6/29/22

BASH-O Roundup

The end of the month, and thus the end of the BASH-O game, is tomorrow. While I have made good progress on a few more layouts, I'm not going to finish them in time to enter. We have a construction crew in the house working on major renovations in a bathroom and minor renovations in the kitchen, which has significantly impacted my routine, access to my stuff, and ability to get things done. On top of that, I've been deep into trip preparation. The timing has worked out so that we'll be traveling during two of the weeks that the crew is in the house, but that means boarding Trouble, which has added another bunch of items to my to-do list. 

I fell short of my goal to earn three BASH-Os, as I actually earned two. But I made nine layouts, stretched myself creatively, and had a lot of fun. Nothing wrong with that!

The stars mark the layouts I made.  


No major surprises. Most of my layouts were from the Photos category, with two each from Shapes and Tools, and one from Themes. Many of my pages could have fit into multiple categories, but I chose the ones I did in order to complete the BASH-Os. For example, the page I made for In the Garden has three photos, but placing it where I did gave me the prize entry. 

There's a lot more fun coming up at Bash Your Scrapbook Stash! They've recently announced the games for the rest of the year and I'm excited to play along with as many as I can. 


I'm really eager to learn more about each challenge and look forward to more scrapping throughout 2022. 

I'm taking a few days off from blogging and will be back on July 5th with an art project that is completely unlike anything I've ever done before! Wishing you all a safe and sane Independence Day. 

6/28/22

Trevor at 16

I can't believe I'm the mom of a 16-year old. Trevor is as wonderful a son as I could possibly want. As noted on my 'Trevor at 16' layout, he is creative, smart, trustworthy, talented, reserved, generous, kind, cautious, and responsible. And a whole lot of other great things. 
 
Trevor at 16 (affiliate link)

While I am really happy with this page, I am not at all happy with how it scanned. The background paper, which has a diagonal stripe, adds so much to the page. Only a tiny bit of it scanned correctly, just under Trevor's photo. The adjectives are on strips of paper glued on top of each circle; the little bit of dimension didn't scan well either. The title is glittery, but it doesn't look that way in the scan. 

After some debate, I used this page for the Circles space on my BASH-O card. It would have worked for Stars or Glitter. 


6/27/22

18th Anniversary

Today's scrapbook page is about the Folsom getaway we took for our 18th anniversary. I did a couple of things on this layout that I've never done before. First, I desaturated the focal photo, almost to the point of it being black and white. The lighting in our hotel room was terrible and I tried everything I could to color-correct, but the only thing that made it look ok was taking away most of the color. 

Second, I adhered my three photo collages (4 photos grouped together, then printed at 4"x6") directly to the page instead of cutting them apart. I've always cut them apart before so that I could play with the arrangement. This time, I just glued them down. So much faster! I actually added a piece of grey cardstock on top of the photo in the lower right because it was a duplicate that I hadn't noticed. 

18th Anniversary (affiliate link)

I'm using this layout for the Hearts square on my BASH-O card. And with that, I have my second BASH-O!

6/24/22

The Estajonesiers

When I was a teenager, our family went on a cruise with two other families: the Thackers and the Pedriolis. Rather than being known as the Jones-Thacker-Pedrioli party, we shortened our group name to Jokeroli (pronouced like ravioli, but with joker at the front). It suited us well. 

When my sister became Kari Estabrook and I became Cindy deRosier, we needed a portmanteau for our family. We became the Estajonesiers. Not quite as catchy or succinct as Jokeroli, but it does the job. We even have a theme song, as the Estajonesiers fits perfectly into the chorus of Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay. (I would have sworn it was Tra-La-La not Tra-Ra-Ra, but apparently I'm mixing it up with the Banana Splits theme song.)

Anyway, I don't think I've ever used Estajoniers on a layout, so I used it as the title for a page about our time visiting my family in Idaho last summer

Estajonesiers (affiliate link)

The glittery letters on this page made it tempting to use it for the Glitter square on my BASH-O card, since I don't use a lot of glitter. But I don't have other photos printed that work so well for Family. So that's the square I'm using. One more page until my second BASH-O!

6/23/22

Last Day of 10th Grade

Trevor wrapped up his sophomore year of high school on June 9. I used these custom papers to make this page showing Trevor on his first day (shorts and t-shirt) and last day (jeans and sweatshirt) of 10th grade. I left plenty of space for journaling to record some of the things I most want to remember from this year - like his GPA, the fact that 340 high schoolers essentially had the entire community college campus to themselves, and that California offered free breakfast and lunch to all students for the first time.    

Last Day of 10th Grade (affiliate link)

I used this page for the 2-photo square on my BASH-O card. My first win!