Sunday, November 27, 2011

In The News

Hey There!

Today I wanted to pop in and share two layouts I just finished.

{AMERICANS ONLINE}
The night the news broke about the death of Osama Bin Laden I hopped online and I was not so surprised that Twitter was blowing up reacting to the news. Twitter has become somewhat of a pop culture thermometer to me. People log in and say whatever is on their mind right then. Sometimes that's good, sometimes that's bad. I decided to screen capture part of my Twitter feed from that night to document some of the things people were saying. Some Tweets were serious, some were snarky, and some were-in my opinion, a little inappropriate. No matter what I thought about it, it's a part of my life right now, so it deserved a place in my scrapbook. I have layouts like this before. They're less about a specific event and more about my world's reaction to it, and technology.. I made a pocket behind the teal cardstock to stick a copy of The President's remarks on the event. I thought they were worth documenting as well.


{FESTIVAL WEEKEND}
Sometimes I miss working in the theatre so much. This was one of those weekends. the local theatre here, Actors Theatre holds an annual new plays festival called the Humana Festival. It's right up there as one of the top reasons I LOVE living in Louisville. If you are a theater lover at all, you need to come see some of the productions during this festival! This year I saw almost all of the 10 productions. It was so much fun! I used this page to document some of the shows I saw and the friends I saw them with. Almost all the products are old Basic Grey with a few Thickers thrown in for good measure.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a fun, relaxing Sunday! 

Michelle

Monday, November 14, 2011

Oh Las Vegas...You Are SO Over The Top!

Happy Thanksgiving! I am home from a long, but very fun day in the 'Nati with my family. I ate more than my share of stuffing, cranberries and pie. I love pie and any holiday that involves pie.....especially when Grandma is on the job! I am a lucky girl, I have the best family and getting to see them makes me really really grateful.

Did any of you do Black Friday shopping? I did stop in to Michael's on my way back to Louisville (I mean, it WAS on the way after all....) and picked up a few things with my coupons. A few things I am really excited to use and I'll share more on that soon. I also want o share a few ideas for Christmas gifts and a few projects I just finished. I have a lot of ideas in my little head. Tonight I wanted to share a few pictures from a weekend trip to Las Vegas I took last month.

 Man, I am not nearly cool enough for that town. I think I am pretty much the worst gambler in the world, and.....I was in my hotel by 12:30 almost every night. Lame. 

However, I did get a bunch of cheesy, touristy pictures......





And drank a LOT of oversized rum drinks.....
And tried an oxygen bar......

And saw the worlds worst Michael Jackson impersonator...

And walked through a LOT of sparkly/busy/gawdy casinos.

 In all seriousness The Cosmopolitan might be my new favorite building EVER. It is Gorgeous!






Ummmm, I want this rug.
And this was all around the outside. So clever!

We took a side trip to the Grand Canyon......

And walked out onto the skywalk....

And took some Brian Walker inspired self portraits....

And went to an 'Old West' town to throw tomahawks

And shoot each other with fake guns


Back in Vegas we celebrated my brother in laws 40th birthday!
And went to an ENTIRE CASINO filled with haunted attractions. That was the best!

It was a really fun weekend. No one got hitched, got a tattoo or got arrested. But, we did laugh A LOT, and walked even more. I don't know if I would ever go back, but I am so glad to cross this glittery city off of my 'cities to see' list.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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Florida Or Bust

Hello there! 

Are you done with your holiday shopping yet? I thought I was....but, no. My problem is I have zero patience when it comes to driving, circling for a parking space and waiting in long lines with tired people....ugh. I tried really hard this year to do all either handmade or small business gifts. It took some hunting and pecking, mostly online. I am working on a post of gift ideas I found here and there that might interest you!

Today I wanted to share a mini album I finished last week. Most of the pieces are from the Almanac Add On kit from Studio Calico. The mini book is a DayBook from American Crafts, included in the kit. It's really cute alone, because it's filled with different sizes and colors, papers and envelopes. It looks like a lot of found item books I've seen people making-without all the work! The size and number of pages were also great. I actually pulled one page out, because there were so many! I hear they are going to release more styles of this journal, I look forward to kepping my hands on them. The pictures are from my trip over Memorial Day weekend to visit my good friend Nathan in Florida. I love that kid, we always have the most fun when we're together-even when doing nothing at all. And, it's Florida, so I got lots of beach time, that's good for your spirit. What I wouldn't pay to get back to Florida ASAP, but I'm getting off track. 

{THE COVER}

I had some painters tape left over from painting my condo, so I tried to create a stripe pattern using my Mr. Huey's. It was half successful, I think. I laid the vertical stripes down then sprayed with Sunshine, let that dry, then laid horizontal stripes and sprayed with Piglet. I want to try this technique again on a larger piece of cardstock, and maybe using paint, too.

{THE INSIDES}








hahaaaa...these pictures make me laugh out loud. n the left, Nathan is reliving a scene in a movie where 'Hummels Attack'. One the right is a book- 'If You Can't Stand To Cook-cooking for the handicapped'. haha!!
The flashcards to the left are from Elle's Studio.

OK. So I saw this layout from Dear Lizzy and I thought 'what a cool way to include the beach with your beach photos! I took a page protector, cut down to about 3' x 4', and sewed most of it to the page. I used a teeny tiny funnel to get the sand and the shell in there, then finished the stitching. I love how the shell peeks out the space I punched out of the back! I think this would be a cool way to include: pressed flowers, confetti, coins from vacation, lots of stuff!



Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my book. As always, if you have any questions on how I made anything, leave me a comment!

Later,
Michelle