Sunday, March 5, 2017

03/06/17 - MIM Sketch #83

 
Hello!
Today I'm bringing you "Make It Monday Sketch" #83 from the "The Memory Nest" blog:
 
 
 
 
 
 "Happy 2ND"
Journaling: "Hamlet's Birthday is on March 1st; National Pig Day. 2017 was his
2nd Birthday. Besides lots of love, per usual, we fed him a mint
flavored Hostess cupcake"

 
 
Yup, that's right our Hamlet is now 2 years old; they grow up so fast!
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BTW if you came here from the "The Memory Nest" blog you may (or may not) have noticed a slight change on my layout.
After I sent in my layout, to my "Bloggy Boss" Leslie, I decided I didn't like the star at the bottom of the layout; I thought it looked out-of-place.
When I took the star off it ripped my paper.... so I had to cover up the flaw.
I thought that covering it up with a small punched out circle of the same PP would be a good way to fix it... and I was right; I love it!
Love when covering up a mistake actually works out, LOL!
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You have until March 31st to play along w/ us!


 
 
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Also included in the following Scrapbook.com March challenges:
 
>Scrap Your Pet
*NO TWIST*

>National __________ Day
Inspired by March 1st - National Pig Day
*NO TWIST* - no twist given

>Sticker Challenge
I used 13
-Alphas (3)
-"oink, oink, oink"
-"Party"
- Buttons (2)
-Pig
-"Happy"
-"Happy Birthday"
-bow tie
-Party horn
-"Another Year More Awesome"
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using a green sticker; I used 2

>Scraps
I used 5
-black paper (3); to back some of the embellishments
-presents (2)
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using a green scrap; I used 1

>Hoarders
I used 7 items
- BG paper
- Presents (2)
- Button stickers (2)
- Journaling block
-"Party" sticker
*NO TWIST*

>Not to Be Squared
Use a shape other than squares and/or rectangles the main part of your layout
I used a large circle

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

02/28/17 - "SIlver Linings Playbook"

Happy Last Day of February...
already!
 
Boy time sure does fly; we are already entering the 3rd month of the New Year!
 
Today I bring you a layout I recently created that captures an important moment....
An "everyday" moment!
 
Yes, time flies and it's important to capture all aspects of our lives!
That's why I decided to create a layout about a great Friday morning I recently had.
Luckily for me that great Friday morning wound up being a great Day!
 
 
 
"Silver Linings Playbook"
Journaling:
"Happy Fri-yay to me!
Breakfast at IHOP w/ my husband and then a stroll through Target, to burn off some of the breakfast calories, where I found one of my favorite movies on Blu-Ray for only $4! Cha-Ching!

Food: Leftovers of my Turkey Avocado Bennie on Brioche Bread; I ate all the hash browns! 2.24.17"
 
 
The BG paper I've had in my stash for about a year and since neither of my children play sports, I thought I'd never use it...
It certainly came in handy here!
 
How bout you? Do you make it a point to included "everyday" moments in your scrapping?
 
 
 
 
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For the following SB.com February Challenges:

>Movie
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Love Story

>Food
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Date Night (in my case it was Date Morning)

>Sticker
25 Total
- Alphas (21)
- Stars (2)
- "awesome"
-Sun and Clouds
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
26 total
-BG paper
-Alphas (21)
-Stars (2)
-Yellow paper (circle) .... from a packet I bought when I first started scrapping over 15 years ago)!
-Sun and Clouds sticker
*NO TWIST*

>Scraps
1 Total
-Yellow paper (circle)
*NO TWIST*
 
 

Monday, February 27, 2017

02/27/17 - February "Ugly Paper" Challenge

Good Morning!
Just sharing one of my latest layouts!
 
For the February Ugly Paper Challenge.

Reminder of the rules:

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 "Uglies"
 
 
 
"Pigs Feet"

Journaling: "Pigs Feet... Not for eating, for holding!
Cuddles w/ Hamlet. 2.24.17"
 

*Oops I just realized I wrote "2016" not "2017" I need to fix that - DOH!
 

In case you can't tell, the Ugly Papers are the PP used for the large heart and the "baby" PP used for the large circle.
I also used some of the "ugly embellishments" - 7 heart stickers.

 
Fun fact: I hate "baby" PP, even for Baby Photo layouts.
Have I used them before? Probably, can't remember, but I'm sure not very many...because as I said I hate them...
Okay "hate" is a strong word, but you get it.
So receiving a Baby PP in the "Ugly Paper" challenge was definitely....challenging!


Having said that, I also have to say, this is one of my favorite layouts ever created and definitely my favorite "Ugly Paper" layout!
I love everything about it and looking at it makes me happy!




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Also for the following SB.com February Challenges:

>Inspired by a Word
I used "Love"

>Hoarders
13 Total
-Alphas (8)
- button
- "together"
- "love" PL Card
- Hexi heart
- File/Journaling tab
*NO TWIST*

>Stickers
20 Used
- Alphas (8)
- hearts (8)
- button
- "together"
- pig
- file/journaling tab
*INCLUDES TWIST* - pink alphas

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

02/15/17 - "Sit Still, Look Pretty"

Hey there! Hi there!
How are you all?!
 
I'm doing okay...
I've been a bit stressed out lately but I'm trying my best to take it in stride.
Life...is ...stressful, amirite?!
 
Anyway I am here today to share this layout:
 
 
"Sit Still Look Pretty" 
 
 
Just a couple of cute photos of our cat Panini.
I created this the same day I created "Netflix Cat"... I guess I was just in the mood to scrap our kitty?!

Some things I wanted to point out about this layout:

>> Title was for a Challenge over at SB.com; the "February Music" Challenge
This is for Category #2 - Song Title
I chose "Sit Still, Look Pretty" by Daya
Aren't the photos perfect (or should I say purrrrr-fect?!) for that title!!!
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using red.




>> The BG, and overall design, was inspired by the SB.com Round Robin Challenge.
Here was the starting inspiration and the layout that proceeded mine; I was #2 on my team:

Inspiration:                                                         Week #1:
                                                                           
     

I wanted to keep w/ the striped BG but was too lazy to create it so I went w/ an already printed PP as my BG even though none of the stripes were lopsided as per the sketch.
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using flowers.



>> I cut the photo on the left into a circle because
 - 1) it came out darker than I expected when it was printed
 - 2) I had included way too much of the BG scenery in the photo
Both rookie mistakes! UGH! LOL!
So to make the photo stand out a little better I cut it into a circle that would cause an extreme close-up of our precious kitty and mounted it to a large Project Life Card to give it more "strength".



>> The BG paper and the PP used for the circle and bottom strip of paper is the other side of the BG paper and the PP I used for 2 of the circles on"Netflix Cat".
W/ most Scrapbook Paper packs you get doubles of each sheet so that you can use both sides.
IDK about you but I sometimes have trouble trying to decide what side of a double sided paper to use so when I can use both, I try really hard too!

Here are the papers I used:

      

The only thing I am a bit unhappy w/ is on this layout since I used the "non-kitty" themed side, I feel like the layout doesn't feel very "pet-like",  KWIM?
That obviously is not the case w/ the other layout!


Finally...
>> Other than the big red heart, which is directly printed on the Project Life Card, the entire row of embellishments at the bottom are stickers I've had in my stash for many, many, many years!
Glad to finally have a good use for them!

Hope you're having and continue to have a good week!
TFSB!





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Created for the following SB.com February challenges:

>National ___________ Day
For "National Love Your Pet Day"
*NO TWIST* none given

>Scrap Your Pet
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Red, White, and Pink

>Round Robin
I was player #2 on my team
*INCLUDES TWIST* of flowers

>Music Challenge
Category #2 - Song Title
I used "Sit Still Look Pretty" by Daya
*INCLUDES TWIST* of red

>Scraps
I used 2 scraps
-Pink polka dot paper (in 2 places)
-Yellow square
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
29 items
-Alphas (19)
-PL card
-Heart
-Flowers (8)
*NO TWIST*

>Sticker
I used 31
-Alphas (19)
-Hearts (3)
-Flowers (8)
-"Such a Pretty Kitty"
*NO TWIST*

 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

02/13/17 - MIM Sketch #82

 
Happy Monday and Happy Holiday...if you get today off of work like I do! ::fist pump::
Today is Lincoln's Birthday... I think...
Don't really care, LOL
It's also Monday, specifically "Make It Monday"!
The new sketch is up at the "The Memory Nest" blog.
 
 
Here it is for your viewing pleasure:
 
 
 
 
 
"MIM #82"
 
 
 

"Netflix Cat"
Journaling (Main): "Trying to watch Netflix but someone won't let me!
Guess I'll just watch the walls instead... 2.11.17"
(Sub): "At least now I can see!"
 
 
I don't have a problem using just one photo on a layout, in fact I frequently do so, but I do enjoy it when I can use more than one, especially when the sketch I'm using only calls for one photo, AND when I can still keep the integrity of the original sketch.
As you can see despite the use of 3 additional photos I still followed the sketch pretty closely!
 
All the PPs on here are cat-themed patterned.
I specifically chose the red PP because Netflix's logo color is red.
BTW - that Red PP and the "cat tag" have both been in my stash since June 2014.
 
Part of the journaling, "...'watch the walls instead..." is part of a lyric from a song.
It was included in order to complete a challenge I'm in over at SB.com; the "Musical Inspiration" challenge.
The song chosen for me was: "Friday, I'm in Love" by the Cure. 
*THE TWIST* was to not use the word 'love' on our layout.
I met the twist which I thought would be impossible to do!
 
 
That's all from me today!
Hope you enjoy your Monday and that you have a chance to join us in the challenge; you have until February 28th.
 
 
 
 
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Also included in the following February SB.com Challenges:
 
>Scrap Your Pet
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Red, White, and Pink
 
>National ___________ Day
For "National Love Your Pet Day"
*NO TWIST* none given
 
>Not to be Squared
Use shapes other than squares (or rectangles) as the main part of your layout
I used 3 large circles
*NO TWIST* none given
 
>Hoarders
3 Items:
-The cat tag
-The red and black PP
-The arrow
*NO TWIST*
 
>Stickers
14 stickers:
-Alphas (7)
-hearts (2)
-"Cat"
-Cat tag
-arrow
-file tab/journaling tags (2)
*NO TWIST*  
 


Friday, February 10, 2017

02/10/17 - Still Blogging and My Reading Challenge

Hello!

I wanted to thank all who responded to my question: Why Do You Blog?
There were a variety of answers and some of you are in the same boat as me as far as not having a lot of followers, well "active" followers at least, and that made me feel a bit better about my situation. 
I loved learning why you still continued to blog even when it felt like you really had no audience.
I appreciate the responses for those of who have reasons for blogging that are different from mine also, such as family or business-related needs.
All your responses caused me to think more on the subject and I realized, like some of you, I just really like sharing my stories and projects even if not that many people see or care about them!
It's another great creative release for me!
I do explain my layouts, the story behind them and/or the creative process of making them on SB.com, but not as much or in as much detail as I feel I can here.
Plus I noticed that although I don't get a lot of comments I do get a lot of visitors to my posts and I thought that maybe the reason I don't get many comments is you have to have a blog and/or Google account in order to leave a comment and not a lot of people do (if that's not true, don't burst my bubble, LOL)!
Also I know I enjoy reading blogs even if I don't always leave a comment and perhaps people feel the same about mine (again, don't correct me if I'm wrong, hahahahahahaha)!
So for now at least I will continue to share my projects here, even those that are not Design Team related.
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Now on to another subject.
If you take a look of the tag line to my blog, you will see that it says: "Art, Books, and Randomness".
I think I've done a great job covering the "art" and "randomness" parts, but "books".... not-so-much!
Last year I set a goal to read 12 books.
1 a month should've been easy but I failed; I only read 7 total books for the year.
I love to read, normally, but last year I just couldn't get into it!

This year I'm going to try that 12 book goal again. 
I finished reading my first book; I was not impressed:


Image result for detour from normal book image
Summary:
Despite access to the greatest healthcare in the world, U.S citizens are not immune to medical horror stories. Such was the experience of Ken Dickson, a beloved husband and father and respected engineer, with no history of mental illness. What should have been an ordinary surgical procedure changed that, propelling him into a high security psychiatric ward where psychiatrists branded him a danger to himself and others.
This gut wrenching novel is leaving readers shocked at the author’s treatment, and appalled by how quickly a medical situation fell through the cracks, sending the patient spiraling uncontrollably into medically induced madness.
This novel is not, however, only about Ken. It is the story of two people deeply in love, but torn apart by fate, an eye-opening introduction to the stigma of mental illness, and a personal run-in with the poor broken souls trapped in psychiatric care. It is a rich and varied exploration of our humanity written from the unique perspective of someone suffering from mental illness.
Detour from Normal is a novel that you cannot afford to ignore, with a message that you will not want to dismiss: tomorrow, next year, or five years from now, this could happen to you.
 
Sounds good huh?!
I found it to be good at the beginning but it eventually got really boring really fast!
It took me 2 weeks to finish and I forced myself to keep reading it because I figured all the "rave reviews" couldn't be wrong; they were!
I would not recommend this book.
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Well, I'm off to a bad start... but at least I finished it! 1 down, 11 more to go.

Anybody else have any reading goals this year?

Monday, February 6, 2017

02/06/17 - MIM #81


Hello, hello!
If you have time, please stop by the "The Memory Nest" Blog because "Make It Monday" Sketch #81 is up and ready to inspire!

 Here is the sketch:


I used a rotated version of it for my layout:




"SING"


Besides rotating it I also moved the title.
If you're wondering... yes, I bought the stickers special for this layout.
I came across them at Michaels's and knew they'd be PERFECT for these photos!

Hope you find some inspiration and scrappy time so you can join us this month!
Don't forget to link up your layout to be in the running for a prize!

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Included in the following SB.com February Challenges:
>National ________ Day
Inspired by February 3rd - The Day the Music Died
*NO TWIST* none given

>Movie
*NO TWIST*

>Sticker
14 Stickers
-Alphas (4)
-Musical Notes (2)
-Self-adhesive crystals (2)
-guitar
-"Music Is Life"
-"Make Some Music"
-"I Love Music"
-yellow star
- "&"
*NO TWIST*

>Scrap W/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap
-The black paper
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
3 items
-PL cards (2)
-red musical note paper*NO TWIST*