Wednesday, March 14, 2018

03/14/18 - "Yikes! Awkward"

I know it's been a while!
I'm doing well and I am still very much creating!
I will be back soon to catch up w/ you all...
Until then; my latest:
"Yikes! Awkward"
"Today we witnessed Norman Bates stash a dead body!"
Part of the Universal Studios Lot tour => since 2008 per Google
24 Jan 2016"

Traditional Paper Layout

NOTE: I did NOT distress the BG paper; it came that way

March 2018 Challenges:

>>Amusement Park'
>>Monthly Sketch; sketch #3'
>>Journaling; journaling strips'
>>Use Your Stamps'
TFSB... Hope all is well!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

02/28/18 - "My Angel" / -Feb '18 CKC - and Monthly Re-cap

My last project for February 2018.
Also my last Project using my February 2018 Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit.
This makes a total of 18 projects for the month and 5 using my monthly kit!
If you recall I wanted to make at least 5 w/ my kit and I did it... yay!
I did cheat just slightly on this layout...
I was also creating this for another challenge and it required a doily...
I didn't have one in my kit so I added one, BUT....everything else is from my kit:

"My Angel"

-Left hand side strip (referencing the B&W photo):
"Recently popped up on Joseph's FB; he texted it to me. Dated 2/2013"

-Bottom strip, right-hand side (referencing the photo above it):
"Last photo: March 2016"

-Bottom strip, left-hand side (referencing the photo above it):
"Memorial statue located on our front porch"


Specs from the other challenges:

>>Anything Goes Challenge -
Weekly Challenge:

-Only use our Counterfeit Kit

-Theme: Animal(s)

-Select a Sketch (choose one from 1st three pages of Sketches Gallery)
Here's the one I selected:

- Tic-Tac-Toe Board items:
I chose red, doily, pink

>>Music Inspiration
The song chosen for me was "Lips of an Angel"
- I use the word "Angel" for part of my title

Now for my monthly re-cap:
Number of projects created = 18

12x12 Layouts = 4
9x12 Layouts = 4
4.5x8.5 Traveler's Notebooks Layouts = 3
Mini-Album (Dec Daily) Pages = 2
Pocket Pages = 5
OLW Pages = 0
Books Read: 1
A productive month but there are definitely things I need to work on!
Hope yours was productive as well!
-Yearly total = 41-

Saturday, February 24, 2018

02/24/18 - February 2018 "Ugly Paper" Challenge

Today I'm bringing you my latest "Ugly Paper Challenge" layout.

First a reminder of the rules (you can skip this part if you already know them):
1. After signing up, the host gives your name and address to another participant
2. The other participant sends you 2 "ugly" papers and at least one ugly embellishment
3. You MUST use both papers; the embellishment(s) is optional
4. You are allowed to use other items as well, as long as the 2 "ugly" papers are included in the layout
5. You are allowed to alter the papers and, if used, the embellishment(s) but they must still be recognizable 
February 2018 "UGLIES":

That glitter paper is the UGLIEST ugly I have EVER received.
I hate gets everywhere and the BG paper was thick, like cardboard so I had  A LOT of trouble cutting into it!
Anyway, this is what I came up with:
"Bird Whisperer"
"Never a dull moment around here!
Found this little guy, with a slightly injured wing, on my front porch this morning.
At first he was frightened of me and then, when I went to give him some food, he just jumped into my hand!
He was attached to me pretty much all morning which made it difficult to get ready for work, LOL
He has a new home now though... after I left, David took him to our neighbors, who have birds, and they took him in.
I'm glad he's safe but I miss him already!
June 20th, 2017"
As I said the glitter paper was a b**ch to work with...
so I punch a few half-circles out w/ a small punch (which was VERY difficult) and glued a few random pieces of glitter in a few places on the layout.
I added tape over the punched circles to prevent the glitter from falling off.
I also used the full piece of the flower patterned paper, as my BG, and the huge feather embellishment.
I found a 12x12 bird patterned paper in my stash and used some of it as accent pieces (one being a very large accent piece!)
Overall I'm happy.

BTW -  I usually keep the leftovers of my uglies and put them in my scrap stash, but the rest of that glitter paper is going straight in the trash!
Good Riddance!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

02/20/18 - "Sweet 'N Low" / -Feb '18 CKC-

Sometimes I feel like I scrap the weirdest things... but I realize that these "weird things" are parts of the story of my life.
Here's an example; my latest BOM layout.
5 x 8 Travelers Journal/Jot Journal Page
Using nothing but my February Counterfeit Kit Blog Challenge kit.
Which includes a stamp I bought a few years ago and never used; the half doily stamp.
"Sweet 'N Low"
"Most people find money in their pocket...I find Sweet 'N Low.
-first photo of Feb 2018

I use a lot of Sweet N Low so whenever I go somewhere where it's offered, I usually pocket a few packets, which is why I usually, randomly, find a few in my pocket.
Make sure to tell YOUR story... no matter how "weird"!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

02/14/18 - "When a Dog Loves a Human" / -Feb'18 CKC-

It's Valentines Day...
Love is in the air, so what a perfect day to share this layout about how much our dog Spotty loves my husband David.

This is also another layout using ONLY my February Counterfeit Challenge Blog kit; this makes layout 3 from my kit:

"When a Dog Loves a Human"
"Spotty loves to be around us, but his favorite person is definitely David!
Even if I'm petting and cuddling him, he will leave me to be w/ David. 1.21.18"

Partly inspired by the February Music Challenge over at #2 - Song Title.
I chose "When a Man Loves a Woman" but made some necessary changes ::wink::

My husband and I don't celebrate Valentines because we celebrate our love all year long (::gag:: I know, LOL)
Hope you have a great day, however you spend it!

Friday, February 9, 2018

02/09/18- February CKC Layouts #1 and #2

In case you were wondering... Yes, I have been creating w/ my February counterfeit kit inspired by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.
So far I have created 2 layouts.
I would like to create at least 4 to match last months CKC project I'm half-way there!
A 5th project (at the very least) would make me extra happy!
It's still early enough in the month that I think I can do it!
For now let's look at projects #1 and #2.
First here's a reminder of my kit:
Project #1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 5x8 Travelers Journal/Jot Journal Page
For my BOM (Book of Me)
"Enjoy Beer"

"I've never been a fan of beer but lately I've been enjoying it and drinking it more regularly. My favorites are any flavor by Redds, Angry Orchard, and some of the various sour varieties.
27 Jan 2018"

Project #2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2-Page Midori Travelers Notebook Spread
(each page is 4.5 x 8.5) 
For my Pet Album
"Nap Pals"

Besides using my kit in general, I am happy to say I used 3 of the scraps I included in the kit.
I had fun making both layouts but working w/ limited amounts of items is DEFINITELY a challenge!
Every so often I  would think that I had an item that would "look perfect on this page" and want to go and grab it and then remember...NOPE! LOL!
But it's okay because I am very happy w/ both layouts!
And I hope I will have more to share very soon!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

02/03/18 - February "Counterfeit Challenge Blog" Kit

Last month I played.... for the first time EVER... along w/ the "Counterfeit Kit Challenge" Blog.
I REALLY enjoyed it so I'm playing again this month.
Today I am sharing w/ you the kit I will be using.

But first here is the inspiration kit -
"Weekend In Paris":

and here is the link to the actual Blog Post: CKC February Kit.


This is my kit  - "So Romantical":

BTW I realize "romantical" isn't an actual word, but it is a throwback to when I was a Kardashian fan and Khloe used the word and I liked it and it became a permanent part of my vocabulary; some things just stick!
Okay so this is how I decided what was to go into my kit: 

The inspiration kit has lots of
-romantic/love" items
It also has pops of yellow
so that was what I gravitated to when choosing my items.
I included some scraps and un-used items from my January Counterfeit Kit, and general scrap items from my stash because one of the main points of this challenge is to use up your stash.
I also added a few stamps because one of my goals this year is to use my stamps... I made sure the stamps that I chose went w/ the kit's overall theme though; same w/ my choice of washi tapes (gotta have my washi!).
The only thing I would say doesn't exactly go w/ the theme is my pet items. I included pet items, cuz I scrap my pets a lot... though I realized after the fact that I forgot the piggy items DOH!
Even though pet items don't quite go w/ the theme, unless you include the fact that I "love" my pets very much (that works, right?!), I did try to stick as close as I could to the color scheme.
I made this kit bigger than last month's because I felt too limited last month.
And yes, it is BIG but remember it's not anywhere near as big as having my entire scrappy arsenal to choose from so it will still, definitely, be a challenge!
I'm hoping to create a lot more projects than I did last month; last month I created 4 ... stay tuned to see if I do it!
And don't forget to visit the Counterfeit Blog to see other kit examples!