Tuesday, 3 November 2015

My November Daily Scripting Challenge

I finally say down last week to make a card for a good friend of mine who'd recently had a beautiful baby girl. In my mind, I pictured a card with her daughter's name scripted. I've been trying on and off with my attempts to letter with a brush for almost a year without success. I was almost ready to let it go as one of those things I could not do.

But I couldn't let it go just yet.  

When all the brush lettering started appearing on Instagram a year or so ago, I was in awe. In love. And in envy. Why could my hand not script!?

My beautiful friend Tanyalee from The Drawing Board knows of this obsessive struggle of mine to brush script. I am grateful for her indestructible patience and sincere encouragement because it was Tanyalee who mentioned Random Olive to me. Seeing Random Olive's Instagram videos was the turning point and through practice I saw tiny bits of progress. I even got the card made for baby Charlotte.


I have learnt so much just from practicing every day over the last few weeks. 

I realise now that brush size matters. I needed a small brush as this was most comfortable in my hand.  

I was still practicing my scripting late on 31st October. As it reached midnight, I realised we were venturing into a new month, it was now November. It was then that I set myself the challenge to script every day for the entire month of November. And so the hashtag #novdailyscripting was created. This will be my motivation to commit to a daily scripting practice that will hopefully see improvement in my scripting.

Here's what I've shared so far on Instagram:

It's not too late to jump on board and practice your scripting this month. Use the hashtag #novdailyscripting on Instagram if you want to join in!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

DIGITAL LAYOUT: A digital template challenge

Last Friday started awesomely (retail therapy), but the afternoon gave rise to a few matters that made me a little anxious. Making decisions is not a strength of mine.

Anyhow, in the late afternoon I came across this digital template challenge from Sahlin Studio and decided to give it a go. It was just the thing for taking the edge off the afternoon's happenings.

Here's a look at what I created:

If you feel like giving this a challenge a go, here's the link

I'm thinking about printing this as a large photo and slipping it straight into a 6x8 pocket.

PS. Please forgive any flaws in my technique as I've never done this before. Any tips you have, I'd love to hear them in the comments below.

Supplies: Digital downloads from Sahlin Studio

Sunday, 23 August 2015

PROJECT LIFE | New Release Heart Words Collection

I had put my memory keeping on hold for a little bit while I made some decisions about my approach. 

Did I want to continue with physical albums? Would printed photo books be a better option? Do I continue with the boys' journals? So many questions and options. 

At least now I have a loose plan in place to keep moving forward. For the moment, I will continue documenting 2015 as physical Project Life albums. 

Here's a look at March:


The scripted cards are from my newest Heart Words collection of digital cards from my online store here.

The cards include phrases I say to the boys (eg. love you more), things I say to my myself (ie. just breathe), and headings (eg. so proud) I like to use to tell the stories.

Here's another spread -- for March also:



Do you ever become indecisive about how you document and memory keep? 

Supplies: Digital downloads from my online storeSahlin Studio, Paislee Press, Big City Quiet. Stamps from Kellie Stamps, Becky Higgins page protectors in Design C. 

Monday, 27 July 2015

ON MY MIND: Learning and Nurturing

Hello! It's been a while!

Thank you dear readers, who continue to follow this 'lil blog of mine despite my lack of crafty shares lately.

I have had to take the pressure off myself to create and craft. The pressure to keep up. The pressure to seek approval.  

Over the past few months I have been focussed on things I trust will nurture my mind, body and soul.



Test results show I have Adrenal FatigueIn the past, it's not unusual for me to to stay up into the early hours of the morning and function (barely) on 4 - 5 hours sleep. Having these recent test results has reinforced I consistently need more quality sleep.

Part of the treatment is practicing yoga which I had been doing via Yoga with Adriene. I was half way into the 30-days of yoga challenge when the boys got viruses (week long fevers and terrible coughs) which coincided with the school holidays so everything went a little pear shaped. Regardless, I was surprised how much I loved the yoga and noticed less fogginess in my head and more mental clarity within just a few days. Adriene is also really fun to follow along with because she is so relaxed -- check out Day 1! I am keen to get back into it.

Another aspect of the treatment is progressive muscle relaxation which you can read more about here. I purchased the tracks by Joanne D'Amico here. I'm very particular with guided meditations because I needed to find a voice that didn't irritate me when I was trying to relax. Joanne's meditations are fantastic.



Due to a chronic health condition which spanned well over a decade from when I was 24 years old, I have researched, studied and become fascinated with the mind-body connection and how this holds the key to our ability to heal. 

I watched an amazing documentary last month called The Connection. After seeing the trailer, I purchased it immediately! You can purchase it online here.  

"It offers answers and proves that you can change your mind, 
change your health and change your life."  
~ The Connection

I cannot even tell you how much I loved this documentary. Do yourself a favour and at least check out the trailer. The Connection has reinforced why I need to slow down. 



I wrote about my relationship with Mr 11 here a few months ago. Building a stronger connection with my eldest has been my focus for a while now. With some minor social matters at school, it was even more important now for him to feel reassured and supported on the home front. 

We spent the day together, just the two of us, for his birthday last week. 

We went for donuts and birthday shopping which was all very awesome. However, that afternoon things quickly fell apart when he got uber frustrated with me (mid-Lego build) for taking too many photos, and him telling me I'd literally ruined his birthday. 

After I gave him some space, he came over and put his arms around me. Through his tears (and mine) he talked and I listened to him quietly. He told me how he felt about things I honestly had no idea about. We talked as equals, not just as mother and child. Something shifted that day and his behaviour and attitude has changed, for the better. My boy with the tough exterior is a sensitive kind hearted young man who needed to be heard and to hear he is loved and appreciated. Isn't that what we all want?

It takes a certain amount of emotional energy, but it's well worth it. 



I have been overwhelmed in many areas of my life lately. My home workspace that was intended to be my creative haven is cluttered and piled with papers and stuff. Yesterday I sat down to write a list of all the things overwhelming me. I had a sizeable list and I realised most of the items were indeed "things to do". 

The reason I haven't started to work through my list of things to do is because I don't know where anything is! The thought of just looking for the paperwork I need is already too daunting. Last night I came across a book review on "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying" by Marie Kando and I knew I had to give this a go. 

I bought the book today and I can't wait to read it. Mr 11 has already started reading it which is cute. Tonight he asked for his own copy for school so he could read it instead of a library book. Bless him.


If you have read this far, thank you.

It's been a time of change, learning and nurturing as I look for ways to simplify and find balance in my life so I am calmer, happier and healthier. Not asking for much, right?

Hope you all have a beautiful week xo

PS. Project Life is still my core memory keeping method so watch this space.