Thursday, December 28, 2017

12/28/17 - Happy Chinese New Year

A photo that printed out  too small became the perfect size photo for a Travelers' Notebook spread!
 
I've had this photo printed out for probably about 6 months now but felt that it was too small for a layout. In the past I have created 12x12 layouts w/ one photo, but as I get older, as I try out new techniques, and grow as a creative individual, I'm finding I'm not liking creating large layouts w/ only 1 photo on them as much as I used to... plus there is the need to start thinking about saving space! My layout/project numbers are continuing to grow but my house isn't!
 
I haven't completely stopped creating 1-photo 12x12s, I'm just trying to do less of them.
 
Which leads to today's 4.5 x 8.5 Midori Traveler's Notebook page :
 
"Happy Chinese New Year"
Journaling:
Top - "Celebrating the Year of the Rooster"
Bottom - "Our 1st year checking out the festivities.
Downtown Riverside"


 
One of the reasons I didn't like the size of the photo is you have to look really hard at the bottom three photos to really figure out what's going on.
Once you figure it out, the images stand-out more though, which is why I decided to assist the viewer w/ my caption up above: "Dancers, Drummers and Dragons! Oh my!"
 
All of the patterned papers I used are from a REALLY old 6x6 paper pad I had in my stash.
I won it from some scrappy contest I entered and only used a few pieces of it.
The paper pad is from Kaiser Craft and it is titled "Lush".
Most of the pad and punch outs are "Asian" inspired; in fact one of prints actually includes the word "Asia" on it.
I never had a need for the more Asian-specific patterns... until now!
This is another time when hoarding items comes in handy!
The rooster I printed off of the internet on regular copy paper.
I then hand-cut it out and outlined it w/ a fine-tipped sharpie creating the perfect final embellishment piece!
I decided to journal directly on the notebook's kraft BG paper since I haven't yet tried that... (see?! trying new techniques and growing as a creative individual)... and I love the way it turned out! 
 
This is one of the last of my 2017 layouts... it's crazy that the year is almost over and that one of my last layouts is from a photo taken at the beginning of this year, LOL!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Dec SB.com Challenges:

>>Anything goes Challenge
Daily Challenge 6: Use a camel hump style curve on your project today.
(see top piece next to tag)

>>Hoarded
6 items
-Tag (cut in half and used in 2 places)
-Green BG PP
-"Chinese" patterned PP pieces (2)
- Patterned circle
-Washi
*NO TWIST*

>>Stickers
22 Stickers
-Alphas (19)
-Self Adhesive Enamel Dots (2)
-Journaling Label (1)
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using red and/or green stickers

>>Scraps
1
- Tag (cut in half and used in 2 places)
*NO TWIST*
 
 

Monday, December 18, 2017

12/18/17 - "XO - Hogs -N- Kisses"

Okay, show of hands...
How many of you knew by the title of this blog post that Hamlet would be in it.
(You should all have your hands raised)


Here is my latest Midori Traveler's Notebook Spread
It's a 2-pager; each page is approximately 4.5 x 8.5:

"XO - Hogs and Kisses"


Journaling:
"Have you hugged your pig today? No?! Okay, go do it...I'll wait.
Snuggles w/ Grampy; I love these 2 so much! 11.25.17"

The BG (polka-dot) paper and matching stripe paper came from the same paper pack I used for my "Crepes of Wrath" layout: Crepes of Wrath .
If you recall I stated that paper pack is (at least) approximately 16 years old.


This page was inspired by a Color Palette challenge at SB.com.
We were to use this palette as inspiration:

 
I think I got pretty close... I used a bit more pink then I had planned to, but otherwise... I think I nailed it!
And even if I didn't... at least I was able to get another page done!
 
#96 for 2017
 
I also want to share the cover(s) to this book which has morphed into a "Pet Themed" journal:
 
 
The left hand side item is a "hard"-shell cover I purchased from Happy Planner on Etsy and the right hand side is the decorative cover I created directly on the front of the notebook.
I think I have just as much fun creating the covers as I do creating the actual pages!
If I can find a more "pet related" cover I will purchase it and switch it out with this one, but for now..."cameras" will work!
BTW - When I say this notebook has morphed into pet themed, this is one of 4 Pet layouts already in the album, one of which I shared on a prior blog post:
 
I am really enjoying my Traveler's Notebook(s)!
 
 
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Also for the following SB.com December Challenges:


>>Music
Category # 2 Song Title
I chose "XO" by Beyoncé
*NO TWIST*
 
 >>Anything goes Challenge
Daily Challenge #14
Use a smile (or crown) on your page.
The piggy sticker is smiling!

>>Stickers
9 Stickers
-Pig
-File Label/Journaling Spot
-"XO"
-Heart
-Arrow (small next to heart)
-Word/Phrase (3)
-Self Adhesive Pearl
*NO TWIST*

>>Hoarders
3 Items
- The BG paper and matching stripe paper are older than my 16 year old daughter! (2)
Also
-Tag
*NO TWIST*

 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

12/07/17 - "Crepes of Wrath"

#TBT  
 
 
"Crepes of Wrath"

Journaling: "08.20.15 -Our Date Night Included a late night snack and our first visit to "Crepes of Wrath" in Downtown Redlands. We tried the S'mores and the Peanut Butter Banana; both were EXCELLENT!"

This page is a mix of old and new:
The BG paper and the polka dotted paper are SUPER old...fairly certain they were bought BEFORE my daughter was born... so almost 16 years old!
The "Sweet" sticker I just received in a SB.com order I received last week.
Everything else is somewhere in between, LOL


 
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For the following SB.com December challenges:

>>Foodie
*NO TWIST*

>>STICKERS
8 Stickers
-Scalloped Border
-Word/Phrase (6)
-Heart
*NO TWIST*

>>HOARDERS
6 Items
-BG PP
-Polka Dot PP
-(4 of the) Stickers
*NO TWIST*

>>SCRAP W/ YOUR SCRAPS
1 Scrap
-White PP
*NO TWIST*