Sunday, July 12, 2015

Scrapbooking, Meow

 
I have had a much quieter week after the our great upstairs flood.  I even got this layout done for the Memory Nest.  It looks really blue on the computer, but in person it has more green  and teal tones to it.  Sometimes the computer can't bring the richness out.  This page is for my little guy and his beloved Meow.  Meow is the kitty's name and it goes everywhere with him.  He is so attached to his stuffies and blankets.  He is the complete opposite of my daughter who doesn't really form any attachment to things. 
 
Anyways, I used gel medium on the background to make the triangles, stars, and dots.  Then when it dried I used water colors to make the background.  After that I layered scraps of paper and put my embellishments down.  Overall this page came together quick for me and that usually doesn't happen.  I did print color companions to these black and white photos.  I wanted to make them flaps, but I messed up on the sizes so that didn't work out.  I'll keep the colored photos for my project life.  I  have been working on project life still, but I just haven't posted any of them lately.

 
As you can see, I rotated the layout.  I really wanted my title to go vertically down and that seemed to work best for my photos.
 
And it looks like flicker is doing some weird kind of sharing to my images now.  I'll have to try and fix that later. Gerrr.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Scrapbooking, Stayin' Cool

StayinCool
 
I think I may have jinxed myself with this layout.  I made this layout a little while ago for the Memory Nest.  Since I have made this layout we have had a horrible heat wave.  It has been in the 90s every single day for a week.  If I lived in Florida or Texas or some place like that I wouldn't think anything of it, but I live in Seattle.  It's supposed to stay in the 70s.  Nobody has air conditioning, so there is no place to go and cool down.  It stinks.  Plus, my upstairs flooded on wednesday.  The toilet in the kids bathroom failed.  While my kids and I were eating lunch, the water rushed into the hallway and down into my daughter's bedroom.  I tell myself, at least it was at clean water.  My daughter was the first to notice and told me she was hearing a strange noise.  It took every towel I own (25 big ones) to soak up the water.  Each one of the towels was completely soaked up.  I'm still washing the towels. So we had to have water damage people come and they put in these big machines and special HEAT fans to dry everything out.  It was a cool 104 at night and a sizzling 120 during the day.  Windows had to stay closed and the upstairs was sealed off.  We had this big plastic sheet at the top of the stairs with a zipper.  It was an inferno.
 
flood1
 
This is what it looked like the first night in my house.  Not all the fans are shown.

flood2
 
This is day two.  The floor is up in the bathroom and the ceiling and insulation is out in the garage  The second night was the worst.  These fans are LOUD.  Plus some were going under the carpet upstairs, so the heat was going under into our bedroom making the floor hot and almost impossible to walk on.  Thankfully, we are all dry now but down a bathroom.
 
MNJuly1
 
Anyways, sorry I didn't talk at all about my layout.  The photos are from a few years back that I never got around to scraping till now.  I still have yet to add journaling onto it.  I think I'll add a tag to the top for it.  It's been to hot and to crazy for me to even think about it.  Oh and my daughter is starting an early kindergarten program at her school and I'm not sure I'm emotionally ready for it!  She even has to ride the bus.  Life is crazy!