Saturday, October 1, 2011


Can you believe it is October already?!! But it's time for me to start sharing my October design team projects from Scrapgal. I've decided to change things up a bit by sharing my projects throughout the month instead of all on the first.
My first project this month is my monthly challenge. I have the technique/product challenge this month. I worked mostly with the Little Yellow Bicycle Frightful Collection this month so most of my projects have a Halloween/Fall theme. But not all :) I love the look of tape on layouts and washi tape seems to be a big trend right now! I didn't have any on hand. But I did have these...
Fabric borders :) I decided to cut them apart and use them like tape as you can see on my layout above. So my challenge to you is - Use tape on your project!  Whether it's actual washi, masking, or fabrips.
And I also used older photos from seven years ago! So for a bonus challenge, try using older photos :)
In my last post, I mentioned my goal of giving up soda and drinking more water for my monthly "healthier living" goal.

 For October, I am going to focus on sleep! I am terrible at getting to bed at a decent hour when Mike is out of town. And with this project he is working on in Canada and only being able to come home on weekends, you can imagine how much sleep I am losing out on. But I know that I feel better when I get a good night's rest. I am less cranky and have more energy. And I don't get as run down. I almost fight myself to go to bed though. So my goal for October, is to be in bed by 11pm every night that I am home. 11pm may not sound early to a lot of people, but for someone who is staying up until 12:30 or 1am, it will make a big difference. And it's all in baby steps, right? Which is what I intended when I started my monthly goal series :)
So soda - a success! Sleep will hopefully be as well!
And don't forget! The Fall Fun Crop is going on at Scrapgal right now. Each of our Guest Design Team members posted a challenge on the crop board. And I have one started right now - Steffanie's 6x6 patterned paper pad challenge :)
Have a great weekend!


  1. I'm a night owl too. I usually go to bed at around 11:20. That isn't too bad, but I know if I went to bed a bit earlier (say 11), I would feel better in the a.m.

  2. I am also a night owl! At crop retreats I am usually the last gal standing! Love the layout! Great use of the fabric stickers! Love it! -Amanda

  3. Hope to pop by to visit the crop!

    Love this layout - great idea on the faux tape solution! I am terrible at going to bed late, especially when DH is out of town!!

  4. I like your new fall blog look! That is the cutest page, Mary Jo, and so smart to use the fabric strips like that - perfect touch!~

  5. Great LO - not ever used washi tape so will have to look some of that up, and sleep - it's hard to go to bed when you are in the middle of something, but if you don't you definately miss it in the morning :)

  6. awesome goals Mary Jo...and i love all of the tape you used on that layout :)

  7. Love the fabric strips on the layout. I love washi tape, but don't have any of my own yet. This is a great alternative! Good luck with the sleep. I have a hard time sleeping when my husband is gone too. You did awesome with the pop though, so I'm sure this one will be a piece of cake!

  8. I'm definitely a night owl too. Good luck with your living healthier goals.

  9. Love the challenge and your idea making the tape strips very clever!!
    Love your LO!!
    Precious picture of the 2 of them!!
    IKWYM Im a night owl too!
    I have been staying up until 12:30 and 1 too!
    My goal is to be in bed by midnight!
    I made it a few times this week!
    Yes baby steps for me too!

  10. Love those fabric strips! The fall look of your blog is fabulous! I'm right there with you in staying up way too late! I need to get more sleep as well!!