Sunday, May 17, 2015

Baseball Mom Bag with Expressions Heat Transfer Vinyl

Friends, while at SNAP! I scored some awesome Heat Transfer Vinyl from Expressions Vinyl
I was hoarding it trying to figure out the perfect craft for it and then it came to me. 

My little man has started his very first year of T-Ball this year and I am so excited for him. 
He is so cute to watch and I find myself giggling while watching him play. Seeing my little 5 year old run is my favorite! I realized quickly that I needed a place to keep all of his gear, and let's be honest...I needed an excuse to have another bag. :) 

I decided to try something I hadn't tried before and layer the Vinyl. I really wanted my Baseball Mom logo to pop. I used black, white, and glitter gold vinyl and I loved the way it turned out. 
The most important tip I have for you is to be aware that the more you iron over the vinyl as you layer, the more transparent the white will become. Also, do NOT iron directly over the vinyl. I did that on accident and I melted the vinyl. Good thing it was only a small part of it, otherwise I'd be so bummed that I ruined the bag. 

I love that with vinyl, especially the black and white, it was SO easy to weed. I kept telling my husband that it was smooth as butter! Another thing that I loved was that the vinyl has a clear transfer over it to protect the vinyl from melting so it is easy to see where you are placing it on your project. So with layering the vinyl, I could see exactly where I was placing everything. 

I shared in my personalized tote in a SNAP! post how to work with the iron on vinyl. I also think a key thing is knowing what setting to cut your vinyl with. Here's a great post to show you what you should have your machine set to if you are using a silhouette or a cricut. 

I was so happy with the finished project. It's perfect to show my pride at being a Baseball Mom and also holding all of his stuff. 

It was such a fun, easy project. I think what took the most time was figuring out which colors I wanted to stand out and then how to weed out the pieces of vinyl. It really was one of those projects you could do while watching an episode of you favorite show and then be done! I am obsessed with this vinyl! It has been hands down the easiest I have EVER worked with. I will be buying more soon! 

I know I might sound like an ad, but seriously, this post isn't compensated, I got the vinyl from SNAP and I had to share how stinking awesome it is. And I love that I get to represent as a Baseball Mom now in such a fun way. Quick, easy, projects are my specialty, so be sure to follow along for more! 


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mother's Day Questionnaire and Free Printables

I always struggle every Mother's Day to find a gift for my mom. 
It's not because I don't want to get her anything, but that I want to give her the perfect gift! 

My babies are at the perfect stage where they say the funniest things! I thought a questionnaire for them to respond to would be the perfect gift for my mom this year. 

I saw a questionnaire I loved but they only had one for Mom and Grandma, but my babies don't call my Mom "Grandma", they call her Tutu, the same name for Grandmother that I called her Mom. It is Hawaiian for Grandma and is a special title, I love that they call her that. 

It got me thinking about all of the less common names for Grandma that are used that are just as special as that of Tutu for me, so I designed a few different printables hopefully touching on those names.

#MothersDay #Printable

I decided to put it in a frame card I designed on my Silhouette but with an X-Acto Knife you could make your own frame card out of a sheet of card stock. You would choose the shape you'd like the frame to be, print it out, place it where you would like the frame to be on the card stock, trace it then cut it out! I would probably decorate the card stock first if you're going that route so you only have to cut once. 

I cut out the frame first on the Silhouette, but left the outline on the mat and just removed my card so I could embellish it with some Scotch decorative tape. 

After I was finished taping a design I replaced the card back on the cutting mat inside of the original cut so that way the Silhouette would just re-cut the original shape but through my tape. It worked like a charm! 

Once it was cut out, I taped in a picture of my babies, put the Questionnaire on the inside and that's it! It was such a simple gift but it was from the heart and I think that is what counts! 

Below are the printables that I created for Mother's Day and the multiple titles that those amazing women have. 

I hope this gift idea inspires you in your search for the perfect Mother's Day gift!

To print one off right click on the picture, save it and print it on your own computer. 

As I was finishing up this post, I thought of one more title that could be recognized on Mother's Day and have included it below. 

One of my favorite inspirational speakers named Sheri Dew once gave a talk titled: "Are We Not All Mothers?"  One of my favorite excerpts from that talk is: "Motherhood is more than bearing is the essence of who we are as women."  Sheri herself has not been blessed to have children of her own (either through adoption or from her womb, etc) but she brings up some amazing points in that talk. If you are looking for inspiration or whispers of peace, check out that talk. 

I just want to thank all of the Mothers in my life and their influences on me as I have grown up, especially the influence of my Mother. She is the best Mother I could have asked for and I feel blessed daily that my children get her as their Tutu/Grandmother.

I love you Mom, and I hope you don't see this until after Mother's Day. :)