July 28, 2011

I haven't forgotten!

My apologies for neglecting my blog.  Between painting Nick's bedroom and working full-time for holiday relief, I haven't had much time to post.  But, I have had time to scrap a little bit!

I've been a scrapbooker for a long time.  I've seen trends come and go and then come back again. So, I very rarely get really excited about a new paper product line. And the same was true about Simple Stories.  I saw it on-line and thought "meh". Then a couple weeks ago, I stopped at my local scrapbook store, Paper Blossom and they had the Destinations line. I thought it might work with my Xcaret photos, so I picked some up.

Oh my goodness, I love it! As I've mentioned before, I'm a very slow scrapper. But, I managed to scrap these two layouts in two days.  And look how many photos are on these two pages...seventeen!!

All the papers and embellishments are so easy to work with. I cut out some elements from the journaling cards and was able to use the scraps in another way. The frugal scrapper in me LOVES that!

Papers- Simple Stories, Embellishments - Simple Stories, 7 Gypsies and Making Memories

Papers - Simple Stories, Bazzill Basics, Embellishments - Simple Stories, Bo Bunny, Tim Holtz, Stamps - Technique Tuesday,

Just click on the photos for a closer look.

Thanks for looking!


July 11, 2011

The Sea Turtles at Akumal Bay

I haven't made a page that I've loved so much for a very long time.  And I 'm pretty happy about that because this story was the highlight of our trip.  Usually, when I try to scrap pages that mean a lot to me, I struggle with the layout and the journaling and I'm never happy with the end result.  But this page was different. Everything just fell into place and I got it finished in just two or three hours.  Now, you speedy scrappers will gasp at that.  But, I am a very sllloooowww scrapper so getting a page done in that amount of time is a huge accomplishment!

I didn't take this photo, as we did not have an underwater camera with us, this day.  I *borrowed* it from the TripAdvisor photo gallery.  This particular turtle is living in Akumal Bay and this is exactly how I remember them.

Papers and embellishments are Bo Bunny, Rub-on is Fancy Pants, Pink Paislee alpha, painted in acrylic paint, journaling printed on transparency, jute detail

The journaling reads:
Just a short $12 taxi ride away from the resort is Akumal Bay.  This public beach is home to many loggerhead sea turltes.  We brought our own snorkel gear and set out to find some turtles.  It took us a while to see anything, but suddenly, there as a big sea turtle, right in front of us.  We were so close to it that we could see its' tongue grabbing the sea grass to chew on.  We floated and watched it for quite some time.  Then the turtle slowly swam up to the surface of the water, spit out a mouthful of water, took in a breath of air and then slowly swam back down to start eating again.  It was amazing! We found about a dozen turtles that afternoon.  Some were huge!! None of them seemed to be too concerned with us.  They just went about their business eating, swimming and getting some air.  What a spectacular way to spend the afternoon!

Thanks for looking!


July 5, 2011

Bikini Brigade

In honour of my baby girl getting her first summer job, I thought I'd post this layout of her.  Julia got a job at an ice cream shop making cones and sundaes.  She got the job on her own... not knowing someone who knew someone.  She brought in her resume and was hired.  I'm very proud of her.

Papers: Fancy Pants & Bazzill Basics, Rubons: Making Memories, Fancy Pants, Clear Embellishments and Stickers: Fancy Pants, Journaling Cards: Fancy Pants and Crate Paper, Ribbon: Basic Grey

This page is made with some more older stock mixed in with newer.  I've had that clear photo frame for a couple years.  I know I've said it before but this is why I love Fancy Pants supplies.  I've mixed four different releases on one page and it all works together.  LOVE that!

Thanks for looking!