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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
I glued the white painted pages to some heavier cardstock (frozen pizza box, can’t believe my Silhouette cut that).
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.
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.
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
About MeHey! I'm Beth. Welcome to Whole New Leaf! Thanks for visiting! My goal this year is to live a happier, more organized and healthier life. Please check out my blog to follow my journey and projects.
- How to be Productive with a Toddler Around (Chores) July 30, 2013
- Where Have I Been? What Have I Been Doing? (Catching Up) July 23, 2013
- Chicken & Veggie Bake (Whole Foods) June 14, 2013
- Using My Silhouette In The Shower (Bathroom Organization) June 10, 2013
- Couch to 5k – My First 5k and Printable June 7, 2013