Posts Tagged ‘crafts’

A Stocking Stuffer Idea for the Creative People in Your Life

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A Stocking Stuffer Idea for the Creative People in Your Life | Live Colorful

I’m lucky to partner with BLOT supplies this holiday season, and inspire you with this fun and colorful stocking stuffer idea that every creative mom, student, kid will love to find on Christmas morning!

We finally moved into our new home and we couldn’t be happier to see the house looking organized and clean.

We opened the last box over thanksgiving weekend, and it was a box full of Christmas decorations. I was so excited about getting the house ready for the holidays, again! since we already had the decorations out in the other house days before we knew that we had to move. It’s funny now, but it was chaotic for a few days. I still can’t believe we decorated two houses in a month!

So the magic happened last Saturday night. I made hot cocoa, and we started to put together the christmas tree and spread around the house some ornaments, lights, ribbons and our cute Christmas stockings.

A Stocking Stuffer Idea for the Creative People in Your Life | Live Colorful

This is the first time we have a fireplace to hang the stockings. It’s exciting to imagine Jaxon’s face when he discovers that there are presents inside the stockings!

It’s not a secret that I’m a big fan of cute and colorful school supplies, since I love making TO-DO lists everyday and I’m all about being productive and creative. Jaxon loves doodling with that kind of material too! For some reason gel pens and highlighters are way more fun than crayons. That’s probably why I got the idea of asking dad to fill our stocking with pretty coloring pens, highlighters, sticky notes and other cute things from BLOT supplies.

Check out more about BLOT and their products. I’m sure you can find some fun supplies to give as gifts this holiday season!

A Stocking Stuffer Idea for the Creative People in Your Life | Live Colorful

A Happy Holidays Garland Idea

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A Happy Holidays Garland with Love+Lemon Craft Co. and Live Colorful

The holiday season is approaching fast, and that is inspiring tons of creative ideas I would love to make for the special people in my life. That’s why I’m so excited about collaborating with one of the cutest brands out there, Love+Lemon Craft Co., and using their products in my projects.

Happy Holidays Crafts with Love+Lemon Craft Co. and Live Colorful

In case you have never heard of them, Love+Lemon Craft Co. is an online shop that focus on paper crafting. They sell the cutest brads, fun washi tape designs and unique stickers designs, and they also feature some novelty/party items such as enamel pins, iron-on patches and banner kits.

This week I started to personalize the homemade presents that I’m making for family and friends. I used a few different washi tape designs to add a special touch to the jars and make them look unique for each person.

Happy Holidays Crafts with Love+Lemon Craft Co. and Live Colorful

Happy Holidays Crafts with Love+Lemon Craft Co. and Live Colorful

I also created something simple and pretty to hang next to the Christmas tree. I wanted to cover a small empty space in the wall that was driving me a bit crazy, so this easy project was perfect for that.

Happy Holidays Garland and a Free Printable | Live Colorful

I thought it would be fun to make an illustration of a christmas tree to decorate that empty space on the wall. I used watercolors to draw it, then I scanned it and put together a printable in case you would like to add it to your holiday projects too. 

Download the printable HERE or click on the image below.

Happy Holidays Garland and a Free Printable | Live Colorful

 

To assemble the garland, I stuck the illustrations on top of a few gift tags using sparkly washi tape. I added some twine and hung the gift tags using clothespins. Simple and joyful!

Happy Holidays Garland and a Free Printable | Live Colorful

Happy Holidays Garland and a Free Printable | Live Colorful

Happy Holidays Garland and a Free Printable | Live Colorful

I love how versatile, chic and fun are all the Love+Lemon Craft Co. products are. I can’t wait to start making something for New Years. I want to use some alphabet stickers, washi tape, pendant paper pads and stickers! I’m thinking about decorating my new home entrance to receive guests for a New Year’s Eve party, and maybe some awesome New Year’s Eve DIY earrings!

Any crafts / DIY projects in mind for the Holiday season?

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

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Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

A few months ago I received an email from a lifestyle director inviting me to collaborate with Parents Latina magazine and Family Fun magazine on a few projects inspired by the Day of the Dead celebration. I remember reading through the email and thinking that it must be a small collaboration for their website, but it ended up being an actual feature in the printed edition of Parents Latina magazine and Family Fun magazine!

We worked together for a couple of weeks. Sending emails back and forth with ideas, inspirational boards, sketches, drafts and photos of the actual finished projects.

Their team was amazing and really helpful! I remember the day I had to send the finished products to their offices in New York for the photoshoot. I was exhausted that morning because I had to stay up late the night before, finishing all the details on the sugar-skull pillows and then as you can imagine, my motherhood responsibilities woke me up at 6am! I survived the morning in Jaxon’s class with tons of coffee. That afternoon I put Jaxon in his crib hoping he would take a nap, but he didn’t love the idea.

It’s funny, but I was so scared the mini paper nichos were going to get ruined inside the box, so I packed them inside some tupperware next to the memory card game and tons of tissue paper. I also watched a youtube video about how to pack artwork to make sure I was as protecting the tissue paper transfer art piece.

Some pictures of the projects before finishing them below:

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

 

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

 

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

 

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

  • ABOVE. The tissue-paper transfer art piece took me a long time! I had to figure out a way to make the project easy to make for the kids, but when I got the perfect material and created the template everything was fun and simple!  Find the DIY tutorial and template here: 4 Fun Day of the Dead Crafts for Kids

I wish I had a picture of me walking from the parking lot to the USPS offices. I put Jaxon in a stroller and on top of the stroller, a humongous box. I maneuver like an expert with one hand, trying to protect Jaxon’s head from the box and holding the tissue paper transfer art piece in the other hand. I’m sure it was hilarious to watch from far away.

Two days ago, I finally met Grace Bastidas, the editor of Parents Latina and Ser Padres at the #WeAllGrowFamilia conference in Los Angeles. We talked about the collaboration and she gave me a copy of the Parents Latina issue with all the projects I created. It felt great to see the projects in print after putting so much work into them.

Live Colorful Day of the Dead Crafts Featured in Parents Latina Magazine

I invite you to check out the 4 Day of the Dead Crafts for Kids that I created on the Parents Latina website. You can also find some templates there and all the instructions to create something amazing with your kids.

It makes my heart smile when I think about the Day of the Dead as the inspiration behind the projects I created. Seeing the pictures of the projects brings back memories of my childhood. I can see my mom, beside me, while I hold scissors, glue, felt and paper, and together creating memories while we talk about abuelito and tia rosa.

Dia de los Muertos is special because of the meaning behind the tradition, but also the colors. It connects with me on a deep level, because just like live colorful, day of the dead is all about celebrating life and cherishing the moments we spend with the people we love, even if they are not with us anymore.