I’m totally in love with NYC, and even decorated my bedroom in a Big Apple theme. Once upon a time, I had this print hanging in my house:
…that is, until I got a new roommate.
Finn ripped the poster off the wall and it should have been ruined… but have no fear, Madame Bookmaker is here! Instead of throwing it away, I turned it into a crude (read: quick & not very precise) mini-book in combination with some great Hambly papers.
Laura and I became friends in 2nd or 3rd grade through PSR (Parish School of Religion) at our church. Even though we were in different school districts, we both managed to gain employment at our local grocery store and continued our friendship into our adult years. I finally convinced her to come visit me in California, which turned into quite the adventure when St. Louis was hit with the worst tornado since 1967. It went right through StL’s only airport (like, literally through the airport) and Laura’s flight home was cancelled. What else was there to do but hit the town and drink some beer. This mini book is the result of that adventure…
I skipped over some pages for the sake of privacy and brevity, so it seems like I just glossed over the severity of the situation. Rest assured, that is not the case as there were many panicked phone calls made in an effort to determine how Laura might get home. The airport was closed for two days and all flights were cancelled. In addition, both of our parents’ houses were without power and our childhood stomping grounds were a disaster zone. Thankfully we were able to catch up with all of our loved ones via social media or phone, but it was still a stressful and frightening situation. I still get goosebumps when I review the video footage.
To top it all off, we were rear-ended on the way home. We had been sitting at a stoplight on PCH for at least a minute, and the woman behind me was on her cell phone. She got confused and thought that the light turned green, so randomly she bumped into me. Fortunately, there was no damage and no one was hurt, except perhaps for the near-extinct brain cells of the woman behind us. Not a great weekend – but we made the best of it and were determined to have some fun while Laura was still here.
Looking through this book today, I love it just the way it is. I know it’s not perfectly lined up but it has character and it totally works for me.
As mentioned on Thursday, here are my theme park layouts from NSD.
Clearly, I thoroughly enjoy visiting my sis at Universal Studios FL:
Did you celebrate National Scrapbooking Day at the beginning of the month? Our crew sure did, and we had a blast!
Thanks to our favorite LSS and crop location, Custom Impressions in Bellflower, CA for hosting the party. It was a lot of fun, and we even got some free goodies. You rule!
Teresa and Diana made sure the store was full with new product, and I couldn’t help but drop some change on the new Crate Paper line, The Pier. I love the mix of vintage and modern, and bought almost every single piece. There were a lot of other cute releases, too, and I’m glad they worked well with older product.
Here’s a look at some of the projects I completed:
That’s just the tip of the iceberg; I started a method I call “scrap fast” in which I do not allow myself to think too long about what I’m doing. Instead it’s all about the initial gut instincts when placing a page. I start thinking about a really fast song to keep me on tempo with the fast scrapping. I think it worked out pretty well on this day.
I’ll be back later with a look at my layouts from Universal Studios as well as a mini album that I completed during the NSD party.
I received an email recently from Christina, asking for some full page, medium-sized chevron in the below colors. Naturally, I obliged… (don’t worry, Rachel, I’m still finishing up your request for dog outlines & dog/cat paper!)
If you’re new to my site, you should know the following about my downloads:
- Each pattern is a PDF file, designed to print on a standard 8.5 x 11″ page
- Each download contains a strip at the bottom featuring my URL
- Each PDF is password-protected, which means you can’t open it in Photoshop or Illustrator
- Contact me for info on purchasing full-access licenses
This time I’ve also included a high-resolution, transparent png of each pattern in this download collection, but since my WordPress is wonky you can only get it in the zip file with the pdf. Enjoy!
Happy Tuesday! It’s been many, many months since I’ve curated a nice collection of free fonts, so today I bring you my top picks of the moment.
Click the thumbnail of any font you wish to download; it will take you to the download link in a new window (offsite). Enjoy!
Happy National Scrapbooking Day!
I’m gathering with some of my favorite crafty ladies for a late night of scrappin’ & yappin’ at our LSS. I hope you’re enjoying your day, as well.
Lately I’ve been powering through a bunch of layouts and have been trying to reorganize my photos. In the process, I have started to gather a ton of random images of my roommate, all of which were quite silly and didn’t seem to fit on a singular layout.
As a result, I whipped up a quick mini-book featuring the little beast. It’s a tongue-in-cheek look at my little rascal’s many sleeping places. Enjoy.
I also made a layout with some photos of my sweet roommate.
And then I made a layout honoring a cat that used to stay with me sometimes. No joke, he would snuggle at night and when I fell asleep, he would gently poke my face with his paw as if to say, “Hey. You fell asleep. Wake up and scratch my head. Kthxbye.”
Tomorrow is National Scrapbooking Day so I hope you’re ready to play with some paper and glue!
I’ve been on a relatively productive streak when it comes to gettin’ scrappy…
Here are some of my latest projects:
I clearly made it to the stack of photos that I took during the many adventures I’ve shared with my little sister. I’ve been trying to beef up my layering in an attempt to use of more of my stash. I hope these layouts provide inspiration or eye candy for you. Cheers.
The other day I shared part of Rachel’s request with you, and I seem to have overlooked another version. Here’s the stray (pun intended) cats download that I missed last week. Be back soon with more downloads!
I know it’s been a while since we’ve had a Freebie Friday… here’s a little quote that inspired me today. Sometimes I just feel like playing with my tablet, and today was one of those days. Click the image to download the pdf. Cheers.
Over a month ago, a very sweet reader named Rachel submitted a download request. Sadly, the month became very hectic and didn’t allow for much at-computer time, so I didn’t have a chance to fulfill the request until now.
This is only part one; more designs coming soon! Click the image below to open the pdf; right click and save target as… to save it directly.
And here are some 3″ x 4″ cards…