Unplug the noise...

I came across The Minimalists several months ago and I have been following them, listening to them and trying to get a feel of how I can add minimalism into my life.  I know I need to "declutter", not just physical things but in all aspects of my life.  I want to make big changes this year but I need to be mindful and tackle things one at a time.  

Last year I unplugged for a week, yes a whole week and while the thought almost made we want to vomit (such a good reason to unplug don't you think) and I wasn't sure how I would cope with not being able to "keep up" with everyone...  but I am so glad I did.  The first few days were tough, so tough that it shocked me. It was only then did I realise how addicted I was to social media (instagram is my weakness).  I turned off notifications so that I wasn't tempted to check out "just that one post" and so when I picked up my phone (out of habit) there was nothing on my screen, so no temptation was there.

I could write a whole book on my feelings from that week, but to sum it up - SO WORTH IT.

When I came across this post (see below) on Instagram it was a timely reminder to UNPLUG again.  This time however, I am going to schedule it in my diary for one day a week and, I am going to unplug one weekend a month.

With all the technological advances of the past few decades, we’ve become more efficient than ever.  But, of course, with every discrete bit of input from our laptops, tablets, smartphones, earbuds, email apps, and Wi-Fi toasters, our world has grown louder. Noise is an unintentional by-product of productivity.  The more we produce, the more we increase the volume. 

Eventually the noise is so loud we must shout to be heard.  
There are many ways to turn down the volume.

Check social media only once a day
Turn off all notifications, beep, bells, whistles.
Schedule alone time, quiet time free time.
Respond to only the emails that require a response.
Ensure your creations add value, not just noise.
Unfollow, unfriend, mute, block, opt out, let go.
Speak less, meditate more, breathe deeply.

The best way to turn down the volume is to avoid turning it up in the first place.  As with your car stereo, the potential for noise is always there, sure, but the noise itself is present only if we allow it to be -
Only if we rank the knob clockwise.  Otherwise, silence reigns supreme.

(this essay originally published at @Minimalism. Life)

Every Sunday night I am going to schedule in my "unplug" day for the week - I'm looking forward to turning down the noise.

Have a great week
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Project Life - Week One

Hello Project Life for 2017.  
I have been doing Project Life, in the physical format since it started and completely love everything that it stands for.  I love how it's made me document the everyday, rather than just the big things.  But as a crafter, and if you are a crafter yourself, you will understand what I say next - I needed to change things up a bit, needed something different, but WHAT?  I spent a very long time trying to figure out what direction I was going to go in 2017, and yes, I even thought about not doing it and taking a break, however, I knew that wouldn't work.
I did a photo book (for Paislee Press during my time as guest creative team member) of a holiday we had in Bali back in July 2016.  I loved the simplicity of it and I loved how easy it was go put together.  
In December I decided to a do a December Daily type project, but in digital form as a photo book (this project is still in progress) and totally loved the simplicity and ease again. 

Making it onto the Paislee Press Creative Team for 2017 and my two previous successes with photo books made my decision clear -I would attempt to do a photo book for Project Life for 2017.

Today I am sharing my Week One of our Album for 2017. 

Again, I can't tell you how much I love the simplicity of going digital.  Yes, some part of me misses the touch and feel of paper etc but I love how easy this is to do.  I still plan to do layouts, card making and travellers notebooks - so I will get my fix of paper etc there.

Liz from Paislee Press just released the 4x6 Photo templates Vol 6 which made doing Week One so so easy.  The best thing about these templates is how much you can change them to fit your layout or number of photos.

I am so looking forward to seeing where this project takes me.  Will it last it the biggest question I have.  My other major question is "how do I add ephemera?"  But, as I said I am keen to see where this new direction takes me.

How are you doing Project Life this year?

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Positive Vibes - New Year Resolutions...

How are your plans going for 2017 - have you made a list, are you working on OLW by Ali Edwards or are you just going to wing it.  If you know me you know that lists are my thing, and yes, I have very long lists about what I intend to do in 2017.  You can check out a previous post here.  

I decided that I wanted to document that previous blog post as a way to remind myself of where I am now and where I want to go.  I used the Positive Vibes Scrapbook Kit from Paislee Press to help me document the start of this journey.  I have used the journal cards and elements from the above kit but you can also purchase them separately.

I am love the challenge of taking a digital product and turning into a physical one.  The journal cards come in a pdf as well so even if you don't get the whole digital thing you can still print off the digital cards.  And the best bit about digital - it never runs out.  I can re-print these cards and elements as many times as I want and any size I want and in some case can even change the colours.

If you have any questions about this layout or working with digital products, please leave a comment and I will do my best to answer you.

Thanks again for stopping by
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I am so excited to share my first project as a Creative Team member for Paislee Press.  

As the kids were opening each advent calendar, I got them to keep the numbered tags.  At the time I didn't know what I would do with them but I did know that I would use them somehow.  When I saw the 'Merrier' set from Paislee Press I instantly knew that they would go with my numbered tags so well on a layout. 

 I set them up as a print and cut on my Silhouette and then simply threaded them onto gold string along with my numbered tags.

This is one set that I know I will use over and over again every year.

How are you documenting your Christmas?  I would love to know!
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OLW... or in my case Mantra!

For many years I have done OLW by Ali Edwards and I don't know that I could have gone through any of those years without having a "word" to keep me focused.  I love the idea, the class, the prompts, the community, everything.

But this year I am trying something new...
A new concept for me.  Instead of having a word I am focusing on a mantra.  It all came about when Kellie from Kellie Stamps sent out the new digital stamps for us to play with.  I saw the image "365 days, 365 new chances".  I loved it.  It got me thinking.  It got me thinking so much that I needed to get a notebook and pen so that I didn't miss any thoughts.

I started writing down ideas, tons of ideas, too many ideas.  But I kept writing and writing, drawing diagrams and more writing.

 I came up with a concept  - "my fabulous year 2017"

Every year, as the year come to a close and before the next one started, I take pen in hand and make plans in a fresh new notebook.  I make many lists and notes, jot down dons of ideas all with the intention to have a well organised and fun new year.  I promise myself that the next will be better, that I wil fix all the things that I think are broken (or not) and vow to stop spending so much and have money in the bank.  Then there are the wild ideas I have about becoming the next "big thing" in something.  They say to "dream big" right!  As well as becoming the next big thing in something, having money in the bank there is always a list about how to keep my house clean, a list about all the books I am going to read, all the shows that I want to see and the adventures I will have...

... the new year starts and I set about living the exact same life I had previous.  For some reason my great plans and lists never see the light of day.  I continue my life just as I have in the past, not really changing anything.   I'm not being negative here or complaining, just saying it as it is  I love my life and all those who are in it.  but this is about being more mindful in life.

Making choices and decisions based on being open and in the moment instead of making them "because that's the way I always do it". 

 I love starting new things and trying out new things, which brings about another problem.  I am a great starter but not such a great finisher.  I start a new idea/project all full of enthusiasm, buy all the things to start said project and then "bam" I see something else to try.  So I put the previous project aside, vowing to finish it later, buy all the things for the next projects... and so the pattern continues.  See my problem LOL!

"My fabulous Year 2017" project is my way of documenting and keeping track of my year.  Helping me to stay focused, mindful and authentic.  Not to just plan for a better life but to actually do it

So let's see what happens in a year.

My Mantra is my way to remind myself that everyday can and is different.  It will remind me to stay mindful and authentic and remind me to make choices consciously and with thought.
Here's to a fabulous year!

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Please note: products used are by Kellie Stamps, Felicity Jane and Paislee Press.


Hello 2017...

Happy New Year!

Yes it's been awhile since I did one of these posts, but I am bringing them back.  Every month I will do a "hello" post to welcome in the new month.  It's my way of greeting the month, along with any new experiences and challenges that it will bring with it, in a positive way.  Sort of like  a "to do" list, something to keep me on track and focused.

Also at this time I usually let everyone know what my OLW for the year will be.  I am not actually doing a word this year, insert shocked look.  I know, I know, "You have always done one", I hear ya!  I will post about this a little later, but just quietly, I think it's going to be way better than a word.

I hope you have the most amazing year, you deserve it.
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Note: digital stamp by Kellie Stamps, digital paper by Paislee Press, flair by Feed your Craft


Creative Team Member...

I am beyond thrilled to announce that I am part of the Creative Team for Paislee Press for 2017.  I have been using Paislee Press digital products for many years and I can't wait to share my projects with you.   I also cannot wait to work alongside this amazing group of creatives.

Cannot wait for 2017...
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