Cherish Yourself

Cherish Yourself

Cherish Yourself. That is a hard one… especially as a woman who is juggling so many hats. Therefore, it is the one thing I have decided to work on for myself this year. My “one little word” this year is “happy” …and every day I remind myself to do something (even if it is a very little something) to make myself happy.

Most things I choose involve being creative, which always guarantees to fill up my happy bucket. There are a lot of things you can do, however. Here are my tips to cherish yourself more…

1. Keep a journal focusing on you. I recently started a planner that focuses on just me, and I take the time to hand-cut the digital-to-hybrid pieces that I put in my planner. Most weeks, I try to include a selfie… and I also include the books I have read during the week. This collage shows several weeks’ worth of my “happy planner.” The kits I used to create these items are Seize the Day by Sabrina’s Creations, Be Brave by Kim B Designs, Celebrate Life by Scotty Girl Design, and It Will Rain by River Rose. So far, this has been such a therapeutic project… and I am loving putting it together each week.

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2. I also have made a goal to document more of myself. I have a limited amount of time to scrap, and I want to see more of myself in our family’s pages. Here are two recent pages I did of just me (linked for credits):

Cherish Yourself
Cherish Yourself

3. Another way to celebrate and cherish yourself is to participate in community projects. Last year, I did a project called A Selfie Scrapbooking and I forced myself to find time to do the project. It is truly one of my favorite projects that I have ever completed. Here is a collage of some of the layouts; I wound up with over 15 pages that are all about me!

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4. You can also scrap a “goals page” for the month to keep you on track. I tend to set lofty goals for the month, but I’m OK with the fact that I may only get half of the goals accomplished. The first step is just an intention to try and plan (linked for credits):

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5. And finally… you can scrap about another hobby you may have. For me, this is reading… and I scrapped a page about my stack of library books (linked for credits):

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Cherishing yourself is all about making a commitment to make yourself a priority. However you choose to cherish yourself, keep doing it and make it important. Self-care and loving yourself keep you happier (and I’ve noticed everyone in the family seems happier when the Lady of the House is happy!).

Want to give it a try? Please join me in the TDP forum for a fun challenge!


TDP-blog-nov-sabrinaAbout the Author  Sabrina is an avid documenter of life — herself, her children, her hubby, and her everyday life. There is beauty in the ordinary moments, and they are what she loves to scrap. She is also always on the hunt for a quiet, peaceful moment, and she usually spends it reading.

Set your Goals for the Rest of the Year

Set your Goals for the Rest of the Year

 

Hey you fellow scrap challenge aces out there! Are you ready to be inspired? With the new word for September “forward”, I thought it would be great to look back on what we achieved this year and more so make plans for the coming last four months.
Did you make any resolutions for 2015? I did and when I look at them I think it might be the first year I actually followed through most of them! Way to go! *insert self backslap*
There is one compartment though, where I struggle and that is the gym and fitness part. If I want to make it happen this year, I have to rush to not get into a rush. Goal set! Now how do I really make it happen?
My biggest obstacle is that I might have things in my head but they just vanish in the everyday craziness. To overcome this hurdle I decided to make a dedicated planner for this cause. I have several planners and apart from one planner to keep up with the daily to do’s, I use them mostly for my personal projects. Mari Koegelenberg came up with this sweet planner prep in her Plan with Me collection and this is what I made of it.

 

 

I also made a double pager to fitting into the planner about my goal and how I want to achieve it.

 

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When you think about the coming months, what is it that you want to achieve? What will your biggest obstacles be? What will you do to overcome them to reach your goal?

Hop on over to the challenge forum and let us know! You know that once the goal is written on (virtual) paper and out in the open, there is no turning back. You can do it!

 

AlinaAbout the Author: Alina enjoys sitting in front of her large computer screens too much. Apart from that she loves walking her dog and watching sunsets while being amazed of life in general. She is married to her best friend. Tries to manage the needs of her two cats and her dog and badly fails when they all want their cuddle time at once. Everything else is scrapping, taking photos and currently crafting. Having said that, she needs a bigger craft room.

 

 

Summer Planner Pages: Hybrid Style

Summer Planning: Hybrid Style

Real life happens! Work, children, school, sports, scouts, doctor appointments, volunteer duties, house work…oh the list goes on and on! My real life has been crazy busy and shows no sign of stopping any time soon. Which is not exactly great for someone like me who can barely remember what day it is, let alone where I’m supposed to be! I’ve tried organizing myself using a calendar app on my phone, but that requires me having the time to type on that tiny little keypad and hit the right buttons to save my entry (um, fail times 100). I’ve also tried using scraps of paper to quickly jot down appointments but, while this is easy, I’ve lost the slips of papers too many times to count! So, a year or so ago, after being fed up of living such a scatterbrained life (I’m truly responsible – really!), I went the agenda/planner route.

I used to use one years ago and was on top of things so I figured it was time to give it a go again. But with 4 kids and a busy life, the days get filled up super fast. This is my past month – I can barely read where I am supposed to be and when!

Summer Planning: Hybrid Style

Luckily, the daily pages work out well, but I still like to see the overview of each month. Unfortunately, life gets pulled in so many directions, that the things that I really want to do, get forgotten about. So this summer, I’ve decided that I want to use the planner to really get myself organized and find some smooth sailing.

Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage and Amanda Yi Designs have products are perfect for this! Laura’s Summer Bucket List Printable Planner pages will supplement my usual calendar pages and let me plan out the special activities that I want to do this summer (I LOVE making lists! And now they will be in my planner and not lost in a bag somewhere!). I’m also using them to plan meals (what a novel idea…no more last minute desperate phone calls to take out places) and organize my thoughts. Amanda’s Summer Bucket Stickers help highlight important dates and just look cute.

Summer Planning: Hybrid Style

Here is what I did:

I used Laura’s Summer Bucket List Printable Planner pages which easily and perfectly sized down to fit my smaller binder. I printed them double-sided on cardstock so that they will hold up and ink won’t bleed through. A simple trimming and hole punch, plus a bit of corner rounding, and they are good to go!

To use Amanda’s Summer Bucket List Stickers, I created a file sheet in Photoshop with the stickers I wanted to use. I imported the sheet into my Silhouette software, traced the cutting edges with the trace function, set the registration marks, and sent it to my printer. I used sticker paper for this.After it printed, I then loaded it into my Silhouette Cameo, and after a few registration fails (oh real life you can be bothersome! Haha), it fed through properly and cut out the elements exactly as planned.

Summer Planning: Hybrid Style

 

 

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Now life should be organized, smooth sailing, and stress free! One can dream, right? 🙂

 

LoriAbout the Author: Lori Pereyra is a member of the Creative Team here at The Digital Press. She is a stay at home mom to 4 children and loves capturing life…the good, the not so good, & the perfectly imperfect… and documents it all through photos, paper & pixels. She feels this is modern scrapbooking at it’s best!