Baby Shower Printable Mega Pack

June 17th, 2014

 I’m so excited to finally announce this amazing design project that I’ve been working on these past few months (it’s so hard not to instagram projects as I’m working on them). Myself and 15 other talented designers/bloggers have been working together to create an amazing collection of Baby Shower Printables. 16-themes, and 440 pages of printable party goodness in one big mega printable bundle! Everything and anything you could need to create the perfect baby shower (or 16 perfect baby showers!).

The Bundle includes:

14 Different Baby Shower Theme Printable Packs

AND a Pregnancy Announcement printable pack

AND a Gender Reveal Party printable pack!

That’s 16 Baby Shower Printable Packs in ONE!!!

Yep, that’s right! 16 popular bloggers & designers created 16 of the most DARLING themed baby shower printable packs to help you pull off the most ADORABLE baby showers you’ve ever seen!

This baby seriously has EVERYTHING you could EVER want or need to throw the perfect BABY SHOWER that every new mother deserves!

  • 14 Different and COMPLETE printable baby shower themes? ALL INCLUDED!
  • 1 Pregnancy Announcement Pack? Got you covered!
  • 1 Gender Reveal Announcement Pack AKA Boy or Girl? You are set!
  • Matching Invitations AND Thank You Cards? You know it!
  • Banners and decor? Check!
  • Cupcake toppers and table tents? Just Print!
  • A non-cheesy baby shower game? Completely planned!
  • Matching party favors? Just a click away from DONE!
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!! {See EVERYTHING below!}

All together – it’s a collection of over 440 PAGES that aren’t offered ANYWHERE else… only in this exclusive Baby Shower Printable Bundle!

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  GET IT NOW by clicking the “add to cart” button below.

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**These are digital printables that will be emailed to the Paypal email address you use to pay.

**All purchases of this amazing digital bundle are final. Please read the below list to see exactly what is in it.

 If you think you may need it later, but aren’t ready to buy, then be sure to PIN any of these pictures (and make sure that the links go back to this blog post, not just the blog so you can find this post again).

For my portion of the bundle, I created a soft and sweet gender-neutral theme called “You were MINT to be”.

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My printable set has things like cupcake picks, a banner, water bottle labels, straw flags, place cards…

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Construction Party – Leo’s First birthday

November 22nd, 2013

We never expected to still be in our rental for Leo’s first birthday. But because it took us so long to finish the design phase of our house build, we knew this day was coming and hosting a party was not entirely feasible. I’ve been stressing over his party for months now. Our rental is filled to the brim with cabinets, and boxes full of lighting, speakers, appliances, and personal effects. Having a party IN the house sounded like a really bad idea. But what else do you do at the end of October in Utah? Planning an outdoor party is even more nuts than having one in my crazy filled up space. And not having a party at all was just not an option, not for his first year.

I thought about hosting it at some sort of event facility, but that seems overkill for a first birthday party. I decided to just “make it work” and do a very small family party in our rental. One of my facebook followers suggested a construction party, and I thought it was an awesome idea because 1.Our lives, of course are in the middle of a huge construction phase, and 2. if the theme is construction, your house doesn’t have to look all fabulous and put together. And hey, that plywood and sledge hammer that is sitting on our front porch is now considered “decorations” Score!

What I didn’t expect, was that on the day of the party it would be 70 degrees outside. And so on that beautiful warm fall day (November 2nd if you can believe it), we had our little party out in the backyard. It was glorious to not have to worry about our crowded messy house, and everyone had a relaxing time sitting in the beautiful weather.

I tried to keep everything fairly simple because of the chaos we are constantly living in. The two things that I spent time on were the royal iced cookies, and the cone-shaped smash cake. Everything else was really simple and easy!

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My main decoration was this awesome CONSTRUCTION ZONE sign that I found at an antique market. It’s an actual really old hand-painted sign. I love it and plan on hanging it up in the playroom in our new house. Anyway, I was able to use it as a really cool backdrop and so everything else came together pretty fast.

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For the treats, I made royal-iced cookies. This was only my second time making piped cookies (the first time was practice for this), I think they turned out great! It’s a lot of work , but I’ve been wanting to learn how to do it, so this was a great opportunity to dive in (more pictures of those below).

The other treats are simple things like cheese-its (floor tile), sun chips (shingles), pretzels (rebar), and graham crackers (plywood), and starbursts (bricks). Most of our servingware is in storage, so I just used random plastic and glass food containers and went for that mis-matched construction kind of look.

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For the cake I went super simple, and picked up a plain chocolate cake with chocolate frosting from Costco, and put little construction diggers and dump trucks on it with some crushed oreos (a few oreos go a LONG way). We still have 2/3rds of this cake in our freezer!

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For drinks I got the Mexican made Fanta that kind of look like road barricades/cones. I had big plans to strip off the labels with some acetone, etc. but cooler heads prevailed and I just chilled the drinks and put them out.

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Mr. Project was in charge of the real food. He made bacon-wrapped turkey skewers, pigs in blankets (half hot dogs wrapped in Pilsbury crescent rolls) for the kids, sweet potato fries, rolls, and a veggie tray (there really was one, it just didn’t end up in the pictures!).

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Here is the sweet birthday boy holding his little construction hat. He’s the best baby… but he’s not really a baby anymore :(

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Its a miracle that I actually got him wearing his hat – this kid hates hats!

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Here he is with cousins Josh and Aubry – the oldest grandchild and the youngest grandchild in the family.

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My awesome brother got him a little Cosmo (BYU mascot), he loves stuffed animals and so a tiny cosmo was perfect!

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We also had a little favor table when you came in at the back gate. I bagged up the piped cookies as favors, and bought some orange bubble tape gum, and plastic yellow hard hats from Oriental Trading Co.

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Here are the cookies up close:

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And in their bags… so cute!
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And while I’m showing close-ups, here are some close-ups of the big cake:
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And while I’m showing cakes… I should show the cone cake that I made for Leo’s smash cake. I took pictures of the process. I can post that as it’s own post in a few days (how many times have I said that??).  This was my first sculpted cake. It turned out pretty good but kind of got a little melty-lopsided in the sun. I used sugar paper for the white stripe and the orange square at the bottom.

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Here’s the super cute birthday boy “digging in” He refused to touch the cone cake with his hands, but was happy to tear it up with a fork. Go figure.

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So there you have it, our perfect first birthday party for our little Leo. I couldn’t have asked for a better day, and never would have imagined that we could host his party outside. So happy for the little things that make life so wonderful, like having family over for some cake and conversation on a nice warm fall day and celebrating the one year anniversary of a brand new life – little leo – whom we cannot possibly live without.

Merry Christmas + *Free Download SVG & DFX file

December 22nd, 2012

Firstly let me just apologize for not being around. I gave birth to my second son Leo on the 30th of October, and getting back into the swing of things with a toddler and a newborn is much more difficult than I realized. I think we are finally hitting our stride though and I feel like I’m figuring it all out, at least for the moment. I still need to compile some photos and tell my birth story for my family’s record, so that will be coming soon. But for now I just wanted to get a quick Merry Christmas posted (so you know I’m still around) along with a freebie.

As a designer, I like having complete flexibility with my tools including my die-cutting machine. I had been using a Cricut Expression in conjunction with the SCAL software in order to be able to cut any shape that I designed or downloaded, but I was never completely happy with the whole “work-around” for the Cricut (and their lawsuits towards 3rd party vendors), and so I finally caved and bought a beautiful new Silhouette Cameo  which has an amazing free software suite that suits my needs perfectly especially in conjunction with my Adobe Illustrator software. My first project was this christmas banner and 3-d trees. The Cameo was so easy to set up with my MacBook Air laptop and everything just worked so smooth and seamless that I could hardly believe that I didn’t have any issues.

The paper I used is the All is Bright collection by Rhonna Farrer from My Minds Eye. I love how the patterns and colors are more subtly Christmas, which is just what I wanted for my decorations. I also wanted glitter letters and brainstormed several ways to get glitter letters on the flags. What I ended up doing was buying this double-sided adhesive paper - Grafix 9-Inch-by-12-Inch Archival Double Tack  – you can also try the Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive Paper. And I cut out “MERRY” from the Peony Pro Font and then attached the die-cut double-tack to the flags and pealed back the cover paper and poured glitter on it. It turned out perfectly and was pretty easy (the hardest part was getting the hang of peeling the adhesive paper backing.

I just love how the whole thing turned out, simple and elegant.

I also wanted to create some 3D trees out of paper. These are great because they stand up and only require one 12×12 sheet of paper to create.

To make one tree, you cut out 3 tree shapes, score them down the middle (I use this awesome Martha Stewart Scoring Board ) and adhere the wrong sides to each other to create a 3-d standing tree.

This is a super quick and easy way to decorate a small space or party table.

And lucky you, I’m giving away the cut files for the trees. Click the image below to download the ZIP file. The ZIP file contains a .SVG file, a .DXF (for the silhouette), and a .JPG file for those of you without a cutter.

Enjoy making some trees and have a wonderful holiday season!

I’ll be home with my family snuggling this little guy: