Thursday, October 9, 2014

Inspiration Unlimited 2014

At the end of September, I had the best experience at Inspiration Unlimited 2014 in Henderson, NV. This event is sponsored by Teresa Collins and this year, she had Heidi Swapp, Jodi Sanford, Paula Cheney and Kelli Collins as her workshop teachers! I was on the waiting list for two years and I was so excited when I got the email that I was in! As a newbie, I took part in one of the swaps that involved decorating a paint can and filling it with the favorites of your swapping partner.
This is the paint can that I decorated for my swapping partner. I had so much fun creating it for her! We swapped our paint cans through the mail since we were both flying into Nevada and needed the room in our luggage.

Las Vegas is the closest airport to Henderson. It was only a short cab ride to the Green Valley Ranch Resort. I was impressed with the resort and enjoyed a nice lunch out on the pool deck area.
This was also a mini vacation for me since I had been really burnt out at work. One thing that I'm working on with my coaching group is being able to do things for myself without feeling guilty or selfish. This getaway encompassed my passion of scrapbooking and my love of relaxing!
I attended the Meet & Greet Event on Thursday night before the event officially opened. I had met Teresa Collins before, but it was such an honor to see her again at her event! She is an amazing woman and I truly admire her drive, creativity and undying faith.
 I had also met Heidi Swapp before, but I was excited to see her again. Her energy level is amazing and I was really looking forward to her workshop that weekend. She is so innovative!
Teresa stood up on a chair at the Meet & Greet and snapped photos of the crowd. I was so happy to see that I was there! We got to see examples of the workshops too. It was a great event to see the teachers and be able to chat with them before the creative chaos of the weekend began!
My first class on Friday was with Jodi Sanford, the owner of Fancy Pants Designs. Her project was a mini album in a plastic jar. I thought it was the cutest project! It incorporated scrapbooking and home decor - all in one!
My second class was with Heidi Swapp, I loved her workshop because we got to work with her Color Shine sprays and stencils. I'm expanding my horizons when it comes to getting messy with crafting. Her project was a "Choose Your Own Adventure" mini album with tons of layers, pockets and expanding pages.
The final class of the day was with Teresa Collins. We got to play with all of the new Fiskars punches that she has exclusively at JoAnn's. There are so many wonderful designs! We also got to work with her Studio Gold albums and card kits. Her new lines are awesome!
There was a thunderstorm on Friday and we heard the pounding rain while we were in Teresa's workshop. But, it left behind some beautiful clouds!

Friday night was "Teresa's Favorite Things." She gave away Canon printers, die cutting machines and a ton of her awesome products. We all got a goodie bag filled with great products too! There were Make & Takes afterward and a fun photo booth!
On Saturday, the first class was with Teresa again. This is the canvas that I created in her class. We were asked to bring a meaningful quote and use it to create our project. This quote means a lot to me because life has been a bumpy ride for me, but it's been an amazing life too. I don't consider myself to be an artisitc person, but it was really fun to create with paint and embellishments. The canvas is now hanging in my kitchen.
I had two other classes later in the afternoon, but totally forgot to take pictures! The second class was with Paula Cheney, who works with Tim Holtz. Paula's project was a vintage clipboard. We used matte medium on a burlap canvas, along with Distress Paint and Distress Markers. It was a messy, but super fun class and I learned new techniques! The last class of the day was with Kelli Collins. We created a monthly mini album. The album had a ton of pockets, lots of layers and polka dots!
Saturday night was the last night of the event and Teresa thanked all of her teachers with gifts. The room was filled with 300 scrapbookers all gathered for this amazing weekend! I loved meeting new people and learning new things! I loved being creative with my favorite teachers!
I had such a fantastic time at Inspiration Unlimited 2014 and Teresa Collins was a wonderful hostess!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It's Been A Month Already?

I just looked at my blog and suddenly realized that it's been a whole month since my last post! It's already September and we're heading full force into the holiday season! Yikes!

I've been busy doing all sorts of things, but I guess blogging slipped off the list for a while. I've been taking a class called "The Science of Happiness" from edX online. It's been quite the eye opener and I have disagreed with some of the data presented. But, I'm broadening my horizons and that's what counts!

I'm also part of an online coaching group with Lain Ehmann. I absolutely love her enthusiasm and she has been helping me get through some really tough issues and situations. She's been a great cheerleader for me and asks all the right questions to let me solve my own problems. I know that I have all of the answers. I just need that helpful nudge in the right direction sometimes! 


Going to the beach has also been great therapy for me. Just sitting on the beach and taking in the salt air helps to calm my uneasy soul. I took this photo at sunset at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica. I just love being able to capture these moments and remind myself how lucky I am. 

In essence, my blogging hiatus has been because I've been taking care of me. Be back soon!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Under the Big Top Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Under the Big Top Blog Hop!
Ladies and gentleman, children of all ages, get ready for the Greatest Show on Earth! You are about to be amazed by our many talents under the Big Top!
Connie Can Crop is the Ringmaster of our Circus and the first stop on this super fun Blog Hop.
This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate you leaving a comment for all of these talented friends who are here sharing their ideas and creations.
We have an awesome sponsor and giveaway for this hop!
You could win an awesome package of Kiwi Lane Designer Templates.
What do you need to do to win? Easy...become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects. Then stop by our sponsor's page and be sure to like her on Facebook!
You will have until 12:00am Monday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
Winner will be announced at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!
Grab your popcorn and your ticket! The show is about to begin!

 I went with the carnival/fair theme and these are my layouts from last year's San Mateo County Fair!
 No fair is complete without a visit to the livestock! 
Of course, you can't forget the fair food! All sorts of yumminess here!

Up next is Pam's blog! Thanks for joining us for a very fun day!

Here is our complete line up in case you get lost along the way:

10. Miranda - www.nanasscrapspot.com

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Playing Catch Up

It's been nearly a month since I've written a blog post! Where has the time gone? I finally got a chance to sit down and catch up on a few pages of Project Life. I'm way behind, but I'm making progress. I've been dealing with the early stages of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, so I've had to take life down a few notches. It really sucks to have the pain affect my full-time work, as well as my creativity.
 I started the month of June off with organizing my photos for my California vacation album, but as you can see, my carpal tunnel pain took a front row seat and sidelined my projects for a while.
I loved  putting this layout together because it was the first time that I have used sequins in my Project Life album. I always love being able to incorporate new ideas into my album!

 The other moment that has sidelined a lot of my activity is that I got a new kitten! His name is Rocky and my co-worker found him on the side of the road. I felt like it was a sign, so I took him home & rescued him!
A lot of my photos will be about Rocky since he's growing stronger and bigger every day! I did get the time to take a trip to the San Mateo County Fair which is my one summer tradition!

Life sure has been busy! I'm still contributing to Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine's blog and I'll be writing an article for their E-News too. I'll also be a Guest Blogger once again for Bella Crafts Quarterly soon. I totally enjoy having all of these blogging opportunities!
Stay tuned for more Project Life pages coming soon. Lots more to come. Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's All About Perspective....

So far, it's been a busy month of scrapbooking, blogging & writing for Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine's blog series, "On the Road: Exploring Our Local Scrapbook Stores." My first post for that series appears here if you'd like to take a look! I'm so proud of this new adventure! It's given me added motivation to get back into writing mode and get back to my English major roots! 
A big thank you to Carrie at Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine! 
On the personal end, I've been delving into how my scrapbooking hobby has helped me to become more goal oriented and how I'm learning to deal with obstacles in my way. I feel very accomplished when I get to cross goals off my HUGE To-Do List! I'm a member of the online coaching group with Lain Ehmann. She is going to be starting a program that will help me through the process of facing fears & obstacles when it comes to personal & scrapbooking goals. The "Power of an Hour" chat that I attended with Lain got me super motivated to get started on my California vacation album. I actually went to a crop and finished 48 layouts! I was so proud of myself that I thought about the goal, visualized how to get it done, took the steps to make the process easier and got the project started! I still have a long way to go, but I took the step forward that I needed! HUGE hugs to Lain for kicking me in the butt!
When it comes to scrapbooking all of my memories, I have to realize that it's all about perspective. As a scrapbooker, it's my responsibility to tell the story as detailed and accurate as I can. The whole point of looking at a scrapbook page is to relive the captured moment. My photos are the most important aspect of my scrapbooking, along with the journaling. But, the photos tell the true story. It's my eye, my vision and my perspective that will tell the tale. My journaling comes second and fills in the gaps. It's my ultimate goal to have pages that show who I am and how I've lived this crazy life of mine! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bring Back Nice Blog Hop

I joined the Bring Back Nice Facebook group because I love the positive message that it sends! If we all stopped and did something nice for someone every day, the world would be a much better place! It doesn't take but a few seconds of your time to hold a door open for someone who has his/her hands full. How about smiling at the cashier that scans your groceries every week? Maybe take the time to pay for someone's bridge toll or his/her cup of coffee at the drive thru. Just a random act of kindness to let someone know that someone else is thinking about him/her as a valuable human being on this wonderful earth.

Please take a moment to comment below about something you did to bring back nice. Be a part of this wonderful movement to bring us back together as a community of kindred spirits looking out for each other!

Your next stop on this blog hop is Tiffany's blog!  Please spread the joy & bring back nice!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Down by the Seashore Blog Hop!

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE "FOR THE BOYS BLOG HOP", PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Welcome to the Down by the Seashore Blog Hop!
Sit back and enjoy the view as we whisk you away to the Sea with amazing projects full of bathing beauties, salty air, sandy toes and crashing waves.
Connie Can Crop is the first stop on this relaxing Blog Hop. This is a one day hop and we appreciate you leaving a comment for all of these talented friends who are sharing their ideas and creations.
We have an awesome sponsor and giveaway for this hop!
She will be giving away 2 sets of yummy flat back flair buttons of the winner's choice! YAY!
What do you need to do to win? Easy...become a follower of each of these fabulous blogs and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you liked best about their project. Then stop by our sponsor's page and be sure to like her Facebook page! You will have until 12:00AM Monday to finish the hop and leave your comments. Winner will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

My project is a two page layout of photos taken at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, CA. My boyfriend and I took a day trip down Highway 1 and stopped off to enjoy the beach here. There are tidepools to explore and you can also see the harbor seals, but they are protected. The Marine Reserve is close to Mavericks Beach where the famous surf contest takes place.

Your next stop is Angela's blog. Ride the wave on over to her blog and enjoy the sunshine!