Custom Coloring Books

C Book Crayons

My first born is about to turn 2.  This year has flown by.  I really wanted to throw a party, but with so many other events and preparing for Baby #2, we decided to nix the b-day party and go to Disneyland at the end of the month instead! Let’s be honest, she’ll have way more fun riding rides and seeing Minnie Mouse…

But, since I still had to do something for her and her little friends, I decided to make cupcakes for our Life Group that meets during the week, and do a little impromptu early birthday singing.

Along with the cupcakes, I made these super fun and simple party favors:


I absolutely love this idea and how the books turned out! What made them super special was that all the coloring pages were actual pictures of all the kids in the group!  It’s so fun to color your friend’s hair green!

C Book Collage

There are a lot of tutorials out there for this kind of thing using various softwares and methods (some that can even make a coloring page for you!).  I used Photoshop.


  • Open a new doc with the picture you want to turn into a coloring page
  • Double check and make sure your colors are set to black and white (the squares in the bottom left of your toolbar)
  • The go to the “Filter” menu and click on “Filter Gallery” and then click “Sketch”
  • Select the option “Photocopy”
  • You will have slide bars where you can change the detail and darkness of the picture
  • To clean up or erase unwanted black splotches (like on the face, clothes, or background), take your paint brush, set to white, and brush over what you don’t want.
  • Boom.  Custom coloring page.

(After that, I created a new 8.5×11 doc and copied over the picture on one half, and added the kid’s name and fun shapes on the other half)

coloring pages

To assemble:

  • Print out your coloring pages. Again, I used 8.5×11 paper, one half of the page with the kid’s name and some shapes, the other half with the picture of the kid.  That way I could just fold the pages down the middle.

(I didn’t have time to double side the coloring pages, but feel free to get as fancy as you want)

  • I folded each page in half, and stacked them together to form a book.
  • Made a simple cover page
  • Hole-punched two holes on the folded sides and tied them all together with butcher’s twine
  • Then I tied on a couple crayons with each book.

They are so fun, and the kids (and parents) loved to see themselves and all their buddies! (and scribble on their faces, of course)

(I might have made another coloring page of grandpa’s face for my daughter to color for his birthday present from her! So easy and he loved it! And my daughter loved coloring Papa’s beard!)

Happy early birthday, my sweetie-bug! Can’t believe you are almost 2!!




Beauty and The Beast Bridal Shower

Sing it with me… “Both a little scared, neither one prepared, Jessica and John…
Luckily, this past weekend we were able to help this lovely couple get a little more “prepared” for marriage at Jessica’s, “ Beauty and the Beast” themed bridal shower!
For the games, we kept them short and sweet!
Game#1: Who Has the Groom?!

Our Gender Reveals: Baby 1 vs. Baby 2

Seems like yesterday we just found out our daughter was, in fact, a girl… and here we are again… with an almost 2 year-old, and Baby: Round Two!!!

To my dismay, what everyone says is true, and to be honest, I feel some mom guilt about it, but it just is what it is: You pull out all the stops for Baby 1, and Baby 2… not so much.

BUT we do what we can, ok Baby 2?? Give me a break, will ya?!! I can tell you care so much, while you’re all comfy-cozy in there. You’re probably more concerned about growing all your internal organs, but alas, the mom guilt remains… I digress…

I thought it’d be fun to document our preggo announcements and gender reveals. One reveal is more elaborate than the other, but we covered this already!! Go away, mom guilt!!!

Baby 1: GIRL

We went with the “Bun in the Oven” theme, which I quite enjoyed. Not at the time, while I was barfing between pictures, but the results were great! I hand-made announcements (that took forever) and we sent out to family and friends! So fun!

Inside the oven was a picture of the ultrasound.





What a little bean in there!


We had so much fun with our football theme reveal! We had all the game day food fixins’ and I bought sweatbands for everyone to wear, in support of their gender guess!




For the actual reveal, we decided on having our friends spray us with silly string! That way, everyone could be involved! It was seriously the best being covered in PINK!

Silly String




We decided to keep the “Bun in the Oven” theme for baby #2 as well! Again, came out super cute, but lots of running around and nausea and repeating “Joy, come here, look at your kitchen!”

Nothin’ says loving’ like…
Bun #2 copy


Welp, this go around, the hubby and I already knew the gender. I just couldn’t look away at the ultrasound and well, when you see “IT” you see it! All to say, we are SUPER excited to add a boy into the family mix!

We still wanted to do something fun with our friends, so hours before meeting our Life Group,  I ran to the store and bought gift boxes and mini muffins and created a little label on Photoshop. We took them over to our friend’s house and passed out the boxes and opened them up together. It happened so fast, I didn’t even get pictures or video of the boxes being opened and all the “hoorays!”……    Baby #2 people!!


A little sad, that these are literally the only pics I was able to snap, but I had an hour and a screaming toddler, who, to be totally honest, I stuck in her playroom and turned on Daniel Tiger… otherwise, there would have been no gender reveal at all!!!!

And soon there will be two of them… two. But that can wait for a different post.

GIANT Marquee Tutorial

Giant Marquee

Marquee Signs: all the rage, and ragin’ expensive.

I’ll admit it.  I LOVE them.  I’m on the band wagon and I don’t care!

For those of you who want to join me, here’s my DIY: LOVE Marquee Tutorial

I created this sign for THIS SWANKY SOIREE.  Check out all the other party fixins’! 

OOOOkkkk…. here we go.

Disclaimer: I’m still getting used to mapping out detailed tutorials and I’m incredibly impatient when it comes to making stuff, so my “process” pics aren’t the best.  Just deal 🙂

Supplies Needed:

  • 4’x2′ piece of thin plywood
  • A total of 4 1x4s – 2 pieces cut at 4′ and 2 pieces cut at 2’2″
  • Drill and a 3/4″ “Hole Saw” drill bit attachment (we bought a “Hole Saw” kit)  (size of your hole will vary on the size of lights you choose)
  • Nail gun
  • Strands of old fashioned (or any kind) of lights
  • Acrylic Paint (any color you want) (you could even stain the wood first… I would have if I wasn’t lazy)
  • Painters Tape

Step One: Paint plywood

I chose to do a very simple white wash: White Acrylic Paint and water to thin it out.



Step 2: Once your board is dry, stencil or tape off your letters. I just free-handed it for time’s sake, but usually I would print enlarged letters and cut out my own stencil



Step 3: Paint inside your letters.  Paint THIN layers, as to decrease your chances of paint bleed.  It’s no good.



Step 4: Let paint dry and then remove tape.  Step back and marvel at your crisp edges.


Step 6: Take a pencil and map out where each light will go


Ok, the next few steps I don’t really have pics for, because my husband and I were either working against the clock (i.e – a napping baby) or working in the garage in the dead of night.

Step 7: Attached the hole saw attachment on the your drill (pick the size you need to snuggly fit the size of your lights) and begin drilling your holes

You can kind of see the holes in this pic….


Step 8: Measure and cut your 1x4s to sizes listed above, and nail gun them to your board to create a frame.  Sorry… no pic of the process 😦


Step 9. I painted the outside of the frame black, and went back and painted the inside the holes we drilled for the lights

Step 10: Unscrew the light bulb, and insert the back of the light (what is attached to the cord) through the hole, and re-attach the bulb. Continue with all the lights.  Tape down excess cord

Plug in and say YAY! That was hard, but it looks awesome! (deer head optional, but pretty rad.)


Bridal Showe dessert

“Winter Glam” Bridal Shower with a Twist!

Unique parties are the best kind!

This one happened to be a bridal shower, planned with love by my mom, aunts, and myself,  for my wonderful cousin, a unique and edgy girl herself!

We wanted to do a nod to her wedding theme, a  “winter glam” mostly white wedding,  but didn’t want it to be christmasy.  Oh and we had to add the element of line dancing for the after party, but didn’t want it to be western-y…. an easy task. Ha!

Here was the result.  A little edgy. A few “snowy” elements, and a whole mess of old fashioned lights and DIY marquee signs for the dance floor!

(Linens, chairs, lights, etc. provided by Party Plus Rentals)

Bridal Shower Table 1

My mom created all the flower arrangements, and coffee filter flower votives.

Bridal Shower Round Table

bridal shower head table

My favorite part… the dessert table!

My “LOVE” marquee DIY coming soon!

Bridal Showe dessert

To add a wintery touch, we DIYed these simple snow globe cookie bags made from CD sleeves.

Bridal Shower Sugar Cookie

Snowball Martinis” aka doughnut holes, dipped in white chocolate, and rolled in coconut…

Bridal Shower Snow Balls


Bridal Shower Dance Sign

For the dance floor, I made this super easy marquee sign from a store bought canvas!

To make your own, all you need is the following:

  • A canvas of any size
  • a strand of christmas lights
  • paint
  • a pencil
  • a skewer or sharp pointy object


  • Paint your canvas with your desired word
  • take your pencil and mark out where you will be punching your lights through the word
  • poke the holes with your skewer
  • pop your christmas lights through the holes
  • Marvel at how easy that was!

Such a fun night!

Big shout out my to fam who helped plan, coordinate, cook, and rock the shower! It’s nice being apart of such a creative family!!