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Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Good morning, everyone, and Happy Halloween! We still haven't carved our pumpkins here, so this evening after work will be a bit of a mad scramble to get that done before the trick or treaters start arriving at our door. Luckily I picked up a Star Wars pumpkin carving kit at Target a few weeks ago- it should help make life just a little easier!

In the spirit of all this spookiness I've got a Halloween themed layout to share with you, based on the sketch that was posted yesterday on the Pretty Little Studio blog.



I don't normally add this many items to a page, but I don't normally get to do Halloween pages, either, so I admit I went a bit nuts with it! I started with papers from the Pretty Little Studio Scaredy Cat collection and photos of our Halloween decor from a couple of years ago (with the kitchen construction going on right now I didn't even attempt to get it all out again this year) and arranged everything to follow the sketch.


I didn't really intend to fill all the whitespace off to the side, but once I started with those star and ghost diecuts I just couldn't stop myself! Out came the box of Halloween product that hardly gets used, and before I knew it a big blingy spider, some buttons, and a few resin flowers had joined the mix!


I admit, I had fun stepping outside my usual box and really decking this page out. :)

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a safe and happy Halloween!

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mega drop

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Lawn Fawn and Scrapbook Adhesives have teamed up to bring you a week full of inspiration combining products from both companies, and I took the opportunity (and the sudden influx of large amounts of dimensional foam adhesive!) to start scrapping my Tennessee State Fair photos from last month.


Lawn Fawn's Admit One stamp set has been quietly and patiently waiting for photos just like these ever since I joined the team earlier this year, and Scrapbook Adhesives' 3D Foam Squares paired perfectly with them to create some custom embellishments. I simply stamped the images on a few scraps of Lawn Fawn's Bright Side paper, cut them out, and adhered them to the page.


I love that the 3D Foam Squares come in two different thicknesses, meaning that I was able to place elements at varying heights on my layout (you might notice that all three photos are raised, but the center photo is slightly higher).


Be sure to hop on over to the Lawn Fawn blog to see what the rest of the super talented design team has cooked up today!

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project life 2012 | week 32

Monday, October 29, 2012

I tried something just a little different with Week 32 of my Project Life album- I got out my typewriter. I've been admiring how awesome Michelle Wooderson's Project Life pages look when she uses her vintage typewriter to add text to labels and journaling cards, and I thought that it might help clean up my layouts a bit since my handwriting is anything but neat.

So, how did it turn out? Let's take a look.

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The first few cards and labels went fine, except I kept making typos! It's so much easier to correct a bad keystroke on a computer before printing something out, but it's not quite so easy to just hit the Backspace key and erase an erroneous letter on a typewriter- oops!! I had to settle for the "backspace-and-type-over-with-the-right-character-several-times-and-hope-it-works-out" method in more than a few places. Still, I do like the look of the typewritten text- and it lets me fit so much more on a small card!


It was on the second page of cards that things went terribly, terribly awry. The first few were fine, but then my typewriter (an old electric version) went completely nuts. And by nuts I mean I would hit the "A" key, and an "N" would type instead. It was as if the entire alphabet just scrambled itself for no reason, and not even a "reboot" (meaning I unplugged the typewriter and then plugged it back in) would clear it. I was kind of disgusted with the whole thing at this point, so I put the typewriter back on the shelf and just wrote out my last card by hand. And, guess what? By the time I got to that last card, my handwriting wasn't looking so bad to me after all. :)


I might revisit the typewriter again at some point for my Project Life pages (if I can ever unscramble its ABCs), but next time I'll use it in smaller amounts. It is nice to have for the small labels especially since I think it makes them more legible when I include long-ish text on them.

It's always fun to experiment with my scrapbook pages, even if it is just to finally put to rest a technique that I've had in my head for a while- it clears brain space for my next crazy idea!

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geek girl | october 28, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hola, geeklings! I've got so much more to share with you tonight besides the usual picks, including awesome news for fans of Adam Baldwin (John Casey in Chuck and Jayne Cobb in Firefly, not to mention a fabulous appearance in the movie Independence Day)!


Adam has been cast in a major role in a new series called Last Ship that's currently being pitched to TNT. Here's hoping that they pick up the pilot! Get the full scoop at Cinema Blend.

I think news of this magnitude calls for yet another viewing of this video. Warning- if you've never seen Firefly, this will make no sense to you whatsoever. :)

And while I'm posting videos, I should probably include the new Iron Man 3 trailer, just released this week! I cannot wait for this movie!

If that's not enough video for you, how about one more- it's another teaser for Angry Birds Star Wars, due out on November 8th.

Lots of fun stuff to look forward to!

And of course I have the usual geeky roundup for you today, too!


From the top left:

  • Cupcakes Take the Cake has found yet another awesome set of Star Wars cupcake- love the fondant work on these!
  • Artist Nick Scurfield posted a great Boba Fett/astromech mashup.
  • Painted Minion pumpkins...could they be any cuter?!!? Check them out over at Craftberry Bush.
  • I can't even begin to imagine how long it took to make these balloon costumes. There's a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles version in addition to Buzz Lightyear when you click through the link.
  • Sears is now selling a line of Star Wars slippers, of all things!
  • Check out how one Star Wars fan decked out his yard with scarecrows from a galaxy far, far away.
  • You can't miss the fact that it's election season here in the US, and of course there's plenty of campaign-related humor to go around. Stellar Four posted a roundup of science fiction and fantasy characters and pitted them against each other in mock elections. Funny stuff, especially when you get to the one about Sherlock Holmes.
  • My brother is currently obsessed with my new Star Wars model X-Box 360, so posting this super-cool R2-D2 NES build might just be rubbing salt in that wound. Sorry, J!!
  • This replica Batcave was built using a mind-boggling 20,000 Lego pieces- incredible!
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