Scrapbooking Projects to Try

I’ve been trying to be a little more proactive in my scrapbooking projects. Since I’m such a list person, I figured if I write it down, I’ll eventually do it. One of my goals for 2008 is to scrapbook more. I’m hoping by writing all the projects down in one place, I’ll be a little more organized and ready when I’m going to sit down to scrapbook.

So, I came across this chrismas planner. It looks easy enough. So, I’m going to work on it and see what happens. If it turns out to be easy, then I’m going to do a couple for people for next christmas.

The other day when I was at home, I was watching DIY and saw a project I know that I can do. It’s an activity book for kids. I think this is something that I can eventually learn and than turn around and show Maureen.

These are just 2 projects. I also went through one of my stacks of photos to get a reminder of what I already have printed. I’m hoping to get through these pictures, so I can justify ordering more. I want to concentrate on what I have so I can try to save some money. I guess we’ll see what happens.

ETA: I found another project I would like to try for Christmas. It’s a twist for an advent calendar. The project was introduced to me by Scrappers Challenge group that I’m a part of. The project can be found at Crafters message boards.

CKU-Provo August 7-9 2008

As everyone knows, I’m a total scrapbooking freak. I really enjoy this hobby. One of the major scrapbooking agencies, Creative Keepsakes, has a scrapbooking conference that I’ve participated in 2 times when it was in San Jose in 2004 & 2006. Apparently, they are only doing 3 events this year and one of them is Provo Utah. Provo is the headquarters for Creative Keepsakes, so this is the event that is very popular.

This past weekend, I made the decision that I’m going to go to this event. Logsitically, it’s going to be expensive because I have to fly there, rent a car and a hotel room. Apparently, the hotel rooms at the conference location is already sold out, so I’ll be staying at a smaller place 2 miles down the road. I was thinking about rooming with someone that has a room already booked, but I rather not share a room with a total stranger.

Because of the expense, I’m going to start saving up now. I’m guessing that with all of the logistics along with the cost for the conference, it’s going to be $1000. I know this is a lot of money, believe me. But, if I make some changes now, I’ll be able to save up the money. By telling myself that I need to save the money, will hopefully get me not to spend money between now and then on stuff that I really don’t need. One of my scrapbooking goals is to use up what I have. I believe that it’s okay to use items that are considered old because my family doesn’t realize it’s old products.

I am planning on going to Provo alone since Gary’s not sure if he wants to go yet. Since I’m going to be in my conference all day for 3 days, he’ll end up doing a lot of stuff alone, which is going to drive me crazy especially since I know that I would love to be with him seeing everything.

I joined the yahoo group so hopefully I’ll meet some new friends that I can talk to so I’m not completely alone especially during the crop times. I know I can make friends, but sometimes, I rather not be the fifth wheel.

Registration is on April 18th. We’ll know by then if I’m in or not. If I don’t get in, then I’ll have some extra money to spend on something else. 🙂

Back to Work…

So, today is my final day of vacation. This week went by fast. I did accomplish a lot of things on my list for this past week, the major thing being my holiday cards. They are all mailed out as of Thursday. I also finally got my scrapbooking room organized along with my scrapbooks. I’m looking forward to finally getting my mojo back so I can start scrapbooking again.

Here is just a list of some of my goals for the up coming year:

1) Disney albums from 2005 & 2006
2) All the mini album projects that I already put together and just need to add pictures
3) Wilcox & Eclipse volleyball albums

Next weekend is my first open gym for boys along with my first practice for my club team. I need to get myself ready for this club season. I’m hoping if I do some research ahead of time, I can be better prepared to get my girls ready.

Today was a very relaxing day for both me and Gary. Sunday is all about football for Gary. As for me, I baked cookies just so I could free up some space in my freezer. I did play walleyball this morning so at least I got some what of exercise in.

So, here’s to another relaxing week at home.

Updates so far 2007…Goals for 2008

I’ve been trying to update my new website, but it’s alot harder to do updates, so I’m going to see about just updating this site instead. We’ll see how long this lasts.

So, updates so far for this year:
1) I’m still coaching girl’s volleyball at Wilcox. I also coached boy’s for the first time this year. Boys are definitely easier than girls. They don’t cry when you yell at them.
2) During the boy’s season, I also coached a club volleyball team with Eclipse Volleyball Club. This was my first time coaching my niece. It was a little challenging at times trying to balance everything, but it worked.
3) I recently got promoted at Stanford to Finance and Operations Manager. This really is my dream job as long as I can actually do this job instead of the numerous other ones. I have one more position to fill before I can actually return to doing just my job. I’m looking forward to it.
4) I joined Weight Watchers again. I’m still down from my highest weight of 181 2 years ago. My goal now is to get down to 150. So we’ll see what happens. I am really movtivated now because of Gary. For the past 3 months, he lost 40 pounds. He works out faithfully daily and watches what he eats. He looks really good now. By losing this weight, I believe he’s feeling better about himself as well.
5) I finally finished our wedding scrapbook album.
6) I participated in my first holiday festival for “Pomroy’s Homemade Cards”. I had to create different types of holiday cards which I sold for $2.00 each. Once everything was done, I made about $210. Not bad for my first year.
7) I took off the entire week of Thanksgiving to work on holiday cards. On Monday, I worked 13 hours straight to get the family cards done. I got to mail them out on time so people will receive them the weekend after Thanksgiving. This was a great accomplishment for me.

Goals for 2008
1) I want to get down to 150.
2) I want to get my scrapbooking goals recorded properly. This will allow me the opportunity to do pages without having to think too much on what I should do.
3) I want to work on spending more quality time with Gary especially doing my crazy volleyball season.
4) I want to get a handle on my position at Stanford. By handle, I mean, I want to be able to do my job without having to ask for assistance on the day to day activities. I basically want to become a master of my job.
5) I want to get my Disney albums done. This includes our trip from 2005 & 2006. If I use sketches, this should make this process faster and easier to do.
6) I want to use up my scrapbooking supplies without having to purchase anything new except adhesives and cardstock. This will allow me to save a lot of money.
7) I want to keep an journal on-line to allow me to record what happens during my year. Either this website or

Let’s see how well we finish 2007.