Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Still going! MOC layouts 11-15!

I’m still scrapping along on the MOC challenges, although things got busy this weekend with Matthew turning 16 (!!!!!), so I haven’t been able to maintain the pace and I’m about 4 pages behind now. Here are my latest 5…

Challenge 11 was to scrap a page with no photos. There were a lot of different takes on it, from album covers to artsy quote pieces. I chose to write about a current pastime/distraction and illustrate with some Kate Hadfield fabulousness. :)

Journaling: The evolution of the game addiction. It all started innocently enough. My brother and some of the other neighborhood kids had Atari systems and I would play from time to time. A little Frogger or Space Invaders or Breakout. It was fun but never a big deal to me. Later on we would pass downtime at work  with a quick game of Minesweeper or few rounds of Solitaire. One day someone even brought in a copy of Lemmings on floppy disk. Then came Mahjong and Spider Solitaire and FreeCell (every game winnable with a little patience and strategy – how awesome is that?!). Next were the Shockwave games… especially Bookworm and Bejeweled. Ah, Bejeweled. That was the one that really sucked me in. So shiny. So fun. That deep rich voice congratulating me when I scored well. Eventually I drifted away from playing. When I got really stressed out I would still sometimes resort to game after game of Spider as a mind-numbing distraction, but that was about it.

Then came the smart phone. I had no interest in  getting one, but when we got an iPhone for Kaylee last year, Mark decided I shouldn’t be the only one in the family without one. For a while I really didn’t do much that was “smart” on the phone. Eventually I downloaded a couple of games to help me pass time while waiting at kids’ appointments and such. I tried the phone version of Spider, but it wasn’t nearly as fun as the PC version. Then I found a version of Sudoku that I liked, and that kept me happy for a while.  Then I added  4 Pics 1 Word. Not bad, but I got bored with it after a bit. Then one day I found TwoDots. Cute clean simple graphics. Strategy, but nothing too complex. No need for speed. (Have I mentioned that I hate timed games?) The challenge of leveling up. I was hooked. But I kept running out of levels. So I found 2048. Fun, but I missed the satisfaction of levels.  How about Cascade? Awesome. Drat, out of levels again. Oh, a new one – Mystery Match! Fabulous (except for the randomly introduced occasional timed levels – curse you, Mystery Match)! Rats, out of levels again! Oh, an update! More levels! Yay! But how long will they last? What happens when I run out of levels again? I can feel withdrawal panic creeping in. I’d avoided Candy Crush like the plague after seeing so many friends and family members complain about how addictive it is. Hmmm… do I dare?   1.11.15

Doodles: Wizardry (jelly beans, spider), All The Everydays (smart phone), Child of the 80’s (joystick, floppy disk, Tetris pieces), It’s A Mystery (magnifying glass, lock), Bookworms (bookworm), Let’s Play (shapes) by Kate Hadfield

String, papers: Let’s Play by Kaye Winiecki

Template: Birchwood by Sara Gleason

Fonts: Century Gothic by Monotype, Bauhaus 93 by URW

The next challenge was to use a very detailed template which was provided. You could alter it, but it still had to be recognizable. I simplified it just slightly, and shifted things around a little, but overall I stuck to the original design.

Journaling: My kids always want pictures of the oddest things. They got really excited when the bits of food that fell out of one of our sub sandwiches randomly looked like a face. I love that they get such a kick out of everyday silliness.

Template: MOC 2015 Detailed Template by Sara Gleason
Kit: City Streets
Papers and Elements by Kim Jensen
Fonts:
The Everyday by Heather Joyce, Patchanka Px by Kemie Guaida, Dirty Ego by Eduardo Recife, Gill Sans MT by Gill Sans

Next up was a scraplift of any layout in the TLP Creative Team gallery. I lifted jenn mccabe’s wonderful MOC Day 5 | Finn. Her page:

And mine...

Journaling: Love this photo of you. So happy. So relaxed. So confident. Just enjoying the sun and a beautiful day at the park. 8-11-13

Kit: Shine Bright by Sahlin Studio (some items recolored)
Alpha:
Offset Sticker Alpha by Kim Jensen
Stitching:
Needed More Stitching by Amy Martin
Fonts:
The Dry Ribbon, The Katie M by Heather Joyce

Day 14’s challenge was to embellish/alter a provided quickpage. The original had only the creamy background paper and the paper-framed photo opening, small leaf, branch, and tape.

Photos (including extracted flower) were all taken by Kaylee a couple of years ago for a Girl Scout Badge. :)

Quick page: MOC 2015 Quick Page by Amber LaBau
Frame: created from
Against the Grain by Kim Jensen
Alphas:
Capricious Alphas by Kim Jensen
Date:
Date Circles by Designs by Lili
Fonts:
The Dry Ribbon by Heather Joyce, Kunstler Script by URW

Finally, we have a technique challenge to use the Puppet Warp tool in Photoshop to reshape an element. I warped both strings – the red one a LOT, the yellow less so, on this page featuring a cute photo of my nephew from a couple of summers ago. :)

Kit: Enjoy the Moment by Sahlin Studio
Fonts:
The Everyday, The Dry Ribbon by Heather Joyce

That’s it for today! Thanks for looking! Happy scrapping! :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Me Right Now 50% off today only! And a SALE!

Happy Wednesday!  Are you participating in the Month of Challenges? I'm so proud of myself - I've completed the first 11 challenges and hope to do more! Considering I only managed 3 layouts in all of 2014, this is HUGE!!! I hope you will come and join the fun!

In this week's SOSN I'm featuring Me Right Now! (That sounds a little show-offy. LOL) The Me Right Now Bundle, Alphas, Elements, and Papers are all 50% off today only!

Me Right Now has whatever you need to express "you" right now. :) The Me Right Now Bundle includes the Alphas, Elements, and Papers at a 33% discount over buying them individually!

A closer look at the individual sets...

The fun and versatile Me Right Now Alphas includes two full alphas - lightly creased bordered paper circles and shiny clear acrylic. These wonderful alphas are basics you will reach for again and again! Each set includes 97 pieces: single case alphabet, numbers, punctuation, symbols and international characters.

The Me Right Now Elements are thoughtful and quirky and fun and reflective and whimsical. Full of texture and handmade awesomeness. 56 pieces in all!

The Me Right Now Papers  – from colorful to neutral, bold to a bit more subtle, whimsical to traditional, geometric to organic. Lightly textured and slightly creased, includes 18 wonderful patterns and 6 rich solids. Total of 24 12x12 papers.

Here's just a small sampling of Me Right Now inspiration from my creative team and the Pollywogs! Lots more in the detailed images in the product listings! :)

In other exciting news, this weekend The LilyPad is celebrating its birthday! There will be even more fun in the forum and, of course, a SALE! Everything in my shop will be 30% off January 16-19! Yay!

Don't forget, the Me Right Now Bundle, Alphas, Elements, and Papers are all 50% for one day only! Hurry on over now, before this sale hops away!

Thanks for reading! Happy scrapping!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

More scrapping! MOC layouts 6-10!

I’m still scrapping! Yay for the Month of Challenges! Here are my pages for days 6 through 10. :)

The challenge for day 6 was to do an “All About” page on any subject, with the emphasis on journaling. I chose to scrap all about our latest family movie night.

Journaling: Some of our favorite ways to spend family time are with movie nights, the latest in the form of a Harry Potter extravaganza. Ever since Kaylee wrapped up reading the book series this past fall, she has been wanting to do a marathon of the movies. We finally had an opportunity to do that this month, watching the first two movies on New Year’s Day, the next three on the 3rd, and the final three on the 4th. We really enjoyed spending time together rooting Harry and his cohorts on through their adventures, with frequent discussions popping up about things that were different in the books or armchair quarterbacking about what the characters could have done better in their battles with You-Know-Who. So glad there are magical stories like these to help us make such wonderful family memories.

Doodles: Wizardry (owl, hat), All The Everydays (TV), PJ Party (popcorn bowl – recolored) by Kate Hadfield
Ribbon:
Knotty Bits by Kim Jensen
Border:
All Scratched Up by One Little Bird
Papers:
Shabby School Papers by Kim Jensen
Date stamp:
Date Circles by Designs by Lili
Fonts:
The Everyday by Heather Joyce, Harry P by Phoenix Phonts

Day 7 was a scrap therapy challenge – help get out those frustrations on a layout. I was inspired to vent a bit about how Kaylee’s lack of time management drives me crazy. ;)

Journaling: Kaylee, Kaylee, Kaylee. Why, oh why is it that no matter how much time we give you to get ready for school, you always manage to stretch it just a few minutes past when we needed to leave? You can be completely ready early, and then all of a sudden at the last minute, you remember something else you need to do. It frustrates me to no end. I end up stressed and frazzled and late for other things I need to do. No matter how many times I complain to you about it, it’s always the same. And it’s not just getting ready for school. Getting ready for bed always seems to take forever. Doing your homework takes much, much longer than it should as well. You’ve always been this way and I’m beginning to think you’ll never change. journaled 1.9.15 photos 6.17.13

Alphas: Fashion Friendly Alphas, Perforated Paper Alpha, Me Right Now Alphas, Garden Pop Stamped Newsprint Alpha by Kim Jensen
Clock stamp:
Juxtaposition Elements by Amy Wolff
Border:
Me Right Now Elements by Kim Jensen
Paper: 
Temperamental Painted Papers by Kim Jensen
Font:
The Dry Ribbon by Heather Joyce

Day 8 was to use an Out-of-Bounds technique – having parts of a photo extend beyond the “edge”. I had fun with some pics of Kaylee at the park a couple summers ago. :)

Papers: Mad for Mod by Kim Jensen
Staples:
Paint It White Alpha by Kim Jensen
Fonts: Rockwell Extra Bold, Century Gothic, Forte, and Impact by Monotype

Day 9 was to take two page templates provided for the challenge and combine elements from them into one page, using any arrangement you liked. It was fun to see what everyone did.  This was a first for me, it was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Here’s what I came up with.

Journaling: Kaylee loves wacky school dress up days. She really gets into the spirit and gets very creative. This one was crazy hat day. She took an old toy Viking hat and attached a red foam rubber apple, blue mirrored star sunglasses, and two plastic slinkies. Crazy. :)

Templates: MOC Challenge Templates by Heather Joyce and Just Jaimee
Kit:
Bloopers Collab Bundle by Pink Reptile Designs and Studio 68 (some items recolored)
Fonts:
The Dry Ribbon, The Katie M by Heather Joyce

Day 10 was to salvage an imperfect photo. The photos I chose were pretty ugly, and I probably never would have scrapped them if not for this challenge, but I’m really happy with the way it turned out. :)

Journaling: Matthew and Kaylee each have a slight curvature of the spine. For a few years we took them down to Scottish Rite hospital in Dallas for periodic x-rays to monitor it and make sure it wasn’t getting worse as they grew. The appointments often involved lengthy waits between the actual x-rays and meeting with the doctor to go over the results. The kids always looked forward to spending a good chunk of that time playing the shadow game. A projector shone images of everything from butterflies to marbles to random amoeba-like blobs on a screen on the wall. The projected images would interact with the shadows the kids cast on the screen. I have no idea how the thing actually worked, but they had a blast playing with it.

Eventually the doctors decided that Matthew’s back had finished growing, and fortunately the curve had improved rather than worsening, so he was dismissed from treatment. Kaylee received the same good news at her next appointment, but she was really disappointed that she wouldn’t get to come back - the projector was out of order on the day of her final visit.

photos 1/30/13   journaled 1/10/15

Papers: Mad for Mod 2 by Kim Jensen
Alphas:
Fashion Friendly Alphas by Kim Jensen, Alpha Snips by Amber LaBau
Font:
The Katie M by Heather Joyce

And the original photos for comparison with loads of acoustic tile ceiling and dark funky colors…

That’s it for today! Have a wonderful week! :)

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Do you have The Key to Happiness? It's 50% off today only!

Hi again! Hope your year is off to a wonderful start! My kids have just started back to school, and we're all struggling a bit to readjust to those early mornings, but we'll get there. :)

In this week's SOSN I'm featuring The Key to Happiness! This kit was inspired by a little tub of keys that belonged to my dad. They were from his 20+ years of managing a small department store, and just looking at his handwriting and the logos on all the tags and envelopes as I dug through them all brought back a lot of wonderful memories of the time I spent with him there.

The Key to Happiness Dates, The Key to Happiness Papers, The Key to Happiness Elements, and The Key to Happiness Full Kit are all 50% off today only!

The Key to Happiness Full Kit includes The Key to Happiness Papers and The Key to Happiness Elements.

A closer look at the individual sets...

The Key to Happiness Elements is bursting with a wide variety of embellishments, from banners to flowers to word art to a full alpha, and, of course, keys! 187 pieces in all!

The Key to Happiness Papers includes 10 beautifully textured solids and 16 patterns ranging from classic designs to unique key inspired motifs.

Sold separately, The Key to Happiness Dates includes numbers 1-31, years 2011-2015, and months as shown.

Some happy inspiration from my creative team and the Pollywogs!

The Key to Happiness Dates, The Key to Happiness Papers, The Key to Happiness Elements, and The Key to Happiness Full Kit are 50% off for one day only!!! Hurry on over now, before this sale hops away!

Thanks for reading! Happy scrapping!

Monday, January 05, 2015

I scrapped!!!

The Lilypad is having their third annual Month of Challenges right now – a new challenge posted each day throughout the month of January. The site is brimming with contagious excitement and enthusiasm, and I’m hoping I can use that to spur me into scrapping on a much more regular basis. I only managed a truly pathetic 3 pages in all of 2014. I’ve completed the first 5 challenges so far, so I’m already off to a much better start!

Day 1 was a blind scrap, completing a page based on a set of instructions to match an unseen layout created by the challenge host. Here’s what I came up with, “Extreme School Zone”…

Journaling: This school zone on the way to Mom’s always cracks Mark up, so on our last trip, we stopped to snap a picture. Apparently they have really fast children in Missouri.  ;)

Kit: Away We Go by Allison Pennington, Little Butterfly Wings, and Micheline Martin
Fonts: The Dry Ribbon by Heather Joyce, Dirty Ego by Eduardo Recife,  Arial by Monotype

Day 2 was a technique challenge requiring the use of blending modes in at least 3 instances in the page. I decided to play with some pictures of Kaylee that we took before she headed out with Mark for the neighborhood Halloween parade this past fall.

Journaling: Kaylee was a wicked beautiful, pasty, o so scary, angsty vampiress. She hasn’t got fang because the ones we bought were too uncomfortable, but she was still totally vamptaculer.

Kit: Bite Me by Allison Pennington and Valorie Wibbens
Font: Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda\'s Fonts for Peas)

Day 3’s challenge was to create a page inspired by an art piece the host had chosen. After considering several different options, I went with a page about the tree in our front yard.

Journaling: The live oak tree in front of our house. We’ve never really liked this tree. It’s not pretty as far as trees go. It drops nuts all over the yard and its roots stretch out across the ground, creating a rough ankle-twisting surface. But it provides a landing spot for passing birds and a playground for the many neighborhood squirrels. It shades our home and our neighbor’s home from the harsh Texas sun. And when looking up through the leafy branches, it makes beautiful patterns against the bright blue sky.  1/4/15

Word art: Fresh Start Words by Just Jaimee
Papers:
Fresh as a Doodle by Quirky Heart
Font: Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda\'s Fonts for Peas)

Day 4 – a “clean & simple” page. This is hard for me – I always want to fill the space with lots of stuff and add big titles and bold embellishments. I decided to use a template by Paislee Press to help me rein it in a bit, and pulled up a slightly older photo of Kaylee playing with a ruler that has a magnifying strip in it.

Journaling: kaylee 1.7.13 – my, what big eyes you have

Template: Press Plate No. 3 by Paislee Press
Papers:
Our Story Papers by Kim Jensen
Font:
The Dry Ribbon by Heather Joyce

Finally, that brings us to Day 5 where the assignment was to create a page using a photo treatment. I pulled a photo of Matthew that Mark took when he took the kids to the Dallas Comic Con and used a comic book action to fit the occasion. Presenting “Ironman & the Wizard”…

Photo comic book action by Actions4Photoshop
Papers: Dotrageous 1, Dotrageous 2, and Bold Geometry by Kim Jensen
Frame: Frame-O-Mania 2 by Kim Jensen
Fonts: The Short Caps by Heather Joyce, Impact by Monotype

That’s all of them so far. I hope to do lots more pages this month. It’s not too late to start. Come and join the fun! :)