Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Happy Birthday, Zaniac the Maniac ~

Hi there!  Sorry I was MIA for so very long from the old bloggo!  Thanks for all the emails inquiring if all was a-ok, as well.  We’ve had a lot going on around these parts – trying to re-finance the house has been more than a PITA, got to go on a fabulous two week road trip to Disneyland, Sea World and back through Vegas {pics to come soon!}, and release week for Lil’ Inker Designs once we got back.  My mojo was back in California I think!  It took me forever to make something.  So frustrating!  Oh well, I ended up getting it all done.  Now, my little guy has turned 5 – aack!  I turned 35 five days before his birthday.  My birthday was spent at the soccer field because he had a double header.  I can now officially say that I’m a soccer mom – what?!?!? Anyhow, Z totally loves anything and everything Army, so we had to have an army themed birthday party.  It was a blast!  But I am so glad that it’s over.  We can finally just settle back into life without so many big things going on!

I decided to make him a little 8x8 scrapbook layout for his birthday.  I pinned a couple question sets to ask your kiddos on their birthdays every year a while back and wanted to make sure I actually did it instead of talking about it/thinking about it and never getting it done. lol  I’m the worst about that!  So I printed out The General from Saturated Canary at about 5.5 inches tall.

This image is so totally Z!  I colored him for DH birthday card back in August also.  Z likes to dress up and play all the time in his Army BDUs, so I colored this kiddo up like that.  Hubby says I still need to work on leaving areas light to almost white, but it’s so hard!!  This page just says Happy Birthday with the questionnaire on the next page.

I used Papertrey Ink dies for all the lettering and numbers.  For ease and, hopefully, longevity of the piece, I ran the paper through a Xyron machine first and made them all stickers.  I added a couple of staples to be able to enter this in The Saturated Canary challenge #27 to use office supplies.

Here’s the second page.  I downloaded a free font called Top Secret to make his invitations and make the page with all his answers. 

I made a little set of dog tags for him as well.  I didn’t include a social security number or religious views, but they’re fun!  I hope I keep up with this each year.  It’ll be fun to see his answers!  Here’s the two of them side by side.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope to get back to creating more now that the weather is cooling down.  Have a super week!  ;o) lyss


1. Cute Card Thursday #236: Letters & Numbers

2. JUGS #156: Numbers

3. Oozak #7: Die cuts

4. Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes (It’s their 5th Bday too!  Happy Birthday!)

5. Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes {my favorite type of challenge!!}


Carrie said...

Love this!

June Nelson said...

Wow brilliant card love it, thanks for joining in with us at SC its so nice to have you huggies June xxxxxxxxx

Cristin Fransen said...

Happy B-day to you both!! A big YAY for a road trip! Takes so long to get back to "normal", but sounded GREAT! You know I would love to see some pics :) Enjoy hearing about your lovely fam! I love your questions! Would that be easy to send me? I want to do that, too! Great idea! Hugs!

Lorraine A said...

Fabulous card Alyssa :-) I am sure he loves his card and it sounds like he had a brilliant party too ! :-)

Happy Birthday to you both :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp and PTW Challenges :-)
Lols x x x

Vicky said...

Super awesome card love the image & love the camoflage.

Thank you for joining us girlies over at Saturated Canary, hope you will join us again.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Lisa Kind said...

Adorable! Your coloring is fabulous (don't listen to hubby! LOL!) and that image is so cute! And I love that your 5 year old son loves Paint It Black by the Stones! Love that about him cause I love the Stones too! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

Marisa said...

This is fabulous!! Great image and not too "fru-fru" for a 5 year old and the 20 questions is such a great idea!! I see he knows about the finer seafood available (crab legs). Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls this week!

Janine said...

Wonderful pages - love the idea of recording the answers to those questions.

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie this is so gorgeous, perfect sweetie, thank you for joining us at Saturated Canary this week huggles Pops x x x

Leigh Ann Baird said...

This is the best idea! I want to do something like this for my girls. Perfect coloring as always!

Wida said...

as a scrapbooker, I love this idea and well, your images are awesomely colored

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Awesome card! Congrats on winning the Saturated Canary challenge!! Wends x

Chris said...

this is very cute!! love the camo!

Tinker Planet said...

Your card made me smile real good... Thanks for joining the Oozak October challenge!