Nursery Inspiration

As I round the corner into my final trimester, the to-do list grows and it’s nice to take a break from the organizing, the appointment making, and the budgeting to think about a lovely new space for this new little person.

Inspired by the Tapestry fabric collection by Art Gallery, which I used to make the baby quit, I’ve pulled together an inspiration board for a budget-friendly, gender-neutral nursery. I wanted something sunny and light, with only the good notes. Plus I wanted to incorporate a few things we already have (like the teal rocking chair, below) to keep spending at a minimum. We are choosing to make over dressers we already own and going with the most inexpensive IKEA crib to leave room in the budget for a few high-impact things that should still look good and work well a few years down the line.

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I knew that light turquoise was a good starting point, for how well it pairs with wood tones, yellows, and crisp white. It’s a calming color that doesn’t scream “baby girl” or “baby boy”, and it can be glammed up with gold without a lot of effort.

This Target rug ($48) is a great foundation and looks great against the IKEA crib ($79). That same light wood tone is reflected in the book organizer ($38), which has heavy duty canvas slings to hold lots of books and serve as a blank background if I decide to get creative with stencils or applique. For art, I love this poster of Jerusalem’s Old City ($20+), as well as this print ($30+) which features a happy sun reminding you to say “Modeh Ani”, the Hebrew morning prayer thanking God for giving you another day. I have also made an Aleph Bet wall hanging and a mobile from the same fabric line as the baby quilt to add a personal touch.

I figure that an inexpensive but sturdy side table ($30) would be useful next to the rocking chair, to hold a lamp ($20)and a bottle of water for late night feedings. The dressers are going to get their own facelift with removable wallpaper ($35) in a woodsy pattern, and gold drawer pulls ($3.35). A can of gold spray paint ($6.46) will be handy for sprucing up the old dresser knobs and other accessories, like wall hooks and shelf brackets. I’d love to finish off the room with some wood pieces, like these gorgeous etched blocks ($49).

What do you all think of this plan? Sunny and bright?
And would you like a dresser facelift tutorial when I get to it?

Currently: August

August

Making my first quilt! I’ve made every mistake in the book, but you know what? I still get a quilt in the end, so I consider this a win.

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In progress

Loving my weekly yoga class. No one is more surprised than I am, but I love that it drops me right back into my body, no matter what is going on in my head that day.

Listening to this Coffee and Crumbs podcast about catching creativity, as well as this one about the explosive growth of Illustrated Faith. Continue reading

Currently: June

 

 

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Feeling so relaxed after a few days away

Planning cheesecake menus for Shavuot

Inspired by Suse’s new meditation process video series

Splurging on this necklace in one of my favorite color combinations

Rediscovering maxi skirts for easy weekend picnics in the park

Loving my new pouch from my friend Lisa at the Small Batch Boutique. Crafty friends are the best friends.

Learning how to use my new hand-me-down sewing machine

Preparing for a crazy busy season at work.

Finishing my first year of Project Life

Reading an Alice Hoffman marathon. Her books, even her new ones, feel like family.

What have you been up to?

Guest Tutorial for Wilna Furstenberg

Welcome, IHEARTSTUDIO fans! I am so excited to share this video tutorial that I did in collaboration with Wilna Furstenberg using her gorgeous new Spring collection. I was thrilled to be offered this opportunity and I’ve been counting down the days until I could share it with you.

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I filmed the video tutorial in collaboration with Mo David, an incredible young filmmaker. I hope you love it.

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This layout was inspired by five strong women in my family, and of course by Wilna’s Spring Collection. I loved the floral frames with their soft pink watercolor borders, and I knew they would be perfect 3×4” Project Life cards. Because May is the month of Mother’s Day, I wanted to create something as a tribute to the mothers and grandmothers that came before me, whose strength made me who I am and gives me so much to aspire to. I was able to incorporate one of my favorite quotes from the book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, as well as an excerpt in English and in Hebrew from the book of Proverbs praising the woman of valor. I hope you enjoy!

Looking for more scrappy goodness?

To the Seaside

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This week we’re off to Nantucket for a little sea air and relaxation. Before I go, I wanted to pop by with an easy DIY I made from a few brightly colored tassels.

I bought this scarf at LOFT this weekend because I just couldn’t resist the pattern at the sale price. But because I plan on mostly wearing it as a headscarf, I knew that the tassels would often be tucked away. They are too good to waste, so I put together this quick DIY for a fun, summery necklace for your own beachy getaway.

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First, I carefully removed the tassels from the scarf with a small pair of scissors. For a little extra something-something, I wrapped the shank of the tassel with silver wire. At this point, it was ready to attach to a necklace! I experimented with looping the tassels on to a silver chain (as you see in the smaller photos in the lower lefthand corner of the collage, above), but also loved how they looked attached to a layered coral bead necklace. Such a fun vacation-y accessory to add to what I packed for this trip!

Have a great week, friends!

10 Creative Project Life Ideas

I love love love my Project Life practice, but there are definitely days when I can’t seem to think of any creative ideas to introduce into my spreads. I want my album to draw the viewer in, with little surprises and details, and I also want this practice to stretch me creatively. More than anything else, I want my work to be meaningful to me as I create it, and when I look back on these beautiful memories.

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At times when I have hit a creative block, Pinterest just doesn’t help me. I can’t seem to gather any solid tips. Instead I can only look at whole layouts and get discouraged about the work in front of me. So I thought that today I would share ten down-and-dirty specific things to try when you find yourself in a scrapbooking rut.

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1. Make a floating cluster in a pocket. Here I layered kraft cardboard, cardstock, a black and white photo, vellum, and a sparkly leaf embellishment. I like how it’s something a little different and adds breathing space and interactivity to the page.

2. Hide some secret journaling behind another card. I added a pull tab with washi tape. This was a great way for me to talk about something personal that readers would have to look closer to find.2

1. On this layout, I showcased photos of other crafts I was exploring at that time, like the silk painting in the top right 3×4 pocket. I didn’t take this page too seriously, adding a cupcake buttercream menu just because I loved the colors. What other creative things are you up to that you can document?

2. In November, I dedicated an 8×10 insert to my favorite Instagram photos from that month. It was such a great way to share the vibe of November, and I think I’m going to enjoy looking back at who I was following and what trends I was liking in November 2015.3

1. Around the holidays, it’s fun to incorporate some favorite family recipes into your album. I created a 4×6 recipe template in PicMonkey, a free image editing website, and plugged in a photo. It’s such a great way to preserve these family legacies and was perfect for the holiday setting.

2. For my birthday week, I penned a short prayer on cardstock and slipped it into a small envelope. I paperclipped it closed and glued on a label. It felt so right to include my deepest wishes in this spread, and I know that in years to come I’ll find it meaningful and poignant to look back on where I was at that moment.

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1. It’s always fun to include an unexpected item in your spread, like this galvanized metal tag I picked up in the Target dollar spot. Look around your house and see what fun items can be incorporated for texture and the element of surprise.

2. I love writing a manifesto for every season just as the weather starts to change. Above is my fall manifesto, which included things like drinking cider, going on more walks, and planning for my husband’s birthday. What are your can’t-miss seasonal activities?

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1. At the end of the year, make an infographic that reflects all the great times you had! I added mine as an 8×10 insert on a spread showcasing the highlights of the year, at right. I talked about our travels, our new apartment, the meals we hosted, and our accomplishments at work.

I hope you enjoyed these tips for breathing some life back into your scrapbook layouts when your creativity is running low. Do you have any advice to add? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!