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.