Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Knock Knock. Who's There? It's Me!

Just dropping in to say hello and say I'm alive.  I'd love to say that I have big plans to restart some regular posting, but I don't.  Maybe the fall will be a good time to get it back into my routine.  We'll see how the future goes.

I have been doing a bit of scrapping over the summer - getting back into my room and feeling like playing with paper a little bit.  I finished a modified version of my 2012 December Daily project, and I caught up and ended my weekly project layouts (My year was from June to June).  I'd really like to post those pages here, since I was working on the project when I last posted here. 

With those two projects out of the way, I'd like to work on our 2013 Mexico vacation. I never tire of working with Mexico pictures, and I never printed any of the February trip's pictures, so I'm anxious to get started. 

Back when I have something to share. Hope everyone has enjoyed a nice summer!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

May Counterfeit Kit

Hi everyone -

Sorry to be a dud at the end of the hop, but I'm not able to post a kit today. Life happens :). I hope you all enjoyed today's hop! Remember to go back to the Counterfeit Kit blog to add your own kits and projects to this month's Mr Linky.

And in case I don't get back to posts this weekend, happy National Scrapbook Day! Watch the Counterfeit blog for NSD posts and fun this weekend, too.

I'll be back as soon as I can.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Hop

Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit hop! If you are hopping with us, here is some navigation info, for your reference:

Where you were: Lesley     http://ohblogitifyoucantbeatthem.blogspot.co.uk/
Where you are: Rebecca   http://howiburb.blogspot.com/
Where you will go: Lisa E http://lisae-design.blogspot.com

Using April's challenge #1, we're all showing projects inspired by this picture:

And here's my project:

So, I knew there was nothing in my kit to use as a direct interpretation of the picture, so I started looking for other angles.  I sort of saw the picture in quadrants and that made me think to use four 6x6s as my background 12x12.  And if you flip the tree to the other side, that's sort of how I arranged my page, with one side filled and the other side partially open. 

I'm enjoying these unlayered looks and have a Pinterest board with some collected inspiration pages.  I didn't directly scraplift a single page, but I definitely took pieces of several recently added pages on my pin board, including pages from Debbie Hodge, Jen Jockisch and others.  It's a fun look, and I'm having fun playing with the unlayered arrangement.

To understand the title, you have to know The Blogess and her Beyonce the Giant Metal Chicken story. When we took a trip to Amish Country last fall and saw this metal chicken in a garden at one of our stops, we had to get a picture - It's Beyonce in simpler times, and she won't ever need electricity or a telephone.  And I've left room for the full title, which I will add later now that I've taken the pictures :), because it's an oft used phrase around here.

I added a few little things that weren't in my original kit. I was just having fun adding random shiny bits! 

And these washi tapes are new, too. I had a moment of weakness and bought a deal for 12 rolls of MME tapes. It arrived on my doorstep earlier this week as I was working on this page and they just sort of creeped onto my work space.

I knew I wanted to get away from my little Project Life pages and back into some regular pages, so I'm glad I could start on these pictures.  I'll have several more pages to do for this trip, and maybe that will keep me busy in the near future.
Alright, next stop is Lisa at http://lisae-design.blogspot.com - don't miss her project and the rest of the group on the second half of the hop.  Here's the full hop order, in case you hit a bump along the way.   Be sure to visit all the stops!

CKCB              http://www.counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com/
Lisa H             http://lisahausmann.blogspot.com 
Leslie             http://lcsmithsaved-outofthemire.blogspot.com/
Lisa E             http://lisae-design.blogspot.com

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Scrapping Weekends Ahead!

Just want to note a couple of upcoming weekend blog events:

First, National Scrapbooking Day is May 4th, 2013.  There's just something uplifting and motivating about celebrating a holiday - really an International holiday - around our hobby, at least for me! I see all sorts of celebration events planned for that weekend, and the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog has you covered, too. Details are still in the works, and I don't think anything has been officially announced, so I don't want to ruin any surprises.  But watch for details as the dates get closer.

Our regular kit reveal will still occur on May 1st, so watch for that monthly hop, too.

Second, Jennifer Grace, one of the other Master Forgers, is hosting a blog event on Friday, May 10-Sunday, May 12th, 2013.  You can find more details about her Onwards and Upwards! event and an announcement about the event and giveaways here. It looks like a packed weekend of activities, I know I'm looking forward to it!

So as if we need more reasons to look forward to weekends, there are some great upcoming activities for us.   Hope to see some of you at each of these events in the coming weeks!

Project Life: March 18-24

A quick note about this week's schedule.  Tomorrow I'm taking a break from PL posts to participate in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog hop. Come hop with us! You can start from the main blog at CounterfeitKitChallenge.blogspot.com.

But for today, it's time for another Project Life catch-up week, March 18-24.

This is another week where I used the Hey Boy pieces from my April Counterfeit Kit, and it is one of my favorite weeks of the book so far.  I just love those orange and natural colors that are used here.

On the left page - a box of fortune cookies for an event at work, and a picture of Crystal driving away with my cell phone.  As I've become better about taking day to day pictures for this project, this one sticks out in my head.  The picture isn't from the day of the story, but it could have been.  I think I snapped the pic to show how it was getting lighter in the mornings right before the time change.  But it was the perfect picture to go with the story from a few days later: Crystal dropped me off, and as I started to walk away, I realized my phone was still in the car.  I tried to catch her and run after the car, but she just wasn't looking back and didn't hear me yell.  So I spent the day without my phone, which is difficult when you're not used to it!  I'm glad I snapped this picture some other day, so I had a picture to match the story.

Then another car/traffic story - perfect space for the picture and the story on this pre-printed card. 

On the right, I used the 2x8 space for journaling again.  I used a piece of 6x6 paper, which left it 2" short - so I used a couple of sticker elements to fill the space.  Added the date and lines for journaling, and it made a good spot for notes about the weekend.  I used a dog park picture for the InstaWeather overlay, and does anyone recognize that scrapbook celebrity there in the bottom corner?  That was a picture from the Memories Expo that weekend in Columbus.

I did have one more piece of information for that week, but I didn't want/need it right out in the open.  So I tucked it behind that Tim Holtz picture.  I used that tab as a pull and titled it "Not My Drama," since....well, it's not my drama. But I've read along as everyone else went through the drama, so I somehow feel connected :).

And here was the drama - a little 2Ps message board scuff up that sparked the creation of a new message board that makes me happy.  I wrote those notes on the back of a screen capture that I printed as a 4x4 picture.

I'll be back with the final week of March catch-up posts on Thursday.  I can't believe I was able to post it all within 3 weeks, and now I need to get the April weeks posted before the month completely passes us by.  I covered most of my 2012 weeks with posts here on the blog, but I think I missed a few.  In order to get everything up to date, I will probably have a few posts for those pages in the near future, too.  And in the not too distant future I'll get my December Daily project completed.  Then I will really be able to say that my July 2012 - June 2013 Project Life is all wrapped up with a bow :).  Until then, watch for more real-time weekly posts for the next couple of months.
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