Start Where You Are // New Year

I’ve spent the last couple weeks enjoying a slower pace. Practicing silence. The silence I crave during busy times like the holiday season. I have a few rituals at the start of a calendar new year to sort of reset a bit. First I sign off of social media for a few weeks, which I’m only actively on Instagram, so not that difficult. I get back to organizing my studio, get old projects wrapped up and line up new ones. I tend to get back to blogging, or more importantly, writing, a thing I love so much but have trouble making time for. And catching up on a lot of reading, or in my case lately listening to audiobooks. I’ve already completed 4 titles this year.

I enjoy this slower time to get back to my creativity and rest. The rest helps with the creativity. As much as I am a summer child, I sort of enjoy the quiet, slower pace the winter brings. I’ve had a few days where all I could do was sit under a blanket with the wood burning fireplace roaring away. And I find it’s exactly what I need.

As in yoga, honor the body, also honor the mind. Honor the being. Be present and feel what is needed in that moment.

Start where u are

For the past 5 years I’ve downloaded and used Susannah Conway’s workbook Unravel. It’s a great way to look back on the past year and make some assessments, as well as ponder the next year to come. I often think about how the new year falls in the northern hemisphere, as we are in winter so there’s more indoor introspection going on. I wonder how different it must be for our friends to the south. I have a ritual of not looking back at the prior year’s Unravel until I’ve filled out the current one, as to not be influenced by my previous thoughts/plans/ideas.

In retrospect of 2017, there were a few things I didn’t get to and a few tasks still left unanswered. But my ability to assess grew better, I was more aware, I was better at practicing silence, I was better at working through emotions, I was better at weathering the ebbs & flows. And that is more of an achievement than I can ever hope for.

As I continue my self awareness journey, the journey inward, I can only hope and plan for more growth in 2018.

In addition to Unravel and choosing a word, I set up my new Bullet Journal for the year ahead. I was happy with my 2017 set up so I will continue the same style going forward, with a few adjustments as seen here.

Also, I started to dive into this guided journal from Meera Lee Patel Start Where You Are. I’m a fan of her cards and artwork.

I found a great pocket moon calendar for the year at Amazon here. As a Cancer, a moon child, I learned a lot more about how this influences my life this past year. I paid more attention to the phases & how it correlates to mood. I learned more about the cycles and their impact overall. Again, being aware. Looking forward to more growth in this aspect in 2018.

A few new things for the new year. I don’t like resolutions. And goals sounds too business-like. So they are just new ideas, new wants or new things to try…

I’ve been dabbling in the study of aromatherapy – I want to learn more about this from herbs to essential oils to the Ayurveda approach. I really would like to try to make my own soy candles.

There’s also organization to be done. Some things are just still unfinished. Others need a refresh. I always find a little organization refresh in the studio seems to jump start the creating process as well. Love that connection.

I have some professional goals as far as studying and taking a test for a certification I’ve been considering for a couple years.

I would like to make more progress on a physical representation of my ancestry and see the results of the work I’ve put into that research. This takes quite a bit of time and I still haven’t figured out exactly how I am displaying or publishing what I’ve found.

And finally, we are discussing the idea of pet ownership again, by maybe the end of the year. So something to look forward to.

I feel like I’m off to a good start. Here’s to 2018!

 

 

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Roller Stamp Storage – Magnetic Solution

Roller stamp storage, magnetic

I recently revamped my studio a bit. I had to get rid of some furniture that just wasn’t working. Even though it was good storage, my old computer chest was taking up too much room. Getting rid of that helped me purge a lot of supplies. I replaced it was a wall cabinet. I will do a studio tour soon.

But as I was moving things around, I needed somewhere new for my roller stamps. I have too many to keep them in my Harbor Freight revolving tray.

I read somewhere that they are magnetic, so I thought I would try to find some heavy duty magnets to attach them to the side of my drawers. My drawers are actually a rustic (think industrial farmhouse) sideboard I purchased from World Market that is no longer available.

I ordered some magnets from Amazon that were small and round. Then on Zulily one day I saw the square cube magnets and order them as well. It ended up working better with the cube magnets and I didn’t need to glue them or anything. They are strong enough to adhere the stamps to the sideboard just by the positioning of the cube.

Magnet roller stamp

Roller stamp

The cube magnets can be found at alaboard.com and I’ve also seen them in Paper Source.

I have a few extra I am using on the fridge.

Roller stamp storage

Happy Stamping!

More Scrapbooking! – Divided Page Protector Style

I am in trouble because I am almost out of this style of We R Memory Keepers divided page protectors and I don’t think they make them anymore! The 8.5×11 does not have enough variety. I will have to start using my WRMK fuse tool more I suppose.

Here are a few more layouts for my 2016 album. I mostly just fill in with some pattern paper or journal cards and add some text to photos.

PP LV layout

The square prints were printed from Social Print Studio. I love their thick, matte photo paper. I simply added a few alpha stickers (Simple Stories) and some journaling onto photos.

PP zoo layout

These photos are a day at the zoo with my nephew. I used this single sheet of paper from Bella Blvd The Zoo Crew collection to make the inserts in middle of page.

PP Easter layout

A few photos from Easter 2016. I am quite obsessed with the mason jar paper from Echo Park Made from Scratch collection, I think I have 3 more sheets of it in my stash. Very versatile, makes for cute cards too.

 

If anyone has any of these page protectors they want to sell, let me know.