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Project Life - Week 24

So I'll preface this by saying last week wasn't my favorite week. lol. Things are a little rough right now but I'm hopeful that it will all resolve itself quickly. Anyway, I wrote quite a lot about some of the low points last week, but I've blurred that part of the journaling... I'm just not quite ready to share any details yet.

The page template is from Karla Dudley and all of the digital elements are from Gennifer Bursett. Her When Skies are Grey kit seemed pretty perfect for this layout!

Anyway, I'm still working on other projects... my Tahoe Scrapbook on the Road should be ready to travel in the near future. I've also sold several lots from all of my purged scrapbook supplies... there's still a lot to go, but I'm making progress, and that's 100 times better than just having it sit in my guest room! I'm still listing new lots, so if you're interested, don't forget to check the link I posted with the first batch of photos. And there's still more to come (a daunting task!)

That's all I've got. TTFN!

I'm finally selling purged scrapbook supplies!

Yes. Remember how I purged my scrapbook room in JANUARY? And how all of that stuff I pulled out has been sitting in my guest room / living room for months? I'm finally getting rid of it. It's time, and I'm hoping to convert all that stuff blocking my way into a little cash :)

If anyone is interested, all of my listings are here on KSL.

And pictures of the lots I've put up so far (there's more to come, but I wanted to get started!)

Full Sizzix Fun Serif alphabet, numbers, and 10 small dies:


My original Silhouette machine... still working great.


My Slice machine and design cards and idea box. I wasn't planning to sell this, but I really don't use it at all. Especially since I got my Cameo.


Sizzix low-profile die cutting machine and dies - the alphabets are Girls are Weird and Rat-a-Tat.

My Coluzzle system. These are great and people still use them... especially if you don't have a diecut machine!

And moving on from tools to lots of supplies by manufacturer. First up: Heidi Swapp.

A HUGE lot of Making Memories.

Lots of Chatterbox...

Tons of KI Memories (well over 200 sheets of paper alone)

Creative Imaginations

IMG_2138I also had a lot of Scenic Route, but it looks like the photos got deleted. Oops! I'll have to re-shoot that one when I get to work on the next batch. This isn't even half. It's really kind of embarassing... and this is just what I'm selling! Sheesh.

Hey Girl - Studio Calico Layout

Brian sent me these pictures of Adorable-Niece-Aubrey the other day and I couldn't resist doing a layout. The June kit from Studio Calico (which just came yesterday... yay!) was perfect for this.

Hey Girl

I added some jewels from the May kit along with doilies, veneer stars, a few liquid pearls, and some Miss Caroline rubons to match the paper in the kit. Also a badge from A Flair for Buttons on Etsy. I also used the alphabet stamps from the set that came to go with the July stamp class at Studio Calico. Love that alphabet!

Hey Girl Close-up 1

That hair after they took out the rubber bands just cracks me up.

Hey Girl Close-up 2

And a big, toothy, cheesy grin to top it all off.

Hey Girl Close-up 3

And look how cute it was before they took it out!

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Can't wait to see this little spit-fire again. Not too far away! I've been working some more on my travel journal... the cover is pretty much done and I've been printing journaling cards (the wood veneer ones from my post this morning are perfect for this!) and also diecutting some fun little things to use in the book. I'm starting to make lists... so much to get done before I leave!

Project Life - Week 23

Wow. I didn't realize it had been a week since I posted. I've been busy at work and with a few little projects at home - I started my travel journal for my family reunion in Tahoe, cooked up some new dishes, and I've been hard at work trying to finish my FBE photobook so I can take it to share with my family. I've done Spain and Greece and I'm halfway through Turkey and it's already longer than my Peru book. But, big trip, lots to see, lots of photos. I'm just trying not to think about the price tag on this sucker... lol.

Anyway, here's the layout for last week. Mostly Instagram photos and a few others, bits of journaling about the week.

I used a pocket protector template from Tiffany Tillman at Design House Digital and most of the rest of the elements are from a collab kit at OScraps called For the Record by Paislee Press and One Little Bird (love their collabs!) I also used a set of torn paper templates I've had forever to do the torn ticket stubs. They're from Traci Sims, but I can't remember where I got them - it was over 5 years ago (I didn't realize I'd been dabbling in digi that long!)

(And P.S. - project life fans might want to check out my latest post with some fun new digital / printable journaling cards :)

As you can see, last week was about food and movies. lol. I did a good bit of cooking including a yummy curried spelt with veggies and chicken. Last week was also about a continuing struggle with what I finally realized were withdrawl symptoms from when I finally stopped taking Metabolife a few weeks ago. I've been super tired, craving carbs like a mad woman, and I've had miserable, painful, want-to-bang-your-head-against-the-wall headaches that no amount of medicine could touch. The essential oils actually help a little, and now the worst of the headaches are finally gone. I'm still very tired, but the cravings are starting to get better too. I just decided I didn't want to be taking chemicals that were going to do who knows what over time, and I don't think I realized exactly how much caffeine was in those suckers. But it's getting better.

Anyway, time for me to go crash. Things have been getting busy at work lately so I need to get some sleep to get ready for tomorrow! Later!

Project Life and Karaoke with the Peanuts

Here we are again! The year is just zipping right on by.

Another one-pager this week, although I probably should have / could have stretched it to two. But it's all good. I'm liking this one - I mixed a ton of different kits on this one and didn't even use a template!

Lots of recent stuff from Gennifer Bursett on this one - Summer Girl, When Skies are Grey, Elemental Snippy Alpha, Elemental frames. I also used more of the Summer Girl part 1 kit from Celeste Knight.

Also, pictures on here from Saturday night out with the Peanuts. We met Brandon at the Karaoke Cafe for a few hours of fun and humiliation (not mine, however. I didn't sing. lol.) Good times.


Brent, Shawn and Chad doing "Ice Ice Baby". Here come the dance moves...

I wish I'd gotten a good one of Brent doing the sprinkler, but I wasn't fast enough. Shanna and Jana got up to dance in the back, and then another lady from a group we didn't know jumped up with them and really got down. She was awesome - at one point she ran over and shoved some expired Kohl's cash in Chad's pocket - it was pretty funny.


Here's the group... Courtney, Chad, Shawn (I was sitting next to Shawn, Laura was next to Courtney - she and I were taking pictures... Brent was on stage doing Black Sabbath which was a riot). The back table was Mindy and Darren with Kenzie and her friend, and Brandon, Shanna and Jana.

After a few hours at the karaoke place, we headed over to the Cheesecake Factory for a late dinner. We got a big table out on the patio and enjoyed a perfect evening while we just chatted and munched.


(total diet killer, but so good!)

It was a lot of fun, as always! We're looking forward to getting together again soon :)

South Africa - Safari Mini Scrapbook Album

Whew... I finished it! I originally started doing this album almost exactly two years ago (and it's been just over 5 years since I got back from South Africa). I posted the first part of the album two years ago, thinking I'd keep going right away. About four months later I posted the next two pages and then I just put it away until about a week and a half ago.

For some reason I was jazzed to get this out and finish it. I printed off the rest of the pictures from our safari and got to work. I used a lot of the techniques I'd been doing in the Get Messy class with my Goreme album, including massive overuse of Liquid Pearls. lol. And since the last half of the album was looking so different, I took my liquid pearls back through everything I'd already done and added to it to make the whole thing more cohesive. And it's done. Yay!

These are the types of mini albums I love - lots of texture, different sized pages, and little goodies sticking out all over. I used an old Fancy Pants album with a mixture of transparent and chipboard pages (I didn't use the felt ones) and a mix of other product - mostly older. I used a little safari themed stuff (hard to find anything that isn't campy) and a lot of the Basic Grey Origins line, which I still love.

The front page is a transparency and I printed the photo of the sunset 8x8 and cut it to the shape of the book. Cutting that bracket for all the pages was a pain, but in the end I really like the effect.

So without further ado, here are the rest of the pages. You can scroll through the thumbnails - all of the inside pages plus a few close-ups of some of the details. (If you're in a reader, I don't think this shows up well - if you click through you can scroll through the photos easier.)

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And that's it! This was a lot of fun and I'm glad I finished it... now I'm just enjoying looking through it and remembering that part of our trip. It really was a lot of fun - all of the animals and the game drives... stuck out in the bush with a flat tire and sleeping in a treehouse at the Pezulu Lodge. I'd love to go back some day... it was just a wonderful adventure.


New toys!

Friday was a great mail day... I got some new toys!

First, much anticipated and long awaited and wanted...

New iPhone 4S
I was finally able to make the switch to the iPhone! It wasn't available with Verizon the last time my contract was up for renewal, and after it came out I didn't want to buy one until I could get my renewal discount. And the time finally came! (And worth the wait since I get the newer version :) of course now that I have it, iPhone 5 will be out in like a month. lol.) It was past time... my old Palm wouldn't hold a charge nearly as long as it used to and it was getting more annoying by the day. Plus, the keyboard is terrible and with longer fingernails I could barely type on it. Powering it down and activating the new phone was a VERY happy moment for me.

Of course, since I knew I was getting this, I'd been doing a little poking around the web and saving ideas on Pinterest for a fun phone case. I wanted a felt one like I'd seen on Etsy, but without paying $50+ to buy one. So after work Friday, I just made my own!

Handmade Felt iPhone Camera Case
Naturally, it's turquoise and red... and my first foray into the world of the blanket stitch. lol. I didn't have a pattern so I was just kind of winging it, but it came out great (IMHO) and took less than 2 hours. Not too shabby!

Of course, the main reason I wanted the iPhone 4S was for the camera. I needed a new purse camera and this works perfectly (hence the "camera" case). Natural progression... iPhone + photo taking = Instagram!

I may be addicted... I had a little too much fun right after I got it installed. I started looking for things to take pictures of so I could experiment. A little snapshot of my African Safari album work in progress on my desk (which is now finished and drying).

Instagram - on my desk this week
And an Instagram of my other new goodie that came in the mail - washi tape for my Washi class at Studio Calico (not like I needed more... I won't divulge how many rolls I have. But at least I use it a lot!)

Instagram - new washi tapeFun!

Anyway,I'm gwenaval on Instagram (and twitter too) - I promise I'm exercising restraint and not posting pictures of every second of the day... lol. Just a little here and there, but I'm hoping this will help me have more details from my week for Project Life. And speaking of... as soon as my safari album dries and I can photograph it, last week's layout is next up on my project list. Somehow I think the iPhone will play a big role in this week's spread :)

Slip and slide!

I've got another fun digi layout today (that's 3 this week! Unprecedented. lol.) using a new FREE mini kit from Gennifer Bursett as part of a blog train going on today.

I used pictures of Adorable-Niece-Eraleigh and Adorable-Nephew-William from a few weekends ago when they were playing in the water at my parents' house.

The kit is called In the Garden and if you head over to Gennifer's blog, you can see more layouts and get a link to download it for free! Easy peasy :)

And hello... can you believe it's June?!? Wow, time is flying! But I'm excited because it means I'm just weeks away from seeing my family, and it also means two fun new classes starting today! I'm taking The Washi Workshop taught by Megan Hoeppner at Studio Calico as well as Pieces of Me from Maggie Holmes at Two Peas. Should be lots of fun! The first lesson in the washi class doesn't start until next week, but hopefully I can start the other one this weekend. Lots of playing ahead!