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gothamgal

Member Since June 2007, 2252 forum posts, 38 public projects

Location: Huntington Beach CA

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I graduated in college in 2002 with a Liberal Arts degree, now I do math! How does that happen?
I'm very involved in our local Bookcrossing group, the Rubber City Book Posse and I love to read, write and express myself in every way possible.
I just started physically scrapping in June 2008, and it's really cool so far. However, I'd done mixed media art projects, rubber stamping and card making for a few years, thanks to Nervousness.org.
I used to be a web designer, sports girl, newspaper assistant, bookseller, etc.
I take Wilton Cake Decorating Classes, have partial ownership of a black lab and have even less control of two cats, Max and Peeves. When I grow up, if I absolutely have to, I want to be a writer and live in Disneyland.

Three of my favorite pop culture things, in any order:
-Nightmare Before Christmas
-Batman (anything!)
-Marilyn Monroe

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Weekend Plans...And a question

What do I plan on doing this weekend?

It's a toss up between a stamping/scrapping/movie marathon, an organizational weekend or a website revamping weekend.

I suppose I could combine all three. Run home tonight and set up for scrapping, then start to organize.

 

What movies do you like to scrap to?

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Revamping the website

Okay, so I have a few websites...And I am looking to revamping one of them to make it a portfolio site, something I can direct people to and not be embarrassed that they see. So I'm thinking something simple. HOWEVER, I realize that I will probably need to do some legwork.

Now, I used to be a webdesigner. Before the re-org, I spent my days drawing layouts and writing code and it was absolutely wonderful...Now I do math. ::Blink:: Take from that what you will, LOL.

I'm thinking I'll need a logo and maybe some really cool icon-esque pictures for mouse overs. But what I'm really thinking I need to do is work on my resume and my 'about me' pages. Okay, so my big question is, should I do a little photo shoot type thing of some really good pictures (because I really don't have a lot of pictures) or should I just say, forget it and post an old picture of myself?

 

I mean, I don't think it's going to be a huge deal, but I'm seeing so many personal and professional (creative) sites who use photos, and while it might just be a trend, I'm thinking there might be more to it than that.

 

Agggh! So much to do, so little time... But I've got pretty stuff surrounding me, so all is good.

7/10/2008 8:11:03 AM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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Video of two Peas order

I got a package in the mail today, and it's from Two Peas...

 

Could this be my order?

Find out Here

 

 

Also, here's a link to mellypea's blog on packaging peanuts, enjoy!!!!

7/9/2008 9:22:39 PM | Comments (2) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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Not what you want to hear in the papercrafting section

GothamGal: Do you have the Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch?

Papercrafting Section Leader: What?

GG: Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch. You have a few of the others on clearance, but I didn't know if you were getting in a shipment or had some in the back.

PSL: What exactly does it do?

GG: You put paper in it and press down and it makes a border.

PSL: ::Blink::

GG: I guess that's a no?

PSL: ::Grabs sheet of paper and writes down Friskers Thread Water Punch:: Maybe we'll get it in.

GG: Here, let me draw you a picture. ::Draws a bad sketch of what it does::

PSL: ::Studies page for a bit:: Yeah, that looks neat. We can call you if we get it in.

GG: Do you need my number? **Note, they did not have my number**

PSL: Nah.

GG: ::Waves Weakly, thinking about calling the store every day now, heh heh heh::

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Actually it didn't go so bad, but it was funny. I got some alco-ma-hol inks and another Tim Holtz inkpad, glossy paper and more thickers. Okay, I'm seriously cut off for the rest of the month now, I mean it! Unless I can find the Threading Water Punch for under $20 (online, with shipping, willing to pay around $23), but I have no idea if that's a good price.

The best part? My two peas order totally shipped!!!! Now comes the hard part--waiting. Eeeep!

Be prepared for some photo-y goodness tonight with the experimentation part of last night, I made some backs out of alco-ma-hol inks. I have a set of unopened metallic inks somewhere in the house, but it's been packed and unloaded for two houses, so I have a feeling I'll be doing major digging over the weekend to find it.

 

7/8/2008 12:14:34 PM | Comments (1) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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An Old ATC

I was going through some old snapfish photos and found a picture of an ATC that I did a few years ago...

There is one other one I'm looking for, called the Emu King, and I know I have the picture somewhere.

Anyway, enjoy!

An ATC I made in 2005!

I got the paper at Walmart, it came in a package with some other stuff. The woman was a cutout, along with the words (as if you couldn't tell!) and there's a plastic skillet at the top of the whole thing that I added a picture of strawberries to. The Nervousness ATC swap called for plastic geegaws to be used in the design. The host sent us all little plastic pieces, and I remember totally loving that I made this at the time. Now I see a few flaws, things I could have done better, but at the time, it was the best ATC I'd ever made.

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Weekend Buying Spree

I picked up some Imaginesce stamps (including the penguin that I'm so fond of), some more stickles, a tim holtz inkpad and some rubons and paper AND my silver mini brads at Archivers on Thursday. It made me smile. I'm also signing up for a couple more photo sites, will have to do a comparison of how the pictures look.

My camera batteries were dead on the 5th when we went to the Lake, so I think I might have one or two photos. Eeek! I think I could cheat and use last years for a patriotic layout, right?

I just wish I had the energy to do some projects, but the BF will be leaving soon so I have a feeling I'll get the table back out.

 

Oh, picked up 5 more sets of the We R Memory Keepers Foil, Glitter and Flock kits because they're wonderful!

7/7/2008 11:19:41 AM | Comments (1) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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So I have a confession to make

I love paper. Love it so much that I've collected odd bits and pieces even before I scrapbooked or did altered art stuff.

I've been collecting stationary since I was little.

I have notebooks and assorted detrius like most people have socks.

I have journals by the box.

I love paper.

And last night I got a package from QVC, their bazzil paper pack. 160 pages of beauty. Seriously, even the colors I don't like are pretty. And they were only $0.192/pc whereas Bazzil is a lot more than that at my LSS. I feel bad, almost like I'm cheating on them, but at the same time, I got paper. Now I don't have to leave a project to go looking for some cardstock. Woo HOO!

 

And I love that if I don't like the texture, I can simply just flip over the page and it's smooth. Yay!

 

And I ended up getting a few more pieces of paper from the twopeas online store, because paintables were on sale, so it was like I had to, right? Dude, I'm going to have the paper thing covered soon.

7/3/2008 12:54:54 PM | Comments (1) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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How do you know when something's gone way past the hobby stage???

When you notice that your work notebook is being taken over by scrapping sketches...

I have at least three at the moment, LOL...

Will have to save and then photo next to the finished product...

 

 

 

 

7/2/2008 12:44:12 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

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Scrapping on A Budget: July Edition

Since I'm new to the hobby, I have supplies and things I need to buy. However, since I'm a paper fanatic, I already have a lot of paper and such. I'm trying to scrap on a budget, which means limiting the amount of money I spend while keeping my obsession in check.

I'm going to place an order for some really cool stuff tomorrow! I have my Two Peas cart locked and loaded to go. It's a new month, and I have a budget to spend...I'm looking at some MM papers, the Sassafras Lass Dear Paper and matching elements and some ribbon and finally some Prima paintables. I added a chipboard house onto the order as well, which I think will work nicely. With shipping, my order comes out to just over $30 with 15 items, so that's not too bad. The most expensive thing in my cart is ribbon, next in line is some matching journalling tags for the paper I just can't live without.

As for what I'll have to buy offline or somewhere else, I'm looking at the ULEE (enameling powder), Tim Holtz distress ink and some cool stamps or something. I want some small silver brads as well. I want to spend around $15 for whatever I can get, which might be hard, but I'm not sure--if I can get a brown ink pad, mini brads and the enamel powder, I'd be okay with things.

I want to get in a kit club, however with the current two peas kit price, it's not going to happen here, despite it possibly being a cool kit. I'm thinking KitCardClub or MyBitsandPieces. I might just hold off for a month or two and pay off some bills before pressing the kit club thing into my budget.

I'm finding that a lot of things that I want in the shop are sold out, which means they're popular, but it also means I have to wait on things, which is not a strong suit, LOL. What about you? Do you have a budget? Tell me about it/why you don't have one.

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One of those Days--In a good way

I just found my USB flash drive with my v-day getaway pics and some of my Xmas pics. What does that mean? More layout possibilities, of course!

I have a bunch of ideas, and I'm using a new photo printing company (Artscow) recommended by another pea, so I can't wait to try them out and get some physical stuff to scrap with. I should be getting my proof copy of the photobook I made for my mom's mother's day present, but I have a feeling the quality of the pictures (meaning the resolution) won't be that great. If that's the case, I might have to scan what we use myself when I go down to visit. Craziness!

I might even have a Disney book soon! That's awesome, seriously cool. I take enough pictures when I go there (alone, because I always seem to plan it wonky) that they should be for something. I probably have a book of pictures specifically of the Haunted Mansion--Nightmare Before Christmas ride. That's probably my most favorite attraction, photowise. I never take pictures in Indiana Jones (the line, I mean), and I guess I wasn't supposed to take pictures in Pirates (whoops!).

I got a kit last night that I ordered online, really not happy with it (it's a QVC kit) and it had about 1/2 of the paper I expected and the embellishments weren't that great either, which was disappointing because I bought it specifically for the embellishments, so that's going back. I'm waiting on some Bazzil cardstock that I've heard some not so good things about from some other peas, a Cosmo Cricket package of 9000 items and then one other thing, We R Memory Keeper Foil, Glitter and Flock sets (which I really need because my alphas are being depleted rather quickly, LOL.

I also got some actions and played around in CS2 while watching the Office on NBC.com. We don't get NBC, so I always miss the office--I'm a season behind and trying to catch up.

 

Here's a picture to keep you happy... It's of the BF and Sam, the wonder pup in Hocking Hills. It was the weekend before Valentine's Day and we had an ice storm. Perfect time to go hiking, right? Sam's great at getting up hills and hicking and climbing. However, he freaks out on the way down. The BF is trying to comfort him on his walk down. I think he ended up having to carry him down. BF and Sam in Hocking Hills

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