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Yesterday, I was feeling inspired to create. I worked on some new layouts using some of Amy Tan‘s new collection, Ready Set Go. It must have been the huge mess that I created in the crop room. Or it might have been all of the vivid memories from my getaway this past weekend. Either way, I finished a couple of pages to add to the books.
Layout one – a 12×12 layout:
Layout two – an 8.5×11 layout:
I had fun playing with all of these new products, especially because they have such vivid colors. I’m hoping that these two layouts will jump start some type of creative mojo on my end. It’s been way too long.
Oh, the decisions we must make. Hmm..
From here on out, the shop will probably host its summer carnival. With all of the last minute sign-ups, we were able to host a fun little event that showcased our teachers’ creative talents. Everyone seemed to have had a wonderful time; I, for one, know that I had a fantastic time. Check out some of the photos from the event below:
Make sure to look for details at the shop next summer if you want to come create beautiful projects with our wonderful teachers.
Every summer, my little cousin comes to stay with us for a week. It’s not only fun for her, but it’s fun for us too! We make it a tradition to take her out on random adventures to explore and see new places. Today, we decided to head out to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It’s always such a fun place to hang out; it brings you back to your childhood years, especially when there are food stands with cotton candy, corn dogs, and funnel cakes just to name a few. Here are some memories from today:
It’s just the beginning of the week, so who knows where we’ll visit next. I just know that I can’t wait!
Oh, and just so you know, there’s a layout contest going on over here. The deadline for it has been extended to July 29th. Here’s my take:
It was fun making that layout because I don’t make as many as I used to. I really need to get back on the scrap bandwagon. Mojo, where have you gone?! Has all my mojo been aimed towards working on my Project Life stuff?! I hope not.
Anyway, that’s it for now.
I admit. I have been hoarding all of these Project Life things. I have a scrapbook album all set to go, and I even ordered the Project Life protector sheets months ago. Have I even started to create anything for it?! No!
I do, however, like that the Instagram app on my phone helps my daily photo documenting. Recently, I’ve been taking pictures galore, so I have a stack of photos to use. Woot! *pat on the back for me* I just ordered all of my photos, so once I have them in my hands, maybe I’ll get them onto Project Life pages. *wishful thinking*
Speaking of printing pictures, I still need to work on the wedding album. It’s on my list of 29 before 29, and it’s one of the more obtainable tasks. You’d think that I like letting the stacks of photos pile up.
On another note, it’s been so long since I last posted any of the projects I have been working on. Thus, I wanted to share some of the bright projects I have created for the shop.
Below is a fun layout I created using Splash, some of the latest from Little Yellow Bicycle:
Have you seen the new American Crafts line, Shoreline?! We all know that I love bright and happy colors. Again, I absolutely love vintage things, but sometimes, it’s just overkill. Every now and then, it’s great to have pops of vibrant and rich colors. Consider it a change of scenery from the vintage inspired looks. For instance, here’s a makeshift paper bouquet that I created for the shop:
Hope everyone had a wonderful fourth of July! It was the first time in years that we didn’t celebrate our annual FOTL event at my parents’ house. Hopefully, next year we’ll be able to coordinate the event again.
I have been playing with a new camera, so you will always catch me taking random shots here and there. The best practice shots are when Maui and Hilo are up and about. They make excellent practice time.
I love the above photo of Maui because that’s an everyday face. She always has to rest her chin up on a pillow, a blanket, or even an arm as support. It’s cuteness overload!
It’s amazing what people create with the technology these days. Recently, we picked up an iRobot Roomba. It is seriously worth its price, especially if you live a busy lifestyle. Hence, why I’m actually finding the time to blog; the Roomba has me ahead of the game.
FIVE STARS for this cleaning device! If you are on the fence about throwing down money on it, I suggest you do.
On another note, I went Crate Paper happy last week.
Even though there’s a vintage feel to it, I thoroughly enjoyed working with the vibrant colors in the Story Teller collection. Additionally, I had fun working with Amy‘s Washi tape too.
…and I had fun creating with Pretty Party, as well. As a matter of fact, the shop is hosting a challenge with a $10 gift card reward! If you’re in the mood to step outside of the box, go check it out here.
Last but not least, I finally got around to finishing a layout using some of Nikki Sivils‘ latest. Anything with primary colors is a “Yes, please,” in my book.
That’s all I have for today. I’m hoping that my creative mojo comes back soon. It seems as if I go through phases where I create like a madwoman, and then the next second, I’ve got nothing.
A couple of weekends ago, we had the pleasure of hosting our friends, Amy Tan and Kelly Purkey over at Our Paper Place. Amy had fun teaching at the shop late last year, and it was Kelly’s first time visiting, so we hoped for a fun-filled and energetic weekend. Sure enough, it was just that. Everyone that had registered for the workshops seemed incredibly excited to have the girls in town. Creating, wonderful friends, and great weather — I really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect weekend.
Here are some of the photos from our Kelly and Amy workshop event:
I can’t believe that I used to design with both these gals on AC; they’re way too talented for me!
Group photo. I think we might be missing someone in this picture?!
It was so good to see you, Tricia! You know I heart you.
Amy sharing her very own tricks and tips to scrapbooking!
Kelly letting everyone play with paints, sprays, and stamps.
Thank you again, girls, for coming to hang out! We really enjoyed your company, and it was so nice to see both of you again. Hopefully, we’ll see you two in Chicago.
If you missed these workshops, the shop does have their kits available for purchase. Call the shop for more details, or feel free to contact me directly for more information.
On to Easter Sunday… Easter came and went in a blink of an eye, but that’s not going to stop me from documenting my Easter weekend with a blog post. With my busy schedule, I haven’t been out to the Sacramento area in months, so it was finally time to visit family.
We had an Easter brunch with delicious food cooked up by the best chef in the world, my mom! After dining on Mom’s cooking, it was time for the annual Easter egg hunt. Five kids, two dogs, and a whole bunch of hidden eggs made for one entertaining event. It seems that every year, the egg hunt gets bigger and bigger.
Now, I’d say that aside from Christmas, Maui’s next favorite holiday is Easter. She loves hunting down the hidden eggs because she knows we load treats in there for them. This year, she was Khiara’s sidekick, helping her scope out a handful of eggs.
Hilo, on the other hand, just spent his time looking for food. He’s definitely not into helping the kids look for eggs; he much rather scope out treats for himself.
The kids also had fun decorating a carton of eggs. Unfortunately, I wasn’t around when they colored the eggs, but I still enjoyed looking at their creativity. It’s amazing to watch someone’s creativity shine through in what they make.
One of my favorite parts about our Easter gathering was our adorable deviled eggs. How can you not smile when you see these little chick-a-dees?!
Can you believe this?! That’s more than one post in a week! Something must be wrong, hehe. Just kidding. Hopefully, I’ll be back very soon with more updates.