Tuesday, January 28, 2014

14 Days of Valentines with Printable 3x4 Project Life Cards

I started a Valentine's Day tradition a couple years ago at my house that is a lot of fun... It's the 14 Days of Valentines. Every morning in February starting the 1st until the 14th, I leave a love note with a treat/gift for my husband and each of my kids to find when they wake up. It has been a really fun way to show my family just how much I love them during the season of LOVE! 

This year as I was planning my 14 days of Valentines I had a great idea- I thought it would be fun to keep each of the love notes I write my kids and put them in our Project Life scrapbook album. So, I decided to make my own printable 3x4 Project Life cards to write my notes on. I printed mine at Kinkos/Fedex on white cardstock and they turned out great.
Each card says "Just one of the many reasons I love you so much" with a few lines to write a sentence or two of why I love that child so much.  

I have had a lot of luck finding inexpensive treats and gifts in the dollar section of Target and also the dollar store. I even found these darling mini mailboxes at Target for $1 and they work perfect for the notes and smaller gifts/treats. I try to keep it to $1 per kid, per day {so I don't go broke!}. Some of the things they are getting this year with their love notes are: coloring books, markers, crayons, silly putty, valentine window clings, lip balm, valentines treats, etc. 
The notes fit perfectly in the vertical 3x4 inch slots of the Project Life photo pocket pages.
 I designed my cards to coordinate with the Project Life Love Themed Cards so that I could alternate writing on different cards to create my Project Life layout... It looks so cute put together! 

I am so excited to start our family's 14 days of Valentines this year with these cute love notes!

 I am sharing the printable tags with y'all so you can let the special people in your life the reasons you love them too!
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Happy Valentines Day Planning!!!
xoxo, Ashley

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Star Wars Messenger Bags

Since I don't have any boys (yet), I rarely sew with "boy" fabric. Last summer I wanted to make something that would be "cool" enough for my 2 darling nephews to use. Since I was making all of my nieces Oliver + S Messenger Bags, I thought I would make some for my nephews too.

 They are lovers of all things Star Wars... So I went in search of the "coolest" Star Wars fabric I could find. For my oldest nephew, I wanted to get something that wasn't too over the top... He just turned 12 and I wanted something that had the Star Wars vibe but was a little more grown up looking. I came across this fabric. I loved it!
 He is also learning to play the guitar so I knew that some Michael Miller Groovy Guitar fabric was in order for the lining. I trimmed it all in a light grey solid and used some Michael Miller Huevos Dot in Stone for the strap. I really love the way it turned out!

For my youngest nephew I went with a fabric that definitely screamed Star Wars. I found this fabric at Joann's. I loved that it was navy (my favorite color). Even though it is definitely a Star Wars looking fabric, I felt like it was a bit classier since it was only navy and white (instead of a bunch of bright colors like most other Star Wars fabrics are).
 I lined the bag with Riley Blake Medium Chevron in Navy. Then I trimmed in a solid navy and used the navy for the strap too.
I really like how this one turned out. It was a lot of fun working with some boy fabric for a change! :)

Happy Sewing!!
xoxo, Ashley

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Heather Bailey Messenger Bag

Happy New Years everyone! I hope you all had a happy holiday season!! I spent the last 6 weeks with family in Utah... It was a total blast!

I am home now and just trying to get back into my groove! It's been about 2 months since I touched my sewing machine and I am just itching to get working on a project!! In the meantime I thought I would share some projects that I never got around to sharing last year... Some messenger bags I made for my nieces and nephews.

When I made my first Oliver + S Messenger bag I fell in love with the pattern. I found the patter in the Oliver + S Little Things to Sew book. It is done so well and I just love making it. (I think I could make it in my sleep after making it 9 times now! ha ha)
  This is the version that I made for two of my nieces. The small version of the pattern works great for toddlers and the large version of the pattern works great for bigger kids.

Check back for the other versions I made of this bag... I will share them later this week! 
Happy Sewing! 
xoxo, Ashley