Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fun with newspapers

It's been awhile since I've shared what I've been up to at work so here's another Fun With Newspapers post.

 We often get centerpieces with no art or art that doesn't really work well so we need to come up with concepts. I'm pretty terrible at that part, but I found a graphic with all these circles and math and science icons that inspired this centerpiece for Burlington. I think it turned out pretty cool!

 IBM is in the news a lot for Poughkeepsie and it's a challenge to come up with new ideas for this story. Since this story talks about a possible closing of a chip manufacturing center, I made the IBM logo a bit more techy looking.
 Each week, Poughkeepsie has a photo page with awesome photographs that we like to promote in the skybox. The centerpiece story is about the inventor of a new type of baseball bat grip - and I used some circles and arrows to make it more interesting.
The Daily Journal of Vineland is a pretty small paper - but they like to do really bold stuff when they can - and they let me have a lot of fun with these Atlantic City stories. 

This is a story about the rise of homicides in the area in this past year - and we let the numbers tell the story.

And sometimes we just get great photos - and we can let them take focus! 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

10 favorite things about my trip to California!

So I recently went to Anaheim, California, with my friends from the Mommy & Gracie show for VidCon! It was such a crazy week. VidCon is a celebration of all things YouTube with stuff for professionals as well as fans and it also happens to be organized by two of my favorite YouTubers, Hank & John Green.

If you want to watch some of our adventures, here are some videos from Mommy & Gracie. I am going to try to put one together too (Here it is. I finished the vid before I finished writing this!). Some of you might remember I used to have another blog called 10 Things because I loved lists and I think I need to start those up again!  These are my 10 favorite things about the trip.

1. I got to see Hank Green and some other awesome YouTubers, like Hannah Hart and Rhett & Link.

2. Met some really cool people, like the adorable and super smart Presley from ActOutGames and people like Syndey and her mom Kristina who are big fans of M&G! This is always my favorite part of any convention - not the big stars, but people who are more like me!

3. Getting to see my friends Haley and Amanda! They were my own personal tour guides at Disneyland! It's been about five years since I've seen them.

4. It's a Small World - I love this ride, but this version at Disneyland was extra awesome with characters from Disney movies! I didn't see those in Orlando!

5. I had so much fun hanging out with Gracie. We spent a lot of time hanging around the expo floor, playing over sized games and dancing in the silent disco. Back at the hotel, we watched YouTube videos and made up crazy ideas for Monster High lines. We laughed so hard!!!

6. In & Out Burger. We made two trips. Those animal fries are so good!

7. Mad T Party at Disneyland! So much fun. They are a really great band!

8. Toy Hunting. Because I was with the Doll Hunters we had to go toy hunting! We found some awesome Funko Pops right at the LootCrate booth and we visited a bunch of Targets and Toys R Us stores. Founds lots of cool stuff from Monster High, Littlest Pet Shoppe, Mash 'Ems, Ever After High.
We also had plenty of toys with us, too! Lil Penny came with me and so did a bunch of my Funko dudes.

9. These awesome Legos at Downtown Disney!

10. Disneyland. While it might be smaller than Walt Disney World, I think it was cool how California Adventure and Disneyland were so close together! There were come cool features that Florida doesn't have - the Indiana Jones ride, the story book ride. the Mad T Party, all that Cars stuff! The lines weren't bad and the weather was just so nice. It was all pretty magical!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

So many scraps!

I feel like such a slacker when it comes to my scrapping because my list never seems to get shorter, but when I organize my pages to post here, I impress myself! I still manage to get some memories scrapped. 

My scrapbooking anniversary is coming up soon! I started playing around with Photoshop and lurking in forums in 2004 and posted my first layout at Scrapbook-Bytes in October. And my life is so much better because of it! 

Baby shower page - so many presents!

These kids clean up nice!

That time I found a box of Muppet ornaments that were forgotten in the basement!

This guy just turned 4!

This kid just turned 1! 

And she already knows how to drive!

And she loves her doggie!

One month of iphotos

Hanging out at Grandmas

Pumpkin picking

Going to the vet

Penny is 7!

Fish-eye fun

My blue dog

Clouds over Central Park

Hanging out with Chris Hardwick

May the Fourth

The Temple of Dendur


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Random stuff.

1. Science is awesome
Cosmos is one of the most fascinating things I've ever seen. I feel so smart just listening to Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I just saw a scene that featured the Palisades cliffs - which is where I live! Awesome!
I also heard that Craig Ferguson is going to be producing a TV version of I (bleep)ing love science.

2. Hanging with celebs
If I see celebs twice, that means we're friends, right? I just saw Chris Hardwick for a second time at Carolines and Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch!  Next week, I'm going to see Daniel Radcliff in a play!

3. Penny is 7!
We just celebrated her birthday and the sixth anniversary of the day she found us!

4. #100HappyDays
I'm doing an Instagram project - in addition to #PennyPug365 - and posting a photo of something that makes me happy everyday. Sometimes, it's so easy. But this last week, it's been tough. I really need my vacation!

5. Friendship is Magic
I am now hooked on MLP. I was not feeling well one afternoon so I decided to watch some Netflix and I picked the Bronies documentary. Well, then I had to see what they were so passionate about. And now I'm in.

6. Can you believe?
My niece Maddie is almost 1! Her birthday is just a few weeks away.

7. Funko is killing me.
I am starting to hate this company! They make too many adorable figures and I have a need to have them all. Maybe not all of them. But most! I've recently seen previews for the True Blood figures and they're so adorable. And the Adventure Time mystery minis are out. I don't have room for all this stuff!!!!

8. India
I guess it's coincidental but I've just read two really good books about India - Behind the Beautiful Forevers and The Lowland. The first is a nonfiction account of people living in a slum - so harrowing that I wish it was fiction. The other is a great book by Jhumpa Lahiri (she wrote Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake which I also really loved) and it's set mostly in Calcutta and Rhode Island. Really great story about family, secrets and loneliness.

9. YouTubing
I'm still having lots of fun making videos! I'm almost at 24,000 views! I think that's pretty awesome. Most of my fans seem to be little kids, but since I'm a big kid, I'm ok with that.

10. Summer
My annual birthday staycation is coming up in just a few days and I can't wait to get this summer started. So much awesomeness ahead. BEA. More plays to see. Maddie's birthday. Lots of cool movies. I'm going to California to VidCon and Disneyland.  I can't wait!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Back to scrapping

So yesterday, I finally made it to a crop!!! I had so much fun hanging out with my friend M even though I didn't get much done! But I did finish four pages - which is pretty great considering how little I've been getting done lately. 

So here are some recent pages....

Using my random number list system, I've gotten some pages scrapped from this past Christmas - I usually fall so behind on holidays! I just scrapped two years of Christmases to catch up for the last gift album I made. I love Traci Reed's 365 Unscripted templates from Sweet Shoppe. So many ways to use them to scrap lots of pics and get pages done. I don't need these pages to be fancy - but I just want them in the books! The third features the Lego postcard I made featuring Penny and myself!

This is another page that's been on my list for ages. My friends and I had fun doing senior portrait-type poses on a visit to NYC. Haley was so little then!

I finally got caught up on Kylie's soccer pictures - and then I just went to another game! :) She's really getting so good. She plays on two teams these days and is the only girl on her travel team.

These are some pics from Maddie's first day! 

Hard to believe she's getting so big! Here she is playing at the park.

Maddie was ready for her first Super Bowl!

My Lego K'nex Yellow Submarine. This was such a disaster putting it together, but I still had to scrap it!

 St. Patrick's Day at my local pub. My mom even made her annual appearance.

I finally started a page on Art of Brick exhibit I saw last year - and once I had the photos picked I decided I didn't want to add anything else too it. I really like how it looks! 

And this is a page about one of my other obsessions lately - theater! I have been going to see lots of plays and have also taken my nieces along. I hope they'll love musicals and plays too!