Tag Archives: making memories

You are what you eat…

and I used to eat a lot

I’d eat when I was hungry

I’d eat when I was bored

I’d eat when I was lonely

I’d eat when I was sad

I’d eat when I was happy

I’d eat just because and then one day about a year and a half ago I woke up – thanks to a not so gentle prod from the doc and looking at pictures like this

This battle is one of Tolstoy-esque proportions, epic in nature, one I fight every day, but the tides are turning



And like the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran (ok I know that hasn’t begun yet, but you know it will) victory is not judged by single event or photo, but the small foothold we gain each day. One of the Creative Jumpstart prompts was to journal and then paint over it.  I found this so liberating to take the truly personal parts of this love-hate battle, get the out and move on. I realize that I still have some distorted views of myself.  I don’t see  that much difference between the first photo and this one taken when Sienna and I went to see Santa last month


this one might be better, if only for the smirk on my face

but the other number don’t lie

71 lbs gone

Body fat reduced by 16%

Bicep strength increased by 48%

from 1 push-up to 20

Tricep bench dips ugh – to oh yeah bring them

So while the battle with numbers on the scale rages on, I’m confident I can keep going because


Filed under All About Me, Art Journal

I ♥ Van Morrison

and one of my favorites has always been Tupelo Honey.

Once upon a time(say 2007, maybe 08) I did a guest host for the now defunct(sigh) blog Journaler’s Junction hosted by my fab friends Emily and Heather, my chosen prompt: song lyrics. The ubertalented Lisa Dickinson did a layout using the lyrics from this very song.

Fast forward two years and along comes the May Studio Calico kit with a honey comb paper. Since I haven’t been scrapping much the paper went into the storage bag with little love, then last night I had an idea to cut the paper in the way you see it here and then I noticed the name.

The lightbulb went off…now it was my time to immortalize this great song.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, Scenic Route; Alpha: October Afternoon, MME, Making Memories; Big Ass Bling: Pink Paislee

that I had this cute shot of Sienna in Easter Outfit #2 handy was a nice bonus.


Filed under All About Me, Scrapbook Layouts

Project 12 March

I’m a bit behind — good thing I’m not in this challenge for the prizes. Although this month’s prize were packs of Thickers and if ever there was a prize that was worthy of a deadline that might be it. Too bad I didn’t remember that before I went back now to grab the link.

I used a Studio Calico sketch from last week, so behind on that too, although not as behind as normal on the sketches.  You know I’ve never met a sketch that I didn’t love.  Takes the mental work out for me and frees the creativity.

I’d say this one turned out more of a direct lift than use of a sketch and that’s because the original was just so awesome there wasn’t much more I could add.

So here’s my take:

Supplies: Studio Calico Kit-Joyland; Patterned Papers: Crate Paper, MME, Sassafrass, BG; Cardstock: Bazzil, Coredinations; Alphas: Jillibean Soup, BG; Embellies:Pink Paislee, AC, MME

I love the pleated twill ribbon from pink paislee, I decided to cut it down the middle so I could make the most of it.  I used one half for the flower

and the other half as part of the title along with an AC flower.

Maybe I should get started on April now so I know I’ll meet the deadline — just in case Thickers are on the table again.


Filed under Scrapbook Layouts


I admit it…I didn’t pick a 2010 word, nor did I pick one in 2009 or 2008 or 2007 when it became scrappy chic to do so. Selecting a word seemed to fall dangerously close to positive affirmations, self-help type stuff that works marvelously well for others but just seems to make my head hurt.

I was content to carry on throughout the year with a word to focus on — until— January’s studio calico kit arrived full of scrappy goodness including a maya road scallop chipboard album.  Since I’m still in the phase that has me running from mini-albums like Apollo Ono on the short track, I immediately thought of making a banner to spruce up the winter decorating hum-drum.  After all I really loved my fall banner and the mantel just hasn’t been the same since I took it down.

Enter the problem of not having a chosen a word, I was without something to make a banner about.  Yes, I guess I could have just decorated with pretties, but that seemed silly, or my name except that my name has more letters than I had banner pieces and it might be a touch egomaniacish to hang a banner with my name on it in the middle of the living room -even if the only person that sees it is the dog – it’s not like I need reminded of my name.  So without an idea, the coasters sat, and sat, and this week February kit arrived and still nothing done in the banner area.  I guess it’s time to think about a word after all.

And so I did, and did some more when several others with more than 6 letters came into my head.  Surely this is not the methodology power bloggers like Ali E and Christina Kane would recommend when selecting the word that will define your life for the next year, pretty sure their inspirational ideas did not include ‘must be able to fit on a banner made of chipboard to be displayed in your living room’  although it makes this blogger wonder what words others would choose if there were such a requirement.

So with the six letter limit in mind, I thought and I thought and then it hit me…THRIVE.  I think there is still a little NYC lingering in me,  when I’m there I feel like I’m thriving and I want to remember what that feels like when I’m back in my cozy simple life.

A visual reminder that eating girl scout cookies and getting a high score on bejeweled blitz is not thriving (even though they both feel pretty good).  It will take some work to define what thriving really means, but until I figure that part out, I have something pretty to look at.

so to make this lovely I combined various bits and pieces from the kit, with things I had lying around

to make the letter pieces and then alternated them with some lovely embellishment squares from the Artsy Urban line from GCD.  I’ve eyed these babies for some time so glad to have a project to justify buying them.

and a little letter detail…for the base I painted all the coasters white and on the second coat I pounced a wadded up section of tissue paper to give it dimension and then added some Tattered Angels Mists in Blue Skies, Tattered Leather and Coffee.I love that this project had me digging through my stash to find goodies like the prima transparency, making memories stick pins and misc flowers.


Filed under altered projects

Top 10 Layouts

It’s been great viewing blogs over the past week and seeing what folks have chosen for their Top 10 lists.  I can’t resist joining in on the fun.  Picking 10 was a little tricky, I scrapped more than I thought I did.

1. Belly…Loved so many of Cosmo’s line this year, this one features Early Bird, it think it was my favorite.  These goodies came from my first Studio Calico kit.
2. Chatterbug.  A major accomplishment to learn the key skills needed for decent digi work

3. Horsie Hunt…the photo still makes me smile month later.

4. She…I think this layout started my obsession with tiny alphas, it’s still going strong.

5. Laugh…another photo that I could scrap over and over and probably be happy with every one, love the aqua and orange combo, it was a new one for me.

6. Ode to Eggnog, I know you just saw this one, but I really, really love it.

7. You…I think this layout began fueled my love for mists and text paper.

8. Everlasting Love…timed with the newspaper story about my grandparents

9. Explore…mists, crepe paper, scallops = love

10. This girl…another set of photos that make me smileThanks for walking down memory lane…

and from the ‘wipe my memory please’ the 2009 Denver Broncos…if they would have been bad from the start it would have been ok, but to have another crash and burn season was plain painful.


Filed under digiscrapping, Scrapbook Layouts