Paralysis

The days before the Internet revolution…
While I recognize the magnitude of having every tidbit of available information known to man at our fingertips, there is such value to nothingness or to lack of resources.
Let me explain…
Before I had this abundance of imagery, documents and feedback, my art was derived from a visceral reaction to my environment. If I saw a color or texture that inspired me, I would go through a process of analysis, mood boards, clipping magazine images, etc until an idea took form and became art.
It was a stream of Eureka! Moments and the greatest satisfaction that came from knowing this was My idea…my soul exposed….
Then came the internet!
To think that I could have an infinite source of inspiration and resources with just a click of a mouse! It was exhilarating! Patterns, images, recipes… wow. STOP!
Paralysis. It took a while to happen but it did. The paralysis that comes from the “too much” syndrome. Yes. There is such a thing. Not only did I become totally overwhelmed with the myriad of options available but also with the abundance of “I need this” supplies. I remember the days when I thought my one camera, with my only lens was more than enough. I had to see the world with that specific millimeter distance because that’s all I had… all I knew. If I had paper to write or draw, I had ONE kind of paper. One kind of ink. And my ideas were free to flow because I was not occupied thinking about what would I use to create art but rather the art itself. If I had film, I never worried about anything but finding the right image.
Paralysis…
The kind that comes from viewing other people’s work and thinking mine should be the same. The kind that comes from thinking I need a workshop with said artist because I need to be like her/him. Whatever happened to creating your own style because that’s what we should strive for?
When we put art out into the world, don’t we want others to see OUR vision? Why would I want to emulate others? Being an artist is being original. Unique.
Originality cannot occur with imitation.
Post process an image in photoshop … or don’t. Are you creating your own vision? Or are you subconsciously channelling someone else’s art? It’s almost inevitable. Go to any photography forum or art group online and look at images for hours. Eventually you end up bringing to life someone else’s vision.
Not what I want….
Unplug.
Unplug for a day…
Unplug for a week… a month!
Let your mind become raw again. Let your ideas flow from watching your surroundings closely.
Let your soul be filled with your own world’s colors and textures.
Bring your own heart’s desires to life.
Look at every piece of your world and then attempt to communicate with your art. Is your life filled with light and happy colors? Put that into your work. Show it. Is your life moody, dark, filled with gray dreams screaming to escape? Put that into your work. Make a concerted effort to communicate what your mind sees. .
When I click my camera, I try to steal a moment from the present and keep it eternal.
I try to show the heart, the soul… the reality of our lives.
I can’t do it if I’m worried about what others are trending. I can’t do it if I feel that my art is inferior to others.
Look at that statement ^^^
Inferior to others????? Is YOUR art!!
There is no such thing as better or worse art! Art is one’s expression of the mind. So how could your art be better than mine or vice versa? It is MY expression. I’m so different from you! I’m unique! It is MY art. It is MY feelings. How could it be wrong or right?

Nothing wrong from getting inspired by others. . When you become them…. that’s when you stop being an artist. You just became an imitation. you just became paralyzed.

Unplug
Prevent paralysis
Create
Channel your OWN dream or Your OWN reality.
Stop comparing yourself to others.

Be a true artist by respecting other people’s own expressions and contributing with your own.

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Your kiss is on my list …… – Filofax and Preparing for Valentine’s day!

Preparing myself for Valentine’s day has never been one of my strongest points. I usually run to the store the morning of and buy the last decent card available, running through a Target or a Walmart and hoping I can find that perfect gift that says I love you. Of course I always hope it looks as if I placed lots of thought and preparation but my honey can see through me every time. Especially when I show up with the “muscle man” teddy bear that says “Be Mine. Who gives a guy a teddy bear for Valentine’s????????????? Seriously!

This year I decided to be proactive and my handy Filofax is here to help me make up for years of Valentine’s Day neglect!

I started by getting an explosion of Valentine’s Day paraphernalia because with me, I create as I go and once I have it all in my vision, that’s when I can get down and dirty with scissors and washi tape on hand. Thankfully the craft industry indulged! Hearts Galore!! Everywhere! I actually enjoyed it so much I am getting ready to do ALL of February in red and pink. Watch out Filofax lovers! You are about to get bombarded with hearts and arrows!

Filofax decorationAren’t those owl stickers to die for???? That’s for my next layout. The postage stamp stickers are the ones I chose to execute my plan.

I cut scraps of white cardstock and put the stamps on with washi tape. (I know 12,309,874,387 ways to use the vast supply of Washi tape currently taking up every inch of my studio).

Next I wrote a “treat” on each piece of card stock. The idea here is that for the week of Valentine’s Day, my hubby will be showered with goodies of the most awesome kind. Massage, Foot rub, Homemade desserts, Candlelight dinner and much more. He will get the little piece of paper with the treat to look forward to that evening and it all ends with a bang on Valentine’s Day. Ok. I did not even think that one but I am leaving the innuendo because as I am typing this I am laughing at my quirky humor. Now, seriously. I will be using my Filofax Original Pink Personal planner to help me in executing each day perfectly. I will be entering things like “pick up movie tickets”, “make reservations for dinner”, “look up recipe for steak” and so much more! On Valentine’s Day he gets to have dinner, dessert, a walk around town and much more.

Most of these treats are of no cost to me but I know he will appreciate it so much more than a teddy bear. Enjoy the eye candy and think of ways to make your V Day special!

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valentine_s day layout

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Finished layout and “treats” ready to be gifted!

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Filofax Osterley Layout

It’s been another crazy week in my life. It was supposed to be a slow week where I would catch up with a million things but it did not happen. I don’t complain because it means I have work and being self employed, it means everything to me. I’m very blessed! I had a chance to do a quick layout in my Osterley last night while watching tv with the hubby. It is my daughter’s birthday this week so I made this one a bit festive. It has three Project Life cards. The one on the left is my to do list, the Orange one is to keep track for calls and emails and the colorful one from the Honeycomb set is just to make me happy. :))
As you can see, I add my own stickers and embellishments to make it my own. The Orange Washi tape I bought at Walmart and the turquoise one I got at Michael’s. The stickers are from the 5 and under store.
I did visit the Pen Paradise at the Galleria in Dallas because they have Filofax planners and I almost bought a Holborn compact planner. It was Delish to the touch! But I’m holding out for aFF Malden or a Gillio.

I am working on a Christmas layout which I hope turns out very special so please stay tuned!!! Have a great week!!!

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A quick peek at my Life’s Journey planner.

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I made a fabric cover and it all evolved from there. Ended up with 54 pages total and I will use one week per page to document my fitness and events journey. I bound it by hand and that was tedious but making each page was so fun!! I will detail more about it in the coming weeks as I use it. I absolutely love it!

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My first freebie!!! Printable planner Owl page

So this is the first time I give something away on my blog and I hope it works. I am new at this blog sharing stuff and I hope I did it correctly. Otherwise, please let me know. Anyway, This is a cute monthly planner printable page with my Owl design. I know we are already way into December but I figured if this works, I will continue giving away printables. It is in PDF format so you can print at whatever size. Just adjust your print settings in your printer, according to your planner. Please let me know if you have any issues so I can continue improving. Thanks!!

FYI! The colors are supposed to be like the ones on my other items in previous posts. I printed it and it looks perfect. Not sure why WP is acting up.
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Click HERE to download

I hope you enjoy and the only thing I ask is for you to like the post or leave a comment and to share if possible. Thanks!

New home!!!-Welcome!

We finally have a new home for this blog!!! I had to separate this blog from my photography page because we were getting lots of traffic and I was not able to add things like subscribing and such. I am too excited now! I feel like I have a new toy to play with. 🙂

I have 3 Filofax setups to show today and that’s because I was so behind on posting. I tell you what…. I actually made some very hard decisions this week and I hope they work out for my benefit and also improve my life. While I was thinking on which path to take, you would think that my planners were useful in the process, but guess what… planners are only useful if you use them. I did not have a clear vision at the time of what I really wanted to do and what I tend to do is retreat and think. I don’t write or plan. Therefore, my planners actually served to confuse me further at that point. I did not know which one to use for which purpose and I subconsciously avoided them for about 4 days. Finally I knew what to do and took steps to get there. That’s when I knew what my planners would be for.

Many of us get caught up in the frenzy of new product, beautiful leather organizers and all the cute, pretty stuff to decorate it but once we have all that stuff in front of us, we freeze. Why? Because what we want at times is an outlet. One to help us release all that crafty goodness in our heads. Yes. Planners and crafting can live harmoniously in the same world. But only if we define what we want the planners for and follow what works specifically for our lives. If all you need is one planner, then by all means, use only one. Make it your own! Make it work for your needs. If you need 50 planners, then go for it! I feel that I can’t have work related stuff in my personal planner. It creates a very blurred line between the two and that is no bueno for me.

Anyway, I will be doing a post on my specific needs and which planners I use, very soon. In the meantime, enjoy the eye candy!!

PINK FILOFAX SETUP

It was a rainy week here in the good ol’ Texas so I decided to use a blue theme for my setup

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The beautiful stickers are from Cut and Paste. I purchased them at Two Peas In A Bucket a few weeks ago.

The Washi Tape is from My Mind’s Eye

The Card insert is from Project LIfe

The cute arrow clips I purchased also at Two Peas

The ticket sticker is from Smashbox.

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And look what I found in one of our downtown antique stores! A vintage hole puncher! (is that even a term?)

I am loving this so much! It adds a touch of whimsy to my desk and it is completely functional!

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Next this is my latest setup on my Filofax personal size “The Original” planner. I know, I know. It is not spring. Not even close. But it is spring in my heart. I am starting new endeavors and leaving others behind. Ok. really…. I just wanted to use the green washi tape from Two Peas. :p

The clips I found I believe at Michael’s for about a buck or something like that. It was a couple of months ago.

The cards are of course from Project Life (link above).

The Washi Tape I bought at Michael’s and the little yellow flowers are from Dollar Tree!

I purchased everything else (i’m pretty sure) from Two Peas in a bucket.

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Notice that this time I used two cards. I just love to give color pop to my pages. Also I am keeping little bits on the second card, like ticket stubs, sticker pictures and other things.

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On my pocket Filofax Finsbury, I have pared down to the bare minimum. This was a decision I made to keep myself from getting redundant. Oh, and yes. It is my birthday next week so……. I placed a reminder on the page. As if I could forget………

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And finally my Filofax Domino Personal size. Very simple. Just a touch of color and a Project Life card for a little happiness. 🙂

All the stickers are from Dollar Tree or Five and Below. The Washi Tape is from Michael’s and the thin Washi Tape from Target.

I hope you mark this blog and keep coming. I will be posting 2x a week with all my setups as well as other things paper and craft. Keep tuned!