Saturday, November 28, 2015

11/28/15 - "14 Yrs"



Hi there!
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Just wanted to stop by and share a layout I created today.
I was inspired to create the layout from 2 different sources

"The Memory Nest" blog and Scrapbook.com

First the layout (click on image to enlarge):

 
 
The overall design was inspired by sketch #49 from "The Memory Nest":


 
The overall theme and journaling was inspired by a challenge at Scrapbook.com; the "November Music Inspiration" challenge.
 
"The purpose of the challenge is to create a layout using something from a song, whether it is all or part of a title, lyrics or artist name. The fun part is you do not get to chose your own song - the person who signs up after you does!" 

The song that was chosen for me was: "Zing! Went the Strings of my Heart" by Judy Garland....that's some serious "old school" music, huh?

I used some lyrics from the song in my journaling (in italics):
"After 15 years 'I still recall the thrill, I guess I always will... I love you, I love you!' Happy 14th Anniversary"
 
Just and FYI: I went back and added the date after scanning because I realized I had forgotten to do so originally (07/16/15)..because dates are important!
 
This makes layout #12 for me this year!
So basically 1 layout a month...not bad for someone who didn't scrap for 8 months!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

11/21/15 - Because "Maroon"

Another layout completed.
This one is for a DT call.
I've been out of the scrappy world for a while but now that I'm back I would like to be part of a Team again.
 
I have been on 4 Design Teams in the past.
At one time I was on 3 of them all at the same time!
I was busy!
 
I don't want to take on that much responsibility again but I do miss being on a team. I find them inspirational and motivational and I like that perhaps my interpretations of our challenges inspires and motivates others.
 
I've been a follower of "The Memory Nest", Leslie Germain, for years and I was delighted to find out she was having a Design Team call for 2016. 
 
I am submitting this layout as my entry which is based on the sketch that was create for the call:
 
"Maroon"
Journaling (taken from my Instagram post of the photo on the right): "Because it's been
a while since I've worn my hair straight and I like this color on me.
8.24.15"
 
 
The sketch:
 
Leslie's blog is great and I know she has a lot of followers and I'm sure that she will have lots of entries so I am not getting my hopes up.
If I don't get a spot, at least I got another layout done!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

11/12/15 -"A Dirty Snout and Clowns"

 
Hello and Happy Thursday to you!

Just dropping off a couple of layouts I recently created!
I need to prove to you that I'm still scrapbooking after all my 'big talk' about getting my mojo back!!
LOL, JK!

But I did and I have so I would like to share.
Both layouts were created for Scrapbook.com Challenges (click on images to enlarge):
 
"You Look Dapper"
Top journaling strips; "Hey Grammy(*)...Do I have something on my face?"
Bottom journaling(under the title):
"The way Hamlet typically looks after being outside."
 
 
(*) Hamlet belongs to Madison, a reward for doing so well in school, so I am his "Grammy" AKA "Grandma".
For the "November Scrap Your Pet" challenge.
No twist (chevrons).

 

"Are You Scared?"
Journaling: "Halloween 2014: Adam and Jessica joined us in scaring
trick-or-treaters this year.
Left to right: Adam, Joseph, Jessica, Madison, and David"
  

For the "November Ugly Paper" challenge.
The ugly paper is the B&W BG and the white paper with the different colored sunbursts (large circle behind the group photo and there's a piece poking out of the top of the green BG).


The ugly papers weren't really that difficult to work with since, to me, they weren't ugly at all.
I also used two of the embellishments that were given to me: the brown & white decorative circles at the top left and bottom right of the layout.


 

Monday, November 9, 2015

11/09/15 - Reading Challenge Update

 
Hello, hello! 
 
It's been a while since I've posted an update...
I've been reading but not as much since finding my scrapbooking mojo again!
That, along w/ the fact that I had been on vacation for 10 days put a bit of a damper on my reading time.
But I am happy to report that in this installment of the Reading Challenge I have read 3 more books!
Unfortunately they only count as 1 since I read them for the "A Trilogy" option of the challenge.
 
 
"Gemini Series"
 
I used to read VC Andrews as a teenager.
She was my favorite author.
For those who don't know, she passed away but she has a Ghost Writer.
From what I've read, the reading community has mixed reviews on the "ghost writer" and his ability to write as well as Andrews did.
I don't have any problem w/ his work.
This series was good... just as creepy as some of her stuff that I read and love(d) in the past.
TBH if she was still alive and writing I think that there would mixed reviews on her latest books since it's difficult to come up w/ new/fresh ideas after years of writing.
The only complaint I have about this series is the conclusion to the 3rd book was a bit rushed and it didn't really tie up all the loose ends of the whole story.
I had questions when I was done...
I don't like when books leave you hanging!
But I'm not going to base the whole series on one book.
In fact, reading this series is making me eager to return to her/his books!
 
Total Books Read: 21/50