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Eclipse/Space Layout – Shield Your Eyes!

The Eclipse is Coming! The Eclipse is Coming! Warning: Shield your eyes from what you are about to see or make sure you have the proper viewing spectacles for your eyes. Nevermind, you can look. Monday is the eclipse across North America – and we are very near the total coverage area in the south. We are checking the kids out of school and trekking our way to a better viewing area. Thank goodness we have family in the area and don’t have to find lodging. If I owned a hotel, I would crank up prices because people would pay them […]

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Minimal Open-Side Square Weekly Spread

Minimal Open-Side-Square Weekly Spread {with Monday Start} Great layout for a minimalist design the names on the side added variety to change-up the layout.   The day-to-day planning is down the center of the page (except Sunday) and all the other planning is on the edge of the pages. I left a big part of the page on the right for a quote or to do list. You’ll notice that the week starts on Monday. Not typical for the calendar I use, but I’ve really been liking the Monday start to the week. Whether it’s in my head or not, […]

Master Project Checklist More efficient to do list-ing

Eliminate the Same To Do List – Create a Master Project Checklist

I love ‘to do’ lists. They help organize my brain. Once I get it down on paper, I’m free to think of other things that could be put down on a different list. But to do list-ing (is that a thing?) is tedious if you record the same ‘to dos’ for every project.   In an earlier post, I showed you how to set up a habit tracker in your bullet journal – tasks done every day to form habits. Read the post here. I thought about that layout and decided to transform the same format into a framework for […]

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Arrows Aim True – if you point them in the right direction

After creating a weekly spread with arrows, I kind of went nuts for the arrows and quotes. I’ve practiced my hand lettering over the past few months and writing quotes is always a fun way to practice! I have a long way to go, but I have come very far. I was getting frustrated for a while – simply not able to make thin upstrokes at all. After doing some research (ok a LOT of research), I found that Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens really helped me develop the light touch I needed. I’m not giving up on this endeavor anytime soon. I love it […]

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Arrow Doodle Vertical Weekly Layout

Arrows in my weekly layout remind me to keep my focus and aim true to my goals In addition to the reminder the arrows served, I loved doodling the arrows. I never realized the sheer variety of arrow types! There are so many things around us to distract our attention from what we really want to do with our lives. I think arrows may become this needs to become a ‘thing’ in my life as a daily reminder to aim true and fly straight towards my goals. Believe it or not, the quote “The art of writing is the art […]

Dream Mode of Transportation

My Dream Car

I stared at this page that said “Dream Car” for a long time trying to decide which make or model I would deem ‘my dream car’.  This page attracted me, yet the reason why it was so alluring baffled me. I don’t have a dream car. Growing up, I had a picture of a purple Prowler on my wall. I liked the look of the open wheels (if you’ve seen Cars 1, you might giggle at that). My husband desires a Tesla. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind one of those. But it is not a deep desire of my heart.  I would not have […]

Creating Map Collection Spreads for your Bullet Journal

Creating a Bullet Journal Map Spread

Creating Map Collection Spreads for your Bullet Journal Include a map collection for planning trips, tracking where you’ve been, where you want to go, how much you need to save for that amazing journey you are planning…the possibilities are limitless! I saw a collection not long ago similar to this and the ideas for what I wanted to do and incorporate it into my bullet journal started flowing. Seeing things visually helps me envision other possibilities. So I LOVED the idea of tracking travel. I knew I had to do something with it! Getting it into the pages were a […]

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Superficial Excuses

I am sure we have all heard a superficial excuse and known that it is not the real reason behind the excuse. I am also sure that we have all given our own fair share of superficial excuses for one reason or another “it’s been a long week”, “it’s too far” and many others that give a surface reason for not fulfilling an obligation or participating in an event. Having a kid can supply a vast array of shallow justifications: “Oh, they aren’t feeling well”, “we have had a hard day” etc. When on the receiving end of these hurried reasons, […]

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Behind the Scenes – Creating a Text Image

How I created the ‘About Me’ Page Graphics – Useful tips for those just starting with Photoshop Elements Click to see the “About Me” page Disclaimer: I am not a professional designer. I’ve used Photoshop for more than 20 years since I was in high school, but I would not consider myself a pro and know all the tips and tricks and awesomeness there is to know about Photoshop. I figure that everyone has to start somewhere, so if you want to know how I do what I do; I will do my best to show you what I did […]

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Mixed Tape: New Techniques for Old School

“Cassette tape” from 300 Drawing Prompts book. When I started this cassette tape drawing, I tried to draw from memory. But it had been years since I had handled a cassette tape so I had to go find one. I learned and tried out some new techniques and products while painting this prompt. I like the iridescent paint for finishing touches. I loved lettering the ribbon text. This requires further practice. It requires figuring out how the text would twist and turn to form text. I discovered that the Micron pen used for the outlines does not bleed or smear. […]

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Tips for Erasing Pencil Marks – Without Eraser Fluff

If you are like me, your paintings/drawings/doodles start out in pencil and progress to other non-erasable mediums. It’s necessary for my life. Because, you know, #imperfect and that is totally ok. But if you are also like me, you hate eraser fluff. You know, the stuff left by erasers after erasing. It gets all over everything and is generally annoying. Then I remembered a little secret I had known in my high school art days. I had completely forgotten about these magical erasing devices. Mold them, shape them, and erase with them. They leave no eraser fluff. What else is really nice […]

Listen to be better

Advice For My Younger Self

If you could go back in time exactly 10 years and give yourself advice, what would you tell yourself? I do not wish to change the past – because I feel that mistakes in the past, not just mistakes, all choices create us for who we are. But… if I could tell myself something 10 years ago – it would be to have more patience with my children. My oldest just turned 8 in June, so by going back 10 years, I’d be giving myself some time to figure out what patience truly is and how to develop it. And […]

Power Word Art

Power Word Art

If you don’t know by now, I am a font nut. I love finding new fonts of all shapes & sizes. So participating in a lettering challenge affords me the opportunity to use a variety of fonts.  The @happyletteringchallenge #happyletteringchallenge for July has one word to letter everyday. Today was “Power”. I found a new font called Savaro Typeface on Creative Market that really fit the word ‘power’ in my opinion. Power to me means strength, authority, and confidence. I am not referring to power-hungry people, or those who use power for ill-will. But the power I think of is […]

June Creativity Challenges 2017

June 2017 Creativity Challenges

I think of a challenge as something that stretches your limits, makes you better, identifies points of weakness to enhance and perfect. June 2017 was my first month of participating in any sort of challenge on Instagram. I found several that I really enjoyed. Follow me on Instagram to see them as they happen! I participated in several challenges. I came in late to the game for a couple of them and I didn’t participate all days for all events so here are all my ‘entries’ if you may. I really look forward to future challenges and may eventually create […]

4 ideas for your bullet journal to supercharge your habit tracking

Four Ideas to Supercharge Your Habit Tracker {that you may not have thought of before!}

Don’t do a habit everyday? Cross out the days you don’t track, to show how often you REALLY fulfill that habit. Implementing any of these 4 items could increase your habit tracker effectiveness – and help you achieve even more! Ever heard the quote “What gets measured, gets managed”? Logging month-to-month totals and/or percentages creates a quick overview of your habits each month. Implementing any of these 4 items could increase your habit tracker effectiveness – and help you achieve even more! Ever heard the quote “What gets measured, gets managed”? Logging month-to-month totals and/or percentages creates a quick overview […]

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How to Set Up a Habit Tracker in your Planner

Do you like the idea of a Habit Tracker in your Bullet Journal, but don’t know where to start? Do you run out of room when numbering in a month? (Yes, I have done it too.) I’ve put together some best practices for planning, laying out and implementing your horizontal Bullet Journal/Planner Monthly Habit Tracker. Best Practices I like to create my Habit Tracker horizontally (long ways) So since I am starting with the horizontal layout, so I turn my journal the way I will view the habit tracker – it makes it easier to create and visualize what I […]

Find Your Inner Muse

300 Prompts for Writing & Drawing Plus a Sketchbook

We were out on a family adventure one Saturday. As we stepped into the sweltering heat of the near noon-day sun, I realized that we needed to get some sunscreen. {I have three very fair children and a husband who is fair as well – I can’t believe we forgot the sunscreen!} I had some at home, but we were too far away to turn back. I saw a Target on the way and we stopped in. After finding the necessary sunscreen, I wandered over to the notebook section – a place I often find myself in any retail store. […]

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I’m Not a Bad Mom…But More Gratitude Please

There are days when I feel like I have a giant “annoy mom button” and pushing it is the most tempting thing in the world. My kids (ages 7, 5 and 4 months – but this is about the 7 and 5-year-old), like to tease each other and tattle on each other and do the things that siblings who are 2 1/2 years apart like to do. The problem is, they drag me into the mix! When they are finished annoying each other, they see a new, fresh target and set their sights on easing their boredom by asking me for […]

Bullet Journal Challenge Tracking Calendar

Creativity Challenges – Favorite Fiction Character, Planning Signifier & Hobbies

June 2017 # 4 #BohoBerryChallenge #PlanWithMeChallenge #RockYourHandwriting My challenge responses for June 4, 2017. I don’t know that I can handle more than 3 at a time – the problem is – I do them and forget to post them! So I made a calendar in my Bullet Journal to track where I’ve posted my challenges. Making it pretty was just a bonus. I practiced some blending on the letters with my Tombow Dual Brush Pens. I think it looks like a sunset – and makes me think of summer. The plan with me challenge was to show “My Signifiers” – I […]

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Lord of the Donuts

It’s National Donut Day! {First Friday of June} The line wrapped around Krispy Kreme Doughnuts was quite insane. Cars coiling around the building, the line of people venturing into the building was out the door. But the smell. Oh the smell. It draws you in like siren calls for a sailor on the sea, succumbing to the sweet vice. You couldn’t leave, even if you wanted. The “hot and now sign” was lit up in the window, we could see the conveyor cooking system through the window double-timing doughnut production to keep up with the demand. It was all intoxicating. We got […]

Live life more fully today than you did yesterday

Discovering My Inner Muse

Live life more fully today than you did yesterday. Original quote by me. I have seen many YouTube videos and read {the excerpts of} books suggesting to choose just one word to theme your year/life around. I liked this sentence more than I liked just a word for a mantra. But I guess if I were to squash that sentence down into one word, it would be “INSPIRE”. I want to help other people grow into more than what they were, see that they have the potential to do so much more than they have been. I think I have […]

Always

  I am not normally one to express anything about Hollywood or the like, but I am so sad today to learn of the death of Alan Rickman. I was reading some tweets about Alan and wanted to share some of them. He encapsulated the role of Severus Snape so extremely well. But, Alan was more than just an actor cast in a key role for Harry Potter. Other roles, perhaps not as well known, but no less well played by this tremendous actor. For all fans of the late great #AlanRickman : 10 key performances https://t.co/ODz0zv6FIz — RC deWinter […]

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I Took My Destiny Back

I woke up last night from a nightmare. I could feel my fear in my dreams. And I could feel the disappointment in myself. I dreamed I was back at my old job, being told that I wasn’t good enough. That no matter how hard I tried, I was ‘not a good fit’, and I would not be able to meet their goals. I quit that job 6 months ago. I didn’t have anywhere else lined up to work except a part-time job. Quitting was probably the best thing for me. I say probably because who knows what other course […]

You can do anything…

“If you focus on what is right in front of you, and do your best to blank everything else out, you can pretty much do whatever you have to.” This just before Jayme propelled himself off a cliff secured to a duct tape rope. Jayme Hynaman, Mythbusters Episode 366 original air date: 6/19/13

Creating My Own Awnings

I was working on a scrapbook page (I digital scrapbook, used to do the other way, but long switched since my pictures are all digital… I can scale them… I can scale elements and use the elements over and over again… but that is a different time, a different story). I was working on a scrapbook page for June of 2012 where we went to Rita’s Italian Ice and my nearly 3-year-old was feeding my 9-month old some tasty treats. I thought it would be a brilliant idea to use a red and white striped awning like they have at […]

Paste is Paste…right?

Corbin is my 3-year old: Corbin: “Whats that?” pointing to a can of tomato paste with a spoon sticking out of it. Me: {making Italian food for dinner} “Tomato Paste” Corbin: “Oh! For brushing your teeth?” as he lifts the spoon in the can to his face. Me: “No! For cooking!” Corbin: “Oh” disappointed. I think I should have let him try it, then maybe I wouldn’t have to worry if someone calls glue ‘paste’. He won’t be tempted to brush his teeth with that after the experience of tomato ‘tooth’ paste.

Fortunate Business Interests

Got this fortune today in a cookie I gave my 3-year-old: I told my 3-year old that it meant he had to go potty immediately and not wait until he was dancing around. It was the only business interests I figured he had. He took me seriously. When we got home he talked and talked about his fortune in the cookie and how he needed to make sure that he went potty better. My husband is turning 40 on Monday. He said that his fortune cookie made a mockery of his age. I thought it was brilliant. Mine was also […]

Big rewards

“I ate my Cheerios, now I can eat the gingerbread house.” – Captain Obvious 12/8/12 Apparently, this is the philosophy of my three-year-old who has been begging to eat up the gingerbread house ever since he laid eyes on it. We struggle with him eating in general, he just has no desire to do so since he is too busy. But trying new foods is an even bigger struggle. So the fact that he ate his Cheerios without having any problems evidently deserves a big reward.

Lovely Purse

After a suggestion from my sister to find nuggets of joy in the day-to-day actions of my three-year-old, I decided that I had better record them or I would forget. After all, some days, there are only fleeting moments of joy and if you don’t capture them, they will soon be lost. “Mama, your purse is lovely”  – Age 3

Finding Joy After a Tantrum

After the most horrible day yesterday with my three-year-old (whom I call Captain Obvious), I called my sister in tears. I just couldn’t see any good in anything. It was all too hard. How in the world was I going to survive a lifetime of dealing with this child? Contrary to popular belief…Its not all sloppy kisses and storybooks. There are days, even as adults, that we just can’t deal. As a child, they do not have the experience nor maturity to even know how to handle all the things in life. It is the days where a tantrum is […]