Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leaping for Joy

Today is Leap Day! Every four years we have a Leap Day. Let's see what else happens every 4 years: World Cup, Olympics, Total solar Eclipes and probably a ton of other things.

But today, I awaited anxiously because my Project Life sleeves were suppose to arrive yesterday. Whenever I hear a large vehicle humming, I would hope it is the mailman. And at 12:30ish, he arrived with my package! This was ordered before Lent started so it does not count against me. About two weeks ago, I committed to buying Project Life sleeves. Along with the big variety pack, I also purchased Design G. I love making full 12x12 pages, but there are so many little things I still want to document about life. This would make it a lot easier to if I made smaller snippets of pages with the pockets. Hopefully, I can keep up with everything. I really look forward to try this new system out.

Edit at 3:25pm: I am fairly disappointed now because I opened my variety pack and there were only 50 pages when there was suppose to be 60. Of course, Amazon won't do exchanges because the order is only fulfilled by them. Now I just have to wait for Becky Higgins Customer Service to get back to me about what I should do.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What are cute-cuts?

I was silly enough to try to google what "cute cuts" were. I am still not sure what they are. From what I have gathered to understand they are the cute little drawings strictly from Bella Blvd's collections. They are adorable, unfortunately I do not have any. Last Monday's Challenge: Use Cute Cuts on Your Layout. So here is what I have come up with. Hopefully it is still acceptable, I am just using my creative licence life has given me.

I mashed this together from some photos I have been meaning to scrap. These photos were from an earlier entry of a small group of  my friends and I going to Rockefeller Center for an ice skating event. I really hope we can continue this trend. The last time we tried to do ice skating trips only lasted for 2 years. This shows that traditions are difficult to keep. Ice skating is a personal "Winter Love" for me. I am not that great at it, but I really love doing it. Someday, I think I will try to restart my skating lessons. It would be super fun to do a twirl or a jump without landing on my butt of course.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Mix and Match Different Collections

Continuing with my streak with the Challenges for Bella Blvd  Day 2: Use patterned papers from 4 or more collections on your project. We had to use various pattern papers from different collections. I do not think I have any multiple collections of paper from the same company. I mixed and matched colorful pattern paper from all sorts of collections to create this layout. It is like a quilt effect in the background. The 16 squares are 2.5in x 2.5in in size. This page is called " i am safe in their arms", which is probably extremely true for this little boy.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pattern Paper as Embellishments

I am pretty much doing this Bella Blvd Challange backwards.  For Day 3 Challenge: Use Pattern Paper as an Embellishment, I had cut out a bunch of little hearts and did a layering effect. The bottom layer is of larger hearts; then I added the mini pink hearts and lastly the white punched out hearts. It is like confetti! I love confetti; don't you?

"His favorite activity: Sleeping" is the titling I chose for this layout. The pictures of him sleeping were too adorable to not scrap. I had to capture his cute little face sleeping peacefully. I love the pursed lip thing he has going on the bottom left-hand photo.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Strip Papers

Last Thursday's Challenge at Bella Blvd was Day 4: Use Border Strip Papers. It took me a while to get going on this because I wasn't sure about the color combination I wanted to use. I have no idea why one side of the scan is brighter than the other side. I will just say it was intentional. (Insert Big Cheesy Grin Here)

In case you didn't know, Gung Gung and Paw Paw is the phonic spelling of maternal grandfather and maternal grandmother respectively. I do not know if there is a proper way to spell it, that is how my cousin wanted it. I think this was the first day or so after he was born. His grandparents were visiting at the hospital.  I even see a little red envelope given to him by his grandma. He is one lucky Baby.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Gloomy Weather

It is so unfortunate that so many factors attribute to our emotions: hormones, diet, people, ... WEATHER. Today looks so gloomy and creates a sluggish feeling for me, how about you? Still, I am going to go about my day with my to do list. First one on my list is to participate in the Challenge Week With Guest Designer Shannon Tidwell. I do not have many Bella Blvd materials so I am going to be using a lot of my other products. It wasn't a rule to specifically use its products, so I apologize in advance for not doing so because I have a feeling we are suppose to.

Bella Blvd is running a week long challenge and today post was the finally challenge. For some reason,  Saturday's Challenge looks a lot easier than the other 4 so I did this challenge first. Day 5 Challenge: Use Punched Circles:

I made this for my Cousin Carmen baby boy, Jake. She hasn't even seen this layout yet. I made the punch circles from various black and white pattern paper. I like my color scheme of black, white and purple, so I stuck to it as much as possible. I did use a bit of beige on the picture corners and on the twine I used to border the page. The punched circles helped me make the background more lively. The letter stickers bordering the photo for Jake and his grandpa was entirely luck. You know when you have left over alphas and you cannot spell anything else with them? That was my case here. I thought I would use them for the border around the photo. However, I did not count them before I started the process so I was not sure if I had enough until the very end. Clearly, I did not plan ahead enough for that, but it worked out perfectly.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Tool: Clip It Up Base Unit

On Tuesday, a package arrived for me. I have been blessed to have such awesome people in my life. The last few weeks I have been receiving lots of mail and I love it. I think there is correlation between a person's happiness and receiving mail/packages. All my packages have been keeping me happy until I find my life's calling.

My awesome boyfriend ordered me a Clip It Up Base Unit by Simply Renee for Simple Solutions. I have been dying to own one because it I think it is a practical way of displaying the materials and products I have. I already have two cork boards full of stickers and embellishments hanging off of pins. There are also loose stickers and embellishment that I cannot hang; that is what the rack is perfect for.  It is definitely going to allow me to see more of the materials I have so I can use them. 

Clip It Up Product Review:
The rack is fairly large in diameter and takes up a lot of space. If you have a small desk it will be as large as your carousel holder. If you put too many clips in a section, they start overlapping. There is a limit to the number hanger clips that will fit comfortably. Personally, I do not like the clip hangers being stuck behind one another. So ordering more clips does not really mean you can cram more than the amount that comes with the rack. This is perfect for the items that do not have a hanger hole because the clip on the hooks latches onto plastic and paper. You also need to distribute the weight evenly to prevent the rack from tipping. The rack can become extremely heavy with the more stuff you hang; this causes the rotating rack to not spin as well. Those are just my basic observations. 

Regardless of these issues, I love it! It is allowing me to use more of the older items that I have tucked away in a box. One of my goals was to reduce the amount of scrapbooking supplies I have. Hopefully, this will help me clear out old clutter to bring in new clutter after Lent is over.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Participating in Lent

I am not religious; but when Ash Wednesday arrives, I like to take part in Lent. There is a more specific purpose to Lent within the Christian practices, but to keep things simple, I interpret it as such: to give up a pleasure for 40 days.

Last year, I chose to not spend any money on clothes. I think I didn’t make it because I spent like 8 cents or something like that. This year, I will commit to not spending money on clothes and scrapbooking materials. However, I have a feeling I may not be able to stick to it because I still have not used my birthday coupon from Anthropologie. Who knows what I will find.

I feel like this should not be too hard because I do not have any money left to spend anyway. Also, I have received multiple presents this month. They will hold me over until April 5th. I cannot compete with these scrappers that have a small budget to spend on brand new items. I do not think I ever scrapped with the intent to have the newest stuff. My materials come from the discounted stores like Amazing Savings and clearance sections of A.C.Moore and Michaels. Never had I felt the push or the need to buy the full price items, until now. Unfortunately, I do not have the small fortune to go buy the new items every season. I could purchase a few things, but there are so many different brands that it is slightly overwhelming to choose one. Until I can find a job to fund my hobby, I do not think I can attempt anymore challenges. Looking back, it may have already affected my buying habits. This peer pressure is one I will not continue to cave on. Getting publish may have to take a back seat for a bit. I do not want to take the fun away from this hobby of mine. I am proud of the work I do and enjoy every minute of it. This makes me reassess the goals I have set for myself the next year.

I may have disappeared for a while, but I have been hard at work. For the next bunch of posts, I have a bunch of new tool reviews and a bunch of new layouts to share. I will conclude this entry with a picture I intend to scrap. I just have not gotten around to it.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Meeting Up with Roxi

This past Saturday was an extremely relaxing day. I spent the afternoon with my Godsister, Sharon, and then I had dinner with my former undergraduate roommate, Roxi. We meet up every half or year or so after I finished undergrad. It is nice to catch up. Roxi is going to be graduating with her PharmD this May. This is something I know she deserves very much. I still remember her studying all the time; and when I say 'all the time', I really mean "all the time". 

I am trying to complete layouts and pages of my undergraduate years. There are lots of pictures that I have already printed. I found a sweet one of Roxi and me. It was her 22nd birthday and we celebrated at U-Yee. This layout was meant to be simple. It may be obvious, but I used an upside 6 and two periods to make the and sign. I also used the typewriter for the journaling in this layout. I had to do it a few times because I am still getting use to the kinks in the typewriter.

Paper - My Mind's Eye - Everyday Tango
Epoxy Stickers- Anna Griffin

Monday, February 13, 2012

Patience is a Virtue

Last week, I spent a good chunk of a day organizing my paper collection. Some might understand the crazy amounts of paper a scrapper can, how should I put it, hoard. I do not categorize myself as such a person because I just do not have that much paper. As I slowly sorted my stack, I realized that I have a ton of paper, almost literally. I had never needed to organize so much paper; I didn't even have enough dividers or folders to place them in. Now that they are organized, I think it is a sign to myself that I want to showcase my work more. A few of my 25 goals before 25 are related to having my work published. From what I have read from other scrappers, I am going to have to be patient.  This process sounds very similar to my job searching one. I just have to keep submitting layouts the same way I have to keep applying for jobs. It is rather interesting to be in the same stage in both parts of my life: professional and personal. 

Speaking of patience, I am a patient person. However, when two weeks go by and I still haven't received My Mind's Eye prize pack; I get antsy. Today, I had sent an email kindly asking if it had gotten lost. Lo and behold, the UPS guy drops off my package this evening five hours after I sent the email. I am like a child in a candy store when I purchase and receive scrapbooking materials. Miss Caroline Dolled Up collection looks fantastic, don't you think?  I am feeling like my Hawai'i photos will work extremely well with this collection.

Well now I am off this evening to go spend Valentine's Day with my favorite person. And I hope you and your loved one have a sweet day tomorrow as well. Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Going Backwards

By the time I figured out how to submit to a challenge, I realized I can submit to another Bo Bunny Card Challenge. I have fairly a limited supply of Bo Bunny products, so I do hope that randomly I can win a prize pack to continue participating in these challenges. This is for the Bo Bunny card challenge on January 31st. I tried super hard to keep it solely Bo Bunny products. However, I did have to use a little bit of DCWV. In my last post, I left out the sketch that we are suppose to draw inspiration from. This time I think it will be better to share that first. I changed some of the elements around. I swapped the circles for squares and I switched from squarish layers for circle layers.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Bo Bunny Card Challenge Feb. 7th

As a promise to myself, I am committing to participate in various challenges posted on company blogs. This is going to be my official first attempt at a Bo Bunny Card Challenge. This card challenge was posted this Tuesday. The sketch for my inspiration is on Bo Bunny's blog entry and my final submission is below. I made it for a friend's birthday. I hope Bo Bunny likes it; but more importantly, I hope my friend likes it.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

New Old Toy: Typewriter

I have been trying to find a method to make journaling easier. Companies tend to look for layouts with journaling. Some deem it to be an important part in a layout. It is probably crucial to have in order to be published. At times, I do agree. However, I dislike the amount of effort it takes to type something up on the computer and then have it printed properly on the journaling cards. It is more trouble than I think it is really worth. Plus, printing ink isn't cheap. I do not even have a job yet; I cannot start randomly spending my money now.

So I have found another solution. My Mom helped me dig out an old typewriter. It is heavy and huge; it also requires power. But it does the trick. This is going to let me do a lot more journaling on my layouts. The journaling on this page was done with the typewriter. It works!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Flashback of Graduation 2010

Recently, I found a layout I had completed a while back. It was from graduation two years ago. The Dean had requested a few of us to represent the School of Engineering at the huge graduation ceremony in New Brunswick for all of Rutgers University. This layout takes me down memory lane; when I dig up engineering school photos, it always reminds me of the fun memories. That day was enjoyable because immediately after our school was recognized, we sneaked out to the Starbucks to celebrate. We did not really want to sit through all the names being called. Ours were not going to be called because we are representing a larger group.

For some reason, I like to stick with the red and black theme. Subconsciously, it probably has something to do with them being the school colors. In a few short months, I will be going through graduation again. Oh boy...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Oops... No. 25

Making My Birthday Wish with 24 Candles!
So my goal list was short one goal. There should be 25 goals not 24 for my 25th year of life. Unfortunately, I did not realize this until after my goals were published. I guess I will amend it now. 

25. Set up my own website.

Coming up with a 25th goal was fairly difficult. Maybe I was not thinking outside the box enough. But I think setting up my own website will surely be a challenge. Computers aren't really my thing, but I have picked up many skills along the way as I have slowly gained interest in website developing. I have my own URL, but I am still trying to figure out all the settings.

Last week, I spent some time making books. Not writing books, making them. They are meant to be like a smash book. You can put your scraps and memorabilia in them. You can staple, tape or glue the items in. I made them with the abundant amount of pattern paper I had. The pattern papers are super colorful; that is what makes them awesome background sheets for a smash book. I decided to give them to a friend for her birthday. Hopefully, she will put them to good use.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Re-freshed Twenty-Four

I have decided I need more specific goals. The ones I listed last year were too general. Most of the goals I set were seriously unrealistic. So they will sound relatively the same, but this time I am having a number pinned to it and something achievable; but, it will still be a challenge.
  1. Submit 3 design challenges for Scrapbook Etc
  2. Submit 3 design challenges for Creating Keepsakes
  3. Get up to my 300th blog entry
  4. Find a full time J-O-B
  5. Repaint my room
  6. Go to another place I haven't been yet (Greece, Spain or Japan)
  7. Do 20 hours of volunteer service
  8. Try 3 new activities (skiing, something and something else)
  9. Finish current blue journal
  10. Create scrapbook pages for all printed pictures from undergrad (this is going to be a long project)
  11. Stop buying new scrap-booking materials....?
  12. Use up as much as scrap-booking materials as possible (reduce to three cubicles on book shelf) 
  13. Clean my room again (I think a yearly goal to cleanse my room is a fantastic idea)
  14. Test 2 new cupcake recipes
  15. Complete Rosetta Stone German Levels 1 & 2 
  16. Read 3 books
  17. Read the news once a week
  18. Save for 1 set Project Life sleeves
  19. Save for monthly subscription of Studio Calico
  20. Save for Clip-it-up rack with extended top tier
  21. Take a class in Photoshop
  22. Lose 10 pounds
  23. Watch a Broadway
  24. Apply for one design team
As you read this, you may think I under-reached. But truthfully, I really want some realistic goals that I would be really proud of myself for in a year. If I can cross all of them off my list, I would think it would be a fantastic accomplishment. Wish me luck on my 25th year of life! Oh yeah and...

Happy Birthday to Me!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Reflection of Twenty-Three

The last twelve months flew by. I do not know where the year went. Everything seems a bit blurry. This blog entry is about reviewing the list I created last year on things I wanted get done. A few months ago, I had went back to see my own progress. There were a few things that I had definitely completed, others were a work in progress and some haven't even been touched.
  1. Graduate Rutgers with an MBA with a marketing and supply chain management as concentrations
  2. Move out and learn to live on my own (can't do this yet, when I don't have a job)
  3. Find a paid marketing internship   
  4. Have a job in marketing (working on this)
  5. Go to a place I have not been yet ( Italy or Japan)  (Went to Italy and Hawai'i)
  6. Finish reading "Tipping Point"    ( I had also read Commitment, Blink, and Socialnomics)
  7. Fill two more journals.(currently on the one from Kate Paperie)  (completed the Kate Paperie Journal, onto my blue journal)
  8. Have published 300 blog entries (Close to 200 but not there yet, but I think I can official reach 300 next year)
  9. Gone Skiing (not become good at it but to physically "go")  ( yeah I am still working on this)
  10. Learned how to curl my hair ( I bought heated rollers)
  11. Clean/Empty my room at home
  12. Lose 15 pounds :) ( slowly happening)
  13. Learn another language (possibly...) (on Level 1 Unit 4 of the German Rosetta Stone)
  14. Own an Epson Picture and afford to pay for the operations and maintenance ( Not happening anytime soon)
  15. Enjoy my last two semesters of being a student
  16. Save $$ 
  17. Stop spending so much
  18. Spend more time with my parents and maybe learn to be more calm speaking to them 
  19. Learn more about my brother
  20. Have a more regular sleeping cycle  (the last three is probably going to move other to next year)
  21. Do more volunteer work ( definitely didn't get to this)
  22. Be more organized
  23. Be more daring with my baking
  24. Learn to cook edible food  ( Martin eats what I make )
My new list will be tomorrow for the next twelve months of my youthful life. I think lots are in store for me in the next year.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Big Dreams

Lately, I have been struggling; struggling to find the job of my dreams. I found a quote on Pinterest. "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." My dreams are really big, but are my dreams too big that they are not achievable? I have also heard "Beggars can't be choosers". I am fairly disappointed in companies when they are requiring you to put your best foot forward, but they do not care enough to notify you appropriately when they don't want you. How rude!? This is just me ranting, but I am sure lots of people feel the same way.

Anyways, below is a layout I did for Rutgers Day back in 2010. Although it seemed like yesterday that I was in undergraduate school, this was two years ago. I can remember Rutgers Days were very busy days. It was my last Rutgers Day. One of my favorite parts was my design being chosen for the volunteer t-shirts. We are all wearing navy polos in the pictures because the committee wore different shirts.