Get Sketchy - Sketch 5

I really struggle with multi-photo layouts as well as using strips of paper so this one was a real challenge for me.

The sketch:
My Take:
Supplies: Bazzill Swiss Dot CS (I am totally addicted to this stuff!), Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, Crate Paper & K&Co PP, Doodlebug flower strip, Maya Road dotted ribbon, American Crafts Thickers.

Get Sketchy - Sketch 4

More from scrapfreak's February class:

The sketch:
My Take:
The center photo actually lifts up to reveal journaling.

Supplies: Bazzill swiss dot CS, October afternoon PP, American Crafts thickers, Creative imaginations journaling spot, Stampin Up bird, various ribbon.

Get Sketchy - Sketch 3

Ive been slowly plugging away at the Get Sketchy class at ScrapFreak. Ive got 8 of the 10 done! I will be posting each one separately so I can find them again. lol

The Sketch

My Take:

Supplies: Scenic route & COke PP, American Crafts letter & photo corner thickers, Bazzil brads

Monday Daybook

FOR TODAY… February 15 2010

Outside my window… SUN! real honest to goodness SUN!!! I totally forgot how nice it could be!

I am thinking… about taking a trip to see my Mom.

I am thankful for… the birth of Henry Cooper!

I am wearing… jeans, penny loafers, black polo shirt, teal cardigan

I am remembering… I need to pick up meds on the way home.

I am going… to go home and upload pics of Perrin. Ive been such a slacker!

I am currently reading… I just finished Tithe by Holly Black. I really enjoyed it and look forward on starting on Valiant tonight.

I am hoping… that my foot feels well enough to Zumba tomorrow.

On my mind… finishing Jess’ birthday “sign”

Noticing that… If I eat regular food I gain weight L stupid portion control (or lack there of)

Pondering these words… KIM ARRIVES THURSDAY!!!

From the kitchen… back to pre packaged diet food for me.

Around the house… my last week of “staycation” so as much scrapping as I can manage.

One of my favorite things… My orange elvis bear P got me for Valentines Day

From my picture journal…


We got screwed again as they always ct away for a commercial when it's our turn to march into the stadium. They didn't even show the actual flag so I had Perrin stand in :)

Get Sketchy - Sketch 1

For once I actually started with sketch 1 (I usually just start with whatever moves me), it just happened that I had the perfect photos for this sketch. (Don't worry I did sketch #9 next. lol)

The Sketch:

My Take:

Supplies: Bazzill Swiss dot CS, Crate Paper & Jenni Bowlin PP, Sass paper strips, Basic Grey letters and American crafts thickers, Creative Imagination journaling sticker, Cosmo Cricket velvet yellow ribbon.

Sorry for the crooked photo.

February's ScrapFreak Class- Get Sketchy!

ok so I am a little late in posting this but I just got started the other day. I almost always use a sketch or someone elses layouts as a jumping off point for my own scrapbooking. Sometimes it's a straight up scrap-lift- sometimes its inspired by and sometimes it looks nothing at all like what I started with. lol

I was sooo excited that Jessica*Bree was doing a whole sketch class. 10 wonderful sketches to get my creative juices flowing! Im hoping to get them all done this month as i am on a roll!

Jump Start Your scrapbooking!

So ScrapFreak's January class was this awesome challenge with 40 basic ideas (use paint, angle your elements, etc...) to get our creative juices flowing for the new year. I am super proud to report that I got 20 pages done!!! Some were for my Looking Back mini album, others regular 12x12 layouts. This is a ton for me!!!! What do I get? A blinkie and a chance to win a prize plus the knowledge that I am getting better at this and have some mojo back again!

So here are the last 5 layouts I did for the challenge:

Monday Daybook

FOR TODAY… February 8 2010

Outside my window… It’s finally sunny after what seems like weeks of rain and grey skies its actually sunny!!! High of 53 today and then of course rain tonight and all day tomorrow. I really need some more sun. This grayness isn’t good for me.

I am thinking… about flying to Houston and to PA to see my mom in the next few months.

I am thankful for… having some me time.

I am wearing… Black polo, black skirt, black tights, teal cardigan and black ballet flats

I am remembering… the journey to good health is a marathon not a sprint.

I am going… to maybe go home early today. I am just not feeling very well. Tired, congested and my ear hurts.

I am currently reading listening to… the Glee soundtrack

I am hoping… I get to a new middle number on my weight loss journey soon. I was sooo close to hitting it this morning but no such luck.

On my mind…upcoming gifts I need to make/get for valentines day and Jessica's birthday.

Noticing that… I got a ton scrapbooked over the last month in large part due to the Jump Start your Scrapbooking Challenge on the Freak. 20 pages and counting!

Pondering these words…

From the kitchen… Making homemade spaghetti sauce with our freshly harvested herbs from my aero garden!

Around the house… Must get laundry done tonight since I didn’t get any done this weekend!

One of my favorite things… Art. Sculptures, paintings, sketches, installations. Just everything.

From my picture journal…

More Scrapping!

Today marks my last day of scrapping in a cold dark studio. The electrician is coming today to put in 2 new circuits (one just for heating and AC), 5 outlets and a new overhead light!!! To say I am excited is an understatement!

So here are the last pictures of my stuff taken in crappy lighting :)

Check out that hand made love embellishment Jessica*bree made. It worked so perfectly on my layout she gave it to me :)

Supplies: Bazzill CS, flowers from Making Memories, Fancy Pants, Prima, Bazzill, Tim Holtz grungeboard, and michaels $1 spot

This is my first attempt at sewing on a layout and I totally love the look and it didn't even take me that long! And god only knows Ive got a gizillion yards of embroidery floss to work with :)

Supplies: Bazzill Swiss dot CS, Cosmo Cricket, October Afternoon and K&Co paper, Sass flowers, Prima epoxy button and K&Co wood flower.

Happy Groundhogs Day!

We always sort of celebrated Groundhogs day because we had one in the family- My dad. He was born 2/2/39 and he embraced his inner groundhog. My grandmother made all sorts of groundhogs over the years as presents to him Skiing groundhogs, fishing groundhogs etc...

And so in memory of my dad Happy Groundhogs day! (I miss you dad!)

WTG Challenge #2 The Name Game

The challenge:

This week's challenge on Who's That Girl is to document a story about your name... it can be why your parents chose your name, how you ended up with a particular nickname or any other name related story.

Here is my take on this months\’s challenge. It is a story of how I got one of my childhood nicknames: Maza Mara (which means little Mara in Latvian).

Also take a look at the awesome tutorial on how to make your own doo dads on the Who's That Girl Blog!

Looking Back 2009 cont...

I have been slowly working on this maya road binder album and am almost finished. I am sort of mad because it came with a bunch of pages but even with minimal embellishments you can only use about half of them. So.... I am going to do 2 or 3 envelope pages and call it done.

Here's what I have so far (well I actually have 3 more pages done but don't have photos. Ill take them tonight and add them) :

I am having so much fun making this album! It may be the first mini I finish in a long time! (I've got 4 mostly finished sitting in a basket just waiting for me to get back to them.)

Monday Daybook- Rabbit Rabbit!

FOR TODAY… Feb 1 2010 (we always tried to say rabbit rabbit as the first words when it was the first of the month for good luck. I have no idea where it started but i twas my families little superstition!)

Outside my window… Sort of sunny, a little warmer at 49 than it was this weekend.

I am thinking… that I am going to quit my doll a day stuff. The pressure has just sucked the joy out of it plus I just don’t have the time :(

I am thankful for… a friendship that doesn’t depend on constant contact or proximity to be true.

I am wearing… my ON teal dress, black leggings, black boots and the scarf my IL’s gave me.

I am remembering… that I HAVE to stop off at home depot and buy a light fixture.

I am going… to dinner with Jess. Maybe.

I am currently reading… still nothing. I’m trying to get better at sleeping which means less reading.

I am hoping… that Wednesday goes smoothly and that I soon will have better light and heat in the studio!

On my mind… where I will take little Perrin the world traveling Blythe!

Noticing that… I looked a little thinner on Sat. Maybe it was the clothes but I felt I looked good (well better) which I will totally take!

Pondering these words… curls, hair dye, hair cut

From the kitchen… dinner out tonight if not more lean cuisine.

Around the house… got some laundry to put up and move the last few things for the electrician.

One of my favorite things… diet cranberry juice.

From my picture journal…