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

Saturday, September 9, 2017

09/09/17 - "Comic Con Selfies"

My latest and greatest!
Okay maybe not my greatest but I am loving it!

"Comic Con Selfies"

"Selfies while waiting in line to enter Comic Con 2017

I have a lot more photos from this day and I plan on doing a PL style layout to make it easier to scrap the multitude, but I wanted to scrap these photos separately because 1) My daughter is going through some major "teenage social anxiety" that makes her not want to leave the house much 2) She very rarely, like never, lets us take her picture so these photos mean a lot to me and I felt like they deserved their own page.
I may use a couple of them again in my PL layout, which is a rarity for me, to scrap the same photo more than once, but in this case the situation warrants it!

For the following Sept Challenges:

1> Monthly Sketch Challenge
This is Sketch #4  of the challenge:

2> Can You Use (Exactly) 4 Photos

3> National _________ Day
Inspired by Sept 25th - National Comic Book Day

5> Hoarders
20 items
Every Single item on here is Hoarded...
I'm so happy I finally had a reason to cut into my zombie paper pack!!
I won it a few years back from a scrappy blog... I don't remember how old it is but I'm thinking it's pretty darn old as I couldn't find it in the shop to link!


Also Entered in the following Challenges:

4> Sticker
16 used
- Alphas (15)
- Cameras in Circle (top left)

6> Scraps
1 scrap
The "Moments Captured" Journaling Box

Thursday, September 7, 2017

09/07/17 - "His 40th"

Happy Thursday/Friday!
I don't work tomorrow so this is my Friday and I couldn't be happier about it... until my next one of course, LOL
Anyway here is my latest layout and I also couldn't be happier about it!
I think it turned out really well and it think it conveys a feeling of celebration and overall happiness!
I hope you like it also!
"His 40th"

I was able to fit a lot of photos and a lot of journaling on this and include a fun BG paper and fun embellishments...
And yes I realize that though it's a page about my husband's birthday, he's not in any of the photos...
What can I say... I love to have my photo taken and he doesn't!
Though technically his hand is in the photo of the mules, LOL

Journaling -

"40th Birthday Shenanigans for my husband.
For 3 mos out of the year, Aug - Oct, I'm only 1 year older than David instead of the normal 2 years, LOL."

Left Hand Side:
"Pizza & Beer at The Gourmet Pizza Shoppe in Downtown Redlands.
We had the Shrimp, Crab, and Avocado was 'to die for'!
Drinks and Peanut Butter Cup Fondue at Rok-N-Fondue
We ordered various flavors of mules and there was a marshmallow casualty... won't say who did it though
::looks innocent:: LOL
Aug 12th 2017
-Greg and Peng joined us"

Bottom Right:
"Actual DOB: 08.09.77"


For the following Challenges:

> In This corner
- scrap a page using a BG paper w/ a pre-printed pattern on at least one corner and/or side
Original Paper:

> AGC -
Daily Challenge #1
Use a Refractory Word: a word that has no rhyme
According to Google "husband" has no rhyming word

Also included in the following Sept challenges:

> INDEFINITE Foodie Challenge

> Second Chance
- Inspired by the August "Birthday Challenge"

> National ____ Day
- Inspired by Sept 5th, Cheese Pizza Day

> Sticker Challenge
10 Stickers
- Alphas (7)
-Words/Phrases (1)
-Heart Shaped Balloon (1)
-Journaling Sticker (bottom Right)
*INCLUDES TWIST* Word/Phrase Sticker

> Hoarders
- 2 items
PL Cards

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

09/05/17 - "Quiet Time w/ Grampy"

How was your weekend?
I had a nice 3-day weekend and I only work 3 days this week so I'm not feeling too bad on this Monday-Tuesday!
Today I am sharing a layout created w/ a "selfie" my husband took of him and Hamlet (and then sent to me at work...punk! LOL)
"Quiet Time w/ Grampy"

Photo of Hamlet and my husband, AKA Hamlet's "Grampy" taken approximately 2 years ago.
I just love the look on Hamlets face...his eye has an actual 'twinkle' in it! ::swoon::

How this layout came to be:

Inspired by a challenge w/in a challenge over at
The Anything Goes Challenge, Weekly Challenge #1 -

Step 1
Take the quiz (it’s very short).
This will be your color palette for your project.

Step 2
Using the color from step one, select one of the emotions in that color in the chart below as your project "theme."

Step 3
Create a MONOCHROME project using your mental color and emotional theme. ~ Monochrome is a single color project, but you can use shades, tints, and variations in hue. Patterned papers are allowed as long as the pattern does not detract from the overall feel of the layout being a single color. For example: a purple paper with tiny yellow stripes would be acceptable as a purple monochrome, while a purple paper with big red flowers would not.

Purple was my color and I chose "quiet" from the list of "purple" words.

I was very disappointed to wind up w/ the color purple as purple is my least favorite color ever!
But a challenge is a challenge, right?!
So I searched and dug out as much purple as I could and came up w/ a layout I actually really love...despite all it's "purpleness"!
But w/ a photo like that how could I not love it! ::swoon again::

Also I was inspired by this layout which I lifted:

All-in-all a very fun challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!
I'll be back later in the week!

Also included in the following Sept Challenges:
>Scrap Your Pet
*INCLUDES TWIST* of an arrow

4 Used
- Pig
- "LOVE"
- star
- file/journaling tab
*INCLUDES TWIST* of a Word/Phrase sticker

>National ______ Day
This is bad but...
I was inspired by 2 Days: September 2nd, International Bacon Day and September 7th, National Salami Day

>Scrap w/ Your Scraps
2 Scraps used
Used 1 scrap in 3 places
-2 hearts
-1 tag
And another scrap for the arrow

12 Hoarded items
- All the Paper is Hoarded (4)
-Washi (2 different kinds)
-File/Journaling Tab
-buttons (3)
-the "Happy" paper embellishment
-Black Mist

Monday, August 28, 2017

08/28/17 - August "Ugly Paper" Challenge

My latest layout was created mainly for the August Ugly Paper Challenge.
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 
"August Uglies" (and yes that is a FROG!)
Well, here's what I came up w/:
Anniversary 13

" 'Well, that escalated quickly!' *
Senor Frogs, Vegas w/ Ricky and Marivel

*a Will Ferrell, as 'Ron Burgundy', quote from the movie "Anchorman"
I thought the quote was funny and fitting to the photos that start off w/ us all looking "nice and innocent" and wind up w/ us looking like complete "party animals", LOL

BTW - I know I misspelled Vegas and I fixed it IRL after the fact!

As you can see I used everything I was given and I'm quite proud of that!
The BG paper is one of the pieces of paper I was given and the mat for the photos, the speech bubble, and the flower were all cut from the second piece of paper.
And then there's the frog...
When I first saw my papers, the "casino" one was on top and I was like, "Yay, Vegas!" because it's my second home but then when I dug out the embellishment,  I was like, "Ugh, Frog!" because, come on...what could I possibly do w/ a large frog sticker?! Especially in combination w/ a Vegas paper?!
Then inspiration hit: "Oh, yeah, 'Senor Frogs'!"
Good thing we like that place and I have photos...
So in the end it would up being a perfect combo for me and I was finally able to get around to scrapping some of the photos from my 13th wedding anniversary... a month after I celebrated my 16th!
For the following August challenges:

>Ugly Paper
The BG Casino Paper
and the Green Paper that I used to mat the photos and for the speech bubble.
I also cut fussy-cut a flower out of it and used it as an embellishment.
Also used the "ugly" embellishment; the frog
(you can see the originals in the 2nd photo)

>The ABCs of travel - Letter "A" addition
Traveled to Vegas to celebrate our 13th (A)nniversary

22 items
-Alphas (13)
-Black paper
-"Good Times" PL card cut into a circle
-Circle Cutter
-Word Stickers (2)
-Card under the frog
-Wooden camera

-Alphas (13)
-Words/Phrases (2)
-The frog
*INCLUDES TWIST* of Number stickers