching on pages, but never had a machine to do it. I have a feeling that I'm doing to do this a lot!

This was actually my favorite layout that I did the whole week, I love how it turned out!
I love the look of stars, they are so fun! You could also do this with flowers, circles or any other shape

stitching around the star was actually pretty hard, I'm not very good on my machine yet, but I think it turned out pretty good.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Scrapbooking Week: First Haircut

If you haven't noticed yet, I love to cut my pictures to the same size, it's a lot easier to fit all of the pictures on the page (I take way too many pictures!). So I did squares this time to fit. I save my kids' hair from the first cut and then put it in the page.


I used some fun ribbon, buttons and these cute scissors

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Scrapbooking Week: Easter Pages

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Holidays are so fun and great, I love them! But I do not like scrapbooking them!! You always take pictures each year and I just get tired of scrapbooking the holidays. Usually the same colors each year and nothing special. Well I do it anyway, even though I don't like it. When I do scrapbook them, I do the same layout for each boy and just change up the colors. Sometimes decided on a cute layout is half the work, so it's much easier. So here are the Easter pictures from this year. Easter is especially hard for me, the colors, bunnies and chicks are a little girlie to me.

I did change up the title for each boy too

an egg-cellent easter
I cut the circle out, inked the edge and then distressed it. I only had 2 pieces of decorative paper, so I just cut out the bunnies and the chicks.
an egg-citing easter
an egg-ceptional easter
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Scrapbooking Week


I'm so excited for this week!! My much needed break was great last week and I got quite a bit done. I didn't get caught up but enough to not feel so overwhelmed with it!

As for scrapbooking week, here is the plan:
Today I'm going to start a linky party so you all can show me all your scrapbook pages! It will be open until Friday afternoon. I will go through all of them and feature a few at the end of the week.

I'm going to be posting all the scrapbook layouts that I got finished all week.

On Saturday we'll end this great week with features and a giveaway!! So stayed tuned all week for some scrapbooking fun!!!

Here is a very simple layout that I did for my son's fifth birthday. On major reason that I scrapbook is to journal and document my children's lives. So I decided that from the age of 5 on, on their birthdays I'm going to do a page about some of their favorite things at that age. So this is how I did it. I'll change up the layout each year.




And now onto the linky party!! Link up your scrapbook ideas and then grab my button so other people can join the fun!!


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