Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Currently List #67

Hello! It's Tuesday and it's time for another Currently List!



Watching: I'm catching up on some TV shows today. First up is Devious Maids. Then later on, John and I will be catching up on Teen Wolf and Game of Thrones. I think I mentioned in a previous post (?) that John and I recently started watching Game of Thrones. Oh. My. GOSH! That show is awesome. We already watched Season 1 and are on the last episode of Season 2.

Reading: I'm also catching up on lots of blog posts and magazines.

Listening: This song is so dope.

Making: I'm almost caught up with my Project Life album. All I have to do is just embellish a few cards and add my photos.

Feeling: Today has been so busy...and I'm not even done with everything that I have to do.

Planning: I am planning on participating in Ali Edwards' Week in the Life. So I am going to try and set up my mini album. I plan to use an album that I have had for a while. One of my goals is to use things that I already have instead of buying new stuff.

Loving: Eek! I was finally able to order some stuff from Freckled Fawn. I ordered the Pineapple Washi Tape by Lora Bailora, Summer stamp by Lora Bailora, and Pebbles Inc. I Love You sticky notes. I also purchased some Memento Dew Drop ink pads a few weeks ago and these will be perfect to use with my new stamp set.

What's on your Currently List? Feel free to share!

Until next time...

Monday, July 27, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Find Your Voice 2015-Lesson 1

Hello! A few weeks ago, I heard about Kristin's (from Rukristin) Find Your Voice workshop. This is a free workshop that started on July 1st. All you have to do is just register for the workshop on Rukristin's website. I have been catching up on the challenges and reading materials for the past week. Today, I want to share a few pages that I created for the first lesson/challenge.


I am using a Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal for the workshop. It's 5 1/2 by 8 and it's the perfect size. I decided to decorate the cover with some Thickers.


The workshop includes a pre-workshop worksheet and a follow along worksheet for each week. These are super helpful. I also love all of the information in the PDF as well as the contributor inspiration. The workshop also includes chats, forums, and galleries. I love that there is a chat session every day so if you can't make it on a certain day, you can chat on another day or look at the chat transcript.

I will be putting my completed worksheets in a DCWV Inc. envelope. I have had these envelopes for a really long time so it was so nice to put these envelopes to good use. I plan to use an envelope for each week. I just adhered the envelope onto the page.


There were so many ways that I could have completed Lesson 1. The first lesson was about documenting stories and why those stories are so meaningful to us. There are so many different stories and topics that are meaningful to me. I decided to make some pages on TV shows, books, music, and movies.  

For my first page, I knew that I would want to document my favorite TV shows. I included a few reasons why these shows are my favorite such as story lines, characters, and a few other random thoughts.


I decided that I wanted to list some of my favorite books. I love reading so it only made sense to make a page related to books. I want to thank Kristin from My Life as a Teacup for introducing me to Neil Gaiman's books. The Graveyard Book was one of the selected books for her book club and now I have become obsessed with Gaiman's books.


For my music page, I decided that I wanted to list my current favorite songs. I used some neon tags and wrote down some of my favorite lyrics.


I chose to document my favorite movies and put down some reasons why these movies are my favorite. 

Supplies:

Have you signed up for Rukristin's Find Your Voice workshop? If so, how are you liking it?

Until next time...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It's a Girl Card

Hello! I have been making so many cards this past week. One of my good friends found out the sex of her baby. She's going to have a girl and I am so excited for her! I haven't made a baby girl card in a really long time. I'm so used to making baby boy cards since most of my friends kept having boys. It was nice making a batch of baby girl themed cards.



I was inspired by some word art pictures that I saw and decided to try to make something similar, but in a card format. I didn't want to only focus on words, but on images like the blocks, bears, ducks, etc. I also wanted to add a touch of dimension and texture so I decided to use a textured card and enamel dots. 

Supplies:
  • Recollections Textured Cards and Envelopes
  • Pebbles Accent & Phrases Stickers
  • Remarks Baby Girl Accent & Phrases Stickers
  • Enamel Dots
I plan to make some baby boy themed cards and gender neutral cards similar to the baby girl cards that I made.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Currently List #66

Hello! It's Tuesday and it's time for another Currently List!



Watching: Today is catch up day for my TV shows. I'm loving Devious Maids and Teen Wolf. I don't watch Love & Hip Hop often, but I decided to watch a few episodes (don't judge me lol).

Reading: I've also been catching up on lots of blog posts and news articles. I need to finish reading (as well as start reading) several books. I think I'm going to aim to read one or two books a month and I think I may just set an alarm to remind me to take time to read some books.

Listening: This song is awesome.

Making: I'm catching up on some Project Life layouts, some more cards, and pages for my Find Your Voice art journal/album.

Feeling: It's been a really long day and my day is still not over. In fact, this entire week is going to be a really busy one...I really can't wait for Friday.

Planning: I have so much stuff that I want and need to get done before the first week of August. I'm working (planning lots of stuff) in my Erin Condren planning and setting dates and times for things that need to get done. Hopefully, I can get everything done.

Loving: A nice, cold Pepsi is the best when it's really hot.

What's on your Currently List? Feel free to share!

Until next time...

Monday, July 20, 2015

Quote of the Week

Happy Monday! I absolutely love this quote/advice.




Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Currently List Layout June 29-July 5

Hello! Hello! A few weeks ago, I decided to fill out some Currently Lists cards everyday for an entire week. I knew I would want to put them in my Project Life album so I decided to make full page layout using my cards.



I got this amazing idea from Jennie over at EarthyScrap to print my Currently Lists onto cardstock and papers from Dear Lizzy's Best Of papers pack. I really love how they turned out. Once they were printed, all I had to do was just fill one out every day.


For my title card, I used some black and white alphas. I can't remember what collection they are from, but I have had them for a while. I also used some Simple Stories alphas as well and used my black Sharpie pen for the numbers.


I needed to make a filler card since I had placed all 7 Currently cards and my title card in place. I decided to use the "This Week" stamp from Rukristin. This stamp was perfect since I was documenting my Currently Lists for the week. Below is another close up of the lists.


Supplies:

How many Currently Lists do you fill out a week? Do you put them in mini albums, art journals, or Project Life albums?

Thank you for visiting!

Until next time...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Currently List #65

Hello! It's Tuesday and it's time for another Currently List!



Watching: I have been catching up on some TV shows. I've been so exhausted the past few days and have fallen asleep a little earlier than usual.

Reading: I have so many blog posts to catch up so I'm hoping to get up on that today.

Listening: Wow this song is amazing! The beat is awesome!

Making: I have been catching up on some Project Life layouts. I mainly have to catch up on journaling so I'm hoping to catch up with everything by the end of the week. I also need to finish my Disney Vacation album.

Feeling: So...remember when I mentioned that I was very nervous and that hopefully on Thursday I would have good news if everything went well? Well I finally took my road test and I passed! I am still very happy and kind of still in shock. I overcame my fear of driving and the driving lessons definitely helped.

Planning: I just bought a set of Cambridge notebooks from Target. The set comes with three notebooks and are absolutely gorgeous. I love, love, love the colors! They are mint, pink, and white and the front of the journals says Chapter 1., Chapter 2., and Chapter 3. I plan to use them as journals.

Loving: I am loving my new Cambridge notebooks. I think I may have to buy another pack (or two) soon.

What's on your Currently List? Feel free to share!

Until next time...

Monday, July 13, 2015

Quote of the Week

Happy Monday!

I really needed to see this message today especially on a Monday. Life really does go by so fast...we need to enjoy life and the little moments. I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Until next time...


Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Mapmaker's Children--Blogging for Books Review

A while ago, I received my second book from Blogging for Books. I chose to read and review The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy.


This book actually took me a while to read. I tend to like historical fiction or anything that has to do with history, but (unfortunately there's a but) I just didn't get into the book like I thought I would. It was not a horrible book, I just didn't care for the switches between past and present which I will explain below.

The book is about a woman named Sarah Brown (one of the main characters) who is the daughter of abolitionist John Brown. She ends up finding out about her father's work on the Underground Railroad, has to deal with infertility, and also ends up helping slaves escape to the north. The other main character is Eden Anderson who is also struggling with infertility. Eden, however, lives in the present. There is a 150 year difference between the events. I definitely preferred to read more about Sarah's story, but Eden's story was still interesting as well. I think Sarah's story interested me more because she lived in a different era whereas Eden lives in modern day America. It is amazing how Sarah hid maps in her paintings in order to save slaves. I loved the pages in the back of the book which had information on how the author came up with the story. There is also a recipe at the end of the book and some information on Sarah Brown and her family.

On a scale of one to five stars, I would give it 3 stars.

Have you read The Mapmaker's Children? What are your thoughts on the book?

Until next time...

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Ballon and Thinking of You Cards


Happy Saturday! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. Today, I want to share a couple of simple cards that I made a few days ago. 

I absolutely love making cards. Sometimes I make elaborate cards and other times I choose to go a simple route. Usually, I make a batch of birthday themed cards just to have on hand. I also tend to make at least 2 or 3 baby themed cards. However, I have never made a Thinking of You card.

I needed to make a few birthday themed cards and decided to go make a few other non birthday themed cards. While going through my stash, I came across lots of embellishments that I never even took out of the package. Since I am trying to work on using everything I have rather than buying, I thought that this would be the perfect time to use the embellishments.


I found some awesome dimensional stickers from Recollections Craft It Cardmaking collection. This was such a simple card to make. All I did was choose a card base and stick the sticker in the middle of the card.


This balloon card was also very simple to make. Once I chose my card base, I took the dimensional sticker and stuck it down.

Supplies

I definitely plan on making some more cards soon. I also think that I may add a stamped sentiment on the balloon card. 

What have you been making lately? Should I add a stamped sentiment to the balloon card? 

Until next time...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Currently List #64

Hello! It's Tuesday and it's time for another Currently List!


Watching: I have to catch up on a few shows that I missed. John and I are finally going to watch Game of Thrones. We've heard good things about the show, but we just never were interested in watching it.

Reading: I was so surprised to see how many unread emails I had in my inbox.

Listening: I love Summertime Sadness and I absolutely love this remix of the song.

Making: I am making my final grocery list for the week. I am trying to get better at just getting things that are on my list and I made a goal for this month to do just that.

Feeling: I have been super anxious due to this big event that is coming up this week. Hopefully, everything goes well this Thursday and I will be able to relax. I don't want to jinx myself so I won't mention anything else until everything goes well.

Planning: I have about a week (or maybe two?) of Project Life spreads that I need to finish and hopefully I can get that done this week. I also need to work on some blog posts as well. I haven't been blogging as much as I want to and am looking into making a better blog schedule.

Loving: My TV lineup is amazing right now and I can't wait for Fall's TV lineup.

What's on your Currently List? Feel free to share!

Until next time...

Monday, July 6, 2015

Quote of the Week

Happy Monday! I found another awesome quote in my Flow Magazine.


Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Monthly Project Life Cards

Hello! Happy Sunday! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. Today, I want to share some monthly Project Life cards that I made over the past few days using my Freckled Fawn kits. These cards will be used in next year's Project Life album.


I chose my cards from the Project Life seasons edition mini kit. I decided that I wanted to make my monthly title cards on the 4x6 cards because I thought they were the perfect size. I actually wanted to use wood chips/alphas on all of my cards, but I ended up running out of a few letters. Thank goodness for all of the other alphas that I had in my stash.


I used one kit for one card except for the September 2014 kit. I used the wood alphas from the September kit on almost all of the cards. I also chose to match the kit to the card. For instance, I made February's card using February's kit, March's card was made with the March kit, and so on. Using one kit for each card made it easy to coordinate the embellishments.

Supplies:

Since I plan on keeping my Freckled Fawn subscription, I definitely plan to use each kit to make my monthly Project Life card. I am so excited to get July's kit and will be sharing my July card once I finish it.

Do you subscribe to Freckled Fawn? Or do you subscribe to any other kit? What do you like to make with your kits? Feel free to share in the comments section.

Until next time...

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July! I hope you all have a wonderful day.


Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...