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"And finally, above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art…" – Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Fun at the fair January 26, 2010

Filed under: Life,Photography — Lulu @ 12:37 pm

WARNING: VERY photo-heavy post!

Just some pictures of the South Florida Fair (Fanless and I drove up to Lake Worth on Sunday to attend the fair with our friends, Kim and Brandon, and their family).


We walked in through the Yesteryear Village entrance, and were transported back in time. Yesteryear Village is this cool, year-round, history park located on the fairgrounds, and features actual buildings and artifacts from the 1850s through the 1950s. It includes a general store, a schoolhouse, a church, fire department, jailhouse, and several houses that have been transformed into museum buildings.


There’s also an area for kids to play in that features old-fashioned games, like ring toss and a bubble-making station.


And, of course, there were the requisite wooden cutout photos.


We spent a little time in Yesteryear Village checking out some of the buildings, like the backwoods “Deliverance” shack (complete with outhouse and wooden pony).


Eventually we made our way to the actual fair, where we got to check out the animals.



Mia took her first pony ride…


And her first ferris wheel ride, with Daddy and Uncle Fanless.


And, naturally, we had to stuff our faces with fair food.



But none of us were brave enough to try this.

Mia was the big winner at the Balloon Popping Game, where she scored an “Hola Gato” (Hello Kitty’s distant Mexican cousin).


And she loved the cowboy hat Uncle Fanless got her.


This little angel was so good. She slept through much of the day.


And, finally, my absolute favorite photos of the day.


The End.


Scrappiness January 22, 2010

Filed under: Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 10:13 am

Two more (for my 100 Layouts Challenge)! 


#9 – Sweet Baby Girl

All products used are from K&Company’s Simply Sweet collection (except the journaling tag and epoxy stickers).

sweet baby girl


#10 – Beightol, Est. 2005

All products used (except the black alpha) are from the Christmas kit I got from Vanessa.  I kept this one pretty simple because it’s a gift for our friends, Kim & Brandon, so it’ll be framed before I give it to them.



That’s 10 down, 90 to go… (oy, vey).  Anyway – peace out, yo!!


Scrappiness January 19, 2010

Filed under: Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 10:47 pm

Over the last week, I’ve completed six more layouts for my 100 Layouts Challenge. Products used are listed below the photos.


#3 – This Is True Love

Products used: DCWV brown and red cardstock; K&Company Serendipity flower paper, border strip and die cut tag; Thickers alpha


#4 – Baby Pictures

All products used are from my Christmas swap kit from Vanessa.


#5 – Happiness…

(Journaling reads: “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore)

All products from a Noel Mignon kit, except LOVE dimensional sticker (Fiskars).


#6 – So In Love

Design scraplifted from Miss Morgan.

Products used: Making Memories Flea Market paper, chipboard clocks and brads; Thickers alpha; K&Company epoxy hearts.


#7 – She’s 4

Design scraplifted from Jaime Pate of the WIP Kits design team.

All products from a Noel Mignon kit.


#8 – Making Silly Faces

Design from a sketch by Jana Eubank

All products from a Noel Mignon kit.


Bag lady January 18, 2010

Filed under: Life,Miscellany,Random Thoughts — Lulu @ 9:22 pm

I already did one of these posts a long, looong time ago. But this morning, as I was cleaning out my purse, I was amazed at the amount of stuff I had packed in there, so I just decided to take a picture and share the scary, scary insides of my big bag.


First, the bag. It’s a $30 Hollywood Intuition bag from Target. I LOOOOVE this bag. It’s super roomy and has tons of pockets.


And just to prove how roomy it is, here’s everything that was in there as of 7am today (list below photo):


1. My wallet (by Fossil. I love all the little hearts!)

2. Makeup bag from Ulta

3. Baby wipes (I’m notoriously clumsy and I’m always spilling stuff, so these are great for cleaning up)

4. Angel sunglass case (which is empty because I forgot my glasses at my niece’s dad’s house on Saturday night)

5. A million receipts from Publix, Target, CVS…

6. A stack of napkins from Five Guys Burgers

7. Hello Kitty mini-notepad

8. Tape measure

9. My winter gloves (it was cold last week!)

10. Gum

11. Allergy pills

12. Book club selection for January

13. Notebook and pens

14. Nail file

15. Brush

16. Keys

17. Nasal spray (I’m always congested, because of my allergies)

18. Aveeno lotion

19. Facial blotting tissues from the Body Shop

20. Rewetting drops for my contact lenses

21. Peppermint lip balm and Rosebud Strawberry lip salve

22. Assorted hair clips and ties

23. Camera case (for the camera I used to take the picture)

24. Mini digital video camera

25. Mini tripod (gift from Fanless)

26. Directions to the Aveda Institute in Davie (my friend, Agi, did my hair last week)

27. Pickup notice from the post office

28. Calculator

29. Spare batteries for my camera

30. Spare car key

31. Tide-To-Go pen

32. Coin purse (with no coins in it; just bandaids, tylenol and safety pins)


So that’s it. I told you it was scary!


Peace out, yo!


Why I Scrapbook… January 13, 2010

Filed under: Scrapbooking,Video — Lulu @ 5:05 pm

This video from Shimelle Laine is great at explaining why we do what we do. Enjoy!


Scrappiness January 11, 2010

Filed under: Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 7:27 pm

I’ve completed two layouts so far for my 100 Layouts challenge.


#1 – Family Christmas 2009

family christmas 09

(Products used: black cardstock, Making Memories Tinsel collection patterned paper, felt embellishment and blue alpha; Making Memories Scrapbook Basics red glitter alpha; K&Company Deck the Halls collection dimensional sticker; snowflake brads from my stash. Tools: Fiskars Apron Lace border punch.)


#2 – The 2 of Us  (This one is actually a gift for Tere, and will probably be framed.)

the two of us

(Products used: My Mind’s Eye patterned cardstock and acrylic title; Webster’s Pages Nature’s Storybook patterned paper (the cutout flowers); Heidi Swapp red flower; red ribbon; Making Memories brad. Tools: Fiskars Apron Lace border punch; Marvy flower punch.)


These layouts are not part of the challenge. I actually made these last week when I got together with the girls at Barb’s house.

cuba 1950s

Products used: Webster’s Pages Postcards from Paris patterned paper, journal card, alphas, and velvet and chiffon ribbon trim; flower from Barb’s stash. =)

drive in the country

Products used: Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg patterned paper and chipboard embellishments; AC Thickers foam alphas; Making Memories chipboard flower; Target $1 Spot journal card and brad.

i still believe

Products used: Making Memories Tinsel collection paper and chipboard embellies; Pink Paislee blue alphas; AC Thickers gray foam alphas; mini brads from my stash. Tools used: Vanessa’s Martha Stewart snowflake punch.

just you

All products used are from the Noel Mignon Mill Street kit.


Products used: Webster’s Pages Nature’s Storybook paper, journal card, photo corner, alphas, brown and green ribbon; felt scroll ribbon from a Noel Mignon kit (can’t remember which one); flowers from Barb’s stash (thank you, Barb!); Making Memories mini brads; brown embroidery thread.

xmas memories

Products used: Making Memories Tinsel collection papers, embellies and blue alphas; Ki Memories white alphas; K&Company dimensional sticker; Elle’s Studio journaling card (A Moment in Time); Scenic Route lined paper; green stickles. Tools used: Martha Stewart border punch.


That’s all for now. Peace out, yo!


Scrap Challenge January 8, 2010

Filed under: Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 1:14 am

I can’t remember exactly on which blog I saw this, but one of the many scrapbookers whose blogs I read posted a challenge to herself, whereby she will not purchase any new products (except adhesive) until she has made 100 layouts with her current stash of products. I think this is an AWESOME idea! I – along with pretty much every single scrapbooker I know – is guilty of hoarding. We are always buying new stuff without using what we already have on hand. With so many new and beautiful products coming out every day, it’s hard to say no and stick with it.


Anyway, as one of my 2010 “To Do List” items (I hate the word resolutions) is to try and save money, I have decided to take on this challenge as well. And to hold myself accountable for it, I will post all the layouts here. So that’s the deal: 100 new layouts using ONLY products I currently own. And no scrap shopping until that goal is met.


Wish me luck!


Peace out, yo!


Who the hell… January 6, 2010

Filed under: Random Thoughts — Lulu @ 11:37 am

Pissed in Mother Nature’s corn flakes this morning?? I am colder here, right now, in my house, than I was when we were in Washington.  My current attire consists of: a tank top, a long sleeve t-shirt, a short sleeve t-shirt, a fleece hoodie, two pairs of sweatpants, two pairs of socks and fuzzy, fleece-lined Hello Kitty slippers. Oh, I am also wearing gloves. No lie. Typing is a bitch right now.  Brrrrr!

Stay warm, Miamians! Peace out, yo!


Hard at work January 3, 2010

Filed under: Life,Photography — Lulu @ 12:13 am

Probably my most favorite picture I’ve taken in a while.


Scrappiness: Seattle Mini Album January 2, 2010

Filed under: Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 2:07 am

I don’t usually make mini albums because I find them intimidating. But I really wanted to make one about our visit to Seattle. Luckily, the same week we got back from our trip, I saw this blog post by Jenny Chesnick, where she shared a recent mini she made. I took inspiration from her design to make my own album.


All the patterned paper is from K&Company’s Urban Rhapsody line. The base is craft cardstock, and alphas and embellies are a mix of American Crafts, K&Company, Jenny Bowlin, and other bits and pieces from my stash. I also incorporated maps and pamphlets and other ephemera we picked up during our trip.


I made a little pocket to hold our airline boarding passes.





I forgot to take a picture of our hotel, but I had this postcard I picked up in the lobby, so I mounted it on patterned paper, backed it with white cardstock, and journaled on the back.



On the page about Top Pot, I used a postcard (yes, again) as the main picture, and did my journaling on the back of the business card for the café, which I then tucked behind the two bottom photos.




For the page on the left, I made a pocket behind the photo, and tucked in the little pamphlet about the restaurant and our receipt. The picture of the Space Needle also has a “slot” behind it. I made a pull-out card, attached our monorail passes to it, and tucked it behind the photo.


For the page on the right, I made a little pocket to hold our receipt. I also journaled on the back of the business card, which is held on to the pocket with a mini paper clip.



These two pages have hidden journaling…


as seen here.




For this last page, if you remove the clip…


it opens to reveal a map of Seattle.


Not to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty proud of this baby! By using only one paper line and minimal embellishments, I was able to keep the pages fairly simple, but still include a lot of fun and unexpected little details.


Alright, that’s all I have for now. Peace out, yo!