My Puuurfect Cat-Themed Printables on Petit A Petit Blog

I’m proud to announce that I’ve joined Petit A Petit and Family and will be blogging there once a month with happy mail printables for you to enjoy!  Be inspired and get creative, whether in sewing, parenting, photography or crafting (or all of the above really).

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Today I’ve posted the Puuurfect Cat-Themed Printables inspired by Celina’s pinterest board. I’m teaming up with Made by Toya as we will be posting in tandem, taking inspiration from a different board each month. You can join in on the fun and take inspiration how you see fit as well – use hashtag #pinandcreate on social media.

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Excited for this new adventure I’m diving into as a blog contributor and excited to see where all the craftiness will take us. Here’s to collaboration and community!

Creative Challenges into Creative Habits

I blogged about my daily doodle challenge for this year and I’m still going strong posting (almost) daily on instagram. There have been busy days when I forget or get to busy, but I can quickly pick up the habit again or sometimes I’m just not able to post but I still create my doodle.

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It’s really not a revolutionary practice since my doodles are pretty simple and it might seem repetitive even if I try to shake it up. I can’t help but draw cute girls and I thought it would make it easy on me to have this constraint of drawing a girl and a word.

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It’s interesting how constraints make it easier. You would think we want ultimate freedom, but that usually just means we get frozen in the possibility of too many options! So if you even get stuck wanting to do something, try putting down some rules – oddly enough it makes it all easier!

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Of course, I do allow myself the freedom to join in on other creative challenges and prompts offered out there in the instagram world. It’s fun to riff off the prompts of other creative challenges, but I don’t commit to joining them indefinitely… I just go with whatever inspires me that day.

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I’ve realized how easy it is to create more using these creative challenges. Again, you would think with total freedom, an artist should be able to create an amazing portfolio. But we need something to springboard off of… at least I do. It’s so much easier for me and I’m thinking… how can I make everything I do this approachable?  Right now I’m creating quick doodles and they don’t really become any type of completed artwork… but what if they can become more?

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I’m thinking that creative challenges can easily become creative habits and if that translates to final artwork, it would be a hop skip and a jump… an amazingly fun process instead of more trudgery. Usually, I find it very difficult to finalize things – that is my week point. I have a million ideas, but need to finalize them if they will do any good out in the real world. Otherwise, it’s just a million sketches after all!

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Do you have creative habits just for the sake of “exercising” or do they often become something more “final” for you? Obviously there is something to be said about warm ups, exercise and just practice… but at some point you do have to deliver!

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I would love to hear what or how others approach this type of situation and what creative practices and habits you have in place. Please do share!

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In the meantime, I’ll be continuing my daily doodles for sure and will be thinking about how to apply the simplicity of it to all that I do… because it doesn’t seem so hard to be prolific, afterall.

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Happy Print Club – Sending Love Printables

This week I designed a collection inspired by the Pantone color of the year, Rose Quartz – a set of printables called Sending Love.

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It’s also in preparation for Valentine’s day with a pretty color palette of traditional pinks and reds. However, I think the pop of blue makes it less girly and more versatile, even if it’s lovey dovey themed.

These days, I’ve been hearing a lot of sad news from friends who have lost loved ones or going through a difficult time. It made me realize that it doesn’t have to be Valentine’s day or any occasion at all to send a little bit of love to those you care about. It’s amazing how a simple note in the mail can turn a bad day into a pretty okay one, at the least.

I encourage you to take the time to send a bit of snail mail love… I know you will feel so much better in doing so and your recipient will definitely appreciate it. That’s really the heart of why I created Happy Print Club.

Look forward to weekly releases every Friday and head on over to Happy Print Club today for more details on Sending Love!

Happy Print Club – Lets Eat Cake Printables

This week I designed a birthday or generally celebration set of printables called Let’s Eat Cake.

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I was thinking of a light, airy, happy party theme, so with confetti flying around and a cake for celebrating. Who doesn’t like cake, right? The design is textured to give it somewhat of a whimsical vintage feel. I was trying to make it less girly, but still ending up with a pretty palette of colors… oh well! I can’t help myself.

Remember that this year Happy Print Club releases include more – a greeting card design, coordinating journaling cards and a full 12×12 patterned paper. It’s like a mini paper crafting kit to play with and I’m excited to see what you will create.

Look forward to weekly releases every Friday. Now head on over to Happy Print Club to check out the details on Let’s Eat Cake!

Happy Print Club – So Foxy Printables

It’s never too early to prepare for Valentine’s Day, so this week I created a lovey dovey set of printables called So Foxy.

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I created the cute little fox character as a mascot for x’s and o’s. It’s a great card to send to your significant other, but also for family and friends. Everyone could use a little bit of love, right?

Remember that this year Happy Print Club releases include more – a greeting card design, coordinating journaling cards and a full 12×12 patterned paper. It’s like a mini paper crafting kit to play with and I’m excited to see what you will create.

Look forward to weekly releases every Friday – yippee! Now head on over to Happy Print Club to check out the details on So Foxy!