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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Recycle Reduce Reuse!

So as some of you know I LOVE MINI ALBUMS! I love everything about them! The chunkiness. The detail. the interaction....all of it! So, I have  planned out a huge mini album project for gifts this year (family members, don't pay any attention to that!) At the same time I an very big in recycling. I have seen many videos on YouTube about making mini albums with recycled products ranging from toilet paper tubes to making your own paper from plastic grocery bags. So I have decided to combine the two! I saved all the useful packaging from my son's birthday presents, a bunch of soda pop tops,  some TP tubes and what not.  And with the start of this collection I have made a pretty huge pile. I today I decided to sit down and start breaking everything down into use able parts. Here I am, sitting on the living room floor with a pile of boxes on one side of me, a pile of pieces on the other side and The Cooking Network going. And then it hits me (thanks to Hubby). With the way some of the boxes are designed you get an instant mini book binding with a little trimming! So I am in the process of putting together a mini album multi-part tutorial series for my blog and YouTube on how to design a mini album like this. I will luckily have many examples to show because of the list of mini albums I want to make. Lots of trial and error will be happening this week :)

Happy Crafting!

Birthday party crazyness!

Ladies and gentleman,
I am pleased to inform you that I survived two 2 yo birthday parties in less then a week! Yes, 2! My youngster's was first. I made ALL the decorations and party favors myself! They came out super cute too. Don;t know if I will be doing any more Cho cho trains any time soon but it was awesome! On top of making the decor I made the cake and potato salad. Party was awesome. Hit a couple road bumps but it was perfect. Kids had a blast.

The second was my niece's party 6 days later. In that 6 days I knit 2 of Rebecca Danger's  monsters from her book "The Big Book of Knitted Monsters"! Yes, 2! One for my son, one for my niece. And they came out pretty stinking adorable! Both kiddos love them! Planning on making 3 more for birhtdays this year. I love her knitting patters. They are so easy to follow and make.