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I can’t believe that it’s November already. Where did this year go?! Halloween came and went, and now we’re in full gear towards Thanksgiving. Not too long from now, we will be busy trimming our tree and decking our halls with color. By the time we know it, it’ll be a brand new year filled with little blessings. In the meantime, I’ll soak up the past October festivities.
We went to a Halloween get together at the Smith house last weekend. It’s always fun going to their shindigs, especially during Halloween time. Their whole front yard is decked out with SCARY decorations! Plus, Jeanne’s pumpkin pie is to die for! *No pun intended, hehe.*
Pumpkin carving this year wasn’t as extravagant as previous years. G was on the road for a good amount of time this month, so we only carved some basic ones. At least this year, we actually got the chance to carve. Last year during Halloween time, we were way too busy.
…and as far as being creative, here’s some of the scrapbook layouts that I created in October.
First up, here’s a layout I made for my friend Ann. Yes, I “borrowed” some of her photos. This layout uses the collection Soho Garden by American Crafts. I’m not going to lie; I hoarded this collection because all of its papers are named after areas in NYC’s Soho, my favorite part of the city! You know it’s an addiction when you’re buying paper because of its name.
Second layout features 5th & Frolic, also manufactured by American Crafts. I’m in love with the soft palette to this collection. Plus, there’s hints of gold incorporated into all of the products. Gold, you say? Um, yes, please!
Last but not least, my third layout is a compilation of a bunch of scraps I had out on the table in the crop room. Most of it comes from KI Memories’ latest collection, Flashback. Have you seen it?! It reminds me of the stuff they used to have on the market, so I hoarded it, haha. Aren’t surprised, huh?
On another note, life has been throwing lots of curve balls my way. Fingers crossed that everything goes my way tomorrow at the clinic.
Last week, I got around to creating a sample for the shop using one of the latest Basic Grey releases, Aspen Frost. In my opinion, it looks similar to another holiday collection they put out a couple of years ago, but nonetheless, it’s pretty and I like it. Here’s what I made:
I absolutely love the silk ribbon on this one. I’ve been using these ribbons in tons of my stuff recently. Yes, we have them in tons of different colors. The texture is so soft, so it makes it easy to work with and hard to refuse.
This past weekend was one of those on a whim weekends. We woke up early on Saturday morning and wanted to do something fun, but we weren’t sure what to do. Well, I remembered a place that a customer had told me about, and so we thought it would be neat to check out Gizdich Ranch.
They have fresh squeezed apple juice in all sizes. Plus, they sell pies by the slice or by the whole. Their pies are pretty tasty, and they’ve got almost every pie you could imagine, not just apple pie or dutch apple pie. Yum! I still prefer my mom’s apple pie though, but I think I’m just biased, haha.
After gallivanting on the coastal farm, we headed towards the beach, and then, back home.
As far as weekend projects, I had two to accomplish.
First, enjoying our succulents.
…and two, starting our Halloween decorations.
Why so early, you ask?! Well, from now until Halloween, the calendar is busy and it only gets busier. Because I had the extra time, I thought it would be fun to spruce up the mantle for Halloween. It’s not quite complete, but it’s getting there. I woke up the other morning, and G had added some of her “scary” Lego mini figures to the decor. Frankenstein, a witch, a zombie, and Count Dracula, just to name a few, are adding the spook to the mantle, hehe.
On a side note, maybe I’m working too much? …or working too hard? I wish that I had a normal immune system. This morning I woke up with a fever of 102. It’s gone down since then, but I’m feeling icky. Hopefully, after a couple days of rest, I’ll be well enough to see the Endeavor Shuttle fly over Moffett Airfield. Go ahead. Call me a nerd. It’s not everyday that you get to see a space shuttle fly over your house. Be jealous.
As I was walking around the shop, I realized there were a handful of projects that I had never shared. Well, I snapped a quick picture of some of those samples with my phone.
First project is a layout using some of Studio Calico‘s Yearbook collection. This is probably the first layout in a long time where I did not journal; I plan on giving it to Natalie, so she can journal whatever her heart desires.
My second layout was a sample created to display My Little Shoebox‘s Notebook collection.
This layout cracks me up because the colors and embellishments are so unfitting for these pictures of G. Oh well, at least it’s done and complete.
As I’m sitting here at work, I keep hearing stories of pregnancies, babies, and everything that goes with it. All of this talk is making me want one. I. Have. Baby. Fever.
*I’m still recovering from a bug, so this may be a shorter post. Being sick is so not fun.*
I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought now would be a good time to share a couple of layouts that I created a couple of weeks back. The first layout I created uses random pieces from the Take a Hike collection from Simple Stories. Yes, it’s an 8.5×11 layout, which is totally not my usual, but Ann inspires me to change up my layout sizes.
I created my own background using one of the newer Lawn Fawn stamps. I love stamps that can be used for both cardmaking and scrapbooking; it’s a two-fer.
My second layout is, yet again, another 8.5×11 layout. It’s a simple one using My Mind’s Eye because I didn’t feel like adding too many embellishments to this one. Here’s what I came up with:
I’ve noticed that ever since I started doing Project Life, I tend to keep my layouts simple. That totally works for me; I get more done!
Hoping I start to feel better as the day progresses.
Yesterday, I was feeling inspired to create. I worked on some new layouts using some of Amy Tan‘s new collection, Ready Set Go. It must have been the huge mess that I created in the crop room. Or it might have been all of the vivid memories from my getaway this past weekend. Either way, I finished a couple of pages to add to the books.
Layout one – a 12×12 layout:
Layout two – an 8.5×11 layout:
I had fun playing with all of these new products, especially because they have such vivid colors. I’m hoping that these two layouts will jump start some type of creative mojo on my end. It’s been way too long.
Oh, the decisions we must make. Hmm..