Note to Self – Week 16

This week’s page takes its inspiration from Tam’s lesson from Life Book. I loved her feather so much that I immediately wanted to make one of my own.

The text for this week says: you get to always choose how you feel.

Are you seeing a pattern here? I think these pages helped me when I was going through a tough time. I wanted to remind myself again and again that I own my feelings and they don’t own me. Even if it feels the other way around sometimes.

Note to self: alive is how i want to feel. alive and serene at the same time.


Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Note to Self – Week 15

This week’s page takes its inspiration from Rachael Rice’s lesson from Life Book 2015. She had us make a dreamcatcher and I decided, once again, to honor my core desired feelings so I wrote each of them on the feathers of my dream catcher.

I feel like I want to remind myself again and again that I get to choose how i feel. These are my choices. These are the words, the feelings I want to surround myself with these feelings. I cannot remind myself enough.

here’s a front view it’s not as shiny:

i love the shine:

Note to self: choose to feel these feelings. you do get to choose.


Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Note to Self – Week 14

This week’s page is my version of the wonderful Joanne Sharpe’s Life Book lesson. I love Joanne Sharpe and she never disappoints. Nor did she this time.

The text for this week says: feel the fear and do it anyway.

This quote is what my word of the year is all about. Not “not being afraid” but just doing it anyway. Taking chances. Trying things. Going forward anyway. Not being too shy to try. Listening to those tiny inklings in my soul. Leaping. Celebrating the journey.

Note to self: do it anyway, baby. do it!


Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Note to Self – Week 13

This week’s page takes its inspiration from another Life Book class. This one was by Roben-Marie Smith. She did this fun tag and I liked it but no ideas jumped at me for days after I watched it. So I thought and thought and finally decided to print all the inspiring photos I’d pinned as a reminder to keep my core desired feelings in the forefront of my mind. I printed them all out, lay them all over my page, designed each of the four corners for one of my words.

I glued them all and then painted and stamped a little bit on top. It’s not art that I painted but I love looking at it and it makes me feel all of the feelings i want to feel this year and what can be better than that?

here’s the left:

and the right:

Note to self: choose to feel alive. serene. abundance and open!


Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Note to Self - Week 12

This week’s page is my version of the first Life Book 2015 assignment by the awesome Tam herself. It was meant to be the guiding light and I decided to make this angel I’d made a few years ago but only using white and yellow hues.

The text for this week says: choose the light.

There’s something magical, for me, about using white and yellow. Something magical in the shiny pages. Something magical in light. I don’t often choose to follow the light. I can easily get myself wrapped up in the darkness and lose sight of the joy and the light. I like the lantern and I have been choosing to surround myself with more light this year which I hope will remind me that it’s always there, always available to me.

here’s a front view, you can’t really see the shiny:

i love the shine:

Note to self: choose the light. it’s always there and it is a choice no matter how it feels. no matter how i feel. the choice to choose the light is always, always there.


Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Note to Self – Week 11

This week’s page takes its inspiration from Serena Bridgeman’s lesson from Life Book 2014. Her weathered background was so very beautiful that I yearned to do something similar. I don’t think mine hit the mark but I tried.

The text for this week says: be bold.

I was very scared to make this page. The more I watched her make hers, the more I believed I just couldn’t make mine. When I don’t know how to do something, I generally approach it with a lot of apprehensiveness and fear. I keep telling myself I can’t do it. I worry about failing. I worry about hating the result.

But who cares?

In the end, why does it matter if I fail or if I hate it? And, more importantly, how will I learn if I never try? It’s not possible to learn without trying. And, yes, I can’t fail if I don’t try but I also can’t succeed without trying. Nothing is possible without trying.

so this week’s reminder is to be bold. To try. To go for it!

here’s a side view it’s shiny:

i love the shine:

Note to self: don’t hesitate. go for it. be bold.


Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Note to Self – Week 10

This page was inspired by Dyan Reaveley’s lesson from Life Book 2014. It’s a simple page and it wasn’t hard to do. I painted the background with all different stencils and other fun things and then I used a human stencil to make them all black and then left one to stand out by using the opposite part and stenciling around the body.

The text says: choose to be you.

Part of being brave, for me, is being wholly myself. Embracing who I am. Not just being okay with it, but fully owning it. Being proud of it. I am always trying to improve as a person. I have many many many flaws. Many.

But I am trying. And I also have many wonderful characteristics, just like everyone else. I want to remember that what I am best at is being who I am. There’s a reason I am who I am and I want to embrace it 100%. I love many other people and I also want to love who I am.

All of me.


Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Note to Self - Week 9

For this first page, I used Tascha Parkinson’s lesson from Life Book 2014. The subject was about overcoming fears and she made a fish with popups. I decided to take her idea but instead of fears, I wrote my core desired feelings.

I made mine a lotus flower where each leaf is a desired feeling I have and my word of the year. The idea being that if I embrace them all, I will bloom. These feelings make me bloom. So each of the front petals lifts up and the words are underneath.

the text says: you get to choose how you feel

Because I do. Every day. every moment. I get to choose.

here are some shots that show it better:

from the side:

with the petals a bit more open:

note to self: your desired feelings help you be the best version of yourself.


Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Note to Self - Week 8

This was another page where I just went rogue. I wanted to do something different from Tam’s lesson. I didn’t know what but I wanted an angel. Not sure of why, I just began to draw so I could see where it would take me.

I ended up with this girl with golden wings (maybe it’s the same girl from last week?) crouching down and her wings fully open.

Text says: find your wings

a reminder to have courage. to open my wings fully and fly. It’s implied that we all have wings. We’re not getting new ones, we’re not making wings, we’re finding the ones we already have because we all already have them.

here’s a sideways look:

Note to Self: you already have all you need.


Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Note to Self - Week 7

For this first page, I started out with Christy Tomlinson’s lesson from Life Book 2014 but then I just totally decided to do my own thing.

I wanted to draw a girl’s face. Something simple with wings and my word for 2015. I wanted a reminder to be brave that week so I just sat and drew her. And gave her some golden wings. I did it all pretty quickly and tried not to overthink it too much.

I loved the end result. Something simple and lovely.

here’s a sideways look to see all the shimmer:

I can never have enough reminders to be brave and to be me.


Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Note to Self – Week 6

For this first page, I used Tam’s lesson from Life Book 2014. She taught us how to make these very simple and beautiful flowers.

These are made using your fingers and without a lot of thought. I love the way they look. They made me really happy to make. So much so that I felt compelled to write “beauty is everywhere” on the bottom after I was done.

Because it really is, isn’t it? It’s everywhere. How incredibly beautiful is each flower. The magnificent trees. All the shades of green in each tree never cease to amaze me. I feel like I am surrounded by so much beauty and yet I take so much of it for granted. I do the same thing with my family, my health, my home. The things that are just here. Things I depend on deeply but don’t realize that they are such huge privileges.

I am so lucky. Beauty is everywhere around me. In nature, in the people I love, in the food I get to taste. In the body that houses my soul.

Everywhere.


Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Note to Self – Week 5

For this first page, I used Kate Thompson’s lesson from Life Book 2014. She is magnificent with drawing faces. Me, not so much. But I felt like trying anyway.

This whole page is painted gold and is really shiny. I am not sure why I didn’t take a shot of it sideways so you can see. But just imagine it. :)

In the spirit of bravery, I wrote down the lyrics of the Alanis song I was listening to at the time. It says: I recommend biting off more than you can chew to anyone. You live, you learn. You lose, you learn. You cry, you learn. You live, you learn. You scream, you learn.

To learn, you have to live. And if you live, no matter the result, you learn something from the experience. As with my word, I want to be brave this year. I want to bite off more than I can chew. I want to try harder, do more, work harder. I want to learn. I want to push myself. I want to learn about what I am capable of. I want to scream, cry, laugh, live.

I want to feel alive.


Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.