Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hercules the Gecko Layout

This is my son Michaels pet gecko Hercules. My son actually wanted a bearded dragon, but I knew how big they can get & didn’t think it was fair to a lizard by not having enough room for it to grow & thrive. So we decided to get a gecko. Under one condition. Mikey had to clean his room top to bottom to make room for the cage. WELL that room was cleaned quicker than it’s ever been cleaned before LOL We took him to Petco & brought home Hercules. I actually didn’t want a lizard in my house either. The crickets & beetles it gets fed is DISGUSTING! But I’ve grown to love this little member of our family. He is kinda cute.
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*Went into my stash for this layout! Like shopping my stash!

Supplies used:
~Pattern Paer - Sassafrass & DCWV
~Pin - Bo Bunny Zoology
~Letter Stickers - AC Thickers (bones)
~Mist - SC Mister Huey's Leaf Green
~Gecko shape - SIL Cameo
~Chalk - Craft-E (Used around gecko mask to define the shape more)

Thanks so much for looking!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Music to scrap by.....

Just thought I'd share with you what I've been listening to while I scrap. Classical Music for Meditation & Yoga

Now for people that know me & remember my techno days LOL well they may think this is weird. But this is my little secret even when I was a teen. Actually I listen to every type of music out there. Probably because I danced the first half of my life. 
Anyways, I can't seem to scrap to music I want to sing along to anymore. It distracts me. Maybe getting older makes my brain want to concentrate on one thing only LOL. I dunno??? But this is so soothing & I can concentrate on the memories of my photos while I'm creating. You should try it. There are tons of similar CD's out there. Tons on Itunes.
If I'm not listening to this....I am listening to Scott D Davis on Pandora.

BTW, I listen to Nature Scapes Thunderstorms & Beach sounds while I read.

So there's a little tid bit about me :)

What  your favorite to listen to while you create?

Friday, August 24, 2012

Love U Mini Layout

Ok I think I'm about to become obsessed with making mini layouts! This was so fun & it is so cute miniaturized....6x6 LOVE! Plus it was so super quick & perfect for the tiny instant polaroids!

This all came about because I bought a whole bunch of project life page protectors. I don't actually do PL but love that I can make all different sized layouts & put them in my regular 12x12 albums. Gives my scrapbooking some extra excitement. Can't wait to do a 8-1/2 x 11 horizontal page!

Supplies used:
~Pattern Paper - MME Follow your Heart 6x6 paper pad - SC Heyday 6x6 paper pad
~Brads - MME Follow your Heart
~Letter Stickers - Jillibean Soup
~Flowers - Prima
~Brad Setter - We R Memory Keepers
~Twine - Divine Twine
~Camera - Polaroid 300
~Tag - Unknown

Thanks so much for looking!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Keep in Touch Card

Here's a card I made for my dear friend Fannie. Today she moved back home to Malaysia. Makes me very sad to see her go. She is one sweet & kind friend & I'm going to miss her. 

Supplies used:
~Pattern Paper - SC Abroad
~Wood Veneer - SC Potty People
~Hearts - Heidi Swapp
~Letters - Lily Bee Designs

Monday, August 20, 2012

Paper Tales Layout

Well I absolutely needed to visit a scrapbook store while I was on the West Coast! Yes it was my honeymoon & yes my new husband was very gracious about it all. We actually had some time before we could check into hotel so we went to brunch (This will be another post because it was the bomb diggity of brunches) & then we headed to Paper Tales. Such a delightful little store. Wish I had more room in my suitcase to buy more LOL. I was actually thinking of mailing it to myself so I could. BUT I figured that would be pushing it, I was on my honeymoon after all. 
The thickers used on this page was actually purchased at the store. Also love the cute Prima flower that I used to replicate the pretty pom poms they had hanging in the store. Wish I lived there....I would be there an awful lot :)
I also kept the page busy because it makes me scour the photo. I love searching it & seeing all that scrappy goodness!

Supplies used:
~Pattern Paper & Stickers - EP Everyday Eclectic
~Punch - EK Success
~Epoxy Circles - Epiphany Crafts
~Veneer Stars - Studio Calico
~Flower - Prima
~Paper Clip - Staples
~Letter Stickers - AC thickers (Muse by Amy Tangerine)

Thanks so much for looking! :)

Friday, August 17, 2012


We have a winner....soapHOUSEmama! Please email me your address so I can get these goodies out to you!

I will be doing another giveaway in a few weeks. So be on the lookout for that! :)

Again I just wanted to thank all of you! Also wanted to thank you all for all your kind words on the post.

Also I have lot's of plans for the blog over the next few months. If there is anything you would like to see please let me know.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Like Mother Like Daughter Layout

For my wedding my Aunt Rosie gave me one of the best gifts. Photos of my Mom when she was young. You know for a scrapper how big that was. Especially since she passed on three years ago. I never seen most of these pictures she had. It was a great gift!

Well as I'm skimming through them I see this picture of my Mother (the one on left) I almost fell out of my chair, literally. I knew I looked like my Mom but holy smokes batman! I immediately remembered the picture taken of me. (the one on right) When I put them next to each other the resemblance was uncanny. The tilt of the head, the hair, the is shaped different then the other, the shape of the face...just so much alike!

When I was printing this picture out last night, for fun I superimposed them on one another....Wow!

I now understand why my Aunts & Uncles look at me that way sometimes.

Miss you so much Mama xoxoxo I'm a lucky girl to look just like you!

Just for fun....this is the superimposed photo :) Can you see it?

Used my Studio Calico Summer of '69 August kit

Supplies used:
~PP - October Afternoon & SC exclusive (Tim & Beck)
~Diecuts & Journaling Card - SC exclusives
~Punch - EK Success
~Letters - Basic Grey & OA (mini market)
~Label Sticker - MME (Stella Rose)
~Wood Veneer Butterfly - SC
~Mist - SC Mister Huey (boss lady & pretty pink)
~Envelope - Canvas Corp
~Perforated Strip - Jenni Bowlin
~Badge/Button - A Flair for Buttons
~Stamp - Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards
~Ink - Prima Chalk (moss lawn)
~White Pen - Uni ball
*Also cut a strip from the SC advertisement card that comes in their packages. (Top Right-pink & orange strip)

Think I need to make friends with my PSE9 & get some better editing skills. On my To Do list :)

Thanks so much for looking!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Bliss Love Layout

Here's a layout of Tony & I taking our wedding portraits in Coney Island. Oh man it was so hot that day! We took pictures by the parachute & there was an old abandoned building there. I am pretty sure used to be the old bath houses. It was beautiful. My daughter Alyssa actually took this shot. The videographer had us walk to him & Aly got this shot while we stopped for a little kiss. Thankfully for us this was pretty much the only part of the day that wasn't raining. JUST HOT!!!

This looks like a pretty simple layout however I got stumped making it a few times. In the end I love how it turned out. Definitely was a lesson in less is more. It took a lot for me not to add more embellies. I kept placing things down & then picking them up. "I put tings down, den pick dem up" :)

The quote is actually lyrics from a Backstreet Boys song.... Tony thinks he is the missing band member LOL So I found it & used it for him. Originally it was just going to say "I would go anywhere with you" This makes it a little more personal. 

Supplies used:
~White wood grain cardstock - Gmund Savanna Limba (LCI Paper)
~Pattern Paper - Echo Park (Victoria Gardens)
~Silhouette Cameo 
~Wood Veneer - Studio Calico
~Vellum - Staedtler
~Pop Dots - AC This to That 
~Photo Corners - Recollections

Thanks so very much for looking!

Monday, August 13, 2012

San Diego (Palm Trees) Layout

This is one of the very first shots I took after getting off the plane on our honeymoon. We had to stop to put the directions for La Jolla  in Tom Tom.(We were having brunch there before heading to Coronado) Well,  I looked up & was so impressed with the Palm Trees in San Diego. So much prettier than the ones I've seen in Florida. Or much more regal. They are so tall. This was just the beginning of a beautiful honeymoon. There's more to come!

Supplies used:
~P.P. - Studio Calico, Fancy Pants & Simple Stories
~Cardstock Shapes - AC Bits
~Brads - MME (Sunny Side)
~Labels - Jillibean Soup & Elle's Studio
~Letter Stickers - AC (Pelican)
~Wood Veneer Shapes - Studio Calico
~Mist - SC Mister Hueys (Cameo)
~Flair button - A Flair for Buttons
~Twinkle Goosebumps - Queen & Co.
~Date Stamps - AC Dear Lizzy
~Staples - Tim Holtz tiny attacher
~Decorative Pin - K&Co
~Washi tape
~SIL Cameo Shapes - San Diego frame & Starburst used as a mist mask
~Ink - Prima (Old Road)
~Punch Edge - AC knockouts

Thanks so very much for looking!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

How cool is that! Something that made me smile....

So first I received an email from Shelley, the owner of A Flair for Buttons & she told me that she saw my spinner on my blog & that most, if not all of my buttons were actually from her store. Her buttons are actually what got me addicted. So she featured it on her blog Scrappergirl How cool is that!

By the way...Thanks Erica!

Then..... I received another email from Ellen... the senior marketing analysis for Harbor Freight Tools which somehow also saw my spinner, which kinda floored me as this is a tool company. AND they featured my idea for their spinner on their Harbor Freight Blog How cool is that!

Anyway just wanted to share because I thought it was pretty cool!

Thanks Shelley & Ellen......You sure made me day!

You can see original post here badge-button-flair-whatchamacallits

Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!!