This handmade gift I made for my friend, Anna, is inspired of that time when we had lunch at their place a few days after Christmas, her family and mine played CHARADES and laughed and shouted like there was no tomorrow. It's such a happy memory that both our families will never forget, for sure. 

So now that they are going back to the US for good, I wanted to give her something to remind her of our friendship... something the family can play with. And when they do, they will remember us. 

These are boxes are made using my Sizzix Bigshot machine and the Sizzix Mini Recipe Box & Cards Thinlits Die Set by Where Women Cook. 

Each box contains the family's favorite food, movies or memorable family events. (I asked Anna to give me a list of these things, and she trusts me enough to give the list to me without asking why. Only a true friend would do that.) I would then write all things on the mini cards and keep them in the cards accordingly. Here's how I made this Charades boxes... 

I usually start by deciding on which paper to use. I love this Poolside Paper collection from Crate Paper for its happy & cool theme. So I made my Sizzix sandwich that's made of Sizzix magnetic Platform + Sizzix standard cutting pad +paper + thinlits box die facing down + cutting pad. I then rolled the sandwich trough the machine to have these box die-cuts, scored and ready to be folded and assembled. 

Here are the boxes.. ready to be made and embellished! 

This thinlits die set comes with a decorative die which you can use to embellish the box. I die-cut 3 pieces of the patterned paper and anothe 3 pieces in yellow as a mat, using the same steps I mentioned above when I cut the box. 

Next, I adhered the accents to the boxes and added the Prima crystals. And now, to label the boxes, I picked a sticker sheet from October Afternoon. To make sure that the alphas are centered, I first stick it to a clear ruler ...

... and then transfer it to where it should be. I just saw this trick from the internet years ago and it has always been so useful!

Now that the boxes are ready, I can write the items on the cards! 

Charades game, prettified, is ready! :) 

Sizzix Bigshot machine
Sizzix Mini Recipe Box & Cards 
paper - Crate Paper, Poolside
crystals - Prima

Tinker Bell Invite for Sizzix

Check out my Sizzix inspiration post using the Sizzix dress form die HERE :) enjoy! 

Good Stuff | Project Life for Made With Love

Hey there project lifers! Here's a 2-page spread for you! I used these old photos when the two boys were still small and much cuter. I miss them like this but I tell myself to enjoy them NOW. Because soon, I will also miss how they are today. Live in the moment.  And take lots of photos! haha.

I made these pages using a couple of white cardstock and JUST. ONE. PACK. of these Insta Square from Simple Stories. Available at Made With Love

It's amazing how much cool stuff this little pack can contain! The square designs are cute and cool at the same time. Perfect for the B&W photos I printed in different sizes. 

When I do project life, I also have these regulars: washi tapes, wood chips, die-cuts, pins, adhesives and my scissors. 

Here are the few simple steps I do when I create project life pages: 

1. Cut the white cardstock according to shapes and size of my page protectors.
2. Arrange my photos and try to distribute these around the page.
3. Fill the rest of the cards with the Insta Squares. I try to have balance when I distribute the colors.
4. Add washi tapes, pins, wood chips, buttons... etc.
5. Write thoughts and sentiments on the cards. 

It's fast and easy because when you use papers and embellishments from one collection, and in this case, from JUST. ONE. PACK... the colors are all coordinated :) Life becomes easy peasy! Because that's what scrapbooking should be. Fun and stress free. Right?

Look how much stuff I still got after finishing the 2-page spread! Maybe I can still make a mini album out of it :)

Flower Hair Band Tutorial

While there are so many urgent and exciting things going on at my side of the world right now. I feel so blessed to still find time to make pretty things. Thanks to Benjo for telling me to never ever stop scrapbooking and crafts (I bet he did that so I won't stop him from his biking too haha!). So this morning, before I left home for a very important task somewhere in Orchard, I spent about 30 minutes making this hair band. 

Yes that's how easy it is. As long as you have all the things you need + the 30 minutes, you're good to go! 

So the things I used for this are my Sizzix Bigshot Machine, Sizzix Cutting Pad, scissors, Sizzix  Flower Layers and Leaf die, felt, buttons, adhesive and a headband. 

If you take a closer look at the Sizzix flower die, you will see the shapes. Cut the felt according to the size of these shapes. 

And since the Sizzix Bigz dies can cut thick materials (chipboards, magnet, fabric, and a lot more!) you can actually layer the felt cut-outs like this and cut all the shapes needed at one go. 

Layer the sandwich in this order from bottom to top: Sizzix standard cutting pad  + die + felt + cutting padRoll the sandwich through the Bigshot. 

Layer the flower and leaves die-cuts with Beacon's glue and add button. You may glue or sew the button to the flower.  I prefer sewing because it adds a nice touch. Some felts may be soft so what you can do to stiffen it is to spray it with your hair spray :) it works!

See I told you it's easy :) I hope you like my simple project! Until next time :)

Love life and live it!
Gen :)