Monday, July 28, 2014

Cascade Lake- Daycare Field Trip Day!

Last week Parker's daycare had a summer field trip to Cascade Lake.  I was happy to be able to go with them.  The kids had THE BEST TIME.  Since becoming a mom I have really been trying ti find fun things to do with her.  I am not from the area, so I really have to seek things out.  In a mom group a gal shared a newsletter that comes out weekly sharing things to do in the Baltimore/DCish area every week.  You can see the calendar of events HERE and sign up for the emails.  I highly recommended it!  

Alright!  So Cascade Lake is located in Hampstead.  It took around an hour to get there from Baltimore.  It was an easy drive and easy enough to find.  The cost to get in is roughly in line with other attractions around the state.  They have the lake, tons of picnic tables with small grills, a small beach and board walk before the water, a driving platform, 3 slides, paddle boats and more.  It really was a great find.  The kids loved the lake.  LOVED. I am only going to share mostly Parkers photos and a couple of my girlfriends kids because I don't know how the parents would feel about their kids on the blog and that is A OK! We had 8 kids in tow and 3 adults.  

For the bigger kids the slides were by far the big hit of the day.  For the was the SPLASH PAD.  They are hard to come by in Maryland believe it or not! 

The splash pad was super nice and was located right by the food and snow ball stand.  The food was dogs, corn dogs, fries etc.  It wasn't super expensive either! 

Highly recommend Cascade Lake.  We will be going back before summers end for sure! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

As you Wish - Let's be Explorers

Hi gang, I have another Fancy Pants layout for you this week.  This time using As You Wish.  This collection is just totes adorable.  I really love all the collections by Fancy Pants lately and their new lines upcoming are amazing as well.  Stop by the Thermoweb blog to check out the creations by all the girls.  Also below is a code for Paper Issues.  There is a HUGE sale! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Happy Days are Here! A Mini Album Tutorial - My Creative Scrapbook

HI everyone  I am going to be showing how I built the base of my mini album using the July Main kit for My Creative Scrapbook. I make a lot of mini albums, so I have a streamlined process.  I tend to keep them to 6 pages, 5 to 10 photos and I keep the embellishments very similar in placement or alternate 2 or 3 designs.  I knew I wanted to make a mini as soon as I saw the kit.  Kits make me nervous though! I am always worried about spreading my embellishments around.  Thankfully there were full and fabulous embellishments in this kit.  I went ahead and created my layouts and made the mini last!  That way I knew I could throw everything I wanted to on it. 

To start I trimmed down the wood grain paper to 4x6, 1 sheet- 6 pages.  I then lined the back of each with another piece of paper from the kit to bulk it up.  I took my 2 3/4" circle punch and punched away.

Once I had my shapes cut out I lined the backside with pop dots.  You could also use kids craft foam to make them have some depth.  Or you can skip this step if you like! 

I printed out 5 photos, each at 4x4 square.  I chose them based on where they would line up within my circle.  I attached each photo to the pop dots and then covered the backside with yet another piece of paper.  This time cardstock to save my pretty pattern paper.

I repeated the process for all pages and then punched my holes out with the crop-a-dile.  Next up was actually making them all pretty. I kept all the embellishments tucked just under the circles along with strips along the bottoms.  I used the Gardens pattern paper a lot to create other embellishments to add in.  I really love how it came together.  I hope you enjoyed and incorporate some of these ideas in your next project!

I wanted to share with you what I had left of the kit after the mini album.  I think this kit was pretty awesome and I got a lot of projects and used a ton/almost all of it!  I probably could have squeezed out another layout easy.  Hope you enjoyed the projects this month.  I had a great time making them.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Say Cheese with Maya Road and Paper Issues

Paper Issues has a new link party that started yesterday and it features Maya Road!  If you have been around awhile you will have seen some of these projects in the past, but I figured this would be a great time to take a trip down memory lane and share some projects in hopes to spark some inspiration for you!  You can stop by the PI blog and link up to win a prize pack from Maya Road