Monday, August 21, 2017

08/21/17 - "Ice Cream Thief"

Hello, and Happy Monday!
I have been neglecting my blog lately, though I have been scrapping quite a bit!

Sometimes I want to share my layouts but don't have the time or energy to do much more than that...
So I just don't post at all.
That's a bad habit to fall into so I am going to try my best to post my layouts even if I don't add much commentary along w/ them.

To get things started, here is the most recent layout I created:

"Ice Cream Thief"

"I really enjoyed this Orange Day Dream ice cream from Walmart and as you can see I'm not the only one! Panini would not leave me alone while I ate it! And, yes, I shared; I'm "that kind" of pet owner. 5.27.17"


Created for the following August Challenges:

>Music Inspiration
I was assigned "Imagine" by John Lennon
I chose the line "(But) I'm not the only one" and included it in my journaling

I am also using this for the "Lyrics" category for the Music Challenge (a different Music Challenge)


>National ______Day
August 11th - National Panini Day
My cat's name is Panini

21 items
- Everything except the 2 ice cream stickers.

18 total
-Alphas (13)
-Ice cream (2)
-Word/Phrases (2)

2 - The Gold & White PP and the B&W Polka-Dotted PP
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using 2 PP scraps

Sunday, August 13, 2017

08/14/17 - MIM #94

Happy Monday!
Today is "Make It Monday" over at the "The Memory Nest" blog.
Here is sketch # 94; you have until August 31st to play along!

"Father's Day 2017"
"When Madison was younger we used to take her to La Jolla w/ us to celebrate Father's Day*. As she got older, she wanted to hang w/ us less and less, so we stopped going. This year I mentioned to David how much I missed those trips, so we went... just the 2 of us.
June 18th 2017"

*Joseph was always with his dad, as it should be*
We are Almost-Empty-Nesters...
A fact that makes me both happy and sad.
Happy because I get more quality time w/ my husband and we get more freedom, but sad because...well, obviously, that means my babies are grown!
My son is 22 and still lives at home but he's got his own life, though he allows me into it from time to time. My daughter is 15 and though she still "needs" us, she's an independent introvert, so "parenting" is almost non-existent at this point.
That's why I've been trying to do more of the things we used to enjoy w/ the kids, without the kids.
Just because they have decided not to do those things w/ us any more doesn't mean we should miss out!
BTW - The BG paper, photo mat paper, and summer stickers & embellishments are all from the July Scrap Room kit: The Scrap Room Monthly Kits
Also for the Following July Challenges:

>National ______ Day
July 6th - National Kissing Day

>Second Chance
Completed my June 2017 "Inspired By a Word" layout
I chose the word Dad, specifically it's variation: "Father"

-Alphas (14)
-Word/Phrase (1)
-Misc Summer (3)
*INCLUDES TWIST* of a Travel Related sticker

-Polka Dotted Banners
-Blue Circle (though it looks gray here)

-MS Circle Cutter
-Alphas (14)
-Blue Circle
-PL Card
*INCLUDES TWIST* of shapes - Circle w/ hoarded paper using hoarded circle cutter

Sunday, August 6, 2017

08/07/17 - MIM #93

"Make It Monday" Sketch #93
The first sketch for August from the "The Memory Nest" Blog:
As for my layout...
I did use shapes but in a slightly different way.
Also the arrow and "flair", in my case a button, are there:
 "This Little Piggy"

"I frequently get asked "How big is Hamlet?" and since he's difficult to measure, I never really have a good answer.
Well, maybe this will help...I'm 5'1
And a PSA, remember: He IS a Mini-Pig. Despite what people think and what most breeders, AKA bad & unethical breeders, would like you to believe they will not stay as little as they are when they're born.
Mini-Pig simply means they will not/should not grow as big as a farm pig, which can reach up to 600+ pounds. "Micro" and "Tea Cup" pigs do not exist. Those are terms breeders use so they can charge lots of money when selling their pigs. Unfortunately people fall for this and when the pig gets too big it gets abandoned. 😢
Do your research before getting any kind of animal, especially a pig!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

08/1/17 - "Baked Goods"

Happy Tuesday!
I was supposed to post this yesterday but I was just not feeling it, the day that is!
I did get to scrap this weekend and I'm sharing one of my layouts w/ you:
"Baked Goods"
Side Tag -
"7.18.17: Banana Walnut Bread (topped w/ banana flavored Greek yogurt) 7.20.17: Lemon Poppy Seed bread."

In Circle -
"Both baked from scratch by my husband.
My husband recently quit his job. He worked for over 20 yrs at a job that was both mentally and physically stressful. He developed carpal tunnel in both arms and, per the doctor, he quit just in time to prevent permanent damage. He now has 2 part-time jobs one of which allows him to work from home. He is much happier and healthier and that makes me happy...I really love having him home more! Plus he can help more around the house and... bake for me, LOL! He did take a big pay cut, but we're doing just fine and have discovered that money isn't everything."

I love this layout in general but also because behind the photos of "baked goods" there is a bigger story; a story of a major change in our lives.

Our lives are ever changing and I love that I am capturing these changes for our family; present and future!


For the following July Challenges:


>National _____Day
Inspired by: July 25th - National Culinarians Day

17 stickers
-Alphas (10)
-Word/Phrases (3)
-Journaling label
-Lemon Slice
-Baking Utensils (2)

20 items
-Circle Cutter
-Heart Punch
-White Paper
-Blue Striped PP
-Alphas (10)
-Misc Stickers (6)
-The Blue Striped PP
*INCLUDES TWIST* White hoarded paper cut into a circle w/ a hoarded circle cutter and blue hoarded PP cut into hearts w/ a hoarded heart punch.

2 Scraps
-Blue Striped PP
-White Paper

Monday, July 24, 2017

07/24/17 - "(It's Your) Birthday Suit"

Another Monday, another layout...
I hope that's a phrase I can utter often because that would mean I got to scrap over the weekend...
which makes me very happy!
(It's Your) Birthday Suit

FYI - It WASN'T his birthday I was just using "It's Your Birthday (Suit)" to be funny!

"That moment when you go from looking like "Sonic the Hedgehog" to a "Naked Mole Rat", LOL!
Top photo was on 3.25.16 when Hamlet had a full body of thick hair. Bottom photo was on 7.16.16 after he lost it all, which is actually referred to as "Blowing Their Coat" in the Piggy World"
This layout was mainly inspired by the July Challenge I am Hosting:
"National ___________ Day"
I was specifically inspired by July 14th - National Nude Day

BTW - If you are interested in learning more about the "Coat Blowing" see this FAQ:
AMPA Mini-Pig Shedding Info
Also for the following Challenges:
>Boys Only/Girls Only
I chose boy: Hamlet
*INCLUDES TWIST* of animal embellishments - Piggy sticker!

>Music Challenge / Category #1
"(they say) It's Your Birthday"
from "The Birthday Song" by the Beatles

10 Stickers
-Alphas (4)
-Word/Phrase (2)

10 items
-BG Paper
-Gray Paper cut into a Circle
-Piggy PP
-Circle Cutter
-Word/Phrases stickers (2)
-Misc Stickers (3)
-PL Card
3 shaped Hoarded Stickers
1 Hoarded PP cut into a Circle w/ a Hoarded Circle Cutter

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
2 Scraps
-Piggy PP
-Gray PP (cut into a circle)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

07/17/17 - MIM #92

"Make It Monday" Sketch #92 is up live and ready to inspire!
I had a lot of fun w/ this sketch!
Hope you do too!
You have until July 30th to submit your entry to "The Memory Nest".
MIM #92

"They grow up so fast!
Nose and Industrial Barbell Piercings for my baby girl...
who is no longer a baby. :sniff:
Both fit her look/personality so well!
She didn't even flinch with the barbell but got a little bit teary-eyed with the nose piercing.
Her dad and I almost hurled with both, bahahaha! #TrueStory

I have my nose pierced; got it done about 2 years ago.
I have also had my belly button pierced, though it's been since removed, and I have 2 sets of piercings in my ears.
So you would think it'd be no big deal for me for my daughter to get piercings.
And it wasn't, I mean the concept wasn't... I can accept that she's growing up...barely...
But, OMG actually seeing her get pierced, knowing someone was placing 3 holes into my daughter, aside from just a regular ear piercing that I had her get as a baby, it... it LITERALLY made me sick to my stomach. In fact as I write this and remember it, I'm getting sick to my stomach again, LOL

Anyway, she loves it and it fits her so well and makes her so happy that I love it too!
Even her dad, the biggest critic about these type of things, thinks it looks great on her!
But yeah, the growing up part he's not so cool w/!

Also for the following July Challenges:

21 hoarded items
-BG paper
-Alphas (12)
-PL Cards (2)
-Word Stickers (2)
-Buttons (2)
-Arrow Sticker
-Yellow/White PP
*INCLUDES TWIST* of shapes
The arrow sticker and "yeah" word sticker are hoarded and shaped!

20 Stickers
-Alphas (17)
-Word (2)

1 Scrap
-Yellow/White PP

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

07/12/17 - June "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 
"June Uglies"  
"We took Madi out to see Cirque Du Soliel's new "Avatar" inspired show Turok; Joseph was out of town.
Unfortunately we weren't impressed.
The scenery was gorgeous but the story and action was boring!
Well, at least we had Family Time.

(I realized after I scanned and uploaded the layout that I forgot to fix the "year" on the date. I had originally wrote '17 so I whited it out so I can fix it to '16, but forgot to fix it, LOL. It's been fixed IRL though)

Both the ugly papers are there:
I used the "Tie Dye" PP for all my circles (3 Total) and the "Tree Branch" PP for all my triangles (3 Total).
I also used 2 of the 3 ugly embellishments:
The large "@" sign which was beige but I sprayed it an iridescent teal color AND the pink jeweled border under the photos.

It was a challenge but as usual a fun challenge.

Until next time...

Also for the following June Challenges:
>No to Be Squared
Every shape on here, except for 1, is "Not a Square".
I used circles, triangles, a banner, and rounded-cornered items.

I used 9
-Alphas (5)
-Hearts (2)
-Pink jeweled border strip

14 items
-Alphas (5)
-Hearts (2)
-PL Cards (2)
-Memories View Finder Embellishment
-Washi Tape (2)
-BG paper

>Pick a Technique
I picked 2 of the 3 that were offered: "spray" and "punch"
I used my Heidi Swap spray to change the large "@" from beige to teal
I used my circle punch to cut out small circles from the "Tie Dye" PP