Monday, April 8, 2013

Disney Custom Autograph Books

Ready for another Disney post?!  Well, here you go!!


*** UPDATE ***

I've uploaded the printable files to Scribd.  You can find them here:




I decided I wanted to make a custom autograph book for Reagan to take.  I wanted to have a sheet for every character we may come across.  Now, I know... I know... these lines can be very long.  I know they can waste time... but if she wants all the autographs, then she shall get them!  If she gets 3, that's fine.  If she gets all 110+, that's fine too!!  It's a good thing we'll have 4 adults to the 1 child, one of us can stand in line and then switch off.  That's my plan anyway, haha.

So, I started off knowing a few things - I knew I wanted one page per character per park - at least characters like Mickey, Minnie, etc. who are at every park, they'd each have a page for each park.  I also knew that I wanted to create a scrapbook once we got home with the signature on one side and a picture of Reagan and the character on the other.  So, I set to creating my pages.  All 111 of them!!!  Here are a few of my faves:





I created these in Photoshop using clip art I found on the internet.  *Some* of the fonts are specific to either that character or the movie they are in.  You need a REALLY big clip art file to start with, I found that everything needed to be at the VERY least 1000px x 1000px.  Otherwise it will print grainy and that's no fun!  I have a few that I just couldn't find in great shape or size and they are what they are.  I decided on borders, all princess have the same edge as Cinderella, fairies are all the same as Tinker Bell, Princes and main male characters are the same as The Beast, etc.  Most of the secondary characters got a simple border.  I just color selected from the clip art and went from there.  As I said, each character got their own page for each park they appear in.  So Mickey and friends at Animal Kingdom, where they dress in safari clothing, got safari pages for AK!  OK, so once I had my list of who I wanted and what park they were in, I printed them out.  A quick note about printing... the images you see above are 7" x 7".  I want to make an 8" x 8" scrapbook out of this once we are home, so I will cut that out and add it to 8" x 8" paper.  This is what the pages look like when I print them:


I placed circles where the holes would go so that I could keep everything uniform.  I also printed one of these without character info on it so that I could place the holes in the exact locations on the cardboard I used for the books.

OK... moving on, because that was LENGTHY!  LOL

So, the books themselves... how did that work?  Well, I used these materials:


So, what is all that stuff??  Well, I'm sure most of it is self explanatory, but I'll at least tell you where I got it!  Starting at the top, L-R:

1.  Cinch Boards - The first, and most important thing I used to make these books is the 8" x 8" Cinch boards.  These are made to go with the Cinch Binding Machine, but they worked PERFECTLY for this project.  You get two in a package and at Hobby Lobby the package costs $1.99.  I've not seen these go on sale in the last few weeks, but of course you can always use your coupon!

2.  Glitter Ribbon - I bought a TON of this ribbon!  I needed a ton of colors, so I bought the .99¢ rolls in the scrapbooking section at Hobby Lobby.  These were on sale 1/2 off last week, so that was GREAT!  You can also buy this same ribbon in larger spools in their ribbon/fabric area.

3.  Binder Rings - This was important for me, because I chose to bind them this way.  IF you happened to have the Cinch machine, bind them that way!  But, it's about $100 and I didn't want to buy it for just this project.  So, I ended up needing 1" binder rings AND 1.5" binder rings.

4.  Glitter Paper - I used this on the inside of the cinch boards to cover the seams left from the paper.  I cut these in 7" x 7" squares and used Mod Podge to adhere them.  I bought my glitter paper at Joann's and recommend you do so for this reason: IT IS THIN AND FLEXIBLE!  Hobby Lobby's glitter paper is probably a better quality but it is SO stuff and didn't work well for this project.  I totally recommend using the brand found at Joann's.  They have a wonderful array of colors as well.

5.  Scrapbook Paper - I used many different types of scrapbook paper, and this will all depend on your own book and why you are making it.  I bought this paper pack at Joann's and also got most of my Disney themed papers there.  Actually, come to think of it, I think all of the paper I used for my boards was from Joann's.  I cut these to 10" x 10" - that way I had some room on the back before I needed the glitter paper.  I'll detail more about this process below.  If you are still with me?!  HAHA

6.  Mod Podge - you can buy this anywhere, it is a STAPLE in my craft room!

7.  Mod Podge Dimensional Magic - I found this at Hobby Lobby last fall and had never opened it.  It is spectacular!  I love it!!  Word to the wise - keep a tooth pick nearby, if you get a bubble, you will need to pop it.  I have a few I missed and they dried as bubbles.  Interesting, LOL.

8.  Card Stock - Obviously, you can use any cardstock you'd like, but I purchased this ream at WalMart and it was perfect.  It was a little more heavy duty than what you can get at Hobby Lobby and I needed so many sheets that it was way more economical as well.

9.  Hole Punch - Now let me say... this is a critical area.  It is HARD to punch the holes in that cardboard.  No joke... I broke THREE hole punches.  I would suggest buying a hole punch like the one pictured and not one from a craft store.  I think that was my mistake.  I used one like the picture for punching my paper, since I ended up DRILLING the holes in the last book.  You know you're a serious crafter when you break out the power tools!  HAHA

OK... so, now... how I did it.  I'm sorry but I don't have ANY pictures of this process.  That never dawned on me... I have got to get better about this, huh?!  So, I'll outline it as best I can:

I started by cutting all my papers.  The scrapbook paper was cut to 10" x 10" and the glitter paper cut to 7" x 7".  Next, I used my paper template to mark the holes on the cardboard.  I punched the holes out, or in one case I drilled them!  Afterward, I added a thin layer of Mod Podge on the cardboard itself and set it down in the middle of one of my 10" x 10" scrapbook papers.  Press down firmly and flip over to smooth.  You really only need a thin layer or you may get bubbles.  The heavier the paper, the less likely you will get bubbles as well.  Once you have this done, let it sit about 2-5 minutes.  If you're making more than one, you could set up an assembly line.  After the glue has dried some, use a pencil to outline the holes you've punched in the cardboard on the paper, press hard so it will leave an indention on the frontside so you knew where to punch the paper.  Next, I use scissors to cut the edge of the paper in a diagonal line from the corner of the paper to the corner of the cardboard.  OK, so I made a diagram....

Cut along the dotted lines.

Next, you need to square off your corners for folding.

You've already cut the lines in the diagonals, so focus on the other cuts.

Now, Mod Podge each edge, doing the ones that are square first and then the sides with diagonal lines.  Making any sense?!  One day I'll do this again and add real pictures!

After the glue dries, punch the holes from the front.

Cover the entire front side with a layer of Mod Podge.  Let that dry completely.

Adhere the glitter paper to the back of the board using the Mod Podge again.  Let that dry while using weight to make sure it lies flat.

Next, I printed a 7" x 7" cover for each book on cardstock.  I used Mod Podge to glue that on and covered it with Mod Podge as well.  After that dries, use the Dimensional Magic where you would like.  That will need to dry for 3 hours.

In the meantime, you can cut out (a paper slicer works best) the autograph sheets and hole punch those.  When the boards are dry and ready to go, place the pages in the middle and use the binder rings to fasten and tie some ribbon on, viola!

Easy peasy!  Well, it takes some time... but overall, it's a very beginner project!


Monday, March 25, 2013

Disney T-Shirts

Well, here is the first of what I assume may be MANY posts about Disney.  We're 41 days out (NOT that I'm counting?!) and I am in full Mousekegear!  I've been working hard on an autograph book for Reagan, which has now turned into one book per park b/c there are SO many characters to meet!!!

Well, the only project I've actually completed are her shirts!  I still have two to make, but those are fabric and these were all iron on glitter.  O.M.G.  I die.  Amazing.  I am so in love.  These pictures do them NO justice.  And man, was this easy?!


The bottom left shirt is BRIGHT blue, I have NO idea why it looks that way.  Oh well, it's just a picture!!

Anyway - these were so easy.  I used this product:


I was worried at first b/c most iron on glitter has a protective sheet and this didn't, but I shouldn't have worried!  I used a Sharpie to trace the pattern (in reverse!) and then cut it out and ironed it on.  I followed the instructions to a T and it was perfect.  These are so easy to use.  I used my Hobby Lobby coupon and got each set for about $7 - I used the pink, blue, purple set and the red, black, silver set.  So easy.  If you can cut and iron, you can make super cute shirts!!  I'm really excited to have a friend making cute bows to match, I'll have to post the shirts and bows all together when those come in!

I'm also working on a Disney Binder to keep us in the know and up to speed when we get there.  I ordered the dividers a while back and they are spectacular!  More about that to come.

Have you used iron on glitter??  What do you think?!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hello, again!

Well... it's been OVER A YEAR!

Seriously?!

I stopped blogging over a year ago?!  I am in shock.

I have held on to this blog for much longer than I have actually blogged on it.  I realized recently that I was trying SO hard to post so regularly that I lost focus on why I started this blog in the first place.  I began to dig a niche for the blog and it wasn't really the niche for me.  When I realized this, I thought long and hard about that it meant and this is what I think:  this is my place on the net!  My place to do what I want, when I want to and that means that if every 6 months I want to share something, then share I will!  So, from now on, you will see things that make me happy in  that moment.  You may see it daily, you may see it weekly, you may see it annually, LOL.  But if it tickles my fancy, you'll see it :)

So, what have I been up to in the last year??  Well, here's a peek...


Reagan turned 5 this year.  I didn't do nearly as big of a birthday party, but it was nice!  That's her peacock party on the bottom.  I spent most of the beginning of the year redecorating our home, only for us to decide in July that we'd like to move!  We will put our house on the market next week, which means, LOTS of cleaning and organizing and stressing!  We still love to eat and I actually started another blog {eat.drink.be very merry} with my own recipes as well as reviews of recipes I find and try.  I've been crafting here and there, and thanks to Pinterest, I have TONS of inspiration!

So, that's been a bit of my time away from here.  Like I said, I don't know what I'll post, but if it's something that makes me happy, I'll blog it!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Reagan's 4th Birthday {Real Party}

I know I've been MIA lately... well, maybe make that MWNA - missing with no action! Some of you may know that I started a small boutique design business earlier this year and it has just absolutely taken off lately. I have been devoting a lot of time to my business and therefore, I began to neglect my blog. About a month ago I announced that I'd be focusing more on my business than this blog. I will keep the blog, because there will always be days like today when I have something I want to share with you! They just may not always be close together!!  Please make sure you visit me at Posh Peony Creative Designs - I'm really building a portfolio and I'm available for just about any design work you need!

Today, I finally have my own party to share with you! Without further ado... I present Reagan's 4th Birthday!  All photos were taken by our FABULOUS friends at Captured by Jason Photography!  Many, many, many thanks to Jason & Kristin Merritt for helping us preserve and cherish this day!!


I chose a Rainbow theme for Reagan's birthday for a few reasons... the first one was the tablecloth!  I found it on Pinterest via Hip Hooray.  I fell in love with it and decided I wanted to put my sewing skills to the test, and boy was it a test!  More on that below...  The next reason I chose the rainbow theme was the sheer availability of color.  How much more color can you get than rainbow?!  The options were endless...



The dessert table was the main focus with 36" balloons providing the backdrop, although my red balloon wasn't filled to capacity and was very gimpy!  It was the only thing I could complain about, so for tha I'm grateful!  I made a cake, cupcakes, cake balls, cake push pops and rainbow jello (well, my husband made that!) and then we also had M&M's and rainbow Twizzlers.  I think my fave were the push pops!  The dessert table also featured 7 pictures of Reagan in glittered frames.

The cake was all white cake with buttercream icing, more info about the cake below, because as you can guess it was not just white!  The cupcakes were mixed - some rainbow chip and some were white cake dyed rainbow and layered.  The push pops were rainbow chip mini cupcakes with rainbow colored icing and nonpareils.  The cake balls were made from white cake, golden Oreos and buttercream coated in almond bark.  I'd originally planned to layer the Jello, but after much consideration I decided to serve each flavor individually.  I like the way it turned out, but did you know Jello melts in 100° Texas heat?!  Yeah, it was quickly Jello soup!  I designed and printed buffet cards for the dessert table as well.



The first truly original idea I came up with was a drink bar.  Thanks to Pinterest, it wasn't long before I realized it was not as original idea as I'd thought!!  Don't you hate that?!  I served seven different flavors of Kool-Aid - cherry, orange, lemonade, limeade, berry, watermelon kiwi and grape.  You can't actually buy 7 colors, you can buy 6 so I bought an invisible one (watermelon kiwi) and dyed it indigo!  It worked!  I also had paper straws (not pictured) so you could mix and match your rainbow!  The cherry and berry were big hits, the lemonade was not, haha!



I had a lot of ideas about decor, but I knew I could easily go overboard and I really wanted the focal point of the decor to fall on the tablecloth, so I used some honeycomb balls to give some height to the decor.  I also painted and glittered Reagan's name to place on the entertainment center.  We placed balloons all through the house and outside, but again that 100° Texas heat causes balloons to pop almost immediately when they head out of the house.  We had balloons popping ALL day!  I also knew I wanted to make a tulle wreath, and I did this one differently than my last (found here).  I used all seven colors and I LOVE how this wreath turned out!!  It stayed on my door until Halloween!  The day before the party I also made some time to create a small garden flag using materials I had on hand.  It turned out to be very cute!

I sent the kiddos home with gable boxes that had crayon rolls (making 20 at one time is a TASK for sure!), pencils and rainbow colored bubbles inside, and I somehow did not ever get a picture of any of that!



Back to the cake... as I'm sure you guessed, it was layered with the rainbow inside!  All seven colors... I will say - it was MUCH easier to make this cake than the layered cupcakes, go figure, right?!  Reagan LOVED it!!!



Ahhh... the tablecloth!!  This took me WEEKS... and by the time it was said and done I'd used 3360" x 6" of colored fabric and then ruffled it by hand since the ruffler foot I purchased for my sewing machine was the wrong foot.  I was so pleased with the outcome of this tablecloth and I can't wait to find more reasons to use it!!!  It was a true test of will... and something I will cherish forever!  Am I a nerd?!



Needless to say, a fun time was had by all...!  My precious princess turned 4 and she was able to spend an amazingly colorful day with all her friends and family!  Thanks so much to all who came and made her day that much more special.  We are all so blessed!!

Vendors:

Cupcake Social - nonpareils, cupcake liners (mini & standard)
Love to Party - rainbow candles
Little Yume - paper straws
AOC Welding Supply - amazingly priced helium for my oversized balloons!
Factory Direct Party - small cups and spoons (Jello)
American Balloon Factory - 36" balloons (great prices!)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Back to School!

I know it is getting late for back to school, but the Muegge house is just gearing up! Reagan doesn't go back to school until after Labor Day so we have a ways to go yet. I've only shopped for jeans (when Old Navy had their kids jeans for $10) and that's about it! Hopefully this week I'll get to that!! So, I may be bringing you these ideas a little late... but better late than never, right?! ;)

Today I'm going to feature some fabulous parties first and then give you some great ideas for your teachers. Later this week I'm going to do a feature on cute things for your children from Back to School organization ideas to lunch note ideas and more!

We'll start with this great Back to School soiree that Kim, over at the amazing TomKat Studio, styled for Pottery Barn Kids *do you hear the angels singing?!*

see the full party here

Kim used her own printables and created this gorgeous Back to School themed party for a Pottry Barn Kids event. I LOVE her printables, for sale here, and all the apples. For me, teacher=apple... just a connection that is always in my mind :0)


Here is another very colorfull and fun filled party from Love the Day

see the full party here

Lindi over at Love the Day featured this great party by her friend Jane. It is so cute, colorful and fun - and the printable are on sale here. I love all the bright colors and that she provided food for the moms and the kids. Great party!


And this party from Dukes and Duchesses is spot on! Adorable for kiddos just starting school - and full of great details!

see the full party here

Randi from Dukes and Duchesses created this fab party for her little ones playgroup, which had 5 kiddos starting school! She made this party cute and financially reasonable - using supplies from the dollar store and every day things to make a big impact. I LOVE the looseleaf paper garland and the writing line water bottle labels. She used printables from The Girls at Eighteen 25, found here (did I mention they are FREE?!), and had an adorable donut eating activity.


Need some ideas for your new teacher(s)?

Have you seen these unbelievably cute crayon monograms?!

see more about this project here

I've seen many of these lately but I LOVE this one from Emily at Creative Holiday Gift Ideas!! She used a great Pea font from Kevin and Amanda and I love the shadow box effect.


Hello cuteness...

see the full project here

How presh is this handmade set of notecards for your child's teacher?? Michele with I Stamped That offers the complete kit to make this adorable gift for $11 + shipping and handling. Amazing deal!! If you have the items at home but need some instructions, she also offers a tutorial for $3.95 + handling fees. Ca-yute!


Now this you can do for the whole school, not just one teacher!! You can make these for the nurse, the principal, the registrar... guaranteed brownie points! ;)

see full project here

The fabulous Amanda with Shindig Parties to Go (whom I often feature because I LOVE her!) created a wonderful tutorial for making these great Oreo pops. The leaves are made from Air Heads! And how adorable is that pencil covered vase?! Um yeah, I'm swooning.


Another great crayon project.... I made one of these myself!

see full project here

I am IN LOVE with these... absolutely in love! I just made one myself, but I didn't make a tutorial for it :/ I should have! I really love this one from Evonne of The Ballard Bunch. The red gingham fabric and the flowers are really perfect for this project. Although, if she actually leaves this on her door she must not live anywhere near me... this Central Texas heat is over 100­ degrees each and every day. Can we say, melted?!

So, stay tuned for more great Back to School ideas later this week - I have great things coming your way!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Obsession alert: Baker's Twine

I always have a new obsession... this one has been lingering for a while and really taking center stage as I find new ways to use it! I really think this will be all over Christmas this year... just sayin'... get ready!!

There are a few different companies that produce Baker's Twine but I *personally* think the best twine on the market comes from Divine Twine and The Twinery. *note* I have not been paid or given any items to promote this company, this is just my personal, unbiased opinion! They have the best colors and color selections and man, do they have a lot of colors!!





Here are a few really adorable ways to use Baker's Twine.

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What is not to love about each of these adorable twine ideas?! I think twine offers a clean and simplistic approach to decor. It is just the right pop of color but on a small scale. Perfection!

The gorgeous place setting is from a Safari Luxe Baby Shower featured on Hostess with the Mostess.

Loving the rainbow colored packaging directly from The Twinery Blog!

How adorbs is that lemon bread loaf?! Oh and man it looks delicious! It reminds me of my great grandmother and I would love to have been able to package up an adorable loaf with beautiful twine and deliver it straight to her! Only if Heaven wasn't so far away... I would! :0) You can find the recipe for this cute loaf at Glorious Treats.

Who doesn't love a pom pom? Well, OK, I'm sure some people don't... but I'm obsessed with any kind of little puffy ball! Whether it is tulle, tissue... or now, twine! So many adorable ways to use these little puffs of twine magic! You can find this little tutorial along with some ideas on how to use them on Martha Stewart.

Lollipops are HUGE right now! And with good cause... they are so precious! This Thank You card by J. Day Designs is whimsical and unique!

I am pretty much obsessed with anything they feature over at Garnish - but this might take the cake, er, I mean, sandwich! This is from Amanda at The Cilantropist. Adorable and she even gives you some assembly tips! These are on my to do list, for sure!

Do you use Baker's Twine for anything particular? Share with me!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Top 10 Party Must Haves (Party Trends)

Here are some party items I am currently totally obsessed with!

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These aren't necessarily a new trend, and I've seen some party pro's suggest that these are or should be on their way out of the party scene... but, as usual I'm always a little late on the uptake and just finding these and I LOVE them!! Now beware... if you've never placed a paper straw between your lips, it does feel funny at first!

There are many shapes and sizes of paper lanterns floating around out there today - and I love them all! I've even seen many tutorials on how to make them yourself (not this particular version though). I love the fact that you can hang these and party or you can light them as well - which is GORGEOUS!

Yep... I said 3 FOOT!!! They are large and in charge, that's fur sure! But boy what a beautiful popping presence they have! Although as I am quickly learning, they may not be so practical for every party, at least not in mass quantities. Each balloon ranges between $5 and $8 and with helium becoming one of the most expensive gases in America... inflating the large guys can get pricey. But I think they are SO worth it!

These have been around forever... I remember making them in class in elementary school. But they are coming back and the are here with a bang! They can be found in almost every party picture you see and since you can make them in every color or scheme imaginable they fit in well from birthday parties, to baby showers to weddings. Beautiful, playful, dainty and bold all at once.

This is a huge hit right now... I actually just had this conversation with Kyle... I'm not sure if they were becoming a huge hit before but they definitely have hit the party scene running with the large popularity of Milk & Cookies parties. These are so neat, look great with those paper straws and give a wonderful presentation!

Bye bye paper birthday banners, hello fabric bunting! Well, paper banners aren't totally gone... but these guys sure have taken over! You get amazing textures, patterns and colors and many times you can make them no-sew! Oh and shapes... you can have pennant shaped, scalloped, square... so pretty!

Again, these really have been around forever and they went from party drab to party fab overnight! I think the key to their reappearance is how they are hung - with the right grouping of colors and sizes, you can create a gorgeous cascade of dainty tissue in a bold arrangement.

What an excellent DIY - so many great resources for ideas on how to make these adorable cupcake stands. Many use items you see everyday from wood circles to old candlesticks... slap on some paint and ribbon and viola! Tiny cupcake stands!! Love the professionalization too...

How adorable are those?! Gable boxes are a huge party favor holder these days. And they come in so many colors and some prints - and so easy to personalize. You can add tags, letters, ribbons... anything to make these your own personal party perfection!

These great hats are making their way past 1st birthdays... and with this amazingly simple fabric hat tutorial you can make one for very guest! Such an eye drawing detail and I'd bet they'd make for one happy party kid!

I hope you love these as much as I do!!! Party on my friends... party on...! :0)

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