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I don’t even know where to begin. It’s been about a hundred years since my last post?! I truly have no words as to why I’ve been such a bad blogger; I really need to make time in my busy schedule to write and document my everyday. Perhaps, I should jump on that Project Life bandwagon. Oh, who am I kidding?!
Hmm, where do I start? I suppose my February excursions are a start. There was a lot of traveling in February.
We packed up and headed down to Dana Point for our good friends’ wedding. Each and every one of her details were beautifully planned. It was definitely an event to remember. Again, a huge congratulations to the beautiful couple, Erica and Joe! We can’t wait to share many more memories together with you two.
March has come and gone, and I managed to go without bloggin’ very much. I’m a huge fan of March because it’s my birthday month. Instead of celebrating at home, we headed to Seattle, Washington for the weekend. It’s incredibly gorgeous, and I seriously wouldn’t mind moving up to the Pacific Northwest. We took hundreds of photos, but here’s a handful of the memorable ones:
Handful?! More like double handful. Yeah, there’s tons more too, but it would take me way too long to get them all uploaded for a blog post. I’ve been definitely getting stuff put onto pages though, and I have actually created a mini album using Amy‘s new Daybook.
I love the Daybook concept because it’s easy to work with. You can basically scrapbook on the go! Add photos and embellish your heart out. Besides, it’s a lot of fun.
…and while I was at it, I created a layout with my leftovers! Love Amy’s stuff. If you’re in the area, come check it out over at Our Paper Place.
Not only is Amy a fabulous designer and teacher, she’s also an awesome friend! I have pictures from our Amy & Kelly workshops, so keep your fingers crossed that I get back on track with bloggin’! Stay tuned.
Happy ♥ Day, everyone! If you haven’t seen this on Google already, you should totally watch it. It’s adorable.
As for me, the only plans I have tonight are staying at home with my favorite hooligans. Nothing too special or too fancy. Just plain, boring everyday stuff. Besides, that’s the stuff that matters most to me.
On a different note, I have been so busy at work that I haven’t had the chance to blog very much. Boxes upon boxes loaded with tons of new products from CHA keep getting delivered to the shop. However, that doesn’t stop me from creating. I’ve finished a handful of projects.
Here’s one using Authentique‘s Genuine line:
The denim color of this paper is beautiful, and the texture and thickness of the paper itself is so scrap worthy! I couldn’t create with just one line. Here’s a layout using Authentique‘s Celebrate line:
I love the woodgrain background, the bright pops of color, and the cute graphics on these papers. It’s definitely a great stack of stuff to scrapbook with.
Teresa Collin‘s new Everyday Moments line came into the shop too. This has to be one of the most gorgeous lines I have ever seen. I love the deep navy blues with the hints of yellow. Here’s a mini album that I created using the Zutter Bind-it-All:
My favorite part about this album is the acrylic bird/birdcage by Clear Scraps.
*swoon* I love how this one turned out!
Anyway, I thought I’d post some of the recent ones. I just got back from Hambly, so look for lots of their new stuff in some of my upcoming projects. Yippee!
Well, it’s been a while since I last posted, but ordering at CHA had me wiped out for a couple of days. Then, it was right back to work for me. I have been so blessed with all of the love I have been getting from our customers since I’ve been back. Seriously, all of the support means so much to me. (Thank you to those who have popped in and supported us!)
As promised, I snapped some random shots from the show.
It was such an organized and chill show for me. We even managed to finish all the ordering in just TWO days, and we ordered more than we have ever before! Plus, we even got to socialize with friends at the show, as well as do the fun make and takes for the shop. I’m super excited about all of the new things that will be going on in the next few months.
I can honestly say that I am truly happy with my life. Does that mean that there aren’t any days where I feel crummy? Of course not! Life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies; that’s just unrealistic. However, when days start to feel cruddy, I remember moments and people that make me smile.
Good memories always put me back in a happy place. It feels great to surround myself among positive people who understand me and the decisions I make. I wouldn’t want life any other way.
As far as creating, I’m in a total slump. I was given a handful of goodies from various companies at CHA, but I haven’t been productive. Someone, please give me my mojo back!
It’s called Our Paper Place.
I love this place because it’s become my second home. (In the wise words of Kevin McCallister from Home Alone, “This is my house; I have to defend it.” hehe)
We’ve been open for just under a year and half, and it’s been a ride of huge ups and downs. I have been beaten, but I have been praised.
I wanted to publicly thank all of my wonderful customers for supporting their local scrapbook store and their local economy. It means so much to me that you have entered my second home, not my Paper Place, but our Paper Place. Together, we have created a community of local crafters. Together, we inspire each other.
Let’s keep it colorful, fun, and inspiring for many years to come.
PS: Huge changes will be made in the next few months. New and updated inventory, fun events, more technique classes, and so much more! It’s going to be a ride.
Sometimes, letting loose is the key to happiness.
…so it started to downpour this past weekend, and I had to put on my galoshes and jump around in the puddles. There’s nothing wrong with having a little fun every now and then. I came home drenched, but it was totally worth it. I don’t even remember the last time I jumped around in the rain. It felt amazing to feel free.
This weekend, I also tried this new bagel shop nearby, which was delicious if you must ask. The landscape for the complex that the bagel shop was located was awesome; they planted lettuce all over the place! Especially after the rain, the lettuce looked so pretty with the morning dew. Even though I probably looked odd staring at lettuce in a parking lot, I had to let loose and capture a photo. Look how gorgeous:
It reminds me of patches up along the coast of Northern California. I wish that I saw more of these around, and not just in pretty gardens. Anyway, I digress.
After breakfast at the delicious bagel shop, I headed to work. I spent most of Saturday hanging out at the shop. It was so nice for my family to drop by; it’s always a pleasure to see them. I can let loose and be myself around them.
Dad playing on his iPad at the shop.
One of my favorite aunts on the left and my mom on the right.
My aunt and I hanging out at the shop.
Working on a store project, yet again.
I haven’t really created much in the past few days. Life has been hectic, but I’m back on track now. Below is a couple of layouts I finished up during downtime, making layouts #23 and #24 of my bucket list complete:
I told you I’m in love with Studio Calico. *swoon* It works on just about everything you could possibly imagine. With a little bit of twine, some misting, and a couple of buttons, you’re bound to create something artistic.
…and because I’m all about Authentique, and I love designing for them, here’s one using their Gathering line:
The warm color palette works for a thousand different projects. Besides, these colors match up well with a ton of older projects. …and we all know how I feel about mixing the old and the new, hehe.
Anyhow, I suppose this post is a reminder just for me — to let loose every now and then. If people are going to criticize and point their fingers at someone for easing up, then perhaps they should let loose themselves.
Let loose, and I’m 99.9% sure you’ll feel better instantaneously. Your life will thank you for it.