Doodling in down time..

Cursive writing – it was something we learnt in school from around grade 2, I think! It was the “expected” thing to know how to write with a cursive handwriting and join the alphabets to form neat legible words.

Calligraphy was the next step up. The art of using the flat tip markers/fountain pens to write headings that looked like gothic scriptures! I first saw calligraphy on a classmates year 9 summer project. Her mother had the most beautiful calligraphy skills and had hand scripted headings for each topic/section in the project. The teachers were in awe…. We students were in awe…. I was in love! 

Fast forward nearly 20 years!! 

I caught the hand lettering bug through Instagram late last year. That is why I commenced the @handletteredabcs challenge of practicing an alphabet each day at the start of the new year. 

Sadly I only made it to the letter “J” – then life took over!

Recently I’ve realized that finding the perfect “free” time to practice hand-lettering while at home might be hard… But if I carry a notebook and pens or Tombow dual brush markers then I can practice anywhere!! 

So here’s some things I doodled while at my desk – 

(1) Inspired by Anita Moorjani’s book that I was reading at the time – ‘Dying to be me’  
(2)  If I remember correctly this was one of the quotes shared by ‘Elephant Journal’ on IG

 
(3)  This one was inspired by @handletteredabcs challenge about “Travel” and someone had shared this quote that resonated with me so much that I had to write it down and doodle some pictures 🙂

 
(4)  Amy Tangerine shared this quote on her IG feed and it was a perfect quote to inspire and change ones mindset. I didn’t know where Inwas going with it when I started…. After a few takes it dawned on me that hardwork could be that ladder one walks to get to our goal/success! So here was that doodle….

 
Do you think I like silhouette figures much? Is that what they are called?! 

(5)  Another inspiring quote I saw in my IG feed which I changed slightly (changed the end….from “improve the world” to “improve Oneself”)

 
(6) Then the Tombow Dual Brush pens came to my desk… I began writing the word ‘pray’ without knowing what was the quote going to be…. It was just a lucky experiment that I wanted to submit for @handletteredabcs challenge on ‘word mosaic’ – so totally unexpectedly I made is bouquet of flowers with the colored pens. 

  
(7)  Then took inspiration from Amy Tangerine’s Handbook and doodled in the park on a beautiful sunny afternoon.

 
(8)  This one I actually started writing when I was at a hair color appointment waiting for the color to do its thang!  😉 Words inspired by Amy Tangerine’s Handbook.

 
(9) And this morning…. Elephant Journal IG feed inspired-LIVE simply, LOVE generously, LEARN constantly 

 
Thanks for reading- what do you practice in your downtime? 

Confetti and glue!

This weekend, we had a good friend’s 10th wedding anniversary and occasions like these always call for love poems and champagne! 

Managed to easily find a set of 6 crystal flutes on a very good sale at Laura Ashley.   

 Love poems…. Hmmm that was another matter. 

A vision of a scattered confetti shape had been floating in my mind for a few days so on Saturday morning, 3 hours before the party, armed with a box of colorful tissue paper confetti, a tube of craft glue and an eager 4yr old in my tow… We started our little craft adventure!

LOVE makes life more COLORFUL 

I was imagining a heart shape bordered with lots of confetti that would gradually reduce towards the edges of a mini-canvas.

But the thought of “trying” the idea on canvas felt slightly overwhelming?! Why? I don’t know…. So the next best thing was to make a handmade card instead. Smaller real estate and so hoping that would mean lower risk of messing it up? (Yeah I know…. It’s silly! These expectations on myself to create a masterpiece in the first try!) 

Anyway….settling the baby down at our feet and our craft supplies scattered on the benchtop, our take 1 started like this… 

😐 

Firstly the watercolor handwritten words were too messy and the heart shape just didn’t seem to work…. More confetti around it didn’t help either.

Take 2

I tried writing just the word ‘Love’ with watercolor and the rest with my fine Sharpie….attempting to freehand the words into a heart shape….

..nope.

Take 3

Drew the heart shape with the Sharpie and tried scattering confetti from one corner? Nope! 

Take 4 – Finally

No heart shape! Just the word ‘love’ with black watercolor, the words ‘makes life more’ with Sharpie and ‘colorful’ with Tombow Dual Brish Pens… And scattered confetti from top left corner across the card.

Image below shows the out-take cards! (Take 1-top left, Take 2-top right, Take 3-bottom left, Take 4- bottom right)

 

Satisfied with the 4th card….. Plus we were running out of time to get ready for the party!! 😁

Couldn’t have done it without my 4yr old. Here’s my Little Miss Gorgeous in action!

  
Thanks for visiting my blog. Do you have crafty adventures with your little ones too? 

Here’s the final shot of the card. 

  

My Instant Gratification Monkey has been in control! 

My name is Nupur and I’m a Create-a-holic. 

If you are like me, you know what it’s like to have a number of creative ideas floating through your mind every day and always day dreaming what it would be like if you had the time to actually do them?! 

If you are like me then you have more than one hobby or creative pursuit and you often struggle to settle down and actually devote time to practice that art and instead you just go off on a crazy ride through the WWW looking for ideas and inspiration and before you know it, it’s been hours and you’ve just wasted all that time and have nothing to show for it! 

Now I know why!! 

It’s my Instant Gratification Monkey! He has been in control for way too long! 

I am breaking this crazy cycle and thanks for Amy Tangerine’s Handbook “5 practices to squeezing more out of your creative life” – I now know that I need to walk out of this “consumption junction” that I’m stuck in and start creating…. Even if for no one else but me!! 

  

I have a number of projects on my To Do list and I’ve realized that I’m wasting so much valuable time on social media, YT and Pinterest instead of gettin my hands dirty and creating things that bring me joy!! 

So I have decided to kick the IGM out and let my Rational Decision Maker take control – everyday to “create” – no matter if it’s 5mins or 50mins!! 

I’m currently taking on the #the100dayproject challenge on my Insta feed @mypaperprincesses and using hashtag #100dayswithmypaperprincesses to tag all the creative stuff around me – whether it’s my creation or someone else’s… It’s all beautiful! 

For closer friends and family – on my private Insta feed I’m also taking on the #100daysofMelbourne challenge sharing personal pictures in and around Melbourne – sharing it’s beauty as captured with my iPhone 6! 

The challenge has been on for a week – which is longer than I have ever continued any challenge like this before! 

It’s not too late – just jump in – and comment on my Insta feed or comment below with you Insta account so I can see what your 100 days challenge is!!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Celebrity spotting!

If you have been in the scrapbooking world for sometime, you will have heard of Project Life. And if you have heard of Project Life…chances are you will have heard of Becky Higgins too! 

Becky is the creator of a simple memory keeping aka scrapbooking system called “Project Life“. Her mantra is “Cultivate a good life and record it”! 

Through PL, Becky aims to inspire people to record the stories of their lives and the lives of their loved ones with minimal fuss. Simply print photos, use the pre-designed PL cards (for journaling or just adding a touch of “pretty”) and slide them into pocket page protectors that go into albums. Of course the embellishment lovers can embellish the cards and photos if they are so inclined. 🙂

So these last 11 days, Becky with her Product Manager, Kari Holt, has been on a whirlwind tour of Australia with Spotlight Stores – our art and craft mega stores in Australia. 

I’m such a dork because when I saw the tour dates I got so excited – then without checking the day of the week she was in Melbourne, I got super sad as well – thinking both her classes were during the day so I’d miss it 😦 

Then only a day before they arrived in Victoria did I realize that she was visiting on Saturday! Hurray!! So I made a 55km trip to Spotlight Fountaingate to say “G’Day!!”

I did wonder however, that I had been following Becky on social media for months and bought a ton of stuff when I visited US last year, but have hardly “created” any PL layouts that I could share with her when I meet her. 

Becky had shared on social media how she had started signing mini canvases with her mantra/tag line for a number of her fans on this tour.

So it occurred to me at 10.30pm on Friday night that perhaps I could make a gift for Becky?!

Luckily I had a couple of these mini canvases at home. So after making a “trial” version…. I made my gift for her in Hindi – my mother tongue – that I hardly ever write in now, since coming to Australia 16 years ago! 

I had to call Mum to help me translate it!! Lol!! 😀

  
Left one for her and right one is the trial one. 

  
And here’s the closeup.

Becky and Kari were both wonderful in person. Becky was so excited by the canvas that she made a little video and took my picture with the canvas too – silly me I forgot to take a picture of her with the canvas in her hands! X(

Some pictures of the afternoon below – and yes I did take both my little girls with me to see her!! 

  
(This one above of the balloons was shared by another Becky fan on social media – I couldn’t get a perfect angle!)

   
    
    
L-R: Bob (the Spotlight Liason?), Kari (Product Manager), Becky and a friend? 

If you have reached the bottom of this post thanks for stopping by! 

I leave you with the last photo of the goodies I received that day. More short stories and a mini video of the day is on my Instagram feed. 

  
  Have an awesome day!

Two Oh One Six!! 

Happy New Year to all who celebrated the start of 2016! We, in our too-tired-to-go-anywhere-and-too-hot-to-be-bothered parents of two little princesses, decided to usher the new year right from our living room couch watching the Melbourne (and Sydney!) fireworks of the tellie – perfect (yes I know!). Going into the city to watch fireworks is a super crowded place at a near 40• night on NYE is not for the faint hearted… 

Sorry for being AWOL from the blog – I’ve been trying out so many different art mediums and mixed media etc while away. It was so much fun just doing it all and sadly leaves no time to update the blog!

Some pictures below of all the fun I’ve been having 

   
    
    
    
 

Please follow my IG feed @mypaperprincesses for all the latest in my creative adventures! 😊

#LMP 12×12 Day dream

The initial fear has subsided – much like the fear of the unknown when becoming a parent for the first time 😁 hehe 

Now instead of the sleepless nights of feeds and nappy changes, it’s the sleepless nights of anticipation and excitement – what will I make next?! What papers will I use? What new technique will I learn? What will the layout look like? 

The Jumping Off Point – This next layout was for my younger daughter, our #LittleMissPrecious (or #LMP in short!) and I loved this picture where she was sitting on a table at a pottery painting studio called “Fired Up” in Peoria, IL, USA, when we were visiting my sister this summer. Her grey and pastel pink top set the color scheme and her navy denim leggings the main color of the layout. 

The Base Kit – I found a navy bow (that matched #LMP’s leggings) in the Dear Lizzy Serendipity collection bought from steals.com while I was visiting family in US two months ago. The rest of the kit was perfect – match made in the “stars”! 

   
 (It’s the one dark navy colored sheet on the pack pictured!)

 The Background – At a recent sale in Spotlight, I got my first few bottles of Heidi Swapp’s Color Shine set (aka Heidi Shine!!) in “Butter”=Yellow, “Peacock”=Blue and “Hot Pink” (name says it all!). I also have a big pack of cheap paper doilies – that come in 3 sizes. 

So I stuck the smallest doily on a pink cardstock and spritzed the Peacock colored Heidi Shine and viola!   

Once dried I was able to save the colored doily for a future project and use the pink cardstock with the doily imprinted design here for this layout.

Bringing it all together –  Making the beautiful star constellation 6×6 paper the “HERO” of the layout, I just matted the photo on a polka dot printed paper from the Dear Lizzy collection then diagonally layered it with the navy paper and it turned out very pretty indeed! 

  I loved the “DARLING” on the attaching strip of the star constellation sheet on the 6×6 paper pad so cut it up into a banner and with a few Project Life Trinkets kiy embellishments and the Serendipity collection embellishments I made a couple of clusters. 

   
 Plus a project life 3×4 card again for journaling. 🙂

Design Principle – as this layout was very heavy on the bottom half of the page I placed a gold border on the top – but I tore a third off(?!), initially unsure how it would look but then then word “day dream” in the stickers pack of the Dear Lizzy collection jumped at me and seeing my daughter’s expression it seemed as if she was day dreaming when I took the picture… So that became the title of the page! 

The remaining 1/3 of the gold border then went at the bottom of the journaling card which then balanced it all I think…..

  
A few stamps here and a few enamel dots there…. And here’s the final result. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

  

#LMG 12×12 Play! 

Creative arts is a complex process…. And inspiration can strike when one least expects. 😉

So I have just started my scrapbooking journey after being a paperholic/stationary addict for as long as I can remember… A beautiful picture of my daughter inspired me to begin my very first scrapbook layout..and here is how I made it.

The Jumping Off Point – My #LittleMissGorgeous (#LMG)’s polka dot green cardigan and the bright colors of the slide were the inspiration of the color palette of this layout. 

The Base Kit – Looking at the colors, the Simple Stories Sn@p! Life kit (that I bought a month ago from steals.com while visiting my sister in US) seemed to be the perfect match!    

 

The Background – I’ve seen loads of YouTube process vids with white backgrounds and they look lovely – however this particular picture was calling out for a brighter color… And so I picked up this mustardy (is that a color?!) AC textured cardstock and my only two Tim Holtz Distress Stain Ink blotters in Peeled paint (a green!) and Picked Raspberry (a pink!)… I was actually going to just do a few blotches here and there but once I began at one corner I just kept going till I recached the diagonal center of the page. Then I picked up the next color and repeated the process from the opposite corner and voila!!!   

Bringing it all together – the rest was just layering the photo with a plain cardstock and then the bright Polka one from the Sn@p! Life kit. I picked a beautiful card from the Becky Higgins Project Life Kit – can’t remember whether it’s the baby girl kit or Super cute… But it just was a cute match. I also have a huge stash of MME‘s die cuts in multi colors – that’s where I found the heart and tag layered under the Studio Calico wood veneer “PLAY”! And finished with a few tiny word stickers from Authentique and enamel dots!    

   

Design Principles – The corner cluster with the banners and embellishes was my way of balancing out the page. It had the same colors as it was from the same Sn@p! life kit.   

If you have read this far, thank you for visiting my blog. 

Here is the final layout. What do you think?