Thursday, January 31, 2013

Forever Friend

This is layout #10 from my January CKC kit. I had to add the background paper to this layout to complete it but I can actually say it is my last layout! I still have a couple of cards to finish up and post, so in the next day or so I should have that done!

I love that Zoë has a most unique friend...his name is Wince. He has a long nose, long ears and long wings...all of which to chew on.

I used a border sticker that I cut into 2 pieces, the other part is under the photo. I also used a scrap to cut a small border piece with.

I used the computer to journal on the thin strips. You can hardly tell it here, but I did trace around the inside of the word friend.

Another border sticker down the side of the photo.

I actually stamped the sentiment on this sticker label.

The green chipboard piece was originally kraft color and I used my smooch spritz to color it green and added a bling brad to the middle. This photo also gives you a little close up of the title letters, I traced the inside of the letters with my slick marker to give them a little extra definition.
That's it for today!!
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Project Life Week #2

Here is PL Week #2
As you can see, if you checked out last weeks PL spread, I only have 2 types of page protectors and they are the 6 vertical and 6 horizontal spreads. Other than the page protectors I can't honestly say I have bought anything else specifically for project life. I have tried to use bits and pieces that I already have to store and organized for it. And I am using my picture mate that I got In 2011 to print out the pictures for it. It feels awesome to finally be using that little machine! I know I am rather slow in utilizing what I already have, but I am trying to be better!!

This is the left side and as you can tell, I've added some more journaling this week, I really want to add more journaling, but it's not coming easily when I am putting the layouts together. I keep notes during the week but it seems like after I have my layout all planned out then I think of the more in depth stories I want to tell. Oh well, I'll do that here for now until I get better at doing it in my PL album.

Here is the right side, now for some close ups of the individual pockets. This week I used a 4x6 paper pad from DCWV called Linen Closet. It's been in my stash for several years, I bought it with a purpose, to make a mini album, but that never happened so it's just been hanging out in my stash.

I found some old flower stickers left in one of my sticker files and decided to add them to this layout since there are lots of blue and white this week.

The top journaling is done with a chipboard piece with cut arrows from a role of washi tape, and the jornaling is done on a sticker from SEI. And yes that is typewriter journaling. My son had an old Smith Corona typewriter that he was planning to get rid of and I bought it off him for $40. I still have to do some cleaning and oiling because a few letters stick. It's so fun to be typing on an old machine again, it's the same type I learned to type on, just a little smaller.
I worked on organizing my stamps this week, I already had them divided out but when I pulled a set out I couldn't always remember where to put it back, you'll see a little farther down how I addressed that issue.

These are the 2 stairwells that I use when I work, the top one is very plain with soft yellow paint, very utilitarian! The other stairwell is painted with underwater scenes on each level, you can see looking down and then again looking up. I work in a hospital that has 10 floors and I have to round on each floor throughout the night, I typically start on the first floor and climb up one level at a time, unless someone calls me and I have to veer from my path and then I might climb 3 or 4 flights to reach my destination. I do allot of singing in these stairwells, whistling and even grumbling when things don't go how I want them too.

Years ago when the school of nursing was right next to the hospital, the student nurses would leave their dorm and come into the hospital where this mirror is located. It's about 12 feet high and 4 foot wide with an elaborate frame around it. It's my understanding that each student nurse had to check their appearance in this mirror before going further into the hospital. Now it's just a novelty of bygone years. During my last night shift as I was rounding I decided to take a picture of myself in the mirror since no one was around, during the day there is always someone in that hallway so there is no chance for self portraits then. 
The photo shows the divider I created for my stamps as well as how I labeled the stamps so that I could ensure that they went back into the appropriate divided section. I saw this idea on someone else's blog but I have no idea who or when it was.

I wish I had another picture for this spot or that I had done more journaling for it, but it is what it is now.

This is just a mundane day in my life, ironing uniforms for work. I iron in the bedroom so that I can have the TV on and I will usually catch up on Joel Osteen programs while I am ironing.

I love a beautiful sunset and in west Texas it's not too difficult to see one. As a matter of fact they usually happen every night. I don't always see sunrises since I have typically been too busy at work or I have slept through them.

Here is Mr Gulley taking down the Christmas tree. This photo shows the top portion already off and him taking down the middle section, it's quite the beast to put up and take down since it is 10 feet tall and weighs over 100 pounds in the box.

Here he it contemplating putting it back in the box, we laugh every year, that it came out of that box and it fits back into it.

I intended to work out every day this week using this video, I was still too sick at the start of the week and when I finally did the workout on Thursday, I could hardly move the rest of the week. I think I will have to be a little slower at working my way into this video.

Here's the tree all boxed up with years of duct tape on it, Mr Gulley occasionally pulls off the old stuff after it's old and crusty and won't stick any more. He's such a great guy!!!
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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Wake Up Shani it's Christmas

This is layout #9 from my January CKC kit, I may have enough to make 1 more layout or a couple more cards, I'll just have to see what kind of sketches I can come up with. I did add the kraft cardstock to this layout.

Sorry I forgot to crop this before I added it to by album on photobucket! Shani woke up on Christmas morning all on her own and came into the living room and sat down in front of what was obviously her Santa loot and just stared at what Zoë and Cameron had. Grumpy grabbed her monster high car and dolly and tried to get her attention, but she was lost in space! She's obviously like her Sweetie as far as morning go!! This layout was inspired by Shimelle's Glitter Girl Adventure #12, I'm sorry I don't remember who posted on the CKC blog about being inspired by this video but I jumped on the band wagon for it because all I have is basically scraps to scrap with from this kit now.

I used a border strip out of my package of them, they are leftovers from years past but I do have some new ones this year, to cut up the top strip with Merry Christmas one and all. I also used a strip from the strip paper to cut out the one with holly leaves and berries on it.

Another border strip cut from the sheet for the chevron pattern. I'm not entirely happy with how this corner came out, but it's done so I'm not complaining (much anyway!). I have to add that the green strip along the top is several years old and an old CTMH border strip.

I used paper tape along the bottom and the other half of the doily I cut out for one of my first layouts or cards.

I used the other half of a border strip for the right photo edge and added the toys sticker and Christmas chipboard piece.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Best Time of the Year

This is layout #8 from my January CKC kit. I'm totally running on scraps now, I don't have any whole sheets of paper left and I even had to add the cardstock this layout is on. I love how this layout turned out!

I was inspired by another contributor to the CKC blog, I'm sorry I don't remember who it was that was talking about an old Glitter Girl Adventure, #12 to be exact, but I jumped on it. I've used Shimelle's inspiration and starting points many times so this one was kinda easy to lift. I used scraps to punch all the circles on the top, I wish I had used some bigger sizes, but I just didn't have the right size scraps to cut bigger circles. Plus I think I can squeeze out a couple more layouts or cards with the scraps I do have left.

Here's the right side of the top.
And here's the left side of the top. You can see, I mixed paper circles with sequins, brads and cut apart bling border.

I popped up the papers that matched the border strips I put above and below the photos.

I'm a little embarrassed to admit I bombed the title and journaling! LoL!!! I guess that's what happens when you want to finish up a layout when it's way past your bedtime. I have since lifted of the extra "time" and corrected the "spend".
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Christmas Morning Sweethearts

This is layout #7 from my January CKC kit...I am soo killing this kit! Well at least all the paper in it, after this layout I don't have any more solid sheets of paper, only scraps! Feels good to use up some of the stuff that has been in my stash for years.

I added  a piece of cardstock to this layout since I have already used all the cardstock I initially included in the kit. I also used another piece of the cream cardstock that I had already cut into for one other layout. I was inspired by Sketch #244 at Creative Scrappers for this layout.

I added the red twine for these pennants and the little stripped piece and the red with holly leaves have booth been in my stash for over 5 years.

I used my red smooch spritz to splatter the background cardstock. On this cluster I used another ticket, washi tape, a brad and a sticker that I stamped Dec 2012 on. 

I finally cut into my last solid piece of paper, the cream and green with red dots, for this layout. The Christmas tag was part of a 4x6 piece that I had pulled from my stash. The banner paper is from the cut apart strip paper and I added the letters. That little piece over the title that says more jolly by golly was part of the branding strip on one of the pieces and I thought it was too cut to toss.

2 more stickers added to the bottom, one to journal on and the other is the holiday memories one.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

More Bows Please

This is page #6 from my January CKC kit, finally some photos from this Christmas! LoL!!! I can't complain, at least I finally got last years scrapped and I am making a dent in this years pile of photos. Zoë was all about the bow on each package, she didn't care anything about opening them, or playing with her new toys, anytime anyone got a new package to open she ran over and took the bow first. We kept a pile of them on the ottoman and every little bit she would pull them off one at a time.

This layout was inspired by Sketch #243 at Creative Scrappers and I love how it turned out!

I layered a big sequin with a Christmas tree sequin and a brad, the little yellow sticker has Christmas Morning on it. The tab pieces behind the photo have been in my stash for over 5 years. I did add a piece of cream cardstock to this layout to mat the photo on.

More sequins and some cut apart bling scattered about along with a journal piece for that SEI cut apart page. I also added a piece of yellow border strip from one of the sticker pages. I added a little brad in the center of the O.

Pennants were all cut from scraps.

I used a corner tab punch to make the arrows and I popped them up with foam squares.
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Project Life--Week 1

So Week 1 is complete, well nearly, I'm still waiting to print a 2x2 photo, but I want to wait until I need to print some other 2x2 photos to make it easier and so I don't have 6 of the same 2x2's.

Here's my first 2 week spread...
I love how my pages came out although I do feel like I went way light on embellishing. I guess I just need to get the hang of doing this format.


I used my quickutz to cut out January and used letter stickers for everything else.

The border on this layout was a leftover from the ID strip off a CTMH paper. Those old letters are die cuts from basic grey.

I tried to pick a typewriter font and it didn't turn out quite the way I wanted it to, I may start looking around for a vintage typewriter, but for the moment, I will prolly just do handwritten journaling.

I used my new TH tiny attacher that I got for myself for Christmas.

That little tag was part of a border strip that I had left over from a past project that was just too cute to toss, I'm glad I was finally able to use it here.

I used a label sticker to journal on here.

Love that I was able to layer washi tape to put the title on this photo.

The green pattern paper is where I plan to put the 2x2 photo that I haven't printed yet. In real life I have a sticky note here to remind me of what goes here.

Don't you love that look? She my best scrapping buddy!

How's that for acrobatics!

I used an old journal tag that I used part of on another project for my journaling here.

Again, I love how my first week turned out! I can't wait for this project to evolve!
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