Monday, December 1, 2014

30 Days of Thankful

I took part in the "30 Days of Thankful" project and posted every day in November.
Here is my list of the things that I was thankful for:
Nov. 1st - I am thankful for my scrapbooking hobby. It keeps me sane, allows me to focus on my photography, gives me quality time with my mom and has blessed me with an amazing circle of friends that I call family.
Nov. 2nd - I am thankful for my home. It is more than a house full of things. It is warmth, comfort, love and sanctuary.
Nov. 3rd - I am thankful for warm blankets and good books.
Nov. 4th - I am thankful for my education and my undying thirst for new knowledge.
Nov. 5th - I am thankful for the heartfelt stories in country music. They truly touch my soul.
Nov. 6th - I am thankful for those who love and support me through all of my ups and downs.
Nov. 7th - I am thankful for quality time with my mom. We laughed till we cried!
Nov. 8th - I am thankful for my sister and everything that she does for me.
Nov. 9th - I am thankful for Sunday afternoon naps.
Nov. 10th - I am thankful for the gift of friendship. It shined through in so many ways today.
Nov. 11th  - I am thankful to be a Navy granddaughter. My grandfather proudly served in World War II and Korea.
Nov. 12th - I am thankful for my wonderful boyfriend who makes me smile every day.
Nov. 13th - I am thankful for quiet nights at home.
Nov. 14th - I am thankful for down comforters and fuzzy socks.
Nov. 15th - I am thankful for lower gas prices.
Nov. 16th - I am thankful for the guilty pleasure of sleeping in on the weekend.
Nov. 17th - I am thankful for paper towels and Kleenex. Life's been a little messy lately.
Nov. 18th - I am thankful that I completed the "Science of Happiness" course with an 82%!
Nov. 19th - I am thankful that I was able to cross things off my To-Do list! I love that sense of accomplishment at the end of the day!
Nov. 20th - I am thankful to Mother Nature today for washing my car and giving us some much needed rain.
Nov. 21st - I am thankful for bits of good news and small victories.
Nov. 22nd - I am thankful for quality time with my boyfriend and his girls.
Nov. 23rd - I am thankful for Chinese take-out on chilly nights.
Nov. 24th - I am thankful that this is a short work week.
Nov, 25th - I am thankful for the calming effect of scented candles. I needed to recenter myself tonight.
Nov. 26th - I am thankful for moments that make me laugh till I cry.
Nov. 27th - I am thankful for my family, my boyfriend and his girls, my scrapbooking family, my Live Life Loud group and my wonderful life.
Nov, 28th - I am thankful for spending the day with my boyfriend and his girls celebrating the start of the Christmas season.
Nov. 29th - I am thankful that I got to spend time at the beach today. Good for this Pisces soul.
Nov. 30th - I am thankful for more rain. We sure do need it!

This is the second year that I have taken part in this project. I feel very grateful that I have so many things to be thankful for in my life. As the holiday season continues, I hope that you will also take a moment to count all of your blessings.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Take A Hike Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Take A Hike Blog Hop!

Connie Can Crop and her wonderful crafty friends are so glad you decided to join us on this wonderful Fall Weekend to get out and enjoy the outdoors. You should have arrived from Haidee's blog. If you were lost out in the woods somewhere and need to start at the beginning, the hike begins with Connie Can Crop.

This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these talented hikers who are here sharing their ideas and creations along this beautiful trail.

We have three amazing sponsors and giveaways for this hop!

Alicia with Golden Goddess Designs is giving one lucky winner the Adventure Templates from Kiwi Lane Designs

 Jessica Wilson is giving away a $10 gift certificate to her shop 


 Connie Wallenbrock is giving away two fall colored ink pads from CTMH. YUMMY!!

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.
You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish this Hike of a hop and leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.
 Be sure to follow everyone and leave your blog love along the way!

My first project is a layout featuring various photos of me on different hikes in California. I truly love the outdoors and the sense of peace that it brings to me.

My second project is a double page layout of the wildflowers that I saw on a hike at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, CA. The colors were gorgeous!

 Up next is Jenny's blog!

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

1. Connie-

2. Michele-

3. Angela-

4. Alicia-

5. Daphne-

6. Sarah-

7. Madge-

8. Haidee-

9. Gina-

10. Jenny-

11. Lucy-

12. Consuela-

13. Jessica-

14. Sandy-

15. Daphne-

16. Miranda -

17. Holli -

18. Theresa -

Thanks so much for joining us for such a fun day!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello November?!?

As I sit down to blog again, I realize that it's been yet another month! Where has the time gone? We find ourselves gearing up for the holiday rush because we keep seeing those Christmas countdowns popping up everywhere. For the past month, I've been taking time for myself and getting some scrapping done with my wonderful circle of friends. I've attended several crops and retreats and I've completed more layouts and projects than I have done in quite a while! I'm feeling more accomplished, but I know that I need to slow down and let my wallet recover. Scrapping is an expensive hobby, but it does keep me sane!
I attended a crop in October to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness and to also give thanks to the owners of a wonderful scrapbook store for their many years of customer service. They have chosen to close the store and we were all their at this bittersweet celebration that raised money for a good cause.
I attended a yearly retreat up in the mountains where I enjoyed a wonderful weekend in nature.
 I got to finish all of the journaling in last year's December Daily album! That was a victory!
I spent the weekend with some amazing ladies and we had a blast getting our projects done!
 I attended another yearly scrapping event to raise money for Breast Cancer awareness. This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart because it has affected my family.
I finally got to complete this beach themed mini album! I am so proud that I got this done!
 I also completed a stack of layouts that I had been putting off for quite a while. These surfing layouts turned out better than I thought and I love that these can be put directly into the page protectors!
I have enjoyed all of my scrapping events over the past month. I have a real sense of accomplishment that I can now blog about with a huge sense of pride! Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out my projects. I truly appreciate the support from my fellow crafters and bloggers!

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 -

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!