So in a not completely unexpected development, I fell off the OLW wagon. I was doing well at the start of the year. I was active in January (as most of us are!) I created my way through most of February. If you follow this blog or my Instagram for my crafty adventures, you probably saw much of that creativeness though I didn’t make an OLW post or engage in the facebook group. Where the wheels really came off was, like last year, at the collage/vision board point. There is something about that prompt that I balk at, notwithstanding the fact that I paper craft monthly, sometimes even weekly. Anyway, I rallied in early April and wrote out my post its.
But I didn’t follow through with the thought processes associated with the postits and then for May and June, I didn’t even open the email.
As predicted at the start of the year, falling off this wagon was a symptom of my life starting to spiral. Not in a dramatic, ‘be afraid for me way’, just in a not ‘satisfied with work’, ‘stressed out, ‘worry sucking away the happy’ kind of way. I suspect most OLWers can relate to that feeling.
Now for July I am having a reset. I’m not particularly motivated at this point to back track and do the previous prompts. I might at some point, though I probably won’t. But my decision to jump into the July prompt was actually spurred on by coming across the The Reset Girl’s Camp Reset. I’m not a big planner gal, and I’ve never done the Listers Gotta List challenges but I like her sticker products (and if shipping to Australia wasn’t so prohibitive I would own more of them!) Anyway, I saw the program Cori was offering for free this July and decided it was time to take my head out of the sand and start to make a concerted effort to get back in control again. So much of my life is awesome right now (amazing hubby, lovely friends and family, great house, freedom to be me) that I really want to tackle the fact that the few hard bits are starting to take on a prominence in my head and heart beyond their worth. Part of the challenge for week 1 of that month long program is to spend time creating each day. There is also an emphasis on being mindful. All of which, as it turns out, fits very neatly with the July prompt. Isn’t it funny when things work out like that!
I like Ali’s suggestion that this prompt is a “creative meditation”. And I particularly like the idea of taking it as an opportunity to change the narrative you tell your self. So this is how I’ve decided to represent create:
The base cards are just Project Life cards from the Everyday collection. I grabbed them because they were on my shelf and the colours coordinated with my OLW stash which includes Ali’s kit.
I then used a combination of distress inks, the Ali Edwards paints and some texture paste to create the backgrounds. For the stamps I used the stamps from the OLW kit with Stazon in midnight, and my fingers as a stamp block – channeling the recommendation to be focused on what you are doing, not creating perfection.
The only additional stamp I used was the “do what you love” sentiment from the Ali Edwards craft story kit.
I used my replacement screen for the ‘Yes I Can’ card for the first time and I must say it worked so much better than the original one.
The other embellishments were simply stuck on, sourced from :
- OLW kit stickers (tiny black words, banners, circle and yes speech bubble)
- Kikki K speech bubble diecut, cloud sticker and inspiration card
- Dear Lizzy rose gold letter stickers
- Pink Paislee “create something beautiful” memorandum sticker
- Reject Shop key and medallion die cuts
And while I was doing this I just kept saying
This is nothing about perfection. Just keep showing up!
Hopefully I will see you back here in August!