So it was brought to my attention that I didn't exactly get everything shared that I intended to last week. (My husband kind of enjoys reading my blog daily and apparently I've let him down...sorry honey!) :)
Wednesday was my hubby's birthday...
What he wanted for his birthday was a little get together with some of his friends to do a "football draft". I will admit: I know next to nothing about football or the little fantasy football thing they do every fall but that's okay. They enjoy it. They're like a bunch of overgrown little boys when it comes to this stuff. It's kind of funny to watch them. Anyhoo, I volunteered to make the appetizers and food for their party so I spent a lot of Wednesday cooking + baking, all Chad's favorites (BBQ Meatballs, Homemade Salsa + Tortilla Roll-ups and Homemade Brownies). They had a good time and the next morning he told me "thank you" and it was a great birthday which made me feel really good. :) He's a booger to buy gifts for so it's always more rewarding to be able to do something like this for him.
Then I'm not exactly sure what happened. I did finish a layout (see below) but then I kind of avoided my studio and read and cleaned out kid's closets and bedrooms, Payton had a friend over for a sleepover Friday after school until Saturday and Chad was gone Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning and that's about it, I guess.
So I'm back in my studio today working on some fun CK KOTM samples that I hope to share in a couple of days. :)
I haven't gotten a photo of Payton with her newly sewn purse yet so I will get a photo when she gets home from school and share later on...
Meanwhile, here is that layout that has been sitting on my work desk for about a month. I finally finished it up last Thursday. I reworked quite a bit of it and I think I'm happy with the results. :)
This layout has a lot of stuff I love: mixing and matching different product lines, buttons, scalloped borders, string and polka dots. :) I love pulling lots of different elements together.
Here's a close up of the buttons. I went back and forth trying to decide whether or not to implement some pink buttons but ultimately decided that I liked the "tone-on-tone look". I also hadn't used any of these MM metal file tabs, even though I've had them forever. I tied a bit of string around it and really like how that looks. Almost embarrassingly simple but I like it nonetheless!
And of course the scalloped and layered border...I haven't tired of this look yet. I layered a Bazzill scallop strip that I ran through the Cuttlebug embossing folder with some 7Gypsies gaffer tape and MM tape and some string.
Patterned Papers: Bo Bunny (kraft polka dot); Making Memories (pink/black polka dot)
Decorative Tapes: 7Gypsies Gaffer Tape (black/white polka dot); Making Memories (pink and kraft wide tape)
Journaler's Notebook Page & Epoxy Photo Corners: Narratives
Rub-on: My Mind's Eye
Silhouette Words: Heidi Swapp
Flowers, Brads, Buttons: Making Memories
Cuttlebug Embossing Border Just My Type
The Story Word-Art + Hand Drawn Brushes by Ali Edwards for Designer Digitals
In Living Color Pea-Actions by Veronica Ponce for 2Peas
Other: String, Staples
The rules for the award are - (1) The winner can put the logo on their blog. (2) Link the person you received your award from. (3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs. (4) Put links of those on yours. (5) Leave a message on the blogs of the girls or boys you’ve nominated.
I don't have near as much time as I would like to peruse blogs but these are the blogs that I do check out almost daily. (And, yes, they are many of the same blogs that I've already seen nominated...so that must mean they are worth checking out, right? ;))
Jennifer McGuire: Because she is simply amazing, has the BEST scrap videos and is a wonderful person and friend.
Laura Vegas: I LOVE her scrap style and she is so fun!
Robyn Werlich: Hands down, this girl is my FAVORITE scrapbooker...her work always, always inspires me. :)
Jana Millen: Her cards make me smile (and she posts a new one almost every single day!!!!). Can't wait to meet you!!!!
Sherelle Christensen: She is a superwoman. Seriously. I always leave her blog feeling inspired: whether it's to scrapbook, take better photos, bake something yummy or just be a better mom...Sherelle you rock!
Keisha Campbell: I love the simplicity of her style yet she always throws in the coolest techniques and product combos. Eye candy for sure!
Karen Russell: Her journaling is so real. She makes me want to do better with my own journaling. And of course her scrap style and products are amazing.