Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Diva In The House

PixelWorks has an absolutely fabulous new collection out called “Paint The Town Pink”. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it to scrap some pictures of my dramatic, imaginative daughter. She consented to do a fun little photo shoot for me to show off her diva side! I had so many great shots to choose from that I ended up doing two layouts.

Credits for both layouts: Paint The Town Pink Collection by PixelWorks at ScrapArtist.
Font: Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas).

I have to say that she nailed it! I love how these layouts turned out! The designer even picked them to feature on her blog. AND the first one was also spotlighted on the Gallery Standouts blog! Kaylee is so excited that she’s getting so much attention… hopefully, the fame won’t go to her head! ;)

And, just for fun, here are a few more favorite pics from that shoot. I wanted to scrap them all, but I restrained myself. Don’t be surprised if you see them turn up again later though. LOL

Apparently the diva has had enough of the paparazzi! In the words of the star herself… “Peace Out!” :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Layouts: Why the Storm?

I’m happy to report that I finally shook whatever nasty cold or whatever it was I had. Only now I’m dealing with the fact that I’ve screwed up my sleep schedule to the point that I’m considering just becoming nocturnal. :b

On to the layouts! PixelWorks’ newest kit, “Don’t Rain On My Parade”, is full of her artsy, quirky style that I just love. First layout up is a story that is a huge memory for me.

Credits: Don't Rain On My Parade Papers and Elements by PixelWorks at ScrapArtist.
Fonts: title - Blackout Serif Px (Kemie Guaida), journaling - LD Remington Portable (Lettering Delights), Mississippi - Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas).

The Journaling reads:

I used to absolutely love thunderstorms... eagerly watching for the brilliant blinding flashes of light and gleefully absorbing the tremendous resounding booms that reverberated though my bones.

Then there was that one particular storm that changed everything. The lightning strike... sparks flying from the speaker wires... the eerie sound of the musical toy in the next room playing all on its own. The neighbor I’d never met knocking on my door... telling me the building was on fire. Standing in the parking lot in the pouring rain, waiting for Mark to get home... helplessly watching the firemen work. The apartment adjoining ours being devoured by a mass of black smoke and giant angry flames.

Now when a storm comes, I just close my eyes and count the seconds between the flash and the boom... anxiously waiting for it to pass us by and return our safe, peaceful skies.

Storm - 1994. Scrapped - July 6, 2010.

In the end, other than a little smoke, our apartment was fine, thanks to excellent fire walls. We just had to replace the answering machine and VCR, which were damaged by the lightning, and rehang a very overloaded storage shelf in our closet that the firefighters accidentally knocked down when checking our attic. Oh, and we spent the night on some friends' incredibly uncomfortable futon, since our power was out, but, fortunately, that was it. It’s been over 15 years since that fire, but every major thunderstorm still takes me right back to that day.

Next up is one about Matthew…

Credits: Don't Rain On My Parade Papers and Elements by PixelWorks at ScrapArtist.
Worn overlay by Something Blue Studios. Font: Pea BethC (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas).


Sometimes it’s hard being a kid. You don’t always get to do what you want, and the rules can seem a bit arbitrary and unfair. You don’t like it when I tell you no, and often I really don’t like saying it, especially when it would be easier to just give in. But usually you do understand... or at least accept it... eventually. And you bounce back and handle the disappointment pretty well. I’m very proud of the mature young man you are becoming. Photo 6/9/10, Journaling 7/5/10.

When Matthew saw me working on this layout, he didn’t say anything about the sad photo or ask to read the journaling. He just wanted to know why I scribbled all over him. LOL [It was partly to use the cool scribble in the kit, but mostly because it helped put the focus on his face. :) ]

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

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Layout: 42

Somehow the last half of May and all of June has zipped by in a big frenetic blur. And somewhere in all of that mess, I turned 42! How can that possibly be? Surely, I can’t be a day over 26. But, then that would have meant I became a parent before the age of 15, which is most definitely not the case. LOL So I guess I must accept reality. :)

It’s odd – when I was younger, I always knew off the top of my head exactly how old I was, and it felt as if that was an intrinsic part of who I was. Now age just seems to be some abstract number floating around in my peripheral vision, flitting out of view if I turn towards it. These days, if someone asks me how old I am, I often actually have to stop and think about it and do the math. The other day I even had a hard time summoning up what the actual current year was, giving me no starting point from which to calculate. Perhaps the first stages of senility? LOL Nah, more likely just a result of too much chaos, mixed in with a little fatigue. :)

Anyway, the layout below includes a quick self-portrait I snapped on said 42nd birthday. :) It’s using PixelWorks’ latest fabulousness, a yummy little vampire-inspired kit called “Irrevocably In Love”.  As you can see, it can be used for much more though! :)

Irrevocably In Love Papers, Elements, and Alpha by PixelWorks at ScrapArtist.
Font: Misproject by Misprinted Type.

If you want to know more of what I’ve been up to over the last month or so, you can check out my P365 blog. I’m still a couple of weeks behind, but I’m working on it. I picked up a nasty head cold or something that has fairly effectively sidelined me for the last week or so, leading to many extra hours in bed, and a very mushy brain and non-existent energy level when I’m actually vertical.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to shake this nonsense and get back up to speed soon!