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

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.

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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!

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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?

T

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:

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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! 😉

T

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

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:

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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!

T

Block heads

After a rough week (work, election, sickness), a bit of happiness is required for today.

And what isn’t happy about LEGO?

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To make the background, I loaded up the ends of the bristles of a big painter’s brush, then tapped it against my hand to get the paint splatters. NOTE: this can make a mess, so cover up everything in the vicinity (as my wall and glass can attest).

Papers are from Queen & Co from a line they had out a couple of years ago. The black, white, red, and yellow can be tough to work with, which is likely why this was the first time I used the paper. The bright primaries work for LEGO, though!

The “build” and “this is what it’s all about” stamps are from Ali Edwards. I love, love, love her handwriting (so jeaous!). She has a monthly subscription program, which is where this came from, but this month she is set to have a sale of past kits and stamps, so check out her website for more info.

The LEGO themed goodies are from and old Creative Imaginations line. It’s unfortunate that they don’t do things like this anymore. They had a lot of great ‘nerdy’ themes that you can’t find elsewhere. I hoarded all the LEGO and Star Wars I could find!

We really love the LEGO store in Downtown Disney in Anaheim – it’s a must-stop for most of our trips!

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