Wednesday, April 15, 2015

04/15/15 - Reading Challenge

Well, hello there!
It's been a while, hasn't it?!

I've been happy but busy.
Too much to detail...but if you are a follower of my Instagram, you know what I've been up to.
(If not and in case you want to be, my IG name is Mrs_David_Vasquez.)

I HAVE NOT done any scrapbooking since my last post.
I HAVE been a little bit creative recently...
I will share more about that in another post (maybe...LOL I haven't written a blog post in a while; don't want to pressure myself)

Today I will share w/ a you one of the hobbies that has been keeping me busy so far in 2015:

I have loved to read since I was a kid and have tried very hard to keep up w/ it all my life.
Sometimes it was easier than other times but it never was a hobby that completely disappeared.

It was one of my goals to read more this year.
To help me w/ that goal I have been inspired by this list: "2015 Reading Challenge"

Which I found through this blog: "Lauren Likes".
Scroll down to item #7 on her list and you will find the link to the above "challenge" as well as a few other reading challenges. 
I picked the one I did because it has the feel of a scavenger hunt.
Scavenger Hunt = Fun!

So far I have:
  • A book with more than 500 pages:  "Allegiant"
  • A book that became a movie:  "Silver Linings Playbook"
  • A book with a number in the title:  "Three Wishes" (Currently Reading)
  • A funny Book:  "Seriously...I'm Kidding"  (Currently Reading)
  • A book by a female Author:  "Girls in Trouble"
  • A popular author's first book: "Still Alice" 
  • A memoir:  "Yes, Please"
  • A book that is set in high school: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
  • A book by an Author you never read before: "The Fault in Our Stars"
Total books: 9

Through this challenge I have read some very good books and discovered some new authors...
A couple of those authors, whose other books I am very eager to read: John Green ( author of The Fault In Our Stars) and  Lisa Genova (author of Still Alice), and an author I am curious to try again: Liane Moriarty (author of Three Wishes*).
*I'm actually having a little bit of trouble getting though this book but I have read a lot of reviews that state this book is actually her worst. Based on that information, I will finish this one and give another of her more acclaimed books a try.

Hopefully I will be able to complete the challenge, IDK though, some of those categories are difficult, but if not I will have at least have had fun trying!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

01/18/15 - "Pippin"

I finally did a layout!
17 days into the New Year and I managed to be creative!
'Yay me'!
And...I think I like it! Actually I know I like it!
Double 'Yay me'!
Layout of when my husband and I went to see the musical "Pippin" in Vegas. Journaling comes from what I wrote when I posted the photos on Instagram, complete w/ hashtags (click on image to enlarge):
"No need to go to Broadway to watch a great Broadway Show! 11.30.14
#Pippin #PippinTheMusical #Vegas #TheSmithCenterForPerformingArts"
BTW - Alternate blog post titles were:
"1st Layout of 2015"
"Negative Space and Hashtags"
"Hashtags Are Journaling Too"
and my favorite:
"Pippin, Not to be Confused w/ Pimpin"

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

01/07/15 - Happy 2015

Hi and Happy New Year!
I haven't blogged since 12/19/14...
And I haven't felt the urge to, but thought if I didn't write something soon, I may never do so again!
Currently I'm feeling bogged down by the whole "New Year, New Me" concept that comes at the start of each year.
Everyone is making resolutions.
I can't...
I just can't...
I just can't even!
My daughter illustrating the way I feel in her first photo of the new year taken at the stroke of midnight on 1/1/15,  LOL... not planned BTW

Seriously though...
everyone is sharing their resolutions and/or their scrappy plans for the year:
One Little Word, Project Life, Finishing their December Daily, etc...
and I can't even THINK of that stuff w/out feeling drained.
In fact even just reading other people's plans is exhausting me!
There are some crazy ambitious people out there!
My layout goal last year was 100.
I then changed it to 50.
Final count was 49 (so close!)
Although I also discovered art journaling and completed 30 pages in my art journal so I guess I shouldn't feel too bad.
This year I am not trying to achieve any number.
I am not trying to finish any projects.
I need to know that I can 'just do' (or 'not do') and still be content.
To be honest, I was starting to feel stifled by my "plans":
I felt like when I planned to create it killed the creative juices and resulted in projects that didn't make me happy.
Also, the pressure to have a number of projects at the end of the year took away some of the fun.
It became more about the numbers and not about being creative.
This year needs to be simple and fluid.
Additionally, I learned a lot about myself as a person last year.
I discovered what truly makes me happy:
My husband and kids (and fur babies) and taking care of them and our home.
I realized that "My Happy Place" lies w/ them.
Making them happy made (makes) ME happy.
Often times that meant I didn't have time to be crafty...and that was perfectly fine w/ me!
I became a better wife and mother last year and that alone made 2014 a success!
So my focus this year will be more of the same.
Does this mean I am giving up my scrapping or my blog?
I will still be here because I could never truly give it up...being creative just runs too deep.
I will just be here less and not on any type of schedule.
I will still visit my "bloggy" friends from time to time as well, but just not as much as I did last year.
So if you don't hear from me for a while, don't worry!
I'm good.
Life is good!
And just in case it's a while before I stop by again...
I hope that you have an amazing 2015!
BTW if I was FORCED to have a resolution for this year it would be this:


Friday, December 19, 2014

12/19/14 - "1st"

How are you!

My vacation is almost over; I go back to work on Monday.
I am really sad about that...
Darn it, why didn't i win the lottery while I was out?!
Stupid lottery!!!
I guess it would have helped a little if I had actually played, huh? LOL

Anyway, despite being off for the last 7 days, I only scrapped once!
And here is the layout I made (click on image to enlarge):
Journaling: "First photos of the New Year. Packing away Christmas January 1st 2014"
A couple of things about this layout:
I used the December 15th "Stuck?!" sketch

Everything on here is scraps except for the BG paper and small printed banners.            

Okay, that's all from me today...Netflix is calling my name!
Later, friends!

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 !!