Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Because I Love My Big Girl

I am making birthday invites for Big Girl J's fourth birthday. I enjoy making the invites. I have fun coming up with a theme and using my scrap booking items to have a cute and creative card. The problem is I find a theme I like, I make an invite 'template' and I get half way through the hard part of mass producing the invites and think to myself, "Why can't I just buy a pack of cheap invites and fill out the blank lines?!"
Last night Wonderful Husband said it was because I am making all the other mom's jealous. Really that doesn't have anything to do with it. I want my girls to look back at the birthday party scrapbook I hope to make for them one day and think that they always had the coolest birthday party. Maybe it is because we ask people not to bring presents, just come and have fun. We take any reason for a good BBQ and getting friends together.
Whatever the reason may be, I know, deep in my heart, I am crazy. This year I have the most invites to make than any year before due to her 15 friends at preschool. I should have taken that in to consideration. I am making 30 under the sea birthday invites. I decided a cute fish on the front with the colorful 'scales.' I had some really fun shine and glittery paper from a paper pack I had purchase a year or so ago. Each fish needs 10 one inch circle punches of the different colors. Two of each color, then the circles are cut in half and layered on the fish cut out. This means I have had to punch 300 one inch circles. I should have taken the hint at that point that I was in over my head. But no, I am stubborn and crazy. Yesterday I spent a total of five hours attaching the scales. FIVE HOURS! That is only attaching the scales. That doesn't include the 3 hours I spent the other night cutting out the fishes, punching out the circles, cutting the pretty paper, and mostly assembling the card.

Today there is still the wording to 'attach.' In my template I used little embellishments to attach the wording on the front and inside. I am starting to think glue is good enough. I need to conserve my energy and keep my remaining small amount of sanity that may be buried deep beneath the crazy, but if I still have some I am determined to keep it. And the invite for the scrapbook, that one can have the cute embellishments!


  1. Gosh, it doesn't seem like she should be having another b'day! I think your idea is charming..and would be more so if you only had five guests! (Our rule was the # of guests was the age of the celebrant plus one.) I will be glad to see the finished product.

  2. You will need to update your profile, soon! I know the party will go off without a hitch!

  3. That should be ....because you love your babies. We got the catalog. thank you. However, jann was there when I opened it.... that's probably gonna cost me.

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