Friday, 5 February 2016

Peek Inside My Head

Hey blog friends! How's the day treating you? I managed to get out to my early morning Pilates class, for the first time in weeks, and it has energised me enormously. I have rushed round doing everything I needed to do so that I'd have a little time this afternoon for some scrapbooking.

Peek inside my head...

It's been an interesting scrapbooking week. I've been spotting a word I haven't seen around for quite a while: "inspiration". It can't be coincidence that it has been reappearing in the week Shimeele and her (I think I'll say it) inspirational band of designers have announced their intentions to stir up our creative thinking. Inspiration: encouragement, spur, stimulus...

When I first started blogging I used to keep a list of intriguing ideas I'd come across, links to pass on and posts to point you to. Maybe the advent of Pinterest stopped me, maybe I'm not even sure how many of you are interested in scrapbookng anymore; but over the last couple of weeks I've spotted a few things which made me stop and say Good Idea! and I thought I'd offer them up in case one or two grabbed you. More personal than Pinterest, don't you think?


  • First up I have a new blogging friend I've been getting to know. Alexandra of Art Scrap & More makes some of the loveliest round up pages I've seen in a long time. it's a Life Project, weekly digest she calls 2016 in 52 Pages and it's such a neat plan I wish I'd started weeks ago. If you don't Project Life, you'll enjoy following along with this one
  • When I saw two of my favourite bloggers designing for  the same challenge site with such beautiful results I thought I should check it out. The Kraft Plus Challenge asks you to..work with Kraft (and some other things besides: this month's postage stamp suggestion brought gorgeous pages from both Lizzy and Mardi). I'm going to be keeping my eye on this one.
  • I'm sure many of you will already have seen Julie's post about her new blog (and instagram) feature Private Patterns. It's by Julie, so it'll be fun and  a good read and certainly worth a think. You might have a pattern or two of your own to reveal.
  • Or if photos are your thing, what about Helena's Snap! Every Wednesday you can join the other photographers to post " a visually linked set of between 2 and 4 images". There have been some fiendish Snaps! ( and some thoughtful ones) already and I'm getting pulled in by the thought of how much fun it would be to scrapbook a few sets of pictures. I just need to get out there and take some.
I've been inspired by all four of these, though if you follow me on instagram you'll know that I have some desk tidying to do before I can even think of joining in. I posted my first very very quick video yesterday. It's a horror movie. So maybe before I start I'll put my feet up with a good book..


..which I found through a book review on Melissa's blog.

 And that's what's going on in my head today. Have a good weekend and I'll see you on Monday?

25 comments:

Janelle Shultz said...

that mug...where did you find that? :)

Lizzy Hill said...

Awww . Thanks for the shout out, Sian.... & I love it when I can find some new inspo.. So I'll be doing a bit of hopping now- that mag has taken my eye, especially:):)

Julia said...

Thanks for the link to the first blog - what a great idea to capture it all on a 12x12 page! Will definitely dip back in for more of that inspiration :) I like the Kraft challenge too. Oh and that mug is fabulous! Thanks for thinking of us and sharing the links. X

Patio Postcards said...

Yes I echo the comments about what a neat mug that is. Thanks for the links & recommendations; inspiration is always welcome. I often find when touring blog land that a link here, a link there leads on to some wonderful & informative adventures. Hope you have a great weekend.

Karen said...

Thanks for the links. I've already added Alexandra to Feedly after looking through several of her recent posts. I've also printed out the Julie's post about Private Patterns. I'm always happy to check out some new sources of inspiration!

Susanne said...

We must revolve in the same scrappy globe at least a bit, because I was aware of all those inspirational places, excepting that I'm behind and had not spotted Julie's new theme, so I'm off to check it out. (PS I have serious mug envy!)

Melissa said...

Oh, I think you're really going to enjoy the Creative Girl book! Perfect INSPIRATION for the weekend! I'll be teaching more Bible Journaling classes all day tomorrow, so it'll be a FUN weekend around here.

alexandra s.m. said...

Hi Sian,
I'm so touched! Thanks for your kind words and linking me up Sian!
I already feel inspired by the concept of SNAP and I'm going to check all the links you so kindly have shared.
Love your mug and Have a great week-end!
xx

Louise H said...

Inspiration is definitely needed around here, so I am off to peruse your links. I know that if they have inspired you, then I to will find them useful! Another one who is loving that mug!

Julie Kirk said...

Thanks for that Sian. Alexandra's already dropped by for a visit.
If she hadn't I wouldn't have known you had a new post up. My blog reader must be keeping you a secret!

I'll make sure to visit the others you've linked to.

Great to hear you've been well enough to get out and about. X

Sian said...

I should have mentioned the mug! It was a present from Little E, but sorry, I have no idea where he got it.

debs14 said...

OK Little E, time to spill the (coffee) beans - where did you find that perfect mug?
Some great links here - they are sure to get us all clicking on the links!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Those are great suggestions.
I'll have to check them out. I don't use enough kraft.
Rinda

Karen said...

Hope you are having a good weekend and I constantly scrapbook in my head!

Maggie said...

I have come back to this post having glanced at it the other day. I now notice a mention of Snap amongst the scrap booking chat. Isn't it a great meme and it really does seem to be inspiring people. Now I shall be looking at your scrapbook posts looking for those snap pictures you are going to do and scrapbook!

Maggie said...

Forgot to say. My Pilates teacher seemed to be intent on working us hard this week. I was a tad worried when the star of the class said she was aching from the very same class that she had attended earlier in the week. I had reason to be worried... Oh boy I ache today!

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

That book does look interesting, I must investigate. You've also reminded me that I was going to go back and read Julie's Private Patterns, so thanks for that. Glad you were able to get along to pilates this week, which must mean you're feeling a lot better. Hooray for that.

Jane said...

thanks for the links, will be following them in the future. I'm so pleased you are feeling a bit better, I always find I can do more after some exercise.

alexa said...

What a brilliant mug, Sian, and whey-hey for the exercise :). Looking forward to following your links - and I have a copy of the very same book which arrived with me two days before I broke my shoulder. You'll be way ahead of me in no time!

scrappyjacky said...

Love the mug.....and some links to take a look at.

Jo said...

I love it when you point us in the direction of places we might like to visit, working full time doesn't leave me enough time to look for new blogs so I appreciate you highlighting them. That is a great mug and I think I need one for my collection!

Louise said...

I will be checking these out. I want to get back into the swing of creating again. I've missed it.

Love that mug x

Gail said...

Thanks for the links to check out!

Mardi said...

Awww...how lovely to get a mention...and Kraft+plus too.
One of my most favorite things is to stumble across a new inspiration or prompt... blog hopping .. pinterest surfing... living an inquisitive life.

Garima said...

nice

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