Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Tuesday Night's Bookmarks

So my regular tuesday night's scrapbooking turned into bookmark making yesterday. I had fun making them.

Mike challenged me to making a "manly" bookmark for me. This was what I came up with. He seem to really like it... but i think it's cos i added the football stickers on there. haha

I liked the quote for this bookmark. It's a good reminder for me to pray more often.

I wasn't sure how much I'd like this bookmark... but the more i look at it... the more i appreciate it. I'm really big on discovering life and cherishing moments.

This was the first one I made last night... there's something about these 3 words that strikes something deep inside of me.

My inspiration comes from journaling, reading, sitting in my 'space ship' (see entry below), scrapbooking, drawing, doodling, traveling.... where does your inspiration come from?

Monday, April 24, 2006

Writer's Block

I have a sociology paper due on sat and I wanted to finish it tonight so that I can play the rest of the week... but it's not exactly going as planned. I'm having writers block. I dunno how to begin my paper. In college, I was able to write papers easily... it was almost natural for me. I've always prefered writing essays than taking tests. Although my spelling sucks and i have poor grammer... i've always been able to express my thoughts on paper. (it's the journaling thats trained me to do so) So instead of writing a paper, i'm blogging.

Work has been so stressful lately. Boss is putting a lot of pressure on me to get our numbers up and pouring a lot more work load for me to take on. It's no fun. We're in the process of hiring another person, but it'll still be a while before the newbie gets the hang of things and i can safely hand over accounts to her. So i guess for now, i'll have to tough it out... at least till June and we'll go from there.

There's a challenge on 2Peas (my favorite site) on how different I am now, compared to 10 years ago... let's see... 10 years ago, i was 13... ahhaha I was in 8th grade... the weird thing is... I don't remember a lot of my jr high and high school... but i remember CLEAR details of college and up. Maybe I just have bad memory, or maybe those were just years that weren't so enjoyable and I choose to forget about it. But most definately, I am EXTREMELY different now than I was 10 years ago. Oh... one thing that's very different is that 10 years ago, my grandfather was still around... He passed away when I was 14 (wow, it's been 9 years....) He was more of a father to me than my own dad... He picked me up from school, taught me to ride a bike, taught me how to swim, made me laugh, brought me down for ice-cream when the ice-cream truck came... he was a fireman and I remember one time my toy fell over the window and he climbed over to pick it up (we lived on the 3rd floor) and man.... at that time, I thought he was superman. He was the best grandfather a girl could EVER have... i miss him.

So yeah... 10 years ago, I didn't fear the lost of a loved one... cos I thought it would never happen to me. 10 years later, after experiencing it... it's taught me to show and tell the people I love how much they mean to me. That life really is too short to hold grudges, and love like you've never loved before... cos it's better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Fun Facts Friday

- Last night, my DH and I talked about making a scrapbook room for me! you have NO idea how excited I am. I get to dream up what my scrapbook room will look like. I'm currently scrapping on my dining table and made that into my work space... so being the DH that he is... he wants me to have my own space to work in. Any tips for creating a scrap room?

- I got into scrapbooking last July... so it's almost been a year... and I can't imagine my life without SBing. I have truly fallen in love with this hobby and see myself doing it till i can't cut and paste anymore

- I'm currently working in the marketing industry, but am in the process of a career change to become an Occupational Therapist. I love to work with kids and want to make a difference in people's lives. Because I graduated with a Business degree, I'm having to take all my pre reqs now at a local community college and applying for the master's program at UCS in Feb. The program starts June 2007.... hopefully I get in

- I'm always looking for ways to be inspried and motivated. I love to be creative and wish that creative juice would flow out of me ALL THE TIME. haha

- One of my many dreams is to be pubulished and to be on a DT. Adrienne just agreed to mentor me =) yay!! i have a scrapbook mentor! =)

- I love being organized and clean.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

My Perfect Day... My Space Ship

So today's blog challenge on 2peas is what my perfect day would be like...

I'd have to say.. it would be one where I would have no responsibilities. No work, a clean house, good food, LOTS of time to create, scrap, journal, and scrap some more. I'm a big fan of massages and spa, so I'd probably take a trip to burke williams to enjoy myself. And there will be lots of good food inbetween it all.

Must it be just ONE perfect day? What about a perfect week? haha I love to dream about things like this...

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of my time in a cardboard box. The box was my spaceship. I put blankets, pillows & crayons in there. I drew buttons on the side of the box and I was in a safe place. I placed the box right in front of the TV and would stay in my box all day. My grandma who took care of me as a child would bring my meals to me because i refused to come out of my space ship. There was so much comfort in my space ship.

Today, since I can't fit into a cardboard box anymore, my spaceship is the space I created in my dining table (that we don't usually use unless we have guest over). Behind me is my scrap corner where all my scrapbook supplies are. Just being around my supplies allows me to feel free to create. It's a simple space in my house... just like how my cardboard box was really simple... It brings me to a place where I feel free to be me... free to journal, scrap, create, draw... be creative... i love it

My perfect day would involve lots of time in my space ship =) Sometimes I like to pretend that my DH is in his own spaceship upstairs in his room and we'll use iSight to communicate. It allows us to have our own time but be connected and somewhat in the same room together.

Imagination is powerful... i hope i never lose it.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Creative Flow...

So i've been more and more addicted to 2peas. The community really is so welcoming. There are so many talented people there to learn from and to be encouraged by... it's awesome. It's crazy cos I feel like I finally found a support group on 2peas that I've been looking for since we got married last June (wow, it's going to be a year soon...) I'm the first of my friends to get married and being married relately young (at 22), my friends are still either single and lovin it or dating and not planning on getting married soon. It's hard to share with them the joys and hardships of marriage.

Last night, Jeymi and I started scrapping an hour early. We usually have dinner and start at 8 or 8:30 and go till about 10, but last night we skipped working out and started at about 7 and got so much done!!

I got 2 layouts and an exercise done! (yay!!)

I did this layout first. I wanted to doodle some more and so I drew out the border and it turned out pretty cool.

This one is for a Scripture Challenge on 2peas. The verse I picked was a verse read at our wedding (1 cor. 13:4-8) I thought it fit the picture well. The Lil Davis chipboard letters helped the "love" stand out just the right way =)

Here's the excerise that Kelly posted on her site. Week #2: Our Weaknesses are Our Strengths

I'm not sure if this is how it's suppose to turn out... and once again, my fears are YELLING out at me telling me that it's not good enough and it looks ugly.... but oh well. I had so much fun doing it! haha it was almost a release of freedom that rushed through me as i followed the steps of this exercise. The more awesome thing is that while I was doing the exercise, i had so many new ideas of how to make layouts different or just to simply have fun with art.

All in all, my wednesday so far has been ok. I've been on this creative flow the last 2 days that I've neglected my studies. I need to catch up on some reading tonight and we'll see if i can squeeze in a layout in there... If not, at least some journaling time.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Scrapbook Tuesdays

I love Tuesdays. My college roommate (whom I got into scrapbooking), Jeymi, comes over every Tuesday to scrap. I don't have a scrap room (yet) so we scrap on my dining table. We're still pretty new to it compared to a lot of people on 2peas so it takes us about 1-2 hours per page. I think if I had a scrap room with good organizers for all our stuff, we could create more than 1 page every week. We'll get there... we always talk about opening a scrapbook store when we retire and scrap all day... that would be a dream come true.

Here are 2 that I did the last 2 weeks. I've been on this thing about wanting to add more personal touches to my layouts.

Sorry for the bad scan...

I'm wanting to start drawing again and to not be afraid to be artistic. It's been hard for me because growing up, i LOVED to draw and was decently good at it. But somewhere in the 'growing up', I stopped drawing and stopped being creative and felt like i lost it all. I began to be afraid of how ugly it would turn out. How "un-creative" it is to others. I was afraid that it would just be junk. My drawings then became never good enough and I was ashame of it. Now, i'm starting to overcome the fears of it all again... slowly but surly, I'm not letting fear get the best of me. And as scary as it is to pick up that pencil to doodle, it's all so exciting at the same time.

kreativekell has such an awesome theme going on about facing our fears. It really speaks volumes to me. She just posted week 2's exercise, and i think i'll work on it tonight along with doing a layout with Jeymi. If you're reading this Kelly, Thank You.

I'm grateful for a very supportive husband who encourages me to think outside the box and pushes me to do what I love... that really is priceless

Monday, April 17, 2006

A Mid Month Photo Update

So since I started this new blog... I've been wondering what I should post on here. I thought I'd just update my last 2 weekends with pictures.

2 Saturdays ago, it was Len's birthday... They had a hot dog party at Jenny & JT's place. Yummy food and fun people! We got to play with Nathan! Isn't he such a cutie?? He's so much fun. Mike and him had fun playing trains.

This past weekend, we went to disneyland. For some reason, we never went into innovention. We checked it out this weekend, and it was so much fun!! there's games and activities to do on the second floor.

My husband loooooooves football almost as much as I looooooooooooooooooooooooove scrapbooking... Madden being his favorite game, he found ESPN at innovention.

Another thing we love to do at Disneyland/DCA is to watch Aladdin.

The genie is so funny! His jokes are always new and up-to-date. Cracks us up!!

Then on Sunday....

We went here:

Mike's parent had a gift card to Gladstone's and treated us to a WONDERFUL dinner there. My first time there. Food was really good. I had the crab stuff salmon... yummmy! If you're there to celebrate your birthday, they give you a HUGE cotton candy in a big bowl. real fun restaurant. RIGHT by the beach. We went to the one in Long Beach.

With leftovers, they wrap it in foil and made it into different sea animals. We got a duck =)


Afterwards, we walked along the pier and took pictures.

I got really excited because I figured out how to capture the light in the background without it being blury.

And that is my mid month photo update so far.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Disneyland... God Provides

We're going to disneyland all day today! I've been a disney fan all my life. Almost 3 years ago, my "friend" who turned into my boyfriend a short while after, who is now my husband bought me an annual pass. We haven't been able to let go of it. Our pass is expiring next month (2nd year) and we weren't sure if we were going to renew it this year since the prices are so damn expensive. So we've been praying for God to provide us the funds to renew for another year. Yesterday, I got a quarter bonus from my boss which put us at ease with renewing for another year!!

God really provides... He's never failed to. Yet I still worry when things are starting to look shaky from my perspective.

Thanks, God.... You've proven once again that You don't fail to provide. Help me to have more faith.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Today is the day...

  • that i start this new blog
  • I stop being afraid of being creative
  • start pursuing my passions
  • let myself be called an artist
  • start doing instead of just dreaming

Today is the day... of new beginnings.