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In Birthday, DIY, Graphic Design, Parties, Silhouette on
January 31, 2018

Camp Ethan (aka 5th Birthday Party)

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you probably saw little sneak peeks of Ethan’s 5th birthday party decor in posts and Instastories! Birthday party over the weekend was a success! Last year’s theme was dinosaurs and this year’s theme was camping/hiking/adventure/the great outdoors/all of the above! I like to do things more uniquely (I blame it on the only child syndrome) so I thought getting his friends together for a hike at his favorite hiking spot would be special and different. It’s always a gamble with a winter birthday but we sure lucked out! Weather was perfect! 75 degrees of beautiful sunshine!

 

 

As guests arrived at the trailhead, Ethan passed out little scavenger hunt snack bags to his buddies. This simple DIY project was created using a regular home printer and small kraft bags. You can certainly use colored bags to match party colors. I created the design/list with a design software program, loaded the paper bag one at a time, and sent it to my printer. I loved the little mountain graphic so much that I decided to make it his party “logo” and used it throughout the party decor. A great way to create visual cohesion!

The hike portion of his party was a little crazy with 15 kids, of which 8 were 4/5 year olds running WAY ahead of the group! Then you had the “me-do-it” two-year-olds wanting to walk the trail but at half the older kids’ pace. Fortunately, we all hiked the canyon part of the trail together and all the kids did great scaling the steep canyons! At the very top is a viewpoint overlooking a lagoon and ocean views in the distance. Totally worth the hike up! The kids LOVED it!

After the hike, we headed to the party space half a mile away for some pizza, small bites, and of course cupcakes! In a previous post, I shared about a DIY doormat I created to greet our arriving guests. Welcome happy campers!

The majority of the party design and decor was incorporated in the party space, which was the perfect size and layout for our group! The kids played in the main party room while the parents had the option of also hanging out in the adjacent lounge area.

As with all of my parties, I start my planning with a focal piece (aka the main party table). I was inspired by super cute camping style wrapping paper by Averie Lane that I spotted at a local makers market. I knew framing these sheets would help “fill” the table in both directions, horizontally and vertically. When I saw the black and white buffalo check pattern, I fell in love with it! It is on trend and immediately incorporated that pattern into the design palette. The party colors were: black, white, various shades of green, and brown.

 

 

Party planning can get expensive so if you can get some stuff for free, dooooo it! For example, in December when we bought our Christmas tree, I picked up leftover cut tree slices in various shapes and sizes. On our frequent neighborhood walks, I gathered pinecones. All of these were great pieces that brought a nature element to the party decor!

 

 

One of my crafting goals this year was to learn how to make and decorate with royal icing. I don’t normally make cookies without a reason so this was the perfect (and also a little risky) opportunity to try it! Luckily, they turned out pretty good! I used Wilton’s Moss Green gel food coloring for the #5 cookies. With leftover royal icing, I added little dots which created a fun textural look. To carry the buffalo check pattern, I painted horizontal and vertical stripes using Wilton’s Black gel food coloring mixed with vanilla extract. Pretty and tasty cookies! Check that one off my crafting bucket list!

 

 

For the kids’ table, I kept the decor simple because A) the kids will undoubtedly make a mess within 7.32 seconds of sitting down and B) we would be doing a craft later and didn’t want to crowd the table space. I had the light bulb idea of having my printer print animal tracks on a table runner (cut from a $1.50 Michaels’ kraft paper roll) but alas, I am just full of great ideas that just aren’t possible. Apparently my printer can only print sheets, not rolls. LAME. Well, I ain’t letting that stop me in my tracks (ha!), so I grabbed a Sharpie and black markers and colored in my own animal footprints! Take that HP Officejet printer!

 

 

Sometimes the simplest decor pieces are made with stuff already found at home! I saw these cute paper tents on Pinterest and with the help of my handy hot glue gun, I glued a piece of scrapbook paper to trimmed bamboo skewers. So simple and totally fits the theme!

I have two Tolsby frames from Ikea that is seen used all the time for events and weddings. It’s a great way to provide information like menu items or table numbers and pull in theme elements. In this case, I didn’t have anything important to share with the guests. They are kids 5 years old and under after all! And they can’t even read! Ha! I used the frames as a way to pull in theme colors and another excuse to repeat the logo.

 

 

Last but not least, the party favors! I try to focus on this piece a lot for kid parties primarily because it’s very common to get goodie bags with party store items that I end up throwing away after a month. Confession: I have thrown away some favors right after getting home from the party. T-shirt party favors is actually the first thing that popped to mind for Ethan’s party. I think it’s because it’s all I remember from going to tons of summer camps as a kid. Shirts are from Jiffyshirts.com, which has a great selection, the best pricing, and fast shipping! I will definitely use them again. My Silhouette CAMEO cut out the decals which I then ironed onto the shirts.

While the kids didn’t wear these during the party despite my husband’s request, we did pass these out as kids headed out from the party. Again, I reused the mountain logo with a little modification and added “Camp Ethan” in very tiny font on the side of the mountain. I’m hoping these will last for awhile until the kids outgrown them!

All in all, this might be my favorite birthday party I’ve thrown for my kids. Loved being outdoor with Ethan and his buddies! Happy 5th Birthday E!! We can’t wait to see all the awesome things you do this year!

 

In DIY, Silhouette on
July 16, 2017

I is for Ice Cream (and I’m celebrating it all week!)

Guess what today is??? National Ice Cream Day! 🙂

I mean, do I really need a day to remind me to enjoy one of the world’s greatest invention? Heck no!

So, I’m going to go a step further and make it an ice cream week here on the blog! I’ll “sprinkle” (har har, I love cheesy puns) in some tutorials and even a FREEBIE! Be sure to swing back in a couple days to see how to make your ice cream eating experience extra special.

Today’s tutorial showcases a simple DIY shirt made with heat transfer vinyl (HTV) for my littlest. Every time we walk into an ice cream or froyo shop, she makes a mad dash towards the sample cups and then another mad dash towards one particular flavor which she points at with all her might. My favorite part is watching her hold the sample cup with her tiny pudgy fingers while enjoying the sweet treat. It’s got Vitamin D and Calcium right? #secondchild

Want to make this shirt for your kiddo…or yourself?!

Supplies needed:

  • Shirt (I recommend washing your shirt first beforehand)
  • Heat transfer vinyl (remember to use promo code 10OFF. FYI, I used smooth/matte material in white)
  • Hook tool (promo code 10OFF)
  • Amy Robison’s Ice Cream Cone Design ID#133499
  • Thin fabric (like a plain dinner linen napkin)
  • Iron

 

Let’s begin!

I love modifying designs purchased from Silhouette’s Design Store to make them work for my project needs.  The Ice Cream Cone design by Amy Robison is so dang cute and I would totally use it as-is for any paper project. Side note: how awesome is it that when you open the file in Silhouette Studio, there is a little mockup in the top left corner?!?! SO incredibly helpful, am I right??

Here’s how I slightly modified the design for my daughter’s shirt:

  1. After you open the file in Silhouette Studio, right-click and ungroup.
  2. Delete everything but three pieces (pink ice cream scoop, black cross-hatched cone, and colorful sprinkles). Also, do not resize the remaining shapes. NOTE: No need to change the fill color of the remaining pieces since we are not printing.
  3. Drag the cross-hatched cone to fit under the pink ice cream scoop. Make sure there is some overlap between the two pieces.
  4. With both cone and scoop selected, choose Weld under the Modify Window. NOTE: Don’t worry if your welded shape fill color changes to black. Again, fill color doesn’t matter when it comes to HTV projects. We are only concerned with cut lines.
  5. Next, move the sprinkles piece on top of the ice cream scoop.
  6. Great! We have our ice cream design and now we can add text.
  7. Then, simply create one circle shape with a 6.50in diameter.
  8. Click on Text tool and type “I is for” in a space somewhere above the ice cream cone shape with whatever font you like.
  9. Click on the four-arrow symbol on the bottom left of your text box and drag it down the top of the circle so that the words are on top of your circle and centered by eye. NOTE: If your text box was below your ice cream cone design and you dragged up the text box to the top of your circle, your words would probably be upside down. For more information about the Text to Path technique, visit this post.
  10. Next, copy/paste the “I is for” text box, drag it down to the “inside” of the circle, and revise text to read “ICE CREAM” in caps with the same font that you chose earlier.
  11. We obviously don’t want the words to overlap the cone so we will use the vertical slider to “slide” the text outwardly. Slide as far as you can.
  12. Lastly, for both text boxes, right-click and choose “Convert to Path,” which will “unlink” its “Text to Path” relationship to the circle. The circle is now back to being a regular cut circle, which you can now delete.
  13. Adjust the text as needed until you are satisfied with your design.
  14. Group everything so that it’s one piece.
  15. Resize your design accordingly to fit your shirt.

Once you have your finished design, the last step is ironing it onto your shirt which is super easy to do. Just click this link and follow steps 3-14.

Now all that is left is to sport your new awesome shirt, grab a pint of your favorite ice cream, and ENJOY! 🙂

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In DIY, Silhouette on
June 6, 2017

New Baby Gift: Customized Onesies with HTV

 

My dear friend Lauren (who was one of my bridesmaids) had her sweet baby girl last month…hooray! She’s going to be a wonderful mama! 🙂

Little babies in bodysuits/onesies are so dang cute plus both my kiddos went through 4-5 outfits a day when they were so tiny thanks to spit-up and blowouts! So I thought I would customize some for her adorable babe. I purchased a 5-pack of Cat & Jack onesies from Target and added some ready-made designs using heat transfer vinyl (HTV). This new baby gift was whipped up in less than 15 mins!

Want to learn how to make some of your own custom apparel? Follow the steps below!

Supplies Needed:

  • Clothing
  • Heat transfer vinyl (I used smooth material in gold, black, and glitter gold)
  • Iron
  • Linen napkin or thin piece of fabric
  • Weeding tool (I normally use an Exacto knife but this time, I tried out a new tool a friend suggested…Fiskars’ Fingertip Detail Knife. It worked great!)
  • Silhouette CAMEO
  • Cutting mat

 

Before I start, if you’re using baby clothing, I recommend washing them first (with Dreft). No tired mama with a newborn has time or energy to wash clothes!)

  1. Find and download a design you like in the Silhouette Design Store.
    • I used two from Lori Whitlock’s Baby T-Shirt collection: Design ID#179071 (link) and Design ID#186013 (link)
    • I also used Sophie Gallo’s Baby Bear Logo Design ID#197119 (link)
  2. In Silhouette Studio, adjust the size of the design so that it fits proportionately on your clothing
  3. Place the heat transfer vinyl on your cutting mat (clear plastic backing down, sticking it onto the cutting mat)
  4. IMPORTANT STEP: Mirror your design by going to “Replicate” Window and choosing “Mirror Right.” Delete the original correct-facing design. You want the mirrored design when using HTV
  5. Next, open the “Cut Settings” window and select “Heat Transfer Material – Smooth”. Depending on your blade, you may need to adjust other settings so that your design cuts through the HTV material (but not the clear plastic backing). TIP: You may want to do a test cut to make sure you have the correct settings before wasting your HTV material!
  6. Once cut, peel from cutting mat and begin weeding with your weeding tool. Be sure to remove any pieces within “looped” characters like “O” or “e” or “g” (you get the idea!)
  7. After weeding, you should see a mirrored image of your design.
  8. Place your article of clothing flat on your ironing board, smoothing out any wrinkles either by hand or with your iron.
  9. Set your HTV on top of clothing where you would like it to be. Be sure clear plastic backing is facing up, away from clothing. HTV should be touching your clothing
  10. Place your thin piece of fabric (mine is a linen napkin) on top of the HTV piece and begin ironing, pressing down firmly.
  11. Hold down for 10-15 seconds. TIP: do not push/move your iron. If your design is larger than your iron’s footprint, lift iron up and press down again on new area.
  12. Let cool for a 10 seconds.
  13. From one corner, lift off the clear plastic backing to see if HTV has fully transferred to clothing. If so, carefully pull off the clear plastic backing. If not, try ironing a little more/longer until HTV adheres.
  14. Once you have removed the clear plastic backing, put the linen napkin back over the design and iron downwards again for 10 seconds. This step is probably not necessary but I always do it as a final assurance HTV has adhered to the clothing. See picture below.

 

That’s it folks! Easy peasy! The hardest part will be finding a design…so many great options on the Silhouette Design Store! OR have fun and make your own design! 🙂

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In DIY, Holidays, Silhouette on
April 26, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Personalized Tote Bag

 

For those whose kids are in some form of school, this is your PSA…Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up on May 8-12, 2017! This year’s National Teacher Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 9. Last year, I was ill-prepared so I definitely wasn’t going to let that happen this year, especially considering how awesome my son’s preschool teacher is! He absolutely adores her! We have seen tremendous growth in vocabulary, understanding, and even confidence!

I love practical gifts and since I live in a plastic bag-free city, I thought it would be fun to create a tote bag recognizing the hard work of a teacher. You can never have too many totes, especially if it’s cute like this one!

Isn’t the colorblock tote so cute and totally summery? It’s made by Imagin8 and can be found with the summer items. I got it at my local Michaels craft store for a little under five bucks!

This project is super easy to pull together and won’t break your budget! Who are you going to make one or two or three for?

For this project, you will need:

  • Silhouette Design ID #145943
  • Smooth Heat Transfer Vinyl in whatever colors you would like. I used black, dark pink, and glitter gold.
  • Iron or Heat Press Machine
  • Thin hand towel or cloth napkin (if using iron)

After downloading Design ID #145943 and opening it in my Silhouette Studio, I ungrouped and separated the words to better fit my project space. I did this because the totebag had a wider/horizontal space versus a taller/vertical space. Doing this meant the words/design would be more legible from a distance.

The most important step when doing a DIY heat transfer vinyl (HTV) project is to mirror your design. It’s the worst feeling when you forget to mirror the design and your Silhouette machine is cutting away your only piece of HTV!

When you have all the pieces cut out and weeded, center them in the appropriate space on the tote. Double, triple-check the layout, alignment, etc to make sure all is correct before ironing/sealing the HTV to the tote bag.

When you’re ready, place the thin hand towel or cloth napkin over the design and iron/press with even pressure. Note: if you’re using an iron, I recommend not “pushing” the iron across but rather press downward and hold for 15 seconds. Lift and press down again at a different spot. This method avoids any chance of your HTV accidentally getting scrunched or stretched.

Once you are confident all the HTV has been “transferred” to the tote bag, pull off the clear backing. At this point, I put the thin hand towel back over the HTV and iron one last time. And finally Voila! You have made a super cute customized tote bag for your favorite well-deserving teacher!

My favorite part of this project is using a butterfly icon as the text separator which is fitting for the preschool class name! 🙂