Amy Tan has a free Creative Handbook available on her blog, Amy Tangerine, which she put together with her friend Jamie Waters (also a Mum of four!). Their Creative Handbook provides 5 Practices to help encourage inspiration, motivation and creativity which is especially handy if you are feeling creatively blocked like I was last night.
I popped a photo on Instagram this week of the cover of a daybook I made last year. It was a heartfelt thank you gift for Scarlett’s year one teacher. She had given my little girl so much throughout the year and I wanted to say a special thank you. The photo on Instagram proved popular so I
Working backwards today to show you week twenty-nine of my Project Life journey.
All of my journaling is written using the the Becky Higgins Project Life black pens which I rediscovered and fell in love with all over again this week. They write beautifully directly onto photos. Even flow, quick drying with no smudging. They come in packs of three. Having the option of 01, 03 and 05 sized tips is very handy. (You can find them, on sale, in my store here.)
And welcome to week thirty-two of my Project Life journey. I’m working back through the year in a bid to catch up while also moving forward to not fall behind. Makes sense right?
I’m working backwards in a bid to try and catch up with my Project Life journey. For the last three years I have stalled with my Project Life documentation at August/September. There have been solid reasons. Moving house being the main one. However, this year? No reason really. I like to think that I’ve just been too busy out there living life. But as the beautiful Olya of Paint Paper Studio quoted in her post about her commitment to catch up on her Project Life… In times like these, my favourite quote comes to mind that “if it’s important to you, you’ll make time for it. If it’s not, you’ll make an excuse.”
Lately I’m having trouble just sitting and doing nothing. I think it’s from constantly being on the go and I’m simply out of practice. While my house was quiet last weekend when my babes were visiting their dad and with my determination to ‘relax’ and watch and movie from start to finish (a real treat for me) I pulled out my collection of Amy Tangerine embroidery kits, embroidery threads and played – while relaxing of course. Here is one of the projects I did.
Not every part of the image has to be used. I chose the circle out of the centre of the camera from the ‘Capture’ embroidery stencil kit. I love the result.
The back isn’t pretty but don’t worry. No one will see it once it’s placed in our Project Life albums or on top of a card.
The next day I added some stamps from Kellie Stamps.
This is such a quick and easy little project.
PS | the movie that I watched was ‘Are We Officially Dating?’. Hilarious!
While visiting Amy Tangerine’s blog I came across this post called Craftcation Photos. Lots of gorgeous pics showing what her students created using her embroidery stencils and patterned papers. Totally inspired I took what I had on hand from Amy’s Cut & Paste and Yes, Please collections outside on our little verandah in the sun and set to work.
I had some fluffy company.
So now I have a cut little stack of 3×4 and 4×6 cards to use in my Project Life album.
Here is what I used, all of which is available in my store.
The ‘Capture’ and the ‘Inspire’ embroidery stencil kits. Both on sale now. The kits come with three different colour of embroidery thread, the piercer, a needle and piercing mat together with two fab stencils.
‘Awesome Sauce’ patterned paper by Amy Tangerine from her Cut & Paste collection.
‘A-Lister’ patterned paper by Amy Tangerine from her Cut & Paste collection.
There are lots of co-ordinating embellishments, die-cuts and stamps etc too. You can find those HERE.
Kraft patterned paper called ‘Trust’ from Amy Tangerine’s Yes, Please collection.
You can find co-ordinating embellishments, stickers, chipboard, stamps, etc of the Yes, Please collection HERE.
It was so refreshing and inspiring being outside, rugged up, on top of an old quilt and creating in the cool autumn air. Beats being cooped up in a studio especially when the sun was out. Try it. You’ll love it!