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.

Friday Favorites no. 037 | links from the week

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First off, huge thanks for all your lovely birthday wishes last week. I truly have the sweetest friends on the internet and Instagram – you guys are the best.

I didn’t spend much time online this week as school kept me super busy. But I’m hoping that all the hard work over the last few days will let me relax a little more (possibly with my craft supplies!) this weekend. We’ll see.

In the meantime, enjoy these links. I hope your Friday is the best.

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. 001

After so many weeks of watching and admiring all the amazing art journal pages of these incredibly creative ladies from afar, I finally emailed Lauren and Caylee about taking the plunge.

Here’s a secret: I’ve never art journaled before, which made this a little scary, yet rather exciting at the same time.

But I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge. I think Thursdays just might be my favorite day of the week now with all this creating.

Let God: 

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I was inspired by the handwritten lettering that I saw on Pinterest and wanted to replicate it in my art journal pages. I wrote out the letters with a pencil and cut them out, splattered some mist, added washi tape and twine, and boom – done.

Embrace Change: 

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To me, butterflies symbolize change as they morph from caterpillar to butterfly. So I pulled out some Mister Huey’s and butterfly masks to capture the reminder I had for myself to embrace all the unexpected situations of life. I also happen to love how the colored mists combined into such a pretty shade – totally unplanned.

I’m excited for next Thursday already!


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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. 012 | chatting with Maria Lacuesta

To me, Maria is the Queen of Creative Simplicity. She has the ability to make things look simply beautiful, which always inspires me. I love her style and seeing what she creates. Just take a look and see what I mean. Welcome to the blog, Maria!

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Tell me about yourself.  I am a blogger, designer, and memory keeper living in the Boston area with my boyfriend, Ray. When I’m not in front of my computer or happily working away in my tiny studio, you can find me enjoying the neighborhood I love and dreaming of my next project.

I believe in cultivating a happy life and, for me, that means creating something every day and giving thanks for all the little things that make life so wonderful.

What is one weird or interesting fact about you? Sometimes I forget how old I am.

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What do you do to express your creativity? So many things. I love graphic design, paper crafts, photography, memory keeping, and blogging.

How did you get started doing this? I’ve always been drawn to the arts. My paper obsession started while I was a child and as a teen, I was always in the darkroom.

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What do you love most about what you do to be creative? A couple of years ago, I started my first Project Life album and I’ve been hooked ever since because I get to combine so many things I love in one project. I’ve also really come to appreciate the act of documenting the everyday. It’s become such a wonderful gratitude exercise and I think it helps ground me.

I feel the same way about Instagram. There was a period of time when I stopped shooting photos and about 5 months ago, I challenged myself to post at least one photo a day on Instagram for the #100happydays challenge. This daily ritual become a habit and now I continually find new things to be grateful for, often posting 3 times a day now.

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Who or what inspires you? I am constantly amazed by other artists, crafters, and makers. Instagram is always inspiring and I find new people to follow everyday. I also love Pinterest for organizing my images. When I’m feeling low on inspiration, I’ll often scroll through the different boards I’ve created in order to give my creativity a jump start.

How do you stay inspired? What do you do when you feel stuck or uninspired? Stepping away from one project to work on something else always helps when I’m feeling stuck. Cleaning and exercise are also really helpful, although I avoid going those routes whenever possible :)

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Why do you do what you do? What motivates you to be creative? I just become so unhappy when I’m not being creative. I think making things is good for the soul.

Describe your creative style. A crafty blend of pretty paper and pixels.

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Name your top five favorite tools or products.

  1. Photoshop, the love of my life.
  2. Also, my camera,
  3. printer,
  4. Cameo,
  5. and glue stick.

Are you an early bird or a night owl? When are you most productive? I am most productive on my computer at night and I tend to be more crafty during the day. I used to be quite the night owl, but I’ve come to love mornings. Breakfast is the one meal Ray and I always eat together and I cherish this small, everyday ritual.

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What project(s) are you currently working on? If you’ve visited my site, you may have noticed the Shop section! It will be launching in September and will feature digital designs for download and personalized paper goods made to order. Here’s a little sneak peek…I’m beyond excited!

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If you had to be a color in a crayon box, which color would you be? White

If you could possess a super power, which one would you choose? To get things done! Definitely a case of more ideas than time over here.

What is your favorite quote? “Not all those who wander are lost.”

There’s more creativity and inspiration on Pinterest, Instagram, Studio Calico and her website. Be sure to follow Maria to keep being inspired!

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. 036 | birthday edition

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As I look back on this past year, in true list-maker fashion, here is a list of things I loved at twenty-two.

  1. Road trips
  2. Traveling to Hanoi
  3. Going to USS almost every weekend in the summer
  4. Making new friends through Instagram
  5. Pushing my creativity
  6. Documenting memories with Project Life
  7. Running
  8. Bible Study
  9. Lessons learned
  10. Heart-to-heart talks
  11. Teaching English
  12. Wood veneer + enamel dots
  13. The color gold
  14. Laughing
  15. Fresh flowers
  16. Supper conversations
  17. Trying new recipes
  18. Statement necklaces
  19. Exploring new places
  20. Alone time
  21. Writing for this blog
  22. God’s goodness

“Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start anew.”

Although I have a pile of deadlines looming, I’ll worry about those deadlines tomorrow.

Today, I’m taking the day off to relax and celebrate and enjoy the new twenty-three.

Let’s roll.

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.