Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Year in the Life of an Art Journal

Today the new prompt is up over at the
A Year in the Life of an Art Journal and here it is:

The Prompt: Busy!
The song: Manic Monday by the Bangles
Product/technique: Lace/trim

and I loved this prompt because it really hit home with me. I work all day in a cubicle in a chair I like to call the "soul crusher". Yeah. I also had a picture of me in my little cubicle just ripe for this challenge. I used some 7 Gypsies gaffer tape as my trim as well as used the title of the song for my page. Don't get me wrong, in today's world I am blessed to have my job but if I were to go back in time I would have picked a different profession, one that I would have enjoyed that didn't crush my soul, maybe something artsy or helping people? One that I didn't have to sit all day and do data entry.

Here's my journal page:


















I had alot of fun making this that's for sure.

I'm also done my ATC's for the "summer swap" I joined and here they are:

On this one I used 2 different stamps, the lady and the alpha stamps.


















and on this one I used 3 different stamps. I just love this lady in the water stamp, she's beautiful!! I used acrylic paint, glimmer mists, watercolor pencils and pearlescent watercolors.


















and for this one I actually used 4 different stamps!!!













And ofcourse I made this one just because and the background was from an old postcard:


















I had alot of fun making these. Now I have to get crackin on my "be blunt" swap cards and those are going to be soooo fun!!

Friday, April 29, 2011

April 2011 Scrapbook Trends

I just got my copy this week, so happy to get it back now instead of in 6 months!!

















and here I am on page 107!!
















I was happy that they requested this layout because it was one of my faves.

I did a journal page this week becauseit was something that had been on my mind. Plus I had a fabulous crystal ball image as well as my kick ass Gypsy lady stamp. The two just went hand in hand and this page came together for me.

















I have enjoyed my week off, even though there has been teen girl crap, but I find that since I am off my routine I eat and drink like a glutton. Therefore I feel like a beached whale. Ugghh. Of course I type this as I take another sip of my beer. To wash down the Twix candy bar I devoured earlier. Look away I am hideous. Ah well, that's what vacays are for right? To indluge with reckless abandon and pay the consequences later right?? haha! Sure, I'll go with that and know that on Monday my ass will be paying the price at the gym again. But until then, don't mind if I do crack another beer!

Here are some pics I took this week, found this awesome brick wall backdrop in an alley as John and I took a walk while my car was being serviced.












here's John, love this backdrop!!












and this pic is fitting for me right now













Got this FREE today using a coupon!
















It was worth $9.88 at Walmart but I got it FREE!! Of course I put it in our master bath and when I went in it scared the shit out of me as it went "phhhttt!" haha But I love the smell. I'm not huge on air fresheners as I worry about the cancer causing agents but I figured this free one wouldn't kill me. Hopefully. If you live in Canada make sure you check out Websaver.ca as that's where I ordered the coupon from.

I also went out and bought this new Vileda Pro Mist mop because I'm so sick of buying refills for the damn Swiffer!!!

















The beauty of this is that it has a refillable container that you can put your own cleaning fluid in as well as these features:

- Always ready for a deep cleaning!
- Light mist cleans & dries your floors quickly.
- Use with your favourite cleaning solution. (Yessssss!! No more damn expensive Swiffer pads or solutions!!!!!!!)
- Outstanding handling with its 360° swivel head.
- Microfibre pad lifts and traps dirt efficiency.
- 2 pads available:
- One for deep cleaning, washable up to 100 times.
- One for messy clean-ups, washable up to 3 times. (this seems really, really useless tome. WTF?? Only washable 3 times? Why include this I have no idea...??)
- A second refillable bottle is available for a quick change of cleaning solution.
- No batteries needed. (this I loooveeeee!!!! Take that Swiffer Wet Jet!!!)

I'm quite pumped to use this baby and love that it's "green". How about you, how do you mop your floors? Old school mop? Swiffer? String mop? Tell me!

I'm reading "Ladies Night" on my Sony Reader:




















and here is the overview as per the Sony Reader store:

Ladies' Night is a non-stop rollercoaster ride of sheer nerve rattling terror, previously deemed too violent for mass market publication. In this modern tale of the ages-old battle of the sexes carried to the extreme, Jack Ketchum again provides readers with an excursion into horror as relentless as a John Woo film.

Tom Braun and his wife Susan aren't exactly a picturesque couple. Thus it comes as no surprise that Tom continually spends late evenings in bars and cheats on his wife. Unfortunately, their son Andy is caught in the middle of his parent's childish banter and family chaos. One life-altering evening turns this family's, along with most of New York's, perceptions on the nuclear family and male/female relationships upside down.

When a tanker trunk with "Ladies Inc." emblazoned on the side crashes in a quiet area in New York, an area it doesn't have authorization to be in, it liberally spills its contents all over the road and into the surrounding atmosphere. The local authorities deem the contents of the spill to be safe, based merely on the assumption that products coming from a women's label are more than likely benign. Moreover, the smell emanating from the spill is one of sweet cherry, similar to lollipops, which must of course be harmless if not favorable. This aforementioned assumption proves fatally incorrect. The chemical load the truck was hauling procures a discomfiting, bestial effect in women, forcing them to savagely attack males in their vicinity. Be they former friend or foe.

Tom, while at a local bar, absorbs the evening's strange turn of events with traumatizing clarity as he witnesses first hand the metamorphosis of surrounding women into gruesomely instinctual brutes and mantis-like predators. He must get home to his son Andy, who is currently alone with his wife Susan. Hopefully before it is too late.



It's pretty good so far!!

I'm also working on some ATC's for a swap on "summer". I'll post when I'm done.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I'm off work all week!!

I have been off work since last Friday and don't go back until May 2nd!! It just worked out that with the Good Friday and Easter Monday I would only have to use 3 vacation days to get 10 off so why wouldn't I?? haha It feels soooooooooo good.

I joined a "Stormy weather" swap over at ATC's For All and here are the 3 cards I made for the swap"
















and















and last but not least















Alot of times when I make cards for a particular swap I can't just stop at the 3 I have to make because the ideas are swirling in my brain! haha So I made these 2 just because:












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I found this topic of the swap kind of fitting as my life is a little stormy right now. Actually I've been weathering a storm for a few years now but hey, who isn't weathering some kind of a storm right?

I did a page for my art journal last night, very therapeutic.















Teen girls are THE WORST. Trust me on this.

I'm currently reading "Candy" on my Sony Reader.














and here is the review by Publisher's Weekly as per the web:

From Publishers Weekly
Since Trainspotting, heroin chic has certainly put down literary roots?sometimes it seems that you can't be a hip writer unless you know your way around a needle. Perhaps none has chronicled the mechanics of addiction in such mind-numbing detail as Australian poet Davies (Absolute Event Horizon) does in this strong if unimaginative first novel: Davies concentrates as much on preferred syringes as on the adventure of getting the smack, which makes the novel seem, sometimes, like Consumer Reports for junkies. The Candy of the title is both the woman that the narrator falls in love with and, of course, the stuff that he takes. Candy's degradation, from beautiful actress to call girl to streetwalker to madwoman, mirrors the narrator's own passage from a sort of smart-aleck cuteness to the monster whose main concern is finding a viable vein to prick. Starting out in Sydney, the couple moves to Melbourne to go straight but, of course, relapse. They engage in a tedious round of finding money and finding smack, in which all other attachments become peripheral. The narrator's habit of viewing these events from a distance strikes the right chord, but it's a monotone, insights notwithstanding: "Veins are a kind of map, and maps are the best way to chart the way things change. What I am really charting here is a kind of decay." The result is a more harrowing than the usual return to a familiar landscape of admonishment and self-negation.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.


I'm 1/2 way through it and it's good. Very gritty, sad, tragic but good.

Oh, I ordered myself a pair of glasses last night (this is what happens when you combine drinking beer with the internet!) haha. I received my Smart Canucks email (man I love that place) and it notified me that Clearly Contacts.ca had this wicked deal for 1st time customers. You could get a pair of eye glasses FREE. Yep, FREE. I just had to pay $14.79 for the shipping and handling. Isn't that frickin amazing?? This is the pair I bought:







I can hardly wait to get them!! I'll take a pic and post it when I do. I hardly ever wear glasses because I wear my prescription sunglasses for driving and that seems to do the trick. But I could not let this deal pass me by. Maybe I'll try wearing them more, who knows?

I came across this hilarious site called Bluntcard and some of these are hysterical!! I can see myself getting alot of inspiration for my ATC's here. Here are some funny ones:
















and















and












Man I love this site.

Alrighty then, today I will actually leave the house. I have some errands to run and the sun is shining. Later dudes!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Extreme couponing Glenda style!!!

I got the best haul of my couponing life today!! Our local drugstore, Pharmasave, had their double coupons days, which they do a few times a year, so I ran down there with coupon holder in hand!! When the cashier had all of my stuff bagged I asked her for the total BEFORE coupons were taken off and it was $109!! I felt a little hot and sweaty, a little nervous as to what my total would be afterwards but because I had done my homework I only ended up paying $4.50!!!!!!! That's right, $4.50 for ALL OF THIS!!!!!!!!!!












Oh man I was on a total rush. A shopper's high. I took my haul home and neatly put it away into my hoarder closet as John calls it. I prefer "stockpile closet"! hahaha! Shizzle!!!! Here is what I got:

- 3 ladies shave gels
- 7 mens deodorants
- 6 boxes of tampons
- 6 ladies Olay body washes
- 1 toothpaste
- 3 boxes of Olay soap
- 2 Head and Shoulders shampoos

I'm still just amazed!! The way I look at it is why pay for these items when I can get them for free, or almost free? That way I can spend that money on other things. Fun things!! haha

I did some layouts this weekend and it felt sooooo good to scrap just because. No DT work, no kits, just me and my long neglected (and massive) stash. Here is what I got done:















and my furry guy Skyler:
















and my little man Sam:
















I'm now reading "House Rules" by Jodi Picault on my Sony Reader. It's the first book I've read of hers but I'm really liking it and can hardly wait to read the other one I have of hers.
















Here is the review as per Amazon.com:

The astonishing new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult about a family torn apart by an accusation of murder. They tell me I'm lucky to have a son who's so verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the broken microwave and have it working again an hour later. They think there is no greater hell than having a son who is locked in his own world, unaware that there's a wider one to explore. But try having a son who is locked in his own world, and still wants to make a connection. A son who tries to be like everyone else, but truly doesn't know how. Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject--in his case, forensic analysis. He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do...and he's usually right. But then his town is rocked by a terrible murder and, for a change, the police come to Jacob with questions. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger's--not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, flat affect--can look a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel. Suddenly, Jacob and his family, who only want to fit in, feel the spotlight shining directly on them. For his mother, Emma, it's a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it's another indication of why nothing is normal because of Jacob. And over this small family the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder? Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way--and fails those who don't.

The new prompt is up at the A Year in The Life of an Art Journal and this is it:

THE PROMPT: Really?!
THE SONG: Tell Me Something I Don't Know by Selena Gomez
PRODUCT/TECHNIQUE: Speech bubbles

So I did this:















I just noticed now that my picture sucks as there is glare on it...I hate when that happens! It's a picture of me sitting in a car and it's me saying I'm just a passenger on this crazy ride called Life. Hope to see you play along!

Friday, April 15, 2011

TGIF!!

Thank God it's Friday, what a week. I'll try to keep this brief so I can continue to drink copious amounts of beer!! haha FINALLY got my November box back from Scrapbook Trends. I was getting really worried that it had maybe gotten lost since it has been almost 5 months since the issue came out!! But...all is well. Got my layout back safe and sound, a few goodies and my issue of the magazine. I'm on page 28!
















Next up I FINALLY scrapped Christmas Day!!
















I love how this turned out. I cut up some Graphic 45 paper and used some dollar store chipboard and love the feel of this.

You know how I'm a couponer right? Well I had signed up a long time ago with Smart Canucks and I get emails about deals and coupons every day. The big deal yesterday was a full year of Entertainment Weekly for $25 (that's Canadian, if you are US it's only $20!!)!! Can you believe that?? Check it out HERE.

















That's insane right? I also got to pick a free retro t-shirt so I picked the A-Team. hehe. Love it. Tonight the online crop starts over at Scrapbook Star and my challenge for it was "New beginnings". Here is my take on that using the uber gorgeous April kit:

















and I also did these layouts using the kit as well:
















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I'm currently reading "Old Flames" by Jack Ketchum on my reader
















and it's good! Freaky good! I love Jack Ketchum. There are actually two stories in this book which I didn't know. I'm on the 2nd one right now about a couple that snatch a woman from an abortion clinic and keep her prisoner in their basement and torture her. I think they want the baby. Bizarro!!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring 2011 Somerset Memories

I just got my issue yesterday and it's as gorgeous as always!! I had 6 layouts in this issue and was just tickled pink to see them displayed amongst all of the other gorgeous art. I love this magazine!! What makes them different from the others is that it's more artsy, more funky.
















They had some gorgeous scrapbook papers in this issue as well and I love using them for my art journals.

I just finished reading this book on my Sony Reader

















and here is the description as per the web:

It was clear to everyone that the public schools were failing. The causes were varied: increasing parental absence, a negative peer group influence, and a sexualized, media-driven marketplace. To combat these problems, a program called Dormant Enhancement was developed by a team of educators and scientists. By the year 2018, it was the law of the land. Now all children on their twelfth birthday are required to enter the program-no exceptions. They are placed in individualized cubicles to receive uninterrupted programming and to avoid negative pressures from their peers. They graduate on their sixteenth birthday, in every way superior to their counterparts of the previous century. The nation is delighted with the results. It's 2024, and Sharon Bradbury's husband has just died. They have been living on their ranch in the Australian Outback, where they've been raising their two boys, eleven-year-old Eric and eight-year-old Brock. Sharon's parents have invited her and the boys to return to live with them in Carmel, California. Grieving and lonely, she accepts-not realizing that Eric, who was born in the U.S. just before they moved, is required to enter the Dormant Enhancement program. When she fights to keep her son out of the system, she makes a discovery that puts her life and the lives of those she loves in danger.

Sounds good right?? The whole idea was really interesting but I found the story lacked some realistic emotion. I just didn't find the mother's reactions to alot of this believable. Maybe because I'm very high strung and would have totally freaked out. I don't know. It was an okay read though.

I'm now onto this book and it has started out very interesting:


















and here is the description as per the web:

Throughout Pinsky's time hosting MTV's popular Loveline show-in which he and cohost Adam Carolla (The Dr. Drew and Adam Book) frankly answered teen questions about sex and drugs-Pinsky also ran the drug addiction rehab clinic at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, Calif. In this engaging and well-written memoir, he incorporates a frank description of his work with the "manipulative, secretive, frightened, paranoid and unstable" patients at Las Encinas, a single-story bungalow on 30 acres once used as a Hollywood backdrop (this is where W.C. Fields died and Ozzy Osborne's son recently spent time). Pinsky plays down the Tinseltown connection, preferring to look at his entire range of patients, who represent "every possible facet of society, from the rich to the destitute to the socially prominent to the disconnected." What they share are the typical hot buttons of trauma-"pain, abuse, neglect, abandonment"-and the attempt to ease the pain through drug addiction. Pinsky provides a hard-nosed look at the realities of a detox clinic, from the patients' physical illness and flashbacks to doctors' letdown when a patient quits the program and returns to addiction. Pinsky freely admits that he doesn't know why some people "get it" and stay sober while others can't; at the same time, he openly discusses his own problems ("I turned to rescuing other people the same way my patients turn to drugs and alcohol"). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

I like Dr. Drew and have watched some of the Celebrity Rehab shows and find this book really good so far!

Tonight John and I watched an episode of Extreme Couponing tonight and it was insane!!! I love how these people can rock the coupons like that!! I wish Canada were more coupon friendly. Our grocery stores don't double let alone triple coupons and every time I go to use my coupons (and I have a coupon holder!!) it's like every teller is the coupon police! You would swear it was coming out of their own pockets or paycheque!! But that doesn't stop me, no way. I have gotten alot of free stuff or almost free from couponing. There is one drugstore where I live that has double coupon days a few times a year and I always try to hit that one up.

Here are some of my extreme couponing scores: - free kleenex - free pads - free cough syrup - free shampoos - free mens and ladies deoderants - free mens and ladies shave gels - free toothpastes - free toothbrushes - free hand lotions - free dryer sheets - free dental floss - free Green Works cleaning products - free chocolate, a free chocolate mousse, free frozen entrees, free frozen pizzas - Swiffer dusters starter kits for 39 cents (regular $4.99, but I had coupons for $4.99 off any starter kit so I only paid the tax on them!! Needless to say I stocked up on these babies!!) - Johnson baby products for $1 each, regular $5.99 Now that's just what I can remember, I know there are other deals I'm forgetting! How about you, do you coupon and do you have a great story?

Oops, I almost forgot to post a layout I FINALLY scrapped from Christmas!!















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