2012 is the Year of the Girl! We celebrated 100 years of Girl Scouting this year with so many fun activities! I am so glad that our troop got to be a part of this momentous occasion. Now, we are at the end of the year and are winding up with a party to finish off the festivities of the whole past year.
Girl Scouting is all about empowering girls to make them into strong women and future leaders. The crafting world is full of former Girl Scouts! Also our motto is to ‘Use resources wisely’ Using digital supplies for scrapbooking aligns nicely with that philosophy!
To make the cupcakes I used the cupcake template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff and the mini envelopes were also a template set by Kelleigh. The papers I chose were perfect to celebrate a 100 Year Birthday. They are from a digital kit called Celebrate by Elise’s Pieces.
Let’s start with the mini envelopes because they are the easiest to make. Kelleigh’s template set is awesome, it includes 6 different kinds of envelopes, but I only used 3 different kinds for my mini envelopes. I opened up the .psd files of each envelope I wanted to use in Photoshop. Then I picked out which papers I wanted to use from the digital kit. From there it is an easy drag and drop to clip the digital papers to the template. After I had clipped digital papers to all 7 of my envelopes, I created a new file and dragged all the envelopes onto it so that I could print all of the envelopes at the same time.
My envelopes are sized at 1.5″ wide. I wanted to be sure they were small enough to fit inside the cupcakes. Inside the envelope is a tiny notecard congratulating my girls on being a part of the 100 Year Anniversary celebration. You could also use the mini envelope template set to create envelopes and notes as a note to or from the Tooth Fairy, or notes to or from your Christmas Elf. These are so cute and fun to make that you will come up with tons of ideas for them!
Next up are the cupcakes. These were also easy to make but just a bit more time consuming than the envelopes. I started off by loading the psd files of the template in Photoshop. Then I picked out some papers to use for the cupcake bottom and top. I clipped the papers to the templates and then printed them off full size, which was 8.5×11. This is where it got time consuming. Since I still have not purchased a Silhouette (on my wish list), I am using good old fashioned scissors!
After I got them all cut out, it is easy to form the cupcake by scoring and folding the along the lines on the template. A bone folder makes this task much easier!
Now it is time to assemble the cupcake. I used double sided tape to hold it all together. I started on one side, adding tape as I went until the cupcake came together.
Next up is the fun part – decorating the cupcakes! For the reddish color polka dotted one, I used decorative tape made by Heidi Swapp. I cut the pieces of tape to fit along each side of the cupcake. The tape holds the bottom part and top part of the cupcake together.
For the other cupcake, I pulled out some really old stuff from my stash called Magic Mesh. I wanted the yellow from the bottom part of the cupcake to still be visible so this mesh with the holes in it was perfect. I cut the pieces of mesh to fit on each side of the cupcake. It also holds the top and bottom parts together.
Final touches include a stack of buttons glued together on the polka dotted cupcake and a stack of silk and paper flowers glued together for the striped cupcake. I think the girls will really enjoy getting one of these to take home. Inside will be a special surprise – the mini notes, the last couple of patches they have earned and their yearly membership star.
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