my travel sketchbook: Arizona

Please pardon my dust, as I get back to this thing called blogging.
Last month I’ve had a chance to attend crafters’ paradise show, a.k.a. Creativation (former CHA) in Phoenix with my ever so supportive hubby. I’ve kept a travel sketchbook with me throughout the trip and filled it with notes, instax photos, doodles and little sketches about our Arizona adventures. I was able to work on my sketchbook each night back at the hotel, allowing me to complete 90% of it by the time I got home. I’ve kept it simple, adding only a few stickers and washi tapes I’ve brought with me on this trip.
The album is Heidi Swapp’s instax album I got in Michael’s couple of months ago. It has nice white pages that looked thick enough to possibly hold watercolours AND it has vellum on every other page *insert all the heart eyes emojis here* I used the white pages for my Instax photos and sketches (which worked out great by the way, warping only a little bit when I did a full painted page) and vellum pages for journaling. I loved the whole see-through pages look throughout the sketchbook. Vellum is just my favourite 🙂
Anyways, here it is, my Arizona sketchbook start to finish.

I’m so glad both my husband and I have kept up our daily notes no matter how tired we were each night after days’ excursions. Little (and even not so little) details disappear quickly and I really wanted to capture as much of our trip as possible while the memories were still fresh.
I am also currently working on a travel 6″x8″ scrapbook album of this Arizona trip. I’ll share the finish pages here as well, so stay tuned for that 😉

thank you for visiting and checking out my sketchbook! if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to answer them promptly.


CHA 2015 re-cap or dreams becoming a reality and how I almost lost my shoe in the Pacific ocean

I know it’s a bit late, but I thought I would write a little re-cap of my trip to California last month.
The main reason for my trip was to attend CHA 2015. The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) 2015 Conference & Trade Show (CHA MEGA Show) is the largest craft trade marketplace in the world and it took place January 9-13, 2015 in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center. There were over 400(!) exhibitors and 3,000 buyers from 55 countries. It was basically scrapbooker’s/crafter’s paradise. To give you a glimpse of just how big this event was I took a timelapse video of me walking around on the show floor, which took 25 minutes in real time and I didn’t even cover all of the exhibits.

CHA 2015 timelapse from Olya Schmidt on Vimeo.
Like I said, the entire convention center was used and it’s huuuuuge. My mind was so (happily) overwhelmed on the first day that by 3pm I had to go back to my hotel room and take a nap. SO. MUCH. GOODNESS.
During CHA I got to meet some of my scrapbook idols that have been my inspiration for years. I met Amy Tangerine, Liz Kartchner from Dear Lizzy, Becky Higgins (creator of Project Life), Heidi Swapp, Shimelle and many other stars of the creative world. I also got to finally meet some of my Instagram friends in person, like Cathy, Vanessa, Laura, Abby, as well as some ladies from my two Design Teams: Citrus Twist and me & my BIG ideas.
If you have told me a year ago that I would get to meet all these wonderful ladies IN PERSON one day, let alone call many of them my friends, I would tell you that you’re crazy. I wouldn’t even dare to dream about this, and here I was living that dream. I can’t even grasp the fact that not only the people I’ve been looking up for years took the time to talk to me and let me ramble on about their significance in my life, they actually noticed me. Amy mentioned me as one of her “Five Cute Finds from CHA 2015” youtube video. Becky instagrammed the portrait of her dog Oreo that I gave her AND included me in her CHA re-cap blog post. Liz introduced me to Studio Calico team, who watched me sketch her Fine & Dandy booth on location. Heidi made me a gold foil print from her new Minc machine and talked to me about her life in Vancouver. Oh, to top it all Amy invited me over to her house for dinner and showed me around her studio. This is the kind of situation where one says “I can’t even..” I just feel blessed and grateful beyond measure.(null)
After 4 incredible days at CHA in Anaheim I got a chance to explore Los Angeles. I got to see the Hollywood sign and sketch it from Griffith Observatory, had lunch in Beverly hills, spend an afternoon at the Santa Monica pier (where indeed I almost lost my shoe to the Pacific ocean while taking photos and thinking “i’ll just drop my shoes here, the waves are far enough and won’t reach me. *insert a laughing emoji here* those waves just kept rolling in, and once they did they took one of my shoes with them into the ocean. I promptly grabbed it, while trying to act all cool, and had to spend the rest of the day in wet and sandy shoes. Keeping classy since 1986, people). I saw the Urban Lights sculpture, walked on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, took the Hop On Hop Off bus on 3 different routes throughout LA and learned so much about that gorgeous city.
(null)The weather was amazing and I had some serious California withdrawal for 3 days when I got back to cold, rainy Vancouver. This trip was nothing short of magical, amazing dream come true and I’m beyond thankful for this incredible opportunity.
P.S. Stay tuned for my CHA/LA project life album post.
P.P.S. If you’re still reading this, you get two golden stars and a cookie : )

Scrapbooking on the go

Hello, lovelies
I thought I would show you what I packed with me for making a scrapbook/mini album while traveling.
This is what I brought with me for my California trip, which includes CHA Megashow in Anaheim and sightseeing in Los Angeles. In my bag there are:
1. embellishments.
2. child-safe (aka airport safe) scissors.
3. travel journal, which holds all my notes & confirmation print outs.
4. moleskin watercolour sketchbook.
5. stamps.
6. glue runner.
7. pens and waterbrushes.
8. Project Life journaling cards.
9. 6×8 album with page protectors.
10. wireless Selphy printer.
11. pencil with washi tape samples.
**what’s not pictured: koi watercolour set, stamp ink cleaner, iphone, chargers for all the devices that need it, printer ink + paper.
I plan on taking photos using only my iPhone, printing a day’s worth of memories using the wireless printer via Canon Selphy app, and then scrapbooking it all every night in my hotel room. (cause that’s how I party 😉 ). I also plan on doing some urban sketching, mostly around LA but hopefully Anaheim too.
If you want to follow my California crafty adventure, be sure to follow me on Instagram 🙂