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!


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!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Good News & Bad News in the Scrapping World

There have been a ton of things going on in the scrapbooking world lately! It's been quite the month of both good announcements and sad ones. I just wanted to touch on some of them here on my blog. Plus, there are some new adventures for me too!

American Crafts buys We R Memory Keepers - This announcement came as a huge surprise to a lot of scrapbookers. I'm a fan of American Crafts when it comes to cardstock. I'm also a fan of We R Memory Keepers when it comes to their tools and albums. It will be very interesting to see how those who have contracts with each of these companies comes out on the other end. Heidi Swapp teamed up with American Crafts not too long ago for her new product lines and Teresa Collins teamed up with We R Memory Keepers for her new albums and pocket scrapbooking lines. I saw in many Facebook groups that people are concerned about the buyout effecting the quality of products overall. Only time will tell!

Two Peas In A Bucket Closing - This announcement also surprised many scrapbookers. It seemed very abrupt for them to close the website, galleries and forums. Luckily, Scrapbook.com is now offering an easy way to export your projects over to their website which also offers shopping, galleries and forums. I was only on the Two Peas forum a few times and I really didn't get a very welcoming feel. I also heard this from others on Facebook. Currently, their store is having a huge closing sale, but stock is quickly depleting.

Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court Decision - This was big news today. I don't want to start a comment war on my blog, but I have to be fair to address the issue as a scrapbooker who has shopped there before. I was aware of their Christian beliefs before I entered the store. With this new decision, I will have to read all of the articles and make a decision based on my own beliefs. I think that the media did an unfair spin on this issue and didn't completely report all of the facts clearly.

Craft Blogger for Bella Crafts Quarterly - I had the great opportunity to write another article for Bella Crafts Quarterly! My first article can be found here! I was so excited to be able to share my ideas with their readership again! I'll be posting the link when my second article goes live on their blog! Stay tuned!

Freelance Blogger for Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine - I'm the new Freelance Blogger for Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine! I'm so excited for this newest opportunity to connect with scrapbook store owners to interview them about their fabulous stores! I'll also have the opportunity to write some posts related to crafting too! I have to thank Carrie MacGillis for this new adventure! She's the Editor and Publisher of the magazine and she's been amazing to work with so far! Stay tuned for links to my posts on their blog too!

I have to give a huge shout out to the ladies in my California Bloggers Facebook group for keeping me motivated, inspired and accountable when it comes to keeping up with my blog posts! We have a wide variety of bloggers with different styles, but we're all helping each other become more successful bloggers! Thanks for supporting my blog and positive comments and feedback are always welcome!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Blogger Challenge - Week #1

I'm participating in the #Summer Blogger Challenge! For the next 14 weeks, I'll be posting all about summer!
First up is how I'm going to spend my summer. That's kind of a tough one because I work full-time and don't really have a true summer off. But, I will be spending time doing my favorite things during the summer months!
I will be spending time at the beach! Being a Pisces, I am naturally drawn to the ocean. I love spending time in the sun and collecting shells. I love the feel of sand between my toes and the smell of the salty air. Taking pictures is always a high priority because the waves are ever changing. Being by the ocean brings me a sense of inner peace.
Baseball and the San Francisco Giants are a HUGE part of my spring & summer! I am a die hard Giants fan and I love going to games at AT&T Park. If I can't make it out to the ballpark, you know that I'll be watching at home!

Scrapbooking is obviously my favorite hobby and it showcases my photography. I'll be spending time with my mom attending scrapbooking crops and retreats. Over the years, I have met a fabulous group of ladies who have become my closest friends! I love being creative and my mom gave me that gene! She was into macrame with she was pregnant with me - Hey, it was the 70s! But, I've always been into crafts and taking pictures. She is a cardmaker and makes cards for Operation Write Home. She just started scrapbooking all of the old family photos and she's really good at  it! I enjoy spending time with her, along with my crazy scrapping friends!
My summer will be super busy with this little guy! His name is Rocky and my co-worker found him on the side of the road. He was a little sick when I brought him home, but he's doing so much better now! He loves playing with all of his toys and he has a good strong appetite now! He's 8 weeks old and super spunky!
Adventures with my wonderful boyfriend will also be on my summer calendar! He loves the beach too and he's a surfer which gives me great photo opportunities! He's been supportive of all of my hobbies and puts up with all of my craziness! He has a sense of adventure just like me and we love discovering new spots all along the coast. What more can a girl ask for? ;)

Stay tuned for next week's post about what's in my summer bag!