Thursday, November 30, 2017

11/30/17 - TBT "Party Animals"

#TBT - taking it back to January 24th, 2017
To Madi's 15th Birthday; when Spotty and Hamlet wanted to get in on the gift opening!

"Party Animals"

"Spotty and Hamlet wanted in on the action!

The BG was already covered in the party banners so it made it really easy for me to create a fun page full of color that felt so party-like!

From Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes: Store

This page makes me smile every time I look at it!


For the following November Challenges:

>>Scrap Your Pet

30 Total
-Alphas (15)
-Word/Phrase (5)
-Hearts (2)
-Animals (2)
-PP Sticker Strips (2)
-Circle/Ring (2)
- Label Journaling Spot
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Blue and White Stickers

23 Items
-BG Paper
-Alphas (15)
-Word/Phrase Stickers (5)
-Circle/Ring (2)

>>Second Chance Challenge
October National ________Day
October 11th - It's My Party Day

>>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
2 Scraps
- the Green Circles PP; both pieces were leftover and already cut like that

Monday, November 27, 2017

11/27/17 - November "Ugly Paper" Challenge

 Good Morning!
Hope you all had  a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Mine was...
Today I'm sharing my "Ugly" Papers and Layout for November 2017
Ugly - November 2017

"In Memoriam"
(the Duck)
"Missing 'Howard', our neighbor's duck. He was a regular visitor to our backyard. He spent more time in our yard than his own. We enjoyed having him around and Hamlet having a 'Farm Animal' friend. But suddenly he stopped coming over and we found out he died. We didn't even know his name...we just called him Howard after the 'Howard the Duck' Movie"

We're not sure exactly when 'Howard' stopped coming around but eventually David and I spoke about it saying that neither of us had seen him in a while.
Though we technically didn't have to take care of him, we thought of him as our own: he drank the water out of our animals' water bowl, he played in our animals' pool, he ate bugs out of our grass and plants, he spent a lot of time sleeping, walking, pooping (yuck), exploring, and just hanging out in our yard and also liked to follow Hamlet around.
IDK if Hamlet ever really thought of 'Howard' as a friend but we did, and we really do miss him!


For those of you who might not think the papers are ugly... I really don't either, but I am not a huge fan of frilly papers, or flowers and glitter and the person who sent me my papers knows this... and she was trying to "get me".
But I actually like the papers and they wound up working well w/ my photos!

I used the butterfly/flowery/glittery PP as the BG and the Rooster PP as accent pieces: 2 circles and 1 torn photo mat
Fun fact: I've really been into tearing lately!
I also used 1 of the pointing hand embellishments I was sent.

The pig and duck stickers are from a cheap sticker book I bought at Michaels; 258 Stickers for $1.
I have already gotten good use out of them:

BTW - this is layout #89 of my 75 Layout Goal for 2017.
Also for the following November Challenges:
>>In This Corner

22 items
-Alphas (18)
-Washi Tape (2)
-PL Cards (2)

26 Stickers
-Alphas (18)
-File labels/Journaling Spots (3)
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Blue and White Sticker; the camera

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

11/15/17 - "Daydream"

Layout #85 of my 75 Layout goal!
Yup... I achieved, and surpassed, my goal!

"Got this guy up at 10, fed him breakfast and now, at 10:30...look at him! #LazyPig 07.01.17"

Midori Travelers Notebook Spread
My first spread in my new Midori Travelers Notebook.
I love the spread and I love my Midori!
It is so much better than the other No-Name Travelers Notebooks I bought... It's also more expensive which proves the saying "You get what you pay for"!
Wish I had bought more of these when they were on sale!
Size = 21cm×11cm  (approximately 8.5 x 4.5 for each single page).
Amazon Link: Midori #14 - Blank Kraft

My Travelers Notebook "story":
Yes, I've finally gotten into the Travelers Notebook craze and ... I LOVE IT!
Though it took me a while even after I bought my first set.
I bought my first set of TNs in July 2017 and didn't start using them until October.
Their small size intimidated me... I've only really worked on a 12x12 sized BG for most of my nearly 20 year Scrapbooking "career".
But I have found so much more freedom w/ the smaller size because I don't need to fill up so much space!
Sometimes I would feel guilty using a 12x12 for just 1 photo... weird, I know.
Plus the actual album is a lot smaller than a 12x12 album and THAT will also take up much less space.
I find the smaller size gives me the freedom to feel okay in scrapping photos and items I might not have felt comfortable w/ before...cuz, again- the guilt, and it allows me to scrap them faster.
Less fuss!
Plus it's a great way to use up scraps; the 2 pieces of PP and the white paper the title is on are all from my scrap bin!

Besides this layout I am currently working on a Fall Themed album.
This was inspired by my (scrappy) friend - Linda!
Hi, Linda! Thank you! ((Kisses))
I will post more about that, including photos of some of my layouts in a future blog post.
If your curious though...
I've already posted some on my IG Account: Mrs_David_Vasquez

BUT I haven't given up 12x12 sized layouts... I just have another option now.

This year seems to be the year of trying new things for me:
-Pocket Pages
bought some stuff including a 6 month subscription to a pocket page kit - more to come on that
-Digital Project Life
-Travelers Notebooks...
I am even starting to dabble in mixed media but I have a lot of practice before I can share..
Misting is about all I can handle right now - barely, LOL!
I'm enjoying trying new scrappy techniques; my creative hunger really needed me to branch out!

I even have a standard Composition notebook that I have started adding bits and pieces of my life to, including just regular ole' lists and doodles, with plans to add some informal layouts...
This was inspired by Amy Tangerine whose You Tube videos I have been binge-watching!!
You Tube Channel link: Amy Tangerine
Oh, that's another thing, I used to hate watching videos but watching scrap-process videos is also a new (addiction/thing) for me!

I'm SUPER excited to have different places to put my creative energy!

For the following November Challenges:

>> Round Robin
I am player #2 in our 4 player team, following Pat AKA GentlewoodFarms

>>Music Challenge
Category - Song
I chose "Daydream" by The Loving Spoonful

5 Scraps -
-PPs (2) polka dot and striped
-White Paper the title is on
-Tags (2) it was a PP of Tags that I cut up to use as actual tags and these are a couple of the leftovers

12 Stickers -
-PP sticker strips ::NOT Washi:: (2)
-Word/Phrases (4)
-Hearts (3)
-File Label/Journaling Spot
*NCLUDES TWIST* of Blue and White stickers - The PP sticker strips

9 Items -
-PPs (2) polka dot and striped
-White Paper the title is on
-Tags (2) it was a PP of Tags that I cut up to use as actual tags and these are a couple of the leftovers
-Buttons (2)
-Project Life Card

>>National ______ Day
November 16th
-Button Day
Used 2 buttons on my layout

Sunday, November 12, 2017

11/13/17 - MIM Sketch #100

Happy Monday!
Today's post is bittersweet because today I'm sharing with you Make It Monday sketch #100!
100 is quite a milestone...
But, it also is the last sketch from The Memory least for a while.
The Memory Nest is taking a break.
It's sad but needed. 
I will miss Leslie and her sketches, but hopefully it won't be for too long.

Here it is MIM sketch #100:

"Find Someone Who Loves You As Much As Panini Luvs This Pillow"
"Panini loves our new living room pillow!
It's a Body Pillow so she's using it correctly...
$11.99 at Costco.
Top photos taken: 09/28/17
Bottom taken: 09/29/17"

The top 2 photos I took.  The bottom photo David took, the next day, and sent it to me at work.
Panini really loves that pillow! I don't blame her, it is really comfortable.
We bought 2 of them; the second one is in our room.

I had a lot of fun using my Project Life and Simple Stories cards on this.
I've had them for a few years now.
I'm trying to use my stuff more. I'm always afraid to "use up" my stuff... but why buy it just to have it stay in in the packaging? That's not what it's for!
Also I realized theres always more "stuff" I want to buy so might as well make room,  right?

You have until November 30th to play along with Sketch #99 and #100.
Please join us!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

11/08/17 - October "Ugly Paper" Challenge

It's "UGLY PAPER" time!
I hope you all still like these posts?
If not, too bad... it's my blog and Imma do what I want!


Here are my "October Uglies" and what I did w/ them:

"In The Jungle"
"Okay so it's not really the's our neighbor's side yard. Same thing though, right?
Panini -> 10.20.12"

I used the "ugly" green "foliage" PP, cut into a large circle, to frame the photo and I also used it to punch a heart shape that I placed in the top corner.
The Red, White, and Blue striped PP was used to help anchor my journaling card and cut into an arrow to point to the photo of Panini.
I also used one of the "ugly" embellishments; the striped scalloped border.
The photo is so old, 5 years old, and I have been wanting to scrap it since I took it but never got around to it... and now I'm glad I never did because I think the "foliage" paper I was sent was made for it!

Also for the following October challenges:
> Music
This is for category #2 - Song Lyrics
I chose "In the Jungle..." from "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by the Tokens
*INCLUDES TWIST* of a tree (in the photo)

19 used
-Alphas (11)
-Jungle Animals (3)
-Grass (3)

>Anything Goes Challenge

October 1st
Use a word with exactly three vowels on your project today.
- "Neighbor", in my journaling, has exactly 3 vowels

October 3rd
Use 3 of something on your project today.
- I used 3 animal stickers

October 4th
Use a smile somewhere on your page today.
- All 3 of my animals are smiling

Sunday, November 5, 2017

11/06/17 - MIM #99

Stopping by real quick-like to share the latest Make it Monday sketch from
MIM# 99
"This Is Awesome"

"Today 02 Nov 2017
I was featured on the Awesome Ladies Project IG Account.
It's a Thursday 3 Post; take a selfie and list 3 Right Now facts.
1. This is me: messy hair, messed up/non-existent make-up, wrinkled clothes, tired face…basically a “not-so-perfect” selfie… cuz life isn't always perfect and that's okay!
2. Wearing my favorite shirt! The only reason it's my favorite is because my “You Had Me At Pumpkin Spice” shirt can only be worn a couple months out of the year! LOL
3. I'm sooo Obsessed w/ Niall Horan's new cd, “Flicker”… buy it, buy it!"

You have until November 30th to submit your layout.

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