ocean and scraps galore.

I’m always jealous of people who live in coastal cities. Unfortunately, I don’t live on the coast, but I’m fairly close to it. It takes about thirty minutes or so to get to the ocean, so I’m not complaining. 😉 A short drive is good enough for me.

Monday and Tuesday nights in August are $1.00 nights at the Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, so my brother decides, “Hey! Let’s all go to Santa Cruz!” …and we did just that. Oh, the memories of carnival/amusement park food – hot dogs, garlic fries, and all the stuff that makes your teeth rot, lol!

That following day we headed to Monterey, which is a little bit further than Santa Cruz but completely worth the drive. Scott hadn’t been to the aquarium in years, so we thought we’d take him as an early birthday present. Have you ever been to this aquarium?! If you haven’t, I suggest you make it at least once in your lifetime. Don’t believe me?! Here are some photos to prove its worthiness:

We definitely had a field day at the aquarium. By far, my favorite exhibit is still the seahorses. They’re so unique! …and yes, the jellyfish are amazingly gorgeous; that is, when they are enclosed in the aquarium and not drifting next to you when you’re playing in the ocean. 😉

Yesterday, I spent the night cropping at my local scrapbook store. We had a small “sample party,” which means we worked overtime making samples of products that are going to be displayed at the scrapbook expo this upcoming weekend. In three hours, I created three layouts and three cards. Phew! I’m exhausted just reading that!

For every layout, I created a card. It’s true what they say, “Scraps are great for cards!”

Now, I need to get back to creating more samples before I have to start kitting for my class this weekend. I plan on creating a few more layouts and a handful of cards and mini albums. Wish me luck that I get these done before the end of today.

Happy Thursday!



Filed under cards, family, layouts, personal, scrapbook, vacation

34 responses to “ocean and scraps galore.

  1. What a fun post! love your photos and scraps, Gloria looks fantabulous! xxoo.

  2. Sarah, these are some amazing pictures!! I’ve only ever been to one aquarium in my life and it was awesome, but I’m thinking you’re right about needing to visit this one. It definitely looks like you guys had a blast. 😉

    Your layouts and cards are all so great! I love using my layout scraps to make cards too. 🙂
    – April

  3. Lisa D(pdrnc)

    I’m always amazed at your pictures. I have a $600 camera with all these crazy functions but my pics never come out with such vibrant colors. Your new LOs and cards look amazing, as always. Can’t believe you did so much in 3 hours.

  4. Whoa! This post is loaded with great pics and projects! I lived in the Bay Area for 30 years, so it’s nice to see some pics of places I recognize and visited quite often. I lived in Hollister for 6 years and was members at the Monterey Bay Aquarium since we lived so close. Love the Otters there! Fun post….thanks! 🙂

  5. great lo’s!!! Looks like you had a great tim in Santa Cruz.

  6. Next weekend I will be staying in Santa Clara and visiting all those fun places you just posted. What is the name of the scrapbook store so that I can convince my hubby to let me go for a bit? We lost our local store and just found out they are going to reopen! I haven’t been to a scrapbook dedicated store in forever.

  7. Mmm.. those garlic fries look soo yummy!

  8. I love your photos of the aquarium!! My fav is the Seahorse!! I did not realize that they actually do exist!!! They are soooo cute! Thanks for showing.

  9. Jacque

    Love, love love this post!

  10. Paper Paper

    lol lol

  11. Those aquarium shots are AMAZING!!! Magazine-like!!! That’s VERY interesting…making a card every time you make a layout…I think I’ll try that!!!

  12. Love the photos…specially the seahorse one! Love the LOs too! xoxoxo

  13. WOW Sarah! Love all of these. Your cards are so cute and those LO’s are so much fun! WTG Girl! SO glad you had a great time at the beach and aquarium:)

  14. Great pics!! I love the aquarium… The seahorse are my fav too!! Lovin all the projects!! 🙂

  15. OMG! I love the aquarium pics! Great LOs and cards too!

  16. I feel like it’s not a normal year if I don’t take a visiting friend or relative to the Aquarium! 😉 Last time we went, we took our nephew for his first time. He loved it! Great pics — I love photographing the seahorses and jelly fish exhibits. Super cute layouts and cards!! What store do you teach at? Is it in the south bay area?

  17. Gloria

    gloria needs to go running today, but is too lazy. is it time for vacation yet? nice LOs.

  18. Great layouts and cards!! I loved them all!!

  19. Okay, I’m drooling over that seahorse photo! Okay, all of them, actually! They’re beautiful. Maybe I need to go to the aquarium this weekend. That would be fun! Love the layouts…kind of makes me excited for October.

  20. Wow…look at you miss speedy scrapper! Great projects, especially considering you did them so quickly!

    You captured lots of amazing photos. It sounds like a lot of fun 🙂

  21. Ok…so you are close to that aquarium?! Ok…I gotta come out there now!!! hee hee Pics are amazing as usual girl…and WOW….I would have maybe gotten one layout and 1/2 a card done in that time….YOU ROCK!!!!!!

    And what is up with G in a sweatshirt??? It’s freakin’ hot here! LOL

  22. gorgeous projects. can’t wait to see them at the expo…and love, love, love your photos of the aquarium. sounds like your coastal trips were well worth that drive.

  23. Vanessa Johnson

    Those seahorses are soooo adorable!!!!

  24. oh Sarah.. looks like you had a lot of fun.. so love the seahorses… and your layouts and cards.. wow you are so inspirational…TFS

  25. Umm… 30 minutes from the beach? Let me play my sad song on the violin for you… LOL

    LOVE the adorable new LO’s & cards. And that last card is particularly BEAUTIFUL! 🙂

  26. Polly W

    Love the new layouts! And….you are right…..a trip to the Monterey Aquarium should be on everyones Bucket List. It is one of the best aquariums that I have EVER been to. The sea horses, jelly fish, otters and sea dragons were my favorites!

  27. love the pics!!! mmmmmmm garlic fries???
    great cards and layouts too! thanks for sharing!

  28. Pam

    Love the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I live in San Diego so we have SeaWorld and the Birch Aquarium – they don’t come close to all the displays in Monterey. Thanks!

  29. Mo

    oh man, those photos were awesome and i looooved the layouts and cards! i just made a BUNCH of cards yesterday (2 designs but…but lots of cards to give away…and maybe sell…someone requested some)…..yay! i hope you get some rest…you must be so tired!


  30. oh i would love to switch states with you

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