Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Jazz Fest NOLA

This month's I Lived kit (my Scraptastic kit choice for April) is one of the most colorful happy kits ever, so I had to use it to document one of the most colorful and happy events in my city. You might be thinking Mardi Gras, but nope, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is what immediately came to mind. 

I don't go every year, and this year will be a miss, but when I attend, it's a a feast for all the senses. Good food, great music, and joyful crowds everywhere. I had hoped to see Elton John this year, but we will be watching a certain son walk across the stage in Tuscaloosa on that day. Oh well! Here's what the crowd looked like at a recent fest, a menagerie of hats, flags, and umbrellas.

The grid on this Pebbles' Happy Day collection paper helped me to neatly arrange the elements of this page. Squares and rectangles cut from some of the other kit papers were overlaid with stickers, enamel dots, and die-cuts from the Simple Stories documented collection. A few squares were left without patterned paper and the embellishments applied directly to the page. 

What a happy, happy day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Everyday 'Jacks

Funny, but I remember scrapping our pancake routine about 8 or 9 year ago! Kevin was standing on a chair by the counter, lending his expertise ;), perhaps participating in the mixing, and I snapped a few pictures. At the time pancakes were not the everyday. Now they are. "Everyday 'Jacks" as in flapjacks, pancakes, golden brown orbs soaked in maple syrup...and sprinkled with chocolate chips. Yep, gotta have the chocolate.

It's always been like this. Once Kevin discovers a favorite breakfast food, he eats it Every. Single. Day. until he tires of it, and then it's on to the next big thing. It's been pancakes for a few years now! It makes our breakfast routine pretty snappy without the indecision and "waffling" back and forth about what to eat. Hahaha...get it? Waffling?! Aunt Jemima complete makes it super easy, as I never have to worry about running out of eggs, and I keep an extra box of mix in the pantry at all times since we go through them so quickly!

It was a no-brainer that I chose October Afternoon's Saturday Mornings papers for this layout, with its many references to morning, breakfast, and of course, pancakes. Great colors and perfect accents!

I had all intentions of using chipboard letters for the second part of my title, but after I matted the pancake-imaged patterned paper on brown chevron paper and trimmed the sides, I had these little brown "sticks" that wanted to stay on the page. I cut more and formed letters! Kinda quirky, kinda fun.

After layering all my papers and photos, I tucked in a couple of journaling cards, and topped them off with stickers, enamel dots, and flair. Order up!  This page is done!

I think my next use for this collection will be to document our current binge watch obsession. Kevin, my two girls and I sit down together to watch Parenthood on Netflix. None of us had ever seen the show, but after all the hoop-la about it's final season, we decided to give it a try, and love it. All but the last season is available, so if we take our time, maybe we can get caught up before Netflix releases those final episodes. Oh, the drama!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Oh Yeah: A 30-Minute Page

Last Thursday we had a "timely" challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog. Jill and I, both self-professed slowpokes, were challenged to create a 30-minute scrapbook page. And we did it!

Sometimes it just makes sense to streamline the process. April is one of those times, as the 15th looms closer and closer. Yes, I have yet to finish up my taxes! So there I was on Tuesday night, scrapping on the clock, using 30 minutes and only 30 minutes. This is what I came up with:

The title was quick and easy, with the "Oh Yeah" sticker. Still, precious minutes were lost because I had to waffle back and forth a bit about where I wanted it! Indecisiveness...a time killer! As the clock ticked down, I added a few little details-star stickers and die-cut, flair, arrows, and enamel dots. Ding! Done...just in time! Here's a closeup of the journaling:

Pretty cool that my son had the opportunity to be in this commercial. It was his 15 minutes (actually more like 3 seconds) of fame. ;)

How long does it take to complete your typical page? Is a 30-minute page a challenge for you?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Look Out World!

I thought I had a bit longer, but when I overheard another mom with a son in my child's grade talking, I realized I didn't. She was talking about registering her son for Driver's Ed. It doesn't seem possible! Wasn't it just a little while ago that he was in this car at Epcot, barely peering over the window, feet dangling far above the floorboard of the car?! 

I chose Studio Tekturek's One Way Ticket collection to set off my photos. The paper airplanes and deep blue celestial print are favorite patterns, with wonderful blues and greens, colors much welcomed when creating boy pages.

Various patterned papers from the collection were cut into squares, then triangles, and finally combined to form a geometric design on the left hand side of the page:

A few mustard yellow accents (stickers, star, enamel dots, a brad and banner of washi tape) bring it all together:

At the time these photos were taken, I couldn't have imagined this day would be here so soon. I'm kinda hoping he's not in such a hurry. In any case: Look out world!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hoppy Easter!

When I took photos that Easter Sunday many years ago, I had forgotten that I had a black and white roll of film in the old camera, and was quite disappointed when I realized it. Oh no! All the pretty colors of Easter were washed away and replaced with grey. I suppose that's why this photo sat un-scrapped for so long. But now I can happily put the color back into the day with the pretty pastel pink and yellow patterned papers from Scraptastic's Good Day Sunshine kit. Sweet!

Here are a few closeups:

The large Easter egg above was pieced from strips of patterned papers in clean lines, but the smaller eggs below were created in the constructed/deconstructed fashion. Small pieces, torn strips, and tiny sections of punched papers were layered over a yellow polka dot base before being cut apart again into individual egg shapes.

And there's my little Easter bunny friend, admiring his handiwork. ;)

Happy Easter everyone!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Just DO It!

When Kevin began swimming a few short years ago, there were things he never thought he'd accomplish: flip turns, diving head first, and swimming a legal butterfly! Hee-hee. Well now he's done all these and more. At a meet late last year, he swam the 100 fly and cut time twice in one day! I happened to catch him mid-stroke during his swim and used the photo, along with a larger one of the LSU facility, on the page below. I LOVE the colors in this collection, especially the deep blue chevron and aqua dot prints, perfect for pool pics! 

Pebbles' Happy Day collection has a few journal cards and stickers that refer to typical weekend activities (or lack thereof, i.e. sleeping in and relaxing). They had me thinking about OUR typical weekend, and swim meets naturally came to mind. No, we don't get to sleep in. In fact, it's just the opposite with early morning warm ups! It's our get up and go weekend activity. 

The arrows below are not just a decorative element. They represent all the laps my son swims, day in and day out at practice. They could also represent the 100 fly, the event he is seen swimming in the small photo at the bottom of the page. 

A fun element, purely decorative, is the cluster of overlapping banners: 

An arrow sticker is strategically positioned over the small photo, pointing to my swimmer:

Finally, journaling and title work together to tell the rest of the story:

I'm so glad that Kevin continues to love and work hard at his swimming. It's fun to see his progress!

These supplies, most from the Pebbles Happy Day Collection, can be found in the Scraptastic STORE: Patterned Paper: (Pebbles Happy Day- Fresh Air Paper, Game Night PaperPick-Me Up Paper, Puzzled Paper, Sunday Paper Paper, and Thinking of You Paper) Embellishments: (Pebbles Happy Day-6x12 Phrases & Labels), Alphabets: (Bella Blvd-Sophisticates-Sienna Chipboard Alphabet-Pickle Juice).

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spongebob Forever

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
SpongeBob, of course!
SpongeBob Squarepants, to be exact.

How familiar are you with Bikini Bottom, the Krusty Krab, Squidward, Patrick and the rest of the SpongeBob cartoon crew? Do you have a favorite character? Best loved quote? Evidently, it's a bit of a cult classic for today's teens, as I've overheard the high school students in my carpool discussing their favorite episodes of the show! I asked Kevin to to help me with this page by recanting a few of his favorite quotes. Somehow, most are spoken by Patrick, SpongeBob's less than sharp best friend. Tee-hee.

Scraptastic's Good Day Sunshine kit and add-on were used exclusively for this layout, and again I stuck with a scheme of yellow, black, white, and yellow. The design of the page closely follows Scraptastic's March sketch, created by Susan Stringfellow. It is evidently a popular one, judging by the many beautiful and varied interpretations in Scraptastic's Sketchy Thursday blog post...14 in all!

And now I can't get that cartoon theme song out of my head....