Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DECEMBER 3RD THROUGH THE 6TH

I've been using things from my stash for my December Daily, instead of buying anything new. I've been avoiding the use of the traditional Christmas Green and Red. I like how it's coming along, but I have to admit, I'm really not used to December NOT looking like Red and Green threw up on it. Especially when I have lots of Heidi Swapp's collection from last year at my fingertips. So this is fair warning that my defenses are weakening and I may just give in at some point.


Since my last post, I've managed to get December third through the sixth done. Here's a look at the spreads. 








I've never documented the Christmas music we listen to every year...YES, that's a Justin Beiber CD in there. There are quite a few catchy songs on there, you know...don't judge me. I'll probably add an insert here of a list of my favorite holiday songs. 



I used glittered up this wood veneer ornament to give the page a little more pop.




When I bought a Starbucks Christmas ornament, it came in this bag. You can tell I crumpled it up before I realized I wanted to add it into my album. I just put it in as an insert (after running my hands over to flatten it like a gazillion times) and I'll put whatever ephemera I have from the season into it.


I'll write about mine and my husband's date night at his company party on this card, probably from top to bottom, surrounding the part I embellished.


















Thursday, December 4, 2014

THE START OF 2014 DECEMBER DAILY

I have officially started working on this December Daily today. While I'm a little behind on Project Life, I am determined to stay on top of my December Daily and make a little time for it every day. I wanted to finish more pages today, but I at least had the chance to finish my cover page and December first. The cover page looks nothing like I first pictured in my head, but I love the way it turned out.


My December first tradition (and ALWAYS the activity for December first on our Advent Calendar) didn't happen. Our artificial white tree that we've had for I don't know how many years now, turned yellow. BUMMER. So unless we wanted a Yellow Christmas instead of a White one, we needed to buy a new tree. Joey and Keilani voted for a fresh one this year, but I'm still on the fence about it.  With late night soccer practices, homework and a couple other things, Our mission to buy a tree will have to wait until Friday. Booooo. 



I really want to decorate the the front of this album, but I'm not sure what I want to do yet, so I'll wait on that. 







Tuesday, December 2, 2014

THE GHOST OF DECEMBER DAILY PAST

I hopped on board with Ali Edwards' December Daily albums for 2010 and 2011. For 2012 and 2013, I just included it in my Project Life album. Here's a look at the December Daily past...Well, the mini albums at least.


                                                   2010

 
2011

 




I compared the two approaches I took with my Decembers and I realized I really like the way my mini December Daily albums came out (all dressed up), but I liked the simplicity of December in my Project Life album too. This year, I've decided to put the two together. 



I chose the Becky Higgins 6x8 album am steering clear of the traditional Red and Green. I'll use a tiny bit of new holiday paper and goodies, but for the most part, I'll use things I already have in my stash.

I always go into this thinking there won't be that much "christmassy" stuff going on in our lives for me to dedicate a whole album to and every year I'm wrong. I plan on documenting the essence of OUR (my family) life during the holidays. I want to make this album full of only our Christmas traditions, memories words up until December 25. The rest of the month and other every day things in between will go in my Project Life album. 

I'll be sharing my progress along the way. Welcome, December.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Project Life Out of Order

Usually the thought of catching up with Project Life out of chronological order would drive me nuts, but right now I'm enjoying it. July and August were hard months and I'm not sure I'm ready to relive them yet; especially July. I tried, but I found myself getting a little too emotional. So for now, I'm having fun starting September, a month that made me smile a little more.


For these layouts, I mixed a few bits from here and there, including a couple of title cards from Becky Higgins Project Life Kits, Seafood and Sunshine, and Studio Calico's September Project Life Kit, Poet Society. I feel like it that kit a great Fall feeling to it, but I was able to add little pops of my own to make it more "me." I added a couple of Heidi Swapp's glitter stickers to the journaling cards. My favorite thing on this layout? It's barely noticeable and super simple, but I love it anyway...The  gold bow. I stuck a Basic Grey, glittery gold, square candy button in the middle of it. 



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Don't Call It a Comeback.

Okay so everyone has stuff going on that puts them behind on documenting life, right? Good, I'm not the only one. So It's November. I haven't scrapped since mid May. All Social Media have been neglected. Booooo. But I'm getting back in the swing of things!

Let me fill you in: In June, we went to Maui. When I got back, it was July; Back to reality and juggling soccer, school, work and every day to-dos. My Grandfather had been sick with Cancer for quite some time and his health was quickly declining. I spent every day with my Grandparents, giving them any help they needed. He passed away July 12th. From that moment on for my whole family, it seemed like everything was zooming by in a blur. You know, like when you would watch the Road Runner on TV? It was hard to keep up. We were all Emotionally, physically and emotionally drained; going on next to no sleep. Week one was spent preparing for his services and that weekend was his Funeral. Week two, my Jose and I got to approved to move into a new home, packed it all up in 4 days, and moved that weekend. Week three and 4 consisted of unpacking and putting the house together. (Don't ask me how I managed to pack in 4 days, but it took 2 weeks to unpack because I wouldn't know.) Next thing you know, we're in August and my daughter is starting 7th Grade. That whole period of time was full of emotional changes and big adjustments. The dust was slowly settling and until just last week, I've had to pick up some pieces here and there from everything that had happened and catch up with Real Life (because Life was like: Bye, Lorimay...I'm going on without you.) before I tried catching up with Project Life and other scrap projects.

I finally got a chance to exhale and find the bright side...No more little apartment that my family was quickly out growing and...I have my own scrap room! Heck yeah, baby.  I've been CRAVING to get back to documenting and creating! I can't get the nice shelving I really want right now so I won't be posting any photos of my workspace just yet, but I had to get it unpacked and organized so that I could get started again. I had months of Studio Calico kits to sort through and at last, I can finally play with them and my other goodies I've been hoarding! Yay!

Here's a little bit of what I've started. Man, does it feel good!











Tuesday, May 6, 2014

National Scrapbooking Day

Just thought I'd re-cap on my layouts that I created during National Scrapbooking Day (or weekend)! I participated Studio Calico's Challenges & had fun contributing to Big Picture Classes "10K"! I had a blast with Studio Calico's challenges because they made me revisit techniques and ideas I haven't worked with in a while. 


Studio Calico Challenges: 

Challenge 1: Use Aqua, Navy, Pinks and Gold. Loved these colors together!

Challenge 2: Get Inky. It's hard to believe I never used these Stamps before NSD. I probably wasn't feelin' it for my layouts at the time, but this challenge definitely made me see I should be! I made a few simple Project Life Cards for future use. 

Challenge 3: Washi Washi Washi. We had to use washi in 3 ways on a project. Here's how I used mine:
  1. As a border under my photo.
  2. To cover a wood veneer camera
  3. Lined up super skinny washi to provide lines for journaling. 
I used Studio Calico's Darling Dear Collection. I've had it forever and I needed to stop hoarding it!


Challenge 4: Make A Pattern. I had a lot of fun with this one. I wanted to make a pattern with words instead of shapes. First, I watercolored a piece of white 8.5x11 cardstock. Then I grabbed almost all of my Studio Calico stamp sets, filled a small acrylic stamping block, and went on a stamping frenzy! I am loving the results; the different sizes, fonts, and tiny bit of shapes added in the mix.

Challenge 5: Sketches. We got three sketch options for a layout, card or Project Life Card. I used the card sketch to do a 4x6 Project Life Card layout. I liked the the way it came out. 


Challenge 6: Use Your Leftovers. The running theme with the last few challenges seems to be lots of the Darling Dear Collections and placing cut-off pieces at the edges of my layouts, which actually worked for me with this challenge. I just started picking up the scraps that were all over my workspace and used them for the extra pops of color on this layout. I even took a "negative" from a Twine + Ink star sticker sheet and used it for the layout. I placed more scraps behind it so it would show through the stars. I added some stickers and BAM. Done. Even the talk bubble were from a scrap piece. So much fun with this. 


For the Big Picture Classes "10K" I like Stacy Julian's idea of creating a layout using the Project Life pocket style approach. Basically, a Project Life layout without the pockets! Easy Peasy and cool that something so simple can spark ideas to add extra touches like the tag that you usually couldn't do within the pocket style scrapbooking (Unless you stuck it on top of the actual pockets.)


A simple layout of a concert my daughter attended.


I guess you could say this Cover page for Keilani's Junior High/High School album is somewhat...incomplete? But it's only because I have a plan in place for it. The photo in the top right is her first day of Junior High. The bottom left will be a photo of her first day of High School. The last page of this album will have on it, her last day of Junior High and Her last of High School. 



Just a couple of layouts I did for her school album. In elementary school, I was always a chaperon and a volunteer mom. I had plenty of photos with details of her every life at school. This time around...Not so much. That is why I'm so thankful that Keilani take photos with her phone and sends them to me; otherwise, I'd have next to no photos of her school memories (with the exception of her awards assemblies). 


Heidi Swapp's idea of listing 5 things you love about someone in your life was perfect for a layout about my mom. Perfect for Mother's Day! This was a loose photo I found of us when we paid her a visit in Monterey. I just don't know what year it was! I'm going to do some research and fill in the year in that little space right under the word 'remember'. 


I've never done a layout that focused on just my husband. I figured it as about time! He isn't a selfie type guy at all, but once in a blue moon, he'll send me one. They are usually silly ones just to make me laugh, but this one is my favorite. It's just...HIM. My journaling will go on the line paper above his photo. The Echo Park Paper This & That Collection by Lori Whitlock has lasted me forever! Love it so much. The colors are perfect for masculine kind of feel to a layout. 

I've been doing mostly Project life layouts lately, so participating in National Scrapbooking Day has made me get back to making some traditional layouts, trying new techniques and ideas, and remember that although I LOVE the simplicity of Project Life, I also love therapeutic feeling of using my creativity to figure out different ways to bust out a project. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Birthday Interview

Even though Keilani's 12th birthday was back in February, I just now got around to finishing the layout of her birthday interview.

I ask her the same questions every year and I also add on a new one, the number of questions matching her age.

Here's a comparison between 11 and 12. I love comparing the answers and I'm so glad I decided to have her write her own answers this year. It makes the layout so much more meaningful for me.

I'm currently obsessed with Amy Tangerine's Plus One Collection so naturally I had to use it for this.