Consistency – and Lack Thereof

It has been awhile. A long while since I’ve been on here. There is really no rhyme or reason. It was a busy summer, followed by a packed Fall, then the holidays hit. As you get older, time seems to slip away faster and faster, and suddenly months have gone by unnoticed.

I have been doing a number of challenges with my Disney scrap group (so love those people!), and have done some challenges with the Ali Edwards Pinterest files (still love her approach to story telling).

I also did a ton of gift albums for friends and family, both in terms of actual scrapped pages, but also albums with journaling and ephemera where all they have to do is add their 4×6 photos. Homemade for the win!

It has been rainy and cool in SoCal the past few days, which got me thinking about Soarin’ – and missing the tour of California that it used to provide. So, here is a page I made at the tail end of its run. I printed out a copy of the shape of the state, then put it over an 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock, poked holes along the perimeter, then used embroidery floss to stitch the outline. I then used a sponge dauber to colour the paper lightly with blue to match the background paper (from Shimelle’s Starshine), then layered the photos on top. It’s very different than what I normally do, and I rather like it! I hope you do too!


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Sunny Days

It has been alternating between really warm and cool/rainy in San Diego lately, but this weekend is projected to be super sunny and hot.

I don’t like hot, but the sun is awesome!

It made me think of this hot day in Disney California Adventure when we headed up to check out Cove Bar, hang out in Paradise Pier, and just have some time together:


It’s not a perfect picture (taken with my iPhone 4s at the time), but I love it. It reminds me of the heat, and the sun, and the joy of the day.

Side note: I used to be a huge iPhone girl, but since switching to the Samsung Galaxy S6, I will never go back to an Apple product. Seriously. I love that the selfie camera is almost as good as the forward-facing camera on the latest Apples. Can’t make me go back to Apple. 😉

The word papers were from a stack that I picked up at Tuesday Morning (can’t remember who made it, sorry, as it was loose in my paper bin); the other papers were from Stampin Up! and I have had for years and years; the embellishments are from Freckled Fawn, EK Success, and Elle’s Studio.

I seriously love the products that Freckled Fawn and Elle’s Studio create. I get their monthly subscriptions, and find that I use almost everything they create because it fits well with my style, and the few things that don’t, will go well with how my friends scrap, so those things can be given to them.

The weekend has some plans with friends in the sun, but I also hope to make more progress on my Week in the Life album, so that I can share that next week.

Have a good one!


Large Photo Layouts

The vast majority of the time, I will use 4×6 photos or smaller, depending on the design, how many photos need to be included, it is cheaper to print them, and that size is generally easier to use and alter on the page.

But every so often, a photo is just too awesome and it demands to be big and loud and the total centre of attention on a layout.


I really loved this photo of us – the slight wind in my veil, the green hill behind us (even the patches with no greenery). It felt that it should be big, especially when I decided to use the large green flower (which I actually got at a craft retreat and was supposed to use it to make a hat. Um, no thanks) in the corner.

The photo was 8×12, but I trimmed a bit off the right hand side so that some of the patterned paper would be seen on the left side. I cut doilies in half, then positioned them above and below the photo. You have to take regular embellishments and make them work around big photos like this. Since the photo is horizontal, we want to balance that out with vertical movement (and the doilies work to do this, as does the patterned paper).

Also, busy background papers are possible, as the photo covers a lot of the pattern. I also recommend using embellishments that meld onto the photo, such as bling or a larger embellishment like the flower.

Here is another photo that, when I saw it, I immediately knew that I would print it in a larger size. I loved the vertical aspect of the tree in the background (I love palm trees!), and I loved how our bodies are angled. I just love this photo!


Again, you want to think of vertical and horizontal in relation to the photo.

With this one, I wanted the stars to partially cover up the tree, but also balance out how tall Tom is, so that the eye stays on our faces. The background paper is white and silver (doesn’t jump out much due to the neutral tones), but the pattern is quite busy. Circles = rings = great for weddings!

The doilies mimic the circles in the background, and the red tulle provides a horizontal balance, as does the repetition of the star with the key. Words are horizontal, adding more balance.

Working with larger photos sometimes requires a bit more planning, but also a lot less embellishments and paper.

What photos will you print in a larger size?


Week in the Life: Sunday

After a few crazy weeks of overtime, big changes with software at work (and the inevitable issues that creates), full agendas, trying to get layouts created to donate to Crops of Luv, it was serious burn-out time.

Easter weekend meant doing nothing. No plans. Just us having a few days to ourselves to heal, rest, be together.

It was perfect.

It also gave me a chance to (finally) think about the Week In The Life that starts this week. Make some plans, have some ideas, gather a few things together. For the first time in several years, I didn’t get the kit from Ali. It’s not that I didn’t love it, because I did, but more about me wanting to use up goodies and papers that I already own and have been hoarding from her monthly subscriptions that I received months and months ago (have put a halt on them since last summer, buying only those that I have very specific uses for). It’s time to purge, use, and save some money!

Who else is joining in this year? Did you get the kit?

Beauty and the Beast

If you haven’t gone to see the live action version of this tale as old as time, you really should.

You really, really should.

We went last weekend, and it was amazing. I was a tad skeptical at first, as I absolutely love the animated classic, and I was so afraid that they would ruin it. I should have known better. Disney, ruin anything?

The initial looks at Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs Potts, and Chip didn’t excite me…but having seen all of the lavish French architecture and designs in Beast’s castle, their updates make perfect sense.

The Beast seemed harsher that the animated version, and I get it – he’s a Beast. Maybe it was the horns. They were so mountain goat-like. Those eyes, though. So perfectly Beast. You can’t help but fall in love with his ferocious vulnerability.

The movie is amazing, and I want to spend all day in the theatre watching it over and over and over again.

Go see it, and you’ll know what I mean.

And with that in mind, here is a layout I did for a challenge for a scrap group I’m involved with, and love:


The papers are mostly StampinUp, and the flowers are old Prima. The stamped sayings are from Ali Edwards (love her phrase stamps!). This was from our Disneymoon to Disney World in 2015. It is tradition to see the live show due to my extreme love of this story.

A small town bookworm (who never quite fit in) ventures off and meets a hairy beast with whom she falls in love? Sounds a tad familiar! 😉

Have a good one – and go see the movie! 😉


Oh, December.

I love you, December.

Your lights.

Your twinkle.

Your magical feeling.

Your love.

I get my intense love of all things Christmas from my Mom. She was such a huge believer in the warmth, magic, love, giving of the season. Baked goods. Visits with friends. Treats and surprises for loved ones. Festive packages under the tree. All things done for others, expecting little in return.

I think I inherited this innate need to do the same in my life…although I am much more of a planner, so spread out shopping and preparations throughout the entire year, and am usually done by the time Halloween rolls around.

It’s a sickness. 😉

I am absolutely ecstatic that it is December 1, and although I am sad that we don’t have passes for Disneyland during the best time of year to visit the castle, I can relive it all via photos and layouts!


Oh, those snow caps make me positively giddy!

This page is a mixture of We R Memory Keepers, Stampin’ UP, Heidi Swapp, EK Success, and various scraps from my stash. I don’t usually do 8.5 x 11, but for this trip from December 2011, I, for some reason, decided to do it that size. It’s so much easier to fill up the real estate on a smaller page!

I will once again do a Holiday Daily (December 1 – January 7 due to being Ukrainian and having two Christmases – the second based on the Julian Calendar), so I’ll be sharing that in the coming days/weeks. It’s so much fun capturing life during this season!


Bring on the Weekend

It has been a chaotic week.

Monday was great – I got to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday at Disneyland. So magical! 

The rest of the week is a blur of reports, phone calls, facilitating training, dealing with apartment issues (our property management leaves a lot to be desired sometimes).

The good thing? IT IS FRIDAY! And payday. And the start of a weekend of reorganizing the Nerd Cave to accommodate new Funko Pops and R2-D2’s (we are obsessed)!

In thinking about R2, here is a layout of Tom with him from a trip in 2013:


The R2-D2 journalling block is actually a notepad that we picked up in the bargain bins at Target. Jedi logo is from Creative Imaginations. The metal saying is an old Memory Makers embellishment. The paper looks beige in the photo, but is actually a light silver.

The stars are a piece of paper that was already die cut, although you could do the same thing using a Silhouette (still need to try using mine – on the To Do list for the holiday break).

It’s simple, yet fun. This is one of my favorite  photos of Tom ever.

Love that childish grin!