Saturday, December 24, 2011

For Someone Special

I made a birthday card for a friend, because she has been extremely supportive with my scrap-booking activities. I recently asked friends and family to send me pictures for me to scrap. Cynthia responded immediately and gave me pictures to help her create presents for her cousins this Christmas. Those layouts will be displayed later. I saw that Cynthia's birthday was coming up and decided to make her a card.



Last but not least, Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you create wonderful memories with your loved ones. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Officially Done

I have officially moved home. After five and a half years, I have completed two degrees and loved every minute doing it. Many people say it, but not many believe it. I knew the best years of my life were going to be as a student. To be truthful, I am extremely jealous of my classmates because they can continue class again in the spring. While I sit at home constantly applying to jobs and hoping for response, my classmates will continue to learn more about the industries. Hopefully I will hear back soon; but in the meantime,  I shall relax and breath some more before real life starts. A chapter in my life is ending, but I know I am starting the new one with a bang.



Saturday, December 10, 2011

Michael Sarshad's Birthday Celebration

Mikey's birthday was last week before Thanksgiving. And we officially celebrated yesterday! Brian did a fantastic job trying to keep our location and activity a surprise. Drum roll please....we went rock climbing in Fairfield. It was super fun and we made some new friends. Afterwards, we went to TGIF. By the time we returned back to Newark, it was 1 am. Thank goodness Brian was driving, because if it was me, I would have fallen asleep behind the wheel. At the end of my blog entry is the card I made for Mike's birthday; but first, check out the pictures of the great time we had together. 
Our event planer, Brian, and Martin Belaying

Climbing up, up and away

Birthday Boy, Mike, and our super cool Tiffany!

Mikey Climbing...

God is watching over us.

Martin and I at the top.

Brian was super awesome!

Me climbing.

A true supportive friend :)

The group!
Mike's card: I enjoyed making the cupcakes with the punch that I had purchased over the summer. It may look overboard, but I wanted to try out the repetition technique by having the same pattern. However, it is not in an organized manner. The cupcake colors match the overall colorful scheme from the pattern paper. I hope he liked it. 



Thursday, December 1, 2011

Winter Holidays are here...

What a busy Thanksgiving holiday. My Mom did Thanksgiving this year and it was absolutely hectic. We had about 20 people over and my house was super packed with people and food. Regardless it was fun and super filling after all the courses we had. Then (Friday) there was Black Friday shopping; we went to the Jackson Outlets as a group. Then (Saturday) there was my cousin's kid's 4th birthday. Then (Sunday) there was my Cousin Tat's wedding reception.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is the official start to the winter holidays. Christmas is a few weeks away, but I have pretty much finished my Christmas shopping weeks ago. I also made these Christmas cards a couple of weeks ago because I felt like procrastinating. I really enjoyed making these and think that they are some of my best card work.



My favorite aspect to this card is the metal trinket that I had, that said "Merry Christmas". 



My favorite aspect to this card, is the yellow twine and presents that played in really well with the stickers.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Proper Winter Start

Our most difficult task as a friend is to offer understanding when we don't understand. ~Robert Brault

I do not know how this quote is applicable at the current moment. But in some ways it was and can be now. Martin's has had and have friends constantly visiting him here in the States. They tend to not speak English, so I am in the position of having the difficult task of trying to offer understanding when I clear have no idea what they are saying. 

This past weekend, a group of my friends and I planned our 2nd annual ice skating outing. The location for this activity is no other than the Rockefeller Rink. Martin's friend, Laura, also joined us because she is visiting New York area for her second time. 

Without Brian :(
with Diana
my favorite guys
The group
Around the same time last year, Martin's friend, Uwe, visited . At that time, the tree had already been lit. So we went to go see the Rockefeller Christmas tree. The layout is of our mini group adventure that evening. 


Materials:
Queen & Co. Pearl Silver
Target Organza Ribbon
Sandylion Essential Star Stickers
Making Memories Tagged Vellum Circles
Colorbok paper & alpha stickers
Making Memories Button & Blossoms
Sticko Rub-Ons Letters

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Mental Block

After creating the bridal shower card, Diana's second request was a birthday card for a friend. By this time, I think I was drained from arranging the "Showered with love" layout. I had stared at this card for quite awhile until I could settle on a combination of things that I liked. It is a simple Birthday card, but simplicity is definitely one of the words that describes my style of scrapbooking. I am going to give credit to Martin as to the recommendation of adding a solid color to the cover to make it less busy.



I was able to find a cute rub-on to add on the inside.









Thursday, November 10, 2011

Expanding card themes

My favorite returning customer Diana, as known as my roommate, requested a two more cards for events that are coming up. First one she asked for was one for a girlfriend that was getting married. She is going to attend a bridal shower. I had never needed to make that type of card before. So I needed inspiration as to how to decorate it. I found an old blog entry by American Crafts back in August that had a  really cute idea. I scrap-lifted the title "Showered with love" and incorporated into the card I designed for Diana.


I love that I found a cute rub-on to add on the inside.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Baby Themed Card

Life is full of challenges. How we overcome them shows what kind of person we are. Today, I receive a rejection letter about a job application. There is nothing I can do about it, but to move on and try again. I will be honest and say that I was discouraged. However, I do believe there will be a company that realizes my potential and worth.

To distract myself for the evening, I took on BoBunny's Card Challenge Tuesday that was on its blog today. Usually, I do not have time and I do not have a reason to make a card. However, I will be going to my cousin's baby banquet in a few weeks. I have a present for my cousin; all I need now is a card. With the sketch layout, it helped me design my card.
My favorite part is still how I am able to attach everything together. Let me show you my technique of hiding things. A clear is very difficult to attach without leave ugly streaks of glue behind it. I decided to attach it with double sided tape. I covered the tape with the flower embellishment. You can't see the attachment anymore! 




Friday, November 4, 2011

21 Fun

My cousin turned 21 in October. Of course 21 is the fun age where one can officially drink alcohol legally. Not that I advocate drinking (because personally I do not like it), but I have yet to take her out for a drink. I have purchased her a souvenir and a birthday gift on my Italy trip, but I did not have a card for her. She has not received either yet, so I will not reveal the gift. However, I will show the card I made for her in 30 minutes right before my 9:30 pm group conference call.

I recently purchased two surprise boxes of products from Wendy Sue. The excitement in my eyes when I went to go pick up my two medium flat rate boxes was like a kid's eyes in a candy store. I used only a few pieces of patterned paper and embellishments, but the card came out perfectly. Hopefully, you will think so too.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My Scribbles

I am really trying to keep up with all the professionals that can write a blog entry with a project in hand every other day. There is no time with my current schedule to pull out my materials and create something on the spot. Today, I decided to give a tip because I have not done that in a while.

My tip deals with motivating myself to scrapbook. If I do not have purpose or end goal, it is extremely difficult to scrapbook anything. That's why I love to plan out my scrapbooks page by page prior to starting anything. Laying out my pages helps me plan what sizes I need to print my photos, which at this moment is at my local CVS. I try extremely hard to be neat in my drawings, but over the years my handwriting has slowly gotten sloppier. So I will expose how I like to plan and still maintain the neat looking sketchbook. The first picture is how I love to scribble quickly in my planner on blank empty pages; it isn't meant to be neat and precise. It gives me a chance to just jot down my ideas. My second picture is my neat sketchbook that I had recopied into my pretty graph paper notebook. So no one ever see my sloppy sketches, only my neatly drawn out with a ruler sketches.

This is the messy me.
This is me trying to be neat and clean. 
Hoped you enjoyed my tip. Time for some more school work.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Festivities

It is that time of year again where people dress up to be someone else. I haven't decided what I wanted to be for Halloween this year. I will not be repeating what I was last year (which was a "Deal or No Deal" girl with Diana). 

Martin bought me a pumpkin this weekend and we made my first ever Jack-o-lantern. It was super fun because it was something I haven't done before. I think that we were quite talented to create such an awesome lantern. We named him Pete Sr. III. Happy Halloween Everyone! If you want to see the morning version of him you can go to Martin's blog. I just think he is so much cooler lit. 



The layout below was created from goodies I had gotten from Crop chocolate hot chocolate. I would never consider purchasing holiday themed products. I feel that they are short lived and become useless when the holiday is over. It is also difficult to use themed products if you do not take pictures are related to the holiday. Orange and black are the typical colors that remind me of Halloween. But I am glad that I was able to add other colors to brighten up the entire layout. 

I wish I had more time to enjoy my hobby, but finding a job is at the top of the priority list. I am determined that a company will be able to see that value that I can bring to their company. Whoever decides to hire will definitely have me for a bargain. If they do not see that, it will be their loss. 


Materials:
Making Memories Flocking & Foiling Halloween
Everyday Tango Patterned Pack
Making Memories Stack Brights

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

De-stressing

It has been a busy few weeks, that I barely have time for myself. Tonight, I decided to declare an evening for myself to de-stress. I have yet to print pictures of the summer Europe trip. Instead, I decided to make cards. My mommy and friend has a birthday on Halloween. So I made two birthday cards. There will be no explanation in this post, just pictures. 




Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hot-Lanta

Yes! I know I haven't blogged in over a month. You also wouldn't believe how busy it has gotten at school, on top of me getting sick for a week. My blog has come to a halt only for the time being because simply I am just too tired. I want to scrapbook and make cards but with all the group projects, homework, exams, and interviews (that I am still waiting for to come) it is just near impossible to do. However, I will share my Atlanta trip with you that I went on last weekend. I spent so much money attending the NBMBAA career fair, but most of my classmates that went were pleased with the contacts and interviewing opportunities they had.


I do not have many friends down in the southern states. But I happen to have met someone over the summer at my internship and he had moved down there for work. He was awesome to have picked Danielle and I up at the airport when we arrived. And he also took us out to dinner at a local hole in the wall, Fat Matt's. We had their must-have barbecue ribs. Yummy!


It was extremely tough to get started at the career fair, but I had supportive and encouraging classmates that it made the two days go by so quickly. I really enjoyed getting to know my classmates better. This was only a small percentage of the RBS students that went. 


I had asked Lisa to join me for a picture in the photo booth at the State Farm stand. As we were trying to figure out how to use the machine, we heard people behind us. Omercan and Darryl, other classmates, were trying to surprise us. But we had them join us in the picture. Above is what we managed to produce because we had the hardest time figuring out how to fit everyone in the small photo space. it was the funniest part of the weekend and definitely one of my favorites. 


After two days of stress, Danielle and I went to the World of Coke Museum near the Congress Convention Center. This was exactly what we needed to relax because it was super fun. We saw history of coke and we were able to try different coke products from all over the world. 


I was super glad I had such an awesome traveling buddy. Danielle's cousin gave us a place to sleep on Friday night to save on money and we had brunch with her cool Aunt and Uncle before our flight home to New Jersey. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Trip Wrap-up with Personal Observations

School has already started. It is my last semester as a student, which makes me very sad. Vacation flew by pretty quickly. Returning home was quite stressful when Martin was placed on standby. I had secured a seat on the flight home, but unfortunately due to Hurricane Irene, our flight was over booked. With some luck, everything worked out in the end.

I made a few observations while on vacation. I had forgotten a bunch, but for the ones that I remembered are below

1. I find European people rude. Ex: A guy was shoving his way onto an already crowded bus and yelling at a man who was on the bus from a previous stop to make room. Seriously?! (Europeans find American rude, so we are even.)
2. Italians do not watch where they are going. Two options, either we are not walking and they walk right into us or we move out of the way but they give no room to scoot pass us.
3. Rome really likes their cobble stone. But I do not so much because I nearly twisted a few times everyday.
4. I will from now on run away from any person coming up to tell me whatever they are going to give me is free.

My last two days in Europe was spent in Germany with Martin's family. Definitely one of my favorite parts to the trip. This visit was much much greener than the last. The vineyards had grapes and the weather was great, compared to the last winter and hot Italy.