May 4, 2015

Perks of visiting grandparents

Lots of pages to post, which I hoped to do for National Scrapbook Day last Saturday but the weather was too nice to stay indoors.
Authentique Genuine paper, K&Co. metal art flowers, October Afternoon rub-ons, Core'dinations card stock, and Jillibean Soup alphabet stickers.

American Crafts Shoreline papers, stickers, and card stock;  Eyelet Outlet sailboat brads; October Afternoon large alphas; Lilybee ABC stickers; Bela Blvd designer tape; Stampin' Up! washi tape; unknown sequins.

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April 22, 2015

Books to read and listen

Now that my nine-year-old needs to read 50 minutes every day, I find myself reading aloud with him more than reading by myself. Not that I have any problems rereading Harry Potter, especially now that he is on my favorite of the series, The Half-Blood Prince. But I'm not making much progress on The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, which I'm enjoying whenever I'm not too tired to read.

The major dent on my to-read pile is being made during my new hour-long commutes. I fell in love with narrated books, great company on the boring highway drives. I started with Marking Time by April White, which I already gushed about on my last book post. I've waded my way through classics like The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights by James Knowles (which I wouldn't have managed to read) and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (which I'm glad I didn't read until I was old enough to appreciate it). Interestingly, my desire to try Dickens was because I loved Artful by Peter Davis, a vampire-infested sequel to Oliver Twist.

The Sleeping Beauty by C.S. Evans was cute, but I still prefer the Disney version where the prince gets to earn his bride. I had heard so much about The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer that I was eager to read Cinder. It was fun and ingenious in its fairy tale adaptation, but I didn't feel compelled to devour the series in a single gulp. I might get back to it in the future. Today I started listening to Soulless by Gail Carriger, another book I've been meaning to read for years.

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April 12, 2015

Summer fun

I've been scrapbooking to get my mind off other things, but I feel I'm not making much of a cut on the backlog. But these pages do make me happy...




For this layout I used October Afternoon Boarding Pass papers and embellishments from OA Farmhouse flower stack and Sassafras Via Air Mail paper whimsies. I diecut the title with Stampin' Up! Little Letters thinlets. Other: WRMK floss, Bic Marker, and unknown buttons.

Papers for this second layout was from the Little Yellow Bicycle Splash collection. Letter stickers was from Echo Park Playground. Other: Ranger Glossy Accents; unknown buttons and embellishments.


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March 18, 2015

Light up the Night

Working with pictures of my late father-in-law is heartrending, no matter how many months have passed. For this layout I used papers and stickers from Pebbles' Family Ties collection.
Other: American Crafts glitter Thickers and layered flower; Cosmo Cricket chipboard alphabet; WRMK Sew Easy piercer and floss.

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February 28, 2015

All sorts of weddings

I meant to post this page for Valentine's Day, but never got around to doing it. Photos are from our celebration of my brother's domestic partnership signing.

From the January 2012 Card Kitchen kit: Jillibean Hearty Barley stickers; Soup Staples papers; Doodlebug buttons; and Maya Road chipboard and pins. Other: Colorbox chalk ink (Dark Brown), Martha Stewart ink, Ranger Glossy Accents, Signo white gel pen, and unknown card stock.

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February 12, 2015

New Year Reading

I finished V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton, but I have to say it was not one of my favorites. This novel didn't feel like it was about Kinsey, and she is the reason I keep reading through the series. I'll read W is for Wasted when I get it back from my mother-in-law, but I'm not as excited about the series as I was a few years ago.

I closed Mage Revealed by C.D. Coffelt thinking of The Empire Strikes Back, which is my go-to for good sequels. I loved Wilder Mage, but it took me a few chapters to get into the sequel, as I was uncertain about Bert. I'm glad I stuck to it. Character development is excellent all around, not just the ones I remembered fondly from the first book. I like where the plot is going and I can't wait for the next installment.

Anna Loan-Wilsey's A Sense of Entitlement is a great addition to the Hattie Davish series. I love how the setting descriptions in theses historical mysteries immerse me in the time period, and the characters are delightful. I hope there is another book on the way.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is a great sci-fi take on a shipwreck disaster. In some ways, it reminded me of Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher, and I loved both.

To round off the list, I've been binging on a time-travel series by April White. The historical detail is impressive, and I didn't think I would ever want to read another vampire book until I met Archer. I got Marking Time for free after it was mentioned on a newsletter I subscribe to, then bought the audiobook to distract me when I heard my daily commute would triple in length. I started listening to the narration, but got so immersed in the story I had to stay up late reading to make sure the characters got home safe. I bought Tempting Fate as soon as I finished the first book, and now that I devoured it, I'm starting Changing Nature.

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February 11, 2015

Rain drops and rubber boots

For this page, I used Cosmo Cricket Togetherness papers and chipboard stickers I've been hording for a long time:

Other: American Crafts Thickers alphabets (chipboard and vinyl); unknown cardstock and metallic rain drops. I didn't have two sets of matching blue alphabets, so I used a Bic marker to color a light pink chipboard set then covered it with glossy accents. It's hard to see the watercolor effect on the photo, but I loved the result.

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December 22, 2014

Fun with Dinda

This is the last layout I'll be sharing in 2014.
Bazzill Lujcy's Crab Shack paper; Echo Park About a boy paper; making Memories star brads; Clear Scraps paint splatter stencil; Ranger Texture paste (stained with Stampin' Up! inks); American Crafts card stock, foam Thickers, and buttons; Paper Trunk alphabet stickers; K&Co. chipboard word; and WRMK embroidery floss.

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December 18, 2014

Picture these cheeks

For this page, I used some Cosmo Cricket Pixie-Licious papers that have been in my stash for year.They matched the background of the school photos really well.
Other: Jillibean soup stickers, frames, and buttons; paper trunck alphabet; American Craft Thickers; Jenni Bowlin mini alphabet; and Lilybee ABC stickers.

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December 14, 2014

Reading layouts

These pages were made with Basic Grey Oxford papers and fabric bloomers:
Other: October Afternoon alphabet, Jenni Bowlin mini alphabet, Jillibean soup stickers, unknown buttons.

Other: Basi Grey junebug alphabet, Jillibean soup alphabet and stickers, Cosmo Cricket chipboard alphabet, Tim Holtz tiny Attacher, unknown embellishments.

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