Friday, July 10, 2015

Some Things Old and Some Things New

A few weeks ago, a couple friends and I were drooling over the new Target Spot goodies (thanks to the Instagram enablers--haha), so we went all on scavenger hunts checking the Targets around us looking for these cute supplies (over about a week's time).

After we had rounded up the items we wanted, we met up at Starbucks to trade our goodies with each other--It was so fun!

At our meet-up, we challenged each other to do some memory keeping and use the stuff we just got :)

Our challenges were to:

~Do 1 Project Life (pocket page) layout
~Do 1 (traditional) Scrapbook page
~Decorate our Planners
~Journal/Create in our Fauxdori
~Use the stuff we just got (either on 1 or all 4 of the above)

We gave each other 2 weeks--although, we are so lenient that we will get them done when we get them done--haha.

Since I haven't watched too much tv lately (there is nothing on!) and I gave up reading for a week, I completed 3 of the 4 challenges on the 4th of July weekend.

Here is my traditional scrapbook layout:

I used the gold washi tape from the Target Spot.  I also used washi tape from the Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy line and some plain lime green and some green polka dot washi that I've had in my stash (I don't remember from where).

The two wood veneers (the pineapple and flamingo) are from the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss line.  I used Color Shine to color them both.  On the flamingo, I had first sprayed the primrose color shine, but you couldn't really see the outline of the bird, so I went over it with a marker...well then the outline was too dark, so I sprayed a couple more layers of color shine and it worked out ok for my liking (the pack gives you 2 flamingos so if anything I could have started over with the other one).  On the pineapple, I used a paint brush to color the top with Citron Color Shine and Gold Lame Color Shine on the bottom--the gold is just enough without being too much for the layout.

I used a yellow cardstock (just from a Recollections pack I've had forever) as the base and the accent papers were all from old lines.  The Pink with swirls was from Sandylion Barbie line.  The pink plaid is from the DCWV Blossoms & Butterflies 6x6 pack.  The white with yellow polka dots is from the Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic line.  And the yellow plaid is an old KI Memories Summer line.

The photo frame is from Crate Paper.  The journaling block on the left side is from Crate Paper Darling line.  On the bottom left, the journal sticker came from Pebbles--from 2009 and I can't find them online.  The title stickers are from the Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine line.  I also used the Heidi Swapp date stamp and the Amy Tangerine markers throughout.

On the right, I used a journal card from the Project Life Trinkets Value kit and word embellishments ("the little things" and "good times") from the Project Life Notes & Things Value Kit.  The "laugh more" sticker is from Amy Tangerine's Yes, Please line.  The pink  arrow is from Amy Tangerine Rise & Shine and the black arrow is from Heidi Swapp Hello Beautiful Collection.  The yellow with white polka dots is also a very old line from Bo Bunny Shabby Princess line.  And the "Create" epoxy sticker is from White Blossom (I can't find online).

I know most of the supplies I listed are so old and maybe it is pointless to point them all out, but I wanted to show how I used some new stuff with lots of older stuff that I have been hoarding.  I had pulled all my supplies that I wanted to use and tried to do a 15 minute page like Jaime Waters showed was possible in her BPC class, but I totally failed.  It took me about 2 hours to complete this page! ha ha.  That is ok, I wasn't doing it for the race, I enjoyed making this page.

About the page--this past May, I got together with Jossie, Liz, and Theresa on National Scrapbook day...the theme was Pineapples and Flamingos (hence the theme of my page).  We had an awesome fun time and I couldn't wait to use the supplies I've had gotten for the page (the veneers and Dear Lizzy washi) and incorporate them with older supplies.

Thank you for reading all my babbling, if you made it this far--haha :D

I was going to show all the challenges complete on this post, but it got way too I will do separate posts for each :)

Friday, June 26, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge Halfway Mark

It is not quite halfway through the year just yet (4 more days--eek!), but I wanted to update my reading challenge list.  I am at 20 of the 52 books (the list has 50 items, but there is a trilogy in there so it bumps it up to 52 books).  I'm a bit behind, but that is ok since I might not check everything off the list.

I have decided that I need a few days of being book free--hence the update 4 days before the midpoint.

In my first post about the Challenge, I had read 9 books in 4 months.  But over the last 2 months, I have read an additional 11...eek!...that is 1.5 books per week...I gotta do some other stuff :)  But I do enjoy it.

Onto my reviews which may contain spoilers if you plan on reading them (or seeing the movie if there is one).

Paper Towns-"A Book that became a Movie"  The "end goal" of this book was horrible!  I was glad the ending didn't turn out like it made you feel like it would, but the book didn't let you understand the reasoning why everything took place.  I know this is very vague, but if someone hasn't read it, I don't want to spoil it too much...although I probably already have by saying it doesn't turn out like you think it will--haha  But I will still see the movie when it comes on cable or Netflix :)

I Was Here-"A book published this year"  This book was kinda depressing.  Having 2 kids in college, it really struck me and made me worry even more!  It was a pretty decent book and had a cute love story at the end.  I am always a sucker for a love story.

Maine-"A book written by someone under 30" This was a cute story about 3 generations.  The book is told from the point of view of 4 women which is interesting because the way one person is portrayed through one person's eyes is portrayed differently through their own eyes.  Although I hated the left you wondering "did this happen or did this happen?!?!?!"  UGH

Wild-"A book based on a True Story" This book was so boring, but interesting at the same time.  She was very messed up and really unprepared to hike from the Mohave desert to the Oregon/Washington border.  But it did make me want to hike in Oregon to see Crater Lake :D  I love Reese Witherspoon and can't wait to catch the movie on cable.

I'll Meet You There-"A book based entirely on its cover"  This was a twisted sort of love story.  I really like this one.  It's a "getting out here and having a better life"...dealing with PTSD...just tell each other you love each other type of book :)  What was the cover that intrigued me?

Yours For Christmas-"A book you can finish in a day"  This is a book in a series of "Fool's Gold".  I've read a couple of the books from this series--all pretty similar love story.  Typical guy doesn't want to get involved with a woman that has a child but falls in love with her and loves caring for the child :)

In Your Dreams-"A book with a love triangle" I am using this book as a love triangle (not sure if the definition fits, but in my mind it does).  The main female character starts to have feelings for a guy (and vice versa), but the guy's ex-wife comes to town and tries to win him back...he doesn't have feeling for her, but is nice to her (because everyone else isn't) and he is just too nice of a guy.  Very cute love story in the end.  This is actually the 4th book in a series (but a stand alone book).

The DUFF-"A book set in High School"  I did not really care for the main character.  It actually made me sad how she used sex as a a method to cope with her life.  I don't think young girls should have this sort of character to mimic.  The ending was cute though...typical love story...just getting to that point made me cringe.  I've heard the movie is different and of course I will watch it.

Before I Go-"A book that made you cry" I just finished this one and man, Cancer Sucks...I don't think I need to say anything else :(

A Fool's Gold Christmas-"A book set during Christmas"  Another one from the Fool's Gold Series.  Very cute love story of a reluctant girl and a player guy...very cute.  Sometimes I just need the sappiness.

Fresh Off the Boat-"A book based on a tv show" I wanted to read this book because I think the tv show is hilarious. Overall the book was interesting, but his "voice" was too hood/street...almost like he was trying too hard.  Also, his overuse of "son" was annoying.  And for someone that complains quite a bit about being called a Chink, he refers to women as shawty a LOT--both are so degrading in IMO--ok, maybe not quite, but I got the feeling that he really did not respect women at all.  I think I will still watch the tv show because it isn't much like the book or his real life (he even says so).

From this list, it seems like my favorite books are Love Story Romances, but I actually also love Mysteries by James Patterson, John Grisham, etc, but I just haven't gotten around to reading any for this challenge yet.

Well hopefully I can get some crafting done and stop bombarding my blog with book reviews :)

Thank you for reading!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Silhouette Sunday-High Chair Banner

A few months ago, my brother asked if I could make a high chair banner for his daughter's first birthday...of course, I said yes!!

He had sent me some photos as inspiration and they gave me a bunch of ribbon to make it.  The color scheme was turquoise and pink with white, grey, and black as accent colors.  The theme was cameras (A year in a Flash).

I wasn't sure how I was going to attached the ribbon--I even searching the internet, but I didn't find many tutorials!  So I got some elastic and tied the ribbon on.  (If they want, they can take it off the tray, pull the elastic tighter and have a ribbon tutu--haha.)

Then I used double sided tape to secure the pink satin ribbon to the entire tray.  I also used the double sided tape to attached the ribbon (which is held together by the elastic) to the tray.  This seemed to work fine.  It was completed a couple of weeks prior to the event and it held up throughout the party :)

This is where my silhouette came in, I found a scalloped circle that I already had (I just erased the lines I didn't need) and cut 3 out (I used black as the background because blue or pink would have just gotten lost against the ribbon--I actually had cut blue scallops at first, but didn't like them).  Then I cut pink circles.  I have a ton of fonts and I went through a lot...I finally settled on plain ol' Lucida Handwriting since I like the way the welding of the letters flowed together.

Once I was done with that...I was off to find a cute camera.  I found this one on Miss Kate Cuttables...she has the cutest cuts for so cheap!  (She also has a freebie every day, but you have to download it to the computer where you use your Silhouette because you cannot go and download it again after the day is over and you can't send the file either.)

I was happy with the way it came out.  My daughter was a big help letting me know what didn't look right.  I would also email the mom of the baby to make sure she liked certain colors and ask which type of banner...I could have done squares or triangles...there are a lot of different types.

If you ever think of doing something like this, I will warn you it isn't cheap.  I used a lot of ribbon.  I was given 8 spools of ribbon and it got me 1/2 way around the tray (each cut was about 20 inches so that it would be about 8 inches long).  I am sure I could have just used that and spaced it out a bit more, but I wanted it to be fuller.  So 16 spools of ribbon isn't very cheap--even with a coupon (or two).  Then there is the elastic, the double sided tape, the paper, and cuts (if you don't already have them).

But it was pretty fun to make.

Thank you for reading. :)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge-Update

I have been reading way too much lately!  There are so many other things I could (should) be doing, but mostly I get home from work and read until it is time to go to sleep.  I try not to, but sometimes I have to finish the book and I regret it the next morning when I have to get up for work.

So far, I have checked off 17 of the 50 items on the 2015 Reading Challenge list.  I should be at 25 by the end of June, right?  

BUT, I have decided this challenge should be fun for me so I have already crossed off a few items that I will not be completing.  

I decided that I wasn't going to finish some of the items when I tried to read A Tale of Two Cities--this would be "A book I was supposed to read in high school, but didn't" (I honestly do not know how I passed Sophomore English!).  I read the first chapter and I was like what did I just read?!?!  Reading should be enjoyable and this was not enjoyable.

Then, as I was looking for books that fell under "A Classic Romance", I realized I would pass on that too.  Last year, I read Northanger Abbey with my aunt's book club and at the end it was a cute love story, but it took me forever to read...Even though it was in English...I had to sit there and translate everything I was reading...that is not fun!

And since "A book over 100 years" most likely will fall under the same type of books as the two mentioned above, I am thinking about skipping that one too.

Then, I started reading All the Lights We Cannot See (it was on my waitlist at the library before I decided to do this challenge) for "A Pulitzer Prize-winning book"...yawn!  I may not be completing that one either.

So that is another 4 off my list...maybe if I get to December and I am almost done, I will reread To Kill a Mocking Bird for "A Pulitzer Prize" or I will find a "Classic Romance" (it doesn't have to be Jane Austen, right)...we will see.

I will update my list at the end of June...I know this isn't craft related, but I wanted to post my list here :D

Thank you for reading :)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Monterey 2013 Album (Amy Tan class--2015)

Last month, my good friend Liz and I drove up to Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley (it just recently closed--boo!) to take an Amy Tan class. It was so much fun! And we got a ton of goodies! (Seriously, the amount of product was totally worth the price of the class!)

We didn't get much done, but it was a blast. Amy is such a great person. I highly recommend taking a class with her if you ever get the chance. 

During National Scrapbook Day (see Jossie's post--we had so much fun!), I actually got a lot of the book complete by just copying Amy's layouts. I worked on completing the album all last week and I finally finished.

There are a lot of pages (47) and I think I figured out how to do a slideshow (ok, it works on a computer, but it won't show the slide show on an iPhone/iPad).

Since I had more photos that didn't fit on the finished pages, I actually added a few more of my own design--whoo hoo! I love Sea Anemones...this one looked like a sunflower :)


I also love Sea Horses! This one looks like a leaf. The paper I used, the numbers really didn't work, so I painted over with lime green and white acrylic paint.

My niece had given me a thank you card for taking her, so I used it in the back and added her picture inside the card.

One of the techniques Amy showed us was with the Fuse tool. Of course I had to buy one! On one of the layouts I did, I added sequins and loved the look. last photo from our trip because jellyfish are also one of my favorite!


I really love sea creatures, but I don't like the water! brain freezes and I can't breathe right when trying to swim or use snorkel gear! 

Thank you for letting me share my album!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge

I have always loved to read, but there have been times when I didn't have the time to do so.  Now that my kids are grown, I am able to do nothing and just read...some call me obsessive or an addict because when I do start a book, it is so hard for me to stop...I can stay up late reading (but rarely any other time)...sometimes I just have to know how it ends!

The other day, I was thinking about posting the books I have read since the beginning of the year, then I came across this post by a fellow blogger who is doing the PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge and I was like "hey...I wanna do that!" :)

I am not sure if I will update this often or not, but here is my list so far.

~A book with a number in the title--One Summer.  This one was pretty good.  It actually was kinda hard for me to start because it started off so sad and depressing, but then it got better and became a love story.

~A book by a female author--More Like Her.  This was a book club pick from my aunt's book club and it was good.  It was sad but it kinda had a love story in there.

~A book of short stories--Four.  Recently, I watched the Divergent movie and had to start reading the series.  Four is actually four short stories that can be read (preferably after Divergent) to hear about one of the characters in more detail--the last of the four books is kinda parallel with Divergent but seen from a different point of view.  I really liked this one.  (again a bit of a love story)

~A book set in a different country--A Girl on a Train.  This one I have seen so many people love it...I didn't really love it.  It was ok.  The beginning was so depressing...not a love story--haha

~A book a friend recommended--The Silent Sister.  This was also a book club pick from my aunt's book club.  I really like this one.  Sometimes I figure out the twists and I hate when I do that and this one I kinda knew things that should have been a surprise.  There is a little bit of a love story in this one.

~A trilogy--Divergent/Insurgent/Allegiant.  Ok, technically, I haven't finished this trilogy.  I still need to read the last book, but I really loved the first two...lots of twists in the second book.  And there is a love story component.

~A book by an author you've never read before--The Great Escape.  Late last year, my coworker and I decided to make a 2 person book club--haha!  So we started reading a bunch of books (we read the 3 Gillian Flynn books) and most of the books were kinda sad/depressing.  So at the beginning of the year, she recommended we read some romance novels.  This one was cute.  Then we read 3 more books by the same author and all the books were so similar!  Then we were tired of love stories haha!

So there are my short reviews.  I am on and I try to keep it up to date if you want to follow me there.  

Some of the books were hard to choose which item to check off.  Like Four could have been "A book with a number in the Title" or "A book with a one-word title".  And A Girl on a Train could have also fallen under "A book you can read in a day"--although most wouldn't read it in a day (I read it in less than 24 hours because I didn't have anything else to do this past weekend--haha!)

I don't know if I will get to finish all these books on the list, but it will be fun to try. 

Thank you for reading if you made it this far :D

Saturday, April 25, 2015

San Diego 2015 Mini Album

I didn't think it would ever happen, but it did...I completed an album in less than a month of my trip!!!  Whoo Hoo!!!! :D

On March 27, my mom, my daughter, and I embarked on a Road Trip to San Diego.  In a perfect non-traffic world, it should take less than 7 hours.  But it took us nearly 10 hours to get there and 9 hours to get home thanks to LA traffic and a few stops going down there and only 1 stop coming home.

It was a short trip and I actually brought my portable LG printer and some supplies thinking I could do some scrapbooking in the car and at the hotel.  But I did very little scrapbooking--how do those girls (Amy Tan and Kelly Purkey--to name a couple) do it???

This is my first time trying this type of "non-conformist" mini album...I don't know how else to describe it haha!  The pages aren't all the same size.  I am not sure if I love it, it is kinda hard to focus on a page when you can see parts of the pages behind it.  But it was fun to try.

I tried to add a flipagram, but I didn't know what I was doing wrong and I couldn't get it to work in the please excuse all the photos of my album.

I finished the cover before we left.  Using some Color Shine, washi tape, and Amy Tangerine stickers from a couple of her lines.  You can't really tell, but I added a transparency on the front cover and the back cover to make it a bit sturdier.

See how the "Here We Go" PL card hides and messes with the layout behind it?

Yes, I could have left it out, but the PL card was used to journal on the back.  I actually completed the majority of the "polaroid" layout in the hotel.  I printed the photo of the 3 of us at In N Out burger!!  

My daughter knew I would used the receipt, so she wrote on it ha ha! To make the receipt a little sturdier, I put some washi tape on the back.  I used watercolors on the left side of the page and it kinda blend through--ugh--so I had to add the washi and some pink watercolor to the front of the page.

Again, I wanted to use another PL card to extend my journal space...not sure if I am a fan of this technique...Maybe I just need bigger journaling cards! :)

The right side is one of my favorite parts of the album.  I actually started most of it at the hotel and did some (very little) in the car.  The sand is actual sand from the beach we were at!  I brought the bag with me to the beach.  It is a SMASHbook bag which I don't know if they even make them anymore.  The Highway 1 picture inside the back is from a Message In A Box tin from Typo.  (I am not sure if they sell that set anymore either.)

I was so excited to be able to finally get to Paper Tales.  The receipt got wet in my bag, but I thought the tied dye look was still ok to use.  (sorry you can see me from the page behind this one!)

While at the restaurant, they took a few photos of us.  My mom and my cousin both bought a couple each--which were in some touristy paper frames...I just kept the free one that included photos of the foods. :)

Of course, no trip is complete without a few stops at Starbucks haha!

Thank you for looking.  I really had fun making this album.  As I am using the latest trends, I realize how much I enjoy my 2-page 12x12 layouts...but I will still keep trying new things out :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Altered Journal Notebook

This summer, my husband and I are going to Puerto Rico for our 20th Anniversary-eek :)

I bought this cute 5x7 journal at Michaels (in the dollar bins). 

I like the gold and the pink, but I'm not really a pink person haha. So I found a cute vintage print online and covered the front using my Xyron for the adhesive (I never have any luck with modge podge).

And since the pink back wouldn't match, I went through my stack of old Basic Grey papers. 

There was a time when I "needed" two sheets of each paper in every line--ugh!  

After, I covered it with clear ConTact paper.

Now I really hope I will journal a bit each day so I don't forget too many details. 

Thank you for looking :)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Florida 2012 (#7)

We finished off our 5th day in Florida at the Magic Kingdom.

After a couple of hours at the hotel, we arrived at 5:20 pm.  It was still pretty humid.  That may be why 3 of the lines to awesome rides were so short!

The lines to the Pirates of the Caribbean and to the Haunted Mansion were only 10 minutes each!  Unfortunately, the line to Big Thunder was too long for us to wait and we ended up leaving the park way before our FastPasses would have worked for us.

We then lucked out again with the It's a Small World ride.  Even though my husband gets irritated by this ride, we were ready for some more air conditioning and the line was only 15 minutes!

But that was the end of the short lines.  Space Mountain was a 90 minute wait and we were completely exhausted by 7:50, so we skipped it.  It had been a 12 hour day for our feet!

One of the statements in the Smash Book was "if money wasn't a concern"...I wrote we would have stayed a week longer and took more time to enjoy each park.

My review of Disney World was jaded by the fact that we have been to Disneyland a few times and besides the Cinderella Castle, the Magic Kingdom did not compare.

Thank you for looking!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Florida 2012 (#6)/Silhouette Sunday

Today, I'm combining Silhouette Sunday with my continuing effort to complete our 2012 Florida trip. This is the 2nd post on our 5th day. 

I'm sure plenty of people really enjoy Epcot--I mean they haven't closed it, right?  But we really didn't care for this park. 

Again, I placed the map in the Smash Book. 

Here is where I used my Silhouette. I cut the names of the countries. Pretty simple but glueing each letter is a pain. 

And that was it. Not much journaling was needed. 

Thank you for looking! :)