Sunday, October 15, 2017

10/16/17 - MIM #98

Happy Monday to you!
Today I am sharing Make It Monday Sketch #98 from "The Memory Nest" blog.
MIM Sketch #98

"A Place For His Head"
"While watching "Wonder Woman" at our friends' house, their dog Zeus decided to lay his head on David and fall asleep."

(09.03.17 <<< Oops,  Need to add the date!)

Too cute, amirite?!
So of course I had to get a photo of it!

I love this layout and how quickly it came together! It was one of those that once I got the colors and PP selected, all the other pieces just kinda fell into place!

The title came from a Challenge; the Music Challenge.
One of the categories is to choose a song title and use it on your layout. I used "A Place For My Head by Linkin Park, but changed "My" to "His".
Also the twist was orange, which was perfect because I was planning on using orange anyway!

Well, that's all from me today!
Hope you'll join us and play along w/ this, or our October 2nd, sketch!
You have until October 31st to enter your layout.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

10/04/17 - "My Brown Eyed Girl"

This layout makes me happy!
But it also makes me sad!
The happiness comes from that adorable face w/ the little cheesy smile!
Also that BG paper w/ the colorful flowers that just pop!
"My Brown Eyed Girl"

The sadness comes from the fact that little 4 year old is not 4 years old anymore; she is now 15!
And the fact that she is at a stage where she hates taking photos...and is not fond of much, in general!
Teenagers, ugh!  Actually, more specifically, Teenage GIRLS, ugh!
My son wasn't like that... ever!

Speaking of my son, who turned 22 in June...
he moved out last month.
So I am halfway to being an Empty Nester.

Gosh why can't they just stay little?!

Created for the September Musical Inspiration Challenge
The person who signs up after you picks your song.
The song chose for me was:
"Brown Eyed Girl"
*INCLUDES TWIST* of using the color from your song on your layout.

Also for the October National ________Day , which I am hosting.
Inspired by October 6th, World Smile Day.

Most products used are from the The Scraproom July 2017 Monthly Kit:


Sunday, October 1, 2017

10/02/17 - MIM #97

Today I am bringing you sketch #97 from the Memory Nest.
If you're thinking it's been a while since I shared one of these, you're correct!
IDK what happened w/ me... but I totally missed the deadline's for both of the September sketches, DOH!

Anyway, October is a whole new month, so here we go...

I used a flipped version of the sketch for my layout.

 "His Good Side"
"This little guy is big enough to get his front hooves up on our couch now.

Basically the story is...
I was sitting on the couch watching TV, I was probably eating, and Hamlet jumped up and placed his hooves on the couch in front of me!
It was quite a shock as he had never done that before!
Of course I grabbed my phone and took a photo of him.
When I posted the photo to my Instagram account, one of my friends made the comment, "Hahaha! He's like 'make sure you get my good side'!" and I decided that if I ever scrap this photo I would use something similar to that as my title.

BTW - he has never learned to actually jump on the couch despite us repeatedly tying to get him to do so!
Looks like he peaked in 2015, LOL!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

09/23/17 - September "Ugly Paper" Challenge

It's "Ugly Paper"Time"!
Here are my "September Uglies" and what I did w/ them.
Just a heads up the orange paper, which I used for my BG, is very thin and came to me a bit mangled and then I apparently made it worse during the creative process...
But it doesn't look as bad behind the protective covering of the album page protector.
With that in mind, this is what I came up w/:
"You Had US at Pumpkin Spice"
I used both papers and tore apart the embellishment to use just a few pieces of it: layered square/heart/button/wire combo on the top right.
This layout really had no "rhyme or reason" it was just me having fun w/ two photos that I love that kinda went together.
Proving there are 'no rules' to scrapbooking or story telling!

If you recall this is the second time I scrapped this shirt...
I really love it!

I bought it at Target last year.
This year they have the same exact shirt just w/ a different saying:
"Pumpkin Spice Everything"
Though I want it, it's too similar to this one for me to spend the money on.

Also included in the following Challenges:

Round Robin
I was #3 in my group of 4.
Though I didn't copy anyone's layout exactly I did use elements from each proceeding layout.

National __________ Day
Inspired by
9/22 - Autumn Equinox - Fall begins

In this Corner
The Orange BG paper already had the Cornucopia design on it, I just covered some of it w/ Pumpkins.

15 stickers used
-Alphas (10)
-Arrows (2)
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Word/Phrase Sticker

21 hoarded items used
-Pumpkins (4)
-Alphas (12)
-Circle Cutter

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

09/20/17 - September Inspiration Challenge

For the (September) Inspiration Challenge
The challenge requires the person who signs up after you to pick your inspiration.
That's always scary since they may pick something completely out of your comfort zone...
Which is what happened her!
Here is what was chosen for me:
-Inspiration Layout-
Though it's beautiful I am just not good w/ using flowers as embellishments, especially lots of flowers, though I do it from time to (rare) time.
 Here is my version:

"Expectations VS Reality"

"What you think you look like taking a photo together -VS- What you really look like".

W/ this layout I had a bit of fun w/ that famous meme "What you think you look like... -VS- What you really look like".

David and I had taken many photos together on our 16th Anniversary night out, including the goofy one on the right.
When tying to figure out how to scrap that particular photo, the meme popped in my mind and I went w/ it. Of course I had to pair it w/ the perfect "contrast" photo which I also had from that night.

If you don't know what I am referring to here are a few more examples:

Image result for how I think I look running vs how i actually lookImage result for how I think I look running vs how i actually look

Image result for how I think I look running vs how i actually look

In the end I was 100%  happy w/ the photos and the idea I used and about 90% happy w/ the overall layout!
BTW - I didn't even realize I used the exact/almost exact polka dot paper on my layout as is in the original layout.  That was purely coincidence as I tend to have tunnel vision w/ these type of things.

Also included in the following September Challenges:

2> Hoarders
14 Hoarded items
-Flowers were all cut from 1 hoarded piece of PP
-Hearts were all cut from 1 hoarded piece of PP
-Black paper
-Buttons (6)
-PL Card
-File/Journaling Labels (2)
-Heart Punch
-Flower Punch

-Hearts (5)
-File/Journaling Labels (2)
- xoxo
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Word/Phrase Sticker

-Red paper used for hearts
-Black paper

Thursday, September 14, 2017

09/14/17 - Digital Project Life

Today I bring you some digital layouts.
These were created w/ the Project Life App.
These layouts represent three things I've never done and one thing I've rarely done, so rare you may as well say "never" also: 
Never Done:
-Paid for an app
This app was $2.99
-Created a Digital Layout
-Created a Project Life "style" Layout
Rarely Done:
-Created a 2-page Layout
I am not a digital layout type of person always enjoying the process and look of "paper" layouts.
So before I share the layouts I want to explain why I decided to try the PL App.
I'm known for taking lots of photos in general and in some cases taking an over abundance of photos.
Sometimes I do this because the event warrants it.
Sometimes I do it just because I want multiple tries at capturing the perfect photos.
What happens in either case is I wind up w/ a lot of photos from 1 event.
Generally I can narrow them down to a few photos I really want, sometimes I want them all...
Whether I narrow them down or not, there are times when I have lots of photos I still want in my albums.
This overwhelms me and causes me to just "sit" on my photos.
Sit, and sit, and sit...
So I decided to see if the PL app would simplify the process and help me get those photos in to my albums!
Here are the layouts:

"Wahlburgers Vegas"  
Page 1
(6 photos)

"Wahlburgers Vegas"  
Page 2
( 7 Photos )
 "15th Anniversary Highlights"
(9 Photos)

Though they are digital, they are still Project Life style layouts which makes them very simple.
Just like you would place photos and Journaling/Picture cards into Pockets in a Project Life Sheet Protector, the same was done here...but digitally.

Sure I could create my own "grid like" layouts, and I still will occasionally, but this is less time consuming and less use of materials, plus I'm guaranteed neatness and straightness, LOL

What do I think of the app?

I think it's Super Easy and convenient!
I mean as long as I have the photos on my phone I can create a layout anywhere.

Fast shipping!
My order got to me sooner than they said it would! Though general turn around time is 7-10 business Days.

Great Quality!
My pages came on strong sturdy Kodak paper and the images were crisp and clear w/ no color alterations.
If you order a size 12x12 they are a true 12x12 and slide easily into a 12x12 Sheet Protector!
Also, my pages were packaged in a way that there was NO WAY they would have got bent!
In fact I had a little trouble getting them out, LOL

You don't have to order 12x12 pages, they have various sizes if you decide you want to go a smaller so you can still adhere to a page and add your own "flair"
Sizes and prices are as follows:

12x12 = $1.99
8x8 = $0.99
6x8 = $0.29
4x5 = $0.29

There is a flat shipping rate of $5.00
This is great if you're ordering a lot pages, not so great if you're just ordering 1 or 2; I find that you would need to order at least 3 to make it worth it.

My total for the three 12x12 pages = $10.97
That includes shipping.
$3.66 a page.
As far as I'm concerned that's a bargain for getting your memories into your albums!

I will continue to do traditional scrapping because that is where my true scrappy love lies but I'm definitely using this app again!
I already feel that w/ the time I saved, the quality of the product, and the fact that I was able to get a good amount of photos out of my phone and into my albums, that I have already gotten my money's worth!
Total photos out of my phone and into my Scrapbook Album(s) = 22

FYI - there are many other options w/ this app as well but I just wanted to touch on what I thought was most important.
For more info you can visit the Project Life App site at this link:
Digital Project life App

---->> Edited to Add :
After writing this post I created these 2 layouts but I haven't yet ordered them.
Ordering will occur soon, however just wanted to share other styles and say that this is another  12 photos out of my phone that will soon be going into my album:

 (7 Photos)
I had to narrow down my photo choices here also but it seemed easier w/ digital scrapping... IDK why, LOL
I think part of it is it was because I didn't stress about figuring out which pictures were "photo paper" and "ink" worthy since I wasn't printing them myself... know what I mean?

(5 Photos)

Total Photos "scrapped": 34

Thanks for stopping by and reading this long post!
I'd love to know if you've ever tried or would like to tray the Project life App.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

09/12/17 - "The Circus"

Today I bring you layout #55 of my 75 Layout Goal for 2017
"The Circus"
"Last Night we enjoyed the circus...1903 style!
David, Madison and Me
Pantages Theater 2.19.17"

For the Following September Challenges:

1> Music Challenge
Category #2 Song Title
I chose "Circus" by Britney Spears

2> National ___________ Day
Sept 22nd - National Elephant Appreciation Day
Though they were fake, there were elephants in the show.
I know it sounds weird, "fake elephants", but they way they did it... it was a work of art and they seemed really real. My eyes actually watered at one point during the show when the baby elephant got his feelings hurt... LOL

We were not allowed to take photos while the show was in progress so I wasn't able to get a photo of the cute "fake elephants" but here is a photo from the internet:

Come to think of it, I guess I could have a printed a photo from the internet to include in my layout, duh...LOL
Hmmmm.... maybe there will be a page dedicated to "the Elephants of 1903" in my scrappy future!


Also included in the following Challenges:

3> Scraps
1 Scrap
-Red paper I made the large BG banner out of

4> Hoarders
3 items
-Star strip
-Red paper I made the large BG banner out of
-File/journaling tab

5> Sticker
13 Used
-Alphas (9)
-Star Strip
-Colorful "circle"
-File/journaling tab
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Word/Phrase sticker