Friday, January 1, 2010

I promised...

...and although it's late, here it is:

1. Thrifty Finds

Give me a free hour or two and I don't head to the mall. I head to the local thrift shop...and come away a few dollars more poor, but a few treasures more rich :) The guy ringing up my total said, "These are grandma things."
He was like 70.
I said, "Well I feel like an old lady trapped in a young person's body most of the time."
I don't think we either one had any idea what to say after that.

2. Instead of sneaks how about the real deal?

Used a part of a chipboard flower to mask here and some recent photobooth pics of my cousin, her baby boy and I. Loved the toned down feel of this. Journaling about how I can't believe we are in this place in our lives, how blessed we are and how I wish we lived closer. The paper is Bella Blvd. as well as the paper flowers--aren't those awesome? You get one in the kit, but they has so many layers I pulled them apart for more ideas...although I also messed them up in the process ;( Guess that's how it goes!

When I saw the October Afternoon aplha in the kit it immediately made me think of all the pics I have of Aven creating. Here he is, Bumblebee Transformer costume on, painting away. My journaling talks about how he loves art and said on this day, "When I grow up I want to be an artist, but right now I'm just a little artist." Totally fine by me! I used the bottom of an old metal basket as the misting mask and some new spray ink. My stocking was filled with 8 new colors from Maya Road..guess I was on the nice list after all ;)

And this might be my most favorite project of the whole kit and it was so easy! Thrifted this frame for 50 cents and cut out some beautiful paper from Basic Grey to fit.For the life of me I can't remember where I came across this quote or who it is by. But I have always loved it and thought it could mean so many things..

*I took a deep breathe and let it go....and walked into the room to face my fears.
*I took a deep breathe and let it go...and pushed my baby into the world.
*I took a deep breathe and let it go...and chose to move beyond past disappointments.
*I took a deep breathe and let it go...and drove away for the last time.

You get the idea. Anyway, I loved how the butterflies seem to be flying away and kinda went with the quote. Plan on hanging this by my computer as a reminder that sometimes all I need to do is take a deep breathe and

A couple of cards in the gallery, as well as some super inspiration form the January guest and design team. Be sure to check it all out!

3. Be my guest

There is a new prompt over at Category Stories and a new guest designer you might know ;)
The prompt was "perfect fit". Here is my interpretation:

I love that they give prompts and then you just jump off with it and create. Be sure to play along with them this month. All you have to do is link your creation to the January 1 post and/or their Flickr group (do both for a second chance to win!) The prize is determined by a random draw so you have nothing to lose and a cool new layout to gain! Please link me up if you do play along. I would love to see what you do with it :)

Hope you all had a wonderful ringing in of the new year. Wishes of the most blessed year for you and yours!


  1. Lex,
    Missed you last night-but happy to find a new post here on your blog to ring in the New Year! Love all of the your latest creations. Maybe I'll get a chance to play along with the scrappin' merriness now that I'm on the road to recovery from round 2 of strep-lol!

  2. Hiya Lexi .... love that quote, I will be adding it to my list of fav quotes .... ahhh, take a deep breath and let it go ... that is just what i need to do so much more of.

    Wonderful creations, and I look forward to working with you in 2010 over at Buzz and Bloom ... this is my 2nd year with them, and I really love being a part of their team.


  3. You are totally famous now. Totally.

    Oh, and nice Sirena -- did you know it was coming??

  4. Love all the thrifty goodness, those owls are cute.
    when we shop at op shops we always get strange looks, and they wonder why we want "old people things", When i tell them i collect this and this and that, they kinda go...oooo..k. I think they must think i sell it on ebay or something, they should see my house :) hah.

  5. Lexi, this was my most fave gallery from you and the perfect fit is your bestest layout ever. I love it so so so so much and you will for sure see a cute little half circle banner like yours gracing a lo of mine some day, I love it so much!

  6. Hey Lexi!
    Thanks so much for being our guest designer this month, your creations are just fabulous!
    Lee :)

  7. these are all darling layouts. I love the perfect fit and that CUTE frame idea! LOVE IT ALL! :)

  8. I can NEVER find anything that good when I go thrifting. I'm totally envious of that Pyrex. I LOVE old Pyrex!

  9. I love everything you did....of course. I want you to have the guilt of my not so dry eyes from your "I took a breath". Thank you for your creativity and your journaling. I love everything about you girl! Wishing so bad you could come to "you know where" will be sooooo missed.


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