Saturday, November 30, 2013

Tahoe Selfies

One of the last pages I need to create for the Tahoe trip, this with several selfies, plus one photo taken by the nice people at Anderson's bicycle rental .  These are all from our bike ride on the National Forest Service bike trail.  South Lake Tahoe is full of bike-friendly lanes, but this one was perfect, almost all off-road, paved, gently sloping here and there, and with access to some beautiful beaches and areas along the way, including the quite extensive Camp Richardson and the Tallac Historical Site.

The additions of elements from Maya de Groot's Wayfarer and Jen Maddocks Let's Ride, including that fabulous vintage bike riders photo and the bicycle sign which I mounted on a real pole extracted from the upper left photo, really makes this a dynamic page.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Sock It To Me ... Again

Another pair of socks finished, and I believe the second sock came off without incident. 

They look great, and I would gladly give them as a gift, except I don't know how well they will wash, so I may need to keep them and experience them myself.

These are 100% cotton, the well-written free pattern found here.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cork Wreath #2 Hanging

Cork wreath #2 has reached its recipient and us now hung on their front door.
I have to admit it looks pretty good, just hope it survives the harsher winter of New Jersey.

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Art of Journaling

Finally I have gotten around to trying Maya de Groot's Art of Journaling templates.  She is now up to #7, which I used here to start on some pictures from the bike ride we did across the bridge into Sausalito and Tiburon.

The templates are in the size of an art journal page at 8x11, which will be tricky to print, but I may need to look into Blurb printing for this size.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Break to Smell the Roses

I am taking a slight break from the Tahoe and summer scrapping to smell the roses. I actually created this page a few weeks ago, and it was one of the first creative pages I have done in a while. It is for the Oscraps blog challenge 1 Kit 5 Ways using the beautiful Country Rose bundle from Crafty Button Designs.  I especially love the cherries card with the special number on it.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Week 47

In which we got the first real rain of the season, I started quilting a quilt for Margaret, The Nat's book arrived along with The Nat's Dad's birthday present, and a lot of thought is going into planning the Thanksgiving menu, now on the chalk board at the front door.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Tahoe Wedding

When we first got out to the beach at Lake Tahoe after checking in to the hotel, it was set up for a wedding, with a lovely arch down at the water's edge.  Combined with Craft Button's beautiful White Wedding kit at Oscraps.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Still Scrapping Tahoe

I have a lot of pictures from our August trip to Tahoe, so this may take a while.  Another page, featuring the views over Emerald Bay, with Jen Maddocks Mistletoe kit.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

More Tahoe

This one featuring a new kit from Jen Maddocks to be released at the end of the week.
We had our first big rain today, and I am missing summer!!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Next Book - Tahoe

Yup, bought another Shutterfly book from Groupon, this one intended to cover the rest of the summer, which will mostly be Tahoe.

I already have 7 pages, all featuring me SUPing, so I am now just working in order.  This vertical landscape format is really growing on me.
And I love seeing all this blue!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Week 46

Which was spent in Cabo, while Ms AC was in New York.  This is the second week using the FotoSquared Album Templates from Anna Aspnes.  I like the variety and the little labels on the frames, and it is nice to break up the repetition with a larger photo in the background.

I also have finally done something I always wanted to do on my Project 365, and that is to actually number the photos.  These are 314 through 320.  I don't know that I will go back, but I like this.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Greetings from Mexico

I didn't see a single postcard in Cabo.  My go-to cheap souvenir idea failed me.  I don't know if they existed and I just didn't see them, for certainly there are plenty of such images on the internet, but I never saw a single postcard to buy.  Of course it was really difficult to browse since the vendors were so aggressive, so perhaps they did exist.  But alas, I brought none home.

And so I must make my own!

This is for the December color challenge at Oscraps, to make a 'card' with Christmas colors of red, green and gold.  Fortunately we remembered to take pictures of Cedric before we left.  It's really hard to get a clear picture of both Cedric in front and the background, but I found I could pretty easily merge the two photos so that both foreground and background are in focus.

I used part of this tutorial for making the 3D Mexico graphic.  Most everything else is from the upcoming collab kit, It's a Wonderful Life.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cabo Crowns

For Maya de Groot's November Express Your Creativity Challenge, the challenge is to work with crowns.  I had a couple of pictures from Cabo that worked pretty well.  One morning I decided to capture some details, since so many of the pictures were broad views of the beautiful bay at Medano Beach with those captivating rocks in the distance.  So in contrast, I took some pictures of walls, sidewalks, and things like rusty bottle caps in the surf.  But a couple of these were perfect for this challenge.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Week 45

In which it looks quite a bit like fall, but there hasn't been a bit of rain, the day lily bloomed in the front courtyard, and we packed for Cabo, spending the night in San Francisco having dinner with Ms AC and That Sam I Am before taking off.

Because it is chillier, I have moved to the upstairs office, where the morning sun, a closed door and upstairs heat makes it more comfortable to work.  Every year I am surprised and delighted to find the stamped horse on the desk pullout.

Nearly to the end of the year, I have used some slightly different templates, these are FotoSquared Templates from Anna Aspnes.
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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Summer Angel Island

Before we head off an another adventure, I thought I would go ahead and get this book ordered! I will look forward to the sight, the smell (love the smell of fresh ink!) and the memories, when we return.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Cabo Nail Art

I'm not as serious as some about nail art,but have to admit I find it tremendously fun!
So this is in prep for our trip to Cabo, although I think it would work as well for Christmas or Italy.

All polishes are Spoiled from CVS so this cost less than $5. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Summer Scrapping

The summer, even the Indian one, is coming to an end.  Before it fades too far away, I am finishing up a few pages of family summer trips.  I am determined to not lose another Shutterfly Groupon!

These are all done in 11x8 format to fit Shutterfly books, and are from our trip to the Giants game on August 10th.  I do so love that stadium, and it was a beautiful day for a game.  The Giants won the game 3-2, and in the recep:
In the eighth inning Saturday, Chris Davis connected for one of the fastest, fiercest home runs to clear the fences that anyone can remember at AT&T Park.

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This is the Willie Mays status in Willie Mays Plaza.  I've learned that the beautiful palm trees in front of the stadium are 24 in number for his retired jersey number.  I processed the photo with a coupe of iPhone apps to get an orange burnout vintage look.
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Fun with fonts in this page, using 'ranson' letters and a blown up newspaper font.  The background is also from pictures as it was a beautiful blue-sky day.
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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Week 44

In which I made another cork wreath, transitioned from my iPhone 5 to a new 5S, and used yoga, happy hour and Halloween candy to try to forget my troubles.

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