Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Take me to the Beach...

Each summer, my mom and I like to take the girl cousins (her granddaughters/my nieces and daughter) to the beach.  There are currently 5 of them, but 1 is only 2 years old, so we only took 4 of the 5 girls to the beach.

I had recently found and bought a Polaroid camera for $10 at the Antique Faire and wanted to try it out.  Since Polaroid discounted the film for the cameras, I found that a company, Impossible, now makes the film...although pricey, it is still fun to use.  We used all 8 exposures on our trip to the beach.



I know it is kinda busy with all the patterns and such, but I like all the colors in the layout.

I had taken a photo of all 8 of the Polaroids in the sand to post on Instagram.  I then let my mom and the 3 older girls take their favorite Polaroid home.


The "Going on an Adventure" tag is from Amy Tangerine's Stitched-Jump Stitch.  The "A Day at the Beach" stamp is from Ali Edwards Beach stamp set.  The background paper is Dear Lizzy's Happy Place-Beachy Betsy.


I had subscribed to the Studio Calico Stationery kit for a couple of months and the "June 2016" card came with one of the kits.  I stamped "Friday" with the Amy Tangerine's Oh Happy Life roller stamp.  The "Life is better in Flip Flops" is from Kaisercrafts Sandy Toes stamp set.



This envelope was also from the June Studio Calico Scout Stationery kit.  I used the We R Memory Keepers typecast teal ribbon to type all of our names in the 'sky'.  The ampersand is from the Project Life Value kit Notes & Things (I think)


I used Amy Tangerine Stitched-Applique, Amy Tangerine Stitched-Bobbin, and Amy Tangerine Stitched-Thrifted papers to layer the photos on.  The "so love the sound of the waves" is from the Ali Edwards Beach stamp set.  The camera paper clip is from American Crafts.  The "shine" bit is from Webster's Pages These Are the Days-June.


I think I got this wooden tag from Michaels--the glitter was already on the tag.  The "California" and "girls" is from a discounted Kelly Purkey stamp set.  The hearts are from the Amy Tangerine's Oh Happy Life roller stamp


The journal tag is from Amy Tangerine Sketchbook bits pack.  

So we didn't take my youngest niece, Max, to the beach with us because she is two.  Later, my mom texted me to tell me that she had drawn all over one of the Polaroid photos.  I found it too funny and I like to think she was mad that she wasn't able to have a beach day with us :)


This "Polaroid" bit from Maggie Holmes Confetti ephemera pack was perfect for this layout.

I hope my links help you find any of the products...I do not get any thing for linking any of the products.  I am actually not sure if I am going to link in the future since it takes a while to find some of the items since a lot of the stuff I use is older.

Thank you for looking!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Long Beach Mini Album

**quick note...I link a lot of the supplies, but I do not get paid from any one to link these :)

Back in April, my husband and I went to visit my daughter in Long Beach for a couple of days.  I have really embraced making mini albums of our quick trips.

When I got home, I put all the receipts and such aside...seriously, I do not know how I accumulate so many pieces of things on a 2 1/2 day trip!


In May, I met up with Jossie and Liz for a craft day and I made myself limit the supplies I was going to use on this mini album and I left the house with only 1 bag!!!!  woo hoo!

Here are the supplies I limited myself to use:

For roller stamps, I closed my eyes and picked a few roller stamps that I had to use...Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go, Maggie Holmes Shine, Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste, and Jennifer Garner-We Made It (exclusive at Joann-no longer available)...after I decided I was definitely going to need and use the time roller stamp from Ali Edwards...so that came along with me as well.  Later, I went back to my basket and pulled out the Jasmine Jones Foodie stamp.  During the trip, I had bought 2 more roller stamps from Typo, so I decided to use those as well...but those I just stamped to show on my page about buying them :D


For the washi and stickers, I closed my eyes and pulled out just a few:  
The red hearts washi is from the Dollar Tree
The lime green has white dots I don't know from where
I think the rainbow diagonal stripes came in a Studio Calico Project Life kit
I don't know where the red/white washi came from 
and the "Tickets" are from Shimelle  

The stickers are Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy, Typo, and Amy Tangerine Better Together.  I also pulled out 4 sheets of letter stickers--I don't think I used them all.




Stamps were a bit harder just to pick willy nilly, so I just took a few that would work with my album.  Amy Tangerine, Ali Edwards, and a Kelly Purkey exclusive California set that is no longer available.  I later used a Kelly Purkey Bright Ideas stamp that is not pictured for the lines to write on.  I also used an older Close to My Heart baseball set not pictured.


I tried to just take the basic stamp pads along.  3 Hero Arts Ombre pads (they stain the stamps and acrylic blocks!) and 3 Close to My Heart stamp pads.


Here is the mini album I started with from American Crafts.


 I used a few papers from 2 older Michaels paper stack pad.


I printed all the photos in the album with either the LG Portable Printer or the Pringo.  Both can be used with the iPhone, but the quality isn't that excellent.


And a few other embellishments.



And they all fit into 1 bag...sometimes I take too much stuff to crops and it is overwhelming.  Of course I didn't finish the album that day, but when I came home, I limited myself to stick to what was in the bag to finish the album.


Since there are already so many photos in this post, I decided do a video to show the finished product.



I will note that I first made a video with my 2008 Pentax Optio camera and the sound was horrible...it sounded like a ghost was in the background making noises--hahaha...so I used my iPhone 6 and I am so happy with the quality...not only was the sound way better, but I think the quality was much better as well.

Thank you for getting to the end and watching!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Let's Skate--Flashback Friday

These photos were taken in 2006 at my niece and nephew's 9th birthday party.  The two photos on the left were taken by my aunt Renee and given to me so so long ago, probably back in 2006, but I never scrapbooked them.


I don't know why I waited so long to scrapbook them, but I am glad I did since I now have the perfect embellishments that I didn't have in 2006.

For this layout, I tried to use Shimelle's methodology by keeping the same colors or embellishment types in all 3 embellishment areas.

It turned out ok, but not something that flows easily for me.  This layout has been sitting on my desk for nearly 2 months waiting to be complete!

I used the Mega Date Stamp which didn't have the year 2006, so I just used the "date" area of the stamp to make my own year by first stamping 20 then 06...it is a bit off, but it works :D


I tried to limit myself by using the Maggie Holmes 12x12 original Crate Paper line and her Flea Market line Project Life cards.  Since I have way too many PL cards, I forced myself to use these by cutting portions from the cards!  I didn't even feel bad :)  I didn't really care for the rounded corners, so if I wanted to use the whole card, I cut it down so it was a rectangle.


There wasn't much on the layout that is new except the pinked grey stickers that came in the July Studio Calico Stationery kit (which I have since canceled).

Thank you for looking!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wicked Good Time...

About a month ago, my mom took me, my daughter and two of my nieces to San Francisco to see the play Wicked.

It was nice...my daughter and I had seen it before, but it is still awesome...and funny!  It was the first time that my mom and nieces watched it though and they had a great time.

It took me a couple of weeks to complete the layout (and another couple to post because I am a slow creator), but it is finally done.


One of my main blocks was the background papers.  I didn't know if I wanted to use plain black cardstock or plain white card stock, but then I found this Amy Tangerine Plus One paper in my stash that was perfect to mimic the black and white of the poster.

The inspiration for the layout was the poster (in the layout above) and the playbill.


I actually wanted to put it on the layout, but it was too big for the layout plus I already had a good picture of the girls in front of the poster for my layout.

From the playbill, I pulled out the black and the white and of course the green, but I also pulled out the red from her lips.

Everything I used was from my stash (yippee!) and I am sure it is all pretty old.  Along with the background paper, I used the backside of another Plus One paper (the polka dot), a black glitter sheet from the DCWV Street Lace pack, green swirly glittery paper from K&Company, American Crafts white and dark red cardstock, white glitter paper, my mega date stamp, green thickers, Heidi Swapp color shine in white, black velvet, & citron, and a journal card from the Stampin' Up PL Love Story

I am really trying to use stuff that I have and not buy too much anymore...but that doesn't mean I haven't bought anything this past month! haha

Thank you for looking! :)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

"Pin"spired~Wizard of Oz

I had pinned this quote/photo on Pinterest a while back and as I was cleaning out my pins I rediscovered it and thought it was so perfect to print out and frame it for my daughter as a surprise.

I realized as I was going through my paper stash that I had the perfect glitter paper .  It is 5x7 from the Heidi Swapp Oh What Fun line.  I like it because it is sturdy unlike some of the other glitter papers I have collected.

I cut 2 pieces of white cardstock to figure out which border looked best--one with a 1/2 inch border and one with a 1/4 inch border.  Without the frame, I thought the 1/2 inch white border (second photo) looked great, but once I put it in the frame, I realized the frame takes a bit of the 5x7 size away and the 1/4 inch is what I used.



At Hobby Lobby, I was looking for a black frame, but I didn't want anything too flourishy and didn't find what I had in mind...so I bought a white frame and I am so glad that I did.


I just love the way this turned out and I hope she loves it too--even though she is nearly 21, she is still my little girl :D

**I don't think this is a direct quote from the movie/book (kinda like "Luke, I am your father" isn't the real quote from Star Wars--haha).  It is more behind what is implied by Glinda's quote in the movie.

Thank you for looking.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Galentine's Day-Craft Day

I had never heard of Galentine's Day until this year.  A couple of friends and I decided to get together at a local Michaels to create and it happened to be Valentine's weekend--which is also Galentine's weekend.

What is Galentine's?  Well I guess if you watch Parks and Rec, you would know--I have never watched it.  Amy Poehler's character Leslie Knope talks about February 13--a day for "Ladies celebrating ladies."  I love it!

Anyway, we decided to gather on Friday from 3:30-8:30 (we would have gone all night but they close the store at 9 and we had to be out by 8:30--boo!).  As always, we have so much fun together.  Liz and I worked on our planners and Jossie worked on a layout.

During the holiday weekend (it was also President's Day weekend), I shopped a little too much for crafty supplies.  I bought Heidi Swapp minc tags, Heidi Swapp foil, a Scotch brand laminator, Crate Paper "Hello Love" paper pad, Dear Lizzy "Documentary" paper pad, and Amy Tangerine "Stitched" paper pad.

I so didn't need any paper!!!  But it was on sale at Michaels and I had to have it...

On Monday, I challenged myself to use most of the stuff I bought and I came up with this layout.


I have been wanting to try the Heidi Swapp minc stuff, but I didn't want to spend a fortune on it.  I found the tags and foil at Michaels on clearance and bought a $20 laminator at Target (much better than the $130 minc!).  And guess what?  It worked!!!  I hope not to go crazy with it though.  I bought silver, gold, teal, and hot pink foils.


I also dug into my stash for red foam Thickers, 6x6 Echo Park "Head over Heels" paper pad, Teresa Collins "Crush" ticket, Maggie Holmes "Confetti" phrase stickers, a paper straw (I bought a pack at the Target dollar spot, but these are similar), Maggie Holmes "Confetti" ephemera tag, BoBunny "Crazy Love" chipboard sticker, My Mind's Eye "Unforgettable" Stickers, and the Studio Calico Mega Date Stamp that I had to have.

I had fun making the layout (it only took me a couple of hours--woo hoo!!!).  Thank you for looking.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Altered Clipboard

Years ago...nearly a decade ago...I altered a clipboard.  At the time, my husband was coaching my son's baseball team and I was the forever team mom.  I used it for years but the last few years it was just wasting space in my craft room...I didn't know what to do with it...I didn't need any longer.

I finally tossed it...I let go...I decluttered...

But I'd still like to share.


Here is the back.  I love this photo I took of my son's cleats on a muddy day.  I used patterned paper and modge podged over it.  I don't care for Modge Podge--it is always sticky for me.  There used to be a couple of other photos of my kids stuck to the back as well which I took off a few years ago, I don't remember why.


On the top, I had these circle tags which had photos of my son, my daughter (playing softball), and my nephew (who also played for my husband) and on the back I drew baseballs--again they were Modge Podged.


Since the front was mostly covered, I didn't do anything fancy...it was sticky though...there is a spot where paper was stuck to it.

It was useful and it did it's job...but it was time to (as Elsa says) "Let it Go!"...

Thank you for looking!!!  Hope to inspire you to make a clipboard if you need one :D



Thursday, December 31, 2015

Reading Challenge (final 2015 update)


I just finished my last book of the year.  This year I read 45 books!!!  So CRAZY.  After July (my 12 book-month), I was burnt out on reading.  But from August through December, I read 10 more books.  Still a lot, but there were times I had ebooks check out and never read them.  But so is life :)

For the 2015 Challenge, I read 36 of the 52 books.  And you know what?  I am ok with that.  I am not sure if I would do that type of challenge again because some of the items just weren't my cup of tea.  But I did enjoy reading this past year and I already have a book (or 2) already checked out to read...this year I am going to try audiobooks and listen in the car.  We will see how that goes since I tend to get distracted.

So onto my final post book post this year...

~"A book with more than 500 pages"--Grey...ok, don't judge me.  I am the type of person that has to see what everyone is talking about.  The original trilogy made me sad...I was part of the small percentage that felt it was kind of an abusive relationship.  Why did I read all 3 books then?  Because I had to finish it.  I am also the type of person that has to watch a movie until the end even though it sucks :)  This book though made me feel sorry for Christian and I am glad the author wrote his side of the story...he was truly a tortured soul until he met Anastasia.  
ETA: ok, I just watched the movie and I take it back...I do not feel sorry for "Christian"...he is so mentally abusive...I cannot believe how popular this series is/was to women...maybe I just don't get that whole S&M thing--haha.

~"A book that came out the year you were born"--Sybil.  This one was truly hard for me to get through.  It was sad and maybe because it was written in 1973, but I had to "make" myself finish it...see I don't like the "check-off this genre" type challenge :)

~"A book set in the Future"--The Edge of Forever.  This one was ok.  It tried to be like Divergent, but missed the mark for me at least.  I don't think I will read the books to follow in this series.

~"A nonfiction book"--Wildflower.  I just finished this book about an hour ago.  I love Drew Barrymore and it was nice to read how she came into herself in spite of her upbringing.  I asked for this book for Christmas and the only reason it took me a week to finish was because my husband asked on the first day "you aren't going to finish it in one day are you?"  I guess not ha ha :D

~"A book you own but never read"--In Her Shoes.  My mom gave me this book and it sat on my shelf forever.  I finally got into it and it wasn't too bad.  Then I found it on tv and rewatched the movie :)

~"A book you started but never finished"--Mistress.  I am a huge James Patterson fan, but this one just couldn't keep my interest.  I started this book 3 times in the past, but finally got myself to finish it this time around.

So yay...the challenge is over and it got me to read more than I have in forever.  I loved it.

Other books I read outside the challenge this year...

Emmy & Oliver--This must have been recommended because I read PaperTowns.  It was a cute book, but sad at the same time.

The Boy Most Likely to  I liked Huntley's first book that I read for this Challenge and this one was cute as well.  I think I am going to try and stay away from Young Adult Fiction next year...they are cute, but I think I got my fill this year :)

Still Alice--I seen the movie on HBO, so I talked my co-worker into reading this one with me.  I liked the movie but while reading the book I kept comparing the parts that weren't in the movie.  I think the book was written much better.

In January of this year (2015), my co-worker and I read a bunch of books from Susan Elizabeth Phillips--One I used for the challenge, the other 3 were: Call Me Irresistible, First Lady, and What I did for Love.  We were in a romance stage of our book club, but after the first 2, the others were the same ol' recipe for a romance book and it got tiresome.

Well there you have it...Hope I can help you find some books for the new year (or ones to stay clear from haha)

Thank you for reading.  I hope to blog more (as I always say) in the New Year and I hope most of my posts will be crafty.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Road Trip (destination-Kirkwood, CA) Mini Album

Last month, my husband and I embarked on a road trip.  The destination was Kirkwood, CA for a wedding.  We took "the long way 'round--The one with the prettiest of views, It's got mountains, it's got rivers, It's got sights to give you shivers"...

Initially, I thought Kirkwood was by Lake Tahoe which is near Reno which is where my son goes to school--so I was like "let's take Friday off and visit him after he gets out of school at 2pm".  Well Kirkwood is a little further than I thought it was (as you can tell we are not skiers-haha), but we were still closer to my son, so we took the long scenic route to our destination.

We got on the road early so that we could stop in Auburn, CA.  Every time we go up to Reno, I see the Historic Auburn sign and every time we don't stop for one reason or another (and we never want to stop anywhere on the way home :D ).

Once on the road, my husband reminded me that I hadn't gotten the couple a present--oops.  I was all for getting a gift certificate and a card, but he wanted buy them something off their registry.  The problem was the only Crate and Barrel on the way was in Roseville and they didn't open until 10am.  This changed our initial plan to eat breakfast in Auburn and we ate at Mimi's Cafe in Roseville instead while we waited for the mall to open.  My husband was not happy with our meal choice since he loves breakfast and isn't a fan of Mimi's.  But he survived.

We finally got to Old Town Auburn and it was a cute town, but we didn't buy anything.  We still had some time before having to get back on the road, so we stopped in Downtown Auburn (same town--down a few blocks) and walked around that section.  We got some candy from a candy shop...seen a closed old-fashion drugstore through the window...and my husband got a haircut from a barber shop.

Finally, we got to Reno around 2 and because I didn't communicate with my son very clearly, we only had about an hour to spend with him since he had plans from 3:30-6.  We took him to a late lunch/early dinner.  We could have stayed and visited with him after his plans, but I wanted to get to Kirkwood in the daylight since we had never driven those roads before.

It was a beautiful drive and I was able to step onto the Pacific Crest Trail before the sunset.

The next day, was the wedding, but it wasn't until 3pm.  There wasn't anything near were we were staying so we drove about an hour to eat breakfast (the most important meal for my husband).  And then we drove an hour back.  Which I suppose wasn't too bad since there wasn't anything to do at the Kirkwood Resort anyway (it was off season and every shop/restaurant in the resort was closed).

The wedding was beautiful in the middle of the woods at a place call The HideOut.  Luckily, there was a shuttle to drive us because it was 30 minutes away and part of the road was a one-way dirt road.

Sunday, we woke up and just drove home (1 stop to eat the most important meal of the day).  I told my husband the day before not to let me drink so much...but I still drank way too much...I am too old for hangovers!

Since I stopped reading so much, I have actually been scrapbooking a lot more :D I am happy to get this Road Trip mini album completed.

Instead of posting all the photos of my album, I did another slideshow.



Thank you for viewing.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Some Goals Need to be Reconsidered (But I didn't die)

Back in June, I read Wild which was based on a true story of a woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.  Ever since, I have been wanting to try day hiking.

About a month ago, we were near Tahoe and I was able to step onto the trail, but we didn't have any time to hike it.


So I set a goal that next October (so it isn't too hot) we would go on a day hike (but not camp--haha) in the Tahoe area.

But you have to start somewhere to get into shape, right?

This past weekend, we didn't have anything planned, so I was like "let's go on a hike".  My husband thought of the Pinnacles...sounds fun.  Some of the hikes (and the first part of our hike) weren't too bad. (flat ground) 


But then we decided to do the Bear Gulch Caves and wow...I was not in any shape to do that part of the hike...you had to crouch low (I hit my head once) and walk up a million stairs...but I did it!  




And you know what?  I didn't die!  ha ha ha.

Lately, my husband has been saying this quote from the Hangover II...


And even though my back hurt and my feet ached and I was exhausted, I was ok and I didn't die.

Will I continue my goal of hiking the PCT (that's what us hikers call the Pacific Crest Trail--haha!)?  I am not sure...not because my body ached after, but because you have to watch where you are walking and you don't really get to enjoy the views.  It wasn't all that fun.  The peak of the hike was a reservoir which wasn't even that pretty--the water was muddy green!


But some of the end points I have seen from other trails are really amazing (like Crater Lake!).  So at this point, I am not sure if I will continue with this goal.  If I do, I will have to get into shape before trying another hike like this.  It has been almost a week and my lower back is still a little sore.

Thank you for letting me share :)