Felipa & Enoch

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Grandparents have the best names. Or at least mine do! I love how different they are, how they aren't current or trendy. On my mom's side, her dad is Enoch and her mama is Felipa, neither traditional and both interesting. I wanted to make sure to document them on this page. 
I also just really wanted to document these photos! Like I mentioned in the journaling, this may be the only photo I have with both of them.

Another non-traditional thing about my grandparents? They got divorced in the 70's when my mom was still a little girl. Way back before all of the crazy divorce statistics ramped up. Absolutely no bragging on that fact, just some sharing. And some context as to why this is such an epic photo of the 3 of us.
I also thinks its funny how tiny they are and how huge I look next to them. I'm wearing heels here. But even without them I'm still taller than my wee grandpa. (I get my height from my Dad's side of the family)
Diana blogged about the page design, which is a lift from a Scrapbook Circle subber. You can read more about it on the Scrapbook Circle blog.

cheers & besos,

Triangles Trend

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I had so much fun with this page. It's a pretty flat page which I'm not use to doing, but still fun. Lots going on…it's like a circus! Anyway, I blogged about it a bit more over on the Scrapbook Circle blog. Head on over there to find out more if you're so inclined.

cheers & besos,


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hi there! I'm home!!! I don't think I've been this excited to be done with traveling. It was just too much, in too short a time frame. Lesson learned. But I'm home now and was pretty much over the jet lag as soon as I got back. Huzzah!

I haven't scrapbooked anything all month. But I have such a back log of projects, there's still plenty of blogging to be done. Here's a page I made a few months back, it was for a prompt from the Studio Calico Bright Ideas class, taught by the lovely Nicole Samuels (she has a Creative Live class coming up you might want to check out. Nicole's a great teacher!)
In my Start Fresh workbook, I keep a list of stories I want to tell. Urijah's list has had this idea for awhile now. It's the story of his name and its pronunciation. I realized a few years ago that he has 3 J's in his name, and they're all pronounced differently!

I thought the Monogram prompt from the Bright Ideas class was the perfect prompt for a story about his name. I used a Simple Scrapper sketch for the page design.
I love these photos of him. They were just cute and colorful. He's the snazziest lil dresser. And clothes where I get a lot of my color inspiration when it comes to page design.

The red popped so well and I knew I wanted to use it on the page. I also knew it wold be hard to directly color match the specific shade. When that happens, I tend to use a lot of the same shade of color so inevitably somewhere in there, your eyes will think that it matches. That stripe down the side is washi tape from an old Studio Calico kit.

cheers & besos,

U & Papa

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hiya! At this point, I'm nearly done with my crazy busy work trip. 7 nights in 5 cities, it's a lot of movement! I love it, it makes things interesting. It also means I have a decent amount of quiet time as I'm sitting on a plane or a train. And of course, it means I'm not sitting in the same meeting room for days on end. Hopefully I'm updating my instagram (I made sure all of my hotels had free wifi!) and you're seeing some fun pictures. 

So enough of my chatting at you from the past, let's talk about the present. I'm sharing one of my latest Scrapbook Circle kit pages. This was made with On this Day, a kit chalk full of goodness…and specifically some great oranges. Arguably, orange may be my 2nd favorite color after yellow. It's just so robust! 

The kit had a ton of it, so Tessa challenged me and Valerie to incorporate orange into our pages. Here's Valerie's take on it. I love those leaves!!! And below is my layout using orange.
I paired it with blue. Lots of different shades of blue, teals and baby blue and even some denim. The colors just worked so perfectly with these cute photos of my brother and my nephew. There wasn't any great or meaningful story behind these, just the two of them together. And that was enough for me!
I went with a banner look and adhered everything along an invisible line, 1/3 of the way down the page. It meant grabbing printed die cuts and paper scraps, stickers and chipboard. And of course I couldn't resist the cork piece! This is one of my favorite designs because it means I can incorporate lots of little odds and ends.
Tessa blogged more about this on the Scrapbook Circle blog. Hop on over there to read a bit more.

cheers & besos,

Family Everyday

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I made this page back in August, but am only just now getting around to sharing it with you!! It was one of the 5 pages I did in the morning before Lauren's birthday party (see the rest of them here).
We did a potluck for friend's Christmas last year and I got to snap photos of everyone. These were absolutely some of my favorites. The lighting was perfect, the subjects were cute, their clothes were fun colors. Sigh…yes everything just jelled. To highlight the series, I made a quick photo collage in PSE.
The embellishing ended up being super simple. Just a banner across, cut with my Papertrey Ink banner builder dies, some twine, a die cut and some Thickers. Viola!

cheers & besos,


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hiya! Oh man these last few weeks have been so hectic and crazy. DC then Palm Springs and now I'm getting ready to leave for the UK for a week. I love traveling! I do. But damn it if it doesn't become tiring. And I ate some bad scallops in Palm Springs so I have that fun twist on this upcoming 9 hour flight! I'll survive, not to worry. 

But it has also meant that I've been really bad about updating here! I so sorry. Here's a page I made using last month's Scrapbook Circle kit. I wrote a post about it over on the blog. I shared a quick and simple technique that will add subtle texture and dimension to your pages.

I'm scheduling a few posts for when I'm gone, so this place won't be filled with tumbleweeds. Thanks y'all for stopping by!

cheers & besos,

Lately Mac

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The latest Scrapbook Circle kit is out! I didn't have much time to work my magic with it but I ended up with 4 pages that I really loved! 

Here's a page I made just for fun using this month's cut files. I loved the Elle's Studio cork patterned paper. And when I saw the Echo Park sticker sheet and those great push pin stickers, I knew instantly how I wanted this page to turn out. I made it look like a cork board!
Look at Ms. Mac laying their like a little Queen of Sheba. This could not have been comfortable for her, she was halfway lying on the wall and on the floor. But she just looked so cute I had to snap some photos.

These were pretty generic photos that I paired with a story of her right now. Lately this tiny monster has been keeping me up at night. Meowing and wanting to play at 2 am! I wanted to be sure to remember this phase (God I hope!).
The cut files and the 6x6 paper pad from the (so sorry already sold out!) add-on kit did all of the work for me. It was just a matter of a few bits of embellishing and adding the journaling.
I have 3 more pages to share with you. I'm also working on a a post about what it's like to work with Scrapbook Circle and a little bit more about the challenges we post on the blog. So be sure to check back for more of that later this month!

cheers & besos,