Monday, August 21, 2017

08/21/17 - "Ice Cream Thief"

Hello, and Happy Monday!
I have been neglecting my blog lately, though I have been scrapping quite a bit!

Sometimes I want to share my layouts but don't have the time or energy to do much more than that...
So I just don't post at all.
That's a bad habit to fall into so I am going to try my best to post my layouts even if I don't add much commentary along w/ them.

To get things started, here is the most recent layout I created:

"Ice Cream Thief"

"I really enjoyed this Orange Day Dream ice cream from Walmart and as you can see I'm not the only one! Panini would not leave me alone while I ate it! And, yes, I shared; I'm "that kind" of pet owner. 5.27.17"


Created for the following August Challenges:

>Music Inspiration
I was assigned "Imagine" by John Lennon
I chose the line "(But) I'm not the only one" and included it in my journaling

I am also using this for the "Lyrics" category for the Music Challenge (a different Music Challenge)


>National ______Day
August 11th - National Panini Day
My cat's name is Panini

21 items
- Everything except the 2 ice cream stickers.

18 total
-Alphas (13)
-Ice cream (2)
-Word/Phrases (2)

2 - The Gold & White PP and the B&W Polka-Dotted PP
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using 2 PP scraps

Sunday, August 13, 2017

08/14/17 - MIM #94

Happy Monday!
Today is "Make It Monday" over at the "The Memory Nest" blog.
Here is sketch # 94; you have until August 31st to play along!

"Father's Day 2017"
"When Madison was younger we used to take her to La Jolla w/ us to celebrate Father's Day*. As she got older, she wanted to hang w/ us less and less, so we stopped going. This year I mentioned to David how much I missed those trips, so we went... just the 2 of us.
June 18th 2017"

*Joseph was always with his dad, as it should be*
We are Almost-Empty-Nesters...
A fact that makes me both happy and sad.
Happy because I get more quality time w/ my husband and we get more freedom, but sad because...well, obviously, that means my babies are grown!
My son is 22 and still lives at home but he's got his own life, though he allows me into it from time to time. My daughter is 15 and though she still "needs" us, she's an independent introvert, so "parenting" is almost non-existent at this point.
That's why I've been trying to do more of the things we used to enjoy w/ the kids, without the kids.
Just because they have decided not to do those things w/ us any more doesn't mean we should miss out!
BTW - The BG paper, photo mat paper, and summer stickers & embellishments are all from the July Scrap Room kit: The Scrap Room Monthly Kits
Also for the Following July Challenges:

>National ______ Day
July 6th - National Kissing Day

>Second Chance
Completed my June 2017 "Inspired By a Word" layout
I chose the word Dad, specifically it's variation: "Father"

-Alphas (14)
-Word/Phrase (1)
-Misc Summer (3)
*INCLUDES TWIST* of a Travel Related sticker

-Polka Dotted Banners
-Blue Circle (though it looks gray here)

-MS Circle Cutter
-Alphas (14)
-Blue Circle
-PL Card
*INCLUDES TWIST* of shapes - Circle w/ hoarded paper using hoarded circle cutter

Sunday, August 6, 2017

08/07/17 - MIM #93

"Make It Monday" Sketch #93
The first sketch for August from the "The Memory Nest" Blog:
As for my layout...
I did use shapes but in a slightly different way.
Also the arrow and "flair", in my case a button, are there:
 "This Little Piggy"

"I frequently get asked "How big is Hamlet?" and since he's difficult to measure, I never really have a good answer.
Well, maybe this will help...I'm 5'1
And a PSA, remember: He IS a Mini-Pig. Despite what people think and what most breeders, AKA bad & unethical breeders, would like you to believe they will not stay as little as they are when they're born.
Mini-Pig simply means they will not/should not grow as big as a farm pig, which can reach up to 600+ pounds. "Micro" and "Tea Cup" pigs do not exist. Those are terms breeders use so they can charge lots of money when selling their pigs. Unfortunately people fall for this and when the pig gets too big it gets abandoned. 😢
Do your research before getting any kind of animal, especially a pig!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

08/1/17 - "Baked Goods"

Happy Tuesday!
I was supposed to post this yesterday but I was just not feeling it, the day that is!
I did get to scrap this weekend and I'm sharing one of my layouts w/ you:
"Baked Goods"
Side Tag -
"7.18.17: Banana Walnut Bread (topped w/ banana flavored Greek yogurt) 7.20.17: Lemon Poppy Seed bread."

In Circle -
"Both baked from scratch by my husband.
My husband recently quit his job. He worked for over 20 yrs at a job that was both mentally and physically stressful. He developed carpal tunnel in both arms and, per the doctor, he quit just in time to prevent permanent damage. He now has 2 part-time jobs one of which allows him to work from home. He is much happier and healthier and that makes me happy...I really love having him home more! Plus he can help more around the house and... bake for me, LOL! He did take a big pay cut, but we're doing just fine and have discovered that money isn't everything."

I love this layout in general but also because behind the photos of "baked goods" there is a bigger story; a story of a major change in our lives.

Our lives are ever changing and I love that I am capturing these changes for our family; present and future!


For the following July Challenges:


>National _____Day
Inspired by: July 25th - National Culinarians Day

17 stickers
-Alphas (10)
-Word/Phrases (3)
-Journaling label
-Lemon Slice
-Baking Utensils (2)

20 items
-Circle Cutter
-Heart Punch
-White Paper
-Blue Striped PP
-Alphas (10)
-Misc Stickers (6)
-The Blue Striped PP
*INCLUDES TWIST* White hoarded paper cut into a circle w/ a hoarded circle cutter and blue hoarded PP cut into hearts w/ a hoarded heart punch.

2 Scraps
-Blue Striped PP
-White Paper

Monday, July 24, 2017

07/24/17 - "(It's Your) Birthday Suit"

Another Monday, another layout...
I hope that's a phrase I can utter often because that would mean I got to scrap over the weekend...
which makes me very happy!
(It's Your) Birthday Suit

FYI - It WASN'T his birthday I was just using "It's Your Birthday (Suit)" to be funny!

"That moment when you go from looking like "Sonic the Hedgehog" to a "Naked Mole Rat", LOL!
Top photo was on 3.25.16 when Hamlet had a full body of thick hair. Bottom photo was on 7.16.16 after he lost it all, which is actually referred to as "Blowing Their Coat" in the Piggy World"
This layout was mainly inspired by the July Challenge I am Hosting:
"National ___________ Day"
I was specifically inspired by July 14th - National Nude Day

BTW - If you are interested in learning more about the "Coat Blowing" see this FAQ:
AMPA Mini-Pig Shedding Info
Also for the following Challenges:
>Boys Only/Girls Only
I chose boy: Hamlet
*INCLUDES TWIST* of animal embellishments - Piggy sticker!

>Music Challenge / Category #1
"(they say) It's Your Birthday"
from "The Birthday Song" by the Beatles

10 Stickers
-Alphas (4)
-Word/Phrase (2)

10 items
-BG Paper
-Gray Paper cut into a Circle
-Piggy PP
-Circle Cutter
-Word/Phrases stickers (2)
-Misc Stickers (3)
-PL Card
3 shaped Hoarded Stickers
1 Hoarded PP cut into a Circle w/ a Hoarded Circle Cutter

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
2 Scraps
-Piggy PP
-Gray PP (cut into a circle)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

07/17/17 - MIM #92

"Make It Monday" Sketch #92 is up live and ready to inspire!
I had a lot of fun w/ this sketch!
Hope you do too!
You have until July 30th to submit your entry to "The Memory Nest".
MIM #92

"They grow up so fast!
Nose and Industrial Barbell Piercings for my baby girl...
who is no longer a baby. :sniff:
Both fit her look/personality so well!
She didn't even flinch with the barbell but got a little bit teary-eyed with the nose piercing.
Her dad and I almost hurled with both, bahahaha! #TrueStory

I have my nose pierced; got it done about 2 years ago.
I have also had my belly button pierced, though it's been since removed, and I have 2 sets of piercings in my ears.
So you would think it'd be no big deal for me for my daughter to get piercings.
And it wasn't, I mean the concept wasn't... I can accept that she's growing up...barely...
But, OMG actually seeing her get pierced, knowing someone was placing 3 holes into my daughter, aside from just a regular ear piercing that I had her get as a baby, it... it LITERALLY made me sick to my stomach. In fact as I write this and remember it, I'm getting sick to my stomach again, LOL

Anyway, she loves it and it fits her so well and makes her so happy that I love it too!
Even her dad, the biggest critic about these type of things, thinks it looks great on her!
But yeah, the growing up part he's not so cool w/!

Also for the following July Challenges:

21 hoarded items
-BG paper
-Alphas (12)
-PL Cards (2)
-Word Stickers (2)
-Buttons (2)
-Arrow Sticker
-Yellow/White PP
*INCLUDES TWIST* of shapes
The arrow sticker and "yeah" word sticker are hoarded and shaped!

20 Stickers
-Alphas (17)
-Word (2)

1 Scrap
-Yellow/White PP

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

07/12/17 - June "Ugly Paper" Challenge

Hi, it's "Ugly Paper" time again!
First a reminder of the rules (you can skip this part if you already know them):
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 
"June Uglies"  
"We took Madi out to see Cirque Du Soliel's new "Avatar" inspired show Turok; Joseph was out of town.
Unfortunately we weren't impressed.
The scenery was gorgeous but the story and action was boring!
Well, at least we had Family Time.

(I realized after I scanned and uploaded the layout that I forgot to fix the "year" on the date. I had originally wrote '17 so I whited it out so I can fix it to '16, but forgot to fix it, LOL. It's been fixed IRL though)

Both the ugly papers are there:
I used the "Tie Dye" PP for all my circles (3 Total) and the "Tree Branch" PP for all my triangles (3 Total).
I also used 2 of the 3 ugly embellishments:
The large "@" sign which was beige but I sprayed it an iridescent teal color AND the pink jeweled border under the photos.

It was a challenge but as usual a fun challenge.

Until next time...

Also for the following June Challenges:
>No to Be Squared
Every shape on here, except for 1, is "Not a Square".
I used circles, triangles, a banner, and rounded-cornered items.

I used 9
-Alphas (5)
-Hearts (2)
-Pink jeweled border strip

14 items
-Alphas (5)
-Hearts (2)
-PL Cards (2)
-Memories View Finder Embellishment
-Washi Tape (2)
-BG paper

>Pick a Technique
I picked 2 of the 3 that were offered: "spray" and "punch"
I used my Heidi Swap spray to change the large "@" from beige to teal
I used my circle punch to cut out small circles from the "Tie Dye" PP

Monday, July 10, 2017

07/10/17 - "In The Middle"

I created this layout this past weekend and I love it...
so of course I'm sharing it...
(#35 of my 75 Layout Goal for 2017)
"In The Middle"

"David sent me these photos while I was at work: 1. to make me jealous and 2. to say 'Don't know how I fit but I was in the middle, LOL!' - July 14th, 17"

The journaling pretty much explains the entire story behind this layout.


For the following July Challenges:

>Scrap Your Pet
*INCLUDES TWIST* of a photo that has animals and humans in it

>Music Challenge
Category #2 - Song Title
I chose "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World
*INCLUDES TWIST* of something in the sky - I used a star sticker

>Sticker Challenge
15 Stickers (11 Alphas)

9 items - Including a Small Hole Punch and Martha Stewart Circle Cutter
Everything is Hoarded except the star and the Alphas
*INCLUDES TWIST* of shapes - I cut my the hoarded green polka-dotted PP into circles using my hoarded circle punch and cutter

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap: the Green Polka-Dotted PP

Thursday, July 6, 2017

07/06/17 - July "Round Robin" Challenge

 The "Round Robin Challenge":
"There are teams of 4 people, one person for each week, similar to a relay race. The person assigned for week 1 in each group will start their team off with a layout depending on what the specs and twist will be. Then the following week, everyone assigned to week 2 will lift off their week 1 team member and so on. It's fun to see how a lift progresses from the first week to the fourth."
On this edition of "Round Robin" I was player #1 and we were assigned a "Mood Board" for our inspiration:
Though I know Mood Board Challenges are popular, I've never actually played along w/ them.
I was a little nervous, especially since I was the first one on my team.
I was mainly nervous because I tend to take challenges like this way to literal...which is why I never play along on my own.
But eventually I had to tell myself to stop over thinking it and just focus on what stood out to me and this is what I came up w/:
"Ginger Spice"

"Joseph wanted to lighten his dark hair; over the years it went from blonde to dark brown. He used a blonde boxed dye and I warned him it would lighten but not be blonde. This is what happened. He loves it! I love it and I jokingly call him Ginger Spice though he prefers Peter Pan. 6.18.17"

Can you figure out what I was inspired by?
I was inspired by the photo of the girl showing off her hair (style) and the photo of the wedding invitation in the shape of a large hexagon: thus I chose to scrap my son's (new) hair (color) and use hexagons as a design element.

Though it's a simple layout I actually really like it!
I guess I can handle mood boards after all...
Tell me, have you ever played along w/ a mood board?


Also for the following July Challenges:

>Music Challenge
Category #3 - Artist
I chose Ginger Spice of Spice Girls fame.
*INCLUDES TWIST* of paper clip

16 items
*INCLUDES TWIST* of shapes; I used my hoarded punch to make Hexagons out of red paper

14 Stickers

Sunday, July 2, 2017

07/02/17 - MIM #91

Today I bring you MIM Sketch #91 from the "The Memory Nest" blog:


"Krusty Land"

"Took a Wednesday off to enjoy one last visit to Universal Studios before our Annual Passes expired.
These are just random photos from "Krusty Land". 1.4.17"

As you can see I went in a totally different direction w/ my layout while still keeping the basic theme of the original sketch: the circles!
TBH I didn't plan my weekend very well to include some quality crafty time and I had 2 layouts to get done for 2 different Monday reveals, so I had to keep things simple.
My lack of time also explains why the coloring of the photo of the layout is a bit off; had trouble taking a good photo of it as I completed it after daylight was almost gone...
but you get the idea.

::Note to Self -- Work on Better Time Management::

Instead of cutting/punching out circles for my layout I decided to go w/ paper w/ circles already on it.
And the colors of this paper match our "Krusty Land" photos so well I decided to use more than 1 photo.

I had been struggling w/ these photos because there isn't too much of a story behind them.
But I realize that not all pages have to have a "story" per se...sometimes it's nice just to scrap photos because you like them!

Please join us in telling your story... or non-story...
You have until July 31st.

Monday, June 26, 2017

06/26/17 - "Brand New Car"

Happy Monday!
How was your weekend?
If it was anything like mine your answer is: "Great, but it went by too fast!"
Well I'm not a huge fan of Mondays but sometimes, posting my latest layout makes me a bit happier so here it is:
"Brand New Car"

"6.20.17 Joseph buys his first brand new car: a 2017 Nissan Sentra!
And because of his great credit, he didn't need a co-signer and got 0% interest!
Not bad for a 22 yr old. Good job son!"

I didn't think I'd have time to scrap this weekend though I REALLY wanted to.
But I MADE time because I was excited to scrap these photos and because it's almost the end of June and I scrapped this for a couple of June challenges:

> Instagram - the 2nd Challenge for the JamFox Crafters' Collaboration - June Edition
Challenge = Black and White and 1 Other Color
I chose Turquoise (in varying shades)

> June Music Challenge:
#2 - Song Title
I choose "Brand New Car" by the Rolling Stones

Sometimes you just gotta make the time, amirite?
Hope you have a great day (and week)!


Also for the following June Challenges:

18 Items
-Alphas (11)
-Turquoise PP
-PL Cards (2)
-Buttons (2)
-Polka Dot file label and "asterisk" stickers (2)

17 Stickers
-Alphas (11)
-Word/Phrase (2)
-Polka Dot File Label
-Arrow/Stripe combo above "#TRUE STORY"

>Scrap W/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap
The Turquoise PP

Thursday, June 22, 2017

06/22/17 - "22"

My son Joseph just celebrated his 22nd birthday on 6/14.
I'm impressed that I already have the layout done, especially since I still haven't done anything w/ daughter's birthday photos from January!
To be fair, I took a lot more photos of her birthday and I'm a Single-Page layout kinda scrapper.
Anyway here is the layout for Joseph's Birthday:

"-Lunch Buffet at El Torito w/ David *(complete w/ Margarita!)*
-Cupcakes instead of a cake, as requested (Double Chocolate Devotion Ice Cream cupcakes from Cold Stone Creamery)
-A "Happy Birthday" candy bar w/ a $100 bill attached (though it took you a while to notice!)
-Dinner out w/ a friend
Happy 22nd Birthday!

*Need to go back and add this bit of journaling*

This layout is nothing fancy...
I just wanted to achieve 2 goals: use all 4 of these photos on 1 layout and finally use that "Me & My Big Ideas" Party PP that I've had in my stash so long it's actually worn out looking IRL, LOL

Created mainly for the following June Challenges:

Includes both twists:
1) Birthday
2) Summer (my son's B-day is in Summer)

>National _______ Day
Inspired by June 7th - National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
Those cupcakes are Double Chocolate ice cream cupcakes
*Fun fact: Whenever I do a Birthday Layout I usually journal in a list format.
It just seems easier to fit all the highlights of the day that way.
Anybody else do this?

Also for the following June Challenges:
12 items
-BG paper
-Number Stickers (6)
- PL Cards (2)
- (Larger) Star
- Large Green Circle
- Button

15 Stickers
-Numbers (6)
-Stars (4)
-Words/Phrases (3)
-Date Label

Monday, June 19, 2017

06/19/17 - "National Puppy Day"

Just another layout from me today; my mojo has been in over drive and I'm trying my best to use it while I have it!
"National Puppy Day"

"Spotty may not be a puppy anymore but he is still our baby!

IDK how old Spotty is, but he's definitely not a puppy!
We inherited him when Madison was around 3 years old; she's now 15!

He is the sweetest dog!

Speaking of "sweet"... see that "sweet" in the photo of Spotty and my husband?  It's not a sticker, it's part of our "Home Sweet Home" sign in our living room that just happened to be in the photo when I took it; what a "sweet" coincidence!


For the following June challenges:

26 items
-BG paper
-Striped Photo Mat PP
-Alphas (16)
-Words/Phrases (4)
-PL Card/Journaling Spot
-Orange Ring of Paper
So basically everything except 1 sticker!

22 Stickers
-Alphas (16)
-Word/Phrases (4)
*INCLUDES TWIST* of "create the letters you are missing out of the remaining ones"
I created the "a" in Day from a "q".

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
3 Scraps
-Orange Ring of Paper
-PL Card/Journaling Spot
-Striped Photo Mat PP

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

06/14/17 - "Summer Hair 2017"

Hi there!
Just sharing 1 of my latest layouts:
"Summer Hair 2017"
"Look Out Summer, I'm coming for you!
Short hair, don't care!
Hair cut inspired by Jennifer Lawrence's hair in "Passengers".
I'm a Happy Camper!
Story behind the photos/topic:
I recently watched the movie "Passengers" and the whole time I was watching it I kept thinking, "Gosh, I just love Jennifer Lawrence's hair!"
Well, that and that it was a good movie, LOL!
Coincidentally I watched the movie a few days before my next hair appointment.
So the next day I texted my hair dresser and asked her if we would have time to cut my hair as I was just planning to touch up the color.
She said yes and so, the day of the appointment, this happened!
And I absolutely love it!
Story behind the layout:
A couple of posts ago I mentioned I joined "The Scrap Room" a monthly Scrapbook Kit Club:
(see Chosen One)
I finally received my first and I love it!
The kits comes w/ four individually packed layout kits and I used some of one of them to create this layout.

Here's a look at the June kit (photo courtesy of "The Scrap Room" website:)

Besides the kit I was inspired by a couple of different challenges:

 ---- Instagram Challenge:
The JamFox Crafters Collaboration - June Edition
First Challenge is to "incorporate a rainbow of color onto your project"

---- June Challenge:
>National ________ Day
June 21st - National Selfie Day
Though I don't need a "National Day as an excuse for a Selfie
... if you're a long time follower, you already knew that, LOL!

Also included in the following June Challenges:
I used 22
-Alphas (14)
-Word/Phrase (2)
-File Label for Journaling

20 items
-18 Stickers (14 Alphas)
-2 Scraps (pink circle and yellow "Hello" PP)

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
2 Scraps
-Pink Circle
-Yellow "Hello" PP

Sunday, June 11, 2017

06/12/17 - MIM #90

Here we go again!
But this is a good "here we go again"!

MIM Sketch #90

 "Breakfast 6.3.17"
"Love it when my coffee mug color coordinates w/ my breakfast!
Coffee and a (65g) slice of Strawberry Krunch Cake 165 calories.

I'm a foodie!
I love food and trying new foods and talking about food and taking pictures of food and..
well you get the idea!

I'm thinking of buying a Travelers Notebook or something similar to scrap these photos so I don't have tons of 12x12 layouts w/ just 1 photo on them, LOL
But in this case it works!

I have had that BG paper in my stash forever + infinity!
I loved it but never knew what to do w/ it but it just felt perfect for this photo, though I would NEVER have thought of scrapping a food photo w/ it!
But the pre-printed cluster at the bottom left reminded me of the title area of the sketch and it would required no additional work except adding the title so as a "lazy" scrapper, I was sold, LOL

You have until June 30th to join in on the fun!

Also for the following June Challenges:

>Foodie Challenge
>National __________Day
June 23rd - National Pink Day

16 items
-BG paper
-Photo Mat PP
-Alphas (9)
-Words/Phrases (2)
-PL Card: Sweet
-File label/Journaling Spot

13 Stickers
-Alphas (9)
-Word/Phrases (2)
-File label/Journaling Spot
*INCLUDES TWIST* of "create the letters you are missing out of the remaining ones"
I created the "e" and "s" in breakfast from a "3" and a "5"

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap
-Photo Mat PP

Thursday, June 8, 2017

06/08/17 - "Saved"

If you have a cat you've probably been surprised once or twice, or 100 times, by their little "gifts"!
Panini has brought us lizards, birds and even a gopher! YIKES!
But lets talk about the birds...the species she most likes to "gift" us w/!
I can't even recall just how many dead birds I have found in my house because of her.
I have found them mostly in the corner of my kitchen but have also found one in my bathroom and have stepped on one in the dark in my bedroom!
Yup, life is very exciting with a cat!
Which leads me to my layout:

"Just rescued this little guy out of my cat's mouth, literally!
I love my cat, Panini, but she kills way too many birds for my "animal-loving" heart to handle!

I saw Panini walking across the yard w/ something in her mouth.
When I realized it was a bird I rushed over to her and yanked it out of her mouth.
She was NOT happy about it!
The bird was still alive and except for a little bit of blood on his back and blood around his eye he looked fine.
I washed off the blood.
When I washed off the blood from his eye I was happy to discover it was still intact!
I held him for a bit, petting him and allowing him to calm down, then I walked him outside and placed him, up high, on the birdhouse we have in the backyard.
He stood there for a bit getting his bearings (I assume) and then flew away, to the roof of our house.
All the rest of that day, and even now,  I wonder how he's doing? I wonder if Panini wound up catching him again later and "finished the job"!
I'd like to think/pretend he's fine.
But a few days later Panini brought in another dead bird so who knows ::sigh::


For the following May Challenges:

>National _______ Day
May 4th - National Bird Day

Sticker Challenge
I used 9
- Alphas (5)
- Bird on a Branch
- Word/Phrase (2)
- Border

I used 13 items; everything on here is hoarded some of it "ancient"!
*INCLUDES TWIST* of something I'm passionate about; animals!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

06/05/17 - MIM Sketch #89

Happy Make it Monday to you!
Here is Sketch #89 from the "The Memory Nest" Blog:
"Sunday Funday May Edition"

Journaling: "On Sundays David and I like to go out for a nice lunch and dessert"

This is pretty much a routine for David and I.
We eat well, low-cal, and pretty much "healthy" all week long so that on Sunday's we can enjoy a large very delicious meal and dessert w/out it affecting us either weight or health-wise.
It is quite fun and of course, YUMMY!
For those who follow my IG Food Account I'm always preaching "Balance" and this is part of our Balance.

I'm sure you're thinking, other than the circle on the left-hand side, this doesn't look too much like the sketch, and at first glance, yes you're correct... but if you pay attention to the way I place all the elements on the right-hand side, you will see that I kind of  mimicked the sketches down-ward angle shape.
I was having a lot of trouble trying to get my photos to look good side by side (as opposed to up and down) especially w/ the added element of that shaped BG so I decided to just do w/out either. I did add a card that is divided by color into 2 triangles so there's THOSE triangles to help tie my layout into the sketch.

And then I just had fun adding bits and pieces here to give the layout more "eye-candy" as well as to use up some of my stash items.
There are only 4 "newish" items on here... everything else is at least 1 year old or much, much older!

You have until 06/30/17 to submit your layout based on this sketch; hope you join us!


Also for the following June Challenges:


>National _________ Day
Inspired by June 18th - National Splurge Day

14 items
Everything except "Insta Cool", "This", "Sunday" the calendar, and the heart sticker.

13 stickers
>Alphas (6)
>Word/Phrases (3)
>Journaling tabs (2)

> Scrap W/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap
- Orange and White PP

Saturday, June 3, 2017

06/03/17 - "Chosen One"

I just recently joined the Monthly Kit Club from The ScrapRoom and though I have not yet received my first kit, I have been browsing their website and blog and discovered they have a sketch challenge each month.
I liked their June Sketch so decided to play and it was very inspiring!
I used their sketch w/ a few small modifications, one being that I turned it on it's side:

"Chosen One"

I got a kick out of the cartoon when I saw it on Instagram; it's so true! And a few days after seeing it, Panini just happened to jump on my lap for "some love" and I knew I had to take a photo of her and use it along w/ the cartoon on a layout!

This layout came together pretty quick thanks mainly to the sketch!  I also liked that I was able to use up a lot of old product.
Everything on here is a hoarded item and/or scrap, except for 2 things: the BG paper and the "adore" sticker I wrote the date on.

Also for the following June Challenges:

> Scrap Your Pet or Animal
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using a tag

> National _______ Day
Inspired by June 4th - National Hug Your Cat Day

> Hoarders
Everything on here except for: the BG paper and the adore sticker below the photo of Panini

>Sticker Challenge
I used 16
-Alphas (9)
-Hearts (2)
- Word/Phrase (2)
-Paw Print
-Border (1 cut and use in 2 places)

> Scraps
2 Scraps used
- Purple paper
- Pink Paisley paper

Sunday, May 21, 2017

05/21/17 - Music Inspired Layouts

A couple of layouts created for 2 different categories of the same Challenge: The Music Challenge (May Edition).
Layout #1 is for Category #2 - Song Title
I chose "Love of My Life" by Daya 
"Love of My Life"
Layout  #2 is for Category #1 - Song Lyrics
I chose part of a song lyric, "...a pair of clowns...", from "Want U Back" by Cher Lloyd
"A Pair Of Clowns"

Songs are a great place to find inspiration.
If you haven't tried it I suggest you do!

Also submitted in the following May Challenges:
"Love of My Life" =
>National ____ Day
Inspired by "Date Your Mate" Month

I used 13
-Alphas (8)
-Words/Phrases (3)
-hearts (2)

>Not-To-Be Squared
Used the large heart on the PP as my background decoration

11 items
-Alphas (8)
- Words/Phrase Stickers (3)
"A Pair of Clowns" =
>Sports and Play
My son and I were at a Baseball Game

32 Used
-Alphas (20)
-Word/Phrase Stickers (5)
-Arrows (2)
-Stars (2)
-Glasses (2)
-Journaling Spot (1)

-EVERYTHING except the "remember" and "today" stickers

Thursday, May 18, 2017

05/18/17 - May "Ugly Paper" Challenge

Hi, it's "Ugly Paper" time again!
First a reminder of the rules (you can skip this part if you already know them):
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 
"May Uglies"
"Lump In A Rug"
"A couple of years ago, when we redecorated part of our house, we got rid of a giant throw rug. We put it on our back patio until trash day. Well, Hamlet decided he liked it, made it his own, and it's been sitting on our patio, for him, ever since."

I used both papers:
One as the BG and one cut up in strips and staggered behind the photos.
I did not use the embellishment(s) this time.
I do believe this is the first time I've not used my embellishment(s).
But I just couldn't make them work w/ my layout.

BTW - I did my layout w/in a few days of receiving my papers...
Another first!
Usually it takes me the entire month, but I had that first photo of Hamlet already printed out for a future project and the green grass in the BG of the photo so perfectly matched the green PP that I instantly knew it was made for this layout... not to mention the colors and busy pattern of the 2nd PP were a pretty good match for the pattern on the rug in the photos.
What clinched it was my daughter just recently uploaded the second photo on Instagram making it the perfect pairing for the first photo!

For those of you who see "it" and are wondering...

Yes, that is a duck that you see in the BG of one of the photos!
(for those who didn't see it, I'll wait while you look, LOL)

Our neighbors have a duck that seems to like our backyard better than his own! He spends like 90% of his time in our yard.
We kinda think of him as ours now, though he isn't...
And him and Hamlet seem to be great pals.
The duck follows him around and likes to lay by him when they're resting.  
We don't know the duck's name or even if it's a girl or boy, but we call him "Howard" as in "Howard the duck".

Also included in the following May Challenges:

>National _______Day
For May 3rd; National "Lumpy Rug Day"

>Hoarders Challenge
14 Hoarded items
-Alphas (10)
-Triangle Stickers - Top right (3 sets)
-Sticker I wrote the dates on
*INCLUDES TWIST* of scrapping something I am passionate about... I'm very passionate about animals!

>Sticker Challenge
19 Stickers
-Alphas (10)
-Pigs (2)
-Triangles (3)
-Hearts (2)
-Sticker I wrote the dates on

Sunday, May 14, 2017

05/15/17 - MIM Sketch #88

Good Monday Morning to you!
Today I am sharing w/ you the latest sketch from the "The Memory Nest" blog:
MIM Sketch #88
And here is my interpretation of it:

JOURNALING:  "The definition of nerd!
Joseph reading while wearing his Storm Trooper Helmet.
I'm still trying to understand the situation, LOL!

I was inspired by:
> the 1 photo
> the stars scattered throughout
> the title right under the photo
> the "box" on the left of the photo (that I used for my journaling)
> the overall design of the sketch w/ it's  scattered items

It was a fun, fast, easy sketch to use!
I hope you have as much fun w/ it!
Don't forget to link up your layout before the end of the month!

Also for the following May Challenges:
>National __________ Day
May 4th Star Wars Day
>Music - Category #3 Artist
I chose the artist N.E.R.D.
I used 20 Hoarded items
EVERYTHING on here, except for the photo mat, is over a year (or more) old!
I used 18 Stickers
-Alphas (11)
-Stars (3)
-Words/Phrases (4)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

05/10/17 - "Lay Off Me, I'm Starving!"

Hello, and Happy Wednesday to you!
I am sharing a recent layout that I had A LOT of fun creating.
The photos are silly, the subject is fun, one of my faves (food!), and I used up a lot of old product on it!
Plus I show you that "pig" stickers are not just for "pig" layouts! 
Here it is:
"Lay Off Me, I'm Starving!" 
Date: Night of 4.28.17/Morning of 4.29.17
Place: Wahlburgers Vegas
"In the wee hours of the morning of the 29th, after a night of clubbing, David and I grubbed on a Wahlburgers Thanksgiving Day Sandwich, my favorite, and a Fluffanutta, first time.
To say I enjoyed it would be an understatement! I mean, just look at my face in the photos, LOL!"

This was not our first visit to Wahlburgers, still need to scrap that one, and it most certainly isn't our last! As a matter of fact we are planning a trip to Boston later this year and we are hoping to include a visit to the original Wahlburgers!
Speaking of "firsts", that wasn't my first Thanksgiving Day Sandwich, I get it EVERY TIME I go, but it was my first Fluffanutta and both were delish!
🔹️Wahlburgers Thanksgiving Day Sandwich = a Turkey Burger, with Stuffing, Mayo, Housemade Orange-Cranberry Sauce, and Roasted Butternut Squash
🔹️Grilled Banana Fluffanutta = a Toasted Sandwich filled with Peanut Butter, Fresh Banana, Fluff, and Nutella
BTW - My title is a quote from a TV show...
Do you know which one and who said it?

For the following May Challenges:

>National ________Blank Day
May 11th - National Eat What You Want Day
I REALLY wanted both those things (and they were delish)!

*INCLUDES TWIST* of using Red, White, and Green

26 Hoarded items
- Alphas (22)
-Stickers (4)
*INCLUDES TWIST* of scrapping something I'm passionate about --- FOOD!

>Sticker Challenge:
30 Stickers
-Alphas (22)
-Word Stickers (4)
-Flowers (2 = 1 set of 3 and 1 set of 2)
*INCLUDES TWIST* of 3 or more flowers; there's 5 total on my layout

Monday, May 8, 2017

05/08/17 - "The Shape of You"

Happy Monday!
Yes I said "Happy" Monday... and I mean it!
For more info as to why, check out this IG post of mine:
Also,Today I am sharing w/ you layout  #16 of my 75 Layout Goal for 2017
(As of today I'm up to 19 total; my last post was of layout #17)
 Anyway, without further ado...
"The Shape of You"
"Top photo: Hamlet says, 'Look at this physique... I'm definitely Olympic ready!' 08.13.16

Right hand photo: Gosh, I love this little big guy so much!
And yes he's still considered a mini-pig! 7.20.16"

I love this layout! It really is so simple but it makes me happy!
I swear my favorite layouts (created by me) always seem to be the simpler layouts!

Inspiration for the page came from the Music Challenge
Category #4 - Song
The host chose the song: "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran
Used the title of the song for the title of my layout.
*INCLUDES TWIST* of 5 of the same shape; there are more than 5 hearts on this page

Also included in the following April Challenges:
>Pet Challenge
*INCLUDES TWIST* using a large shape on your layout; mine is a heart

18 items
-Alphas (13)
-All the stickers except the pig (4)
-PL Card

18 Stickers


Sunday, April 30, 2017

05/01/17 - MIM #87

It's Monday again...ugh!
But today's Monday is "Make It Monday", yay!

Today I am bringing you sketch #87 from the "The Memory Nest" blog:

"Forest Falls"
 Journaling: "Enjoyed nature and quality time with the hubby this morning!
 A beautiful place to get in some exercise!

The layout called for 3 photos but I was able to fit 7 thanks to a photo collage app
::fist pump::!

I also DID use a Project Life card...
1, cut apart, used in 2 places on my layout:
"Today" and the bottom of that same card was used for my journaling area.

I then scattered stickers to mimic the "boxes" scattered throughout the sketch.
BTW that BG paper is ANCIENT and the "explore" sticker is just a bit more recent than "ancient" but barely!

Can't wait to see what you create!
You have until May 31st to submit your creation.


Also included in the following May Challenges:


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

04/25/17 - March "Ugly Paper" Challenge

Hi, it's "Ugly Paper" time again!
As I mentioned in a prior post, I recently lost my mojo...though I think it may be back now ::crosses fingers::.
Because of my loss of mojo I did not get my "March Ugly Paper" Challenge layout done in March.
I was able to complete it in April though and I am sharing it w/ you today.
First a reminder of the rules (you can skip this part if you already know them):
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
 March "Uglies" 
"A Run Through Redlands" 
Journaling -

"After a 3+ yr break from running, Drs Orders, David ran a 5k and ranked
250th out of 1,243 participants! Unfortunately I was in the car trying to stay warm
and didn't get back in time to take a photo of him crossing the Finish Line; DOH!

"Overall Ranking: 250th out of 1,243
Male 35-39: 10th of 30
All Male: 172nd out of 542
Average Pace: 9:21
Race Completed in: 28:57.71"

(All the "stats" info is in the photo collage at the bottom as well but it's difficult to read)

The ugly papers are the BG paper and the Red Shaped paper at the bottom which I used half of in order to make a pocket to hold my husband's Runner's Bib.
I also used the "ugly" embellishment which is the "pumpkin" that I am pretending is an "orange" to fit the theme of my layout!


Also including in the following April Challenges:

>Not to be Squared:
I used shaped paper to make a pocket for my husbands "Runner's Bib"

Because of the PL card

>Sports and Play
Running is a Sport

Monday, April 17, 2017

04/17/17 - "Twinkies"

Good Morning (afternoon/evening...whenever)!
Hope all is well w/ you and yours!
I just finished a Grande Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks before I started writing this post so that's why I'm in a good mood... LOL
Speaking of "Yummy"...
The layout I'm sharing today includes a yummy treat!
Journaling:  "What's better than Ice Cream?
Ice Cream w/ Twinkie Pieces.
For more details on this delectable dessert click on this link; the link to my Instagram post that talks about it:
Hope you have a great (and delicious) day!

BTW - In case you missed it, my previous post is all about my 2017 Reading Challenge progress....
check it out: Reading Challenge
For the following April Challenges:
> Foodie
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using pastel colors

Category = Lyrics
I used the lyrics "...better than ice cream" from the song Ice Cream by Sarah Maclachlan

Everything on here is a hoarded item... EVERYTHING

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap
- The rainbow PP piece behind the larger photo

I used 12
- Alphas (8)
- Ice Cream(s) (2)
- Words (2)