Monday, February 25, 2013

I suck at blogging...

It's true. I try, but I just suck at it. Even now, I have to be honest. I wrote those first two sentences and got totally distracted by Vanderpump Rules. Don't judge. It's disgustingly addictive... So half an hour later I'm back and while I'd like to show you all the wild and crazy and terribly productive things I've been doing lately, what I've got is just this.

A picture of a potato.
Yeah.

Congratulations, Britt, your life is so boring you took a picture of the baked potato you dropped on the floor tonight. The sad thing? Total strangers commented on it on Instagram. So at least I'm not the only one.

And then right after I dropped that potato I realized that there was no milk for the baked potato soup already cooking on the stove. So what's a girl with no makeup, caterpillars on her forehead, hair in a wet bun, braless, with bleach stains on her most unflattering brown sweatpants and a blog post to write to do but ask her husband to run to the store for her? Right? I mean, the last time I asked him to do that for me was like, Thanksgiving! I NEVER ask him for stuff like that, but don't think he didn't bitch and moan like I was asking him to go have a full body wax. It was that dramatic. Good thing he ate half of a loaf of french bread on the drive back. Lest he starve or something...

In other news, I'm trying to get geared up for my trip to Disney with Mamala this weekend. We've been looking forward to it for a long time, and now that it's here I think I might be chemically unbalanced because I'm not nearly as excited as I should be. I think it just hasn't really clicked that we're taking a little mini vacation all of our own with no dramatic strings attached and that it's just gonna be good times and fatty food. Um yeah, paleo? See ya in a week, boo, cause this chick is having a corn dog from Disney whenever she feels like it. That's right, I said it. 

Speaking of Paleo... I refuse to buy a scale because I would just check it every single time I pee or sneeze, hoping the number will magically decrease by 40. BUT I will say that I notice a difference in my pants. Not a huge deal, but good to see a little progress. And that is all I'm gonna say about that.

So happy Monday, peeps. I'll try to suck less at this blogging thing ;)

P.S. I washed my car for the first time EVER today. We bought it in October. And seriously, it was so covered with dirt, it didn't even look dirty from a few feet away. Just looked like a tan car. It's supposed to be white. Sad. And. Pathetic. But now it's sparkly, and smells like lemons inside, so it's all good. Goodbye scrub brush, see you in another four months.

Friday, February 15, 2013

January in Review

That's right! Here it is the middle of February, and I'm just now posting this! So to make up for it, I'm adding some 3x4 cards for you to download. They're at the bottom of the post. Hang in there. This is a long one...


LOVE my cover page. It's the first real hybrid anything that I've made. I'm also especially in love with pink and gold right now. Used Studio Calico's twentythirteen stamp brush, too, and some AC Thickers and Fifth & Frolic stickers.

 
Decided to add a layout for the month. Will probably try to do this every month. Used the scraps from the rest of the month. LOVE THAT. Also, I used the sequins and thread that came in that little Ziploc baggie of thread and buttons that come with knit tops. Cuz you know if I lose a sequin on my top, I am never going to take the time to sit and fix it.

 InstaJanuary. Although, I printed "Insta" in the wrong pink. Waaaaay too light. Then a little blurb about each photo in the left margin.


This month, all in all, has been a great. I worked a little more than usual with the rent-a-kidlets which meant more fun, more mommy training, and more mulah. Kate had to go into the hospital again, got bad news, and now is at home with Thomas feeling pretty good, all things considering, and has resumed the wedding planning. Mom has been yo-yoing from Fresno to Antioch for a couple months and has a big ol kitchen remodel going on at home that is nothing but chaos. Eric has been working on everyone's race car but his own, and while he adamantly claims that welding in gymnasticee poses while spewing a litany of four-letter words inside said racecar is not his hobby, I think he's smoking something... I have the all-important job of pressing the pedal on the Tig welder when he can't reach it. And can I say, there is nothing quite so boring. But it's nice to help.


Tried to stick to the color palette that I made up - yes, I'm a nerd - and I am loving it so far! I decided to stick to just a few basic colors, then I can add as I go. Kraft, white, grey and pink are the most basic. Then I can add in yellow and teal as secondary colors to tie in all the different patterned papers I have set aside for my album. Sounds complicated, actually very easy. It basically just helps me keep a cohesive look throughout the album. Otherwise I will end up with color vomit. It's happened. It wasn't pretty.


Love using my Silhouette Cameo for this, too! Making 3x4 cards has become a little bit of an obsession for me, I must admit.


LOVE the 3x4 monthly printables from Finding Nana, which you can get HERE. And I'm trying to keep things simple - not too much 3-D-ness, ya know? But, I can't resist a good wood veneer. Crate Paper - YUMMMM.

Decided to add in this Design J pocket to the album to make a Studio layout.


Sticking with one style of Thickers per layout. Still figuring out what I like...


So I decided to add a little sleeve dedicated to the studio. Just a few of my favorite pics of the layout right now.
 

This month started an all new project and a scrap room purge. I constantly purge the room, so not anything big and exciting there. The goal is to get all the little stashes out of the other bedroom closets, so that everything crafty is limited to just the studio. When we moved into this house I picked the smallest room to be my studio, and knew I would have to do a lot of purging to make everything fit. And not just be crammed in - actually fit in an efficient and good-looking way. Because when this room gets all wonky I tend to just ignore it until I can't take it anymore and do a massive purge.

 
 The right side ended up looking a little blah, but oh well. I'm liking designing so much in photoshop, but I need to add a little more dimension. Next month, right? That's what I like so much about this - if this month didn't turn out quite like I wanted, I can try again on the next spread because the premise is still the same.



Epoxy Dots from My Mind's Eye and Wood Veneers from Studio Calico. I have a small problem with these...


 I wanted to include the recipe for the cookies I used, so I printed the photo on mylar and tiny attached them to the front of the card. Then you can see it behind through the photo, or take it out to look at it.

So now that you have stuck with me, here are the freebie 3x4 Card Cut Files!

***And for those of you who are not using Silhouette Studio Designer Software, these are available as SVG and DXF as well as PNG to print. The links for each are under the images below. Hope that helps! And thanks Rachel, for the heads up!***

Potty Mouth SVG
Potty Mouth DXF
Potty Mouth PNG
Valentine's Day SVG
Valentine's Day DXF
Valentine's Day PNG

And here is a little sneak of what I've got cooking for February's spreads...



Thanks for sticking in there with me today! Can I just say, this was supposed to take like, an hour to write, and four hours later I'm just now finishing up?! Our internet is ridic...

Have a great weekend and be sure to tag me when you use your cut files - I'd love to see what you do with them!
xox
Britt

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

InstaJanuary


I am loving this InstaSeries! I mean, I'm using a lot of the same images for my Project Life Spread, but it's nice to see them all together as one big broad overview of the month. Speaking of which, my big plan for the evening is printing and laying out the last of my January photos. It's really all I can manage at this point. I am majorly couching it this week, at least as much as I can stand it. I hate sitting still. I can barely watch TV without my quilt to work on, Facebook, Instagram, or a game on my phone, or sudoku or knitting or anything to keep my hands busy. So I'm rreeeeaaaally looking forward to some clear sinuses/ears/lungs so I can actually DO something around here.

Hope you're all having a great Wednesday!
xoxo
Britt

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I'm siiiiiiick

I have been meaning to write a post to end all posts. One huge, long crazy post about all things January. Project Life, InstaJanuary, Etsy shop items, going Paleo, and some random projects around the house. But life just keeps getting in the way. I was supposed to get all of these things accounted for - including finishing up the last few bits of my January Project Life spreads - this weekend at our little girly crafty weekend at my house. BUT I lost my mojo and then got really sick with a massive sinus infection that literally felt like my head would burst. Lovely image, I know.

So yeah, I'm alive today and feeling slightly better. Luckily I was able to take off of work today and Thursday was already axed, and since I only work Tuesdays and Thursdays, that means I have the whole week off. Which also means I have no excuse to get all this done. Unless of course my head explodes.

So hang in there - I have lots of good stuff coming up, including maybe a little giveaway...

Happy Tuesday!
xoxo
Britt