Friday, February 27, 2009

The One with Invitations

Two scrappy posts in a row!

Can I just say how much I love the American Crafts Contributing Design Team? So much talent in their little fingers. Check out their latest and greatest creations on the Invitations Gallery. Invitations must be hot right now because Scrapbook Trends just came out with an invitations idea book:
I was commissioned to make some cards for it:Who's ready to have a party now?!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The One with a Newport Beach Layout

I love being required to scrapbook (at least) once a week.

American Crafts now makes specialty paper - metallics and foils and such - and I'm not gonna lie, I was a bit hesitant at first cuz I thought it would be really tacky................ Then I realized all you need to do is use the right colors. Nichole's challenge this week was to use White, Ash, Robin's Egg and Sunflower. I found some of these colors in the specialty papers and made a layout about our Newport Beach adventures this January.
Supplies:

Sunflower 12 x 12 Cardstock (71038) AC Cardstock
Robin's Egg 12 x 12 Cardstock (71063) AC Cardstock
Ash 12 x 12 Cardstock (71078) AC Cardstock
White 12 x 12 Damask Cardstock (71158) AC Specialty Paper
Gold 12 x 12 Foil: Corduroy Cardstock (71183) AC Specialty Paper
Teal Metallic 12 x 12 Foil: Corduroy Cardstock (71192) AC Specialty Paper
Vanilla 12 x 12 Pearl: Tweed Cardstock (71195) AC Specialty Paper
Dandelion 12 x 12 Pearl: Tweed Cardstock (71196) AC Specialty Paper
Black 12 x 12 Pearl: Polka Dot Cardstock (71204) AC Specialty Paper
Ash 12 x 12 Pearl: Polka Dot Cardstock (71205) AC Specialty Paper
Robin's Egg 12 x 12 Pearl: Silk Cardstock (71215) AC Specialty Paper
Aqua Medium Jewel Brad (85225) Elements
Sunflower Medium Jewel Brad (85226) Elements
Clear Medium Jewel Brad (85230) Elements
White Round Button (8211) Elements
Dandelion Round Button (8208) Elements
Pewter Round Button (82141) Elements
Baby Fleece (77192) New House
Character Fleece (77202) Green House
Everyday Felt Flowers (77177) My House
Ella Paper Flowers (77033) Green House
Emma Felt Flowers (77021) Green House
Cosmo 5 Ribbon (89017) Haute collection
Tegan 4 Ribbon (88616) Indie collection
Chestnut Chit Chat Puffy (42901) Thickers
Silver Metallic Tinsel Chipboard (42894) Thickers
Charcoal Dolce Fabric Chipboard (42925) Thickers
Aqua Dolce Fabric Chipboard (42928) Thickers
Mustard Typo Chipboard (42979) Thickers
Peacock Typo Chipboard (42980) Thickers
Ash Text Chipboard (42982) Thickers
Chestnut Jewelry Box Chipboard (42848) Thickers
Gold Metallic Jewelry Box Chipboard (42851) Thickers
Sunflower Vera Vinyl (42932) Thickers
White Rockabye Foam (42954) Thickers
Charcoal Lullaby Foam (42957) Thickers
Black Hannah & Henry Stickers (42541) Remarks
.03 Black Precision Pen (62311) Pens

Other: Brown embroidery floss, needle

Tip:
Create a patchwork layout by cutting cardstock and specialty paper to 3" square and adhere them to a 12 x 12 cardstock background. Replace some of the squares with pictures and a journaling block.

The One with Carved Watermelons

These are from an email forward.
Didn't your mother ever tell you not to play with your food?Quite entertaining if I do say so myself.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The One with Mt. Si

Saturday morning my dad and sister woke up at 4am (crazy!) to hike to the top of Mt. Si in North Bend, WA to see the sunrise. Let's just say I'm going to do this same hike so I can add these exact pictures to my own collection. So be expecting a very similar post this July! We'll have to wake up at 2:55am because the sun rises much earlier in the summer...

Mt. SiAllie and a neighbor climbing through a crack
The sun rising. Gorgeous.
Mt. Rainier
This is my absolute favorite picture. Scenic Seattle and Bellevue.
Picturesque
Snoqualmie fogged in
Typical Allie
Allie with Mt. Rainier in the background
I can't wait to do this hike.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The One with the Haunted House

I was driving down Center Street in Provo the other day when I noticed this house out of the corner of my eye. If this house isn't haunted, I don't know what is. Wouldn't this be awesome to decorate at Halloween?

Monday, February 23, 2009

The One with Our Fridge

The other day I opened up our fridge and realized just how pathetic we are. What do you see? A big fat bunch of nothing. We've got water bottles cuz I don't like tap water. We've got milk because I have at least one bowl of cereal every single day. We've got a bag of Haribo Gummy Bears (they taste so good when they're cold) cuz I live on candy. We've got some aluminum tins of leftover Cafe Rio, mmmm. We've got a bag of really nasty apples that have been in there for months but for some reason we haven't thrown them away yet. And we've got condiments. Just the essentials for the Evans'!I applaud and admire all of the wonderful women (and men) who make weekly meal plans and stick to them. "Some day" I will be a better wife and cook meals for my husband.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The One with The Taylor Girls

I don't think the three of us have ever been in a picture, just us, before. This is the first time I've ever thought we actually all look alike. Crazy how genes work!

Friday, February 20, 2009

The One with Abbey Road

Guilty as charged:

See?I wonder how often they replace the sign?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The One with the Finished Thickers Layout

Remember this post about making a Thickers layout? I FINALLY finished it. The challenge at work was to scrapbook about yourself. I used some pictures Nichole took of me in Las Vegas. This is probably the craziest layout I will ever make.

You don't have to read this next part. It's just the supply list. I just wanted to share how big the list is because of all the different kinds of Thickers (it took for-ev-er to type!):

White 12 x 12 Cardstock (71081) AC Cardstock
Robin's Egg 12 x 12 Cardstock (71063) AC Cardstock
Taffy 12 x 12 Cardstock (71022) AC Cardstock
Aqua 12 x 12 Cardstock (71058) AC Cardstock
Cricket Round Button (82131) Elements
DIY (70022) Flair
Needle (78018) Details
Halstead 4 Ribbon (88604) Indie
Umbrella Patterned Puffy (Cricket - 42962)(Grapefruit - 42963)(White - 42964) Thickers
Rainboots Puffy (Daisy - 42965)(Powder - 42966)(Black - 42967) Thickers
Chit Chat Puffy (Chestnut - 42901)(Tangerine - 42903)(Grapefruit - 42904) Thickers
Tinsel Foil Chipboard (Silver - 42894)(Cherry - 428958) Thickers
By The Yard Fabric Chipboard (Bubblegum - 42970)(Leaf - 42971)(White - 42972)
Patchwork Fabric Chipboard (Ladybug - 42973)(Aqua - 42974)(Black - 42975) Thickers
Patchwork Accents Fabric Chipboard (Chestnut - 42977) Thickers
Dolce Fabric Chipboard (Charcoal - 42925)(White - 42926)(Apricot - 42927)(Aqua - 42928) Thickers
Typo Chipboard (Mustard - 42979)(Peacock - 42980) Thickers
Text Chipboard (Mulberry - 42981)(Ash - 42982) Thickers
Darling Chipboard (Chestnut - 42909)(White - 42910)(Lipgloss - 42911)(Mulberry - 42912) Thickers
Jewelry Box Chipboard (Black - 42846)(Chestnut - 42848)(Shamrock Metallic - 42850)(Wine Metallic - 42849)(Gold Metallic - 42851) Thickers
Prancer Chipboard (Red - 42810)(Light Green - 42812)(White - 42809)(Dark Green - 42811) Thickers
Shoe Box Chipboard (Natural - 42765)(Light Blue - 42766) Thickers
Gift Box Chipboard (Green - 42762) Thickers
Tiara Glitter Chipboard (Aqua - 42947)(Taffy - 42948)(Tangerine - 42949) Thickers
Bewitched Glitter Thickers (Black - 42986)(Melon - 42987) Thickers
Hocus Pocus Glitter Thickers (Rust - 42990)(Wine - 42991) Thickers
Shoe Box Glitter Chipboard (White - 42882) Thickers
Roller Rink Glitter Chipboard (Plum - 42865) Thickers
LAX Glitter Chipboard (Black - 42885)(Powder - 42887) Thickers
Sprinkles Glitter Chipboard (Cucumber - 42892) Thickers
Vera Vinyl (White - 42930)(Taffy - 42931)(Sunflower - 42932) Thickers
Poolside Vinyl (Cricket 0 42870)(Powder - 42871) Thickers
Sprinkles Vinyl (Orange - 42801) Thickers
Rockabye Foam (White - 42954)(Powder - 42955)(Leaf - 42956) Thickers
Lullaby Foam (Charcoal - 42957)(Blush - 42958)(Sunflower - 42959) Thickers
Subway Foam (White - 42918) Thickers
Cream Soda Foam (Olive - 427147) Thickers
Rootbeer Float Foam (Black - 42731)(Pink - 42733)(Brown - 42734) Thickers
Daiquiri Foam (Black - 42742)(Pink - 42744) Thickers
Giggles Foam (Blue - 42796) Thickers
Playroom Felt (Chestnut - 428558)(Cherry - 42861) Thickers
Hannah & Henry, Black (42541) Remarks Sticker Books
Awesome Accents (Transparent), Color (42535) Remarks Sticker Books
Journaling Books 1 (Opaque), Color Set 2 & 4 (42509) Remarks Sticker Books
Journaling Books 2 (Transparent), Color Set 1 & 3 (42504) Remarks Sticker Books
.05 Black Precision Pen (62321) Pens
Gift Bow (65416) AC Gift

Other: Blue thread, pink thread, bracket printed on cardstock, mini scalloped scissors, large scalloped scissors, circle cutter, scissors, adhesive

Tips: The latest version of Adobe Photoshop CS4 has one-click effects to get really neat pictures! Here I tried the Cross Process filter under the Curves Presets option.

Use leftover Thickers to create a funky background for your next "all about me" layout.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The One with Skiing at Sundance

I've been skiing 6 times in my life, including today. I took a half day at work, picked Chris up from school then we rented me some skiis, boots and poles for me. I'm ill-equipped :) My uncle David and cousin Benji crammed into the back of the suburban and we were on our way.It was snowing very hard when we got up to Sundance. But I was nice and toasty in my layers so it didn't bother me much.
Me and Allie all geared up and ready to hit the slopes.
Me and Chris all geared up and ready to hit the slopes.
Chris, Paige and Allie sitting on the lift. Somehow we got on lift #28 two times in a row. Ooohweeeooooh.
These are a few snapshots I took on the lift looking down. Taint much of a view cuz the snow, but a little photoshopping fingerwork adds some interest.
Proof that I was indeed on the top of a mountain.
This is my favorite shot of the day.Allie was the odd one out with her snowboard. Don't get Chris started.... :)All of the cars in the parking lot were buried under snow by the time we were done.I'm proud of myself for not giving up and retiring to the ski lodge. I stuck it out 'til the bitter end and had a great time. For sure I'm gonna feel it my legs tomorrow. Skiing is tough work!

My family is driving back to Seattle tomorrow. It sure was fun having them here!