Monday, February 24, 2020

02/24/20 - "Curse You, Early Morning!"

A 2 page spread in my 6x8, BOM (Book of Me).

It's been a while since I worked in this book and I didnt realize just how much I missed it!
I need to do it more often.

Created for the Negative Space challenge at I included an interactive feature to hide my journaling. Not that it needed to be hidden, I just wanted to try something fun!

(One of) my favorite mug(s)
Also how I really feel about Early Mornings


"Still (one of) my favorite mugs EVER
Though truthfully, I've been noticing, I really don't mind getting up early; it just depends on the reason.
Getting up early to go to work? Ugh no!
Getting up early to go somewhere, even somewhere fun? Still no (but not "ugh")!
Getting up early to hang around the house, taking care of household necessities, and/or having quiet time to work on projects? Yes!
Basically if it involves pants and leaving the house, I'm not okay with getting up early to do it!"

Main Products:
Echo Park
Elle's Studio
Jillibean Soup

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

12/18/20 - "Use Your Stuff Challenge" #392

Hi, it's me again! 
This is starting to become a habit!

Today I'm sharing a 12x12 Traditional Paper Layout

The BG paper choice was partly inspired by the current challenge over at the "Use Your Stuff" blog: circles!
This challenge was right up my alley; you all know how much I love my circles!
If not let me 'splain:

Circles are my favorite shape in general and favorite shape for scrapbooking.
I always like to either add a circle (or polka dot) PP, circle photo mat(s), or circle embellishment(s).
In fact it's my go-to so often I actually have to fight myself NOT to use them!

"Halloween Night  - Be A Clown"

On my layout I used a colorful circle PP for the BG and a medium-sized circle photo mat to help highlight my bottom photo. I also used a small circle punch to punch out a clown face from a clown PP.

"Funny story:
I caused a lot of confusion when I posted the top 2 photos on my IG Stories. People were commenting that I fooled them; that they thought the 2 clowns were dummies until the 2nd one sat up! I had to tell them that they ARE Dummies! In fact ALL of them are dummies, except my daughter. These are all the dummies and animatronics that we set up at our house for the trick-or-treaters."

In the interest of full disclosure, I wanted to share that this was one of those layouts that took for-ever to create! It gave me so much trouble I almost trashed it! But it wound out working out in the end.

Moral of the story:
Dont give up! ::fist in the air::

- BG paper is Vicki Boutin for American Crafts: from the Wildflower and Honey Collection
- Circus items are Pebbles and Carta Bella 
- Halloween Stickers are Photo Play Paper 
Also used an Elle's Studio puffy phrase sticker and a couple of Elle's Studio diecuts

Saturday, February 15, 2020

02/15/20 - Project Life Weeks 40, 42, and 43

Project Life
Weeks 40, 42, and 43

I'm currently skipping Week 41 because that is the week we went to Portland and Seattle so I'm not quite sure what I'm doing w/ that week.
I'm thinking a pocket page: 1 side my favorite photos from Portland, the other side my favorite photos from Seattle.
The problem is, narrowing down my faves!

Click (or Tap) each image to enlarge

Week 40 -

12x12 Traditional Layout
I don't always use Pocket Pages when creating a Project Life Page.

This is week =
- My discovery of the comfty-ness of Old Navy leggings
- Started reading "What if it's Us"
- A blurry photo of my Spotty (that I wasn't going to use but decided to use due to the circumstances RIP Spotty 12/17/19)
- Just a little (Pumpkin Spice) kiss
- Stater Brothers expands their Vegetarian/Vegan section from 1 to 2!

ETA - after uploading I realized this layout included the first week of October so I went back and added my Elle's Studio "OCT" wood veneer, which fit in flawlessly with my original design:

Week 42 -
12x12 Traditional Pocket Page Layout 

- Funny Meme from
- I discovered that though Hamlet hates celery and cauliflower, he likes cat barf (gross!)
- Funny Meme about how I'm closer to animals than people
- Finished "Big Little Lies - Season 2"

Week 43
12x12 Traditional Pocket Page Layout  

I call this one, "one of these things is not like the other", LOL

- My Annual Selfie with my "You Had Me At Pumpkin Spice" shirt
- Pumpkin Spice Twinkies
Stamp says "Everything Pumpkin Spice"
- An Entenman's Pumpkin Spice Doughnut
Stamp says "It's a Pumpkin Spice World and I'm just living in it"
- A huge pumpkin we purchased at Costco for only $5
- A huge (and delish) Vegan burrito I bought at a local Farmers Market
Stamps say "Food Story" and "Good, Meh, Delish" ; I check-marked "delish".

Pretty much the usual product lines: Elle's Studio, Kelly Purkey, and Studio Calico

There's a lot of old product on here... items ranging from about 3 months to 3 years.
Trying hard to keep w/ my goal to use up my stash!

Monday, February 10, 2020

02/10/20 - Happy 18 and Goodbye Twinkies

Today I am sharing 2 different types of layouts, but both including FOOD!
Besides my fur-babies, food is my favorite thing to scrap!

I'd say my kids, but you know...they're older and there's less photo-taking going on w/ them.
Though I do have many years of childhood photos to scrap, (hmmmm…mental note, dig out those old baby photos!)

Okay, back to this post, which just so happens to have photos of food and a couple of my daughter.
Whaaat?! Well, it was her birthday which is the only time I can get a photo of her.
And, even then, she hates it... ::sigh::

"18th Birthday"
12x12 Traditional

"Today I'm officially the mother of 2 adults...Madison turned 18! Here she is blowing out the candles on her personal birthday cake; the cake she shared only w/ Hamlet. This cake and the other bigger cake are both Cookies and Cream cheesecakes baked by her Dad.

My daughter is not girly at all so though I added some girly colors to this, I made sure there was also an abundance of black, LOL!  

I used a couple of Pocket Page Cards to help use up my large stash!
I canceled my Pocket Page Card subscription at the end of last year w/ the intention of using my already existing stash of cards this year.
If I do well, I may renew my subscription but I'll really have to make a dent in it to allow myself to do so ::crosses fingers::

The star PP is actually Christmas paper from the Echo Park Holly Jolly collection. The other side of it has ornaments, but I wasn't crazy about it so I decided to use the star side on this layout and I think it works really well here!

BTW - this is my second completed layout for Project Life 2020.
Yes, I'm already behind, LOL
But I'm okay w/ that!

"Goodbye Twinkies"
2 Page Traveler's Notebook Spread

Don't panic! Twinkies are not leaving us again...this is a flashback to way back in the day!
I am a huge fan of Twinkies, well Hostess in general but especially Twinkies, so I felt the need to capture this sad piece of Food History.
Luckily it was temporary!

This layout includes a new stamp from Citrus Twist "food story".
I bought another food themed stamp set, cuz can never have too many!
I bought it at the end of last year, but everything else is stash items.
The "today" is cut out of a Pocket Page card.

Unfortunately this layout got a bit beat up during the creation process but sometimes that's just the way it goes ::shrugs::

>Amy Tangerine for American Crafts
>Citrus Twist
>Echo Park
>EK Success Curvy Cutter
>Elle's Studio
>Kelly Purkey
>Photo Play Paper
>Pink Fresh Studio
>Scotch ATG (adhesive)
>Staz On ink
>Studio Calico
>We R Memory Keepers

Thursday, February 6, 2020

02/06/20 - October 2019 x 2

I have been having way too much fun scrapbooking lately!
I mean that's not a bad thing, but I'm not going to lie and say that sometimes I do get sad about it because the only reason I have time is I'm no longer constantly caring for Spotty (RIP).
Again, bittersweet.
But I know he wouldn't want his momma to be sad, so I will try my best not to feel guilty when the thought sets in.

Speaking of Spotty, he is the subject of 1 of the 2 layouts I'm sharing today.
Both just happen to be Halloween-themed layouts because that's where I am in my Project life: October 2019

Both are 12x12 Traditional Layouts w/ 1 photo.

"Queen of Halloween Town"
(Part of PL Week 42)
Photo size = 5x7

Panini jumped up on our Halloween Town, complete w/ Halloween Train, set-up in our home.
I thought it was too cute, my husband not-so-much...
He hates when she's on (any) table, but how dare she jump up on his Halloween D├ęcor table! LOL

"(Happy) Halloween 2019"
(Part of PL Week 44)

Photo size = 10x10 - ordered from the Project Life App
- I also ordered a 12x12 of this photo from them and it's framed in my living room.

A photo of Spotty, who I lost in December 2019 (RIP).
It's getting a lot easier to scrap his photos... I'm still sad of course but at least I'm not in tears when I do it!

This is him on Halloween evening, 2019.
My daughter stuck this piece of clown costume (loosely) around his neck and of course he looked adorable.
I posted the photo on my Instagram, along w/ the same journaling I have on the layout, and a friend of mine commented that he was too cute to be part of the Scary Clown Brigade. My response? "He's the decoy", LOL

Though you can't see it in the photo, our set-up for the Trick-or-Treaters was to the left of him, which made that "sideshow" sticker perfect!

Journaling: "Spotty waiting for the Trick-or-Treaters.
Part of the Scary Clown Brigade (not pictured).
He says, "Come on down!
You'll float too!"

Though I'm behind w/ my Project Life, obviously, I am actually enjoying being behind because I'm able to look back and see the photos I need to scrap and then do some intentional shopping.
For example, most of the papers and embellishments on both these layouts were purposely bought w/ these photos in mind!

And though I am trying to use up my stash, I don't think it's bad that I'm occasionally buying new stuff because, again, I'm buying w/ intention, which means the items will be used and used right away!
Well... at least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it! LOL!


> Bazzill Basics
> Carta Bella
> Crate Paper
> Fiskars (circle punch)
> Jillibean Soup
> Kellie Stamps
> Kelly Purkey
> Photo Play Paper
> Scotch ATG (adhesive)
> Sharpie (fine tip)

Monday, February 3, 2020

02/03/20 - "Use Your Stuff Challenge" #391

Hi there,
Happy February 2020! 

We have a new challenge up at "Use Your Stuff":
Our theme for you this week, in honor of Groundhog Day on the 2nd, is to create a project that has could be something that highlights a pet, or a stamped image with some animals on it, maybe it's the PP that you use with those birds, ducks, moose! 

My layout is a 12x12 Traditional that includes the first photo I took this year: 
a photo of my Central Texas Pig Rescue calendar. 
For those who don't know, CTPR is a Pig Rescue I follow on Instagram and donate to each month.
Look at that cute piggy! Her name is Bernadette and she was very close to death as a piglet, but she made it and look at her now! ::Mega Heart Eyes::
Journaling: "New Year, New Calendar! My CTPR 2020 Calendar is officially up! Hoping this brings me good luck in 2020"!

And true to the "Use Your Stuff" challenge - Items on here range from over 18 years old to less than a month old!

For an extra bit of fun, this challenge is in collaboration w/ the "Double Trouble" blog: DT Blog Challenge

I also created this layout for the "First Photo of 2020" challenge over at

Hope you have a great week and that you play along w/ us; our challenges now run 2 weeks, instead of 1, so you have more time to play, yay!

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