Hope everyone is enjoying their August. I was a complete dork last month and missed my scheduled post. So this month I will have some layouts from the whole summer. First up I would like to introduce you to Julie Bonomo. Julie is an active member of our message board and galleries and I wanted to get to know her better.
In her own words:
Hello, my name is Julie and I have been a self-employed real estate appraiser for the last 28 years in Northern California. My previous life included a stint at a sporting arms & ammunition company, group travel agency and dealt blackjack, roulette and craps (story for another day). I met my hubby in a country western line dancing class and it has been an adventure ever since. We are helicopter parents to a two-year-old pug and adoptive parents to my husband’s nephew, Matt.
I would have to say my strength comes from my father. No matter the situation, he would always look on the bright side and make the best of any situation. He certainly had his challenges in life: internment during World War II in a relocation camp for 3.5 years, and cancer in his later years.
One of my favorite quotes is by Albert Einstein: “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving”. I love biking, hiking, skiing, yoga, travel, and all things pug. For me “moving” also means learning, whether it be history, art, or ways to grow as a scrapbooker. My goal this year is to learn about bookbinding, experiment with mixed media and how to make the impossible Cameo Silhouette electronic cutter do something (anything!). Cocoa Daisy has been a great support system and classroom with incredible and diverse talent.
My interest in scrapbooking was inspired by my MIL who altered magazines back in the 1940’s. Imagine that. I also loved looking through her albums and the detailed chronicling of the adventures of life with her husband and six kids. I found my first scrapbook store in 2005 and have loved scrapbooking ever since; I love the smell of paper, the texture, colors and possibilities. I started subscribing to CD kits at the end of 2011 and never needed to look elsewhere.
One of my most treasured memories is the Summer of 2012 when nephew Matt lived with us before heading off to grad school. My most treasured possession is a mini album he made for my birthday that summer. Picture a scrapbook made by a 27 year old kid! It was filled with memories of past holidays, adventures (and some misadventures), and everyday life. He is the best son I could have ever hoped for.
Thanks for sharing Julie. We are so happy to have you with us. Would love to see a photo of Matt’s scrapbook sometime. What a treasure! Here are her links.
Here are some of my favorite projects of Julie’s.
Love how she used this paper from the January kit.
This one is so funny, check out the title and that cute little pug!
Julie has been experimenting this year with mixed media and is doing a great job. Love this card!
So go check out her gallery and links and give her some love!
On to some more gallery eye candy.
Here is one by Asil or Lisa. This is adorable. Miss you Lisa!
Look at this treasure by cburillokirch. Just beautiful!
Love the Chevrons on this one by deblew. Great design!
Love this one by dawnfarias. So cool..and fancy.
Check out this clean and simple beauty by Michell. Love how she used the tags!
Iskawire has been blowing up the gallery with lots of beautiful layouts. I love this one. The circle and colors really pop!
Last but not least is these genius little loves. Christy S made some planner book marks out of the DITL cards. So cool!
Okay; inspired, happy and ready to scrap!