Reads January 2017

I have not done blog-clean up in awhile and I realized my “reads” tab has been sorely neglected since I’ve started using Goodreads to track my read & want to read lists !  Last year I took the Goodreads challenge and my goal was to read 25 books this year.  According to Goodreads, I read 24 but I am reasonably confident that it was more than that and some quick library book reads did not make it on my list!  This year, my goal is again to read 25 and I’m sure I’ll read more than that.  I am also a heavy magazine, blog and real paper newspaper reader so there is never a lack of reading material around here.

Here is what I’m reading right now

 

 

225x225bbFiction:  Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (part of the Vampire Chronicles)  I now it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but BOY can Anne Rice write a story!  It’s been awhile since I’ve read one of the Vampire books I’ve forgotten how much I love them and how easy it is to sink. in.  Want to go back and read them all again…

225x225bb-2Non Fiction:  The Creative Habit / Twyla Tharpe   Super enjoying this, savoring it… I danced for a number of years as an adult so I love learning more about how things are choreographed, and her process.  Hoping some ideas rub off 😉
61vrrzxqk5l-_sx355_bo1204203200_Design:  Textile Designs:  Two Hundred Years of European & American Patterns Organized by motif, style, color, layout and period.   My undergrad degree is in Apparel Design & Textils and my MA is in Interior Design so I totally geek out over books like this!!  So much good stuff!
Love having more than one book going but they have to be very different topics, or fiction/non-fiction/art.   Looking forward to more good finds in 2017!  You can follow me on Goodreads with the button in the sidebar.   What’s on your nightstand??
Happy New Year!

Printing it out

I got a wonderful package to open BEFORE Christmas… yep, Christmas came early…

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57 layouts that I had printed through Persnickety Prints.  I love their quality and their customer service.  A few times a year, they sell print credits for different sizes so I can print a 12×12 layout for half price.  The credits are perfect because they never expire, they just sit in your account until you are ready to order so…In keeping with my “print it out” mantra, I went into my files and discovered that there were layouts from 2015 that were waiting to be printed (!) no time like the present so I uploaded everything and off they went to the printers.  A week or so later, back came a lovely stack of layouts…and of course there they sat in my studio for two weeks until I finally got a moment to open them…

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Yay for printed out layouts!  I’m so happy with how they all came out.  Now, the next thing?  Getting them all in an album….The thing after that?  Re-organizing my albums by year…because they are all completely random…half a dozen+albums crammed full of randomly filed layouts.  Put it on the to-do list for 2017!

On to more post-Christmas fun!!  Happy Wednesday everyone!

 

 

Memory keeping: December Daily – Day 6

Happy Friday…again!!  Banner morning for making stuff, cleaning up and doing laundry (I guess that’s what happens when you get up at 4:30 am!  I’ll be napping soon….)  The story of the 6th is the story of an early Christmas present for Charlie !!   I’m trying to catch up and keep things simple so here we go….

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Double spread today, you get my messy desk and attempts at caffeination as a bonus!

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Left side close up…That card was perfect!  mixing elements from Ali’s main kit and the Authentique Classic Christmas line… I inked the back of the circle from the 5th green and added paper and a sticker, see through snowflakes from the 5th and made up a card and the santa head from Ali’s shop

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Right side close up… Charlie enjoying his early Christmas gift!  I used the overlay on top of the photo and changed the color to better coordinate w the layout, added a sticker from Authentique sheet.  Journaling on a card I made up from Ali’s 4×6 Templates vol. 3, changed the color to coordinate w the layout, typed up the journaling, printed it out on yardstick I’d trimmed to 4×6 before running thru printer… added sticker tag w some bakers twine… Done!

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Here’s how the see-through elements from day 5 worked with the day 6 layout… I think they work together pretty well!     OK off to get ready for work and do more laundry!  Catching up slowly but surely!

Happy weekending!

 

December Daily is a memory keeping project by Ali Edwards, click on the link for more information from her website.

Happy December Documenting everyone!

 

Memory Keeping:: Layout Share

Happy Friday everyone!

A quick departure from December Daily shares for… a Christmas layout!    Because as I look out my window right now, it looks a lot like the photo below…but 40 degrees colder!    Kit and template are from Joy to the World Bundle (buy the bundle, get the templates and the kit yippee!)  by Little Feet Digital Designs.

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I wonder what the weather gods will bring for us this year?!  Santa, can we have enough snow to look pretty but not enough to really have to work hard at shoveling?!

Happy weekend crafting!!!

 

 

Memory keeping: December Daily – Day 5

Well it’s now the 8th and I’m a few days behind on DD….honestly I am not sure what happened and why it’s Thursday because wasn’t it just Tuesday???  Yikes…better start Christmas shopping or it will be xmas eve and I’ll be madly clicking on Amazon!

I knew the story of Day 5 was going to be the story of the first snow of the season.  The girls were SO excited when they went out to the bus and it was snowing… as evidenced by the blown-up SnapChat screen grab I made from Lily ;-).  So the story was there it has just taken 2 days to sit down and pull it together!

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I knew I was going to use the snapchat photo, plus another photo Charlie sent as well as the “five things” card from the Main AE Dec. Daily Kit.  The rest up in the air… I ended up finding the PERFECT piece of transparent overlay when I was looking in a box for something else….as a bonus, when I took the protective plastic off I realized the little branches were blue! yay…   Found old snowflake stamp and stamped paper as a background for the snapchat photo which is on the left, then used it for the “5” that went on the overlay along with a “let it snow” banner from who knows when???   I went with a 4 pocket page protector and put in Charlie’s photo of the backyard along with the “5 Things” card, the “celebrate this” round backed in a bit of blue paper and then hand-trimmed, and some wood snowflakes from last year (?) with some shiny sparkly enamel dots.

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Used Ali Edwards Gold Makers ink for stamping, beautiful metallic finish!  I also added in some mini wood veneer snowflakes that I’ve had forever here and there on the layout.

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Journaling by hand…is it perfectly straight?  No.  Was it the pen that I wanted to use to  write? No…somewhere is my lt grey sharpie pen and I know not where it has disappeared to hmmm… BUT I just got on with it and got it done.  Repeat with me…done is better than perfect.

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Close-up of the transparency overlaid over the page… I slipped a sheet of white paper under for clarity until I figure out what is going on the back for Day 6.  I love playing with transparencies and the hide and seek of what’s underneath!

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And Day 5 is in the book!  On to Day 6 and I’m sure I will finish catching up tomorrow! (ha ha)

December Daily is a memory keeping project by Ali Edwards, click on the link for more information from her website.

Happy December Documenting everyone!