2017 Project Life Album February and March Flip Through

I'm finally photographing and filming my 2017 album so I can share how I did memory keeping last year. I ended up being so focused on school (I'm a senior in University!) that I didn't do much sharing throughout last year. Today I'm sharing a look at my February and March 2017 project life pages. If you didn't check out my post on January's pages, you can see that here. (January's pages were so gorgeous! I don't think I topped them in these months!)  

For February and March, there were a lot of selfies (I was crushing on my tattoos hard core.) And also lots of photos with pets in them, per usual. If you want to see a flip through video of these pages and a little chit chat about them, you can watching the YouTube video!

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As you can see, I used lots of colors in these pages! It's a fun and new thing for me to use such bright colors, usually I gravitate towards pastels in past project life albums. I'm so glad I got these months documents and that in 30 years from now I'll be able to look back and have all these memories in one place. Though, I obviously have a problem with taking way too many photos and not narrowing them down when I go to print. (Hello 30 selfies of me a month. I should work on that.) I'm excited to share more of this album with you soon, and I hope you enjoyed this peak into more of my 2017 Project Life album today! 

Did you do any form of memory keeping last year? Leave me a comment down below and let me know what you think of these pages and if you did a form of memory keeping last year!

xoxo,
Laura

My 2018 Goals

I love the magic that a New Year brings. Some people aren't big on resolutions or the power a new year can have, but I am all about it. I love setting goals that will help me live the next year as intentionally as I can. Because I get so geeked out talking about goals and planning for a new year, I thought it would be really fun to share with you some of my 2018 goals!

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My 2018 Goals


Business/Blog Goals

  • Blog at least twice a week
  • Post a YouTube video at least twice a week
  • Keep my blogging and YouTube videos focused on creativity and/or self-love and things involving them in my life.
  • Show up to online space and share what I post on my blog and YouTube. This means Instagram stories, facebook scrapbooking groups, studio calico forum, etc.
  • Back to a consistent daily sharing on Instagram. I've already been slaying that the last two months but I'm still recovering from the last year and a half of no consistency, because college.
  • Finish creating the Body Love Art Journal Class and find beta testers for it.
  • Release and launch the Body Love Art Journal Class
  • Finally, for the love of God, start sending a consistent newsletter. Even if it's just sharing what I'm posting on my blog.
  • Outline and start creating my premium self-love course.

Personal Goals

  • Continue pursuing minimalism and paying off debt which I did pretty good at in 2017.
  • Start a local art meet up that serves the refugee community. Charlotte has a big refugee community that I just learned about and I feel super called to help in some way. I would use my destash/extra craft supplies to supply the group whatever they didn't have and offer a place for them to come together, art journal, use planners, scrapbook, and most importantly, make new friends, and feel safe in the USA. I would also open it up to non refugee women interested in it because I was told the one thing that most local refugees want that they don't have a resource for is making American friends they can practice English with and learn the culture.
  • Really appreciate being a pet mama and be present with them. Give in to them being joyful, even if it takes up a lot of my time or comfort. (Like taking the dog to a dog park in 20 degree weather for an hour haha. Off to a good start!) My cat was diagnosed with kidney disease a couple months ago and taking care of him has required a lot of time and work. While I'm adjusting to this new more hands-on, care-giving role, I want to make sure that I'm also soaking up every minute I get to be a pet mama to my 3 beautiful pets (1 cat and 2 dogs.)
  • Spend more time with God. Devotionals, bible journaling, and studies and faith based books.
  • Be a light in this world. Encourage others with positivity.

And there you have it, those are my goals for the year! They are pretty lofty because there are quite a few of them. But the main idea is to show up and work consistently to achieve the vision I have for this space, the classes I want to offer, and the women I want to help.

My business and blog goals are from now-the end of May. I just applied to graduate school last month and I don't know if I'll be getting into grad school or not. (A heavy leaning towards getting in since I have the grades!) If I do get in, that starts in June and will take up a huge chunk of my time and energy and totally send me in a different direction than if I don't get in this summer semester. So I can't really plan for the second half of the year because I don't know if I'll be in grad school, or looking for a job with my bachelors degree, or whatevernot.

I would love to hear your 2018 goals if you're into goal planning like me! Leave a comment down below with your resolutions or goals this year. I'm excited to say that I'm already checking things off my list by making a monthly goal plan to meet my annual goals and sharing accountability with some of my crafty business bffs. <3 Happy New Year!

xoxo,
Laura

How to get Your Creativity Going in the New Year!

Hello gorgeous! Welcome to 2018 where we are going to do fabulous things and make fabulous things. I'm super excited to be diving into the new year (I always find so much magic in January and in fresh starts.) As I look ahead to what this year will bring creatively, I wanted to share my experience on how to best jump start your creativity in the new year. So to anyone looking to get creative this year or make any kind of art this year, here's a guide for you!

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How to Jump Start Your Creativity in the New Year

1. Reflection. Start the year by looking back and choosing your favorite creative thing you did last year. Be inspired by that project. Be grateful for all the times you chose to be creative last year. Let your favorite creative endeavor from last year inspire you to dig deep into your creativity this year and make some beautiful stuff! 

My favorite creative project I did in 2017 was the 100 Days of Scrapbooking project.

2. Vision. Start the new year with a vision. Having a vision for how you want to spend your time in 2018 will help you make the best decisions you can throughout the year to be in alignment with that vision. It's the most effective when you have a vision board that you look at daily to remind you what you want to focus on this year. 

Project- Get creative and make a vision board for yourself this year! I have a rad tutorial here on how you can make one.

3. Finish or Cut Loose Ends. You know what the worst feeling is creatively? When you have a mountain of unfinished projects and no motivation to get them done. Well it's a new year baby and time to unload that guilt and pressure. It's the perfect time to look at your old, unfinished projects and decide what you're going to complete and which one's it's time to let go of because you aren't inspired by them anymore and don't see yourself completing them. None of us can do ALL the creative projects that we think of, there are too many ideas and inspiration and not enough time. So let them go if they aren't important to you, or let January be a magical time where you finish up the old projects you still love, so you can start 2018 with fresh eyes and the ability to take on creative projects you actually want to pursue this year. Remember- no guild for things you didn't or won't finish. Let it go so you will have the energy and excitement for what you will complete this year!

The project I'll be finishing this month? My 2017 Project Life album. The project I'll be letting go of? My 2017 One Little Word traveler's notebook.

4. Clean Your Creative Space. Cleaning my crafting space and decluttering my supplies is hands-down my favorite way to get inspired creatively. A fresh, clean space gives your brain energy and clarity to focus on what you want to do. Elimination the distraction of mess. I also go through my stash and get rid of any items I don't think I'll use or that I don't love. When I have a smaller stash to work with, my productivity increases tremendously. You can eliminate the distraction of overwhelm by getting rid of old supplies that don't inspire you anymore. There are so many great places to donate old craft supplies- elementary schools, nursing homes, and community centers are my favorite places to donate mine to.

Take a look at the craft room makeover I gave my space last year! 


I hope that these 4 tips help you dive into the new year with lots of creativity. This is how I am starting off my January 2018 and how I wrap up the past year and dive into the new one. I hope 2018 brings you so many opportunities to create that you get your hands in the mess and make some beautiful stuff this year! Happy crafting!

xoxo,
Laura

December 2017 Scrapbook Layouts

One of my favorite ways to practice self-love, especially in the winter, is to spend time in my craft room, making scrapbook layouts. I love retreating from the cold air outside and getting cozy with some lovely memories I want to document and keep forever. Plus the whole creative part of it makes my heart super happy. I've had the chance to do that this month and even filmed two process videos for you! 

The first layout I'm sharing is of a day at the Charlotte Christmas village market which I went to with a friend of mine. You can see exactly how this scrapbook layout comes together in the YouTube process video. Here are some pictures of the final result:

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The second scrapbooking layout I am sharing today is this gorgeous layout of my kitten and I. It has more of a winter theme than a Christmas one but the journaling is about how he is my favorite Christmas present this year, so it fits in the same theme. Plus, I used the same Crate Paper collections to create both of these pages so they go together quite well even though they are very different. You can see the process video for this layout here.

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So pretty, right? You can check out each of the YouTube videos showing how I created these pages below. I hope you are all having a lovely December full of love, family, and crafting.

xoxo,
Laura