Monday, August 29, 2011

Let's Scrap - Scrap Our Stash Challenge #14 & Frosted Designs Flourish Challenge

I managed to complete another layout today! This one is for the Let's Scrap - Scrap Our Stash Challenge #14 and for Frosted Designs - Fabulous Friday Challenge Flourishes.  Here is my completed layout:

The Fabulous Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs was to use flourishes on your card, layout or project.
The Let's Scrap challenge was:
1. Use at least 20 pieces of chipboard in at least 5 different shapes (like butterfly, gear, flower, photo corners, swirls, etc) Please note that individual letters used do not count individually---only individual WORDS count as one. Also you can’t count different fonts as different shapes. Here’s the twist --- I don’t want you to use the chipboard as it is. I want you to alter it. You can use paint, markers, watercolors, embossing, colored pencils, or even glitter, You could even use fabric, paper, or felt on it, But it can’t be plain. You have to dress it up somehow— so be creative!!! I want to see at least two different techniques used to alter it.
2. Use cardstock as your background paper and also alter it. Ideas of things you can use are masks and mists, doodling, embossing, stamp or sew designs on it
3. Use fiber, embroidery thread or twine somewhere on your layout (no ribbons or lace)

I used 23 pieces of chipboad; my shapes were banners, hearts, circles, brackets, and swirls.  I altered the chipboard with paint and stamping of the letters on the honeymoon banner.  I used yellow cardstock and altered it with stamping and stitching at the banners.  I used embroidery thread at the banners and the tie around the paper clip.

I also used sketch #259 from Scrapbook Challenges.  Here is the sketch:

Here are a couple of detailed photos:

Materials Used:  paper - bazzill and unknown; rub-ons - tLc; stamps - CTMH A Typeface and Wicked; letter stickers - creative imaginations; paper clip - Basic Grey; ink - CTMH black and creme brulee; chipboard - Maya Road, Heidi Swapp, TLC, unknown; journaling block - Enchanting by KIMemories; paint - Making Memories spotlight, espresso, acorn, chocolate, lagoon, and country blue.

Thanks for visiting me!!! 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Let's Scrap 8-24-11 New Sketch and Layout

Let's Scrap posted a new sketch this week.  It was a great sketch, but I'm not real happy about how my layout turned out.  It's a little boring, but done.  Here is my layout:

And here is this week's sketch:

Here are a couple of detailed photos:

Materials Used:  paper - Keeping Memories Alive, Webster's Pages; cardstock - unknown; trimmer - Creative Memories; flowers - vintage brooch by Sassafras; alphabet stickers - the Paper Studio; riboon - unknown; ribbon holder - Making Memories.

Thanks for visiting!

Let's Scrap - Scrap Our Stash Challenge #13

I managed to finish another layout today, WOOHOOOO.  This is for the Scrap Our Stash Challenge #13 at Let's Scrap.  Here is my layout, another from Casa Mila in Barcelona on our honeymoon.

This challenge was:
1. Use a monochromatic color scheme. All papers, CS, embellishments etc. should be in the same color family: red, orange, yellow, green etc. You may have a little tiny bit of one of the following colors (because patterned papers sometimes have a bit of another color): white, cream, brown or black. One of these additional colors only, and just a wee bit!!

2. Use at least FOUR patterned papers, each from a different manufacturer. Tell us who made the papers you used on your page.

3. Use at least 10 brads or buttons.

4. Use some ribbon, floss, or thread.

5. Use a flower somewhere.

I also used a Let's Scrap Sketch 3-10-10.  Here is the sketch:

Here are some detailed shots of my layout:

Materials Used:  paper - Vintage Love by Glitz Design, All Fall by Fancy Pants, CTMH, and Creative Imaginations; letter chipboard - Heidi Swapp; chipboard shapes - Maya Road; paint - lagoon, marine and asphalt by Making Memories; shimmer mist - Radiant Rain by Creative Imaginations; glimmer mist - graphite by Tattered Angels; brads - unknown; stickers - Narratives by Creative Imaginations; letter stickers - Sandylion; riboon - unknown; flower - Prima Flowers; circle punch - Creative Memories; border punch - EK Success; ink - black CTMH.

Hope your weekend has been relaxing and productive!  Thanks for visiting.

Let's Scrap Page Maps - August Layout Challenge

Let's Scrap is having a month long sketch challenge using Becky Fleck's page maps sketch.  It runs through August, so you still have time to join in!

Here is the sketch:

And here is my layout:

It is at the Perdrera in Barcelona on the rooftop terrace.  Beautiful location!  I used the sketch almost exactly as everything just seemed to work it when that happens.

Here are a couple of detailed photos:

Materials Used:  paper - Lost & Found Two by My Mind's Eye,  Bo Bunny; chipboard letters - Basic Grey; gold gems - Imaginisce; Irock - Imaginisce; stamps - A Typeface and Circle Around by CTMH; layered sticker - Lost & Found Two by My Mind's Eye; brads - Lost & Found Two by My Mind's Eye; tag - Lost & Found Two by My Mind's Eye; ribbon - unknown; ink - black CTMH; flowers - Just Blooms Autumn Sunflower by CTMH and unknown.

Thanks for visiting me!  I love all my blogging friends.  If you are or were in the hurricane path, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Spain - Hotel Colon Room Service Layout

My friend, Sabrina, came to visit me this weekend from Kansas to scrap.  I have only managed a couple of layouts so far, but we intend to scrap most of the night and tomorrow.  Here are the two layouts I have completed.  The first is for the end of the first of our honeymoon albums from Spain.  It is the first night in Barcelona and we ordered room service in the hotel for dinner. 

Here is a couple of detailed photos:

Materials used:  paper - Destinations by Memory Works; journaling block and stickers - Destinations by Memory Works; ink - black by CTMH.

The second layout is for the first page of the 2nd album.  The very first morning in Barcelona, Juan left the hotel to find a Starbucks.  I was very surprised when he returned very quickly with his favorite Java.  Stopping at Starbucks became a daily ritual that Juan could not live without. 

Here is a detailed photo:
Materials used:  paper and journaling blocks - Desitnations by Memory Works; letter stickers - K&Company; Coffee embellishments - Jolee's by You, EK Sucess

Thanks for visiting! Hopefully I will have many more layouts to post very soon!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Project Life Tuesday - Week 33

Welcome to Project Life Tuesday 2011! If you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you will stay awhile. I'm Jessica and I am participating in Project Life, a different way to record our lives by taking one photo a day. This was inspired by the fabulous Becky Higgins who has put together a wonderful kit to make this challenge easier.

Don't worry, I'm not leaving traditional scrapbooking behind. This just gives me the opportunity to focus my scrapbooking on trips and things that are important to me right now and not get all bogged down with every birthday, dinner, and holiday that comes along.

Each Tuesday, I will post my pictures/journaling from the previous week. Project Life Tuesday was created by Jessica Turner over at The Mom Creative and she hosts a linky for readers to link up their pictures. So if you want to join in or want to see others POTW, just click the Project Lift button at the top of this post.

And finally, my POTW:

Saturday - We took our nephew, Jakob to the children's museum today.  We all had a great time and Jakob could have easily stayed for hours.  I think Juan could have too!
Sunday - We installed Coco's curtain rod and valences today.  They look really cute, but I am still concerned there is not enough pink! :) 
Monday - Here is our little coconut!  She is 32 weeks and we had our second advanced maternal age sonogram.  Everything looks perfect with her.  Plenty of fluid, her head and extremities are tracking perfectly at 32 weeks and her tummy is tracking at 33 weeks.  She is moving well and has already turned head down, preparing for her entry into the world.  Only 8 short weeks now.  Dr. Koster estimates she is about 4-1/2 lbs and if she tracks as she is now, she will be about 7-1/2 lbs at delivery and average!  Probably the only time in her life that I am excited that she is average. 
Tuesday - Juan finally passed one of the seven architectural tests that he needs for his license.  YEAH!!!!!! He has been trying so hard and studying a ton.  Now if he can just focus and pass the next one!  Congrats Juan....good job! 
Wednesday - I completely forgot to take belly pics this week, so this is the closest that I have.  I am officially 32 weeks pregnant today.  By now, our baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in my uterus. I should be gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to our baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.  Stats: 239.9 lbs

Thursday - The crib was finally delivered today.  Her room is still a bit bare, but at least we have a place for her to sleep.  I still think the room needs more pink!
Friday - We took Sarah to Breadwinner's for lunch to celebrate her birthday!  Great food and lots of laughs with the girlies!  Happy birthday Sarah!
Thanks for visiting me again this week!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

2011-08-13 Children's Museum with Jakob

Juan and I took our nephew, Jakob, to the Children's Museum today.  They had a special exhibit on Chinasaurs (Dinosaurs found in China).  We thought Jakob would love it, and it probably would have if not for his Tio Juan.  At the entrance to the exhibit, they had a full sized animatronic dinosaur that moved, similar to T-Rex.  Juan immediately told Jakob that the dinosaur was going to eat him and he became extremely frightened and would not let go of Juan.  We finally got him into the exhibit, past another animatronic dinosaur and tried to point out the dinosaur bones. Although he did walk through the exhibit and look a little bit, he constantly said over and over, "Let's get out of here!" 

I think Juan had as much fun as Jakob did.  They both had a blast at the bubble table.


 Digging for fossils in the sand:
Driving the fire truck!

I think the water room was one of the favorites of the day.  Jakob would have been content to play in here all day!

After exploring the Museum, we took a snack break at the cafe, which happened to be across from the same T-Rex animatronic dinosaur that scared Jakob so much when we entered.  He seemed to have realized it was fake and was no longer scared by it, but he did keep his eye on it.  Juan told him the dinosaur was going to eat his ears and Jakob immediately covered his ears and said, "No eat Jakob's ears!" 

We had a really fun day and I just love watching Juan with Jakob.  He is so good with him and it melts my heart to think what a good daddy he is going to be.