Thursday, May 1, 2014

Pause in 2014 {May}


For this month's focus on my word for 2014, I thought it would be a good challenge to pause and try new things. While I don't make New Year's resolutions, keep a bucket list, or have 40 things to try before I'm 40, I do like the sense of accomplishment when I push myself out of my comfort zone.

I've been experimenting with making my own embellished 3"x4" cards for paper crafting projects and that's my first set pictured above. I'm also trying something new with a set of printable cards that I'll be sharing soon.

I'm going to try again with sending submissions for publication and a design team or two. It can be a little disheartening not to be selected, but with the huge amount of very talented people, I know it's nothing to take personally. Maybe this one will help me be selected. ;)


I've really been meaning to give a go at making homemade pasta and even if it's just noodles and not filled pasta, that's fine by me. There isn't much that I haven't tried baking so I'd like to try my hand at French macaroons. My mouth is watering just thinking about them!

Lastly, I told the hubs that I'd like a new camera for Christmas if I make it through 365 days of daily photos. (I'm over halfway there!) In the meantime I want to learn how to use his camera to see if that might be a direction I'd like to go. To be honest, I'm a little intimidated by the thought of it.


So that's how I'll be focusing on my word this month. If you've selected a word, has it been factoring into your day to day?

23 comments:

  1. I love your layout, and your cards! Don't get disheartened about not making teams, there are tons of teams that I tried out for that I didn't get. You have to just keep trying, and I know you'll find the perfect team soon-you're very talented!!!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Amy, I figure if it happens, it's what's meant to be! :)

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  2. Love your layout and I love your embellished 3x4 cards!! So fun. Pinning for inspiration. I have a DT but it is not open right now. I really love what I see!! Stop by and play along with our challenges and link up your work to our Crafty Creations Link up! Maybe you can be a guest designer one month!! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Leslie, I will certainly pop over there, I love playing along with challenges! :)

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  3. your pl cards are awesome! I pinned them for inspiration later!!! your stuff rock, just keep trying! you will find your place in the world!!!

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  4. Finding lots of inspiration from your layout. love the triangles with the underneath layer of the circle and additional enamel dots with ink doplets. Oh, yes, love it! I am sure you will find a spot on a DT!

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    1. Awww, thank you, you leave such sweet comments! Either way, it won't stop me from crafting! :)

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  5. Love the LO and cards--enjoy the new camera! I was also very stressed out when I was trying for DTs, but if you keep trying and creating things you love, I think it will all fall into place:)

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    1. Thanks, Keshet, no matter what, I'll definitely keep creating what I love and loving what I create! :)

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  6. Beautiful layout and wonderful goals and ways to focus on your OLW, Elise. I always enjoy seeing everything you're up to and trying. You are a very inspiring person and scrapper. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa, that really means a lot! :)

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  7. Your layout is lovely. I like how the photos pop off of the page.
    I too have a few crafty supplies that I can't get enough of.
    My hubby has 2 big boy cameras. I said I could have his older one, but like you, i am to intimidated. I will stick to my iPhone to take photos, lol.

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    1. Thanks so much, Tracy! My point and shoot has become a part of me when I go anywhere, I don't know about lugging around a bigger camera, let alone learning how to use it! :D

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  8. That is one of my fave layouts by you!
    The whole DT thing is a little exhausting to me. I stopped doing manufacturer "calls" because it was so much work and there are soooooo many people going out for them. But I say go for it! You don't know unless you try, right?
    And I love your embellished cards. Super cute!
    My word is FOCUS. And while I am not specifically creating with it in mind, I find myself using it as a reminder to well, focus. I tend to get sidetracked when getting tasks or chores done, but this word is helping me to work on that for sure!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mary Jo, and I agree, the obligations might be too demanding or stifling. Whatever happens happens, I'm breezy! :)
      So glad that your word is never too far from your thoughts!

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  9. Love the layout and the cards, both are so awesome. Don't get discouraged for submittal but first rule of thumb for publications is most don't want your submissions posted anywhere else so don't feel the need to share here first. As a person who had frequent pubs it does get frustrating but just know it's not that your work isn't creative sometimes it's just you didn't fit into what they are currently looking for.

    Go for the camera, your photography warrants a bigger and better camera.

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    1. Ah, good tip, Leslie, thanks! If I can find a camera that fits all my needs, I'm sure there will be a new one in the not to distant future. :)

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  10. You're my favorite scrapbooker for PL... Even if PL is not my thing ! I'm always so very pelased to see your posts. I love all your tips and when you share your process ! You're truly talented ans I'm SURE you will make a DT very soon : they would be SO lucky to have you ! I would have picked you without any hesitation !

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    1. Oh, Solange, you are so sweet, thank you so much for your kind words! I'm so glad that we can inspire each other from afar! :)

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  11. Your 3x4 cards are so cool, I love the 'let's go' one! The layout is great too, the triangles are so fun. Just keep trying with DTs/Pub Calls, one day you will get there! x

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    1. Thanks so much, Jennifer, I appreciate your kind words of support! :)

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  12. oooh I love your cards and your layout is so awesome
    love your work

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Thank you so much for taking your time to comment, I truly appreciate all your kind words!