Monday, March 30, 2015

#nevermissamonday - March 30

Here we go! My second post of  #nevermissamonday.
This photo was actually taken through my craft room window.  I was playing with my chalk marker and decided to take a quick photo of my limited art skills.  Seriously, my drawing...this is about as good as it gets!

I'm going to admit was hard.  Usually "never miss a Monday" is a pretty big motivator for me.  Not today.  I just wasn't feeling it.  Not terribly excited to get out...even with the knowledge that this was probably the best weather day of the week (the rain returns tomorrow).  Some days you got it and some days you just don't.  That's ok.

My first half mile was nearly a full minute slower than usual.  I did make up some time on the downhills though.  All in all, the pace wasn't too bad in spite of the slow start and stopping to walk a couple of times for a short bit.  Yes, sometimes I let myself walk....but only until I feel recovered enough to resume the run.  Sometimes it's getting up a hill, sometimes just a block, or even half a block.  Whatever it takes to get me through.

Alex di Suvero for The New York Times
source: NYTimes, Well Blog

No matter how "not good" a particular run feels, I am always glad that I got it done.  I pushed myself.  I perservered.  I triumphed.  Yeah...I triumphed!

Monday, March 23, 2015

#nevermissamonday - March 23

It occured to me while out for my run today that I never blog about running.  Other than the two times that I participated in the Shamrock Run, I have written next to nothing about this pasttime that has become very much a part of who I am.

Today I want to change that.  Several months ago, I was inspired by this image that was posted to the Shamrock Run facebook page

For some reason, that first rule, never miss a Monday, really struck a chord with me.  It has become my catch-phrase.  Whatever you call it, it works for me.  I started taking photos each Monday that I'm out running.  Usually its nature---what I see when I'm out and about.  Sometimes it's my shoes...sometimes my dog.  I add my miles, my pace and sometimes an inspirational phrase or something that I am feeling that day.  I use Snapseed for the initial editing and then pull it into Rhonna Designs for the fun details.  Then I share it to Instagram and Facebook.

Here is the one I shared today:

I know that no one is "waiting" for my #nevermissamonday posts.  But I am.  It keeps me acountable, even if it's to no one else other than me.  That's enough.  If anyone is looking forward to my post or is (dare I say it) inspired by my posts...that would be icing on the cake.  But I'm not looking for that.  I do this for me.  I need it.  I really need it.

Here's to the start of #nevermissamonday blog posts.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spectacular "Sunset"

Hi!  I'm back again with another reveal for Scrap Our Stash.  This time it's a sketch + stash challenge...

Create a layout inspired by the sketch and you must include (GOLD) embellishments. 
NOTE: All of your embellishments do not have to be gold.

Here is what I created, getting yet another Disney page added to the album...

If I'm going to use just one photo on a layout, I prefer for it to take up a decent amount of real estate on the page.  This is why you will notice that my photo is larger than the one in the sketch.

By the time I got the papers selected and trimmed to lay beneath my photo, I realized that the corner accents would look better at the bottom rather than the top.

For the gold embellishments, I first used some gold mist.  I then added some gold sequins.

Now it's your turn.  Come on over to Scrap Our Stash and play along.  I'd love to see you there!

Monday, March 9, 2015

CREATE----March issue!

Yes!  YES!!  It's time for the March issue of Scrapbook Generation's
  CREATE Magazine!

In case you haven't heard yet, Scrapbook Generation is having a grand opening celebration of the new this week with lots of great prizes.  You definitely need to check this out.  And, since Doodlebug is the featured manufacturer for this issue of CREATE, all their products are 20% off this week at

Now with business aside, I have a lot to share with you in this Spring themed issue!
Here are some sneak peeks...

A two page layout for the color challenge:

     A single pager for the theme challenge (friends)...

A card from this month's card sketch...

An index card cover page from this month's tag sketch...

And a layout featuring this month's manufacturer, Doodlebug Designs...

I hope you will take the time to check out the latest issue of CREATE.  I promise won't be disappointed!  It's chock full of beautiful inspiration from talented paper crafters from around the world.  

So what are you waiting for?  Grab your favorite beverage and ENJOY!

Monday, March 2, 2015

So Strong!

Hi!  I'm here today with another reveal for Scrap Our Stash!
Here are the details:

And here is the layout I created:

***Fancy Pants Memories Captured collection***

Another one for the Disney book!
This page is inspired by a sketch from Debbie Sanders of Scrapbook Generation.  It was part of a Super Saver Sketch kit from July 2013.  I chose to create just one side of a 2 page design and modified it slightly to include additional photos.

For the word STENCIL, here is what I have:
S - star (with the Mickey head next ot my focal photo)
T - Thickers (in black for the word "strong!")
E - epemera (camera and chalkboard sentiments)
N - numbers (printed on the reel and handwritten for the year)
C - circles (on the patterned paper), cardstock (behind focal photo)
I - ink (inked edges, as always!)
L - letters (the word "so" in my title)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I hope I will see you at Scrap Our Stash, too!. You have all month to play along and link up for your chance to win a fabulous prize from The Scraproom!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Valentine's Card

I know...a little late posting.  I only made one card for Valentine's Day and it was for my Mom.  

***My Mind's Eye Lost & Found: Union Square***

I was inspired by a card that I found on Pinterest.  I used my Martha Stewart heart punch, inked the edges with red and popped them up with dimensional adhesive.  The baker's twine is also from My Mind's Eye. I pre-printed a font onto the card base,  This font is Bleeding Cowboys.  And's supposed to be smudgy!

Pinterest inspiration:
Valentine card ideas #EasyNip

Is it sad that I didn't make a card for my hubby or my kids?  Maybe.  But no one seemed to be very distressed by this.  On a side note, the only card I received was from my Mom.  I'll post a photo of that next time.  Yes..  She makes cards too.

Monday, February 16, 2015

You 2 Make My Heart Complete

A new layout for Scrap Our Stash!

***Echo Park Head Over Heels collection***

Here is the challenge:
Create a layout inspired by the sketch and color palette. You must use (3) or more colors from the palette and the ONLY other colors you can use are, BLACK, WHITE or KRAFT

As you can see, I followed the sketch pretty closely.  The bigger part of the challenge for me was the color palette.  I really like these colors but have limited supply in my stash, especially when it comes to the more pastel tones.  This collection from Echo Park worked fairly well (although it brought in a little gray which was not in the palette or the guidelines....).  I would have loved to have worked with the green but it just wasn't happening.  Oh well.  Maybe next time.

I used some white mist on the background kraft paper.  In hindsight, I think I would have liked a little more.  I recycled a coffee sleeve and punched a few tiny hearts to scatter around.  I also punched some larger hearts from the same washi tape that I used in strips at the top of the page and under part of the title.  One of my favorite tricks for using washi!

I'm entering this layout for the word challenge at Creating with Paper and More.  I am using the word "heart".  Although it's not actually spelled out in my title---I think it's very clearly implied!

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my blog today.  Please be sure to check out Scrap Our Stash.  See what other DT members are creating and play along yourself.  You just might win!