Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #221 - Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Hello there!  When I saw the challenge for this week, I thought of ALL of my beloved WVU football pictures.  Since I'm in the middle of February in my 2011 scrapbook, I don't have any football pics waiting to be scrapbooked.  I looked around in my scrapbook room and thought about an old scrapbook I made for my college years (pre-Cricut) and flipped through it.  I found the PERFECT page that needed a little Cricut inspiration/pizzazz!  I should have taken a before pic of this page because it really was pretty boring... but alas, here's the after:

I used Everyday Paper Dolls to create the little cheerleader.  I decorated her outfit with gold stickles and added a WV sticker to the front of the shell.  Before, the page just had the picture at the bottom centered and it was a very simple page - I think the cheerleader adds some "cheer" to the page.  

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Monday, July 21, 2014

2010 Favorite Scrapbook Layouts

Just a few of my favorite scrapbook layouts from my 2010 albums - I think I ended up with 2 books for the year!  Nice to have this year finished up and on the shelf! I really utilized a lot of the Project Life products for these layouts and am glad I was able to get so many pics on each page because I always have a hard time picking which ones I want to use!!  Also, I did an INSANE amount of traveling in 2010!!!!  Wasn't even aware of it until I started putting all of this together lol!

Love the fun colors in the title page!  My "full" year of living in Baton Rouge.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans!
Prime example of not being able to pick just a few pics!  Love all of these pics of Abbie and her 1st Egg Hunt.

Love this little insert that was the perfect size to capture the 8 left over pics I wanted to use without having to make another 12x12 layout
WVU Family!

Another fun page with bright/happy colors -- we got FRIED this day - talk about bright colors!
As mentioned in a few posts ago, LOVE the Project Life storage envelopes - this one has all my birthday cards in it.

This is the first card I ever made Adam!  It was for his birthday - I slid it down in a 5x7 size page protector. 
I like that I was able to incorporate some fun travel tags into this Project Life layout with Miss Abbie. 

I cut apart some zoo 12x12 paper to use in the pockets that I didn't want to put pics in

I made the alligator with one of my Cricut cartridges
My first trip home to Michigan with Adam!

Michael Buble concert in New Orleans - a Valentine's present to me from my future hubby

Quick work trip with a side trip off to see the falls! I cut the New York state shape out with the 50 State Cartridge
Hot Air Balloon Festival with my love in Baton Rouge

Visiting the state capital in Baton Rouge with my mom during her visit

Celebrating our baby boy's 1st birthday - complete with his own doggie birthday cake!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #219 - Day at the Beach

One of my biggest regrets (at the moment) is not finishing my European scrapbooks from the summer of 2008, when I spent 6 weeks in Italy, France and Ireland.  When I saw the weekly challenge on the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog this week, I immediately thought of these beach pics from my trip to Italy and got inspired to make a layout.  They aren't the fanciest pics but they bring back such fun memories of getting in the ROUGH waves at the beach at Cinque Terra.  The waves knocked us down like bowling pins!  

I used the "Life's a Beach" cartridge for the "Crave the Wave" cutout and also for the wave border.  I also like that I was able to get SO many pictures onto one 12x12 page.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wedding Card Preservation

It's been a year since our wedding and I'm still trying to figure out how I want to preserve some of our keepsakes, cards and mementos.  It's mind-blowing that we've already been married 13 months!  This past weekend I spent some time and finally tackled the stacks of wedding cards that have just been collecting dust in my scrapbook room and here's what I did... 

These are mostly the cards from the actual wedding - all of the shower cards, etc were already sorted out.

I utilized the 12x12 envelope pages from the Project Life collection - LOVE these - and sorted the cards into cards from the actual wedding day guests and cards from gifts that were mailed to us before/after the wedding. 

Voila!  The envelope seals nicely and the cards lay so flat in the envelope and are protected from dust, getting folded, etc.  Plus, there's a pocket on the front if you want to slide a 4x6 card in it to journal/label what's in the envelope.
Here's a side shot of my 3 envelopes.  I plan to add some more envelopes to this binder and make it more of the thicker items I want to keep from the wedding so I don't make the actual picture scrapbooks of the wedding/pre-wedding to thick. 
You can see in this view here there's a smaller size envelope in the front of the larger 12x12 ones - I put the cards Adam and I exchanged before the wedding in here just to keep them separate.
Love the end result!  This has been a great way for me to store cards, larger items and I can totally see using this for baby cards, etc in the coming years.  

What did you do with all your wedding cards?  Any fun ideas out there to share?

Monday, July 14, 2014

June Progress Toward Goals

Well, hello there!  Hubby and I are fresh off a beautiful vacation to the islands of Turks and Caicos and getting back into the swing of life.  I highly recommend it if you're looking for a quick, easy get-a-way!  We had a direct flight from Atlanta, perfection.  I'll share more in another blog post about our trip.  

Another month down!  Here's how I did:

1.  Only buy the absolute necessary toiletries/cosmetics/etc
This goal should really have been more about using up what I have but I haven't been purchasing items sooo I guess it's working?? I don't think I bought any cosmetic type products in June that I can recall?!  Maybe just some Neutrogena make-up remover cloths for the trip which I'm loving. 

This month I used up:
  • Sephora's brand lipstick in the shade "Star" S06.  I find a lot of the colors to be very similar but I like the way they wear - would repurchase the brand and probably this shade in the future.  
  • Stila eyeliner in Bluefin.  When I first started using this brand, I really liked it.  Mainly because they are roll-up eye liners.  I'm not so sure I'll continue to wear this liner though - doesn't seem to go on as easy as Urban Decay pencils, for example, and the color isn't as bold as I like.
  • Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara in Black - I thought this mascara was fine - no preference for it either way.  I got it for free in a Sephora gift set.  


 2.  No more magazine subscriptions (unless they are free).  My goal is to finish reading the backlog of magazines in the living room and then start on my actual book collection!  My goal is 1-2 books per month.  
I have a confession.  Or should I say... my name is Ashley and I have a confession.   I discovered Audible and I am in LOVE.  I didn't think I would be one to EVER like audio books but I had an offer for a free download and used it for the Fault in Our Stars.  I listened to the whole book basically in one day while scrapbooking, cleaning, getting ready, etc.  Obsessed with how easy it was to follow along, back up, etc.  Then, I went on to download Bossy Pants by Tiny Fey - hysterical!!!  And THEN, I discovered, I could download books for free with my local library card WHAT!!  So, I listened to Blue Skies by Robyn Carr.  I'm unstoppable now!  I will say, there are some downsides - to Audible, it's kinda pricey.  To the library downloads, very limited books that I actually want to spend the time listening too.  Still, a very awesome alternative to watching tv while scrapbooking, etc.  Plus, great option to have while flying so I don't get motion sickness from flying. 

So, that brings my total to 3 audiobooks, 3 traditional books and 7 magazines for the month.  Yes, still loving me some Mary Higgins Clark!  Where Are you Now? was one of the best ones yet. 


 3.  At least one blog entry a week.  
Hmmm I did 2 in May.. that's like half the goal??  I have so many great ideas for posts.. just need time!

4.  Use the elliptical that's literally just  accumulating spider webs in the basement -- get in 20-30 minutes a day on the elliptical and walk Henderson 1-2 times  a week.
January - 56.53 miles 
February - 64.57 miles 
March - 62.27 miles
April - 46.23 miles
May - 68.84 miles 
June - 61.61. miles
5.  Less eating out at work.  My goal is to only eat out 2-3 times a week.  
Feel like I'm doing okay with this one - wasn't too great the last 2 weeks with being out of town and not having groceries but I'm back on the bandwagon now!
 6.  Since I beat my scrapbook page goal for 2013, I think I am going to go with ... 300 pages for 2014.   
I completed 49 pages in June!  Even though it's July, I'm going to throw out there that I finally finished 2010!!! I'm up to February 2011 now -- 2011 is going to be a beast - moved, 2 significant deaths in the family, San Diego and NYC trips, lots of family trips to TN with pics, Michigan, two big family weddings, holidays and more!  Overwhelmed just thinking about it.  The next several weekends are booked so scrapbooking time will be limited too.
How's everyone's goals going?  On track?  Keeping yourselves motivated??