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just a handful of snapshots.

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,Β some of the latest from Little Yellow Bicycle:

Have you seen the new American Crafts line,Β 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.



Filed under altered item, holiday, layouts, our paper place, personal, scrapbook

unproductivity much?

This weekend I was unproductive, and we all know that sometimes being unproductive is a good thing, haha! However, I did cross off some of the things on my 28 Before 28 list.

  • Try a new sushi roll.
  • Support a local business.
  • Learn 10 new ASL signs.
  • Buy a lottery ticket.
  • Go houseshopping, again.

Check out what happened when I gave the lottery a go:

I won …a free ticket! It’s a shame that I didn’t win $20. That would’ve totally made my weekend. Well, maybe the free ticket I redeem will win me something, haha.

Five down; twenty three more things to knock off of my list. Considering it’s only been a couple of days, it looks like I’m on a roll. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I can tackle one or two more this week.

On another note, I just wanted to share a couple of projects that I recently created with the latest Authentique. I love how pretty this looks.

Dress forms and pretty things?! Yes, please! I had a lot of fun using various ribbons and trims to give it lots of different textures. Plus, all of the leftovers from the dress form project allowed me to create another layout:

I have so much fun using Emily and Taylor’s little one on my layouts. She’s so adorable! Seriously, it gives me baby fever. ((Thanks again, Emily and Taylor!))

…and I finally have my brother’s pictures from last weekend. Now, I can print them and get them onto layouts. Gosh forbid that I fall behind with scrapbooking, haha!

This is a picture of me “playing” at the shop. Yes, sometimes I “play” and design projects. Most of the time, however, I’m busy working on all of the nitty gritty, boring stuff. This is definitely not my favorite picture of myself. As a matter of fact, I don’t really like it, but I thought I’d share it anyway.

Here are a few more photos from our outing to the coast in the Sonoma County area last weekend:

I love the photos of us playing in the field of flowers. This patch of flowers is located just north of Bodega Bay, and in the fall, the flowers bloom vibrant colors. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

As far as this weekend goes, it was, like I said, “unproductive”. We did, however, go out to get some deep dish pizza from Pizz’a Chicago.

They ordered a super spicy pizza, and I swear my mouth was on fire. I usually don’t have any issues with spicy foods; I actually enjoy a little bit of a kick in my food. …but this time, it was hot! I even picked out all of the sports peppers, but it still tasted incredibly spicy. Yowch! I love this joint, but next time, we won’t be ordering the spicy one. πŸ˜‰

That pretty much sums up the weekend.

It’s almost 2 A.M. in the morning, and I’m still bloggin’. I can’t seem to sleep though. It must’ve been that coffee that I had. Yikes!


Filed under altered item, family, layouts, our paper place, personal, scrapbook

what a copycat!

“Lifting” has become an issue in the industry. In all honesty, I don’t mind that people copy my work or what I do. Basically, it just means that they find me inspiring. Me… inspiring, haha! NOT! Anyway, here’s how I feel — if you aren’t doing it for profit of any sort or if you aren’t taking full credit for it, then I don’t mind.

However, if you aren’t crediting my work, then I get peeved. That’s when I start to call you a copycat.

If you have ever been into my store, Our Paper Place, you’ll notice tons of samples using the products we carry in the store. They’re there for a reason! Take pictures of them, copy them, use it as your inspiration, etc. Like I said previously, though, as long as you’re not using it for profit, then you’re in the clear. πŸ˜‰

With that in mind, here’s an American Crafts layout for inspiration:

Don’t laugh at the photo! It’s an old high school photo that I dug up!

Don’t you just love all of those fun details?! I love the flowers on this one! I also used Basically Bare’s banners and birds!As you can see, I had tons of fun covering up these β€œbare” embellishments with awesome American Crafts paper! Look at how I covered up a bird to make my own custom embellishment:

I also love the banner because it helps your title stand out from the rest of your page. Sometimes, having that extra umph on your page helps the overall design of your project.

Anyway, I honestly don’t mind if you’re a copycat and want to lift this one. That’s why I post projects — to help everyone’s mojo. You share. I share. The world’s a happier place.

…and although it’s a Friday night, I’m still working! I have to prep for our 2nd and 3rd National Scrapbook Day celebrations. Yeah, you read that right. We don’t celebrate once; we celebrate it three times! Call us crazy over at Our Paper Place, but it’s major fun! If you’re in the bay area, come visit us for all-new demos, make and takes, and awesome sales!

PS: We’re getting closer and closer?! Are you excited?! I am!


Filed under altered item, layouts, our paper place, scrapbook

happy birthday, hilo!


Today’s Hilo’s birthday! I can’t believe he’s already two. I remember when we first brought him home; he was super tiny! Here’s a picture of him when he was only three months old:

Major cuteness, right?! …but even older at two, he’s just as adorable. Here’s a picture of him now (with Maui, of course):

…and because it’s his birthday, he gets special treatment — toys and treats! We got him some of his favorite cookies and a new squeaky toy, which we named Jimmy.

On another note, I’ve been busy creating for the store. Here are just some of the recent layout samples I’ve finished:

I absolutely loved playing with one of the latest collections from Crate Paper called Toy Box. Everyone’s wanting boyish paper, and this one makes a great one!

I also promised my good friend, Katrina, a layout with some Nikki Sivils paper. I love how this one turned out; the colors are soooooo summery!

Lastly, I created a fun banner for the store. Check out what I made using Hello Sunshine, from American Crafts:

Okie dokie, artichokes… that’s it for now.

Hope you all have a fabulous day!



Filed under altered item, hilo, layouts, miniature schnauzer, personal, scrapbook

tick tock. tick tock.

Is it crazy for me to want the clock to slow down every now and then?! If I could have it my way, I’d slow the clock down when I’m sleeping. That way, I could get a full night’s rest, haha! …but we all know, it can’t be done. The clock continues to tick away.

The clock indicates that it’s about time for me to share some projects that I worked on this weekend at my birthday crop. ((I’m surprised I even got anything done with all the fun that I had.))

Here’s a mini album that I created using the ever-so-cute Neighborhood line from Crate Paper:

…and a birthday project had to be created!

What do you think of this fun paper?! It’s one of the latest Basic Grey‘s releases, Life of the Party. I think it’s super fun, and I’m totally a fan on those silly moustaches, haha!

Tick tock. The clock tells me that it’s time for me to pick a winner from the American Crafts Blog Hop this past weekend! …and the album kit goes to:

Congratulations to Aimee K! Please shoot an email to to claim your prize! Thanks to everyone else who joined us. πŸ™‚

Tick tock. The clock now tells me that I need to continue working on some samples that I have in mind for the store. I plan on playing with Hambly, Crate Paper, and American Crafts!


Filed under altered item, blog hop, mini album, personal, scrapbook, winners