Friday, October 17, 2014

10/17/14 - The Latest...

Hi All!
I hope life is treating you well!
Just wanted to stop by and say "hi" and share a few of my latest art journal pages and a little bit of what's been going on.
My first page was inspired by the fact that "October" is Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
"Find The Cure"
Besides the fact that it is an important cause, my mother is a Breast Cancer survivor.
That's why David, Madi, and I decided to participate in the Stater Brothers Charities Breast Cancer Walk this year.
We did the 5k and it was a lot of fun! Not only did we help raise awareness and money but we spent time together and it we did it while doing something healthy.
Unfortunately Joseph had to work.
Here's some photos from the event:
Before the walk started...
Right before we crossed the finish line...
After we finished...
According to the an article I read on the internet: "this year’s walk brought in $475,000"
Awesome sauce!
The next one was to document the fact that I have gotten into the "Divergent" book series...thanks to my son.
We watched the movie together, and to be honest I didn't understand it all, so he suggested I read the book.
I did so, and I loved it; way better than the movie!
I am currently reading the 2nd book in the series, "Insurgent".
In fact I started reading "Insurgent" on the same evening of the day I finished "Divergent"!
Unfortunately I have not been able to get through it as quickly as the first asI have not had a lot of time for reading lately...
I'll explain why later in this blog post.
This 3rd page was just for fun.
I love all things Peanuts and "I got a rock" is my favorite Charlie Brown quote.
It always makes me smile when I hear it: 
"I Got a Rock"

I have slowed down on my Art Journaling, not because I am "giving" up or don't enjoy it, but because I have been working on another big project.  A necessary project... a not-so-fun project (also the reason I don't have a lot of time to read):
The photo site I store and order my photos from, Winkflash, is closing at the end of this year.
Not really a big deal because I also store/order my photos from other online processing websites.
What is a big deal is back when I started ordering from them, I didn't have an external hard drive.
As a matter of fact I didn't know a whole lot about digital photos or digital storage.
So I just used the online site(s) as my storage areas.
It's great because it's free!
It's not-so-great when they close down like this.
I learned about digital storing and hard drives, and all that "stuff" a few years ago, and for the most part have been really good about backing up my photos, but w/ the closure of Winkflash, I decided to compare what was online to what I have stored. 
Because Winkflash was one of the first sites I used,  I do not have a lot of those photos on my hard drive.
So, for the past few months I have been using any downtime, which isn't a lot, to compare and download and save my photos...ultimately deleting them from the website.
W/ technology the way it is, you'd think, awwww...that's not so bad.
But here's my problem.
My e-mail address was incorrect in the Winkflash system, so I never received an e-mail on how to do it. I e-mailed them and called them but have received no response.  In fact it appears their phone number is no longer in service.  So what I have been doing is downloading and transferring each photo individually.
This is taking a lot of time since I have literally thousands of photos to save!
I don't know if Winklflash had a better system that they shared w/ their customers, of which I missed because of my incorrect e-mail address, but if they did, I sure wish I knew about it! The way I am doing it now is so tedious!
I have until the end of the year and I am happy to say that although I still have quite a few more to go through... I am almost finished.
After that is done, I REALLY need to go into my hard drive and organize ALL my photos into a better system.
I had thought of doing that anyway and had started when I found out about the Winkflash closure.
Luckily the organizing of my photos does not have a deadline...
But the sooner the better because I REALLY hate being unorganized!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

10/15/14 - CPC: "Alice In Wonderland"

Last time I was here sharing my DT project for "Childs Play Challenges" I forgot to mention that the challenge schedule has changed.
We will now be posting challenges on the 1st and 15th of every month.
The deadline to submit is still the same though; you have until the last day of the month.
(But it would be better if you could get it in a few days earlier since we need time to vote and if you upload at the last minute we may not have time to consider you)
Today is the 15th of October which means it's time to announce the second challenge of the month.
Today's "Childs Play Challenges" inspiration is the childhood movie: "Alice in Wonderland":
 (Click on images to enlarge)
"The White Rabbit"
Journaling: "1 Rabbit 2 Visits...
Disneyland Feb/April 07"
I think it's pretty obvious the direction I went w/ this one, LOL!  
But what you don't know is that the "Alice In Wonderland" BG paper I used is paper I bought when I first started scrapping...15 years ago!!
Yup, I've had that paper in my stash for approximately 15 years!
Which just goes to show that it's not such a bad thing to hoard paper, because some day it REALLY may be THE perfect paper for a project!

Monday, October 6, 2014

10/06/14 - "Cutest Cat EVER"

Just wanted to stop by and share this layout I made this weekend simply because it puts a big smile on my face and thought it might do the same for you!
Since it is Monday (UGH!) I figured  a little bit more to smile about would be a good thing! :0)
(Click on image to enlarge)...
"Cutest Cat EVER"
A super adorable photo of our cat Panini. I just love her expression in this photo!
The PP is from the Bo Bunny "Happy Tails" collection.
The 3x4 cards are from the Simple Stories "Snap - Cat" collection.
The title letters are from the $1 spot at Target.
Hope you have a good Monday!

For the following challenges at October "Scrap Your Pet " challenge - including twist of mixed fonts
and the October "Scrap Lift Your Favorites" challenge - I scrap lifted "Love" by Jody Wenke.

Friday, October 3, 2014

10/03/14 - I Hate Pants

Before I explain my title, here is my latest Art Journal Page (click on image to enlarge):
"But That Requires Pants..."
Journaling: "A cartoon I found on IG that I can relate to!"
Okay now for the explanation:
Anyone who knows me knows that this is an exact scene out of my life.
Well, maybe not exactly...
I've never uttered those words while lying on the ground, in my underwear,  w/ my eyes closed and my arm over my head...
 but close enough.
I hate wearing pants.
Not all pants, just pants that are acceptable for public viewing.
And yet that's all I wear to work because I hate dresses and skirts also, but at least pants keep me warm!
I have not yet found a pair of pants, that are not pajamas or sweat pants, that I actually enjoy wearing.
And for me that's bad because I am all about comfort!
I hate having anything against my belly...and the tighter it is the worse I feel.
Even when I was pregnant, the material part of my maternity jeans needed to be under my belly instead of across it where it was actually supposed to be worn.
Come to think of it, I wear skirts and my PJ pants and sweats w/ the waistband under my belly also!
It's  funny because I've been this way for so long that everyone in my house knows that when we are leaving the house, that they need to give me a few minutes heads up right before we actually leave so that I can put on my pants...
 because up until the moment we leave I am still in my PJ pants or sweats.
Yup, I will be all made-up, hair done, looking pretty from the waist up but from the waist down it looks like I just rolled out of bed!
Another funny story: when Madison was younger and still played w/ dolls... she would dress all her dolls in pretty outfits, except one. That doll would be wearing pajamas and slippers and sometimes a robe and she would say "This doll is you, mommy"!
I think some of it has to do w/ my IBS , but since I have always seemed to be this way, even when I was much younger, I can't say that it's the only reason.
I think it comes partly from me just being a "weirdo"! :0P
Why am I sharing this with you?
Honestly because I just thought it was funny and also to see if there are any others out there like me?
I can't be the only one!
If this is not your quirk, I would love to hear what is!
Please feel free to share in your comment.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

10/01/14 - CPC: Jack-in-the-Box

It's the first day of October!
I love October!
It symbolizes fall and it's my birthday month!
And it also means it's time for the first challenge of the month over at "Child's Play Challenges" !
Remember you have until the end of the month to submit your entry for this challenge and the challenge we will be posting on the 15th.
Okay let's get this party started!
The inspiration this time around is the childhood toy: Jack-in-the-Box.
Here is the inspiration photo:
This challenge is right up my alley!
Since my husband is a huge (evil) clown fan, we have had clown props, decorations, and costumes in our household for Halloween for years!
As I was searching for the photos I wanted to scrap I came across these ones from 2009 that I never created a layout for! Good thing because they are absolutely perfect for the challenge!
"Halloween Party 2009" 
Journaling: "Ready to go to Nancy and Ryan's annual Halloween party"
If you're wondering, yes, the black strips are washi tape. Aren't they fun?! I bought them last year, a few days after Halloween, on clearance at Target. This is the first time I have used them and I love the way they look!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

09/25/14 - "Get Messy" : September Prompt

Hi there!
I wanted to stop by real quick and share what I created for the "Get Messy" September Prompt.
If you don't know what "Get Messy" is, please check out this past blog post of mine (which also includes a link to the "Get Messy" blog): Get Messy
There, now that you have been educated, let me tell you what September's prompt is.
Just like in August, there is a "Journal" challenge and an "Art" challenge:
Journaling Challenge: Live your adventurous dreams on paper. What would you love to do, or at least try, if you had the courage to live more adventurously?
Art Challenge: Try a method or material you’ve never worked with before. Be adventurous!
Here is what I came up w/:

As you can see I went in a different direction w/ this prompt.
The truth is I am a very simple person; I don't need much to make me happy!
My life is fine just the way it is.
We travel,  and although I would like to travel's lack of money, not lack of "courage" or "adventure" that makes us unable to do so.
I don't have a "bucket list" and struggled to think of things I would put on a list if I had one.
I couldn't think of a single thing which just goes to show why I don't have one! LOL!
I then thought about the things I like to do and realized that as much as I liked them, others would probably find them very boring!
And that's when I remembered this quote I saw a long time ago:
"You never realize how boring your life is until someone asks you
what you like to do for fun"
I love quotes and this one was so true about my life and made me chuckle so I remembered it.
And it was perfect for what I was feeling about this prompt!
I printed it out and stuck it to my page and framed it w/ a  die cut frame I've had in my stash for over 13 years (before my daughter was born)!
I also added some journaling:
"I love my life just the way it is!
But I am well aware that since simple things make me happy, others
might find me boring!"
I also dated it and referenced that the page was created for the "Get Messy" prompt and included the prompt and Art Challenge info.
As for the "Art" challenge part of the prompt?
I used a roller stamp that I have had in my stash since December of last year.

Nothing fancy, but it turned out to be fun to use!
Although I wasn't very "adventurous" w/ it... I used it on a regular piece of paper and glued the finish product to my art journal page!
Oh well, close enough! LOL!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

09/24/14 - Art Journaling Update

Warning - this blog post is photo heavy!
I'm taking a poll...
How many of you thought I had given up on "Art Journaling"?
It's okay you can be honest!
Hahaha! I'm just kidding!
Although if you said "me", no worries.
I won't hold it against you as I am known to do that w/ every new project.
I have not given up.
In fact I find that it's an awesome way to help pass time at work!
I want to share the pages I have completed since last I shared.
(As you'll see I eventually got lazy w/ the photo taking...these are harder to take pictures of than layouts!) 
PG 7 - BFFs
 PG 8 - One Direction AKA: 1D
"I created this page in honor of Madison's first concert, which I am taking her to
along w/ her BFF and her BFF's mom, and the fact that I am currently, for the
next 7 days, listening to Madison's 1D cds so I won't be totally
clueless at that concert"
 PG 9 - Fred Fredburger
"My favorite character from the cartoon The Grim Adventures of
Billy and Mandy"
PG 10 - The Necklace
"Putting a smile on my face this Monday Morning: my new favorite piece of
jewelry; a silver giraffe necklace from Chichime. Why a giraffe? Because
it's David's favorite animal...and since David is my favorite everything it just
seemed fitting"
PG 11 - Smiling Gives You The Good Kind of Wrinkles
Middle Journaling:
"My Husband texted me that business was slow and included a "frowny face"
emoticon. I told him not to frown because frowning causes wrinkles. He said
so does smiling. And I said yes but those wrinkles are good wrinkles"
 Quote at bottom: "I just like to smile! Smiling is my favorite"
- Buddy the Elf

PG12 -Roses
 "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
Old time is still a-flying
And the same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying"
-Excerpt from the poem "To the Virgin to Make Much of Time" by Robert Herrick
My roses: 7.24.11/Page: 9.11.14
PG13 - Circles
"Circles are my favorite shape... Is it weird to have a favorite shape?"
PG 14 - I Like Cats
"Saw this picture on a T-shirt on Instagram. The company name is
Animal Hearted Apparel and not only is the picture cute...
it's 100% true about me"
PG 15 - Strong
Lyrics from One Direction Song: "Strong"
The lyrics make me think of my husband because he really does
keep me strong!
 *Linda Roessler if you're reading this...I used Color Mist on the BG! Yay!*
PG 16 - First Day of Fall
"Fall makes me think of pumpkins.
Oh, and Pumpkin Spice Frappucinos!
But, mostly...pumpkins!
I think you can tell, most of my pages have no real rhyme or reason...I just create them because that's what I feel like making at the moment! And some are super simple!
Also you can see I threw in a few scrappy type pages, although nothing like the real scrapping I do.
My Art Journal has seemed to blossom into it's own creation w/ my drawings on 1 side and my "scrappy/journaling" stuff on the other. I notice tend to draw on the right hand side and do the "other stuff" on the left hand side.
Here's an example of what I am referring to:
IDK if that's how it will keep going but it's how it's going as of right now.
Another thing, I discovered in regards to my Art Journal, my scrappy pages are not in "chronological" order.
That's very weird for me!
Also one of the reasons I didn't like Smash Books.
But unlike a Smash Book, the not-being-chronological issue has more to do with me creating what I'm feeling at the time and less w/ having to go back in forth in my book to  try to fit my topic to the design of the patterned page that is in front of me...because, if you didn't already know, Smash Book pages have designs on them. 
The completely blank slate of an Art Journal allows me to enjoy the process better and to feel less pressure.
With my Art Journal,  my "jumping around" is a choice not a necessity.
But, so it doesn't set off my OCD,  what I have done is include the date of the photo being used along w/ the date of when I actually completed the page. The date I completed the page is more current than the photo date and helps make my journal appear more chronological.
For an example refer back to the page I created w/ the photo of my roses.
Also since my book is divided w/ scrappy stuff on one side and drawings on the other...if you view just the scrappy stuff in order, it's chronological. Same w/ the drawings.
But if you view them all together, that's when the dates get out of whack! (So I try no to do that!!!)
I'm enjoying including a bit of scrapping because it allows me to include photos I may not want to, or know how to, devote a full 12x12 layout to.
I thought that creating a page on such a smaller scale would be difficult, but it actually is nice not to have to worry about filling such a big space!
In conclusion.... Yup! I (still) love this art journaling thing!
Just so you know, I won't subject you to another post filled w/ my art pages in the future...this time was just to prove, mostly to myself, that I can do this!