Tuesday, January 16, 2018

01/16/18 - "Life Is Good" Jan CKC

I have been feeling very creative lately and have been "crafting-up-a-storm"!
It is January 16th and I have already completed 15 pages this year.
I have been creating in many different forms: 12x12, 6x9, 4.5x8... Traditional, Traveler's Notebooks, Pocket Pages, etc...
And most, if not all of my layouts, have been simple and quick, which is why I have been able to scrap so much in such a short time.
I'm trying to do less over-thinking this year!

Only problem I have w/ the situation is if I want to share I feel like I may be causing sharing-overload to my readers/viewers!

So I'm trying to best determine how to share?
Try to group like projects together and post all at once instead of posting as I complete a project (maybe)?
This would also allow me to have to write less blog posts, which can sometimes be a PITA (Pain in the A$$)!

I'm not sure yet just how I plan on sharing.
But I will be!


For today though,  I will be sharing my latest Counterfeit Kit Club post.

This spread was created using ONLY my Jan CKC kit
Well, not ONLY... there is one item that was not in the kit, but I swear it was an accident!
Well, maybe that's not the correct word...
See what had happened wuz...

I started working on the layout on Sunday night...
Then finished it on Monday morning, forgetting for a second that I wanted to use JUST my kit.
By the time I remembered the emoji sticker was already stuck to my photo and there was no way it was coming off, LOL!
But EVERYTHING else is from my kit!
Link to Kit: Doreen Jan CKC kit

The layout is a 2-Page Midori Travelers Notebook Spread; each page is approximately 4.5 x 8.5
("Midori" is the name brand of the notebook )

BTW - I chose the title because it represents how I feel and (probably/hopefully) how Hamlet feels.

"Life Is Good"

"When you look out your kitchen window and see a happy pig enjoying a nap in the sunshine...
you know Life is Good.
It is also a scrap lift of the left-hand side of this layout by a friend over at SB.com:
LN - Lovin' Life

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Until next time...


For the following January SB.com Challenges:

>>Scrap Lift the Person Before You
I scrap lifted the left-hand side of this layout by LelaScraps-n-Stamps:

>>Use your Stamps
- the column of hearts on the photo (stamped onto a file label sticker )

21 stickers

14 Hoarded Items

>>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap

Thursday, January 11, 2018

01/11/18 - "At 15"

A layout I created in December 2017
(I actually wrote this blog post in December but forgot to post it)
My daughter will be 16 in January.
I very rarely can get a photo of her so since I was able to get this photo, and she is about to exit her 15th year, I decided to do a page about some of her likes and dislikes at this age.
The only reason I was able to get this photo is she wants to change her hair again and I told her I needed a photo of what it looks like right now to send to her hair dresser.
Hey, whatever works, right?!

Edited To Add -
She now has BRIGHT Blue Hair
and she saw this layout, sitting on my desk mid-design, and got upset that I used the photo so I'm not going to be able to use that trick anymore; ugh!
"At 15"
"At 15
Madison hates being called 'Madi', has blue-gray hair and a nose piercing, loves hard rock music, Batman, and pigs and wants to be a veterinarian when she 'grows up'.
For the following December Challenges: 
>>Anything Goes Challenge
Daily Challenge - Day 4
Use a black base on your project
12 total
-Alphas (4)
-Stars (3)
-Swirly Border
13 Total Items
-Alphas (4)
-Small circle punch
-Purple Paper (used in 3 places)
-PL Card
-Cassette sticker
-Washi Tape
-Star and #Rad" puffy stickers
>>Music Challenge
Category #3 - Artist
I have the group name Metallica on my layout on my daughter's shirt
>>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap - Used in 3 places
- The purple paper

Monday, January 8, 2018

01/08/18 - "Snacks" / -Jan '18 CKC -

Happy Monday!
Though I'm not having a "Happy" Monday today...
but I'll try not to dwell on it.
Sharing another page created w/ my January Counterfeit Challenge Blog kit;
-click here for a reminder of my kit contents: My Jan Counterfeit Kit.
Also inspired by "Week 1 of  the Monthly Challenge" of the SB.com "January Anything Goes Challenge":

"In Dec 2017, I joined the $1 Snack Nation club; (+2.99 S/H). I get a variety of (6) snacks mailed to me each month in exchange for filling out a short survey about each snack. I've priced some of the snacks in the store...for example the Mint Gelato bar is $2.99 and the Ocho bar is $1.99 at World Market. Those 2 snacks alone cost more than my whole Snack Box!"

I included photos of my Dec and Jan Snack boxes.

More info about the AGC challenge:
AGC - Scrap a Weekly Photo challenge
The monthly challenge for January is FOUR layouts, one for each week of this coming month. We're going to photo document ONE day of each week.

Here's what you have to have.
1. A photograph from a day in the week. More than one is ok, but one is required.
2. A layout featuring that photograph.
3. Journaling notes - either in your gallery or on the layout or hidden behind it - SOMEwhere about the day that you've chosen to make one of your 52 days of 2018.

My photo of January's Snack Box is my photo for Week Jan 1-6 of this project.
It is also the first photo I took in 2018.
Which is why I also entered it in the "First photo of 2018" challenge at SB.com
(Food the first photo of the year?! Well I don't call myself a "foodie" for nothing, LOL!)

FYI - I actually wound up scrapping the rest of my photos for that week..after creating this layout.
I will be sharing that in a later post.
Also, heads up, I've been scrapping  A LOT so be prepared for a lot of posts coming your way!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

01/06/18 - "Your Order..." / -Jan '18 CKC-

Good Morning!
Happy Saturday!
I'm happy today because... it's Saturday, LOL!
Also because of this (simple but fun) layout: 
"Your Order Has Been Shipped"

"Though I posted this on Instagram on 11.26.17, in anticipation of Christmas gifts being delivered, this is actually me...ALL YEAR!"
A page for my December Not-so-Daily album
Page size is approximately 6x9
This is a Pre-December page that I wanted to include in the album
(yes, I'm doing a December 'Daily'; more on that later!)
This is my first project using my "Counterfeit Challenge Blog" kit for January 2018.
- which is my first time EVER playing along w/ the blog
Here's the link to that post: My Jan CKC Kit 
Also my first project for the SB.com Anything Goes Challenge
- Counterfeit Kit Challenge; Week #1
(I'm using my counterfeit kit for 2 different monthly challenges)

This is the criteria for the AGC Challenge:
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 is the year of the Dog
The DOG - Chinese name: GOU
Ranking Order - Eleventh (11)
Fixed Element - Metal

This is how we were instructed to apply the info above to our WEEKLY CHALLENGE project:
1. Use the word DOG as your layout's topic.
2. Put an 11 somewhere on your project.
3. Use an earth tone neutral palette for your color scheme.
4. And include metal embellishments.

Again, for this project we could ONLY use our Counterfeit Kit.
Here are the ways I met the criteria:
- The word DOG inspired me to scrap this photo of a meme w/ a Pug on it
- "11" is in the journaling
- Used Earth tones: Green and Beige
- Metal embellishment is the arrow paperclip
(which I probably would have never used had it not been for this challenge)
- I used only my Counterfeit Kit items

I had fun tackling this challenge w/out having my full arsenal off scrappy stuff to choose from; it definitely made me think!
Also for the following SB.com Jan Challenges -

>>December Daily
- An ongoing (year-long?) challenge to finish up your 2017 DD or scrap your 2017 Christmas photos

>> Hoarders:
9 items
-BG paper
-photo mat paper
-word stickers (3)
-half circle sticker
*INCLUDES TWIST* of new item - the tag was sent to me as an RAK about 2 weeks ago.

8 stickers
-Stars (3)
-half circle
-words (3)
-file label/journaling spot
*INCLUDES TWIST* - stickers purchased/received within the last 6 months
-the stars

Thursday, January 4, 2018

01/04/18 - January "Counterfeit Kit Challenge" kit

As part of my goal of broadening my creative horizons, I am finally taking the leap and participating in a challenge blog that I've always been curious about but never brave enough to try; the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog
The gist of it is...
They present a current kit, current being no older than a year, from an existing Scrapbook Kit Club and then we have to create our own counterfeit kit based off of it.
We then have to use our counterfeit kit to create projects throughout the month.
The blog also offers challenges to help motivate us to use our kits.
This is my first time and I'm really excited but also nervous!
Okay, so here is the inspiration kit:

To make it a bit easier on myself, I decided to make a list of the things that stood out to me when looking at the photo:

Patterned Papers:
-Reds and Greens
-Polka Dots
-Repetitive Pattern
-Black and White


-Red Alphas
-Tags (large and small)
-Metal Embellishments
-Word Stamp(s)
-Word 'Shapes'

Then I added a few random embellishments I knew I would need to complete a layout:
-Journaling Labels/Spots/Cards

Here is my kit:

I laid the papers out top to bottom left to right in order of the inspiration papers...
Hopefully you can tell what papers I was trying to copy
I also added 1 extra cardstock paper so that I have 2 different shades of teal.
(The cardstock on the bottom is actually a light red, not pink.)

The embellishments have no particular order...
And in trying my best to copy the embellishments I included things I wouldn't normally use, flowers and metal embellishments for example, to hopefully help me get out of my scrappy comfort-zone!
*Fun Fact - I really had to scrounge around for metal embellishments as I don't buy/use them at all!
The ones I found were most likely given to me; I sure as heck don't remember buying them!

BTW - my kit is a great mix of old and new and I like that!

The ladies at the blog give their kits names so I'm doing the same.
I decided to entitle mine "Newbie" for 2 reasons:
1) It's the first time I have participated in this challenge so I am a "newbie"
and 2) it is the first kit of the "New" year

Hope I can actually accomplish something w/ it.
Wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

01/02/18 - NYE 2017

Hi and Happy New Year!
I created this layout yesterday.
Not my first layout of 2018, but my first 12x12.
3 regular sized photos = 12x12...
since I am trying to be more deliberate as to what/why I choose to scrap on the larger size.
"NYE 2017"
"Hamlet spent NYE the way he spent most of 2017... cuddled in a blanket, sleeping.
After he went to bed, Spotty took over.
> Nothing Changes <
Yes, the ringing in of 2018 was a wild one for us, LOL!
David and I were both awake when the ball dropped but we actually missed it because we were watching something else and we were going to switch over just in time to watch it but it turned out our living room clock was slow, DOH!
We heard fire works going off outside, and we we're like "what?! It's not even time yet?!" and we switched the channel over and saw that the ball had already dropped!
Oops, such a great start to the New Year, NOT!
Oh well...LOL
This layout was inspired by the following SB.com Jan, 2018 challenges:

>>Scrap Your Pet
*INCLUDES TWIST* of polka dots

>>Musical Inspiration
The song chosen for me was "New Years Day" by U2
I chose the line "Nothing Changes" and included it as part of my journaling.
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using new products

>>Last Photo(s) of 2017
These 3 are the last 3 photos of 2017.
The bottom photo of my dog, Spotty, is the actual last photo of 2017.
I hope your NYE went well and that 2018 is kind to you!


Most items used on this layout are Jillibean Soup w/ splashes of Studio Calico and Simple Stories
Also for the SB.com January Sticker Challenge:

12 Stickers
-Alphas (7)
-Word/phrases (4)
-file label (behind "cozy")
-All the stickers except the Alphas

Thursday, December 28, 2017

12/28/17 - Happy Chinese New Year

A photo that printed out  too small became the perfect size photo for a Travelers' Notebook spread!
I've had this photo printed out for probably about 6 months now but felt that it was too small for a layout. In the past I have created 12x12 layouts w/ one photo, but as I get older, as I try out new techniques, and grow as a creative individual, I'm finding I'm not liking creating large layouts w/ only 1 photo on them as much as I used to... plus there is the need to start thinking about saving space! My layout/project numbers are continuing to grow but my house isn't!
I haven't completely stopped creating 1-photo 12x12s, I'm just trying to do less of them.
Which leads to today's 4.5 x 8.5 Midori Traveler's Notebook page :
"Happy Chinese New Year"
Top - "Celebrating the Year of the Rooster"
Bottom - "Our 1st year checking out the festivities.
Downtown Riverside"

One of the reasons I didn't like the size of the photo is you have to look really hard at the bottom three photos to really figure out what's going on.
Once you figure it out, the images stand-out more though, which is why I decided to assist the viewer w/ my caption up above: "Dancers, Drummers and Dragons! Oh my!"
All of the patterned papers I used are from a REALLY old 6x6 paper pad I had in my stash.
I won it from some scrappy contest I entered and only used a few pieces of it.
The paper pad is from Kaiser Craft and it is titled "Lush".
Most of the pad and punch outs are "Asian" inspired; in fact one of prints actually includes the word "Asia" on it.
I never had a need for the more Asian-specific patterns... until now!
This is another time when hoarding items comes in handy!
The rooster I printed off of the internet on regular copy paper.
I then hand-cut it out and outlined it w/ a fine-tipped sharpie creating the perfect final embellishment piece!
I decided to journal directly on the notebook's kraft BG paper since I haven't yet tried that... (see?! trying new techniques and growing as a creative individual)... and I love the way it turned out! 
This is one of the last of my 2017 layouts... it's crazy that the year is almost over and that one of my last layouts is from a photo taken at the beginning of this year, LOL!
Dec SB.com Challenges:

>>Anything goes Challenge
Daily Challenge 6: Use a camel hump style curve on your project today.
(see top piece next to tag)

6 items
-Tag (cut in half and used in 2 places)
-Green BG PP
-"Chinese" patterned PP pieces (2)
- Patterned circle

22 Stickers
-Alphas (19)
-Self Adhesive Enamel Dots (2)
-Journaling Label (1)
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using red and/or green stickers

- Tag (cut in half and used in 2 places)