Thursday 3–March 2020

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1. Quiet Friday night here. Watching a little @linkinpark live in concert while getting my craft on.
2. Long weekend =more craft time #yay
3. Looks like season change colds are here little one has a croaky voice. Here’s hoping it doesn’t spread.
Have a great weekend everyone

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1. This week has been strange. Do we keep the kids home from school or not? They ended up having 2 days off. We r all ok just seasonal head colds
2. I’m thankful for the amazing online crafty/planner communities. Everyone bands together and makes sure everyone is ok
3. I made big dent in sorting my craft stuff and setting up my little craft space in the bedroom. Can’t wait to be able to go shut myself away in there when I need some alone time
How are you all doing?

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1. We’ve pulled the kids from school. This could be interesting. Wish me luck.
2. Loving my daily pages. Finished my first book the other day. Yay me.
3. Missing mum. But glad she’s not here at the moment
Short & sweet this week

Pandemics, isolation & crafters

So, Covid-19. What a time we are living in! Countries in lockdown. People panic buying (why the toilet paper people???). Physical distancing. Self isolation.

As of 19th March there are 244,739 confirmed cases and 10,024 deaths (source) and 87,407 have recovered.

So what do crafters do at times like this? We come together online, offer freebies, virtual hangouts, free or discounted classes. Things to keep us busy and able those who want to record this moment in history.

In the interest of sharing I thought I’d create a list of all these goodies as I find them. Thanks to all who are creating and sharing during this time.(list last updated 20/3/20)

Kristin’s (founder of the Awesome Ladies Project) Currently cards (link below) and her Thursday 3 Instagram challenge are an awesome way of recording your personal stories during this time (heck at any time really).
The Currently card challenge is take five minutes each week and write down what is going on in your right-now life, using the same 7 one-word prompts each week. I started sharing mine last year on the blog but stopped. No time like the present to get back onto it….
The Thursday 3 challenge is an easy way to get a little bit of your story down each week. It’s as easy as 1,2,3.
1. Snap a photo of yourself. 2. Write down three things about your right now.  3. T
ag three friends to play along with you.
Kristin & Amanda discussed Thursday3 on the Crafty Ass Female podcast. You can listen to that episode here.
This year I’ve been blogging mine monthly.

Downloads

Classes/Workshops

Thursday 3–February edition

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1. School is back so is swimming. Everyone will be exhausted tonight.
2. Mini me (aka Miss K) is getting into planning. Not sure if I should be happy or not. Means buying 2 lots of stash
3. Loving that Miss A has the same swimming teacher that Miss K had when she started swimming.

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1. Looking forwards to crafting with the @the_awesome_ladies_project this week at the online hangout
2. Kitties after operations are like 4 legged drunk people. Two of our fosters got desexed yesterday. Back to their normal selves today.
3. Back into creating stickers again for my planner. Next step is improving my digital brush lettering.

Daily Pages – January 2020

I’m loving creating my daily pages again. It’s my little 5-10 minutes of creativity a day…. that sometimes ends up with me getting in a creative burst and creating lots more. I may not do it every day but I have managed to do most days so far.

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For Vol 1 I created my own book using some old Urban Lily paper for the cover and some 100gsm paper on the inside.

Instead of sharing each book as I finish it, I thought I might share my pages at the end of the month. On to January.

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January Thursday 3

Hmm. My Thursday 3s for January. All 2 of them.

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January 3
1. Our country is burning and it makes me sad. Praying to the goddess for some much needed rain.
2. I’m crafting again. Mum would want me to keep on keeping on. So I’m doing it for the girls. And me.
3. My word of the year for 2020 is Self. Focusing on me and lots of self care this year.

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January 31
* birthday week is coming to an end so is January. It’s been a strange month. Birthdays without Mum are strange. Cake is good.
* school is back next week. Holidays have been good but my god I am so looking forward to having both kids at school 5 days a week.
* today has been Hot! It’s meant to rain tonight but still be hot and muggy. hello summer


Welcome to 2020

Yeah it’s nearly the end of January but lots happened in December and blogging got away from me.

If you follow my other blog, you’d have read about my mum. If you don’t TLDR – mum passed away on December 6th after a long 8 year battle with Ovarian Cancer. So yeah. I made a promise to myself at the end of the year that I would create more and not wallow as it’s what Mum would want me to do.

One of my craft goals for 2020 is to do more photo challenges. I picked 3(!!!) to start of the month and have managed to keep up with them even if I’m not sharing them on Insta I’ll be sharing them here at the end of the month.

What else are my plans for 2020?

  • Daily Pages, as inspired by Kristin and the Awesome Ladies
  • continuing my Book of Me
  • taking part in The Reset Girl Summer & Winter events
  • continue to work in my TRG playbook

Documenting December for 2019

It’s nearly that time of year again.

And…. last year didn’t happen and I ended up doing what I did for 2015-2017. A calendar and a bunch of 2×2 pictures.

Also, hadn’t shared them, so here they are…..

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2019-11-19 11-54 page 2 2019-11-19 11-54 page 3 
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Plan for 2019??

  • 6x 8 album (this year will hopefully fill out the album I’ve used previous years
  • Pockets and full pages
  • 2019 Calendar from The Red Wren

Worst case scenario…. a calendar and a bunch of 2×2 photos

October 2019 Favourites

I’ve seen a few of these on YouTube and there’s no way I’m becoming a YTer LOL so I’m doing it here on ma blog, because I can.

Lost of favourites for the month of October, some are old favourites that I use lots, others are new to me.

First up is a subscription box. I’ve been on the fence about getting a sub box for so long. The crappy exchange rate from Australian to US makes most of the overseas ones super expensive so I decided to look closer to home. Planners Anonymous had been on my radar for awhile and when I got a little extra $$ my way I thought I’d give it a go. They had a sub only past kit sale so I thought, well why not sub and then I could check out a past kit or 2. Glad I did.

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At the moment I’m only getting the standard sub, but for $45AUD you get a fair bit – double sided papers, 3 rolls of washi, die cuts, a gorgeous pen, quote cards, vellum, a printed acetate sheet, stickers and a mystery bonus. There’s also an extra sticker kit and paper kit but out of my budget at the moment.
Oh, and each month you get a bunch of free printables with your sub and the option to buy luxe versions
They also make the most gorgeous B6 TNs.

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If you are interested in seeing what’s in the kits, check out Plum Mashable on YT – she’s the one who mainly convinced me to sub after watching a bunch of her videos. Pic above is the October kit – Forest Falls.

My HP Sprocket. It was my Mother’s Day gift. I love it. It’s great for on the go scrapping. I can print a pic out & chuck it in my planner.

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I’m loving the new look Awesome Ladies Project. Kristin has done an amazing job. It reminds me so much of where I spent my early social days on the internet, before MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and all of them. It’s friendly, helpful and  so welcoming. You can sign up for a free membership which gives you access to the basics – your profile, unlimited gallery space and so much more.

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The last thing for this month is The Reset Girl’s Crafty Playbook. It’s a printable activity book for adults. This fun book is designed to keep your creativity humming with the following fun activities:

  • Art Journaling
  • Memory Keeping
  • Colouring
  • Journaling
  • Listing
  • Decorating
  • Embellishing
  • Smashing
  • Gratituding
  • Documenting and more

There are four quarterly editions and each quarter fits with the US seasons (so Jan-Mar is Winter)