Monday, May 18, 2015

CREATE - May issue is here!!

Time to open up the latest issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine and devour all the goodness that lies within!

Here are some sneaks at what I created for this issue...

Two-page layout sketch:

Card sketch:

Tag sketch:

Manufacturer challenge - Paper House:

Enticed to see more?  Head on over HERE to view CREATE in it's entirety.  You won't be disappointed!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Always Be YOU

Time for another challenge at Scrap our Stash---and another Disney page!  Yay!!

***Fancy Pants Be Different collection***

Here is the sketch we were given along with the challenge to add handmade flowers:

At first I found the circles a little intimidating. But then suddenly I saw a giant Mickey head and the creative juices started flowing! 

I pulled out this collection from Fancy Pants which I felt was perfectly fitting for these photos of my husband being...well, himself. I had fun splattering mist and stamping painted circles (even stamping a Mickey in the lower right corner!). This layout just really came to life for me. 

Admittedly, I wasn't all too creative with the handmade flowers. These are tiny punched flowers that I scattered across the page. I lifted the edges a bit and placed black rhinestones in the centers. As many of you know, I am not a big user of flowers in general due to the more masculine pages that I tend to create. But this felt added to the overall goofy, whimsical feel of the layout.

Thanks for stopping by today and letting me share yet another Disney layout with you.  There are many more to come...which either brings you back or has you saying, "seriously?"

Anyway, if you feel inspired by this sketch, head on over to Scrap Our Stash and link up for a chance to win a great prize!

Monday, May 11, 2015

#nevermissamonday - May 11

In case you're wondering, it's true.  I didn't blog last week's #nevermissamonday.  I just didn't feel like blogging.  That's ok...right?

Today, however...I'm baaaack!

Believe it or not, I sometimes struggle with what to photograph.  I try to take photos of the natural beauty that surrounds, foliage, clouds, rain puddles (which have been in short supply this year), the various paths I run on...whatever catches my eye.  But after doing this for a while now and running in the same general area, it can be challenging to find something new to capture.  

Anyway, all of this blah, blah, blah leads me to the photo you see today.  Rather thank focus on the run, I chose to focus on the after-run....that feeling of relief you get when you know you have completed your run for the day.  Some might even call it euphoria.  In any case, I always like that "done" feeling.  Another success under my belt.  Even if the run wasn't my best...even if I had to walk more than usual...even if I didn't go as far or as fast as I's still a success.  Something to be proud of.  Something to feel good about.  The after-run.  Enjoy it.  Embrace it.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Monorail: By Day or Night

Time for another challenge from Scrap Our Stash!

*** Echo Park That's My Boy collection*** 

Another Disney page!  Surprised?  You shouldn't be!

Here is the challenge:

There were lots of letters for this challenge and I think I covered them pretty well with items from my stash (and a few creative ideas!).
E - enamel dots, Echo Park papers, EK Success punch
M - Mickey punch, metal staples, the letter "m", monorail (photo)
B - buttons
O - orange, the letter "o"
S- stickers, Simple Stories (red alpha)
S- staples, stitching (faux), striped paper

My layout design was inspired by Susan Stringfellow.  You can find the layout that inspired me on her blog, Creatively Savvy.  

Now step on over to Scrap Our Stash and see what's going on.  Take a stab and join us in this month's challenge.  I promise, it will be fun!

Monday, April 27, 2015

#nevermissamonday - April 27

Hey there. Guess what?

Another Monday...DONE!!  It's always such a good feeling to be on the other side of a run.

But I will admit, today wasn't easy.  Maybe it was the warmer temperature coupled with the humidity from the rain the night before.  My feet got hot which makes me very uncomfortable.  I swear, my feet are like barometers!  It wasn't even that hot out...maybe about 65.  But those first few runs in warmer weather always seem to get me.  Like my body has to get all acclimated again.  

Also, my legs were aching.  Particularly my shins.  I'm pretty sure that was from the speed walk I did yesterday with a friend.  I always find it interesting that my legs often hurt the next day after those walks.  Yet I can run and not be sore at all...using muscles different ways, I guess.

I actually had thoughts of stopping...calling my husband to come get me.  But then I thought, why?  I can always walk.  It will just talk longer.  Funny thing is, I got a phone call from a co-worker at about the 4 mile point.  That was just enough distraction to break my thought pattern.  And I finished the run.  The pain was a little less.  The heat in my feet a bit more tolerable.  Thank goodness for distractions.

 DONE.Until the next run!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

#nevermissamonday - April 20 I am a couple of days behind in posting this.
However, I DID NOT miss a Monday!

As you can see, I was able to get away for this particular #nevermissamonday run.  I spent some time at the coast with girlfriends doing what we love...scrapbooking.  And watching movies...and eating...and drinking...and laughing.  Good times.  

And then there is running.  Some might say, "I'm on vacation so I'm taking a few days off from my exercise routine".  Me?  I look at it an entirely different way.  I see it as an opportunity to run somewhere other than my usual stomping grounds which gets me excited to get out and RUN!  And what better place than on the beach!  I ran each of the four mornings that I was there.  At home I typically run about 3 days in a row then take a rest day.  But at the beach, I know I will soon be home so I take every chance to get out on that sand, near the water's edge, and take it all in.

That's the great thing about running.  It's so portable.  I don't have to find a gym or bring an exercise video,  Then hope there is enough space and a working DVD player.  I just bring my running gear and go.  Anywhere.  Anytime.  I love that about running.  It can be a great way to explore new surroundings too.  See what's out there.  Then you can go back later (maybe in a car) and further explore something that caught your eye earlier.

Here's to new adventures...of the running kind!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Let Your Star Shine

Hello there!  I have a really fun layout for you of my favorite Disney pages....but, then again, I seem to have many favorites from the Disney album.  Such a terrible problem!

***Simple Stories Say Cheese collection***

This is for the latest challenge at Scrap Our Stash.  
We were challenged to create a layout using this sketch by Laura Whitaker along with the inpiration photo you see below.

For the sketch, I kept much of the design in the center the same---the single photo focus, the doily and the papers beneath my photo. From there, I went in a different direction. The reason behind it had to do with the inspiration photo. I was drawn to the pentagon shape on the lamp and the mobile which led me to hexagons. I have always wanted to do a layout like this and I felt here it is. The golden yellow in my photo and papers also leads back to the gold in the inpsiration piece. And, of course, the phrase about the happy place...isn't the slogan for Disneyland "the happiest place on earth"? I know it's definitely one of mine!

Here are a few close-up shots:

I had so much fun creating this page!  I hope you will join me at Scrap Our Stash and play along. 
The possibilities are endless!