Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Repeat Layout Ideas

I have used this template layout a few time already. The two halves of a circle split across the page adds awesome curves. Then use embellishments to follow the curves. These flowers on the corner are flowers I used throughout the entire album. Do you see all the gems I used too? Do you see my boring pattern? I cannot help but use them over and over. All the bright colors clash together, but I think color combinations do not matter as much any more. When I view other people's layout, there is always a plenty of color.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Hoarding Washi Tape

I have been slowly hoarding washi tape. My collection is not as intense as others, but some day I would hope to have enough to match anything and everything I make. I have a nice amount to work with right now.

Example is below with the red and white color theme I am committing to. Red and white polka dot washi tape is a nice touch to add emphasis on the photo. The big number stickers stand out as the title to this blissful wedding day for this lovely couple.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Titleless Due

When I saw this picture, I immediately thought it deserved its own page. There is great symbolism of the love between this couple. I could not think of title that would suit this page. Therefore, I decided to not name is and leave it titlel-less. The charms from making memories were a great touch to the ribbon. Epoxy circle stickers from Target were also a great addition to fill in the page.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Youngest of the Generation

Everyone let me introduce you to Nicole; she is the youngest in my generation on my maternal side. I am the oldest on my paternal side. Before she was born, I was the youngest girl among my cousins. I loved being the baby. My younger brother was the youngest boy. Obviously, once Nicole was born she was the new baby. She is no longer a baby, but a sweet young girl who is growing taller every time we see her. Her birthday is relatively close to mine.

The two layouts below are the pages I made for her this past Christmas. I also made two pages for her birthday without the pictures. I am hoping everyone receiving pages are going to have a full album

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Into Louisiana We Go

For our last day in Lousiana before our flights that evening, we rented a car and drove a bit into the State. We found a Groupon for a Sugar Plantation tour. Smart suggestion on their site was to have to have a picnic lunch after the tour on their property. On our way back to the airport, we drove parallel to the Mississippi River.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sleep, Eat, Walk, Eat, Repeat.

I am attempting a new schedule: waking up early to workout. I am really hoping it will stick. On the other hand, most of my memories of New Orleans consist of food. We sure ate a lot those few days and I thought we ate fairly well. For Sunday brunch, I found us a really cute cafe called Cafe Amelie on the famous Rue Royale with all the antique shops. Before and after brunch, we had did a bit of shopping for our families and friends.

To wrap up our trip we did a hop on - hop off bus tour where we just sat on the bus the entire time. We were taken to a few places that we would have never been able to get to on foot. While on the bus, I saw Anthropologie and had to make a visit and a purchase of course. We grabbed a pre-dinner bit at is the French Market. A Po-boy what they are called - yummy again.

Picture of a perfekt boyfriend who patiently waits while his girlfriend shops at Anthropologie. 
Just wanted to share that.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Up and Down the Mississippi River

We finally had a good night's sleep because the light outside our hotel window was shining really bright. Martin found out that there were shutters outside the balcony that could be closed to block the light and noise from the street and fountain.

Our first event on April 6th was brunch at Palace Cafe on Canal Street. We had the first sitting for brunch at 11:30 am. Look at what we ate, we were so stuffed afterwards.

For the afternoon, we decided to go on a Mississppi Steam Boat ride. Martin was smart to suggest putting long pants on and wearing more layers because it would be cold on the water. I was glad we were able to go back to the hotel and make that change. I found the river to be very dirty and scenery was unappealing. It is still as industrious, with all the ships, as it was back in the day of trades for the Europeans.

Dinner we a little further outside the French Quarter in the warehouse district - Herbsaint. Surprisingly we had already walked passed it the very first day when we were wandering around. It was a very cute dining space. Unfortunately, I was so full from brunch that I only had a small plate for dinner.

If you want to know exactly what the  food pictures are check out my instagram; I list all the names in them. After dinner, we made our way over to Polo Club Lounge at the Windsor Court Hotel for an evening of jazz music. It was nice to just relax on the couch with a cup of tea.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Been Too Long

It has been just too long since I last written a post. It has been extremely hard to motivate myself to write something. Don't be fooled, I have been scrapping like my life depends on it. My apartment walls are covered with my new pages and I am loving how the white space is being filled up. I will shared those another time. Today, I want to fill you in on my recent happenings. Recently, I took two days off to go to New Orleans, Louisiana. I have always wanted to go; I have heard so many good things, especially the food, about the South. The next few posts will be able about this trip. 

Martin and I flew out Thursday night (April 4th) from our respective airports. We met in Kenner, location of Louie Armstrong International Airport (MSY).  

We had absolutely not plans. The only thing planned were the meals I made reservations for. A few were recommendations from Grams and a few were ones I picked out on my own. I can't wait to share those meals. More about that later. 

Without plans we decided Friday morning that we would walk towards the water also known as the famous Mississippi River. A few blocks later we found ourselves at the French Market. It had a few food stands but there were also a ton of, what Martin calls, crap shops, which are the typical souvenir shops. I was also told to try the Muffaletta at Central Grocery. I must say even though I do not like olives, it tasted pretty darn good. But based on Martin's experience, the owners/ workers were not that friendly. This was totally not the norm of our experience in NOLA. Martin and I shared a half of one Muffaletta. we were saving our stomachs for the evening meal. 

We continued meandering through the various parts of NOLA on foot. Martin and I loved the homes in the French Quarter: the colors, the balconies, the style were all very attractive. Some times our picture were just of the outside of the homes. 

After our tremendous amount of walking around, we took a relaxing break at our hotel before our three hour, yes I wrote 'three hour', dinner at Stella! They were so nice and accommodating when I asked if Martin and I could split a wine pairing. I do not drink and a  three ounce glass would have been so wasted and expensive for just me. We had the four course prefix, there were options for the four course, Mind if we did the seven we wouldn't have had any choices and it would have taken longer than three hours. Take a look at what we ate. Saying it was delicious would be an understatement.