Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Summer: Day One!

Today was my first full day of summer vacation, one which found me sleeping in (just a little -- thanks for nothing, cat), heading to the North Shore for lunch...
reading a book (and actually finishing it -- how crazy is that?!)...
actually having time to chat with my husband before he left for work, listening to music (that was not played over a car radio whilst I sat in terrible traffic), watching Fever Pitch (for the thousandth time -- it never gets old), spending quality time with my daughter, and now, gearing up to play with paper for a bit.  

Welcome, summer!  

I suppose this means it's time to bid farewell to the 2013-2014 school year, a task that I started when I created this year-in-review layout: 
I used the October Afternoon Milk Money collection here, since it seemed quite fitting. If you're curious about the sketch on which the layout is based, you can check it out on the OA blog

Thanks for visiting today! 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Two Peas Update

I just poked my head into the Two Peas store, and discovered a bunch of new lovelies!
Although I already have the Crate Paper Open Road collection (and can attest firsthand to its must-have-ness), my cart is already full of the new Studio Calico and Pebbles lines.  I just placed an order the other day, though, so I will need to hold off for a bit...or simply wait for the moment when I just can't wait any longer.  I feel that moment growing closer.

By the looks of it, it is going to be one colorful scrappy summer. Hopefully, as more new items are added to my stash, I will restore the balance by using some older products alongside them.  That's actually what I did in my most recent Two Peas layout, which is set to go live later this week.
I also mixed old and new in another recent layout. 
I've been holding on to that mint green floral DIY Shop paper for the longest time. Of course, now the DIY Shop collection is 50% off at Two Peas, so I'm thinking of adding more to my stash. I am a weakling, I know. Still, I used the paper instead of just staring at it, which is progress. 

The layout itself is an important one to me. This month's theme at Two Peas in history/heritage, and for this Storytellers layout, I was challenged to use the five W's in the journaling. On the surface, that seems like a simple task, but given that this is a photo of a soon-to-be married couple who are no longer married -- and they happen to be my parents -- I found myself unsure about how to address the question "why." This is the result. 

When I started the layout, I had no idea that it would turn out this way, but I am glad for having attempted it. The hard questions are worth asking, I suppose. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Summer, Soon.

With one week left of classes to go, I know that I am not the only one counting down the days around here. On a typical school campus, "summer" is used interchangeably with "freedom," but as for me, it is synonymous with "scrapping." Summer scrapping is the best kind of scrapping, and hints of that show up in my latest layout for JBS Mercantile.
Not long ago, we got to spend a morning at Lanikai Beach, which recently was noted for being one of the world's top ten best beaches.  It's really quite lovely.  The sand there is so soft, and so different from the kind that I am using to seeing at the beach here, since most of the beaches that I go to are on the North Shore.  I actually prefer the coarse texture of North Shore sand.  Still, compared to the average North Shore beach, Lanikai is so calm, and the water is so very clear. 

Can you tell I'm in a beachy mood?  :)  I am anything BUT tan at the moment. Summer can't come soon enough! 
Returning to the topic of summer scrapping, I just placed an order at Two Peas for some goodies to start me off when the end of May rolls around.  Here's a peek at what went into my cart, starting with lots of new My Mind's Eye (at 20% off right now!)
That last paper will be put to good use, I hope!  More on that later. :)  Given the potential for travel, I went crazy for the new Chic Tags goodies: 
I also treated myself to some summery Two Peas flair and wood veneer: 
As a teacher to seniors, summer officially begins for me the moment the Class of 2014 graduates. Knowing that I will most definitely be creating a layout to document the occasion, I also got the last of the Doodlebug grad cap washi tape, but here's hoping more will be in stock soon.
It's so strange to be heading toward an ending and a beginning.  I'm hopeful about both!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Embracing My Inner Cat Lady

Yet another cat page...
When my mom remarried, she took my her my Cleo with her, and so each time I visit my mom's house, I am always sure to spend some quality time with Miss C. She is, in fact, twenty. She's still a looker. She still sounds more like a sheep (baa-a-a-a-a) than a cat. She still digs the ear rubs and the behind-the-ear rubs. She still loses her mind over turkey. 

It's probably for the best that she doesn't live with us any longer. I tend to give in to her craving for sunshine, and whenever I cat-sit, I return her to my mom as a brown cat instead of a white one. 

Sigh...I love cats. I need at least five more. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Hey Brother.

Yesterday was Mother's Day, a holiday that, for me, is not just about a mothers, but about families. It turned out to be a Mother's Day weekend 'round here, starting with dinner on Friday night with my mom and aunt, progressing to lunch on Saturday with the kid, and continuing into a movie day on Sunday with the fam. It turns out that Mother's Day is more of a weekend than an actual day. 

One of the topics that my mother and I discussed when we got together this weekend was my uncle, who, after my grandmother passed away last year, has been in my mother's care. I am in awe of her patience and the fact that even when she must be frustrated, she never gives up hope. I suppose that all started young, with the values imparted to her by her parents. 
This layout expresses my gratitude and admiration for the two sisters in this photo -- my mom and my aunt. Together, they continue to care for their younger brother. 
Having a brother with special needs actually made these two girls stronger and more loving individuals, and I continue to see the evidence of this today. That love has impacted me, and in turn, helped to shape the love that I share with my family.  Some may think that having a child with special needs is a burden, but it can also be a blessing, imparting gifts of empathy, gentleness, resilience, patience, and perseverance. 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Caught.

My cat is kind of a nut.  I'm sure this is true of most, if not all cats, but our Koko keeps us in stitches (or needing actual stitches, depending on her mood).
For the 5/5 challenge on the October Afternoon blog this past week, I focused on five photos that make clear just how mischievous this little butt of a cat can be.
As much I love layouts about my human family members, I think that I have the most fun creating pet pages like these.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

This Is Why

Why do I keep scrapbooking?
"After all these years,  I come back again and again 
to continue the story
to look more deeply within
to immerse myself in color and texture
to share myself
to celebrate love
to honor those who will not be forgotten
to get to the source of the ache and the joy
to find some semblance of order in the messiness of life
to just be as I am
to escape
but also to face headfirst the Real
to put myself out there: I am."

Happy National Scrapbook Day! I hope you had a great one!

Happy NSD!

Join the fun at Two Peas in a Bucket! 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Happy May Day!

It's May 1, which, if you know anything about Hawai'i, is kind of a big deal around here. After all, as the song goes, May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii. I spent the day in a haze of white ginger, courtesy of the lei that my seniors gave me this morning.
The annual May Day program at school was amazing.  The elementary-level program is usually characterized by cuteness, and that's always fun to watch, but the high school-level program today was downright beautiful, featuring dances that would be right at home at the Merrie Monarch Festival.

The first of the month also means that it's time for the JBS Mercantile May kit reveal. I had a blast working with the May papercrafting and antiquarian kits.
I combined the new pretties in the papercrafting kit with the vintage lovelies in the antiquarian kit to create a few layouts (with more coming soon!).
This layout pays tribute to the best person I know, my mother. She's just so good, through and through. I love this photo that I took of her, but when she saw it, she only seemed to notice her flaws, which aren't apparent to me. That's just crazy to me. I can't see her as anything other than beautiful.  
Maybe I am just age-blind. My uncle turns 70 this week, or so I am told -- in my mind, he is forever young, and always full of mischief. 
There are even more layouts in the May gallery, so be sure to stop by to check them out!