Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I'm Baaaack!

I apologize for the blogging hiatus, but I've been a busy bee! First, you may be wondering why I have a picture of Tigra as my opening. Well, this character was chosen by my coach, Lain Ehmann, to describe me. I think it is very fitting since I've been on a fierce personal growth journey for almost a year. I've been battling inner voices and life's stumbling blocks, but I'm back with a vengeance!
The beach has been my source of solace and reflection over the past few weeks. There are lots of changes and challenges going on and I needed to process a lot before I could get back into the groove of creativity and writing. Thankfully, my experiences have been very eye-opening and I'll have lots to blog about from now on!
Self-care is one of the most important things that I have been working on during my personal growth journey. I recently went on a trip to Scottsdale that included both scrapbooking and motivational workshops. The best part was getting to meet my coach, Lain Ehmann, in person! As you can see by the smile on my face, it was awesome! She is truly an amazing person and I'm so grateful that she is a part of my life. Her generous and giving spirit just touches my soul. She wants me to be a better person and achieve my dreams. She's given me the skills to pursue my writing further and have the confidence to take risks that I never would have before. Her main purpose is to motivate me to take action and make my dreams come true - whether they're big or small. I truly am a different person because of her friendship.
The road on my journey has not been an easy one, but it has been very rewarding. I'm a work in progress and I'm okay with that. I still have a lot of work to do to become the person I want to see in the mirror every morning. The one drenched in confidence and swirling with sass. She's in there somewhere amongst the insecurities and doubts, but I hear her breaking down the doors. She'll be here soon enough and will make a grand entrance I'm sure.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Join Me As A Contributing Author!

I'm so excited to be a contributing author to "365 Ways To Connect With Your Soul"! I can't wait to join such fabulous bestselling authors as Arielle Ford, Peggy McColl and Christy Whitman as we share how we connect to our soul. This collaborative book will give you 365 inspiring ways to connect with yourself and live a rewarding life. As of now, there are less than 40 spaces left for author contributions. Join us and share your experience!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My Top 5 Secrets to Get Your Craft On!

One of my readers asked what my secrets were for getting my scrapbooking and art journaling done. The answer is pretty simple, yet we tend to make it very hard on ourselves. I just sit down and make the time to create or plan something creative at least once a week. It doesn't have to be a huge chunk of time and I think that is the biggest stumbling block for most crafters. Here are a few tips:
1) Take the time to plan ahead for future creative sessions.
For the most part, my art journaling pages are created in less than twenty minutes. I prep some pages beforehand, so that when I do sit down to create, I already have a canvas that is ready to go. Then I dig in to my supplies and experiment with different mediums. My heat gun helps to speed along the process as well.
Choose a few scrapbooking kits and some stacks of photos and have them on your craft table ready to go when you have spare time to work on them. We tend to waste more time looking for things to do, instead of sitting down and getting down to the business of creating.
2. Use small amounts of downtime to check off the smaller tasks that can hold up a project.
While you're waiting for a load of clothes to dry, sit down and get those photos off of your phone and onto your computer. If you've got a batch of photos ready to be uploaded to a photo printing site, then take the next step and get them done. If you still have time left over, send those photos off to be printed! Done!
If you're like me, you have a zillion stacks of paper that haven't seen the light of day since you bought them at the last Expo or the last sale that you just HAD to go to and splurge a little. I know you're laughing WITH me! Pull the stack out of the bag and flip through it to get your mind going on what you forgot you were going to create with that gorgeous stuff. You don't have to do anything with it at the moment. Just get it back to the top of your craft space and the forefront of your creative mind.
3. Go through your stack of "unfinished projects" and choose three to work on.
We all have that enormous pile of unfinished projects from classes, expos, crops, retreats, etc. It's been calling your name for months, but it gets the "I'll get to it next month..." response and now it's collecting dust. Pull out three projects and see where you are with each of them. Choose the one that needs the least to finish and get it done first. We need that sense of instant gratification to keep us going. If you check one off of the list, then you'll be more inspired to go onto the next one! Pretty soon that pile will get smaller and smaller and your smile will get bigger and bigger!
4. Know your creative boundaries.
I know that this sounds weird, but as crafters, we think that we should be trying everything that's out on the market. STOP. The answer is NO. I had this attitude when I first started scrapbooking and I now have a ton of "latest and greatest" products that are taking up space in my craft room and my garage. I don't need every tool on the market because my style has evolved into what I want my scrapbooking to be and that doesn't include the "latest and greatest." I've learned what my creative boundaries are and I know that certain products and techniques just aren't "my thing." I don't need to spend money on things that I know I won't use just to say that "I have those." Stop the madness and live in your own creative world! It's safe there and it's all yours.
5. Join a group that will keep you accountable.
Keeping ourselves accountable to our tasks can be a very important tool. I have several Facebook groups that help to keep crafters accountable to getting their projects done. Many of them like the weekly reminders to check off those projects. Several post pictures of their projects and get very inspiring feedback. It's always motivating to be cheered on by your crafting peers. Join us in my Monthly Craft Challenge group and get stuff done! We'd love to have you and cheer you on!

Hope these tips help you to get your crafting projects done. I'm here to help!
I'd love to hear if you your secrets too! How do you get things done?

Feel free to comment and let me know what other topics you'd like to hear about.
I love hearing from you! Thank you for your continued support of "California Scrappin'"!

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!