Tuesday, July 29, 2014

07/29/14 - Just Checking In

Hi, all!
Just checking in since it's been about 2 weeks since I blogged.
In that time I have only had a chance to make 1 layout; here it is:
This is a "just because" layout, although it did fit in the "July Hoarders" challenge over at SB.com since the flowered BG paper is 2 years old and the frame is 1 year old. 
"Smile for the Camera"
Journaling: "Even though she chose not to bowl, Madi had fun and was full of smiles!
I even caught one on camera...W/ her being a tween this is a rarity these days.
My daughter has been going through a 'phase' for the past year and has been acting really moody and not wanting to participate much in family activities and take pictures. There was a few months where she was always 'hiding' in her room and even avoiding and being mean to her dad, who is normally her best buddy! We were starting to get concerned! Luckily, at least for now, it seems the worst is over and she is gradually allowing us back in but it appears to come and go.  The picture on this layout is one of those rare moments. All I can say is raising a daughter is a tough job! And we still have at least 5 more years of it!

BTW I know that it's a normal phase, having gone through it myself as a teenager,  but that doesn't make it less difficult to deal w/. Not to mention, there is history of depression on my side of the family. Something I've personally struggled w/ in the past, up until very recently, but have thankfully survived and thrived through! However, because of it, I feel the need to be a bit more cautious w/ Madi.
So what's going on in my world?
Well here's a few things:

>>> David and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary!
We celebrated it in Vegas, per our tradition. We go to Vegas every year because that's where we got married.  Yup, we eloped to Vegas! Neither of us like to be the center of attention, plus we think weddings are a waste of money, so Vegas it was. We got married on a Monday afternoon, went back to the hotel, changed into street clothes and then enjoyed a buffet and a movie! LOL! That's us, completely laid back!

Funny tidbit, we have been to Vegas 4 different times this year, for 4 different reasons!
We love Vegas!!! We always find something new to experience when we go.
This time it was : "The Eiffel Tower Experience", "Zombie Burlesque" show, "Minus 5 Bar", and "Twin Peaks" restaurant.  We did all that as well as a few favorites: "Sugar Factory", "Senor Frogs" "Carnival Court" and hanging out at the pool.
I'll spare you the tons of pictures, but if you want to check them out click on the "Instagram" button on the top of my sidebar.

>>> Joseph got his first job; a job at McDonald's.
He's been working there since June. He likes it but they don't give him a lot of hours (yet). So in his spare time he volunteers at the Humane Society.
He loves that even more! Now too bad he can't get paid for it! LOL!
Although he has put in his resume in hopes of them having future job openings as they don't have any right now.
That would be awesome sauce if he got hired there because he likes it and it's a job w/ benefits!
I know he's only 19 but I feel he needs to start thinking of that now...even if it takes him a bit of time to actually get there.

>>> Madison starts 7th grade on August 4th.
She just received her schedule yesterday and we discovered she has been enrolled in Honors classes. Let me tell you, she is not happy about that...at...all!! LOL!
She was in GATE in elementary and did well.
She had some GATE classes her first year in Middle School, last year, and struggled a bit in a couple of  classes. I blame part of that struggle on the teacher though, because in her other GATE classes she did just fine.
She is actually VERY smart but also VERY lazy! So although we feel she can do it, it's the struggle of keeping her on track that David and I worry about.
We are going to see how she does the first quarter and if she's struggling we may request she be removed. But of course it depends on why she is struggling... because she really can't do it or is just not applying herself.
After all we didn't request she be enrolled in those classes; they just did it.
Which leads me to wonder what their criteria is??
Anyway, I have a feeling 7th grade is going to be an interesting school year!

>>> I broke a tooth about 3 months ago. When it first happened it hurt for about a day, then no more.
I decided to just avoid chewing on that side. Sometimes I would mistakenly do so but luckily it only gave me some mild discomfort.
However, gradually what was left of the tooth became weaker and eventually more of it broke off ; when I accidently used that side to chew on a piece of corn dog (yeah, a corn dog! A food that is not at all hard! LOL!) So now I am almost constantly in pain! I have been living on pain medication for a couple of weeks now. And, if you don't already know this about me, I hate taking pills! I have so much trouble swallowing them and once I get them down, they pretty much always make me nauseous.
So you may wonder why I didn't just go to the dentist.
I do have insurance.
1) I hate going to the dentist or the doctor or any other "chore" that just adds more appointments into my already busy life
2) I have spent the last 4 1/2 years living at the Ortho Dept w/ my daughter so I kinda sorta just wanted to avoid going in general, especially since my daughter has her 3 month checkup next month.
::sigh::  Although appts every 3 months for her retainer is better then when she used to have to go in every 6 weeks for the actual braces!
3) It's always so difficult to get an appointment! I usually have to wait a few months to be seen
But I was/am in so much pain I finally called.  I was able to get an appt w/in a week. 
I guess because of the reason for my appt.
My appt is this Friday and I am both dreading and looking forward to it.

>>>I gave myself bangs.
Yes, "I gave myself" as in I cut them myself.
I hate going to the hair dresser! In fact I haven't had a real haircut in over 2 years. And THAT haircut came after 5 years of not having a hair cut!
I have been wanting bangs for a while because I hate how big my forehead is.
The only reason I never did it is because my hair has a natural split down the middle so my bangs would split too which would mean I wouldn't have bangs but instead just short bunches of hair on each side of my face, LOL! But then I did some research and found out that you can train your bangs.
It's very easy to do! And the info came just in time because my husband and I noticed something in pictures that were recently taken of me. I have this light brown patch on my forehead. I have to assume that it is sun damage. And even though it's not very dark, on my light skin it's noticeable.
That coupled w/ my hatred of my giant forehead made me decide to just do it! So I took some scissors and just cut my hair. Yup!  A bit drastic, but I like the way they came out. Plus, I cut them long enough so that I can still pin them back if I want to.

Here's a picture:
Oh and BTW I now wear sunblock on my face EVERY DAY.
A little too late but I want to try and avoid anymore damage to my skin.
Those are the highlights right now.
Oh wow, I truly didn't intend to write so much! Yikes!
My apologies!
Well, I guess I'll stop now, LOL!
My hope is next time I check in I will have more scrappy goodness to share!
Until then... take care!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

07/16/13 - CPC: Cootie

I'm back w/ another DT project!
Today's inspiration from "Child's Play Challenges" is the game "Cootie":
I remember playing this game w/ both of my kids when they were younger.  It's one of those games that will continue to be around for generations!
Here's what I did w/ it:

"Witches and Spells" 
Journaling: "Goofing around at Tom's Farms October 13.13"
The green-faced "cootie" reminded me of the green face of the witch in these pictures of my son and daughter posing w/ a Halloween prop.
BTW - if you're wondering about the "shimmery" BG...it's not actually that way.  It's actually just a textured BG but for some reason it became distorted on Blogger.  It doesn't look that way IRL or in my photo gallery at home.
Row-weird!! (that's how David and I sometimes say "weird"...LOL)
Okay, moving on...
Besides the CPC challenge I was also inspired by a sketch from "Colorful Creations" :
So far I still seem to be sticking to the simpler style layouts.
I have mixed feelings about it. I like that I can get layouts done quicker without feeling stressed, therefore allowing me to get more done during my rare moments of spare time, however I sometimes feel like the layouts aren't quite "finished".  But I think eventually I will get used to it.
I'm just glad to be scrapping again!
Not much else to say...
So I leave you w/ a reminder to check out the rest of the projects over at CPC!

Monday, July 7, 2014

07/07/14 - "Very Merry 2013"

Good Monday morning to you!

Whew I am exhausted!
I had a busy weekend!
Besides celebrating "Fourth of July" and taking care of the normal household duties, David and I have been working on our backyard.
We took down our kids old (very large) swing set/play structure about a month ago.
And after covering most of the leftover dirt area w/ sod, we are building a fenced-in garden area complete w/ raised garden beds and a drip system and a tool storage/work table. We are doing everything ourselves a little at a time every weekend.
David is doing most of the work, after all he is the one w/ the muscles (LOL) and the know-how, but I am helping as well. It's a lot of work and w/ the weather being as hot as it's been, it is quite draining! We are almost done though and we are very excited!
I never thought I'd be into gardening but I totally am!
About a month ago we purchased lots of flowers and plants, including 2 rose trees, for our front patio and ever since we brought them home they have been my babies!
Nice to have something else to nurture now that my real babies are pretty much all grown up!
Speaking of babies...here is a rare occurrence, a picture of me holding one!
We were at a friend's daughter's B-day party, another part of our busy weekend, and I was holding their new little one.
He was a cute, quiet baby...the kind I like, LOL, so I picked him up!
No idea a picture would be captured. 
The party was a last minute thing and I had no time to get ready, so I am not at all happy w/ the way I look in the picture.
But oh well, I'm not vain enough to hide it...
Besides, the baby and the moment that was captured are both cute enough to make up for it!
Anyway,  the reason for my post today?
I am sharing a layout I recently created.
I am sharing it for no other reason then because I am so excited to have scrapped again, LOL!
I created this for 3 Challenges over at Scrapbook.com:
"Christmas in July" -self-explanatory,
"July Hoarders" - Everything on my layout, except the journaling labels and title number stickers,  is approximately 10 years old (possibly older),
"Scrap Lift the Person Before You" - I scrap lifted this layout by Oleysa: 
"Very Merry 2013"
Journaling: "Christmas 2012 - Sparkle the Elf and Chuckles the Clown didn't get along.
That wasn't the case in 2013.
Sparkle even wanted a picture w/ Chuckles (and some other friends)
but Chuckles was still a bit cautious. 12.6.13"
As you can see mine is nowhere as "fancy" as hers but I'm just glad I was able to get another page done!
I had forgotten how much fun and inspiring the challenges are over at SB.com!
After a 4 month break I am enjoying reacquainting myself w/ the site.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

07/02/14 - CPC: Colorforms

Good Morning!
Just stopping by to share a Design Team creation.
But before I do so, a little bit of info.
As I mentioned in previous postings, I was a member of 4 Design Teams.
I also mentioned that I had to quit those DTs when I made some changes in my life; positive changes.
Although it made me sad to do so, I realized it was what my family and I needed.
I haven't regretted my decision, as my family is the most important thing in the world to me, but there are times I miss it.
Lucky for me, 1 of my Design Teams, "Child's Play Challenges", has allowed me to stay on in a "as you can contribute" status.
This is great for me, because it allows me to remain on the team w/out the pressure of having to contribute when I realistically can't.
I am a happy camper about that and send a special shout-out to my DT leaders Devra Adler Hunt and Steffanie Seiler!
You ladies are the greatest! ((HUGS))
Okay, with that being said, here is my first DT creation in over 4 months:
As I stated this is for "Child's Play Challenges"
The inspiration this time around?
"Good Times (Ethel Grey Factory)"
Journaling: "Joseph and Madi take pictures pictures w/ their M&M twins outside of the
Ethel Grey Chocolate Factory in Las Vegas, NV 3.17.14"

Since my break from scrapping 4 months ago I have only created 4 layouts.
I've noticed that my layouts so far have a minimalist feel to them. Because of that you may not see how I incorporated the inspiration piece into my layout...
Colorforms are like reusable stickers so I was inspired to use stickers on my layout: I used 5.
Also, the Colorforms in the picture example are shapes which inspired me to include arrow and triangle shaped stickers.
Thanks for stopping by!
Please take a moment to also stop by the CPC blog and check out the rest of the inspiring examples!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

07/01/14 - "My Scraps and More Sketch" #85

So...I scrapped again!

And this time it was for a challenge over at "My Scraps and More".

Here is their sketch:


And here is what I was inspired to create:

"Today (Panini 12/27/13)"

This is one of those layouts where I couldn't think of a title so I just used one of my "word" embellies
as my title. And, since the title "Today" can be used on a lot of layouts, I sub-titled it w/ Panini's name and the date to distinguish it from other layouts I've created that may have a similar name.
I had stopped following most of the challenge blogs because it became overwhelming to see them on my blog roll when I had no time/desire to scrap.  Now that I am getting back into scrapping a bit, I need to find them again.
"My Scraps and More" happens to be one I just re-discovered and was happy to see they still inspire me!

What about you, what are your "go-to " blogs when you need inspiration?
Let me know so I can check them out!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

06/19/14 - TBT

Hey there!
It's Throw Back Thursday!
While I don't normally participate in this...
(I can honestly count on one hand how many times I have... )
I felt like doing so today.
The reason?
Well, I noticed that I wasn't keeping up w/ my counts of how many layouts I have done this year...
which, BTW I am waaaaaayyyy behind!
And in order to do so I had to compare what layouts I have uploaded to SB.com and add the layouts I have completed since my last upload; I haven't uploaded in quite a while!
The last upload to SB.com was February 22nd; that was layout number 14.
Since that time, and before my break, I had completed 2 more layouts, making my total = 16.
And...since that time, I have created 2 more, making my total = 18.
So 18/100 layouts. Yeah like I said, way behind!
At this point I will have to create at least 13 layouts each month to meet my goal...
Ummmm, yeah, not gonna happen!
Anyway back to my original story.
While I was checking out my SB.com gallery, I noticed that someone recently "favorited" one of my older layouts. 
Yeah I know "favorited" is not a word, but whatevs! ("whatevs" is also not a word) LOL!
The layout  happens to me one of my favorites too, so I figured I'd share:

This layout was created in March 2009 and here is the description I included w/ it:
A very simple lo I created for the "What's Your Scrapping Obsession -March 2009" Challenge.
The challenge is to use the products, photo subjects or materials you use often; use as many of them as you can on one lo.

Lately I can't seem to make a lo w/out:
> Outlining (see page border, photo corners, pic)
> Circles
> My Curvy Cutter (this time I used it as my template for my big circle)
> My Photo Corner punch (although I don't always use it as a photo corner)
> My black Zig pen (fine point side)
> Handwritten journaling, and
> I love buttons! Use them on almost all my lo's

Journaling reads: "Madison wishes she could wear glasses. Thanks to her father and my horrible eyesight, her wish will probably come true! Seeing how cute she looks in my glasses, I kinda hope she has to. 10/2008"

Thinking of all the layouts I have created since them, not must has changed in regards to what products I use often... the exception being buttons and my photo corner punch.

As far as life, much has changed...specifically, in regards to comparison to these pictures, Madi does wear glasses now and
she has had braces and has had them removed...
that in itself was a 4 year process! Whew!
Also, I no longer have that comforter or those curtains that are in the BG of the picture.

Hey, you know what, these TBTs are actually kinda fun!
It's interesting to see what has changed since then.
Maybe there will be more in my future!

Friday, June 13, 2014

06/13/14 - Finally!

Finally some scrapping!
Nothing too elaborate though...
It's been such a long time so I just want to ease back into it.
"Another Xmas"
Journaling: "Ivanna, 14 yrs old, makes it to another Christmas. 12/18/13"
"Rock Star"
Journaling: "Drinks and Play Station Sing Star at Ryan and Nancy's.
Mine and David's voice were hoarse at the end of the night. 5/24/14
Pictured: Me, David, Nancy, Ryan and Melva
Not Pictured: Valerie, Mario, Dawn and Dominic "
If the pictures look a bit weird it's because I had to take pictures of the layouts and crop them and I'm not very good at that!

"Rock Star" was partly inspired by the current challenge over at "ARTastic" .
Here is their inspiration piece:

"The Jam Session" by by Max Mannix
JUNE inspiration - The Jam Session by Max Mannix
Unfortunately I forgot to include distressing, which is part of the criteria, so I won't be eligible for the prize...but since it was inspired by "ARTastic" I still wanted to mention them (and share it w/ them).
BTW - The B&W pic for the "Rock Star" layout was not an artistic choice. For some reason I can't get my printer to print in color anymore! WTHeck?! See what happens when you take a break?? Things fall apart! LOL! Luckily for this layout it worked out, but I really gotta figure out what the problem is...
Anyway, it felt good to get some scrapping done!
Don't know when I will scrap again...
Hopefully it won't be as long as last time!
Thanks for stopping by!