Thursday, January 5, 2012

Taking a Break

I have another blog update! I've recently started taking a photoshop class and hope to advance as a graphic designer. Til then, I'll be taking a break from blogland. Sorry in advance if this causes any inconvenience.

I hope you're all off to a great start to the new year! Be the first to know when my site is back up and running by following this blog! Thanks, and feel free to drop me a message for any special requests, questions and/or comments at

Warm wishes,

Friday, December 23, 2011

Leave of Absence

Hi all! I sincerely apologize for my recent absence. Don't worry, I haven't gone anywhere. :) I should be back, up and running, in January.

Before I disappear off into wonderland, here's a quickpage from my exclusive Grilled Sammich mini kit. I've also included the same quickpage without the frame. Simply click on the preview to download:

I wish you all a happy and warm holiday season!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Grilled Sammich Mini Kit Giveaway

The winners of the Grilled Sammich Mini Kit by No Ordinary Kinna are:

#1 Shuckclod
#2 Myak808

Congratulations!! Please send an email if you haven't already with your full name and e-mail address to to claim this giveaway! Have fun scrapping!

If you enjoy digital scrapbooking or have ever wanted to try the craft, I have a cute and fun giveaway for you! This kit can be great for picnics and barbecues.. but I personally enjoyed it to scrap pages of me and my six year old niece's first time cooking and making sandwiches together. :)<3 Enter for a chance to win!

Grilled Sammich Mini Kit Giveaway

FIVE No Ordinary Kinna followers will win a Grilled Sammich Mini Kit. Giveaway includes:

  • Grilled Sammich Mini Kit by No Ordinary Kinna
  • Sunburst Templates by No Ordinary Kinna

How to Enter

To be entered to win the Grilled Sammich Mini Kit Giveaway, all you have to do is follow this blog with an account (see: 'Accepting Followers' in the sidebar) and comment this post with your favorite sandwich ingredient, and you're entered.

Contest ends Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 8pm PST. One entry per person, please. Winners will be chosen by, and notified by email (if linked to your account) and through this blog. Giveaway provided by Kiran Saeed.

Good luck you guys!


Oh and psssst... There are a few extra tid bits in the Grilled Sammich kit that aren't shown in the preview! ;) In addition, here's a freebie to bring more creativity and excitement to your pages. Click on the preview to download:

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What's Sticky

Lo and behold, I'm starting a Tumblr after all. :)

What happened was that I started blogging in this very post when suddenly I realized that what I was writing about was completely out of sync with this blog. I scurried over to the next room and asked my housemate, "remember that book I shared with you the other day? The weird one. Would it be weird if I shared it in my blog?" As those words came out of my mouth, I knew. I knew that if I had to ask about it, I had my answer.

What's Sticky may have slight overlap with some pictures or stories I share here, but it'll be nothing like this creative blog. It's purpose will be to log random things I come across on a day-to-day basis. Things that stick. It's marketing-related. Anyways, I'm rambling.. if you're looking for freebies, tutorials and giveaways, you've come to the right place. :)

Speaking of things that stick... I came across this funny, out of the ordinary picture the other day and it sparked my interest to make a new mini kit!

What do you make of this picture?

Haha, this made me chuckle. :) I'm almost done but I have a few more elements in mind that I'd like to add before I post it as... a giveaway! Details to be announced soon! Here's a sneak preview of what most of it looks like:

And just to celebrate my new Tumblr, here's a freebie for you! Click on the preview to download:

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Busy, Busy Bees

This week has been fairly busy. I've been applying for a very important internship, working on a few side projects, balancing my budget, researching fun and interesting marketing books and jogging in my spare time to shake off the jitterbugs. It feels great to finally take a break with my hot cup of jasmine honey tea and crunchy nut thins (have you tried these? they're new, nutritious and very delicious! you can find them here), and blog to you guys.

I was digging through some digiscrapbooking pages from over the last two years and thought I might share some every now and then for inspiration. I'll be sure to link any quickpages I have used for you to pick up.

Back in late 2009, I became an active member of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) at UC Riverside and immediately joined the board as Historian Chair. UNICEF is dedicated to saving the innocent lives of children across the globe through humanitarian efforts and collecting funds.

Thousands of children die from preventable causes every day. Children, who for lack of clean water or food or basic medical care, won't get to grow up. On behalf of the world's children, UNICEF strives to reduce that number to zero. You can join their efforts through their website or help by donating here.

Joining UNICEF at UCR sparked my interest to play a more active role in our community. It was such a pleasure to work among fellow students who were also passionate about giving back and making a real difference. As Historian Chair, I blogged about our activities on the UNICEF at UCR Website (due to technical and financial circumstances, the original website has been taken down), took meeting and event pictures, and scrapbooked to my heart's content. :) So don't be surprised if you see 'UNICEF' stamped on many of the pages I'll be sharing over the next few months. Here's one that inspired a freebie I made below:

Kit: Le Petit Poodle

Since my schedule has been pretty busy the last couple of weeks, I made an agenda/ weekly planner for you other busy bees out there! I hope it comes in handy. :) Just click on the preview to download:

Make sure to stop by soon for upcoming giveaways, freebies, tutorials and updates!
Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cyber Week Sales

Did you miss Black Friday? Wish you could get more shopping done?

For those of you who don't know about Cyber Monday, many popular online stores like Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart are all having a Black Friday after-party... All. Week. LONG! So here's the scoop in what you should look out for:

First things first, right off the bat you should know that is a leading competitor during Cyber Week. If you're looking for something, anything, in particular, (compare all you want but) Amazon is probably you're go-to for the best deals.

What We Love!

Go cheaper (and sleeeker): Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP Digital Camera ($229.00 $172.00)
Compare: Amazon's Cyber Week in Camera, Photo and Video

Go cheaper: (Click 2 GB option) SanDisk Sansa Clip 2 GB MP3 Player ($39.99 $29.99)
Compare: I have one! Who needs an iPod? These are incredibly durable, compact, have an easy-to-use interface and are perfect for walking and/or jogging!.. all this for only half the price! You won't be disappointed.

Go cheaper: Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas ($14.00 $10.99)
Compare: I enjoy a good memoir. Do you? Read a free excerpt from each book and find out!

What to Avoid...

Why?: I'll hand it to ya, this is one heck of a deal! But unless you have your own television show on Food Network, ditch the upscaled-version for what you really need, a standard mixer. Let's face it, you want something that gets the job done, without fusing your circuit breaker.
Try This: KitchenAid Classic Plus Tilt Head 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer ($199.00 $179.00)

Why?: Hold it right there. I thought we were looking for a Cyber Week sale.
Try This: GiGi Wax Warmer Model 0225 ($49.95 $24.99)

Why?: This does seem like a great gift for creative artists and photographers at first, but let's cut the fancy equipment and use Google Images, a free search engine, for inspiration instead!
Try This: Photojojo! Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY Ideas by Amit Gupta ($21.99 $14.80)

      Monday, November 28, 2011

      All Aboard the Tag Train!

      I'm not one for chain letters but I came across this one post in Trixie Scraps and thought it might be fun and insightful to rekindle a take on the concept of 'Blog Tagging.' The purpose of blog tagging is to get to know your authors on a personal level, connect as a blogging community and perhaps learn something new on your blogging ventures. ..Come tag along and join us!

      Now, seven random things about me:
      1. 819 is my birthday (August 19), and it's also the time I was born (8:19am).
      2. My passion, aside from digiscrapping and photography, is comedy improv. I spent the last half of my high school wanting to be as quick witted and funny as our drama club improvers. Two years later in college, I finally had enough courage, and the knowledge to start my own team.
      3. If I had to choose one meal to eat for the rest of my life, it would be cereal. It's nutritious, tasty and a perfect combination of dry and wet foods so I can stay hydrated. nom nom nom...
      4. I don't know how, but grammar and spelling is somehow programmed into me. Give me a paper to edit and I will fill your margins like a computer! (*This doesn't always work on my own writing. I usually have to take a long breather before coming back to see what I did wrong.)
      5. Elephants are Awesome. True Story.
      6. The title No Ordinary Kinna is adapted from the TV series "No Ordinary Family," which to my great dismay got cancelled. :(
      7. Gandhi is my hero and mentor. Sometimes I wish I could have been alive during his strife for peace and justice. Just to talk to him, walk alongside him and understand him better.

      Alright, there you have it! Seven completely random facts about me. Did you think of a favorite food or quirk while reading about mine? Share em in the comments below!

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