Wednesday, September 17, 2014

09/17/14 - CPC: "The Cat In The Hat"

After my failure in August to complete a layout for either of the 2 DT assignments for "Child's Play Challenges", I was determined to complete at least 1 for September.  2 weeks ago I shared a layout for the first challenge Sequins. Today I am here to share a layout for the second challenge!
That's right, I participated in BOTH challenges this month!
The inspiration this week is the classic childhood book:
My layout (Click on photo to enlarge):
"The Cat In My Lap"
Journaling: "Panini doesn't seem to like me much but on 2 different days, close together,
she came and cuddled w/ me. 12.31.13 and 1.4.14"
Besides using photos of a cat, I also did a play on words and called my layout "The Cat In My Lap" since the pictures on it are of my daughter's cat cuddling w/ me.
Panini is not very friendly in general. She ESPECIALLY isn't friendly w/ me, but she didn't seem to mind hanging out w/ me on the days referenced on my layout (and of course I have photographic evidence, HA!).  As a matter of fact, she has been a little more loving to me this year.
I think the reason is I leave her alone now. I used to go after her for love but now, for the most part, I ignore her and she comes to me. I also noticed she is more "lovey-dovey" late at night or REALLY early in the morning...Ugh! How completely inconvenient!
But truthfully, I'll take what I can get!
I love her THAT much!
Speaking of love...who doesn't "love" a good challenge?!? 
Stop by the Child's Play blog to check out the other DT layouts and submit something of your own!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

09/13/14 - One Direction Concert

The concert outing was a success!
We had such a great time, although since Madison is more low-key than I am, it appeared I had MORE fun! Hahahahaha!
Yup... I sang, I danced...I even screamed a little... ;0)
We had some really good seats: 7th row.
But the floor seats went so far back that our close seats seemed far! Bummer!
I felt bad for the people sitting way at the top in the "nose bleed" seats.
Oh, well that's what Jumbotrons are for!
As I said I screamed a little but it was nothing compared to the other screams we heard!
The screaming was crazy... but not unexpected.
I have been to a few concerts and, especially w/ boy bands, there is ALWAYS a lot of loud screaming!  I warned Madi about it before hand since this was her first concert.
She was amazed at some of the things that got "screams" though.
She understood the screaming when the acts came on...but there were lots of screams for the videos they showed on the jumbotron prior to the concert.
Here reaction was "it's just a video!" with a bit of an eye roll!
I agreed but I'm a lot older so that reaction would be expcted from me...coming from her, it was a surprise.
Thanks to this concert I am now aware of another new boy band,  5 Seconds of Summer,
and they were pretty good as well.
I see more CD buying in my future!
Here's a page I made of the event (click on the layout to enlarge):
"One Direction"
Journaling - 9.11.2014: Madi and I, and her BFF Emily, and Emily's mom, Sarah, went to
the Rose Bowl to see One Direction. The concert was part of their "Where We Are" Tour
and was Madison's first concert ever! The opening act was 5 Seconds of Summer; another fave.
We all had a great time!"

I found the set list for the night/for the tour online so I printed it and added it, along w/ one of our tickets, to the layout.
I was able to work on this quickly because I only took a few pictures of "us"...
But even then, I had to narrow it down to 3 of my faves so the layout wouldn't be too cluttered.
Part 2, the 2nd page, with pictures of the guys will be harder because I took a lot of pictures!
I still have to go thru them and see which ones actually came out good.
I'm thinking of the "100" or so pictures I took, only a dozen probably came out, good!
That's why I always take a bunch of pictures at events, in hopes that I capture a few really good ones!
I'm completely dreading the whole process of  sorting thru them, though!
I really should just get it over with but I assure you I will procrastinate! LOL!

Here's a few pictures that when I looked really quick, I happen to notice came out pretty good (click on the picture to enlarge):

The whole group:

 Madi's favorite: Niall
Maybe I should just print these out and delete all the rest to save me the stress!

Madison was a cheap date.
She didn't want anything to eat or drink and when I suggested that she at least get the concert program as a souvenier,  she agreed, and then when I told her she could get at least one more thing, anything, she didn't want anything else!
Shoot if my parents had said that to me, I would have jumped all over that opportunity! Hahahaha!
I'm not complaining, though.

That's just a quick snippet of the event.
As I said, it was fun...but One Direction is nowhere near as good as my beloved New Kids on the Block!
Now those guys can put on a show!

Monday, September 8, 2014

09/08/14 - I'm a "Directioner"...Sort of!

You know that expression "What a difference a year makes"?
Well, I'm experiencing that now...only instead of a year it's only been 7 months.
If you've been following my blog, you may (vaguely) remember I created a layout for a Design Team I was on, "Scrap It w/ a Song", in which I had to use a "One Direction" song.
In that blog post I stated that although my daughter is a huge fan of theirs I just could not get into their music, despite the fact that I love Boy Band music!
Here's the link to that post to refresh your memory...
Anyway, fast forward 7 months and guess who likes "One Direction"....
Yup, you guessed it: this girl! LOL!
Am I ashamed?
As long as it doesn't hurt anyone, we should never feel ashamed for the things we find joy in.
But I admit, after making the statement I made in my original blog post, I tried to fight liking them; I hate appearing wishy-washy!
You may wonder why I flipped the script like I did, and I have an excellent explanation...
As I stated before, my daughter Madi, is a huge fan!
As it turns out, so is her BFF!
We were offered to buy some "One Direction" concert tickets off of a friend of ours who wasn't going to be able to use them, so  David and I decided since Madi was being exceptionally good lately, we would buy them. Of course I would be taking her as there was no way David was going to allow his man-card to be revoked by going a 1D concert! Hahahahahahaha!  The friend actually had 4 tickets so we thought what would be better than for Madi to go w/ her BFF!  
So on Thursday we, Madi and I and her BFF and her mother, will be attending a 1D concert!
This was something I was doing for my daughter, because as I stated I do not like "One Direction".
But since I was paying the money and investing the time, I decided I better listen to their CDs so I wouldn't be totally clueless at the concert. There's nothing worse than going to a concert and not knowing the music!!! I have been listening to their CDs on the daily for the past 4 days.  And...yeah, well... I like their music!
My husband knew of my "homework", as I call it, to become fluent in "One Direction" music and so I texted him one day:
     "Rocking out to One Direction! LOL! I hate to admit it it's pretty catchy!"
His response?
     "That's because u like stupid teenager!"
And you know what? I can't argue w/ all!
A lot of my music collection is teen pop music...
I guess at 38 years old that should be embarrassing to admit, but I see it as a plus for my daughter.
After all, I don't mind playing the music in my car and she's getting to go to a "One Direction" concert!
Score 1 for mom! :0)
BTW - aren't our shirts for the concert way cute?!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

09/04/14 - "Get Messy":Who Am I?

What is "Get Messy"?

"Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire."
The ladies, I mean vixens, in the group are responsible for the following, and again I quote: 
1. Post at least two pages onto the internet each Thursday - 10am CAT on blogs, and throughout
the day on Instagram. This challenge was created to keep us creating, and to keep us accountable. 
2. Take part in the prompt link up once per month.
3. Use the hashtag  #getmessyartjournal

I am -NOT- part of the group.
I just don't have that kind of time.
However, I have been stalking them, all of them, since I need ideas and inspiration for my art journal.
I have not been disappointed!
I have enjoyed viewing their work and even interacting w/ them a bit.
I have also been inspired to create something for their August prompt: "Who Am I?"

Before I share what I created I want to include the link to the "Get Messy" home blog so that you can take a look at it and, because it includes links to all their blog and/or IG accounts, maybe you may want to visit a few of the vixens yourself!
Get Messy

Okay, so as I stated earlier, the prompt I am interpreting is "Who Am I?"
I will share what I created and, in case you can't read my writing, I have typed my journaling underneath my photo. The journaling also gives details about the prompt:
Journaling: "9.2.14 >
I decided to join the ladies at "Get Messy" in creating a page for the August prompt: "Who Am I?"
(yes, I realize I'm a few days late!)
This involves 2 parts:
1. - A journal challenge: If you had one page to show the world who you are what would you put on it.
2. - An art challenge: Use anything except an actual photo of yourself to make a self portrait.
This is what I came up w/ - cuz who I am is much to complicated to explain despite the fact that I really am a simple person!"
When I read the prompt, I was excited to dive in!  However it was a lot more challenging than I thought!
My first instinct was to list:
   My titles:  Mother, Wife, Daughter, etc...
   My favorite hobbies: Drawing, reading, scrapbooking, etc...
   My other favorites: colors, foods, TV shows, etc...
But than I realized, even though those are pieces of me, they do not make me "Who I Am". Plus I had just recently created a "Favorites" art journal page.
Then I started to think, what if I left something out when I created my page...
It started to become this "monster" in my mind.
So I stopped actively thinking, pushing the challenge to the foreground of my thoughts and after a few days of this, suddenly ::POOF::, the Popeye quote came to me!  I knew at once that it was perfect since I really 'am what I am' and nothing more. Plus it's a funny way to express oneself and I'm all about the funny!
I then thought I should put a little bit of seriousness into the page and I then remembered one of my favorite quotes, which is also very true about me!
After finding the perfect image on Google, my page came together quite easily and I am very pleased w/ it!
As you can see it's simple, but that's one of the things I like about art journaling: you can make it as complicated or as simple as you choose. And since I am both complicated and simple, it fits into my life just perfectly!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

09/03/14 - CPC: Sequins

Hi all! It's been a month since I created something for "Child's Play Challenges" .
If you recall they allowed me to stay on their Design Team on a "as you can contribute" basis.
I was bummed to miss both challenges last month, August, so I made it my mission to participate in at least 1 of the challenges this month.
Here is the first challenge - Sequins:
 And here is what I came up w/
(click on layout to enlarge):
"Freestyle Fun"
Journaling: "Freestyle concert w/ my love.
Robin S, Debbie Deb, Shannon, Crystal Waters, Trinere, and Color Me Badd.
I do not own any sequins and, just for future reference, I also do not own glitter... "The horror!" I know, LOL! So I had to think outside of the box for this challenge. This was my thought process: sequins make me think of dressing up in a fancy dress and going out. My husband and I don't go out on many "fancy" dates, but we do "go out" a lot so I decided to scrap one of our latest outings. Also to help tie in the sequins just a little bit I scattered paper circles and self-adhesive gem stones across my page to mimic the look of sequins.
I think it works for the challenge... it definitely works for me!

Friday, August 29, 2014

08/29/14 - Art Journaling

Hey there!
I just wanted to stop in and say "hi"
and show you what I've been up to.
As you know, I have had a lot less time to scrapbook...
Not a bad thing since my time has been taken up by other enjoyable activities, namely spending more quality time w/ David and the kids and taking care of them and our lives.
However, I admit I was missing the whole creative outlet that scrapping provided me.
The thing about scrapbooking is, as much fun as it is, it also requires a lot of work. Think about it, you have to think of at least a basic plan for the page, maybe even sketch it out, and dig through all your supplies and pull out what you need, and after making the page, however long that takes, you have to clean it all up.
Luckily I have a room mainly devoted to my scrap hobby so I don't HAVE to clean it up after, but I personally hate messes so I always do.
So what is a person to do when they want to be creative w/out all the work?
Art Journaling!
Yup I did it, I jumped on the art journaling bandwagon.
I know what you're thinking: "Oh okay, yeah another project she will never complete". I know because I thought it too, because let's face it I am "the Queen of Unfinished Projects"!
But that's the beauty in this...It's not a "project", it doesn't have any kind of deadline whats-so-ever! I just do it when the mood strikes and I have time. Sure my time is limited, but because it doesn't require a lot of prep or supplies, I can actually fit it in to my free time! Yay!
If you don't mind, I'd like to show you what I've done so far. 
And, if you do mind, well too bad... this is MY blog! Hahahahahahahaha!
(Click on images to enlarge)
Pg1 - "Simple Intro Page"
Pg2 - "About Me"
Pg 3 - "Groot"
(scanned a bit blurry)
(If I can get my hands on some additional colored sharpies I may go back and color him in)
 Pg 4 - "Belle"
Madison says she looks like a rabbit w/ it's ears down
I can't argue w/ that, LOL!

(I need to add the date)
Pg 5 -"Starbucks"
If you recall I tried the whole Smash Book thing.
I wanted to like it, I really, really did... but I found the fact that the pages were patterened limited my choices when it came to creating a page. I don't scrap in chronological order but I need any finished "books" I have to be in order and a lot of times the next patterned page in the book did not fit w/ anything that I had that would date-wise fit chronologically in the book! That set my OCD into high gear! Ughhh! I'm having anxiety just thinking about it, LOL! 
The other thing I didn't like about it was it felt way too much like scrapbooking! I was already scrapbooking... I didn't need to do it again somewhere else!
So I gave it up! 

I then came across Art Journaling on IG and I was immediately intriqued!
Blank pages and the ability to create what I wanted when I wanted without a deadline?!?
Sign me up please! 
I'm not sure all I'm going to include...
I'm definitely going to be doing my favorite things: writing and drawing (something I did a lot as a child and as a teenager), and I may do a little bit of scrapbooking, but on a much smaller scale...
but I am also hoping to expand and try new techniques.

I am really excited and loving it so far!
I received my art journal on Thursday 8/21 and a little over a week later I have already filled up 5 pages.
I don't know if I will be able to keep up the creative momentum but, whether this takes me a month or 10 years to complete, it will be something I know I can "finish" and that I will enjoy while I'm doing it!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

08/23/14 - "Doing What They Do Best"

Hi there!
A really quick post to share a layout I created for the latest challenge over at {Pin}spirational Challenges.
Their inspiration piece is this super adorbs photo!
Awwwwww....just melts your heart right?
I love fur-babies!!!
And that cat totally looks like my kitty...errrr, I daughter's kitty!
Here is what I was inspired to create (click on picture to enlarge)!
"What They Do Best"
Yup, sleeping is what Panini and Ivanna do best!
Close second is eating, LOL!
Love them!