Owl Gift Box

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Here’s another owl I’d like to share!  I saw this owl gift box on the BasicGrey blog last month that’s made from an oatmeal box and knew it would be perfect to give my daughters first teacher.  My daughter turned one in June and with that she moves up to a one year old classroom.   I wanted to give her teacher a special gift from us because they spent precious time together during this first year of her life.

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This cute owl was the perfect container for a gift from Gwen because we have  an owl theme going on around our house.   I followed the tutorial pretty much step by step. 

I decided to use paper from the Lemonade collection since it’s such a great pack for girl colors and we’ve used it in on a few other Gwen projects(I can’t wait to do some baby scrapbook layouts with it in the future)

This was a really easy project to make.  If you want to do something quick, isn’t too fussy and looks nice I highly recommend this one!  These are all the pieces of paper I used and there was a ton left over of the big sheets. 

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You can see the owl inspiration here too. It’s surprising that the oatmeal box can transform into such a different looking container.

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Using rubber bands to hold on the paper while it dried was a great tip from Lisa who created the tutorial.   

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The only change I made was wanting to make it a girl owl using pink and blue colors.  I was excited to find great pink fabric flowers (at Scrapbook.com by BasicGrey) so that the owl could have cute pink eyes.   Btw…there are a lot of fabulous fabric flowers out there these days. 

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I peeled off the top three layers from the fabric flower.  It came apart nicely and didn’t tear the fabric.  These flowers are about 3 inches in diameter and they’d be too large to use the outside piece (for this box of oats, they’d work on the larger box if you were making a bigger owl).    So I used the inside of the flower petal, keeping the beads attached and glued a white circle to the middle for the inside of the eye.  With my large hole punch I added a black pupil.  

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Now for the fun part…..I continued on with the owl theme and got this custom wall hanging (or ornament for the tree) from Lisa Leonard for inside. 

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It’s really cute owl and a great place to write a sweet message for her teacher. 

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I also wanted to include something personal with the gift, so I made a little photo book.    These are the same photos I used in the 8×8 first year mini album except this time I kept them as 4×6 photos. 

Back story….Each month we took photos with Gwen & her owls (Penny & Joy) in the same chair.   These were the perfect photos to share with her teacher.  I knew she’d think they were special since she watched her grow each month.  As you can see it was simple to put together, I used my large hold punch and then added a ring with some ribbon. 

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The stickers are also from the Lemonade collection and worked great to add the month right onto the corner of the photos. 

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Gwen says…..“Owl Miss You Ms. Ayu thanks for being a great teacher!!”

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I couldn’t decide if I liked the message on the hot pink paper (above) or the blue (below).  What do you think?    I also changed the noose to green (above) because it stood out more than the crème version (below). 

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Thank you Lisa & BasicGrey for this wonderful idea & inspiration!!


Supplies:  BasicGrey Lemonade Collection Papers-Pink (Pink Fizz), Plaid (Picnic Table), Floral (Flower Garden), Nose (Lime Cooler), Sign (Frosted Berry & Splash), BasicGrey Fabric Flowers, Quaker Oatmeal box 18oz, hole punch, circle punch,


first year photo clip garland

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Here are some first year photo clips that I made for my daughter’s first birthday to display a photo from each month. 

Initially I ordered a set of these from Etsy, I was looking forward to having someone else create the clips and me not having to do the work.  Sounds relaxing, huh?   I found a set that had a gear looking circle background for the outer circle, which were  great because I don’t have a punch in the gear shape.   Unfortunately they didn’t get sent out as planned so at the last minute I ended up creating them myself.   This posed a good challenge for me.  I wanted to make water bottle labels so this was a good opportunity to use the same patterns on the photo clips.

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I found some cute owl digital art files for sale on Etsy from The Digital Bake Shop.  The files are sent for download within 24 hours so you can get things made quickly.   For a super low cost I got background files, borders and some  owls.  I know many of you may be very experienced with Photoshop but I am still learning so this was HARD for me to design these completely in Photoshop.  It’s surprising how long it took for something that looks so simple!

In the end I figured it out, thankfully my sweet husband was able to help me with Photoshop when I was stuck.   

Here are the steps I completed: 

  • Printed the blue, pink & purple polka dot files for the background file you see here as the outer colored ring.  Didn’t edit them at all.   They look like a pattern paper I punched & punched but they are just printed on white cardstock.   I used my 3 inch circle scalloped punch for the background.
  • For the inside circle I used a 2.5 inch circle and added a solid border around the outside of the circle.  then the dashed circle on the inside. 
  • Added the month text to the inside of the circle and a little owl.
  • I adhered the two pieces of cardstock together and then used the hot glue gun to attach them to the clothes pin.    I love the hot glue gun!

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  • The fun part is selecting an assortment of photos so that you have one for each month from the first year.    It’s very hard to choose just one!

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When complete find a place in your home to hang for the party.  Originally I was planning to hang them on the wall but it was an odd shaped narrow wall.  Nicole came up with a great suggestion to hang the garland on the mantle, it was the perfect size to hold all photos and made a great centerpiece for the room.  We are still enjoying it this week!

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This type of photo garland could be used for any occasion.  It’s a simple way to make a quick photo banner to hang on the fireplace, wall, or on a table.  

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I like how the paper clips attach easily to the ribbon and you tape the ribbon on so there are no tacks holes or marks left.

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baby girl birthday party

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We are getting ready to celebrate an important milestone, our baby girl is turning one in June!    It’s going to be a small celebration at home with family and a few friends.  I’d like to make a few special items to decorate for the important milestone. 

I found this lovely party invite at Tiny Prints.  I LOVE the pennant banner across the top, with the bright pinks, purple & teal blue colors.    I decided these would be the colors and I could use this look/theme to set everything else for the party.   The other thing I enjoy about the invite is getting to use 4 photos on the front of our baby girl.  These were taken when she was 7 months old and now’s a great time to share them with our friends and family.   I even have two more on the backside, I love doing double sided cards!

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This time I am going to make a fabric banner/bunting to hang up at the party.  I found this lovely Robert Kaufman fabric bundle at the Fat Quarter shop. 

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The colors are perfect:  teal blue, purple, pinks.  With cute birds, butterflies & flowers patterns.    This weekend I am going to make the bunting and I am excited to see how it turns out.  Updated:  here’s a link to the finished bunting banner

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The other thing I am making is a first year mini album that shows a photo that I’ve taken of baby Gwen in the same chair each month.     Updated:  here’s a link to the completed mini album

I found a lovely paper collection called Sketchbook (by Amy Tangerine) that has beautiful colors for a summer party (teal blue, bright pinks, yellow  and greens).  It will be the perfect backdrop for the mini album that I’d like to display at the party.    I also picked up the coordinating embellishment items in the collection (ribbons, embellishments and some brads)  to help decorate the three ring mini book. 

There are a few other things I might create for the party but these are the two main things I’ve got to complete.  I can’t wait to get going with these two projects!