Wednesday, December 7, 2016

12/07/16 - "Baby, It's Cold Outside"

The layout I am sharing today was inspired by a few challenges...
One of them was the "December Scraplift Your Favorites" Challenge.
For those that don't know what scrap lifting is, here is a definition:
Now that you're all educated, it's time to share some layouts!
 * * * * *
First,  the original...the inspiration... created by 'Scrapanda' :
"Happy Days"
Link to the layout and her gallery:
And now...  my version:
"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
Journaling: Hamlet, warm and cozy inside on a cold December Day"
"Friday, 12.02.16"

I think the parts I lifted are pretty obvious so I won't go into detail.
It's been a while since I participated in the (monthly) challenge, and lifting such a wonderful original reminded me how much fun it is.
It's a great way to create without thinking too much and sometimes it forces you to step out of your comfort-zone, but in a good way!
Do you scrap lift?
I'd love to know and if you have any examples of it I would love to see also.
You can include a link in your comment.
Just for FYI -  
My layout was also heavily inspired by the following Challenges:
> December National ______ Day  
  - - - 1 of the 3 challenges I'm hosting - - -
Inspired by December 3rd - "National Roof Over Your Head Day"
Our piggy, Hamlet, is nice and warm INSIDE the house
I used a house sticker to emphasize that
*NO TWIST* None given

>Scrap Your Pet /Animal
-A photo of our piggy Hamlet
*INCLUDES TWIST* of blue and silver:
There's blue in the photo, one of the hearts is turquoise blue, and 2 of the embellishments are silver.

>Music Challenge - Category 1 - Lyrics
Song Lyrics from the song w/ the same title: "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using a Christmas Song
Also included in the following Challenges:

29 Used
- Alphas (18)
- Self Adhesive Hearts (3)
- File/journaling tab
- House
- "xoxo"
- Self Adhesive flower
- Wood button
- red/white "ticket"
- "memories"
- brown tab sticker under at the bottom (under memories)
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using stickers from 3 different sticker sheets - I used stickers from 7 different sheets

23 Items Used
- Alphas (18)
- doily
- flower
- button
- brown tab sticker under at the bottom (under memories)
- striped PP
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using 12 or more hoarded items

>Scrap W/ Your Scraps
1 scrap: the striped PP


Monday, November 21, 2016

11/21/16 - November "Ugly Paper" Challenge

For the November Ugly Paper Challenge.

Reminder of the rules:

1. After signing up, the host gives your name and address to another participant
2. The other participant sends you 2 "ugly" papers and at least one ugly embellishment
3. You MUST use both papers; the embellishment(s) is optional
4. You are allowed to use other items as well, as long as the 2 "ugly" papers are included in the layout
5. You are allowed to alter the papers and, if used, the embellishment(s) but they must still be recognizable

November "Uglies"

This one was a toughie!
But here's what I came up with...

I am sharing 2 copies of the layout.
A blurry copy shot from high above w/ my camera so you can see the shininess of the papers.
And a scanned copy which is clearer but doesn't show the shininess.

"Get Away"

A photo of David and me from 2015.
We were drinking and being silly and he was taking a "selfie" of us and I decided to lean in for a kiss and he decided...
to make that face... LOL

I posted it on Instagram w/ the caption:
"Hey! Don't diss my kiss!"

I then used the caption for my journaling on this layout.

Oh, also I used the "ugly" embellishment...
Cutting off the "Summer" part of "Summer Getaway".
I used the "Getaway" even though it technically is incorrect for how I used it... "Get Away" ... I still think it works, as does the arrow.
I also cut a heart out of one of the papers to use as an embellishment.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

11/17/16 - "Sleepy Pig"

Today I bring you layout creation #58 of 2016 (I've actually created 59 layouts so far this year; last blog post was layout #59).

Just some photos of Hamlet being sleepy and falling asleep.
"Sleepy Pig"

Isn't he adorbs!!! <3

Not much to say about this except I wanted to mention that I wasn't planning on using that corrugated patterned 12x12 paper...
The other side is much nicer:

But it works so well here!
I'm so glad I gave it a chance!!!

The other "main" paper I used was this one:

And I love it so much I may get another sheet plus some of it's "brother and sister" papers!
It's a great collection to have when one of your fur-babies is of the farm animal origin!

Thanks for stopping by!


For the following November Challenges:

>November National ____ Day
Inspired by National Mini Pig Day - November 4th
*NO TWIST* - No twist given

>Scrap Your Pet
*INCLUDES TWIST* of "use 3 photos"

>Sticker Challenge
I used 24
-Alphas/Numbers (18)
-hearts (2)

I used 20 items
-All the Alphas/Numbers
-The striped PP
-small circle punch; the first punch I ever bought back when I first started scrapping!
*INCLUDES TWIST* of hoarded tool; used my small circle punch

>Scrap W/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap
-The striped PP used for the photo mat and for the punched circle.

Monday, November 14, 2016

11/14/16 - MIM #76

It's Make It Monday time again!
The Memory Nest is bringing you this sketch today: 
MIM #76
"We Are Family"
"Mother's Day 2016.
Spent the day the best way: w/ my family
Universal Studios 5.8.16"
There were other photos taken that day but I already used them on other layouts:
(top photo collage)
(All of these photos)
Which leads me to a question...
Do you ever scrap the same photo twice?
I don't, or at least I don't think I ever have...
I have enough trouble just trying to scrap photos once!
Well, whether your scrapping a new photo or the same photo again, we would love for you to play along w/ our challenge.
You have until November 30th!
Also for the following November Challenges:

>Inspired by a Word
Words given were: grateful, gather, and family
Must also use the word on the layout
I used "family" - and it's on my layout in 2 places
*NO TWIST* - no twist given

>Movie Challenge
*INCLUDES TWIST* of being inspired by a Harry Potter movie:
1 of the photos in my layout was taken in "the Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios.

>Music Challenge
Category #1 Lyric
"We Are Family" is a lyric from the Song "We Are Family" from Sister Sledge

>Sticker Challenge
I used 15
-Alphas (5)
-Self Adhesive Buttons (2)
-"family" (word sticker)
-stick people family
-hearts (2)

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
1 scrap used in 2 places
The yellow and white plaid PP

5 hoarded items
-the scrap PP
-Alphas (4)
*INCLUDES TWIST* Circle Punch (circle on right)

Must use 3 photos

Thursday, November 10, 2016

11/10/16 - "What's My Age Again?"

So I recently had a Birthday; my 41st.
Nothing exciting...
Definitely nothing like last year when I spent my birthday in Spain!
But it was a happy birthday nonetheless.
Here is a layout I created to capture the day.
It was created for the November Music Challenge over at
Category #2 - Song Title.
I used a Blink 182 song as the title for my layout:
"What's My Age Again?"
Two sets of journaling; one for each photo -

Photo on left:
"Today I turned 41... Instead of being sad that I am another year older, I took the time
to really appreciate my life and all that I have:
An amazing husband, 2 wonderful children, 3 adorable fur-babies, a nice home, a job that
allows me a comfortable lifestyle, food and clothing, and the feeling of being truly loved!
Having all those things is the best present I could ever receive.
I'm truly happy and looking forward to what this next year brings me."

Photo on right:
"Tagged on IG for a "Stop, Drop, and Selfie".
The lighting is bad but this is where I "stopped and dropped" at the end of
my first day as a 41-year-old!
I'm tired, completely "food-wasted"... but happy!
My birthday was on a Thursday.
I went to work as usual and then spent the evening w/ my husband at our local town's Market Night where I proceeded to get "Food Wasted".
I did have a birthday shot - Kahlua + Cake flavored Vodka - before hand so I was a little bit "wasted-wasted" too... LOL!
Also entered in the following November Challenges:
>Sticker Challenge
I used 21
-Alphas (17)
-party hat

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
The 2 PPs (not the BG paper) and the white paper

Everything except the BG paper goes back to 2013/2014


Monday, November 7, 2016

11/07/16 - MIM #75

Happy Make it Monday!
Over at "The Memory Nest" blog we have a new sketch for you to be inspired by:

"MIM #75"

Here is what I created:

"My Boys"
Journaling: "3 of my 4 Boys -
Hamlet, Joseph, and Spotty.
Missing? David

Besides being inspired by the circles in the sketch, I was also trying to figure out a way to capture the colors Joseph was wearing.
I came across the BG paper and although the shade of blue was 'off' and it had way more colors than I actually needed I felt really drawn to it. In fact, as soon as I saw it I thought "Perfect!"
So before I went into "over-thinking" mode and talked myself out of using it, I created the layout.
And I'm glad I did because all of the colors along w/ the matching camera and camera/journaling card embellishment added such a fun feel to this layout!
The circle BG paper does make up most of the circles in the sketch but I added a couple more, cut from black cardstock, to add dimension.

It's no secret my fur-babies are as dear to me as my children so I wanted to convey that w/ my title. 
Also I used one of my favorite scrap collections, Echo Park's "My Life", to help showcase the fact that this is a huge part of our lives; an "every day" moment.
And moments like this make me so happy!

Can't wait to see what you create!
You have until the end of the month to submit your entry!
Good luck, but most importantly...have fun!
Entering in the following November Challenge(s):
Used 10
-Alphas (6)
-file label

Thursday, November 3, 2016

11/03/16 - Snout Sunday: Popcorn Edition

My example for 1 of 3 challenges I'm hosting in November over at
The "November Food Challenge" .
Includes Twist of: "One of your photos must have at least 1 animal in it "
This is our piggy Hamlet eating popcorn.
"Snout Sunday: Popcorn Edition"
"Happy Snout Sunday! Wait, does this count since you can't see Hamlet's snout?
Finishing off Grampy's popcorn from Target, yummy! 12.27.15"

"Snout Sunday" is a popular hash tag on Instagram usually used for, but not limited to,  photos of people's pet pigs.


Since I created this in October I also entered it in the following October challenges:

I used 6
-black heart
-red heart
-"You are Loved"
-white label for journaling

2 items:
-BG paper
*INCLUDES TWIST of using busy BG paper*

>Scrap With Your Scraps
1 scrap:
-The number PP