…channeling Mario and Lord of the Rings…

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It started with the sticker machines at the grocery store.  Then he asked for a “soft” Yoshi (aka, a Yoshi plush).  He also knew that Mario and Luigi were part of the “family”.  So after managing to procure the last small Mario plush at the toy store, he needed Luigi.  Once he had Luigi, he carried around the group all the time.  He loved them!  Still does, but I borrowed a little from LOTR for my title of “his PRECIOUS.”  Hee hee.

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Then there’s a lot of fussy cutting from patterned paper and journal cards.  I also added a metal clip holding some baker’s twine bits.  The background started as some Amy Tangerine Plus One paper (I mentioned this before, I love Amy Tangerine!).  Lots of people use white gesso before adding media, but I didn’t want to tone down the paper, just prep it for media.  So I went with some Matte Medium.

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Then I added some swaths of color, as well as some green through a Dylusions stencil, the did some stamping.  The tiny stars are a pattern stamp from a past Studio Calico kit.  Other words came from Citrus Twist kits, and “I Love You” is from 3rd Eye (a Polish company that sadly closed down, but you can still find stuff at other online stores).  I used a Citrus Twist sketch for this layout.

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Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…homing in…

…on an old photo.

Sharing this layout from a challenge that I missed, but still very important, and I’m sharing the site anyway.  Lasting Memories had interesting challenges this month since not everyone celebrates Christmas.  Being in a multi-faith home, this really resonated with me.  The first challenge dealt with have a roof over your head, so this is what I scrapped.

“Hello new house”

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This isn’t my original background, but it worked out a lot better once I switched it.  Hubby and I moved back to New York after spending some time in Florida, and the muppet was still a baby, so we have this photo of hubby and monkey in front of our new home (with the in-laws).

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Lots of stuff from my stash, along with my paint pens, pen work, and spray splash.  The photo mat I cut into strips to mimic steps.  ANd most of my embellishments have to do with love, family, being thankful, and saying hello.

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The brackets are from some old alphas that I colored with my Moonlight pens and then black pen.

Happy scrapping!

…rockin the green…

…headphones, that is…

“Green Headphones”

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Entering this for the Citrus Twist Dec. 13 Sketch challenge.  I was in Target, not really looking for them, but finding cheap headphones.  I chose the green (I’m Scotch Irish).  At the time I was working in the city, walking to and from Penn Station to get to my office.  And dealing the street salespeople.

It’s amazing seeing these people dressed for an office but standing in the street, so it’s obvious what they’re up to.  However, I don’t blast my music (hearing problems in the family, too), so I can still hear these people trying to get my attention, calling on my green headphones.  Blargh.

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I drew by hand and fussy cut the “GREEN” for part of my title.

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That’s a golden doily that I folded in half and sprayed with some Dylusions.  I also used some stickers and stamps from my stash.  A lot of my layers and embellishments deal with the work week (days of the week, “daily grind”), the nature of NYC (the globe), and my feelings about being singled out for my green headphones.  The smiley faces were great!

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Happy scrapping!

…catching up…

I’d like to get more active on my blog, for myself and for you lovelies.  A reminder to myself is also my word for this past year, which was: clear.  This also means clearing out my blog drafts, or at least all the ones that have been sitting around.  Starting fresh for the new year, right?

So I realized that in both of these older posts, peek-a-boo and where’s the mail?, I promised to show more photos of these layouts.  And that I never got around to it.  Get ready for some serious scrappy eye candy 😉

First up, “peek-a-boo”

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And now, “where’s the mail?”

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Happy scrapping!

…recycling…

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So I planned on entering this for the Kraft + November challenge, which was to be inspired by P!nk, the musician, not the color 😛

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Now using kraft is a challenge for me, but I’ve seen some awesome interpretations, and I love P!nk, so I thought I’d give it a go.  Loving mixed media the way that I do, I had to art up my kraft background.

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I also tried to do a die-cut background, which forced me to cut my kraft paper in half to run them through my Cuttlebug.

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Unfortunately, with the holiday, and me trying to do too many things at once, I missed the deadline.

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However, I combined that challenge with the Off the Rails November moodboard.

I really liked the color scheme, and the recycling aspect, as I’ve always been into being green (I was super excited when they finally introduced paper recycling in my hometown :P)

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So my recycling on this layout comes from a clothing tag that I arted up.  I kept the word in keeping with the P!nk song “So What?”

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The main point of the layout is the number.  I started doing a local walk(Sounds of Silence, hence: SOS) to raise money and awareness about postpartum mood disorders (which I dealt with and in some senses, still do).

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When you register, the computer generates a random race number for you to wear.  You get your race number the day of the walk.  Now some people would probably get upset at the number that I ended up getting.  However, I’m not of that persuasion and simply found it hilarious (I’m weird like that).  And so thus the title of my layout, hee hee.

Happy scrapping!

…looking fabulous…

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I was trying to work out my background a few different times.  I’m pretty happy with how this turned out.

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I used the main November kit from Citrus Twist along with some thing from my stash.  My mother-in-law gets her nails done regularly.  I can imagine so many people saying that being around girls makes my son girly.

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Well, for one, I’m not girly.  For two, the boys outnumber the girls in our house.  So Grandma came back wth her nails done and little guy decided he needed his nails done.  Fingers and toes.  Oh yes.

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I used gesso through a stencil that is all about being who you are, regardless of what anyone else thinks.

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I also used some orange paint through a Dylusions number jumble stencil, as well as the “BORN TO STAND OUT” stamp from the kit.

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All the stamp and ink is Tim Holtz (distress stain, distress ink, archival ink) except the red, which is Liquitex liquid red ink.

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I used my TCW Cloud stencil and a Dylusions stencil to cut clouds and the number “10” from some of the patterned paper.

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I grabbed some journal cards from my stash, along with a manila tag sprayed with Dylusions through Dina Wakley’s dot stencil, and a planner divider from BoBunny’s Zip-a-Dee-Doodle collection (LOVE that collection).

Entering his for Citrus Twist’s Nov. 8th sketch.

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…thankful…

…for a seriously colorful and awesome moodboard!  This is right up my alley!

“U & Me”

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Scrap Around the World October moodboard

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Besides the colors, I used lots of hearts, circles, and stars along with some twine (from the hanging shapes).  My journaling card tells what I’m thankful for regarding the photos of hubby and munchkin working on a jigsaw puzzle together.

I also played with the single page sketch from Stick It Down.

Happy scrapping!