Friday, October 21, 2016

Siblings Weekend Scrapbook: Part 8

Continuing with my Simple Stories mini album for the "Siblings Weekend" trip my husband and sister-in-law took.  This is a two-page spread of various yummy eats during the weekend:


On the left-hand page, I used a dark pink as the base page, with two yummy looking plates of food (makes me hungry just looking at it!).


My sister-in-law identified all of the foods in the pictures on the "food to remember" journalling card.


On the right-hand page, I used a black piece of paper with black dots on it.  I used two more photos, and then fussy cut the Dunkin' Donuts coffee cup.  The food in the photos and the two embellishments pop against the black background.


Because they were in Boston in January and it was fairly chilly, I used a little sticker of a coffee mug with steam with the Dunkin' Donuts coffee cup.


I also used a paperclip that said "oh, yeah!" to highlight the yummy food.


More pages from the Siblings Weekend scrapbook to come!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Review of Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman

A fanciful and fun book.  The dad's story is quite the journey, and proves that even buying buying the milk he can save the day, or even save the world!  A quick but delightful read that I think would make a fantastical movie.  :)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Siblings Weekend Scrapbook: Part 7

Here is another page from the Siblings Weekend scrapbook I did for Mark, featuring Simple Stories product.


I used an orange Simple Stories planner page as the base page.  I wanted to highlight this photo of my sister-in-law, and tie everything together with orange.


I basically divided up the page into quadrants.  In the upper left corner I used a photo overlay that had several different color speech bubbles (including orange!).  I especially liked the little orange heart in the top speech bubble.


To the right of the photo I put a journalling card so that we could add some journalling that could be my sister-in-law's thoughts or reflections.  (Journalling still to do, unfortunately!)


Below the journalling card is another card that says "seeing the city" since they were exploring Boston.  I matted this with a little red paper to make the grey pop a little more on the orange background.


In the bottom left corner I put some washi tape to tie back to the red matting and the blue in the speech bubble overlay.

Keep an eye out for future scrapbook pages!  :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review of Emily and the Strangers by Rob Reger and Mariah Huehner, illustrated by Emily Ivie

I saw Emily and the Strangers at a comic book store and was intrigued.  I really like the art, and Emily is goth and reminiscent (in her look) of Wednesday from the Addam's Family.  Plus, there were black cats, and I'm a sucker for a story where the cat(s) become a character.  The story is pretty straight forward and simple, and Emily does keep having the same issue of adjusting to working with her new band members, but she does have a little bit of growth by the end.  What I thought was really interesting was at the end of the book was some information about the history of Emily the Strange, the original comic, with images of character designs before the artist got to the final designs.  I recommend this to people who are looking for a young quirky female protagonist who is the ultimate scientist, mysticist, and musician.  I'm definitely interested in reading the sequel!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Siblings Weekend Scrapbook Part 6

Here's another layout from the Siblings Weekend scrapbook I made for Mark.  I used several elements here, starting with a Simple Stories paper for my base.  I kind of divvied up the page into four quadrants, and put an element in each one. Each quadrant also ties in yellow, blue, and red colors.


In the top left I have the photo.  On the photo I used an overlay that had a bunch of speech bubbles, which seem to all be kind of pointing at my sister-in-law, so it draws your eye to her.


In the upper right quadrant I put a simple piece of graph paper for journalling.  I used a yellow chevron washi tape to hold down the edges that are furthest away from the photo.


In the lower right quadrant I used a red mat on a cut-a-part piece from the Simple Stories Urban Traveller collection, since the purpose the the trip was to see Boston.


Finally, in the lower left quadrant I used some chevron washi tape to tie back to the red and blue colors elsewhere in the layout.  I trimmed the edges of the pieces of tape to give them a little more dimension.


I like the color scheme on this page.  Watch for more scrapbook layouts to come!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Review of Paper Towns by John Green

I read Paper Towns because I had read another one of John Green's books, The Fault in Our Stars, which was a very moving story, and I saw that the Paper Towns movie was going to be released (and you always need to read the book before you see the movie!).  While the main character in The Fault in Our Stars is female, I did not take any issues with her portrayal by a male author; interestingly, I did have some issues with the male main character's view and portrayal of the love interest, Margo, in Paper Towns.  I think part of this has to do with the underlying philosophical discussion that is the crux of Quentin's (Q for short) coming of age story.  Margo leaves behind a copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass for Q as a clue for him to find her.  He reads the book many times, each time realizing that who he thinks Margo is is only his perception of her based on a performance.  She seems to have a character she built that those at school or people she socializes with see; as Q starts to realize, there is a whole other Margo that lives internally and when she is alone.  Subsequently, because of this dissonance between the Margo performer and the internal Margo that Q starts to realize, the difference becomes jarring between how Q describes and thinks of her, and the Margo we come to meet in the end of the book in Agloe, NY.

I think this dissonance is done on purpose.  As Q reads in Leaves of Grass, he begins to think about how we are all connected, but also maybe it isn't possible to know someone else entirely--to know their true self.  And so the dissonance would make sense as Q starts to remove the layers of the facade that Margo has built for the outside world.  And in fact as Q realizes, he really knew very little about Margo, and everything he knows about her is truly superficial--her looks and the act her performs.  He is even surprised when he compares the Margo he knows to the Margo others knew and finds that those are different Margo's.  He starts to see a little of this unraveling the night of their Great Adventure, but by the time we see Margo again at the end of the book, she seems almost like a different person.  I think that is partly because in the intervening time, he has started to realize that he didn't really know Margo, and his image of her starts to break down.

I think overall the philosophical story is very nice, but that because Margo never seems like a real person (even in the end because she is so disjointed from previous views of her, I found it difficult to find her a believable character), this story may be better suited for tween/teen boys who might be going through their own coming of age story.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Siblings Weekend Scrapbook Part 5

So here's another page from the sibling weekend scrapbook I made for Mark.


This was another photo that I really liked and wanted to highlight by itself.  The base paper is a two-toned dotted light blue paper.


I added a little bit of color by adding a small banner.  (I'm not a huge banner person, so 2-3 penants is usually about all I do.)


I also added a touch of color with a multi-color dotted washi tape, which one edge of the photo overlaps.  I used the title "Not all those who wander are lost," which I thought went nicely with the photo of the alley.


Finally, I added a journalling card that has the words "made my day" in blue on it, tying back to the blue paper.  I also thought the phrase went well with the journey / wandering metaphor of the photo and title.


So that's the page.  Pretty simple, but that way it doesn't distract from the photo, which is taking us on a journey through the streets of Boston...