Friday, June 14, 2013

Starbucks Hidden Menu Item: Banana Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappucino

Holy YUM.  You must. try. this. NOW.


Order a Grande Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino, add a banana (they will blend it) and if you want it all, ask if they can serve it in a venti cup.  I didn't want it all so I stuck with the grande cup.  Note for you non-coffee drinkers out there... this one can be ordered with or without espresso!

This one is super tasty and, I would argue, semi-healthy... you are getting a banana in it after all! :)

Now go try one before this seasonal summer treat disappears! :)

See other Starbucks Hidden menu items here.

Project Life 2013: Week Four.


This was a crazy busy, but overall good week and I had fun putting together this spread.... it's one of my favorites so far!


Click on the photos to enlarge them and see them a little better.

Week of: January 21-27, 2013.


What happened this week? We ran a 5k with no advance thought/planning....we went for a strength training workout at the gym and registered on the spot.  Totally spontaneous and was a lot of fun.  Brian won the race too! Speedy Gonzales there ;)  He also spent a lot of time working on our loft -- building my sewing desk, installing it and starting the trim on the loft half wall.  So proud of him! :)
 

Anything special about the spread?  Lots of little details crammed into all the photos -- I added lots of journaling to the photos before printing.  Also incorporating more wood veneers this week -- seemed appropriate with all the building Brian did this week!
 

Techniques this week:  Lots of typing directly onto the photos before printing.  Total time saver.
 

Overall thoughts: I really like typing onto the photos before printing.  I am editing them anyway to resize them and it significantly shortens how much time it takes for me to "finish" the spread for the week.  I'll definitely be using more of them. 

Oh.  And my husband is a rock star.  Four weeks in and he's built bookshelves, added doors & hardware to them, painted our upstairs common area/stairwell, built and installed a sewing desk and is adding trim to our loft's half wall.  So awesome.  He's the best!! :)


Project Life, created by Becky Higgins, is a memory keeping system to help capture the bits and pieces of life.  I am using it to capture photos + thoughts on our life every week.  You can view all the posts here.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Ink: Basic Black, Real Red
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Big Shot: Itty Bitty Banners

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Project Life 2013: Week Three.


Another week spent hard at work, working, and hard at home, improving!


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Week of: January 14-20, 2013.


What happened this week? Brian was at work up in Gilroy (it's a commute for him) and we spent lots of time continuing to paint the stairwell and wrap up our home improvement binge!


Anything special about the spread? I enlarged a pic that Brian had sent me via text message from his bike ride after work one day -- I love how easy it was to use a whole page like that.  Totally will be doing it again!


Techniques this week: Aside from the whole page spread, I made my own title card using a stamp set.  I inked it up in a light pink color (Primrose Petals), then rolled the edge in a darker pink color (Raspberry Ripple) to create a two-tone effect on the flower.  Love how it turned out!


Overall thoughts: I finished this two page spread in no time... using one photo to fill a page is a great solution if you are light on photos for the week and don't have much to say!


Project Life, created by Becky Higgins, is a memory keeping system to help capture the bits and pieces of life.  I am using it to capture photos + thoughts on our life every week.  You can view all the posts here.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamps: Betsy's Blossoms
Ink: Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Punches:  1-3/4" Circle (red circle)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Project Life 2013: Week Two.


The home improvement was underway this week.... super busy!


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Week of: January 7-13, 2013.


What happened this week? Normal, average work week.... that ended in an intense weekend of home improvement.  We prepped and painted our loft and upstairs hallway, also got started on our stairway!


Anything special about the spread? I used the paint chip I picked up from Home Depot when we got the paint as the base for my journaling.  I dare say that it's my favorite part of this spread!


Techniques this week: I created two of my own journaling cards -- one with a black glittered mickey head and the other with my favorite new stamp set By the Tide.


Overall thoughts: I love how this week turned out.  I'm discovering that I'm hooked on using flair and the new wood die cuts.  I'm also happy I got brave and wrote right on a photo.  I'll definitely be doing more of that!


Project Life, created by Becky Higgins, is a memory keeping system to help capture the bits and pieces of life.  I am using it to capture photos + thoughts on our life every week.  You can view all the posts here.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamps: By the Tide
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black
Designer Series Paper: Summer Smooches (red polka dot)
Specialty Paper: Red Glimmer Paper
Punches:  Small Heart
Big Shot:  Itty Bitty Banners
Other:  Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Scrapbook Layout: My First Trip to the East Coast

So I finally finished this layout that's been sitting on my desk for months!


I intended for this to be a sort of leading page for the first trip I took to the east coast in my travel album.

Lots of good stuff from my stash on this layout... I had fun putting this one together!  Some more close-ups for ya:




Stampin' Up! supplies for this project: 

Cardstock:  Whisper White (textured)
Punches:  Small Heart
Specialty Paper:  Red Glimmer Paper
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals

Project Life 2013: Week One.



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Five months in and I have actually been keeping up this time and I'm looking forward to doing this throughout the year.  I may have some lag time on sharing these layouts, but only because I have a full-time job and limited daylight hours to photograph my stuff! 

Week of: January 1-6, 2013.


What happened this week? I love the beginning of the new year!  We finally went and saw Les Miserables and I took a road trip to IKEA with my neighbor Anna.... that later resulted in weeks of home improvement!


Anything special in the spread? Lots and lots of journaling and reflecting this week on goals and intentions for 2013.  Also one of my favorite photos to date of Scarlet with her "toy fluff" booger.  She was just chillin' with it stuck to her nose.  So funny :)


Techniques this week: I used my So Saffron Marker to color some white foam letter stickers -- super happy with how it turned out!


Overall thoughts: This is the first week I've actually finished and I'm totally hooked!!  I've wanted to make on of these albums for several years.  Excited I'm finally DOING it instead of wanting to do it!!


Project Life, created by Becky Higgins, is a memory keeping system to help capture the bits and pieces of life.  I am using it to capture photos + thoughts on our life every week.  You can view all the posts here.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamps: PS I Love You Stamps (modern label stamp, retired)
Ink:  Real Red, Basic Black
Specialty Paper:  Red Glimmer Paper
Punches:  Modern Label, Small Heart, Heart to Heart (retired)
Other:  Hung Up Cute Clips (arrow paperclip)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Scrapbook Layout: Sweet Boy

 
 

 

 

This is one of my favorite pics of my nephew!  For this layout I used up some ancient scrapping supplies in my stash and added some fun new ones...

What do you think?!

Stampin' Up! supplies for this project: 

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla
Ink:  Basic Black
Punches:  2-3/8" Scallop Circle, 1-3/4" Circle 
Big Shot:  Chevron Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty Banners dies
Other: Hung Up Cute Clips (cute thought bubble paperclip), Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Paper-Piercing Mat, Stampin' Dimensionals

Project Life 2013: Title Page

Into the sixth month of this year and I'm finally sharing my Project Life album!  Never too late, right?!


Click on the photos to enlarge the photos and see them a little better.

There have been weeks that have been a lull, a little blah trying to get done, but so worth it looking back at it now! :)


I had so much fun putting together this title page.  All kinds of fun goodies from my stash and I also made this fun insert:


I used the Nifty Fifty kit from Stampin' Up for the California outline.  So easy to drag and drop, add a few words, send to the printer and cut out!

Here are a few more close-up shots of the details and words:


So there's my title page.... the beginning.  SO EXCITED to share my album!  I'll be back tomorrow with the first week...

Project Life, created by Becky Higgins, is a memory keeping system to help capture the bits and pieces of life.  I am using it to capture photos + thoughts on our life every week.  You can view all the posts here.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Digital Studio: Nifty Fifty kit (California outline)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Specialty Paper:  Red Glimmer Paper
Punches:  Small Heart, 1-3/4 Scallop Circle

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Next Round of Home Improvement

This post was written May 24th and I'm just now adding photos to post for posterity!

So there's this pattern around here.... I head out of town for a few days or a week to visit my brother + sister-in-law... and Brian does what we call "get a wild hare" around here.... :)

I love his wild hares while I'm out of town!  They have resulted the house exterior getting completely repainted:


A new entertainment center being built from scratch:


So at least now he recognizes that he gets these wild hares when I go on this trip and since I had one coming up soon.... we were talking about the painting of our downstairs (which we started when painting the loft/hallway/stairway).  There are four zones in one big open space (an entry way, a kitchen, a dining room and a living room), plus a powder room, laundry room and hallway closet.

So for the majority of the space, we have chosen to use the same color from the upstairs loft/hallway, stairway/entryway -- Behr's Castle Path for the walls and Behr's Innocence for the trim/ceiling/doors.

We have lived with it since January and love it!  But we both want some splashes of color downstairs and have been tossing around what to do with two areas: the kitchen and what we call the living room alcove/entertainment center wall.

In the kitchen, we already have maple cabinets, white tile counters, black/stainless appliances and knotted pine floors and the room is open concept to the entire downstairs, so we want to pick something that won't stand out too much.  We might have settled on a teal color for the backsplash area and just need to test paint samples now.  Ultimately, we hope to put in stone countertops, but too much money for right now, so we are sticking to just getting the painting done!

I'm inspired by this photo I found googlin' for ideas:
Pinned here.

And I like the idea of this color palette, though maybe a red instead of a peach?
Pinned here.

In the living room, we have this awkward alcove.  Originally, before flat screen TVs came along, we used this area for the TV and intended on building it out with cabinets.  Once we had the flat screen, it wouldn't fit and now it's just an awkward space that we have shoved older pieces of living room furniture into until we have the time, money and vision of what we want to do with it.....

I can't find good, true before pictures.... so this will have to do.  It was taken the morning that Brian started prepping the space for paint!  Alcove on the left with plants on top, entertainment center wall straight ahead.

I'm lobbying to take the top off (so-to-speak) and cap it with trim as a nice half wall -- it's a good solution since we do not have the flooring pieces to take it out completely at the moment and I'm not crazy about increasing the bill by $500 or more for an electrician to reroute all the light switches right now.    Plus it would open it up to adding a new piece of furniture that Brian can build to compliment the entertainment center and to hold the photo albums and DVDs currently stored on the older pieces occupying the space.
Okay, so there is this one circa 2010... we have rearranged a bit since then! :)

Either way, we are talking about putting in an accent wall behind the entertainment center.  Not sure what yet, but I'm thinking on it and leaning towards a darker shade of Castle Path... or maybe a bold color?  Guess I'll have to wait and see which way we go when it comes time to buy the paint!

Testing paint samples in the kitchen!
So there it is a nutshell.  Documented mostly for my own sanity when we get into the midst of this, it's always nice to come back later here and see what we were planning versus what reality gave us.  I will be back soon to share the final choices and show what it looks like now! :)

How do you plan home improvement projects?  Do you struggle with layout and paint options too?

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