Sunday, January 20, 2013

New Year, new resolution that I hope to keep!

Well, Happy New Year, dear crafty friends!

I hope 2013 has been very good to you so far. If you have any resolutions, hopes, dreams, or other goals for the new year, I hope all of them come true for you!

Recently, I shared with my fellow blog friend Sandra about a resolution I really want to keep this year: to make at least one project for myself every month! Specifically, I want to start scrapping my life!

I knew I wanted to start documenting everyday life, but I couldn't decide how to do it. Do I go the traditional 12 x 12 layout route, but then keep a separate journal? Or, do I try the quick yet thorough Project Life approach but nix the layouts? I love elements of both, so I decided to grab the December 2012 Teresa Collins kit and turn that into my journal/scrapbook/planner/Project Life book!

Teresa's kit came with (2) 10 x 10 covers, (4) binder rings, (2) pieces of paper from her "Now & Then" line, a package of trim, gorgeous blingy embellishments, and calendar and journaling templates. The original instructions were to trim the covers down to something like 5" x 7", but because I wanted to use this book for layouts as well, I ended up trimming my book to 8" x 10". I also used all (4) binder rings instead of the 2 suggested in the kit and widened the border. My last tweak to the cover design was to add a monogram die cut from Teresa's "Sophisticated" Cricut cartridge. Emilyn, if you're reading this, I will bring yours to the staff meeting tomorrow!

I am in love with Teresa's simple yet stunning style. She has lots of new gorgeous paper lines coming out soon! I can't wait to use some of her new designs as I fill out my 2013 book. :)

Another crafty friend of mine, Janna, has a new crafty resolution as well! Her new adventure is starting an art journal! Her first page is just awesome. I love how she's stretching her creative abilities and venturing into art journal territory. Do you have any new crafty goals?

I love how the new year always brings about new ideas and resolutions to live our lives more meaningfully. Thanks so much for stopping by today!



Janna said...

Your journal is just beautiful Maria!! I am so happy to see you are back to posting on your blog! :) Thank you for me mentioning me. I hope the next time that we come up your way, that I might meet up with you where you do your classes! :)

Sandra said...

Gorgeous journal, Maria! Love Teresa Colin's stuff! What a great way to make your resolution happen! I hope yours come true as well! You're such a sweetheart and am so happy to have met you! Thanks for mentioning me! Big hugs! Sandra

Tracey Sabella said...

Gorgeous journal and wonderful resolution!! ~ Blessings, Tracey