Monday, August 30, 2010

Two is Better Than One

"That maybe it's true/ That I can't live without you/ And maybe two is better than one/ But there's so much time/ To figure out the rest of my life/ And you've already got me coming undone/ And I'm thinking two is better than one" - Boys Like Girls ( Ft. Taylor Swift)

I fell in love with this song, though some say they are a bit "whinny" sounding. It made me feel better when I was feeling lonely. 

This is a continuation of my previous post. Our second seminar, was at the National Museum of the American Indian. The more trips we had, the merrier. This time we knew each others' names; definitely an improvement from the last seminar. This seminar was about the population growth of New York City. Some what interesting; I think I learned that the Chinese and Italians are taking over New York City. 

If you compare this layout with the previous entry they are somewhat similar. I do like having a theme for layouts that have similar in events. I made my graduation scrapbook and every page was nearly identical. Only the pictures on each page were different. The mini pictures were taken in the park near the museum. In the distance, we could also see the Statue of Liberty. The cover of one of the brochures I collected from this museum and the Mat Stacks by Making Memories were used create layers in this layout. 

Ribbon- Making Memories 5th Ave Trim
Dimensional Stickers - Making Memories Garden Party
Patterned Paper- Making Memories Mat Stack Pastel

Sunday, August 29, 2010

New Beginnings

"When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us." - Alexander Graham Bell

When I graduated this past May, the Rutgers Engineering door was slowly closing. Another door opened as it slowly approached the first day of my internship at New York City Department of Design and Construction. No expectations made my internship an interesting ten weeks. More importantly were the relationships I developed with the other interns. The agency was great about setting up seminars and field trips.

Our first seminar was at EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO about participating in service for the city. When we took this picture, I told everyone to pretend we liked each other and that we knew each other. Of course the case was that we didn't barely knew each others' names. The mini shots are of Central Park; they are the corners that I rarely get to see. 

I love collecting memorabilia where ever I go; I picked up the habit of collecting business cards from Grams. At museums, I like to collect all those reading materials that do short descriptions. I couldn't fit them all onto the page but the simple brochure front cover did make it as the title of this layout. 

Patterned Paper- Making Memories Mat Stack Brights
Letters- Making Memories Alpha Letters
Ribbon- American Craft 
Dimensional Stickers - Studio 112

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Learning Everywhere I Go

Random stuff I learned on my five day cruise with my parents to Canada:
  • Going to get at least a balcony room next time
  • Texas Hold'em and Black Jack is way too complicated for me to comprehend
  • Majong is fun when you have your Dad and Uncle help you
  • English people like to eat their pizza with forks and knives
  • My baby brother is braver than I am especially on the dance floor
  • Confidence is really attractive 
  • Standards of living for everyone is different
  • I am a sucker for people with accents
  • Vacation is for relaxing, not planning or organizing
  • I can get sunburns... I can also tan quickly 
  • Eat, Pray, Love is a really good book
  • I don't hate reading as much as I think I do
  • Don't need to be drunk to feel drunk
  • Life doesn't stop when you go on vacation
  • You won't die without the internet as long as you have company
  • I can eat three starters, two main courses and two desserts five nights in a row 
I know I have gained more wisdom in this last five days than I am letting on, but I will slowly share what I have learned as I continue this blog. New layouts start tomorrow.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


I have lost the focus of why I write this blog. At first I started out with the set goals to share my pages, techniques and ideas that I had thought of along the way. But it has turned into a place for me to vent, to express my feelings and to write only brief messages just so I get a posting in.

I am determined to refocus and start anew when I return in a week. Like I have mentioned in my previous blog, the summer took everything out of me. The good and the bad came all at once that I was unprepared to handle them. I will see you all in a week, with pictures to share and only happiness to spread.

Happy Summer Everyone!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Goodbye Pretty Apartment

Today is my last day in Edgewater, it has been truly a wonderful ten weeks. I did not expect it to go by so quickly and semi-pleasantly. I am moving out tomorrow to Newark, which isn't something I look forward to after living here at this lovely apartment complex. I have been spoiled living here, especially with my two  awesome roommates, I know that Newark will not be able to compare.

Above is one of the new layouts that I made last Saturday. I took these pictures earlier in the summer when I first moved here. Some are of the common areas in our apartment and the view from the balcony. Most of the materials are from my Crop Chocolate stash that I received. The colors give me a warm homey feeling.

Pattern Paper- Paper Adventure Carolyn Holt Designs LLC
Alpha Letters- Making Memories Chloe's Closet Cork Alpha Letters
Pins- Making Memories Chloe's Closet 30 Pins
Flowers - Making Memories Chloe's Closet Flower Stickers

Check out more of my comments on Crop Chocolate's Sweet Talk
dreaMS Design 1

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Range of Feelings

Of the past few nights, my emotions have been all over the place. If you ask me for what reason, I cannot honestly say or pinpoint why I feel depressed. As for tonight, I feel slightly bipolar. Earlier this evening I was by myself at my apartment with no one to eat dinner with, and suddenly my good friend, who now lives in PA, and I decided to video chat. We chatted for two hours catching up on the last two months of craziness. Not only did we chat, we had dinner together. All it took was two web cams, two bowls of cereal and two hours of our time to go from being a lonely person to the person I remembered being six months ago.

This layout was of Valentine's Day. Sindhu and I did not have a Valentine, but we had an awesome friend Karan. He was late picking us up for lunch but his excuse was totally excusable. He was trying to buy us flowers. I do explain the story in my journaling above. (I think there is a typo somewhere up there) The moral of this quick blog post is to appreciate what you have.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Afternoon at the Museum

It is my last full weekend here in Edgewater and I spent most of my Saturday Scrapbooking (other than the afternoon nap I needed from the lack of sleep the past week). Unfortunately, I will not be showing them today because I haven't scan them yet. But I will share this layout that I made for my Godfather for Father's Day (or Birthday, I cannot remember).

I needed a day to relax and just do some exploring so we went to the American Museum of Natural History, that is located in Central Park. I had been there once before but never went to any of the featuring exhibits. Dad took me to go see the Silk Road Exhibit and the Butterfly Conservatory. I am not much of a History buff, but I thought the Silk Road Exhibit would have been an interest of Dad's and mine. Really neat stuff and being the inner child, it had an activity of passport stamping as you traveled through the different countries in the exhibit.

As for the Butterfly Conservatory, I thought I would see a bunch of Butterflies in boxes. Still would have been pretty in my perspective. But the exhibit was of live butterflies flying all around you. I tried to have one land on my finger, but it wouldn't. I guess they didn't like me. It awesome and really cool to so close to so many butterflies.

As for my layout, I really wanted to incorporate the passport sheet that was created for the Silk Road Exhibit. I wanted to make the seals more visible. If I rubbed ink on it, I was worried it would ruin the image. In order to see the seals that I have stamped you are going to need to take a look at my actual copy.  That had taken up most of the page, which challenged me to be creative with the space remaining. I was only able to fit four small photos. But you can tell we had a good time. 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Did Not Die, Yet.

Life has taken over everything I thought I had a grasp on, to the point that I have neglected to update and make new pages. I brought most of my materials with me this summer thinking that I would have time to create new layouts. Frankly, I have just been lazy.  By the time I return home from work or from dinner, to pull everything out and then to have to put it back before I go to bed just sounds exhausting. Doesn't it?

Last week, I had tried to plan minimal dinners and to cut down shopping sprees. Unfortunately, it still didn't give me enough time to making anything worthy of showing. Along with that thought, I had gone and done some serious retail therapy. I am starting to believe there is a positive correlation to the amount that I spend to how strongly I feel. Retail therapy was fun regardless. On top of all the shopping I did over the weekend, on Friday, my Crop Chocolate goodies arrived at the apartment. But I went home, so I couldn't open it until I returned tonight. I needed to use my $15 credit and start designing for them (or else they may not want me as a designer anymore). But I was super excited to find out what I got... and I am going to share what I spent my savings on this weekend through pictures. I also did some massive damage at Anthropologie, but those are for another time and place. 

Goodies from Crop Chocolate
First Stop at Scrappers Cove

Results of a quick Michaels Visit
I am super excited to get started with all my new materials. It is definitely going to be a scrap-full week. I hope.