Monday, August 3, 2015

First Day of School Photo Ideas and a free 1st day of school printable sign

It's time for Back to School! New clothes, new backpacks, school supplies! Make sure you capture those Back to School Moments with the perfect photo!  Here you will find some ideas to make those 1st Day of School photos the best that they can be!

One of my favorite ideas is a custom chalkboard sign for your little one.  I have a few different ones available to choose from in my store.  Below you can see some cuties with their sign, it features all of their current favorite things as they start the new school year. It's a perfect way to capture a bunch of memories all in one photo!






You can find this sign HERE


A fun more girlie version can be found HERE



This one with all of their favorites featured in the photos above can be found HERE


Another  way to catch the moment with the perfect photo is to add text to your photo. Find an interesting or solid background – like the side of your house, or an empty wall – to take your first day of school photo. Frame it so your child stands off to one side to leave some space for your text.



Inspired by the opening credits of Modern Family, a picture within a picture shot is a wonderful way to celebrate all types of milestones (think anniversaries, birthdays, even generations!) You can try this with a picture on the first and last day of each school year or have your senior hold a photo from kindergarten on his last day of high school!

Use some Crayola Sidewalk chalk to write out the grade and voila you have a great Back to School photo prop! 



Simply grab some props and your Back to School photos turn out awesome!


Here's another cute set of premade 1st Day signs from preschool all the way through high school, and a matching freebie that can be used for all of your kids this year!

Find this set of signs HERE


Enjoy this FREE printable first day of school sign!  Share of photo using it and if I feature your photo you will get a coupon for 50% off your next order!  If you like it, pin it to share with friends!



To find more fun Back to School ideas be sure to check out my pinterest board full of them!  Follow me HERE

Sunday, August 2, 2015

A fun way to share your love with printables!

I came across this adorable printable from The Dating Divas and I knew I had to use it for me and hubby.  I have often thought about making one of those frames that says I love you because, and writing on it each day and erasing it, but then I saw this and knew this was way better and exactly what I was looking for!

I love to find fun and unique ways to celebrate everything, my love for hubby being one of them!  So I saw these posters, I picked out the I love you because poster and had it printed at my local office store.

I had it printed as an engineering print and it cost $3.59 to have it printed!  It's 24 X 36 so it's a great size. So for under $5 I have a fun way for hubby and I to share reasons we love each other!

I hung up my poster on the back wall of our closet, and so we can write on it when we are feeling inspired. I imagine after years of it hanging there it will be so full and fun looking, we can frame it and hang it somewhere else in the house.

Head over there and pick up the free printable and hang up your poster too!  And if you do, share it with us!!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Back to School Teacher Gifts

It's back to School Time! That means it is time to get your little one ready for a great start to a new year! Wouldn't it make the start of year even more special by showerng your child's teacher with a Back to School gift to show him or her how much she or he is appreciated! These are some super cute ideas for Back To School Teacher Gifts... 
How about designing a Teacher's Survival Kit to help the teacher start out right.
You could use one of my Back to School Gift Tag to add a cute label to the basket...
You could make these cute goodie bags with essential supplies for the new year for the teacher.
You could top the goodie bags off with one of my Back to School Bag Topper.
Make cute jars full of hershey kisses to spoil your child's teacher.
What a cute way to label those jars with my Back to School Party Circles.
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So as you can see there are such great gift ideas to make going back to school a special treat for your child's teacher.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Back to School Party Printables

Are you ready to start the new school year off on the right foot? Then my Back to School Printables are the place to start! All sorts of great printables are included in this bundle, from great back to school teacher gifts to photo props for first day back pictures, you are going to find everything you need to make going back to school extra special! Check out the entire Back to School Printables Collection in my store here...


Get ready to go back to school with all of my awesome back to school printables! This set of bag toppers is perfect for sending treats to school , or giving a welcome gift to a new teacher, or helping you become the new teacher's pet! There are so many things you can do with these!
This bottle wrapper is a perfect way to give a cute and thoughtful gift to your new teacher and other school personnel to start the year off right! These wrappers are designed to fit the small starbucks Frappuccino glass bottles (so drink up and save those bottles!)
Show your new teacher how much you care with chocolate!! Well chocolate wrapped with cute wrappers that say welcome back and back to school! They are sure to get excited about going back to school with a thoughtful gift like this!

This printable set is party circles These can be used for all sorts of things. I think "party circles" are my most favorite printable! The reason is they can be used for SO MANY different things! You can punch them out into a circle shape, or you can leave them square and use them that way too if you don't have a circle punch. Here are some ideas of what you can do with these.
These cupcake wrappers are sure to get you ready to head back to school! Send some to school to let your child know you are thinking of them, or pack up a dozen and put them in the office to wish the staff off to a great start! Everyone will love these back to school themed cupcake wrappers!

These favor boxes are perfect for giving your new teacher a back to school treat, or for any time of the year! Or make up a box and send it in your child's lunch for the first day back, everyone is sure to feel the love!


These printable first day of xxx grade signs are perfect from preschool through high school to have your child pose with on the first day of school! Then you don't have to sift through photos wondering what year it was, the sign will say!

Dress up some of your favorite kisses chocolate with these back to school themed stickers and you have an instant school themed treat!

As you can see, this collection is huge and has everything you need to celebrate that great Back to School time. Check out the entire Back to School Printables Collection in my store here...
Make sure you pin a few of your favorites!!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday Party

My 3rd baby celebrated his 1st birthday a few weeks ago!  I decided to do The Very Hungry Caterpillar for his birthday theme.  Here are some highlights from his party!


Hubby helped me with my vision and made a caterpillar out of balloons and had him climbing a tree in the back yard.


My favorite go to for centerpieces is printing out some cute images and putting them on skewers.  Then I wrap a piece of floral foam in tissue paper and stuff it into the vase I got at the party store.  Fluff up some coordinating tissue paper and have it coming out of the top, then poke in the cute images and voila!  An easy and cute centerpiece! The most time consuming part is cutting out the items!


Here's the smash cake I made for him.  Yep individual frosting dots, it took me about 2 hours to decorate it.  not the most time consuming cake I've made!


Cute cupcake toppers, I opted for simple kraft cupcake liners and just left those the way they were and kept a solid color sprinkle n each cupcake, when they were all put together they looked fabulous!


A poster I made for the birthday boy.  It's 20 X 30, I just swapped it out for the family photo I usually have in the frame, worked perfectly.


Birthday banner and his chalkboard all about him, on the entry way table when guests walked in.


I wrapped up some bubbles for the kids that came to the party, and I used sixlets and put them into skinny bags to make little chocolate caterpillars.


I made up these birthday wish cards for guests to fill out for the birthday boy, it was cute to read them. Then I just put them in a 4 X 6 photo album and he has a cute keepsake from his 1st birthday.


This was my favorite. I made little caterpillars for each milestone, newborn, 3 months, 6 months and 9 months and put a picture of him on each piece of the caterpillar. It was so cute to see them all together and see how he has changed.






This was another favorite project. I made him a cute placemat to match the theme. On the front was his birthday themed one.


Then on the back LOL so he can use this all the time!  It's printed as an 11 X 17 print and laminated at the office store, cute, quick and CHEAP!


A cute high chair banner for him, though I never got a picture of him in the high chair with it, oh well!


One of the appetizers was a meat and cheese tray with butterfly crackers, I cut little circles out of each piece of food to look like the hungry caterpillar had eaten them!


One of my friends brought grape caterpillars, they were gone in minutes!  So simple yet on a stick them became super popular!


The little guy digging into his cake!  He also had a matching shirt on but didn't want to post for me to get a good picture of the shirt. It had a big 1 on it and his name, very cute :)


The aftermath


And of course a custom chalkboard for him with everything about him at the age of one!



You can get a custom chalkboard just like this one, your colors and theme here in my store: http://amandacreation.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=102&products_id=2701

I hope you like this party and it inspires you to add a little something extra to your parties too!  It's not hard or expensive to make your parties extra special!

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