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.
|| INSPIRATION FROM THE FLOCK ||
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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|| LAYOUTS BY THE FLOCK & THE POLLYS ||
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.
This year I decided to take quite a bit of time off in December to keep my stress levels down and to recharge my creative batteries for the new year. It’s typically a fairly quiet time of year, business-wise, given that most people are fully immersed in the holidays – shopping, baking, traveling, visiting. Taking some time off from designing products allowed me to channel a lot of my creative energy into other projects.
A lot of my down time this past month was spent knitting a chunky cable knit throw blanket as a Christmas gift for my mom, one that was similar to a photo she sent me via text message. When it was finished I liked it so much that I immediately started another one for myself and I’m enjoying working on this one at a slower pace now that the holiday gift giving deadline is not looming over it.
I also spent a bit of my down time this month organizing files, evaluating what worked for me this past year (and what didn’t), and making plans for the upcoming year. Making the choice to limit my focus and embrace a slower pace made December feel much more manageable to me than it has in previous years. Going forward I hope to be able to allow myself the same space to breathe around the holidays.
I’m easing my way back into my work days right now, becoming reacquainted with my usual tools and routines – because it’s time to get back to the business of designing new products, and I’m so excited to see what 2014 has in store for One Little Bird.
So welcome back, friends! I’ve missed you.
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