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 -

Top:
"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!

Bottom:
"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!



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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"

>Hoarders:
Because of the PL card
*NO TWIST*

>Sports and Play
Running is a Sport
*NO TWIST*

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
(YUMMY!)
 
Speaking of "Yummy"...
The layout I'm sharing today includes a yummy treat!
 
 
"Twinkies"
 
Journaling:  "What's better than Ice Cream?
Ice Cream w/ Twinkie Pieces.
4.8.17"
 
 
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
 
 
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For the following SB.com April Challenges:
 
> Foodie
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using pastel colors

>Music
Category = Lyrics
I used the lyrics "...better than ice cream" from the song Ice Cream by Sarah Maclachlan
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
Everything on here is a hoarded item... EVERYTHING
*NO TWIST*

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap
- The rainbow PP piece behind the larger photo
*NO TWIST*

>Sticker
I used 12
- Alphas (8)
- Ice Cream(s) (2)
- Words (2)
*NO TWIST*
 
 
 
 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

04/15/17 - Reading Challenge Update

Previously I mentioned that I have challenged myself to read 12 books in 2017.
I figure 1 book a month is do-able, despite the fact that last year I only managed to read 7.

I am here to share w/ you my progress.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you already know most of this.
But I am including 1 more book and a bit more info about the others I already mentioned on IG, including  brief summaries from and links to Amazon or GoodReads , so you may want to read this post anyway.


Books I've Read (in the order I read them):


1. (Previously Shared on a past Blog Post):
"Detour From Normal"

Despite access to the greatest healthcare in the world, U.S citizens are not immune to medical horror stories. Such was the experience of Ken Dickson, a beloved husband and father and respected engineer, with no history of mental illness. What should have been an ordinary surgical procedure changed that, propelling him into a high security psychiatric ward where psychiatrists branded him a danger to himself and others.

Read More:  Detour From Normal
 
 


2. "She Sins at Midnight"

Lila Montgomery, thirty-two-year-old Hollywood assistant extraordinaire, has a secret. On the outside, she’s a hard-working dedicated employee, a good friend, and a loving daughter. But above all else, she’s been raised to be a lady, which of course is why she’s determined to conceal her secret life. If her straight-laced friends and family back home ever discover that she is really the smashing new author of a steamy romance novel, their disapproval would shame her forever!

Read More:  She Sins at Midnight



 
3. "Rags to Bitches"
The boy named Most Likely to Succeed back in high school? That would be handsome, wealthy Gabe Moreau. Everyone assumed Gabe’s devotion to girlfriend Dena Devlin was mere puppy love, a rebellious stroll on the wrong side of the tracks. Dena was, after all, the janitor’s daughter. Unfortunately, even a love as strong as theirs couldn’t withstand Gabe’s act of betrayal.

Read More: Rags to Bitches



 
4. "Only the Truth"
Dan Cooper has never been the perfect husband to Lisa. He travels for work and plays the carefree bachelor when he can. But now, on a solo business trip, in a remote coastal hotel, he’s surprised to find Lisa in his bathroom. She’s dead.

Read More:  Only The Truth



 
5. "The Lovely Bones"

"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973." So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on eath continue without her - her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling

Read More:  The Lovely Bones



 
6. "Waiting for Ethan"
When Gina Rossi was in junior high, her best friend’s psychic grandmother got everything right—from predicting that Gina would break her arm and travel to Italy, all the way to leading police to a missing neighborhood child. The one time Gina didn’t listen to her, she almost got herself killed. So when she says that Gina will marry a man named Ethan—but she will have to wait for him—Gina believes her, and waits…

Read More:  Waiting for Ethan



 
7. 'Openly Straight"
Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He's won skiing prizes.
He likes to write.
And, oh yeah, he's gay. He's been out since 8th grade, and he isn't teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.
So when he transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret --

Read More:  Openly Straight
**This one was my fave and there is a sequel I'm hoping to read! **
 
 
 
 
 
In order of the way I liked them:
1. Openly Straight
2. The Lovely Bones
3. Waiting for Ethan
4. Only The Truth
5. From Rags to Bitches
6. She Sins at Midnight
7. Detour From Normal
I'm currently on book number 8, which I will talk about on another blog post.
8 out of 12 and it's only April... I'm definitely hitting my goal this year (hopefully I didn't just jinx myself)!!!

Hope your reading goals are coming along!
If you happen to read any of the books I listed here, please let me know!!!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

04/13/17 - #TBT "Ice Cold"

Hello,
Happy "Throw Back Thursday"!
 
As I try to get my mojo back I have been cleaning up my scrappy related stuff, including my blog, and found a post I never published!
This post was written back in January for a photo I took in November!
 
I know it's late but the layout I created is one of my most recent favorites, even now 3 months later.
 
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"Ice Cold" 
Journaling (a bit blurry due to the bulky tassle above it):
"This is a Salted Caramel ice cream sandwich with 2 different cookies: Snickerdoodle and Chocolate Chip. Good....soooo....good!
The best Salted Caramel ice cream I've ever had!
From "A La Minute Ice Cream" in Downtown Redlands."
 
 
 
Fun Fact:
I never in a million years would have purchased that Crate Paper tassle on it's own, but since it came in my January ScrapbookCircle.com Kit I went ahead and used it and .... I absolutely love the way it looks on my layout!
Now I want more!


Another Fun Fact: This layout won me a $10 GC to Scrapbook.com
 
 
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Included in the following January SB.com Challenges:
 
>Food Challenge
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using the theme of "New" ...
This is the first time I ever tried an Ice Cream Sandwich from "A La Minute" ice cream.

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
3 scraps:
- B&W PP
- "Nov" card
- red & white PP
*NO TWIST*

>Stickers
9 Stickers
- Alphas (3)
- gold hearts (5)
- "sweet"
*INCLUDES TWIST* of stickers w/ bling - the gold hearts
 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

04/10/17 - MIM Sketch #86

 
Hey, there... Hi, There!
Sorry I haven't been around but I have been majorly lacking mojo lately.
The last layout I created was such a chore... not because I don't like scrapbooking, cuz you totally know I do, but because the creativity was...just...not...flowing! #BOOO
But today's layout is a different story.
Today's layout is one that came together fairly quickly and easily and... I love it!
 
First the sketch that inspired it!
 
MIM Sketch #86
 
And now my layout!
 
"Hello Weekend"
Journaling: "Tagged for a "Stop, Drop, and Selfie"
Just kickin' it in my favorite new sweater bought, on Wednesday
Night, for 50% off at the Gap Factory Store in Redlands.
And "no", I'm not wearing it too early; it is in fact, already the start of my
weekend...it's my Friday off, suckers!
04/07/17

My apologies for sharing  2 "selfie" layouts in a row but TBH... I like taking "selfies" and I gotta scrap whatever photos my creativity draws me to...so there you have it!

Where is your creativity drawing you?
Hopefully to join us in this challenge!
You have until April 30th to submit an entry; good luck!
(Link up here:  The Memory Nest)



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Also included in the following April SB.com Challenges:


>Music - Category #3 Artist
I was inspired by the artist "The Weeknd" though I spelled "weekend" the correct way, unlike the artist, LOL
*NO TWIST*

>Sticker
I used 6
-"hello"
- Black glasses
- heart
-"happy day"
- yellow glasses
- Banner under photo
*INCLUDES TWIST*: a 3-D Sticker
I used 2 (both pairs of glasses)

>Hoarders
2 items:
- Black Glasses
- PL Card
*NO TWIST*

>Scraps:
- "Wonderful"
- "Hello"
*NO TWIST*

Sunday, April 2, 2017

04/03/17 - MIM Sketch #85

Happy Make It Monday to you!

Today I'm bringing you:


MIM Sketch #85

"Happy Monday"
Journaling:
"Happy Monday...right?!
I mean, those two words: "happy" and "Monday" can go in a sentence together...I think...
though for me it's rare! I have my coffee, my hair is looking good again thanks to some much
needed time at the salon,  and I bought a cute comfty sweater for 50% off this weekend
so maybe, just maybe, this will be a Happy Monday! 03.20.17"
  
The sketch is actually entitled "Scallops" and I'm sure you can see why.
I didn't use any scallops on my layout though,  I just wasn't feeling the "scallop" vibe, but I still followed the sketch pretty closely:
  • 2 photos - one bigger one smaller
  • the photo placement
  • the crooked paper behind the photos
  • the embellishment(s) on the right hand side of the larger photo
  • the title at the bottom left.
Why am I pointing all this out?
Because I don't want you to be scared of/not try using a sketch because you can't copy it EXACTLY... just use pieces of it to inspire you!

Hope I've inspired you to play along; you have until April 30th to get your entry in at The Memory Nest !

Sunday, March 5, 2017

03/06/17 - MIM Sketch #83

 
Hello!
Today I'm bringing you "Make It Monday Sketch" #83 from the "The Memory Nest" blog:
 
 
 
 
 
 "Happy 2ND"
Journaling: "Hamlet's Birthday is on March 1st; National Pig Day. 2017 was his
2nd Birthday. Besides lots of love, per usual, we fed him a mint
flavored Hostess cupcake"

 
 
Yup, that's right our Hamlet is now 2 years old; they grow up so fast!
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BTW if you came here from the "The Memory Nest" blog you may (or may not) have noticed a slight change on my layout.
After I sent in my layout, to my "Bloggy Boss" Leslie, I decided I didn't like the star at the bottom of the layout; I thought it looked out-of-place.
When I took the star off it ripped my paper.... so I had to cover up the flaw.
I thought that covering it up with a small punched out circle of the same PP would be a good way to fix it... and I was right; I love it!
Love when covering up a mistake actually works out, LOL!
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You have until March 31st to play along w/ us!


 
 
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Also included in the following Scrapbook.com March challenges:
 
>Scrap Your Pet
*NO TWIST*

>National __________ Day
Inspired by March 1st - National Pig Day
*NO TWIST* - no twist given

>Sticker Challenge
I used 13
-Alphas (3)
-"oink, oink, oink"
-"Party"
- Buttons (2)
-Pig
-"Happy"
-"Happy Birthday"
-bow tie
-Party horn
-"Another Year More Awesome"
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using a green sticker; I used 2

>Scraps
I used 5
-black paper (3); to back some of the embellishments
-presents (2)
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using a green scrap; I used 1

>Hoarders
I used 7 items
- BG paper
- Presents (2)
- Button stickers (2)
- Journaling block
-"Party" sticker
*NO TWIST*

>Not to Be Squared
Use a shape other than squares and/or rectangles the main part of your layout
I used a large circle

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

02/28/17 - "SIlver Linings Playbook"

Happy Last Day of February...
already!
 
Boy time sure does fly; we are already entering the 3rd month of the New Year!
 
Today I bring you a layout I recently created that captures an important moment....
An "everyday" moment!
 
Yes, time flies and it's important to capture all aspects of our lives!
That's why I decided to create a layout about a great Friday morning I recently had.
Luckily for me that great Friday morning wound up being a great Day!
 
 
 
"Silver Linings Playbook"
Journaling:
"Happy Fri-yay to me!
Breakfast at IHOP w/ my husband and then a stroll through Target, to burn off some of the breakfast calories, where I found one of my favorite movies on Blu-Ray for only $4! Cha-Ching!

Food: Leftovers of my Turkey Avocado Bennie on Brioche Bread; I ate all the hash browns! 2.24.17"
 
 
The BG paper I've had in my stash for about a year and since neither of my children play sports, I thought I'd never use it...
It certainly came in handy here!
 
How bout you? Do you make it a point to included "everyday" moments in your scrapping?
 
 
 
 
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For the following SB.com February Challenges:

>Movie
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Love Story

>Food
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Date Night (in my case it was Date Morning)

>Sticker
25 Total
- Alphas (21)
- Stars (2)
- "awesome"
-Sun and Clouds
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
26 total
-BG paper
-Alphas (21)
-Stars (2)
-Yellow paper (circle) .... from a packet I bought when I first started scrapping over 15 years ago)!
-Sun and Clouds sticker
*NO TWIST*

>Scraps
1 Total
-Yellow paper (circle)
*NO TWIST*
 
 

Monday, February 27, 2017

02/27/17 - February "Ugly Paper" Challenge

Good Morning!
Just sharing one of my latest layouts!
 
For the February Ugly Paper Challenge.

Reminder of the rules:

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
 
 
 
February "Uglies"
 
 
 
"Pigs Feet"

Journaling: "Pigs Feet... Not for eating, for holding!
Cuddles w/ Hamlet. 2.24.17"
 

*Oops I just realized I wrote "2016" not "2017" I need to fix that - DOH!
 

In case you can't tell, the Ugly Papers are the PP used for the large heart and the "baby" PP used for the large circle.
I also used some of the "ugly embellishments" - 7 heart stickers.

 
Fun fact: I hate "baby" PP, even for Baby Photo layouts.
Have I used them before? Probably, can't remember, but I'm sure not very many...because as I said I hate them...
Okay "hate" is a strong word, but you get it.
So receiving a Baby PP in the "Ugly Paper" challenge was definitely....challenging!


Having said that, I also have to say, this is one of my favorite layouts ever created and definitely my favorite "Ugly Paper" layout!
I love everything about it and looking at it makes me happy!




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Also for the following SB.com February Challenges:

>Inspired by a Word
I used "Love"

>Hoarders
13 Total
-Alphas (8)
- button
- "together"
- "love" PL Card
- Hexi heart
- File/Journaling tab
*NO TWIST*

>Stickers
20 Used
- Alphas (8)
- hearts (8)
- button
- "together"
- pig
- file/journaling tab
*INCLUDES TWIST* - pink alphas

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

02/15/17 - "Sit Still, Look Pretty"

Hey there! Hi there!
How are you all?!
 
I'm doing okay...
I've been a bit stressed out lately but I'm trying my best to take it in stride.
Life...is ...stressful, amirite?!
 
Anyway I am here today to share this layout:
 
 
"Sit Still Look Pretty" 
 
 
Just a couple of cute photos of our cat Panini.
I created this the same day I created "Netflix Cat"... I guess I was just in the mood to scrap our kitty?!

Some things I wanted to point out about this layout:

>> Title was for a Challenge over at SB.com; the "February Music" Challenge
This is for Category #2 - Song Title
I chose "Sit Still, Look Pretty" by Daya
Aren't the photos perfect (or should I say purrrrr-fect?!) for that title!!!
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using red.




>> The BG, and overall design, was inspired by the SB.com Round Robin Challenge.
Here was the starting inspiration and the layout that proceeded mine; I was #2 on my team:

Inspiration:                                                         Week #1:
                                                                           
     

I wanted to keep w/ the striped BG but was too lazy to create it so I went w/ an already printed PP as my BG even though none of the stripes were lopsided as per the sketch.
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using flowers.



>> I cut the photo on the left into a circle because
 - 1) it came out darker than I expected when it was printed
 - 2) I had included way too much of the BG scenery in the photo
Both rookie mistakes! UGH! LOL!
So to make the photo stand out a little better I cut it into a circle that would cause an extreme close-up of our precious kitty and mounted it to a large Project Life Card to give it more "strength".



>> The BG paper and the PP used for the circle and bottom strip of paper is the other side of the BG paper and the PP I used for 2 of the circles on"Netflix Cat".
W/ most Scrapbook Paper packs you get doubles of each sheet so that you can use both sides.
IDK about you but I sometimes have trouble trying to decide what side of a double sided paper to use so when I can use both, I try really hard too!

Here are the papers I used:

      

The only thing I am a bit unhappy w/ is on this layout since I used the "non-kitty" themed side, I feel like the layout doesn't feel very "pet-like",  KWIM?
That obviously is not the case w/ the other layout!


Finally...
>> Other than the big red heart, which is directly printed on the Project Life Card, the entire row of embellishments at the bottom are stickers I've had in my stash for many, many, many years!
Glad to finally have a good use for them!

Hope you're having and continue to have a good week!
TFSB!





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Created for the following SB.com February challenges:

>National ___________ Day
For "National Love Your Pet Day"
*NO TWIST* none given

>Scrap Your Pet
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Red, White, and Pink

>Round Robin
I was player #2 on my team
*INCLUDES TWIST* of flowers

>Music Challenge
Category #2 - Song Title
I used "Sit Still Look Pretty" by Daya
*INCLUDES TWIST* of red

>Scraps
I used 2 scraps
-Pink polka dot paper (in 2 places)
-Yellow square
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
29 items
-Alphas (19)
-PL card
-Heart
-Flowers (8)
*NO TWIST*

>Sticker
I used 31
-Alphas (19)
-Hearts (3)
-Flowers (8)
-"Such a Pretty Kitty"
*NO TWIST*

 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

02/13/17 - MIM Sketch #82

 
Happy Monday and Happy Holiday...if you get today off of work like I do! ::fist pump::
Today is Lincoln's Birthday... I think...
Don't really care, LOL
It's also Monday, specifically "Make It Monday"!
The new sketch is up at the "The Memory Nest" blog.
 
 
Here it is for your viewing pleasure:
 
 
 
 
 
"MIM #82"
 
 
 

"Netflix Cat"
Journaling (Main): "Trying to watch Netflix but someone won't let me!
Guess I'll just watch the walls instead... 2.11.17"
(Sub): "At least now I can see!"
 
 
I don't have a problem using just one photo on a layout, in fact I frequently do so, but I do enjoy it when I can use more than one, especially when the sketch I'm using only calls for one photo, AND when I can still keep the integrity of the original sketch.
As you can see despite the use of 3 additional photos I still followed the sketch pretty closely!
 
All the PPs on here are cat-themed patterned.
I specifically chose the red PP because Netflix's logo color is red.
BTW - that Red PP and the "cat tag" have both been in my stash since June 2014.
 
Part of the journaling, "...'watch the walls instead..." is part of a lyric from a song.
It was included in order to complete a challenge I'm in over at SB.com; the "Musical Inspiration" challenge.
The song chosen for me was: "Friday, I'm in Love" by the Cure. 
*THE TWIST* was to not use the word 'love' on our layout.
I met the twist which I thought would be impossible to do!
 
 
That's all from me today!
Hope you enjoy your Monday and that you have a chance to join us in the challenge; you have until February 28th.
 
 
 
 
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Also included in the following February SB.com Challenges:
 
>Scrap Your Pet
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Red, White, and Pink
 
>National ___________ Day
For "National Love Your Pet Day"
*NO TWIST* none given
 
>Not to be Squared
Use shapes other than squares (or rectangles) as the main part of your layout
I used 3 large circles
*NO TWIST* none given
 
>Hoarders
3 Items:
-The cat tag
-The red and black PP
-The arrow
*NO TWIST*
 
>Stickers
14 stickers:
-Alphas (7)
-hearts (2)
-"Cat"
-Cat tag
-arrow
-file tab/journaling tags (2)
*NO TWIST*  
 


Friday, February 10, 2017

02/10/17 - Still Blogging and My Reading Challenge

Hello!

I wanted to thank all who responded to my question: Why Do You Blog?
There were a variety of answers and some of you are in the same boat as me as far as not having a lot of followers, well "active" followers at least, and that made me feel a bit better about my situation. 
I loved learning why you still continued to blog even when it felt like you really had no audience.
I appreciate the responses for those of who have reasons for blogging that are different from mine also, such as family or business-related needs.
All your responses caused me to think more on the subject and I realized, like some of you, I just really like sharing my stories and projects even if not that many people see or care about them!
It's another great creative release for me!
I do explain my layouts, the story behind them and/or the creative process of making them on SB.com, but not as much or in as much detail as I feel I can here.
Plus I noticed that although I don't get a lot of comments I do get a lot of visitors to my posts and I thought that maybe the reason I don't get many comments is you have to have a blog and/or Google account in order to leave a comment and not a lot of people do (if that's not true, don't burst my bubble, LOL)!
Also I know I enjoy reading blogs even if I don't always leave a comment and perhaps people feel the same about mine (again, don't correct me if I'm wrong, hahahahahahaha)!
So for now at least I will continue to share my projects here, even those that are not Design Team related.
.......

Now on to another subject.
If you take a look of the tag line to my blog, you will see that it says: "Art, Books, and Randomness".
I think I've done a great job covering the "art" and "randomness" parts, but "books".... not-so-much!
Last year I set a goal to read 12 books.
1 a month should've been easy but I failed; I only read 7 total books for the year.
I love to read, normally, but last year I just couldn't get into it!

This year I'm going to try that 12 book goal again. 
I finished reading my first book; I was not impressed:


Image result for detour from normal book image
Summary:
Despite access to the greatest healthcare in the world, U.S citizens are not immune to medical horror stories. Such was the experience of Ken Dickson, a beloved husband and father and respected engineer, with no history of mental illness. What should have been an ordinary surgical procedure changed that, propelling him into a high security psychiatric ward where psychiatrists branded him a danger to himself and others.
This gut wrenching novel is leaving readers shocked at the author’s treatment, and appalled by how quickly a medical situation fell through the cracks, sending the patient spiraling uncontrollably into medically induced madness.
This novel is not, however, only about Ken. It is the story of two people deeply in love, but torn apart by fate, an eye-opening introduction to the stigma of mental illness, and a personal run-in with the poor broken souls trapped in psychiatric care. It is a rich and varied exploration of our humanity written from the unique perspective of someone suffering from mental illness.
Detour from Normal is a novel that you cannot afford to ignore, with a message that you will not want to dismiss: tomorrow, next year, or five years from now, this could happen to you.
 
Sounds good huh?!
I found it to be good at the beginning but it eventually got really boring really fast!
It took me 2 weeks to finish and I forced myself to keep reading it because I figured all the "rave reviews" couldn't be wrong; they were!
I would not recommend this book.
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Well, I'm off to a bad start... but at least I finished it! 1 down, 11 more to go.

Anybody else have any reading goals this year?

Monday, February 6, 2017

02/06/17 - MIM #81


Hello, hello!
If you have time, please stop by the "The Memory Nest" Blog because "Make It Monday" Sketch #81 is up and ready to inspire!

 Here is the sketch:


I used a rotated version of it for my layout:




"SING"


Besides rotating it I also moved the title.
If you're wondering... yes, I bought the stickers special for this layout.
I came across them at Michaels's and knew they'd be PERFECT for these photos!

Hope you find some inspiration and scrappy time so you can join us this month!
Don't forget to link up your layout to be in the running for a prize!

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Included in the following SB.com February Challenges:
>National ________ Day
Inspired by February 3rd - The Day the Music Died
*NO TWIST* none given

>Movie
*NO TWIST*

>Sticker
14 Stickers
-Alphas (4)
-Musical Notes (2)
-Self-adhesive crystals (2)
-guitar
-"Music Is Life"
-"Make Some Music"
-"I Love Music"
-yellow star
- "&"
*NO TWIST*

>Scrap W/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap
-The black paper
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
3 items
-PL cards (2)
-red musical note paper*NO TWIST*


Friday, February 3, 2017

02/03/17 - "Apple Pie"

My last blog post inspired me to share another old-but-never-been-shared layout.
The location of the photos is the same place as the location in the last layout, though a different day, which is why I was inspired.
 
Here it is!
 
 
 
"Oak Glen Apple Pie"
Journaling:
"I do not like pie...
But this pie right here, from Riley's at Los Rios Rancho in Oak Glen, is da bomb!
It's apple pie with thick chunks of apple, grown in the orchards on the premises, mixed with lots of cinnamon and baked inside a thick crumbly cookie-like crust... I topped mine with vanilla ice cream for that extra pop of yumminess!!
Best...apple pie... EVER!
.
BTW - My husband and I got totally "apple wasted" today!
Besides the pie, and hot chocolates (regular for him, vanilla for me) we had:
-Iced Cinnamon Caramel Apple Cider
-an Apple Sauce Raisin cookie
-samples of Hard Apple Cider, and
-a Caramel Apple (w/nuts).
Good thing we shared it all and went on a hike before hand; I hit 12,000 steps by 2pm."
 
 
 
As I did w/ this layout: This Town, I printed my journaling directly from Instagram on photo paper and adhered it as if it was an actual photo.
Love that technique for long journaling!
 
 
 
BTW this photo of me makes me laugh because it reminds me of the "Kermit the Frog, None of my Business" meme. If you're not familiar w/ it here is one version of it:
 
 
 


Image result for kermit the frog none of my business meme

Do you see the resemblance?! LOL!

 
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For the Following SB.com December Challenges:

>National _______ Day
I was inspired by December 1st; National Pie Day
*NO TWIST* - None given

>Food Challenge
*NO TWIST*

>Sticker Challenge
I used 9:
-apples (3)
-basket of apples
-heart
-kraft banner
-"sweet"
-leaf
-"Autumn Harvest"
*INCLUDES TWIST* - use stickers from at least 3 different sheets
I used stickers from 4 different sheet sets

>Hoarders
8 items
-6 (of the 9) stickers
-both PPs
(the circle paper was bought from the Target Dollar Spot YEARS ago! The BG is YEARS old also!)
*NO TWIST*

Thursday, February 2, 2017

02/02/17- TBT November "Round Robin" Challenge

 
 
As I am a little behind on blogging I realized I forgot to share this with you.
I have nothing else new to share at this time so I figured I'd do a Throw Back Thursday post; AKA #TBT
 
This was created for the SB.com November Round Robin Challenge.
 
As always I like to explain the rules first:
 
"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."
 
 
This time I was the 4th person on my team.
 
 
Here is the proceeding layouts/projects (NOT created by me):
 
Starting inspiration: 
 
 Week 1:

Week 2:
 
Week 3:
 


Before I share mine, Week 4,  let me share the story behind it:
 
Oak Glen, CA is a place my family and I love to visit frequently!
 
I'm finding the words to explain the place a bit difficult right now so I will just copy and paste this little blurb I copied from their website:


"Take a visit to Oak Glen -
Five Mile Loop of 30+ Ranches, Farms & Businesses
Open Daily anytime of the year.
You will see one of the most scenic spots in Southern California"

Also, here is a link to their website: Oak Glen
 
Our favorite things to do there is go hiking and then enjoy a slice of  apple pie à la mode with a cup of hot chocolate.
Lately, because the kids are getting older, my husband and I go by ourselves.
 
We recently went w/ a couple of friends who were visiting from out of state.
While there we took lots of photos, but one of my very favorites was this "selfie" David took of us!

Later on he used a photo editing app to change the photo to B&W w/ just a few splashes of color showing through.
I liked it so much I scrapped both versions of the photo on one page:


 
 "Hello Autumn"

Journaling: Oak Glen 11.26.16
 

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Also entered into the following  SB.com November Challenges:

>Sticker Challenge
8 Stickers
- leaves (5)
- photo corners (2)
- Title
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
Everything (except -maybe- the black cardstock)
BG is from the Target Dollar Spot bought SEVERAL years ago.
*NO TWIST*

>Scraps W/ Your Scraps
2 Scraps
- black cardstock
- orange cardstock
*NO TWIST*
The Round Robin was the MAIN inspiration, and I was the last on my team,  so I will also show you the inspirational projects that proceeded mine (these were not created by me):
 
 
 


Monday, January 30, 2017

01/30/17 - Why Do You Blog?

 
Good Morning!
 
I've been thinking a lot about my blog... about the point of it.
I do enjoy posting my layouts and telling my stories, about the layout and otherwise, but feel like I am mostly talking to myself...
(No offense to those who actually read and comment on my blog.)
Which is fine for the most part...
But I do already do that on SB.com; basically sharing the same layouts and stories I share here.
The only real reason to have a blog would be because having a Blog is part of the criteria of being on a Design Team.
BTW - I share my Design Team creations on SB.com also.
 
So I'm debating cutting down on my blog posts to only posts that are Design Team related.
I'm not sure though...
 
Other than those that have an actual business, I wonder why others blog?
I would love to know your reasons.
 
In the meantime, because I don't like posts w/ no photos, here is a layout I created this past Weekend:
 
 
"1st Cell @14"
Journaling:
"You've wanted a cell phone since Jr High but we thought you were too young. But now you're
older, and about to enter High School so we decided it was time... July 24th, 2016"
 
 
(6 months before her 15th birthday)

For the following SB.com January Challenges:

>Musical Inspiration Challenge
The song that was chosen for me was "Safe Inside"
I used the lyric "now you're older" in my journaling.
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using a new tool or item: the "hello" banner is new, came in my most recent Scrapbook Circle kit.

>Sticker Challenge
28 Stickers
-Alphas (17)  -Stars (2)
-"#Smile"      -"call me"
-"capture"      -"awesome"
-"today"         -"hi"
-"LOL" (3)
*NO TWIST*

Hoarders
11 items
-Alphas that spell out "text me!" (7)
-"I Love My Teen"     -"OMG"
-"The Life of a Teenager"
-"Call me"
*INCLUDES ONE of the TWISTS* - Use an item that is only about a week old: the "Hello" banner is about a week old.

>National _____ Day
Inspired by January 13th - "Make Your Dream Come True Day"
--- We actually made our daughter's dream come true; the dream of having a cell phone!
 
 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

01/18/17 - "You're An All Star"

 
 
Journaling: "1.15.17
Went shopping today...
Bought my first pair of Chucks.

This is significant because:
1. I'm 41 years old
2. I've always been a Vans fan

I went with all white; not sure if that makes me crazy or cool?"
 
 
The story behind this purchase:
We went to buy shoes for Madison. David saw some white Converse; a pair of shoes he's been wanting for a while but has been afraid to purchase because of his fear of getting them dirty.
Just for fun I decided to try a pair on.
David and I loved the way they looked on me so much I bought them!

*Got the Converse image off the internet


 
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For the Following January Challenges:

>Music Challenge
Category #1 - Lyrics Challenge
I used the line "You're an All Star" from the song "All Star" by Smash Mouth
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
16 items
- Alphas (15)
- Project Life card
*NO TWIST*

>Sticker
15 Stickers - all the Alphas
*NO TWIST*

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

01/17/17 - January "Ugly Paper" Challenge

For the January Ugly Paper Challenge.

Reminder of the rules:

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




January "Uglies" 
 
Before I show you what I created I want to mention two things:
1. I'm not a huge fan of flowers on my layouts
2. I hate bulky embellishments
The embellishment I was given is BOTH of those things; flowers and bulky
 
 
 
My layout:
 
 
 
"Alice Through the Looking Glass"
Journaling: "Saturday May 28th, 2016
Had a "date" with Joseph, "Alice", and "The Mad Hatter".
 
 
 
I used both "uglies": the yellow pp as my BG and the green PP as the BG to my journaling card.
I also used part of the ugly embellishment.
I cut the ribbon into two small pieces and removed all but 1 of the flowers off of each of those pieces. I then glued a third flower (only) amongst the cluster I created w/ the embellishment pieces and some flower and butterfly stickers.
The gold in the poster of the photo was what grabbed my attention and made me think it would work well with the gold/yellow PP I was given. Then because it was an "Alice in Wonderland" themed page I thought that flowers would actually work well...so even though I'm not a huge fan of flowers I wound up using quite a few to create a fun cluster!
 
BTW - I need to mention, that Alice In Wonderland PP and cut out is approximately 18 years old!
It is from Paper Pizazz and it is one of the first "book" of PPs I bought when I first started scrapping.
Also, the flowers and butterflies are over 10 years old.
So of course I had to enter this page in the SB.com "Hoarders" challenge!
 
 
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Also included in the following January SB.com Challenges:
 
>Music Challenge
Category #2 - Song Title
I used the song title "Mad Hatter" by Melanie Martinez
*NO TWIST*

>National _________ Day
January 15th - National Hat Day

>Sticker Challenge
I used 4 stickers
- Flowers (2)
- Butterflies (2)

>Hoarders (as mentioned above)
9 items
-The Alice PP and cutout (2)
...which are approximately 18 years old...
- The Flower and Butterfly Stickers (4)
...which are over 10 years old...
- buttons (2)
...at least 2 years old...
- Project Life Card (1)
...approximately 5 years old...
*NO TWIST*

 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

01/16/17 - MIM #80

Hi!
How's your year going so far?
Today I'm sharing a super simple layout inspired by the second/current January "Make It Monday" sketch from the "The Memory Nest" blog.



MIM #80
  
 "Spotty's Patience"

Journaling: "January 8th, 2017
As a joke, David decided to vacuum Spotty. Spotty actually liked it! In fact he liked
it so much he waited patiently while David cleaned out the vacuum hose so
that he could get another session"

 
 
 
TBH the sketch overwhelmed me a bit; there's just so much "stuff" on it!
Not that I mind a lot of embellishments, it's just that usually when I use a lot of embellishments it's because creating the layout just kinda takes me there...it's not criteria I am trying to meet.
I decided not to worry so much about matching all the little squares/photos/embellishment pieces in the sketch and just do what I normally do, which is to be inspired by the overall design.
IDK why I had thought I needed to detour from my norm?!
Besides the 3 photos which I choose to make up the majority of the layout I also used 2 Project Life cards: 1 as a whole for journaling and the other I cut up to use as an embellishment in 2 separate areas of the layout. I added a few theme related stickers and I was finished!
I didn't include a title because I liked the look of the layout just fine the way it was...and besides, who says you have to have a title on every layout? The photos and journaling certainly explain the story!
Now it's time for you to share a story w/ us!
You have until January 31st to submit a layout using this sketch or sketch #79!