A DIY Frozen Birthday

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These two precious girls are growing up way too fast. It wasn’t that long ago that I spent the week after valentines in the hospital, lying in bed with a bloated, whale-like pregnant belly, and watching the Olympics on TV.  That was in 2010. When things slid from bad to worse, labor was induced and 15 hours later, twin baby girls were born and rushed off to the NICU (their mother ungraciously passed out in an unladylike unmotherly-like manner. That’s a whole other story…)
At 9:18 pm and 9:27 pm on Monday, February 22, my perfect and tiny twinlets were born. It’s been a rush ever since. Every year, I get to re-live the rush of delivering them in a whole new way- planning and celebrating the evening they were born. Their birthday.
Each year, I choose a theme (albeit a loose interpretation of a theme), then “plan” their birthday party. This year will be a bit different- planning really needs to happen, complete with a game or two and craft, because they’re finally getting old enough to want to play and enjoy playing games and doing crafts- for longer than 30 seconds. Here’s a few things I’m planning for our Frozen 5th birthday; as always, you’ll find all my pins here.

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I know this isn’t too Frozen like, but I’m hoping to use a different juice to make this punch- so it’ll look more “Frozen”!

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I adore the snowflakes on this invitation, so I’m going to adapt it to my own Frozen invitations. Samples coming up in a future post!!

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Happily, there’s a tutorial for creating these gorgeous icy branches using Epsom salts. Head over to my Pinterest and follow the links back to this wonderful blog!

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(The 4 actually needs to be a 5…)

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I love this idea more than I should- pin the nose on Olaf. The things we get excited over as parents…

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…maybe I’ll make this punch instead.

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This is the entire reason I started planning a Frozen birthday for the twins. You may recall this was one of my December Daily entries. (This entry, to be exact). Their cake won’t be this big, they’re only inviting a few kids. That’s on my agenda for later today or tomorrow (ordering it from our local grocery store).
Have you planned a Frozen party? What are your favorite decorations or party planning ideas?

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A DIY Valentines- The Kiddo Version

Valentines is just around the corner! Are you excited about it, stressed out over finding the perfect treats for your kids’ classes at school, or are you indifferent? This year, I’m actually on the ball, and I *think* I have our treats figured out already! If you’re unsure of what to do, I made up a short list of fun and simple DIY valentine treats for your kiddos. Next week, I’ll share ideas for the love of your life!
Note- all these ideas can be found on my twinlets board on Pinterest. Of course, there are many other ideas on Pinterest and any other search engine you turn to most, as well. I just found ones I thought would be easy to make!

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*This idea is my personal favourite, and I will most likely do this one for my kids’ class!*

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Stay tuned tomorrow for DIY FROZEN birthday decor and game ideas! After valentines day, my twinlets will be celebrating their 5th birthday! Oy, my next busiest month (next to Christmas and April) is upon us!!

December Daily Day 24

To learn more about December Daily, visit this post: https://theeverydayscrapbooker.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/december-daily/

It’s the eve before the most joyous day of the year. How do you do happy?
Here’s one way I do it:

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My husband was home today. While I waited on my laundry to dry, I played with paper for a bit! {I can HARDLY WAIT to share this layout with you!!! It’s got a fun and unique way to fit lots of pictures into your layout.}
Speaking of sharing with you, I need your help. For an upcoming post, I’m looking for handmade and/or DIY FROZEN party decoration ideas. Share with me what your fave ideas are and they could be featured on my blog (including a warm, friendly shout out to your blog, too!) Once I’ve collected enough great ideas, I’ll share the goods with you. Sound good?!
Lastly, have a very Merry Christmas and a hearty cheers to 2015! Thanks for visiting my little corner of the internets; I hope to see you again in the new year!

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Playing with Burlap

Just wanted to share a sneak peek at one of the last few custom projects I have lined up. I promised a dear friend I’d make this for her- quite some time ago- and realized yesterday that time had run out to get it completed! Oops! I’m not quite done it- I’m just waiting on it to dry before I can add a few embellishments.
And, for those who were waiting to find out what my mystery project was- this is it, finally!

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If you’d like to make your own burlap banner, the easiest way to get it done is at Michaels! Along with Martha Stewarts’ line of crafting products, is the Recollections banner kits. They are pre-cut, edges are sewn for minimal fraying, and string is included for adhering each pennant together. It’s inexpensive too!
I cut the alphas using my Cricut (School Book cartridge) then painted around the letter using antique white acrylic paint, leaving the negative space in its neutral state. I’m going to outline each letter using a black permanent marker once the paint is completely dry and adhere some flowers for a bit of bling.
A picture of the final product will be posted soon!

You’ll Never Guess

Phew what a crazy day I had yesterday!  I had originally planned to straighten up the house and start preparing for Thanksgiving, but I wound up having to drive to Edmonton to get my passport renewed! I had a funny feeling that’s how things would unfold (I was hoping to get it done through Canada Post), but was strongly advised against it. The kids and I finally pulled into our driveway just before 9 last night.
So, you may think that renewing my passport has nothing to do with being crafty. On a normal day, you’d be correct. Not this time, though! My reasons for renewing it closely relates to an upcoming project I’ll be sharing in the near future- materials for which I managed to pick up yesterday before leaving the big city.
In suspense yet?
One last note: HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my Canadian friends!! Enjoy your weekend!

Early Bird

I don’t have any projects to share today, but I do have some housekeeping items to share!
First, I’m organizing the 4 Seasons Open Market “Early Bird” Christmas market and we’re looking for vendors! Our market is being held on November 15 at St. Joe’s Parish Hall in Whitecourt between 10 am and 3 pm.  If you live in the area and you’re looking  to pick up more markets as the Christmas season draws nearer, we want you! Please contact me for more details!
Secondly, Since we’re talking about Christmas, this time of year appears to really pick up steam in terms of my little home business. Some of you know it as TEdS,  and everyone else knows it by its longer, correct name: The Everyday Scrapbooker.  I am open to custom orders; if you’re looking for handmade greeting cards, scrapbooks, layouts or party decor, please get in touch with me! I’ve also been known to create items for other small businesses, such as tags and business banners. I love to help!
Next, I’m placing a Close to My Heart order at 9:30 am MST tomorrow morning. If you’re interested in adding to it, comment or email me with the items you’re looking for!
Lastly, I’ve got some fun projects coming up- two custom layouts for a small child, and an extra special order for a dear friend that will be celebrating her wedding in the very,  very near future! More details will be shared as they develop!
Also, we Canucks are celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend. Do you have any special plans for the long weekend?

Simple Birthday Banner

Hello friends! Today I want to share a custom birthday banner I’m in the process of making. It’s very simple- but sometimes simple is best!

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It’s just a little sneak peek, but you get the general idea. I’m using my cricut to cut the pennants (Pretty Pennants cart) and the scalloped circles and squares. I’m using Close To My Heart alpha stamps and ink to create the background on each circle and square, then using a bit of pop dot adhesive to make them stand out a bit more. Lastly, I had some Happy Birthday printed ribbon in my stash that reinforces the theme perfectly!

Stay tuned for more birthday themed goodies- I’ll be sharing a custom layout and invitations soon!

Ms. Innocent

Hello friends! I have a story to share with you, that will sort of help shed a bit of light for you on the type of person that I am. In a small way, it’ll help you to learn what type of person that I am. You already know I’m a scrapbooker and own a small business making and selling cards, scrapbooks and party decor. I am also the mother of two small girls- twins- that are my absolute pride and joy (even if they know how to push my buttons and annoy me on a daily basis). You also know that I enjoy writing, which is why I keep a blog! But, did you know that I’m a sweet, innocent, sheltered and quiet woman? I mentioned that to a friend once, and she responded, ‘Innocent? Yeah, right.’ Yeah, its true. I’m not totally as innocent as I once was, but there’s still a lot of innocence and naivety left in me. I was reminded of it late yesterday afternoon, when I accompanied my husband to his buddy’s place. We weren’t there long, when his buddies showed up. They are young, and wild, and do a lot of things that I’ve never dreamed of doing. And, I couldn’t help but feel like I stuck out like a sore thumb. Crowds are hard for me at the best of times, as I feel like I can open up better and have less to worry about when I’m in a smaller, one on one setting. Thank goodness we weren’t there for long! Its been an incredibly long time since I felt that way, though. It brought a lot of childhood memories and feelings flooding back, which when I look at it now, isn’t all that pleasant. I didn’t like feeling so awkward then, and I don’t like it now. Thank goodness I’m past that youthful stage!

I have lots to share with you today- three cards and a layout. If time weren’t pressing, like it is right now, I would share with you the supplies and techniques I used on the cards I created. For now, that will have to wait until tomorrow’s post. In the mean time, enjoy!

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Its Time…

Happy Thursday! The time has finally come to start advertising my heart out. Its true. As you know, I’ve been posting here and there on my Etsy (and, if you didn’t–well, now you know!) I’ve also been posting throughout the summer on my Instagram (@The Everyday Scrapbooker) and Twitter. But, did you know that I am also an Urbee, and frequently post to Kijiji? Oh yes, that’s the absolute truth!

I spent the morning cleaning up my Made Urban shop, and have begun (slowly) adding new Close to My Heart and handmade product to my shop. The cards that I’m certain I still have on hand, I’ve left posted to my MU shop, but I’ll also be uploading new ones as I complete them. I would love it if you visited! (I don’t know the link to my shop on Made Urban at the moment; I’ll provide that at a later date. In the mean time, search The Everyday Scrapbooker, and you’ll find my shop!)

Do you know what Made Urban is? If you are Canadian- especially if you’re Albertan- then this is the site for you! It is, I like to think, the Canadian (read Albertan) version of Etsy. Anything and everything handmade can be found there. Its been on CTV news in the recent past, and they are a fairly new website! I’ve been with them since very nearly their inception. If you haven’t already, please do check them out. A lot of my crafty, hand making friends can be found there, too!

So, in the spirit of starting advertising anew, please remember that not only do I sell Close to My Heart product and host card classes. I also make (and sell!) greeting cards, scrapbooks, banners, tags and anything else you’d like made thats paper based. Give me a shout if you’re needing or wanting anything!