Monday, November 28, 2011

Struggling with the December Daily

I've always struggled with completing this mini album even though I *love* the concept.  I think this is a great way to keep track of the season but I just can't even seem to complete it.

I had 3 unfinished albums from the past 4 years and one year where I didn't even attempt it.

But this year, I have a new plan.

This should work too.  I'm documenting our Elf on the Shelf.
Meet Ziggy.  Our elf.  He arrived last night and he's already full of mischief!

I'll be documenting Ziggy's nightly adventures with Instagram.

I'll be using one of these albums - both are the perfect size for the Instagram pictures.

 I love this book simply because its square and the Instagrams will go right in.  It doesn't leave a lot of room for journaling about his adventures though.

This book caught my eye because of the long shape.  The pictures AND the journaling will both fit on one page. 

Wondering where I print my Instagrams and Hipstamatic prints?

Try (if you aren't in a hurry)

These look great in either 3x3 or 4x4.

Or the PostalPix app.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Current Music Obsessions

I have odd music taste so bear with me.

I keep some extensive playlist on my ipod.  Yes, I still have an ipod.  I like it.  I still use my iPhone and iPad for music too but the ipod has everything.

Including my NEW playlist.  I keep all of my new music obsessions in here.  Once I get tired of a song, I move it to the playlist it belongs in.

So whats in my new playlist?

Adele - Someone like you
Adele - Chasing Pavements
Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight
AWOLNATION - Not Your Fault
The Black Keys - Tighten Up
Fitz & the Tantrums - Don't Gotta Work It Out
Florence & The Machine - Dog Days
Florence & The Machine - Shake It Out
Foster the People - Helena Beat
Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
Gavin De Graw - Not Over You
Grouplove - Colours
The Joy Formiddable - Cradle
The Joy Formiddable - Whirring
Katy Perry - Last Friday Night (which one doesn't belong?)
The Kooks - Junk of the Heart
Lady Gaga - The Edge
Lady Gaga - Born This Way
The Limosines - Internet Killed the Video Star
LMFAO - Party Rockers
LMFAO - I'm Sexy and I know It
Mariachi El Bronx - Revolution Girls
Maroon 5 - Moves like Jagger
MGMT - Kids
MGMT- Time to Pretend
Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man
The Naked & Famous - Punching in a Dream
The Naked & Famous - Youngblood
Noah & The Whale - Blue Skies
Noah & The Whale -  L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Notorious B.I.G. - Big Poppa (freaked out yet?)
One Republic - Secrets
One Republic - Good Life
Yeah Yeah Yeahs -  Maps
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Cheated Hearts
Young the Giant - Cough Syrup

How's that for diverse?

Feel free to visit your music provider and check out the artists.  Its eclectic but it makes for good listening.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Haven't done one of these for a while.....

Date: 11/24
Time: 2:15 AM (I know, I know.... go to bed.)
Location: in my office
Watching: the minutes tick by on the ol' Mac
Listening: Blue Skies by Noah & the Whale (look for a post with my current music obsessions)
Loving: the silence in the house
Thinking: I should get a few more things checked off the to do list
Wishing: those tasks would just do themselves
Eating: pretzels
Drinking: water
Thinking: about Thanksgiving
Reading: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
Wanting: a better snack than pretzels

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Before I forget....

Halloween.  I never posted pictures.

The costume.  He was a bullrider from the Calgary Stampede.
  And thats his pumpkin.  We went easy this year for 2 reasons:

1. Time
2. Short attention span
Everyone asked what the significance of the number is.  403 is the area code in Calgary.  ;)
Our other pumpkins.....

 My lame excuse for decorations this year.  This is what you get when you just don't have time to plan anything cool.  Next year.

 Stay away from my candy mom!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Finding the perfect pumpkin

I used the sketch from Julie Bonner for this one....

 And a quick layout using the new Echo Park Times & Seasons line.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Summers End

It seems like Summer lasts forever here in So Cal but its finally turning into Fall.  Which means Winter is right around the corner and I like that.  It might drop to the 60's during the day and *gasp* the 40's at night.

This cold weather girl needs that.

But it also means that I had to finish up that Summer not-so-mini album I was working on.  I'm really good about starting projects.  Finishing them?  Not so much.

But I finished this.  I wouldn't let myself work on anything else until this was done.  That was a real motivator.

And here is the second half.  You can see the first half here and here.