Planning Out Loud: W/B 21May 2018

Hello! Welcome to my weekly Plan With Me video in which I get the coming week all decorated and set-up and my appointments, events and tasks planned out in my bullet journal. Thanks for watching! xxx

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Design Team News: Recent Makes

So, now that the excitement of seeing some of my Mama Makes cards on Hochanda is over, it’s back to business as usual …

This week, I’ve been continuing with my #100dayproject efforts and have been making at least one card a day for #100daysofcraftingoutloud – you can follow the hashtag on Instagram if you like!

 

 

The card above one I made with the new Nuvo Mica Mists sprays and the Lawn Fawn Stitched Kite Die that I bought from The Little Paper Tree. I’m really enjoying the sprays. They have gorgeous colours and have a really lovely shimmer to them, and on cold-pressed watercolour paper, they blend well and dry to leave a nice crackle effect.

I also used them to add colour and shimmer to the mixed media piece (left) that I created on the back of an old piece of packaging. The gold spray, especially is good for adding that vintage sheen.

 

In a completely different style, I created this round card using the Catherine Pooler Swoop Stencil, also available from The Little Paper Tree. I spritzed through it with water to distress the inked bottom half of the card, and then used a foam applicator to apply the same Distress Ink (Faded Jeans) through the stencil to create the top half. The swoop is such a lovely stencil – really bouncy and joyful. I can see me getting a LOT of use out of it! Don’t forget: you can use my coupon code TLPTNATALIE10 for 10% off your next order at The Little Paper Tree.

I’ve also been using sentiments from the Mama Makes stamp sets to create some of my #100dayproject cards this week.

The ‘so lucky to have you’ stamp I used on this floral card is from the Forever Friendship stamp set. I really like it because it can be used for almost any occasion and is beautifully simple.

 

 

For this last card, I chose the ‘feel better soon’ stamp from Mama Makes’ LotixChrly Sending Hugs stamp set.

Sometimes it’s not always appropriate to send a ‘Get Well Soon’ card. Sending a ‘Feel Better Soon’ card might be a good alternative.

So those are some of my recent Design Team Makes. What have you been creating lately?

Thanks for reading! Back soon. xxx

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Bible Journaling Out Loud: We Live and Move and Have Our Being

Hello, and welcome to my channel! In this video I talk about my recovery from mental illness and the part my faith is playing in it. I invite you to watch as I create an entry inspired by Acts 17:28. If Bible Journaling is not your thing, feel free to skip this video and come back for usual my Plan With Me, Journal With Me and Crafting Out Loud videos. Thanks for watching! xxx

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Crafting Out Loud: Cupcake Card Tutorial(ish)

Hello! In this video I create a birthday card using die cut cupcakes and distress inks. Thanks for watching!

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The A to Z of Artful Journaling: F is for Fine-Liners

As well as being great for colouring in, fine-liners are great for adding art marks to your artful journal pages. They come in all sorts of colours, all sorts of nib sizes and tend to last a pretty long time. Some of the Stabilo fine-liners in this picture have been in my collection for over three years, and they’re still going strong!

Below you’ll see some of the ways I use fineliners in my artful journaling. Click on the images for a closer look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can can use fine-liners to add delicate little marks in the gaps between colour, or add darker marks on top of colour. These add interest and depth to a page. I often like to cluster my marks within boundaries, but you can also spread them out all over the page. You can also choose colours that compliment your background or colours that blend with your background. Dark marks can have a particularly striking effect. One of the advantages of fine-liners over gel pens, for example, is that you can journal right over them without your pen skipping or your ink smudging. One thing to think about though when choosing fine-liners is do you want your marks to be waterproof or not?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another thing you can do is draw borders and messy frames around your pages and any ephemera you may have stuck in. You can also doodle with them. Above, I have added a bunch of messy flowers in two colours that go well with my watercolour background.

As well as doodling in your journal, you can also write quotes with fine-liners. You can write them in bold colours and make them a focal point of the page, or you can write them in pale colours to make them part of the background.

So, those are a few ways I use fine-liners in my artful journals. What marks do you make with them?

Thanks for reading! Back soon. xxx

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Mental Health Monday: What Is This Thing Called Recovery?

What springs to mind when you hear the word recovery? Perhaps it’s that room they wheel you into after you’ve had an operation. Perhaps it’s getting your breath back after you’ve run a race. Perhaps it’s a road rescue truck, towing a conked-out car.

Recovery is one of those things we usually don’t think about until we need to, until we’re ill, exhausted, broken.

When I had post-natal depression in 2005/6, it was all about getting better and getting back to my old self again. I never really considered that there might be more to recovery than that – maybe that’s part of the reason I was so vulnerable to depression this time; I didn’t make any real changes to my life once I was better the first time. But thanks to the mental health unit I was admitted to in 2017, and to The Recovery College, I’ve learned that recovery is about much more than just getting back to the way I was before, and it’s not about being rescued.

What Is This Thing Called Recovery? was the third Recovery College course I attended. As it happens, it was almost a year ago to the day. Over the course of three-ish hours, we dug into the concept of Recovery and what it means with regards to mental illness. We looked at what clinical recovery is – the amelioration of symptoms – and we looked at what personal recovery is, and that’s what I want to focus on in this post: personal recovery.

With illnesses such as depression and anxiety, you might say that someone is clinically recovered when they no longer feel depressed or anxious, but for many people with long term mental health issues, some or all of their symptoms may never go away completely. And even depression and anxiety can linger in lower levels for years. Does that mean that all these people can’t recover or be in recovery? If so, what hope do they have? Well, one of the many turning points in my recovery was realising that personal recovery is not about the the amelioration of symptoms; instead:

A person with mental illness can recover even though the illness is not ‘cured’. Recovery is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful and contributory life even with the limitations caused by illness. Recovery involves the development of new meaning and purpose in one’s life as one grows beyond the catastrophic effects of mental illness.

– Bill Anthony, the father of the Recovery Movement (1993)

When I first heard that, it blew me away, and I knew that my recovery had to be about growing beyond the catastrophic effects of depression and anxiety, about developing new meaning, new purpose, and about living a satisfying, hopeful, contributory life, even though I might still be experiencing the symptoms of depression and anxiety. I realised I didn’t have to wait to be cured or fixed before I could get on with my life – I could start living again right away!

Moving on: one of the actvities we did on the course was to come up with as many words as we could to describe recovery. I jotted them all down in my bullet journal. (Click on the image for a closer look.) See how positive, exciting, hopeful those words are? And they were all suggested by a bunch of people living with mental illness. I think that’s pretty amazing!

Anyhoo … throughout the course, many more quotes about recovery were shared, and you know how I love my quotes, so here are a few more:

 

Recovery is …

… a journey, not a destination.

… about having a satisfying, fulfilling life as defined by the individual.

… not fixing what’s broken; it’s finding wholeness, meaning and purpose.

… a reconnection to self, others, nature and spirit.

… a willingness to forgive, openness to reconciliation, a search for peace.

And here’s the biggie, the one that this blog is all about, the one that’s defining my recovery:

Recovery is not managing illness; it’s discovering wellness.

I know this post is a bit thin on details, but I just wanted to share the concepts I’ve embraced over this last year. In my next post, I’ll talk a bit more about how I’m manifesting these concepts in my life.

Thanks for reading! Back soon. xxx

You can read more of my Mental Health Monday posts here.

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Planning Out Loud: W/B 14 May 2018

Hello! Welcome to my weekly Plan With Me video in which I get the coming week all decorated and set-up and my appointments, events and tasks planned out in my bullet journal. Thanks for watching! xxx

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The Little Paper Tree: Unboxing [07] and Demo

Hello! Welcome to this unboxing video in which I show you what I’ve just bought from The Little Paper Tree. I also make a card using the goodies. Thanks for watching!

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Design Team News: Mama Makes on Hochanda

So, Mama Makes’ appearance on Hochanda was a rip-roaring success. Loti is going to be very busy packaging up all the stamp sets that were ordered!

 

A few of my makes made it onto the screen too, which was very exciting! Of course, I had to grab a few screen shots …

 

 

Congratulations to Loti, and to everyone else on the design team – all the makes were amazing.

Looking forward to whatever comes next!

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Bible Journaling Out Loud: An Introduction

Hello, and welcome to my channel! In this video I talk about my recovery from mental illness and the part my faith is playing in it. I also tell you why I’ve started Bible Journaling and invite you to watch as I create my first entry. If Bible Journaling is not your thing, feel free to skip this video and come back for usual my Plan With Me, Journal With Me and Crafting Out Loud videos. Thanks for watching! xxx

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