I have to admit, I don’t love this layout. I actually made it over a week ago, but didn’t want to post it. That’s how ugly I thought it was. But you know, looking at it with “fresh eyes,” it’s not SO bad. It just ended up a bit…busy. And green, lol. And it didn’t scan in too well, either. Complain, complain.
I was strongly inspired by this layout, but I feel like my version just…went astray, haha. IN retrospect, I definitely should NOT have used a patterned background…
But again, regardless of how it looks, it was a moment I just had to document. My mom and her “little man,” as she calls him, playing his favorite game: Squeak-toy. They’re so adorable together, it had to be scrapbook-ified.
I just can’t get enough of the Plus One line, can I? I love the colors, I love the patterns…I just love it. I have to try hard not to hoard it, because that’s my tendency. But what good is that, really? I always say, “Oh, I should save that for a better layout.” But hey, it would probably BE a better layout if I used some cute supplies, right? LOL!
Oh man, I feel so special. The layout I just posted, you know, the one that I was complaining about? It got pinned by Two Peas to the Peas Are So Inspiring board! That’s three times for me. Maybe that’s the boost I need to get back “into my groove!”
I sure hope so, haha!
Ugh, where have I been? Oh yeah, my mom was in town until just this past Wednesday. She always keeps me busy (and vice-versa). But I absolutely love having her here. Usually she makes me feel more creative, but honestly, my head just hasn’t been in it lately! I’ve been feeling creative, but not thinking creatively. Does that make sense to anyone else, lol…? I just feel like my past couple pages have all looked exactly the same…
Aaaaanyway, at least I managed to make something, even if it is kinda…un-original. I just had to document this, because it was such a fantastic experience. We traveled to Redbank, NJ just to go to Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, a comic book store owned by Kevin Smith. I didn’t expect to see any of the guys from the show, because hey…they probably have better things to do now.
However, (as you can probably tell by the picture), almost the whole gang was there! And they were all extremely nice. I was surprised, pleased, and maybe even a bit star-struck. Definitely worth making a layout about!
Ah, the Day of a Thousand Squeaks, lol. My mom’s little Yorkie is insane about squeak-toys, and will chase them and squeak them for hours straight.
This layout is really just a celebration of how much he enjoys playing, and how adorable he is.
Have I ever mentioned that I used to hate rub-ons? That’s right; I just didn’t get it. Why not just make them stickers? …Now I get it. I love them. I used two on this page, and have been using them regularly in the past couple layouts. Never thought they’d win me over!
Am I the only person who gets really, genuinely excited about this?! I just feel so…validated when I see something *I* made get pinned by a site that has SO many gallery submissions each day. I’m not trying to brag, mostly just to share how grateful and honored I really am each time I get a “The Peas Are So Inspiring” pin!
My mom is visiting from Nevada for the entire month of April, which always puts me in a good mood. Coincidentally (and luckily!), there was also a new LEGO store opening nearby on her first weekend here! Obviously, we had to go (she’s a life-long LEGO fan).
Amidst all the other happenings at the grand opening, a LEGO Master Builder was present. When we saw a photo opportunity, we headed over to his little pedestal. He noticed, and posed for a picture, and even reached out to shake her hand! Needless to say, she was overjoyed. He seemed amused that we would be so excited, but there are only eight Master Builders in the whole world!
We had a wonderful time and got many limited-edition, location-specific LEGOs…and many more “normal” LEGOs. Let’s just say: She’s been putting together sets since Sunday evening, and is only about half-way through, haha!
I went to the first surprise party of my life in October of 2013. It was held for my boyfriend’s grandma, in honor of her 75th birthday, and it was really a blast. I got to design the invites, and everyone loved them, which was fun and flattering (the best kind of fun, haha!).
Anyway, that’s what this layout is all about. I wanted to make it bright and cheerful, because that’s exactly how the event felt. The guest of honor was so surprised and pleased, and all her friends and family were so fun and pleasant.
I included a close-up of the background, because since it is white-on-white, you can’t really see the circle die-cut too well in the “overall” picture. I got the “wonky circles” pattern here for free, so definitely check it out!
So, this amazing idea came out. Little stickers that let you put anything into your albums without having to punch holes in it. First (at least as far as I know), they were stickers. Then Studio Calico released a die set. And then Shayne was like, “Uhm….I could make those on my Silhouette Cameo.”
And so I did. I designed some that were a little smaller, since most of the things I would want to “attach” would be pretty small (cards, invites, etc.).
The best part of this story is that I am giving my design away for free! It is a .studio file, so you’ll need the Silhouette Studio software (and any Silhouette machine) to use it. But, here it is!