happy weekend everyone!
happy weekend everyone!
happy weekend everyone!
Always trying to find the ultimate life balance between personal work, work that pays the bills and self care. I decided to start jogging a couple of weeks ago and it's one of the best things I've done for myself. This and cutting my caffeine intake to more than half.
Seriously, I'm not trying to be some health advocate here but when you're in your mid-30's, you start to notice some changes that your 20 something self wouldn't think twice about. Because it was easier then to…you know, lose weight and not give a shit.
I will say that yes, I am trying to lose weight but this is not my main goal. It's how running makes me feel that keeps me going. It's mind cleaning and it makes me feel so good. It also leads to better choices like not having that second helping or maybe just having a scoop of ice cream and not devouring the whole pint at 10 pm. That's the worst…eating at night but I've managed to curb that. SO HARD but again, totally worth it.
And now it's about the work balance that I need to get straight. I've been hinting of a shop update for weeks now but I've been really busy with designs for Studio Calico and now doing some of ABM's Happy Mail. It will happen soon though. Lot's of digital art prints and fingers crossed, some screen prints!
Happy Weekend friends!
The Document | Project Life 2015 gallery has been updated with all of my spreads from January - March. Can't believe it took me this long to do but they're up! I've got a few bits and pieces to complete with the remaining months up until May.
I have to admit I'm kind of bored with PL right now. I'm not sure if it's just summer and being out and about or the 6x8 format but I just can't get back into it right now. I've gotten some good tips on how to catch up but again, just not feeling it.
One tip that stuck with me is to just worry about the bigger moments which is a god one when you're a few months behind. Maybe just choosing 1-2 highlights for that week rather than everyday. That doesn't seem so daunting.
Another process that gets me a little more motivated is incorporating more subjects and challenges rather than just the everyday. Like the Fear challenge I put out last Friday. I had fun doing that spread. Or maybe just adding in some paintings and sketches I've done that week.
A few things that have helped me get spreads done are digital printables like the ones Paislee Press releases each month. I especially love the 3x4 templates.
I also LOVE that Studio Calico is now offering their journal cards digitally, especially because I'm not a "rounded corner" gal plus the instant gratification is great. I'm also a fan of Digital Design Essentials. I only recently discovered this site last year…lot's of great designs.
What about you? Does the summer have you putting your Project Life on the back burner or are you a die hard, still able to keep up each week? Also, what's the one thing that helps streamline your flow?
I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to do for this month's freebie until I came across some of my lettering/journaling about fear.
We all have some basic fear whether it's clowns or spiders or flying but what about deeper fears that stop us from moving forward with our overall life goals?
Let's face those. It's the first step that gets you closer to your path. From there, it's definitely a journey but one that will be filled with great satisfaction, even in times of failure.
I challenge you to create a layout or spread or whatever you'd like about fear. Maybe what fear means to you. Maybe the fear that's blocking you creatively. Make it meaningful and therapeutic. Let it be empowering.
I created this journal card set with my own fears in mind but I do hope that you can make this translate into your own fears. It's July's FriYAY Freebie and I hope you enjoy!
You can download it here ----- LLP FriYay Freebie | Fear journal cards
Please tag me and use hashtag #llpfriyayfreebie so that I can be inspired and leave you a heart-eyed emoji : )
Happy 4th of July weekend!
About my Project Life spread // I photographed my photo booth strips on my iPhone and edited it in the Afterglow app to make it a black & white image. I then sized it to 6x8 and printed it on an inket transparency. I backed the transparency with a neutral patterned paper and a flower die cut. The red striped cork circle is from Studio Calico (no longer available). Both die cuts are Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper.
Do you ever have one of those weeks where you check your camera roll and notice you haven't documented much? It surprised me to see how few photos I took this past week considering all that went on but then I realized, "oh yeah, I was just living the moment" and then I don't feel so bad or that I missed out because those moments are now engrained in me.
I took Tyler to see Inside Out which I heard really good things about but I did not expect how deeply I would feel about this movie. It's so touching and heartwarming and just….everything. It brought me back to when I was that age going through countless moves and then my parents divorce. I could picture these emotions working in my head. I actually cried. I don't cry…not easily at least but I did shed a few tears towards the end. Tyler enjoyed it too of course, especially the dramatic, "oh no!" parts.
What I loved most was the family dynamic. The main character was an only child and it was never about missing out on having a brother or sister. They enjoyed each other as 3 person family.
This has been a bit of an issue around here this past year. I struggled with the guilt I felt for Tyler being an only child. Although he's never outright said he wanted a sibling, there were moments when I felt he could use the company of one.
As much as I do for him, this is one thing I can't just make happen and I have to stop being so hard on myself about it. It's not just physically not being able to conceive but mentally. I asked myself if I wanted a child, for me…not us. Not just for Tyler and at this point in my life, the answer is no. I don't. If I got pregnant, I wouldn't be disappointed but I don't want to try. I'm happy with our life as 3. I'm happy to devote most of my attention and love to him and us as a family. I'm happy with my current schedule and that I can work from home, doing not only what I love but what I'm good at. And maybe that's just selfish for me to think that a second child would take that time away and if it is, well then…I'm selfish. I'm no longer going to allow the guilt I put myself through this past year.
I do often wish Tyler was a twin. Having them the same or close in age would have been ideal but it wasn't our reality. It wasn't our future and that's ok because right now is so good and I know the future will be even better.
This brings me to goal #18. I will no longer feel guilty about what I want and don't want or what I have. There's no point and it doesn't do anything for me or us but cause negative feelings and animosity, two feelings I'm so over at this point in my life.
This post really took a different direction than what I had planned and I wasn't entirely sure I wanted this out there but with these real life posts about infertility, family dynamics and goals, I want this to reach those who can relate. It's about connecting, no? Not about judgement or comparison.
On another note, this weekend will be about catching up. On laundry, Project Life (I'm so behind!) and a long overdue shop update. I'm curious about those who are behind on Project Life. What are your tips for getting caught up, FAST. I'd love to hear them.
Enjoy the weekend to the fullest friends,
Liz's signature style is one that makes putting Project Life spreads so easy and stylish. This collection comes with several sized journaling and filler cards, embellishments and a nice rubber stamp set that was my favorite to work with.
Since journaling isn't something I concentrate a lot on when putting spreads together, I like to group photos and add in a "highlights" type journaling card. It's so simple and quick, especially when you're like me and always a month behind.
Using the Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, I stamped the numbers on one of the journal cards that had a simple graph pattern and cut them into page corners. I adhered them on opposite ends of my photographs to make the eye bounce up and down. On the right side, I added in my "highlights" card by typing 1.---, 2.--- and so on. Done!
Head over to the Paislee Press blog to see more beautiful work using the Moments Like These kit and details on how to win your very own set!