Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spritzing & Stamping!

I got the itch to do some spritzing and stamping when it came to creating some tags for a Spring Tag Swap. I got out my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, Distress Inks and some stamps and got crafty!
Here are the tags that I created for the swap. I used small manila tags as my base. I  first spritzed them with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Pink Chalkboard, Purple Pansy and Key Lime Pie. I dried the Glimmer Mist layers with a heat gun before I proceeded to do my stamping. I chose the Hero Arts Antique Background stamp for my image. I covered the stamp in multiple layers of Distress Inks in Chipped Sapphire and Dusty Concord. I love how the image turned out! I finished off the tags with a bit of royal blue tulle and ta-da! Welcome Spring!

Tonight, I decided to try the same thing in my art journal!
I spritzed both pages with some Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist in Midnight Blue. I like the splattered look, so I was close to the pages when I spritzed. If you don't prefer that look, I recommend spritzing across the pages in a sweeping motion about six inches above to avoid the close splatter.

Again, I chose the Hero Arts Antique Background and layered it with Distress Inks in Chipped Sapphire and Dusty Concord. I think that this stamp is just gorgeous!
On the other side of the page, I chose the Hero Arts Houndstooth Background and layered it with Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn and Picked Raspberry. The first stamping layer didn't come out even, so I tried again with another layer of ink. I still ended up with some blank spots, so I just ended up covering up the whole page with the stamp in all sorts of directions! It didn't turn out the way that I had originally planned, but that's perfectly fine! That's what creating is all about!

I'd love to hear your stories about how you planned one thing in your head and ended up with another! I'm sure we've all been there once or twice!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Reflections on the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

I made it! I blogged every day for 26 days (excluding Sundays.) I'm very proud of myself and I learned a lot about the world of blogging. This challenge really tested my disclipline as well as my creativity to keep my readers inspired to come back and comment each day. I varied my overall content beyond the scrapbooking world to let my readers gain a little insight into my personality. I was surprised to see what topics got better responses than others. It was a very enlightening experience.

I also learned several things about the marketing side of blogging. Learning to target my audience is something that I need to take into consideration every time I post. Who is reading my posts? When are they reading my posts? It was interesting to see when readers commented on my posts. The time frames of higher traffic are ones that I need to pay attention to in order to promote my posts to a wider audience. The overall statistics for my posts were very eye opening.

I'd like to thank all of you who took the time to read my posts and comment on them. I appreciate all of the kind words and feedback. I will continue to do my very best to bring you my creative side, as well as a few inspirational posts sprinkled in between. It always makes me feel good to know that I have inspired some of you to take up crafting again or just give yourself a chance to do something fun.

If there is a topic, crafty or motivational, that you'd like me to write about in the future, please leave me a comment. I love hearing from my readers! Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

"Z" is for Zany

This blogging adventure has been pretty zany for me! This is the most that I have blogged in a long while and it feels amazing. It's wonderful to be able to get back into the writing groove and receive such positive feedback all throughout the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I thank you for the opportunity to share my creativity, as well as a little bit of my personal growth journey. I hope that you will remain a follower and supporter of my blog after this challenge is over. The writing spark has been set aflame and I have tons of ideas for upcoming posts! You'll see a wide variety of posts in the future and I hope that you'll continue you to join me on my blogging adventures!

I'd love to hear what posts you liked the most and if you'd like me to write about a specific subject - either in the scrapbooking world or as a motivational topic. Thank you again for your support!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Y" is for YES

Here is my Top 10 List of Things I Need to Say Yes to More Often:
1. Making time for taking care of myself
2. Embracing more opportunities to write
3. Spending quality time with family & friends
4. Being true to my inner self & continuing to grow
5. Speaking my mind when I feel there is something wrong or uncomfortable
6. Pursuing my dreams by taking small actions
7. Telling people that I love, care and support them in the pursuit of their dreams
8. Taking those uncomfortable risks out of my comfort zone
9. Reading a book every month
10. Blogging about topics that I think are inspiring to the creative community

What's on your list? I'd love to know! Please leave a comment and share!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"X" is for Xerox

Too often we see people imitating others in their quest for success. "If I could only be like her, I would be able to succeed." "If I could just get my foot in the door like he always does, then I'd be much better off." "Some people just have all the luck." Any of these sound familiar? They constantly ring in my ears all the time. They're frequent guests at my pity parties. But, I'm discovering that I need to embrace the idea that we all make our own luck in life. If we just try a little harder at believing in ourselves and our dreams, then we can truly achieve success. Remember, success can be measured in more ways than making millions. You can succeed in your dreams if you inspire other people or help someone learn something new. You can succeed just by making your little corner of the world a better place to be. Trust in the power of your dreams and take the steps to make them come true - little by little. Stop pressing the button on the Xerox machine and be the original that paves the way to a brighter future starting today! If I can do it, then so can you!

Monday, April 27, 2015

"W" is for Water

I'm a Pisces, so I have a natural love for water. My favorite place is near the ocean because the sound of the waves soothes my soul. I have a passion for taking pictures of beaches and sunsets.

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.
~e.e. cummings

Saturday, April 25, 2015

"V" is for View

Nothing beats a spectacular view - no matter where you are at the moment.
I thought I would share a few of my favorite views with you!
Sunset at Ocean Beach - San Francisco
Monterey Bay
Coit Tower - San Francisco
AT&T Park - San Francisco
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve - Highway 1
Alta Vista Point - Highway 80

Never miss a moment to enjoy the view around you! 
What's your favorite view? I would love to hear from you!