Sunday, January 31, 2016

Nursery and Baby Shower - Digital Project Life

I've always enjoyed scrapbooking and a few years ago I gravitated towards the easier verison - Project Life. However, life is busy and I still haven't been able to keep up. I'm hoping to get caught up in the next couple months, but in the mean time I decided to switch to Digital Project Life.

If you know me personally I'm pretty big into computers, but I don't have much experience at all with Photoshop. Thankfully my computer already had Photoshop Elements and I watched a couple tutorials to get started. I think I know enough of the basics now.

For the Baby book I decided on Becky Higgins - Stampin' Up - Digital Project Life Set - Hello Baby Boy. The colors suited the Nursery theme and it has super cute animals. I've starting designing some base pages that all I'll need to do is add the pictures and then there are a few I've been able to finish. I'll post those below. 

Please give me some feedback and suggestions!

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

DIY Baby Boy Nursery - Weekend Sewing

I haven't posted an update on the Nursery lately. Last Month I didn't get a whole lot completed, I was too busy getting ready for Christmas and dealing with being pregnant. I'm feeling a lot better now and some days have enough energy to get stuff done!

I finally finished the glider. My Father-in-Law did the footstool for me since the fabric had to be stapled down to the cushion and taken apart from the base. I took off the girl fabric I had on it from my first and replaced with a micro-fiber dark gray fabric then sewed a pillow cover for contrast. I made sure to make the covers removable (other than the footstool), so they could be washed easily if needed.

My next project was the bumper pads.Yes I know they are not recommended, but it is my decision and I am using them. I also use the Snuza and/or Angelcare Monitors, so I feel secure in my child's safety. If he makes a habit of sleeping against them and setting off the alarms then they will be removed of course. I did one bumper all on my own, then the next 5 I sewed together all the pieces but my Mother-In-Law stuffed them and hand sewed the openings closed for me. They turned out a tad small, but once put on the crib they flatten out better. Not sure if the tutorial wasn't that great that I followed or if I cut them wrong, whatever at least they work!

For the crib skirt I decided to just do an easy one that won't move every single time you change the mattress cover! That was such a pain when dealing with my firsts crib set. So this time I just sewed rectangles and I only did one for the side and one for the front that is seen. No point in making a skirt for a side that is up against a wall! With as small as his room is I won't need the others. The skirt will be attached to the metal springs using Velcro, right now its just tucked in to see how it looks. Hoping to get some gray fitted sheets to tie it all together. Here is the crib with the front skirt and one of the bumpers.

Then last, but not least is the book "sling". This piece was beat up and ugly when I got it at a thrift store and the book sling was made of primary colors and dingy. Alan and I painted and sealed it the turquoise color. I found black baskets at Michaels on clearance, of course. Then I put off the book sling. I knew it would all be one piece of fabric which was different than what was on it before and it took all my brain power today to figure out the appropriate sizes and places to sew! I still made the back sling a little deep, but the larger board books will be great back there when he gets older. These are all books I saved from my daughter's baby days. She's enjoyed looking through them again.

Here it is without the baskets, just the sling:

Here it is with the baskets:

Now for the furniture! My Father-In-Law is a great with building furniture and since he build my firsts dresser and bookcase I wanted to continue the tradition. He followed through, exactly with what I imagining and wanting!

The dresser and changing table:

The dresser is already packed full of clothes and diapers. I have one drawer full of Newborn and swaddles and another full of 0-3 Months! The top three drawers hold - Fabric Wipes, Socks, then disposable Honest diapers respectfully. Here are the cloth diapers organized:

The bench and storage:
Without bins:

With the turquoise bins (from Target) which are all full of soft books, toys, and blankets:

On Christmas Eve we got the new Roller Shades my parents were generous to buy for us. These windows are huge in this house and any window coverings had to be special ordered. We have bad allergies, so curtains are not a good idea! These are the same ones we already had in our Master Bedroom, and my parents also got the shades for Adeline's room at the same time. When you roll them up you barely even notice the roller at the top since they are white and the window is white. I love it.

We're getting there! Next I need to make the bench seat and work on the wall decor. Thinking of doing a gallery wall above the dresser and shelving unit. So I'm starting to collect some pieces. Any ideas?