Project Life September and Universal Orlando 2016

Friday, August 18, 2017

September ended up being several pages since we also took a big trip that month.

Left side: a little snack at Krispy Kreme, a Poses & Pottery event, and more healthy stuff.

Front and back of insert: our new bathtub, books, and relaxing.

Right side: Rhythm & Roots, surgeries, and a weekend trip to Gatlinburg.

We went to Universal Orlando for Joe's birthday and had a blast.

front and back of insert:

Right page:

I LOVE these Harry Potter stamps from Kelly Purkey!!

They are perfection!

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Disney Magic

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Paper Issues Facebook group had a "Scrap n Chat" event a couple weeks ago. We chatted, played Bingo, and had a scavenger hunt challenge. We had to use floral paper, 3 stickers, wood veneer, stars, a frame, polka dot paper, a sun, and a camera. I'm finding that I love to do these kinds of challenges... it makes me think outside the box and use products I wouldn't normally think of to use.

This was one of those magical moments at Disney - we got in early because of a backstage tour we were doing and a cast member offered us a ride on a vintage car. He took us up to Cinderella Castle and we took pictures and walked back down Main Street. We have never seen the park so empty so it was a great time for pictures!

I love stickers and used more than 3... and this camera flair fit the criteria for the challenge.

I reached into the vault and found some floral SoHo Garden paper that blended nicely with my Disney paper.

The sun was the only thing about this challenge that REALLY threw me off. I couldn't think of a single sun embellishment or anything that I had... but then I found this 3x4 cut apart card in my Disney stash and it was perfect!

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100 Days Project: Days 1-10

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I mentioned that I was participating in the Scrap Gals 100 Days Project and I have days 1-10 to show you now. I love how flexible this project is, and that I can spend a lot of time when I'm able to, and do quick things when I'm short on time. I'm posting most (maybe all) things on my Instagram and tagging them #EmilyConquersStampsAndInks

Day 1: I used these cute cactus stamps with Memento Dew Drops ink pads.

Day 2: I used some Ali Edwards stamps to make these simple embellishments for Project Life and other layouts. I used Stazon black ink and then cut them out. I didn't have enough ink on the top 2 stamps the first time, so I reinked and did them a second time. 

Day 3: This was Day 1 of Refresh, part of my Simple Scrapper membership. We were challenged to make a card for a loved one in 20 minutes with just the stuff on our desk. I had this colorful background leftover from a class Mom and I took at the Scrapbook Expo... so I grabbed some twin, a tag I've been saving for a long time, a polka dot embellishment a stamp, and 3 enamel dots. Quick and easy and under 20 minutes! 

Day 4: I stamped on a layout (I'll show it to you soon)

Day 5: I followed a Jennifer McGuire video to create a two color stamped background.

Day 6: I used distress oxide inks to create these two cards. They're actually watercolor cards from Michael's Recollection brand, but I figured distress inks would work too. They did!

This one got a little muddy - I'll keep practicing the rainbow color blending.

Day 7: I put distress inks on a craft mat, sprayed them with water, heat set it with my embossing gun, and then put a light coat of a distress ink on top. I spritzed that with water and blotted it with a paper towel.

 Day 8: I worked on creating a background from a stamp set.

Day 9: I got this "three way roses" stamp at the Scrapbook Expo as part of a class. I tried out a few combinations and hope to use these soon (probably with distress inks?)

Day 10: I don't use rubber stamps very often, so I guess I pressed too hard... someone suggested fussy cutting them out and using them as embellishments though. So smart!

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U R Bananas

Friday, August 11, 2017

Do you and your signifiant other have any cute inside jokes? Joe and I are silly and hide those Chiquita banana stickers EVERYWHERE - and you never know where you might find one. I loved documenting this little piece of "right now".

I used a banana sticker (of course) and a few little Amy Tangerine stickers for embellishment.

I love how this page turned out!

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Project Life July and August 2016

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Many moons ago, I decided to do July-December 2016 in the Project Life app. My plan was to get those printed from Persnickety Prints and then embellish them when they got here.

So far, it's gone pretty well. I wish there was a way to do a 2-page spread in the app and see both sides. Balance is more difficult to achieve without seeing both pages. Unfortunately, I'm finding that I'm not super interested in embellishing them once they are printed. Ha! Not sure if that is because I'm kind of OVER 2016 PL *or* if embellishing the pages just isn't fun. We shall see. I'm still loving the ability to slip these pages into the page protectors and have a 12x12 layout anywhere in my album.

July left side: visiting with family, a lunch date at McAlister's, an Asheville trip, and trying to get healthy.

July right side: a Knoxville Zoo trip and the Fun Fest balloon glow.

August had 3 pages. First one: a yoga challenge, Tupelo Honey, and my Curvy Yoga workshop.

Page 2: Lots of little stories, including a silly pic of me and my craft room makeover.

Page 3 is about a yoga retreat I attended. So fun!

Have you completed any pages in the PL App? Do you like it?

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April and May Book Report

Monday, August 7, 2017

I've been continuing to read this year and have a few more books to share with you! I was in a bit of  rut for a while...

The Special Power of Restoring Lost Things by Courtney Elizabeth Mauk - Is it bad that I truly can't remember anything about this book? Even the synopsis doesn't trigger much for me!

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel - Ugh. I liked it, and I didn't like it. The premise is cool - pieces of a large robot/human are found across the world and are joined together to try to figure out what it means. I just didn't love the characters.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch - crazy and good! A guy goes to another dimension and suddenly his life isn't his anymore. The book is about him getting his life back.

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg - easy, fun, beach read. Because you need that every now and then.

Deep Dark Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Hector Tobar - Good story. I haven't read many memoirs (or whatever you might call this) so it was interesting. I CANNOT imagine being down in a mine for that many days!!

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett - I think this book could have been a lot shorter and still got the point across. I did like the character development though.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance - Again, I liked it and I didn't like it. Being from Appalachia, I don't like being characterized as being ignorant and uneducated. We aren't all like that. That being said, I know many people that fit right into this book.

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue - I should have put this down. It had great reviews though!

Have you read anything good lately?

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Oh Happy Day Stampin' Up Card Kit

Friday, August 4, 2017

Mom and I recently went to the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Duluth, Georgia. We had fun taking a Disney class and an advanced layered background class. Of course we shopped at the Expo and at a local Hobby Lobby and Michael's.

Gorgeous sky one evening.

I ordered the Oh Happy Day card kit and a stamp set from Stampin' Up and it arrived shortly after we returned home. It has everything you need (except for adhesive) to make 20 cards.

I took the kit and some adhesive with me when Joe and I went camping last weekend. I quickly put a few cards together while we were hanging out on a rainy afternoon.


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