Sunday, July 15, 2012

Project 365

Almost missed a few days, but happy to say I was successful in another month of Project 365.  Here's the recap

1.  Tickets from school carnival.
2. Boiling water because of a water main break.
3. Last Football game of season.
4. Blueberry season - a very happy time for me, I love blueberries!
5. Working on OLW project.
6. Summer rain.
7. Went to Red Knapp's Dairy Bar with DH. They have the best chocolate shakes.
8. Outdoor movie at boys school.
9. Common site around our house, my husband at the kitchen table on his laptop.
10. Self-portrait after a really good workout.
11. End of the year Luau party for 3rd graders.
12. Green Field Village 3rd grade trip.
13. Art journal page.
14. Starting summer bridge books.
15. Nature art that Kyle made.
16. My new Clip It Up.
17. Father's Day gift.
18. Morning bowl of oatmeal.
19. Lunch Time.
20. Workbook Time.
21. Finished 30-day shred.
22. Started outdoor boot camp.
23. Went out to dinner at Bad Brad's BBQ - loved the old fashion Faygo bottle.
24. Lots and lots of homemade strawberry jam.
25. Outdoor boot camp again.
26. Jumping rope.
27. Beautiful blue sky.
28. Visit to dermatologist.
29. Golf Cart necessities.
30. Sign welcoming our group at the Golf Trip.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Minimalistic Harry Potter Posters

I came across these wonderful minimalistic Pixar poster over at Design Fetish one day when I was surfing around the web.

I just thought they were so amazing.


I could not get them out of my head. I would find my mind drifting and find myself thinking about these wonderful posters.  After many days and weeks of having these images on my mind, I decided to do something about it.

Here is my take on this style - Minimalistic Harry Potter.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ten on 10

I've decided to share ten items that I have on my Amazon Wish List this month for the Ten on the 10th blog share over at Shimelle.

I've been saving up some of my "play" money and I'm trying to decide what books to get from my wish list.  So I figured if I put them in a blog post and looked at them all together than maybe I could make up my mind.  Here are 10 of the books, out of the 50+ on my list, in no particular order.

1.  Vector Basic Training
Vector Basic Training: A Systematic Creative Process for Building Precision Vector Artwork (Voices That Matter)

 2. Steal Like an Artist

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

 3. Imagine: How Creativity Works

Imagine: How Creativity Works

4.  Jewels of the Sun
Jewels of the Sun: The Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy #1

 5. Divergent


6. Cleaning House: A Mom's 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement
Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement

7.  I thought it was Just Me: Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough".
I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough"

8.  Room
Room: A Novel

9.  Shiver

Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls)

10.  Logo Design Love
Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities

Have you read any of these books?  Can you recommend a different one? I really need a few good summer reads for a long road trip I will be taking soon.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Family x12 Blog Hop

Welcome back to another month of our Family x12 Blog Hop. Thanks to this blog hop I remembered to get all of my family in front of the camera during our strawberry picking outing. Normally I would have just had the boys pose for the picture, but I knew I needed a photo for this month.

I also just realized that I now have over 1 full year of family photos!  I started with this blog hop back in May 2011.  So keep an eye out for a scrapbook page with all the photos.

Your next stop on this blog hop is over at Jo's Blog.  Here is the list of our small but dedicated photographer's.

Monica <---You ARE HERE

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Round Up Time

1. What types of media did I enjoy this month?

Movies: Muppets, Hunger Games
Outdoor Movie at School - The Muppets

2. What did my kids do/learn this month?

Wrapping up the school year. They all did really well.

Last Day of School

Kyle moved up in swimming.
Kyle is taking Kids Summer Photography Class at Jessica Sprague.
Kyle's picture of our backyard
Kyle moved to the next piano lesson books.
Kyle went to friend’s birthday party at Zap Zone.

William finished up this season football.
William playing quarterback
William had last guitar lesson.
William moved up in swimming

Logan is learning more strings in violin.
Logan is working hard at swim; he is frustrated that he hasn’t moved up yet.

Boys took Dad to the movies on Father’s Day. Went to see Madagascar 3.

3. What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?

Had breakfast with 3rd grade mom friends.
Went to school carnival.
Dunk tank at school carnival - Principal in tank
Went to new playground at Eastwood Beach.
New playground at Stony Creek
Had coffee with my friend Anita.
Work field day at the boy’s school. Was exhausted by the end of the day.
Went to Movie night at boy’s school. Saw Muppets Movie.
Went to WildTree Home party at Kelly’s house.
Went to Cybart’s Ladies Luncheon at DH cousin’s house.
Went to movies with Anita.
Had 3rd grade end of the year Luau party.
Chaperoned Field Trip with 3rd Grade to Greenfield Village.
Talking to "Thomas Edison" after show at Green Field Village
Cooked breakfast for all the 5th graders.
Went with a few mom’s for a beer during the birthday party.
Went strawberry picking with my family, brother and father-in-law. 
Kyle and Papa helping with the harvest
My brother sampling the strawberries
Made over 70 jars of jam.
Some of the jars of jam - we already finished 5 jars.
Met some friends at the playground and had lunch.
Went on company’s annual golf trip to Boyne Highlands.
Me golfing or at least trying to golf
Went on Zip Line

The group that went down the zip line
4. What creative things have I done this month?

Made Classroom Posters as gifts for teachers.
Worked on my mini canvases for OLW. Really had fun with this.
Worked on my Art Journal of quotes.
Started working on another Illustrator piece for my portfolio.

Did 11 scrapbook pages and two art journal pages.

5. What special or unusual purchases did I make?

Purchases Back Blaze subscription to have an offsite back up of all my important files. It’s such a relief that this is finally in process.

Finally broke down and purchased a Clip-It Up System for my paper scrapbook supplies. I’m hoping with everything in one place and visible I will be inspired more.
My new Clip It Up

6.  What were my fitness/health accomplishments this month?

Finished the 30-day shred.  Really feeling great and I love the changes in my body.
Started an outdoor boot camp at a Stony Creek.
Outdoor Bootcamp
Doing P90X Lean Program.

7. What were my accomplishments this month?

Finished the 30-day shred. It was so much harder than I thought it would be.

8. What were my disappointments this month?

Did start the office brochure. Need to get more information from Ken about what he wants.

9. How did I do on my goals for the month?

Finish brochure for office.  – Moving this to next month.
Get Weekly Routine figured out. – We have a good routine working for the summer.
Finish 30 Day Shred. - Completed

10. Anything else noteworthy to include?

Goals for July (in no particular order):

Finish brochure for office.
Try to get Illustrator project done before new term starts.
Go through last years school papers and scan in the ones I want to keep and recycle everything else.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

One Little Word Blog Hop

Welcome back to the One Little Word Blog Hop.  If you are new to this blog hop, check out my other OLW post for more information.

Little Canvases of Love!!  That's what I call this months prompt. I absolutely adore this months assignment. I find it so freeing to work on a mini scale and just play. I never know what I might end up with, but I usually love the look when it's all done.

I started with my colors for this year: black, white, brown, blue.  I cut out my paper and grabbed some paint and covered the canvases.  I used a few foam stamps, brush and my fingers to cover the background. Since I was using paint I let them dry over night before continuing.

The next day I grabbed some supplies that I thought I might like to use. I liked how Ali cut some transparencies and used just parts of them. I've been holding on to some photo overlays and thought they would be great on this project.  I also needed to add a butterfly, which has been appearing in my album over the year. I also stamps some more words and designs on some of the canvases.

Next I just added the finishing touches. Some bling, a quote, tissue tape, flowers, etc.

Here's what the page looks like in my album.

Thank you for stopping by. I'm not on the official blog hop list, but if you would like to check out the rest of the blog hop just follow this link to get to the beginning.