Monday, September 16, 2019

09/16/19 - "Use Your Stuff Challenge" #375

The Use Your Stuff challenge for this week is Tags or Frames

We are also teaming up w/ the Double Trouble blog and their challenge is to use Something Plaid.

Here is my example for both challenges:


"I Woke Up Like Dis"

Turns out I dont have any frames in my stash, or else I just couldn't find them, so I went with tags.
I used 1 whole tag and the top of another.
I also included "something plaid"; the BG paper.
The plaid BG paper is older than Madison, who will be 18 in January.

Speaking of, this is a photo of Madison when she was (much) younger wearing one of her dad's masks.
For those who are unaware, my husband loves clowns and scary clowns in particular.
IDK how old Madison is in this photo, but I hope to eventually stumble across some clue and then come back and date this spread.

I chose the plaid BG paper because of the challenge but also because it has a subtle Halloween-feel to it, that goes well w/ the mask in the photo, and includes some purple, to match the purple in the photo.
I'm not sure why I felt the need to bring turquoise into the layout but I like the extra pop of color it adds.

The tags are from Elle's Studio, as are the "Hey There", and the star and circle puffy stickers.
The alphas and the "smile" quote are from Studio Calico.
I randomly layered and tilted the alphas to allow the entire title to fit in the allotted space, plus it adds a bit of visual interest.

The title is currently a very popular saying and because it is "a phrase that someone says when they wake up looking good looking"* I of course had to use it for this photo, LOL

Lastly, that 17+ year old paper is from a DCWV Halloween Stack.

*definition copied from Urban Dictionary -dot- Com

Monday, September 9, 2019

09/09/19 - Project Life Week #20 and Week #21


Hellloooo!
Today I share with you Project Life Week #20 and Week #21.
Week #21 was the 4th week of May which means I'm behind. 
But I finally gave myself permission to just stop worrying about it.
I may never catch up, but I'm definitely going to enjoy the process of getting there!

- click/tap on each image to enlarge -

Week #20

 Details:
.. A funny (hungry) dog vs (hungry) pig meme - which is so very true BTW, LOL!
.. Sharing my favorite Soy Chorizo and a little bit about it


.. Happy Mail from a scrappy friend
.. Perfect Avocados - from our tree

.. We found a bird and saved it...
And as you can read, Panini (most likely) killed it! RIP Little Dude

.. David was surprised by our fridge contents:


.. Grumpy Cat died - RIP Grumpy Cat
And though I loved the photo and news story I included on my spread, the size of the photo made it difficult to read the statement released by his family...



So I reprinted it by itself and included it in a Simple Stories flip pocket and used a Simple Stories cat themed pocket card to fill in the back blank space.



I also stamped "nooo..." on the flip tab to carry on the theme (stamp from Kellie Stamps).




Week #21

Details:
.. I bought Panini some Meowijuana - Catnip w/ 'weed' in it... she loved it, LOL
.. I was in a fender bender that cost me, but taught my daughter a valuable life lesson
.. Tried a new and yummy Vegan (frozen) meal
ETA - I loved it! I will be adding that info to my layout since I obviously forgot to originally.
.. "Hungry Again" Pocket Page card Freebie from Kellie Winnell (AKA Kellie Stamps)
.. Panini hung out w/ me in my room while David watched the season finale of "Game of Thrones" in the living room
.. (My son) Joseph got married!!
.. Tried some new items at Plant Power, including their new Cotton Candy Shake


Close up of Car Accident journaling (pre-embellishing):



The "Stop. Breathe. Cry. Move On" stamp, on the finished spread, came from Kellie Stamps, and it definitely was what I did!

All the digital journaling, on both layouts, was completed on the Project Life App.
I chose grids that allowed me to include a photo and a digital pocket card and then add journaling to that card.
The finished product was printed on photo paper.


I really enjoy creating these pages, even if some take me longer than others.
I like looking back on the events, big or small, that make up my life... even if some of those events aren't so good.


Saturday, September 7, 2019

09/07/19 - "Vegas (Fun)!

What you see here is a Traditional, 2 page, Travelers Notebook spread

I may be boycotting Vegas right now (see previous post for more on that), but that doesn't mean I didn't have great times there!
Throwback to February 2017, celebrating my friend's birthday.


 
One of the highlights of that trip? Our first time on the High Roller, which is what inspired my design idea. 

I didn't intend to scrap these photos in a Travelers Notebook, but when I printed out the photos, back in 2017, the collage affect printed in a 4x6 size, which ultimately came out as a 4x4, seemed too small for a 12x12 layout.
Not being one to waste photos I held on to them, and made a mental note to myself to print my collages at, at least, 5x7 in the future.
Fast Forward to now when I'm heavy into scrapping in TNs and look what I found... the photos I had tucked away!


Stamps: 
. Kellie Stamps 
. Kelly Purkey - the B&W and the Red Alpha stickers also 
. Studio Calico 

Other products:
. American Crafts - Gold Alphas
. ATG
. Sharpie
. Staz-on Ink

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

09/03/19 - "Challenge YOUrself" Challenge #68

Good Afternoon (or Morning, or Evening...whichever is currently appropriate)!

Today I'm sharing a 12x12 Digital/Traditional Hybrid Layout.
The layout was created in the Project Life App and embellished IRL


The story:
My husband and I enjoyed a simple celebration of our 18th Wedding Anniversary this year.
This year we spent the Saturday before our anniversary at a new-to-us beach, just the 2 of us.
The reason for this "simple celebration" is we had already enjoyed a trip to Texas earlier in the year and later on this year we plan on taking a trip... somewhere else. ::wink::
So a simple day trip was all we needed.
Plus it was a great way to beat the heat; it was over 100 degrees in our neck of the woods that day!

On a related side note, this is the first year since we've been married that we did not celebrate in Vegas.
In fact this is the first year since we started our relationship, 19 years ago, that we haven't visited Vegas, and we usually go at least 2-3 times a year!
We are currently boycotting Vegas because they decided to raise the prices AGAIN! ::sigh::
(Seriously Vegas, I'm pretty freakin' sure you make PLENTY of money already!)

Anyways...
We had a lot of fun on this day, and I forgot just how much fun it is to create a simple Digital Pocket Page in the Project Life App and then add fun finishing touches w/ my real life embellishments.

I am submitting this for the current challenge at "Challenge Yourself" which is called What I like About Summer

Thanks for stopping by!

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Product details:

Digital Pocket Cards
 - "Better Together"
 - "Scrumptious"

Stickers
- Doodlebug
- Elle's Studio
- MAMBI
- Studio Calico

Monday, September 2, 2019

09/02/19 "Use Your Stuff Challenge" #373

Hi!

This Week's Challenge at the "Use Your Stuff" blog is Back to School

No "Back To School" photos for me though!

Instead, I was inspired to create a 2-page Traveler's Notebook spread of this photo of my girls hanging out in the front yard on a bright, sunny August day. It was on the 24th, so almost the end of August, right before going back to school!
Left to Right: Ivanna, Madison, and Panini
08/24/2012


I love this photo, though it's bittersweet for me:
Ivanna has since passed, and Madison and Panini are older and too cool to hang out like this now (yes, even Panini, the cat, LOL)!
But I'm so glad I have this moment in time captured.

As for the design, I had a lot of fun adding various embellishments to help frame the cute photo of my girls just lounging on a Lazy Friday afternoon.
I love the look of the multiple embellishments, plus it's a great way to use them up!

Speaking of using up "stuff"... that BG paper was a leftover piece from my stash.
Travelers Notebook layouts are a great way to use up scraps!

I hope this layout has inspired you to join us.
Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT Projects:  UYS Back to School


Products:
- Amy Tangerine: Patterned Paper
- Elle's Studio: Acetate Heart, "Sunny Days" Puffy Sticker
- Freckled Fawn: Wooden Sun
- Jillibean Soup: Circle Flower Sticker, Happy Face Green Sticker
- Kellie Stamps: "#Snapshot", "Lazy Day..."
- Pinkfresh Studio: "Takin' It Easy" Puffy Sticker
- Studio Calico: "August" Stamp, Brown & White Alphas
- Tim Holtz: Black & White Alphas, Tiny Attacher staples
- Sharpies: Black and Blue
- Staz-on Ink: Jet Black"
- Scotch Pink ATG Gun
- Pink Heart (Unknown brand)