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any other way.

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!


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it’s a colorful place.

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. ;)


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letting loose.

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.


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it’s 4 am.

For some reason, this morning I woke up way too early. I looked at my phone and it was only 4 am. Bleh! I have no idea why I got up that early?! All I know is that I couldn’t fall back asleep. Physically, my body was exhausted, but mentally, I had so many ideas running in my head.

Thus, I decided to get up, stretch, and create.

*edit* I completely forgot to credit my layout to Sketchy Thursday. I’ve always loved their sketches, and I thought I’d use their very last one for inspiration. I’m totally going to miss their sketches. Here’s the sketch I used:

…and here’s my take on it:

…and just like before, I mixed old and new. Most of this one is new though. It’s loaded with Crate Paper‘s Paper Heart collection. I love the soft color palette to these papers. Plus, those tile chipboard letters are a major win.

On another note, someone emailed me and asked me where I work. I thought I’d share what goes on around me on a daily basis at Our Paper Place. Here’s a peek into what work looks like for me as of right now:

Of course, everything changes weekly. The displays, the products, the sample projects — everything changes when I say so, haha. :) Right now, my infatuation lies in trying to find new fixtures to merchandise products and maximize space. *sigh* Lots of work to do before I head down to CHA at the end of this month.


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oh, it’s a new year.

Happy 2012!

It’s my first time blogging in a while; the holidays had me locked down up until now. After having a busy couple of weeks at the shop, it was so nice to have downtime at home and spend it with family.

Christmas, on our end, was fantastic. There was a total of four families that included both children and pets, making it 18 people, two dogs, and three cats. Now that’s what I call a full house! After breakfast and a filling lunch, it was time for the annual distribution of gifts. Mama Clause, also known as my mother, puts on her Santa cap and sorts out all of the gifts. It felt like I was drowning in a pile of papers and ribbons. Seriously, there were mounds of it, but I’m used to drowning in paper and ribbons, hehe. The dogs love Christmas just as much as the little kiddos; perhaps it’s all the paper tearing to get to a present inside. Maui and Hilo kept trying to “help” others open their gifts, hehe.

As far as gifts for moi, I’m going to have to do a separate post on that. Let’s just say that I was spoiled this year.

New Year’s Eve was also spent at home with the family. It was definitely low key; there was definitely no partying on our end. After all of the Christmas festivities, I wanted to just sit and hibernate. We stayed up until midnight, and then it was off to sleep. On New Year’s Day, it was all about playing soccer at the park down the street. Rolling around in the grass for a couple of hours in the sun felt nice, and the fresh air was just as wonderful.

Yup, that was basically my recap of the past two weeks. Thrilling?! I think not! ;)

PS: I still have to do a post on our trip to Kauai; I’m so behind with bloggin’. What a bad blogger!


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playing with paper (and sushi).

Today I had a huge urge to be paper crafty. There was no agenda, no assignment to complete. I busted out a box filled with older leftover scraps from previous store projects.

It was pure bliss. I wanted to share two of the handful that I made today.

First layout was about who I am. I love that the words from one of the many Crate Paper sticker sheets go well with what I was trying to document.

Second layout was all about the pups being spoiled. These pictures were taken awhile ago, but I love seeing their “smiles” on their faces, hehe. So cute!

With a little touch of Stickles, wah-la!

For dinner today, we ate at the sushi bar around the corner. Their sushi rolls are humongous! I’m still full just thinking about it, and dinner was over five hours ago. I took random photos and thought it would be fun to share.


Okay, I’m off to bed because I’ve got a long day tomorrow. However, I’m thankful that tomorrow’s Friday! The forecast of my weekend looks fairly entertaining. I’m hoping for the very best.


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typity type.

I have missed the feeling of writing and typing and typing and typing and writing and blogging and typing. Has it been two months? Three months? Eh, what does it matter! What matters is that I woke up today thinking, “Today, I’m going to type.”

  • Half Moon Bay pumpkins never fail. We made such a mess with all of the pumpkin “guts”, but we had a lot of fun carving!
  • The store had its one year anniversary. The year went by so fast, and I’m so thankful for all of the loyal customers that have supported us this past year.
  • A vacation was definitely in order; St. Regis suites and butlers are fantastic, especially when you’re a platinum member and they treat you like royalty! ;)
  • I am so grateful to my wonderful group of friends that have coffee/lunch with me on random Mondays.
  • I went to the best party of my life, ever. Thanks to everyone who showed me a great time.
  • Siri has seriously become my personal assistant. I feel lost without my phone; is that a bad thing?!
  • Kate Spade is monopolizing my plastic, haha!
  • Christmas decorations are finally up and and taking over the house. …and the picture below doesn’t even have our gorgeous paper snowflake garland we added across the mantle!
  • Creating projects is still something I do on an everyday basis, even when I don’t post or share everything with everyone. I love this holiday Echo Park paper by the way.

Um, yeah. It felt nice and so natural to type and blog and type and blog and type a new public post. Hrm, I wonder when I will post next. One can only wonder.

PS: For those who have asked, the dogs are doing well. They have been getting spoiled like crazy from family and friends, especially because we’re in the holiday season. ;)


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