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the furballs (and giveaway)!

It’s so hard to say “no” when you’ve got eyes like these begging for treats.

It’s so hard to kick the furkid off of the bed when they look so innocent and sweet.

…and you can’t help but smile when you get this face up into the camera:

I couldn’t resist posting some of these photos to share. Seriously, I could cuddle them all day long if time allowed.

As far as me, I plan on posting a couple of layouts very soon. I have a couple of in progress layouts ready to be completed. I don’t normally start a layout, and then come back to it later; I try to go from start to finish.

…and because I haven’t done a giveaway in months, I thought now would be a good time. Answer the question below:

Are you critical about your work/creations?

Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 7th, and I’ll pick a winner for a Spunky Sprout mini album! To double your chances of winning, post somewhere else online — blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Remember to share a link with where you shared the giveaway in the comments.

Ready, set, go.




Filed under dog, giveaway, hilo, maui, miniature schnauzer, scrapbook

goodbye 2010, hello 2011 (and giveaway).

2010 has been such a ride for me. I started this year off with the hopes to grow as an individual. …and that I did. There have been tons of changes for me, good ones. Great ones, actually. 😉 Here are some random memories from this past year:

Favorite moments of 2010: Dad’s surprise party, winter CHA, Canada trip, official paper work, Sean’s graduation, ferris wheel ride at sunset, various publications, the Monterey Aquarium for Scott’s birthday, Reflections in Newport Beach, crazy one day trip with the dogs, California Academy for my birthday, the Texas heat and scary June bugs, many trips to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz, setting the date, Hawaii trip, my baby craze, opening my scrapbook store, design team work, teaching classes, meeting awesome new friends, Disneyland, World Cup fun at the bar, my 30 lb challenge, making the American Crafts design team, San Diego memories, Periwinkle weekend with the dogs, the zoo, Lego mania, Bodega Bay camping, Jenner/Fort Ross drive and the huge eucalyptus tree…

Gosh, as I type this I realize that there’s so much that happened this year. As a matter of fact, it would take me way too long to write all of the memorable moments down ((that’s why I scrapbook to cherish all of those memories, hehe)). I seemed to have done this and that, traveled all over the place, and managed to still open my store in THREE WEEKS. What in the world?! It may sound like a lot, but it truly was manageable, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. 😉

Some random layouts from 2010:

…and just like memories, there are pages upon pages of 2010 layouts that I would love to share, but I pretty much posted 75% of them on this blog (or in various galleries or in a handful of printed magazines).

This upcoming year, I plan to create at least 52 layouts, one for every week. Do you think that’s doable?! Hmm… I’ll keep you all posted with that goal, lol. 😉



Do any of you have crafty goals this upcoming year? If not crafty goals, how about other resolutions? If so, share in a comment.

Winner gets a free grab bag filled with goodies selected from Our Paper Place worth $25! If we have more than 25 people playing, I’ll up the grab bag to $50 worth of FUN, NEW product!

Here’s how to play:

  • Leave a comment telling me what your crafty goals are this upcoming year (or other resolutions) by Sunday, January 2nd by 11:59pm.
  • Share the giveaway somewhere else online (Facebook, Twitter, forum, blog, etc.) for 5x the chance to win! Remember, the more people playing, the bigger the prize!
  • Smile because I think you’re awesome. 🙂

Good luck, and I can’t wait to read your comments!

Anyway, goodbye to 2010. It was wonderful while it lasted. Now, I’ve got my eye on 2011.  I’ve got my fingers crossed that 2011 will be just as good to me.


Filed under family, giveaway, layouts, personal

the sampler blog hop (GIVEAWAY), bella GDT, and STORE!

I’m surprised that whole title even fit on that line, but that’s besides the point. I’ve been swamped like you wouldn’t believe… or maybe you believe me, haha!

…so today is The Sampler blog hop.

…and guess what?! My project today is based on the December kit, which is filled with goodies galore. Yes, it’s filled with some fun holiday stuff, but it also works for other projects. Here’s the sketch that Holly created:

…and here’s my take using the December kit:

Wanna know my favorite part about this kit?! It’s get TWO sets of letters. Not one, but TWO! Now that’s a rockin’ kit.

Okay, so I think you are at the end of the blog hop… but make sure to head on over to The Sampler blog because there are some awesome prizes going to be given away to FIFTEEN winners (three of which will be from my blog).

Leave a comment to this blog telling me what you plan on eating on Thanksgiving, and we’ll pick three winners as soon as possible!

I have more fun news for everyone. Stephanie from Bella Blvd was so sweet to pick me as a guest designer for Bella! I absolutely LOVE their stuff, so getting the chance to design with their products was tons of fun. If you want to see what kind of cute stuff I came up with, head on over to the Bella blog. In the meantime, here’s one of the layouts that I created for Bella:

Pretty, pretty stuff… both to my face and to the Bella stuff, haha! 😉

As for Our Paper Place, it’s going GREAT! I’ve had some smiling faces stop by the store to peek in, and it’s been fun chatting with all of you. Seriously, the response has been UH-MAZING!

Today, I ran out of flyers again. They are literally “fly”in’ out of the bin at the front of the store. I plan on bringing more today, so if you happen to be in the area and want to check out the latest classes and events going on over at Our Paper Place, swing by this weekend to pick up your flyer. 😉 If you find something you’re interested in, don’t hesitate to call or email with questions!

Here are some random pictures around the place:

Hope all is well with everyone! When life becomes more “normal”, I’ve got my fingers crossed I can post more regularly.

PS: I’ve got less than a week to get everything in order! YIPES!!! Wish me luck because I’m gonna need it. …and who’s gonna stop by the store on Black Friday?! Hopefully, I’ll be able to see some of your pretty faces!


Filed under giveaway, kit club, layouts, personal, Uncategorized

Week Five: go me!

I has been a total of five weeks since I embarked on this crazy journey of mine. There have been days where I have wanted to quit. However, for the most part, I have been pushing forward. …and I have to admit that I’m glad that I have come this far. Why?! Because…

  • I feel more energetic.
  • My clothes fit better.
  • My sleeping patterns have improved.

…and the best part:

Since the last time I shared the dreaded numbers, I have lost another 8 lbs! Thus, I have lost an overall total of 24 lbs with purely an increase in activity level and a change of diet.

Let’s just say that if I can do it, you can do it! 🙂

I drew a winner to the Cricut Cartridge from last week’s giveaway.

Congratulations to monica! Please shoot me an email via the Contact page, and I’ll get that cartridge out to you as soon as possible.

Now, it’s time for the weekly giveaway. Who wants to be the owner of this cute Maya Road book?!

On top of that, I’ll throw in a handful of embellishments to use to decorate it! If you want to be entered to win all of these goodies, just comment to this post with something that will make me smile. You have until next Tuesday, October 12th, by 11:59 pm to play.

Oh, and I didn’t forget! Here are those two layouts that I shared in my video from last week:

I love the simple design to this American Crafts layout. Who would have thought that Dear Lizzy papers would work so well with beach photos?! hehe.

Last but not least, here’s the My Paper Tree House layout:

That’s all I have for now. I’m hoping to get more projects done soon.

PS: I haven’t been taking the time to hit up each and everyone’s blogs recently. I have a really good excuse for that. Perhaps, very soon, I will be able to share what has been keeping me busier than I have ever been.


Filed under giveaway, kit club, layouts, personal, scrapbook, weight loss, winners

Week Four: being pretty (and cricut cartridge giveaway)!

Sometimes, it’s really a struggle, but not in the sense that I can’t accomplish my goal. It’s a struggle with the way I feel about body image. Since I can remember, being thin was always associated with being pretty. Maybe it was because of societal thoughts, or maybe it was peer pressure?

Regardless, being pretty is NOT synonymous with being thin. This is something I have to remind myself every now and again. Rather, being pretty should be about how one loves him/herself inside and out.

Does anyone else struggle with the issue of body image? If so, I want to hear your thoughts.

I’m still well on my way to hitting my goals. The eating healthier and being more active has definitely contributed to my success.

Winner from last week is:

Congrats to Jaime! Please shoot me an email via the Contact page  to claim your prize. …and like always, I want to share my success with all of you. This week, I’m giving away a Cricut cartridge. This one to be exact:

It’s never been opened, so it’s totally brand new. If you want to win this cartridge:

1. Leave a comment to this post telling me what you think being pretty means by next Tuesday, October 5th, by 11:59 pm.

2. For an additional entry to win, subscribe to my blog via email located on the left side of the page.

3. For another chance to win, share this giveaway elsewhere online. Please let me know where you shared it, so I know to add your additional entry.

Good luck to all who enter!

Today marks the first day of Week Five. *woot woot!* Let’s hope I can keep up with my challenge!


Filed under giveaway, personal, scrapbook, weight loss, winners