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.