The Details II mini book class is now open for enrollment. I'm really excited about exploring the details of our everyday again with all of you. We'll explore capturing our details, adding in a bit of personal art using watercolor and acrylic paint and work with journaling prompts. You'll walk away with a very personal book that will embody the details of who you are now and where you're at in your life.
I won't waste any time explaining or apologizing about my absence. I've always wished I could be a blogging genius but simply put, I'm not. So here I am, 3 months later, checking in.
Summer, so far has been good. More growth, knowledge + practice.
- Although I thought I failed miserably at the #the100daychallenge, I found that I kept up with my goal of practicing everyday since. Whether it's sketching or painting, it's important that I make the time to practice.
- I finally took a local screen print workshop after a few years of just trying to figure out what the hell I was doing. I've learned so many things. A hands on approach to learning has always been the key to success for me personally so I'm excited about immersing myself in printing again.
- I've consistently used a planner for the past 1 1/2. This one makes it easy and motivates me to actually use it rather than throwing it on a shelf.
Overall, things are coming together steadily, with more love + balance. When you wake up excited about the day, I'd say you're on the right track. It's just about finding that track. Take time in searching. It's worth it.
Hello! Long time, no write. It's a bit of struggle these days. Let's keep it simple with a list of Currents although these photos are a few weeks old.
Eating | yogurt with berries and flax
Drinking | water (one thing I have been keeping up with is drinking lot's and lot's of water which I can tell is making a big difference in the way I feel.)
Listening | Drake
Watching | The Wild
Reading | One With You
Planning | PDX with my little guy
Loving | seeing Anchorage turn green again. Spring is finally here.
Loathing | forced creativity, not to be confused with creative deadlines.
I have to say I'm mostly an early bird myself but do find the night to be more freeing creatively. The day is for work, the night is for play.
I put together a little video on how this page came together (mishaps included) and how I use digital elements to create a hybrid layout.
Combining both digital and paper elements is fun and a lot easier than you may think and it might be something to consider trying with this year's Project Life if you haven't already done so.
Here's is an in process peek of the first spread. I tend to slip everything in pockets, then add in journaling and final details when I feel like it or have the time. Knowing that I have at least photos and cards all slotted in makes things a lot easier later when I go back to finish up the month. This is my trick to staying on track. Sometimes I just leave it as is when I start to fall behind.
Hope you enjoy my very first video! I'm still learning the ins and outs of capturing and editing video and I'm thinking about investing in a better camera rather than using my laptop camera. If you have any recommendations I'd love to hear!
It's exactly 7:33 am Sunday. I'm just about done with my morning cup of jo. I only have the one lamp on and the tv is off. My husband has left for work and my son is sound asleep in our bed. It's quiet and peaceful and glorious right now. And I'm taking full advantage of this quiet alone time because it doesn't come often.
I check my Instagram, Snapchat and emails. And now I'm writing this because I want to be more present here. In the past years, blogging has come last on my list. Laundry and dishes and art and just living has all taken precedence.
This blog is an extension of me and I need to feed it with good things or things that I feel good about. Real things. Crafty things. You get the idea.
Today I share a little "realness" that is my desk. It is in a constant state of chaos but there are times when it is tidy. This day was not one of those days. Pens, pencils, paint brushes, a cold cup of coffee, a very well loved Get To Work Book, an old Passport I need to renew, a half dead succulent that's hanging on by a thread and a pencil that reminds my dramatic "everything is coming to an end" side to chill the f*ck out.
Later this week, I'm going to post my first "vlog" if you will. Well...maybe not vlog. More like a super amateur video I did of me showing you how I put the start page together for my 2016 Project Life album. It's rough and it's actually been done for a few weeks. I've just been a little frightened to post it.
But it will go up because I just put it out there and now you know about it and will hold me to it, right? :)
Finally! New stuff! And what's great about it is it's all digital so you can download and use right away!
I've had a few questions on how I print my cards and that some don't get such great results when printing from home. It all depends on your printer, settings and paper. You also have the option of using a professional printer such as Persnikety Prints.
I use a Canon MG6320 printer which I've loved since day 1. I had an Epson before and loved it as well.
Matte photo paper is my favorite. I've tried printing on several different cardstocks and the color in never as vibrant as the photo paper. I've used both Epson and Office Depot brand of matte photo paper. The ones printed above is the Office Max brand.
Here's a little run down of how I open and set up my print job at home.
I've used Preview to print for years. It's my go to. I know there are probably better ways to print but this has always worked for me.
From the Preview option, choose Quality & Media. Set the Print Quality to High. Whether you're using Gloss or Matte photo paper, make sure you choose the correct Media Type.
When I forget to set the quality from standard to high, my prints always come out with streaks.
Hope this helps some of you! Have a happy weekend