Happy (ACOT Challenge)

Another day, another entry into an A Cherry On Top Challenge!  I did the December “Rewind” Challenge today which allows you to pick any challenge from November.  I chose the November “Three in a Row” Challenge with the criteria of using a Project Life card, circles, and three or more descriptive words.

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The descriptive words are “favorite”, “totally” ,and “happy”.

This is one of the favorite layouts I completed in a long time.  I like the simplicity in small details on this page.  I’m still using the Studio Calico March 2015 “Odyssey” kit with items from my stash.

This layout is from my wedding two years ago.  I think I only have a few more pages to do for that album, but I haven’t even started scrapping my engagement photos yet!  Still a lot of catching up to do…

I’ve only been making one page per day since I have a lot going on right now despite being on maternity leave.  We’re currently remodeling our master bathroom.  It’s been 4 months since that project started, and it’s still not complete.  We’re not even DIYing it!  I can safely say I will NOT be using these contractors again for future projects.  We also need to set up the baby room.  We don’t have any of the furniture or crib in place yet.  I actually had a labor scare last night with what felt like contractions for a couple of hours.  There was a lot of tightening and some pain in the lower abdomen area.  Thank goodness it went away because I’m only 34 weeks pregnant right now.  On top of all that, I still have general cleaning projects and things to take care of for my husband and I’s side business.  One thing at a time.  That’s all I can do!

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Walk the Moon (ACOT Challenge)

Day two of my maternity leave and the second layout I made…

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It’s been super gloomy in Texas, so the photo quality isn’t great.  Anyways, this layout is about a concert my husband and I went to last year.  I love concerts.  My husband?  Not so much.  As a compromise, we stood in the back of the venue where it wasn’t too crowded.  The band was awesome!  They have so many catchy songs I love to sing along with.

I’m still using the Studio Calico “Odyssey” kit from March 2015.  There’s actually more than one item from that kit on this page, including a few patterned papers and a couple of embellishments.  I’ve been loving the blue and orange/yellow color combo lately!

I used this layout for the A Cherry on Top December “Spelling Challenge” in case anyone’s wondering 🙂

Forever (Design Decisions: Shimelle.com Class)

Here’s the second layout I made for the Shimelle class I’m taking:

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It’s a layout for my wedding album.  Yup, it’s been two and a half years since my wedding, and I’m still working on the album!  I clearly have a lot of catch-up to do!

I haven’t been buying a lot of new supplies lately, so all of the products I used are at least a year old.  For 12×12 layouts, I mix in things from my own stash with old kits I have from Citrus Twist Kits and Studio Calico.  It’s worth noting I just got through using my very last kit from CTK even though I haven’t been a subscriber since March 2015!  All the scrapbook kits from Studio Calico I have are from various sales they’ve held throughout e last year or two.  I’m currently working with their “Odyssey” kit which, coincidentally, is also from March 2015.  I don’t think anything on this layout is actually from the kit, though.  Not to worry, bits and pieces of things from the kit will pop up in the next few layouts I make.

 

Layout Share: l’Entrecote

I’m really enjoying the oh so popular watercolor look right now.  The soft muted colors are just absolutely beautiful.  However, I don’t have very many watercolors, and it can get a little messy.  I took advantage of the premade watercolor look  on the patterned paper from Pink Paislee’s “Color Wash” collection to achieve a hand-painted effect without all the trouble.

l'EntrecoteI used a circle stencil with different colors of chalk ink behind the photo.  Various pink embellishments from my stash were used to create a column on the page.  The chipboard stickers are from Amy Tangerine while the sequin bow and enamel dots are from Freckled Fawn.

The photos are taken from Le Relais de l’Entrecote in Paris, a restaurant I found through TripAdvisor.  We walked there from Rue de Champs Elysees after circling the underground network around the Arc de Triomphe.  The line outside wrapped halfway through the block even on a cold winter night.  The fiancé was barely able to endure the hour-long wait to be seated.  Once inside, though, the food comes quickly.  The restaurant has a set menu of salad and steak frites plus an option for a variety of desserts.  I loved the simple and fresh salad.  The fiancé loved the mustard herb sauce that accompanied the steak frites, so much so he wanted to eat there again the next day (didn’t happen though).  The steak itself is definitely not the best cut of beef and is minuscule in size compared to US standards, but it was good enough where we finished two helpings each.  The standout of the night for me were the chocolate profiteroles for dessert–so so so good.  Hands down, the best dessert I’ve had in a while.

Layout Share: Entrance Undiscovered

I made this layout a couple of weeks ago.  I was very inspired by the Flourishing Flowers paper from the Dear Lizzy “Polka Dot Party” line.  I fussy cut a few of the beautiful flowers from the patterned paper with no idea how I wanted to use them.  I played with the placement of the flowers quite a bit before deciding to layer them directly behind the photo.  I like the way they soften the stark nighttime picture.

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There are other Dear Lizzy elements on the layout as well, including the background paper from her “Lucky Charm” line and a brad from the “5th & Frolic” collection.  I love how different Dear Lizzy collections work so well with one another.  I added just a touch of gesso and turquoise mist onto the page for a little visual interest.

The photograph was taken in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.  The fiancé and I were supposed to meet our friends at the entrance to climb up the monument, but we weren’t able to find it after walking in circles for almost half an hour.  In the end, we gave up and decided to just go eat instead.  I was a bit bummed because I heard the view from the top of the Arc is breathtaking, which was confirmed by my friends who were able to find the entrance.  There’s always next time I guess….

Sketchy Saturday

I managed to squeeze out 3 sketch layouts this past week despite being busier than usual 🙂  I used sketches from Citrus Twist Kits, Studio Calico, and Life. Paper. Scrapbook.  I made the Citrus Twist Kits layout this past Monday when it unexpectedly snowed (again!) in Dallas.  It was my first official snow day EVER, and I loved it!  If there weren’t so many car accidents, I would want more snow days just for hibernation purposes.  I felt like I was playing hooky from school even though I was given permission to stay home.

The sketch from CTK can be found here, and here’s my interpretation:

Kensington PalaceEverything on the layout is from the February Main Kit except the letter stickers (OA Flash Alpha in Meringue) and mists (OA Sprinklers in Carbon Copy and Token).  I love the lace trim that came in the kit.  The buttons were also fun to use since I don’t embellish with buttons very often.  The photo is the outer facade of Kensington Palace in London.  We decided to visit the museum on a whim as we walked by while touring the Kensington Gardens.  The Palace was home to many members of the Royal Family including Princess Diana.  There was an exhibit with several of the Princess’ gowns and other outfits when we visited.

The second layout, using this Studio Calico sketch, is about the Tower Bridge.  It’s one of the most beautifully ornate bridges I have laid eyes on.  I love the blues and gold that color the bridge.

Tower BridgeThe paper on the left and also fussy cut under the title is from Chic Tags.  All the vellum elements are from Studio Calico.  The enamel dots are from various lines including Twine + Ink, Freckled Fawn, and My Mind’s Eye.  I love the mix of colors and sizes of the dots scattered across the page 🙂  The hearts are stamped using a Lawn Fawn clear stamp set.  The background paper is from Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm”.

The March Sketch Challenge from Life. Paper. Scrapbook is sponsored by Scrapbook Circle which is a kit club I considered joining before deciding on CTK instead.  The photo is another from London and was taken at the Tower of London–one of my favorite tours from the entire vacation.

Our Funny YeomanThere is so much history that took place at this castle…a lot of it quite gory.  It’s also home to the Crown Jewels which are magnificently displayed throughout several rooms and halls.  I’ve never seen so many large diamonds and other gems in one place before!  The title is in reference to our tour guide (or “yeoman”) who kept our entire tour group of 50+ people entertained with joke after joke.  He definitely made the tour worthwhile!

Layout Share: My Happy Place

I finally broke into the sheet of Maggie Holmes “Flea Market” gold doily vellum I’ve been hoarding for more than a few months….Of course, I couldn’t bear to use the entire sheet on a single layout, so I cut out a few of the doilies and added it around the edge of the page.  The doilies help emphasize the decadence of the subject matter–the Angelina Tea Room and Cafe in Paris.

My Happy PlaceAngelina serves up the thickest and most chocolatey cup of hot chocolate I have ever tasted.  It’s definitely a splurge on calories, but very worth it in my opinion!  If hot chocolate is not your thing, they’re also known for their Mont Blanc (a chestnut-flavored dessert) although it’s too sweet in my opinion.  I’ve tried to recreate their hot chocolate using melted chocolate chips mixed with milk, but it just wasn’t the same.

 

Layout Share: River Walk

Hello again!  It’s been a few days since I’ve posted because I went on a mini trip to San Francisco over the weekend.  The main purpose of the trip was for my first wedding gown fitting.  The gown is being custom made, so it was actually my first time seeing the design.  I was speechless after putting on the dress…not because I was so happy but because the design was NOT what I had in mind at all!  It was basically a princess ball gown when I was aiming for more of a soft and romantic look.  A total disaster!  I requested some changes, so hopefully it will look better next time (crossing fingers and toes!!).

But, enough about my life and onto the crafty side of things.  The layout I will be sharing today is another from my short trip to San Antonio in January.  If you don’t do anything else in San Antonio, you have to go to the River Walk–a shopping and dining strip along the San Antonio River.  We went in the evening and were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the lights and the tree-lined river.  The highlights of the evening were the table-side guacamole at Boudro’s and the River Cruise.  Our cruise guide had tons of fun stories and facts to keep us entertained for the entire hour of the tour.

RiverwalkThe grid pattern is the boldest element on the page and is from a Studio Calico “Printshop” patterned paper.  I used the remainder of the patterned paper on the opposing page containing a few more photos from the night in a divided page protector.  I wasn’t able to take a good picture of the opposing page, so I might share it another day.  I kept this layout pretty simple because the photo is already a little busy.   Just a few “Printshop” rub-on stars, a bit of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame mist, a hand-drawn border, and the last bits of the star transparency were used to embellish.

Thanks for stopping by, and have an awesome weekend everyone! –Tina

Layout Share: Love Locks

I have another layout to share about my time in Paris 🙂  There are a couple of bridges that go across the Seine river on which people will put “love locks”.  The fiancé and I weren’t aware of this custom during our first trip to Paris, so we made sure to bring a lock this time around.  We decided to put our locks on the Pont de la Concorde because we were already nearby (even though there are fewer locks on that particular bridge).  I tried to place it in an area where I would hopefully be able to find it again in the future.  We all threw our keys into the river at the same time while making a wish (on hindsight, keys rusting away at the bottom of the river probably isn’t very good for the river ecosystem…).

Love LocksI got the inspiration to cut the vellum circle die cut (Heidi Swapp ephemera pack) from Sandy Ang who did something similar on one of her layouts a few months back.  I used lots of heart motifs on this page including a scrap of Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm” paper and silver heart stickers from Heidi Swapp.  I really like the look of 3 small photos lined up horizontally side by side–I’ll have to try that again soon.  The size of the photos are all 2″x3″ in landscape format.

Layout Share: Place du Tertre

Here’s another layout featuring the Montmartre district of Paris.  The Place du Tertre is a little square atop a hill where artists of all kinds gather to sell their art.  The fiancé and I had quite the time choosing the artist to draw our portraits.  The artists are not shy about calling after us as we walk by, and there are so many to choose from!  In the end, I let the fiancé make the decision.  Unfortunately, neither of us liked the resultant portrait.  We look like Italian children in the drawing…no joke.  It was so bad other surrounding artists actually pointed and laughed at our portrait as it was being drawn!  Definitely not an 80 euros well spent…oh well.  I’m not sure what we’ll do with the drawing.  It’s been rolled up in the corner of our office ever since we brought it home.  Next time, though, I will be choosing the artist to draw our portrait and not the fiancé.

Place du TertreI used several paper scraps to back the photo.  I felt the patterns on the scraps were competing with the bold background, so I painted a white border around each scrap to tone them down.  The mish mash of different embellishments along the vertical was fun to place.  The journaling was written on some of those embellishments as well.