Thursday, November 27, 2014

11/27/14 - "Get Messy" November Prompt

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
I doubt anyone will be reading blogs today, but if you do and happen to read mine, today I'm sharing what I created for the "Get Messy" November Prompt.
 
The prompt was as follows:
 
Journaling Challenge - "Pick one word that describes you right now.  Just one word"

Art Challenge - "Play with the word you picked. Use letter stickers, cut out your word from magazines and create a collage,  write your word a hundred times on a piece of paper and use it as a background, use paint to write your word...the main focus should be on your word."


I wanted to pick a word that would allow me to write a blog post that was somewhat philosophical but when I sat down and asked myself the question "What word describes me right now?"  the answer was "hungry", LOL!
I started a diet 2 weeks ago and darn it if I don't feel hungry...ALL THE TIME!  
UGH!
And that makes me kinda angry. 
And when you put those two words together you get the word "Hangry".
So the one word to describe me right now is Hangry.

So my page was created with images from  the web, some washi tape I had in my stash and never used (love it!), and some journaling: the "Get Messy" prompt info and the amount of weight I've lost so far. 
 
Thanks for stopping by! 
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go enjoy a little bit of stuffing and pumpkin cheesecake, my Thanksgiving faves, and a whole lot of water and try REALLY hard not to be "hangry", LOL !!

Monday, November 24, 2014

11/24/14

 
Happy Monday to you!
I'm not usually a fan of Monday's but since it's Thanksgiving week and I only work 3 days, I will make an exception!
 
I don't know about you but sometimes I feel like no matter how hard I try I cannot seem to get creative.
Other times I feel like the creativity is just pouring out of me.
This weekend was a good one creatively!
Despite being busy, I created 3 layouts: 1 on Friday, 1 on Saturday, and 1 on Sunday.
 
Friday's layout (click on image to enlarge):
 
"Did We Just Become BFFs?!"
Journaling: "The closest they've ever been w/out fighting. Panini walked up
to a sleeping Ivanna, gave her a few sniffs, and then settled down next
to her for her nap. 11.12.14"
 
As I was creating this layout I was thinking of what to title it and the line "Did we just become best friends?!" from the movie "Step Brothers" popped in my mind, so that's what I used.
 
 
 
Saturday's layout (click on image to  enlarge):
 
"My 39th B-day"
Journaling:
".Quality time w/ my husband
."Gone Girl" the movie
.Big Macs and Pumpkin Pies at McDonalds
.A visit to the Pumpkin Patch
.A Pumpkin Bundt Cake
= A great birthday!
10.27.14"
Flower Journal Spot says: "Photo Bombed Selfie LOL!"  

As you can tell from my journaling, I love simple pleasures!



Sunday's layout (click on image to enlarge):

Journaling: "After the present opening we settled down to watch
"Rise of the Guardians" 12.25.13"


I used sketch #94 from "My Scraps and More":


         
 
On Friday, I also created a page for the "Get Messy" November prompt.
I can't share it w/ you just yet, but I will share a sneak peek:

 
I was able to do this along w/ my usual chores: a visit to the bank, laundry, dishes, grocery shopping etc...,  and the extras of: 2 Appts,  Christmas shopping, shopping for a new washer since ours died, helping my husband and my daughter re-paint her room, and picking out our Christmas tree:
 
 
It was a good weekend!
 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

11/19/14 - Art Journal Pages 26 - 29

Hi!
Sometimes I feel like I talk or, in the case of my blog, write too much.
So today I will just get right into why I'm here: to share my latest pages:
 
 
 
"First Time Lotto Players
Just wanted to document the first time David and I played the lotto.
We didn't win...bummer!
 
 
 
"Just Keep Coloring..." 
I mention in another post that I liked coloring so I decided to doodle some linked circles and color them. While I was coloring I kept repeating in my head "just keep coloring" in Dory's voice from "Finding Nemo" so I decided to write that at the bottom.
 
 
 
 
"1D - Cartoon Version"
This one is my favorite!!! I saw the cartoon versions of "One Direction" online and just had to draw them myself! The original artist, who was not cited, drew them much better than I did, but he/she still made them very cartoon-like, so this is a pretty good representation of the original... 
When I showed my daughter she ABSOLUTELY LOVED it and could tell who they each were. Although how hard is it to tell who the last one is? He is the only blonde in the group: Niall!
Not to mention he is her favorite!
A little 1D trivia: Niall's not a natural blonde! LOL!
 
 
"My Mood Right Now" 
Self explanatory . 
I wasn't in a good mood and felt like "Grumpy Bear" so I googled and printed out his image, fussy cut it and glued it, along w/ a "frame" I made, onto my page.  I also doodled on him in blue to add some color.
 
Short and sweet, yes?
You're welcome! LOL
Thanks for stopping by!
 
 

Monday, November 17, 2014

11/17/14 - Project Life Cards on Non-Project Life Projects

 
 
Hello my bloggy friends and readers! 
I hope you all are well! 
 
The reason I am here to day is this:
If you read my last post, I mentioned how I like to use Project Life (PL) cards on my layouts.
I also shared this layout:
 
 
 
This made me curious as to how many other layouts I have used my PL cards on.
 
A bit of background for those who don't know:
1) I asked for and received Project Life supplies last Christmas with the plan to complete a 2014 Project Life Album  (never... completed... 1... page, DOH!)
2)  I am the Queen of Unfinished Projects (well generally any that are more than one page, LOL)
 
So basically the PL supplies were doomed to sit in my stash collecting cobwebs.
Right?
Wrong!
 
I took a break from scrapping in February 2014 and started up again in June 2014. Since that time I have created 28 layouts and of those 28 I have used PL cards on 12 of them...that's nearly half.
Some of the layouts I have used more than 1, such as the one above where I used 3 cards.
 
So I decided to put together a showcase of sorts of all those layouts and include the amount of cards used on each.
Some of these have been shared before.
(click on each image to enlarge):
 
 
 
1 PL card
 

2 PL cards
 
 
1 PL card
 

1 PL card
 

2 PL cards
 
 
1 PL card
 

2 PL cards
 

1 PL card
 

2 PL cards
 

2 PL cards
 
3 PL cards
 
 
 I have used 1 on an  Art Journal Pages as well:
 
1PL card
 
 
Total Project Life cards used is 22.
Not bad for somebody who doesn't actually do Project Life.
 
As you can see I used them in a variety of was: as a journaling spot, as "pattern paper" layers, and as a title spot...sometimes even combining the techniques.
 
As I said in my previous blog post, I actually like it better than using patterned paper because there is less of a need to cut. In fact most of the time I don't cut at all, which also means less leftover or wasted paper.  Plus I find it is sometimes hard to cut into a whole piece of paper when I only need a small portion of it for my layout.

 
The only drawback that I see to using the cards are that unless you buy lots of different collections, the variety of each one is a bit limited.  The regular sized collections are a bit expensive but I did recently notice on Amazon that their are smaller kits available.
Guess what I put on my Christmas list?! ;0)
 
BTW - My PL album, "Sea Foam Edition",  and pack of Pocket Pages ARE collecting dust! I need to see if I can find someone to buy them off of me... at a discounted rate.
If you know anyone, have them send me an e-mail at VasquezDoreen43@yahoo.com.



Saturday, November 15, 2014

11/15/14 - CPC: Hot Wheels

It's time for another challenge over at  "Child's Play Challenges" !
"Hot Wheels" is the inspiration:
  
 
 
 
I was instantly inspired to create a layout about the High School Graduation Present we gave our son: a car.....his first car (click on image to enlarge).
  
 "First Car"
Journaling: "June 3rd, 2014 
Joseph's High School graduation day. We gave him his present: a
2001 Toyota Echo. We also put out a set of luggage as a joke"
 
 
When I bought the BG paper, I bought it w/ the thought of using it for a birthday layout...but I just loved the way it looked w/ the other pieces of this layout so I decided to use it here instead. I may buy another sheet though, because I really like the paper!
Besides the BG paper I layered 3 large sized Project Life Cards. I asked for the set last Christmas  w/ the thought of actually completing a PL album, but yeah, that never happened! The cards are coming in handy for regular layouts though. In fact there are times I prefer them more than using actual PP for my layering; no cutting necessary!  I'm thinking of getting another kit of cards some day, but only once I've put a dent I in the one I have first.
And just because I already described the way I created the rest of the layout, I'll just mention that besides the BG paper and PL cards, all I added was 2 Doodlebug stickers and some title letters and journaling.  There really isn't much to this layout, but as it always seems, the less I do the more I love it! That's not a good thing for my scrap stash though!

Hope your inspired!
Make sure to share your layout w/ us by the end of the month ( a few days before if you can)!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

11/06/14 - Art Journal pages 23-25


I finally finished that Winkflash-Transfer-of-Photos project I had going on.
I'm so glad to be done w/ it!!
Unfortunately I found some of my photos had disappeared from the site and I don't have digital copies of them. Bummer!
Of the ones I notice missing...I have them printed out already.
So if I really want a digital print I will have to scan them.
Yay...another project! (heavy sarcasm if you couldn't tell)
And let's not forget I still need to organize the digital files I already had along w/ the ones I transferred over.
Lucky for me there is no time limit for that.
Maybe in my retirement years I can finish up, I mean what else will I have to do, right?



Anyway, enough of that!!!

Today I am sharing a few Art Journal pages I recently created.
After finally being done w/ the Winkflash project, AKA: "Project from Hell", I was itching to do something fun!

I created 3 pages in 2 days!
Okay, so I probably shouldn't get too excited... I mean they aren't all fancy-like and elaborate...
But I sure enjoyed making them (mostly)!

The first one didn't turn out at all like I pictured it in my head.
I had gotten some new templates and wanted to practice w/ them.  What better way to practice w/ them but in my Art Journal?!
Well practice I did and fail I did...well not completely, I mean it didn't come out the way I wanted it too but it's not a total disaster.
I covered up most of the mess w/ the picture.
I had no theme for the page but when I started seeing all the IG posts about voting, and stumbled across the "Vote Snoopy" photo,  I decided the BG would be a perfect page to document the fact that I have never voted in my life...

"Vote For Snoopy"
Journaling: "I have never voted. Perhaps I would if I could vote for Snoopy"
 
BTW IDK if you can tell but I covered the page in tape to help protect the facing page, because despite the fact that I let the page dry for 2 days, the misting still got on the other page ...booo!
 
 
The second page is just me playing w/ that stamp technique I told you about in a previous post.
I just love the way it looks and I wanted to have a page of it w/out anything covering it. As you can see I went a bit "stamp crazy"...but not only does it look good (to me) it's stress reliving to just randomly stamp all over a page! If you haven't done so, I highly recommend it!
 
 
And finally, page #3.
This was a result of me just feeling like I wanted to color.
Another great stress reliever!
I colored all the time when I was a child. My favorite coloring books were Barbie coloring books!
Anyway, I digress...
 
I pulled out my box of colored pencils and just colored away using different colors, with no rhyme or reason. When I wish finished I thought to myself how it reminded me of a rainbow. This then lead me to remember a quote (I know, I know...me and my quotes! ::roll eyes::)
I googled the quote and found a cute image of it and printed and cut it out.
I  journaled about how the quote fits in my life and adhered it to the page.
I then felt it needed just a bit more color so I outlined it in purple...
BTW IDK why I chose purple, I actually don't like the color but it stood out to me for some reason
 
Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!
 
 
Journaling: "My 'rain' is my job. My 'rainbow' is my comfortable, happy lifestyle"
 
I'm not sure if I've actually ever mentioned it on my blog before but I dislike my job.
But it does afford me to live comfortably w/ a quite a few luxuries here and there, so I suffer through it. 
::sigh::
Anyway, I'll save more details about that for another day.
1. because I don't want to bring this post down, and
2. because I already wrote too much!
 
Okay, that's all folks!
Thanks for the visit!

Friday, October 31, 2014

11/01/14 - CPC Crossover Challenge

Happy November!
I'm here today sharing the latest challenge over at  "Child's Play Challenges".
Our current challenge is a joint venture w/ the "Pixels and Paper" Challenge Blog".
 
"Pixels and Paper" challenged us to use this photo as inspiration:
 
 
 
And "Child's Play Challenges" threw in a recipe of items to use as well:
 
 
gold
animal
something older than 1 year
3 patterned papers
bling
 
 
 
Sounds fun, right?!
Here's what I came up with (click on image to enlarge):
 
"Cute Christmas Cat"
 
And here is a breakdown of how I used the inspiration photo and  the recipe:
  • Photo Inspiration: the Christmas themed Jack-in-the-Box toy
  • Gold: Washi tape, gold heart brad, large bling swirl 
  • Animal: Photo of our cat
  • Something older than 1 yr: the 2 Christmas Colored PPs (10 years old, which also happened to be scraps) and the black and tan square behind the title tag (3 years old)
  • 3 patterned papers: 3 Used
  • Bling: Heart brad and large gold swirl

I have to story to share about my layout:
First know...I hate gold! The color, the jewelry, and I most definitely would not use it in my scrapbooking!
So when I saw I had to use gold on my layout I panicked!
I didn't have anything gold in my stash as far as I knew.
Just in case though, I did a search. As I suspected, I found nothing. 
Luckily my fellow CPC DT teammate and leader, Devra, sent me some items to use: the washi tape and brad were amongst those items.
When I finished my layout, and right before I uploaded it, I  decided to clean the scrappy mess off of my desk.  As I was putting my stuff away I came across the giant bling swirl.
Two questions popped in my mind:
1. How in the world did I not see this giant thing before?!
2. Why did I have this? 
I know where it came from...in a box of scrappy items I won from a blog contest.
But why had I kept it? I would never use it!
Until now! LOL
 
Yup! Not only did I use it, but in the end it was the perfect piece to finish off my layout!
Funny how that happens!
 
Now it's your turn.
Whether you love gold or hate it...it's time to show us what you can do w/ it!
Don't forget to include the other items of the challenge and upload your layout before the end of November.