Monday, August 29, 2011

Michael Kors Metaphors

The fourth episode of Project Runway, All About Nina, challenged designers to create a day-to-evening look for their judge and fashionista, Nina Garcia. After she gave a laundry list of things she refuses to wear the bottom three designers came up with these outfits:

Michael Kors must have hated the one on the left and the one on the right the most since he used metaphors and similes to describe them. Starting with the dress on the left:

"It's a housecoat. I mean, it looks like a housecoat. You know she should have a pocket with Kleenex in it while she dusts. I mean, it's just sad."

To the outfit on the right:

"It honestly looks like a blouse that one of my aunts would have worn in the 80s. The big shoulder pads. ...all that's missing is a big, wide belt."

"I mean, but this green blouse! Unless you are going to a Joan Crawford St. Patty's day party. I mean, who is wearing this blouse?"

Sunday, August 28, 2011

have you ever dreamed a night like this?

This week Scrapping the Music challenged everyone to use the song A Night Like This by Caro Emerald as inspiration. I had never heard this song before but I like it.

Have you ever dreamed a night like this? made me think of these pictures of my niece and her husband leaving their reception. I imagine it was a dream wedding and reception for them, especially when looking at their faces and seeing how happy they were.

Stay tuned for the companion page.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Big Boy Birthday Bike

The challenge at ARTastic this month is to use The Playing Claude Renoir by Auguste Renoir as your inspiration, and as an added challenge use ribbon, a photo of a child playing, and create your own background.
Since I'm still working on Jake's 4th birthday I decided his birthday bike pictures would work out great.

My friend Angi is retiring from hand stamping cards which means I got my pick from her collection. I thought this giant stamp of interlocking rectangles she had would work great to make my own background. The blue paper and red ink were inspired by the colors in the painting. I used ribbon to make a "road/sidewalk."

This page was going to look much cooler in my mind and I can't put my finger on what I could have done to make it pop. Doesn't matter! I got his birthday scrapped in less than 10 years and the pictures are cute regardless.

Friday, August 26, 2011

quote of the week

"Teacher, when you wear high heels you look like my brother."

P.S. I came across these sassy high heels in Vogue and wished:
1. that I had a place to wear them
2. that I could afford them (the Lanvin Cutout Heel Pumps are $1,552 and the Nicholas Kirkwood Suede Booties are $1,190)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

quote of the week

Me: I'm thinking of a Word Wall Word. It has 3 letters and it rhymes with "door."

Completely Innocent Student: Whore?

Me (trying not to laugh my ass off): That rhymes but it's not a Word Wall Word.

Here's my Word Wall. It will have 100 words on it by the end of the year:

P.S. The correct answer was "for."

P.P.S. The Giraffe's Helping Hand is by ploop26.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

June Bug

It's From Screen to Scrap!'s 2nd birthday so they have asked we use the movie poster from Children on Their Birthdays as our inspiration. As an added challenge we are to use a blue and white background, photos of children celebrating their birthdays, and an umbrella.

Jakey's birthday is right after Corey's so the timing worked out nicely. The blue and white pp I had didn't look right with these pictures so I had to settle for a blue background. I selected a white number sticker to add some white in. I used a sticker featuring a bug carrying an umbrella. It's hard to see but it's next to the "Cute as a Bug!" sticker.

I made this at my friend Angi's house last night while she made several Grease scrapbook pages for her friend who works in theatre in New York City. Next up is Hair.

For some reason I can't get the link to work so if you want to go to From Screen to Scrap!'s website it's here:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Michael Kors Metaphors

On the third episode of Project Runway this season, Go Big or Go Home, designers had to partner up to make an outfit for a stilt walker. Michael Kors used metaphors and similes to describe the ones he hated.

About one of my least favorites he said, "To me it's like the wallpaper and curtains at a really tacky catering hall." And then, "It's ugly drapes. I mean they're ugly drapes. Everything bad in the house on your body!"

I didn't think this one was so bad, but Michael referred to it as, "...the Black Swan/Bob Fosse combo."

Can we talk about Black Swan for a minute? We just watched it for the first time last month and it kind of rocked my world. I think I held my breath through the entire movie and at the end of this scene I finally gasped in some air. So good! You should see it if you haven't already.

P.S. The Black Swan photo came from here.

Monday, August 15, 2011

30 going on 13

It's From Screen to Scrap!'s 2nd birthday which means extra challenges this month. One source of inspiration is the movie poster from 13 Going on 30. The added criteria I elected to include: numbers in my title, and polka dotted patterned paper.

Just so happens I needed to scrap Corey's 30th birthday and I thought the title is almost perfect for him! I punched out our picture with a circle punch to mimic her bubble.

Anyone else see this movie? I thought it was good but I liked Big better.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Michael Kors Similes

This dress, from the 2nd episode of Project Runway "My Pet Project," was hated by Michael Kors, but not enough to send the designer home. I kind of liked it. The bottom is entirely made of aquarium decorations!

His quotes:
She truly looks like, you know, she's at an Autumn Harvest Festival. She's like, Miss Pumpkin, and you knew it!

You've got to have, like, candy corn teeth to wear that dress!

For your added amusement, Candy Corn Teeth:

These girls can go with her to the Autumn Harvest Festival:

P.S. The dress picture came from Sweet Baby Dolly.

Candy Corn Teeth came from Scion's Dental Blog.

Brown Horse came from Thompson Family-Life.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


This week at Scrapping the Music the challenge is to use the song "New Soul" by Yael Naim as your inspiration. I love that song!

I saw the word "strange" in the lyrics and thought of all the strange pictures I've taken. Chronologically Corey's 30th birthday is the next thing for me to scrap and that led me to 10 fun pictures of 2 of the strangest boys I know.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

quote of the week

We've been back to school for 2 weeks now. I love my new class!

My quote of the week comes from a student I had last year. She was standing in her 2nd grade line and saw me coming down the hall. She got a big smile on her face and said, "I just can't resist you!" Then she busted out of line, came jogging to me, and gave me a big hug. So sweet!

P.S. Where the Wild Things Are is by Ricardo Cavolo.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Baby I'm a Star!

It's nice to have connections. Whenever there's a generic dog story on FOX 10, this picture of Captain goes up over the anchor's shoulder.

I bet after seeing this photo tonight the Humane Society was inundated with adoption requests.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Project Runway

Project Runway is back on which means I'm back with Michael Kors Similes & Metaphors! Right out of the gate Michael Kors did not disappoint with his creatively harsh assessments.

"She's wearing, like, a Flintstone disco pouch."

"It's an odd angle for a pocket. Might be a, a very 'I like myself' kind of pocket. It's like, 'Hi!'"

"Excuse me. It looks like she went out to eat, she ate too much and had to unsnap her shirt!"

Did anyone else think Heidi was drunk at the beginning of the episode?!

P.S. Dino is by Richard Mullins.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

summertime scrappin

This is the last of my summertime scrappin. My goal was to make 35 scrapbook pages since I had 37 days off, but I only made it to 21. I'm still pretty pleased with the number. I also did a mega organize in my scrapbook room which will make it easier for me to walk in there and work with less time now that I'm back to school.

I meant to make this page in June for the ARTastic challenge but I didn't get around to it before the deadline.

I scrapped some more of our hike while I was reading On the Road. This amazing quote about clouds combined with coming across these photos inspired me.