Looking Back on Favorites

Recently I’ve been spending some time to look back on my own work and pick out my favorites.

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It’s actually an accidental exercise as I was backing up files and doing some digital organization, so was forced to dig into the archives.

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Years and years of artwork – much of it very old, simple and just plain bad (sort of embarassing…) but there are some that I love oh so dearly.

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Definitely some that I am proud of even if not perfection or technically superior in any way.

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There’s just something about it that makes the work unique and very much me. I personally love it, even if it was NOT the most praised.

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I’m realizing that pulling together those that I love, will help as a retrospective of my best work thus far.

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It can help me understand what I have done and where I want to be, looking ahead. So how can I use what I have created and work towards getting better and honing my art?

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Lots of self-reflection time for sure. It’s also helpful to look back when you are feeling a bit depressed and wondering what you have ever accomplished! When you look into the archives and stack things up, it suddenly does seem like you have done quite a bit. Chin up, right?!

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Also, I think picking out my favorites is a good excuse to start printing and make myself a gallery wall of art love. What do you think? *wink*wink*

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June 2015 Memory Book Pages

Yup, it’s sort of inevitable to fall behind when it comes to memory keeping. After all, we are chasing our memories in real-time… how can one ever be “caught up” truly? The month of June really flew by for me and I didn’t even take notes on what happened day to day for my highlights calendar. Thank goodness for taking photos, because at least when I review the various snapshots I can sort of piece together the month. However, it’s difficult to remember details with the rush of time… all the more reason to take notes and scrapbook, right?

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This month I actually started using actual pocket pages for 4×6 photos, but realized it’s a bit trickier than I had imagined. I actually don’t like seeing the white from the photo on the back – crazy detail that is sort of “ugh” for me. And embellishments are difficult when they are seen from the other side as well. Not sure what I want to do…LTieu scrap2

I still love creating pages of different sizes though, so I suppose it’s all a frame of mind kind of thing.

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Depending on how elaborate one is when it comes to embellishment, I’m not sure pocket pages are really that much faster than just slapping photos onto pieces of cardstock. Or is it because there is the plastic protection that people want? In my memory book, I have a mix of pages that have the protector or not… it’s sort of a mixed bag.

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I have run into issues already of things sticking on opposite pages, so I suppose that is a case for putting everything in page protectors. But I have to say the feeling of the book changes when there is plastic in it… don’t you think?

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This month was quick to put together, when I finally got to it, only because I forgot most of the details and didn’t have much time to collect items or even take that many photos.

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My book is still bulking up and I’m hoping that after completing a full year in this memory book style, I will have better clarity of what I want to do next year. I’m still using Studio Calico project life kit supplies at this point. I really have an overflow of supplies because I don’t use that much product in general. Now on to the next month…

How is your scrapbooking and memory keeping going?

Happy Print Club August 2015 Releases

I can’t believe that we are already winding down from summer 2015! But I think it’s never too late to bring in some tropical design flair and this month the designs released at HappyPrintClub.com are all about flamingos, pineapples and pina coladas. Yup, it’s all very trendy!

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I’m exploring a loose and sketchy design style and I think it all fits very well with the subjects I have chosen. Hope you like the printables, let me know what you think! Do you love stationery printables? Check out HappyPrintClub.com!

Moodboards

These past couple of weeks I have been creating a visual moodboard each week to participate in Decor8’s moodboard instagram challenge.

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It’s actually been a very relaxing and fun process to go through my collection of magazines. Not only am I finally using my magazines and destashing in a sense (still cleaning out my studio space), it’s also a bit of creative funtime to quickly collage and put pretty things together.

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The more I learn about visual inspiration and how it transforms and affects a piece of work, the more I understand and agree that it is essential for the design process. I watched the fabric design course on creativebug and it really clicked for me when listening and seeing how Denyse Schmidt puts a name to her collection and the story she creates to support it. Very cool! BTW, the amazing thing is that you can try creativebug premium free for 14 days… like an ecourse binge watching session even if you don’t plan to continue. But honestly at less than $5 a month, it’s a steal for creatives!

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I suppose it is a pinterest board the old fashioned way. Do you create moodboards to start a project off?

 

Happy Print Club Updates

Months and have flown by and I have failed to remind y’all that two new releases have been posted to Happy Print Club! 

My happy designs for a very happy summer… I’m sure you know someone who deserves to receive some snail mail from you?
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I have also posted a freebie so you can try printing at home immediately! It’s a revival of my anatomical heart drawing – cool, yes? Hop on over and check out Happy Print Club!

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