Thursday, June 22, 2017

06/22/17 - "22"

My son Joseph just celebrated his 22nd birthday on 6/14.
I'm impressed that I already have the layout done, especially since I still haven't done anything w/ daughter's birthday photos from January!
To be fair, I took a lot more photos of her birthday and I'm a Single-Page layout kinda scrapper.
 
Anyway here is the layout for Joseph's Birthday:
 

"22"
Journaling:
"-Lunch Buffet at El Torito w/ David *(complete w/ Margarita!)*
-Cupcakes instead of a cake, as requested (Double Chocolate Devotion Ice Cream cupcakes from Cold Stone Creamery)
-A "Happy Birthday" candy bar w/ a $100 bill attached (though it took you a while to notice!)
-Dinner out w/ a friend
Happy 22nd Birthday!
06/14/2017"

*Need to go back and add this bit of journaling*


This layout is nothing fancy...
I just wanted to achieve 2 goals: use all 4 of these photos on 1 layout and finally use that "Me & My Big Ideas" Party PP that I've had in my stash so long it's actually worn out looking IRL, LOL
GOALS MET!
 

Created mainly for the following June SB.com Challenges:

>Foodie
Includes both twists:
1) Birthday
2) Summer (my son's B-day is in Summer)

>National _______ Day
Inspired by June 7th - National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
Those cupcakes are Double Chocolate ice cream cupcakes
 
 
*Fun fact: Whenever I do a Birthday Layout I usually journal in a list format.
It just seems easier to fit all the highlights of the day that way.
 
Anybody else do this?



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Also for the following June SB.com Challenges:
>Hoarders
12 items
-BG paper
-Number Stickers (6)
- PL Cards (2)
- (Larger) Star
- Large Green Circle
- Button

>Sticker
15 Stickers
-Numbers (6)
-Stars (4)
-Words/Phrases (3)
-Date Label
-Moustache

Monday, June 19, 2017

06/19/17 - "National Puppy Day"

 
Hi!
Just another layout from me today; my mojo has been in over drive and I'm trying my best to use it while I have it!
 
"National Puppy Day"

Journaling:
"Spotty may not be a puppy anymore but he is still our baby!
3/23/17"

IDK how old Spotty is, but he's definitely not a puppy!
We inherited him when Madison was around 3 years old; she's now 15!

He is the sweetest dog!

Speaking of "sweet"... see that "sweet" in the photo of Spotty and my husband?  It's not a sticker, it's part of our "Home Sweet Home" sign in our living room that just happened to be in the photo when I took it; what a "sweet" coincidence!

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For the following June SB.com challenges:

>Hoarders
26 items
-BG paper
-Striped Photo Mat PP
-Alphas (16)
-Words/Phrases (4)
-Doggy
-PL Card/Journaling Spot
-Bone
-Orange Ring of Paper
So basically everything except 1 sticker!

>Stickers
22 Stickers
-Alphas (16)
-Doggy
-Word/Phrases (4)
-Bone
*INCLUDES TWIST* of "create the letters you are missing out of the remaining ones"
I created the "a" in Day from a "q".

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
3 Scraps
-Orange Ring of Paper
-PL Card/Journaling Spot
-Striped Photo Mat PP
*NO TWIST*

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

06/14/17 - "Summer Hair 2017"

Hi there!
Just sharing 1 of my latest layouts:
 
 
"Summer Hair 2017"
Journaling:
"Look Out Summer, I'm coming for you!
Short hair, don't care!
Hair cut inspired by Jennifer Lawrence's hair in "Passengers".
I'm a Happy Camper!
6.10.17"
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Story behind the photos/topic:
I recently watched the movie "Passengers" and the whole time I was watching it I kept thinking, "Gosh, I just love Jennifer Lawrence's hair!"
Well, that and that it was a good movie, LOL!
Coincidentally I watched the movie a few days before my next hair appointment.
So the next day I texted my hair dresser and asked her if we would have time to cut my hair as I was just planning to touch up the color.
She said yes and so, the day of the appointment, this happened!
And I absolutely love it!
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Story behind the layout:
A couple of posts ago I mentioned I joined "The Scrap Room" a monthly Scrapbook Kit Club:
(see Chosen One)
I finally received my first and I love it!
The kits comes w/ four individually packed layout kits and I used some of one of them to create this layout.

Here's a look at the June kit (photo courtesy of "The Scrap Room" website:)

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Besides the kit I was inspired by a couple of different challenges:

 ---- Instagram Challenge:
The JamFox Crafters Collaboration - June Edition
First Challenge is to "incorporate a rainbow of color onto your project"


---- SB.com June Challenge:
>National ________ Day
June 21st - National Selfie Day
Though I don't need a "National Day as an excuse for a Selfie
... if you're a long time follower, you already knew that, LOL!



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Also included in the following June Scrapbook.com Challenges:
 
>Sticker
I used 22
-Alphas (14)
-Word/Phrase (2)
-Camera
-Sunglasses
-Heart
-Sun
-Frame
-File Label for Journaling
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
20 items
-18 Stickers (14 Alphas)
-2 Scraps (pink circle and yellow "Hello" PP)

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
2 Scraps
-Pink Circle
-Yellow "Hello" PP
*NO TWIST*

Sunday, June 11, 2017

06/12/17 - MIM #90

Here we go again!
But this is a good "here we go again"!


MIM Sketch #90


 "Breakfast 6.3.17"
Journaling:
"Love it when my coffee mug color coordinates w/ my breakfast!
Coffee and a (65g) slice of Strawberry Krunch Cake 165 calories.
6.3.17"



I'm a foodie!
I love food and trying new foods and talking about food and taking pictures of food and..
well you get the idea!

I'm thinking of buying a Travelers Notebook or something similar to scrap these photos so I don't have tons of 12x12 layouts w/ just 1 photo on them, LOL
But in this case it works!

I have had that BG paper in my stash forever + infinity!
I loved it but never knew what to do w/ it but it just felt perfect for this photo, though I would NEVER have thought of scrapping a food photo w/ it!
But the pre-printed cluster at the bottom left reminded me of the title area of the sketch and it would required no additional work except adding the title so as a "lazy" scrapper, I was sold, LOL



You have until June 30th to join in on the fun!



 
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Also for the following June SB.com Challenges:

>Foodie Challenge
*NO TWIST*
 
>National __________Day
June 23rd - National Pink Day

>Hoarders
16 items
-BG paper
-Photo Mat PP
-Alphas (9)
-Words/Phrases (2)
-PL Card: Sweet
-Heart
-File label/Journaling Spot
So EVERYTHING

>Stickers
13 Stickers
-Alphas (9)
-Word/Phrases (2)
-Heart
-File label/Journaling Spot
*INCLUDES TWIST* of "create the letters you are missing out of the remaining ones"
I created the "e" and "s" in breakfast from a "3" and a "5"

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap
-Photo Mat PP
*NO TWIST*

Thursday, June 8, 2017

06/08/17 - "Saved"

If you have a cat you've probably been surprised once or twice, or 100 times, by their little "gifts"!
Panini has brought us lizards, birds and even a gopher! YIKES!
 
But lets talk about the birds...the species she most likes to "gift" us w/!
I can't even recall just how many dead birds I have found in my house because of her.
I have found them mostly in the corner of my kitchen but have also found one in my bathroom and have stepped on one in the dark in my bedroom!
Yup, life is very exciting with a cat!
 
Which leads me to my layout:
 
 
 
"Saved"

Journaling:
"Just rescued this little guy out of my cat's mouth, literally!
I love my cat, Panini, but she kills way too many birds for my "animal-loving" heart to handle!
5.6.17"


I saw Panini walking across the yard w/ something in her mouth.
When I realized it was a bird I rushed over to her and yanked it out of her mouth.
She was NOT happy about it!
The bird was still alive and except for a little bit of blood on his back and blood around his eye he looked fine.
I washed off the blood.
When I washed off the blood from his eye I was happy to discover it was still intact!
I held him for a bit, petting him and allowing him to calm down, then I walked him outside and placed him, up high, on the birdhouse we have in the backyard.
He stood there for a bit getting his bearings (I assume) and then flew away, to the roof of our house.
All the rest of that day, and even now,  I wonder how he's doing? I wonder if Panini wound up catching him again later and "finished the job"!
I'd like to think/pretend he's fine.
But a few days later Panini brought in another dead bird so who knows ::sigh::

 
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For the following May Challenges:

>National _______ Day
May 4th - National Bird Day

Sticker Challenge
I used 9
- Alphas (5)
- Bird on a Branch
- Word/Phrase (2)
- Border
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
I used 13 items; everything on here is hoarded some of it "ancient"!
*INCLUDES TWIST* of something I'm passionate about; animals!
 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

06/05/17 - MIM Sketch #89

 
Happy Make it Monday to you!
Here is Sketch #89 from the "The Memory Nest" Blog:
 
 
 
 
 
 
"Sunday Funday May Edition"


Journaling: "On Sundays David and I like to go out for a nice lunch and dessert"


This is pretty much a routine for David and I.
We eat well, low-cal, and pretty much "healthy" all week long so that on Sunday's we can enjoy a large very delicious meal and dessert w/out it affecting us either weight or health-wise.
It is quite fun and of course, YUMMY!
For those who follow my IG Food Account I'm always preaching "Balance" and this is part of our Balance.



I'm sure you're thinking, other than the circle on the left-hand side, this doesn't look too much like the sketch, and at first glance, yes you're correct... but if you pay attention to the way I place all the elements on the right-hand side, you will see that I kind of  mimicked the sketches down-ward angle shape.
I was having a lot of trouble trying to get my photos to look good side by side (as opposed to up and down) especially w/ the added element of that shaped BG so I decided to just do w/out either. I did add a card that is divided by color into 2 triangles so there's THOSE triangles to help tie my layout into the sketch.

And then I just had fun adding bits and pieces here to give the layout more "eye-candy" as well as to use up some of my stash items.
There are only 4 "newish" items on here... everything else is at least 1 year old or much, much older!


You have until 06/30/17 to submit your layout based on this sketch; hope you join us!


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Also for the following SB.com June Challenges:

>Foodie
*NO TWIST*

>National _________ Day
Inspired by June 18th - National Splurge Day

>Hoarders
14 items
Everything except "Insta Cool", "This", "Sunday" the calendar, and the heart sticker.

>Sticker
13 stickers
>Alphas (6)
>Word/Phrases (3)
>Journaling tabs (2)
>heart
>banner
*NO TWIST*

> Scrap W/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap
- Orange and White PP
*NO TWIST*




Saturday, June 3, 2017

06/03/17 - "Chosen One"

I just recently joined the Monthly Kit Club from The ScrapRoom and though I have not yet received my first kit, I have been browsing their website and blog and discovered they have a sketch challenge each month.
I liked their June Sketch so decided to play and it was very inspiring!
 
I used their sketch w/ a few small modifications, one being that I turned it on it's side:
 
 
SKETCH
 
 

"Chosen One"


I got a kick out of the cartoon when I saw it on Instagram; it's so true! And a few days after seeing it, Panini just happened to jump on my lap for "some love" and I knew I had to take a photo of her and use it along w/ the cartoon on a layout!

This layout came together pretty quick thanks mainly to the sketch!  I also liked that I was able to use up a lot of old product.
Everything on here is a hoarded item and/or scrap, except for 2 things: the BG paper and the "adore" sticker I wrote the date on.

 
 
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Also for the following June SB.com Challenges:

> Scrap Your Pet or Animal
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using a tag

> National _______ Day
Inspired by June 4th - National Hug Your Cat Day

> Hoarders
Everything on here except for: the BG paper and the adore sticker below the photo of Panini

>Sticker Challenge
I used 16
-Alphas (9)
-Hearts (2)
-Tag
- Word/Phrase (2)
-Paw Print
-Border (1 cut and use in 2 places)
*NO TWIST*

> Scraps
2 Scraps used
- Purple paper
- Pink Paisley paper
*NO TWIST*

Sunday, May 21, 2017

05/21/17 - Music Inspired Layouts

A couple of layouts created for 2 different categories of the same SB.com Challenge: The Music Challenge (May Edition).
 
 
 
Layout #1 is for Category #2 - Song Title
I chose "Love of My Life" by Daya 
 
 
"Love of My Life"
 
 
Layout  #2 is for Category #1 - Song Lyrics
I chose part of a song lyric, "...a pair of clowns...", from "Want U Back" by Cher Lloyd
 
 
"A Pair Of Clowns"


Songs are a great place to find inspiration.
If you haven't tried it I suggest you do!



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Also submitted in the following May SB.com Challenges:
 
"Love of My Life" =
 
 
>National ____ Day
Inspired by "Date Your Mate" Month

>Sticker
I used 13
-Alphas (8)
-Words/Phrases (3)
-hearts (2)
*NO TWIST*

>Not-To-Be Squared
Used the large heart on the PP as my background decoration

>Hoarders
11 items
-Alphas (8)
- Words/Phrase Stickers (3)
*NO TWIST*
 
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"A Pair of Clowns" =
 
>Sports and Play
My son and I were at a Baseball Game
*NO TWIST*

>Stickers
32 Used
-Alphas (20)
-Word/Phrase Stickers (5)
-Arrows (2)
-Stars (2)
-Glasses (2)
-Journaling Spot (1)
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
-EVERYTHING except the "remember" and "today" stickers
*NO TWIST*

Thursday, May 18, 2017

05/18/17 - May "Ugly Paper" Challenge

Hi, it's "Ugly Paper" time again!
 
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 
 
 
 
 
"May Uglies"
 
 
 
 
"Lump In A Rug"
 
Journaling:
"A couple of years ago, when we redecorated part of our house, we got rid of a giant throw rug. We put it on our back patio until trash day. Well, Hamlet decided he liked it, made it his own, and it's been sitting on our patio, for him, ever since."


I used both papers:
One as the BG and one cut up in strips and staggered behind the photos.
I did not use the embellishment(s) this time.
I do believe this is the first time I've not used my embellishment(s).
But I just couldn't make them work w/ my layout.

BTW - I did my layout w/in a few days of receiving my papers...
Another first!
Usually it takes me the entire month, but I had that first photo of Hamlet already printed out for a future project and the green grass in the BG of the photo so perfectly matched the green PP that I instantly knew it was made for this layout... not to mention the colors and busy pattern of the 2nd PP were a pretty good match for the pattern on the rug in the photos.
What clinched it was my daughter just recently uploaded the second photo on Instagram making it the perfect pairing for the first photo!

Finally....
For those of you who see "it" and are wondering...

Yes, that is a duck that you see in the BG of one of the photos!
(for those who didn't see it, I'll wait while you look, LOL)


Our neighbors have a duck that seems to like our backyard better than his own! He spends like 90% of his time in our yard.
We kinda think of him as ours now, though he isn't...
And him and Hamlet seem to be great pals.
The duck follows him around and likes to lay by him when they're resting.  
We don't know the duck's name or even if it's a girl or boy, but we call him "Howard" as in "Howard the duck".
 
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Also included in the following SB.com May Challenges:

>National _______Day
For May 3rd; National "Lumpy Rug Day"

>Hoarders Challenge
14 Hoarded items
-Alphas (10)
-Triangle Stickers - Top right (3 sets)
-Sticker I wrote the dates on
*INCLUDES TWIST* of scrapping something I am passionate about... I'm very passionate about animals!

>Sticker Challenge
19 Stickers
-Alphas (10)
-Pigs (2)
-Triangles (3)
-Hearts (2)
-"favorite"
-Sticker I wrote the dates on
*NO TWIST*
 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

05/15/17 - MIM Sketch #88

Good Monday Morning to you!
Today I am sharing w/ you the latest sketch from the "The Memory Nest" blog:
 
 
MIM Sketch #88
 
 
 
And here is my interpretation of it:
 
 
 
NERD!

JOURNALING:  "The definition of nerd!
Joseph reading while wearing his Storm Trooper Helmet.
I'm still trying to understand the situation, LOL!
9.12.15"



I was inspired by:
> the 1 photo
> the stars scattered throughout
> the title right under the photo
> the "box" on the left of the photo (that I used for my journaling)
> the overall design of the sketch w/ it's  scattered items


It was a fun, fast, easy sketch to use!
I hope you have as much fun w/ it!
Don't forget to link up your layout before the end of the month!



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Also for the following May SB.com Challenges:
 
>National __________ Day
May 4th Star Wars Day
 
>Music - Category #3 Artist
I chose the artist N.E.R.D.
*NO TWIST*
 
>Hoarders
I used 20 Hoarded items
EVERYTHING on here, except for the photo mat, is over a year (or more) old!
*NO TWIST*
 
>Stickers
I used 18 Stickers
-Alphas (11)
-Stars (3)
-Words/Phrases (4)
*NO TWIST*
 
 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

05/10/17 - "Lay Off Me, I'm Starving!"

Hello, and Happy Wednesday to you!
I am sharing a recent layout that I had A LOT of fun creating.
The photos are silly, the subject is fun, one of my faves (food!), and I used up a lot of old product on it!
Plus I show you that "pig" stickers are not just for "pig" layouts! 
 
Here it is:
 
 
 
"Lay Off Me, I'm Starving!" 
 
Journaling:
Date: Night of 4.28.17/Morning of 4.29.17
Place: Wahlburgers Vegas
"In the wee hours of the morning of the 29th, after a night of clubbing, David and I grubbed on a Wahlburgers Thanksgiving Day Sandwich, my favorite, and a Fluffanutta, first time.
To say I enjoyed it would be an understatement! I mean, just look at my face in the photos, LOL!"
 

This was not our first visit to Wahlburgers, still need to scrap that one, and it most certainly isn't our last! As a matter of fact we are planning a trip to Boston later this year and we are hoping to include a visit to the original Wahlburgers!
Speaking of "firsts", that wasn't my first Thanksgiving Day Sandwich, I get it EVERY TIME I go, but it was my first Fluffanutta and both were delish!
 
🔹️Wahlburgers Thanksgiving Day Sandwich = a Turkey Burger, with Stuffing, Mayo, Housemade Orange-Cranberry Sauce, and Roasted Butternut Squash
🔹️Grilled Banana Fluffanutta = a Toasted Sandwich filled with Peanut Butter, Fresh Banana, Fluff, and Nutella
 
BTW - My title is a quote from a TV show...
Do you know which one and who said it?
 
 
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For the following SB.com May Challenges:

>National ________Blank Day
May 11th - National Eat What You Want Day
I REALLY wanted both those things (and they were delish)!

>Food
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using Red, White, and Green

>Hoarders
26 Hoarded items
- Alphas (22)
-Stickers (4)
*INCLUDES TWIST* of scrapping something I'm passionate about --- FOOD!

>Sticker Challenge:
30 Stickers
-Alphas (22)
-Word Stickers (4)
-Flowers (2 = 1 set of 3 and 1 set of 2)
-Heart
-Pig
*INCLUDES TWIST* of 3 or more flowers; there's 5 total on my layout
 
 

Monday, May 8, 2017

05/08/17 - "The Shape of You"

Hi!
Happy Monday!
Yes I said "Happy" Monday... and I mean it!
For more info as to why, check out this IG post of mine:
 
 
 
Also,Today I am sharing w/ you layout  #16 of my 75 Layout Goal for 2017
(As of today I'm up to 19 total; my last post was of layout #17)
 
 Anyway, without further ado...
 
 
"The Shape of You"
 
Journaling:
"Top photo: Hamlet says, 'Look at this physique... I'm definitely Olympic ready!' 08.13.16

Right hand photo: Gosh, I love this little big guy so much!
And yes he's still considered a mini-pig! 7.20.16"
 
 

I love this layout! It really is so simple but it makes me happy!
I swear my favorite layouts (created by me) always seem to be the simpler layouts!


Inspiration for the page came from the SB.com Music Challenge
Category #4 - Song
The host chose the song: "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran
Used the title of the song for the title of my layout.
*INCLUDES TWIST* of 5 of the same shape; there are more than 5 hearts on this page



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Also included in the following April SB.com Challenges:
>Pet Challenge
*INCLUDES TWIST* using a large shape on your layout; mine is a heart

>Hoarders
18 items
-Alphas (13)
-All the stickers except the pig (4)
-PL Card

>Stickers
18 Stickers

TFL!


Sunday, April 30, 2017

05/01/17 - MIM #87

It's Monday again...ugh!
But today's Monday is "Make It Monday", yay!




Today I am bringing you sketch #87 from the "The Memory Nest" blog:




"Forest Falls"
 Journaling: "Enjoyed nature and quality time with the hubby this morning!
 A beautiful place to get in some exercise!
03.26.17"




The layout called for 3 photos but I was able to fit 7 thanks to a photo collage app
::fist pump::!

I also DID use a Project Life card...
1, cut apart, used in 2 places on my layout:
"Today" and the bottom of that same card was used for my journaling area.

I then scattered stickers to mimic the "boxes" scattered throughout the sketch.
BTW that BG paper is ANCIENT and the "explore" sticker is just a bit more recent than "ancient" but barely!

Can't wait to see what you create!
You have until May 31st to submit your creation.


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Also included in the following May SB.com Challenges:

>Hoarders
>Sticker

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

04/25/17 - March "Ugly Paper" Challenge

Hi, it's "Ugly Paper" time again!
 
 
As I mentioned in a prior post, I recently lost my mojo...though I think it may be back now ::crosses fingers::.
Because of my loss of mojo I did not get my "March Ugly Paper" Challenge layout done in March.
I was able to complete it in April though and I am sharing it w/ you today.
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 March "Uglies" 
 
 
 
"A Run Through Redlands" 
Journaling -

Top:
"After a 3+ yr break from running, Drs Orders, David ran a 5k and ranked
250th out of 1,243 participants! Unfortunately I was in the car trying to stay warm
and didn't get back in time to take a photo of him crossing the Finish Line; DOH!

Bottom:
"Overall Ranking: 250th out of 1,243
Male 35-39: 10th of 30
All Male: 172nd out of 542
Average Pace: 9:21
Race Completed in: 28:57.71"

(All the "stats" info is in the photo collage at the bottom as well but it's difficult to read)


The ugly papers are the BG paper and the Red Shaped paper at the bottom which I used half of in order to make a pocket to hold my husband's Runner's Bib.
I also used the "ugly" embellishment which is the "pumpkin" that I am pretending is an "orange" to fit the theme of my layout!



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Also including in the following April Challenges:

>Not to be Squared:
I used shaped paper to make a pocket for my husbands "Runner's Bib"

>Hoarders:
Because of the PL card
*NO TWIST*

>Sports and Play
Running is a Sport
*NO TWIST*

Monday, April 17, 2017

04/17/17 - "Twinkies"

Good Morning (afternoon/evening...whenever)!
Hope all is well w/ you and yours!
I just finished a Grande Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks before I started writing this post so that's why I'm in a good mood... LOL
(YUMMY!)
 
Speaking of "Yummy"...
The layout I'm sharing today includes a yummy treat!
 
 
"Twinkies"
 
Journaling:  "What's better than Ice Cream?
Ice Cream w/ Twinkie Pieces.
4.8.17"
 
 
For more details on this delectable dessert click on this link; the link to my Instagram post that talks about it:
 
Hope you have a great (and delicious) day!


BTW - In case you missed it, my previous post is all about my 2017 Reading Challenge progress....
check it out: Reading Challenge
 
 
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For the following SB.com April Challenges:
 
> Foodie
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using pastel colors

>Music
Category = Lyrics
I used the lyrics "...better than ice cream" from the song Ice Cream by Sarah Maclachlan
*NO TWIST*

>Hoarders
Everything on here is a hoarded item... EVERYTHING
*NO TWIST*

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
1 Scrap
- The rainbow PP piece behind the larger photo
*NO TWIST*

>Sticker
I used 12
- Alphas (8)
- Ice Cream(s) (2)
- Words (2)
*NO TWIST*
 
 
 
 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

04/15/17 - Reading Challenge Update

Previously I mentioned that I have challenged myself to read 12 books in 2017.
I figure 1 book a month is do-able, despite the fact that last year I only managed to read 7.

I am here to share w/ you my progress.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you already know most of this.
But I am including 1 more book and a bit more info about the others I already mentioned on IG, including  brief summaries from and links to Amazon or GoodReads , so you may want to read this post anyway.


Books I've Read (in the order I read them):


1. (Previously Shared on a past Blog Post):
"Detour From Normal"

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.

Read More:  Detour From Normal
 
 


2. "She Sins at Midnight"

Lila Montgomery, thirty-two-year-old Hollywood assistant extraordinaire, has a secret. On the outside, she’s a hard-working dedicated employee, a good friend, and a loving daughter. But above all else, she’s been raised to be a lady, which of course is why she’s determined to conceal her secret life. If her straight-laced friends and family back home ever discover that she is really the smashing new author of a steamy romance novel, their disapproval would shame her forever!

Read More:  She Sins at Midnight



 
3. "Rags to Bitches"
The boy named Most Likely to Succeed back in high school? That would be handsome, wealthy Gabe Moreau. Everyone assumed Gabe’s devotion to girlfriend Dena Devlin was mere puppy love, a rebellious stroll on the wrong side of the tracks. Dena was, after all, the janitor’s daughter. Unfortunately, even a love as strong as theirs couldn’t withstand Gabe’s act of betrayal.

Read More: Rags to Bitches



 
4. "Only the Truth"
Dan Cooper has never been the perfect husband to Lisa. He travels for work and plays the carefree bachelor when he can. But now, on a solo business trip, in a remote coastal hotel, he’s surprised to find Lisa in his bathroom. She’s dead.

Read More:  Only The Truth



 
5. "The Lovely Bones"

"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973." So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on eath continue without her - her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling

Read More:  The Lovely Bones



 
6. "Waiting for Ethan"
When Gina Rossi was in junior high, her best friend’s psychic grandmother got everything right—from predicting that Gina would break her arm and travel to Italy, all the way to leading police to a missing neighborhood child. The one time Gina didn’t listen to her, she almost got herself killed. So when she says that Gina will marry a man named Ethan—but she will have to wait for him—Gina believes her, and waits…

Read More:  Waiting for Ethan



 
7. 'Openly Straight"
Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He's won skiing prizes.
He likes to write.
And, oh yeah, he's gay. He's been out since 8th grade, and he isn't teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.
So when he transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret --

Read More:  Openly Straight
**This one was my fave and there is a sequel I'm hoping to read! **
 
 
 
 
 
In order of the way I liked them:
1. Openly Straight
2. The Lovely Bones
3. Waiting for Ethan
4. Only The Truth
5. From Rags to Bitches
6. She Sins at Midnight
7. Detour From Normal
I'm currently on book number 8, which I will talk about on another blog post.
8 out of 12 and it's only April... I'm definitely hitting my goal this year (hopefully I didn't just jinx myself)!!!

Hope your reading goals are coming along!
If you happen to read any of the books I listed here, please let me know!!!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

04/13/17 - #TBT "Ice Cold"

Hello,
Happy "Throw Back Thursday"!
 
As I try to get my mojo back I have been cleaning up my scrappy related stuff, including my blog, and found a post I never published!
This post was written back in January for a photo I took in November!
 
I know it's late but the layout I created is one of my most recent favorites, even now 3 months later.
 
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"Ice Cold" 
Journaling (a bit blurry due to the bulky tassle above it):
"This is a Salted Caramel ice cream sandwich with 2 different cookies: Snickerdoodle and Chocolate Chip. Good....soooo....good!
The best Salted Caramel ice cream I've ever had!
From "A La Minute Ice Cream" in Downtown Redlands."
 
 
 
Fun Fact:
I never in a million years would have purchased that Crate Paper tassle on it's own, but since it came in my January ScrapbookCircle.com Kit I went ahead and used it and .... I absolutely love the way it looks on my layout!
Now I want more!


Another Fun Fact: This layout won me a $10 GC to Scrapbook.com
 
 
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Included in the following January SB.com Challenges:
 
>Food Challenge
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using the theme of "New" ...
This is the first time I ever tried an Ice Cream Sandwich from "A La Minute" ice cream.

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
3 scraps:
- B&W PP
- "Nov" card
- red & white PP
*NO TWIST*

>Stickers
9 Stickers
- Alphas (3)
- gold hearts (5)
- "sweet"
*INCLUDES TWIST* of stickers w/ bling - the gold hearts
 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

04/10/17 - MIM Sketch #86

 
Hey, there... Hi, There!
Sorry I haven't been around but I have been majorly lacking mojo lately.
The last layout I created was such a chore... not because I don't like scrapbooking, cuz you totally know I do, but because the creativity was...just...not...flowing! #BOOO
But today's layout is a different story.
Today's layout is one that came together fairly quickly and easily and... I love it!
 
First the sketch that inspired it!
 
MIM Sketch #86
 
And now my layout!
 
"Hello Weekend"
Journaling: "Tagged for a "Stop, Drop, and Selfie"
Just kickin' it in my favorite new sweater bought, on Wednesday
Night, for 50% off at the Gap Factory Store in Redlands.
And "no", I'm not wearing it too early; it is in fact, already the start of my
weekend...it's my Friday off, suckers!
04/07/17

My apologies for sharing  2 "selfie" layouts in a row but TBH... I like taking "selfies" and I gotta scrap whatever photos my creativity draws me to...so there you have it!

Where is your creativity drawing you?
Hopefully to join us in this challenge!
You have until April 30th to submit an entry; good luck!
(Link up here:  The Memory Nest)



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Also included in the following April SB.com Challenges:


>Music - Category #3 Artist
I was inspired by the artist "The Weeknd" though I spelled "weekend" the correct way, unlike the artist, LOL
*NO TWIST*

>Sticker
I used 6
-"hello"
- Black glasses
- heart
-"happy day"
- yellow glasses
- Banner under photo
*INCLUDES TWIST*: a 3-D Sticker
I used 2 (both pairs of glasses)

>Hoarders
2 items:
- Black Glasses
- PL Card
*NO TWIST*

>Scraps:
- "Wonderful"
- "Hello"
*NO TWIST*

Sunday, April 2, 2017

04/03/17 - MIM Sketch #85

Happy Make It Monday to you!

Today I'm bringing you:


MIM Sketch #85

"Happy Monday"
Journaling:
"Happy Monday...right?!
I mean, those two words: "happy" and "Monday" can go in a sentence together...I think...
though for me it's rare! I have my coffee, my hair is looking good again thanks to some much
needed time at the salon,  and I bought a cute comfty sweater for 50% off this weekend
so maybe, just maybe, this will be a Happy Monday! 03.20.17"
  
The sketch is actually entitled "Scallops" and I'm sure you can see why.
I didn't use any scallops on my layout though,  I just wasn't feeling the "scallop" vibe, but I still followed the sketch pretty closely:
  • 2 photos - one bigger one smaller
  • the photo placement
  • the crooked paper behind the photos
  • the embellishment(s) on the right hand side of the larger photo
  • the title at the bottom left.
Why am I pointing all this out?
Because I don't want you to be scared of/not try using a sketch because you can't copy it EXACTLY... just use pieces of it to inspire you!

Hope I've inspired you to play along; you have until April 30th to get your entry in at The Memory Nest !

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