instax prints as fridge magnets I recently made some fridge magnets out of mini instant photos.  fridge magnet idea

 I decorated the edges with washi tape and stuck a small strip of magnetic tape to the back.

Here’s one of the images before printing;

Slow progress quote

This is something that I’m pretty much repeating like a kind of mantra at the moment…the curse of the chronically ill! 

The next quote I chose is as vital to remember as the title of that book “You can’t afford the luxury of a negative thought.”

Positive thinking quote

I didn’t have any washi tape that would go with this one, so left it as it is, just putting magnetic tape near the top on the back.

keep calm style fridge magnet 
I found some cute little ready made frames on eBay, made out of Kraft paper, which have just arrived. I think I’ll take the tape off this and slip it into one of them. The frame will no doubt work best with magnetic tape at the top and bottom. (I’ll take a photo and update this when its done.)

As usual, both images were created on my iPhone…how did I live without my iPhone? It’s pretty much my go-to tool for almost everything these days…a life saver. I used the ‘Keep Calm‘ app and the ‘Stationery‘ app. 

I printed them straight from my phone to my utterly awesome cute little Fuji Instax printer. Did I ever do a review of that? Must check…if not I’ll write one, because it’s great. 

For other ideas about how to display instant prints, have a look at my Pinterest board. 


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Access art loom challengeI seem to have missed the mini elastic band loom craze…clearly need to do some googling… So I’m even more intrigued by Access Art’s challenge to help them to create the largest loom sculpture possible. All the info is in the image above. Click for a larger version and then go here to download the flier and form, and be sure to watch the cute video.

 


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Sometimes it’s the little things that give us most pleasure.

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A short meandering drive on Monday took us past some donkeys and for some reason it awakened the delighted child in me.

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The lovely nini pointed me in the direction of this site, 100 Happy Days (having no doubt concluded that I needed another weapon in my war with depression.) I do work at the gratitude habit, but occasionally the Black Dog chases it away, so it’s good to have another way to strengthen the habit.
You can find peoples’ happy days by searching for the hashtag:
#100HappyDays
I’m posting mine to Instagram, but it’ll also show up in my Twitter and Facebook feeds.

What’s made you happy today?


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Here’s a love hearts image,

Love hearts

Click for high res

…and a pink background.

Pink splatter background

Click for high res, then right click to save.

Use to create something handmade for Valentine’s day.

 

 


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On February 15th I’ll be (*hopefully) contributing to this project,
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They’re allocating artists up to April at the moment so if after you’ve read the further info below you are interested in contributing get in touch with;
Nicola Fitzsimmons:projecttwothousandandfourteen(at)gmail.com

Visit the site to see what art has been created so far this year,
web: twothousandandfourteen.com

Find the project on twitter: @twothoufourteen

Now here’s the extra information you’ll receive if you apply to contribute,

On each day of the year, a different visual practitioner will create a new piece of 2D work interpreting an event that has been broadcast in the news that particular day.
Each day, the new work will be uploaded to a dedicated website and posted on a linked twitter account by 9pm each evening. In the process developing a collection of 365 new works together creating a narrative for the year 2014 based on reported events.
It’s going to be a really interesting and exciting project that we are hoping will produce some engaging and unexpected results. There’s something satisfying about contributing to a sustained commitment that will evolve and grow on a daily basis.
It’s a simple concept about creating a visually and creatively diverse record, selecting and visually translating events and happenings that shape our experiences and memories of a particular year and seeing where it takes us.

The project is open in terms of how a practitioner chooses to represent a piece of news, however there are some parameters…

Main Points to consider

amazing year workbook image 2014Leonie Dawson’s workbooks for Life or Biz for 2014 are ready to download. The bundle of workbook & calendar is a popular & useful tool to help you plan out & make happen the year ahead in life or business (or both).

Over the last five years, thousands of women (including me) have used this workbook with great results. It’s one of the best planning tools available to help you make the year ahead your most fulfilling yet.

Last year I did it in a rather half hearted way due to how poorly I was (they take a lot of focused thought and effort to do properly.) and because I only stumbled across them in late February. This month, December, I plan to have a retreat week after Christmas when I give it my full attention…because even my lack lustre effort earlier in the year reaped rewards.

The “workbooks are filled with dozens of pages of thought provoking worksheets & a printable calendar to help you create your most focused and positive year yet.”

Sounds a bit too good to be true doesn’t it? Well, I have to say that I was glad that I took the chance and bought the 2013 version. I figured as it was less than $10 it was worth taking a chance on it to see if all the glowing reviews were right.

I’ve done a lot of workbooks similar to this over the years and they all distill and/or try to reinvent similar useful reflective activities with varying degrees of success. This is a great combination of cheerful design and mix of approaches to the work of reflecting upon the past year and making reasoned and qualitative decisions regarding your goals and areas of focus for the year ahead.

Of course you can do it at any time of the year, but December/January often prove to be the most effective times to do this kind of work.
The calendar is a great addition to the workbook and is a useful (and pretty) planning tool often left out from other workbooks.
Oh and they both look cute and uplifting too, which is always an added bonus, (or at least it is to me.)

Here’s a snapshot of some of the pages in the workbook.

amazing year planner worksheets

I went ahead the other month and used my prize money to join Leonie’s academy, so I’m able to download these goodies, and all her other courses and resources, for free.
Not that I’ve made full use of the academy yet…there’s a lot to absorb there and alas life has been too eventful for me.
Plus I’ve been doing Brené Brown’s excellent course based on her book ‘The gifts of imperfection.’ (Deep life changing stuff.)
And Stephanie Levy’s collage course.
And an excellent video course about securing your WordPress blog (more about that in another post.)

On top of all this an Indiegogo project I supported also finally launched recently (eek! Why do all these things come at once?!) which is called ‘The working artist.’ More on that will follow too…when I’ve managed to log on to it.
Too many commitments on top of my own poor health and the fact that my Mum’s really ill too. I’m an information addict, (and probably totally overdoing the distraction strategy thing…) Yeah, I need to do the workbook properly and plan for my very limited energy better.

2014 workbook pages and worksheets

…for the sake of full disclosure, yes these Workbook links are affiliate links, but I hope you know that I only recommend things that I think are worth sharing.
My web hosting needs paying for this month and it would be super smashingly awesome if you used one of the above image links to purchase the workbook. It’ll help me to build up the Nourish Creativity site into the inspiring resource I’m dreaming it can one day be.
Thank you.

•Brené’s awesome course can be found here.

•Further info on Stephanie’s currently available courses is here.There’s also a link on that page to her free 2014 calendar.

•A free much plainer and shorter alternative to Leonie’s workbook has been available to download from Susannah Conway in previous years. Her planner can be found here. Looking for the link it looks like Susannah’s added some more content this year, so if you want a quicker (and free) way to reflect and plan this is definitely worth downloading.

•You’ll need a deck of oracle cards to complete both these workbooks. I adore these. They’ve really helped me this year and practice has made them reassuringly (and surprisingly) accurate.
Even if you don’t believe in them as a way of developing your intuition and helping you to listen to yourself, these are great to choose at random to give you something very valid to focus on each day.

(None of the other links in this post are affiliate links, just Leonie’s workbook.)


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