Welcome 2014

2013 hasn’t been my most creative year. I’ve definitely neglected this blog and my creative habit for most of the year and I feel really bad about it. So I decided to end 2013 and start 2014 with a creative bang.

I rarely go on YouTube even though I know there are a lot of great vloggers and wonderful tutorials to watch. On December 30th, I decided to give it a chance and found a great tutorial on how to make a journal from greeting cards. I instantly was inspired to get started. So I rummaged through my box of greeting cards and picked all the store-bought ones I didn’t necessarily want to keep. I started altering them with paint on the inside and left them to dry before doing the rest. New Year’s Eve came and went with friends and family. Good food, good laughs, good time. On  New Year’s Day, I decided to finish my project and got out one of my many piles of paper scraps. Three movies later, I had this wonderful handmade journal and hadn’t spent one dime on the materials! Now, I have a pile of envelops that is begging to be turned into another journal! To be continued…

Every year, I choose a word to focus on during the following months. Last year’s words (simplify and balance) didn’t really work after all. These things happen. This year, I chose the word “fresh” as in fresh food, fresh air, fresh look at life, fresh start… I have quite a few plans in mind for this year but I don’t want to overdo it so one day at a time, one project at a time…

Have a lovely weekend!

Lost and found

Mini album MC

So I got lost for a little while there. But fear no more, I found my way back. In fact, when I woke up (way too early) this morning, I declared today to be “Take back my life” day. What better way to do this than getting back to this little blog of mine which used to be such a big part of my life. And I have to say, I miss it. A whole lot! I actually have quite a few things to show you on here but we’ll start with the album above…

This is a travel mini-album that I created out of envelops and file folders for a friend so she could put photos of her trip to Europe. It took quite some time to make this beauty but I loved every single minute of it. The hardest part of the process was taking the photos and finally giving it to its owner! If you click on the photo above, it will take you to my Flickr album where you can see photos of all the pages.

I also wanted to let you know that I closed my Artfire shop but am working instead on opening an Etsy shop. Of course, I’ll let you all know when that’s done. And if there’s something in particular that you like to see in there, feel free to let me know.

Lazy’s Kool Kreature – Kréature Kool pour Lazy

I played with my sewing machine yesterday and finally make the chew toy I wrote about on Friday. I wanted some embellishments on it but nothing that a puppy could rip out and choke on. So it’s jeans on jeans. I put a plastic bag inside the form and then filled that with polyfill. The plastic bag gives it a bit of a crinkly noise. I hope that Lazy will like her new toy!

J’ai joué avec ma machine à coudre hier et j’ai finalement fait le jouet à mordiller que j’ai mentionné Vendredi. Je voulais un peu d’embellissements dessus mais rien qu’un chiot pourrait arracher et s’étouffer. Alors c’est du jeans sur du jeans. J’ai mis un sac en plastique à l’intérieur de la forme puis je l’ai remplit avec de la bourre. Le sac en plastique crée un peu de bruit de froissement. J’espère que Lazy aimera son nouveau jouet!

Inside my summer journal 7 – Dans mon journal estival 7

It’s been a while since I’ve shown you pages in my summer journal. I’ve decided to use the full pages for more than one day and so, I am continuing my journal until September 23rd. I will have another update for you this week.

Ça fait un moment que je ne vous ai pas montré de pages dans mon journal estival. J’ai décidé de prendre les pages pleines pour plus d’une journée et ainsi, je continue mon journal jusqu’au 23 Septembre. J’aurai une autre mise à jour pour vous cette semaine.

Carved lines – Lignes gravées

I love stamps. I love carving. And I love lines. So this was bound to happen. Hand carved stamps with lines on them. And I love all three of them! Even with the little imperfections. Especially with the little imperfections! I know so many people who are crazy about perfection while I am the opposite. I love imperfection… well, only when it suits me! (Some things/moments just HAVE to be perfect.) So tell me, are you a perfectionist or do you embrace the little imperfections? (CeeCee, you don’t have to answer that!) ;-)

J’aime les étampes. J’aime graver. Et j’aime les lignes. Alors ceci devait bien arriver un jour. Des étampes gravées à la main avec des lignes dessus. Et je les aime toutes les trois! Même avec les imperfections. Surtout avec les imperfections! Je connais beaucoup de gens qui sont fous de la perfection alors que c’est le contraire pour moi. J’aime l’imperfection… bien, quand ça fait mon affaire! (Certains moments/choses DOIVENT être parfaits.) Alors, dites-moi, êtes-vous perfectionniste ou appréciez-vous les petites imperfections? (CeeCee, tu n’as pas à répondre!) ;-)

Inside my summer journal 5 – Dans mon journal estival 5

More pages in my summer journal. The last 3 are from after the trip but since I was still jet-lagged, I think they still count as part of the trip! The last page seen here is a vellum envelop and inside, I put a postcard that my mother sent me from Barcelona… while we were there together! I love when she surprises me like that!

Plus de pages de mon journal estival. Les 3 dernières sont des jours après le voyage mais comme je souffrais encore de décalage horaire, je pense qu’elles peuvent compter comme faisant partie du voyage! La dernière page vue ici est une enveloppe en vélin et à l’intérieur, j’ai mis une carte postale que ma mère m’a envoyé de Barcelone… pendant qu’on y était ensemble! J’aime quand elle me fait des surprises comme ça!

Inside my summer journal 4 – Dans mon journal estival 4

Here are the pages done from July 10th to the 17th, again with limited supplies. I added a lot of tickets and tags to these pages and mostly wrote about the main events of the day, mostly in french. As always, if you have any questions about the pages, feel free to ask in the comments and I will reply there.

Voici les pages faites du 10 au 17 juillet, toujours avec des fournitures limitées. J’ai ajouté beaucoup de billets et d’étiquettes à ces pages et j’ai surtout écrit à propos des événements importants de la journée. Comme toujours, si vous avez des questions à propos des pages, ne vous gênez pas pour les laisser dans les commentaires et j’y répondrai.

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