Monday, October 29, 2012

Scare Wha?

Aren't they just sooooo cute!!!   Three grown women go to a pumpkin patch in Texas, and this is what happens!  We had a fun time, got to eat some really good BBQ, and possibly cause a few people a little concern while we were playing in the corn maze.  I think one
man possibly thought we were on some kind of high... which we were.... it's called
imaginary friends come together high!

I have to admit, it was my first time at a pumpkin patch, and I can promise it will never be forgotten!

I just used bits and pieces laying around my table to make this layout.  It came together rather quickly, and I smiled the whole time!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Attack of...

and just so you don't think I'm going through a period where I'm not liking anything I create right now, that's not true.  I've really made several layouts I like, some I like a lot.  I think it was in July, I got on a roll, and I know I completed over 20 layouts, which for me, in one month, that is pretty super amazing! 

 Some I liked, some I didn't, but my mission was to get them done.  Which is a good thing, because in August it started drying up to the point that I completed nothing from about the middle of August through all of Sept.  Matter of fact, we were so busy working on the 8th street house for my MIL that weeks went by and I didn't even touch a scrappy item.  Sad isn't it.  

  While my mojo was on over drive I was taking advantage of creating and spending less time posting. Plus, I was being super lazy taking pictures of the finished product.  With all that being said.... here is a layout that I do like.  I'd had it in my head for some time, on paper it's not quite how I envisioned it, I ended up going in a different direction, but I still like it.  I like the tone on tone, using the negative part from the cut (got my cricut machine out), little pops of color, I just like it.  It was really simple, and just flowed together so quickly, you gotta love that! Did some inking and some stamping, used some of my beloved wood veener embellies from Studio Calico. 

Plus, I'm pretty fond of my subject matter, even if he might possibly threaten me when he discovers these pictures.  That's the beauty of the kids being grown and gone, they can't say oh don't use that picture, don't put those in the album or post online... cause by the time they see it, it is done!

The blue sure does stand out doesn't it, and a year ago you wouldn't find in blue in my pages.  Isn't if funny how what we like or are drawn to changes.

Have a peaceful happy day!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Zoey goes swimming

Happy Monday Everyone!  I'm not sure how Monday's seem to get back around so fast, but they do.  I do have to admit though that sometimes the weekends are so busy, I'm thankful for Monday to arrive! That was not the case this past weekend, I had a most wonderful and much needed restful weekend. 

Here is a layout that I made at the last retreat, it's another one that if I sat and looked at it for 2 minutes I could find many things about it that I do not like.  Please understand, I'm not putting that on here for anyone to think I'm looking for support or encouragement, only to say to myself that it's ok to not love every single layout, because I do come back and read through my old posts.  It's kind of like a diary, without being all personal, if that makes sense.  It's a way for me to look at the way I've grown as a scrapbooker, to see the things that I did or did not like, the trends at the time.  My point is, I hesitated even posting these layouts that I'm less than thrilled with, because I didn't want anyone to think I was hinting for approval.   I'm ok with not loving all of my layouts, as long as the memories get recorded and into an album, that's the most important thing.  Life is short sometimes, and I want to get as much of our life recorded as I can.  There will be a day that the kids and their kids are thankful I did.

OK, with that out of the way, here's what I'm not loving about this layout.  It's a little lackluster for me.  It doesn't have my usual "stuff" all about it.  I was trying for the less is more approach, to see what I thought, give it a try, KWIM.  Well, I can say I did it and that it's not my thing!

These are cute pictures of Zoey and the boys in the pool.  I did break out an unused stamp set that I need to use more, it's pretty awesome.  Used a couple of my newly acquired flair buttons.  Discovered that I like putting parts of the title on the pictures.

Wishing you all a nice calm week! :)  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

as is..

Here is another one of my layouts that I'm not loving, and while looking at it, I am thinking that there are certain parts of it I'd have done differently.  One such thing being the tags with sprinkles of confetti.  I'd punched all those, planned to put them in a vellum baggie and sew it on the layout.  It just didn't work, not sure if it didn't work for me or for the layout, but it didn't work!  Not wanting all that to go to waste, instead I glued the confetti dots to the tags, with my thinking being I didn't want to cover up all of the tag.  I wanted to be able to see that it was tags on there, I'm not sure why I wanted that, just remember wanting to know they were in fact tags.  Now looking at it, I wish I'd put more confetti dots on there. 

Throw on a bit of washi tape, some chipboard butterflies, and a mistable sun from Studio Calico, along with an old tag out of my stash, and  put it in the done pile.  Not sure if I really thought it was done, or I was just done with it for the time being.  There's no title and no journaling, and again I'm not sure if I'd planned on leaving all that off or not.  Because of where it will go in the album, it will be fine with no title and no journaling.  Perhaps that is what I feel is missing, maybe that would help.

Sometimes, on the projects that I seem to just "not know", it's better for me to walk away from it and then look at it later.  For now, this page is in the album as is, if it's still bothering me in a month or so, then I'll see about adding something to it.  Chances are, I'll leave it as is, because I only have another 42,683 pictures that need to make it on a layout.

Thanks for taking a little of your time to stop by and read my rambling.  I do appreciate your time.  :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Back to being right...

Think things are starting to calm down a little on the home front.  I sure hope so, because I've been totally zapped of all mojo!  Seriously, I've done nothing creative in about 6 weeks.  Good news is some ideas are starting to gather, and that makes me smile!  Thankfully, I've got several layouts that I've completed and not blogged, because for a few weeks there the mojo was flowing fast and furiously, and I wasn't about to stop it!  Something else I realized a couple of days ago, not only have I not done any playing with paper, but I've not touched my camera in at least that long too.  I'm ready for my world to get back to being right!

Here is a layout that somehow it didn't turn out on paper the way I had it pictured in my head.  I'm pretty sure that's because I got a little finger heavy with the mist!  I believe I'd like it better if there were less misting on the left side, but, I'm keeping it as it is.  Who knows, heavy misting might be all the rage in a year or two.
Besides, my main goal was to get this pictures of Jessica scrapped, and I did.  Honestly, when I look at this layout, I see her bright smiling face, and that's all that really matters.

The picture is dark, and I apologize for that, it was late when I took these.  The sun had already gone down, and I know better.  In the picture of the 4 of them standing, do you see how tiny she is compared to the other girls.  You'd think she was years younger, no, just months.  Matter of fact, she may not even be the youngest one there.

I've been wanting to get started on some of the kids pictures when they were babies/toddlers, and I finally took the plunge.  I may not be thrilled with the design of the layout, but I am thrilled to have these pictures down.  One down, forty-nine thousand to go! :)

Miss Zoey after she took a dip in the pool.  She is a one of a kind dog, there is no doubt about that!
Another layout for the house album.  These pictures were from the first day we got the keys to the house.  Yes, even Zoey came down to go swimming.   What can I say, our dogs don't really know they are dogs.  To this day, if Zoey is there, while she doesn't just jump in the pool if we are in it, she does come down the steps like a person, and waits at the edge of the water with this eagerness that is too funny.  I really think she wants to get in, but she wants us to chase her first, and then put her in.  She is a mess!