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Monday, February 12, 2018

Family Photo Book for Toddlers


My nephew Kellan, who will be 2 years old in March, loves seeing pictures of his family, so I decided to make him a family photo book of his own for Christmas!

I visualized a brightly colored book - just like other kids books.  So I researched the idea of "green screen".  I use Corel Paint Shop Pro and I found a tutorial about using the "color changing tool" - instructions.  



Then I planned ahead and bought some green poster board at Dollar Tree.  When all my family was at my house for Thanksgiving Eve, I took a picture of each of them in front of the green poster board.  Then I wrote out my plan for the color layout of the book.


In the editing software I cropped to square (since I knew I wanted an 8x8 book) and changed the color of each picture.  
Kellan


Hadley


Henry



Lance


Me (Lyndi)


Josh


Gia



For the inside layout, I put each picture on a page by itself and on the opposite page, I put the name of each person.





The finished product was so fun and colorful and the perfect size for a toddler.  Kellan loved it!



Monday, February 5, 2018

Unicorn Face Wall


I wanted to share a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making a unicorn face wall, because when I made this one, I had a lot of questions that I couldn't find answered by people who had created them.  I used this tutorial by The Sway and their free templates to make my flowers and this tutoria by Ash and Crafts for the leaves.TIP #1: YES, you need 9 sheets of 8.5x11 cardstock for each flower. That includes the petals and the centers.  If you want to make your centers a different color, you would need 16 sheets of the petal color and 2 sheets of the center color.  




Each leaf is made from a half sheet of cardstock, so decide how many leaves you want.  I freehanded the ears.  I couldn't find an eyelash template, so I created one, which I'll share with you below.  I cut it out of 8.5x11 black cardstock and then put it together with glue dots.  


For the unicorn horn, I considered several different materials, but ended up using gold posterboard found at Hobby Lobby.  So a final materials list (if you are creating the exact same thing I had) is:

18 pieces of light pink 8.5x11 cardstock 
9 pieces darker pink 8.5x11 cardstock
3 pieces green 8.5x11 cardstock
2 pieces black 8.5x11 cardstock
1 piece white 8.5x11 cardstock
1 piece lightest pink 8.5x11 cardstock
1 gold posterboard


TIP #2: HOW TO HANG THE PAPER FLOWERS.  I was going to a venue that I had never even seen before and I would only have 30 minutes to get everything for the party set up.  So I knew I needed to plan ahead how I would hang the flowers, which are really large and really fragile.  So here's what I did.  I got out my drill and a small drill bit and drilled through the center part in the back.  Then I put a floral wire through the holes and twisted it pretty tight to make a hanging loop.  Then I bought command hooks (since it's a venue, I knew I couldn't use nails or tacks).  I don't think it's a perfect method, because as you can see, the center flower leaned forward more than I wanted, but it was the best I could come up with.  


I loved how it turned out - it was the perfect focal point for a 6 year old unicorn birthday party!!





Monday, January 22, 2018

Pastel Rainbow Unicorn Pretzel Rods - Perfect Unicorn Party Favors


I saw a picture of these on Pinterest and I loved them so much!!  I had never worked with candy melt before but I gathered all the recommended supplies and it went very smoothly.  

Supply List:
Pretzel Rods
Bright White Candy Melts (I used two packages - 24 oz.)
Wilton Garden Candy Color Set (pink, green and violet used)
Wilton Gold Stars Edible Accents
Wilton Primary Candy Colors Set (orange, yellow and blue used)
Tall Dipping Containers
Disposable Candy Piping Bags
toothpicks
small mixing bowls
parchment paper






Using one of the disposable "tall" containers, I melted one package of plain white candy melts in the microwave, following the package instructions.


Then I put them in the fridge to harden.  I tried putting them on a cooling rack and directly on parchment paper and they turned out about the same.


I divided the other package of bright white candy melts equally into 6 small microwavable containers.  Then I melted them following package instructions, one at a time and then added drops of candy coloring with a toothpick.  I started with one drop, but almost all the colors, even though I wanted pastel colors, I used quite a few drops.  After I piped each color on, I sprinkled the gold star sprinkles on.


For the purple, I used the violet color and added 1 drop of blue to get the color I wanted.

Pink

Orange (peachy color)

Yellow

Green

It was pretty easy to use the disposable bags.  You just add the colored candy to the bags and cut the tops off.  Then you can throw them away after use.

Blue



I LOVED how pretty and rainbow and pastel and starry they turned out!! (So I took plenty of pictures! LOL)








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