Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pause in 2014 {April}

I have a list (no surprise there) of various ways to keep focus on my word throughout the year. As I was expanding that list a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be a good idea to create a layout every few months.

Before we get to that, here's a quick update on how my other projects are going. In February I introduced my little jar of stars, which is slowly filling up.

For March, I made wallpapers for my phone and computer as a reminder to unplug more often. While it wasn't a complete success, I did buy 4 paper books, removed a time-suck of a game from my phone, and didn't keel over when we left all our electronics in the car while we went on a tour.

I finished two books in March, one which was Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creativeby Austin Kleon and it was a fantastic read. I'm currently reading S. by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst and A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R.R. Martin and am enjoying them both.

I selected the word pause for many reasons, but one of the biggest is because the single quality that I've always struggled to improve is my patience. I used my March self-portrait from my photo a day challenge and journaled about how I may always have room for improvement, but it's equally important to remember what I've accomplished so far!

I used a paper from Studio Calico {Lemon Lush} collection for my background and then piled all the goodies on top of a piece of vellum. The layers consist of a 6x6 sheet from Studio Calico {Wanderlust}, a few cards from the Azure Project Life kit, Thickers, October Afternoon alphas, and some of my printables. I've been trying to be better about using the few scraps I keep, so made a couple of punched embellishment clusters.

How has your focus on your word been going so far?


  1. I love love love this layout ! You matched everything so well with exactly the good amount of contrast ans it looks great ! My word was new and honestly, I only forgot it ;)

  2. Wow this layout is so striking
    Love it

  3. Such a fabulous page, Elise! Love the layer of vellum over the background paper!

  4. Good for you for keeping up with your monthly goals :)
    Your layout is beautiful. This is such a great photo of you as well. :)

  5. I don't have a lot done in my OLW binder... but my word "elevate" is on my mind (almost) every day. Love this layout.... the vellum was the perfect choice to bring the focus to your picture and journaling.

  6. What a lovely layout and such an intense photo, you almost step out of the photo! Great work!

  7. Love the layout Elise, it gives you the impression of being busy but with the vellum it pauses and gives reflection on you. The contrast of the black and yellow is wondeful too, you are doing great with your word. I might have to try picking a work, I definitely know what my word would be.

  8. Oh I love your page! Great idea for a title into your journaling.
    And I think you are doing such a great job with staying tuned in to your word.
    I am still struggling at times, but I knew it would be a challenge!

    Oh and congrats on your pub in Life, Paper, Scrapbook. I saw a page of yours in their today! :)

  9. You page is absolutely beautiful!! Sounds like you're doing pretty good.

  10. this is a fantastic project! love your page and those stars ... oh!!! very inspiring :)

  11. This is flat out gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your word :)


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