Wednesday, July 30, 2014

workspace wednesday: project life // april

I'm still playing catch up with my Project Life* spreads. I'm so close to being caught up! I'm sharing April's spreads today.

This week Jesse and the girls went to my nephew Ruben's birthday party and I took a few candid shots from our week:
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This week I was feeling sad that my mornings with Adeline and Julianne alone are coming to an end because Adeline starts school soon. I wanted to capture that moment of Adeline waking up being herself:
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I made a second spread for the week because it was Evelyn's birthday(!):
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This week we celebrated Adeline's half birthday with mini cakes. I also got a few "everyday" shots. Well, that picture of Juli in a Merida wig isn't "everyday." Jesse put it on her, and it got a big laugh:
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We celebrated Evelyn's birthday with a family party a few weeks after her birthday because Julianne got sick at the beginning of the month, and I wasn't able to plan like I had hoped. I blogged about her "black tie" birthday party here. There were so many pictures I had to use a few pages:
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This week we celebrated Easter at my parents' house. The girls had fun:
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It was a good month. :)

(*Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins.  The idea is to use sectional protective sheets to store and present pictures and embellishments.  Pictures can be slipped right in in their original printed sizes to make memory keeping easy.  Journaling cards are also sold cut to size to be slipped right in.  It can't get any easier.  Be sure to check out Becky Higgins' site because I am not doing the products justice!
Check out more Project Life posts from me here. I blogged about how I'm organizing my album this year here.) 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

blog editorial calendar

"Editorial" makes me sound way more professional than I am. ;) I have been blogging regularly and consistently for a while now. (In total, I've been blogging for 5 years- see here). Blogging has become a serious hobby for me, which sounds funny to say (write?) out loud. When blogging became more "serious" for me, I realized I needed more structure/better organization. I got the idea for making a blog editorial calendar after reading Elise Cripe's post about how she generates content. (I pretty much get all of my blogging advice from Elise. ;)

Elise used to use a large wall calendar with post its (to move around if necessary). I believe she is currently using a bulletin board, which she made into a calendar of sorts with washi tape. (So cool). I am using my Sugar Paper monthly/weekly planner from their Target collaboration. I got the kraft 5x8" planner. (I hope there is something in the works for 2015!)

I was using post its, but an now using bits of washi tape for each day. I use a black sharpie to write on the tape. You probably know that washi tape is removable, which is good if I need to change something.
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My regular, weekly content includes Workspace Wednesday, my 52 Sandwiches project, Five on Friday, and our 2014 summer break weekly recap. Monthly/bimonthly content includes my monthly goals, My Weight Loss Toolbox, Project Life, Pretty Parties, monthly recaps, personal posts, etc. I also have infrequent content, more of which can be seen in my sidebar or here.
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Seriously, fun hobby. ;) If you have questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

P.S. Won't ya join me for my Whimsy Jar Swap
whimsy jar swap- details on my blog

Monday, July 28, 2014

renegade craft fair los angeles

I attended the Renegade Craft Fair Los Angeles this past weekend with Jesse, Julianne, my sister Jasmine, and her husband Oscar. (My older girls stayed with my parents. My, little Julianne likes to keep me close by. ;) The fair was awesome. I enjoyed looking through the various booths- each selling their distinct, handmade goods. . . like jewelry; ceramics; totes/purses/wallets; vases with pretty succulents; clothing; jams/jellies; etc. I was especially drawn to the paper vendors. You know my favorite medium! Gimme all the cards, prints, tags, postcards, buttons, and rubber stamps.
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I was excited to see Julie from Julie Ann Art again. Ever since the Queen Bee Market, I've been following her work. Here's a few pictures of her booth below:renegade LA
I was also excited to see Genevieve Santos' work (pictured below). I've also been following her work.
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I also recognized Danni from Oh, Hello Friend, but her booth was busy when I passed by. I wasn't able to get a picture. I also recognized Paper Pastries, but wasn't able to get a picture. They were the only ones I recognized. The rest were new to me.
Here are some pictures and links.
Rotd Creations (not paper, but love it) // Yellow House Handmade:
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Rock Scissor Paper:
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Evermore Paper Co.:
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Paper Trail // My JetSetter Life:
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Shifting Status Kuo:
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(Not paper, but still lovely ;) Concrete Geometric:
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Cactus Club Paper:
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Paper Wilderness:
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How Joyful Shop:
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Some of what I purchased is pictured above. "You had me at meat tornado" [Ron Swanson] print from Nan Lawson. "I shaved my legs" card by Julie Ann Art. Zebra succulent card by Small Adventure Shop. "Yay!" tag from Paper Wilderness. "Coffee needs you too" button and "Free Hugs" card from Bee is for Bear. "Will you. . ." (the inside says "Eat ice cream with me?") card and clink button from Genevieve Santos. Book labels (girl/boy) from ilee Paper Goods.

New, fun, not pictured paper shops include:
Paper Parasol Press
Clap Clap
Cardtorial
Nancy Chiu
Warren Tales
Yeppie Paper
Ink and Smog Editions

Can't wait 'til the next one. :)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

summer break week #8

**My kids are currently on summer break. Like last year (see 2013's summer break activities here), I am planning to do one, fun activity with them every day. I will be documenting our various projects/fun outings together and sharing them here on Saturday mornings [or evenings- like today!] and possibly more detailed projects within the week. Read more about how this project got started here. 
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Day 48 (Saturday) we attended the VBS special church service in the morning to commemorate and recap our week at VBS. (We went to VBS all week last week for our daily, fun activities).
Day 49 (Sunday) we went to my parents house for dinner. My dad made sopes. The girls always have a good time at my parents' house.
Day 50 (Monday) I had doctor's appointment that interfered with my plans for the day, but at the end of the day I thought it would be fun to have everybody think of a question that everybody would have to answer after dinner. My question was "What's your perfect outfit?" They were so excited by this question. They gave detailed descriptions of their favorite outfits- some of which they don't even own. Evelyn even drew a picture of her outfit the next day. 

Day 51 (Tuesday) my mom took them to the library, which they always enjoy.
Day 52 (Wednesday) we celebrated with my brother Joshua on his birthday. We went to Red Robin and had dinner altogether.
Day 53 (Thursday) we went to the park, and the girls rode their scooters.
Day 54 (Friday) my sister in law and brother in law came to visit. After dinner, we headed to Juice It Up for smoothies. That was our frozen treat this week.

**Every Tuesday we go to the library and every Friday we get a frozen treat. 
Week 1's highlights include making a summer calendar, making a summer manifesto, and planting vegetable (and watermelon seeds) for a late summer harvest). Click 
here for additional pictures and links.

Week 2's highlights include ribbon weavings, paper rockets, and a sofa fort. Click here for additional pictures and links.
Week 3's highlights include making silly faces using potato stamps and Spanish lessons. Click here for additional pictures and links.
Week 4's highlights include making terrarium planters and bug patterned tote bags. Click here for additional pictures and links.
Week 5's highlights include working in our garden, baking pies, and celebrating the 4th of July. Click here for additional pictures and links.
Week 6's highlights include our growing garden and bug patterned tote bags. Click here for additional pictures and links.
Week 7's highlights include attending VBS at church and banana splits at a local diner. Click here for additional pictures and links.**

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, July 25, 2014

five on friday

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1. I follow Debee's Instagram feed @inspirelovely after coming across her shop at the Queen Bee Market in Oceanside a few years ago. She posted a picture of her entry way this week. I love it!

2. Natalie from Natalie Creates shared pictures of her beautiful farmhouse. Her kitchen and coffee bar are amazing! You really have to see her budget friendly renovations. I'm inspired.


3. Tina Azmus from Life. Love. Paper. is selling adorable, watercolor, summer cards and prints- watermelon, strawberry, banana, and kiwi patterns. So cute.


4. I wish I lived closer to the beach for many reasons, but also after seeing Leah's Beach Book Club party on her blog Freutcake. How fun!


5. I typically buy Greek yogurt, but didn't this week. I've added it to my grocery list for this upcoming week after learning it is 1 of 10 Foods Every Healthy Fridge Should Have.


P.S. I'd love to have you participate in my Whimsy Jar Swap! :) 


P.P.S. See you tomorrow for week #8 of our summer break!


!! Happy Friday!!


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