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!


Follow me on Instagram to get more layout ideas and consistent posts! 😉



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!


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!


Happy Turkey Day!

There is much to be thankful for every day of the year.

Freedom. A roof over our heads. Abundant food. Family. Friends. Good jobs. Hobbies. Nerdy stuff.

Turkey. Lots of turkey! 😉

We are actually keeping our Thanksgiving plans light this year. Most of our family have plans with the other sides of their families, so we are on our own this year, and since we don’t have kids, we have nobody to cook for or entertain. Awesome. We could do with some downtime, as things have been busy/crazy lately.

I’m making a chicken dish that we love, and substituting turkey, and that will be dinner. The rest of the time is “scheduled” to be building a few of the Star Wars LEGO sets that have been sitting and waiting for some attention.

In honour of the holiday, here is Tom enjoying a turkey leg at Disneyland:


I flicked black paint on the background, painted the chipboard frame black before wrapping string around it, then used a variety of Pink Paislee papers from the “Atlas” line. The strips of washi tape, and most of the embellishments are from Freckled Fawn (love their embellishments – go get their monthly subscription – you won’t regret it!).

We were quite excited to finally try the turkey leg, as so many people told us it was awesome. Unfortunately, we found it a tad too greasy and fatty for our liking. Plus, it is just way too much meat, which is strange to say, considering how much of a carnivore Tom is! I love this comical photo, so am glad that we tried the turkey leg, but I think we’ll spend money on some gumbo in the future instead! It is delicious!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Our home away from home…

I usually jump into a page with my own idea of how I want it to look, or I let the papers speak to me while creating. Sometimes, though, using a sketch is a fun challenge, especially ones by Susan Stringfellow. She is incredibly talented, and I love all her great layers!

As part of a challenge in our Disney scrap group, we were asked to try out Sketch #164:

Sketch 164

At first, those circles along the top had my brain spinning – but then I thought about a cute Mickey punch I have where he is mid-stride…which got me thinking about walking…which got me thinking about walking down Main Street…which got me thinking about a random quote I saw about walking into DL and seeing the castle…

And that is how this page was mentally created:



The background paper is from DCWV Le Blanc, the other papers I had from an old Disney stack that I cannot remember much about (I tore it apart eons ago). The star vellum is from Hobby Lobby, and is one of my favorite papers of recent months.

Embellishments are from Hobby Lobby (enamel dots), Freckled Fawn (Love clip, pink heart, wooden word, colored with a silver Sharpie), Elle’s Studio (acrylic house), and The Crafty Pickle (blue starry night flair).

Once again, sewing really completes this page – I love that added texture! It’s quite feminine for me, but I am learning to embrace that aspect of my personality (my Mom would be so proud!).

Thanks for looking! 🙂