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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Exploring My City

I love exploring Chicago! I'm going to miss living here but I'm trying to soak it all up these last few months.

This is Humbolt Park. A park that has cleaned up over the past year or so. There use to be lots of gang activity here and now it's a wonderful place to go for a walk and picnic. Bonus? No tourists. :) 

Ah... Wrigley Field. If I was a baseball fan, this would have been a priority for me but, I finally made it here just a couple of weeks ago. Seriously. If I was a baseball fan or, better yet, a Cubs fan, this would hold so much more meaning. Alas, I have the "been there done that" attitude.

My last visit to China town was the very first time I ever came to Chicago - in 2005. I was with a mission team from my church and we briefly visited here. It was fun to come back and walk around on my own. Unfortunately, I had to leave because I had to use the restroom really bad and NONE of the restaurants would let me use their potty!

This is called the Dragon Wall... I believe...

This photo was taken from a little park called Medal of Honor Park... or Olive Park... or something like that. It sits right by Navy Pier, which I've been to many times, but it was nice to walk down by the lake in an area I hadn't been to yet. And the view was pretty cool!

Ohio Street beach from the little park. These lake beaches make me giggle.

I wanted to skip through this like on the Sound of Music.

I've been the Museum of Contemporary Art before but it has been a couple of years. The exhibits constantly change and the latest one of Isa Genzken was amazing!

So there we go! I hope to visit more fun little areas before I move. My favorites are the places away from the tourists. Those places REALLY express what Chicago is and I love that! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Best Night Ever

Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing with you a layout that embraces the women in my life that I can always count on. The TRUE friends. The ones that I would invite to my birthday parties for the rest of my life. This layout is using the CELEBRATION kit from Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.

I used a photo for this layout from a birthday dinner that has been a favorite night... a favorite memory... one that still makes me smile and want to relive it. It was a night with women I respect, admire, would do anything for and I gosh darn hope it's reciprocated. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to call them up or take them up on an invite to hand out. 

The "glamper" paper from our kit reminded me of a camping trip with girlfriends. Naturally, this was the paper I was gravitated towards for recording a page with this photo. And I wanted this page to sparkle as much as possible!  Lots of sequins and I used some of the brighter colors from the kit too.

The reason I used the staples on this layout are two-fold. The first reason is for practicality sake. I needed a way to keep the metal embellishments down on the paper and I didn't really want to have the "glue-bleed" look underneath. The second reason is because I like how stapling can symbolize permanence... commitment... togetherness. And that's what I wanted to exude on this page. 

I love these wood pennant embellishments too! The symbolism I grabbed from these was permanence and celebration. Wood has that wonderful symbolic nature of stability and grounded-ness. I also love the pennant shape. 

Arrows give direction for our eyes. They point us in the direction we need or should go. I wanted to direct the attention to the goofiness of the photo. 

Fussy cutting! I love the words on this sign post. I love how they show that no matter what direction you take, fun will ensue! And that is how I feel about this group of ladies. No matter where we go, what we do, stage of life, etc... we'll find ways to have fun, smile and laugh. 

Here's to more fabulous birthday celebrations with these fabulous women!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

They Did It!

Hi everyone!

This month we are CELEBRATING at Inside Out and the kit contents we have are so perfect for symbolizing that thought. I wanted to begin the month by sharing with you a layout I created celebrating something exciting in my own personal life.

If you are a sports fan, you can relate with me, I'm sure! The content might seem "surface-y" but, I'm a firm believer in celebrating EVERY celebratory moment of our life. :)

I've been a long time Seattle Seahawks fan so, you can imagine my joy this year. (That's if you keep up with American Football and the Super Bowl... my team WON!)

I can't even tell you how exciting and thrilling it was to watch my beloved team win. It's been a VERY long time coming and I felt proud to be a Washington Native. Not to mention... a TRUE Seahawks Fan. 

Have you ever experienced something like this? It may not have been YOU that won the game. You were not the one actively participating or even a coach. But, somehow, you felt the emotions deep within. I think that a lot of comes from a sense of community. It also comes from a deep connection we have with where we are from, how we identify ourselves and what we are passionate about. 

With this layout I pulled colors that went well with the Seahawks colors of blue and green. Easy peasy. :) I used the wood veneers, that are available to our new subscribers, and sprinkled them around my layout - confetti style. 

This is TOTALLY OUT OF MY ELEMENT. I like things tidy. Simple. Clean. But, I knew I wanted this layout to ooooooooze with happiness and celebration. 

I did some fussy cutting (out my element again) and cut out the pom pom banner from one of the papers by Websters Pages. 

The pops of pink stars help with the celebration and giving a little oomph to the overall design.

I guess the moral of the story with this page could be that we should never give up hope. Always believe. And then celebrate like nobodies business when the goal is accomplished.