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mermaids should be real.

The past weekend was exceptionally fun. We took a trip out to San Francisco to hit up the California Academy of Sciences. My older brother had never been, so we thought it would be fun to check it out on his birthday weekend. It has been a while since the last time we went, so I was pretty stoked to go.


My favorite part of this place was definitely the aquatic exhibits. Sea life has always been so intriguing to me. Perhaps it’s because I looked up to Ariel (the Disney mermaid) as a little kid, haha! Now, if mermaids were only real… 😉 I suppose sea dragons and seahorses of the deep blue will suffice.

On another note, not much has changed in the California Academy of Science’s exhibits, but I still managed to learn something new.

If you are ever in the area, you should check this place out. It’s definitely worth the visit.

That’s it for today.

PS: Happy early birthday, brother!



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FOTL and adventures with k.

((Beware! This one is loaded with photos!))

The past week has been very hectic, a good hectic though. We held our annual FOTL event. We barbecued tons of delicious food, and as the sky darkened, we prepped the fireworks. …and even though the weather was super hot where my parents live, we still managed to enjoy the time spent with our family.

The kids decked out in their 4th of July colors.

She loves being a big sister!

Maui hung out out in the living room with Natalie. 😉

Kian kept observing the camera!

The kids made me play "Headbandz" with them, lol.

The kids started writing out their names with the sparklers.

"I need someone to light this."

The day after our FOTL event, we took my little cousin back to the Bay Area with us. She had been dying to hang out with us for at least a week this summer, so we decided now would be a good time. Thus far, she’s been getting her craft on over at Our Paper Place, explored the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

She has been getting crafty at the store.

Enjoying pizza over at CPK; she likes their cheese pizza!

Cousins hanging out in Monterey!

We love visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

The SUNFISH is humongous!

They decided to see if they could spot some otters or seals in the water.

They spotted a couple of seals, some starfish, sea cucumbers, and lots of birds.

We explored all of the seahorse exhibit. This one is my favorite!

Isn't this such a cool picture?!

Helping her with the crafts at the aquarium. Go figure, right?! Me...? Crafts...? No... 😉

We loved looking at (and touching) all of the creatures.

It's her new penguin friend, haha!

Running up and down the steps!

The two of us decided to hang out after lunchtime.

Here we are... hanging out with Stella, the pink seal.

After Monterey, we drove up to Santa Cruz to play at the beach.

We made a super sandcastle with a pool! 🙂

It’s only Thursday, and we’ve already done so many fun things. We still have other fun stuff planned for the next couple of days. In the meantime, we’ve been working on making layouts and samples for the store. Here’s what I’ve made using pretty paper from American Crafts:

Now, it’s time for me to clean up my big mess of supplies because we’re having a huge garage sale at the store on Sunday. Yes, we’re open this Sunday. It’s gonna be loaded with awesome deals. Make sure to come check it out!


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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!


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[warning: long post with lots of pictures and new layouts]

Since I started blogging, I have received many motivating emails. Some of them asking me questions, and others complimenting me on my work. Last week, however, I received an email that took me by surprise. As a matter of fact, I believe it was uncalled for.

I was told by a reader (obviously left me with no name) that my work was “unoriginal and completely scraplifted“. On top of that, I’m apparently “unattractive“. I was also informed that “no one wants to read about my life and see pictures of Gloria and my not so cute dog” and that to stop writing about my life would be a great idea. There was more to that email that I don’t even care to write out because it would be a waste of my time. Anyway, I was contemplating whether or not to continue writing posts for Red Oak Lines. Well, after much thought and advice from friends, I’ve decided to continue writing.

…and to that ONE anonymous reader, I never meant to offend you or any of my readers for that matter. All I can say to you is that if you don’t like what you see or read, if you don’t like who I am, or what I do, then don’t look at it. It’s as simple as that. This blog was not meant for you or for anyone else. It was intended for myself, my loved ones, and my friends. Quite honestly, you have given me the motivation to keep blogging about my life, who I am, and what I create. You can disagree with me all you want, but that is not going to stop me from anything that I want to do, how I want to live, or what I believe… but thanks for the concern anyways.

Thank you to everyone else for your kind words and encouragment. I thorougly love reading comments from everyone, and it really does make my day!


My trip to Georgia was exhausting, but tons of fun! We went to the High Museum of Art, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the Georgia Aquarium, and visited various areas of Atlanta. …and yes, I visited the local scrap stores and picked up TONS of new things to play with. Okay enough writing! On to some pictures from the trip (bare with me; there are lots to share):

Cheesecake Factory - one of our favorite restaurants!

Cheesecake Factory - a favorite!

My favorite appetizer - avocado rolls!

My favorite appetizer - avocado rolls!

Another great place - Maggianos!

Another great place - Maggiano's!

Their bread is amazing!

Their bread is amazing!

Okay, now it just looks like Im a food addict! haha!

Okay, now it just looks like I'm a food addict! haha!

This bush is just too cute! T-Rex style!

This bush is just too fun! T-Rex style!

I was thrilled that the special exhibit was dinosaurs.

I was thrilled that the special exhibit was dinosaurs.

This made me feel so tiny.

This made me feel so tiny.

My favorite dinosaur - TriSarahtops

My favorite dinosaur - a Tri"Sarah"top!

This particular model was not a real Stegosarus skeleton

This particular model was not a real Stegosarus skeleton. Boo!

Eye illusions, which I seriously didnt get, but Gloria did. haha.

Eye illusions, which I seriously didn't get, but Gloria did. haha.

See! I didnt see it (No pun intended, hehe).

See! I didn't see it (No pun intended, hehe).

Who wouldnt want to play with a big bubble wand?!

Who wouldn't want to play with a big bubble wand?!

I touched a manta ray and a HAMMERHEAD SHARK!!!

I touched a ray and a HAMMERHEAD SHARK!!!

Almost as cool as the tidepools in the ocean.

Almost as cool as the tidepools in the ocean.

Ive never seen this color sea anenome before. So pretty!

I've never seen this color sea anenome before. So pretty!

In the deep blue ...sorta, hehe.

In the "deep blue" ...sorta, hehe.

Gloria was amazed by the size of the whale shark.

Gloria was amazed by the size of the whale shark.

Weeeee!!! Baby beluga in the deep blue sea...

Weeeee!!! Baby beluga in the deep blue sea...

Im such a kid at heart. I really could not resist.

I'm such a kid at heart. I could not resist.

Oh, how cute are these seahorses?!

Oh, how cute are these seahorses?!

The Louvre was in town.

The Louvre was in town.

The terracotta warriors of China were on display inside the museu,, but photography was not allowed.

The terracotta warriors were on display inside the museum, but photography was not allowed.

Isnt the architectural design neat?!

Isn't the architectural design neat?!

As for the latest scrapping loot, here’s some of what I got on my trip:

The goodies from Georgia.

Some of the goodies from Georgia. I've already started to use some of it!

We got home late on Saturday night because of all of the delays. Since then, I have been trying to catch up with everything — spending time with Maui, scrapping, and catching up with everyone’s emails and blog posts, of course!

Now, for the GOOD stuff. Let’s talk about the creative stuff!

Pink Sketches released another new sketch for this week! It’s a multi-photo sketch, which is a pretty simple and straight-forward. Use it, and share it with us, so we can add it to the Pink Gallery. The DT’s layouts are fantastic, so make sure to head on over! This is what I came up with:

The Pretty Committee is currently hosting a challenge about being “lucky”. The twist to this challenge is to keep it monochromatic with the color green. I thought it was a fun and creative challenge. Here’s my take on it:

Please head on over to Scrap Outside the Box! It’s the first reveal of the DT’s fabulous layouts. Challenge #3 is all about using rubberband(s) in your layouts. Word is that there are prizes for this challenge, so make sure to give it a try. We’d love to see what you come up with. My rubberband layout:

Also, I was featured over at Sketches! {by tamara} again! Wahoo! The creativity inspired from these girls always seem to give me that extra creative spark to start scrapping. I used Recipe Challenge #39 to create a layout: 1) button trio 2) the color black 3) a punched border!

…and since most people have stated that they enjoy the Maui pictures, here are some new ones to share of her playing in the backyard and at the local dog park.

This is a recent love - tennis balls.

This is a recent love - tennis balls.

Another recent love - the frisbee!

Another recent love - the frisbee!

Asleep on Grandpa - ZZzzzZZzzzZZzzZzZzz

Asleep on Grandpa - "ZZzzzZZzzzZZzzZzZzz"

I found a new chew toy!

"I found a new chew toy!"

As for the random question of the post: Hi Sarah! Interesting post! I would love to know what you find to be the most challenging topic to scrap about!

Hmmm… I’d have to say scrapping about myself or my personal life. But then again, who finds talking about themselves on a deeper level easy? I’ve been trying to do a better job of scrapping about myself this year by documenting my adventures, my every day activities, my ups and downs, etc. It’s definitely something I am working on; as a matter of fact, journaling has become one of my favorite parts to scrapping!

Thanks so much for reading and for giving me hope.



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