Saturday, April 12, 2014

Crafty Happy Hour at Packinghouse Brewing Co.

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Join Mothership Scrapbook Gal to make some Mother's Day Cards for your mom, grandma, aunt - any mother figure at the Packinghouse Brewing Co. Pint Night
 
When:  Friday, April 18th, 5-7 pm
Where:  Packinghouse Brewing Co., 6422 Central Ave, Suite 101-A, Riverside
Cost: $5 per handmade project
Theme:  Mother's Day 

No experience is required. Make a special handmade card in about 7-10 minutes and enjoy some refreshing craft brews! All embellishments such as pre-punched papers, stamped sentiments, stickers, buttons and adhesives are provided.

This event is open to everyone - crafters and non-creative guys and guys - my crafty team and I will help you!!! Bring your family and friends!
 
Something Sweet by Serina will be there. If you need your sugar fix before CHH - please go visit their new bakery storefront on the Main Street Mall at 3569 Main Street (between Proabition & Gram's BBQ), tell them we sent ya!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Guest Blog: Advice for Internship Success!

Guest Blogger & Intern Rock Star Samreen Sandhu 
is back today on the blog:

Many of you have seen me at Mothership Scrapbook Gal craft events for almost a year now.  During the past year I’ve enjoyed this marketing internship and would actually like to share some aspects of the business formalities that I have learned. These apply to any internship in any industry! They aren’t things I’ve mastered but are what I try to do.

Here we go!

Tip 1:  Be early.

In the words of the great football coach Vince Lombardi:  “If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re late…don’t bother showing up."

   If you know me you may know that tend to run late; fashionably, of course :)  But in the real world of business, this does not fly! If being on-time is early for you, then you’ve got to step your game up. On-time is LATE! Regardless of how hard you work, your punctuality is a heavy factor in the impression you leave with your supervisor(s).  So, be on time!

Tip 2:  If you're late, COMMUNICATE.

   However, if for some unavoidable reason you will be late or absent or your car REALLY is on fire, do yourself a favor and communicate with your supervisor(s). This goes beyond attendance and into task deadlines.  Sure, you might want to spare the awkwardness, but that discomfort only grows exponentially with time so let your problems be known! Chances are, your boss is still an understanding human being.

Tip 3:  No task is menial, just do it.

  Whatever your tasks are, whether extremely important to the image of the business or simply what they call Cinderella's job (i.e., the grunt work!), just DO IT. You’re an intern and you’re probably not getting paid. But you’re working for a few fancy lines on your resume and a kick-butt letter of recommendation (and maybe even a job after you’re done)! Every business has those tasks that seem tedious but someone’s got to do them and the actual employees are doing the big-kid stuff so just SHHHHH. Your capabilities and efficiency in these minor tasks are indications of your temperament and work ethic, so if you do well you’ll be assigned more difficult tasks. And then you (might) wish you were still doing some the small stuff.
Tip 4:  If you don't know what you're doing, COMMUNICATE.

   If you are the least bit confused or overwhelmed, then please, for everyone’s sake, don’t sit there nodding your head and pretending like you get it. Because the person who clarifies before working will do a much better job than the person who “gets it” but really doesn’t. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed. The more questions you ask, the more it looks like you actually care for doing things properly, and the more comfortable you will become with facing uncertainty. And be sure to document everything you do. You do more work than you think you do. Make a public document! Sharing is caring.

Tip 5:  Do some extra homework and 
research to be on top of YOUR game.

  Once you’ve gotten a hold of things, remember you’re not just working for your supervisor. You’re a (tiny) part of an entire organization. Ensure alignment of your personal goals and values with those of the business. You also need to be AWARE of what the heck is going on in the industry! Be on the look-out of what similar companies are up to, what works, what doesn’t, and most importantly, what is currently trending in your business as well as your customers’ changing interests. If you don’t, you won’t feel as connected to your tasks.
Tip 6:  Network - make YOUR own connections!

   Also, remember you’re only there for a limited amount of time. BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with people. Don’t network to “make friends” and later use their positions to your advantage. Be genuine and show your interest and they will like you for who you are. Who knows what you’ll get out of those relationships - in the photos above you I am with two awesome ladies that I have met through my internship.  On the left is Eileen Hull, a designer for Sizzix and on the right is Tina Keyner, an amazing photographer (she took the professional photos for Mothership Scrapbook Gal) and also a craft industry salesperson!  It was cool to meet these ladies at the Craft and Hobby Association's Annual Tradeshow and of course - follow and engage with them on social media (my favorite being --- INSTAGRAM!)

Tip 7:  Add value to the business, make suggestions!

   The MOST IMPORTANT part of an internship is not what you gain from the business experience but WHAT THE BUSINESS GAINS FROM YOU. Add value to the company! Don’t be content with accomplishing the bare minimum in your assignments; anyone could do that. Think of the bigger picture and make suggestions based on your observations. These could include changing the filing system, recommending a switch to electronic data versus paper, or suggesting new projects and collaborations. There’s no such thing as a stupid idea – okay, you might disagree – BUT if your idea is a hit then the courage of suggesting it was well worth it! You’ll achieve a sense of pride, knowing you have actually made a difference in the productivity of a large organization. Those fresh ideas are what businesses seek in prospective employees. Mediocre work is simply accepted and overlooked – why shouldn’t it be? – while making a positive change in an organization is applauded. Now THAT is something to be proud of on your resume.

Tip 8:  Have fun and be sure to get that letter of recommendation!

   Lastly, have fun and be sure to request a letter of recommendation.  If you have any questions, please comment on this blog post!

- Samreen aka that girl at the Crafty Happy Hour Check-in Table!


Quick note from the Rina Gonzales, Owner of Mothership Scrapbook Gal:  Samreen Sandu is a Business Major with a Finance Concentration and Minor in Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside; she is a transfer student from De Anza Community College.  She found the notice regarding the Mothership Scrapbook Gal Internship at a Business Career Conference hosted by the UCR Student Alumni Association.  Samreen has become a graphics design extraordinaire for Mothership Scrapbook Gal and she also has become an awesome researcher and avid social media follower of craft and event planners as a result of her internship.  She is graduating this summer - I am excited for her future as I know she will do great things!


We are currently seeking interns from local Riverside colleges and universities, to apply click here to see our Internship Job Description.  We encourage all interested students to apply!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Travel Themed Scrapbook Kit Designed by Mothership Scrapbook Gal

It's time to GIVEAWAY a Travel Themed Scrapbook Kit!

You may have seen my original post on these fun kits that I designed for 50 lucky cruisers who went on the 2014 Crafty Chica Art Cruise, well now is your chance to win one!  Take a moment to LIKE, TWEET and COMMENT for your chance to win this awesome and versatile travel themed scrapbook kit designed by yours truly.

Also, please read all about the fabulous kit sponsors, Latina Crafter, Chic Tags and Clearsnap by clicking here (and follow them too!)

Good luck!




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Monday, March 24, 2014

You are invited to the Inland Empire Cupcake Fair!


Join Mothership Scrapbook Gal at the
Inland Empire Cupcake Fair on Sunday, May 4th!


Date:  Sunday, May 4th
Where:  Riverside Convention Center
3637 Fifth Street, Downtown Riverside
Time:  Noon - 4:00 pm

Mothership Scrapbook Gal will host a "Crafty Corner" where you can create a "cupcake" themed craft, plus this year there are more cupcakes, more vendors, more entertainment and you guessed it - MORE FUN!  Proceeds benefit Community Connect and the California Riverside Ballet

Early Bird Tickets: 
Early bird tickets on sale now through 3/31/14
Early Bird General Admission: $15
Early Bird VIP: $25

After 3/31/14 Tickets: 
General Admission: $25
VIP: $35
Me & my silly god daughter at last year's Inland Empire Cupcake Fair!!!
We had so much fun at the photo booth :) 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Time Crafts Class at Augie's Coffee Roasters


Join Mothership Scrapbook Gal for a
Spring Time Crafts Class 

Create a Burlap Wreath with Handmade Pin Wheels
Sample wreath made by Mothership Scrapbook Gal.
Note: Wreath class kits will not all be the same colors (bird colors and flower colors will vary),
they will all be lovely, cute and colorful!!! 
When:  Saturday, April 12
Time:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where:  Augie's Coffee Roasters, 4205 Main Street, 
Downtown Riverside
Cost:  $30 (non-refundable)

Create a beautiful Spring Time Wreath with Mothership Scrapbook Gal. 
All supplies are included. You bring your can-do attitude and be ready for fun! 

Cost is $30 per person, pre-payment required to reserve your seat. 
Event payment is non-refundable as craft supplies kit and goodie bags are prepared in advance.

In this class we will create a 12 inch wreath using: 
Burlap, Ribbon, Card Stock, Buttons, Paper Flowers, Pins, Super Cute Spring Bird, Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue, Aleene's Tacky Dots & Scrapbook Adhesives By 3L Foam Dots!  

We hope to see you there, please reserve your spot early as space is limited. 

Please show your appreciate for our Spring Time Crafts Class host venue, Augie's Coffee in Downtown Riverside and be prepared to purchase delicious coffee and pastries! 


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