Saturday, September 23, 2017

09/23/17 - September "Ugly Paper" Challenge

It's "Ugly Paper"Time"!
Here are my "September Uglies" and what I did w/ them.
 
 
 
 
Just a heads up the orange paper, which I used for my BG, is very thin and came to me a bit mangled and then I apparently made it worse during the creative process...
But it doesn't look as bad behind the protective covering of the album page protector.
 
With that in mind, this is what I came up w/:
 
 
 
"You Had US at Pumpkin Spice"
 
 
 
I used both papers and tore apart the embellishment to use just a few pieces of it: layered square/heart/button/wire combo on the top right.
 
This layout really had no "rhyme or reason" it was just me having fun w/ two photos that I love that kinda went together.
Proving there are 'no rules' to scrapbooking or story telling!

If you recall this is the second time I scrapped this shirt...
I really love it!


I bought it at Target last year.
This year they have the same exact shirt just w/ a different saying:
"Pumpkin Spice Everything"
Though I want it, it's too similar to this one for me to spend the money on.


 
 
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Also included in the following SB.com Challenges:

>
Round Robin
I was #3 in my group of 4.
Though I didn't copy anyone's layout exactly I did use elements from each proceeding layout.

>
National __________ Day
Inspired by
9/22 - Autumn Equinox - Fall begins

>
In this Corner
The Orange BG paper already had the Cornucopia design on it, I just covered some of it w/ Pumpkins.

>
Sticker
15 stickers used
-Alphas (10)
-Arrows (2)
-Star
-Leaf
-"xoxo"
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Word/Phrase Sticker

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Hoarders
21 hoarded items used
-Washi
-Pumpkins (4)
-Alphas (12)
-Star
-Button
-Leaf
-Circle Cutter
*NO TWIST*

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

09/20/17 - September Inspiration Challenge

For the Scrapbook.com (September) Inspiration Challenge
The challenge requires the person who signs up after you to pick your inspiration.
That's always scary since they may pick something completely out of your comfort zone...
Which is what happened her!
 
Here is what was chosen for me:
 
 
-Inspiration Layout-
 
Though it's beautiful I am just not good w/ using flowers as embellishments, especially lots of flowers, though I do it from time to (rare) time.
 
 
 Here is my version:

"Expectations VS Reality"

Journaling:
"What you think you look like taking a photo together -VS- What you really look like".

W/ this layout I had a bit of fun w/ that famous meme "What you think you look like... -VS- What you really look like".

David and I had taken many photos together on our 16th Anniversary night out, including the goofy one on the right.
When tying to figure out how to scrap that particular photo, the meme popped in my mind and I went w/ it. Of course I had to pair it w/ the perfect "contrast" photo which I also had from that night.

If you don't know what I am referring to here are a few more examples:

Image result for how I think I look running vs how i actually lookImage result for how I think I look running vs how i actually look


Image result for how I think I look running vs how i actually look

In the end I was 100%  happy w/ the photos and the idea I used and about 90% happy w/ the overall layout!
BTW - I didn't even realize I used the exact/almost exact polka dot paper on my layout as is in the original layout.  That was purely coincidence as I tend to have tunnel vision w/ these type of things.

 
 
 
 
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Also included in the following September SB.com Challenges:


2> Hoarders
14 Hoarded items
-Flowers were all cut from 1 hoarded piece of PP
-Hearts were all cut from 1 hoarded piece of PP
-Black paper
-Buttons (6)
-PL Card
-File/Journaling Labels (2)
-Heart Punch
-Flower Punch
*NO TWIST*

>Stickers
9
-Hearts (5)
-File/Journaling Labels (2)
-Arrow
- xoxo
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Word/Phrase Sticker

>Scraps
2
-Red paper used for hearts
-Black paper
*NO TWIST*

Thursday, September 14, 2017

09/14/17 - Digital Project Life

Today I bring you some digital layouts.
These were created w/ the Project Life App.
 
These layouts represent three things I've never done and one thing I've rarely done, so rare you may as well say "never" also: 
 
 
Never Done:
-Paid for an app
This app was $2.99
-Created a Digital Layout
-Created a Project Life "style" Layout
 
Rarely Done:
-Created a 2-page Layout
 
 
I am not a digital layout type of person always enjoying the process and look of "paper" layouts.
So before I share the layouts I want to explain why I decided to try the PL App.
 
I'm known for taking lots of photos in general and in some cases taking an over abundance of photos.
Sometimes I do this because the event warrants it.
Sometimes I do it just because I want multiple tries at capturing the perfect photos.
What happens in either case is I wind up w/ a lot of photos from 1 event.
Generally I can narrow them down to a few photos I really want, sometimes I want them all...
Whether I narrow them down or not, there are times when I have lots of photos I still want in my albums.
This overwhelms me and causes me to just "sit" on my photos.
Sit, and sit, and sit...
So I decided to see if the PL app would simplify the process and help me get those photos in to my albums!
 
 
Here are the layouts:

 
 
 
"Wahlburgers Vegas"  
Page 1
(6 photos)

"Wahlburgers Vegas"  
Page 2
( 7 Photos )
 
 
 
 "15th Anniversary Highlights"
(9 Photos)

Though they are digital, they are still Project Life style layouts which makes them very simple.
Just like you would place photos and Journaling/Picture cards into Pockets in a Project Life Sheet Protector, the same was done here...but digitally.

Sure I could create my own "grid like" layouts, and I still will occasionally, but this is less time consuming and less use of materials, plus I'm guaranteed neatness and straightness, LOL
#ForeverCrooked

What do I think of the app?

I think it's Super Easy and convenient!
I mean as long as I have the photos on my phone I can create a layout anywhere.

Fast shipping!
My order got to me sooner than they said it would! Though general turn around time is 7-10 business Days.

Great Quality!
My pages came on strong sturdy Kodak paper and the images were crisp and clear w/ no color alterations.
If you order a size 12x12 they are a true 12x12 and slide easily into a 12x12 Sheet Protector!
Also, my pages were packaged in a way that there was NO WAY they would have got bent!
In fact I had a little trouble getting them out, LOL

BTW -
You don't have to order 12x12 pages, they have various sizes if you decide you want to go a smaller so you can still adhere to a page and add your own "flair"
Sizes and prices are as follows:

12x12 = $1.99
8x8 = $0.99
6x8 = $0.29
4x5 = $0.29

There is a flat shipping rate of $5.00
This is great if you're ordering a lot pages, not so great if you're just ordering 1 or 2; I find that you would need to order at least 3 to make it worth it.

My total for the three 12x12 pages = $10.97
That includes shipping.
$3.66 a page.
As far as I'm concerned that's a bargain for getting your memories into your albums!


I will continue to do traditional scrapping because that is where my true scrappy love lies but I'm definitely using this app again!
I already feel that w/ the time I saved, the quality of the product, and the fact that I was able to get a good amount of photos out of my phone and into my albums, that I have already gotten my money's worth!
Total photos out of my phone and into my Scrapbook Album(s) = 22

FYI - there are many other options w/ this app as well but I just wanted to touch on what I thought was most important.
For more info you can visit the Project Life App site at this link:
Digital Project life App


---->> Edited to Add :
After writing this post I created these 2 layouts but I haven't yet ordered them.
Ordering will occur soon, however just wanted to share other styles and say that this is another  12 photos out of my phone that will soon be going into my album:



 (7 Photos)
I had to narrow down my photo choices here also but it seemed easier w/ digital scrapping... IDK why, LOL
I think part of it is it was because I didn't stress about figuring out which pictures were "photo paper" and "ink" worthy since I wasn't printing them myself... know what I mean?


(5 Photos)

Total Photos "scrapped": 34

Thanks for stopping by and reading this long post!
I'd love to know if you've ever tried or would like to tray the Project life App.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

09/12/17 - "The Circus"

 
Today I bring you layout #55 of my 75 Layout Goal for 2017
 
 
"The Circus"
Journaling:
"Last Night we enjoyed the circus...1903 style!
David, Madison and Me
Pantages Theater 2.19.17"



For the Following SB.com September Challenges:


1> Music Challenge
Category #2 Song Title
I chose "Circus" by Britney Spears
*NO TWIST*


2> National ___________ Day
Sept 22nd - National Elephant Appreciation Day
Though they were fake, there were elephants in the show.
I know it sounds weird, "fake elephants", but they way they did it... it was a work of art and they seemed really real. My eyes actually watered at one point during the show when the baby elephant got his feelings hurt... LOL

We were not allowed to take photos while the show was in progress so I wasn't able to get a photo of the cute "fake elephants" but here is a photo from the internet:

 
 
Come to think of it, I guess I could have a printed a photo from the internet to include in my layout, duh...LOL
Hmmmm.... maybe there will be a page dedicated to "the Elephants of 1903" in my scrappy future!

 
 
 
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Also included in the following SB.com Challenges:

3> Scraps
1 Scrap
-Red paper I made the large BG banner out of
*NO TWIST*

4> Hoarders
3 items
-Star strip
-Red paper I made the large BG banner out of
-File/journaling tab
*NO TWIST*

5> Sticker
13 Used
-Alphas (9)
-Word/Phrase
-Star Strip
-Colorful "circle"
-File/journaling tab
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Word/Phrase sticker



Saturday, September 9, 2017

09/09/17 - "Comic Con Selfies"

My latest and greatest!
Okay maybe not my greatest but I am loving it!



"Comic Con Selfies"

Journaling:
"Selfies while waiting in line to enter Comic Con 2017
8.26.17"

I have a lot more photos from this day and I plan on doing a PL style layout to make it easier to scrap the multitude, but I wanted to scrap these photos separately because 1) My daughter is going through some major "teenage social anxiety" that makes her not want to leave the house much 2) She very rarely, like never, lets us take her picture so these photos mean a lot to me and I felt like they deserved their own page.
I may use a couple of them again in my PL layout, which is a rarity for me, to scrap the same photo more than once, but in this case the situation warrants it!

For the following Sept SB.com Challenges:

1> Monthly Sketch Challenge
This is Sketch #4  of the challenge:


2> Can You Use (Exactly) 4 Photos

3> National _________ Day
Inspired by Sept 25th - National Comic Book Day


5> Hoarders
20 items
Every Single item on here is Hoarded...
I'm so happy I finally had a reason to cut into my zombie paper pack!!
I won it a few years back from a scrappy blog... I don't remember how old it is but I'm thinking it's pretty darn old as I couldn't find it in the shop to link!
*NO TWIST*


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Also Entered in the following SB.com Challenges:

4> Sticker
16 used
- Alphas (15)
- Cameras in Circle (top left)
*NO TWIST*


6> Scraps
1 scrap
The "Moments Captured" Journaling Box
*NO TWIST*

Thursday, September 7, 2017

09/07/17 - "His 40th"

Happy Thursday/Friday!
I don't work tomorrow so this is my Friday and I couldn't be happier about it... until my next one of course, LOL
 
Anyway here is my latest layout and I also couldn't be happier about it!
I think it turned out really well and it think it conveys a feeling of celebration and overall happiness!
I hope you like it also!
 
 
 
 
"His 40th"
 

I was able to fit a lot of photos and a lot of journaling on this and include a fun BG paper and fun embellishments...
And yes I realize that though it's a page about my husband's birthday, he's not in any of the photos...
What can I say... I love to have my photo taken and he doesn't!
Though technically his hand is in the photo of the mules, LOL
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Journaling -

Top:
"40th Birthday Shenanigans for my husband.
For 3 mos out of the year, Aug - Oct, I'm only 1 year older than David instead of the normal 2 years, LOL."

Left Hand Side:
"Pizza & Beer at The Gourmet Pizza Shoppe in Downtown Redlands.
We had the Shrimp, Crab, and Avocado pizza...it was 'to die for'!
Drinks and Peanut Butter Cup Fondue at Rok-N-Fondue
We ordered various flavors of mules and there was a marshmallow casualty... won't say who did it though
::looks innocent:: LOL
Aug 12th 2017
-Greg and Peng joined us"

Bottom Right:
"Actual DOB: 08.09.77"

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For the following SB.com Challenges:

> In This corner
- scrap a page using a BG paper w/ a pre-printed pattern on at least one corner and/or side
Original Paper:


> AGC -
Daily Challenge #1
Use a Refractory Word: a word that has no rhyme
According to Google "husband" has no rhyming word

 
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Also included in the following Sept SB.com challenges:

> INDEFINITE Foodie Challenge

> Second Chance
- Inspired by the August "Birthday Challenge"

> National ____ Day
- Inspired by Sept 5th, Cheese Pizza Day

> Sticker Challenge
10 Stickers
- Alphas (7)
-Words/Phrases (1)
-Heart Shaped Balloon (1)
-Journaling Sticker (bottom Right)
*INCLUDES TWIST* Word/Phrase Sticker

> Hoarders
- 2 items
PL Cards
*NO TWIST*

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

09/05/17 - "Quiet Time w/ Grampy"

 
Hello!
How was your weekend?
I had a nice 3-day weekend and I only work 3 days this week so I'm not feeling too bad on this Monday-Tuesday!
 
Today I am sharing a layout created w/ a "selfie" my husband took of him and Hamlet (and then sent to me at work...punk! LOL)
 
 
"Quiet Time w/ Grampy"


Photo of Hamlet and my husband, AKA Hamlet's "Grampy" taken approximately 2 years ago.
I just love the look on Hamlets face...his eye has an actual 'twinkle' in it! ::swoon::


How this layout came to be:

Inspired by a challenge w/in a challenge over at SB.com.
The Anything Goes Challenge, Weekly Challenge #1 -



Step 1
WHAT COLOR IS YOUR MIND?
https://www.blogthings.com/whatcolorisyourmindqu iz/
Take the quiz (it’s very short).
This will be your color palette for your project.

Step 2
COLOR PSYCHOLOGY
Using the color from step one, select one of the emotions in that color in the chart below as your project "theme."

 
 
Step 3
Create a MONOCHROME project using your mental color and emotional theme. ~ Monochrome is a single color project, but you can use shades, tints, and variations in hue. Patterned papers are allowed as long as the pattern does not detract from the overall feel of the layout being a single color. For example: a purple paper with tiny yellow stripes would be acceptable as a purple monochrome, while a purple paper with big red flowers would not.


Purple was my color and I chose "quiet" from the list of "purple" words.

I was very disappointed to wind up w/ the color purple as purple is my least favorite color ever!
But a challenge is a challenge, right?!
So I searched and dug out as much purple as I could and came up w/ a layout I actually really love...despite all it's "purpleness"!
But w/ a photo like that how could I not love it! ::swoon again::




Also I was inspired by this layout which I lifted:


All-in-all a very fun challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!
I'll be back later in the week!


 
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Also included in the following SB.com Sept Challenges:
 
>Scrap Your Pet
*INCLUDES TWIST* of an arrow

>Sticker
4 Used
- Pig
- "LOVE"
- star
- file/journaling tab
*INCLUDES TWIST* of a Word/Phrase sticker

>National ______ Day
This is bad but...
I was inspired by 2 Days: September 2nd, International Bacon Day and September 7th, National Salami Day

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
2 Scraps used
Used 1 scrap in 3 places
-2 hearts
-1 tag
And another scrap for the arrow
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
12 Hoarded items
- All the Paper is Hoarded (4)
-Washi (2 different kinds)
-File/Journaling Tab
-buttons (3)
-the "Happy" paper embellishment
-Black Mist
*NO TWIST*
 

Monday, August 28, 2017

08/28/17 - August "Ugly Paper" Challenge

Hi,
 
My latest layout was created mainly for the August Ugly Paper Challenge.
 
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 
 
 
 
  
"August Uglies" (and yes that is a FROG!)
 
 
 
Well, here's what I came up w/:
 
 
 
Anniversary 13

Journaling:
" 'Well, that escalated quickly!' *
Senor Frogs, Vegas w/ Ricky and Marivel
07.15.14"

*a Will Ferrell, as 'Ron Burgundy', quote from the movie "Anchorman"
I thought the quote was funny and fitting to the photos that start off w/ us all looking "nice and innocent" and wind up w/ us looking like complete "party animals", LOL

BTW - I know I misspelled Vegas and I fixed it IRL after the fact!
#Oops

As you can see I used everything I was given and I'm quite proud of that!
The BG paper is one of the pieces of paper I was given and the mat for the photos, the speech bubble, and the flower were all cut from the second piece of paper.
And then there's the frog...
When I first saw my papers, the "casino" one was on top and I was like, "Yay, Vegas!" because it's my second home but then when I dug out the embellishment,  I was like, "Ugh, Frog!" because, come on...what could I possibly do w/ a large frog sticker?! Especially in combination w/ a Vegas paper?!
Then inspiration hit: "Oh, yeah, 'Senor Frogs'!"
Good thing we like that place and I have photos...
So in the end it would up being a perfect combo for me and I was finally able to get around to scrapping some of the photos from my 13th wedding anniversary... a month after I celebrated my 16th!
 
 
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For the following August challenges:

>Ugly Paper
The BG Casino Paper
and the Green Paper that I used to mat the photos and for the speech bubble.
I also cut fussy-cut a flower out of it and used it as an embellishment.
Also used the "ugly" embellishment; the frog
(you can see the originals in the 2nd photo)

>The ABCs of travel - Letter "A" addition
Traveled to Vegas to celebrate our 13th (A)nniversary

>Hoarders
22 items
-Alphas (13)
-Black paper
-"Good Times" PL card cut into a circle
-Circle Cutter
-Word Stickers (2)
-Card under the frog
-Heart
-Button
-Wooden camera
*NO TWIST*

>Stickers
17
-Alphas (13)
-Words/Phrases (2)
-Heart
-The frog
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Number stickers

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

08/23/17 - "The 4th 2017"

 
Hi!
It's just me, trying to keep up w/ my commitment to myself to share some of my completed layouts.
Hope all is well!
 
"The 4th 2017"

Journaling:
"Fourth of July in our neighborhood means sparkly fireworks both on the ground and in the sky; yes the illegal kind, what do you expect in San Bdno?! Note: the illegal ones are not ours! Also the only day a year I can wear my 4th of July Snoopy T-shirt"


Most items are from one of the 4 kits from the July "The ScrapRoom" kit (see bottom left):




Two Fun Facts about this page:
1) Fourth of July photos are rare as I hardly ever, like mostly never, take photos on the Fourth now that the kids are pretty much grown; I didn't take a whole lot of photos when they were younger either though...because there's only so many photos of kids watching fireworks or playing w/ sparklers you can take before it's becomes "old"
2) Of the photos I did take, and created layouts for, I hardly ever used a traditional Red, White, and Blue color combo
I broke both those rules here... and I'm actually happy about it!
 
 
 
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For the following August Challenges:

>July/August Edition of Inspired by a Word
I was inspired by the word "Sparkle" and used it's variation "Sparkly"

>Music Challenge
This is for category #2 - Song Title
I chose "Fourth of July" by Fall Out Boy
*NO TWIST*

>The Wooden Embellishment Challenge
I used a wooden camera
*NO TWIST*

>Sticker Challenge
16 Stickers
-Alphas (10)
-Star
-Woodstock
-Stripe above my photo (it's not washi)
-Words/Phrases (3)
*INCLUDES TWIST*of Number Sticker

>Hoarders
16 items
-Woodstock Sticker
-PL Card
-Wooden Camera
Alphas (10)
-Star
-"Looking Up"
-Red Paper
*NO TWIST*

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap
The red paper
*NO TWIST*

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"

Journaling:
"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"

 
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Created for the following August SB.com 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
*NO TWIST*

>Music
I am also using this for the "Lyrics" category for the Music Challenge (a different Music Challenge)
*NO TWIST*

>Foodie
*NO TWIST*

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

>Hoarders
21 items
- Everything except the 2 ice cream stickers.
*NO TWIST*

>Stickers
18 total
-Alphas (13)
-Ice cream (2)
-Word/Phrases (2)
-Button
*NO TWIST*

>Scraps
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"
Journaling:
"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
 
 
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Also for the Following July SB.com 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"
*NO TWIST*

>Stickers
18
-Alphas (14)
-Word/Phrase (1)
-Misc Summer (3)
*INCLUDES TWIST* of a Travel Related sticker

Scraps:
2
-Polka Dotted Banners
-Blue Circle (though it looks gray here)
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders:
17
-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"

Journaling:
"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
5.11.17"
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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!
 
Anyway,
I did get to scrap this weekend and I'm sharing one of my layouts w/ you:
 
 
 
 
"Baked Goods"
Journaling:
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!



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For the following July SB.com Challenges:

>Foodie
*NO TWIST*

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

>Stickers
17 stickers
-Alphas (10)
-Word/Phrases (3)
-Journaling label
-Lemon Slice
-Baking Utensils (2)
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
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.

>Scraps
2 Scraps
-Blue Striped PP
-White Paper
*NO TWIST*

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!

Journaling:
"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 SB.com 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
 
 
 
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Also for the following SB.com Challenges:
 
 
>Boys Only/Girls Only
I chose boy: Hamlet
*INCLUDES TWIST* of animal embellishments - Piggy sticker!

>Music Challenge / Category #1
Lyrics
"(they say) It's Your Birthday"
from "The Birthday Song" by the Beatles
*NO TWIST*

>Stickers
10 Stickers
-Alphas (4)
-Word/Phrase (2)
-Arrow
-Pig
-Heart/Circle
-Clock
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
10 items
-BG Paper
-Gray Paper cut into a Circle
-Piggy PP
-Circle Cutter
-Word/Phrases stickers (2)
-Misc Stickers (3)
-PL Card
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Shapes
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)
*NO TWIST*
 
 

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
 
 
 
 
"OUCH!"

Journaling:
"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
06/04/17"

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/!




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Also for the following July SB.com Challenges:

>Hoarders
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!

>Sticker
20 Stickers
-Alphas (17)
-Word (2)
-Arrow
*NO TWIST*

>Scraps
1 Scrap
-Yellow/White PP
*NO TWIST*




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"  
 
 
 
"Turok"
 
Journaling:
"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.
11.5.16"

(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...


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Also for the following SB.com 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.

>Sticker
I used 9
-Alphas (5)
-Hearts (2)
-Pink jeweled border strip
-Frame
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
14 items
-Alphas (5)
-Hearts (2)
-PL Cards (2)
-Frame
-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
and
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"

Journaling:
"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.

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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)
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
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
*NO TWIST*

Thursday, July 6, 2017

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

 The  Scrapbook.com "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"

Journaling:
"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?
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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?



 
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Also for the following SB.com July Challenges:

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

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

>Stickers
14 Stickers
*NO TWIST*

Sunday, July 2, 2017

07/02/17 - MIM #91


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

 
 



"Krusty Land"

Journaling:
"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::

Anyway...
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"

 
Hi!
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"

Journaling:
"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)

> SB.com June Music Challenge:
#2 - Song Title
I choose "Brand New Car" by the Rolling Stones
*NO TWIST*

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




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Also for the following SB.com June Challenges:


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

>Stickers
17 Stickers
-Alphas (11)
-Arrow
-Word/Phrase (2)
-Polka Dot File Label
-Asterisk
-Arrow/Stripe combo above "#TRUE STORY"
*NO TWIST*

>Scrap W/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap
The Turquoise PP
*NO TWIST*

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:
 

"22"
Journaling:
"-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!
06/14/2017"

*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
GOALS MET!
 

Created mainly for the following June SB.com Challenges:

>Foodie
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?



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

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

Monday, June 19, 2017

06/19/17 - "National Puppy Day"

 
Hi!
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"

Journaling:
"Spotty may not be a puppy anymore but he is still our baby!
3/23/17"

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!

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For the following June SB.com challenges:

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

>Stickers
22 Stickers
-Alphas (16)
-Doggy
-Word/Phrases (4)
-Bone
*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
*NO TWIST*

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

06/14/17 - "Summer Hair 2017"

Hi there!
Just sharing 1 of my latest layouts:
 
 
"Summer Hair 2017"
Journaling:
"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!
6.10.17"
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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!
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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:)

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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"


---- SB.com 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!



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Also included in the following June Scrapbook.com Challenges:
 
>Sticker
I used 22
-Alphas (14)
-Word/Phrase (2)
-Camera
-Sunglasses
-Heart
-Sun
-Frame
-File Label for Journaling
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
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
*NO TWIST*

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



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!



 
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Also for the following June SB.com Challenges:

>Foodie Challenge
*NO TWIST*
 
>National __________Day
June 23rd - National Pink Day

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

>Stickers
13 Stickers
-Alphas (9)
-Word/Phrases (2)
-Heart
-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
*NO TWIST*