Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Rockettes

A couple of years ago, my parents thought the Radio City Music Hall would a nice family event. We haven't done that in a long time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Mikey's Birthday!

I met this guy three years ago and I have phone dates with him for an hour or two once a month. He always knows how to cheer me up and be a supportive friend. I miss him very much and hope to see he soon.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Always Eating

Already two days full of eating. And I think I am getting sick. Ugh. But I don't want to go home. Work is so overrated. Vacation is so much more fun seeing a bunch of great people. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Off to Boston

Finally taking another vacation this year. I am off to Boston to catch up with some friends. Mr. Brodman and I went a few years ago. It is going to be nice to do it again. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

And Happy Birthday to my Mommy. 

I do not celebrate Halloween all that often. The last time I did was in 2011. It isn't my kind of holiday. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

World of Coca ~ Cola

After the conference, Danielle and I went to check out World of Coca Cola. We tried a bunch of weird flavors of Coke from all over the world. Good memory. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

National Black MBA Association

Just in case you do not know job hunting sucks. I went to Atlanta with a bunch of my classmates to try to make our marks on companies and find a job. Time for bed. Goodnight.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fat Matt's Ribs

Mike picked up Danielle and I from the airport in Atlanta and took us out for dinner. He took us to a place mentioned on the Food Network. It was quite decent even though I am not a fan of barbecue. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

CSCMP Scholarship Dinner

I have applied for tons of scholarships, but never won one. Well, at least not until my semester of graduate school. Of course, Martin won it too. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Improv Class

There were some interesting classes that I had to take for graduate school. One of them was an improv class. It was meant to help us practice being spontaneous and our interviewing skills. It was fun as you can tell from the pictures; but, it was not my kind of class.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Salsa Night

I have always liked ballroom dancing. For the past couple of years, there has not been  an opportunity to pick it back up. Maybe that is a another change I may consider for the future. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

MBA Event

There a bunch of good memories created during graduate school. Student services were always good about holding events for get togethers and  happy hours. I liked how I used the sequins on the bingo cards to shape the number one to form the year of this event. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Addicted to my Mini

Martin got me one of the greatest gifts ever. I never anticipated I would use it so much, but I use it for everything!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

My Cousins

My family is quite big on both sides. It just seems to only get bigger as the years go on. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Beautiful Ann

Cousin Ann was very pretty on her wedding day. It was fun to see cousins for different side of the family be together. The blue circle frame fit perfectly over the photo I snapped for Ann and Chris. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Great Falls Park

If Martin didn't look up what parks were near me, I probably would not have discovered this little treasure in my backyard. We went on a hike along the river. Because of good company and great conversation two hours flew. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cherry Blossom Season

This is another layout about my crazy morning for the sunrise in D.C. I went by myself; so please excuse my selfie. Considering that I took it myself, it doesn't seem half bad. I really like the pinks of the page. I am really glad I didn't miss out on the cherry blossoms. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

4:30 AM alarm

As I try harder and harder to keep up with these posts, I am realizing that I am not cut out for content writing. I had wanted to give up on this blog months ago. For the life of me, I cannot remember why I decided to continue. But there are going to be changes how my futures entries will be presented. The writing content is going to slowly decrease to just a picture of my layout. I have made a goal to myself to reach 400 posts , but I never said how long the posts had to be. 

I have decided to not stick with the stereotype of having long entries about what products I used and how I made the page. This is a hobby and it is something I enjoy. The blog has made it more of a chore and I know that barely a handful of people read this. So relating to a recent article I read about quitting something every Thursday - the point to get rid of something that is taking up your time and energy - I have decided to cut back on the writing about  my page. 

This page is about the day I woke up at 4:30 am to drive myself in D.C. to check out the cherry blossoms. It was #soworthit. One more thing: it costs a lot to have pictures that are in shades other than 4x6. So I printed two 4x6s and covered up the division with flowers. I like the fake panorama photo across the 12x12 page.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Cafe Amelie on Royal Street

I enjoy meals that we have in pretty places. Cafe Amelie was definitely one of them. It is simple and classy. The weather was gorgeous that day ; we decided to be seated outside to enjoy a nice brunch in their garden nook. 

I really like the random layers and scattered look to the page. These Polaroid frames are the cutest. I framed the outdoor seating area at Cafe Amelie. The business card is also part of the layout. All the pieces were pulled different pieces from different collections to create the whole look.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Central Grocery's Muffuletta

I had a few great recommendations from Grams for New Orleans. One of them was to have a muffuletta at Central Grocery- it is where the muffuletta was first served and created. The sandwich has olives in it which I am not a fan of. However, in this case, it was not so bad. Always up for trying something new every now and then. Especially, if it is super yummy. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Jersey Girl

Being raised in New Jersey, there are many things I take for granted. One would be that there is someone to help put gas in my car when I pull up to a gas station. When I moved down to Virginia, I had to learn how to pump my own gas, which is a totally new experience. Thank goodness I was smart enough to ask the boyfriend to teach me before I was officially on my own to fend for my own gas. I made a page about this because it was definitely a learning experience I wanted to document. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Catching Up

I love catching up with friends. That seems to be mostly what I do outside of work, other than scrapbook. And I love it. Life has been more routine lately. Get up, go to the gym, go to work, go home, eat, sleep and repeat. Occasionally, you can throw in a dinner plan or a get together over the weekend. I believe it gets harder and harder to maintain friendships nowadays. Even though there are so many forms of social media to keep in touch; it is mostly meant for people that barely know you and care little enough to just breeze through your status updates. The real friendships are the ones that you want to keep and maintain. And I am sad to say that there are fewer people nowadays that want to even bother staying in touch.

For some reason, when I need to runaway somewhere, I run away to go see Grams. I have not done that in a while which is a good thing - to not have to run away. The last time I visited Grams, I met up with a few friends. Above is a picture of one of those instances. 

Monday, October 7, 2013


It starts getting difficult to figure new ways to use the same thing. I encounter this challenge when I still had some left over semi-circles after two pages of them. This time, the circles were to frame the picture and the border of the card stock. I wrote my journaling around the semi-circle frame. The page is about how every now and then, I remember how blessed I am to be able to travel. I don’t get to travel often but I have gone to a few nice places on my own dime. Of course, it would be more lovely to have someone else pay for it; but these moments were earned by me.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hello, Switzerland.

I had a ton of left over circle punches  when I made the ‘You and Me Happy Together’ page that I tried to use them up in the next two layouts. In this one, the semi-circles are made into banners being hung in all directions of the page. In between the semi-circles, I tried to also use up some more brads.  The geo-tag is from The Pier collection. This one saids 'hello'; placing it next to Switzerland makes the title. It is a very simple layout, but I like it.

Friday, October 4, 2013

It's the Small Details

I am not sure if I will understand why I enjoy secretly snapping photos of him on his phone. It tends to usually be when I am shopping and he is just sitting around waiting for me. There has got to be some made up statistic about how much time men wait around for women while they shop. Don't worry girls, I am sure there is also a statistic about how much time women wait around for men to mature too. This was snapped during our long weekend to Asheville, N.C. 

I took one of Dear Lizzy's 5th and Frolic 6x6 papers and cut up the chevrons to make arrows. The arrows are direct towards Martin, bringing attention to the photo which has also been framed by a Capture collection frame. Wood veneer arrows were added for dimension.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

You and Me Happy Together

We had lots of professional photos taken on our trip to Hawai’i. I had them printed so I could scrap with them over a longer period of time. This time I pick one with us just walking on the beach. I scrap-lifted this layout from Paige Evans. I love her use of color and patterned paper. So I picked one collection and that was Crate Paper’s Fourteen Color. It has all the lovely pinks and turquoise with grays that you can image. I liked how the half layered circles brought focus to the photo. It looked like a dimensional flower. And instead of painting a fractional circle on the other side of the page, I cut one out from the backing of the packaging of the dimensional stickers from The Pier collection. It has the perfect notebook lines for me to write my journaling on. I need those lines because my journal would be extremely crooked without them. The dimensional stickers had sentiments that helped create the title. This one is definitely one of my favorites.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Blue Hill @ Stone Barns

For our second anniversary, we celebrated with a mini trip to Upstate New York with a recommendation from Grams. We stayed at the Tarrytown Estate; the room we first had was not in ideal conditions. But they made it up in the end. The next morning we went to Blue Hill at Stone Barns and walked around. Of course, we got lost roaming on the farm and of course I whined a lot. But in the end, Martin led us back to the cafe and all was good once again. 

I do wish that we could spend our third anniversary together. But it's only for two years - only 689 days to go!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Happy Three Year Anniversary!

Three years ago today, I went on a date. Since that date, so much has changed. 

I have been saving the pattern paper for something special. This was a very special day. I used a lot of new product that I had gotten at the time. Some are from Dear Lizzy's Lucky Charm and Amy Tangerine's Yes Please.

Monday, September 30, 2013

What True Love Looks Like

For some reason, any place I visit there is always an Anthropologie waiting to be discovered. And when I find one, I have to go in. I don’t necessarily have to buy anything; but, I have to go in. Most of the time when I discover a new Anthropologie, Martin is with me. So when we went to New Orleans and I saw a building that I thought would look awesome as an Anthro building, lo and behold it was! Of course, I would ask Martin first to find out if we had time for it. Usually, it is a yes! ( Yes, I know I am spoiled.) As I browse through another Anthro, Martin finds himself a comfy chair and occupies his time with his phone. I snapped this shot of him from the stairs because it shows how patient and kind he is.


I really liked the Sundrifter collection from Studio Calico. The hearts are punched out from some of my favorite patterns in the collection. I also punched out heart from the Anthro jewelry tags. The jewelry tags are usually black and white photos. I thought it would bring a bit of the store into the layout. Instead of using the word 'love' I replaced it with a heart and wrote love in it.

There will be a whole lot more love this week so stick around to find out why tomorrow.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Capture the Moments

For whatever reason, I hold on to my guy friends a bit better than my girl friends. I usually chat with my close ones once a month. That is usually as frequent as it gets. But I love them to pieces and they always make me laugh - maybe my guy friends are just better phone people. One person I truly enjoy the company of is Brian. He extended me an invitation to the NJ American Cancer Society Gala. I went without thinking about the location too much, but it was the same place my senior prom was held. I cannot believe that was seven years ago; time sure flies quickly. It was a lovely dinner with pleasant company. Many of which I already knew because Brian just invited our classmates from Business School. He practically filled the table with Rutgers Alum. There is a group picture of us, but I have yet to scrap those. However, there is nice picture of Brian and I, that it had to have its own page. 

The I wanted layers with all the different collections I pulled out. There were also these lovely wooden clips and use them as ways to hold the page together. It is meant to be as random as it is. The title didn't come so easy because I had none until I found the piece from Basic Grey's Capture collection. 

Recently, I found a volunteer opportunity in my town on Now I am off to go volunteer at the church around the corner- I am helping restock its food pantry. It is really nice to find time to do something for the community again. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Birthday Gifts

It is nice to be not forgotten. In a previous post, I mention how I spent my 25th birthday away from home. I was fortunate to host a dinner for a few in my apartment. Even though I had moved, I received presents in the mail. One of the coolest gifts was from Kelly Purkey, who is a friend of Grams. It was a box of scrapbooking goodies- some of her stamps which are to die for. Mommy of course never forgets my birthday and had hers arrive the day of in my mail box. Clearly an expert in her industry- she works for the United States Postal Service. Two more from my invitees for dinner the eve of my birthday: my cousins and Kimmy. Grace, my cousin in law, got me some goodies from Paper Source and Kimmy tempted me with a gift card to Anthropologie. Last, but not least, Martin's cooking class in D.C. 

I wanted to make it festive and decorative. So I used washi tape to create flag like tabs and hung them off of a brown washi shelf. I have been trying to use a sticker from Little Yellow Bicycle Sentiments- Enjoy. It was appropriate for this layout. Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend – signing off to have brunch with my Godfather. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Third Quarter Review

I have a little less than half a year to catch up on my goal of reaching 400 blog posts. I have 132, 131 after this one, to write. I would need to have at least one every other day in order to meet that. This layout of my twenty-fifth birthday reminded me how far behind I am this year.

The sprinkle pattern paper seemed appropriate especially next to my Carvel ice cream birthday cake. I found frames at Michaels with its Recollections brand; two bucks for five chipboard fames. It is a fabulous find. What I like even more is finding things I can use on my scrapbook pages from non-arts and crafts stores.  During one of my many trips to Anthropologie, I found pads of pretty stationary - it was a must have! It is the perfect journaling pad. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Supportive Cousin

One person that appreciates my scrapbooking is my cousin Carmen. She allowed me to scrapbook baby Jake. I have not done any pages recently, but I have plans in the near future to pick that back up again. Scrapbooking about myself lately has gotten boring once again, so it is nice to spice things up.

I enjoyed all the layering involved in this layout. There were pieces from Crate Paper and Simple Stories collections. They had the perfect shade of oranges, yellows and pinks. I even used the white gel pen on a sticker from the Yes Please sticker pack. The Sassafras patterned paper has so many layers already; it creates a lot more depth.   

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Magical NYC

About a year ago, I had moved home from New York City. For the summer, I apartment sat with Martin on Fifth Ave. It was quite an adventure. We probably should have gone out more often, but last summer was crazy hot and humid; we preferred to stay in. One night when we did go out, we went to a roof top bar and had this gorgeous view of the Empire State Building. There is always this magical thing about New York City. I am sure if you got rid of everything I disliked about the city: crowds of people/tourists, traffic congestion, high cost of living; It wouldn't be the city many of us love.

For this layout, I wanted to scrap my stash and I have a lot of stash to rid of. So I picked an embellishment that I had way too much of and rarely ever use: Brads. Most of the time, I use about three to a page; it adds a bit of dimension. It takes forever to get through the whole box full that it comes in. Rummaging through, I picked an assortment of brads with a color scheme of pink and red; and eventually, I added silver and white to the mix too. The picture was adhered to the center of the scalloped die-cut.  I used my big crop-a-dile to make holes and inserted the brads one by one. After it was completed, the back looked crazy with the tails flatten. I glued the scalloped die-cut to a 12 x 12 patterned paper to make sure the back of my layouts was not going to be covered in brad tails.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Martin's Surprise Barbecue

I spent a month prepping for Martin's birthday. It is difficult when you don't know his friends and you do not live in the vicinity of each other. Martin wanted to have a barbecue sometime during his stay in the States. So I wanted to throw him a surprise party.  I recruited a colleague of his to contact all his friends and help find a place to throw it. The hardest part was having food bought, prepared and last the six hour drive down to North Carolina from Virginia. Not only that, I was away on business the week before, so preparation time was limited. All in all, it turned out well and Martin was surprised.

I am really loving the chevron pattern. This gorgeous blue is from a scrapbook kit themed North Carolina Martin had gotten me for our anniversary last year. There will be more of the kit when I start sharing pages about our North Carolina adventures. Lately, I have also been addicted to frames. Love them! I buy anything frame related that I can get my hands on.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Holding in my Fear

Heights are one of my many fears. You will never find me on a roller coaster or at the ledge of anything tall. I really dislike it when I can see through the ground. Anything with holes is also a no-go. However, it is extremely rare that I would be in Chicago so I had to go up the Willis tower and check out the Skydeck. It took a while to get up there because the line was horrendous; it is expected for a tourist spot.

My heart started racing as I got closer to my opportunity to be in the clear glass box that sticks out the side of the building. It allows you to see in every direction, even down. A kind stranger helped me take a few photos. I took a deep breath as I stepped into the box asked them to be quick because I was not sure if I would be brave enough to stand there for very long.

What I love about this layout is using my white gel pen. I have not written with gel pens since maybe fourth grade(?). The 'Skydeck' title and date are DIY thickers that can be colored. I am too lazy to pull out mists and embossing powder, so I like to stick with the white most of the time. I also liked how the geo-tag fits nicely in the border strip.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Chicago Sightseeing

I am not surprised that I haven't updated in awhile. Recently, it has been difficult to motivate myself to write anything that will resemble a proper post. This weekend is going to be dedicated to banging some out to update whoever reads this thing what has been going on and layouts that I have been creating.

The last time I wrote, I had mention I was going to Chicago for a few days for work. It feels so long ago, but it has only been three months. I wasn't there for long, but I was able to capture some good memories with my camera. A colleague of mine in the Chicago branch gave me a place to stay and showed me around the city.

I love these polaroid sheets that designers come out with. Usually, I would cut up the sheet and add them like die cuts. This time, removed the center of the polaroid and backed a few openings with my photos of different sights around Chicago: Buckingham Fountain, Cloud Gate (aka 'the bean'), Crown Fountain, Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the Navy Pier. There are also these 'liked' stickers that remind me of Instagram likes. I added plenty of those; most of my photos were from my Instagram.  

Monday, June 3, 2013

Project Life: March 2013

I am off to Chicago today for business. The last time I went to Chicago I was a baby. So I do not remember a thing. I am super excited to go somewhere relatively new. Documentation of this trip will be thorough. I will share lots when I return. For now, my Project Life for March will just have to do.

There is a little glimpse into my April. Hope you enjoyed!

Friday, May 31, 2013

NSD 2013: Write with Repetition

I am still looking for the perfect white stamping ink. The one I used here is the Brilliance Moonlight White. It is not so bad, but I did have to stamp it a few times to get it to appear more. The challenge for this one was Shimelle Laine's: write with repetition. Kelly Purkey's Bon Appetit clear stamp 'YUM' was my repetition, which is a very good way to describe crab legs.

This page is bright with the warm colors. Reds, oranges and yellows backing the pictures all ow them to pop off the blue pattern page.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Harry Potter Fan

I am huge Harry Potter fan. In the future, all the Harry Potter books and movies will be classics - or at least that is what I believe. When I am watching television, I would rather watch a rerun of Harry Potter than watch a movie I haven't watched on HBO. 

When the Harry Potter Exhibition was in NYC by Times Square, it took no longer than a second to convince Mr. B to take Sile and I. It was super fun! Unfortunately, the time turner that Mr. B bought does not really work - I tried. If I could only turn back time....nah - I like my life very much right now. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Coming Full Circle

Happy Memorial Day! I guess it would be the most appropriate to display a page about Washington D.C. to commemorate the men and women who died serving our country. 

Two years ago, Martin and I took a short weekend trip to D.C. We did a quick tour for a couple days and checked out a few sites. I can recall the same weekend to be the weekend the government was close to being shut down. Many of the Smithsonians were planning to be closed, which would have totally ruined out trip. Fortunately for us, the government did not shut down. 

Two years later, we are back again for a reason I could not even imagine. Our interests are much different than going to see city center. We enjoy smaller local towns that has a spark and life of its own. But these are very good memories and worth visiting again.

For this page, I did my own poking and stitching for the sun. I also love the Lullaby font of the sparkly blue AC Thickers. A few of Amy Tangerine's Yes Please Noteworthy stickers and My Mind's Eye Collectible label stickers were used.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Rejuvenating My Creativity

I am spending Memorial Day Weekend with my favorite person in North Carolina. While we are away for a weekend getaway, you can enjoy one of the pages that got my creative juices flowing. I had purchased Amy Tangerine's Yes Please Stencil Kit; it was a I-MUST-HAVE-IT kind of a purchase. I was visiting Martin around President's day and went to the Archivers in Raleigh. This was close to the time when the stores just started carrying the new collections for the year. I really liked the skyline stencil. It works really well for city themed pages. I had photos from Martin's going away party in NYC. It takes awhile to do all the stitching; but, it was worth the effort and time to add texture and dimension to the page. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Project Life: February 2013

I am playing catch up with blogging. As of right now, I am up to date on Project Life. My pace is different than most scrapper that participate. Studio Calico sends me the kit at the beginning of the month. However, I do not scrap the month until the next month. After the month is over, I gathered all my last month's photos and print the ones that I want to use in my Project Life album and my standard twelve by twelve pages. Sam's Club is my go to for printing at thirteen cents a photo, which is a darn good rate.

Credit: Studio Calico

Blogs that I read of scrappers like to scrap everyday life; sometimes, I do too. But, usually I only document more concrete memories. Studio Calico's February Project Life Kit was called Front Row. Every now and then, I will sneak an everyday photo in: one can see a picture of my desk and a nice sunset from my balcony in these spreads.