Jan 24, 2011

A couple of layouts to share...

Do you ever find your creative mojo just up & leaves on vacation, often at seemingly inconvenient times? I truly think I’m not alone on this. For me, I frequently find my troubles compound because I place incredibly high expectations on myself to create something "perfect". In these moments I often find myself "paralyzed" & unable to create anything. As the month of January has progressed I have continued to focus on my One Little Word, embrace, & I feel I have been successful at starting to appreciate my abilities & talents. I have also had to continuously remind myself that I do not need to be perfect & the reason I scrapbook is to preserve my memories. The result has been greater ease when creating… much to my delight.

double click on either layout to view up close
I am especially happy with how this 1st layout, Oh Eddy, came together. I used a favourite iPhone photo and documented the special memories I had from babysitting our good friends two girls for a couple of months back in the fall of last year.
I would love to know what often stymies your mojo & what do you do to bring it back?
Thanks for stopping by...

Jan 18, 2011

Nature's Beauty

We have been having an incredible amount of snow here in Edmonton over the past month or so. It has been a lot of work shoveling it all but I must say I very much appreciate the beauty of it all.

We haven been undergoing reno's over the past few months on the outside of our house and tomorrow they start putting on the new siding . Yipee!

Jan 9, 2011

My One Little Word for 2011 - EMBRACE

As part of challenge of the week of Jan 3/11 on the Studio Calico blog I have scrapped my One Little Word for this year. Check it out below...
My word is EMBRACE ~ journalling reads "I will embrace the moment, my feelings and my abilities.
Thanks for looking ;-)

Jan 4, 2011

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

I love receiving goodies in the mail & after doing my fare share of Black Friday shopping online the past month has been extra fun for me, woohoo!
I thought I'd share one of my new fave goodies that I received from the Etsy shop Knitty Bitties. I'm always very impressed when I open the mailer envelope to find my package beautifully wrapped & in this case I received a cute key chain as well. This is my new List Taker ~ it came with a fabulous note pad & pen inside ~ love it!!
Monday's mail was particularly exciting as I also received new buttons from the hyena cart shop TessaAnn. I am a repeat customer (numerous times over) as her buttons are incredible in their detail & the quality is superb. She also treated me to lovely packaging and a bonus button (see large white heart in pic below) ~ too sweet :-)
Here is a sampling of the button sets I ordered ~ (so stinkin' CUTE).

The customer service from both shop owners was FANTASTIC. I linked this post to "what's in your mailbox Monday".


Bring On the New Year!


I’m not one for making New Years resolutions, however, this year I do have what I’d like to call “intentions” for January. My 1st intention is to start taking yoga classes regularly (3-5 X/wk) and the 2nd is to complete the January prompt for Ali Edwards’ Big Picture Class -> One Little Word (OLW).

I have purchased a 3-month pass to a nearby yoga studio and I am going to my 1st class on Thursday this week.

Second on my list I have selected EMBRACE as my OLW for 2011. Simply put… “I want to learn to be ME”. This sounds somewhat bizarre, I know, but in essence I want to “embrace” the person/characteristics that make me unique. I will endeavour to stay true to the person I am, not try to be something else and, stop second-guessing myself.

I came across Ali Edwards’ blog for the 1st time in March of last year. I immediately fell in love with the OLW concept and chose CREATE as my word. My word served me well in 2010. As it came time to select my 2011 word I realized my habit of second-guessing myself was is a persistent stumbling block to my creative process and personal happiness. I want to enjoy life and the creative process more; therefore, I need to learn to embrace all aspects of who I am. I’m excited for this journey =)

I leave you with a photo of a December creation by my hubby and myself. I love how these cookies turned out...

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