Let’s look at September

Granted, September was my birthday month which made it extra fun. But it’s always nice looking back at the past month and seeing all that went down here on the blog.

At the beginning of September, I participated in a blog hop that sweet Catherine nominated me for.

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I shared the remaining recipes from the 22 list, including these banana chocolate chip muffins and oven-roasted cauliflower.

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And looked back on the 22 list.

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Then I turned 23!

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And shared my new yearly project, 23 in lists.

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After weeks of contemplation, I finally joined the Get Messy art journaling gang and shared three weeks’ worth of pages. (Now my Thursdays are never the same again either.)

Week One

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Week Two

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Week Three

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I shared my weekly favorites on Friday (here, here, and here).

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And chatted with Maria and Tracy in Wednesday’s Creative Conversations.

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Click through and check out these posts if you missed any of them!

How was your September? I’m totally excited for the last three months of 2014 – starting with October. Let’s go.

Friday Favorites no. 039 | links from the week

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I like Fridays because I get to look back and be grateful for a week that is past, whether good or bad, and look forward to a weekend that is almost here.

I’m a little bit overwhelmed with school work this week, but nevertheless, hurray for Friday!

Enjoy these links, guys! xx.

Life is often full and busy. But I like to take time to enjoy some of my favorite things. So Friday Favorites is a weekly series where I share my favorite(s) for the week. Check out my other Friday Favorites here.

Get Messy | an art journal challenge no. 003

Another Thursday, with another round of art journal pages to share with you! Since this week is also the last Thursday of September, we all get to link up to the monthly Get Messy art journal prompt on Lauren’s blog.

Here are the three pages I made this week, including a page for September’s prompt.

Twenty-two

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With my 22nd year just past, I wanted a record of all the lessons I learned at twenty-two – always a good reminder for me to keep learning and growing.

The 4×6 card is from Basic Grey’s Highline paper pad, and the stamped arrows are from a Mama Elephant stamp set that I stamped repeatedly on the background.

23

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This was a fun page to create. I colored with Gelatos on the background, then wet them with a brush to get a watercolor effect. I like parts of this page, but I’d like to get better at blending the colors.

Let’s get lost

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This might be my favoritest page this week (or month) since I love everything about it – from the white space, to the watercolor look, to the wood veneers and enamel dots. Oh, and that quote.

For this page, I used September’s journaling and art prompt to create:

Sabine’s journaling prompt What would you do if you lived more adventurously? made me think about traveling and the implications of not being afraid of change and trying new things. I love being adventurous, but sometimes I also get scared and prefer to stay in my comfort zone instead. Since life is really just one big adventure, this page reminds me to live adventurously in all aspects of life.

For the art prompt, I tried a simple (but new to me) technique of using Mister Huey’s to create watercolor. Since I don’t own my own watercolor set (yet), this was a good way to achieve the same effect without using actual watercolors.

I read this thread over at Studio Calico to give me an idea of what I was getting into. While there are several ways of doing this, I chose to use the suggestion of dipping a wet paintbrush into the mist bottle and using it straightaway on my paper. This was so much fun to do and a great way to get more use out of my mists; I’ll definitely be doing this again.

It seems like watercolor was quite a theme this week, but oh so much fun.

Remember to check out the other pages in the September link up!


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Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

Creative Conversations no. 013 | chatting with Tracy Armstrong

Like many of those I’ve interviewed for this series, I discovered Tracy on Instagram and quickly fell in love with her fun and unique style of scrapbooking. Tracy is also the capable lady behind the #singlegirlsb movement. Currently, there are over 1000 photos on that hashtag – talk about inspiring a revolution! Welcome to the blog, Tracy!


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Tell me about yourself. My name is Tracy, I’m 26 and I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I obviously love to scrapbook, though I do Project Life instead of traditional layouts. My favourite thing in the world is my rescue-dog Sophie. She’s absolutely my best friend. I also enjoy watching movies, listening to music and drinking numerous cups of coffee daily.

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What is one weird or interesting fact about you? I can eat the same thing for days on end and not get tired of it. Right now, it’s popcorn. Over the past three weeks I have eaten popcorn every single day.

What do you do to express your creativity? I do Project Life to express my creativity. I work full time and my job doesn’t allow me to be as creative as I would like. So when I discovered Project Life back in 2012, I knew this was exactly what I needed in my life. I work on my album almost every day.

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Who or what inspires you? Inspiration is everywhere but Instagram is my favourite place to go. I love going through the #projectlife and #singlegirlsb hashtags. Also my day to day life inspires me, if you look at my Project Life pages, they are basically an extension of what I love about my home. Black, white, gold, pink and bold patterns.

Name your top five favorite tools or products. My go-to tools and products are the monthly Project Life kits by Studio Calico, my Tim Holtz tiny attacher (with gold staples from American Crafts), any kind of gold embellishments, vellum/wood veneers and my iPhone. I only take pictures with my iPhone because I don’t have a big fancy DSLR camera.

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Are you an early bird or a night owl? When are you most productive? I used to always be a night owl, but when I got Sophie 5 years ago, I quickly became a morning person – which works well for her but also because I start work between 8-9am. I wake up at 6am each weekday morning so Sophie has time to play around before I head off to work for the day. That said, during the week I do all my scrapbooking after work to relax and wind myself down.

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What project(s) are you currently working on? As always, I’m currently working on my 2014 Project Life album, I’m also working on projects for both Chic Tags and Studio Calico right now. I have a mini album about New York that I’ve been slowly putting together as well.

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If you had to be a color in a crayon box, which color would you be? If I were a crayon color, I would be Shocking Pink.

If you could possess a super power, which one would you choose? I would love to be able to teleport to anywhere in the world with a snap of my fingers.

Keep following Tracy’s blog, Instagram and Pinterest for more inspiration!

Creative Conversations is a blog series getting to know fellow creatives and friends that I’ve made through the internet. Read more about Creative Conversations here.

Friday Favorites no. 038 | links from the week

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Oh, this week really seemed to fly by for me guys.

I was doing really well and being super productive with school and my to-do list at the beginning of the week. But right around Wednesday, things seemed to start to fall apart and I felt behind on everything. 

Still, there’s always something to be thankful for. Like the fact that today is Friday and the weekend is almost here!

I suppose it really all depends on your perspective (:

Happy Friday! xx.

Life is often full and busy. But I like to take time to enjoy some of my favorite things. So Friday Favorites is a weekly series where I share my favorite(s) for the week. Check out my other Friday Favorites here.

Get Messy | an art journal challenge no. 002

It’s almost hard to believe how quickly each week seems to pass by. But yay for Thursdays!

This community is so encouraging and heartwarming – I’m so thankful for all your sweet comments on last week’s art journal pages. You all continue to inspire me to create and make things.

Unlike last week’s pages, this week’s pages were a case of having a good idea with not-so-good execution. My idea of these pages definitely looked much better in my head. But as I’m often reminded, art journaling isn’t meant to be perfect. So here are my imperfect pages this week. Embracing imperfection all the way.

Beauty of Holiness:

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I have to admit, what you’re seeing is really version 2.0 of this page. I originally did something different and wrote a whole paragraph for this blog post about not loving the page and trying to roll with it. But I just could not settle with how much I disliked it. So I pulled the page apart and did it all over again. The patterned heart and gold sequins are part of the original page though, which I do like.

Although I’m not totally in love with the page yet, I think it’s growing on me because I definitely like it much more than I did the first version. Plus, I love the colored background, which I wouldn’t have thought to use if not for my original page. Mistakes can sometimes be good things.

The idea of using my Dymo label maker came from seeing Kathleen’s sneak on Instagram. So credit has to go to her for that one. While my Dymo font definitely doesn’t look as cute as hers, I’m glad for the reminder to take out my dusty label maker again.

Wish:

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My lack of stamping skills are very apparent on this page. But I wasn’t going to re-stamp an entire page just because it didn’t look perfect. Ain’t nobody got time for that. 

I used some tiny wood veneer stars from Studio Calico to distract from my imperfect stamping. And I thought that the stars tied in nicely with the theme of wish. I also adhered the 3×4 card with washi tape and included some hidden journaling underneath.

In the end, I actually don’t mind this page, imperfections and all.


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Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

23 In Lists.

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I turned 23 a couple of weeks ago. Before my birthday, I already decided that I would do things differently this year.

Instead of of having the usual year-long list of 23 things, I’m taking the pressure off myself to make another list of things to accomplish. I loved making the list in years past (read about the 20 list, the 21 list, and the 22 list) and delighted in crossing things off the list. But having a full schedule studying, working and serving, I’m setting aside the list for this year and doing something else instead. When something starts becoming stressful instead of fun, it’s time to put that aside and work on something else.

This is the year for something new and different (at least for me).

For 23, I’m doing a monthly list instead. I’m hoping these lists actually help me to get things done because I can list things out specifically and systematically.

I feel like I do better with monthly short-term plans, instead of year-long plans that end up being forgotten or pushed aside as the year progresses. The nice thing about monthly goals is that I get to roll items forward to the next month if I don’t accomplish them in the present month. That definitely relieves the stress factor for me quite a bit.

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For September, my list has five categories:

  1. Health/wellness
  2. Creativity
  3. Blog
  4. Living
  5. Learn

Under each category, I have specific tasks listed out and things I want to accomplish this month. The categories are pretty self-explanatory, but if you would like me to share more, please let me know in the comments!

These monthly lists may just seem more like monthly to-dos/goals. Because really, that’s mostly what they are. Whatever you call it, the point is that they help me get things done so I’m just rolling with it.

Obviously, monthly lists give no guarantee that I’ll do better on the productivity front. But having a legit name like 23 In Lists just makes it sound so much more official. Right?

All right, September. Let’s do this.