Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tipsy Tuesday - It's Picture Day!

TODAY'S TIP - IT'S PICTURE DAY!

Here are some helpful tips all about photo organization:
*Upload any new photos from your phone or memory cards.
*Organize your photos into your folder system.
*Edit photos that are ready to be printed.
*Upload batches of photos to your favorite printing sites and send them off to be printed!
*Organize printed photos into batches that can be used on your next layouts.
*Put photos into kits, so that you're ready to grab & go!
*Having your photos ready to go cuts down on wasted time having to go through piles and piles to find the"right" photos.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tipsy Tuesday - Make A List and Check It Twice!

TODAY'S TIP - MAKE A LIST & CHECK IT TWICE!

Make a list of projects that you want to complete in the coming months.
Choose 2 or 3 projects that can be finished within each month.
Establish a realistic deadline for yourself.
Keep your list VISIBLE!
-Get a dry erase board and write your list in different colors.
-Print out your list & put it on a bulletin board.
-Create a Vision Board and list your projects there.

Your list can include:
*Half finished kits, layouts, etc.
*Batches of photos that need to be printed
*Going through stacks of paper for purging
*Reorganizing your space
*Creating kits for future projects
*Cleaning out your tote from the last event you attended
*Organizing/Purging embellishments

Making a list and keeping it visible can really help to get things done!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tipsy Tuesday - Stock Up Your Craft Space

TODAY'S TIP - STOCK UP YOUR CRAFT SPACE!
Make sure that you have your craft space stocked with all of the necessary items, so that you don't need to go looking for them. We lose valuable crafting time when we have to get up and find things.

Here is a short list of items that you should stock up on on a regular basis and have close by:
-Adhesive (spare rolls, both wet & dry types)
-Baby wipes/Paper towels to quickly clean up messes
-Toothpicks to fix small boo-boos in a pinch
-Safety pins to unclog bottles or poke small holes
-Q-Tips to wipe away small drops of paint or glue
-Sharpened pencils to mark measurements
-Snacks to keep you fueled up
-Garbage can/Recycling bin to keep things clean

Keeping your craft space stocked & organized saves wasted time! Keep that mojo going!

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Need Inspiration? Go to Scrapping Events!

One of the best ways to get that lost mojo going is to attend scrapbooking events. It's always a shot in the arm to be surrounded by fellow creatives who are just brewing with new ideas. For the first part of the year, I attended the Pleasanton Scrapbook EXPO and a Planner Meet-Up with Marion Smith in San Francisco. Both events motivated me to create new projects and connect with new crafters.
The Pleasanton Scrapbook EXPO was held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. I went with a planned list this year and I behaved myself pretty well. I knew that I needed adhesive, foam dots, a few special occasion stickers and travel themed paper. I also knew that I wanted to stop at the Queen & Co booth for some new washi tape and their new line of shaker card fronts. I didn't attend any classes this year. I did do one Make & Take at the Melissa Frances booth because my wonderful friend, Letty Lucero, was working there.
The Planner Meet-Up with Marion Smith was held in San Francisco at a very small venue. Vendors were there and I bought quite a few sticker sheets to get myself started in the planner craze. I got to meet some amazing women there. I love meeting Facebook friends in real life and making new friends too. We were all enabling each other as we shared our planner layouts and exchanged ideas. I came away with a whole list of Etsy shops to follow. Plus, I was convinced to join the Instagram world! You can follow me @californiascrappin.

I would encourage you to attend any local events that you can and connect with your fellow crafters. Reach out in your Facebook groups and see if you have a scrapping neighbor close by. Dozens of connections have been made in my groups. I love seeing scrappers find each other! We're all one big community and it's amazing when we get together and share ideas. Magic happens!


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tipsy Tuesday - Upcoming Events

We have some exciting events coming up in the "Our Happy Scrappin' Place" Facebook group! 
Be sure to join us!
JUNE IS PHOTO ORGANIZATION MONTH
*We'll be talking all about organizing our photos to keep the creativity flowing. 
JUNE 4th is our National Scrapbook Day Online Crop
*We'll be completing SIX challenges and fun surprises throughout the day. 
There will be PRIZE DRAWINGS for lots of scrapping goodies too!

All events will take place in the "Our Happy Scrappin' Place" Facebook group. 

We have weekly discussion questions too. It's a cool place to hang out with fellow scrappers.

JOIN US! The more, the merrier! 




Thursday, May 26, 2016

How Do I Balance Work, Life and Scrapbooking?

Is there such a thing as the work/life/hobby balance? I have to say that I've really been struggling with it lately. As most of you know, I work full-time as a Sales Assistant in the construction industry. My job, along with maintaining a household and a relationship with my wonderful boyfriend, leaves me only a few hours a week to work on my blog and scrapbook my own projects. Just like everyone else, I do spend time on social media during the day. My amazing Facebook community at Our Happy Scrappin' Place and my other crafting challenge, blogging and scrapbooking groups keep me busy with engaging discussions. Add to that, all of the female entrepreneurial groups that I'm learning from every day and the mastermind groups that keep me accountable and my hours just disappear! Somewhere in there, I manage to eat, sleep, shower, watch the San Francisco Giants and spend some time relaxing on the couch with my cat! Whew!

In our busy world of getting things done in record time, where do we find time for ourselves? When was the last time you stopped to literally smell the roses? I remember admiring the flowers as I was waiting in the Starbucks drive-thru on my way to a scrapbooking event. Does that even count? In this crazy world of instant gratification and thirty second attention spans, we need to STOP. Going at this super speed is making us sick, tired and angry. We get mad when cars are too fast or too slow. We never get enough sleep. We don't eat right because our schedules are all over the place. It's all about quick, easy and convenient. Everything gets out of balance and we wonder why we can't get things done in the twenty-four hours that we all have every day.

I don't know about you, but I'm getting really tired of being tired. I know that I stretch myself too thin and I'll be the first to acknowledge that I need to scale back on the amount of activities that I commit myself to each month. My health has told me that loud and clear lately. Anxiety is my middle name these days and it's all because I'm a people-pleaser to a fault. I hate disappointing people. Hate it. But, I've had to learn the hard way that you can't please everyone. Period. That's all there is to it. So, I need to find something else to focus on and get on with what I want to do to make myself happy.

Step One is lightening my weekly overload. I tend to back myself into a corner when it comes to my own deadlines. My procrastination is my own self-made misery. So, I need to incorporate a block of dedicated time each week to getting my blog posts done. That includes outlining, drafting, editing and scheduling. I waste too much time thinking about what to post the night before I need to post it. For being such a detailed planner, I seem to really suck at this when it comes to my blog. But, a conversation with a fellow entrepreneur made the lightbulb go on and I realized that I need to have a stockpile of outlined posts to choose from on any given week. Writing comes easy to me once I have the idea picked out. I need to simplify the process of choosing the idea by having a bank of topics already available. Brilliant!

Step Two is establishing boundaries. This is another thing that I seem to be horrible at because of the whole people-pleasing disease. I can't seem to say "no" to anything up front, even when I know that I shouldn't get involved with certain activities that will eat up more of my time. I tend to say "yes" and then end up backing out at the last minute when I realize that there is absolutely no room in my schedule to realistically fit it in. Then I feel horrible and guilty - all of my own doing. Saying "no" at the start and genuinely saying that I don't have the time would be so much easier! Duh! But, who am I to take the easy route? I never have. Ask my mom.

Step Three is relaxing, exhaling and getting away from technology. Being glued to our screens just isn't good for the creative soul. We need to get out and experience things with our own eyes and ears. We need to dip our toes in the ocean and feel the sunshine. I'm so thankful that I live ten minutes away from the beach. I don't spend enough time there. I need to take in deep breaths of salty air and collect sea shells for the collection I have in my living room. My soul needs it, now more than ever. I'm so out of balance. When you can feel it, you know it's time to refocus. I'm there right now and I need to make changes in my life that bring my creative soul back to its center. Being creative is in my blood and I need it to exist happily.

I know balance is out there somewhere. I just need to find that tipping point that sets me straight again. That point that makes me feel good on the inside and lights my creative fire.
Thanks for reading this far and taking the time to get to know me a little better. Sometimes I need to step out of my scrapbooker shell and let my soul stretch out a little. I appreciate you being here more than you know.






Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tipsy Tuesday - Ten Ways to Washi!

TODAY'S TIP -  TEN WAYS TO WASHI
Washi tape is all the rage now and it's so addicting! 
You can do so much with it. Check out these ideas!

1) Decorate bottles for gifts or centerpieces.
This bottle was decorated with Glitter Washi!
It was filled with Hershey's Kisses 
and used as a table favor at a retreat.
Project by Sue Pershon

2) Decorate your envelopes or packages.
3) Create tip-ins for Bible journaling.
4) Reinforce pages in your art journals or travel notebooks. 
5) Designate sections in your Bible or art journal.

6) Mark/label your scrapbooking supplies.
7) Embellish your Project Life cards, layouts or cards.
8) Decorate light/switch plates in your home.

9) Use as a designated divider on a table.

10) Use to fasten signs, announcements, schedules, etc. on your walls.

How do you washi? 
If you have additional ideas, please comment below!
I'd love to hear from you!
Happy Scrapping!