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Get Crafty!

November 11, 2009

Get Crafty! Project Demonstration

As if I didn’t already have enough reasons to love my school, SEBTS just had to give me one more reason to be absolutely smitten with them.

Each month the Women’s Life Center holds a Connecting Point meeting for a time of fellowship and fun for all Southeastern ladies. Each meeting has a different theme and last months theme was called “Get Crafty”. For this meeting different ladies were asked to host a table where they would bring a craft to showcase for anyone who was interested. The showcased crafts varied from jewelry making to sewing, from cooking to….yes…of course SCRAPBOOKING!  And to my surprise I was asked to host this table and showcase one of my projects.

To say that I was excited is an understatement. It should be obvious from my lack of blog posts that I haven’t really had an opportunity to do anything crafty in a while, so when I was asked to do a scrapbook demonstration I pounced on the opportunity. Thankfully my one year anniversary was right around the corner so I was able to tie the two events together and create two nice little 8 1/2 x 11″ layouts for my hubby.

I was so blessed to have several ladies choose my craft out of all the ones being offered and I had a great time teaching them my project. Here are some pictures from the event, courtesy of Kristel.


A Space of My Own!

August 18, 2009

The time has come and I have decided that I will finally reveal my new and improved “Scrap Space”!

I have playfully dubbed it the “Diva Den” and I think the name fits perfectly considering that it is full of the colors hot pink, black, and white. I think it is very chic and sophisticated, but my opinion might be a little biased considering that I’m critiquing my own space.

Honestly though I think my scrap room was very well thought out. I used a lot of hand-me-downs, like my desk, two little round tables, two end tables, bookshelf, storage cabinet, and four drawer shelf. My parents completely restored all of the furniture; they made it all look brand new by cleaning and painting each and every piece.

A lot of the things I used were things I already had just sitting around the house or taken from my old house. I created new uses for most of my objects and used them for storage purposes. Considering that I am such a girly girl I already had a lot of pink things that were made useful in my new space, especially all of the Hello Kitty things I just couldn’t get rid of.

In the end I think I managed to make good use of the space I was given (especially considering the fact that I’m sharing half of the room with my husband; the room was split in two to accommodate both of us). Although I wish I had more materials to fill some areas of my room I am thankful that God has blessed me with the amazing space to begin with. For now I will enjoy all of the materials I already own and the incredible space that I have been blessed with.

I hope my Diva Den will be a source of inspiration and hope for all of you ladies out there who are starting to create a scrap space of your very own or for those of you looking to re-vamp an already decorated scrap space. Whichever the case….enjoy the pics and feel free to leave comments, questions, and/or suggestions. Happy scrapping!

Drumroll please for the big reveal…..Tuh-dah!

My New Scrap Room: The Diva Den


Welcome to Wake Forest

August 18, 2009

Moving from Miami, FL all the way to Wake Forest, NC has definitely been a huge change for us! 

We’ve experienced culture shock to the extreme and we’re loving every minute of it. We feel so blessed to come to a place that is so beautiful and clean; full of life and gentleness. The people here are so warm-hearted and welcoming. We couldn’t have asked for a better transition than the one we’ve received. 

Part of our grand transition came from the help of our friends: Anne Marie, Kristel, and Alex. Without them we probably would have felt completely lost and alone. Thankfully Anne Marie was generous and thoughtful enough to make sure that our grand arrival was met with much care and devotion. 

Anne Marie created this awesome scrapbook for us that contained tons of useful information necessary to survive our first year in North Carolina. It has all of the best supermarkets, all the nearby wifi locations, good restaurants, and even places where we can eat Cuban food. This album really helped to make NC feel like our new home.

Thank you Anne Marie for making our arrival to Wake Forest a very special event! 

Welcome to Wake Forest Album

Home Sweet Home

August 11, 2009


The Goenaga's Move In to Wake Forest, NC

The Goenaga's Move In to Wake Forest


Yes, I know it’s been a while and I haven’t had a chance to catch you guys up with what’s been going on. I’m sorry to all you readers who actually follow along with my blog, but I have good news…

I’m back to blogging! YAY! (And the crowd goes wild…or at least I do!) 

As most of you know already my husband and I recently moved to Wake Forest, North Carolina (the greatest place on earth) exactly 11 days ago. We came here to attend seminary at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Leonard will be getting his Master of Divinity in Apologetics while I will be pursuing a Master of  Divinity in Biblical Counseling. We are both really excited to start school and even more excited to explore the town of Wake Forest and all of the surrounding areas.

Thankfully we have a good group of friends from Miami already here in Wake Forest who have helped us get situated and acquainted with this big change. (Thanks Anne Marie, Kristel and Alex! You guys are amazing!) 

Although things are finally beginning to settle down, about a week of my life was spent surrounded by boxes and bubble wrap. There were moments when I contemplated jumping off of my balcony just to get away from the excess amount of packing materials, but thankfully a container of banana baby food calmed me down and knocked enough sense into me to change my mind. 

On the brighter side of things, we have completely unpacked our lives into our new home and it looks amazing. I will be posting a video tour of our house within the next couple of days for your enjoyment. I will also be posting a very special video tour that shows off my (drumroll please) brand new SCRAPBOOK STUDIO! Hopefully you’re as excited as I am because I’ve planned a three hour long video segment that really shows off, in detail, my scrap space. Just kidding, but that probably wouldn’t be too bad of an idea. 

After years of hoping and praying for an awesome space to scrap I finally have my dream studio and of course I followed through with my fav color combo: black, pink and white. I’m not gonna lie…it looks freaking FAAAAN-TAS-TIC! Now all that’s left to do is to find a group of scrapbookers over here NC, which I’m finding might be a little harder than I thought considering that they have no privately owned scrapbooking stores in my area. Sad, but true. I guess this will be my new mission in the next couple of weeks. 

I promise this time to keep you updated on all that is going on in my adventure-filled scraplife. Until next time…happy scrapping!

…and the countdown begins!

July 26, 2009

Our big move to Wake Forest, North Carolina takes place in exactly five days! (Crazy, I know!)

Although I am ecstatic to move into our very first “real home” and start grad school, the whole move is rather bitter sweet.

On one hand I am excited that God has blessed us with the opportunity to move to a new place and start a new chapter in our lives, but on the other hand I’m a nervous wreck because this will be the first time that I’ve ever lived away from my family.

Things sure are going to be different, but I’m definitely trying to look on the bright side of things. Although I”m almost positive that I will suffer from some sort of separation anxiety I know that God is going take care of us throughout all of our triumphs and struggles.

So regardless of whether or not I’m scared out of my mind, North Carolina will have to be ready for the Goenaga’s…because we’re on our way!  

Here are some pictures from our last visit to Wake Forest in November of 2008. It’s thrilling to think that I’ll be living here in less than a week! 

Why I Love the MDPLS Reason # 3:

July 22, 2009

If you didn’t already know, I am proud to tell you that I am completely obsessed with the Miami Dade Public Library System. Not only can I check out all of my favorite books and movies for free I can also use their wireless internet for free (reasons 1 and 2 of why I love the mdpls), but just when I thought the library couldn’t get any better I found out that they have an Adult Scrapbooking Club that is also, yet again, free! 

Once a month anyone from the community who is interested in coming to a free crop and idea share can sign up to join fellow scrappers at any participating Miami-Dade library. I consider it a blessing from God that I just happened to scan their schedule of events about two weeks ago and signed up both myself and my husband for this fantabulous scrap adventure! 

Not only did I finally get some quality scrap time, I also shared some great ideas with fellow scrappers and received a bunch of neat ideas in return. To say that I had a great time would be an understatement. I am so glad that I had a chance to attend the club, but am devastated that it was my first and last time, considering that we make our big move to North Carolina in just 10 days

Thankfully my husband took a few pictures so that I can remember this very special day. Good luck ladies with all of your scrap endeavors! 

For more information on events in a Miami-Dade Public Library near you check out their events page to find more Adult Scrapbooking Clubs, as well as many more free events and programs offered to children, teens, and adults.

Scrapbook Steals!

July 17, 2009

My older sister Erica purchased a beautiful K&Company 12×12 scrapbook album for me for my birthday this June. I absolutely loved the album, but figured that I could probably get a lot more materials for the money she spent on just the album alone so I returned it back to Michael’s to see what I could get with $16.25 I received in credit. 

Within minutes of being in the store my husband managed to find the scrapbook clearance section (in hopes of speeding up the shopping process, taking into consideration the fact that I am an incredibly slow shopper). I walked over to the aisle thinking that it was going to be the same old outdated materials I’ve seen time and time again, but to my surprise I managed to nab all of this: 

This is a summary of my receipt: 
8×8 paper tablet: $1.99
Rub-ons: $0.97
Chipboard letters: $1.97
Gemstones: $1.47
Fancystix flowers: $0.97 each
Round Pebbles: $1.47
Heart Pebbles: $1.47
Luxury Ribbons: $1.97

Other items not pictured:
foam brush set: $1.99
Travel 12×12 sheet: $0.59

Total (with tax): $16.73

With my credit from the album I literally paid change! If this isn’t a scrapbook steal, then I don’t know what is!

Scrap Out the Mess!

July 8, 2009

Do you have a whole lot of scrapbook materials that you never seem to get use of? Are you never able to find just the right paper that you’re looking for? Do you often purchase more than one of the same item because you forgot you had it buried somewhere at home? Well to help cut out the clutter, I have a few unique solutions to help make your scrap-space more organized and efficient! 

When I got into hardcore scrapbooking I dealt with all of these issues several times a week! It was often hard for me to find just the right paper or embellishment amidst a pile of materials scattered across a tiny table. It wasn’t until I became organizationally aware of my space that I began to use it to the best of my ability and my scrap-time became more productive. 

This is a picture of me in my current space. It is tiny and cluttered, but for all it’s worth it has made me much more scrap efficient. Once we move to North Carolina at the end of this month I will have an entire room dedicated just to scrapbooking, which will allow me to utilize my space much better, but for now I love my little space.  

Me in my tiny, yet awesome scrap space!

Here are a few solutions to help “Scrap Out the Mess”: 

-Organize all of your paper by colors (solid and patterned) and then place them into accordion file folders. I purchased 8×10 accordions from Target years ago and they only cost me $2 each on sale! My mother managed to find me a 12×12 accordion from a garage sale for only $1. Maybe you won’t be able to find them for these exact prices, but search around and you’ll be surprised how cheap you can buy them for.

 Accordion Folder Side View Accordion Folder Top View






-Organize all of your embellishments by theme (birthday, holiday, baby, wedding, floral, etc). For a cheap alternative to the “Clip it Up” you can purchase colorful pencil cases and organize your embellishments by themes, even colors. I purchased miniature wicker baskets in black from IKEA and added decorative ribbons in pink (to match my scrap space) and use them to store some of my most recently purchased embellishments so that I can always have them in sight. 

 Black Wicker Baskets for Embellishments Tin Case for Pictures and Plastic Container for Stamps






-Recycle your pasta sauce jars and tin cans to keep small embellishments from getting lost. Wash and decorate them to add some personal flair to your scrap space. I keep all of my floral embellishments in tiny glass jars that I purchased from IKEA (five for only $5). I leave them out on display for easy access and for pure decoration. 
Glass Jars for Floral Embellishments Prima Floral Embellishment Jars  






-Use a paper towel roll holder to store and organize ribbon spools. For scattered ribbons pieces, get popsicle sticks and wrap your leftovers around them.

-Use tackle boxes to store your tiniest embellishments, such as brads, eyelets, and buttons. The clear plastic ones are great because you can always see what you have without having to open it up!

Clear Tackle Box for Buttons and Tiny Ribbon Spools  Gray Tackle Box for Eyelets & Brads





-Use a bulletin or magnetic board to keep your most recent layouts and ideas on display at all times. When you get a new embellishment that you absolutely love, stick it up in plain view to keep you inspired and motivated. 

My Idea/Inspiration Board






-Use small colorful plastic cups to hold journaling pens, scissors, and glue sticks. When I began organizing all of my materials I used cute little black and white cups that I purchased for about 50 cents from Target. Now that I have a larger space and many more materials I have upgraded to the Making Memories Desktop Carousel, which was much more pricey, but completely worth every penny! 

Making Memories Desktop Carousel


Making Memories Desktop Carousel Top View






These are only a few of the many organizational tips that you can use to “Scrap Out the Mess” in your scrap space. If you have any questions on how to utilize a small space or even a larger space please leave a comment at the end of this post. If you have additional ideas on how to make your scrap space more efficient please leave a comment too! Throughout the next two months I hope to add more and more organizational tips to my blog as I transition into my new and improved space. 

What are you waiting for? Get to work and start scrapping the mess!

Basking in My Independence!

July 5, 2009

4th of July! 2009

Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

July 3, 2009

Back in May my friend Kristel celebrated her 24th birthday and I made her a cute little frame (in my fav colors of course) as a gift. I loved it so much that I almost didn’t want to part with it. Thankfully I was able to loosen up my dino-grip off of the gift long enough to package it up, address it, and mail it out, but of course I had to commemorate the occasion. Therefore I created this little comic strip that I cleverly named “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”. Although I no longer get to look at the frame, at least Kristel gets to put it to good use! 

Happy two months after your birthday Kristel! 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered!