Friday, April 20, 2012


Pinterest has become a wonderful site for me.  I have found new recipes, decorating ideas, organization, crafts, and DIY.  If you are on pinterest and want to follow my boards or look at my pins, here they are.

Every month a group of girls and I get together to craft some of the fun things we have found on pinterest.  I have made a twine bottle and twined the letter E, a Valentine decoration, and a painting for my craft room.  This month I made a vacation shadow box and thought I would share it with you.  It was fun to make and I can't wait to make the other vacation spots we have been to.  Here is the pin that inspired it.

It was pretty easy.  The hardest part was forming the letters out of pictures and that just took computer work.  (Using Photoshop Elements).  Here is what it started as:

I found them at Michaels for buy one, get one.  And had a coupon for a % off my whole total.  My advice - never buy something at Michael's full price.  There are always sales and coupons!

Using photoshop elements (which I love using), I made the trip destination out of pictures from our trip.  Landscape, scenery, memories, and even some pictures of us.

I trimmed it down so that it would be at the top of the shadow box.  The collaged part at the bottom.

Most of our trips are in a file (except our honeymoon which I can't find!) so I pulled out the file of maps, tickets, and other odds and ends.  

I arranged them onto the paper and did some trimming.  I may add our plane tickets to the bottom left hand corner at some point, but for now this shows all our favorite places.

And here is the final product!

Close up of the top:

I almost forgot to put the date in it but just wrote it out and collaged it in.

Here is a close up of the bottom:

We had a great trip to California and this definitely captures all the fun things we did.  The two ticket stubs are our movie tickets to the very last Harry Potter.  It was fun seeing a movie on vacation - I highly recommend it.  It was a neat movie theater too - kind of fancy and had fun soda machines with touch screens.  You picked the soda and the flavor then it filled your cup with that.  Anyway, it also has our Welk Resort ticket, Disneyland, and SeaWorld memorabilia.  The map of San Diego has where we stayed and the areas we explored.

Here are some close up of the letters:

The R is of Eric and I outside our hotel one of the last nights.  The N has the only sunset we went to the beach to see and almost missed it.  It was a crowded area and the sun goes down QUICK!

The S is on our whale watching cruise!  And the A is our license plate of our rental car.  It was fun driving around with California license plates.  
I hope to do three more, one from our honeymoon, one from Sanibel Island, and one after our summer trip that we haven't booked yet!  :)

And just to add since she is so fun :) Here is our Ellie, she is just about 10 weeks old.  She has nicknames already:  My dad calls her Ellie with a belly, I call her Ellie bean, and Eric calls her sweet Ellie (when she is sleeping or nicely playing with a toy), she is crazy Ellie most other times.  Her collar has an annoying tag that falls out... I really need to cut it off.

Hope you all had a great week!
E & E

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