Friday, July 5, 2013

Project Life 2013 - Week 13

Here it is...  The first of my 'catch up' posts that I have been working on.  Week 12 is where I left you and I apologise for my lack of posts but I plan to make up for it, believe me...  I've got a lot in store!

Speaking of 'stores', I'm excited to announce that my online store will be reopening VERY soon with lots of cute handmade embellishments, some mini kits and even some fun die cuts specifically designed for your Project Life pages.

As I post my 'catch up' layouts over the next week or so, you will get a sneak peek of some of the designs that will be available.  But for now, here is my week 13 of Project Life...

Just before starting this layout, I had read a wonderful and highly inspiring blog post by Polka Dot Creative that relates to 'being brave and being you'.  I am normally one to use pretty fonts on my Project Life rather than use my own handwriting.  I guess it's because I find it much simpler to quickly type away than grab a pen (it has to be just the right nib) and then ponder on what kind of handwriting I should use (I have many styles).  I was always the girl in high school that had the neat handwriting in her books, all done in those lovely ten colour pens, remember those?  I would even tear a page out if my handwriting looked messy (probably only to me) and then I would proceed to start all over again.  Yep, I was THAT girl!  Crazy, I know, but I just couldn't help it...
So, after reading this I decided to be brave and be me...  I was going to do something that was a little challenging and try to be 'okay' with using my own handwriting.  Now, don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't like my own penmanship.  It's just that I get anxious if it's not perfectly aligned or there's a spelling error that will make it look untidy.  So this, for me, was going to be a struggle to just relax, write and fight the urge to re-write and re-write.

But, thanks to the encouraging words and cute little pictures that were included in PDC's post, I did it!!!!!  I just wrote and then found I kept writing on another card and then another.  I was letting myself not be so uptight on how it would turn out and just went for it.  And boy was I happy with how it turned out!  The whole spread came together, my own handwriting and all, just wonderfully.

Now, I'm not saying that I would do it again LOL and I'll tell you why...  I honestly, still find it much easier to type and then print my journalling.  But by geez did it feel good to finally get over the fear of journaling with a pen.  I have made a pact with myself to do it more often on some inserts but as for a whole layout... Nope, probably won't happen anytime soon LOL.  Maybe only if I run out of ink and want a page finished hahahahaha ;)  But now I know I that can and it looks absolutely fine! :)

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