Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Listgirl Elsewhere

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The coolest thing came in the mail last week.  The special DIY Issue of the Dutch magazine Flow Magazine!  Back in December, I was contacted by Otje van der Lelij, one of the freelance editors at Flow Magazine.  She had stumbled upon my blog and seen my Project Life pages and became intrigued.  She was writing an article about Project Life for the DIY Issue of Flow Magazine and wanted to ask me a few questions and use some of my photos.  I agreed and we had email correspondence back and forth.  They said they would send me a copy of the magazine when it came out.  I received it in the mail last Thursday!  I was super-excited and shared on Facebook and Instagram right away.  If only I could read & understand Dutch!


Another cool thing I stumbled upon this past week was an article at Craft Storage Ideas, about the way I organize my journal cards for Project Life!  Hazel Hamman (one of my blog readers) wrote the post over there.  I was so excited to see it, lol.  Thanks for the shoutout, Hazel!



And… the end of an era has come.  The Digi Show has recorded their final podcast and ended its wonderful run.  I will miss having new episodes to listen to, but am also glad that I’m friends with Katie and Peppermint and will continue to keep in touch.  Well, of course Peppermint, ha!  We talk on most days.  But the good news is, they’ve moved all the old episodes from their Paperclipping days over to The Digi Show, so now all the episodes are at one place, available for listening!  I’ve been honored to have been a guest on four of the episodes over the years. I won’t lie. It’s awesome to see that “Christine Newman” link on their sidebar and have a URL link to all four of the episodes. 


If you’ve never listened to The Digi Show podcast, you can start with the latest and go back.  Or start from the beginning.  If you’re interested in the episodes where I was a guest, then they’re here!  Funny fact about this.  On two of the episodes that I was on, I happened to have a cold so my voice was funny and nasally.  They had a knack for asking me to be the guest when I was sick, lol!  :p

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Clap Along

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Or jump along.  I can’t get the “Happy” song by Pharrell out of my head. Above photo was yesterday at the end of my three mile run by the coast.  Did someone say weekend? Beach? Running? Tacos?? Yaaaay!

Todd wanted in on the jumping too.


It was an overcast day along the coast, but it did not dampen our spirits.  Always a fun time running and seeing the ocean.

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Beautiful Moonlight Beach, where we ended up stretching after the run.

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After the run, we picked up lunch from El Nopalito. They have Todd’s favorite carne asada there.  And it’s really cool because you can buy 8 oz, 16 oz, and 32 oz containers of just meat, beans, rice, guacamole, and pico de gallo.  We pick up tortillas there too and then bring everything home and have a feast. 

Every morning when I leave for work lately, I’ve been finding Noodle sunning himself in our exercise room downstairs. I love to go and pet his warm fur!

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He’s also been hanging out next to the treadmill for some reason.  I’m guessing the sun heats up the black mat and he finds it warm and inviting, ha ha.  So cute.

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Todd went to master’s swim class on Thursday and they did drills to establish their “cruise time” speed.  He was super-happy because his cruise time for 100 yards has improved by 10 seconds since two years ago when he was going to master’s swim regularly.  Go Todd!  Todd is training for another half Ironman this summer.  It is 70.3 miles, very grueling.  (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run.)  You can read about his first Ironman 70.3 here

Last weekend we saw the “Divergent” movie at the theater.  It was a good movie.  However, my desire to see the movie had waned after reading the third and final book, “Allegiant”.  I hated the book, lol.  Hated the ending.  So while I loved Divergent and liked “Insurgent” well enough, the final “Allegiant” sort of ruined the whole thing for me.  You can see my review of all three books here.

On Wednesday evening Todd and I met up at Karl Strauss for dinner after work.  Todd had a turkey bacon sandwich, his favorite sandwich there.

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I had the meatloaf, which was their Wednesday special. Unfortunately I didn’t like the gravy.  It had beer in there and tasted too bitter!  I know… it is a brewery.  But still!  I don’t like beer, lol.

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We’ve been watching our backlog of “Agents of SHIELD” on our DVR and finally caught up.  There’s only a couple more episodes for the season and it is GOOD! 

One of our favorite kind of date night is going to the bookstore.  We used to go to Borders bookstore in college.  Now we’re sad that Borders closed and we go to Barnes & Noble.  We decided to have a bookstore date on Friday night.  First we had dinner at The Kebab Shop.

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Then dessert and chai latte at Barnes & Noble. 

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Bookstore dates are the best!

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Todd went on his Sunday bike ride, but without the group this time.  They are riding a hilly 60 miles and Todd doesn’t need to go that far in his Ironman training yet.  Today I’m paying mid-month bills, cleaning up my desk, and playing some more with Project Life.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

2014 Project Life | March Part 1


I had these five pages of March Project Life done, but I was dreading blogging it.  Blogging Project Life pages is such a process!  First I have to find the time before work or after work, while it’s still good lighting, to photograph the pages.  Then I have to process the photos in Lightroom.  When I was on creative/design teams before, blogging my projects was part of the deal of being on those teams, so I did it.  Now that I’m just sharing for the sake of sharing, it felt like a chore.  Then it hit me that I don’t’ have to list and link all my supplies anymore.  I’m doing these pages for myself, not for a manufacturer or team, so there’s no need to spend hours writing down my supply list and then finding links for them. 

So I’m not going to do that anymore.  :-)  If you have any questions about any specific supplies I used, please leave a comment in this post and I will gladly answer you in the comment section.  This will save me hours of time and make blogging Project Life not dreadful.

March page 1:  the left side is from the end of February, when we celebrated our good performance reviews at work with a dinner out.  So March started on the right side. 


Cute photo of Noodle snuggling on Todd’s lap while Todd played video games.


A March calendar to signify the start of March in the album.


Visiting Sally & her twins.


Photos and journaling from our dinner out at Rosina’s.



March page 2:  Chinese comfort food at Liang’s Kitchen; Todd’s hilly bike ride with his riding buddies; dinner at Best Pizza & Brew (new to us); an everyday snapshot of us in the kitchen; Todd & Andy at Fred’s retirement party.


Inspired by my photo of the red bowl of wonton soup, I used a background with circles and used circle embellishments.


Some stamping using my new Color Theory inks from Studio Calico.


Decorated a filler card with wood veneer stars, cork camera, and enamel dot.


More stamping, letter stickers, and journaling.



March page 3:  the front of a Design G birthday insert.  This was all about our combined birthday dinner with friends.


I embellished some journal cards from Elle’s Studio, and wrote some journaling.


A tab I made for the birthday insert using patterned paper, stamp, WRMK tab punch, and their clear tab label sticker to stick it to the page protector.


Stuck on an Elle’s Studio “celebrate” wood veneer onto the page protector, outside of the photo.



March page 4:  the back of the birthday insert.  This one was all about my actual birthday and going out to dinner with Todd at Ortegas.


Took photos of each other at dinner.  Love how the pink background paper and the pink and navy embellishments compliment the colors of our photos!


My birthday margarita, or dinners, and our shared dessert.  Yum!


Stamping, labels, sequins, heart chipboard sticker, and journaling completes the page.



March page 5:  back to Design A page protector.  Some things that make me happy, such as being in my craft room and making stuff, my new Studio Calico inks, my March Ipsy Glam Bag, and birthday lunches with my friends Meera and Patsy.


Lots of pink and navy again.  Love this combo!  I stamped labels and adhered them onto the background paper.


My messy craft desk while making Project Life pages.


Used a clear journal card and adhered a watercolored embellishment and a cork sticker in the middle.  All from the March Studio Calico Project Life kit “Office Hours”.


Lunch with Meera.  Whenever she makes it into my Project Life album, it’s a good thing.  Love spending time with my good friend!


Lunch with Patsy.  I stapled the photo onto the background, so that I can stick the receipt from our lunch behind it, like a pocket.  Some punched out stars and enamel dots to decorate the page.


That’s it for March Part 1 of Project Life!  I’ve got 4-5 more page protectors full of March photos but haven’t added the journal cards and embellishments yet.  That will be part 2 next time!

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions. :-)


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