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!

For The Boys Blog Hop!

Hello everyone! Welcome to the For The Boys Blog Hop! We all know how hard it can be to create guy/boy themed projects, so this hop will help you with that! You'll find tons of inspiration for the men and boys in your life!
If you came here from La-Vie's blog, then you are in the right place. If you just happened upon this Blog Hop, make sure to head over to Jenny's blog, so that you see the full hop from the beginning.


My For The Boys project is a double page layout from a car show that I attended with my boyfriend. It was held in Brisbane, CA and was a community fundraiser. My boyfriend and I share a love of fast muscle cars and we enjoyed walking around & seeing the vintage gems at this show.

Before you go, be sure to sign up to win these AMAZING PRIZES!
$5 Gift Certificate
Close To My Heart A Size Stamp Set

Now it's time for you to head over to Miranda's blog!
Here is the full line up - in case you get lost along the way:

Monday, July 7, 2014

Just a Quick Post...

July has arrived! OMG...where did June go? This month, I'll be busy with catching up with Project Life, doing blog hops, attending crops, getting layouts & mini albums done, doing my Freelance Blogger posts and keeping up with my own blog!
I wrote another article for Bella Craft Quarterly! It's all about Project Management! Check it out!

I have the following Facebook groups that you can also join to help with your crafting!
Monthly Crafting Challenge - We cheer each other on to complete monthly goals as well as post weekly goals to accomplish for smaller deadlines. Join us and get your organization/crafting projects done!
California Bloggers - We're a small group of bloggers all based in California. Our blogs have a variety of topics and we post about challenges/frustrations/obstacles in our writing process. We also post resources for planning and keeping track of our postings.
BPC Laggers - We are all behind on our workshops with Big Picture Classes. We choose one class at a time and actually complete it! Come join us and get those workshops done! You're not alone here!


Stay tuned for lots more scrapbooking madness! Thank you for your continued support!