Scrap: sumo party

This is one of my least favorite layouts and I even used *construction paper*. I know, right? It’s probably acidic and all that, but it’s part and parcel to learning a craft. Mess-ups will happen and I’m curious to see how it will play out over the years so I’ll let it be. In a day and age where all my photos are stored electronically, the fear of losing them to yellowing and such is not mission critical, but maybe that’s just me. I do have a Krylon spray called ” Make It Acid-Free!” which I will use on any new pages I make – that will be really helpful since now I like to stuff all kinds of brochures and maps on my pages.
Sumo PartyAnyway, I put together a surprise party for Boy’s 22nd birthday. I rented Sumo Wrestling suits so we could have hilarious wrestling matches and bought a giant gong from Pier 1. It was a beautiful day and I tricked him completely by having two friends play along (we were “dropping Bob off to a family reunion at the park”). I invited lots of people that he hadn’t seen in long time and had plenty of food available (I even made a sheep cake for fun!). Boy’s friend Doug did all the grilling for us. Several people wrestled more than once but to be honest, wearing the suit for one round was enough of a workout for me! I mean, just getting up off the mat was a chore – those suckers are heavy!
Sumo PartyBoy had some Japanese fans which I used as a background also. This spread is pretty basic – no mementos except the party flyer, and some photos. Once upon a time, I knew some Japanese, but I couldn’t tell you what is written now. Any ideas?
Sumo Party

Scrap: Mazda Rev It Up

I’ve reclaimed most of my house (and all of my craftroom!) from the kitchen remodel so I thought I should finally post about my scrapbook adventures. When I scrap, I usually have four categories I use to create the layout: 1) paper and embellishments (stickers, tags, clips, etc); 2) photos (left as original, cropped for a certain shape or size, or cut as shape in photo); 3) mementos (receipts, napkins, etc); and 4) information (maps, brochures, etc).

This is one of the earliest page layouts I did. I started scrapping with wedding pages, but it turns out that marriages do not last in all cases so I won’t showcase any of those. But that’s ok, because since I started with them, most look really really awful, lol. They are still among my favorite type of pages to make though, but I digress.
Mazda Rev It Up
In 2003, Mazda ran a program near here called Mazda Rev It Up. I tagged along with Boy and some friends. The main premise is that you not only get to test drive their cars, but you get to *race* their Mazda6. I was too chicken to do that though I did test drive a convertible for fun. The guys were awesome at racing –  Boy scored 4th place at the location when all was said and done and nationally scored #128 in his class group. It was a really great time and if you hear of it in your area, do it! Lots of fun:)
Mazda Rev It Up
In this layout, I used Boy’s Silver Medal certificate and pin, his credential badge, and our wrist tags as mementos. I used the Mazda6 brochure and Mazda Rev It Up booklet for information. I cut the cars out of the brochure, too, for more interest. The photos I included were the boys congratulating themselves on their wins, the scoreboard, boy racing in the yellow #8 car, me testing out the RSX (cut to “drive off the page”), and then also a computer printout with Boy’s scores.
Mazda Rev It Up

kitchen install

Our cabinets are installed! They are beautiful and really look awesome with the flooring. Phew! We hired Clay through my friend Angela and he did an amazing job. I mean really, even after we did everything to level the floors and the contractor leveled the ceiling, things were still incredibly wonky. I haven’t taken a picture yet of the complete install because I want to wait for the counter (which comes in like a week!). Instead, here are some quick photos from install day:
kraftmaid cabinet install
kraftmaid cabinet install
kraftmaid cabinet install