Sunday, October 16, 2016

10/17/16 - MIM #74

Make it Monday #74 is live over at the "Memory Nest" Blog!

Here's the sketch followed by my take on it:
MIM #74
"Curly Hair Do Care"
 Journaling: "I have naturally curly hair but prefer it straight.
I've mentioned before I'm not good w/ triangles as a design element* so I decided to "follow" the sketch by using "triangle" patterned BG paper.
*see my post for MIM #67
The story behind these photos?
As much as I enjoy capturing special events, I also think it's important to capture the everyday; which is why I love the Echo Park "My Life" collection (here I used their "Saturday" and "Capture Everyday Moments" stickers)!
I thought sharing the fact that I straighten my naturally curly hair may be an interesting fact to future generations.
Or not... LOL!
Regardless it was a fun layout to make!
And the title came from the popular saying and hash tag "Curly Hair Don't Care".
I've actually used it myself on my curly haired photos but only the ones where my curly hair looks fabulous, because otherwise I "do" care!

Okay enough about me...
Please join us w/ your interpretation of the sketch; whether it be exact or just inspired by, we want to see it!
You have until October 31st to enter!
Included in the following Challenges:

19 Stickers:
-Alphas (15)
-"capture everyday moments"

2 items:
-journaling tag
-green paper

>Scrap With Your Scraps
3 scraps:
-green paper
-pink polka dot paper
-journaling tag

Monday, October 10, 2016

10/11/16 - Tennesse Tuxedo and Pumpkin Spice

Hi there!
Happy Tuesday...or is it Monday?
It feels like a Monday because I was off yesterday for Columbus Day.
Which means that today I'm happy, yet not.
I'm happy because I only have to work 4 days this week, but not because today feels like a Monday.
It's okay I have my 0 calorie/0 sugar Rock Star to get me through the day... #MondayNecessity
Today I bring you layout #51.
This layout was created for 2 challenges over at that I am actually hosting!

>"Food Challenge"
Scrap photos of food/drink or an event that revolves around food or drink.
*NO TWIST, "Favorite Drink", since I already did that w/ my "National Coffee Day" layout (clickable link):

>National _____ Day
Create a layout inspired by a National Day in October
Here's a link to see the days (and the ideas) for this challenge: October National Days
My layout was inspired by "National Vodka Day" ...cuz alcohol.
*NO TWIST (No twist given)
"Tennesse Tuxedo and Pumpkin Spice"
"A Tennesse Tuxedo and a Pumpkin Spice. Guess which is which and whose is whose.

"Tennesse Tuxedo:
-2 Parts Rumchata
-1 Part Jack Daniels Tennesse Honey
-1/4 Part Dark Crème de Cocoa

Pumpkin Spice:
-2 Parts Rumchata
-1 Part Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur"
If you can't answer the question "whose is whose", then you haven't been following me for very long.
Let me give you a hint:

Also for the following October Challenges:
>Use Your Stamps
"Sunday" was stamped

Everything on this page except for the BG paper
*INCLUDES TWIST of busy BG paper (I that BG considered busy?)

>Scrap W/Your Scraps
2 Scraps
-the dark orange paper
-the lighter orange paper

3 used:
-White file tab (top Journaling)
- "details" tab
- pumpkin

10/10/16 - Layout #50

Well, I think it's definitely safe to say that my mojo is back, whoo-to-the-hoo!
This past weekend I made 2 layouts and the one I am sharing today is my 50th layout for the year!
"He's 21"
Journaling: "June 14th, 2016 - Joseph's 21st Birthday!
Dinner (his choice): Veggie tacos from Bakers and a Green Tea Frappuccino from Starbucks.
Cake: David-made, Peter Pan decorated chocolate mint cheesecake.
Gifts: Peter Pan car decal, "Now You See Me" DVD, lap top case, and a Star Wars themed lap top."
( Since my husband's name is David and he made the cake, instead of saying "home-made" I say "David-made".)
My son doesn't drink alcohol... at least not yet, so his birthday celebration was very low key, just like he wanted, plus he not only got a lap top as a gift but it was a Star Wars lap top and for a Star Wars "nerd" like him, that's major! So yeah you could say he was definitely a Happy Camper!

For the following October Challenges:

>In This Corner
The challenge requires "the use of background paper that has a pre-printed design in one or more corners".
The cupcakes at the bottom are pre-printed.
INCLUDES TWIST of "birthday theme"

>Hoarders Challenge
Everything on here is a hoarded item, the majority of it being from back in 2013; all the Nikki Sivils stuff which was actually manufactured in 2011!

>Sticker Challenge
I used 12:
-Alphas/Numbers (6)
-birthday hat
-word stickers (3)
-camera (above word stickers)
-kraft circle

Must have at least 3 photos; I have 5

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

10/05/16 - "Selfies With Spotty"

Blog posts 3 days in a row?!
I guess my mojo is officially back! ::crosses fingers:: 
Today I bring you a layout I created for the "Pet Challenge"
I scrapped my dog, Spotty...
But was not able to include the "twist".
No worries "twists" are optional!
"Selfies With Spotty"
Journaling: "When 'Selfies' w/ your dog doesn't go as well as planned...
I think we have a winner!

Just me being silly w/ my dog.
I've mentioned before that Spotty inadvertently gets left out a lot and that I was going to make an effort to not do that anymore...
   what better way than w/ a 'selfie" photo session, LOL!!!
Okay, I'm sure there's better ways, but it was fun!

Also including in the following October Challenges:

-Alphas (17)
-"Snap Shots"
-"I -heart- My Dog This Much"
-Orange hearts (2)
-Self adhesive buttons (3)
*No Twist*

Everything on here is a Hoarded item, 1year or older, except for the dog sticker.

>Scrap W/ Your Scraps
2 scraps - the orange circle and the "polaroid" paper

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

10/04/16 - August/September/October Ugly Paper Challenge

If the title confuses you, let me explain:
These are my August Ugly Papers, which I wasn't able to complete due to lack of mojo (starting in July)...
So I was allowed to carry over to September, but due to my continuous lack of mojo that finally lifted a bit around the middle of September...I still didn't complete my layout in time.
So I completed and am now sharing in October.
Oh well, better late than never!
Reminder of the rules:
1. After signing up, the host gives your name and address to another participant
2. The other participant sends you 2 "ugly" papers and at least one ugly embellishment
3. You MUST use both papers; the embellishment(s) is optional
4. You are allowed to use other items as well, as long as the 2 "ugly" papers are included in the layout
5. You are allowed to alter the papers and, if used, the embellishment(s) but they must still be recognizable
Here are my August "ugly" papers and embellishment(s):

August Uglies
 And what I did w/ them:
"National Coffee Day"
"What?! National Coffee Day?! Sure I'll have some, despite 
the fact that EVERY day is coffee day for me,
and I already had 2 cups this morning.
-A (regular) Vanilla Cream Frappe from Kahala Coffee Traders

I used both my "ugly" papers and 2 of the3 stickers (I wrote "coffee house" on the house sticker to fit the theme of my page).

Also created for the "Food" Challenge
*INCLUDES TWIST of "scrap your favorite drink or type of drink"
Mine is COFFEE !!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Also including in the following October Challenges:

-Sticker Challenge
2 Stickers (see above for more info)

-Scrap W/ Your Scraps
1 scrap - the brown paper

3 hoarded items - the 2 PL cards and the brown paper

Sunday, October 2, 2016

10/03/16 - MIM #73

Good Morning to you!
It's Monday...and today's Monday brings you a "Make It Monday" sketch from The Memory Nest!
Why am I so cheerful on a Monday morning?
Well, cuz I actually wrote this blog post on a Saturday (so although my blog post is cheerful, since it's now Monday, I'm probably not, LOL)!
Also, because I actually like the layout I created!
This is a big deal right now because since July my scrappy mojo has been non-existent and I have only actually created 1 layout since then (as of this writing)...
and I didn't even like that layout.
So this layout and post is a big deal (for me)!
Edited to add: I have now created 4 layouts I like since this posting (which includes this layout)!
So maybe just maybe my mojo is coming back!
Without further ado...

MIM #73 
"Happy 39th Birthday" 
Journaling: "David's 39th birthday was on a Tuesday and we went to a local baseball game.
We ran into a couple of his mom's friends who were there celebrating their anniversary.
David mentioned his birthday and later his name appeared on the announcement board
under their names. What a surprise!
Thanks, Dave and Gloria!
August 9th, 2016"
We had a big celebration planned for my husband's birthday the weekend following, but for the actual day we just went to a ballgame; something he really enjoys!
It was such a coincidence that we ran into his mom's friends and that they were celebrating also.
And how sweet it was of them to advise the baseball staff to put his name up on the announcement board?!  I only wish I had thought of that... Oops! Bad Wifey! LOL!
Hope you can play along.
You have until the end of the month!


Monday, September 26, 2016

09/26/16 - "You Had Me At..."

I actually created a layout.
I should re-phrase that...I actually created a layout I like!
Only the second layout I have created in the past 2 months; the first that I've liked.
I created my layout for the following 2 September challenges:
-In This Corner
The challenge requires "the use of background paper that has a pre-printed design in one or more corners".
The swirls all over the side, corner, and bottom of the paper I used are pre-printed
*Includes twist of using something old and something new (if adhesive counts)!
All the items on here are old except for the adhesive which I bought 2 weeks ago.
- Food Challenge
(A photo of actual food is not required)
*Includes Twist of Scrapping "your favorite food or favorite type of food"
Mine is "Pumpkin Spice" flavored foods!
Here is the before of the "corner" paper:
Before ...............................
(This has been in my stash since 9/2008)!
"You Had Me At Pumpkin Spice"
"Target find -$12.99
9.18.16 - My new favorite shirt about my favorite food:
Pumpkin Spice Everything!
Yes, I am one of those people.
I love Pumpkin/Pumpkin Spice flavored foods/goodies!
I look forward to Pumpkin/Pumpkin Spice Season every year!
If you want to see how bad my "obsession" is, check out my alternate Instagram Account (you'll have to scroll to see some of the photos I'm referring to):

Also for the following September Challenges:

-Hoarders Challenge
Like I said, everything on here is old. The BG paper is so old I can't even estimate when I bought it!
Everything else has been in my stash for (AT LEAST) a year.
*No Twist

-Sticker Challenge
I used 7:
-6 Alphas
-1 Pumpkin
*No Twist