Saturday, December 7, 2013

Large Format Scrapbook Pages

I've been wanting to try some large format photos in my scrapbooks for awhile. I was finally able to try it! I've had the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 Inkjet printer for a few years now, and I absolutely love it. I purchased it because you can print large format photos, but I never purchased the actual photo paper to use it in this manner. I finally took the plunge, and am so glad I did.

I purchased Epson's Premium Photo Paper Glossy in 11x14 inches, which is perfect for 12x12 scrapbooking. I printed several of my favorite photos since Addie was born, in 7x12 inches.


Me & You:


 I used several of my Studio Calico kits for these pages. Hope you can find some inspiration from them.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Elegant Paper Lantern Garden Party Invitations

Although fall is here and winter is fast approaching, it's not too late to host an outdoor garden party before the cold weather comes in. And what garden party would be complete without some paper lanterns hanging from tree branches or beneath a large tent? I love the soft glow paper lanterns give when the sun goes down.

These white and pink lanterns from ShipFromUSA (made in California!) would look lovely hanging in your backyard to celebrate an anniversary, engagement, rehearsal dinner, baby shower, etc. 

rustic outdoor wedding

I also love these smaller versions from cottonlight on Etsy. I may have to buy some for our backyard...although I may need some outdoor furniture first!  ;)

hanging twinkle lights

Whether you're celebrating a 50th anniversary party or a bridal shower, these paper lantern invitations have just the touch of elegance your even needs. I now offer my hanging lantern design in 1) charcoal grey and white, 2) black and white, and 3) beige linen and white. The linen design has more of a rustic, burlap look. The names and ampersand can be customized to fit the color scheme of your event - the combination possibilities are endless! You can find these invitations, and others, in my Etsy shop

hanging paper lantern invitation

hanging paper lantern invitation

elegant paper lantern invitation

black and white paper lantern invitation

garden party invitation

rustic garden party invitation

linen garden party invitation

burlap paper lantern party invitation

To top it off, how perfect are these lotus lantern favors? Love the blush colors! You can find them on Esty at angelinapaloma.

origami lotus lantern party favors

garden party paper lanterns

I hope you have time to squeeze in a garden party before winter strikes! Let me know if you're interested in a custom invitation design for your next event! 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Birdcages, Birds, Chevron Custom Photo Birthday Party Invitation with Matching Thank You Cards and Party Circles

The birdcage line is one of the most popular in my shop. Until now, I've only offered them for bridal showers and baby showers. Since they are perfect for a shabby chic birthday party for a little girl, I decided to create a design for a printable photo invitation. These have a chevron design in teal blue, green, dark or light pink, or grey/silver. It also features the popular bird and birdcage design, with flowers.

Thanks to my little niece for the adorable photo!  ;)

These could also be customized for a christening or baptism.

chevron birdcage photo birthday invitation

chevron birdcage photo birthday invitation

chevron birdcage photo birthday invitation

I also offer matching printable party circles, which you can use to create your own cupcake toppers, stickers for party favors (would work great on boxes or bags, or even placed in the center of a large lollipop), favor tags with ribbon strung through them, or even as napkin rings. All you need is scissors or a circle punch. You could also use a scalloped punch to give them a more decorative edge. These are customized for your event, and can include your little one's name, age, birthdate, etc.

custom birdcage birthday party circles

For stickers, simply print these on sticker paper found at most office supply stores, then trim around the edges for square stickers, or punch them out using a circle punch. For cupcake toppers, use a hot glue gun to glue the party circles to a small lollipop stick that you can find at most craft stores. For napkin rings, simply cut strips of cardstock (in matching colors) in about 1 inch by 6 inch strips, glue the party circle to the center, wrap around a napkin, and adhere the edges to one another. 

If you're looking for matching birdcage party favors, these small white birdcage candy boxes would be perfect! I can picture a candy table with glass apothecary jars filled with various colored candies, and letting your guests pick their own to fill these little birdcage favors from sweetywedding. You can attach the party circles as tags using some ribbon. The text can be customized to thank your guests for sharing in your little one's special day.

birdcage candy birthday party favors

As for your little girl's birthday outfit, how could you pass up this adorable ensemble? I absolutely love the the veil! You can find this vintage pink rose petti romper on Etsy from ItsaGirlThingetc.

vintage rose birthday petti romper

After the party, don't forget to thank your guests in style using the matching thank you cards from my shop! I offer both folded and flat thank you cards, in the same teal, pink, and green color scheme. They can be customized with your daughter's name or a simple "Thank You".

birdcage folded thank you card

birdcage folded thank you card
Folded Card

flat birdcage thank you card
Flat Card

birdcage thank you card
Flat Card

flat birdcage thank you card

Each of these thank you card designs are available with any of the following chevron or floral background designs:

custom chevron birdcage thank you card

As always, you can find these digital invitations, thank you cards, and printable party circles in my Etsy shop, SilverScraps.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Peach and Teal Mason Jar Invitations and Thank You Cards

Peach with green - whether it's mint or teal - seems to be all the rage these days. So I decided to do a line of my popular mason jar invitations in a peach and teal color scheme. I love the way these look. They're dainty enough for a shabby chic wedding or rehearsal dinner, while also being modern enough for a unisex baby shower. They give off a rustic, garden party vibe that I love. These are perfect for an outdoor barbeque or get together, and you could even hang mason jars from the branches of trees in your backyard.

These wire mason jar hangers from TheCherryGrove on Etsy would be the perfect decorations for your next bridal or baby shower, engagement or anniversary party, or outdoor barbeque. I absolutely love the picture shown with the low glow of the mason jars!

Mason jar centerpieces in peach and blue from TheRocheShop on Etsy would top off the look!

I offer the peach and teal mason jar invitations with linen or cardboard backgrounds. The kraft brown background gives it a nice rustic feel.

I also have some flat thank you cards that match this design.

For those of you who love chevron as much as I do, I also offer folded thank you cards with a chevron background.

You can find all of these designs in my Etsy shop. Let me know if you're interested in a variation of this design, or a custom invitation. Now I need to plan my own outdoor garden party so I can hang up some mason jars!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Adelaide's Fourth Week

Adelaide's fourth week was relatively uneventful. Lots of eating and sleeping....and of course dirty diapers!  ;)  She had an appointment with the pediatrician on the 18th to check her weight. After her hospital stay, her weight gain became a concern since she still hadn't reached her birth weight. Unfortunately on the 18th, at 3.5 weeks old, she still hadn't quite reached her birth weight of 8 lbs 10 ounces. She was getting closer though at 8 lbs 8 ounces. Although our pediatrician indicated she was gaining enough weight and that I could continue to breastfeed her as I had been, Justin and I decided to start supplementing with formula. After only a few days I could tell she was thriving more. She wasn't hungry all the time, and appeared more satiated after feedings. I could also tell she was gaining more weight....when she's heavier she's a bit harder to carry.  ;)  Although I was hoping I wouldn't have to use any formula for the first six months, I know it's what she needed. And this way Justin can help feed her.

We're still catching a few smiles. Some of them seem like they're in response to us...other may just be from gas.  ;)

She's eating about 2-3 ounces per feeding at this point. Love the piggy drunk look....

Addie sleeps most of the day at this point. Luckily she's not much of a crier. She only cries when she's hungry or needs a diaper change. There are the rare occasions when she's fussy and just wants one of us to hold to her. Overall though, she's an amazing baby.

When we go out, she's an angel. She falls asleep in the car seat when we start driving, and often doesn't wake up for hours. We could be at the nosiest restaurant, and she's still fast asleep. She's even slept through a fire engine passing by on the street. I know other parents tell you to go out to dinner when you're pregnant because you won't have that opportunity with a newborn, but we've been extremely lucky with Addie. We've been out numerous times, and even made a shopping trip to the outlet mall for a few hours, and she's been great each time. I'm guessing this means our next one won't be so easy! ;)

She's already a Target girl!

Perhaps she's always so calm because she meditates at home...

Whatever the reason, one thing is for sure.....she is extremely loved by her mommy and daddy. We can't get enough of her. She's so snuggable and kissable! We just want to squeeze her (but not too hard!).  ;)

I'll leave you today with one of my favorite videos of Addie. Love the little sounds she makes, and when she purses her lips like a turtle. So cute  :)