May 28, 2018

Project Life 2018: Week 2

I cannot believe 2018 is half way over?! Why does time have to move so quick? I told myself in Jan. that I wouldn't get too behind with my PL layouts and BOOM! It happened. I did, however, print a bunch of photos and put them in envelopes for those weeks... I still have to print more but I have that done! 😉 Let's get started! For this layout, I didn't use a kit but used one paper pad with many different embellishments. A few project life cards and my Canon Selphy!


I chose to attach a tab for my insert, otherwise it would blend into the next page and get lost. A cute pop of color and a label! 

I love layers! I used vellum underneath the striped paper, as well a doily die cut and stamped the stay calm and be awesome. Perfect for my youngest!

I love using the tiny type black alphas! Here I layered a label and a chipboard circle. Even with the chipboard, it didn't make the pocket stretch or too bulky.

I included two posts from Twitter to show game details and Lady of the Match. And my girl got chosen twice! I love the tiny puffy stickers, they are the perfect size!


This gold heart was fussy cut from a project life card, topped off with a word sticker. Just the touch I needed to finish that page!

I used a project life accordion card to include more photos with journaling in the first pocket. The tab with numbers and courage label serve as the cover.

I used my typewriter to create a list of the week's happenings and this is a FAVE! I want to include this for each week. Easy peasy and fun! I'm loving the scallop puffy stickers too! It was too long and had to cut in half but it worked! Clusters are another fave!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave in the comments!
Happy day to you!
xo




May 25, 2018

Art Journal: Beauty

I have been wanting to begin this art journal journey for some time and finally got the chance to start! I blame Heba of My Little Journal on YouTube! lol If you haven't seen her videos, be sure to check her out! This is my end result and I love it!



I began with creating a travelers notebook and covered my two pages with gesso. I used my finger to spread on 3 different colored paints, stamped a floral design with black ink and covered it all with a bit more gesso to tone down the brightness. A floral stencil was used to create the big flowers with paint and a Sharpie white paint pen. 









The leaves were cut by hand using vintage paper, painted with gelatos mixed with water and used ink to add to edges. They were glued on using modpodge and shaded with a black gelato crayon. The bees were stamped & embossed. I used a Versamark pen to emboss and create the bee lines. Tiny pearls were added to the bees, as well as splattered white paint to the entire layout. The finally touch was my title, using Thickers. 






What do you think? My very first entry and I had fun creating it! My 13 yr old started one too and she had me make one this same size for her bff! It's been a crafty party over here and now it's the summer! It's super hot here in AZ, so we are okay if we stay indooors! If not, then you can find us at the pool. Happy day to you! xo

May 6, 2018

Prom 2018

I always say how time flies! I want to get back to my blog so bad and I need to make time for this! There, I said it! *wink wink* Okay back to this post!

Last night was Antonia's junior prom! My girl looked absolutely beautiful! I must say that her and her boyfriend, Jason looked amazing! They made such a stunning couple. Yes I can gush and gush some more. =) I have many photos. Ones taken with my phone and others taken with my Nikon D810... Which I'm not too happy with at the moment. I changed out my lens and settings from those I use to take of soccer. Moving subjects. Across the field, etc etc. Well, with a super sunny day and we won't mention the 102 temps, the settings were not in my favor, at all. I was ready to cry (tears were shed) and I even test shot with the new settings before we left earlier! So upset. I'm hoping the others that were able to have their camera work, do indeed share their photos with me. Until then, I'll share the ones I have.


The theme was Fly Me to the Moon. It was held at the Arizona Science Center. The students even went in the Planetarium to see the stars, constellations etc and a roller coaster simulation show. Not sure of the correct name but I had gone with my girls on many field trips to see this! The older I got, I had to close my eyes or I would of gotten sick! Antonia said she loved it though! An employee even took photos of the kids in this room. Looks magical! (I'll share that photo last!)



These two have been dating for almost 6 months! They were best friends for 2 years. Jason is the sweetest kid too, we love him!




This girl is a pretty special one I tell ya! Yes she may drive us nuts but in the end, she's a great kid, super smart, has a job and still plays club soccer, as well as high school ball!



These two have been bff for years now! They met as teammates so long ago!



The ladies looked amazing!


Not sure why, but I'm a fan of these type of photos! I have been taking them for years! =) Here's another shot that's similar. I couldn't decide!

Isn't this shot amazing?! Reminds me of a romantic scene in a movie! 
Love it!
So there you have it my friends, my photos w my big girl camera and phone. If there are any great shots sent to me, I will add to this post!
Happy day to you!
xo

October 17, 2017

HOCO 2017

It's that time again! Homecoming for my beautiful girl. This year she's a junior and with the same busy, club soccer schedule. The weekend of the homecoming dance happened to fall on the same weekend of a soccer tournament. She had a game Friday night, and two games Saturday before the dance. Same deal, different year. She was lucky though she was able to make homecoming. A friend of hers had to miss it because her game was a half hour after the dance started. She had told me too that she bought her dress, ordered shoes online, and the day after her shoes arrived, she found out the tournament schedule. 🙈 My girls have been able to make it all these years to prom too, with their soccer schedule. They would rush home, get ready, we find somewhere with lighting that's close by to the school and boom! I take photos and they're off! 


Antonia started the day off with her first game at 9:50 am. This really means she needs to be at the field an hour earlier to warm up with team. Then we work backwards... If she needs to be at field at this time, and it takes 30 minutes to get there, we'll need to leave the house at this time. So I will wake up at this time and wake you up at that time. haha! Yes every game works this way. We lucked out for her second game bc it was at the same park. We ate lunch and watched Lele play before Antonia's second game at 1:00 pm. Yep, all in a day's work. 👍




dress & clutch  / Windsor
shoes  / Target


My girl & her bff, Blue. 💙


 My girl & her bff, Jason. 😊














Hoco theme: The Great Gatsby


Although both girls (yes bffs & teammates for years!) were exhausted from two games in the Arizona heat, they both said they had so much FUN! This was music to my ears. lol So happy for them! Both girls are extremely busy each week with club soccer and homework, and both maintain straight A's! Whoohoo! Yes this makes me happy! (just had to brag for a sec) 😄

Happy Taco Tuesday!
xo

September 3, 2016

Hello September

Wow! Time sure flies when you're super busy and having fun! My days are filled with working for Richard Garay, school, soccer and all the mom/wife stuff! Oh yeah and traveling to all the Be Amazing Tour stops for RG! And as of recently visiting my mom in Maryland. I went a few days early to the east coast to surprise her and it worked! I loved catching up with her in person and being able to hug her again & again! I call my mom every other morning on my drive to work to talk about our days. Seeing the look on her face when she realized it WAS really me standing in front of her, that was the best! I only wish my girls and Carlos could of been with me. (And yes, I will be returning my regularly scheduled blog posts! I miss it!)


Two teens in high school and our youngest in jr. high, yes ours days are super busy! I get home and either we need to go to this store for this & that, laundry, homework and my body is ready to say hello? I need to see the bed like now. The list goes on but I do love my job! Traveling is super fun and meeting all the coaches! Getting to know my co-workers that much better too with each trip is too funny. They crack me up and know me so well, and apparently the convention center staff do too that quick! Yes my co-workers spread the news about my eating habits! haha! (I eat many times throughout the day bc my metabolism is super FAST!) This is the latest shot of the Journey Crew in Virginia Beach from the observation deck (4th floor) overlooking the town and you can see the ocean from there! 


Did I mention I am still a Fun Stampers Journey coach? Do you love playing with paper and lots of stamps? Planners and pocket pages too? I got you covered! You can visit my FSJ site and browse away! If you cannot find an item, leave a comment or DM me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook! I'd love to help if I can and if you're local, I would LOVE to plan a crafty date! You can look through our gorgeous catalog that was released July 1st IRL! Have you looked through our Holiday Mini Trends catalog yet? You can purchase items through the end of this month! Click HERE to view! So many super cute products to choose from! What's your fave item to craft with? I have a long-- list! lol 
This collection above has to be my FAVORITE at the moment! Slice of Life. Super cute prints and yes on the flip side you can COLOR in yourself! Watercolors, pencils, anything you like! Visit shop to see all the stamps, color in washi & embellishments! AND I must mention the new watercolor pencils by FSJ! Love! And they color like buttah--! No joke!

I'd love to connect with you, whether you're local or on the east coast! I love happy mail, pocket letters and to share this AMAZING company! If you're interested in becoming a coach, you can DM me, send an email or browse the FSJ site and let me know your thoughts! No pressure! =)
Julie Garcia-Matus / Chandler, AZ

Have a safe and happy weekend my friends! 
xo

January 16, 2016

Happy 2016

Happy New Year only a few weeks later! lol Wow! This year has taken off super quick! I will come back this weekend and write a full post to let you know how 2016 is going so far! So much to share! In the meantime, if you're looking for a new venture, to connect with crafty people like yourself, to join a team that is growing by the day, and have a guy that never stops helping you along the way?!! Click on this link: Fun Stampers Journey and browse around! If you decide to join FSJ, choose me as your coach (Julie Garcia-Matus) and we can build this team together! 
Any questions, please send me an email. =)


Have a good night!
xo

October 24, 2015

Fall Fest Party

Happy weekend! I'm having an online catalog party! Shop from your home, bed, couch... lounging on a chaise lounge perhaps? lol Fall promotions ends Oct. 31st. Also you can earn free product w/any order over $50! We have a bunch of super cute stamps & more. The holidays are around the corner, have you created a wish list?!


We have more than just fall items available! Fun Stampers Journey has a brand new jewelry line too! If you love lockets for yourself or as a gift AND you can customize! Visit before the 31st to take advantage of the 20% off or browse and shop for more!


**Before you checkout and pay, you will be asked if you want to credit a party with your order. Please click & choose Party 1617 Julie Garcia-Matus

Happy shopping!