Monday, December 15, 2014

12/15/14 - CPC: "Lite-Brite"

Happy Monday to you, my Bloggy Peeps!
I am in an amazingly great mood this Monday morning because... I am on vacation all week!
Whoo-hoo! ::proceeds w/ Happy Dance::
I always take a week off around Christmas so that I can get last minute Christmas stuff done as well as spend some time w/ my kids when they are on Christmas Break from school.  Well, this year only one is technically on "Christmas Break", the other is all grown up, graduated,  and a working man...but my being home allows me to squeeze in some quality time w/ him as well.
To kick off my awesome week, I am sharing the current challenge over at "Child's Play Challenges".
The inspiration for this challenge is the childhood toy "Lite Brite": 
I was inspired to scrap photos of the evolution of our decorated Christmas tree in 2013, which included lots of lights (click on image to enlarge):
"Cut, Fluff, Decorate, Done"
You have until the end of the month to link up a project inspired by this CPC challenge or the challenge we presented on 12.01.14.
Besides the "CPC" challenge, I was also inspired by the following:
"Use your Stuff" challenges require you to use stashed items: everything on my layout, except the alphas is over a year old ( all the papers are approximately 10 years old).

Now I need to bring the 'party down a bit by sharing a some bad news: this is CPC's final challenge.
The blog is closing down after this month.
It's sad when good things come to an end, but sometimes that's just the way it goes.
I hope you have enjoyed the inspiration CPC has provided over the years... I know I have and I will miss being a part of it.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

12/02/14 - CPC: "The Polar Express"

Hi, All!
I'm a day late.... but "better late than never", right?!
Today I am sharing the current challenge over at "Child's Play Challenges".
Here is the inspiration: 
 And my layout (click on image to enlarge):
 "Big Boy, Bigger Tree"
Journaling: "Joseph, 18, next to our 12 ft tree before the decorations. 12.8.13"
I was inspired not only by the Christmas theme but by the way the little boy is looking up
at the big train, much like my son is doing here, in the 2nd photo, at our Christmas tree.
I'm not in a very "bloggy" mood today, so I will just leave you w/ these final words:
You have until the end of the month to link up a project inspired by this challenge or the challenge we will present on 12.15.14.
Good Luck!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

11/27/14 - "Get Messy" November Prompt

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
I doubt anyone will be reading blogs today, but if you do and happen to read mine, today I'm sharing what I created for the "Get Messy" November Prompt.
The prompt was as follows:
Journaling Challenge - "Pick one word that describes you right now.  Just one word"

Art Challenge - "Play with the word you picked. Use letter stickers, cut out your word from magazines and create a collage,  write your word a hundred times on a piece of paper and use it as a background, use paint to write your word...the main focus should be on your word."

I wanted to pick a word that would allow me to write a blog post that was somewhat philosophical but when I sat down and asked myself the question "What word describes me right now?"  the answer was "hungry", LOL!
I started a diet 2 weeks ago and darn it if I don't feel hungry...ALL THE TIME!  
And that makes me kinda angry. 
And when you put those two words together you get the word "Hangry".
So the one word to describe me right now is Hangry.

So my page was created with images from  the web, some washi tape I had in my stash and never used (love it!), and some journaling: the "Get Messy" prompt info and the amount of weight I've lost so far. 
Thanks for stopping by! 
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go enjoy a little bit of stuffing and pumpkin cheesecake, my Thanksgiving faves, and a whole lot of water and try REALLY hard not to be "hangry", LOL !!

Monday, November 24, 2014


Happy Monday to you!
I'm not usually a fan of Monday's but since it's Thanksgiving week and I only work 3 days, I will make an exception!
I don't know about you but sometimes I feel like no matter how hard I try I cannot seem to get creative.
Other times I feel like the creativity is just pouring out of me.
This weekend was a good one creatively!
Despite being busy, I created 3 layouts: 1 on Friday, 1 on Saturday, and 1 on Sunday.
Friday's layout (click on image to enlarge):
"Did We Just Become BFFs?!"
Journaling: "The closest they've ever been w/out fighting. Panini walked up
to a sleeping Ivanna, gave her a few sniffs, and then settled down next
to her for her nap. 11.12.14"
As I was creating this layout I was thinking of what to title it and the line "Did we just become best friends?!" from the movie "Step Brothers" popped in my mind, so that's what I used.
Saturday's layout (click on image to  enlarge):
"My 39th B-day"
".Quality time w/ my husband
."Gone Girl" the movie
.Big Macs and Pumpkin Pies at McDonalds
.A visit to the Pumpkin Patch
.A Pumpkin Bundt Cake
= A great birthday!
Flower Journal Spot says: "Photo Bombed Selfie LOL!"  

As you can tell from my journaling, I love simple pleasures!

Sunday's layout (click on image to enlarge):

Journaling: "After the present opening we settled down to watch
"Rise of the Guardians" 12.25.13"

I used sketch #94 from "My Scraps and More":

On Friday, I also created a page for the "Get Messy" November prompt.
I can't share it w/ you just yet, but I will share a sneak peek:

I was able to do this along w/ my usual chores: a visit to the bank, laundry, dishes, grocery shopping etc...,  and the extras of: 2 Appts,  Christmas shopping, shopping for a new washer since ours died, helping my husband and my daughter re-paint her room, and picking out our Christmas tree:
It was a good weekend!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

11/19/14 - Art Journal Pages 26 - 29

Sometimes I feel like I talk or, in the case of my blog, write too much.
So today I will just get right into why I'm here: to share my latest pages:
"First Time Lotto Players
Just wanted to document the first time David and I played the lotto.
We didn't win...bummer!
"Just Keep Coloring..." 
I mention in another post that I liked coloring so I decided to doodle some linked circles and color them. While I was coloring I kept repeating in my head "just keep coloring" in Dory's voice from "Finding Nemo" so I decided to write that at the bottom.
"1D - Cartoon Version"
This one is my favorite!!! I saw the cartoon versions of "One Direction" online and just had to draw them myself! The original artist, who was not cited, drew them much better than I did, but he/she still made them very cartoon-like, so this is a pretty good representation of the original... 
When I showed my daughter she ABSOLUTELY LOVED it and could tell who they each were. Although how hard is it to tell who the last one is? He is the only blonde in the group: Niall!
Not to mention he is her favorite!
A little 1D trivia: Niall's not a natural blonde! LOL!
"My Mood Right Now" 
Self explanatory . 
I wasn't in a good mood and felt like "Grumpy Bear" so I googled and printed out his image, fussy cut it and glued it, along w/ a "frame" I made, onto my page.  I also doodled on him in blue to add some color.
Short and sweet, yes?
You're welcome! LOL
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 17, 2014

11/17/14 - Project Life Cards on Non-Project Life Projects

Hello my bloggy friends and readers! 
I hope you all are well! 
The reason I am here to day is this:
If you read my last post, I mentioned how I like to use Project Life (PL) cards on my layouts.
I also shared this layout:
This made me curious as to how many other layouts I have used my PL cards on.
A bit of background for those who don't know:
1) I asked for and received Project Life supplies last Christmas with the plan to complete a 2014 Project Life Album  (never... completed... 1... page, DOH!)
2)  I am the Queen of Unfinished Projects (well generally any that are more than one page, LOL)
So basically the PL supplies were doomed to sit in my stash collecting cobwebs.
I took a break from scrapping in February 2014 and started up again in June 2014. Since that time I have created 28 layouts and of those 28 I have used PL cards on 12 of them...that's nearly half.
Some of the layouts I have used more than 1, such as the one above where I used 3 cards.
So I decided to put together a showcase of sorts of all those layouts and include the amount of cards used on each.
Some of these have been shared before.
(click on each image to enlarge):
1 PL card

2 PL cards
1 PL card

1 PL card

2 PL cards
1 PL card

2 PL cards

1 PL card

2 PL cards

2 PL cards
3 PL cards
 I have used 1 on an  Art Journal Pages as well:
1PL card
Total Project Life cards used is 22.
Not bad for somebody who doesn't actually do Project Life.
As you can see I used them in a variety of was: as a journaling spot, as "pattern paper" layers, and as a title spot...sometimes even combining the techniques.
As I said in my previous blog post, I actually like it better than using patterned paper because there is less of a need to cut. In fact most of the time I don't cut at all, which also means less leftover or wasted paper.  Plus I find it is sometimes hard to cut into a whole piece of paper when I only need a small portion of it for my layout.

The only drawback that I see to using the cards are that unless you buy lots of different collections, the variety of each one is a bit limited.  The regular sized collections are a bit expensive but I did recently notice on Amazon that their are smaller kits available.
Guess what I put on my Christmas list?! ;0)
BTW - My PL album, "Sea Foam Edition",  and pack of Pocket Pages ARE collecting dust! I need to see if I can find someone to buy them off of me... at a discounted rate.
If you know anyone, have them send me an e-mail at

Saturday, November 15, 2014

11/15/14 - CPC: Hot Wheels

It's time for another challenge over at  "Child's Play Challenges" !
"Hot Wheels" is the inspiration:
I was instantly inspired to create a layout about the High School Graduation Present we gave our son: a car.....his first car (click on image to enlarge).
 "First Car"
Journaling: "June 3rd, 2014 
Joseph's High School graduation day. We gave him his present: a
2001 Toyota Echo. We also put out a set of luggage as a joke"
When I bought the BG paper, I bought it w/ the thought of using it for a birthday layout...but I just loved the way it looked w/ the other pieces of this layout so I decided to use it here instead. I may buy another sheet though, because I really like the paper!
Besides the BG paper I layered 3 large sized Project Life Cards. I asked for the set last Christmas  w/ the thought of actually completing a PL album, but yeah, that never happened! The cards are coming in handy for regular layouts though. In fact there are times I prefer them more than using actual PP for my layering; no cutting necessary!  I'm thinking of getting another kit of cards some day, but only once I've put a dent I in the one I have first.
And just because I already described the way I created the rest of the layout, I'll just mention that besides the BG paper and PL cards, all I added was 2 Doodlebug stickers and some title letters and journaling.  There really isn't much to this layout, but as it always seems, the less I do the more I love it! That's not a good thing for my scrap stash though!

Hope your inspired!
Make sure to share your layout w/ us by the end of the month ( a few days before if you can)!