Happy Thursday everyone! I’ve added a set of 2014 Calendar Cards to the shop this week – they’re an essential item to add to your memory keeping stash, for sure.
The kit contains (12) 3 x 4″ journal cards with handwritten months and Sun-Sat calendars. Add them to your digital scrapbooking pages, print them to mark any period of time in your Project Life®/pocket page albums, or print them out and tack them up next to your desk for a modern little calendar.
The set also contains layered PSD files for each card so you can rearrange, recolor and otherwise customize them to fit your needs. I’m totally smitten with these cards.
Early Bird Savings
Purchase the 2014 Calendar Cards by January 26, 2014 and you’ll save 20%.
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Photo by Leontien
Project Life Spread by Leontien
Digital Page by Susanne
Tom and I just returned home earlier this week from a trip out west. We hopped on a plane just hours before some of the coldest days on record hit our home state of Wisconsin.
We spent the first four days of our trip in Las Vegas together, one of Tom’s favorite places on earth. I was a little over Vegas after our trip back in July, but this trip wound up being very low key and we spent the majority off our time off strip. It also helps that we ate some amazing meals while we were there this time – like the crispy duck at Lotus of Siam, cut-to-order steak at Echo & Rig, and the amazing breakfast menu at Skinny Fats.
I’m very easy to win over with food.
Our main objective was to attend the Consumer Electronics Show – along with over 100,000 other people. Finding products with appeal to digital scrapbookers in this venue was a bit of a “needle in a haystack” experience – with things like driverless cars, 3D printers and gigantic television walls stealing most of the spotlight. But we did get some hands-on playtime with some fun little gadgets.
Then Tom and I parted ways for the last four days of our trip. He stayed in Vegas and was joined by his brother and sister-in-law, I climbed aboard a quick flight to Orange County, CA – where I met up with my dear friend Kami and we made a beeline for Disneyland.
And we rode all the rides that Kami will actually ride, given she’s afraid of … quite a few of the rides. But the best part for me was actually the waiting in line, as surprising as that sounds, because it gave us time to just talk. About everything, about nothing. I don’t mind standing in line at all. We stayed until the park closed and enjoyed some much needed girl time.
I love Disneyland. So magical.
Then on Friday I did it all again with Liz – from the time the gates opened until we just couldn’t walk another step. It wound up being over 24k steps for us, actually – according to my trusty FitBit. Disneyland is our cardio.
For two people who make their living in memory keeping, we sure did have a hard time taking photos of ourselves in our matching ears, though. Turns out no matter where Liz stands she winds up being in a shadow. I opted for a candid shot of us trying to figure out this anomaly.
I introduced her to fried pickles, she introduced me to the Tower of Terror – twice. I love the Tower of Terror.
We had originally planned to stay until park close – midnight. Around 8:30 we revised our plans and decided to leave after the fireworks at 9pm.
Saturday morning we spent a couple of hours on the floor at the CHA Mega Show checking out the latest in the paper scrapbooking world. Liz got a chance to see her latest ProjectLife mini-kit in person, and even got it signed by Becky Higgins before we left. And we both got to spend time chatting with the team over at Studio Calico - love those ladies, they’re so much fun to work with.
Then we met back up with Kami and had dinner at Santouka with Christine & Todd, who drove up from San Diego for the evening. Three of my favorite women, three very talented and creative women – all in such close proximity. I’m the outlier. I’m obviously supposed to live in SoCal.
I spent my last full day in California laying low with Kami, teaching her how to knit while I snuggled on the couch with her dog and watched movies. Homesickness had started to set in a bit for me, and a calm day was exactly what I needed before heading home.
It was an amazing 9 day reprieve from the harsh winter we’re having here at home, and it’s an embarrassment of riches to be able to get away with Tom for a few days – just the two of us – and then to be able to spend so much quality time with friends I love so dearly. The perfect way to start the new year. And now I’m easing back into work days as I (hopefully) ease out of the flu that Tom caught – and shared – while he was on his Vegas adventure. It’s good to be home.
Choosing the featured products for each month is a little trip down memory lane for me, as well. Every new product seems to become my “new favorite” so when I flip through past products it takes me back to those initial feelings – and reminds me that they’re all my favorites.
To kick of the new year I’ve chosen Time Capsule as the featured product. The driving sentiment behind this kit - i collect memories – is also the driving force in my everyday life. Little moments that form the time capsule of my life.
You’ll save 30% on Time Capsule all month long, and if you have any layouts of your own to share using this kit (new or old!), please be sure to post them in my gallery at The Lilypad if you haven’t already, and then post a link to those layouts in the comments by 02/07/14 for a chance to win a $15 coupon to my store.
When I first created this kit I also put together a little package of “extras” that sold alongside it, so for the month of January I’m also including Time Capsule Extras free with the purchase of the kit. They’re meant to be together.
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Just a little bit of eye candy from my creative team – pages from their own time capsules.
▲ By Lex
▲ By Leontien
▲ By Leontien
▲ By Tali
▲ By Jeanet
▲ By Louso
▲ By Stacy
▲ By Susanne
▲ By Nicole
▲ By Sue
Remember that if you have any layouts of your own to share (new or old) using Time Capsule, you’ll need to post a link to them in the comments prior to 02/07/14 for a chance to win the $15 coupon to my store. ♥
Up until Nick was about 6 years old the concept of a romantic evening out – or a girls night with friends – was a very foreign one. One of the byproducts of my divorce 7 years ago (oy!) was that I suddenly found myself trying to fill up days where he wasn’t with me. Days that were previously filled with things like applesauce, cartoons and bathtime. Over time, date nights and girls nights have become something that I actively pursue and look forward to. And I created Soirée with that in mind. An ode to gatherings with loved ones – whether it’s an intimate dinner for two or a large dinner party with your closest friends. It’s a chance to document those nights that don’t involve applesauce.
And if you’re thinking to yourself “I don’t have any of those nights to document…” then I invite you to make a date with someone right now. It will nourish your soul.
The coordinating Soiree Journal Cards include (6) 3 x 4″ journal cards that can be used on your digital scrapbook pages, as well as in your Project Life®/pocket page albums. The package contains individual PNG files, JPG files with bleed (for professional print shops – like Persnickety Prints) and printable PDF and PSD files.
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I really love the reset of a new year. It’s as though I have a giant chalkboard in my mind that fills up with ideas, projects and goals each year—and I spend most of December staring at it, faced with the challenge of picking and choosing which items are going to get taken care of. Then the New Year rolls around and I get to take an eraser to the entire thing and start over.
I love that blank chalkboard. And I enjoy seeing everyone’s hopes, dreams and plans for the upcoming year as they share them on their blogs and on social media. January is when everyone’s optimism is on full display—and I appreciate that energy. I love to look forward.
I’ve spent some time in the past couple of weeks evaluating what has been working for me and what hasn’t been working very well at all. Earlier this week I put together my goals for the upcoming year, working to make them specific enough to be effective and attainable—all the while striving to avoid the word “resolutions” entirely, because it sounds so heavy and concrete. “Goals” sound a little more buoyant, a little lighter – and I’m optimistically pursuing a few this year…
I’m going to make time for free-range creativity in 2014. I feel very fortunate that I’m able to work in a creative field and that I truly love sitting down at my desk to work every day (except the accounting days!) But when that creativity is also tied to deadlines, contracts, marketing strategies and sales reports it doesn’t have the same effect as the free-flowing, “just for me” type of creativity. For the upcoming year, I’m going to schedule time each week to work on personal projects. And I’m hoping that Jennifer Wilson’s Start Fresh course at SimpleScrapper.com will help me in creating a strategy to accomplish this goal.
I’m going to make a new positive, healthy change each month. Making generic goals to “eat better” or “go to the gym more” don’t seem to work for me, so I’m going to try breaking the overall goal of becoming a stronger, healthier me down into smaller, more measurable portions that I add to each month. Whether it’s going to the gym three times a week, being mindful of portion sizes or adding another serving of fruits & vegetables to my day, I’ll tackle them one at a time and hope for a snowball effect of healthier choices.
I’m going to be more mindful of my focus in 2014. I realize this one sounds a bit broad, and that’s intentional. My One Little Word℠ for 2014 is focus, and I’m not entirely sure what this one looks like at this exact moment in time — but I’m going to be working on figuring that out in Ali Edwards’ year long workshop. Focus is a word that kept popping up over the past couple of months in my thoughts, in the quotes I was collecting, the images I was drawn to and the conversations I had with others— I feel as though the word chose me. And I’ll dedicate more time and space in the future, here on my blog, to the ways I’m defining what focus looks like for me and how I’m inviting it into my life.
I’m going to stop comparing so much. This is a fairly big one for me, and one I’ve been working on since reading Daring Greatly this past year. The journey towards “I am enough…” will be a long and continual one, which is why variations on this same theme will likely appear on my list of goals for years to come (if not indefinitely). I’ve added the “so much” as a reminder to show myself kindness along the way because working in a creative field, in a sea of other talented creatives sharing their highlight reels on social media— there will be stumbles along the way and days where I start to feel as though I’m coming up short. Baby steps.
How about you? Have you made goals for the year ahead? Share them with me in the comments below.