Hello, long lost friends!  I’m sorry for my absence, we’ve been having some sleep issues (more than usual) around here lately and so that has become priority number one (over blogging???  yes, unfortunately).  I’m not sure if it’s the dreaded 18 month sleep regression a few months too early, the allergies brought on by the recent nice weather or the teething that has been around for months (without actually producing any teeth that I can find), but we (my son and subsequently me) have had a very difficult time sleeping.

But, never fear, I have returned to show you some cool projects I made with my Silhouette Cameo for Mother’s Day (I also made all of my cards this year but forgot to photograph them before giving them out).

DIY Personalized Garden Sign

Garden Sign

My in-laws just expanded their backyard patio.  My husband wanted to put together a lighting fixture for his mom since she loves to spend time out there.  Initially, he designed a cool wood post with multiple hangers for the lanterns he picked out (from Pier One Imports) but then yesterday morning (while we were looking for my Mother’s Day present), we saw this hanging flower basket holder (at Home Depot) that he thought would work better since she could move it around.

Hanging Lanterns with signs

Initially, I was going to put some vinyl lettering and a leaf design on the wood post (hence the title you saw if you’re joining me from another Silhouette Challenge participant) but obviously that wouldn’t work for this arrangement.  I decided to take the lettering and put it down a scrap piece of wood instead.   My husband drilled some holes at the top and I strung it with some twine.

It doesn’t make much sense for me to share the cut file  for this sign since there are probably other last names you would want on it.  I used Old Newspaper Types font (found on fontspace.com for free) for the name and Playball font (also from fontspace.com for free) for the “the”.  I used Silhouette Premium vinyl but had a hard time getting it to stick well to the wood (I have no idea why) so I covered the whole front of the sign in Mod Podge to keep it together.

Grandma Book

 Grandma Book

What do you get for the woman who has everything?  A special gift from her two grandsons.   As I was searching for Mother’s Day gifts, I saw this awesome post by Kelly over at Finding Time to Create.  She does a fabulous job describing how to make the book (you really have to check out her blog, she has awesome projects and she even describes how to make them if you don’t have a Silhouette) so I won’t go through all of that but I took a little creative license with it to make it special for my mom.

Grandma Book

First off, when my family got together Saturday to celebrate I had already cut out the letters and my son and nephew went to town with some finger paints.  They weren’t quite sure what they were doing at first but it was fun to watch.

finger painting cousins

Clean up was fun too!

We got some messy handprints on two of the pages to remember this stage (yes they are ten months and one day apart).  Next time, we’ll paint their hands instead of using the dip method (we did some butterfly footprints that worked much better that way).

Handprint pages

I glued the white painted pages to some heavier cardstock (frozen pizza box, can’t believe my Silhouette cut that).

book pages

I tied the pages together and added some adhesive cardstock to the back.  I’m also going to include a picture of them painting in the book to make it an extra special keepsake.

back cover

 Free Cut File

Kelly provides the free files on her site (including PDFs in case you want to make this album without a Silhouette, cool huh?!?).  I’m adding mine to my Box.com account to share with you.  I don’t have a binding machine so I added small holes to the side of the book so I could string it together.

Silhouette Challenge

Silhouette Challenge banner

I did this project as part of the Silhouette Challenge (special thanks to Lauren over at The Thinking Closet for the awesome opportunity).

Please check out all of the fabulous projects the Silhouette Challenge bloggers have made this month (they are a bunch of super talented ladies).   If you are interested in joining us for next month, email Lauren and she’ll get you all set up.

Spring Hoop Home Decor - Daily Dwelling

I Heart Labels: Flour & Sugar Jar Edition - The Thinking Closet

Bleeding Heart Card with Free Flower Download - Creative Turn

A Numbers Game – Learning Numbers with Your Preschooler - Lil Mrs. Tori

My First Silhouette Challenge Group Project - Tanya’s Creative Space

Girly Superhero Decor - Coley’s Corner

“A Cup of Tea” Customizable Art Printable - Tried & True

The Lady in Hat “Thinking of You” Card - An Elegant Touch


12 Responses to Personalized Garden Sign & Grandma Book (Silhouette Mother’s Day Presents)

  1. Look at you and your nifty box.com widget! I never even knew we could share that…will definitely need to look into that for the future.

    Annnnnnd, you really outdid yourself on this one with not one amazing project, but TWO! Love that personalized sign…it actually really looks like it belongs on the hanging flower basket holder. And nice tip about covering it in some Mod Podge first to get the letters to stick. Genius.

    Also…how sweet is that Grandma book?! I have never seen anything like it before, so thanks for the link to the original tutorial and cut files. And I love how resourceful you were in using an old pizza box for the letters (suppose it’s a lot like chipboard!). The colorful back cover is my favorite part. I know your Mom will just treasure this gift…and now you’ve got great memories of a messy Saturday complete with fingerpainting and sprinkler time to treasure, as well!

    The Thinking Closet

    • Thanks for the kind words, Lauren!
      I didn’t want to leave out either of my mom’s gifts and since I used the Silhouette for both of them (and everything else these days), I figured they fit the bill. I’m glad you like them. I’m really happy with how both projects turned out.
      I love the labels you made. The Silhouette makes such an awesome label maker ;)
      The box.com widget was surprisingly easy. I don’t know why I hadn’t put it in before.

  2. Laura says:

    I am totally ga-ga over that post with lanterns! I saw those exact holders at Home Depot yesterday when I was there buying flowers and I LOVE the idea of hanging lanterns from them. What a warm welcome that would be to a home!

    • Thanks, Laura! I was really impressed with my husband’s lantern choice (I can’t take credit for those) and the post and sign are really just accessories to those fabulous lanterns. It does cozy up their patio, for sure!

  3. The Name Post and lanterns is a Lovely addition for their garden! Simply Classy! The Name Book is a terrific idea for ‘Little Ones’ giving – (getting them creating young!) – and will be cherished by Grandma! Great projects! (I use Pizza boxes for projects all the time – My Perpetual Calendar got a lot of comments from those who saw it –
    http://aneleganttouch-lynden.blogspot.com/2012/09/weve-got-your-number.html )

    Lynden ;-}


    • Thanks, Lynden. I should have known you’d have been crafy enough to use pizza boxes for other projects. I’m definitely starting the babies into craftiness as soon as possible.

  4. Lynne N says:

    This is really sweet. I’m going to have to try this.

  5. Awesome! Adorable! Amazing!
    And Happy Mother’s Day!

  6. Cecile hemphill says:

    Thanks Beth and Seth I love it, can’t wait to light the candles!