Project Life Week 35

Monday, October 20, 2014

So week 35 has been a bit difficult to do. This was the week we lost our 15-year-old pup, Harley. I can't really decide how I want to document it. Obviously it's a HUGE event. For now, I settled on a few cards on the left side. I think I will add an insert later.

Full spread:

Left side: Just a few words about Harley.

I used gold Color Shine on this black and white card to give it a bit of color.

Right side: Being silly with Dad at Hobby Lobby, signs of fall, and a friend's wedding.

I used a 4x6 bifold card to tell the story of hanging out with my parents later in the week.

How have you documented the loss of a favorite pet?

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Yoga Project Life cards

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Another Project Life card swap I joined this month was titled "zen". You could do anything related to yoga, meditation, zen, etc. I ended up making a 4x6 and a 3x4 for each person, because I couldn't decide which one I liked better!! I used washi tape, embossing, and stamping to create these cards.

I love the texture I got from using this Moroccan inspired Sizzix embossing folder. The embossed area was a little smaller than 4x6, so I used washi tape on the edges to make it full size.

How cute is this stamp from Studio Calico? I got it last year during their Mystery Kit sale.

Ive had this orange/purple paper FOREVER and love how it looks embossed.

Look at that texture! <3

These are the washi tapes I used. 


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Disney World vacation

Monday, October 13, 2014

I thought I'd share some stories and pictures from our recent trip to Disney. We had so much fun and can't wait to go back.

First of all, how cute is this little notebook?? It had prompts and space to document 5 trips. It's definitely geared towards kids, but I seriously contemplated buying it. Too cute!

We stayed at the Coronado Springs resort. We actually got a free upgrade to a Junior Suite. We enjoyed having extra space to spread out! The Magic Kingdom was decorated for fall. I can't imagine how many feet of garland they used to decorate!

We were so lucky - we got a last minute (like, the day before we left!) reservation to Be Our Guest for our first dinner at Disney. It was pretty fancy and very French. We liked our food and I had The Grey Stuff for dessert (it was delicious!)

We always take silly pictures while wearing 3D glasses. These glasses are from Star Tours at Hollywood Studios. I brought my Minnie ears I got at Christmas a couple years ago - and also bought some purple ears with a green bow (sequined just like these classic Minnie ears).

We had an amazing time on Friday. We took a behind-the-scenes tour at the Magic Kingdom called "Keys to the Kingdom". It was about 5 hours long and we learned about why Disney does things they way they do, and how every little thing has a lot of thought behind it. We got to go in before the Magic Kingdom opened. A cast member asked if we wanted to ride up to Cinderella Castle and back since we had a few minutes to kill. Obviously we said yes! So fun!

We got to take a picture of an (almost) empty Main Street!

We ate at Tusker House restaurant in Animal Kingdom (so good!) and it's a character buffet. We just had to take a selfie with Donald. Apparently he calls it a "Duckie".

Asia is my favorite place in Animal Kingdom. This bus is actually an ice cream stand. The prayer flags and bridge are in the tiger enclosure. So cool!

We went during the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. There's tons of extra booths set up with food and beverages. We knew we couldn't hit them all, so we decided to go to an event called Party for the Senses. There were maybe 10 stations and each had tapas style entrees, desserts, and drinks to form a small meal.  Cirque du Soleil performed during the event. These were some chocolates we got. They were so pretty, I almost didn't want to eat them!

We got to eat at the Sci Fi Diner. You sit in cars and watch vintage commercials and cartoons while you eat. I got a great salad and a milkshake. Joe got a burger.

I had to document my Magic Band (the orange one), my FitBit (the blue one), ponytail holder, and Disney inspired Jamberry nails.

Speaking of my FitBit, I had set a goal to reach 30,000 steps in a single day while we were gone. I didn't achieve it, but got pretty close!! On a busy day at work, I walk 7-8K (sometimes 10K), so this is a huge deal!

And to end it all, here's a quote from Walt. I found it inspirational and applicable to crafting. We could achieve so much if we quit talking and got to work!

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MAMBI Wall Art

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Have you seen the large clear stickers from Me and My Big Ideas? I've seen them at Michael's and at Hobby Lobby. There are several different categories, like Home and Life and Love. I just had to pick up a couple of them and create some wall art for my home!

 The "Hello" is a beautiful shiny gold, but looks a little green here with the light.

I got some cheap canvases and simply put these stickers right on top. They've held up really well (except for one!) I just used some spray adhesive on the back of that sticker and now it stays just fine.

Have you made a project with these stickers yet? I love them!

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Project Life Card Swap - Fall cards

Monday, October 6, 2014

I decided to participate in 3 Project Life card swaps for October. I'll make 8 cards for each group and get 8 back. Fun stuff! This first group is called "Get Cozy for Fall". Fall is my favorite season so I need some fall cards! I was inspired to use a paper pad I got last year at Michael's, a little coffee cup stamp from Freckled Fawn, and a stamp from Ali Edwards' new Story Stamp.

I used a paper punch to stamp out the stamped coffee cup. Then I created an offset image on my Silhouette Cameo and cut out the brown circles. I used 2 strips of washi across the card (just match up the pattern for a seamless look). I LOVE the "Around Here" stamp. Simple and cute card!

I actually started by making this card first but didn't have enough paper to make 8 cards. Guess I'll just have to keep it for myself :) I sprayed the whole card with Heidi Swapp Color Shine. It caused the paper to buckle a little bit, but I think it will flatten out just fine in a pocket page.

Happy fall!!

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Project Life Weeks 33 & 34

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I combined weeks 33 & 34 into one Project Life spread. I used Studio Calico, a WRMK set called "Simply Happy" from Target, MAMBI cards, and Happy kit cards. I think the colors ended up looking sweet and dreamy. Full spread:

Left side: our current balance on Walmart's Savings Catcher and Joe's Disney countdown.

I layered a couple of embellishments to make this little tag.

Right side: the Appalachian Fair and my brother's weekend trip home.

This ticket was fluorescent green. I colored over it with an orange marker to tone it down and make it blend in a little better.

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The Scrap Gals podcast

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hey! Let's get serious for a minute.

Just kidding! Today I'm sharing something super fun!

Have you listened to The Scrap Gals podcast? The hosts, Tiffany and Tracie, are hilarious Southern best friends that love to scrapbook. They are complete opposites in regard to their scrapbooking processes. I relate to each of them on different aspects, and it's always interesting to hear another viewpoint. I literally LOL while listening to them in the car on the way to work. Anybody that looks at me at a red light probably thinks I'm nuts, but I don't care!

When Tracie asked me to answer a question for them for an upcoming episode, of course I said yes! The episode is called "Setting the Stage" and is about the rituals/processes we go through in order to be able to scrapbook. You'll have to listen to hear my answer. There are 3 ways to listen and you can get started right here on their website. I've been subscribing on iTunes since they started!

What are the rituals/processes you go through in order to be ready to scrapbook?

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