28 Days of Love... quick update

So I'm trying not to get a full 14 days behind this time... lol. So I did a few more pages in my album. I also realized that I skipped a layout last week.

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There weren't any Bright Ideas class challenges on these pages, so just 28 Days challenges. Left was someone I didn't know 10 years ago (photo and journaling on a tag that pulls out of the pocket) and on the right was something I do every day (I picked "go to work" which I'm sure seems weird, but it's totally true!)

Now for the 4 catch-up pages (I'm still a few behind, but it's better than nothing!)

Days 15-16:

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On the left, the prompt was someone I spend time with - I picked my nieces. They're hysterical and so fun. For the Bright Ideas challenge, it was to create texture - I used gold mica paste and modeling paste with a mask to add a little texture to the background, plus used the sketch from the challenge.

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The right side was "my favorite color" (turquoise / sapphire / peacock blue) so I used a picture showing how often I use it in my house. The Bright Ideas challenge was around using grids.

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Then days 17-18:

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The left was "something I listen to" and for the Bright Ideas challenge, I used a mask and the same stamp repeated over and over. I really like the effect - I'll have to do that again! The right side was "I love happy mail" so I used a photo of the stack of boxes that came from UPS after they were able to get back through after the blizzard (3 of those were household items from Amazon. Not really too fun, but after a blizzard it was all exciting!) The Bright Ideas challenge was to use a large photo (on a 4x4 page that wasn't hard) and I used the class sketch.

And meanwhile... it's been a crazy-busy week at work. We've been in scrum training all week. While I've done it before at previous jobs, it's brand new to most everyone else I work with. The trainer we brought in was very good and this was a lot more fun than what I've done before, I also learned a lot - filled in a few holes. We got to play with Legos a lot to practice the sprint process. Eventually, we built an entire Lego Skate Park. It was lots of fun.

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Last night we went to BAR in New Haven for a group dinner - yummy salad and pizza and just a fun evening hanging out. Tonight after we finished training, our little team went to this awesome Indian restaurant that's just a few blocks from my house (Darbar). I've wanted to go for a while and I'm glad we did - it was delicious!

I had chicken Korma - medium spice. It was very good...

Darbar - Chicken Korma
Of course, Ryan decided he wanted to go spicy, so he ordered the Chicken Vindaloo Spicy - the server was like, that's very hot. Are you sure? And he was. So I had my camera ready for his first taste...

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(I really enjoy that Ryan hams it up for the camera.)

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He was so disappointed... he even felt a little jipped... it wasn't that spicy! We all tried it, and I don't think it was any spicier than mine. But we all loved our food and had a good time. It was nice to unwind after 3 straight days of intense training. I'm looking forward to getting back to normal tomorrow :)


In honor of Valentine's Day...

I thought I'd post the first half of my album for Alissa's 28 Days of Love challenge. You know, since we're half-way through the month and I haven't posted a single thing. Doh.

So, here's the album - I ended up getting this awesome 4"x4" acrylic album by Jamaica Makes with "love" engraved on the front. I thought it would be perfect for this project, and I liked the idea of the small size. Less intimidating!

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It's total coincidence that my title page shows through the back with perfect spacing like that. But I'm thrilled that it did!

IMG_1085I'm also taking the Bright Ideas class at Studio Calico this month, and totally loving it. I decided to use the challenges to help me do the pages for this album, and it's really been great to inspire me. Otherwise I'm sure I'd still be looking at an empty album. lol.

So above, days 1 and 2, and the challenges were left: I love someplace I stood / using map products on the layout, and right: I love technology / making your own polka dots.

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Day 3: I made this one up since I haven't been texting anyone lately, and the Bright Ideas challenge was an ad inspiration layout. Day 4: I love someplace I go / color pop.

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Day 5: I love someone I take pictures of / stitched title and day 6: I love something I drink (Turkish apple tea!) / multi-tasking page elements (journaling text within a shape as a page accent).

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Day 9: I love someone far away / using only washi tape for pattern and day 10: I love something new / string art (I based this off an inspiration piece on Pinterest that I've had pinned forever that I just love. It was fun!)

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The above two days didn't have Bright Ideas challenges - we only get those on weekdays so there aren't enough to do them every day, so I skipped them on these. Day 11: I love where I eat dinner (changed it from lunch) and day 12: I love something old (my antique piano that I learned to play on and have since hauled around the country and still play pretty regularly.)

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And finally, yesterday's prompt was I love someone I work with - I don't have pictures of everyone, but this one from a night out a few months ago is still a favorite. No Bright Ideas challenge for that one, but for today's prompt - I love my valentine(s), the challenge was to do a watercolor resist with letters or words.

So that's it! Now that I'm caught up, I'm sure I'll fall behind again starting tomorrow. lol.

And before I go, a few photos from last weekend's blizzard...

Bilzzard Charlotte - Find the cars
Spot the cars! It was about 30" - up to mid-thigh on me, drifted higher in places. Not fun to shovel. 3.5 hours of shoveling later (plus what my downstairs neighbor did) and it looked like this:

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Then it rained all day Monday making the roads even more of a mess, so I didn't go back into work until Tuesday. And this is what it looked like as I walked in (after it shrunk from the rain).

Blizzard Charlotte - Work piles
My parking area at the house is a mud pit - I need to try and dig out the other gravel spot so we all have room. And, it's supposed to snow again this weekend. Please no... there's no place to put it! lol.