I kinda lost my creative mojo yesterday so my layout wasn't posted like it usually is on a Monday. To be honest, even though the layout is complete (well, almost, but more on that later), I still haven't found it yet. Maybe the two big events at our house this week sucked it all out of me or maybe it was because I wasn't happy with the way my pictures turned out from Saturday night (more on that later too!). But just because the creative wheels weren't spinning was no reason not to work on my Project Life. That is the beauty of this system. You can be as creative or uncreative as you want.
This week I used products from the Cobalt Core Kit along with Page Protectors B and G. Visit my "freebies" page to download ALL 52 Weekly Word Art Titles.
I mentioned above that we had two events at the house this week. An Admiral was in town and Chris hosted a dinner in honor of visit. There was a mixture of 12 American & Latvian military officers in attendance and the occasion was catered by Restaurant Line 36 in Jurmala. I met the restaurant's chef, Lauris, at one of the Latvian cooking classes last fall I attended and he was more than happy to cater the event! I was a bit disappointed because I wasn't able to be there though. There are times when Chris hosts dinners at the house and I just need to disappear (who wants to stick around and listen to all that talk anyways?). So I went out to dinner with my friend Anna, had a mojito and a few glasses of wine and great conversation. We haven't gone out in a while and it felt good to reconnect with her!
The rest of the week was spent prepping for our beach party Saturday night. Several weeks ago I ordered awesome decorations for the party as well as a fun tropical skirt for the event. The mail system here has been unbelievably slow lately and it's been taking stuff 3-4 weeks or longer to arrive from the States. It's driving me crazy!!! Thursdays seem to be a big mail day and when we got a note saying we have a box, I was jumping for joy! Good news and bad news...
The skirt I ordered from Title Nine came in (along with a bunch of Mary Kay stuff I ordered), but the decorations did not. Grrr!!! My friend Robyn said "Well at least you'll have something to wear and your make-up will look good!" (she cracks me up). That may be true, but what was I supposed to do about decorations for this party?
Cricut to the rescue!
Instead of using my Thursday to scrapbook with the girls, I was making plumeria flowers with the Cricut machine. A lot of them. I had them hanging from door frames, light fixtures and the fireplace. They worked out great! I wish I had more photos of them, but I don't...
...why? Well, all of the photos I took of the evening I took with my iPhone. I know I have raved about the pics I get from my iPhone, but the iPhone isn't the best in low light. I should have taken the time to run upstairs and get my point and shoot, but with everything going on that night, I hadn't a moment to spare! So, as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, this spread isn't totally complete. I am waiting for several of my friends to forward me some photos from the evening and when they do, I will print them and place them in the 6x12 divided page protectors. Once I get those printed, I will include them in a future post!
I wanted to make a horizontal, bi-fold journal card to journal about the night. The photo above shows what I did. And the photo below shows how I placed it in the slot.
The night was a blast! We had invited the Attaché community as well as several friends from the Embassy. The foreign diplomats weren't sure what to expect, however! The Russian Attachés were a little confused on the dress for the evening (totally tropical). They kept calling Chris' secretary asking for clarification. But once they arrived they all had a good time! Lots of photos were taken by the palm tree and hanging garlands. I got a letter from the wife of the Swedish DATT saying how much they enjoyed the evening and how nice of a change it was from the formal receptions we usually attend!
In typical diplomatic protocol, the Attachés stayed for about two hours and left, but the Americans hung out for a while! We moved furniture around, cranked up the music and turned the living room into a dance floor. Beach balls were bounces and the margaritas were flowing. We had a great time dancing the night away! Again, I will post more photos when I get better copies from my friends!
Whew! I am so glad last week is over though! This week (week 14) marks the beginning of Candice Stringham's "Oh Shoot" Photography Class over at JessicaSprague.com. I've been wanting to take this class for a few years now and am looking forward to learning more about getting out of auto mode on the camera!
Have a great Week 14 everyone!