Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Goodbye

It is time to say goodbye to this blog. When I first started I thought it would be fun to share my scrapbook pages and the special happenings of my life. But as time went on, it has become less appealing to keep up something that adds no value to my life. So today will be the last post and  the end of a nice 3 years of writing and posting. On to my next grand project - if you want to know what I am up to - reach out. Thanks to whoever has stuck around.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Good Morning Charleston

Count down time! One month to go until I have my next vacation. This year it seems like I have tons of them. But I surely will be having none very soon. Just to let you know. You will need lots of vacation time if you are in a long distance relationship. Make sure you have enough before you start one. Just a tip.

These pictures weren't taken on vacation, even though I wished they were. I had a two four hour business trip in Charleston, S.C. The turn around time on this multi-destination trip was ridiculous. I was extremely tired when I finally got home; but, it was a great experience. I would definitely do it again. 


Saturday, July 19, 2014

XOXO

I tried to mimic a 'XO' cut file I had saw on the internet. Yes, I was too cheap to purchase it. So I decided to cute it by hand. It turned out decently; if I say so myself. I think it is something I would try again. If you can't tell, only half the letters are cut. Once the one side is cut, you open the flap and fold it over to make it a whole letter because 'X' and 'O' are symmetrical letters on the vertical axis and horizontal axis (now that I thought about it). 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Turning 2 - Almost 3

This little boy isn't so little anymore. He is going to be turning three very soon. On top of that, he is going to be a big brother as well. It is crazy how time flies and how quickly the little ones grow up. 


Monday, July 14, 2014

Superhero - Super Jake

I think everyone needs a hero in his life. This little guy has the cape and all. He is definitely a super hero in my book. What a cutie!

I have so much paper, that lately I am trying to make use of it with punches. I punched out squares and cut them on the diagonal to create that layered effect on the pattern paper. Washi tape was used under that title to make it stand out more. 


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Yo!

Lately I am a big fan of punching out shapes and layering them for effects. This circular layout is from a bunch of circles cut in half and layered like flower petals. This little boy sure has got some spunk with his hat on. 



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cliff Walk

I used a heart notepad as a stencil for the background. These pictures were taken on our short road trip to Newport. On our last day in Rhode Island, we went to the Cliff Walk for gorgeous views of the ocean. 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Not Sure...

if this is a good idea. As much as I do not like driving, I wouldn't let Jake drive me anytime soon. I spend a least two hours of my day on the road. At least is the key phrase. I hate it. I absolutely hate it. In my head, I believe it is something that I cannot change. To live in northern New Jersey is extremely expensive. It is even more expensive to be living so close to the city. I must solve this soon....


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sharing with Mom

Would anyone believe me if I said I was very busy? I would because I am constantly exhausted, unmotivated and drained. I just read an article recently about how many people are saying they are busy. But being busy doesn't mean much; it gives the impression of being important and needed. Life shouldn't be this way; or at least I think it shouldn't be. I do believe that time is worth more than money. This long weekend was a much needed break for me. Unfortunately, it felt very unproductive because all I wanted to do was to do nothing. Nothing means watching television, pigging out and sleeping in until I cannot feel anything anymore. I need a few more of these to have myself to reset back to normal and to feel invigorated again. 

Below I tried to use a relatively new stencil on the background, punched out a bunch of hearts and lined them up to a heart shape. This picture is super cute of my cousin and her son sharing a cookie. Too adorable to not make a page for. 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

We've Got This

I went a little crazy a couple months ago when I made a pit stop at A.C. Moore. I saw they had 12x12 pads of paper on a Manger's Special - less than $7 for a pack of 48 sheets. These weren't the generic ones they constantly have in stock. It was the most recent collections for my favorite brands. I saw the "Boys Rule" collection from Crate Paper and thought I could use the whole stack on pages for Jake. I use lots of the bits and pieces on the layout below. The tile "got game" is chip board embossed with a pale green powder. No idea where I got the chipboard from but it worked out well with my theme of the page. 


Monday, June 30, 2014

Newark Club

I cannot believe it has been two years since I finished graduate school. I am definitely not where I thought I would nor where I would like to be. Still working hard on making the changes I want in life, but progress can only take place a little at a time. 


I do not miss Newark one bit. I have good memories there, but I surely don't want to go back without good reason.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tackling Projects

The first half of the year just flew by. A lot of has changed- some good, some bad. But life has kept me busy and I have been working on lots of different projects. Oddly enough, all of them were playing to my strengths, but somewhat different. I will share those another time. 

Below is a layout I created for baby Jake. He really isn't a baby anymore. What I liked about this page was using negatives and leftovers from Polaroid sticker frames. 


Friday, June 27, 2014

Rutgers Football Game

The big sport event going on right now is the World Cup in Brazil. Even for a person who cares very little about sports, it is quite exciting. Obviously, my team to root for is the USA. But there are lots of really good teams playing. And of course I have to cheer for the Germans as well to support Martin. 

Football in America is much different than football anywhere and everywhere else. I do not watch the football games until the Superbowl. But when I was in undergrad, it was a fun activity to go to the home games. The crazy nights are the freezing cold ones and when we also win!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Quality Singapore Days

Even though I had landed in Singapore the week before, I did not see much more than the Bay area that Martin took me to the Saturday I landed. I probably spent just as much time in Singapore as I did in any other country I had visited on this vacation.





I had met a person in Thailand and she offered to show my around while Martin had to work the weekdays. We had lunch with a few of her friends and saw Chinatown. After we parted, I did some shopping on my own.



On the tail end of the week, Martin treated me to a two night stay at the famous Marina Bay Sands. Probably cost him an arm and a leg, but it was so worth it. The view and the pool on the top floor made it worthwhile. We went to watch a musical at the amusement park on the island of Sentosa. Later in the evening, Martin's colleague picked us up and took us out for the popular chili crab that I had the tiniest bit of - I at least tried it!

That concludes my vacation in Southeast Asia. I cannot believe what took forever to plan flew by so quickly. I am looking forward to the next adventure coming in a few months.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Malaysia on My Own

Well... sort of, Martin had to work so I decided to make a quick stop to Malaysia on my own. I have family friends in Kuala Lumpur that I have not seen in ten years. They were awesome for taking time off work and picking me up at the airport and showing me a bit of Malaysia. First stop was Melaka which was about an hour outside of the city.




Later that evening, we checked out the night scenery by city hall and the court house. The next day they took me sight seeing in Kuala Lumpur. During my time there, I had eaten quite a variety of Southeast Asian cuisine. Lots of good views and good food in a short time frame. 






This concludes my thirty six hour whirl wind tour of  Kuala Lumpur. I cannot wait to visit Malaysia and my friends again; hopefully next time Martin will join me and we can check out other cool parts of Malaysia. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cebu City Tour and Cheap Massages

Martin and I have awful timing. More research should have been done before we made these bookings, but a lot of things did not cross my mind. We had went to Thailand during that unpleasant water experience. We then went to the Philippines, a Catholic country, during Good Friday. When we went on our city tour, pretty much everything was closed. I do not think we got our money's worth; I know better next time. 

Fort San Pedro

Magellan's Shrine


View from the top of the Taoist Temple



On our flying day, we had a good morning to ourselves after we checked out. Across the street was a massage location that had good reviews. It was also much cheaper than the resort's spa pricing - $33 USD for 2.5 hours of a massage. You cannot get those deals anywhere else.

Leaving was a pain. Again, we didn't do our research and we needed to pay in order to leave the country. I guess us visiting wasn't enough to stimulate the economy. Regardless, I was glad to leave. I was tired to trying to explain to people that didn't understand English why I didn't want to put my camera and film into their x-ray machine.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cebu Scuba Diving

For the second half our vacation, we had a gorgeous view  from our hotel room. The resort is on the east side of the island, so we can watch the sunrise everyday. But truthfully, we missed most of them because sleeping in was clearly more important.


We didn't do very much our first day. We were still exhausted from Thailand the day before. Resting and relaxing was just the perfect itinerary. The next day we went scuba diving. I will be honest; I had the hardest time adjusting. I kept panicking and couldn't relax enough to breath from my mouth. Martin was awesome, like always, and was able to go down for two dives. We went to Talima and Hadsan. I only did some snorkeling at Hadsan once Martin returned. Then for our second diving spot in Hadsan I gathered my courage and took my time. I made it this time and was able to go with Martin and our dive master for some quality time underwater.






Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hongs and Elephants

I wrote this entry when I was on vacation, but I haven't had the chance to publish it yet. Priorities had to be renumbered and this fell to the bottom of the list. I hope you don't mind; pretend you are going back in time to a magical place....... April 19th. 

My vacation is flying by. We are already on our third day in the Philippines. I haven't finished sharing our trip in Thailand. On our third day in Thailand, we did Hongs by starlight kayaking tour. We got on a boat that took us to the Ao Phang nga National Park. It is a group of islands north of Phuket.

We would get into kayaks and a local person will maneuver us into a cave that leads us into the middle of a massive island, inside is hallow; it is almost like a doughnut - a really tall doughnut. I would say it was one of the best things of our trip. Fun, relaxing and great scenery. It was also exhausting. It took up the entire day. 






On our last day, I wanted to go ride an elephant. Which I did! At first it felt extremely in unstable being strapped so high on a chair on it's back. But later I was allowed to sit on its neck. Did you know they are hairy?! It is extremely course and prickly - so my legs didn't appreciate it. I was also hanging on for dear life because the mountain we trekked was steep. Regardless of the hair and steep route, it was a memorable experience.




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Unpleasant Songkran Festival

As I am writing this, Martin is still snoozing away. I can't blame him though; it is 6:30 AM in Phuket, Thailand. It is our fourth and last day here. And what a trip it has been! My main concern is how we are going to stay below 20 kg in luggage weight so we don't have to pay for a checked bag. In other words, we bought quite a bit of stuff.

Sawaddi Patong Resort and Spa

We arrived in the middle of a week long celebration of Songkran - April 13. Thankfully, it ended in Phuket the same day. As we walked to the beach that morning after we arrived, we were soaked from head to toe in water. The locals and tourists enjoyed pouring and spraying water all over one another. Bystanders did not receive mercy either. Martin said he enjoyed it; I surely did not. My last straw was when a stranger pulled off my hat to pour water down my dress. At this point in time I swore out loud, and told them to not touch me. Being doust in water was already putting me on edge, being touched by a stranger was crossing the line. Oh, and being sprayed in the face is definitely not a tradition I will get on board about. So thank you Thaliand, but my unintentional attendance of your festival will NEVER happen again, I promise you that

Martin and I on Patong beach after making in through the water storm
and being marked on our cheeks. 

Second day sin water was much more pleasant and enjoyable. A private half day tour around Phuket was comfortable in the air conditioned van. It was only Martin, our tour guide and I in a ten-seat-person van. Good thing too - going up hill felt difficult behind a tourist in an automaic rental car, while our driver had to manage in stick shift. After a heated morning of sight-seeing, we rested back our hotel and went for a nice massage earlier that evening. For dinner, we ventured out to Banzaan Fresh Market, it famous for the fresh produce offered in the lower level of the market and then you can take your produce purchase to the upper level to be cooked by one of the stalls to your liking. That is for the day time. At night, it is a whole new animal - dozens of food stands set up outside with a variety of prepared meals ready to be boxed up to go. There were so many options that Martin and I picked our favorites to take back to the hotel to enjoy. It costed us 275 baht, which is only $8.50. Definitely not possible for a yummy filling meal back in the USA.

Night Banzaan Fresh Market
That is all for now. I have a few photos to share of my first day in Singapore and the rest of our Thailand stay. But it's time to get up and pack. Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Built a Sand Castle


I have never thought I was a beach person. When I was little my parents did not really take me to the beach because it just wasn’t something we did. But I occasionally do enjoy lounging around and getting a tan. What I love most is to build sand castles. When Martin and I went to Miami, I went and purchase molders to help shape my castle. Now if only I could build a real one to live in.  

I won't be building many sand castles the next two weeks. But I will definitely be trying to absorb a lot of vitamin D on the beaches of Thailand & Philippines. Off to the airport this morning - 24 hours and counting to the other side.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Exclamation Point

Exclamation Point is not only the name of the spot that we took these pictures, it is also how excited I am to be leaving in 3 days for Singapore!!! I am going to be either religious and write a few entries while I am abroad or absolutely quiet again. I will see how I am feeling. For now, enjoy my very colorful layout!


I have collected so much paper that I do not know what to do with it all. The problem starts with me not wanting to cut it up because they are so pretty. My brain cannot handle the idea of ruining a whole sheet of 12x12 paper.  The companies will always continue to make more and I will always continue to buy more. The layout above really made me cut deep into some of my stash. I need more motivation to go deeper. Help!


Friday, April 4, 2014

California Bliss



I would say vacation time is coming very soon. The last time I had a nice long one was when Martin and I went to San Francisco and Honolulu. The excitement is killing me. It won’t be much longer until I will be on the other side of the world in Southeast Asia. It cannot come soon enough!

Got to go pack! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Stroll Down Broadway

I know I keep disappearing, but lots of things going on. Hopefully, I can share the final product soon. But for now hope a these short entries will do. 

It has been quite a while since I have gone into the city by myself. I find it to be a hassle and annoying. But there are days when I miss walking around and just watching everyone hurry off to their appointments. However, I would not want to do this again anytime soon. It has been way too cold for any type scrolling to be done anywhere. The weather has not been very friendly to the east coast as of late. How has it been by you?


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Young Professionals Council


There are never enough hours in a day. If I had more, I would like to spend more of my time doing things I enjoy like scrapbooking and volunteering. I definitely have not been doing much of either lately. But I have been decent about staying connected with a few good people. It’s Steph’s birthday today and I want to wish her a happy birthday. She has really helped me branch out to try different things like the event above. It was refreshing to volunteer and help the community when at the time I had no job and was still searching for my life’s purpose.

Monday, March 24, 2014

TBP Prez


I got to hang with one of the coolest people I know. And it is also his birthday today! We were chatting this weekend and we realized we have been friends for 6 ish years. Time sure does fly!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Kevin's Sweatshirts

Are you ready for this? It was taken in 2006. Oh dear god, it is scary to even imagine. That was eight years ago. At that time, Kevin’s sweatshirts were the warmest things to wear. Someone caught a photo of Grams and I in them. They deserve a layout of their own.