Sunday, September 18, 2011

Studio 5 - Capturing Growth Moments

A few weeks back, I got a call from Michelle at Studio 5, and she asked me to be a contributor! It looks like I will be doing a segment 6-8 segments throughout the next year!!

So today is the first segment of the line-up and it has been such a fun process to prepare!
It is all about Capturing your child's growth moments in a fun and creative way!

First off, I want to give a huge SHOUT OUT ... to two companies that I teamed up with for this segment! First, let me introduce you to
Not only did they allow me full creativity on their amazing website, and sponsor the projects for my segment ... but they were amazing enough to offer guests on my blog a $40 credit to spend by September 30th, 2011! You pay only the applicable shipping charges. Make sure to place your order before midnight on Friday, September30, when the event code expires. There is no minimum order, and your coupon code is MANDYDOUGLASS

The next company was Pro Digital Photos in Pleasant Grove, Utah. ( They are the same company I worked on my Christmas Cards with, as well as the photobook segment I did on Studio 5! These people make it happen and you won't be disappointed. Look below to see what they helped me create!

I wanted to give you a few details on the projects I made for my segment.


This product is what inspired me to do this segment in the first place. Stacy Julian did a promotion with the Paper Coterie on her blog a few months ago. I ordered one of these growth charts for my son! I loved it online, but I just about pee'd my pants when I got the actual product in the mail! AMAZING quality, beautifully designed, and SO versatile!
They are made out of fabric. You can place it on the wall directly, or do Iike I did and place it on masonry board and hang it on the wall. Either way, it is something you can take with you if you move and use for years to come! Click here to make one using your FREE promotion! (scroll down to the growth charts!)

Journals | made by
These journals were SO easy to create! I love having them around my house, because they are cute enough to leave out on the counter, and if you're like me ... you don't remember them if they aren't in eye site! (right?) Making both Journals took me about 10 minutes! SO easy. You can also make one of these using the free promotion. They can be personal, the funny things your kids say, etc. You can personalize them completely to you! Click here to get started!

My child @ ... Book | made by
There are THOUSANDS of websites to make photobooks on. Even ProDigital Photos makes amazing, personalized photobooks. I chose this one for my segment because of the theme. This book took me 1 hour to make. It was well designed and all I needed to do was upload my photos, and change the wording to match my Bryson.I did also add some text on my photos, displaying when each photo was taken. I loved how it turned out and can't wait to do one for each year of both of my boys! Click here to use your free code to make one for your son or daughter! Click here to check out the great photobooks you can create on

Memory Boxes | made by www.papercoterie.comI thought these looked cool on the website, however I was BLOWN A-WAY when I received mine in the mail! The quality is AMAZING, and it looks so great with the first few weeks of Bryson's pre-school products. They are on backordered until October. Click here to look at all the awesome styles, and get excited to order yours soon!

Vacation Wall | Made with products from

This is a project I have wanted to do for a few years now, and finally had an excuse and a deadline to get it done! You saw my "teaser" on my last postHere is how it was done. I created the file in Adobe Illustrator, then I put an amazing action, called Dirt Bag from Then I simply sent off the file to I sent it on a Friday and had it back by Wednesday. I am lucky that they are local, but since it is a website, they will ship anywhere! The wording did take me a while ... but I was SO pleased with how it turned out! If you would like to hire me to create one for your vacation wall and personalize it to your family, please email me!

Next came the frames and pictures. Prodigital Photos also printed all of my amazing photos. Their photo tech's made them look amazing. Click here to get information on their photo printing options!Lastly, came my frames. I went to our local "Good Will" called the Deseret Industries and picked up LOTS of frames for $1 each in a variety of sizes. Then I took them home and spray painted them to match my rug in the basement. It took a while, but it was worth every minute! I was so pleased with the outcome of my wall!

I hope a few of these projects were able to inspire you! Feel free to comment or email me with any questions on Today's segment. You may just find it on an upcoming segment!


Brad and Alison said...

sweet! Thanks for all the ideas and the promotion. Now I have to narrow it down to want I want to make first.

Jennifer Slaugh said...

What fun ideas. I have been wanting to do a picture collage for a while now and I think I might do mine just like yours!

Brooke Woodall said...

Fun segment today! That site is adorable! Also, random question... where did you get your top? It's super cute!

Marty said...

LOVED all of the projects that you shared today. I am happy to learn about these new companies and the great products they have to offer. Thought you did a great job on the segment. I was wondering if you would be willing to share which fonts you used for the subway wall art. Thanks Mandy

Susan Neal said...

Love it Mandy!

Brooke said...

Congratulations on your new 'job'... is that what we're calling it? Anyway, I am a new reader. Love your blog. And I love the wall.

I can't wait to read more.

Babblin' Brooke

Melanie Wyner said...

I was wondering if you could help me.. I tried a few times to make the growth charts, but everytime I go to check out and buy them the preview of my charts are with the websites pictures and names, not mine. Am I doing something wrong?? I have hit save and all so I don't know what's going on....

Douglass Family said...

They have an 800 number for customer service. Give them a call and they should be able to help ya! Good luck!!

Greg and Rendi said...

Great ideas! Is there a limit as to how many times you can use the promo code for paper coterie?

*katie said...

I love your vacation wall! Such a fun idea. And I love paper coterie, I've ordered a few posters from them that look fantastic and just today I ordered some memory books from them. So excited to get them next week!

Wendy said...

LOVE your photo wall! Congratulations on your sweet deal with Studio 5!

Brad and Britt said...

I LOVED your segment, and went to make my book today and order it, and it definately didn't work! It said that it was "already used, or the code had expired". I tried it during the day on Sept 30th. Too bad, because I really wanted one of those AT books I made for my son! Thanks for showing that company to me!

Greg and Rendi said...

Brittany- I hope you get this but I also had the same problem with it not working so I emailed them and they said they had a glitch in their system so they are allowing the coupon to be used today (Oct 3) till midnight for those who missed their chance so go ahead and try it and it should work!