Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Camouflage Layout in Scrapbooking, Large Journaling, Using stamps as titles

This was a special layout for me to do.  The picture is not extra special, just my oldest son in air soft gear.  Yes, he is playing air soft with some friends!  They take it pretty seriously, which makes me giggle a bit.  That's not the special part.  What makes this layout so special for me was the journaling.  I used the entire side of the layout and journaled a message to my son, one I hope he will treasure in years to come.  
I used a Stampin' Up stamp set to make my titles.  I though they were the perfect words to accompany my journaling.  This was an army stamp set but I can't remember the name of it now (I borrowed from a friend).  The words each meant something to me, which I included in my journaling. 

This was actually an instagram picture and that was my caption for it on instagram.  I liked it so much, I printed the picture with it on it.

I got to use my camouflage washi tape!  And these adorable army inspired buttons- they were real buttons that I found in a pack some time ago- I just snipped off the loop on the back and added a glue dot!

You can read some of my journaling here- I used a crumb cake marker so it blends in with the background, almost looking like a pattern from the distance.  


Do you ever do a layout and just love it!  This is the one that I loved.  It isn't a fancy layout, but it really came from the heart.  Thanks for stopping by!
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

What I LOVE: Product Review- OrYany Norah- bag/purse review

I have two passions, crafting and bags.  I love both of them! I love to bag watch when I go to the mall;  I like to look at the style, how well it carries, the shape, and the color of the bags.  I have had high priced designer bags and a great deal on a target bag.  I love them all!  
I have fallen in love with the OrYany brand.  I find them mid range in price, comparable to Coach.  I love the leather, the colors, the "extras" that the bags have.  I thought I would share with you, my new bag, the Norah: 

I think the Norah comes in four colors, this is the banana.  I'm not sure I captured the color well, this was in  my office so maybe not the best lighting, but it is a nice sunny yellow, more on the pale side than neon.  I would say this is good for anyone who likes a light colored bag, a good variation on a cream or almond bag.


The bottom has a nice wide base.  I would have liked to see some feet here but I'm not sure it makes a big difference in the end. It stands up nicely on its own.  



The above picture is a horrible shot because it makes it look smaller than it is, but it shows the inside pockets, two slip pockets on one side along with a  zip.  And two additional zips on the other.  Really great organization, with the OrYany signature lining.  I actually fell in love with Oryany because of the functioning of their bags.  I have several very high end bags, and yes, they are great, look great.  But when it comes to function, the high end bags often fall very flat for me.  Most have zero or NO organization, and very few have pockets on the inside.  


I included this picture to show you what I carry.  I am a big bag girl.  I would classify the Norah as a medium big bag.  I can clearly fit a lot in it.  The elephant vera bradley pouch holds my tooth brush, tooth paste and mouth wash (adult braces suck!!!), I carry a full size zippy wallet (Michael Kors Camo), the lesportsac pounch carries a wide variety of items from makeup, to female products, to advil, to hair clips.  The other pouch is my newest Ipsy bag, not sure why I had it in there, maybe I got the mail, opened it and stuffed it in my bag.  I don't normally carry that!  :)

The Norah has a nice big zipper on the front that goes the full length of the bag and is deep.  Good to secure my keys, but I could fit TONS more in it!

This picture is to show the zipper details.  I think Oryany does the little details well.

This is a magnetic pocket behind the zippered pocket on the front of the bag.  It is quite big!  I love to put my phone in there for easy access.  It is almost hidden when you look at the bag but it is easy to grab my phone out.  I actually fit my keys, sunglasses and phone in this pocket before, it is a BIG pocket.  I switched out my purse one day and lost my sunglasses.  I couldn't for the life of me find them anywhere.....I accidentally left them in this pocket!  It will fit the larger phones. 



I love the hardware they used on the bag.  Very vintage looking to me.

I love the side details. 


The back of the bag has another long zippered pocket.  You really can't get more pockets than this!!!  I actually refuse to buy a bag now that does not have at least ONE outside pocket on it.  I need a place for my phone and to access it quickly.  My pet peeve is having to dig through my pocketbook to find my phone as its ringing!!!  I never find it in time.....


These are some of the most comfy handles on a bag I have had in a long time.  They are wide but not tall- I don't think unless you have stick thin arms, you can get this on your shoulder with these.  But they do fit nicely over the arm, and feel wonderful!!!!  I think the wideness of the handles are the best feature!  There is a long shoulder strap or can be crossbody as well.  I love a hand bag.  I think nothing looks nicer, but there are times when I need hands free.  I love bags that have two ways to hold them!  



Just another detail!!!  Great zipper puller!  I have returned another brand of bag before because as much as I loved the bag, the zipper wasn't easy to open due no zipper puller!  

This is the bag loaded with my items. 





This is to show the long strap!
This has been one of my favorite Oryany's yet.  EASY to carry.  And really, that's what I look for in a handbag.  This is a winner for me!!!  I got my bag at QVC.com.  
This is the description directly from QVC:
Butter-soft satchel. Head out the door with the Norah leather satchel from orYANY for all-day organization wrapped up in contemporary good looks. A zip-top closure helps keep your items secure within the bag, while several interior pockets mean you'll always know where you stowed your smartphone. From orYANY.
  • Style: Norah
  • Zip-top closure, front zip pocket, front slip pocket, back zip pocket, yellow antiqued goldtone hardware
  • Lined interior, two front-wall slip pockets, front-wall zip pocket, two back-wall zip pockets
  • Measures approximately 13-1/2"W x 11-1/2"H x 5-3/4"D with a 4-1/2" handle drop and a 20" to 23" strap drop; weighs approximately 2 lbs, 5 oz
  • Body/trim 100% leather; lining 100% cotton
  • Imported
This review is mine, I don't work for QVC or Oryany, just a handbag lover!!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle!!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I am me Layout with a lot of dimensionals!

Here is another layout using the retired paper I am Me.  This must be my favorite paper ever!!!  I literally used ever last scrap of the DSP that I had!  I loved the prints and the colors.  I can't wait for tomorrow as demos get to preview the new 2015-2016 catalog!  I am hoping for several more of these type of DSP packs.....ones that I have to have and USE every bit of them!!!  What has been one of your favorite DSP packs?  
This was a simple layout using some beach pictures of Jesse.  No title needed really but I did include one in my banners- using stamps again for my titles- one of my favorite uses for stamps! 


This picture shows that I used a ton of dimensionals to pop up those circles!  It was a fun layout!



I also used my Kiwi Lane Design templates for the strip beside the photo- this was a left over piece from another project but it worked nicely on this layout and I got to use up a piece of scrap!  Win! Win!!  

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Michelle!!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Using Punches to create backgrounds

What do you do when you have a tiny bit more of a DSP left?  You make a layout with it!!!  With punches, you can use those scraps up!  I was at a retreat when I did this layout.  I had just a little bit of the I Am Me DSP left.  I have loved everything about this paper- the patterns and the color combinations.  I was sad to see it all gone but I was able to squeeze ONE more layout out of my scraps!
This is what I came up with:

One of my favorite ways to use stamps is to use them as titles in my scrapbooking.  It is so easy and tons of great titles are hiding in your stamp collection!

These little scraps were even used!!!  I love mini punches!  Sometimes the smallest punch makes the most impact!

Can you see my flattened bottle cap?  I love bottle caps!  Smoosh those babies in the big shot for a cute layering effect!  




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Monday, April 13, 2015

Zojirushi- The BEST water bottle EVER!!!!

Today's post is a little different.  I always love to share great products that I have found.  I try and share my crafting finds or how to use craft items.  But I also like to share other great products.  This is one of those products that I tell everyone about!  I've had so many people ask me about them, I decided to do a blog post.  Several years ago, I was on the hunt for the best water bottle.  I was trying to increase my water intake but I like really cold water, with ice in it!  I found odd bulky cups, that were a pain to carry.  I found crappy plastic water bottles that did nothing to keep my water cold. Somehow in my search, I found Zojirushi water bottles.  And don't ask me how to pronounce that correctly either!
  The reviews were GREAT!  The downside, they were expensive as far as water bottles go.  BUT....if they worked as good as the reviews, then it would be worth it!  I decided to give one a try.  I ordered on Amazon.  The water bottle came.  It was amazing in quality!  But would it work?  Would it keep my water ice cold in the southern heat?  I decided to test it out.  Day one, I was very pleased.  I filled up my water bottle in the morning- full of ice to the top- added cool water and away I went.  By lunch time, I still had ice.  But the afternoon, I still had ice! I was getting excited.  But.....I ran out of water....because I was actually DRINKING my ice cold water.  So I got a water bottle out of the fridge at work, added the water to my ice that was left in the bottle.  I thought to myself....well there goes my ice, right?  WRONG!!!  I filled up my water bottle, and continued to drink my water.  Got home, had to fill it up again!  Still the ice was fine!  For another test, I left my water bottle out on the counter all night, to see if my ice would be left in the morning.
To my surprise......there was still ice in my bottle the next morning!!!  I had found the best water bottle EVER!!!!!!
Yes, they are worth EVERY cent I paid for it!!!!!!  
That was two or more years ago....I have never bought another brand water bottle again!  I have multiple sizes.  My kids carry them.  PERFECT!!!
Let me tell you some things I have learned about the zojirushi water bottles:
*watch sizes- some of the bottles are tall and I find awkward for me to carry.  My son likes them but I don't.  Keep that in mind when ordering!  Pay close attention to size!!!
* With regards to size, the bigger the water bottle, the more ice it can hold and the longer the ice lasts.  I have an 100 ounce zojirushi bottle which is great for LONG days at the athletic fields, it holds a lot of ice!  Ice has lasted 5 days in my car, in the souther 90 degree heat in this bottle.....no joke!  Amazing!  But it is a BIG heavy bottle.  Good to keep in the car and refill our smaller bottles.  Not practical to carry on a daily basis.  
*The smaller size bottles- are great to throw in your bag!
* Some of the bottles come with "holders".  I take off the shoulder straps.  I do use the holders on them.  But in my experience, ice last regardless of the holder or not.  
* whatever you put in the bottle, is what you get out of the bottle.  If you don't like ice in your bottle, and you put luke warm water in your bottle and put it in the fridge overnight, it will be luke warm water in the morning!  It keeps the temperature extremely well due to the double vacuum sealed walls.  It will not cool down in the fridge overnight.  Keep that in mind.  
* I order all mine on amazon.  I'm not sure if they sell them anywhere else, but I know they are on amazon.  I put several in my cart, and might watch the price for several days or weeks.  They do change in price.  If one seems really high in price, wait, it might drop in price.  
Here are some screen shots from amazon that shows the prices at that time, the prices might be different now or even in the future:





This is a good size.  

Notice the price....this one is HUGE!!!!  I would not recommend this one for daily carrying.  But it is awesome for sporting events, long day trips, park trips, any time you need ice cold water for a long day.  It is heavy and that's why the handle on this one is different.




This size is a kid version, more thermos like.  for this price, I would  pass, but it does show that they have a lot of sizes.



This is the one my son carrys to school the most.  I think he is red not pink but same size, same design.  He drinks a LOT of water.  He refills it throughout the day.  He like the cover on it.



This size is my newest obsession.  I carry this one all the time.  It is small enough to put in my purse.  I keep one in my car all the time. I do have to refill several times but I don't mind because it is so handy! They have TONS of colors in this size!  I like the pink one best!!!








This one is my favorite.  It was my first one.  I love the color (my boys don't steal it!).  I love the holder on it.  I still use this one the most!
Keep in mind, they all have different tops.  I see no difference for me.  All are easy to keep clean.  I fill mine with water only so a simple bottle brush to clean the inside.  The lids come apart for easy cleaning.  I love that even on the smallest size, it has a wide opening to put the ice in.  FULL ice cubes fit!!! I used some for over 2 years, and nothing is wrong with it.  I am careful with my water bottles.  And I try not to drop them.  But my son is less careful and often tosses his down on the way out onto the field....nothing has ever happened to it.  I am sure the lid could crack if dropped on concrete, but I promise you will love this water bottle so much, you will treat it like gold!!!!!  I do!!!


this is the one I am carrying today!


Feel free to ask me any questions, I'll try and help if I can!  I don't get any money off of these, I am not affiliated with this company at all, I just love their water bottles!!!!  Search amazon for different options!  (I do a search of zojirushi water bottles, or zorjirushi sports bottles).  Watch the sizes!!!  
Michelle!!!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Using Project Life cards in Scrapbooking

I love the ease of Project Life scrapbooking; its quick and fun!  But you can also use the Project Life cards on normal scrapbooking pages and cards!  On this scrapbooking page, I used the PL card as a title!  It fit this page so well, as this is my 10 year old getting in and driving our water truck onsite.  It is an adventure.....everyday!  LOL!!

This is an abnormally bright and bold page for me.  I had this DSP, it is Stampin' Up, but retired, I forgot the name now.  But I do love the bold colors and patterns.  Breaking up really bold patterns with some solid cardstock, always helps for me.

I also used the accessory pack from Stampin' Up that coordinates with the Project Life kit.  There are some fun extras in those packs!



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Michelle!!!
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Stamp : Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack [135301]

Card Stock : Basic Black 12" X 12" Card Stock [124267] , Strawberry Slush 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock [131295]

Punch : 1-3/4" Circle Punch [119850] , 1" Circle Punch [119868] , 1/2" Circle Punch [119869] , 3/4" Circle Punch [119873]

Accessory : Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection [135298] , Silver Basic Metal Buttons [133319]

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