Tuesday, August 30, 2016

#GrandmaToAKindergartener (eeek, where has the time gone!?)

It's funny with kids. Turn your head away for just a few seconds, and they've grown up from an infant to heading off to school, and the next thing you know, they'll be heading to college and getting married ....

Darling Charlotte, my first grandbaby, started kindergarten today. I swear it feels like just yesterday that she was taking her first steps, saying her first words.  So now I am officially a #GrandmaToAKindergartener.

To celebrate this occasion, her Mom Emily and I collaborated on a few crafting goodies that will help her, and us, remember this day and other first days in the years ahead.

First, I made a card. It's a side-step card, and the paper I used is Close To My Heart's new "Swan Lake" suite, available beginning September 1. I added stamped images from the CTMH stamp set "School Kids", as well as some text cut using my Cricut Explore.

Next, Emily dropped off a very large pink shirt, and asked if I could make a "Class of 2029" to affix to the shirt. I used heat transfer vinyl and designed the cut, again, with the Cricut Explore. The idea behind the shirt is to have Charlotte pose in it every year until she fills it out, in 2029.

The most time-consuming project was making a chalkboard sign for Emily and Charlotte to complete annually, to pose with in their yard.

Emily bought the simple framed chalkboard at Michael's for about $10.  In my stash, I had hoarded a lot of vinyl (both matte and glossy) in a variety of colors. Again, using the Cricut Explore, I set the text in a selection of fun fonts; where the information would change annually, Emily wrote that information in chalkboard markers that she also purchased at Michael's.  Here's the finished project; please don't mind some of the privacy edits. We can never be too safe with our special kiddos.

And today the big day came:

(Baby brother, Evan)
...and just for kicks, let's compare Charlotte's mom Emily (left) on her first day of kindergarten (age 5) with Charlotte on her first day of kindergarten (age 5.5):


Karla Yungwirth said...

These projects are absolutely precious! What lovely reminders of this special day, and I especially love the photos of mom and daughter! Thanks so much for joining us for the FCCB challenge this week! Hugs, DT Karla

Diana Lynn Martin said...

Oh my! These projects are just too cute for words! I can definitely appreciate how much work went into all of this! The best part is that you are creating a precious family memory! Thank you so much for joining us at FCCB!

Diana ♥
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FCCB Design Team

Penny Light/Light Whimsy said...

I loved reading this whole story, all your work, your obvious love for your grand-daughter, the card, the cricut cuts, the t-shirt idea- her sassy dancy stance at her front door and your FANTASTIC work on that chalkboard. Thank you for sharing your talent with us at Fantabulous Cricut!