I needed to create a baby boy card for a baby shower coming up so I decided to use the Ian stamp from the Baby Anya & Ian stamp set I used a couple weeks ago to create the same card for a boy.
Today is a another day of firsts. It is my first time submitting a card for the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge, and it’s featuring my very first shaker card. I slightly strayed from the original sketch (shown below), but I’m very happy with how it turned out, especially because I was able to use the MFT rattle die and Baby Anya stamp, which I hadn’t tried out yet.
My Favorite Things Pierced Circles die
My Favorite Things Pierced Squares die
My Favorite Things Centerpieces Congrats Shaker rattle die
The Greeting Farm Baby Anya & Ian stamp
Little B Handwritten “Congrats” die
StazOn Jet Black ink
Wink of Stella clear glitter brush marker
Misc Tim Holtz distress markers
Unknown paper pack
What the heck have I been up to?? Well, besides starting a new job, putting the house up for sale, and expecting our second child, I’ve stepped away from card making for a short period of time. However, I didn’t give up crafting altogether!
Sometime in December, I ended up developing every photo I had of my daughter. I had intended on just putting them in photo albums and calling it a day, but once I had them in-hand, I had the strongest itch to get them organized and scrapbooked. I’ve gotten away from scrapbooking in the past decade because I couldn’t keep up with my photos, and 12×12 page designs overwhelmed me. WELL, to scrapbook my daughter’s first year, I decided to try combining traditional scrapbooking with Project Life!
By utilizing the Project Life pages and designing the small inserts within each pocket, it was a lot less overwhelming, because I didn’t need to come up with 12×12 designs for each page. Now I think of the small, individual elements as a card design that I need to design with the rest of the page. It makes the process much more manageable.
I had a crafting weekend the first weekend in January, and was able to get through about 50 PAGES! I’ve been going back and tweaking them slightly, but I’m really happy with how everything is turning out. This also allows me to use stamps, dies, and stickers that I didn’t see useful for card making! I’m very excited I decided to expand my craftiness, and look forward to completing her first year scrapbook.
Here’s a sneak peak at one of the first 2-page layouts I did. Since they’re in the page inserts, they didn’t photograph the greatest, but hopefully you can get the point.
Before I decided I wanted to hand-make my baby shower invite (a post earlier this month), I created a digital version of it. I will share since it’s done anyway, but I didn’t end up using it. I put together a bunch of free digital scrapbooking elements I had downloaded from various sites including Scrapgirls and DigitalScrapbookExperts.
My due date is quickly approaching, so that means my baby shower is coming up! Although I don’t think it’s standard for the mom-to-be to be involved with the baby shower invitations, I decided I wanted to create them anyway. I even utilized a “baby shower” stamp on the envelope for a little extra something. It’s a simple design, but I’m very happy with how it turned out.