Giveaway: FREE Valentine stickerS (download)

Can you believe Valentine's day is just a mere SIX days away!!!???
How the heck did that happen?  I swear it was just January 1st - like yesterday.  Seriously, what time vortex did I go thru?

Anyhoo, I have a 1,000 (well, really 20) Valentines to make before the week is out. EEEK!!

I racked my brain about what to do and thought - Stickers!  Stickers make everything easier. Plus, I can decorate my planner with them!!  This weekend I pulled out some digi doodles and phrases from my friend Emma (you will meet her in one sec) and put together a fun sheet of images, printed them on sticker paper and VOILA - problem solved.

Then I thought - I need share these!!  Quick confirmation from Emma that I could spread the LOVE, and I pulled together a "love"-ly download for you all!  Once on the sticker paper I cut these on my Silhouette machine, but you can easily cut them by hand. (click for tips on using downloads)

Check out how cute they are in my planner!!  Haven't gotten to the card making yet - that's tonight's homework.


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Before you go, you need to meet Emma!
I was lucky enough to meet Emma when we worked together at Sunset Magazine years ago.  Now I am thrilled to call her my friend.  She is the embodiment of kindness, friendship and fun.  Here are few more facts about her...

Emma has been doodling for as long as she can remember.  She says that creating these little vignettes is so natural, it’s like air flowing in and out of her lungs.  Her muse is human connection and her goal is to engage and open space for a simple connection between people.  Could it be that if we allowed a few minutes each day in our busy lives to let kindness flow forth and touch another that the happiness we seek will be found?  Kindness by Emma is the answer to that very statement illustrated a thousand different ways.  Emma’s passion for enabling connection has only grown over the years, especially as she became a mom.  

Today Emma's focus is on sharing and displaying printed photos.  Photos have a unique ability to capture, recreate, and reinforce connection.  Click to  learn more about her company Indie Mats —the minimalist product she designed to bypass the fussiness of traditional framing and provide an easy way to post photos to real-life walls.  Her hope is that homes and offices can be a place to relive cherished moments of connection and, in so doing, foster new ones.

Want more Kindness by Emma?  We will be featuring Emma's designs in the monthly Creative Mercantile kit that launches on February 20th.  Click to get on the VIP list for more details, FREEBIES, savings and sneak peeks.

Click here to download the Valentine Freebie PDF

PLEASE NOTE

  • Kindness by Emma printables are for personal use only.
  • You may not re-sell, redistribute, or claim the original or derivative designs as your own.
  • Please do not modify the designs

Have questions on how to use the printable? I put together this helpful page.  Click here for some tips and tricks and info on the digital files.


Friday Fab Finds: Stationery

Oh Friday how I love you!  Making today, even more, special is that our Fab Finds is focused one of my most favorite things: stationery.  These goodies are cheeky, darling and sure to add some color to your days.  Check out the links below so you can shop these items.

Have a favorite stationery product?  Post away in the comments...I can't ever have enough links to follow. 

1.   Paperclip of the Year card from Lady Fingers Letterpress:  I love this company!  It is full of fun and feisty letterpress cards, rubber stamps and other wonderful products.  All of the cards are designed and printed in Colorado.  You can also find the creative duo (Morgan and Arley-Rose) traveling the country teaching workshops on hand lettering  and printing.

2. Animal paper clips from Midori:  Be still my heart.  Each time I check out the Midori online shop I get a smile on my face...The products are just so cute.  The D-clips are artistically crafted to represent darling animals - there are 16 in all to choose from.  Having a collection of these on my desk simply makes me happy.

3. Valentine's Rocketship kit from Paper Source:  Every holiday season Paper Source comes up with super DIY kits.  Valentine's 2016 delivers on this tradition with this darling rocketship kit.  This kit is perfect for tiny and big kids alike.

4. Healthy Cake Birthday Cardfrom Ritchie Designs:  Classically Quirky Greetings are what you will get when you give a card from Ritchie  Designs.  This particular birthday had me laughing in the stationery store -  so loud in fact I got dirty looks.  The cards are designed by Richele Silva.  All of the cards printed on tree free, cotton paper from Richele's studio in Long Beach, CA.

5. Field Notes : Colors Editions:  As the Field Notes tag line says..."I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it down to remember it now."  Since 2008 Field Notes has been issuing quarterly color collections.   The lastest color (pictured above) is Snowbird!  These are limited editions...and if you love them you can actually subscribe so you won't miss a color.

How I use my Get to Work Book

There are lots of planners out there and I found planner peace when I started planning in the Get to Work Book.

The reasons this is the right book for me:
•    It is clean and simple Black and White – this lets me leave it unadorned or muck it up with ink, paint, stamps, stickers or whatever is in the studio
•    You can get the book spiral bound or unbound (just ask Elise).  I opted for unbound and punched it to fit in an A5 planner.  I quickly switched from a binder to using rings - it's lighter and allows for endless customization.
•    The project planning pages are helpful and simple to use.
•    The month review pages are thoughtful but not overwhelming.
•    Format for the week is vertical vs. horizontal.
•    Lots of room for notes.
•    Paper thickness is yummy (yep I use that word to describe paper) – you can write with a fine tip sharpie and no bleed thru!!

Those are the highlights.  Read on to find out the nitty gritty of how I use my Get to Work Book keep reading.


Monthly Planning:
I always start with the monthly spread.  Set up usually happens on the weekend before the new month.
Monthly pages are where I have more fun and get creative.

Here I map out any days travel days or work away days.  I use washi tape to mark them off in the book.
I plug in holidays, birthdays, special occasions.
There are always a few stickers, die cuts and then I add some notes about key things for the month. 
Something new this month - sticking to a color pallet - see the notation about which color pens I am using in February.

The page will fill up...As the month goes along, I come back to this spread and write down something that happened on each day.  It might be a big or small thing.  I love having a snapshot of the month’s happenings.

This is what January looked like at the end of the month.

Weekly Planning:
Detailed planning happens on Sunday...My week just isn't the same if I don't set aside time to plan.  There are two parts:  Appointments and Tasks

Scheduled appointments:
1.     At the top of each day, I note if someone in the house is working from SF or elsewhere
2.    I leave one top box open for the MUST do daily task
3.    Hydration get's the third top box.  It is a goal for 2016 - clearly I need to do a better job since nothing was checked off on Monday yet!!


4.    I check my iPhone for any scheduled appointments and add them to the GTWB (that's shorthand for Get to Work Book)

Task planning:
1.    Review the previous week for any tasks that didn't get completed - these are the start of my brain dump list for the new week.
2.    Add everything that I can think of that has to be done this week to the brain dump list.  EVERYTHING – personal and work.  It all goes on one list.
3.    Review any current project plans and see if there are any tasks with deadlines this week and add those to the brain dump list.
4.    Before the to-dos move to the planner, I do a quick review to make sure these are a priority THIS week.  If they can wait, they are eliminated.  I remove items from last week unless they are a top priority.  I use to move things from week to week, and the list would grow and grow - now I am ruthless.  If completion isn't needed THIS week, it doesn't go on the list.
5.    Now the final list gets transferred to the gridded portion at the bottom of the weekly spread in the GTWB.

6.    The last step is to assign each task to a day.  Assigning tasks to a particular day is mission critical. If I don’t do this, stuff doesn’t get done.  I tend to heavy up on Monday and Tuesday, place fewer tasks on days where I know I have more meetings and put less writing on Fridays.  And if possible, I try not to put things on the weekend unless they are personal.

If time allows or I need the creative outlet…I will jazz up the weekly spread with a few stickers or stamps.  I don’t do much decorating on the weekly pages.   There isn't much room with my task lists and appointments.

That's how I use my Get to Work Book!  It doesn’t do the work for me, but it sure makes getting the work done easier and more pleasant.

Check out this link to see a walk thru of the planner from its creator Elise.

Friday's Five Fab Finds: Valentine's

Friday, I could just hug you!  Can you believe this is the last Friday of January?  We are on the cusp of February and this Friday our finds are focused on Valentine's.  But not just any Valentine's these all have a handmade aspect to them.  Follow the links to get all the details and make your sweetie something special this holiday.

Have you found the perfect something, for that perfect person in your life?  Be sure to share in the comments below.  You might just help someone out!

Happy Friday!

1. DIY Sharpie mugs:  Do you have a coffee or tea lover in your life?  A customized mug is the perfect Valentine's gift.  The mugs on Living Your Creative sparked my creativity since she used black mugs.  I like a black mug - they seem less messy to me.  The key to the success of these mugs is using the oil based paint Sharpie pen.

2. Heart Hand Warmers:  Much of the country has a chill in the air during the Valentine's holiday and these darlings make perfect gifts. On The Idea Room blog you will find simple step by step instructions to make these.  The supply list is super short and everything is pretty easy to track down at your local craft and grocery store.

3. Today I've loved your for...This card is perfect for Valentine's Day or anytime you want tell your sweetie how much you love them.  You can personalize the card by using the free template that Jenny Collier is sharing on her blog.  And with this website you can plug in the day you fell for your honey.  It does the math.  All you need to do is pop over to the computer, update the template and print it out.  If you don't have a color printer you can send it out to your local copy shop.

4. Love you to Pieces treats:  This is a great gift for anyone who loves peanut butter and chocolate!  It was created by Crystal at  A Pumpkin & A Princess.  Originally designed for Father's Day but it can easily be adapted to Valentine's Day.  Download the printable tags, combine white cardstock and a color printer and you are all set.

5. Easy Handmade cards:  Real Simple magazine has come up with 9 fun and sweet handmade Valentine's Day cards.  Click here to see all of the designs.  They are simple and will delight the guy or gal in your life.

One little word - 2016 - intrepid

Ah, a new year and a new word. 

For 2016 my word is INTREPID.  This is my fifth year doing the One Little Word project.  Some years I have gone merrily along not worrying about my word and it finds its way into my days.  Last year I took Ali Edwards One Little Word class which was awesome.  The journaling prompts helped me keep the word present throughout the year.

This year I have my word present in my surroundings.  I wear it on my wrist and around my neck, It's hangs in my studio, I have a photo my phone, it's in my journal and here on the blog.

Why this word?  It's a powerful word and it has more than one meaning.  I could have gone for a simpler word.  But INTREPID needed to be my word.

Like in years before - the word actually seemed to pick me.  I spent most of December thinking and mulling about my word.  December was a time of transition for me personally and professionally.  It had ups and downs.  I felt myself withdrawing from the world and the more I felt like hiding the more INTREPID spoke to me.  

I was at the proverbial fork in the road.  And for once in my life I was going to choose the scary option.  The path that would be hard.  The path that hadn't been walked.  The risky path.  I knew that if I made this choice that I would have to lead a fearless life in 2016.  I needed to be bold and brave and not step away but rather lean into what opportunities were before me.

I am so incredibly lucky.  I am not alone.  I have people who love me and support me.  They cheer for me and pray for me.  Now I need to cheer for me too.

I need to be INTREPID.  Here are just a few ways I am going to be my word:

  • Fearlessly launch a new career and business
  • Explore boldly traveling to new destinations near and far
  • Peel back the layers of things that scare me in my personal relationships and going deeper
  • Get social  -- meet new people even if I am nervous (read terrified)
  • Try new things creatively even if they don't work out

In my head this list is WAY longer and throughout the year I will explore more ways that living and INTREPID life will serve me.

Keeping my word visually present is important - these are just a few of the ways that I am doing this in 2016:

Check out the amazing artists that I got my One Little Word treasures from :)

And if  you want to learn more about this project you can visit Ali Edwards' blog she shares a ton about her process.

If you have a word for the year I would love to know what it is!  Please share it below in the comments.