In Search of Hollywood using Chore Monster by Mandy King

Chore Monster collection by Mandy King

This page is quite different from the one I shared yesterday. But I wanted to show the diversity of a themed collection like Chore Monster. There are plenty of neutral themed products to play with. (I did manage to re-use those cute house edgers again though!)

My California kick is still going strong. The blues and oranges in this collection will blend in well with the rest of my album. I’m excited to keep making these pages!

Journaling reads- We decided that before we headed to Bakersfield, we’d make a quick trip to see the Hollywood sign. I mean, how hard could it be to get to such a large iconic landmark? Well turns out, it’s pretty hard! We drove around and around these hilly neignorhoods, but power lines were blocking every view. We kept getting lost and turned around, not sure if our rented Mustang would make it through the narrow streets. We kept having to pull in people’s driveways to turn the car around, and we were sure someone was going to call the police because we were driving so eratically. We finally gave up getting a good view and settled for pulling over on the side of the road so we could get a few pictures.

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More fun with the Project Life app

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Here are a couple more of the pages I’ve made with the PL app. I wanted to do some experimentation to see how hard it would be to bring some of my own digi supplies into the app.

I used this tutorial from Steph at the Daily Digi as a guide. I uploaded cards from Are We There Yet? collab by Mommyish and Just Jaimee to Dropbox. It was pretty easy to plop them into the template in the app as if they were regular photos.

The trickier part came when I wanted to add text to my title card (top left on the first page) Since you can’t add text to “photo” slots in the PL app, I used a workaround. I found a card I liked via Dropbox, then saved it to my camera roll. Then I opened the card in the Over app and added my title and a bit of journaling. I saved the finished card to my camera roll, then added it to the PL app.

It was a relatively painless process, but more time consuming than using the cards provided in the app itself. I’m hoping they’ll add the ability to add text on a photo in an update. From what I’ve seen, that’s a pretty popular request. I think once they add that, I’ll make a lot more pages using my own kits. For right now, it’s a lot faster for me to scrap on my computer if I want to use kits from outside the app.

Also, Steph said in her article, but it bears repeating- If you want to use other apps in addition to Project Life, plan ahead and pay attention to the dpi of your exports! Don’t let all your hard work go to waste and end up with fuzzy pages because an app exported your LO at 72 dpi. Do your fancy journaling first, then add the photos to the PL app, not vice versa. That’s my public service announcement for the day 🙂

California pages (and how I set up my travel albums)

I’ve been wanting to scrap California lately for some reason. We’ve been there three times picking up C over the years and I’ve only made a handful of pages. I think it’s about time that I fluffed out that album a bit more.

Looking at all three trips is super overwhelming. I decided to concentrate on our 2009 trip right now. This was before I started scrapping, and there weren’t a ton of photos. I sat down with my photos and picked out the best ones, about 130 over three days.

Before last week I’d only scrapped two pages for our California album from this trip (plus a couple more for other albums) I flipped through the pages I’d already made to see if I could discover themes. I don’t worry about being matchy-matchy with my pages in a particular album. But after I’ve made a few pages I like to make a mental note of similarities and decide if that’s something I want to continue in future pages.

I noticed that almost all of the pages from all three years had a mix of blue and neutrals, with a bit of red, yellow and orange thrown in. I like the neutral+blue combo, so I made a conscious decision to keep that color scheme. It’s pretty common, especially in travel themed kits so It should be easy to find kits to use.

I think this is a good place to share my travel album philosophy. Other than my Project Life pages, all of my LO’s go into the Library of Memories system. I have several travel albums for places we go. If I know that I’ll make a bunch of pages on one place it gets a separate album. California has it’s own album even though it has less than ten pages right now.

Other albums grow more organically. I started out with one Florida album but realized that it needed to be split up once I had been scrapbooking for a while. Now I have several for our favorite places. Generally if I’ve made ten pages and plan to make more, a location will graduate to it’s own album. I like to keep places together, as opposed to an album for each trip. That way it’s easier for me to see things change over time.

Still with me? Okay keeping all of that in mind, I made a list of pages I’d like to make based on the photos and the LO’s I’d already made. I came up with 18 pages. This is not to say that I’m going to sit right down and do 18 pages. I don’t ever worry about completed albums. They’re all works in progress. I hope to be scrapping about California for years! But that gave me a starting point and direction.

Now that I’ve written a book about all that, here are some of the pages I made.

Project 2012 July by Connie Prince template by Queen Wild ScrapsHotel Upgrade

Inspired by- A template challenge at Ginger Scraps

Credits- Project 2012 July by Connie Prince
template by Queen Wild Scraps

Journaling reads- We were lucky to get our hotel room upgraded when we stayed at the Sheraton. It was pretty swank, all modern and clean lines. We took a few pictures before crashing. It had been a long day. We were ready to relax a little before the busyness of getting Charles the next day.

LOM album- Places: California

September Storyteller by Just Jaimee

Our View

Inspired by- A challenge at the Lilypad to scrap on the edge of the page.

Journaling reads- The view of LAX from our room at the Sheraton. May 29-31, 2009

Credits September 2014 Storyteller by Just Jaimee

LOM album- Places: California

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No More Car Seat!

Inspired by- Template Challenge at TLP

Journaling reads- It was quite a surprise when we picked up C to see that he no longer needed a car seat. It seemed that he’d grown a foot taller in six months! I kept looking back to see him in the back seat. He looked so grown up.

Credits- September Storyteller kit, template by Valorie Wibbens

LOM album- For right now I’ll put this one in California. I’m re-evaluating what I want to do with C’s pages. I have a huge backlog of pages that I need to reprint for him, so I’m thinking about maybe doing a Blurb book instead. He’s more likely to look through that than a big scrapbook. I’m not sure, just something I’m kicking around in my head.

I’m pretty happy that I was able to scrap for Cali pages in September. (The other one can be found here). I’ve been making lots of pages this past week that I’m excited to share!

Playing with the Project Life app

I was skeptically optimistic when I heard Becky Higgins was doing an iPhone app. Though I’m a huge fan of Becky and the whole PL system, I think her digital products are overpriced for the digital market. Most of her core kits are $20, and I will never pay that much for a kit, unless it’s for charity.

I was pleasantly surprised at the pricing for the app. You get a few card sets free with the $2.99 app, and you can purchase additional ones for $0.99-1.99. The app comes with several template styles and photo collage templates. You can also purchase more if you’d like. I found the whole pricing structure much more reasonable than her other digital products (although I’m not sure if you’re getting the entire kit when you purchase through the app. I will confirm this when she adds more kits that I own)

I love that you can choose between squared and rounded corners. The cards fit well into the slots for either choice. I love the ease of it all. I did three pages in an afternoon. It was so fast! I love that I can easily scrapbook on the couch while Jason watches football. I like that I’m getting to use kits that I wouldn’t be able to buy at the regular digital price. I super love that when you type onto a journaling card, the text wraps around perfectly so you’re not typing over the embellishments on the card. I can’t even do that in PSE!

A few things that I’d like to see in future updates- An option for drop shadows, either within the app, or an option to export the templates on a transparent background so we can add our own. This might not be a big deal for paper scrappers using the app, but I’ve heard several digiscrappers complain about this. We don’t like flat looking pages. I’d also like to be able to write text on the photo spaces. There are workarounds to this by using other apps to add writing, then importing those into the PL app, but it would be nice to be able to skip this step. The photo editing in the PL app is extremely basic. You definitely want to do that in a different app as well.

How I plan to use the app. I probably won’t use this app for everyday scrapbooking. I love the clean look of my PL pages this year, but I will definitely consider using the app to catch up on previous years. I have a feeling that I’ll use the app a lot on multi photo collage type pages. Pages where I have a ton of photos, but I’m not really inspired to make pages with them so they’ve been sitting on my HD for years types of pages. Travel, scenery, holidays, etc.

Here are the pages I’ve made so far with the app-

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This was the first one I made, using the Midnight kit. I just used pictures I had in my camera roll and made a quick little page about what MK has been up to lately. I think I used the photo editing within the app, but I might have used Pic Tap Go.

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The other photos on my camera roll were from our recent day in Boca. I used the Kraft kit and one of the Squared Away templates (in-app purchase). The Kraft kit doesn’t have square cards, so they’re a bit wonky looking. But I like it, it looks different.

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This is where I started getting really excited about the app. I’ve been wanting to scrap our 2009 trip to California lately. The photos needed a lot of help, so I edited them in RadLab on my computer. I created a “To scrap” folder in Aperture and shared it with my iPad. I was then able to use the edited photos in the PL app. I did all of that, including buying the Travel kit and putting the page together, all in less than 15 minutes. That’s when I figured out exactly how I wanted to use the app and how it would impact my scrapbooking. I was so excited!

I’m also really excited to try scrapbooking on the go. We’ll be going up to New Orleans this fall, so that will be the perfect opportunity to test it out! I can see myself scrapbooking in all sorts of exotic locations. The memory keeping possibilities for our summers alone are endless.

Has anyone else out there tried the app? I’d love to hear about your experiences and see your pages 🙂

These are numbers 6-8 of 25 pages I want to make in September.

Goin’ back to Cali (part two)

We woke up Monday morning and relaxed at the hotel for a bit before heading out to breakfast. Little Man brought his guitar so he and Grandpa M. can play together this summer.

I love these socks. Yellow and fuzzy like tennis balls.

We breakfasted at the fantastic Gaffey Street Diner.

I cannot say enough good things about this place! Biscuits as big as your head, eggs with chorizo and avocado, and gigantic blueberry pancakes.

We had the sweetest waitress. I wish I wasn’t so terrible with names. But a great time was had my all and we left with our bellies dragging along behind us.

Our next stop was at the S. S. Lane Victory. We were disappointed that we wouldn’t be in town for one of the reenactments, they look super cool. The volunteers there are really great. They’ll strike up a conversation with you, or in LM’s case, try to put you to work. I took a bazillian pictures, but here are use a few.

We got to clambor around a jeep.

And pretend to shoot some big guns.

I loved their collection of old war posters and newspapers. I could have stayed there all day.

View of L. A. from the deck.

After we left the ship, we stopped at Randy’s Doughnuts. Mmmmmm doughnuts…

I made Charles take the obligatory Annual Photo in a Hotel Lobby. When I saw him make this face, I threatened to put it on the internet and he said fine 😛

Then there was this…

A lot more of that actually.

For dinner that night we went back to Beach Pizza. It was even better than the night before. We’ll definitely be hitting them up next time we’re in town.

The next day we flew back home. It was another long day, but we were So Happy to be home. And I have a new infatuation with Pregnant in Heels. And it was awesome to show Little Man the new place. He really likes it.

So there it is. Our 4th trip to California. Good times 🙂

Goin’ back to Cali (part one)

Last weekend we made our annual pilgrimage to California to pick up Little Man. It’s something we look forward to every year. We love traveling and exploring new places together. We try to do at least one new thing every year. This year we did several.

We flew Vigin America for the first time. It was pretty neat. You come on board and they have neon lights and music. They have a fabulous in-flight entertainment system. We’ve seen something similar on larger Delta planes, but I think they’re standard for VA. So I got to watch all the trashy E! that I wanted. The only small complaint I have is that they only bring the drinks cart around once. Even on 6 hour flights. I think they want you to use the console to put in orders for drinks sandwiches and things. It just seems a little cheap to me. Especially considering they charge $4 for HALF a peanut butter sandwich!

We had a nice two hour drive to pick up Little Man. It was so fantastic to see him! We chatted for a while, gathered his gear, and went on our way. Our first stop was very close to his house. We wanted to check out this pizza place that he always talks about. The staff was really nice and the guy behind the counter knew LM. The pizza and potato wedges were pretty tasty.


We drove back down to L.A. and stopped by the Griffith Observatory. We couldn’t find parking anywhere close, and by this time Jason and I were on around hour 15 of traveling. We decided we needed to head to the hotel. But we stopped by the side of the road and snapped a few pics. It was really gorgeous and I hope we can go there next time.


We checked into the Custom Hotel. It has a really neat modern look with some retro thrown in to warm it up.

This was the first time we’ve stayed there. I really wanted to love it, but it had some major drawbacks. Like the AC didn’t work. Both nights. I’m not sure if we’ll stay there again. But it did have some pretty cool decor.


We went in search of dinner and found it right down the street from the hotel. Beach Pizza was fantastic. So fantastic that we ate there two nights in a row. Nice staff, great pizza, and close to the hotel. Can’t beat that. We ate and watched a basketball game. Relaxing way to end a super busy day.

This will count as one more thing off the 52 in 52 list. I’ll be back tomorrow to talk about Day Two.