Sunday, March 30, 2014

My Exciting March!

It's been a while since my last post, so I have quite a few pages to share! March was a very busy month for me. These last few weeks included my birthday, the Scrapbook Expo in Pleasanton and lots of creative fun at a scrapbook retreat! With all of these events going on & working full-time, it was hard for me to find time to sit down and get Project Life pages done! But, this weekend gave me some breathing room!
During my last week of being 41, I spent a lot of time out at the beach. I'm a Pisces, so being near the ocean just soothes my soul. I've been having some very stressful weeks at work, so taking some time out for myself seemed like the best cure!
For my birthday, I treated myself to a hot stone massage. I took the day off from work and concentrated on renewing myself. I enjoyed the relaxing experience and was thankful that I could spend time with my mom too. I also took my first selfie at 42 years old! Hooray for me!
My mom and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch at The Cheesecake Factory. I love it when we share stories! The next day we went to the Scrapbook Expo in Pleasanton. We shopped & bought lots of goodies!
Another part of my birthday was spend celebrating my heritage. My godfather cooked a traditional Greek food for me and we enjoyed it drenched in honey. It was a beautiful day and I loved getting my flowers!
 This page showcases the arrival of Spring! I took photos of signs of Spring in my local area.
 I got to go on a scrapbooking weekend with my gal pals to Grand Island in Walnut Grove, CA. I got 27 layouts done that weekend and we had a blast. Mom worked on her heritage layouts too!
This week revolved all around the comforts of home after long work days, indulging in my guilty pleasure of getting my nails done and decorating the house for Spring and Easter! 
I got experience more of my cultural heritage at my cousin's birthday which was held at a Greek restaurant in Healdsburg, CA. I had delicious Greek food, listened to live Greek music and even danced with my cousin & my sister. We had a great time and it was nice to see my cousins on a gorgeous evening!
 Overall, March was a very busy month, but I was able to celebrate my birthday with my friends and family. I was able to be creative on a super fun weekend and I was able to spend time with my cousins. March was very lucky for me! Spring has arrived and I feel great about starting a new year on a happy note!

For all of my Project Life pages, I used a variety of kits ranging from my monthly kits from Studio Calico and Gossame Blue to the Project Life core kits & the Seasons mini kit. I used flair, washi tape, enamel dots and die cuts as embellishments on these pages. I added the program from the Scrapbook Expo in an 8.5X11 page protector in my album too. I used Design A page protectors for the most part, but my birthday layouts were in Design G. I decided to introduce a new style, but I found out that this style is smaller than Design A.

Stay tuned for more excitng creative projects in April! I'll be participating in 2 blog hops! I will be a Guest Blogger for Every Day Rituals! I'll also be taking part in a Cricut die cut swap too! Paper and glue will be flying around in my craft room! I'm really excited about all of these new projects on the horizon!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Pleasanton Scrapbook Expo

This past weekend, I attended the Scrapbook Expo in Pleasanton, CA. I love going to the Expos in my area and finding good deals as well as seeing all of the new products from the CHA shows. This particular Expo always lands on my birthday weekend, so it was an exciting treat to be able to shop with some birthday money! Plus, it happens to be the weekend before a scrap retreat with my favorite gals, so I stocked up on goodies to help with my planned projects!

My first stop is always to Paper Wizard! They specialize in die cuts and this year, they also had 2 page layout kits. I bought a ton of die cuts from them because one of my upcoming projects is going to be a California vacation album! I have been to quite a few California destinations, so I think it's time to get those photos out of the boxes and into albums! I'll be creating both 12X12 layouts, as well as using pocket scrapbooking pages. I have a TON of photos to scrap!

Another favorite is Queen & Co. I loved their travel and Disney themed products! I got stickers, patterned paper, washi tape and ribbon! They are always a must-see!

A new die cut vendor that I found was Petticoat Parlor!  I loved all of her die cuts! She had specific destinations that I needed & didn't think that I would find. What a bonus!

Another bonus find was Scrapbook Customs! They also had a wide variety of travel items! I got die cuts, patterned paper and stickers!

Overall, the Expo was smaller than previous years and it seems like it just keeps shrinking in this area. I'll be going to the Santa Clara and possibly the Sacramento Expo too - particularly to see which vendors make a showing. I already know that Paper Wizard will be in Santa Clara with new items, so I'm happy about that!
I decided not to crop at the Pleasanton Expo because our group wasn't too happy with the facilities for the cropping area. We like the Santa Clara Convention Center much better. I also didn't take any classes either. There were a lot of digital classes and that just isn't my thing. I'm also not into the art journaling trend. So for now, I'll stick to what I do best - SHOPPING! I think I pretty much nailed it in Pleasanton!

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Welcome to the Luck of the Irish Blog Hop!

Are you looking for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Well, you’re in luck being at this blog hop!! We’ve got great projects from very creative designers today! So if you started at Janet's Creative World, then you’re in the right place. If not, please make sure you stop at all the blogs and leave a comment. Janet is giving away a Close To My Heart Cloud Nine Cardmaking kit valued at $45.00. Now there’s some gold you’ll want to have a chance on! 
If you came to my blog from Jessica's blog, then you're following the rainbow to the pot of gold!

 For my 1st project, I created a rosette! I used two 12" X 2" strips of paper. I then scored the strips every 1/2" and folded them back and forth. I glued the strips together using a glue gun. I used small circles on the front and back of the rosette to keep the shape. I put the shamrock in the center (which is the punch out from the tag below) and accented it with gold Stickles. 
 
My next project is a few fun die cuts made on the Cricut. I also accented these with gold Stickles!
Lastly, I made a shamrock tag which I accented with green Stickles and a sparkling gold ribbon! 
Can you tell that I like Stickles and sparkly things? Hope you enjoyed stopping by!
Please be sure to leave a comment to be in the running for Janet's blog candy!
Your next stop is Deb's blog. Happy St. Patrick's Day weekend!


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Time Marches On!

     February is now behind us and time is springing forward into March! Soon enough, winter will be behind us too. I know that Spring will be a welcome sight for a lot of us. But, here in California, we still need lots of rain to fill up our reservoirs. Hopefully I'll be able to document more rainfall in my album!
The last week of February brought us the Daytona 500 and the Closing Ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. I wanted to include these events because they are major sporting events. The week also brought some much needed rainfall with a storm that covered the Bay Area.
 The first week of March started off with my boyfriend's birthday weekend! We took a drive down the coast and enjoyed some beer at the Highway 1 Brewing Company. We stopped off at Spanish Flat in Half Moon Bay to take pictures of the statues that included dinosaurs, buffalo, horses and other garden statues.
I also incorporated my One Little Word "celebrate" by starting off the month with his birthday celebration!
This turned into a two page layout because I wanted to include all of the pictures of the statues!
Of course, I had to include him blowing out his candles and making a birthday wish! Now, the celebration is complete! Back to reality...I got a jury summons But, luckily I was put on telephone stand by & then dismissed! Hooray! To finish out the page, I included the swap items that I finished up. The crafty mojo was flowing that night and my Cricut was chirping away!


On another good note, I was asked to be a Guest Blogger for Bella Crafts Quarterly! I was so excited to see my article published online! My article is "7 Ways to Improve Your Crafting Skills." I would love to have you read it and let me know what you think!

Thank you for your continued support! Comments are always appreciated!

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Pocket Source Blog Hop


Welcome to The Pocket Source Blog Hop! If you came here from Stephanie's blog, then you're in the right place! We are so excited to share with you all a little of why we love The Pocket Source  and  some of our own pocket scrapbooking! I'm excited about sharing my latest February pages with you!
 This page is solely dedicated to Valentine's Day. I have expanded my pages to include ones solely dedicated to one event. My boyfriend and I celebrated our 1st Valentine's Day together with a romantic dinner and a super yummy dessert! I included the business card from the restaurant as a way of adding memorabilia to the page. I used several printables, as well as cards & embellishments from my monthly kits.
 As you can see, food is a central theme! This page included my Sunday breakfast, my mom's birthday cupcakes and a night out to dinner with my mom at one of our favorite spots. I added some enamel dots, stickers, flair and washi tape as embellishments. Most of these are on the outside of the page protector to add some texture to the page.
Here is another page dedicated solely to one event. My mom and I attended an Anniversary Crop for a local scrapbooking store. I included photos of some of the layouts that I created that day as well as one of the make & take projects. It wouldn't be complete if I didn't also include the delicious brownie sundae that we had for dessert! I included some filler cards and a printable to complete the page.

Overall, pocket scrapbooking has made it easier for me to scrapbook everyday life and keep a personal diary of my 2014 happenings. In earlier pages, I have included journaling about the Olympics, the California drought and our latest rain storms, as well as the everyday things like getting my car washed. After all, it is about my life and everything that happens in it!
I have learned to set aside about 15-30 mins each week to get caught up with photo printing and journaling. I have a Canon Selphy CP900 printer which allows me to print my photos at home. I subscribe to Studio Calico and Gossamer Blue monthly kits and I have several core kits from Project Life. I keep my supplies on my dining room table where I can see all of my cards & embellishments. I choose my cards to match my photos and I tend to mix & match my kits. I like embellishing on the outside of the page protectors to add texture & depth. I'm strictly using Design A page protectors from Project Life. I tend to take a lot of horizontal photos, but this design also allows me to print vertical photos in 3X4 and place them in those slots. I use the Project Life journaling pens and I like handwriting my journaling to add that personal touch.
I look forward to creating more layouts with pocket scrapbooking and adding these pages to my normal 12X12 layout albums!

Please feel free to leave a comment. Welcome to all new followers too! I appreciate your support!

Your next stop is Tricia's blog! Be sure to visit The Pocket Source for more pocket scrapbooking fun!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Forward into February!

 Can you believe that it's February already? Where did January go? Time sure does fly! We're still in the midst of winter for a few more weeks. Some of you are buried in snow while here in California, we're begging for rain! We got a few inches in the past week, but surely not enough to address our drought situation. I included some of the weather pictures in my latest Project Life layouts.
In keeping with my One Little Word of "Celebrate", the first week of February included celebrating the birthdays of two of my awesome scrapping friends! I chose to do a whole page layout because I want to be able to relive the events of the day when I looked back in my album. We had so much fun together!

The celebration continued that weekend with the Super Bowl! Although my Niners weren't in it this year, I still had a great time with my wonderful boyfriend at his BBQ! We're both sports fans and we both enjoy good food, so it was a fabulous day! He made his fire roasted green chile salsa & it was delicious! This was another event that I did a whole page layout because there was a lot going on!

The first rainy night came and I got to make my first fire of the season in my fireplace! We ended up having a few days of welcome rain after that! I also included the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. I wanted to commemorate this exciting event this week because I watched the Opening Ceremonies. I listed my favorite events too!

On a drizzling afternoon, my boyfriend and I took a drive down the coast. We stopped at some great beach spots and saw some awesome waves. I'm a Pisces, so being near water is my happy place! We stopped at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, along with Cameron's British Pub and ended up at the Surf Spot for dinner. I highly recommend all of these places! The best part of the trip was my boyfriend making sure that I got a cool picture of an old barn! He gets it that I'm a crazy photographer and he's picking out scenery for me now! I absolutely love it!

As many of you know, I'm not that much of a cook! LOL! But, I have been getting better at it! Yes, I cooked up tortellini one night and another night I actually marinated salmon in teriyaki sauce for 2 days & served it up with rice & brussel sprouts! I was so proud of myself! But, this week also included a selfie of me looking absolutely exhausted. Yes, this is real life. I looked horrible and I wanted to include it in the album because it was a real moment. I had run myself down and it showed beyond belief! But, I ended the page with a brighter moment by documenting the bare trees in the park. I loved the way that they looked against the crisp blue sky. It was a very picturesque winter moment!

More on the scrapbooking front, I was asked to do a Guest Blogger post for Bella Crafts Quarterly! I'm so excited for the opportunity! After trying out for a Design Team and not making it, I was a little discouraged about trying again. But, I was cheered on by my family and my wonderful man and I applied for the Guest Blogger spot and got it! I can't wait to see my article on their blog! I'll be beaming with joy!

Thanks for all of your support of my crazy life and my passion for scrapbooking! I totally appreciate you taking a little time out of your world to step into mine for a bit! Please feel free to leave comments and feedback about my layouts or anything you'd like me to cover in the scrapbooking world in future posts. I love staying updated with trends!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Goodbye January - Hello February!

The first month of the New Year whizzed by! I can't believe that it's February already! I've been working hard at keeping up with Project Life. I'm so thankful that I have my Canon Selphy CP900 to print my photos at home and keep me on track! I made quite a few pages to close out January!
The Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest took place during this week out at Half Moon Bay. My boyfriend went out to see the event and sent me a pic of the leaderboard. I took a pic of the bright sky on that morning. It was such a gorgeous day! On this layout, I also included a selfie, which I don't take too often. I wanted to get in the habit of including myself in my own scrapbook! We scrappers tend to forget that!

After I took down all of my Christmas decorations, I decided to do some redecorating. I went on a little shopping trip on the weekend and did some rearranging in the living room. During the week, I had an allergic reaction to some shrimp pasta. It scared me a little and I had to take Benadryl to stop the reaction. My food allergies cause me grief when I don't know what directly sets me off! I ended up staying home the next day, but I did get to take part in an online chat with the one and only, Becky Higgins! That was an exciting part of my week for sure!
Here in California, we're experiencing a drought. We actually got a little rain and I took a picture of my wet street to document our first sign of January rain! Yes, those are Apple Jacks in the bowl! That's my favorite late night snack! The rest of the week was all about food for me! My boss bought lunch one day and I drove through Carl's Jr. another night for dinner. I kept the receipt to document how much a fast food meal was at this point in time. It will be fun to look back in a few years and see the difference in costs.
My last page for January includes my guilty pleasure of getting my nails done once a month. It's the one thing that I do for myself, in addition to scrapbooking! I also included a picture of my shower rack which includes all of the products that I use on a daily basis. Hey, it's all about documenting real life, right?

Goodbye to January and Hello to February! Can't wait to continue this amazing project!
Stay tuned for more excitement! Thanks for stopping by! Comments & feedback are welcome!