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Hi there!
In July-2008,I finally decided to open my particular window to the Scrapping world. I hope you like what you read and see, and I also hope that you share your creativity with me, I'd love to see your projects!!

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to either leave a comment or email me.

“The only thing that can stop us from accessing our creativity is fear… fear of failure, fear of our own limitations, of comparisons, of success, and the list goes on.” — Maria Mikailas

Monday, February 28, 2011

Time Management Myth Buster: You Don't Need an Extra Hour a Day... by Aby Garvey, from simplify 101.

Time Management Myth Buster: You Don't Need an Extra Hour a Day...
by Aby Garvey, from simplify 101.

Today’s time management blog post is designed to challenge your beliefs about time. Does this sound familiar: Do you feel time starved? Do you feel like your to-do list rules your life? Do you feel like if you could just get caught up, then you would be able to have time for yourself…to have fun…to spend with your loved ones and other people who matter most to you?

I recently asked my blog readers, “If you were given an extra hour a day to spend however you’d like, how would you spend it?” And I was blown away by the responses—the list included really important things! Just look at this list—this is how readers of my blog would spend an extra hour a day:

  • Connecting with loved ones via phone or email or writing letters.
  • Cooking healthy meals.
  • Crafting.
  • Creating—keepsakes for my kids, photo albums.
  • Doing something creative.
  • Doing something just for me…hot bubble bath or listen to a relaxing piece of music, maybe a glass of wine, or all three at the same time and just empty my mind of all my to-do's.
  • Doing stuff with my girls. We would cook, craft, scrapbook, snuggle, read, play games, ride bikes - anything we could think of, but just time with them is so needed!
  • Drinking tea.
  • Enjoying nature.
  • Exercising my body and mind! I think my life would be better this way.
  • Exercising so I have more energy to do other things.
  • Going through all of my mother’s stuff, she recently died and I have tons of paperwork as well as photos I would like to organize and sort of scrapbook somehow.
  • I'd do nothing.
  • I’d spend it alone.
  • I'd like to think I'd use the time to relax, unwind, read a book, rest... and not feel guilty about it. But I would probably use the hour to be more "productive," do more work, get more things done so that one day I could relax and not feel guilty about it. (Hmmm... there's something wrong with this picture, isn't there?)
  • Doing something FUN, just for me - craft, read, etc.
  • Knitting.
  • Learning sign language.
  • Looking for a new house.
  • Making a list of all the things I like to do.
  • Meditating.
  • Organizing: the papers on my desk, my digital supplies, craft room, desk, my home, my scrapbook space, my mind.
  • Playing a game with my kids.
  • Practicing guitar.
  • Praying/reading the bible.
  • Enjoying quiet time.
  • Reading a good book or the blogs I subscribe to; read with my kids.
  • Re-energizing.
  • Resting.
  • Scrapbooking guilt free.
  • Scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking, making photo albums, working on my photos.
  • Sewing.
  • Sketching.
  • Sleeping.
  • Spending it guilt-free to do "nothing" and be silly.
  • Spending it on myself, doing something I like to do.
  • Spending time with friends and loved ones, my family (unplugged), my husband.
  • Taking a walk by MYSELF.
  • Training my cat to do circus tricks.
  • Volunteering.
  • Doing yoga.
  • If I had one more hour in the day, I would treasure every second.
  • I'd love an extra hour to spend with my kids without worrying or thinking about anything else. I bet I could make this happen with some discipline. I'm going to make it a new goal!
  • Being given an extra hour every day would be a gift. As a result, I would offer myself an hour in my craft room to make cards or scrapbook!
  • Honestly, an hour extra every day... without a good plan and some more discipline, it would probably and sadly just slip away. I would love to get to where I could and would use it for strategic personal growth in some area that needs improvement.
  • If I had an extra hour, I would spend it connecting with people I love!! Thanks to your help, I have implemented good systems for paper, a decent sleep schedule, and a daily workout - but since I'm working on a new business venture, communications with those that don't live in my house have fallen aside. I would definitely use this time to call, write, or email them and let them know how much they mean to me!!

This is the good stuff my friends. It is the stuff that makes life worth living.

And yet, for so many of us, we feel like the only way we could do these things…or do these things without feeling guilty…is if we had an extra hour each day.

But wait…

What about the 24 hours we already get every single day? Do we truly believe that none of those hours (or even some of the minutes) shouldn’t be invested on the activities and people that make us happiest? Do we really think that those things that matter most and make life worth living should wait until our to-do list is done?

One thing I find when I talk to others about time, in my time management workshop and with coaching clients, is the belief that a big windfall of time is coming. In other words, many of us live our lives as if someday things will be different. Someday we will have the time to exercise, cook healthy meals, scrapbook, sew, knit, organize our homes, hang out with our loved ones unplugged, and dare I say it, just plain live. But here’s the news flash: The big windfall of time isn’t coming. We aren’t going to get an extra hour each day—unless we create it for ourselves.

There is a way to have time to do those things that nurture your soul and make your life worth living…and it is this:

Spend less time doing something else.

If you have an answer to the question, “If you were given an extra hour a day to spend however you’d like, how would you spend it?” then it’s time to make a change in your approach to time management. It’s time to spend some of your daily 24 hours on you—doing things that inspire you, energize you, fill your heart with love. And it’s time to do these things guilt-free!

Here’s the thing: When you do these things on the list above, you will have more time, energy, enthusiasm and love to share with everyone you care about. You will have more time, energy and enthusiasm for all of the other tasks on your to-do list. And guess what that means? Your to-dos will get done more quickly and with far less effort.

Take Action!
My challenge to you is to spend one hour this week doing that thing you would do if I could give you an extra hour each day. You have the power to create an extra hour every day, but if that feels impossible, start with an hour a week. If that feels impossible, start with fifteen minutes, and then build up to an hour. This is your life! This is your time! Stake a claim to a piece of it today to spend on the activities and people that matter most to you.

© Copyright 2011 simplify 101, inc. All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

More LOs I've done lately :)

They were unfinished for a long time...

And, if you haven't seen them already, take a look to my last posts to see more pages and my scraproom :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

After the storm...

Well, it seems that everything is calming down ...

The storm went through our hobby room too, but that's about to change!! [Jul 08 - Sep 09]
Since my worktable was already a mess, I decided to finally purge the closet [something that really needed to be done], so I could reorganize some of my stuff, which was under my worktable, in it.

The hobby room was a mess during all the Summer because I wanted to reorganize it the best way for me.

Here you have the before/after pics. Enjoy!!

-- BEFORE --
(June 13th, 2010)

The closet [Ikeas' drawer unit goes right in front of that door].

My messy table, Ikea's Alex drawer unit out of its place, in the middle of the room. [That bag above the trash can contains about 500 pics from our last year's vacation]

What a messssssssssssss!!

This is the way it looked on July 5th:

-- AFTER --
(Feb 20th 2011)

And this is the corner of our living room
where I keep my albums and minis.

Belly Dancing.

A few years ago, I attended Belly Dancing classes, and I wanted to make these pages :)

Thanks for looking, and sorry for the poor quality of the pics :)

Dance is the only art in which ourselves are the material the art is made of. (Ted Shawn. Time 25-7-1955)

"We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams."
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

How to Feel Good + Get More Done: weekly quick tip by Aby Garvey, from simplify 101.

How to Feel Good + Get More Done: weekly quick tip
by Aby Garvey, from simplify 101.

A few years ago I wrote an article on how to make every day your most productive day. This article explained the elements that were in place during my most productive day. It was a day where I had a mile-long to-do list, and everything on that list got done. Wouldn’t it be great if every day was like that?

My terrific mood was one of the key factors that contributed to my productivity that day. I was getting ready to go on a much-needed vacation, and I was excited about it! I was in a great mood, and did everything on my to-do list enthusiastically, quickly and with purpose.

Have you ever noticed the connection between mood and productivity—that it’s much easier to get things done when you’re in a terrific mood? Once you become aware of this connection, it only makes sense to become more intentional about being in a good mood, or to look for ways to improve your mood whenever you can. A pick-me-up list is like a better mood in a bottle. Create a list of activities that make you happy, and then pull out your list and do one any time your mood and productivity need a boost.

Here are some ideas for your pick-me-up list:

  • Make a list of things you’re thankful for.
  • Spend 10 or 15 minutes getting up and moving — walk, run, do yoga or dance.
  • Read a few pages of an inspiring book.
  • Turn on your favorite upbeat music.
  • Spend time with your children or pet doing something silly.
  • Visualize your goals or focus on what you want, instead of dwelling on the way things are right now.
  • Do something creative.

Take action! What activities consistently transform your mood? Create your own pick-me-up list today, and then use it to help you feel better and get more done! I'd love to hear your ideas for your pick-me-up list in the comments! Thanks for sharing.

© Copyright 2011 simplify 101, inc. All rights reserved.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

As my dad says, "this is a very comercial day", but I didn't want to miss the opportunity to make a reference about love, whatever kind, that, nowadays, sometimes we forget to stop for a little moment, take a deep breath, say "I Love You", and enjoy the love others offer to ourselves.

Friday, February 11, 2011

9 Destructive Reasons We Cling to Clutter, by Christine Kane

9 Destructive Reasons We Cling to Clutter
by Christine Kane

"Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A retired man once told me he loved going camping with his wife because camping showed her how simple life can be "without all that bloomin' stuff she keeps everywhere!"

He's right!

Our lives are meant to be simple. Our intuition and creativity thrive when given freedom and space. Clutter is a disease. Each moment we ignore the reasons we hold on to things we don't want, those things rob us of energy, health, and clarity. Yes, clutter is destructive!

If you're a clutter-clinger, be kind to yourself. Begin with an awareness of your thoughts and excuses. For starters, read over this list to see if you can find YOUR excuse!

Clutter Excuse #1: "I'd be a mean horrible person if I..."

Guilt is heavy gooey energy that convinces us we're bad people if we let go of heirlooms, knick-knacks, unwanted clothing or gifts.

These items clutter up our lives and keep us in a comfortable - but draining - place. And conveniently, we never have to decide what we actually do want in our environment. We become environmental victims. Often, that spreads into other parts of our lives too!

Clutter Excuse #2 - "I spent so much on it!"

Do you punish yourself for having made a bad choice by keeping the item around? Or convince yourself that you're going to get your money's worth - even if it drains the heck out of you?

You won't. And it will.

We've all done stupid things. And we've all had to let them go. Now it's your turn.

Clutter Excuse #3 - "I might need this someday."

I often wonder how many idle telephone cords exist in the world. Way in the back of old desk drawers. Stuffed on closet shelves. They can't be gotten rid of.


Because we might need them some day.

Evidently, some day - in spite of technological progress - you're going to need that particular grey phone cord that came in the box with a phone you bought in 1989.

Throw it out. Now.

Same thing goes for: The broken fax machine, switch plates from your first house, and every glass flower vase that came with deliveries.

Clutter Excuse #4 - "I might do this someday."

I know. I know.

Someday you'll take those broken pieces of china you've collected and create a beautiful mosaic birdbath. And you'll go through those stacks of magazines and make that collage for your sister's 30th birthday party. (She's 51 now.)

Now - I don't mean to deny you your plans and dreams. However, I urge you to consider experiencing the infinite relief that appears when you let old project ideas go.

Call your sister and tell her the collage ain't gonna happen. Buy a mosaic birdbath from an artist who makes her living from creating such treasures.

And then, make space for what you want to do. Don't fill your space with what you should do.

Clutter Excuse #5 - "I gotta look good to my guests."

CD's. Books. DVD's. Are these items treasured? Or are they simply a prop so your guests will be impressed by your intelligence and diverse tastes?

Remember this: we are motivated by two things: Fear or Love. Which of these keeps you clinging to items because of appearances?

Clutter Excuse #6 - "I Don't Know Where It Goes."

When items don't have a home, it's harder to determine whether or not they are clutter. Some things may seem like clutter - like the cute card that your daughter made that floats around from drawer to drawer - but they're not clutter.

They're homeless.

Once you start defining spaces for items, then it's easier to see when something doesn't fit anywhere and should just get tossed.

Clutter Excuse #7 - "My thoughts don't have any power. Do they?"

Everything has energy. The thoughts you have about the things in your home CREATE energy. If you are surrounded by stuff you keep out of guilt, then your environment holds guilt. If you hang on to stuff given to you by your ex, and you still feel bitter - then there is bitterness in your home.

Get it?

It's either fueling you or draining you. If anything triggers you, then that is your barometer. Let it go.

Clutter Excuse #8 - "But I never wore it!"

See Clutter Excuse #2.

Clutter Excuse #9 - "There's too much stuff!"

Overwhelm can stop us in our tracks. If this article makes you aware that there are lots of items in your life you don't like, then go slow. Schedule small chunks of time each day. It takes time to be clutter-free! But the newfound clarity and lightness are worth it!

Christine Kane is the Mentor to Women Who are Changing the World. She helps women uplevel their lives, their businesses and their success. Her weekly LiveCreative eZine goes out to over 12,000 subscribers. If you are ready to take your life and your world to the next level, you can sign up for a F.R.E.E. subscription at http://christinekane.com.


See Christine's blog at ChristineKane.com/blog.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Postcards Exchange

At the end of 2010, my scrappy friend Mª Engracia shared with me the link to Postcrossing. "It's a project that allows anyone to receive postcards (real ones, not electronic) from random places in the world."

I've recived postcards from places such us Israel, Thailand, Czech Republic, UK, etc, and I've sent to Russia, Australia, China and some nearer places :)

I've set up a cork board in my scraproom to display the ones I'm receiving:

Thanks Mª Engracia!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

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