Saturday, January 16, 2010

New Bleuprint!

Every Friday over at Bad Girls, one of our Elite Artistes shares an inspiring new Bleuprint. For those of you that don't know, our Bleuprints begin with a source of inspiration (a magazine ad, a painting, a color palette). From that, we build a sketch. And, finally we create fun layouts combining our source of inspiration and sketches.

This week was my turn, and this is what I came up with...

I was looking for a fun way to scrap some photos I had from Christmas, and was inspired to create a page that, itself, looked like a wrapped gift. American Crafts' "Merrymint" collection was perfect for this! To see where my source of inspiration came from, and for a sketch to give you a jumping off point... take a peek here.

Have a great weekend! I know mine will be spent getting messy with the new American Crafts "I Heart You" line. Stay tuned for some cute V-Day projects!

Monday, January 11, 2010


Brought to you by the letter "H" for...

Health in all areas of life.

* Health in the traditional sense. More exercise. I'm on Day 8 of my Wii 30 Day Fitness Challenge, and I have more and more energy every time that alarm goes off at 6 am. Yay! Eat healthier. More fruits and veggies. I am a notorious veggie-hater. I'm getting better. Baby steps, baby steps. Cut out soda and alcohol. I have a Coke every couple of days. I haven't had a drop of wine (or any other alcoholic beverage) for 10 days now. Instead, I drink about 10 glasses of water a day. Doin' good.

* Family health. We are spending a lot more quality time together. Dinners at the dining room table. Mondays are family movie night, Thursdays... family game night. Once it warms up, we'll be spending a lot more time playing outside. Hazel is now a Daisy Girl Scout, and I am a co-leader for her troop. It's an excellent way to spend quality time together.

* Creative health. I was taking on so many jobs and projects that it was starting to burn me out. I've taken a creative break to get the juices flowing again, reprioritized some of my commitments, and hope to be back to inspiring you all very soon. I will continue to reevaluate my commitments in the industry until I find a happy medium.

* Mental health. Not in the loo-loo crazy sense. More in the remembering not to be so hard on myself, and introducing more time for relaxation in my life sense. In this day and age, I think we could all benefit from taking some time to breathe and appreciate all we have in life. It doesn't always have to be so high-stress and go, go, go all the time.

I think the best idea behind new year's resolutions is to set small, attainable goals and build on them. If I went in with the goal to work out 3 hours a day, that would last maybe 3 days. Instead, I started out with the 30 minute Wii fitness challenge. Then, I'll slowly add too it... a couple of days of yoga here, some Wii Fit exercises there. It makes everything seem that much more possible. On that note, I have some organizing to do before I can get back to creating. So, I'll leave you with some snap-shots from the holidays...

Happy New Year, and here's to you achieving all your goals for 2010!