Monday, November 21, 2016

11/21/16 - November "Ugly Paper" Challenge

For the November 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

November "Uglies"

This one was a toughie!
But here's what I came up with...

I am sharing 2 copies of the layout.
A blurry copy shot from high above w/ my camera so you can see the shininess of the papers.
And a scanned copy which is clearer but doesn't show the shininess.

"Get Away"

A photo of David and me from 2015.
We were drinking and being silly and he was taking a "selfie" of us and I decided to lean in for a kiss and he decided...
to make that face... LOL

I posted it on Instagram w/ the caption:
"Hey! Don't diss my kiss!"

I then used the caption for my journaling on this layout.

Oh, also I used the "ugly" embellishment...
Cutting off the "Summer" part of "Summer Getaway".
I used the "Getaway" even though it technically is incorrect for how I used it... "Get Away" ... I still think it works, as does the arrow.
I also cut a heart out of one of the papers to use as an embellishment.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

11/17/16 - "Sleepy Pig"

Today I bring you layout creation #58 of 2016 (I've actually created 59 layouts so far this year; last blog post was layout #59).

Just some photos of Hamlet being sleepy and falling asleep.
"Sleepy Pig"

Isn't he adorbs!!! <3

Not much to say about this except I wanted to mention that I wasn't planning on using that corrugated patterned 12x12 paper...
The other side is much nicer:

But it works so well here!
I'm so glad I gave it a chance!!!

The other "main" paper I used was this one:

And I love it so much I may get another sheet plus some of it's "brother and sister" papers!
It's a great collection to have when one of your fur-babies is of the farm animal origin!

Thanks for stopping by!


For the following November Challenges:

>November National ____ Day
Inspired by National Mini Pig Day - November 4th
*NO TWIST* - No twist given

>Scrap Your Pet
*INCLUDES TWIST* of "use 3 photos"

>Sticker Challenge
I used 24
-Alphas/Numbers (18)
-hearts (2)

I used 20 items
-All the Alphas/Numbers
-The striped PP
-small circle punch; the first punch I ever bought back when I first started scrapping!
*INCLUDES TWIST* of hoarded tool; used my small circle punch

>Scrap W/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap
-The striped PP used for the photo mat and for the punched circle.

Monday, November 14, 2016

11/14/16 - MIM #76

It's Make It Monday time again!
The Memory Nest is bringing you this sketch today: 
MIM #76
"We Are Family"
"Mother's Day 2016.
Spent the day the best way: w/ my family
Universal Studios 5.8.16"
There were other photos taken that day but I already used them on other layouts:
(top photo collage)
(All of these photos)
Which leads me to a question...
Do you ever scrap the same photo twice?
I don't, or at least I don't think I ever have...
I have enough trouble just trying to scrap photos once!
Well, whether your scrapping a new photo or the same photo again, we would love for you to play along w/ our challenge.
You have until November 30th!
Also for the following November Challenges:

>Inspired by a Word
Words given were: grateful, gather, and family
Must also use the word on the layout
I used "family" - and it's on my layout in 2 places
*NO TWIST* - no twist given

>Movie Challenge
*INCLUDES TWIST* of being inspired by a Harry Potter movie:
1 of the photos in my layout was taken in "the Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios.

>Music Challenge
Category #1 Lyric
"We Are Family" is a lyric from the Song "We Are Family" from Sister Sledge

>Sticker Challenge
I used 15
-Alphas (5)
-Self Adhesive Buttons (2)
-"family" (word sticker)
-stick people family
-hearts (2)

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
1 scrap used in 2 places
The yellow and white plaid PP

5 hoarded items
-the scrap PP
-Alphas (4)
*INCLUDES TWIST* Circle Punch (circle on right)

Must use 3 photos

Thursday, November 10, 2016

11/10/16 - "What's My Age Again?"

So I recently had a Birthday; my 41st.
Nothing exciting...
Definitely nothing like last year when I spent my birthday in Spain!
But it was a happy birthday nonetheless.
Here is a layout I created to capture the day.
It was created for the November Music Challenge over at
Category #2 - Song Title.
I used a Blink 182 song as the title for my layout:
"What's My Age Again?"
Two sets of journaling; one for each photo -

Photo on left:
"Today I turned 41... Instead of being sad that I am another year older, I took the time
to really appreciate my life and all that I have:
An amazing husband, 2 wonderful children, 3 adorable fur-babies, a nice home, a job that
allows me a comfortable lifestyle, food and clothing, and the feeling of being truly loved!
Having all those things is the best present I could ever receive.
I'm truly happy and looking forward to what this next year brings me."

Photo on right:
"Tagged on IG for a "Stop, Drop, and Selfie".
The lighting is bad but this is where I "stopped and dropped" at the end of
my first day as a 41-year-old!
I'm tired, completely "food-wasted"... but happy!
My birthday was on a Thursday.
I went to work as usual and then spent the evening w/ my husband at our local town's Market Night where I proceeded to get "Food Wasted".
I did have a birthday shot - Kahlua + Cake flavored Vodka - before hand so I was a little bit "wasted-wasted" too... LOL!
Also entered in the following November Challenges:
>Sticker Challenge
I used 21
-Alphas (17)
-party hat

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
The 2 PPs (not the BG paper) and the white paper

Everything except the BG paper goes back to 2013/2014


Monday, November 7, 2016

11/07/16 - MIM #75

Happy Make it Monday!
Over at "The Memory Nest" blog we have a new sketch for you to be inspired by:

"MIM #75"

Here is what I created:

"My Boys"
Journaling: "3 of my 4 Boys -
Hamlet, Joseph, and Spotty.
Missing? David

Besides being inspired by the circles in the sketch, I was also trying to figure out a way to capture the colors Joseph was wearing.
I came across the BG paper and although the shade of blue was 'off' and it had way more colors than I actually needed I felt really drawn to it. In fact, as soon as I saw it I thought "Perfect!"
So before I went into "over-thinking" mode and talked myself out of using it, I created the layout.
And I'm glad I did because all of the colors along w/ the matching camera and camera/journaling card embellishment added such a fun feel to this layout!
The circle BG paper does make up most of the circles in the sketch but I added a couple more, cut from black cardstock, to add dimension.

It's no secret my fur-babies are as dear to me as my children so I wanted to convey that w/ my title. 
Also I used one of my favorite scrap collections, Echo Park's "My Life", to help showcase the fact that this is a huge part of our lives; an "every day" moment.
And moments like this make me so happy!

Can't wait to see what you create!
You have until the end of the month to submit your entry!
Good luck, but most importantly...have fun!
Entering in the following November Challenge(s):
Used 10
-Alphas (6)
-file label

Thursday, November 3, 2016

11/03/16 - Snout Sunday: Popcorn Edition

My example for 1 of 3 challenges I'm hosting in November over at
The "November Food Challenge" .
Includes Twist of: "One of your photos must have at least 1 animal in it "
This is our piggy Hamlet eating popcorn.
"Snout Sunday: Popcorn Edition"
"Happy Snout Sunday! Wait, does this count since you can't see Hamlet's snout?
Finishing off Grampy's popcorn from Target, yummy! 12.27.15"

"Snout Sunday" is a popular hash tag on Instagram usually used for, but not limited to,  photos of people's pet pigs.


Since I created this in October I also entered it in the following October challenges:

I used 6
-black heart
-red heart
-"You are Loved"
-white label for journaling

2 items:
-BG paper
*INCLUDES TWIST of using busy BG paper*

>Scrap With Your Scraps
1 scrap:
-The number PP

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

11/01/16 - "This Town"

Okay, so by now you all know I am a huge One Direction fan!
But did you know they broke-up?!
Well, technically not "officially" but they are all off doing their own thing, so even if they haven't "broken up" it doesn't look like they will be making music together any time soon.
As a 1D fan this makes me sad.
I follow them, each of them, except Zayn...cuz he's an ungrateful punk(!),  on Instagram so I see that they all seem to be doing really well moving forward w/ their lives and their own careers.
That makes it a bit easier to handle the break-up...
Then I found out that Niall, my favorite One Direction Member, has already released knew music...this made me happy and super excited!
(BTW, in case you're wondering...I'm 41 years old, LOL!)
I posted the Happy News to my Instagram account...
And since there is a "Music Challenge" at I decided to create a layout about my post.
Here it is:
"This Town"
Journaling - copied directly from my Instagram Account:
"When you love a song SO much you make your first ever purchase on
@GooglePlayMusic.  Niall Horan, formerly of 1D, has released his first solo song
and it is absolutely beautiful! I cant stop listening to it and it literally brings tears
to my eyes every... damn... time! If you haven't heard it, you MUST!!!
Of all the 1D "boys" he is the one most deserving of success!
Good luck @niallhoran!

I decided to try a new journaling style and I love the way it turned out!

I took a screenshot of my caption, hash tags and all, from my IG post and printed it on photo paper then adhered the "photo" of my journaling under the photo of Niall; the same photo of Niall I posted on IG.
I love how neat it looks and how I didn't have to re-write/re-type my journaling.
Super quick and easy!
I'll definitely use the technique again!
This was for Category 3 of the Music Challenge: Artist
"Use the name of a band, group or solo artist on your layout...Can be in title or journaling"
*INCLUDES TWIST: paper clips*
I used a self-adhesive chipboard paper clip
Here is Niall singing his new song in case you've never hear it.
I hope you enjoy:
Also included in the following October Challenges:
I used 4
-the large "This Just In" w/ radio
-self-adhesive paper clip

All the items, except the paperclip, are over a year old
*INCLUDES TWIST of busy BG paper*

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