Haunted Hotel Pocket Page

Hello everyone!  I wanted to take a break from the "off the page" projects and get back to some scrapbooking.  I used my visit to the haunted Royal Hotel as my inspiration. Here on Okinawa, we have many interesting and creepy places to visit.  One such place is the Royal Hotel which is rumored to be haunted by angry spirits.

The story goes that the owner started construction on this hotel against the wishes of local monks who warned him that it would anger the spirits that resided in a sacred cave on the hotel grounds.  The business man continued with construction anyway and the project was riddled with unfortunate accidents resulting in workers' injuries and deaths.  The owner decided to spend the night on the site to prove that his workers were being overly superstitious.  There are a couple different accounts as to what happened to the businessman.  Some say he went crazy and was admitted into an asylum.  Others say he committed suicide.

I have more pictures of the inside of the Royal Hotel that I will be sharing in a mini album.  Be sure to stay tuned as I will be telling the story in more detail.


Supply List: Journaling Cards (Becky Higgins Project Life) Dresden Borders (Retro Cafe Art) Black/White Striped Ribbon (May Arts:  424-18-10) Alphas (Thickers, Pink Paislee) Embellishents (stash) Chipboard (Creative Embellishments) Inka Gold Paint (Retro Cafe Art)

Poppin' Pocket Scrappin'

Why hello Muses!  So as you may know, I've gotten into the whole pocket scrappin' trend and I gotta say.  I love it!  There really is so much you can do with it.  You can use cards from a kit or you can do what I did with my Gelli Plate, Art Anthology paints and mists, and some Viva Las VegaStamps and create your own cards.

Just look at this luscious spread I put together showing our trip up to Nago to see the cherry blossoms and visit the pineapple farm (and tasted some delicious pineapple wine!).

So much color and completely unique, making your own cards is fun and easy!

Pocket Spread (8)

I used Colorations mists and they are the bomb!  Combining Art Anthology, VLVS, and my Gelli Plate made making my own cards super easy, messy, and fun.

Pocket Spread (7)

Some Glorious, Plush, and that fun film strip stamp make these cards pizazz!
Pocket Spread (6)

Some more paint and inky fun but let’s throw the Bubbles stencil and that barbed wire background into the mix.  Oh heck!  Why not stamp with the checkerboard background too!

Pocket Spread (4)

I am totally hooked on making my own pocket scrapping cards and will absolutely show you as I create them.  It’s nearly impossible to make a mistake and it sure as heck takes a lot of pressure off for getting that “perfect” look.  I do hope you give it a try!


Week 2 Is in the Baaaag!

Have I told you guys how much I am totally *diggin'* Project Life?!  Today, I have my Week 2 spread ready and rarin' to go!  I do admit that these project photos aren't as spectacular as last week's.  Fighting with cloudy, windy, dreary, overcast skies today and they kind of won.  ::shaking fist::

I used an assortment of cards from various Project Life Core Kits as well as embellishments from my January Hip Kit.  Why discriminate?  There's room for e'rythang in here!  And I have to say, those cork embellishments are the BOOOMB diggity!

Week 2 was a good week!  We checked out a new restaurant with some friends, ate some horse heart and kangaroo, had drinks, and my son had a minor meltdown over math homework. Yep.  Welcome to my life.

One thing to remember:  It's not sacrilegious to glue embellishments directly onto the photo.  True story.

Basashi = horse heart.......and it's DELICIOUS!  DELICIOUS I tell you!!!

Aaaaah and here we are at meltdown city topped with a cocoa rice krispie treat and the official start to some diving fun.  Aren't you "feeling the love"??!!  ::sarcasm::

One thing I do love about Project Life is that is lets me use tools and items I bought swearing I'd use them on ALL THE THIIIIIIIINGS but they ended up being shoved into a cabinet, used as a paper weight, or just straight up forgotten like an old pair of shoes in the back of the closet. As Justin Timberlake said, "I'm bringin' embossin' back!"

I have a box of Thin Mints calling my name so until next time.......


Project Life 2015: No, For Real This Time!

Well hellooooooo Muses!  Can you believe it's 2015 already?!  Where has time gone?!  A new year, a new thing to focus on.  Notice any changes?  I started the new year off by giving the ol' bloggity blog a make-over!  It's still a work in progress but it should be completed by the end of this week!

And now on to the fun!  This year, in keeping with my One Little Word, "balance", I've decided to take on a pretty big, well, undertaking.  Project Life.  No, for real this time!

Today, I have my first spread!  I'm so proud of myself that I'm not behind!!!!  And yes.  By this point, I'm usually behind.

For Week 1, instead of focusing on the entire week, I wanted to focus on one day, January 4.  We went to Futenma Gongen for Hatsumode, the New Year tradition here in Japan.  This place is a Shinto shrine that is believed to be over 500 years old.  The kids really enjoyed it and thought it was cool to experience a different culture and religion in such a real way.

This is Futenma Gongen.  I thought the photo itself was enough so I didn't add anything to it.  The second photo is of our shimekazari.  It's a rope decorated with good luck charms for the new year.

There's those lovely alphas all up close and personal. Those Thickers were so perfect for this spread.....and my newest "go to" item in my craft stash. The sticker on the green Project Life card shows a sheep.  2015 is the year of sheep or ram.  And no kidding!  "Say What?" It's 2015!!!

Another Hatsumode tradition is tying the omikuji to ropes.  This is piece of paper tells your fortune of the upcoming year and tying it to the rope is said to bring more good fortune and lessen the bad.  We didn't draw an omikuji because I cannot read the kanji on the paper.  Needless to say, the kids thoroughly enjoyed it anyway.

And with that, I say, "Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu!"  Happy New Year!


My First Pocket Style Page

Merry Christmas, Muses!!  Holy cow has it been one hell of a year!  So much so, I have completely neglected this blog and for that, I apologize.  However, I did not come back here just to share and apology!  No!  I actually have something to share with you!

I decided some time ago that I wanted to give pocket scrappin' a go.  After several months and a day-to-day-life change (see:  a job -_- ), I have finally finished one!  I even had dear, ol' hubs go with me just so I could get some fresh photos.  We decided to head to Kokusai Street because there is always something to see there.

What did we see?  Well, I'll share the best stuff in later posts but for now, here's my first pocket spread and I gotta say.  Not only am I hooked, I really love how it turned out.

Top photo is Kokusai Street.  Bottom photo is Makishi Public Market (and it's AWESOME!)

Here are a few more close ups!

 It's like each pocket is its own little mini canvas!

A li'l bit of sewing, a regular ol' arrow paper clip I picked up in the stationery section of the Aeon, some decorative masking tape, and of course, paint splatter is just what made this row perfect.  The hiragana at the bottom of the card reads "Kokusai".

What is a spread without a little bit of Art Anthology love?!  I used the Mermaid Dimensional Crystal paint over those awesomely awesome Thickers.  And why stop there?  I tried a little bit of crazy stitching with my machine.  You can see it peek-a-booing in red on the card.

 And voila!  There you (and I) have my first pocket scrappin' page!  I'm off to get more done!  It's like crack I tell ya!

Cheers!   ::twitch::

"Our Okinawa Adventure"

Helloooooo Muses!  Today, I have a very exciting post for you.  It's exciting because it's my very first post as part of the Art Anthology Dream Team!  I have long dreamed of being a part of this superbly talented team.  Talk about a "pinch me" moment.

I have decided to delve into the world of pocket scrapping as a way to document our many, many adventures we have had and will continue to have while here on Okinawa.  Below, I am showing off the cover of my album I plan on using.  I dressed up the cover to an 8.5x11 chipboard album.

For more details as well as a super easy how-to on this project, please visit the Art Anthology blog.  I hope you all come along with me on this amazing artsy journey!