I have quietly admired and enjoyed watching so many wonderful crafters and artists over the past few years and after filming my own video and then subsequently editing the (hideously) long 'raw' footage, I am now completely in awe of how these talented folk produce such stunning videos for us to watch!
You would think that I'd be okay with talking on camera after teaching children for some years, but there is a huge difference in performing in front of a class of children who respond to you and speaking to a microphone that doesn't...! It has taken me back to times in my childhood when my brother and I would record our voices (using a tape recorder of course, CD's were non-existant back then!) and laugh at what we sounded like! Why is it that the voice that we hear in our heads is so very different from that that we hear on a recording?! Thankfully, Harry has just told me that it doesn't sound like me at all - phew! Anyway, needless to say, I spent quite a lot of time cringing whilst attempting to record a brief introduction to the video. I must have recorded about twenty different versions - I'll admit that some contained a little swearing; most in fact! I guess that it's a mixture of things really, the fact that you're talking to yourself, you don't know who will watch it and that it's a whole new set of skills to learn! I hope that over time and with more practice I too will sound relaxed, professional and will find it far less awkward - note to self: stay in shot! Doh! Kinda important in a video...! I'm only human and have to start somewhere, right?! Until then though, a huge thanks for watching and for sticking around ; )
Creative journaling is a relatively new hobby for me and it's one that I'm really enjoying! I have kept a diary for the past four years and I initially used it as a way of journaling my thoughts and feelings, documenting the day's events and as part of my evening routine. I soon found that it was really therapeutic and helped me to clear my mind and unwind before going to sleep, so it's something that I've continued to do. I've added photographs, ephemera and other bits and bobs to my diaries, but previously nothing like the creative journaling layouts. I've always loved notebooks, pretty papers, pens, stickers, etc. I used to love going into WHSmiths as a child to spend Christmas and Birthday vouchers and that fondness has never left me! My Studio Calico kit delivery is a much anticipated highlight of each month - and feels a lot like Christmas actually ; ) - and I'm always excited to see what I can create with the new supplies, though I may have a slight issue with hoarding the extra special bits, shhhhhhh, don't tell ; ) !
Creative journaling gives me an opportunity to have fun with the very items that I love, combined with photos/cards/ephemera that hold meaning, along with my thoughts or recount of the layout. What's more, as I journal in a small passport sized book it doesn't take up much time and is a lot less daunting than being faced with a blank 12x12 piece of paper or an empty Project Life spread! A selection of materials, papers, embellishments, inks, paints and photos (plus a cup of tea) are my perfect recipe for an evening! I have included a list of the products that I used, along with links to buy them (where possible) at the end of this post.
So, a little bit of the background story about this 'Love' layout... I have previously mentioned that I've not been well over the past four years and as a result there have been some big changes in my life. Illness brings with it whole mixture of things doesn't it? Of course there have been a lot of really difficult and trying times, but I feel that I have also learnt so much about what's truly important in life; and have gained a lot of insight and personal strength in the process! Leading up to this however, I felt that I lost who 'I' was. Due to illness everything changed. My career ended abruptly, some friendships and relationships ceased, I lost my independence and as a result, many other areas of life were affected! Over time, due to physical limitations and ongoing symptoms, I didn't like what I saw when I looked in the mirror, the reflection I saw wasn't familiar and my self-confidence took a battering!
Thankfully, I am now feeling so much more content, as this 'selfie' represents! I have previously shied away from the camera and a visit to the hairdressers (or anywhere else for that matter!) seemed like an unnecessary event - yet had been a regular 8 weekly appointment whilst teaching. To say that this appointment was long overdue (excuse the pun) was an understatement! I had a good 10 inches cut off and decided to go for a lighter colour with some highlights and I love it! It's amazing how much better you can feel about yourself after a morning in a salon eh?! There have been several other factors too that have also led up to this change, but for now it's suffice to say that happier times are ahead : )
I believe that there are many reasons to be grateful for each and every day that we have and there are positives to be found in most situations. If we are prepared to reflect, truly listen, then adapt as necessary, get out of our comfort zones now and then, challenge ourselves to improve and embrace change, then we can move forward with greater clarity- and a fresh and healthier perspective!
On that note, I'm off to prepare our evening meal whilst I upload this video, I really hope that you enjoy watching it and that I've also shed a little light over the meaning behind the layout. I’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and subscribe to my channel and blog to keep in touch! I am filming another process video tomorrow so I’ll get that uploaded in the next few days. Thanks again for watching!
Bye for now! Nic x
Other places to find me:
Dear Lizzy, Run on transfer sheets: http://amzn.to/2bNhXyH
Studio Calico past kits subscriber digital files: www.studiocalico.com
Life Love Paper – enamel circle from past Studio Calico kit
WRMK Enamel Shapes (Warm): http://amzn.to/2bNhlZX
Seven Paper, Baxter puffy stickers – hearts: http://amzn.to/2bNiv7E
Pink Paislee, ‘C’est la vie’ washi strips: http://amzn.to/2bGC2Jp
Dovecraft 3D Foam squares (400): http://amzn.to/2bp6eIe
Tim Holtz idea-ology ‘small talk’ stickers: http://amzn.to/2bVcpBR
Artist’s Loft Watercolour paints: http://bit.ly/2bmH8eg
Fiskars Paper Trimmer (similar): http://amzn.to/2bGCsQ0
Pentel dotliner glue tape: http://amzn.to/2bp6VS9
Studio Calico Colour Theory mini spray in Lemon Zest: www.studiocalico.com
Derwent waterbrush (medium), pack of three: http://amzn.to/2bGw2vP
Studio Calico Colour Theory pigment ink in Clean Slate:
Studio Calico Roller Stamp:
Date stamp, similar: http://amzn.to/2bVdEAJ
Copic Multi liner pigment ink, black 0.3: http://amzn.to/2bVdVnC
‘Vacation Uke’, Albis
‘Easy Lemon 60 Second’, Kevin MacLeod:
Easy Lemon 60 Second by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
This video is not sponsored and I purchased all of the products myself, all opinions are my own! Some of the links above may be affiliate links, they cost you nothing extra, but give me a tiny percentage of what Amazon makes if you purchase from my link.