"Our boys" are out of town leaving me here with the Midget. She is SO incredibly high maintenance and just generally annoying by the third straight day with her... It started out okay, we did girly things like get pedicures at the salon. We went shopping. Today, she's back up for adoption. Any takers? I am going to invest in a pair of mufflers or ear plugs. The more I ignore her constant, senseless babble and aggravating requests, the more she asks and the louder she becomes. She is driving me bonkers! Absolutely, certifiably nuts!
I have been a busy bee in my scrappy nook. Though, not really busy enough. With the end of month rapidly approaching, so too are the close of various challenges. One of which is an altered puzzle exchange that I joined. I don't mind the little bursts of creativity, it's the asymmetrical shape that is killing me! It makes symmetrical placement challenging. It has afforded me the the opportunity to play with some fun altered techniques though! I've used some of the techniques from my Big Picture Scrapbooking class with Claudine Hellmuth, others from Tim Holtz's recent book and various other collage techniques. It's been a tad messy! I have 5 of the bitty pieces finished with 6 more to go (and my own).
Here are two of the challenges from ChallengeMasters which I've completed lately;
The first is for Kitchen Keepsakes challenge; a layout with your favorite liquid summertime refreshment. I hummed and hawed between my Iced Caramel Macchiato and a Mint Mojito! With ice Titanics and icebergs floating in it, nonetheless! Will still have to do that page on another occasion. I combined this with a scrapbook bookclub challenge to do some fussing sewing. It was a royal pain in the you know where but so worth the effort! I LOVE the finished look and will definitely be using it again. Who knows where you might see it again!? [hint, hint]
The Surprise challenge next! The talented and inspirational Colette challenged us to use a sketch and replace one picture with a picture collage. I finished the bulk of the layout not long after she put the challenge out with the exception of the title. I'm so tired of the obvious; fireworks. I wanted something different. It's sat there, nameless, waiting. And last night, it came to me!
Love the sketches at this site! I think they are definitely some of my favorite sketches to work with. This weeks sketch really irked me at first; the boxiness of it was just too constraining. But as the layers and embellishments came together I loved it more and more. With the final outcome being one of my favorite layouts I've done, ever.
Yes, there has been a lot of blue and green in my layouts lately. Largely because I've been scrappin' Nikolas' summer swim season and the Tidal Waves' colors are blue and green. Haven't decided definitively yet but I might go in and add his times for his events on the bottom right. Or perhaps on the back of the layout?...
Check it out! My own little "blurb" over here! Makes me feel special! ;)
So much I haven't "documented". Not only do I do this for my scrapbooking and to keep family and friends up to date on our highs and lows but also as a diary of sorts. A record of when and why. Often, when I'm not sure of a date or how it transpired, I come back here and find verification.
NEED to catch up but unfortunately, summers are just plain hectic!
Michael took the kids up to a Nationals game today so I had the day to myself! Me, myself and all my scrappy goodness. Can't say I have a lot to show for it but I certainly have had fun. Loreen came over for a while and we scrapped together but most of the day was spent online, shuffling papers around, contemplating what to do next.
I did manage to get a few things done, 4 layouts in fact. I haven't done a Sketchy Thursdays sketch in a while but was inspired by this weeks. I combined it with a Challenge Masters color challenge. The challenge was to use lime green, aqua, orange and purple. The first three were perfect for this picture of Nikolas at the last meet, after all, Tidal Wave colors are blue and green. Just couldn't make the purple find it's way onto the layout. I really like this layout, if I may pat myself on my own back [LOL]!
This layout looks NOTHING like what it began as. I chose and cut an entirely different line of papers. It wasn't working for me so I bit the bullet and scrapped them. This is better. Love that laundry line by Prima! These pictures are of the kids at the neighborhood Fall Fest last year. It always happens to fall on Nikolas' birthday weekend; great way to celebrate! Bouncy houses, face painting, cotton candy; what more could a kid want on his birthday?!
Alright ladies! I have a challenge for you! I am the Technique Design Diva over at Challenge Masters and I'm posting my first challenge today.
This month's challenge is to create a layout using a pinwheel in a patriotic manner. Make an impact on your celebratory layout with a fun and eye catching pinwheel. Become a member and join us, post your layout and be entered into a random drawing for a prize from our monthly sponsor and a RAK from me! If you're not already a member and join and enter the challenge, leave a comment below for an extra chance at my prize!
I've been following this sketch site Stuck?! Sketches for some time now and they posted a creative team call. I thought, what the heck, I'll throw my entry in and thought nothing of it. Actually, that's not true. I thought, with all the talent out there, I won't get chosen but it doesn't hurt to enter. And then I got an e-mail. Not just any e-mail but a happy message stating I'd been chosen! Yipppeee! I am honored to be "standing" amongst such a talented group of ladies for the 6 month duration! Check out my new blinkie! I've always coveted a little slot over there that says "Designs For"... Silly but a big accomplishment for me.
A quick share of a layout I did of Nikolas at Cub Scout camp a couple of weeks ago. I had thought I would use it for a challenge using Stickles but changed my mind. I hand cut the fire hose. Love the stickles and bling water shooting out of the hose!
Today marked the first day of our Independence Day/Weekend celebrations! We kicked off the festivities with the GenWorth concert and fireworks. Decked in our red, white and blue we stopped at Jimmy John's and picked up some dinner before scouting out prime get away parking and fireworks viewing with rapid exit. We entertained those around us with the crafts we brought to entertain the kids while listening to an armed forces band. And then, boom! and the dusk sky was illuminated!
The fireworks weren't the best that I've seen but I don't think it really matters. In fact, after getting my pictures, I'm more interested in watching my kids watch the fireworks. The mix between awe and possible fear on Mia's face is priceless. Nikolas is a seasoned fireworks watcher but still hangs his jaw to the ground.
Wednesday was summer swim meet number three of the season. Overall, not a great meet from an individual stand point. None of his times improved and it was obvious watching him. Someday he's gonna find that fire that lights him and drives him to compete... Until then, we're on a Sunday picnic, leisurely working our way from one end of the pool to the other...
Prior to the meet there was a team picture taking session. The organized photographer went to the wrong pool and the designated team photographer and I were toying with how we were going to get this picture taken. I actually managed to get a decent shot. Nikolas is on the left hand side of the photo, near the innermost green shirt (coach). Can you spot him?