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AC Blog Hop

…and you must be here for the American Crafts blog hop, right?!

Well, if you’ve been to my blog before, welcome back! If not, hope you like your visit and find tons of inspiration to get you creating! Today, I just wanted to share a layout that I created using some of the latest products from American Crafts.

It uses the ever-so-cute Campy Trails!

How about those fun, bright colors?! I’m all over it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ …and here’s a closeup of how cute this line is.

I know, I know. It’s barely even spring, and here I am creating layouts about the outdoors and camping, hehe! I can’t help it though. I’m ready for some summertime and warm weather. What about you?!

…anyway, are you ready for a giveaway?! Who wants this:

To be entered to win the above prize, leave a comment on this post by Monday, March 21st!

Next on the blog hop: Shannon Zickel

…and she’s an amazing designer, so get ready for some major inspiration!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!



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the kiki art blog hop(scotch)!

Hi, everyone! You must be here for the Kiki Art blog hop(scotch). Please feel free to “hop” around for your chance to win some awesome prizes. Below are the details on how to play along.

When? During National Scrapbook Day weekend. It will run from Thursday, April 29th until Monday, May 3rd.

How to play? Each design team member was asked to select an organization that commits to helping others. Then, they created a project based on their organization featuring Kiki Art products. Make sure to take note of each organization/good cause each DT member has selected. When you hop from blog to blog, hopefully you will get inspired by all of the beautiful Kiki Art work. We also hope that you are inspired to do good by getting involved in an effort to create a better world through these organizations.

How to get a prize from the Kiki Art blog? For your chance to win, you need to leave a comment on the Kiki Art blog letting us know which one(s) were your favorite blog(s) and organizations during the blog hop.

How to get a prize from a Kiki Art design team member blog? Many members of our DT have decided to give away a project that is related to the good cause they believe in. Others have offered out other giveaways. Leave a comment on their posts, and they will pick a random winner. On Tuesday, May 4th, all winners will be announced.

I have chosen to feature the Surfrider Foundation. This foundation seeks to protect the oceans and beaches through conservation, activism, research and education. I have a deep love for the ocean, beaches, and marine life, so educating others about protecting our oceans makes me HAPPY. With that said, please don’t leave your trash on the beach; it’ll always end up in the water hurting the animals in the ocean. Also, if you visit a beach with coral, please DO NOT step on it. Coral is a living animal. When you step on it, you are hurting marine life.

Anywho, by commenting to this post by May 3rd, 11:59 pm, you are eligible to win this cute little mini journal created by yours truly:

It has blank inner pages for you to write and doodle whatever your heart desires. …and just for playing along, I’ll throw in some extra scrapbook goodies.

Kiki Art is a multicultural company, so I have listed the English, French, and Spanish DT members. Feel free to hop here, there, and everywhere.

Now get inspired, and hop away.


Fleur Smith โ€“ BC, CANADA
Jillian Anger โ€“ ON, CANADA
Linda Shewchuk โ€“ SK, CANADA
Stephanie Hart โ€“ NS, CANADA
Tammy Lever โ€“ AB, CANADA
Virginia Wong โ€“ AB, CANADA
Ann-Katrin โ€“ NORWAY
Annika Bergquist โ€“ SWEDEN
Carole Stirrat โ€“ WA, USA
Einat โ€“ ISRAEL
Ellen Sosnoski โ€“ PA, USA
Katrina Hunt โ€“ MO, USA
Keely Yowler โ€“ KY, USA
Lynda Lindley โ€“ WA, USA
Meghan Epperly โ€“ FL, USA
Nicole Rixon โ€“ CA, USA
Ria Mojica โ€“ PHILIPPINES
Sarah de Guzman โ€“ CA, USA ***YOU ARE HERE***
Sophia Allison โ€“ SOUTH AFRICA
Vivi Rahman โ€“ BRUNEI


Carolyn โ€“ USA & Panamรก
Christine โ€“ USA
Dessy โ€“ MEXICO
Kiki โ€“ CANADA & Argentina
Lida โ€“ MEXICO
Nana โ€“ USA & Puerto Rico
Olgacle โ€“ COLOMBIA
Patty โ€“ MEXICO
Rebeca โ€“ ESPAร‘A
Rosa โ€“ ESPAร‘A
Tere โ€“ USA & Mexico


Annie โ€“ Quebec, CANADA
Kimmiprout โ€“ Quebec, CANADA
Ladybird โ€“ Quebec, CANADA
Loustic โ€“ Quebec, CANADA
Zamaline โ€“ Quรฉbec, Canada
Marie France – Quรฉbec, Canada
Karine – Quรฉbec, Canada –

…and of course, make sure to hit up Kiki’s personal blog too!


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wednesday shmensday.

It’s been a good week thus far, minus the Oakland Athletics’ loss last night, hehe. I have…

  1. tried a new recipe.
  2. finished most of my design projects.
  3. scheduled a trip for the weekend.
  4. spent way too much time in Target.
  5. worked on my brother’s graduation invites.
  6. took a jog with the dogs.
  7. signed up to volunteer at AIDS Walk San Francisco. ((Please make a donation!))
  8. cleaned the house. ((My mother wouldn’t have approved of its previous state.))
  9. doodled some new ideas.
  10. went (and need to go back) to my LSS to pick up design samples.

I’m excited for later today because I’m heading up to Scrapbook Depot to scrap with some friends. Hopefully, I’ll get some design work done. Let’s just hope that I design instead of socialize, haha!

Now, on to the scrappity happity…

I finished a layout using American Crafts paper that I hoarded from last year, haha! Every time I look at the pictures of the dogs dressed up as sharks, I can’t help but smile. They definitely made a CUTE attack at the parade last Halloween, hehe. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I got messy on this one, and I love it!

My next layout was inspired by a bunch of randomness that was on the table. …and I finally got around to using some of those Sweet Cheri Imaginisce rub-ons!

What do you think of this scattered-look layout? I kind of just threw stuff down onto a page, and I came up with this one. It’s definitely not one of my favorites, but it might be because it’s different from my usual designs.

Lastly, this is a reminder that the Kiki Art blog hop(scotch) starts tomorrow! I want to see all of you play along, so remember to check back. You are not going to want to miss all of the inspiration from designers all around the world!

Happy Wednesday!

PS: Jennie, don’t even think about it. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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IFS blog hop and weekend recap

It’s time for another blog hop, but this one is being hosted by the gals over at Ideas for Scrapbookers. Each contributing artist was asked to share information about autism on their blog.

  • If you have been hopping along from blog to blog, then you probably just visited Dolores’ blog where she shared information about how autism is diagnosed.
  • If you have just joined the hop, you can get a list of all the participating artists here.

I’m going to be sharing information about medical issues that relate to autism.

Often times an Autism Spectrum Disorder is not the only diagnosis for children and adults on the spectrum.ย  There are often other psychological, physical, and medical diagnoses that accompany it.ย  Here’s some of the more common physical and medical issues that a person with autism may experience:

Seizure Disorder
Seizure Disorder, also called Epilepsy, occurs in as many as 39% of people with autism. It is more common in children who also have cognitive deficits than those without.

Genetic Disorders
A small number of children with autism may also have an identifiable neurogenetic condition such as Fragile X Syndrome, Angelman’s Syndrome, a neurocutaneous disorder called Tuberous Sclerosis, Chromosome 15 Duplication Syndrome or another chromosomal abnormality.

Gastrointestinal Disorders
Many parents report gastrointestinal (GI) problems in their children with autism. The exact number of children with both gastrointestinal issues such as gastritis, chronic constipation, colitis, celiac disease and esophagitis and autism is unknown. Surveys have suggested that between 46 and 85% of children with autism have problems such as chronic constipation or diarrhea.

Sleep Dysfunction
Sleep problems are common in children and adolescents with autism. Having a child with sleep problems can affect the whole family. It can also have an impact on the ability of a child to learn and benefit from therapy. Sometimes sleep issues may be caused by medical issues such as obstructive sleep apnea or gastroesophageal reflux and addressing the medical issues may solve the problem. In other cases, when there is no medical cause, sleep issues may be managed with behavioral interventions including โ€œsleep-hygieneโ€ measures such as limiting the amount of sleep during the day, and establishing regular bedtime routines.

Sensory Integration Dysfunction
This is very common. Many children and adults with autism experience unusual responses to sensory stimuli, or input. These responses are due to difficulty in processing and integrating sensory information. Vision, hearing, touch, smell, taste, the sense of movement (vestibular system), and the sense of position can all be affected. This means that while information is sensed normally, it may be perceived much differently. Sometimes stimuli that seem โ€œnormalโ€ to others can be experienced as painful, unpleasant or confusing by the child with Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID), the clinical term for this characteristic. This can involve hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity. An example of hypersensitivity would be the inability to tolerate wearing clothing, being touched, or being in a room with normal lighting. Hyposensitivity might be apparent in a child’s increased tolerance of pain or a constant need for sensory stimulation, like a child that wants to be on the swings for hours. Treatment for Sensory Integration Dysfunction is usually addressed with occupational therapy and/or sensory integration therapy.

Pica is an eating disorder involving eating things that are not food. Children between 18 and 24 months old often eat non food items, but this is typically a normal part of development. Some children with autism and other developmental disabilities persist beyond the developmentally typical time frame and continue to eat items such as dirt, clay, chalk or paint chips. Children showing signs of persistent mouthing of fingers or objects, including toys, should be tested for elevated blood levels of lead, especially if there is a known potential for environmental exposure to lead.

To learn more, please visit Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation.

Next stop on the blog hop is Susan who will be sharing information about the treatment of autism.

….but before you head to the next blog, leave a comment to this post for a chance to win a RAK from yours truly. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You have until Tuesday, April 27th by 11:59 pm.

Aside from the blog hop, I wanted to recap my wonderful weekend. It was definitely one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time. The weather was warm, and it was so laid back.

Maui and Hilo surely enjoyed the warm weather because they spent the weekend out and about. We took them to Ed Levin County Dog Park, and they LOVED it. To make it even better, the park was filled with other Miniature Schnauzers!

"Hurry please! Buckle me in because I want to go to the dog park!"

"I WOOOOOF this park, Mommy!"

This is Maui and Hilo's sweet new friend, Tess!

This weekend, we also went on a picnic. Instead of trying to fight for a parking space at the park, we decided to have our own little private picnic in the backyard! It sure beat having to look for a picnic space on a crowded lawn. Besides, it was easy to pack up the picnic blanket, food, and water, hehe. ๐Ÿ™‚

"Now this is what I call a picnic!"

I love how Hilo is trying to wiggle out of a photo-op, haha!

Hilo was watching Maui meander when we took this one.

Laying the blanket out on the lawn and enjoying the warm weather and fresh air was definitely a great idea! Besides, it was free. You can’t beat that, right?! Staring up into the sky to look at clouds, doing cartwheels in the grass, and trying to catch ladybugs reminded me of my childhood.ย  Stuff like that always makes me smile. …and because the weather was warm, we brought out the dog pool!

"This is the best way to beat the heat!"

"I'm a little water shy. I'm working on it though."

Weekends like this remind me of how awesome life really is. Instead of going out to shop, watching TV, or spending time on the computer, spend a little quality time doing something as simple as taking a blanket out to your backyard. I promise that you will feel better after doing it; I know that I did. ๐Ÿ™‚


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me?! on a saturday?!

If you are here for The Sampler blog hop, please click here!

I normally don’t post on Saturdays, but today is special! Okay, well… not really, but I just felt like writing and sharing some of my recent work. I have been keeping up with a handful of deadlines, so I keep cranking out layout after layout.

These first two layouts were created using the fabulous April kit from The Sampler.

I have to reiterate how much I love the colors to the April kit. It’s so perfect for spring and summer photos. If you are interested in subscribing to this awesome kit, click here.

I have also been finishing up layouts for Memories Live On, one of mylocal scrapbook stores. They wanted me to create a non-4th of July layout using the latest We R Memory Keepers’ 4th of July themed paper…? Yeah… my thought exactly, hehe. No worries though! I managed to create a layout using the latest sketch from Sketchy Thursdays.

I turned it into a love/wedding themed layout, haha!

…so what do you think?! Did I pull it off? I think I’m going to give myself credit for taking 4th of July paper and creating a layout about a wedding, haha! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Last but not least, I wanted to pass on some FUN and EXCITING news about Kiki Art.

Yup, you read that right! There’s a blog hop(scotch) going on next week starting April 29th. You are all gonna LOVE it. I’ll fill everyone in on all the details once I hear more from Kiki.

Until then, happy weekend.


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