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Happy New Year!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year my fellow blogger friends, readers, and all my friends and family!! Hope this new year 2011 brings you great cheer and happiness and great and fond memories that will make it to your scrapbook!! I love you all!!


-Love, Frank


-- Post From My iPhone

Merry Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010

To my followers, friends and family, as well as anyone who visits my blog I wish you all a Merry Christmas I hope your day is filled with holiday cheer and I wish your family the best! Enjoy!



Love, Frank

-- Post From My iPhone

Quick Update

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hello everyone, I hope everyone is enjoying this Christmas week, I haven't been blogging because I worked 2 weeks straight non stop and today was my day off! Finally! However I go back tomorrow, but I wanted to make sure you guys knew I'm still here, just a little busy. Once this holiday rush is over, things will be back to normal and I can finally blog normally too. I am sharing a page I made today with my free time. It is for my 3rd anniversary as you guys know that was on the 13th of this month. I love the vintageness of the page, I think I added a little too many 3's in there but thats how I wanted it to turn out, even the bingo card has the 3's circled. Take a look:





I like how this page turned out. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, enjoy your families, enjoy their company, and have lots of fun. I hope everyone gets what they wished for, and I hope everyone is well. Thanks for stopping by.

-Love Frank

Anniversary Time Once Again!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Hello everyone! I am glad to be writing on my blog today, I am celebrating my 3rd Anniversary with my hubby!!! It has been very exciting! We had a great dinner, we renewed our Disneyland passes, and we had tons of fun today!! Will share some pictures later! I had not been able to write for the past few days because I had been sick with some kind of stomach infection. I was feeling horrible, I had the nausea, and the abdominal pain, I almost felt like i was going through pregnancy or something, sheesh. Anyway I am feeling way better now, I am still recovering, been taking some tea and some medicine and hopefully all will be well. With only less than two weeks to go for Christmas I thought I would share a quick December page I made, take a look:


Quick and simple, I added these cute snowflakes on top of this nice red paper, and layered those December chipboard to give some dimension.



I like this page a lot, it was a cold and nice day, I love cold weather even though its rare in SoCal. Here are some pictures from today, I had a nice lunch/dinner at Disneyland with hubby today at this place called Cafe Orleans, it is a little pricey but nice to go for a special occassion:


I got the Monte Cristo Sanwich, a very popular dish in Disneyland restaurants, it consists of ham and some cheese some frying and powdered sugar with a nice berry sauce, it sounds simple but I am sure there is more to it its amazing, I had always wanted to try it, and today I did it was truly a delicious meal..


Hubby went for something more local, a New Orleans Gumbo which was great, although he was wondering why they chose not to serve it in a bread bowl. He enjoyed it though, wild rice and all.


Finally here is a look at the beautiful huge tree at Disneyland truly a sight to behold. I love it its is so great, and it makes you wonder why your tree has so little decorations and is so small. It sure leaves me wondering that.

Thanks for stopping by, stay warm.

Love, Frank

Doing Some Christmas Shopping & Finals

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hello everyone and Happy December! I have been so busy with Finals this past week, and I am afraid they won't end till next Wednesday!!! What a drag! I thought I would take a moment and say hi though, I did work on my December layout, I just need to get that uploaded, I also have been preoccupied with some Christmas shopping as many of you have, I'd like to share some pictures I took over the weekend of this giant christmas tree in South Coast Plaza Mall it's absolutely stunning!







It is so beautiful, I had tons of fun that day!! Such nice decorations at that plaza!! My anniversary is on Monday!! I am so excited my 3 year anniversary!!! Looking forward ti it!!

Thanks for stopping by catch up soon

-Love Frank



-- Post From My iPhone

I Missed Blogging!!! (and scrapping of course)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hello everyone I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I know I sure did, well sorta. This past week was very hectic for me, I work retail as you all know, and well the holidays are indeed the heaviest and most busiest days, and this past week was incredibly busy and tiring!!! I have had no chance to scrap, shop, or sleep for that matter, I worked about 12 hours on black Friday. So today I am sharing a quick layout I made with some stuff I had hanging around. I love this sepia picture of hubby it makes him look so innocent take a look:


I just love cherry blossoms, I have been wanting to go to the Huntington Library over at Pasadena where they  have the most stunning botanical gardens and cherry blossoms as well. Here is another angle.



As you can tell I used tons of different cherry blossoms, some Jolee's, some sticko, and some rub-ons as well. It is such a pink and lovely page! I love it. I am in the process of printing my thanksgiving pictures to make some layouts so I am looking forward to that and cannot wait to share them with all of you!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Stay Warm, Love, Frank


Simple Layouts, Capturing Complex Moments

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Happy Sunday everyone, well this upcoming week will be busy for all of us, I know for me it is the busiest week holiday shoppers are out there buying gifts, Thanksgiving, and who can forget the famous "Black Friday" a definite 12hr shift!! Anyway, I sometimes find myself short on time for scrapping, so I make what I like to call simple layouts, which I think capture very complex moments. I am sharing these two layouts today that I made when I was short of time this week. There can be lots of negative space involved but I never really think that negative space is bad, sometimes it helps determine the position of a picture or guides your eyes to the picture take a look:




Some layering action going on, I just punched some stars layered them in different sizes, added those cardstock stickers, I love the paper it really helps the layout stand out, I think that is one of the keys of a simple layout the paper has lots to do.




This one is one I like to I love the little metal frame where I put a stamp, and the ribbon. It is simple yet effective. I love it!! I hope these layouts were inspirational when you are short of time!! Remember if you would like to share some of your simple layouts email me at fgar30@gmail.com and I can feature your layouts. Thanks for stopping by!

-Love Frank

Autumn Love King

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hello everyone, and happy Saturday, today was quite a long day for me, long day at work, long time figuring out my classes for next year, long headache.... the point is today was a LONG day. But luckily I am here sharing a layout I made yesterday that I had tons of fun with. I was inspired to make this page by my fellow reader Diana, she has been using Martha punches as of late so I decided to have some fun with mine. I only have a few the hubby won't let me buy too many because he thinks they have no re-use value, but this page is an example that punches can indeed be used multiple times. It took me a long time to punch all these crowns and when I finally finished, I started gluing and folding. I think it turned out ok, I love the heart shape I managed to form in the middle although from up close it doesn't look like much of a heart shape. See for yourself:





I love how it turned out, fairly simple and really not many materials were needed. I love how he came out he looks almost angelical ( haha I am showing off again sorry :-) but on a serious note, it was a fun layout. I will probably try using a different punch next time.

Thanks for stopping by and for all the wonderful comments!!

Love, Frank

Gypsies, Future Telling, and Forgiveness

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hello everyone, hope everyone is doing well, today I decided to share something about this attraction at Disneyland called Esmeralda. It is a fortune teller, you enter 25 cents and you receive a card which foretells your future. It has been a favorite at the park for many years, and I must say I am impressed. I am sharing this because I recently visited this attraction with my sister and she once again worked her gypsy magic. She told my sister about her past and her future which really did match the current state she is in. I too was told by her that I should be careful of friends who aren't to be trusted as well as some inheritance I will be given. There has been people who were told they were gonna marry even!! It is a very peculiar and fun attraction that doesn't catch your eye when there but is a true gem. I had some arguments with hubby this weekend however, and I have been a little down. We sorta made up, and I hope things get better tomorrow. The reason I am sharing the gypsy story is because it is of great importance to value those around you, sometimes we take things for granted, or do not appreciate the people who share their lives with us. Take the time to make those around you feel loved, forgive those who have hurt you and apologize to those you have hurt, tell them how much you love them, invite them out for a cup of coffee, spend time with them. You never know what life might have stored for you, and while most people including myself don't believe in fortune telling one thing is for sure, you decide your own future, those who choose wisely receive real rewards.



Keep your loved ones close, and love them very much. I will be back with some layouts, stay tuned. Until then enjoy the weather, hope you have a great week.

Love, Frank

November!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy November everyone! it is finally feeling like Fall, we had our rainy days, windy days, and some sunny days, cold evenings, and even some foggy mornings. It is quite great. I am very happy to be blogging today because I missed it so much!! I am relieved I got some schoolwork over with today and got some time to scrap today!! Like usual I made my monthly page, and this one is very November-ish. I love it. I used lots of Autumn paper, I cut out some cute little trees, and used some Prima, I love the borders as well everything seemed to fit in perfect harmony. Take a look!





Did anyone notice hubby's new look? He shaved it all off!! His beard that is! He looks adorable, and many say younger. His job requires it, but I think he still looks gorgeous!! I really had fun with the letters on this one, they are made from canvas and are very cute. Can't wait for turkey, and pumpkin pie, but before I get to ahead of myself I should stop.....haha

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful Tuesday!

-Love, Frank



Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween to my fellow blog readers!! I hope you guys have lots of fun, enjoy the weather and pick up lots of candy! Remember to be safe and inspect all the stash you receive and remember scrap every moment!! Will be back blogging as soon as I get these midterms out of the way!! Until then!




Love, Frank

-- Post From My iPhone

Fall Again....

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Whew!!! Its been such a busy week, mid-terms can be really time consuming. Thankfully I got some time to update you guys on some things that have been going on in my life, I went pumpkin picking, so look forward to uploading some pictures, and layouts of course. I am battling my DSL company over my slow speed, so that has also kept me occupied. I am glad to share a LO I did today though, after getting some time to myself. Its a Fall Layout, although I kind of made it look very nature-ish, I am still not feeling Fall with this crazy weather but I am getting there, take a look:


I love the bees, how they are buzzing around, the page blended with my table, haha it is a white paper.




I love the ruffle I made in the middle its so fun, I also added a lot of dimensional accents that I found laying around, and some K&Company letters to spell out the Fall. Overall I loved working on this page it is fun. I hope to share my other layout I am working on soon. For now happy Sunday.

-Love, Frank



Product Review: Martha Stewart Rotary Cutter

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hello everyone, its been such beautiful weather in LA recently, these past few days have been cloudy with the promise of rain, which has not happened for some reason. I think we won't have the luck to see it rain anymore over here, but at least the cloudy weather is nice. Today I wanted to take a chance and review the rotary cutter from Martha Stewart:


So I purchased this cutter because I always have trouble cutting straight line cuts. Its very versatile it has a nice handle grip, it has replaceable rotary heads that have different cutting patterns which are fun to use for borders or mats. The cutter itself is very useful, personally however I found myself cutting crooked lines anyway so I ended up buying this ruler:


This ruler is actually made for the rotary cutter since it has a guide that fits perfectly with an edge that the cutter has on the side, it guides the cutter in a straight line so you get a clean perfect cut. Without this ruler cutting a straight like can be a mess. The blades seem pretty long lasting Iv'e had them for a couple of months and they are still pretty sharp. There is replacements available however, if it runs a bit dull.


All in all it can be a useful tool if used properly, I myself couldnt use it without the ruler, but with a steady hand and patience its possible. Ultimately I give it a 8 out of 10. 

Thanks for stopping by, I am working on some new fall pages I will post soon so stay tuned.

-Love, Frank

Pumpkin Aficionados!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Today I thought I would share some pumpkin carving layouts I did last year with both my besty Lucy and hubby. As you can tell my laptop is working again! YAY! The thing is, I didnt get it fixed, it pretty much started working by itself. Anyway, pumpkin carving is one of my favorite Fall activities, I love picking them, carving them, displaying them it is so much fun, I haven't gotten to it this year but I hopefully will go next week and buy some. Last year I bought them to early and they didn't last too long. Take a look:


I love this pumpkin filled page very fun


A close-up


Mine turned out like a Picasso inspired face, my friend did a more classical jack-o-lantern, and my hubby started out wanting to do a window and cat shape, but it fell apart, so his was just a window.... too cute.


Here is a pumpkin picking page.



I love these pumpkin stickers and that little hay strip very cute.

Well these are some of the layouts I made for last year in October, once I get some carving action this upcoming week I will post some pictures!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Love, Frank



Proud

Sunday, October 10, 2010

My 5 month old laptop broke down and now I am forced to post from my phone, sorry if they come out weird, I promise to get them straightened out once I get my lappy fixed. But for now I wanted to share a layout I made, my hubby got his personal trainer certificate a couple of days ago and I couldn't be more proud of him, not only can he train people and is certified but he can now get his dream job at the gym! I'm very happy and excited for him. So this layout details when he got his certificate :















Pretty simple layout I love the thickers and the cute felt banner, I finally got to use my Martha punch as well.

Thanks for stopping by have a great Sunday!

-Love, Frank

-- Post From My iPhone

Inkadinkado's Contest!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I have been selected as a finalist for Inkadinkado's creative contest!!! They are giving the winner $1200 worth of products!! how exciting! Iv'e never been a finalist for anything really, so I am excited and I would like to ask for your help in winning! Just visit this link

http://www.scrapbooksetc.com/app/voting/index.jsp?id=/templatedata/sbe/voting/data/1285188138411.xml

and cast your vote on my layout which is this one here:



Please help me, just cast your vote daily!!

-Love, Frank

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