Counterfeit Kits, Frugalicious, Scrapbooking

May 2020 Counterfeit Kit Club Challenge

I have always loved the Counterfeit Kit Club Challenge, but haven’t gotten to play along in forever.  I jumped back in again this month, however, and made a mini kit inspired by the CKCC’s choice for May, Echo Park’s March 2020 club kit.

Here is my mini kit:

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It includes some stamped embellishments I made (video forthcoming at some point!):

 

And I’ve already made a page with it!  It was based on a PageMaps sketch, and my flower wreath is very off-center, but oh, well, life is very off-center.  I used some bits and pieces on a 2nd page and will make cards, too–all of which I’ll post later. :)  TFL!

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Family, Frugalicious, Staying Home

Staying centered…

(First, just a little reminder to ***breathe***)

Ahh.  Ok, good.  Now…

I really love centers.  Do you remember those?  You may have done them in kindergarten, or your children do them at daycare now.  I love them because they allow for open-ended play, but with as much or as little guidance as you’d like, and help ensure children get to explore all the fun gadgets, gizmos, and goodies you’ve accumulated along your parenting journey.  It provides them with variety, makes old things seem new again, and can buy you a good hour or so to get stuff done yourself.

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Essentially, I set out 3 activity/toy sets that the kids can play with independently.  These will change with your children’s ages.  It can be on a theme, or not; you can give specific instructions for each or not…  I decide if it’s just a free for all with all their items, or if they should rotate through (e.g., like 15 minutes at each, with a 15 minute free for all at the end).  Then I turn them loose!

Some centers I have used:

  • Playdough (if you don’t have any, you can make your own! And if you don’t have playdough tools, try using small, safe kitchen utensils, letter magnets, buttons, and pipecleaners)
  • Sensory bins
  • Themed bins
  • Dollhouse
  • Dress-Up (if you don’t have children’s dress-up costumes, just set out some of your fancy or interesting shoes, scarves, hats, and costume jewelry)
  • Blocks/legos/duplo, etc.
  • Musical instruments (if you don’t have any, try making some)
  • Art station (painting with watercolors is pretty mess free, coloring with coloring books, copy paper and stencils, etc.)
  • Stuffed animal zoo
  • Karaoke station

For more ideas, google your children’s age range and terms like DIY, homemade, homeschooling, or centers.  Also check out some of my Pinterest boards to see if they spark anything for you:

 

 

Baby, Baby Baby, Cheap Choices, Family, Frugalicious, Relationships, Scrapbooking, Single Photo

Layout: Love You to the Moon

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For this layout, I used the Simple Stories Hello, Baby collection.  I bought the Simply Basics pack (love love LOVE that they do this, a pack of B sides, yes please!) and one cut apart sheet.  So for $7, I have the equivalent of a collection pack, as far as I’m concerned.  I can get several layouts and cards with the look of the collection, and not shell out the $20+ they want for their collection packs. I did add in a sheet of metallic gold heart vellum from  We R Memory Keepers, and of course, my go to white Bazzill cardstock for the foundation.

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I stacked a lot of papers, and distressed the edges of every piece for a bit of a shabby chic feel.

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I stamped and heat embossed (pale pink and metallic gold) a ton of tiny stars and hearts from Ali Edwards’ baby stamp set, and scattered bling amidst them, too.  Some Twinkling H20s along the edge and some jute and heart snaps tied it all together.

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Baby, Frugalicious

Onesie Cupcakes (or is that Cupcake Onesies?), via Pinterest

I had a double baby shower at work last week for two good friends.  We’re a little strapped for cash, and so I had to get creative with my presentation.  I dug through my Pinterest Gift Ideas board, picked up a 3-pack of onesies, some jumbo cupcake wrappers, and a pastry box.  I used patterned cardstock from Dollar Tree and my Silhouette to make cupcake wrappers and a cute cupcake card, then tied it all up with some baker’s twine from my scrapbooking stash.

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Here’s the original!  You just fold the onesies lengthwise, then roll.  I couldn’t find any socks that would work, so I just used big red pom poms on top for cherries.  The cupcake liners filled the space between the cupcake wrapper and held the onesies in place nicely, but I also put a small piece of scotch tape on the end to hold them together.  They were a hit!  And around $8 for each gift.

Baby Baby, Crunch Crunch, Family, Frugalicious

Officially trying out cloth diapers!

I am so excited about this. I’m not sure if it is just part and parcel of the rush we are getting from finally getting to buy anything baby-related, or if it is the fact that about half the people in our lives are not supportive of us going cloth and we’re stubborn, or if it is the fact that these little bundles are just too CUTE!, or if it is simply encouraging my nesting urge, OR if it is because we’ve been interested in this for such a long time, and now we’re officially biting the bullet…


But I am really excited about trying cloth diapers. So excited, in fact, that T talked me into trying prefolds, which I was deadset against. Oh my. So, here’s what we bought Thursday at our local store,  Happybottomus (don’t you love that name?):

1) FuzziBunz Pocket One Size: So, to translate–FuzziBunz is the brand name (another  cute one, I’m sorry, but baby products have to be simply the cutest-named products in the world.), and supposedly they invented this style of diaper–the Pocket.  That means that there is a pocket inside the diaper, and you stuff 1-2 cotton, bamboo, or hemp liners inside, depending on how much absorbency you need, etc.  I’m not sure if I’ll like these or not, because the prospect of stuffing diapers every single day seems annoying.  Midrange price.  However, they’ll probably be easier to dry…

The “One Size” means there are a series of adjustable snaps which means they grow with baby, and you only need buy this diaper to fit them the whole time.  Every single diaper we got was a One Size, because I think it really cuts down on the cost savings if you’re buying sized diapers for every stage (there’s about 4 different sizes–to have to buy 12-18 of each?  Silly, in my opinion.)

2)  BumGenius All-in-One One Size: The most pricey, but I think they’re going to be worth it.  Basically, “All-in-One” means, it’s a diaper.  You don’t need anything else–the liners are already in there, attached.  You whip it out and whip it on baby, and you’re done.  I think our daycare would prefer these, heck, I think I would prefer these.  To me, they mirror the convenience of disposable, you just have to wash them.  T is concerned they will be difficult to dry, however.

3) EconoBum One-Size Prefolds: A cheap option for those wanting to go cloth.  We bought a little pack that includes 1 cover and 3 prefolds.   The prefolds are a square of cloth layers, sewn together with seams going down in thirds both ways.  You fold it in different ways to fit babies in different sizes.  I think it will take the most work–you have to fold them just so, then put the snappies on (the little green and pink grippie thingies at the bottom of the pic), then put the cover on…  And I worry about leaking and re-using 1 cover on multiple dipes.  So we’ll see how this goes.  T is pretty interested in these, thinks they won’t be too much extra work, and much easier to clean.  We’ll see…  We both like the price point, though, have to admit.

I wanted some hybrids (cloth diapers that you can use disposable and generally biodegradable liners in), but didn’t see any at the store that really interested me…  We’re also planning on using disposable for the first few weeks (due to shock of parenting, umbilical stump issues, and sizing/fit issues), and I would prefer some biodegradable ones, but they were out of the newborn size, so we’re going to keep looking.

4) A portable wet bag for storing dirty dipes. Just what it sounds like.  Lined in some sort of non-toxic hippie plastic-like liner, with cute fabric (see the birds?  get it?  Kind of our theme).  They make big ones for the nursery, too.

5) A Grovia cloth diaper-safe diaper rash stick. Supposedly babies who use cloth will have fewer problems with diaper rash.  I’m not sure, but we thought it would be smart, just in case.  The salesman sold us on the stick applicator–because you don’t have to get it on your hands!  :-)  And you can’t use something like Desitin, because it will reduce the absorbency of the cloth, something you don’t want to mess with.

6) Special hippie Thirsties laundry detergent for cloth diapers. :-)  All the baby detergent is expensive, this was actually a little less expensive than the Babies R Us stuff we have, and has a very handy pre-measuring doohickey.

7) And to round it all out, some reusable wipes. Basically super soft washcloths.  We plan on wetting them down as we need them to clean baby.  We have registered for disposables, but I think we’ll try these first–You spend something like $500 on disposable wipes (does that sound right?), and these were $10 or less, and we should only need 2 more sets.  Okay, maybe 3.  Still!

We’re total yuppies pretending to be hippies…  Cloth diapers, a co-sleeper, breastfeeding, and I’d like to try making our own baby food and using baby sign.  Goodness.  But it’s okay, it’s all one grand experiment…  And even if it all fails, we’ll still have a baby at the end, right?  That’s the most important part.  :-)

Counterfeit Kits, Frugalicious, Scrapbooking, Vintage

Fauxflower Add-On (and a Walgreen’s photo code)

Here’s the original Wildflower Add-On from Studio Calico:

And here’s my own Fauxflower kit:

You can see that I ended up having to go with a general feel…  And 2 of my pp subs are large scraps, not a full sheet of paper.  I also just stuck in 2 sheets of blush cardstock and will make the lace paper using my Silhouette when I get to that point.

I pulled from my vintage stash for the papers, but added a few individual pieces that I thought went with the kit, including this vintage matchbook cover, a vellum collage piece, and a vintage scripture card.

Sorry for the horrible photo.  (I made this kit while still on bed rest, and so took pics with my phone so I could upload them easily.)  I made the flowers while lying on the couch.  Just cut some circles of tulle, tissue paper, and fabric, then layered and stuck together with a rhinestone or pearl brad.  They are super cute in person.  I’ll try to get a better shot when I upload the layouts.

These are a little better…  I threw in the big white flower, skeleton leaves, and 2 chipboard phrases because I saw them, liked them, and thought they might go with the layouts I was planning on making.  I just uploaded a TON of photos to Walgreen’s.  They have a coupon code right now through tomorrow–LUCKY25–you upload 50 prints and get 25 of them for free!  Thought it was a decent enough deal, and I’ll have plenty of photos to scrap for awhile.  :-)  Have a great weekend!