Saturday, March 23, 2013

Be a Finisher, not just a Starter - Part III

I have crossed the half-way point.  Sad news in that I probably won't have them all done by Monday night -- that's when my week is up.  But I'm not finished yet -- I will get more done before the deadline.
I had to make a last minute run to the Dollar Tree and Party City today (Wow!  How have I not known about the party store? A.mazing!) for some embellishments so I could finish some of these layouts.  Here is what I got.
Yes, that is a tire yo yo.  It comes apart.  Awesome!  Action figures for my Green Army Man layout, bandana, sheriff stars and various and sundry Disney party favors.  The Sixlets aren't for the pages, they are sustenance.  It takes a lot out of a girl when you are pressed to try and finish 20 layouts in one week.

Okay, back to the actual scrapbooking.  I finished four more from the pile making it a grand total of 11 finished layouts and 9 to go. So let's get started.

One fall we found a photog who happily followed us all around Big Thunder Ranch in Disneyland to take pictures of us with all the gorgeous fall decorations.  Visiting BTR in the Fall is a MUST.

I got this paper (no idea who the manufacturer is) at a Black Friday sale in Oakhurst, CA when we were there for Thanksgiving several years ago.  I made three page kits out of it, one for me, my mom and sister.  Just now getting pictures on it.  You would think I would put pictures of that Thanksgiving, but seeing as I live in California, there really wasn't anything in our pictures that matched the paper.  LOL!
Thankfully, Disneyland goes all out in the Fall, as evidenced in these photos.

 The papers were just wet crinkle flowers and the pumpkins are some old QuicKutz dies. 
 The pearls were white, but I colored them with Adirondack Alcohol Ink to match the paper.

This layout is about the Paradise Pier Boardwalk Games in DCA.  For my sister's 38th birthday, we decided to stop and play some of the games.  Mom sat out, but Dad, my DH, sis and I all played them.  I did a page about the Casey at the Bat game awhile back on a layout.  This one features two more of the games.  This was back in 2009, so some things may have changed a little since then.

I thought this layout was based on Sketch Savvy Sketch, but I can't find it, so it may be based on a layout by Susan Stringfellow from her Creatively Savvy blog. Either way, she does awesome work and you need to check her out! I used various October Afternoon papers for this layout.

This page features the Dumbo's Bucket Brigade game,  It is one of those shoot the water through the hole and make your fireman get to the top first games.  I didn't win.
This game is Bulleye Stallion Stampede.  You throw a ball in some holes to try and get your horse to cross the finish line first.  My sister won that one!  In the end, we all went away with a prize.
 The title is Paige, a QuicKutz alpha (retired) cut out of Bicycle playing cards that I bought at Walgreens.
 The flowers were punched from red and blue Bicycle playing cards and the centers are actual bingo pieces from a Bingo game I bought at the thrift store.  The curly things are red paper clips that I untwisted and twisted again to add some weird texture.
 I put the N38 chip in the flower nearest my sister since it was her 38th birthday.

This next layout was done for a class and I found this awesome Daisy D's paper on clearance and had to use it.  I miss Daisy D's! I also used some Inque Boutique stamps designed by none other than, Susan Stringfellow!  Yep, I'm a fan.  I should have a tag for her on my blog like I do for Tim Holtz.  ;-D

In June of 2009 we went to Disneyland for my mom's birthday.  Boy did we celebrate!  We started the day with the Chip and Dale breakfast at the Storyteller's Cafe, and then moved on to lunch at the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ in Disneyland.  This was back when it first re-opened and it was also during the year of celebration, so they were calling it the Celebration Round-Up.  When you first entered, you got pics with a character and then later on, some of the characters wandered around to tables for pictures.  There are no characters at the meal now.

When you first entered the BBQ, you got a picture with a character.  We got Chip and Dale.  We are all cracking up in this pic because my dad had his pin on from the breakfast, so Chip and Dale said it was good to see us again, they recognized us from breakfast.  LOL! 
During your meal, this part still happens, Miss Chris, the proprietor of the BBQ, sings with the piano player and later a guitar player.  Sometimes just the piano player performs and sometimes just the guitar guy wanders around from table to table performing.
During the year of celebration, they made a big deal out of birthdays.  Miss Chris saw my dad in his cowboy hat (he always stands out and people always call him Cowboy) and she came over to our table to chat with Mom and Dad.  She found out it was Mom's birthday and let Mom ring the dinner bell.  I have to do a separate matching single page layout of Miss Chris hugging Mom for her birthday.  It is really cute!
Fonts are QuicKutz Khaki and Maddie Anne.

This layout was also done for a class using K & Company paper.  I had a LOT of it.
Yes, we are again at the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ. This time we went for July 4, 2009.  I mean, what is more American than a chuck wagon BBQ?    They were still doing the character greet at the beginning and we met Jessie.  Woody came by and greeted us at the tables and Bullseye showed up for a little song and dance routine with Jessie.
Here are some of the things I had to run to the store for today.  The sheriff star in the title, and I made a mini bandana out of the big bandana from the party store.  The lasso is just jute.
Another sheriff star, and I cut some flowers out of the bandana and some jeans using my Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals Die.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Be a Finisher, not just a Starter - Part II

I am still working through this pile!
 I have four more finished and 13 to go!  As I said in the last post, many of these were either classes or class page kits and so I kept them simple and basic enough for 10 people to make at the same time, or for people to put together on their own with minimal instruction.
But again, they get the job done and memories are documented, which is my main goal.
This layout is based on Sketch Savvy Sketch #47  .  I turned it into a two-pager and used Cosmo Cricket Material Girl paper.   I think the colors are perfect for the very bright and colorful Winnie the Pooh ride in Disneyland's Critter Country.  The title is what Pooh is saying during his dream in the ride.

I dry embossed the manila tags for a little texture.
I sewed on the page with some fun variegated thread.  If you look closely you can see the change in color.
Of course, a Hidden Mickey!! 

This page is some very old K & Company.  I used my Tink and Friends cartridge to cut the Fawn title,  but it took so much work that I didn't have the fortitude to cut another one for Silvermist. LOL!  These pictures were taken on the first day that Pixie Hollow was open back in October of 2008.  I actually believe this was a soft opening day.  We waited in line ForEVer!  Fawn and Silvermist loved my pumpkin ears.

This two-pager uses K & Company paper too.  I guess I was on a K & Company thing back then.  I thought this paper went so well with a series of Matterhorn pictures that I took with a friend once.  It was fun wandering around the different sides of the mountain and trying to get pictures of it with the flowers and trees in front. 
The large footprint in the second photo is displaying a supposed footprint of the abominable snowman that was found on the south slope of the mountain in May of 1978.  They have one at the front of the mountain facing the central hub and one at the back of the mountain between the loading dock and the turkey leg stand.

The fonts I used for the title are Lifestyle Crafts (formerly known as QuicKutz) dies as are the fern leaves.

I added some Distress Stickles to the paper to add some interest and texture to the paper.  I love it!

You guessed it, more K & Company paper!  I added some corduroy covered brads from Bazzill in brown and red for some very simple embellishments.  I didn't want anything more for this layout. Title is again three different alpha dies from Lifestyle Crafts.

This layout documents my first day ever alone in the park.  Mr. Diva was working in Anaheim for a couple of days and I decided to join him.  We stayed across the street from Disneyland, so I decided to go into the parks by myself during the day and he would join me in the evenings.

This may be difficult for some of you to believe, but I actually had a severe case of characterphobia up to the this point.  I had only take ONE picture with a character, Tigger, and that was a sacrifice so my sister could have her picture with Eeyore.  Tigger was being a camera hog and I was there to distract him.  It was frightening.
I decided that this would be the day that I would overcome my fear of characters, so I headed straight for Toon Town.  I started with Pluto, and worked my way through to the big Mouse.  It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  After that I went over and went through the Princess Fantasy Faire line twice!  It was a very successful day and I indeed overcame my characterphobia.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Be a Finisher, not just a Starter

I have piles and piles of layouts that I have started and never finished.  Some of them are 4-5 years old. This is a small pile of some that are mostly finished and just need some titles or journaling or embellishments. I have determined that I am going to finish these 20 layouts this week.  It will be a small victory, but a victory none the less if I succeed.
Many of them were designed for classes and so they are fairly basic, but get the job done.  Memories are documented and that is the purpose, right?
This is a layout uses K & Company paper but it is so old I can't remember the name of it.  I thought it went well with my Mr. Toad's Wild Ride pictures.
I used a Martha Stewart punch for the zig zag edge.  The arrows are Maya Road I think.  No idea who made the cool, colorful ric rac.
I cut two map tags and painted them with Distress Paints.  I love that they are transparent.  I printed journaling about the ride onto cardstock and put my strip journaling on them.
I painted the arrows with Distress Crackle Paint and then inked them.
 A close-up of the tags.

This one is Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety and some additional CC papers for the Mickey heads.  Toon Town was practically deserted one Christmas morning, so my DH and I took full advantage of it and got as many pictures as we could.  Stay tuned for lots more pics of a Toon Town Christmas.
This layout was based on Sketch #18 from Sketch Savvy.  I turned it into a two-pager.

 EK Success Stickers.  For the Ornaments at the top, I just covered the shiny EK ornament stickers with CC papers so they fit with the page.  The shiny glittery stuff just wasn't working.
I did the same thing on the tree.  I punched circles out of the CC paper, sanded the edges and then covered up the glitter ornaments on the tree so it fit.
 Some close ups. Title is the Toon Town font and another one I forgot the name of that I cut out on my Cricut using SCAL.

This is a really simple one.  I made this as a quick two pager from some MME paper I got on clearance.  There was enough to make half a dozen kits, so I went for it.
 These are pictures of a trip my mom, sister and I took with my cousin before she went off to college. This is the old entrance to DCA.  The Golden Gate Bridge is no longer there.
 I fussy cut the pattern out of the paper that is on both sides of the layout.
For the title letters I brushed some white Distress Paint over black cardstock so it would fit with the MME paper. Font is Diesel and shadow from QuicKutz.
I just inked, wet, and crinkled some leaves I cut from the Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die.  It gave them great texture.  A very simple layout, but the pics didn't need anything elaborate.  It lets them shine.

Well, 3 of the 20 layouts are finished.  17 more to go!