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:

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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!

T

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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:

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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!

T

Oh, America.

I am absolutely speechless after last night’s election. Shocked. Bewildered.

So, let’s go back to a time when I was excited by progress that America used to make!

This one is from the American pavilion at Disney World’s Epcot:

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I really wanted to capture the pride of the show that they provide here, as well as some vintage pilgrim-type textures with the lacy doily and stitching.

The papers were in my stash for years and years (not sure why I bought them when I lived in Canada, but I am sure I had reason!), and I paired them with the Freckled Fawn doily (cut in half to change it from a square into a rectangle), and stars punched with a Stampin Up punch. The foam letters were from a dollar store (I so miss Dollarama in Canada!).

Thanks for looking!

T

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:

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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:

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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! 🙂

T

Take a break

For my online Disney scrapbooking group, I was asked to provide a sample layout of where we go to sit down, take a break, regroup. I immediately thought of our trip to Disney World and the huge dinosaur in Hollywood Studios!

For my online Disney scrapbooking group, I was asked to provide a sample layout of where we go to sit down, take a break, regroup. I immediately thought of our trip to Disney World and the huge dinosaur in Hollywood Studios!

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I used DCWV’s amazing Watercolor stack (exclusive at Joann’s)- it has a lot of bright, busy papers, but also more muted ones, such as the ones used here. They match perfectly! I then mixed a few reinker colors from Stampin’ Up! with water so that I could watercolor on the textured paper. I’ve been loving my sewing machine, so I quickly did the edges to give it all some further texture. A stencil and some pink ink gave it further dimension, and also tied in well with the flower and the patterned paper.

The chipboard swirls, leaves, and flowers are Me & My Big Ideas. I picked them up at the recent Scrap Expo show in Anaheim for $1 – I love me some bargains! I initially thought it all was a tad too feminine, but then later someone reminded me that the dinosaur’s name is Gertie, so I must have subconsciously remembered this!

To complete the page, a Project Life journal card, some enamel dots from Hobby Lobby, an acrylic word from Color Cast Designs, and a flair from Freckled Fawn.

Hello, Gertie! 🙂

T