Challenge #49 Daily Grind

Posted by The Design Experiment on 7:14 PM

Hey there Experimenters,

Hope you had a wonderful long 3 day weekend, and supported those that support us. I want to personally thank all of my comrads out there, my husband whom is currently deployed to Iraq and those who have served and the SPOUSES as well.

Today our prompt is brought to us by Sasha and we are going to talk about those things that you just HAVE to do each day and those that you wish to avoid.

What are at least 5 things you have to have or do in your day.. or else your day would not be complete? What are the 3 things you try to avoid doing throughout your day?

Alright ladies whatcha got .. let's get a little inspiration from our Design Team:
This week we are joined by the amazing, Allison Landy


I'm a single mom of two crazy, random, unique, original, free-spirited young adults (18 & 21).

I have a tendency for picking up strays - canine, feline and human. I currently have two dogs rescued off the streets and one cat.

By day I work full time as a Senior Policy Specialist in Early Childhood and part time as an adjunct professor at Arizona State University.

But by the evening and weekend hours I am most happy hanging in my studio getting my scrap on.

I have been scrapbooking since the dark ages and even remember the premiere issue of Creating Keepsakes Magazine. I've been on various design teams such as Rusty Pickle and Imagination Project, but currently enjoy scrapping just for fun and therapy.
I've had several publications in Creating Keepsakes; Simple Scrapbooks; Scrapbooks ETC, Cards and various idea books. But my most proud scrapbooking moment was the day I learned my layout would grace the cover of Creating Keepsakes June 2005.

Thank you Ally for joining us this week and giving us so much inspiration
A Perfect Happy Day
By: Allison Landy


Coffee @ my favorite diner

Communing w/nature

Getting creative & crafty

Surfing the net

Candlelit dinners @ home

The Daily Grind
By: Glenda Tkalac


It doesn't take alot to make me happy, most of the time it's the little things that do it for me. I love to have 2 cups of coffee every morning before I go to work. On the way to work I listen to the Goo Goo Dolls and then after work I look forward to seeing John and talking about our day. I also need to touch base with Paige and the boys so that I know all is well. This is my life.

Not the DISHES
By: Rachel Whetzel

one day at a time...
chat on the phone
check emails
drink my coffee...
laugh at my silly boys

no matter what the day is
like, i try to fit some
of this in...
and of course, AVOID

dishes laundry
cleaning or
any other fun busters like
the plague...

I Must Admit
By: Mye Murrell

I must admit, it doesn’t take a lot to please me…..But there are some “must haves” that I need in my daily.You know those little things that make my day like:

1.) Chat with my Mommy – this I do in the morning on my way to work, don’t know what I’d do with my Mommy fix
2 .) Cell phone – need this in order to accomplish the previous
3.) iPod – need this for the ride into work, and to tune some folks out!!
4.) Internet Fix – gotta keep with the WWW, and most important
5.) Chat with my Hubby – Simple because he’s my world!

Do on the Daily
By: Kristina Kiessig

A Day in the Life
By: Amy Coose

I couldn't get through my busy day without a few must-haves: exercise, lots of coffee, my calendar, cell phone, and some 'me time' on the computer. Some things I try to avoid? Laundry, endless cleaning, and that candy bowl that always calls my name.

5 Things yes & 3 Things no
By: Sasha Holloway


Can't Live

By: Divian Conner


I have to kiss you, hug you, scream that i love you. i have to prepare yourmeals, let you join in...i have to ask one of you to bring my energy drinkfrom the fridge so i can make itthrough working at home on the computer and of course, i have to yellfor you all to shut the front doorclosed because you are letting flies inor else my day would not be complete.

Alright Experimenters let's see what you cannot live without doing daily and those 3 things that you at least TRY to avoid. Thanks for playing .. now go Xperiment ..

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Introducing .. New Design X Girls

Posted by The Design Experiment on 10:07 AM
Hey X-perimenters,

Happy Memorial Day to you all. Thank you for all the men and women out there that have served and are currently serving our country.

Before we get started I wanted to take the time to introduce 3 new X Girls. We have 4 but right now she has some other obligations to take care of .. but in the mean time let's give a big warm welcome to these 3 talented ladies ... we are more than excited to have them on the team they will be a great addition.

You are going to see alot more variety now between Art Journal pages, mini albums, mini layouts and just more inspiration from us to you ..



Mye Murrell:

A little bit about Mye:

I'm Myeshia, (My-esh-a) but I go by Mye! I'm a Military brat who now resides in Indy and loves all things crafty. Married and mother of two very active children. My son (13 years old) is involved with basketball, football, track as well as plays the trumpet for his Middle School band. While my daughter (9 years old) is very active with competitive gymnastics. They both give me plenty of reasons to take photos on a regular. By day I'm a computer analysts for a hospital, and when I'm not playing "taxi mom" I'm in my scrapbook room, playing with paper and glue!

I’ve been scrapping for the past four years, but have recently become serious about it. I love every minute of it, it allows me to be creative and gives me just the "me time" I need. My style varies, but I tend to lean on the clean and simple though I like the "busy look". However, I don't always know how to achieve it myself! My inspiration comes from many places, but the I'm really inspired by good photographs and color. When I’m not in my scraproom I can be found relaxing with my family, editing photographs, reading or hitting the gym.

So excited to be part of the DesignX team and can’t wait to see what challenges it brings!

My blog address: http://myemurrell.typepad.com/myespot/

Rachel Whetzel:

A little bit about Rachel:

Thrift junkie. Free Spirit. Believer. Artist. Photographer. Mom to boys. Rust Lover. Worm Farmer. Blogger. Creative Soul. Rule Bender. Spider Saver. Coffee Drinker. Cream Lover. Sailor Mouth. Music Listener. Phone Talker. Garden Grower. Mess Maker. Risk Taker. Good Intender.

My blog address: http://www.minetothine.com

Kristina Kiessig:

A little bit about Kristina:

My name is Kristina. I am the wife of Scott, the male version of me, mother to Samwise, my five year old charming little guy, Emma, my three year old little spitfire, and Winston, my hound dog.
I have been scrapping on and off for the past three years but I have always been creative in some way or another. I draw my inspiration from everywhere. Fashion, color, and the day to day beauty in my life are constantly inspiring me.

I am a professional photographer by trade and am lucky enough to have a hobby like scrap booking that allows me to take something I do professionally and take it a new level.
I love to take pictures, art journal, scrapbook and have just started learning how to sew. I love that I can incorporate all of these things into scrapping.

I have kept a journal since I was 11 years old and although I tend to keep a lot of it private, I am excited to be challenged and to challenge others here at the design experiment. I am hoping to let down my guard.

I'm looking forward to being a part of this team!

My blog address: http://kkiessigphotography.typepad.com/the_kiessig_family/

We cannot wait to get started working with you ladies .. .

X Team

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Quick Update

Posted by The Design Experiment on 11:20 AM
Still working on the blog everyone. We also have some special people we would like to talk about coming up for our next challenge .. so stay tuned. Oh Yah ..you seet hat lil bitty number ONE at the top of the post .. well that is what you click on to leave a comment .. I am still trying to figure out how to make that bigger and or change it .. lol.

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Challenge #48

Posted by The Design Experiment on 10:34 AM
Hey Experimenters!

Hope you all are having a fabulous week so far. This week we'd like you to experiment things that you miss in your life. So this week's experiment is:

What is something that you miss? We all have things that we miss in life. Perhaps it’s a loved one that is no longer here or a friend you’ve lost contact with. Maybe it’s an object like a house you grew up in or a favorite car? Maybe it’s something less tangible like a feeling. Whatever it may be, dig deep and tell me what you miss.....

Ladies, you have two weeks to show us what you miss. Can't wait to see your takes on this.

This week we are joined by the fabulous, Emily Anderson.

A little bit about Emily:

I'm Emily, wife to Keith and mother to 3 little people (soon to be 4 little people!) I love pretty much anything crafty and creative. Scrapbooking takes a front seat (after photography) because I love the fact that I'm preserving precious memories for my kids (and hopefully their kids, and their kids...and so on). I have a great and supportive husband who allows my creative brain to flow through everything (even the way I dress--which sometimes, he just doesn't get!). And I'm blessed with 3 sweet little beans that i get to take numerous pictures of on a daily basis and then scrap those aforementioned pictures! My kids will never be able to say that they don't have any pictures of them from when they were little! you can view my daily ramblings at www.andersonfamilycrew.blogspot.com. i've been so sick with this pregnancy, so my blog hasn't been updated as much as it normally is, but i'm slowly getting back into the groove!

Thank you Emily for joining us this week and inspiring us with your layout.

My Girls

By Emily Anderson


I miss these girls and our friendships so much! Even though we have our blogs and the phone, it's still not the same. Moving across the country meant sacrificing a lot, but I hope I always have these girls. 2008

I Miss Spending Time With You

By Glenda


You used to love to do my hair and we would laugh and be silly and have so much fun together. I miss that.

Paige we used to have so much fun together you and I. I hope that we will be able to again in the future because I really miss it. There is a saying that goes "cherish the little things for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things."

Miss You

By Amy

Amy says:

This layout is about my son's best friend, who died in 2003 from leukemia. I miss him every single day.


There is so much I miss about Jeffrey-his smile, his non-stop personality and so much more. Most of all, I miss the future you two would have had. You two were so much more than best friends and I mourn that loss each and every day.

D.C. Blooms

By Mia

Mia says:

I've been missing D.C. a lot lately, a lot of my friends & family are still there. If there's one thing I remember around spring that I miss it's these beautiful blooms.


In the late 1990s, for the better part of almost 4 years I called D.C. my home. I loved every bit of this wonderful city. Now that I'm in the Philippines, I miss it so much. But during this time of the year, I long for the stunning cherry blossoms on the banks of the Tidal Basin.

Ladies, you know the drill!

Once you have completed your layout, please leave us a comment in this post with a link to your layout.

We can't wait to see YOUR takes on the challenge! We hope that if you've never joined us for a challenge here at The Design Experiment, that you are inspired to do so today!

See you fabulous ladies again on the 24th of May!

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Posted by The Design Experiment on 2:46 PM
The blog is getting ready to go under a little bit of maintenance. So if you ladies would bare with us if it is looking crazy over the next day or two .. well we are going to be giving it a little facelift .. after a year .. we think it is time.

Sasha Holloway
Team TDX

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