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Entries in crafty (7)


hiho batik

earlier this summer, i was invited to hiho batik, to make my own custom t-shirt. on a sunny saturday morning, we headed up to park slope to meet julia and get to crafting.

they have an adorable store front on 5th avenue in park slope, but the art studio in the back is where the magic happens.

julia instructed me to draw a simple picture that we could transfer on to a t-shirt for olivia. my first attempt was this silly little bunny rabbit and we all decided it was the winner. good thing all of that magna-doodle drawing finally paid off. ;)

next, julia helped me use their AMAZING light table to outline my drawing in hot wax on to a t-shirt.

then, it was time to add some color!

olivia was still a little too young to help, but i did ask her opinion on which colors to use and she added a few dots here and there.

a few days later we picked up our super cute t-shirt! olivia was very proud to model it for me. we got a size up from her current size so that she can grow in to it.

isn't it cute? i think it would be SO MUCH FUN to have a birthday party here for slightly older kids. maybe in the 5-10 year old range? if you are in brooklyn, definitely go and check them out!

thanks again to julia & robyn for having us! we had a great time!

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i was not paid to write this post, but i was provided a t-shirt free of charge. all text and photos are my own.

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project life

i think i first heard about project life on ali's blog. then, i saw that elise and kelly were giving it a go this year and thought it looked really fun. sadly, the main page protectors were sold out, so i was going to have to wait for a while. but then kelly came to the rescue! she sent me a few page protectors, so i was able to go back and fill in january and get started on february. i love it so much already!! can hardly wait to see how the year unfolds. and i am especially excited to be documenting olivia's first year.

here is what i have so far for january:

it was fun to print off instagram shots in different sizes to add to the pages. and i'm always up for dipping in to my washi tape supply to pretty things up. i purchased the clementine core kit, but i'm also looking forward to using some of my paper supply, like that pretty aqua one from paper source.

i made these weekly title cards in photoshop after seeing something similar on katrina's blog.

thank goodness for my iphone! aside from taking daily shots with instagram, i'm loving taking screen shots of facebook, twitter and other apps. they are the perfect little size to print off and fit in the small pockets (although, that twitter pocket is a screen shot from the laptop). i'm also printing off tv show posters and book covers to remember what we were watching and reading throughout the month.

detail of an anthropologie price tag and gift card on top of patterns that i found online and printed off on card stock.

i need to find a better spot to take photos of my pages, though. my apartment is so dark in the winter.

i am completely in love with these printed off screen shots of pinterest. in LOVE i tell you.

project life is awesome. if you've been thinking about starting it, do it! you won't regret it. promise.


and if you need more inspiration, i've been pinning pages that i like and i even made a little treasury on etsy of fun products to add to your book. enjoy!


december daily . . . ish

i ordered one of elise's december books, but knew that i wouldn't actually do it daily style ala ali edwareds.  but, i really enjoyed documenting the summer and the fall, so i thought i would have a go at the holidays, too.

i still haven't managed to put together my autumn book OR my 33 things book, but this one seemed easiest to tackle first, since everything was fresh in my mind.  hopefully, i'll get to the other two very soon.

and with that, here are a few of my favorite spreads.  enjoy!

ice skating in central park

my photo featured in a pictory showcase and tweeted about by roger ebert.  i kind of love the printed out screenshot of the tweets. 

two page spread of the tree at rockefeller center

scanned copies of instax shots from my birthday


 office party at dos caminos.  i like using overlays to add some interest.  this one was included in the kit.

 ingrid michaelson's holiday hop!!

 using unexpected items, like this coaster, breaks up the pages.  plus, it's cute!  (this one is, at least!)

 i am amazed at how perfectly i stamped that other page.  i didn't do it on purpose, but it lines up perfectly with the coaster!

 i love using picasa to make mini collage pages that can then be printed off as 4"x6" prints.  so easy!

my date stamp got a good workout on this book. 

tucked inside the striped envelope is a list of gifts given and received.

 the end!


summer mini book










finally!  i finished my summer mini book at the end of october and i completely love it.

i picked up one of elise blaha's summer kits and also took her mini book workshop in september. i think the combination of the two really helped me to focus and not just throw anything and everything into this book.  sure, there are a TON of photos, but what else would you expect from me?   what i'm happiest with, is the cohesion that the kit and my edited choices make.











i used elise's tip of adding grosgrain ribbon to mark each month's title page.  i found this super cute & summer-y ribbon at kate's paperie.  i love this little detail.  while the book is mainly photos, i did add in some paper here and there and also have a few transparency pages thrown in to the mix to hold tickets to movies and events.  add in some labels and graph paper for journaling, a map, some postcards and lots of washi tape, and you have a super fun mini book.

here are a few of my favorite pages:
























































































mini books are such a fun and easy way to keep track of memories.  they can be as fancy or as simple as you want to make them.  i can hardly wait to get started on my autumn book!



#9 - make more handmade gifts

i love picking out a good gift, but i wanted to try and make a few this year, too. i was totally in love with this project on design*sponge and decided to give it a go.

first, i used a paper doily as a stencil for the lacy part. filled it in with fabric paint.

then i made a letter stencil out of freezer paper. i ironed it on to the bag and then used fabric paint to fill in the letter.

i should have let it dry a little longer. maybe the edges of the letter would have been cleaner that way. but i still think it turned out pretty well. my friend loved it!

just wish i would have remembered to take a shot of her carrying it. =)