A Fire Fighting Daydream

I am struggling with where to begin with this post, so let's start with a bit of backstory. As anyone who has checked out my blog has seen, I really enjoy creating complicated sets (especially daydreams) for photos of my kiddos. This creative energy is by no means limited to photography, although it does come out frequently in my work. In fact, I am almost ecstatic any time my kids suggest some crazy crafting adventure and I am always more than up to the task. In fact, I don't know if I've ever said know. 

What many people may not know is that one of my favorite things to craft is birthday invitations. Why? I honestly have no idea. Somehow though every year I try to create something just a bit more complicated than the year before. This year was different. I promised myself (read Chris) that I would not spend countless hours on each invitation and I would instead create something on photoshop and print it. *gasp* This year Alex wanted to have a Fire Truck themed birthday party. Easy. "What do you want on your invitation?" I asked. "....ummm... pop-up!" Alex replied. Crap. The seed was planted and the challenge was accepted. "We've done pop-ups before... what if we do... *thinking* pop-ups AND pull-tabs!" Yep. I have a sickness. I still tried to photoshop it, I actually made a whole prototype. I kept the prototype on my table for two weeks. I tried to love it. I did. It would have been so easy to just cut on the designated printed lines and ka-pow! instant pop-up card. It would have but as Abby pointed out, "Things just look better when they're hand-made."

I won't even tell you how many hours each card took to make. I had to create photoshop files of the fire truck, create "cut" files for my Silhouette cutter, glue tiny tiny letters to the card, stamp, glue, pop-up, and pull-tab. It was a crafter's dream and a husband's nightmare. The card became our daydream inspiration. In fact, I tried to bring the card to life through the day dream and I am so happy with how it turned out. When I asked Alex what his favorite part of his birthday party was he told me, "being a fire fighter." Yep. I won. It makes all of it worth it. But, don't worry Chris; next year I'll definitely just print something at Staples. 

Just so you can see the pop-up portion.

Just so you can see the pop-up portion.

Onto the daydream!

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