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. 

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.