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.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Butterflies and Ballerinas

Back in May, we went to my niece's recital and then a celebratory lunch after.  It was her third performance and as always, a group of pretty little girls in cute costumes dancing to Little Bitty Pretty One, it was super adorable.  We all gave her flowers and she was so proud of how well she and her class did.  She's also "over it" so this was her last recital.

There were a lot of pictures that didn't come out so well so I kept them small and fit all of them onto a single page.  There's a lot of crate paper here including the journal card with the butterflies and small text which is what inspired me to add the butterflies on top by the title.  I also used Simple Stories, Dear Lizzy, Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye products.

This is layout 11 out of 40 for my no buy challenge.  

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Piano Man

There are many great things about living in NYC and one of them the entertainment.  For the past three years, Billy Joel has been playing at Madison Square Garden every month.  My husband is a huge huge fan so we get tickets every year.  These pictures were taken at the January 2016 show.  He changed up the play list a little and it created a really energetic vibe plus Jimmy Fallon made a special appearance (I don't think there's anything this guy can't do).  It was fantastic.  

The layout is pretty simple since I used busy patterned paper. I love the silver foil thickers for the title and the teal for a little pop of color.  

Monday, March 14, 2016

Go Bronco's

I don't mean the Denver Bronco's...we're talking Seaford Bronco Football here!  These pictures are from their opening day ceremony. My nephew is on the football team and was affectionately referred to as the animal by his coach.  He's a strong player and runs super fast.  My niece was a flyer on the cheerleading squad.  It was a fun event where every player was called up by name and each cheer squad did a routine.  The team and town spirit was amazing!!

On this layout, I kept the background simple but added some bright colors. It looks graphic with all the black accents and I finally got to use those Echo Park pinwheels I never thought would be used then I added some stars since I think they are superstars!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Traditions are a Good Thing

We go to Disney quite frequently, so we have developed certain habits whenever we go.  We usually stay in the same resort since we are vacation club members.  We have favorite rides, restaurants, all sorts of things.  I'm not sure if my husband planned it or not but after scrapbooking several of our Disney arrival pictures, I noticed that he is wearing the same shirt several trips in a row.  Now, he purposely wears it.  One of the other traditions we have is going to Fuddrucker's on our way to the resort.  The one nearest to us closed years ago and the closest one is in New Jersey and hardly worth all the tolls we would pay to get there so we make a point  to stop there on our way in.

I made this layout for a sketch challenge from A Cherry on Top.  It's their weekly Becky Fleck sketch challenges.  They tend to use lots of smaller sized pictures but are easily modified for 4x6 prints which is what I did here.  There's all sorts of companies represented here: My Minds Eye, Echo Park, Dear Lizzy, Pebbles, Crate Paper and Amy Tangerine.

If you like sketches or challenges in general, check out A Cherry on Top they have oodles of them!

Monday, March 7, 2016

On Cloud 9

When I order pictures, I usually order favorites in two different sizes so I have options when I am scrapping an event.  This of course means I end up with lots of extras which I use for more random layouts about people, relationships, and so on instead of event driven pages.  That's what this picture extra from a Disney vacation.  The layout is just about us being happy together.

For the layout, I was inspired by a freestyle challenge on the Victoria Marie FB group which called for using shapes other than squares and rectangles. That's a little hard to get away from all together but it finally got me to use giant triangles for the background I've been seeing a lot of lately.  I used a bunch of scraps for layers behind the photo and the two clusters, including clouds because I can be corny like that  Best of all, I used a number thicker! I nearly never use numbers so it was thrilling to me to use one.  

Thursday, March 3, 2016

I'm Up!

I mentioned previously that I am a maven for the Sketches in Thyme Project Life blog.  They have amazing sketch designers so I am glad to be a part of the design team.  The only hitch is that I am not really a pocket page scrapbooker, an occasional gift album maybe, but I am pretty faithful to the 12x12 format so this has been a fun challenge for me.

This month, I was inspired by the sketch to make a birthday card.  You can check out my cute birthday card here:

Sketch in Thyme PL Blog

There is also a companion blog with sketches for full page layouts.  You can visit that blog here:

Sketches in Thyme Blog