Month: May 2015

Project Life Album, Week 24/1-2014

  • Cards: Indian Summer by We R’ Memory Keepers; Surfs Up Picture My Life Cards by Close to My Heart
  • Markers: Chipped Glass from Distress Markers by Ranger Ink
  • Stamps: My Life Cricut Bundle by Close to My Heart
  • Ink: Hollyhock by Close to My Heart
  • Title cut out by Jen Allyson for My Minds Eye
  • Dimensional Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives

Project Life Album, Week 24/2-2014

  • Cards:  Indian Summer by We R’ Memory Keepers; Insta Scrap by Leeza Gibbons ATC Cards from Prima Marketing; Surfs Up Picture My Life Cards by Close to My Heart
  • Markers: Wild Honey, and Tea Dye from Distress Markers by Ranger Ink

Project Life Album, Week 22-2014

  • Cards: Maggie Holmes Edition from Project Life
  • Embellishments: Elemental Stars white from Close to My Heart, Care Free Cut & Paste Stickers from My Minds Eye
  • Markers: Peacock Feather from Distress by Ranger Ink

Project Life Album, Week 23-2014

  • Cards: Maggie Holmes Edition from Project Life
  • Embellishments: Elemental Stars white from Close to My Heart, Paper Bird from Michael’s, Stickers from My Minds Eye, Wood dots from Life Emporium by Theresa Collins
  • Markers: Pumice Stone from Distress by Ranger Ink
  • Dimensional Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesive
  • Adhesive: Liquid Glass from Close to My Heart

Project Life Album, Week 20-2014

  • Cards: Skylark Picture My Life Cards by Close to My Heart
  • Markers: Evergreen Bough from Distress Markers by Ranger
  • Wood Veneer from Michael’s
  • Adhesive: Liquid Glass by Close to My Heart

Project Life Album, Week 21-2014

  • Cards: Walden, and Far Far Away from Studio Calico; Jade Edition from Project Life
  • Embellishments: Elemental Stars white from Close to My Heart, Metal Brads from Michael’s
  • Markers: Pumice Stone, and Evergreen Bough from Distress by Ranger Ink

Rodin’s Lover, by: Heather Webb

I give this historical fiction centered on the affair between Camille Claudel and her lover Auguste Rodin, three out of five stars. The prose offered a sensory glimpse into the protagonist’s work of creating visual art, and life in Paris during the late 1800’s.

What I liked:

1) The environmental descriptions and how they added depth to the action of the story. The way a room or field was described and then changed within the same scene provided insight into the protagonist’s state of mind. As a woman with a growing mental illness these details revealed the drastic changes in her emotional state very well.

2) The conflict, Camille struggles with rejection from all sides including her family, friends, lover, and public. Her mental illness accelerated every real and perceived slight. I think the struggle for her work to be judged on its merit and not segregated into a separate class, because a female created it, was well done.

3) The character of Camille, while I didn’t care for her personality, I felt a great deal of sympathy for her. She wrestled with the desire to live an unconventional life, while denying herself conventional things she wanted. To be a wife to the man she loved, to be a mother to a child she discarded, to be a daughter to a mother who was mentally ill.

What I didn’t like:

1) I would have preferred the point of view to remain with Camille. The scenes from Auguste’s point of view were weaker and did not offer much insight into the man’s nature, or movement in the story.

2) There was some unnecessary repetition, and a few important scenes that felt off. They were a bit too obvious and lacked the detail and refinement the narrative shined with through most of the book.

Project Life Album, Week 18-2, 2014

  • Cards: Lisse Street by Studio Calico; Simply Happy by We R’ Memory Keepers; Insta Scraps by Leeza Gibbons from Arima Market Inc ATC Cards
  • Markers:Dried Marigold, and Mowed Lawn Distress Markers by Ranger
  • Embellishments: Squirrel Acrylic from Studio Calico; Flamingo Dots from Close to My heart, wood Veneer from Micheals
  • Markers: Ripe Persimmon Distress Marker by Ranger
  • Washi Tape, Reflections at Micheals

Project Life Album, Week 19 2014

  • Cards: Indian Summer from We R’ Memory Keepers
  • Markers: Evergreen Bough from Distress Markers by Ranger
  • Wood Veneer from Studio Calico

Book Review: Prince of Fools (The Red Queen’s War Book One) by: Mark Lawrence

I give this book five out of five stars for its impeccable narrative, the unique hero in Jalan, and another fantastic journey through Lawrence’s Broken Empire dystopian universe. This book takes you on an incredible journey with some laugh out loud funny moments and some heart wrenching sad ones. Since finishing the book, I’ve caught my mind wandering back Prince Jalan and Snorri’s story. Lawrence has a writing talent that rises above fictional genre classifications; it’s something any lover of a good story can appreciate.

What I loved about this book:

1) The characters. It was such a treat to be on a journey with Prince Jalan. He evolves from a shallow, self-centered, coward, living from present moment to present moment; to a man who realizes there is more he is capable of doing with his life. He gets locked into a companionship turned friendship with Snorri who possesses many of the admiral characteristics Jalan should have. Despite Jalan’s failings, Snorri view’s Jalan in the best way possible, even when he’s presented with contrary evidence. It was easy to root for both Snorri and Jalan, and I eagerly look forward to seeing them again in the second book of this series.

2) The action. I was entrenched in the story from beginning to end. Lawrence kept me in a strangle hold; keeping me at the edge of my seat, captivated by the mystery of why Jalan and Snorri’s were thrown into this adventure. The battle scenes were great; even the ones Jalan admitted were sparked by his own cowardice.

3) A beautiful narrative. Lawrence makes writing first person fantasy narratives look easy. He’s taken the already difficult task of educating the reader on this foreign world and parceled it into narrative exposition material that makes you learn and laugh at the same time; leveraging the comedic insights of his protagonist.

I highly recommend this book. If you are new to Mark Lawrence or his Broken Empire, you can read this book and enjoy it without having read anything prior.

Happy International Scrapbooking Day!

For this layout I used Good Day Sunshine by Tami Miller Designs and available in her store at Pickleberry Pop. Blank Space Template by Southern Serenity Designs by Amber Morrison and available in her store at The Studio.

Be Classy bundle from Pixelily and available at Ginger Scraps; Simplicity Template by Southern Serenity Designs.

Capture the Moment Bundle Pack by Pixelily and This is February by Southern Serenity Designs by Amber Morrison.

Project Life Album, Week 17, 2014

  • Card: Sandlot by Studio Calico
  • Markers: Barn Door Red, Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar, Antiqued Linen, Tatterd Rose, and Milled Lavender Distress Markers by Ranger
  • Stamps: My Life Cricut Bundle by Close to My Heart
  • Ink: Black India Ink from Club Scrap
  • Markers: Ripe Persimmon Distress Marker by Ranger
  • Embellishments: Sequin Assortment gold, and Honey Mini Medley from Close to My Heart

Project Life Album, Week 18 2014

  • Card: Good Times from Project Life, Me & My Big Ideas Specialty Cards
  • Markers: Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmelade Distress Markers by Ranger
  • Stamps: Balloon Occasions, and Banner Wishes by Close to My Heart
  • Ink: Black India Ink from Club Scrap