Stinkin' Badges

I've been working hard on Elle's Adventure Book this last week.  Actually, I've been working on the badges.
They are all printed and cut, but I have half to put on the cardboard.

Clue and "Planning Badge"

 ALL the clue envelopes and some of the badges.

 Some of the badges (from the left: Planning Badge, Packing Badge, Airplane Badge, Angel Badge, Pillow Badge, & Cowboy Badge).

You'll have to wait for Christmas for more. :)


Elle's "My Adventure Book"

So I couldn't resist and I did more work on Elle's adventure book tonight.  The pages were all dry so I had to.

I decorated the chipboard for the front and back cover then I bound the book.  To bind the book I took some ribbon , punched two holes in each page and cover, then threaded the ribbon through the holes like this...

This is the back cover.  I added some vintage stamps too it after I took the picture too.

This is the front cover except it should be horizontal.  For some reason its not loading correctly.

And the front decorated.

And the inside-again, it should be horizontal.

And the inside front cover.

Anyway as you can probably tell, I'm having a blast with this project.  I did make one of the "clues" tonight.  Since Elle is getting the book and first clue for Christmas I want to make sure it'll all work before I give her the start of it.  Otherwise, all that work for nothing.  It's coming along though. 


Fun Planning

Last year for my birthday and Elle's birthday we, just us girls, took a trip out to Colorado.  I was hoping we would be able to again but wasn't sure.  Yesterday, we booked our tickets (thanks Mom & Dad).  YES!

We had so much fun last year and Elle is another year older which means even more fun.  I took it upon myself to do what I do and plan the bergeebers out of this trip. :)

So...for Christmas, Kyle and I will be giving Elle her very own "My Adventure Book" for her trip to Colorado.  Yes, like the one in "Up" the movie.  Love that movie.  Interestingly enough, our trip last year to Colorado was the first time we had seen that movie.  Anyway, I am making this book.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I'm making the book.  I bought two pieces of chipboard for the front and back cover that I will be decorating.  Then I took some regular printer paper and aged it.  Have you ever aged paper before?  I thought it was fun.

You fill a pan with some water then throw in some coffee grounds.

Delicious right? :)

Then you put the paper in the muck. 

It smells so good.

Let them sit and soak in the coffee goodness.  Pull them out and dry them.  They can either air dry or you can use a hair dryer to speed up the process.  IF you use a hair dryer be aware that coffee grounds will cover the majority of your work area and beyond. 

I used the hair dryer on some and let others air dry.  
Both were good it just depends on how much time you have.

Then you have you're excellent aged paper.

Cool huh?!

Anyway, that is how I made my aged paper that will be used for the pages of Elle's "My Adventure Book" and for the "clues."

Yep, there's more.  After she gets her adventure book at Christmas, there was suddenly appear a package and envelope marked #1.  What envelope #1 and the other 29 envelopes contain you'll have to wait until she gets them to find out. :)

This was my fun for tonight, outside of planning what each envelope would be and how she would get it and all that jazz.  Man it was fun.