Crafting Out Loud: Unbox With Me + Demo

Hello! Welcome to this unboxing video in which I show you what I’ve just bought from I also play with some of the goodies and show you what you can do with them. Thanks for watching!

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Bible Journaling Out Loud: I Will Pour Water On the Thirsty Land

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 Isaiah 44:3-4 and John 4:13-14. 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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Planning Out Loud: W/B 28 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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Design Team News: W/B 21 May 2018

Another week, another bunch of cards made for the100dayproject!

This week, I’ve been enjoying the goodies I recently bought at The Little Paper Tree.

I created this card (right) to give to some friends at their housewarming party last Saturday. I embossed a piece of white card stock using an embossing folder and then applied Distress Inks over the reverse side to create a blurry-garden-seen-through-a-window effect. I then drew the house on a piece of card and painted it with watercolours before fussy-cutting it out. I hand-lettered the sentiment on the banner, which I made using two dies set from the Avery Elle Pierced Banner Layer Die Set.

For this card (left) I embossed a piece of card stock using an embossing folder, and then sprayed Nuvo Mica Mists in blue, purple and pink on the front and let it dry. I love these mists! So much shimmer. The sentiment is from the Avery Elle Sentimental Stamp Set, and I heat embossed it on using embossing ink and gold embossing powder.



To make the panels on the cards below, I used Diamond Press Mini Embossing folders. I embossed small pieces of card then coloured them using Distress Inks and burnished them with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Mother of Pearl. The embellishments are upcycled pieces of broken jewelery – apart from the flowers which I just had in my stash. I love the way these turned out! Don’t forget you can use my coupon code TLPTNATALIE10 for 10% off your next order at The Little Paper Tree.

In other news, Mama Makes is going to be letting Leonie loose again!

Loti’s new Christmas stamps will be making their TV debut on Hochanda on June 27th at 11a.m. and 2p.m. I know what cards I’m going to be making over the next few weeks!

So, what have you been up to this week? Leave me a link to your makes in the comments. I’d love to take a look!

Thanks for stopping by! Back soon. xxx

The Little Paper Tree: Rainbow Birthday Balloons Card

Hello, again! It’s me, Natalie, back with a simple but fun rainbow birthday card. When Jeni and Janet set the design team the challenge of creating something on the theme of rainbows, I knew I’d have to make a card for a seven year old because there are seven colours in the rainbow, and I knew exactly what stamp set I wanted to use: Avery Elle’s Numbered Balloons. Imagine being a child again …

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Anxiety, Art and Me [04]: A Balanced Life

Hello! And welcome to this Anxiety, Art and Me video. I’ve been writing a lot about mental health on my blog lately, and wanted to share some of my thoughts on YouTube as well – so here is a video in which I talk about The Nine Pillars of a Balanced Life and how it’s helping my recovery while doing something arty for you to watch. Thanks for stopping by!

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Planning Out Loud: June 2018

Hi! Welcome to my June 2018 Bullet Journal Plan With Me video in which I set up and talk you through all my monthly trackers for June. Thanks for watching! xxx

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The A – Z of Artful Journaling: Q is for Quotes

If you’ve read much of this blog, you’ll know that I’m a collector of quotes. Some people in this world just seem to be able to capture the human experience in a succinct, memorable and meaningful manner. There are two places I collect quotes. One of them is my bullet journal (see left). As I come across a quote I want to collect, I write it down – usually on my current daily page, although, sometimes I set aside pages specifically for jotting down the wisdom of others. Eventually, though, most of these quotes find their way into my artful journal too, where I often make them a focal point on the page. Below, I’m going to share some of the ways, I’ve added quotes to my artful journal. You can click on the images in the gallery for a closer look if you like.

  • On other people’s journal cards such as this one by Ali Brown (Picture 1)
  • Sentiments stamped in ink (Picture 2)
  • Sentiments stamped and heat embossed (Picture 3)
  • Stamped words – one letter at a time using alphabet stamps (Picture 4)
  • Typed onto my own journal cards using my typewriter (Pictures 5 – 7)
  • Typed onto stickers using my typewriter (Picture 8)
  • Typed onto envelopes using my typewriter (Picture 9)
  • Typed by me and printed onto sticker paper
  • Typed by me and printed onto card (Picture 10)
  • Typed by me and printed onto acetate (Picture 11)
  • Punched using my motex label-maker (Picture 12)
  • Hand-written on post-its and stuck in (Picture 13)
  • Hand-lettered directly on the page (Picture 14 – 16)
  • Hand-written on napkins and paper tablecloths (Picture 17)
  • Cutouts from magazines (Picture 18)

So, that’s how I’ve been adding quotes to my journal. Have you been adding them to yours?

Thanks for reading! Back soon. xxx

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Mental Health Monday: What Is This Thing Called Recovery? Part Two

Hello! and welcome to another Mental Health Monday post! Last week, I shared some of the recovery concepts I’ve embraced over this last year. In this post, I’m going to talk about some of the details and how I’m manifesting recovery in my daily life.

First-up, there are a few posts that have already addressed some of this, so I’ll link them here and you can have a read if you like.

Probably the simplest thing would be to tell you just to rummage through this blog, but I want to try to distill it down for you! This week, I’ll talk about some common recovery themes and add a little detail as I go.

Hope is a central aspect of recovery and, the Recovery Movement goes so far as to say that recovery is probably not possible without it. Hope is what sustains motivation and supports the idea that an individual can live a fulfilling life even with the limitations caused by illness. I find hope in the everyday – in birdsong and blue skies, in the sound of the sea and the smell of fish ‘n’ chips, in the laughter of my loved-ones and the paint in my pallet, in the rising of the sun and the setting of the same. I keep a gratitude log and, every day, I write down a few things I’m grateful for. I surround myself with sights, sounds, smells, sensations, colours, work and people that nourish me, and I remind myself that I’ve made it through difficult times before, and that God is with me. This too shall pass, and I’ll be all the stronger for it.

Agency is another aspect of recovery. It refers to people having a sense of control over their lives and their recovery. It’s about people taking control of their own problems and the service they receive. It is about self-management, self-determination, choice and responsibility. Realising that I could be in the driving seat of my recovery was a big turning point for me. My wellness wasn’t solely in the hands of the medical professionals – I could make decisions for myself and direct my care. This has manifested itself in a number of ways, from telling my doctor and pharmacist that I wanted two months’ supply of medication at a time, rather than one, to feeling okay about resting and not doing things that I know will tire me out thus making me more vulnerable to unhelpful thinking. I don’t go to church every Sunday because sometimes I need to just be on my own and recharge. I don’t often go out in the evening because staying home and journaling is more nourishing and revitalising than going to a connect-group or the pub. If I’ve had a busy day, I write ‘rest day’ in my planner on the following day and then stay home. I say yes when I want to say yes, and no when I want to say no. Having a sense of agency is empowering – it says that I am the expert on me, and I know what I need, and I don’t need to feel guilty about making sure that my needs are met.

Opportunity is the third main aspect of recovery. It links recovery with social inclusion and people’s participation in wider society. As a general rule, those of us with mental health issues want to be part of communities: to be valued, to contribute and to have access to the same opportunities as everyone else. I realise that what I wrote about Agency makes me sound like a bit of a recluse, and in many ways I am, and always have been. I’m your classic introvert: likes people but finds interacting with them draining and needs a lot of post-socialising down time to recover. However, there are times when I want to stay home, but know it will do me good to get out, so to maintain a balanced life, I go to church most weeks, I try to get to my husband’s gigs once in a while, I go to parties with the proviso that I might only stay an hour, I meet friends one-to-one or in small groups for coffee and a chat. And I enjoy it! I’m always glad I went. I feel included and part of the world around me.

As far as contributing goes, I’ve cut back. Before I was ill, I was a busy bee. I was heavily involved in church: co-running a monthly craft club, administering the church website, occasional preaching, delivering all-age talks, teaching Sunday school, leading an Alpha Course small group, singing in the music team, co-leading the youth group and running a toddler group, and while all of those things were enjoyable and fulfilling in their own way, my life was very skewed. What with looking after my home and family as well, I didn’t have much time or energy for what figuring out what it was I actually wanted to do with my life, let alone actually doing it. If one good thing came out of my recent episode of mental illness, it’s that it made me stop, drop all my commitments, and take stock. And, very, very slowly, I’ve taken back some of my church-related jobs: I still help with the craft group, I still manage the church website, and I sing, once a month, in the music group. That’s it. It’s a healthy level of contribution for me at the moment. This last year has also given me the time and energy to figure out how I really want to contribute to the wider world. Right now, that’s arting, crafting and making greetings cards – spreading a little joy – creating papercraft projects for a couple of design teams, and sharing about Recovery on my blog, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. I feel as if God, through the gradual unfurling of my creativity and recovery, is slowly unfolding new meaning and purpose in my life.

So that’s where I’m at the moment. I hope you’ve found something helpful here. Next week, I plan to write on some more recovery themes and how they’re playing out in my life.

Thanks for reading! Back soon. xxx

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