Monday, June 27, 2016

SDCC Essentials!

SDCC Essentials!

SDCC Essentials! by usagimylene 

SDCC is almost here and I can't wait!! I get to be among fellow geeks, shopping, attending panels, events, and standing in long lines for hours! I get to be in sunny San Diego enjoying some sun but most of all, I get to be friends! Friends I haven't seen since last year!

It's going to be great!

I'm here today to share with you some of my SDCC essentials. It's another one of my favorite things to do for SDCC and that is to plan! I need to make sure I have everything with me so I'm not running around trying to find a store and buy it! That time could be spent with friends or trying to tackle a booth!

1. Reusable shopping bag - I always have a couple with me because you never know when you may need it. Backpacks, shoulder bags, cross body bags, what have you will get heavy and sometimes you need to shift some things around to make you more comftorable. A reusable bag comes in handy. I own the panda one in this photo and it's the cutest things ever. It's not that sturdy so shoving in a statue won't help but if I have snacks with me and want them out of my backpack, it works. 

2. BB-8 lanyard - I know we all sub to a lot of geeky boxes and they always comes with a lanyard so instead of rocking a generic one from SDCC (though thank you SDCC for giving them out) rock one that screams who you are! Or put that Loot Crate box full of lanyards to good use. 

3. Sun block - It's sunny San Diego and the sun will be out. It will be on full blast so make sure to have your sun block with you! I have sadly let myself be burn by the sun and it hurts the next day. You really don't want to be uncomfortable in your skin while at the con. Also, SKIN CANCER guys! Let's prevent the risk of that. Spray cans are my go to now because I can toss them into the side pocket of my back pack and I don't run the risk of a tube breaking open and getting goo every where. 

4. Water bottle - Sometimes water fountains are few and far while you are running around the con and a bottle from the carts inside can be almost 5 bucks! Bring your own water bottle so you have access to water and when you do run into a water fountain, fill her right up. Sorry Southern California folks but I don't like the way your water taste so I have one with a filter. 

5. Hand sanitizer - Folks, you are touching things that other folks are touching and let's be real, some folks still don't understand the concept of hygiene. Con crud is really folks so bring a bottle or two with you! This way if there is no bathroom near by, you can still clean your hands!

6. Backpack - I have learned that I need to bring a backpack. As much as I want to bring my tote bag or my crossbody bag, by the middle of the day one shoulder is hurting. A backpack makes my life much easier. 

7. Sketch book - Thanks to a few of my friends, I have started getting sketches at cons and I have added this to my list off must have items. I'm running out of wall space for the awesome prints I see so I started a sketch book. It's a nice size and I can show it off just as much as I can show off my prints. 

8. Poster tube - You will buy prints. You will get posters for free. You will be stuck carrying tons of paper. A poster tube will make life easier and keep those items as damaged free as possible. Also, most airlines will let you bring the poster tube on your flight as a part of your carry on. 

9. USB cord - My phone takes a micro USB and I have one at all times because you're phone will drain out. I have a retractable one because I love that I can make it short or as long as I need too!

10. Portable battery charger - I actually have three of them! 2 small ones from when I had an iphone 4 so that charge my Galaxy about half way and a nice brick that will give me 2.5 charges. Checking your phone for those text messages, tweets about giveaways, check in's on FB, phone calls, will take a toll on your phone and you don't want a dead battery by 2pm! My brick one has multiple USB plugs so I can not only charge my phone but another electronic like my 3DS or a friends phone. 

So there you have it, my list of SDCC essentials! What are some of the items on your essentials list? Is there something you think I should bring with me? 

Are you guys ready for SDCC?!?!!?

Disclaimer: If you click on the links and make a purchase from Amazon, I'll get a little kickback for it. Also, I don't own that exact battery charger but all my chargers have been random ones from Amazon and have been great!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Project Life: Japan Trip 2015 Fushimi Inari Shrine


I'm back with another Project Life post! This time it's the photos of our visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. I made a blog post about it which you can read here. Working on my album for the Japan trip has been a slow processes. I think I mentioned in my last Project Life post, I'm doing on day at a time in some kind of order so I don't get overwhelmed. It happend when I was working on my UK album back in 2014 that I haven't touched it in a year.

Also working with these photos, I hit a major roadblock because of the colors. I was trying to stay within the color range and I ran out of cards and ideas. But I finally finished it and it's been placed into the binder.


This is the first page and it's just the entrance of the shrine. The walkway with the lanterns was my favorite part and I love how that photo came out. I didn't want to make a huge title for the layouts so I wrote the name of the shrine on a 3x4 phot of us in photoshop and printed that out.




More photos of us in front and the steps of what to do before walking in. You have to cleanse yourself before stepping foot inside. I stamped the TODAY onto a project life card using stamps from Kelly Purkey. They are a bit on the expensive side but I love the design.



I created a card that talks about the Shrine and added a map of the entire shrine/trail that I grabbed online. I bought the instax printer and printed a photo I took on my phone onto instax film. The other photos are of me and Jaime walking the trail.


Not going to lie, I like using the printer more then the actual camera.


More photos of us walking the trail. There were stops through out where you could take a breather, buying some talismans, charms, prayer cards which you can leave at the shrine, and in the photo with Jaime you could light a candle for prayer. He did that in honor of his best friend Karen who lost her battle with cancer three-four years ago and never made it to Japan.


I made that "card" using scrapbooking paper and a wooded heart. I was struggling with what to put in there and I just eneded up creating that. I love that pattern paper so much.


The next page was all the green we came across as we walked the trails. It was beautiful. Also, there were so many statues of foxes which are very important and I made a card and included that info. As I mentioned in my post about the trip, after a while we got to the point where it became Spider forest.

Jaime and I ran away.


The final page was my lunch! We are such foodies and I love to document our adventures with food. You exited and got back to the bottom there were food stalls. We bought Takoyaki which I love so much and I tried quail for the first time. It was interesting and not something I probably eat again. Jaime finished it though!


And there you have my layouts for Fushimi Inari Shrine. This was an interesting layout to create but I had fun. I think the best thing about creating this scrapbook is I get to relive this trip all over again!

I'm also working on figuring out the best way to photograph my layouts. It's been an interesting project on my blog but I'm having fun figuring it out and of course sharing my work! I'm hoping to get better at this photographing thing again.

What have you been up to creative wise?

Thanks for reading!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Small Goals {June 2016}


I can't believe it's June already. Where has the time gone? I'm leaving on vacation next week to NYC and DC. I'm totally excited for this trip. I've never been to DC and this will be my second trip to NYC. I'm so hoping for lottery tickets to HAMILTON.

I'm here with my small goals for June. I didn't create any for May. May was such a tough month for me scheduling wise. My 3am wake ups got the best of me and I fell into this bottomless pit of going home and not talking to anyone or anything. I'm digging myself out of it now so here's hoping for some good times.

So let me review my April goals!


April Goals:


 Pay off one credit card - I actually managed to pay off two and still have some money for this trip. I am so proud!

Get my phone looked at/fixed- Nope. I really should try to get this done before I leave.  

 Set up all of my April blog post in advance - Did . Not . Happen . 

 Run once a week - I ran about three times so I got somewhere lol

I like having goals. They help me make a to do list but it's a list where I won't feel bad if it didn't get completed. And with that, here are my June goals!


June Goals:


 Write at least two articles for Agents of Geek - I became Editor and then I got my second job and nothing. I need to get my film reviews up!

Get my phone looked at/fixed- Let's try this again!

 Visit Nintendo World while in NYC - Hey, that can totally be a goal! I'm excited to be able to visit the store! I gotta remember to bring my Nintendo DS too! And speaking of DS

  Check into my Animal Crossing game - Yea, I haven't played Animal Crossing in three months. My town is going to be so mad at me. 

Clearly we know where my priories are right now but this is why they are small goals. Simple things and nothing that will go bust if I don't get to them. 

Any awesome plans for the month of June? How are your goals going? 

Have a great weekend!!
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