Thursday, February 4, 2016

02/04/16 - My First Post as a "Get Messian"

"Season of Happy"
Doesn't that sound nice?
Most people love the Christmas Season but I find it to be stressful, depressing, and expensive!
But a "Season Of Happy"? That I can totally get on board with!!!

The new season of "Get Messy" started on February 1st and it's all about the "Happy"!
In case your wondering, "season" for them just means the current theme of the program.
So basically all our projects are currently supposed to be inspired by the word "Happy"; however we wish to interpret it.
They even have "prompts" to help get your mojo started.

For those who are new to this "Get Messy" talk, read this blog post I wrote yesterday... which also has links to previous blog posts I've written where I mention them: I'm Getting Messy

For those who are confused as to what "Art Journaling" is and/or how "Get Messy" fits in w/ it here is a summary taken right from there site:
"Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal."

Now on to my creations:

1) Not sure if this is a good or bad thing but first thing I thought of when I thought  "happy" was my fur-babies! TBH a big part of it had to do w/ the new stamp set I just bought:
The Pig, Dog (top right image of my page), and Cat stamps look just like my babies!
I already had the other Dog stamp (bottom right image of my page) which just so happens to look exactly like my other dog. How cool is it that I have stamps that look almost exactly like my actual fur-babies?!
I think it's very cool!
So with the stamps, some Target Dollar Spot sticker notes, and a sharpie, my first "Happy" layout was created!

Journaling: "Happiness is Furbaby love"
2) This is a collage of the sun, items w/ the sun on it, and things associated w/ the sun.
This came to be when I was digging through my scrappy stash and came across the sun sticker.
Sunshine makes me "happy"!
I hate cold gloomy weather.
3) It's probably obvious how my third page fits the theme, but allow me to briefly explain anyways.
My husband is a HUGE source of my happiness, it displays a photo of us on which we look extremely happy, and the word "happy" is in the title card.
Journaling: "Angels Game 8.17.15"
*Note -we ARE NOT Angels fans.. we just won free tickets.. So we went. I spent the game drinking alcohol and eating nachos so I didn't watch it... I think the Angels won... but I don't remember nor do I care, LOL!

4) Besides the fact that the word "happy" is on this page, I also used yellow.
Although yellow is not my favorite color, when I associate a color w/ "happy" yellow always comes to mind.

I actually started this page before creating the 3rd page I shared above.
I created the BG at work and it sat on my desk all day. 
I loved staring at that "little piece of sunshine"; it made me smile!
And right now I need every little reason to smile at work that I can find!!!
I had originally planned to fill the middle up w. the word "happy" in red alphas, but while looking through my scrappy stash found those pretty glittery yellow letters instead; PERFECT!
5) This one is a little less obvious.
Firstly you should know that I love circles in art! Don't know why, but ever since I was a kid I have loved circles and arches in art and architecture! 
My dream house is a "Hobbit" house, LOL!
So I started this page by drawing my favorite shape.
I felt the need to leave some empty space on the side, which turned out to be the perfect place to include a quote I stumbled across!
Journaling: "If you love someone put their name in a circle; because hearts can
be broken but a circle never ends" - Unknown
And (of course) I added my husbands name in some of the circles for a pop of color and to balance out the red journaling/quote.
Okay there you have it!
I had a lot of fun making these!
If you read my entire, super long post, thank you, and I hope you enjoyed it!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

02/01/16 - I'm Getting Messy

I have been so busy and thus so behind as far as blogging!

But I wanted to make time to share this.

Many moons ago I shared w/ you some pages I made for an art journal group called "Get Messy":
Who Am I,   Adventure,  Gratitude,  One Word.

I had a great time following their prompts when they were free, but then they changed the program and it required a membership fee.
No worries...
I get it, it's a business.
But I hadn't had enough experience w/ them to decide if I wanted to pay for a membership...
also remember, I am the self-appointed "Queen of Unfinished Projects".
I recently (within the past 6 months) discovered and started following them and some of their Creative Team on IG and I was really inspired again, not only to join but to really get into my art journaling!
I decided that I wanted to join.
I looked into it and saw that it was temporarily closed to new members.
Darn it!
Eventually they launched a "new and improved" version of their program and when pre-registration opened I saw that they raised the membership price...
Again, I get it, it's a business...
But as the "Queen of Unfinished Projects" I couldn't justify the cost... not without more experience.
So I was REALLY bummed about not being able to join.

Fast Forward a few weeks and one of the "Get Messy" Creative Team peeps that I follow on IG was having a giveaway.
The prize? A year long membership to the program!
So I entered, thinking there was no way I would win...
But, yes, you guessed it... I did!
Yay me!!!!!!

So I am now a "Get Messian" as they call us!

I wanted to share this w/ you not only because I'm excited but because I will be sharing lots of art journal pages that will be inspired by "Get Messy" and I wanted you to be aware beforehand what it was all about.

I have already created 4 art journal pages inspired by the program (and it just opened on February 1st).
But I need to get my butt in gear and photograph and upload them!! <--- Bad girl!

I will be doing that soon and when I do I will share them w/ you.
Excited about this new journey/experience!

Monday, February 1, 2016

02/01/16 - MIM Sketch #53

Wow has it really been a whole 2 weeks since I blogged?!
Time flies... especially when you're having fun!
And I definitely have!

I've been scrapping and art journaling and reading and spending time w/ my family, furbabies, and friends!

I'll be sharing more about all that in future posts...
But today I am sharing w/ you the latest "The Memory Nest" Sketch:

I loved it the moment I saw it but couldn't get to it right away...
Which was actually a good thing because about a week ago I wound up getting the perfect photo for it!
Journaling: "Celebrating our daughter's 14th birthday with her first visit to Universal Studios.
January 24, 2016"
I also had 2 brand new Scrapbook kit's and some brand new goodies I hadn't yet dug into... (I've been doing a lot of scrappy shopping lately)!
The kits/goodies were also perfect for this photo!
BTW - if you're wondering why parents who live in Southern CA have never taken their daughter to Universal Studios until her 14th birthday... this is why:
Madison is not a big fan of amusement parks.
When she was younger she loved Disneyland and we would buy annual passes for her, and our son, every year. Eventually, as they got older, they both got tired of it. 
They wanted to go to Knotts Berry Farm instead so for a few years we did annual passes for Knotts which was MUCH cheaper (yay for us parents)! 
Eventually they also tired of that and we hadn't taken them to an amusement park in quite a few years (again, their choice).
But last year Universal Studios announced they were building a "Harry Potter Land" and since my kids are both big Harry Potter fans, they both expressed interest in going.
For Christmas we bought the whole family annual passes to Universal Studios.
Madison's birthday just happened to fall on a Sunday this year which is my husband's only "weekend" day off so we took her. Unfortunately my son had to work but he had been to Universal Studios twice in the past:  w/ me, before I met my husband, and once w/ his dad.
It worked out well... Madison got to experience the park for the first time doing everything SHE wanted to do since it was her birthday and her brother wasn't there.
She enjoyed it and is looking forward to going back, especially once Harry Potter opens in April!
We all are looking forward to April!
So there you have it!
Now it's time to share your layout, and story, with all of us at "TMN". Create a layout or card using this sketch and link it by February 29th to be in the running for a prize!
Good luck!

Monday, January 18, 2016

01/18/16 - MIM Sketch #52

Happy Monday!
You know why it's a "happy" Monday? Because today is "Make it Monday" over at "The Memory Nest".

Here's is today's sketch (MIM #52):

 And here is my take on it:

 "Merry Pigmas"
Journaling: "Hey guys, this isn't funny!"
Hamlet's first Christmas.
December 25th, 2015"

I realize the photos are a bit difficult to see.
First: I didn't mean to print them that small...keep forgetting that when in a collage format the photos come out even SMALLER(!).
Second: as I mentioned on my last "MIM" post,  a black piggy is difficult to photograph if the lighting is not optimal. And w/ the 'hustle and bustle' of it being Christmas Day, I didn't have a whole lot of time to keep trying!

Here is the collage of photos by themselves so you can get a better idea!

But, as I've learned over the years, you don't have to have the best photo(s) to remember a great time!
And celebrating Hammy's first Christmas was definitely a "great time"! :0)

Now it is your turn to play along for your chance to WIN our monthly giveaway. 
You have until the end of the month to create a layout based on this sketch or/and the previous MIM sketch: MIM #51.

Good Luck!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

01/16/16 - "Jury Duty"

Good Morning!
I wanted to share this layout I made yesterday.
This is my 5th layout of the year...not a bad start...
I want to share it because initially it started as a "goof" and I wound up loving it!
Funny how that happens!
I believe in capturing the "everyday moments" in life as well as the "special" moments.
Being that I was bored and love to take "selfies", I figured a layout about Jury Duty would be something different and definitely capturing "real life" (because real life isn't always doing stuff we love)!
"Jury Duty
Journaling: "My 'stuck in jury duty' face.The only place I hate more than work!
Luckily they dismissed me at 10:40 A.M. and I spent the rest of the day at home. 1.13.16
Inspired by the following challenges - Challenges:
>The January "Color Challenge" - Red and Gray
 - After joining I discovered, after going through my entire stash, that I had no gray paper!!! This is the closest I could get: a paper w/ gray polka dots all over it.
I also used gray 2 page flags and I'm wearing all gray in the photo.
>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
- the red photo mat paper is from my scrap box

>Hoarders Challenge
- the BG paper, washi tape, self-adhesive pearls, tiny alphas, and stamps have been in my stash for at least 3 years
(the stamps were the first set I ever bought...back in 2006)

>Use Your Stamps Challenge
- Stamped part of the title

>The Sticker Challenge
- used 2 embellishment stickers and 4 alpha stickers
Blog Challenge:
>"Challenge YOUrself" - First Challenge of the year "Anything Goes".
 - You can create any project you want as long as it includes a photo of you.
Thanks to all the above challenges for helping me make a layout that despite the depressing theme and photo, makes me smile!
Good News, I'm done w/ Jury Duty for at least another year! Yay!

Monday, January 11, 2016

01/11/16 - Reading Challenge 2016

If you recall I did a reading challenge last year:

Thanks to it I read a total of  26 books.

It was fun but a bit too restrictive to me...
True, I was able to pick any book I wanted to read for each category, but it was sometime difficult to find a book I actually wanted to read, that fit the category, and was inexpensive... because, too be honest, I'm cheap, LOL!
I would rather read free or cheap books...
If I purchase a book it's usually $5.99 or cheaper (usually cheaper) with a rare exception here and there...
Book Bub is where I find most of my books... it's free and you get a new e-mail everyday w/ a list of free and cheap books you can download on your e-reader or phone reading app.
I've found most of the books I read later in the 2015 Reading challenge there:

Anyway, back to the original topic:
I decided this year to "challenge" myself again but w/ a less restrictive goal:
12 books in 12 months.
Short, simple, doable!
I originally didn't want to give myself a number, just read as many as I could...
But then Good Reads sent me an e-mail asking me if I wanted to "set a goal" of books to read in 2016 and I really like being able to see my progress on a chart, so I went for it!

12 books in 12 months...
That's not a lot at all... and honestly I think I can read much more, but I don't want to feel forced to do so just to meet my goal, especially since I've been scrapping, and art journaling again!

Currently I am reading this (see IG post journaling under photo):

"Starting my 2016 Reading Challenge off with something easy...LOL Actually, I REALLY like these books... They're cute and funny. There are times I've actually LOL'd while reading them. I started buying them for Joseph when they first came out, when he was younger, and we just keep reading them despite the fact that he (we) is (are) not the targeted demographic. If you've never read one I encourage you to do so! This is the 10th book in the series. As for the reading challenge... Taking it easy this year: 12 books in 12 months... Short, sweet and totally doable!

Another year and more books to read... I'm excited!
Are you doing a reading challenge this year? 
I'd love to hear about it!

FYI  - In an attempt to reach all my readers, on Blogger and IG, I may at times post duplicate content.
Along w/ links back and forth.
If you are a follower/reader of both, please don't feel it necessary to comment on both!
But if you do, it is much appreciated!

Monday, January 4, 2016

01/04/16 - Happy New (Year/ Sketch!)

Good Morning and Happy New Year to you!!!
Wow... another new year!
I don't even want to think about it...
It makes me sad to think about how quickly time has passed/is passing.
(That's a sign of old age, isn't it? Or, as I prefer to call it, maturity.)

So instead I will think about/write about something that doesn't make me sad:
The first challenge of the year over at The Memory Nest!
This is also the first layout I've created as a Design Team Member of The Memory Nest and I just love the way my layout turned out..
Here is the sketch:
 And the layout that was inspired by it:
Journaling: "Last night and this morning. Starting to see a pattern w/ these two, LOL
11.26.15 and 11.27.15"

Those are photos of my 15+ year old malti-poo, Ivanna, and my daughter's 9 month old pot-belly mini-pig, Hamlet, doing what they seem to just love to do... SLEEP!
I found it funny that I caught them sleeping together one night and then the next morning I caught them again.
I mean, they do sleep a lot but it just made me laugh that it was so back-to-back like that: them sleeping, AND sleeping together!
Hamlet is a bit difficult to see in the first of the pains of having a "black" pig is getting a good photo of him when the lighting isn't optimal!

Hopefully you can tell how my layout follows the sketch.
If not let me explain.... For the 3 scattered "blocks" I used 3 identical Project Life cards and made that the background to anchor my photo. I then took a different but coordinating Project Life card to use for my journaling and included the sideways "banner" to mimic the end of the arrow that's in the sketch. I moved my title over a bit to the left but also included arrows under it to once again mimic the arrow in the sketch. Oh, and the "cloud" in the sketch reminded me of a "dream bubble" and that's what inspired me to scrap these photos in the first place!
And, if you're wondering, "yes" that is paw print patterned washi tape! A must when you have fur-babies! I love it!

My layout is an example of how you can follow a sketch and yet still make it your own.
I had a lot of fun w/ this layout and sketch!

I hope this inspires you to get a layout completed...
If it does, please remember to link it over at The Memory Nest so that we can "Ooooh and Aaaahhh" over it and to be in the running for a prize!