Thursday, April 14, 2016

Throw Back Thursday #1

This post is going up late today and figured I would do a throw back to one of my older but most favorite layouts.  I made this layout in 2014 and it was probably related to some challenge on A Cherry on Top, I am always up for one scrapbook challenge or another.  These are obviously pictures of my husband and I at the beach and I just love how the bright and fun this page turned out.

Looking at it now, I could say that everything was symbolic: the yellow paper for the sun, the diagonal line mimics the slope of walking down the beach to the water, even the bits and pieces could resemble the shells we were looking for while we walked along the shore. But none of that would be true, I just loved the yellow paper because it was bright yellow and at the time I liked to use red and yellow together (I still do actually) and I didn't want to do another layout with straight horizontal lines so I tilted them a bit.  It still works and I still love it.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Let the Fun Begin!!

For some reason, it doesn't feel like we're on vacation until we get on the plane.  We almost always fly JetBlue because my very tall husband really likes the extra leg room seats. This time we were on a newer plane with most of these seats in the middle of the plane by the emergency exit.  I was kind of excited because they had rows with only 2 seats - that meant I won't have to sit in the dreaded middle seat!!  But it was right next to the door so there was no window or armrest and the way the plane is shaped made it awkward to just lean against the wall.  It wasn't very comfortable and I will try to avoid those seats in the future.

For this layout, I wanted to use that chipboard mason jar which dictated the color scheme of yellow, turquoise and grey.  I dug through my scrap bin for all the layering pieces and placed some strips with word phrases from K & Company between the jar and the photo.  I like how it filled in the space and acted as an anchor for the title which are some glittery thickers.  I also pulled out some stickles to cover a wood veneer heart on the bottom and covered the heart that was on the striped shield (I'm not crazy about how that looks...but I was committed).  There are a couple of enamel dots here and there for texture.  All in all, it's pretty simple but I like and it's done.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Surf and Sun and Iguanas Oh My!

I'm not sure why, but I don't usually take too many scenery pictures and very rarely make layouts with them even though I print them out.  I only scrapbooked this set from Puerto Rico because they would work perfectly with a weekly sketch posted in the Victoria Maria Scrapbook Group on Facebook a couple of weeks ago.  They are basically pictures from our spot by the pool (clockwise starting from top left): our hotel, the Caribe Hilton, one of the few iguanas we saw walking around the pool deck, my husband coming back from a beer run, the ocean and an old closed hotel on the next property.  It used to be the Radisson Normandy - I went there with some friends way back when.  It was very unimpressive and it was kind of torture staying there and seeing this beautiful resort right next door.

For this layout, I used up some October Afternoon Summer Time collection.  The background paper had a sun but I cut out another one from a cut-apart sheet and popped it up for some dimension.  I usually ink the edges for some definition but I like to outline brighter patterned papers.  With a lot of pictures and a lot of patterns, I kept the embellishing simple.  The title is American Craft Thickers (of course) then I pulled out some K & Company word strips and added some enamel dots to call it done. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Let's Escape

Back in January, my husband and I went to Puerto Rico for vacation and stayed at the Caribe Hilton. The bar in the lobby, the Caribar, is considered the birthplace of the Pina Colada.  Of course, we had to have one and I must say it was amazing!  All of the ingredients were fresh and measured to create the perfect drink.

The layout is pictures of us and a picture of our delicious drinks.  I matted the pictures with black cardstock to make them pop off the colorful background.  The circles are chipboard frames from my stash from probably a decade ago.  They were perfect here since the flowers are the same colors on the layout plus and I liked the phrases written on them: celebrate life, seize the day and follow your heart.  I added journaling to one, coordinating patterned paper to another and filled the last one with buttons in colors that coordinated with the striped paper.  For some reason, I usually struggle working with circles but I think this came out nicely.  The title is the official name of the pina colada song.

Monday, March 28, 2016

A Quick & Easy Layout

Yep, I'm still working on vacation pictures.  These pictures pretty much sum up what we did all day...sit by the pool, get some sun, hop in the pool every once in a while and enjoy some libations.  I loved that the resort had poolside service and sold buckets of beer.

The layout came together quickly.  I used all Fancy Pants papers, even the suns are punched out from patterned paper.  The themed stickers are from October Afternoon.  As far as I know, there are no flamingos in Puerto Rico but it didn't seem wrong to use one on the layout.  I added some washi tape and enamel triangles for texture and pulled out an older sheet of Doodlebug letter stickers to finish it up.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Goofy Cat Face

This is the absolute worst picture I have taken of Bob ever, in her entire life. She is actually a very pretty cat but I caught her mid yawn and ended up with this gem.  It looks like she just got of a boxing ring.  It's a couple of months old and I still laugh every single time I look at it.

To be honest, I don't really know what I was thinking with this layout.  It looks like I was attempting to use the pink from the background as my main color but I am a couple of shades off with the other papers.  I used balloons and flowers because they make me happy, just like this crazy picture.

Here's a picture of Bob in her normal cute state.

This is layout 12 out of 40 for my no buy challenge.