Monday, September 15, 2014

Paper Issues Link Party | Happy Moments


It’s new issue Monday on the Paper Issues blog today!  That means it’s a new link party where if you link up your project you have a chance to win prizes!  Our sponsor for this issue is Whisker Graphics.  I love their Divine Twine and all their paper bags.  When I first started crafting a few years ago, I totally bought a bunch of their twines. 

I made a layout using lots of twine, a paper bag, and stickers from Whisker Graphics.  I also used a ton of stuff from Crate Paper’s Notes &Things, which is one of my favorite collections of all time!  It is so usable, making my layout come together pretty fast. 


I created layers by layering a pink horizontal striped paper bag over some papers from Notes & Things.  I also used gold metallic and oyster twine on the page in various places.  The frame is from Notes & Things chipboard frames.



The gold metallic twine adds just the right touch to the project and combines perfectly with the Crate Paper Notes & Things Collection.


I added some journaling onto a tag, tied it with twine, and tucked it into the top of the bag.



Be sure to link up your creation at the Paper Issues blog link party and be entered to win a prize!  Also, if you love Crate Paper’s Notes & Things (or anything else in the Paper Issues store), you can use my code LISTGIRL to save 20% off your entire purchase, any time!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Paper Issues | 2014 Project Life | July Part 1


My first blog post for Paper Issues is up on their blog today.  I worked on my July Project Life pages last weekend and made a page documenting part of our trip to Napa Valley.  I used mostly the Notes & Things collection from Crate Paper.  I love this collection so much and I’ve made so many pages with it already!

I am still in love with this October Afternoon 3” squares page protector


I printed my photos at just under 3” squares, leaving a white border around the edges.  Then I cut the papers into 3” squares and decorated them with stickers, wood veneers, sequins, enamel dots, and journaling.  I used Basic Grey Micro Mono Alpha Stickers in Grey for my title pocket.


I layered some Ephemera Die Cuts from Notes & Things onto the patterned papers before adhering strips of journaling.


For the typed journaling, I basically copied and pasted text from my blog post onto a 4x6 canvas in Photoshop and printed it out on Canon 4x6 Matte Paper.  Then I cut the typed journaling into strips and adhered to my embellished 3x3 squares.


Sequins and wood veneers are some of my favorite ways to dress up my Project Life pockets.



Since the journaling was describing the chandelier, I adhered the journaling strips right onto the photo.


I love how this page came together.  If you love Notes & Things like I do, you can grab it from the Paper Issues store for 20% off using my code LISTGIRL!  Actually you can save 20% off your entire purchase every time you buy from Paper Issues by using my code!


Thanks for stopping by!  ♥

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Food, Friends, and Football

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I’m fairly certain I have used this “Food, Friends, and Football” blog post title before!  But these are three things that we love, so when football comes back we celebrate it with food and friends!

But first, Labor Day.  On Sunday evening before Labor Day, our next door neighbors Fred & Annie emailed us to tell us there’s a new gourmet ice cream shop called Hammond’s in North Park.  I emailed them back and said I had actually seen it on Instagram and wanted to try it, so to let us know when they want to go, and we could go together.  I got an immediate email back saying they wanted to go tomorrow, and there’s a pizza place nearby.  So, we made lunch & ice cream plans with our next-door neighbors via email.  (Doesn’t everyone do that??) 

The next day we drove down to North Park together and went to lunch at URBN Pizza.  We had been there twice before and liked the pizza.  Their chicken wings are really good too.  We got a Polpetta Con Provolone pizza to share, except we replaced the ricotta cheese with mozzarella (Todd hates ricotta), and added bacon.

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I had one piece of this pizza and it was delicious!  Yum!  Our neighbors Annie & Fred.

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Todd, Annie, and Fred finished the rest of the pizza while I had my chicken wings.  I forgot to take photos of them, but they are really good.  They are the “Coal Fired Wings” on the appetizer menu.

After lunch we walked next door (yes, literally next door) to Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream.  They are known for their Hawaiian ice cream flavors.

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The line wasn’t too bad.  I got a half scoop of Lychee Cream and half a scoop of Pineapple Coconut Cream.  So good!

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Todd got the Azuki Beans ice cream.

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I forgot what Fred got, but Annie got a flight of 4 ice cream samples on tiny cones!

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URBN + Hammonds + friends make for a perfect Labor Day.

If you’re a college football fan you would know that the season started last weekend before Labor Day.  We are Buckeyes through and through, because we both went to Ohio State for undergrad, and we met each other in the dorms!  We both lived in Taylor Tower 8th floor (the “geek dorm”).  We always joke that we owe our marriage to the Ohio State computers randomly putting us on the same floor in the same dorm.  Ohio State is so big that we probably would have never met otherwise, especially since Todd was in the College of Engineering (BSEE) and I was in the College of Business (BS Accounting) and College of Arts & Sciences (BS Psychology).  Anyways, this weekend was the second weekend of college football and Ohio State played VA Tech.  Our friends Anne, Gilbert, and Victoria went to VA Tech, so we invited them over for dinner & football.

But first, in the morning, it is Todd’s football tradition to eat a double-batch of popcorn!


I got Todd these Nike limited edition Ohio State shoes.  I had to be at the Nike website exactly on the hour on release day to get these, lol.  An hour later they were sold out.

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Todd & Noodle ready to watch some football!

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Todd started making the spice cake in the early afternoon.  It’s a pretty labor-intensive cake to make, so he wanted to get a head start.  The spiced cream cheese icing in the making.  I’m always amazed how much sugar it takes to make icing!


Mmm… cream cheese frosting is my favorite.



I helped put icing on the cake, ha ha.


Dinner was All-American Chili.


Anne & Gilbert brought some jalapeno corn bread over.  It was delicious!  We also made roasted root vegetables.


Our Hokie friends Anne & Gilbert.


Hokie Victoria and neutral Greg.  (Greg tried to root for OSU so that we were even-numbered, lol.)


And us, Go Buckeyes!


Unfortunately Ohio State lost to VA Tech 35-21.  It was the first time Ohio State lost a home opener since 1978!  At least we had cake to console ourselves!  Regardless, food + foodball + friends is always a winning combination!


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