I know a lot of people make fun of scrapbooking. C'mon, you know who you are. (I'm mostly talking to my husband here.) But I cannot tell you the number of times my scrapbooking skills and supplies have come in handy around here.
I am a paper nerd and a borderline hoarder, so I have LOTS of stuff waiting to find its new home in this new house of ours! Lucky thing too because Ethan was set on having Mario cupcakes for his birthday. And who am I to break the kid's heart?
First he wante chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and chocolate chips sprinkled on the top. All I was picturing was a poo-cake because let's face it, that's what it would look like.
Thankfully, I still have veto power.
I found the Mario images online, lined them up in Photoshop and printed them off. Worked like a charm. They were perfect! All you have to do is put a toothpick between the Mario and a black mat and you're good to go.
Oh, and do I need to point out that I'm not a whiz when it comes to cake decorating? This is seriously going to be my next new hobby. I want to learn. I want to be on Cupcake Wars.
In spite of my lack 'o talent, the cupcakes still turned out super cute. I credit Mario with that. And my friend Liz because when I was asking on Facebook where I could get Mario stickers she called me and said "uh, why don't you just print them out?"
The other great idea from my Facebook friend and scrapbooker extraordinaire, Kelly Noel...Mario mustaches! On sticks! I found a template online and Adam cut them out for me. (Give me a break here, it was like, 10 p.m. when I started this project!)
He helped me assemble them too...and Ethan LOVED them...
We made a bouquet and took one for each kid in his class. I probably should've waited because the kids were so busy playing with their mustaches they weren't paying attention. I felt bad, but they were super cute!
Just like Ethan's sweet teacher...
They sang happy birthday and Ethan got to pass out the treats...it was so fun to be there and see how sweet the kids in his class are.
Then, they all have to wait for Ethan to take the first bite...which he did with gusto.
I sat back and watched the kids eat the near-melted cupcakes (it was hot that day--I was a little worried they were going to turn to mush...) and they all became Marios with their mustaches.
I sort of hate that Ethan's birthday is right at the beginning of the school year--at least the last two years when there hasn't been enough time to make new friends...but it didn't seem to matter this time. We really had a great weekend celebrating our little Mario.
For more information on some of the products I used, check out my post today on the Scrapbook Adhesives blog!
P.S. I'm thinking about categorizing this post under "Natural Health." Fitting, right?