Sketchbook Explorations

I didn't start the year with many creative goals but as soon as I saw that Lisa Congdon was running a sketchbook class on Creativebug, I signed up. Literally.

I'm going to fill this sketchbook by the end of the year, hopefully much sooner. Here are a few of the pages I've done so far using the prompts and examples from the class...

Each page only takes a short amount of time but I am excited to choose to spend my time creating rather than wasting.

Project Life :: Week 2

I love this square 4x4 grid protector from We R Memory Keepers. But it means I have to use up all my 4x6 cards from my kits to fill it. However, starting this month Studio Calico have printable journalling cards from the kits available. So I used the printables to create my own 4x4 cards!

You can see a few more details here.

Far Far Away Kit Unboxing

One of my goals for my blog this year is to try my hand at video. I'm hoping to try my hand at some Project Life process videos but to start the ball rolling (and start the learning process) here is my first "unboxing" video for 2015. 

Stay tuned for more videos in the near future, or you can subscribe to my channel so you never miss one!

Choose :: OLW 2015

I'm participating in Ali Edwards' One Little Word class again this year. I've done this for the last five years. Some years, I get so much out of it, and others (like 2014) I forget about my word pretty quickly and end up in December wondering what happened.

This year my word is choose.

I'm not sure that choose is exactly my ideal word but I've struggled to find something that feels more 'perfect'. So I've decided just to roll with it. I think success is less about the exact word and more about the intentions behind it.

Choose has suited me well in the past, so much so that I've had it tattooed on myself. It was a word that reasonated with me when I was struggling and while I pulled myself out of that hole. So I'm hoping that I can use that history and make the same sort of progress this year.

I've been feeling out of control, trapped and lost, without a purpose. I remember the feeling of choosing what I wanted my life to look like and making it happen.

I want to feel like that again.

Choose means making better choices for myself and my health, to stop reacting so badly and choosingto be more positive, happy and grateful. Choose means I will be more purposeful, spending my time and money more wisely. Choose means letting things go and stop holding on to negativity. Choose means making plans and finding the actions to achieve my goals. Choose is being present, enjoying the here and now, not wishing and dreaming my life away.

This year, I choose to make 2015 the best year yet.

Project Life :: Week 1

I sort of hate starting the year using my leftover kits but my new kit hadn't arrived yet so I had to make the best of it. And to make the best of it, I have to use as much gold as humanly possible!

You can see a few more details here.

Project Life :: 2015 title page

I couldn't help it, I really couldn't. I just had to start the new year with gold and teal, glitter and sequins. If you can't sparkle and shine at the beginning, when can you?

December (not quite) Daily

December Daily. It always seems like such a grand idea to me, however, the reality is always slightly different than I hope.

This year I was wise enough to realise that I am never going to: a) have enough to document EVERY day and b) have enough time (or energy) to document everyday. So I went for a as-it-happens approach. And given the December we actually had, it turned into a hope-I-take-enough-photos-to-finish-this-in-January sort of thing.

Here are a few of my December (not quite) Daily pages from before it all went a little bit pear-shaped...

I have actually finished the album, I put the pages into the same album as the last two years, popped it on the shelf and felt done. That in itself is an achievement. And yes, I already have high hopes for next year!

Project Life :: 2014 Catch up

The last few weeks of 2014 seemed to fly by, and although I did keep up with my Project Life, I failed to get the last four spreads photographed and blogged until now.
I was happy to complete another album to add to my collection and I've already picked up a new one for this year. You can see a few more detail shots here.

A New Year and a New Start

Happy New Year! I didn't mean to take such a large break from blogging (and social media in general) but boy, was it just the ticket.

And as you can see, I've given this space a wee makeover. Coding and I are not the best of friends (I much prefer playing with paper) so I'm very happy with how it's turned out. I started with a theme from Creative Market (a new fave) and started tweaking until I was happy.

I've spent the last few weeks reading (this and this), enjoying the sun (hello sunburn, opps!), finishing up little projects around the house and filling up my brand new sketchbook. I started Lisa Congdon's Sketchbook Explorations class and it has me so inspired! I haven't made any resolutions this year but I am determined to fill this sketchbook before next year.

I'm taking Ali Edwards' One Little Word class again. I really only got through the first few months last year so this year I'd really like to try to get a bit more out of it. I've picked my word, and even though I'm not 100% sold on it, I'm just jumping right in. More on that to come.

So I'm back, happier, more relaxed and ready to make 2015 the best year yet!

Workspace Wednesday

Since painting my sewing station a lovely, bright white, I was somewhat reluctant to just slap my sewing machine on top. I decided it needed a little something extra so I whipped up this neon, polka-doted, pom-pom fringed beauty for both protection and cuteness. Love.

Holiday Cards :: Week 9

Its the last week following along with Kristina Werner's Holiday Card series. Only one card this week to make a total of 25 holiday cards. I've really enjoyed myself making these cards and trying to stretch my stash. I'm pretty sad that I finished all these cards before I got my hands on what might be my favourite holiday stamp ever, but I'm sure it'll make an appearance soon. So here it is, the last holiday card of 2014...

Of course, I couldn't help myself and had to make one more after I saw this awesome tutorial for what might be the easiest shaker card ever!

Before and After :: Sewing Station

I found this old chest of drawers at a second-hand store last year and not long ago I moved it into my study so I could have my sewing machine set-up and ready to go all the time (handy for some quick mending or Project Life ). But it's rough, wooden exterior didn't really suit the room. So I gave it a wee spruce up!

A new coat (or four) of paint and some new handles and it's looking all lovely and bright. Much better.

Project Life :: Week 49

Managed to squeeze out one more week before my new kit arrives. Loving the spring-like colours (and the abundance of sunshine this week!).

Holiday Cards :: Week 8

Another week following along with Kristina Werner's Holiday Card series. Three pretty simple cards this week and only one more card to go! I'm excited to start sending these guys out. Here are my Week 8 cards...

Mini Book – Love

I took this great mini book class from Celiene Navarro at Studio Calico not so long ago and I thought I'd share the results...

I'm so please with how this turned out, it's a lot messier than my normal style but I had SO much fun working on it. I swear my fingers are still a bit pink from dying the cover material though!

Each page is actually a pocket which hides even more photos.

Project Life :: Week 48

The end is getting closer! Only 4 weeks to go. I had a pretty average photo week so just about every one of these is from the weekend, but I'm ok with that. Some weeks are just like that.