Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bates Motel

The photo of the layout is a bit blurry, but I love the moodiness of this one.  During HHNs at Universal, the tram ride drops you off and you get to walk around and really see the Bates Motel.  Ben and I even had our photo take there.  I think was actually Scott's photo, maybe mine.  We both took one and played with them to get the right amount of light/dark on it.

I used a Scrap our Stash sketch and lots of scraps and older stuff -- the embellishment borders are K&Co from years ago, the ravens are from Recollections (I think) and the cut border was from a CK swap several years ago, the fussy cut tree branch/bird is from DCWV.   The background is Recollections -- it's a really textured, corrugated feel  paper.  The pp is all DCWV, I believe, from a variety of pads -- a fall pad, the grunge stack (don't remember the exact name -- I've only got scraps left), and a Christmas stack (the green, again, I don't remember which one). The title pic is one I pulled off the internet.


Monday, April 28, 2014


I love, love, love this layout -- love the photos, love the paper, love how it came out.

The photos are actually screen shots taken from the You Tube video of R3hab, Nervo, and Ummet Ozcam's music video "Revolution."  David is in the video -- it was a one day shoot outside of Barstow.

The paper is from a DCWV stack that I just got a couple weeks ago.  It's called Tradewinds.  I'd put off buying it (I never pay full price for a stack at Mike's or Jo's) and then couldn't find it.  I found it again -- with the Juniper Berry stack -- for $5.99 each.  Can't beat that with a stick.

Now, in these stacks, you get 2 (or sometimes more) of each page.  Which is nice for those of us who make 2 page layouts most often, at least when it's an all over print.  But when it's got those highlights (the foil butterflies), it's harder to use them side by side.  So -- I cover up parts.  I used another sheet in the stack, the black chevron, to make mat strips for my photos.  For the video pics, which tell a chronological story, it worked great.  I added some butterflies and a title, journaling, and graphics I pulled from the internet.

I actually did the layout a while back, at a crop, but left it to do the journaling and title at home.  So it's sat for several weeks.  Good at finishing up, I am not.  But I'm glad I finished this one.

If you're interested in seeing the video, go here

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A Winter's Day and City Walk

I love, love, love this umbrella paper -- it's DCWV from the Juniper Berry Stack.  The strip on the title is from a Recollections 6x6 pad.  While the rest of the country was digging out from snow storms that just kept coming, CA went into a drought.  This was a winter walk from home down Zelzah to CSUN.  The clouds are coming in, but the bird of paradise is still blooming.  I think this was the walk that I started out in a sweatshirt, but ended up with it around my waist.

From Universal City Walk -- the pics of the Sponge Bob care came out really oddly tinted.  Night time with lots of neon and fluorescent lights I guess.  We love walking City Walk.


I've been remiss in posting some of the things I've been working on, so now you get a bunch dumped out all at once.

First, some layouts with photos of David and Scott from Halloween Horror Nights at Universal.  They were both scareactors (their job title) for the special nights.  I loved getting the behind the scene photos from them.

David worked with the "Tramily" -- the normal tram ride was suspended during HHN and the guests are dropped off up by the Bates Motel (that was awesome getting to see that up close) and walk through various areas that have been infested with Walking Dead.  Scott worked in the Insidious Maze.  I haven't gotten to those photos yet -- soon.

Behind the Curtain shows their costume and make up area.  I used a sketch from "Stick It Down" -- a new site for me.  I loved the sketch and even though I didn't have photos of different sizes, I think you can see the inspiration there.  I also was inspired by the "FLOWER" challenge at S.W.A.T.   -- I think this is the first time I've participated in a challenge there, although I've been watching them for a while.  The challenge was to use something for each letter of the word "FLOWER" on your layout.  Here's mine:

F -- floral pp, flourish, fashion, fonts (Bones and A Dripping Marker) for title
L -- layering, lacy doily
O -- Orange (and lots of it) -- one of the colors I have a hard time with
W -- wood veneer (under the title "BEHIND") and white accents (doily, word "Halloween", title, journal card)
E - eek! and the orange "bat" paper is part of the Eerie collection by Basic Gray (it's older)
R -- Round embellies (near title) and Red  (the color of the font in the title and in some of the strips

Yep, that's my DH all made up, with his boss.  Love these photos of the monsters playing cards, showing off pics of the grandkids and taking a quick nap.

The "Tramily" -- both DH's group and the whole group.  And then, of course, they had to start acting out.

Such fun memories of their time as Scareactors for HHN.