Tag Archives: Me and My Big Ideas

Home Guest Book

12 Sep

Engagement parties are so fun. Celebrating the possibilities for a young couple while meeting many of their friends and family. Sometimes, though, it can be a challenge coming up with a special gift. Sure, it’s always appropriate and much appreciated to buy off the registry but I usually save that for the wedding. I like to create a personalized gift for engagements.

This time, I created a guest book for the young couple to have in their home to record events and friends who visit over the coming years.

It features their initials in the two hearts below.

Let’s open it up.

I created this size (8¾x4″) so I could cut 3 inside pages from an 8½x11″ sheet (3-5/8 plus a hair more x8½”). Economy, you know. I printed lines on both sides of the green pages and then cut them. I made 2 columns for plenty of guest signatures. If you want to make your own, you can download the page lines in a word document [ guest book horizontal lines 3.]

Important Stuff
Papers Pink leaf, cover blue, paisley heart (Me and My Big Ideas); Dots (Reminisce); Cream with house sayings (Doodlebug Design)
Tools Silver OWires, Bind-it-All binding system (Zutter); Cricut and cartridges: George and Basic ShapesJubilee: (Provo Craft)
Embellishments Letter buttons (Doodlebug)

Other Stuff Black cardstock, PVA glue, ribbons

Enjoy your day and get creative! Eli


Date and Card Keeper

18 Oct

My roll-a-dex is full…

…says my best friend.

See, when I meet a new person, he or she goes in one side and an old friend or relation falls out the other. The more I learn about the new person, the more that falls out…it’s impossible to keep up. So what to do with all the people that really matter? And what to do with all their special celebrations?

Sometimes we need something remind us of special events in our lives. {I love my ten nieces and nephews but I can’t keep their birthdays straight.} I have created a few different kinds of “Celebration” reminders but my new favorite is the one I just created . Check it out and grab some supplies to create your own using the instructions provided.

I began by using my computer to create monthly calendars with days and blank lines to record special dates such as birthdays {which I mark with a “B”} or anniversaries (yep, they get an “A”}. You can download the celebrations calendar (as a pdf) for free.

Here are more images:


  • After downloading the celebrations calendar and printing it out, trim each month.
  • Cut twelve 6×6″ squares of coordinating patterned paper and adhere them to the 9×6″ envelopes.
  • Cut twelve round tabs from patterned paper, or, as I did, punch out 12 shapes.
  • Put the envelopes in the order you want them to go {January, February, etc.}
  • Use stamps, rub-ons or stickers to label the tabs and adhere to each envelope, overlapping on the way down.
  • Create a front and back cover for the card keeper. Feel free to experiment with this and use fun shaped papers etc. {I added glitter glue to the front for some extra bling.}
  • Bind the keeper in whatever way you choose and add ribbons to keep it shut.
  • Add birthdays and anniversaries and other important dates.

Important Stuff
Paper Textured, scalloped paper (Die Cuts with a View), Patterned Papers (BasicGrey, Me & My BIG Ideas)
Tools Owires, Bind-It-All (Zutter)
Embellishments AtYou Spica Chocolate glitter pen (Copic), Glitter glue (Hobby Lobby)

Other Stuff 9×6″ envelopes, PVA Glue, Month rub-ons, Ribbons

Spiral Notes (CPS179)

12 Aug

It’s been several weeks but I finally got back to a sketch challenge at Card Positioning System. It’s a simple but elegant sketch, seen here. I decided to stray a little from the “card” positioning system to make a small note pad.

I used a stack of neon notebook paper, cut into four equal pieces and stacked them, alternating the orange and pink, the yellow and turquoise.

I think it is a fun little note pad to add to your purse or just leave on the kitchen counter. Hopefully it inspires you to go beyond the card when using sketches for inspiration.

Important Stuff
Papers Celebration pad striped and leaf papers (Me and My Big Ideas); Astrobrights lined paper (Wausau Paper)
Binding Bind it All, Silver Owires (Zutter)
Die Cuts/Tools S5-019 Labels Eight, Wizard System (Spellbinders)
Embellishments Chipboard letters (Colorbök), buckle and small ribbons (JoAnn),
Adhesives Glue Dots (Glue Dots Intl), Glossy Accents (Ranger)

Other Stuff Recycled chipboard, Blue ultrafine marker, seed beads, brown satin ribbon, silk white flowers, PVA glue

Happy Birthday (CPS 152)

6 Feb

Yes, another card for this same sketch at Card Positioning System (CPS). I wanted to use it again but try something a little different. Instead of making the triangles symmetric, I used a rectangle cut diagonally to create the end pieces. The Happy Birthday patterned paper fit perfectly! This was one of the quickest cards I’ve made in a long time. Cheers to that!!!

Important Stuff: Happy Birthday patterned papers and die cuts (Me and My Big Ideas); Pink paper (Westrim Crafts); SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE by 3L, 3D squares

Other Stuff: Ribbon, PVA glue, Cream Cardstock

Thanks for checking it out today. Happy Super Bowl tomorrow. Eli