Thursday, 7 May 2015

PROJECT LIFE | Feb 2015 (part 1)

It's been a while since I have shared any Project Life pages. 

When I started working on this spread for February, I had specific journalling in mind and ended up designing a new set of digital cards to suit. That would explain why the actual crafting component of this spread took so long to get to. 

So here's a look at part 1 of February 2015:



I used my new Everyday Journalling Collection for this spread. They have plenty of space for journalling. You can find them in my shop here.




Close up of LHS: 



Here's a few close ups of the cards from the new kit.






Here's the RHS:


Close up of the RHS:





I can't wait to get stuck into the next spread for February. Not quite caught up but progress nonetheless!

How's your 2015 Project Life album going?

Supplies: Digital downloads from my shop and Paislee Press. Stamps from Kellie Stamps, Becky Higgins page protectors in Design C. 

Saturday, 2 May 2015

INSPIRING MY EVERYDAY | Meet Suzanne.

Welcome to the last instalment of interviews with some of the people in my life who inspire my everyday. See other interviews here.

Meet Suzanne, owner of Yogababy. 



I met Suzanne when I joined her Prenatal Yoga classes almost 11 years ago. Like many first time mums, I wanted a natural birth without intervention, unless medical intervention was needed for a safe birth and healthy baby.

Suzanne inspires me with her passion and dedication to empower women by igniting their inner wisdom to birth naturally, using yoga and mind-body techniques.

I also admire Suzanne's commitment to self-love by eating well, keeping fit and active, nurturing her own spiritual wellbeing, and knowing when she needs to allow herself to rest and let go, all whilst managing a busy yoga studio AND teaching classes and workshops.

Let's find out a bit more about Suzanne.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I've been practicing yoga since my 20's and was inspired to teach yoga after the birth of my son in 1995.  I was raised in Darwin and the Gold Coast and have spent time travelling around Australia (I ended up living in Fremantle, WA for 10 years) and have been to wonderful places in the world as well.  

I completed a Postgraduate Degree in Psychology and worked for awhile with the Salvation Army and Community Volunteer Services in the early 90's.  My turning point was when I became an Environmental Activist and left my full time work to volunteer.  Yoga and my drive to save the Planet became my passions and they have been very instrumental in where I am today.  

I am lucky that I have a natural business mind and have been able to grow the Yogababy business in a sustainable way...I couldnt have done all this without the loving support of my partner of 22 years, Damian and my children, Bodhi (20) and Amrta (17).




What is your favourite childhood memory that makes you smile?

Spending time at Kuta beach in Bali when I was seven years old.  My brother and I loved that we didn't have to go to school and could spend all our time by the ocean. 

What did you do before Yogababy, and what was the driving force for you starting your business?

Before Yogababy, I worked with At Risk Youth for the Salvation Army and was a Volunteer Environmental Campaigner for the Wilderness Society.  The driving force for starting Yogababy was my passion for Yoga and my children.  It seemed the next best step towards following my ideals!


What are the qualities you most admire about your partner?

His capacity to really listen and understand what it is like for the people he cares for.  He is very steadfast and doesn’t give up. 

Who is someone who inspires you and why?

I am inspired by my friend Sarah Buckley, who writes and speaks internationally about birth and our planet. Her daughter Zoe inspires me as she just spent 4 days attached to an Oil Rig which is on its way to mine the Artic to highlight to the world that the oil would not be accessible if it was not for climate change. 


What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your work?

My most rewarding experience is seeing the babies and mums when they return after giving birth to tell their stories in the yoga classes.  Having other pregnant mums witnessing their journey is amazing and very unique.

The most challenging part is responding to emails when pregnancy and birth doesn't go well and leaves our mums and babies compromised.

What has been the most challenging thing in your life and what positive lessons have come from it?

Having children has been the most challenging experience...such a whirlwind of changes both emotionally and physically.  I really respect life and trust that our children will inherently grow into emotionally resilient and intelligent human beings if we nurture them well.

It has been said that children are our greatest teachers. What has motherhood taught you?

Motherhood has taught me to trust..myself, my partner, my children...to surrender to flow of the family and just let things turn out well. 


Can you share one of your proudest moments?

My son turned 20 years old today.  Last year he attended a yoga and meditation retreat with me on his birthday.  He was so present to the practices and fully helped out in the kitchen.  

Lastly, what would you friends describe as being the qualities they love most about you?

I’m passionate, kind and supportive  

Thank you Suzanne for your time today. It's wonderful how dedicated you are to helping women trust the wisdom of their own bodies, not just in birth and parenthood, but in everyday life.



Find out more about Yogababy here: 
Website: www.yogababy.com.au
Facebook: yogababy

I hope you have enjoyed this INSPIRING MY EVERYDAY series. 

Look out for some new layouts coming soon to the blog! 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

INSPIRING MY EVERYDAY | Meet Tanyalee.

Hello!! Welcome to another INSPIRING MY EVERYDAY interview. You can read the others here.

Meet my most amazing friend Tanyalee. 



Tanyalee is the author of The Drawing Board where she shares her beautiful project life pages, art journalling, gardening and recipes. Tanyalee did a guest post about a year ago here.

We live in different states but we 'talk' everyday and our husbands wonder how we haven't run out of things to talk about yet. 

Tanyalee inspires me with her motivation and commitment to getting the everyday things done. She works full-time and is a dedicated mother of 3 children, so on weekends she is an absolute machine when it comes to getting through the housework, meal planning and preparation, driving children to work/sports, and she still makes time to craft and blog, AND get a decent night's sleep. Amazing. 

Tanyalee is great at reminding me to stay true to myself when I have moments of self doubt. I love this girl to bits. Always there to motivate and inspire me to get things done (ie. get off couch!) and there to listen and offer supportive words of advice and reassurance when I need it most.

So let's meet Tanyalee! 

In a few sentences, tell us a little about yourself.

I am a mum to three big kids, a wife to my childhood sweetheart, a full time graphic designer and a part time crafter/art journaller. I love growing veggies to feed my family, I love raising my fur babies (cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens) and I love spending my spare time just pottering around my house. I LOVE being at home more than anything else - as long as my family is nearby of course.

What is your favourite childhood memory that makes you smile?

To be honest, my childhood was a bit of an up and down experience - especially my teenage years so I don't have many happy memories of those - so choosing my favourite childhood memory is a bit of a struggle. I do remember two trips to Whyalla, South Australia quite fondly though - they were both to be part of the wedding party for two of my Aunties. 

One was when I was 11 or 12 and it was such a fun time, getting dressed up and walking down the aisle (or through the gardens as the case was) to be part of my Aunty's special day. 

The second was when I was 14 or 15 and again, I was so proud to be standing up for my Aunty in her Big Fat Greek Wedding. It was truly an experience I will remember forever and makes me smile for sure.


You are a Graphic Designer by day, and an amazing art journaling artist by night. If money was no object, what would your dream job be like?

Hmmmm, I actually really love what I do every day. I love being able to communicate messages using imagery and design styles. I love making pretty things. I call myself a pretty picture person at work - it is kind of the only way people actually understand what I do. So if money was no object I think I would actually still be making pretty pictures. Maybe not with as many defined rules though. Maybe I would branch out and experiment further with my art, take more photos, play with paint, and learn even more skills to make pretty things on my computer. Design is my life - but you know what - it was only by reflecting on this question that I have realised just how much it means to me. I can't picture myself doing anything else.


Describe one of your happy places. 

My happy place - at first I thought this was a tough question - I thought that the answer would need to be somewhere with amazing scenery or somewhere expensive and lush, but to be honest the place that I am happiest is wherever my family is. Wherever my kids and husband are I will be happy. In my home - be it a small brick box in the suburbs or a stone cottage in the country. Home is my happy place, surrounded by those near and dear to me.


Who inspires you and why?

I am inspired by a lot of people - crafters, bloggers, friends, family - but the one person who I will never lose respect for is my Mother-in-Law. 

She is the most dedicated, caring, self-less person I have ever met. She has raised four amazing men, she has been there to help us with our kids when things were tough, and in more recent times has cared for her husband through a terrible, debilitating illness. 

She always puts her families needs ahead of her own, even when doing so puts her own body under enourmous strain. She inspires me to be a better person, to care more, and to help people more.

What is one of your all-time favourite quotes and why?

"Do not worry until you really have something to worry about." 

This has become my self-appointed mantra in the last 10 years. I have suffered from debilitating anxiety for the past 10 years or so and this little reminder has been my saviour on quite a few occassions. It isn't anything ground breaking, but it is enough to help me break free of the crazy and get on with things. I mean really, what is the point of working myself into a frenzy if there actually isn't anything to worry about. Easy to say - not so easy to do!



What has been the most challenging thing in your life and what positive lessons have come from it?

The most challenging thing in my life is also one of the hardest things for me to talk about. I was sexually harassed/assaulted when I was 15 years old by my employer. It was an awful, awful thing for a teenager to deal with and it has had many, many repercussions for me as the years have gone by. And while this was a horrible experience that I wouldn't wish upon any teenaged girl (or boy for that matter) it has also taught (and continues to teach) me some great lessons.
  • I am stronger than I think I am.
  • It's definitely OK to ask for help and to talk about the bad stuff in our lives - especially with our kids
  • And sometimes we have to face our demons head on to be able to move on in life.

It has been said that children are our greatest teachers. What has motherhood taught you?

Motherhood is such a wonderful thing. I can't imagine my life without my kids. Sure I started early, and kind of bluffed my way through things, but I wouldn't have it any other way. My kids are my world, followed very closely by my husband and my animals (in no particular order - haha).

Being a Mum has taught me that happiness is about more than material things - it is about creating happy experiences and memories for my kids by just spending time together. It isn't always about getting the biggest, most extravagant gift for birthdays or Christmas, it is about spending time together and enjoying each others company.

Being a Mum has taught me patience. So much patience. Toddlers are trying little creatures and without patience we would never raise healthy adults.

Being a Mum has taught me to accept everyone for who they are. Each child is different and we cannot create expectations for them based on past experiences or even their siblings.

Being a Mum has taught me that I am worthy of love, and that I can love freely.


Can you share one of your proudest moments?

One of my proudest moments in life would have to be the delivery of my first baby - and picking just one of my kids births is really hard because they are all such amazing creatures, but my first baby was a surprise - a very happy surprise. I was young, had no idea what I was getting myself into, and I was alone - apart from my boyfriend (now husband) of course - but I had no family nearby and I felt very alone. I could always call on my Mum and Mum-in-Law for advice, but it isn't quite the same thing as having them on the other side of town, or just around the corner.

I remember being handed the phone not long after Nik was born and ringing Mum and saying 'I did it Mum, I made a baby and he is beautiful'. I was just so proud of myself, and I don't think I have ever felt that proud in my life. Well except for maybe when they reach their own cool milestones like starting school, and high school and university (yep my boy is a uni student and I am very proud of that), and watching them perform at dance concerts and eisteddfods, or school assemblies, or watching them play sport or get their drivers licence. So many cool moments - just being a parent makes me proud almost every single day.

Tanyalee's eldest son (now a teen) with much loved and greatly missed AstroBoy.

Lastly, what would your friends describe as three qualities they love most about you?

These kinds of questions are always hard - what do people love most about me? I would like to think it is because I am loyal, and I care about them, and that I am honest.

If you are good to me, then I will do everything to fight for you - I will defend your honour, I will talk you up, I will keep your secrets, and I will be there whenever you need me.

I care about those close to me very deeply. If you are sad or frightened or struggling, I will be there to support you. If you are happy, I will be happy. If you are sick I will try to help you.

I like to think I am an honest person. I definitely won't lie - honesty is a very important quality to me - it is the basis of building trust. Therefore I am always honest with my friends and family and I hope that means as much to them as it means to me.

Thank you Tanyalee for your time, and for your openness and honesty with your answers. 

You can find Tanyalee here: 
Blog: www.thedrawingboardau.com
Facebook: thedrawingboardau
Instagram: @drawingboardau


I hope you have enjoyed getting to know these lovely individuals. I have one more to share with you soon! 

Saturday, 18 April 2015

INSPIRING MY EVERYDAY | Meet Kellie.

Hello and welcome to another guest in my INSPIRING MY EVERYDAY series! My intention from the beginning was to not feature only crafters, even though there are many crafters/bloggers who's work I admire. 

I wanted to introduce you to some people who inspire me in my everyday life. You can check out the other guests here.

My guest today does however fall into the category of both crafter and blogger. And although I love her Project Life layouts, she inspires me in other areas of my life too.

Meet my good friend Kellie. Kellie is a wife, and mother of 3 gorgeous girls. She is the author of Give a Girl a Blog, and owner of Aussie stamp company Kellie Stamps.  


One of the things I admire most about Kellie is the way she is dedicated to spending quality time with her girls. She has movie night with them at least once a week, if not more. Not to mention organising super fun crafting projects for her little two during school holidays as well. I really love that she does that. 

She told me something that has really stuck with me. Kellie said when her girls come to her, even if she is in the middle of something, she will stop and look them in the eye so they know they have her full attention. How simple is that for being present with the kids!? This is something I now do with my two boys. 

So let's meet Kellie!

What were you doing before Kellie Stamps and what inspired the beginnings of your business?

Before Kellie Stamps, how far back, haha.  Before my youngest two I was in administration for a works company. I absolutely loved my job, but I wanted to be a stay at home mum this time round. 

Just before I started Kellie Stamps, I had our youngest at home with me, middle girl in kindergarten and eldest in school.

I was inspired to start Kellie Stamps when I started to get into project life.  I really started to get into stamping and I was frustrated at what was available for Australian's with our way of spelling.  The fact we have Summer at Christmas and so on.  




Describe one of your happy places. (happy place is open to your own interpretation)

Home.  Honestly I can be a bit of a hermit.  But I feel safe, happy and myself in my home with my family.  If ever I'm away and I feel ill, getting home will instantly make me feel that little bit better.  



Who inspires you and why?

Oh this is a hard one, and the funny thing is, I ask it to people I interview as well.  I'm honestly inspired by so many crafters and bloggers.  But I'd have to say, my girls.  After watching them craft their hearts out the other day, I realised they these 3 girls, they inspire me way more than I've ever actually realised.  Kira inspires me with her strength and courage that I completely lacked at her age, being extremely shy.



You and your husband have a beautiful connection.  Can you describe what you love and admire about him?

Thank you Sue, that is so incredibly sweet of you to say.  How long do we have, haha?  

I love that he makes me laugh, daily.  I admire his complete honesty and loyalty.  I love his devotion to our girls.  But most of all I love that he can walk in after a busy and often hard day at work with a smile on his face, a kiss and cuddle for us all, even Pippa our dog, minus the kiss for her though, haha. I've often have to race her to him.  Last of all, the fact that the day we married he started calling me 'wifey'.



It has been said that children are our greatest teachers. What has motherhood taught you? 

Patience, and I'll be the first to admit there are days I'm still not very good at it. It's taught me to be more open. It taught me that I didn't realise you could love 3 people so darn much that you could burst.  

The one thing I do struggle with is letting go.  Kira is a teen and almost 16 and I'm having a lot of trouble letting her experience life, because I'm not letting her make her own mistakes, to learn from them. Something I'm working on and something we talk about.



Can you share one of your proudest moments?

One, well hmmmm. Giving birth is right up there, of course, something I share with Luke and I will always cherish.  

But a proudest moment for me personally would be the day I got my licence. I got it later in life and I was so nervous and had been practicing so much with my mother in law, so nervous as I fail tests easily because I crack under the pressure of tests. But I aced it, and I was so proud of  myself.



Lastly, what would your friends say are the three things they most love about you?

My humor.
Being there when they need me most.
Last of all I would hope would be my loyalty.

Is there anything coming up for Kellie Stamps that you would like to share?

Every month I've got 1-2 releases.  In the coming months there might even be a month of 3-5 sets being released in the one month!


Thank you Kellie for sharing a bit more about yourself today!

You can find Kellie on her blog here, her shop here, and her Instagram @giveagirlablog.

A few more guest to come so stay tuned!