DIY Kids Birthday Party Favors

Happy Monday! Hoping your weekend was wonderful.

As I mentioned on Friday, our nephew turns three tomorrow!

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I met little Thomas when he was just over a year old, and watching him grow – especially in personality – has been really special.

For his big third birthday party, my sister-in-law put together a Thomas the Train-themed party that was held on Saturday. I put myself on party favor duty to help out. A friend of mine did something similar to this favor for her son’s class valentines this year, and I thought the idea was just adorable. With a few modifications, I came up with my own!

BE paperie kid birthday party favors

Putting these together couldn’t have been easier.

DIY Kids Birthday Party Favors

What You’ll Need:

  • Photoshop or Pic Lab HD app (see below for instructions)
  • Photo paper (either at home or at your local printing store)
  • Hole punch
  • Lollipops/Sucker candies (any candy with a stick, really)
  • Scotch tape
  • Your camera

Step One: Based on the party theme in mind, take a photo of your child (or overgrown child, as the case may have it) holding his or her hand out or up, as Thomas is doing in the photo above. It’s important that the pose is done in such a way that it looks as if he or she is holding something. If you can, putting the little guy or girl in a corresponding outfit is perfect! Thomas is wearing his train hat here.

Step Two: Using Photoshop, plug in some text for the Thank You note. I kept my text in line with the Thomas the Train party. Tip: If you don’t have Photoshop, the iPhone app PicLab HD is a great download and will overlay text in this fashion for you. And it’s a bargain at only $1.99! Once you download, simply plug in a couple of quick text boxes and arrange them over your photo as you like. You can even choose custom fonts.

Step Three: Save your photo as a JPG file and send it off to a printer. My quick go-to is always Office Max. I recommend asking them to print your photo on a gloss paper with a matte back (12 point gloss is great). My photo is a 4 x 6 inch print.

Step Four: Using a hole punch, punch a hole through the space where your child’s hand is in the photo (I realize this sounds really weird, but there’s just no better way to phrase this one!).

Step Five: Put the stick side of a lollipop/sucker candy through the hole you just punched so that the candy side is touching the side on which your photo appears and the stick is touching the matte side of the photo.

Step Six: Using Scotch tape, secure your lollipop to the back matte side of the photo, and you’re set!

The favors seemed to be a hit, and I hope they will be for you, too!

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DIY Valentine’s Day Card

Happy day before Valentine’s Day!

I feel like I’ve spent so much time making cards for the shop that I just started thinking about my card for Brett last week! I have a couple of options on tap for what I’ll actually give him, but I ran across this card idea on Pinterest this past week and had to whip one up really quickly.

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Super easy, right? All you need is a piece of cardstock, a match book with all but two of the matches removed, hot glue to affix your matchbook, a roll of fun washi tape and a pen!

P.S. I’m loving the wood backdrop this photo and some of my listing photos! Brett built me a mini photo stage this past weekend, and I can’t get enough of it… but more on that in a future post.

Do you have any big plans for the holiday? Brett and I aren’t normally much for Valentine’s Day, but since it’s on a Friday this year and it’s our first one to celebrate as a married couple, we decided to make some plans. Brett is in charge, so I don’t know what’s up his sleeve yet. We’ll see!

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, here’s to hoping you’re spending this weekend with people you love.

DIY Baby Shower Gift / Photo Prop Gift

Brett’s cousin Allie is pregnant with a baby boy due in May, and while Allie and her husband live in Florida now, her baby shower will be hosted in Denver by her older sister early next month!

When it comes to showers – both bridal and baby – I’m always hesitant to go too far off of the registry, because I know that, at least for our wedding, the items we registered for were the ones we most needed. But, I always love to add something unique and handmade in there, too, whenever possible!

Because Allie lives so far from Denver, I decided to ship a few things to her directly from her registry, but I also made this fun little photo prop to give her as a gift on the actual day of, with inspiration from a Fynes Designs blog tutorial. The idea is that she will be able to pose the little man with this prop at the beginning of each new month in his life.

DIY baby shower photo prop tutorial

DIY Baby Shower Photo Prop Gift

What You’ll Need:

  • Chalkboard paint in any color (I used Martha Stewart brand)
  • Paintbrush or foam brush
  • Alphabet letters
  • A small wooden sign (Michael’s has a big variety of shapes and sizes)
  • Hot glue (if you’ll need to glue the letters down)
  • A ruler
  • Chalk to give to the mom-to-be

DIY baby shower gift tutorial

The steps to creating this sign are incredibly easy.

Step One: Using your brush or a foam brush, paint your wooden sign with chalkboard paint. Coat the paint on thickly and resist the urge to thin the paint out when applying it. You want the paint to be applied in a thick coat so there is less chance that it will flake off when you use the chalk on it later.

Step Two: Let paint dry completely (this is important), then apply at least two more coats of paint.

Step Three: Once the paint has dried completely, apply your letters. I used a ruler for reference to make sure they were on straight. I also backed my letters with hot glue just to be sure they stayed on. I started with white letters, but ended up switching to more colorful letters that I found at Office Max to add a pop of color against the black paint. Add any other embellishments you’d like, as well as a circle in which the new mom can write in the appropriate month number, and you’re set!

The total cost of this project was $30 for me, but that was largely because I needed to buy a new paintbrush set (Brett says my problem is that I don’t wash them out correctly, so I’m always ruining them… sigh), which ran me about $14 on their own. All supplies except for the alphabet letters were found at Michael’s, and the board only cost me $3.99!

Happy crafting!

Greeting Cards from BE paperie

Hi, everyone!

I’m really excited to share my brand-new greeting cards with you today! I’ve loved writing and have been super obsessed with greeting cards since before I can remember… so I’m bringing these to BE paperie!

Check out some of my designs at www.BEpaperie.Etsy.com. Below are some of my favorites. 🙂 Please let me know if I can customize a card order for you!

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DIY Tutorial: Make Your Own Photo Light Box

I built as photo light box last night! I have to say that I’m pretty excited about it.

As I journey into this thing called starting an Etsy shop, I’ve been immersing myself in learning about product photography to try to improve my skills (if you could call them that… Probably not). Given that I LOVE documenting memories, I almost always have some kind of camera on-hand, so the sheer volume of photos I take usually produces at least one “good” (to me) photo from the 25 or so I’ll take in one evening, but even then, results are not guaranteed.

Couple my lack of certified photo skills with the poor light in our apartment, and you’ve got a frustrated me trying to take flower photos every evening. A light box seemed like the perfect answer to taking better shots even after a long day’s work.

This project only took me about an hour excluding shopping time… which usually takes me forever, given the distraction that is the craft aisle, obviously. The total cost of the project for me was about $30.

DIY photo light box from BE paperie

What You’ll Need:

  • A cardboard box – mine was on the smaller side. Adjust according to what you’re planning to photograph.
  • Masking tape, duct tape, clear tape… any kind of strong tape will do.
  • White fabric (the rumor is that tissue paper will work as well, but I wanted something I wouldn’t have to re-do due to tearing). One yard of it will do.
  • Three clip-on desk lamps (I got mine for around $5 each at Wal-Mart).
  • X-acto knife
  • Three 100-watt daylight bulbs
  • Something pretty or something that looks polished for the backdrop and “floor” of the lightbox once it’s finished. I used white poster board, which you’ll see below.

BE paperie photo light box tutorial

Step 1: Tape the bottom side ONLY of your box securely.

BE paperie photo light box tutorial

Step 2:  Cut three rectangles from the three sides of your box, NOT from the top or the bottom of the box. Leave roughly 2-3 inches around all of the sides. Whichever side you leave uncut is going to become your stage background.

This doesn’t have to be perfect (my cuts clearly were not). In the spirit of independence, I did all of the box cutting myself, but be very careful as you do this step, as the box will become more and more flimsy as you go on.

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Step 3: Using your something white (I opted for a yard of white fabric I bought for $2.50), cover the rectangles you’ve just made, leaving the top of your box uncovered, as you’ll need that open to be able to stage items.

I did this the lazy girl way and literally just draped and taped my fabric around the box, but you could also cut individual segments for each rectangle if you wanted more precision. You could also cut the flaps off of the box if they’re going to be a pain to work around, I just didn’t find it necessary.

Step 4: I cut a slit in the back of my box, using the tutorial from Oh She Glows. That way, I can drop whatever I’m using as my stage through the slit instead of having to hang anything for the stage. I did attempt said hanging at first, but it did not go well.

BE paperie DIY photo light box tutorial

Step 5: Create your stage. Like I said, I ended up finding that the best solution for me on this was to cut a piece of poster board to size and slide it through the back slit. Err, ignore how that sounds!

You could also try creating the effect of both a back wall and a floor if you wanted a certain effect in your photos, but I wanted to start with plain white for now.

Step 6: Last, add your lights! One goes above the top panel, and the other two go on the left and right sides.

BE paperie DIY photo light box tutorial

Though not the most beautiful thing I’ve ever created, I’m really happy with how my light box is functioning. This weekend, I’ll probably experiment with adding the aforementioned floor and back wall effects, but this will do for now!

BE paperie DIY photo light box tutorial