Sunday, November 25, 2018

11/26/18 - "Use Your Stuff "Challenge #338

"Use Your Stuff" Challenge #338
is also a Collaborative Challenge w/ the "Double Trouble Challenge" Blog.

The challenge is to use this Mood Board from UYS:

and select one (or both) of the following Challenges from DTC:

-Include a Sweet Treat on your project
-Include something sparkly

My layout took inspiration from all 3
- Mood Board
- Sweet Treat
- Bling

It is a page I created for my 2017 December (Not-So) Daily.
Yup, I'm still trying to finish it!
(More on that in a later post)

This page not only a great mix of the challenge but a great mix of old and new product!
I actually really love the way it turned out!
Hoping it motivates me to work on more Dec Daily pages!

Also hoping to see you play along w/ one or both of the challenges, however it inspires!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

11/17/18 - CKC Nov/Project #5 (PL Week 40)

I'm going out of order w/ my Project Life sharing.
Not my first time nor my last, and you probably won't even notice it, because really it's not like you're  keeping track, LOL

I used my November Counterfeit Challenge Blog Kit for this one so that's why I'm sharing it today:

12x12 Traditional Layout

"Week 40"

I messed up a little on the journaling, to be more exact  the placement of my journaling on the journaling spot (not sure where my mind was at that moment), that's why the asterisk and arrow... fancy fix right?! ::wink::
Not the best of solutions but it's something I can live w/ since I'm happy w/ the rest of the layout.


- October Snack Box
- I made the "Use Your Stuff" Design Team
- Food* White Chocolate Ding Dongs
*Aesthetically disappointing but the flavor was amazing, and I'm not a big fan of White Chocolate
-National Vegetarian Awareness Month

I tried a new printing technique w/ a couple of the photos; a filmstrip style print...which, I really like the look of!
One thing I really love about PL is you have 52 weeks to try new things!
If it doesn't work out, week is a new week!

Besides white chocolate, I'm also not a huge fan of wood embellishments, but I found this packet of (I think) 5 different styled wood ampersands in my stash and I'm determined to get them used..
A layout with a "list" of different items on it seemed like a good place to start!

Hope you're enjoying your Sunday!

Friday, November 16, 2018

11/16/18 - Sketch-N-Scrap #165 / CKC Nov Project #4

Good Morning!
Hope all is well...
Today is my Friday off so I'm slowly easing into my day.
I got up at 5:15...
My usual time is about 4:50ish.
Apparently "sleeping in" isn't the same as it was when I was a teenager, LOL
I can't even imagine sleeping in until 10AM (or even 8AM or 7AM for that matter)… too much to do!
Including Scrapbooking yay!

I created the bulk of today's layout last night and added a few finishing touches this morning.

I used nothing but my Counterfeit Challenge Blog November Kit and this Sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap:


"These Are the Days"
Hey look it's Hamlet, the "impossible-to-photograph-black pig"!

Journaling: "A Selfie (10.04.18) and Hide-N-Seek (10.06.18), though Hamlet didn't know he was playing!"

I took a few liberties w/ the sketch but all the elements are there:
-2 different sized photos in the same basic placement
-a strip of paper (though the sketch uses two, horizontally)
-a circle banner in the top corner
-a title placed in the same area
-a "flag" shaped sticker to make up for the fact that I didn't use that shape for the title spot

I had a lot of fun working w/ this sketch and it reminded me just how much I miss working w/ sketches!
I have been on 2 Sketch Design Teams in the past and I really miss it!
I guess I'll just have to try to play along w/ blog challenges to get my fix!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

11/12/18 - "Use Your Stuff" Challenge #337

Good Morning!
Welcome to a new week and new challenge of "Use Your Stuff" .
This week we challenge you to use stars.

I created a layout of our Mini Pig Hamlet sleeping, using a star patterned BG.
This layout was very difficult to take a good photo of because of
the shiny gold stars.  
"Dream Big" 

Here is a photo of the layout at a different angle so you can see how absolutely gorgeous that BG paper is … Mega Heart Eyes, amirite?!

Hamlet is a black pig, well all black except for 1 white hoof … the front hoof on the right side (not pictured).
Because he is black, it's really difficult to get a good photo of him without great lighting, and in this case, it was night time so the lighting was at it's worse...that's why he looks brown.
I love this photo so much and I knew, even if the lighting wasn't the best I needed to scrap it, and I needed to scrap it by itself and in a large size; this is a 6x8 that I ordered through the PL App.
Pretty sure I'm not fitting ALL of 2018 into one album... but I'll deal w/ that problem when I get to it, LOL

Also, I used 99% of my November Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Kit to create this.
Yes, I strayed a bit. I couldn't help myself! When I found that BG paper I just HAD to use it, it was too perfect for the photo! So I used it, but EVERYTHING else is from my kit so I'm counting it!
I know for a fact the CKC Blog is a bit flexible w/ their challenge so it will be just fine; the goal is to get your stuff used and photos scrapped, and I did both!
This makes Project #3 w/ my November Kit.

BTW - poor Hamlet always seems to be scrapped in pink... Oops, LOL

Thanks for stopping by and please play along w/ us at "Use Your Stuff"!

-Products: Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp, Echo Park, Jillibean Soup -

CKC November / Projects #1 and #2

Hello, hello!
Stopping by really quick-like to share 2 of  the layouts I have created so far w/ my November Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Kit:
-This is Part of  Project Life Week 32 -
The other page has already been shared (twice)
"David's 41st Birthday"
For this one I'm just "dipping my toe into" my November Counterfeit Challenge Kit.

It is a 12x12 Digital/Traditional Hybrid Layout
The layout  was created on the Project Life App and embellished in real life.
All the embellishments came from my counterfeit kit: 3 stickers, 8 enamel dots/shapes, and doodling.
I kept it simple because the photos are so beautiful I didn't want to distract from them.

From the Project Life App I used
-Page Design P
-Card Kit "Strawberry Edition"

"Happy Girl/Hello Happy"

12x12 Traditional Page
Using nothing but my November Counterfeit Kit

The photo collage was created on the Project Life App and printed at home on 5x7 photo paper.
(Yes the PL App is listed in my Counterfeit Kit Supply list)

"Silly Selfies with David during my Birthday Celebration"
My Birthday, last year.

I have no date or place information on this because this will sit right next to another page about this event that has all that info.

- Product info: Echo Park, Heidi Swapp, Jillibean Soup, Crate Paper, Sharpie -

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

11/06/18 - PL Week 34

Hi there...
Hope all is well with you and yours!!

I'm just here to share my latest Project Life Page.

I actually have Weeks 36-39 done also but somehow skipped 35 so once I get that one done I will share more.

For now, let's bring on ...

-Week 34 -

For my journaling this time around,  I used a mixture of digital and hand written as I find it difficult to always find room to include my handwriting but also miss it being on my pages.
On this layout I made sure to make space for more real life embellishments also, such as w/ my Title Card. When I created the page in the app, I left the section where the week/date goes blank.
When I received the page in the mail I then filled the spot w/ the  the Week and Date info using alpha stickers, planner flag stickers, and a date stamp.
You can read the journaling directly from the layout so I won't retype it but I want to add...
if you have Netflix and haven't yet seen "Santa Clarita Diet", you need to; it is HILARIOUS!
BTW - isn't that "binge" sticker underneath the Netflix Logo just perfect?!
It's from Kelly Purkey (unfortunately it is no longer available).
And that "Today This is on the Menu" on my oatmeal photo is a stamp from Citrus Twist (Citrus Twist: Food Happens).
I have become addicted to stamps, which is funny because I used to really dislike them, and now I'm trying to make sure I use the large inventory I have of them.
I went from having a few to... a LOT! LOL
I DO get a lot of use out of that Food Happens stamp ::wink::

One final thought: 
As I look at my pages I think to myself...
If I had scrapped these photos as their own individual page (or even a couple of photos per page) I'd probably never get them all done!
Not to mention my 2018 Album would probably be 2 -3 volumes at least, LOL

As it is, because I like to change it up w/ a traditional layout here and there, and occasionally more than 1 page per week,  my book is already pretty darn full:

::Crossing My Fingers:: I get the whole year in 1 album! 

Thanks for stopping by...
Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

11/03/18 - CKC November Kit Reveal

Hi there,
Welcome to another installment of the Counterfeit Kit Blog!
This is the inspiration kit for November; it's from Citrus Twist.
It is their October Kit and it is called "Little Things":

Here's the link to the website where you can see more photos of it: Citrus Twist Kit
BEAUTIFUL, right?!
I'm fighting w/ myself NOT to buy it, LOL
(Yes, it's still available!)

I always start creating my kit by making a list of what stands out to me.
Some of these ideas came from the actual papers, some from the embellishments.
  • Flowers 
  • Animals 
  • Coffee (because of the "coffee rings" paper, bottom left) 
  • Music Notes 
  • Vines 
  • Clouds 
  • Stars 
  • Cameras
Before I show you my kit I want to tell you I cheated just a little...
But it wasn't intentional, and whether it's cheating or not depends on your personal opinion.

Here's the story.
Last year a "Tuesday Morning" store opened up in a nearby city.
I had heard great things about their scrappy deals and had wanted to check it out but never seemed to have the time or, when I did, remembered to go.
Yesterday I made time, I actually wrote it on my To-Do list (along w/ about 7 other items).
What I heard about their scrappy area as correct; lots of great stuff at low(er) prices!
I was pretty proud of myself as I only spent about $25.

Fast Forward to my drive home when I was looking at my purchases, at a red light of course, and realized that one of the kits I bought would work perfect for my counterfeit kit because it had:
- Music Notes, -Vines, - Clouds, - Stars and - Cameras
It wasn't something I planned I just bought what I liked and it worked out!

So here is my Counterfeit Kit (papers):

Top Left hand side is the kit I was referring to.
Here is a photo of it by itself:

Back to my Counterfeit Kit:
On the right-hand side you will see a Flower PP. That, and the 2 "cut-apart" papers underneath it were also bought at "Tuesday Morning" yesterday. They are from a huge Amy Tangerine Paper Pad I bought for only $6.99!
And as I'm sure you noticed, the "Eclectic" kit was only $5.99.
Yup, deals alright!
You want to know why they're so cheap? Because it's old product.
The "Eclectic" kit is from 2012 and the Amy Tangerine is from 2015.
I don't mind because TBH I miss a lot of the old style of my favorite manufacturers!
I saw some kits for sale that I have already owned, and that I loved, and almost bought them again...but then decided I should get some new (to-me) stuff.
I bought a 2011 Echo Park Christmas Kit ($5.99), some alphas and a few random embellishments as well.

Anyway, let me stop before this turns into a complete "Tuesday Morning" commercial, LOL

All the other papers are from my stash; isn't that Cat Unicorn paper adorable?! That's from Websters Pages
I also have Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup, Doodlebug, and Crate Paper thrown into the mix!
The mug paper is also Amy Tangerine but it's not new.

Here are my embellishments:

The details:
I found a book printed paper in my stash to mimic the one in the kit.
I pulled out some wood embellishments. I don't even like wood embellishments but they're in the kit and having them in mine will push me to use them! BTW - the "&"s I didn't even know I had until I cleaned my scrap room!
Lots of Coffee and Animal themed items...including cat, dog, and coffee washi tapes
I pulled out my current favorite Gold Alphas, trying to use those up, yet not... (cuz I love them, LOL)
I pulled out 4 stamp sets - Alphas (never been used), Animals (only 1 has been used), Food, and a random fun one with popular Instagram Hashtags like "Taco Tuesday" and "Sunday Funday" (next to the alphas)
A few random enamel shapes and puffy stickers (puffy stickers are Heidi Swapp and are from "Tuesday Morning" also)
A set of rub-ons that are so old I don't even know if they are going to work!
A date stamp
A few other alpha stickers
My Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Word Stickers
Random Project Life (like) cards
Journaling Labels
and of course all of my circle making items

Finally -
Not pictured:
-Cardstock in Black, White, Neutral AKA: Beige/Kraft
-Project Life App
-(1) 12x12 Piggy PP that I forgot to put in my paper stack ::doh::!!

I absolutely love my kit, it's one of my faves so far!
Can't wait to get started.

BTW - cast your vote below if you think I "cheated" or not, LOL
(I truly won't get upset if you think I did ::wink::)

Friday, November 2, 2018

11/02/18 - "Penguin Luv"

Happy Friday, or Saturday, when you will (probably) actually see this post!

Did I tell you I recently cleaned and reorganized my scrap room?
I know I mentioned it on Instagram but IDK if I did so here...
BTW if you want to check out my Insta, my user name is Mrs_David_Vasquez

Anyway, as I was saying I cleaned and reorganized my scrap room and I am very happy I did... it is easier to find/access my stuff which means it's easier to scrap, yay!
Speaking of "find"ing, I found an old photo of my daughter, and just had to scrap it!

"Penguin Luv"
Journaling: Madison went through a huge penguin phase. Here she is wearing the slippers she received for Christmas. I think this may be the only photo I have of her "Penguin Phase", Bummer!'
As the journaling says, my daughter went through a Penguin Phase. She was obsessed w/ them! And as I also mentioned, I don't think I have any photos of that phase except this one. I'm really bummed about that, that's why even though this may not be the greatest photo (what is she even eating/drinking?!) it was important to me that I scrap it.
Do you have any "photo regrets"?
Let me know in the comments
BTW - my daughter is now, and has been for many years, a huge fan of pigs. Good thing we hadn't bought her a Penguin ::wink:: (for those who don't know, we have a pet pig)!
- I am entering this in the "Any Holiday" Challenge over at the Hiding in my Craft Room Blog.
Most of the products here are Echo Park and Studio Calico.

Thanks for your visit!