Friday, January 14, 2011

Simple Scrapper: January

To say this week has been difficult would be an is shaping up to be a day unlike the rest. I'm taking the opportunity to change my thoughts and make this a good ending to a very long week. I have a lot to get accomplished today and I'd like to try and squeeze in some crafty time. One thing I love about my style is that I stay simple in my designs and executions. Don't get me wrong- I love looking at super layered, difficult layouts with tons of embellishments. Love them. But it's just not me. Simple is organic and natural to me.

This is my first project reveal with Simple Scrapper and I'm happy to share a project and two layouts designed with the instructions and template/sketch provided in this month's Simple Pages/Simple Projects package.

Class/Instructions: Simple Scrapper, Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Embellishments: Cosmo Cricket, Mist: Tattered Angels.

Sketch/Template: Simple Scrapper, Cardstock: Recollections, Paper: Pink Paislee, Alpha: Making Memories.

Sketch/Template: Simple Scrapper, Cardstock: Recollections, Paper: My Minds Eye, Alpha: Jillibean Soup, Embellishments: Making Memories, My Minds Eye

What do you do to keep it simple in your life or your craft?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hotel Room Views

Maybe it is all of the snow or maybe a longing to travel again, but I've been reminiscing about my trip to Bolivia. These pictures stood out to me this week. It was wonderful having such amazing views from each of my hotel rooms.

I have most of my amazing Lily Bee filled kit from My Scrapbook Nook left as the fall semester did not allow for much creative time. I love having a chance to craft again during the week. Not having to commute 2 hours each day is awesome!

Happy Thursday!!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

You and Me Always

These pictures were taken at Thanksgiving and I've been waiting to scrap them. I have also been waiting to use the fabulous Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 again. They were a perfect match! I wanted to use the blue tones and black and accented it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.

The journaling expresses how I'm feeling right now. In just a few short months I'll be married. I'm so ready to be with Ryan everyday and to start our life together. I have no idea what the future holds, but I'm very much looking forward to spending it with him!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Such Joy

The week after Christmas I was able to spend time with my dearest friend Allison and her little family. Luke is growing so fast and I wish I lived closer, but it was wonderful spending time with him and being with such a close friend.

Supplies: Recollections cardstock, October Afternoon and Pink Paislee papers, Making Memories stickers, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, buttons.

I love how expressive his little face is and I wanted the pictures to stand mostly on their own. This is my first 8.5x11 horizontal layout, what do you think? What do you do to switch things up with your crafting?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A calendar and some very exciting news!

My dear friend Allison loves owls. When I saw the free downloadable calendar atMy Owl Barn, I knew what I was giving her for Christmas! I created this calendar with the fabulous owl images- I hope she enjoys it this year!

My happy news is that I will be joining the Simple Scrapper Design Team through July 2011. Simple Scrapper provides tips, inspiration, and ideas for busy memory keepers. Look for more information and projects soon!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Brand New Ending

The first AAM challenge of the New Year is to use the following quote as inspiration:

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, Anyone can start now and make a brand new ending."

I reflected on my goal to be healthy and get in shape and how I faltered towards the end of the year. My layout and journaling reflect my determination to make a commitment to a new ending!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year and One Little Word

I rang in 2011 with friends and a rousing game of Trivial Pursuit. It was really nice to share the new year with friends in a calm and quiet fashion. Yesterday I received happy hews from Cameroon- my brother has been approved to take leave from the Peace Corps to come home for 3 weeks in May!!! He's going to be at my wedding and I'm thrilled.

When I chose my One Little Word for 2011 I thought it would be relevant in many meanings of the word, but as I read the definition, I was struck by how true this word will be for me in 2011.

verb, moved, mov·ing, noun

–verb (used without object) pass from one place or position to another. go from one place of residence to another: They moved from Tennessee to Texas. advance or progress: The red racing car moved into the lead. have a regular motion, as an implement or a machine; turn; revolve. sell or be sold: That new model is moving well. start off or leave: It's time to be moving. transfer a piece in a game, as chess or checkers.
8.(of the bowels) to discharge or eject the feces; evacuate. be active in a particular sphere: to move in musical society. take action; proceed. make a formal request, application, or proposal: to move for a new trial.

–verb (used with object) change from one place or position to another. set or keep in motion. prompt, actuate, or impel to some action: What moved you to do this? arouse or excite the feelings or passions of; affect with emotion (usually fol. by to ): to move someone to anger. affect with tender or compassionate emotion; touch: The tale of tragedy moved her. transfer (a piece in a game) from one position to another. dispose of (goods) by sale. cause (the bowels) to discharge or eject the feces. propose formally, as to a court or judge, or for consideration by a deliberative assembly. submit a formal request or proposal to (a court, a sovereign, etc.).

–noun act or instance of moving; movement.
23.a change of location or residence. action toward an objective or goal; step: a move toward a higher tax.
25.(in chess, checkers, etc.) a player's right or turn to make a play.
26.a play or maneuver, as in a game or sport.

—Verb phrases
27.move in, to begin to occupy a place in which to live or work.
28.move in on, Informal . approach or make advances toward usurping another's success, authority, position, or the like. take aggressive steps to control or possess: The company has not yet moved in on the consumer market.
29.move on, to approach or attack as a military target: The army is moving on the capital itself.
30.move out, to leave a place in order to start or continue a planned march, maneuver, journey, etc.: The troops will move out of the encampment at dawn.
31.move over, to change or cause to change to another position, esp. to make room for another: to make space by moving over.
32.move up, to advance to a higher level.

33.get a move on, Informal . begin; act: We'd better get a move on before it rains. hurry; hasten.
34.make one's move, Informal . to act, esp. to assert oneself at an opportune time.
35.on the move,
a.busy; active: on the move from morning till night.
b.going from place to place: Infantry units have been on the move all day.
c.advancing; progressing: an industry on the move.
36.put moves on, Slang . to make sexual advances toward. Also, make a move on.

I've started an ATC album to keep the parts of the definition that are relevant to my life. As something comes up this year I will journal about it on the back of my ATC card and add it to the album.

Here is my cover:

The first meaning of move I will focus on it 2011 is: an act or instance of moving; movement. I want to move more. I miss dancing and being fit and I vow in 2011 to move more often. So far so good- I've started doing Zumba and I LOVE it! Unlike other workout DVD's I have tried- this one is fun and doesn't seem like work!

What do you hope for in 2011?