Level 10 Life

I’ve spent a lot of time lately reading about goal-setting and achieving, and frankly, found a lot of it to be overwhelming and a little boring (let’s be real, right?). But one thing that I kept seeing popping up all over the place (Facebook groups, Pinterest, etc.) was something called “Level 10 Life.” Well, I’m not usually one to jump on trendy bandwagons, but finally I thought, “I really want to do this goal-setting thing. I ought to at least check it out.” A Google search for “Level 10 Life” returned this AMAZING post by Kara Benz from Boho Berry (of whom I am a huge fan), and immediately I was in.

The first thing I did was find a printable for the assessment wheel. Sure, sure, I could’ve drawn it myself in my bullet journal, but I’m a little bit of a perfectionist, and I’m also impatient. I found the printable here.


I also followed Kara’s example and picked little “mission statements” for each of the 10 major life areas and added them to the spread.

Admittedly, setting 10 goals for each area was a little intimidating for me, so I decided to pick 5 instead, for a total of 50 goals to work on. That’s almost one per week! How about that?

In the end, I’ve got a set of achievable goals to work toward all year long. I’ll track my progress in my bullet journal and make adjustments as needed. I’ll check in once a quarter and update my assessment wheel. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out!

I invite you to create your own Level 10 Life spread. Whether you work in a bullet journal, planner, or scrapbook, you can use this method for choosing realistic goals for yourself. And as always, I’d love to see! Come on over to the Kreative Facebook group and share your stuff!

Hungry for more on goal setting and resolutions? Check out 3 Scrappy Solutions You Should Make (and Keep) in 2017

3 Scrappy Resolutions

3 Scrappy Resolutions

You may be thinking, “Oh gee. Another post about New Year’s Resolutions?” But bear with me. Today I’d like to share with you a few ideas for scrapbooking goals we can set for ourselves that will helps us make our hobby more efficient, economical, and downright fun. If you incorporate these three ideas into your scrappy habits, I believe you’ll become a memory-making machine, and best of all, you’ll be the happiest scrapbooker on the block. What are the three resolutions? Read on…

 

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1. Go Stash-diving. We’ve all done it. We buy more supplies than we actually need, and before we know it, we have enough pretty paper, ribbons, and sundries to scrapbook well past the Zombie Apocolypse. What is it about shiny new things that makes them such a siren call to crafters? Well, how about this year, instead of setting a vague “I’d like to use more of my stash” resolution, we make it a more actionable goal? Let’s resolve to make 12 layouts (that’s one per month for anyone doing the math) completely out of supplies from our stash. That’s doable right? Sure it is. But just in case you need some ideas or inspiration for stash layouts, check out my series Scraps and Stash. There’s plenty there to keep you going strong all year long.

 

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2. Join a Community. We love talking to others about our hobby. But I can be hard to find friends in our immediate circle who care as much about memory-keeping as we do. Solution? Find a community of like-minded crafters on the internet, and make some new, virtual friends. Even an introvert like me can enjoy connecting with people this way, sharing ideas, frustrations, and accomplishments. There are any number of amazing communities already going strong on FaceBook. A simple search for “scrapbooking” will turn up tons. But my favorite community by far is the ScrapGals group, founded by Tracie Claiborne and Tiffani Lowder. It’s a bustling, thriving, POSITIVE group of enthusiastic crafters, and they welcome newbies with open arms.

 

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3. Print Your Photos. This may seem to go without saying, but all too often, we inundate ourselves with everyday images, and they tend to languish on our memory cards or smart devices for far too long. Set a goal to download your photos once a week (how about every Sunday night?), and to print the best ones once per month or even once per quarter. This way, you’ll never lack for photos to scrap, and you won’t have to worry about losing your precious memories to a hardware crash. (Tip: Try Shutterfly. They offer great quality prints, and they often run sales or offer discount codes)

So, there you have it. Three simple ideas for resolutions for this new year. Notice how none of them had to do with page count or being “caught up?” I’d love to hear how you’re progressing. Whether you adopt these exact scrappy goals for yourself or come up with some of your own, come and talk about it in our FaceBook group, My Kreative Pursuits. I can’t wait to see how you make 2017 your year!

Keep going with the goal setting! Check out Setting Goals to Level Up Your Life

Today I’m showcasing 2 of the printables in my Calendars and Ledger Papers, available for a limited time as part of the iNSD Mini-Bundle.

Display files Personal SizeEach of the calendar spreads comes in 6 colors, and the ledger and grid papers come in a coordinating magenta. The printables are sized for Filofax personal planners or Midori pocket size notebooks.

Today I’m going to show you how to create weekly and a monthly traveler’s notebook planners.

First, choose the weekly spread you prefer. I printed five copies of the 2 page horizontal weekly spread, 2 of them front to back, with a ledger paper printed on back of the fifth.

Next, trim the printouts to size.

Fold the papers in half lengthwise.

Next, cut a cardstock cover 6 3/4″ x 7 1/2″. Decorate as you like. I decided to play with Gelators to add some fun color to my cover. That’s one of the things I love about creating my own traveler’s notebooks – I get to experiment with mixed media techniques I might not try in my scrapbooks.

For this technique, I rubbed a bit of each color across the top in a stripe pattern.

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Added a generous amount of water with a paintbrush and tilted the paper to allow the color to drip down.

Then I dried the water with a heat gun and handwrote the label on the front.

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After decorating your cover, fold everything in half and bind the pages into it with staples. Voila! One traveler’s notebook completed!

Next, print out 13 copies of the monthly spread.

Trim them down to size.

Decorate the cover. For this one, I chose a simple stamping technique.

Using a sponge dauber and a coordinating color of ink, I stamped a large polka-dot pattern onto the cardstock.

Then I labeled it with the months it will contain…

loaded in the printed pages, and stapled the book together.
  And then the fun part begins – the planning! I’ll add some doodles, stickers, and stamps to these layouts, but I think they’re pretty cute even plain.

Now it’s your turn. Be sure to pick up the iNSD Mini-Bundle, and you can create your own variations of planners, journals, and notebooks.

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever found yourself in a total scrapbooking rut? Thought about maybe giving up on this hobby that you love and trading ‘er in for some BINGO daubers and a membership at the American Legion Hall? That’s what happened to me not so very long ago.

I started off 2015 strong, doing layout after layout in my own personal Scraps and Stash challenge. During that time I put a serious dent into my stash. And, as it turned out, into my motivation, too. I simply burned out. Kaput. Zip. Zilch. Nada. And so I took a long break. Toyed with the idea of boxing it all up and donating it to the nursing home, dusting my hands off, and moving on.

But there’s just something about the smell of shiny new patterned paper. And the way paints and stains can tint your fingers the most gorgeous of shades. So I resisted the urge, and I decided just to play. Play with all those pretty papers. Play with all those inks, stains, and paints. And you know what? I started having the time of my life. And I opened my mind to other kinds of creating. Like planning. And Bible journaling. And listing. Ah, yes, listing.

Perhaps you’ve heard of it. Challenges like “30 Days of Lists.” Classes about using lists as journaling in our scrapbooks. But my favorite of all is the totally FREE, totally FAB Listers Gotta List Challenge hosted by Cori “The Reset Girl.” I’m a newcomer to all this, but there is so much about Cori that resonates with me, and I adore the way she organizes the challenges. They’re fun and inspiring and, best of all, SIMPLE. Want to do a few lists from the whole month’s prompts? Fine. Want to jump on a month and sit out the next? Fine. You can make listing whatever you want it to be for you. And best of all, there’s a supportive, caring community just waiting to welcome you however you choose to participate.

So how am I incorporating listing into my memory keeping process? It’s really not much of a leap at all. I’m using all the same products from my stash. In fact, I’ve gotten to use some things already that might never have found their way onto a scrapbook page. My lists are contained in this funky, eclectic ledger-style notebook I made myself, and at the end of the month, I can envision disassembling it and sticking some of the list pages down with appropriate photos to create actual layouts that tell a cohesive story.

 

Wish I knew how to rotate iPhone photos for my blog!

Wish I knew how to rotate iPhone photos for my blog!

Isn’t that fun?  Check out my process video to see how the notebook cover came together:

And here’s just a handful of the lists I’ve done for January:

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Not all the lists are so “me-centric.” I joined at the first of January, when the central theme was goal setting, personal reflection, and the like. But you can look back at previous months’ lists on Cori’s website and see that there is a variety of topics to choose from. As for these, I can envision them being used on pages or as inserts between pages in an “About Me” album or mini. And the journaling will have been done already, in an easy, fun, and painless way.

So, hopefully I’ve convinced you to give list challenges a try. It’s super easy to get started. Just visit the Listers Gotta List website and sign up to receive the monthly list email. Then decide how you’ll keep your lists – in a notebook similar to mine, on a set of notecards, on Project Life cards, or whatever floats your boat. Then when the prompts come in, start listing. And I’d absolutely love it if you’d share your lists in the Listers Facebook page or on Instagram with the hashtag #listersgottalist. You can follow me there @KwiteKreative.

Now I’ll send you along to my creative friend Alice’s Make it Monday post. Today Alice is pondering the question “Do your kids have YOUR bad habits?” Uh-oh. Sounds intriguing! Check it out at Scrapbook Wonderland.

See you soon!

Christmas Terrors

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know that I write mostly about scrapbooking, mixed media, cardmaking, and other paper crafting topics. You also know it’s been a while since I’ve written much about anything.

That’s because I’ve been working on a totally different type of project  – I’ve ventured into the world of fiction writing! Here’s the short version of how it all happened:

Back in September, my best friend Jakki and I attended Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans Conference. We had an amazing time soaking in all sorts of “writerly” conversation and learning from the pros.

Jakki and me between panel sessions

Jakki and me between panel sessions

There was an evening pitch session with representatives for the indie publishing company 13Thirty Books. They were offering an exclusive opportunity to be published in their Never Fear Christmas Terrors anthology, only open to attendees at the conference. Jakki and I each pitched stories, and the guys encouraged us to send in our finished works as soon as they were completed.

Rich from 13Thirty

Rich from 13Thirty

Lance from 13Thirty

Lance from 13Thirty

Long story short, I submitted a short story titled “The Gift That Won’t Stop Giving,” and they liked it! I waited on pins and needles for a couple of weeks after sending my story in, and then on October 7, I received the email I’d been waiting for – my story was chosen to be included in the anthology!

Fast forward to December 2, and the book was published and available for purchase. I can’t describe how rewarding it is to see my name on the cover of a book in circulation! And I wanted to share my excitement here. If you’d like to read more of the story, you can check out my new author blog Before 49. Once you get there, join my email list. I’d love to stay in touch with you about upcoming fiction that I’ll be writing.

Meanwhile, I’ll be getting back to more crafty posts around here. I’m trying to find a way to balance work, creating, writing, and blogging, and I am certainly a work in progress. But I am so enjoying this chapter in my life (no pun intended!), and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

 

The struggle is real. Every year my husband asks me for a Christmas wish list. And every year, my initial response is the same. “Ugh! There’s nothing I need or want!” And then I go online, or spend some time with scrappy friends (like I did this weekend),, and the ideas start flowing. Here are my top 4  picks. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration to pass along to YOUR personal Santa. 🙂

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1. Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer – This little jewel prints photos directly from your iOS or Android device! The photos print to a cute little 2″ x 3″ size, and the papers themselves contain some sort of wizardry that requires no ink. I’d use this little thing endlessly. Dylusions Creative Journal 2. Ranger Ink Dylusions Creative Journal – It’s an art journal with sturdy manila pages. You can do all sorts of painting, inking, staining, pasting, and anything else your artsy mind can conceive of, and it will not bleed through to the other side of the page. I love that the book itself has an elastic loop to hold it closed, and you can customize the kraft chipboard cover any way you want. Stamper's Brush Markers 3. Faber-Castell Stampers Big Brush Pens – A collection of 15 colored markers for stamping. With these, you can apply different colors to a rubber or polymer stamp. These seem really cool for all kinds of scrappy and artsy projects. I wonder if they make good brush lettering markers, too. Hmmmm…. Colorburst 4. Ken Oliver Color Burst Assortment – A set of 6 Color Burst powders in bright colors. These are so much fun to play with! You can spray water over your project, then squeeze a bit of the pure-pigment powder into it. Or, you can go in reverse – powder first, then water. Either way, it’s like watching fireworks explode! The colors are vibrant even when you mix them with other mediums like modeling paste, gesso, or gel medium. Amazing! (There’s also an “Earthtones” variety pack) I must admit it’s pretty fun to window-shop and daydream about all the projects I’d love to create with these goodies. I’ve got some scrappy friends who are sharing their wish lists today, too. Check them out! Alice Boll at Scrapbook Wonderland Danielle Leonetti at Scrapper on the Street I’d love to hear what’s on your scrappy Christmas list! Leave me a comment below and let me know! 🙂

PIn it:

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I’ve been creating up a storm lately! Ever since I finished putting together a Christmas planner for the Creative Christmas Bundle, I’ve been playing around with Photoshop, and I’m really learning my way around the program!

In fact, I’ve even added some things to my Etsy shop. I’d love for you to have a look and let me know what you think!
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Happy Saturday!

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Welcome to the Creative Christmas Blog Hop! We hope you’ll enjoy a day of festive fun and inspiration as the Scrapbook Bundles designers showcase the products available in the Creative Christmas 2015 Bundle. Click through all the blogs before 11:59 EST and be sure to leave a comment on each and every one, because at the end of the hop ONE lucky “hopper” will win a complete bundle before you can even buy it! So grab a drink, flex your mouse-clickers, and relax. We’re going to bring you your most creative Christmas yet!

For my project, I took inspiration from three of the products in the Creative Christmas Bundle: Beth’s Christmas Scor class, Connie’s North Pole Breakfast printables, and Alison’s Your Christmas Story layout sketches.

I started by printing out some of the elements from Connie’s North Pole Breakfast pack and choosing a sketch.  I love that the printables are so versatile and can be used to create party decorations and then to scrapbook the photos later!

Next, I cut out and punched some of the circular shapes to use with the embellishments I would make using Beth’s class.

Then got busy scoring, first for a rosette,

and next for a three-dimensional star.

Chose my photos and assembled the layout quickly using Alison’s sketch. So easy! Oh, and the little Christmas tree is from Beth’s class too!

I love the finished layout! It documents my yearly tradition of locking myself up in the bedroom with a pile of goodies and wrapping presents till my fingers get numb.

I hope this project has inspired you. Before I send you along your way on the hop, I’ve got a gift for you! I’ve put together a pack of two free planner pages for you to download to use right away. The first can be used to track all the holiday television shows and movies that you just can’t miss. This page is also available in my Christmas planner product in the Creative Christmas Bundle. The second page is not. It’s a thank-you note tracker, and it’s a blog exclusive. It’s also completely compatible with the Christmas planner. Both pages are yours free when you sign up for my email list. Just click here and you’re on your merry way to your free download.

Be sure to come back here to continue the hop. And don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a complete Creative Christmas Bundle before you can even buy it!

Next up:

 

August already? Whew, where did summer go? This week I’ll be heading back to school to begin putting my new classroom together. I’m moving from third grade to fifth grade science and social studies, so I’ll have a bit of rethinking to do as far as decorations and organization. How about you? Are you looking forward to school starting again? Do you function better with or without a routine? I’d love to hear, so please comment below.

And now, let’s get down to the real reason for this post – brand new Monday Mojo prompts! I’ve visited my Pinterest boards and picked out a lovely color scheme and some fun sketch and embellishing ideas.

Color Scheme

Color Scheme

Ready for fall, this color scheme comes to us from the Color Palettes website. The yellow, red, and green remind me of the colors of the leaves as they begin to change (which happens earlier here in Louisiana than in other parts of the country). The neutrals serve as a nice counterpoint to the other saturated colors.

Sketch

Sketch

Our sketch is from the Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits blog, borrowed from Scrappin Around the Clock for one of their back to school challenges. I think it’s a perfect page layout for a back to school portrait.

Embellishment

Embellishment

This fun embellishment idea from the Shari Design blog could be interpreted in so many ways. The ticket shapes could actually become journal spots instead of a card sentiment. There are so many opportunities to layer on little goodies like jewels, twine, washi, brads, stickers – you name it.

Technique

Technique

This beautiful tissue paper background technique comes from the Craft Barn blog. Although it has a distinctly Asian feel (it was featured as part of their Oriental week series), the stamps and colors could easily be adapted to whatever theme you’d like to scrapbook.

 Topics to Scrapbook

Topics

And finally, our topic prompts come from the Capture Your 365 website. If you’ve never checked it out, you really should. There is a whole community of people (some scrapbookers, some not) dedicated to taking a photo a day for the whole year. This is just a sampling of the prompts that are shared there. What I love about them is that they are so easy to interpret. This time of year is so hectic, and anything easy is very welcome!

So there you have it. Five bright, shiny new mojo prompts. I hope just seeing these inspires you to create something. And if you do, I’d love to see it! Stop on by the MKP Facebook group and show us what ya got! (We’ll show you some love – promise!)

 

Welcome to another week of Monday Mojo using July’s Mojo prompts.

Today’s project is from Cathy, and she is showcasing the sketch prompt – with a little bit of a twist. Take a look:

Here’ the original sketch,

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The Sketch – 6 small photos aligned in 2 rows of 3

and here is Cathy’s take on it, with the photos and ephemera positioned slightly differently, setting the fun mood of the page. I love all the details she’s included with her embellishments and title work. This page is simply stunning!

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. Cathy’s layout with a collage of photos and ephemera

And now it’s your turn. Give the sketch (or any of the prompts) a try, then come share it with us in the MKP Facebook Group. We’d love to gab about scrapbooking with you and show some love to your work!