Monday, August 29, 2016

June TN photos + video

Here's the link to my YouTube video for the June 2016 TN I made:

And if you prefer to look at still photos, here you go:

First off, take a look at the first six months of 2016 compiled in TNs. This little collection makes me happy.

And here's the start to the month of June - 

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my June TN - even with my crazy travel schedule this summer, I'm glad I took the time to finish up this monthly project a bit later. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Planning out the week

Along with my meal plan this week, I thought I'd share some life scheduling info. Like many of you, I struggle to find balance in my work and personal life, so, if nothing else, this will show that my life can be a little crazy even though I have neither kids nor a spouse at home.


To do: mow and trim yard, go to grocery, film YouTube video, update blog, work on finishing July TN, grade 10 essays, movies with Kel?,  color my hair, clean bedroom, set up September TN, plans with fella/kiddo in evening

Dinner: homemade vegetable soup + grilled pimiento cheese sandwich

To do: school, massage at 4:00, skype podcast at 5:45, call tree trimmer for estimate, call dentist, drop off dry cleaning, get injection, finalize all ESS plans for Tuesday, grade 15 essays, place photo order, make a layout

Dinner: grilled brats + potato salad

To do: school, CEPT student, ESS, PLC meeting during planning period, grade 15 essays, make a layout, update blog, laundry, locate pics for Kel and scan/send

Dinner: leftovers

To do: school, CEPT student,  grade 15 essays, lunch with Vonda, order reunion dress, pick up dry cleaning,  clean bathrooms, make a layout, plans with fella/kiddo in evening

Dinner: out to eat/takeout

To do: school, CEPT student, ESS, grade 15 essays, finish July TN

Dinner: salmon + squash casserole + Lima beans

To do: school, grade 15 essays, update blog, football game, plans with fella/kiddo in the evening

Dinner: out to eat with the fella

To do: laundry, clean living areas, film YouTube video, photograph layouts,  podcasting in Nashville

Dinner: out to eat with Tracie

Weekly breakfasts - pastry, granola bar, berries and cottage cheese

Weekly lunches - leftovers, frozen meal, tuna salad


It looks like a pretty good week ahead, especially if I can stick to my essay grading plan. How's your week ahead shaping up?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Egyptologist lecture

Last week, the fella, Kelsey, and I attended a lecture by Dr. Zahi Hawass, a renowned Egyptologist who has published dozens of books and speaks regularly on lecture circuits. Our local library arranged for him to come to our town to speak, so it was a fun opportunity to hear him for free.

Event selfie!

Dr. Hawass shared a slideshow of photos and kept up a running dialogue of some of his archaeological finds/experiences as he shared awesome images of Egypt. He has a thick accent, but I didn't have any trouble understanding him. He was entertaining and engaging, even if he did ramble a bit. The teacher in me kept wanting to tell him to stick to his lesson - lol!

After his roughly 40 minute presentation, Dr. Hawass took questions from the audience. Several children had questions, and I was impressed by his interest and engagement with them. He definitely is a charming and charismatic speaker.

If you're interested in Egypt and ever have the opportunity to hear him speak, I'd definitely recommend it. I thought this was a good use of my time, especially since I felt so cultured once I left. ;)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sharing a layout - "Hello Easter Bunny"

Before I left for Europe in early June, I made a series of layouts that I'm just now getting around to sharing with you. This one is a retro look at Easter when Kelsey was just about three years old. Here's the title treatment, a combination of a PL style card and chipboard letter stickers.

I didn't have a lot to say about this page because it was so long ago, so I just did a few strips of journaling with the pertinent information. In these pics, you can also see some of the embellishments I used on this page.

Not only did I use some older stickers I'd been hoarding, but I also managed to incorporate a few 3D items on the page. It's definitely a lumpy, bumpy one that I don't make that often.

Here's the page in its entirety. Those spring papers make me happy and so does that old picture of my sweet girl. It's hard to believe she's 24 and will be getting married in a little over a month...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Football is back!

High school football season opened for the BGHS Purples last Saturday night at our annual Rafferty's Bowl held at Western Kentucky University. Here are our boys taking the field for warmups.

It poured rain; it hailed; it was a pretty miserable weather night all around, but the fella and I were seated underneath the stadium overhang and stayed nice and dry thankfully. I was initially concerned that our players might struggle in those conditions, but they didn't. We left in the third quarter because we had such a lead; the final score was 48-22 in our favor.

As is our custom, the fella snapped this quick selfie of us at the game. Here's to a long and victorious football season ahead! Go Purples!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Europe 2016 Traveler's Notebook Update

Today's post is a tad late, but I wanted to share with you some of the progress I'm making in my TNs that document my trip to Europe from this summer. 

First, I gathered all the ephemera and bundled it by date in the first TN. As you can see, there was a ton of ephemera.

For the thicker pieces like maps, I gathered those and intend to put them in the flap located in the back of the TN; I'm using the cahier size/style from Barnes and Noble, and they come with a flap at the back inside cover already.

Here's the title page I made for my TN; I used some travel themed paper and a die cut I've been saving for just such an occasion. I really like the cork numbers I used; wish I had a bunch more of those.

The first couple of pages had lots of journaling, so I only embellished the bottom of the second page a bit. The tape at the top of the second page is there because I accidentally ripped it a bit dealing with the ephemera on the other side; no worries since washi tape is transparent though. You are still able to read my journaling through my little mishap.

Here are the next two pages that correlate with the first day of travel. I stapled in my airline tickets and baggage labels because I thought it was fun that I kept those. On the facing page, I have an airplane selfie and a piece of cut-up ephemera from the company I use for student travel. To carry on the washi theme and make it look purposeful, I added some to both the left and right sides of the spread.

I've only started the layout for the next day. You can see some washi tape, a couple of embellishments, and a photo that I plan to use. These pages will be mostly journaling.

I have gone ahead and attached the ephemera for the next spread even though I need to have a photo printed to add to the left hand side. Here, you can see a couple of receipts, a map of a museum, a ticket, and a bit of washi tape to interest.

Again, I've just started the next spread. Yes, I have a photo and an embellishment and a receipt adhered already, but I still need to journal about this day.

On this spread, I adhered the brochure for the flamenco show we saw and a photo of the three trip chaperones. Notice that I'm using washi tape on each page for interest and continuity. Plus, I just think it's cute and makes the TN feel more homespun and casual.

Here's another spread that I've started but not finished. Like the others, this one needs some journaling included. I've already added a fabulous title I'd been hoarding, a pic I like, some metro tickets, and some embellishments. Now, I just need to write down some of the story.

More receipts and business cards and embellishments + another fun photo make up this page. I think I'm pretty much finished with this one since I'll tell the story on the couple of pages just before this spread.

I'm making progress on my Europe 2016 TNs, but I certainly have a long way to go. I hope you enjoyed getting to see what's happening so far and that 'in progress' pages don't disappoint. The best part of this project is that I an approaching it in a relaxed way and just enjoying the process. :)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sharing a layout - "Selfie" version #412 lol

Today's layout is another one I made before all my traveling this summer. I'm almost out of these, so I'll have to get back in my creative groove adapter in order to keep sharing craftiness on this blog. Anyway, y'all know how much I love a selfie, so I know this layout won't surprise you at all. 

Here are a few detail shots for ya:

How perfect is this cursive title? 

For those of you who like to read the journaling, knock yourselves out. Slightly sarcastic, that's always my jam.

And here's the final product. One page, three photos, story documented, selfies saved and shared, fun to make-> they should all be this easy!