Monday, January 19, 2015

Cropping on the Coast!

This weekend I attended a three day crop at the Best Western Lighthouse Inn in Pacifica, CA. It's located at Rockaway Beach. It was a gorgeous weekend and the views were amazing!

 Scrapbook U Creates put on the event and Monica was a great hostess! I got all of the journaling done for my 2014 Project Life album! I also put together half of my holiday events album. It was a very productive weekend and I met some great ladies there.
 I had a delicious dinner at the High Tide Cafe and Crepery in Pacifica, right off Highway 1. I got the Pedro Point Chicken Pesto sandwich, which came with a salad and fries. Super yummy food!

The crop room had a spectacular view of the beach and we all got stuff done!
Overall, it was a very relaxing, yet productive weekend for me! Big thanks to Scrapbook U Creates!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Operation Declutter Continues!

Just a quick check-in to post my progress in my decluttering mission! The cleaning continues!
I cleared out two shelves in my hall closet. I got rid of expired medicines, old makeup and tons of old hotel shampoo/conditioner samples. I took inventory of what items I did have and moved up the ones that I use the most. I matched up my shower gels with the matching lotions and lined them up for future use. Much better!

I also moved around some furniture to create a new look. I love showcasing my photography, so I brought out this bench and placed some scenic photographs on it, along with a candle. I love candles too and I love having them all over the house. New scenery in my home creates a positive feeling!

I worked in the kitchen too and cleaned out the silverware drawer and moved it to a better location. I got a new tray and rearranged the silverware in the drawer itself.
A new shoe rack is now in the bottom of my closet and I can see the floor! LOL!
A new laundry sorter is going to make my life easier when it comes to doing laundry every week.
I'm taking the steps to make my life easier and brighten my home and it feels great!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Where You Can Find Me

In chatting with my fellow bloggers this week, I realized the important of social media when it comes to letting people know where they can find me. I've gotten positive feedback this week about my decluttering mission and I love that people are getting inspired and motivated! It's been very therapeutic to get rid of clothes, household items and just plain old junk! I have a Pinterest board dedicated to getting organized. I'm constantly adding to it, so keep your eyes on it for new ideas!

I'll be blogging here about my continuing cleaning which is all a part of my personal growth journey too. I intend to keep myself accountable here, as well as on Facebook in the numerous groups that I'm involved in. If you're a fellow California blogger, please join my California Bloggers group. We discuss all of the challenges of blogging on a regular basis and keeping our readers interested. I also have a Pinterest board dedicated to blogging. I'm constantly learning about the world of blogging!

January is going to be a busy month for me on the scrapbooking front too. I'm excited to attend two crop weekends and get started on finishing all of the unfinished projects that I have lurking in my craft room. I'm putting myself on a spending freeze until I make a dent in my crafting stash and finish the online classes that I have signed up for and left untouched. If you're like me and have a ton of classes to finish at Big Picture Classes, please join my BPC Laggers group on Facebook. We'll be cheering each other on to finish our classes and download handouts & videos from the website before the July 2015 deadline.

If you're interested in completing crafting projects or working on cleaning up your craft room, I have a Monthly Craft Challenge group on Facebook. I have weekly check-ins to keep you on track to complete your goals. We have over 200 members there! I have a Pinterest board all about scrapbooking too! If you're into Project Life, I also have a Pinterest board related to that. I haved tons of links to printables. My 2014 album is on my list to finish soon!

I'm not on Instagram because I have enough trouble balancing all of these things! LOL! I'm sure that I'll end up there someday, but I'm not planning on it right now. I appreciate your support of my blog and I love hearing from my readers. I plan to be much more interactive this year and build a broader audience. Please feel free to comment below and let me know where you found me!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Operation Declutter Begins!

One of my goals for 2015 is to declutter and reorganize. I started on New Year's weekend and began with cleaning out my linen drawer of all old sheet sets and tattered pillowcases. Then I moved to the bottom of my closet. There I found that I had FIVE empty shoeboxes taking up space! Out to the recycling bin they went! I found clothes that had fallen off hangers and a pile of scarves that I had totally forgotten about. Perfect for this cold weather!
Next came the kitchen! I organized all of my Tupperware and measuring bowls & spoons. I got rid of warped containers and mismatched lids. I had way too many take-out containers! I moved on to the silverware drawer and found 15 pairs of chopsticks! Yes, there were 15 pairs and other plastic utensils from various take-out places. Time to start cooking at home! LOL!
 After a much needed trip to the grocery store, I tossed out all expired food from the freezer and recycled all of the packaging. I rearranged the freezer and created more space.
 Same thing went for the cabinet above the stove. Everything expired was dumped out and the jars were recycled. I only bought items that I know that I will use for meals within the next few weeks.
 Another cabinet was emptied of non-essential items and rearranged to keep useful items handy.
While putting away laundry, I emptied out two drawers and ended up with a big pile of clothes to donate! It felt good to get rid of things and see more space open up. My drawers were pretty messy!
While all of my cleaning was going on, Rockie was clearly not helping at all! LOL!
When it comes to planning, my calendar in the kitchen is my central spot. I installed a vision board too to help with keeping me focused on my goals. The canvas next to the calendar has the quote, "Life ain't always beautiful, but it's a beautiful ride." I created the canvas last year at the IU2014 event. It's a constant reminder that life will always have its ups and downs.

Last, but not least, for this portion of decluttering is my personal planner. I custom ordered it from Erin Condren and I love it! I'm determined not to burn myself out this year. I'm a very visual person and I need to be able to see my schedule in front of me. I'll be using it for everything from appointments to webinars and scrapbooking events,
I'm off to a raging start so far. I'm hoping that I can keep up the momentum as the months tick by. I have several people and Facebook groups that are keeping me on track & motivated. The clutter in all aspects of my life was getting to me and I needed to do something about it. These steps are all in the right direction for me. I hope that you get motivated to make your 2015 an amazing year too!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

This year has had its ups and downs, but along the way I embarked on a personal growth journey that has led me down a very enlightened path. I've strengthened friendships by taking the time to let down my emotional walls and allow my wonderful girlfriends to support me through some really rough times. We've laughed and cried together and this year has filled my heart with joy knowing that I have such a strong support group to get me through anything! I got to spend a lot of quality time with my mom too. She's gotten me through the roughest moments and picked up the pieces too many times. But, a mother's love is like no other. She has been the greatest gift to me in all of my struggles. My sister is also always there to give me the voice of reason and logic, along with a few laughs and totally inappropriate comments to lighten the mood. I'm surrounded by love and support!

It was a busy scrapbooking year for me too! I went to so many fun crops and retreats in 2014! 
Camp Scrap - May 2014
Shannon's Crop - June 2014
Glitter Galz Weekend - August 2014
Santa Clara Scrapbook EXPO - August 2014
Inspiration Unlimited with Teresa Collins - September 2014
Farewell Crop for Memories Live On - October 2014
Camp Scrap - October 2014
Crop For A Cure - October 2014

I was also very busy this year with the new addition of Rockie to my home! My coworker found her on the side of the road and brought her in to work. It was perfect timing for me since I was just about ready to rescue another cat after losing my Lazarus last year. Rockie is spunky and full of energy!

My wonderful boyfriend has also kept me out of the loony bin by making me smile every day, Our mutual love for the beach has given us pricless moments like this to enjoy together.

In 2015, I'll be continuing my personal growth journey with a renewed sense of excitement. Lain Ehmann is my Productivity and Mindset Coach and she has been absolutely amazing. She has given me the opportunity to explore so many aspects of my spirit and find what makes me happy. It's been quite the experience this year and I look forward to working with her in the new year. My goal for 2015 is decluttering - my home, my life, my mind and my soul. Stay tuned for my progress reports on my home organization endeavors, my scrapping adventures and my continuing journey within!

Happy New Year and I thank you for your continued support of California Scrappin'!

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!