Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Crafting Corner

When I make a card I tend to do several at one time.  When I made this card I made extra backgrounds since I had the embossing paste and stencil out.  These cute little penguins are from the Avery Elle - More Stories stamp set.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A year of Calligraphy

I love letters.

Beautiful handwriting has always made me happy.

Ever since I was little I wanted to learn calligraphy. I would buy a book or a kit, play with it for awhile and then set it aside. Like many beginners I wanted to jump to the end result. I didn't understand it took practice - lots of practice.

Practicing stokes, letters, words than phrases, not the other way around.

For years now I've been saying I wanted to really learn calligraphy.  But I had to make sure I had the right tools and the right book and the right paper. It had to be perfect before I started.  I realize that is how a perfectionist procrastinates.

I decided to stop wanting and start doing. This year I'm going to put in the time and practice to learn the art of calligraphy.  Each week I'm setting aside at least a few hours to work my way through the alphabet.  I grabbed one of my books and one of my nibs and a bottle of ink and started practicing.

Some of my practice sheets
If there is something you've been wanting to do, what is holding you back? Maybe just starting is what you need.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Scrapbook Total

I knew that my scrapbooking has taken a backseat to other activities happening in my life, but I didn't think it was that bad.  I was shocked when I went to my pages to be printed folder to print the layouts I did in 2014.  I had a total of 8.  Yes you read that right 8 pages.  A few are double pages but still 8 pages.

You also might notice that most of the pages are photos from 2010.  Needless to say I haven't scrapbooked much from 2011-14.  The one thing that's great about "being behind" is that I'm making more combination pages, like the Fall Fun or the Easter Fun page.  In the past these could have been several pages for each individual activity.

One thing that I have been doing is my own version of Project Life for the last two years, which I want to continue but I still need to work out a better work flow.

I plan on increasing my page output for this year, which shouldn't be hard.  What are your scrapbooking goals for the year?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Right Now...

Right now. . . I'm starting my last semester in school. I will finish my Associates Degree in Media Arts in May.

Right now. . . I'm preparing to coach my sons Wildlife Safari event for Science Olympia. This is my third year coaching this event. Last year we came in 4th place and we are hoping to improve on this rating.

Right now. . . I'm wondering where the time went. We watched a video of the boys from 4 years ago and they seemed like babies and now they seem so grown up.

Right now. . . I'm trying my best to keep things balanced and just start on one thing instead of worrying about it all.

Right now. . . I'm reading "Little Big Lies" by Liane Moriaty. I'm having a hard time putting this book done.  It's an interesting look at the complexity of the school yard mom's and all the different lies that people hide.

Right now. . . I'm happy that I got my 10,000 steps in today.

Right now. . . I'm listen to my boys laugh about something they are watching on TV.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Crafting Corner

One of the things I'm trying to start back up this year is spending time creating for fun. I miss scrapbooking and making cards. Those activities always seem to fall to the bottom of my very long to do list.

I've been having fun learning how to use my copic markers and I'm looking forward to creating some fun cards with the images.

Here is one that I did find time to complete. I love the image of the girl holding a cup of coffee. Since it's been below freezing for over a week, I usually have a cup in my hand. I also got a new stencil and some dies from Simon Says Stamp and wanted to play with my new toys.

I used textured paste with the Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamps for the snowy background and the snow mounds where made with the Stitched Hillside Borders die from Lawn Fawn. The sentiment was from a My Favorite Things set called Perk Up. I printed the image from Saturated Canary and used copic markers. I added some stickles glitter to some of the snow to give it some sparkle and some distressing ink around the edges to give it some depth.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Words to think about

I'm a big collector of quotes and words. Some make me think and some are just for fun. These types of posts will just share one quote that I want to share.  

Right after I picked the word START as my One Little Word I received an email from a blog/pod cast I follow. When I saw the word art I had to pin it. This is exactly what I'm trying to accomplish this year with my work START.

Source: seanwes.com

To see more wonderful letter artwork by Sean McCabe check out his blog at seanwes.com

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Chalkboard Quote

I love quotes and I love hand lettering.

One goal I have this year is to do hand lettering and calligraphy. A few months ago I actually started working on this skill. I purchased a chalkboard and started writing different quotes and sayings on the board each month.  My plan is to change the board each month.

This quote by C.S. Lewis is perfect for the new year.

If you don't believe in making resolution maybe to can dream a new dream. What is your dream for this year?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

Hey is this thing on?

It's been over a  year since I posted. It's a little dusty around here.

Since October I've been thinking about blogging again. The typical questions ran though my thoughts; What do I want the blog to be?,  How often should I post?, etc... The more I thought, the more I procrastinated.

This can be a big problem for a perfectionist. That's what happened last year, my perfectionist side froze me. If your not a perfectionist you might not understand, but in simple terms its a feeling of if you can not do something 100% then you cannot even start. You spend your time trying to make the perfect plan but not actually starting anything. It's extremely frustrating and depressing after awhile.

So, like I said, I've been thinking about this for months. Making plans, but not starting. Then I got an email from Ali Edwards announcing her One Little Word (OLW) workshop. I did the class a few years ago for two years, but the last two years I didn't join in and I didn't even pick a word. Something was telling me to do the class again, to jump start being proactive again. To make a plan, but to just begin with something.

I've just decide to START and see where it all leads. That's my word the this year. I hope you will stay for the journey.