Monday, May 20, 2019

05/20/19 - "Use Your Stuff Challenge" #359

This week's "Use Your Stuff" challenge = For the Moms
W/ May being the Month that contains Mother's Day, it's only appropriate to have a challenge to inspire you to scrap those Mother's Day photos... or maybe make a card for next Mother's Day!

I was inspired to scrap these "Us-ies" (Us + Selfies) of my children and me from Mother's Day 2017.
I turned my photos into black & white because the bad lighting made the colors in the photos look awful. I created a photo grid on my cell phone and printed it out on a piece of 5x7 photo paper.
I used the Mama Llama collection from Simple Stories because I love llamas and I chose to use the brown PP from the collection because brown is my favorite color!
Everything else is from Elle's Studio.

I love this layout and it felt really good to scrapbook again!

Happy Belated Mother's Day!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

04/28/19 - "Sharp Objects"

Lately I've been in a major funk.
A major Life funk and a major Scrappy funk.
I'm sure there is a correlation between the 2.
While I try to ride the ebb and flow that is my life I am also trying to find ways to be creative that wont sap my very little energy.

This is one such project.

- click on photo to enlarge -
"Sharp Objects"

A very simple Pocket Page insert that uses minimal product to tell 4 stories:

The Story of us subscribing to HBO Prime and why.
The Story of my having read "Sharp Objects" (last year, which is also in my 2018 Project Life Album).
The Story of my (finally) watching the "Sharp Objects" Limited Series.
The Story of my having the desire to reread the book.

The photo was printed from the Internet and adhered to Bazzill Basics black cardstock. I added a Kelly Purkey phrase sticker and some Jillibean Soup alphas.
The 3x4 "cards" were cut from the same cardstock.
I then took a 3x4 Studio Calico Pocket Page Card and sliced it in half, journaling on each appropriate section (watching/reading) and glued each of them down to one, then the other, 3x4 black "cards"
Finally I added some Tim Holtz Tiny Attached staples, slid the completed "cards" into the 6x8 Becky Higgins/Project Life Pocket Page and called my page 'done'! 
Sure it's no masterpiece but it tells a story, 4 stories actually, and isnt that really what memory keeping is all about?

Friday, April 26, 2019

04/26/19 - "Passes Renewed"

Nothing Fancy...
Just a 12x12 Digital/Traditional Hybrid
Pocket Page Style Layout
Created on the Project Life App and embellished IRL.

Some photos from our first trip to Knotts Berry Farm this year.
Also we renewed our Annual Passes.

This was also the first time we tried their (giant) Boysenberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich; so good!
Seriously my (new) favorite treat at Knotts Berry Farm.
It really is as big as it looks...that is not photo shop or camera trickery!

BTW - David's Charlie Brown Shirt is from Society 6; pretty cool, huh?

Embellishments: Jillibean Soup, Elle's Studio, and Pinkfresh Studio

Sunday, April 21, 2019

04/22/19 - Happy 4th Birthday!

Our Handsome Fat Boy had his 4th Birthday... back in March; March 1st to be exact.
Yup, I'm a bit behind in scrapping it, but here is the layout I created this past Saturday that's all about his Big Day!
A 12x12 Traditional Layout using mostly Elle's Studio, Amy Tangerine, and Simple Stories products.
"Happy 4th Birthday"

In the morning, a quick photo so I could capture the handsome guy on his special day.
I used a clipart emoji from my phone to help decorate the photo.
In the evening, homemade strawberry & white chocolate chip cookies.
David had the day off and baked them while I was at work, so they were nice and fresh for the evening's festivities.
We allowed Hamlet to eat 2 of them...after all, it's not everyday you turn 4!

On this layout I used a couple of Pocket Page Cards to anchor the photos, along w/ a few other scattered embellishments.
I need to find ways to incorporate my Pocket Cards in ways other than just Pocket Pages, since I have so many of them!

The BG paper and "The Sweet Life" cut apart are from Amy Tangerine's "Better Together" collection.
The Emoji and the Party Horn are from Simple Stories.
Everything else is from Elle's Studio.

Monday, April 15, 2019

04/15/19 - "Use Your Stuff" Challenge #355

This week the challenge over at "Use Your Stuff" is  Easter or Spring.

I was inspired by the word "Spring" to finally scrap these photos from "Springfield"
that I took on our family's first visit to Universal Studios in 2016.
I had a couple extra photos to fit on the page so I used a Simple Stories flip pocket (see 2nd photo).
Those flip pockets have been in my stash for over a year and I've just started using them.
TBH, it took me that long just to figure out how to use them, LOL!
I apologize for the glare of the photo protectors but I thought it would show the design better if I left the page in the protector.
I used tabs from a Target Dollar Bin sticker pack to call attention to the flip pocket along w/ the "Flip This" stamp from Kellie Stamps.
I was able to fit 7 photos on this page!
I used alphas from my Nikki Sivils Alpha stash as well as some Elle's Studio, Kelly Purkey, Pinkfresh Studio, and MAMBI embellishments.
Though the layout is fairly simple I really like it!
I think I'm just really loving simple lately, but also it's a good balance of new and old product and that always makes me happy!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

04/13/19 - Happy Lunar New Year

I just want to start off by saying: I really, really like these pages.... a lot!
I don't know why exactly.
Perhaps it's the subject matter
the memories they bring back
that I'm just really into Project Life (style) pages lately
the simple yet still fun feel of them
all of the above

Whatever it is, they make me smile!
Also they were fun to make (both digitally and traditionally).
Both pages are 12x12 Digital/Traditional Hybrid Project Life Pages

Each page was created on the PL App and then embellished IRL w/ stickers, and/or doodling, and/or stamps.
The "pocket/journaling" cards (3 total) are digital downloads from "In a Creative Bubble" - the Lunar New Year Collection. I purchased and then imported them into the Project Life App.
See them here at the "In a Creative Bubble" - Instagram: LNY

We celebrated the 2019 Lunar New Year, the Year of the Pig, with a trip to LA with friends.
The wife is actually Chinese; from China.
It's always extra fun to have her w/ us for these type of events. We've celebrated Lunar New Year in other ways before and, just like w/ this trip, she is able to explain things to us, elaborate on what we are seeing, and also share stories from her childhood growing up in China.

 "Happy Lunar New Year" - Page1 

I love that David was able to get almost a full photo of the long Chinese Dragon in the parade, and that I was able to include it on my page!

"Happy Lunar New Year" - Page 2

I made sure to spell out Bruce Lee on the photo of his statue because even though I know who he is, I figure maybe future generations wouldn't.
Though I teased my husband and said, "Is that Jackie Chan?" LOL
But he knew I was teasing!

The rest of the embellishments are from Elle's Studio, Studio Calico, and Kelly Purkey.

This is also part of Project Life Week #06.
I'll be back another time to show you the rest of that week.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

04/10/19 - "This Was Scary"

Remember a while back I told you Hamlet was sick?
Here's the layout I created to document it.
It was his first time being sick and our first time dealing w/ it, hence the title.

This is part of my PL Week 6.
This story mainly occurred over 3 days, 02/07, 02/08 and 02/09, and was a big enough story that I felt like it needed its own page AKA not part of a weekly spread.

12x12 Traditional Layout


This layout was actually sitting, mostly finished, for about a month.
I was struggling on how to include so much journaling.
I'm not a huge fan of my handwriting, and the more I write the worse it looks - in my opinion.
Finally I decided to use the Project Life App.
The journaling was created in the Project Life App and ordered as a photo.
It was one-half of a 4x6 photo, w/ a (2x3) photo taking up the other side.
(Hopefully that makes sense).

The BG paper is from Amy Tangerine's "Better Together" Line.
The "Scary" Alphas are from Pink Fresh Studios "A Case of the Blahs" Collection; it's a favorite Font and Collection of mine!
The additional embellishments are Kelly Purkey and Elle's Studio.