Sunday, July 20, 2008

Does Melissa Get Enough Sleep

I found this blogthing and I just had to take the test. My honey has told me he thinks my weak immune system (yep, I'm sick yet again) has to do with how stressed I get and how hard it is for me to sleep and this little test seems to go along with that theory a little bit.

You Sometimes Don't Get Enough Sleep

You're often more tired than you'd like, and you're probably not getting enough quality sleep.

Sleeping a little more could make you a lot more energetic and happy.

Try having a bedtime, keep your bedroom cool, and only eat fruit before bed.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Challenging Myself

In an effort to make myself get back on track with both scrappin' and blogging I've challenged myself to make something based on each of the four sketches in the Premiere Issue of Scrap N'Art. I have had the ezine downloaded to my computer for a while now but just took a look at it this morning. It seems to be quite wonderful and it's FREE.

Just looking at the cover made me want to explore it from cover to cover. I rarely have that kind of impulse with an online magazine. I'm addicted to actual scrapbook magazines that I can hold in my hands but I found that this zine is awesome too. I'd love to see more digital scrapbooking in there since I've crossed over to the dark side now but hopefully it will be there with the next issue.

I decided to tackle the card sketch first since I have been thinking about making an anniversary card for Blake. I did a little changing but stuck to the original sketch pretty well. Here's the front of the card -

and this is what will be inside -

Now if I can just get my mini printer to work I'll put the card together so I can give it to him tomorrow night.

The front of my card is based on Linda Lou's card sketch in the premiere issue of Scrap N' Art. I made the background paper by merging Folded and Lined Overlay by Gunhild Storeide with green paper from the Doodly Patterns paper by Weeds and Wildflowers Design. I set the opacity at around 40%. The peach rickrack comes from MLW Custom Designs' Spring Out Loud and the green from Royanna Fritschmann's Bunniboo Elements. The cool flowers are from Doodly Patterns and the lettering is Black Lace Letters, both by Weeds and Wildflowers Design also (They are one of my favorites, can you tell?). The Scalloped Frames are from Shazbutt's Digi-Scrapz. The front card uses 2Peas Fiddlesticks and Ditzy fonts and the inside uses 2Peas Ditzy and Madammoiselle.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

My Coffee

You Are a Cappuccino

You're fun, outgoing, and you love to try anything new.

However, you tend to have strong opinions on what you like.

You are a total girly girly at heart - and prefer your coffee with good conversation.

You're the type that seems complex to outsiders, but in reality, you are easy to please

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Love is All You Need

Hannah loves Brown Dog. He's part of what Blake got me for Valentine's Day. I find him in different places everyday when I get home from school. She totes him around everywhere.

I used a the February Challenge Template by Sir Scrapalot at myscrapshop. com. I adjusted it a little by making the photo block larger and changing out the font. The kit I used is also by Sir Scrapalot and it’s called You Light Up My Life. I used CK Good Day font.

My journaling reads:

Hannah loves the big brown dog Blake got me for Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 21, 2008

8 Facts about ME in 2008

I forgot to share this one when I made it earlier this year so I'm posting it now. I'm tring really hard to have a more positive attitude and I think this layout reflects that.

I adapted a Resolutions template by Kellie Mize for this layout. The kits used are Velvet Strawberries by Creative Confusion and the Good Times Collaboration Kit at Little Dreamer Designs. The fonts used are 2 Peas Miss Happy and 2 Peas Chatter.

Valentine's Day mini book

I made this little book for Blake for V-day. It was a last minute idea and I worried about getting done and it looking ok since I didn't spend a lot of time on it. Another worry was whether he would like it, whether he thought it was too soon for so personal a gift, whether he would run screaming away...

Thankfully he loved it. He told me it meant a lot to him. He did all the reading that night before he went to bed and sent me the sweetest email. It was a keeper. It was such a relief that the gift was well accepted and loved.

It was my first hybrid project. Still a bit more digital than traditional but I like how it turned out. The book I used was an old purchase. I'm not sure who the manufacturer was, just that I got it at Hobby Lobby during the years I worked there. It was perfect for this. The title on the front is stickers. I covered the inside covers with papers by Fancy Pants. They were perfect with the digital items I used for the pages. I replaced the manila colored pages with black cardstock and then attached the 4 X 6 printed layouts on them. The ribbons are by Offray.

Here is a sample of what the pages looked like attached to the black background.

I used Brag template # 4 by Teriann Hanks, Kraft Stash Alphas by Trish Jones, Names kit by Digitreats, A Better Me, Seeing Stars and Pieces of My Heart papers by Weeds and Wildflowers. The fonts used are CK Peace Out and Template.

And now a closer look at just the layout.

The next page

I used Brag template # 4 by Teriann Hanks, papers from A Better Me and Loving You, Be Bold wordstrip from Being Me elements from Weeds and Wildflowers, heart element from How Lovely kit by Heidi Larsen, and Sweetness Ledger add-on by Meredith Fenwick. The font used is Bradley Hand.

page 3

I used papers from the Celebrating Color freebie and Live Life wordstrip from Being Me elements from Weeds and Wildflowers, Valentine Stamp from Nancie Rowe Janitz, Sweet Heart element by Krystal Hartley, and Sweetness Ledger add-on by Meredith Fenwick. The font used is MA Sexy.

Page 4

I adapted another Brag Template (5) by Teriann Hanks for this one. I just removed the element on the lower left and replaced it with the hearts. The Papers are from Loving You by Weeds and Wildflowers and the heart element is by Heart Attack from Krystal Hartley. The Date Stamp is also from Teriann Hanks.

5 - This one is a digi vday card that I used.

I used Be My Valentine quick page by Katie Pertiet.

and 6

For this layout I adapted a template by Terianne Hanks from Brag Templates # 6. I also used papers from Sweetest Thing paper pack by Krystal Hartley, SWAK Glitter Red and Love Dots # 2 by Katie Pertiet. The font used is LD Coffee House.

and the last page so far is a journaling page

I used paper from A Better Me by Weeds and Wildflowers, Artful Antiquities Blank Label Stickers by Christine Honsinger and LD Delightful font.

A new layout

So far I haven't been a great scrapper or blogger in 2008. We were out of school today because of freezing rain so I'm trying to get myself caught up a little bit here.

This layout is about the new man in my life. We met in December and he's very special to me. This is the first layout I've done about us.

I used Speed Byte # 96 by Pattie Knox, Valentine Memories kit by Teriann Hanks, Heart Attack by Krystal Hartley, and Decoupaged Photo Frames #4 by Katie Pertiet. The font I used is 2Peas Well Behaved.

The journaling reads: Until I met you I did not realize how much I missed having someone to kiss.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

My First Layout of 2008

This YearI’m going to…Love Myself for who I am

This layout is very different for me but I decided to be brave and do it anyway. I want to be more comfortable in my own skin in 2008. I'm not getting any younger so I decided it's a fine time to start.

Anyone who knows me very well knows that I've never been happy with my breast size. I swear they haven't grown since I was 12 years old. I went through a phase when I wanted to get a boob job. Now I'm thankful I never did it. I may never really love my breasts but I'm fairly happy with what I've got right now. With the right bra I've decided they look pretty good.

I did this layout for the Lifts with a Twist challenge. I so hate that it's the last one. I've learned a lot by doing the lifts last year. I used the Bohemian Traveler kit by Shabby Miss Jenn and Wordart from the New Year’s Resolutions minikit by Gillian Hurst. The font used for journaling is 2 Peas Girly.

The journaling reads:
I have decided to be happy with my boobs this year. So what if I’ll never be voluptuous. I’ve heard large breasts are overrated and at least I won’t have to worry about my almost B cup breasts falling very far when old age hits. Besides I love padded bras.