Friday, April 30, 2010

My newest page, with the SC April kit, Joyland.

Here's my journaling: I noticed it when you gave your bat mitzvah speech, so poised and mature. You're not my baby sister anymore. A bittersweet feeling.

Clearly, I have a lot of angst about my baby sis growing up. When I have children, Lord help me. Or rather, Lord help them.


The page I'm working on now involves my new fave color combo: PINK and YELLOW


Fresh, summery, and bright--I'm just loving them together!

Here's some pink/yellow combo images:

Fun tank top, no?

I love this necklace! Luckily, my husband has a habit of ordering me gifts from my etsy favorites, so maybe it will show up one day! Now that would be nice.....

These fun little hair clips....

And a handmade hat! Now, I would NEVER be brave enough to wear this myself, but I love the colors. One of the nice things of scrapbooking is being able to use the funky on your page, rather than on your person.

Anyhooo.....that's a lot of images for one post. I had a bit of a trying week myself (neighbor drama--extra annoying because I HATE drama), but I think the color is giving me a boost!

Hope you all have a colorful weekend! And if you have any pink and yellow pages, link me up!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday Scrappiness

Here are two new pages.....

This first one is really personal--but I trust y'all:) Used an add-on from the Studio Calico April kit, which was gorgeous.

This next one is a little less personal--beach chair and table tennis do not a heartwrenching layout make:) I had a lot of fun with this one, and it came together very quickly. I used another add-on from the April kit for this one. Spent a wee bit too much money last month (whoops!).

I have a few more pages in the works, but I need someone to inform the faculty of NYU Law School that I really cannot write three papers and two exams for them and get my scrappy bug out. Just can't be done.

Inconsiderate, really.



And in other legal news, THIS handsome guy just passed the New York bar exam! I'm so proud! I'm telling ya, when you're married, you both suffer during things like bar studying--I barely saw the guy for three months and did a lot more dishes. So maybe the bar association should have sent me a chirpy little email, too?

Before I go, PLEASE counsel me against buying another SC add-on at midnight tonight. Doing so would be very bad because a) I need to be sleeping at midnight, b) I don't have enough scrappy time right now, and c) Where am I going to put it?

Keep me strong, people. I'm counting on you!

Friday, April 23, 2010

And now......back to Scrapping!

I had so much fun participating in the Unkit show and blog two weeks ago! Sudie and the other girls who come to chat are so sweet, you should check it out!

Here are the layouts I made--the topic was mixing patterned papers, so I made a dent in my two feet of paper:)



I've been hoarding this Jenni Bowlin bracket paper for a while, so it was fun to finally use it! I was worried about doing it justice, but I'm happy with how it came out.

Btw--if anyone knows how to cut papers into the inside of a bracket more cleanly, do fill me in:)


This is an ode to my scraproom--at least my second so far:) Had a grand 'ole time with my Sunflower Maya Mist. I know a lot of folks prefer lemon (which I don't have, so no point of comparison) but I think sunflower is the overshadowed sister of lemon that deserves more attention!

I combined the Dear Lizzy line with Pink Paislee Cupid on this one--love pink and brown together! (Although I need to switch out that "o"--it likes to fall off, and then that incites the "w," and before you know it.....)

And finally, a layout with April's Studio Calico kit, Joyland:


This layout uses one of my most favorite poems ever--this one by e.e. cummings. I have a feeling it'll be making an appearance again, especially since I didn't get to my favorite part of the poem yet--ran out of room!

So my question for you is--Are there any quotes or poems or songs you've been dying to use on a page?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

62 years

I don't normally go serious here. But today is an exception:)

Today marks 62 years since Israel was declared a state.


This day is close to my heart for so many reasons.

My grandfather's brother, a 19 year old, was killed in Israel's War of Independence only a few short years after surviving the horrors of the Holocaust.

Both of my maternal grandparents traveled to Israel after the Holocaust decimated their homes and families. They entered the country before it was legal to do so, and my grandmother spent some time in a detention camp in Cyprus even after surviving the Nazi concentration camps.

My father's parents came to Israel when they were young, and my father was raised there. I spent my first few years there, as well.

Israel is not a perfect country. Never has been.

But I love it with all my heart.

I love it the way you love anything that is your own, in your blood.

So, today, along with Israel, I'm celebrating a birthday.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Random Facts About Me

The other day, Sarah tagged me in a bloggy chain, so here are my responses--one of your few chances to learn the deepest, darkest, randomest facts about me. Hehe.


10 THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY:

1. Starbucks. Is it weird that that's the first thing that came to my mind?

2. Steven. He goes before Starbucks, really. I was just thinking about the small pleasures, ya know?

3. Scrapbooking. Love it so much. Even if I'm really bummed about not getting an opportunity, the love just comes rushing back a few hours later.

4. The ocean. Explains itself, really.

5. Books--any kind. Fiction, history, sociology, biography....I love it.

6. Photography. A new love, but I just signed up for this photography course and can't wait!

7. My little brother and sister. Another one that should be higher, but again--goin' with the simple pleasures. There's nothing like siblings--who else has been through the same crazy upbringing as you have? I'm very lucky with the sibs I ended up with:)

8. My parents. Now this is getting easy.

9. Blogging. Another new love, but it is really fun:)

10. Studio Calico. Might fall under scrapbooking, but I think it deserves its own category!


5 RANDOM BITS ABOUT ME:

1. I used to live in Hawaii.

2. I also used to live in Hong Kong.

3. I didn't learn how to boil pasta until I was a sophomore in college. Which was my first time off a meal plan. I'm lucky I didn't starve.

4. I love gel pens. So awesome.

5. I adore reality TV. Anyone found the new Say Yes to the Dress season online? Anyone?


And now, take a little break from homework and chores and check out these fine people:

Tracy, who writes the sweetest comments.

Marlene, who recently taught me more about the immigration process than I ever cared to know (hee hee).

Lynn, who has a fun project up on her blog today!

Andrea, who has a project on the SC blog today--woohoo!

And last but not least, Jenni. Her blog has gorgeous photos and layouts, you should check it out!

Whew, this is long. Thanks for visiting, people!

Anyone have exciting weekend plans? I'm excited for a romantic dinner with the hubs tonight, and a family wedding Sunday!

A Potpourri of Items.....


I made this page with the new April Studio Calico kit--still messing with the photo. I am really enjoying working with this kit! I mixed elements from Add-ons 2 and 3 in here, and had so much fun!

I decided to re-photograph this next page, because I love it so much:


And now, for the potpourri of random items.......

Here are some places you can find me now--

---Ella's April Ellaments ezine

---the Unkit blog, where I'm the guest blogger this week (check out the layouts from my scrapbook cramming session last week!)

And finally, the wonderful Sarah tagged me with a bloggy questionairre, so that's coming tomorrow!

Assuming I'm not too decimated from the 30 minute presentation I have to give tomorrow. Oy. Send me articulate vibes, ok?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I'm Baaaaaaaaack!

Remember me?

I've been a terrible blogger, I know.

I blame it on the matza.

But I'm back and better than ever ! (Not actually true--My apartment is 1000 degrees with no air conditioning, I spent 10 minutes in the morning trying to find the mustard, etc. But it's all good.)

After receiving some constructive comments on Studio Calico, I've decided to experiment with how I take photos of my layouts. Below is my FIRST attempt and cropping and editing online. This page is an ode to Crumbs, which you should check out if you come visit NYC! Made with Studio Calico's Baker's Dozen kit.

Whaddaya think? Now remember it's my first try, and be nice!

And now, Attempt # 2:

This one is about how even though I have a deep love for lists (I'm actually about to cross "blog" off my daily list. Or check it off, since I'm psychotic and make actual checklists with little boxes for myself. Oy vey.) I'm trying to remember that many of the most important things in life don't fit on a list.

Like listening to Steve when he's upset. Or praying. Or general thinking. Or cooking dinner and washing the dishes, and scraping the nasty stuff at the bottom of the fridge (or is that just me?).

The stuff of life. Too big (and small) to fit on any list.

I hope you've all had a wonderful week so far! How was Passover/Easter?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Passover Wonderfulness

Here's the page I was sneaky peaking--the picture didn't come out perfect, but you get the idea:)

This page is a total mishmash of lots of different products and companies, and both old and new stuff. I love the ease of working with kits, but after I've attacked a kit for a few weeks, I love digging through my stash and pulling pages together.

This next one came together really quickly (because we had guests coming and I had to clean up the scraproom, which doubles as a guest room!). I don't love the result, but it was really fun and freeing to just glue things down without thinking about it too much.

And now........................ for those of you who are unfamiliar, a little crash course on the livin' during Passover.

Matza lasagna--mmm.....

Salad in a tin pan because we have no Passover dishes (S is at the store buying measuring cups and mixing bowls for me as we speak):

Macaroons. Now, people diss them, but I adore macaroons. All flavors, shapes and kinds. I live on these during this non-bread holiday.

Plastic cups with our names on them so they can get reused:

And, while I have SO much homework to do, this is beckoning me........

And that's all folks! I'm going to disappear for a while again this week (the whole not-using-electricity-on-holidays thing), but I hope you all have wonderful weeks. And for those of you celebrating Easter, enjoy!