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Friday, September 19, 2014

photo Friday - Oklahoma State Fair

It's Photo Friday! :)

Each year, our tradition is to go out on Opening Night of the Oklahoma State Fair.  We walk around, eat our fill of greasy goodness for dinner, tour the buildings and see all the local "culture" we can handle until next year, LOL! :)

We went last Thursday, and got lucky that it was a gorgeous, perfect night.  Typically it rains, and last year, we had severe weather, including tornado sirens going off!  Being that it was such nice weather, it was quite crowded.  

We started with our usual Pancho Dog (an oversized corndog with a sweet cornbread batter), then shared a huge piece of pepperoni pizza.  You could choose your pizza topping - including scorpions, crickets or mealworms - yum! :P We debated on several new things this year - french toast burger, fried watermelon, but didn't try them.  Josh got a BBQ sandwich after that, and we had a wonderful strawberry lemonade to wash it all down.  

Before we left, we stopped for a strawberry topped funnel cake, which was delicious! :)

As we walked toward the front gate, the Petting Zoo animals were bedding down for the night, except a couple of little baby goats.  They were SO cute!!

Until next year ... :)

Have a great weekend, everyone!  And thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Project Life Week 33 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - Today by Smashing Pumpkins
*eating - nothing yet
*drinking - water
*wearing - black/white stripe dress
*weather - sunny and warm, but the summer is winding down 
*wanting - to be able to communicate effectively, it's always been my downfall
*needing - some time set aside for specific tasks, and help or support to complete them
*thinking - about DWTS, proud of Randy Couture, always a big fan of his, hope he does well - not surprised about Lolo, she should have just kept her mouth shut and maybe Betsy would've gone home
*enjoying - that I finally got some card kits made up for when I have down time at work, yesterday I got several done :)

For my Week 33 pages, I used Lawn Fawn's Hello Sunshine collection.  I love the bright, fun colors and happy prints. :)

This week .... was another week we watched lots of movies; finally ate my birthday dinner at BJs Brewhouse (12 days late, LOL); got a TON of clothes at Ross; stunned with the news of Robin Williams death; had lunch with my friend Mykella; another big grocery run; allergies killing me most of the week; a really nice guy from work died unexpectedly; got my nails and a pedi done; my Stampin’ UP! order came in; went to Tulsa for CKC and had a blast (got lots of fun things, talked to Stephanie Bernard again); Josh finally shaved his beard; worked on some layouts and Project Life; been a little hung up on some news that has me bummed out; enjoyed an afternoon/evening at the lake and watched UFC Fight Night when we got home.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, September 15, 2014


Today I have a layout with heavy journaling.  I think it's great to have these types of pages throughout your scrapbooks, as it gives people a more complete look at who you are, and what you love.  This layout is about Maynard James Keenan, the lead singer for three bands, as well as a winemaker, actor and one of the most interesting people around (in a nutshell).  

I used some Echo Park tone on tone paper, printing my journaling directly on the background.  I matted some of the photos and used scraps for accents from the Trendsetters pad by Fancy Pants.  I kept the embellishments very simple, so the focus would be on the words and photos.

paper by Echo Park; papers by Fancy Pants; ticket punch by EK Success; twine by Doodlebug Design; chipboard buttons by Teresa Collins; pearls by Michaels; flags cut with Cuttlebug (Spellbinders nested lacey pennants dies); title cut with Silhouette Cameo

Have you ever made a layout about someone you admired?  Or about something very special to you at a particular time in your life?

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

photo Friday - birthday box card

Happy Photo Friday! :)

Today I wanted to share a box card I made with my Silhouette Cameo and a new Stampin' UP! stamp set. :)

I started with this file from the Silhouette Store, by Lori Whitlock.  Instead of cutting the party hat, gift and birthday message for the inside pop-up sections, I changed them to the solid artisan shapes.  All the paper and cardstock I used came from my scrap basket.  The base was cut from a half-sheet of cardstock, and I used some Queen & Co birthday-themed paper scraps, along with some pieces of coordinating cardstock for accents.  I used the super cute Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set, and went over areas on the cake with a hot pink Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.  I punched small pink flowers with a tiny punch I've had for years.  I used a Stampin' UP! banner punch for the banners on the sides.  I finished it off with pearls and jewels.  I love making these little box cards, and everyone loves receiving them! :)

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend! :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Project Life Weeks 31 & 32

Sorry for not having my usual Right Now Wednesday post yesterday.  I wasn't feeling great yesterday, and my day just went downhill from there.  I'm sure everyone can relate!

This week, I thought I'd catch up a little and post a couple of weeks of my Project Life pages.  It always seems like I do 2-3 weeks at a time, and I'm usually about a month behind when I share them here.

My first set is Week 31.  I used some Designer Series Paper from Stampin' UP! for these pages - Maritime - that I fell in love with.  I thought it was absolutely adorable, and perfect for our summertime lake pages! :)  I also loved the colors in this collection - I have tons of Doodlebug and Echo Park embellishments that match these papers perfectly! :)

During this week:  I helped my SIL Stacy with disc of pictures from their Disney cruise; we decided to splurge on getting large Sonic Blasts with extra candy – and there was virtually no candy in them at all, we called to complain and got free Blasts for another time; my Mother-in-Law had back surgery; had to sit through a really boring two-hour meeting at work on my birthday (at least my boss took me to lunch after); we got several inches of rain; Josh made dinner for my birthday; watched a few movies; had my regular nail appointment; got my hair done; received birthday cards from my sweet friends Jarvae and Judy; had to endure a dinner with my parents in which my dad was being a complete jerk and a weirdo not even related is trying to ingratiate herself into the family; had some lower back pain; Josh installed a new radio in my car; visited Sharon when she came home from the hospital; met Rob & Jarvae at Arbuckle Lake, and had a nice day on the water and stayed out so late we saw falling stars!

OK, seriously ... how gorgeous and glamorous is my friend Jarvae?!?  I felt like I was with a movie star!!
 ...and she brought this shark noodle, "Dwayne," last summer ... he's been a stow-a-way on our boat ever since, missing her ... he was SOOOO excited to see her again!!  LOL!! :)

For my Week 32 pages, I used Echo Park's Here & Now collection, along with a couple of digital stamps (Lori Whilock Everyday Stamps).

Highlights from the week, were ... I got lots of Doodlebug goodies at Basket Market using some birthday money; got groceries; watched several movies; picked up a casserole from my mom for my in-laws; had dinner with my in-laws; MIL doing great after surgery; lunch with girls from work; work evacuation; gas below $3 (too bad it didn't stay that way); ordered Stampin’ UP things for my birthday; worked on repairing/revamping my wedding album and watched a ton of Food Network while cleaning house.  Kind of a boring/mundane week.  :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

so thankful

Good morning!  Do you ever have those layouts that just come together easily and you seem to like everything about them?  This layout was like that for me!  It has so many random pieces from different collections and manufacturers, several ideas pulled from different places ... but it all came together!

I started with a photo from last Thanksgiving, and some textured Bazzill cardstock for my background.  I used several different scraps from Bella Blvd, as well as some stickers.  I cut an envelope and the scripty title with my Silhouette Cameo, and then started to layer on various embellishments.  It was a really fun layout to make! :)

cardstock by Bazzill Basics; paper, twine by Doodlebug Design; cardstock, brads, brutton, tiny tag punch, ink by Stampin’ UP!; papers, chipboard border sticker, sticker by Bella Blvd; stamps (DIY Journaling, Sn@p! Daily) by Simple Stories; sticker by Echo Park; border punches by EK Success; brads by The Paper Studio; paper by Elle’s Studio; flower by Michaels; floss by DMC; string envelope, title cut with Silhouette Cameo

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, September 5, 2014

photo Friday - wedding album revamp

Happy Photo Friday! :)  

A few weeks back, my friend Jarvae was working on her wedding album, which is turning out just beautifully.  It got me thinking about my own wedding album, that I completed long after our wedding, using a standard 'template' for each set of pages.  It made putting the album together super easy, since I wasn't making actual design choices along the way.

The left side had two blocks of photos, on the upper left and lower right of the page - noted in the photo as 4x4 squares, or 4x6 portrait or landscape orientation.  The right side had a single 4x6 photo, either orientation.  When I made the album, I had recently gotten my Cuttlebug, some Spellbinders dies and embossing folders, so I used the same elements on each page - the left side near the upper photo has a small square (from Spellbinders Labels 1) and the lower right corner on the right page has a large swirl (from a thin metal die by Cuttlebug, I think) cut from glittered paper.  I then cut a large square from Spellbinders Labels 1 and punched a round piece with my 1.75" circle punch, and then ran them through an embossing folder.  I used the large square on the upper right corner on the right side, under the photo, and the punched circle was a mat on the lower left corner of the left page for a brad.  The brads were from a cute wedding pack I found, I don't remember the manufacturer, but may have been Around the Block.  Throughout the album, where I wanted journaling, I made pockets behind the right page photos, and tucked in a tag.  The album has three distinct sections, each with their own color scheme, but they all follow this same template:  our wedding day (black, white, silver/gray, pink), our honeymoon in Las Vegas (greens, yellows), and a big Luau Party we had with our friends, since our wedding was so small (blues, pinks).

Feeling nostalgic, and knowing I was going to meet up with Jarvae, I pulled my album off the shelf to reminisce.  I was a little sad, but not a bit surprised, to see that several of my pages were falling apart.  I remembered that I'd had to re-stick/re-do nearly a whole year's worth of pages when I found that the adhesive runner I'd used during that time frame had not stayed true.

So, when I knew I was going to have a day with downtime at work, I packed up a bag with some fun stuff to keep me busy! :)  I decided to revamp several of the pages, especially the pockets for pull-out journal tags, along with making my own patterned paper, to go along with the fun theme of the rest of the album.

I cut the new file tabbed folders/photo mats and also the journal tags with my Silhouette Cameo, and stamped the tabs with a Technique Tuesday stamp set.  I reprinted my journaling, in the same cute font, but was able to use a larger point size, so it was easier to read.  I went through the entire album, page by page, and re-taped and re-glued anything that wasn't stuck down.

I also changed out all the ribbons ... the previous ones weren't held together very well, and these are all tied with twine bows.  So cute! :)

I loved this technique that Jennifer McGuire used to make her own patterned paper.  I used the same idea for the next couple of pages, using different stamp sets.  

This was the only portrait oriented pocket, which made redesigning my shape in the Silhouette Software a bit tricky.  It was also the only one I used in black, so I decided to stamp in Versamark and use white embossing powder, to keep all the tabs stamped with the same set and style. 

Overall, I'm much happier with the new, revamped version of my wedding album.  It reminds me a lot of our wedding ... a little rushed, thrown together with what we had, but made with much love and many memories! :)

Have you ever redone or revamped a layout or album?  I'd love to hear about it!

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend! :)