Monday, April 20, 2009

Planning the big ONE.

Where did the last year go? I can't believe that Jackson will soon be one-year-old! At least this time I was a little more prepared after seeing just how quickly the time goes. I made sure to soak up as much of the baby time as I could.

Last week I started the big search for birthday party decorations, invitations, and cake ideas. I must say I was a little disappointed with the selection. First of all I'm not a big fan of the all blue first birthday stuff. It just looks so babyish. After a lot of looking I figured I could make everything myself and would probably be a whole lot happier with everything. So that's just what I did.


The frame took me very little time and I thought it would be a great way for everyone to see how much Jackson has grown and changed over the last year. I arranged twelve photos (one for each month) into a grid, leaving the four middle squares blank so I could add some embellishments. These frames by Fancy Pants are awesome. Instead of glass it has a heavy transparency, which means can even stitch on it! I left a little bit of the transparency showing around the edges of the photo grid.


Next up I made the invitations. I wanted them to be super simple since I had to make so many. I used a cloud shaped piece of chipboard to create a cupcake top. After that I added some stitching, a cupcake holder and a candle.


If you want to see detailed instructions on how to make both of these go to the Fancy Pants blog.

11 comments:

Amanda said...

Wow. I can't believe it's almost one year already! What a cutie...LOVE the frame and may have to swipe that idea. :) Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Love everything you made Allison! You did an awesome job! It's good to make homemade stuff it's more special and alot cheaper! I can't believe either that Jackson is almost a one year old! Wasn't Jackson born on your sister's birthday?

Anonymous said...

Cute!!! I wouldn't have thought about the cloud for the top of the cupcake. You are so clever! Hope the party is great. I will look forward to scrapbook pages for the first birthday!

Linda in KS

tinawann said...

The photo and invite are just the cutest things ever! I can't wait to start looking through the rest of your blog because I am pretty certain I've stumbled upon a creative soul!

www.tinawann.com

Allison Davis said...

Thanks so much! You guys are too sweet! :)

And yes, they share a birthday. I'll probably make Stacey a cake since it's her day too.

joscelyne cutchens said...

that is so so cute! I'll have to check out those frames! and love that cupcake, super super cute! Happy Birthday Big Boy!

Stacey Atchley said...

I am totally on board with your cake idea Al. I love your marble cakes, hint, hint. :)

Cheryl KVD said...

The collage and the card are both awesome!! Love them!

Latrice said...

I can't believe Jackson is one already! It's been fun to see all your pictures and creative projects. This one is a great idea.

Loved your Easter pictures too. You're hair looks amazing too!

Thanks for sharing. Keep in touch hon.

Nikki Sivils said...

Love that frame collage you did!! Very sweet!

M said...

Hi Allison, Love the decorations and frame you made for your son's 1 year bday. Did you use a PSE template for the pics in the frame? If so, is it available anywhere to download?
Thanks! Mel