Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Getting Things Done!

Since I've been recovering from minor knee surgery, I've been a little behind on some projects. Yesterday, I set my mind to getting them done! I put together a fun goodie package for my giveaway winner, Ali Biorn from Home Crafts by Ali. Thank you all for all of your comments regarding your creative struggles. You'll be seeing blog posts with some solutions soon!

Another project that I needed to finish was creating three tags for a Summer/Vacation themed tag swap. I started with some plain manila tags and reached for my basket of mists. I love using mists to create backgrounds. I used Glimmer Mist in Jack O Lantern and Yellow Daisy, as well as Perfect Pearls Copper to create the shimmering background. I dried the tags with my heat gun before I got out some rubber stamps from Unity Stamp Company.
Both stamps, the sun and the "Go.See.Do" quote are from Unity Stamp Company. I used Close To My Heart Autumn Terracotta ink for the sun and Memento Tuxedo Black ink for the quote. The ribbon came from my personal stash and I think that it matched perfectly. These tags took me about 20 minutes to make. I was able to cross this project off my list and get them mailed out on time.

We all have unfinished projects on our long To-Do lists. The trick is to pick ones that you know that you can finish in a short amount of time and just get them done! Instead of indulging in another episode of your favorite show, put the finishing touches on that layout and get it into your album. Finish the journaling in that mini album and display it for others to enjoy. Put those finished layouts in their respective albums and clear off a corner of your craft table or a shelf in your craft closet. The little things don't take much time at all once you tackle them head on. Trust me, you can do it!

Choose one or two small things on your list and get them done! Leave a comment here on what you accomplished and we'll all cheer you on. I'll put your name in a hat and send one lucky person a congratulatory gift for getting things done! Now, let's get to it!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Raise Your Hand....

We've all been there. That feeling of being not good enough creeps in and stops us from being our creative selves. You know it when you heave that big sigh, look at your project and just close your eyes with defeat. Too many hours on Pinterest. Too many hours peering at blog after blog. Too many hours flipping through magazines. I'll never be that good. So, you just get up from your craft table, shut the door and wait for another wave of inspiration. Right? Am I getting warm?

Raise your hand if you've ever thought or said the following - Don't worry. No one is judging you.

1. I wish I had more creative talent.

2. I wish I had a better craft room. Then, I would get more done.

3. I wish I was good enough to get published.

4. I wish I was good enough to get on a Design Team.

5. I hate that I was rejected by that Design Team. I know that I'm better than that.

6. I wish I had more time to get all of these projects done.

7. I wish my friends/family understood my hobby.

8. I wish I had a group of friends near me that scrapbook/craft. I feel so lonely.

9. I wish that I had extra money to buy more supplies, like everyone else seems to have.

10. I wish I was more organized. Then, I would get more done.

I know that I hit home with each of you with at least two or three of these. If you raised your hand to more than four, then this blog is the place to be. I'll be helping you bust through these obstacles! It's my mission to help scrapbookers and crafters get their mojo back and stop the comparison syndrome. WE ARE ALL UNIQUE IN OUR OWN WAY! DON'T FORGET THAT!

I would love to hear which of these statements resonated with you. Are you stuck in a creative rut? Are you struggling for scrapping time in between life's responsibilities? Let me know!
If you share your struggles in the comments below, I will throw your name into a hat for a FUN GIVEAWAY! I have some scrapping goodies to share if you're willing to share!

Friday, August 14, 2015

I Want To Hear From You!

After five long years, I decided to give my blog a complete makeover. I changed the background, layout, font, header, sidebars, text size and categories. Things are shifted and shaken up to give "California Scrappin'" a new look. I'm working hard to research new ideas for blog posts and ways to interact with all of you. But, the very best way to do that is to ask YOU what YOU want to read about here.

What scrapbooking techniques are you dying to try out, but haven't had the nerve? Let me try it!

What products are you curious about? I'd love to review them!

What are you struggling with the most in your creative process? Let's work through it together!

What brands are your favorites? I'd be happy to showcase them or their newest products!

Do you have a favorite trend that you'd like to know more about? I'd be happy to research it!

Do you struggle with journaling when it comes to your layouts? Let's discover new ways to do it!

Please give me your feedback on the new site and let me know what you'd like to see. I truly appreciate all of the support that my readers have given me over the last five years. I want to make the next five the best by connecting with more of you out there!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

We Miss You, Robin

It's been one year since the world felt the heartbreak of losing Robin Williams. I remember having a conversation with my mom in her kitchen and asking, "Why does it hurt so much to have lost him?' We both paused for a heavy moment of silence and we realized that he was our voice. Robin Williams was the voice of the common people. He laughed, he cried, he shouted, he whispered and we hung on every word seeking its hidden meaning. He mesmerized us with his comedic genius on "Mork & Mindy" and made us weep in "Good Will Hunting." We shouted "Carpe Diem!" from the tops of our coffee tables as those boys stood on their desks for him in "Dead Poets Society." His voice made Genie so warm and huggable in "Aladdin". We wanted him to be our best friend next door because he possessed a humble and giving spirit. We can't help but feel the loss of someone who we shared our lives with through so many decades.Robin had that magic that transcended the screen and made a home in our hearts. We miss you, Robin...so very, very much.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Why I Didn't Go To The Scrapbook Expo

The Scrapbook Expo was at the Santa Clara Convention Center this weekend and I didn't attend this year. I had mixed emotions about going because I'm going through a new chapter of personal growth. I have come to the following realizations and I'm okay with them:
1. I need to work on my budget. 
Growing older means being more responsible. It sucks, but it's true. Gone are the days when I could spend money on frivolous things and not have to worry about rent, utilities and groceries. Being an adult means keeping the lights on, the water running and having food on my table. Lord knows that I have more than enough scrapping supplies to open up my own Michaels in my garage!
2. I have enough stuff to complete projects into the next millenium.
When I first started scrapbooking, I had this sick notion that I had to have every new tool, paper collection and embellishment on the market. I have boxes and boxes of supplies that have never been opened. I have tons of kits still in boxes. I have half finished projects from all the classes and previous Expos that I've attended. I don't need anything more for a looooong while.
3. I wanted some dedicated time to learn and write.
I've been listening to several podcasts dedicated to writing, creativity, blogging and personal development. Yes, I'm a complete and utter nerd. I love learning and I'm taking a grammar course online to brush up on my writing skills. I have a Bachelor's Degree in English and I was a high school English teacher for four years. I changed careers because of the horrible pay, but I still have the passion for writing. But, writing takes time and effort. To make things happen, you need to do the work.

I have to confess that I did enjoy seeing all the pictures of my friends enjoying the Expo this weekend and I so wanted to be there, but I know that it wouldn't have been a very wise decision for me. Giving in to my shopping impulses got me into my budget dilemma and I need to be better at managing my money. All part of my personal growth journey that continues to make me open my eyes wider and wider every day.

A Walk On the Wild Side Blog Hop

Welcome to the "A Walk On The Wild Side" Blog Hop. This blog hop is a one day blog hop that is jammed pack full of some amazing projects. We have had so much fun creating this hop and we have a wonderful line up with some oh-so-talented creators. You will see some amazing projects having to do with a zoo or safari related theme and have a chance to win some blog candy along the way.

We have 2 wonderful sponsors for this hop!
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons - http://prettypapergraphics.com/
They will be sponsoring a $15.00 Gift Card for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store

SVG Attic - http://www.svgattic.com/
They will be sponsoring a $15.00 Gift Card for the SVG Attic store

My project for this hop is a double page layout of pictures that I took at the San Francisco Zoo.

One lucky hopper will win this adorable Bo Bunny zoo album!

Please leave a comment telling me what your favorite zoo animal is and why. I will put all of the names in a hat and draw a winner on Monday! Don't forget to leave me your email address, so that I can contact you if you win! Enjoy the WILD RIDE!!

1. Lisa - http://honeybearzdesigns2011.blogspot.com/
2. Denise www.craftconfectionery.com
3. Alicia - http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com/
4. Theresa - http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com/
5. Madge - www.thescrappinlounge.com
6. Gina - http://californiascrappin-gcinderella21.blogspot.com/ - YOU ARE HERE!
7. Connie- http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com - YOUR NEXT STOP!
8. Haidee ~http://created2bunique.blogspot.com
9. Aisha -www.londonskyedesigns.net
10.Jessica - http://www.craftinandstampin.blogspot.com/
11. Sarah - www.sarahbiswabic.blogspot.com
12. Angela - http://crazy3monkeys.blogspot.com/
13. Audrey - www.kricutkreations.blogspot.com

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.