Get Messy | 11

Get Messy Art Journal | 11 ♥ Caylee

It’s Get Messy day! I’ve been doing this for almost three months now and I still adore this challenge.

Get Messy Art Journal | 11 ♥ Caylee

Something that I have been seriously contemplating.

Get Messy Art Journal | 11 ♥ Caylee

 

The left is from Olga‘s #sketchthismoment challenge on Instagram.

The right is happy mail from Stephanie.

Get Messy Art Journal | 11 ♥ Caylee

My favourite quote by my favourite author. One day I’ll stop using that photo of me. For now it’s pretty much the only photo I have of just myself.

Get Messy Art Journal | 11 ♥ Caylee

Will I ever get bored of writing on paint streaks? I don’t think so. I’m also not sure how a fallen ice cream is a simple pleasure… but it was pretty. Sometimes things don’t need meanings deeper than their prettiness.

Get Messy : An Art Journal Challenge | 02 // Caylee Grey

You can see my pages here or larger versions (and unpublished pages) in my Flickr gallery.

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal

How I Motivate Myself to Create

How I Motivate Myself to Create ♥ Caylee Grey

Michaelangelo once said: “If you knew how much work went into it, you would not call it genius“.

Do you believe that creativity is given and that you have to wait for that magical mood in order to create something substantial? Or do you believe that creativity comes with hard work and after many hours? I used to be the former, now I’m the latter.

I’ve been focusing on that a lot lately. Do I force myself to push through creative boundaries or do I let the creative block wash past me and try again tomorrow? The magical Mary‘s questions came at the perfect time. Here’s how I answered them.

What do you do when you are lacking motivation to be creative?

I have found that I have two types of creative blocks.

One of them is when I’ve been working on something for hours and it’s just not coming right.
The other one is when I am too lazy to get a pen and paper together.

When it is the first one, I walk away from the project. I come back to it a day later, see how I feel. If I’m still not happy with how I’m going, I usually scrap it and start again. Something that often works for me is making a mood board, choosing an item for my inspiration, or setting limits. You would think that the restrictions would hamper my creativity but I find that it really helps me get into flow. Usually if I’ve made something within limits, once I’m done I can create something even more amazing outside of the box.

If it is the latter, I’m going to force myself to do it. I no longer believe in “creative moods”, although there are times when it comes easier than usual. I push through the laziness and try come out the other side with something… anything… even if it’s embarrassingly awful. Even if I create rubbish for five hours straight, in the sixth hour, I know I’m going to have something. Plus I’ll have five hours worth of lessons learned. I’ve started scheduling creative time. Creative thinking is a muscle, and it can be taught. That has been my experience.

What advice do you have to someone in a mental block, who feels they lack motivation and inspiration to make the things they love?

If you’re in a creative block, you know your body. If it’s one where you just can’t create, then give yourself a break. Don’t keep thinking about it. It’s like when a couple is struggling to get pregnant. As soon as they stop trying, and stop stressing about it, bam! there’s a little baby.

Practical advice for breaking through the creative block:

  • Try a different kind of craft or way of being creative. Being creative in one way usually spurs on another.
  • Use this time to collect inspiration. Get away from Pinterest, damnit. That’s not real inspiration. Go to a park with your notebook. + Sketch or doodle the things around you even if you’re really bad at it.
  • Keep an Ideas Notebook. Write a list of things you’d like to do. Get specific. Write through the decision making process.
  • Journal.
  • Learn something. There are oodles of ecourses and video classes out there. Find something you’re interested in and finally do it.
  • Do something else with your hands. Cook a fantastic dinner.
  • Accomplish something else. Easy things. Once you’ve got a few going, you can build up your courage for the big thing.
  • Have a bath. Take a nap. Paint your toenails.
  • Clear the clutter on your desk.
  • Leave the house.

Mary collected a group of creative’s answers to the two questions and has shared them on her blog. If you have any tips to share, please add them to the pool

Today I’m Not Okay, and That’s Okay.

When I am not completely happy, I get anxious. A shadow of darkness and I want to run away. I am so fearful of falling back into a depression. I am petrified. I care so much about staying away because I know that once the darkness envelops me I won’t care at all.

Everyone likes being in a good place. My favourite part of it is getting shit done, realising dreams and goals, and on a base level, showering and getting out of bed. That’s pretty nice. I’m terrified of days that blur into weeks, that blur into a month with nothing to show for it.

It is because of this fear that I push myself s hard to look on the bright side, that I ignore any warning signs by filling them to overflowing happy things. I don’t allow myself to cry longer than a solitary tear at a movie because I don’t want it to turn into one of those cries about nothing.

I do not allow myself the “pleasure” of being sad because I’m too fearful of the aching numbness of depression.

The number one thing that non-depressive people don’t quite get is that depression is not just extreme sadness. I get so mad with people who feel that way. But today I realised that I have become one of those people. In running away and being consumed with this fear, I have forgotten that my depression does not come from this sadness. Allowing myself to feel sadness because of my friend’s sick baby granddaughter will not make me depressed.

And so today I am letting myself know that while it’s certainly better to dance in the light, sometimes it’s okay to feel the sadness.

My husband is in another country and I miss him and I’m sad about that. And that’s okay.

I’m releasing my guilt over feeling sad.

Today I’m not okay.

And that’s okay.

Hello Lovely | Kelsey from Kelsey Especially

Hello Lovely | Kelsey from Kelsey Especially ♥ Caylee Grey

I feel quite intimidated introducing Kelsey to you. I feel like my words could never quite convey her awesomeness. That’s what she’s for. She’s the one whose words make you feel like you’re right inside her brain.

I guess if memory keeping was a fruit, Kelsey would be the tomato. Yeah, she’s still a fruit, but she’s a little bit different. And she doesn’t quite blend into the fruit salad. But tomatoes are my favourite. And they’re great when they’re spicy.

You see? I told you Kelsey has the words… here she is…

Even though I’m still brand new to the creative circuit, that saying du jour — “I just want to make nice things and get enough sleep” — pretty much sums me up. I’ve always had a secret thing for design and up until recently I went through life mistakenly claiming to be not creative because for some reason I thought that being “creative” and “artistic” were the same thing. They’re not. I can’t draw or sketch or sculpt or paint to save my life, but I can make nice shit all day long.

I’ve been flexing my creative muscle through Project Life since the beginning of 2013, and through my blog since around the same. I have three kids, two jobs, a gig in the Army Reserve, and a love affair with CrossFit. I’m still technically married to the father of my youngest (he lives in the basement) but have been in a serious relationship (see also: the last relationship I’ll ever be in) with another woman for the past year. I have almost exactly zero free time, but when I do get a chance to do whatever I want, I like to spend my time reading books with plot lines so fucked up that none of the county library systems near me carry them, listening to music that’s not in English, watching 20/20 re-runs on Discovery ID, and dreaming of ways to become Internet famous. You can read more about my will-one-day-be-a-Lifetime-movie life over on my blog Kelsey, Especially. I promise you won’t be bored.

Why do you create?

Hello Lovely | Kelsey from Kelsey Especially ♥ Caylee Grey

Why do you blog?

Hello Lovely | Kelsey from Kelsey Especially ♥ Caylee Grey

What is your super power?

Hello Lovely | Kelsey from Kelsey Especially ♥ Caylee Grey

What are you having for dinner tonight?

Hello Lovely | Kelsey from Kelsey Especially ♥ Caylee Grey

Stalk Kelsey on her blogPinterest, Bloglovin, and Instagram. Say hi and tell her Caylee sent you.

Hello Lovely | Kelsey from Kelsey Especially ♥ Caylee Grey

 

She as a Wanderer

She as a Wanderer ♥ Caylee Grey

She is grateful (to T, to the mother, to God) for all the places she has seen.

She never used to have Wanderlust, but seeing 13 countries in a year will do that to a person.

She writes up countless plans and schedules, and eventually goes with leaving them at home and feeling her way around.

She prefers AirBNB to hotels. She prefers big cities to beaches.

She takes in not only the sights, and tastes of new places, but also the smells.

She wears a different perfume for each trip to make associations.

She will always choose a window seat over an aisle, and will not allow a second of the new city by plane be missed.

She keeps every single trinket from the trip, and organises the photos within the week.

She much prefers the culture and the art to the tourist sites.

She tries to see her own places with the same zest that she sees the new ones.

Get Messy | 10 | Spain on the Go – The Beginnings

Get Messy | 10 | Spain on the Go - The Beginnings ♥ Caylee Grey

Hola!

I was in Spain for the past week and a bit and as such have not worked on my formal art journal. I say formal art journal, because of course I’ve still been a little bit messy. I took a Moleskine cahier along with me and journaled as I went.

It was my first time taking something along with me and actually working on it as I went in this way. Before I had only used words, or just collected everything to go through at home. Let me tell you, I LOVE THIS WAY. It’s also my first time doodling my surroundings. I adore the way Olya does her sketches, and was so inspired that I started in the only way I knew how. With stick figures, and food doodles.

These are the beginning pages because I want to tidy them up now that I am back. Near the end of the trip we just had so much fun that I didn’t have time or energy to open up the Moleskine. Thanks for that, sangria.

Here is a little peak:

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Some full journaling, some pamphlets and business cards, some doodles, and a whole bunch of washi tape.

I tried to be cool by making a border so I think you’re going to want to view it up close on Flickr.

Get Messy : An Art Journal Challenge | 02 // Caylee Grey

You can see my pages here or larger versions (and unpublished pages) in my Flickr gallery.

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal

DIY Dinosaur Keyrings

DIY Dinosaur Keyrings ♥ Caylee Grey

I’m a firm believer in Kelsey’s DIY golden trifecta. This took me about half an hour, was so simple that Griffin could have done it, and cost me $3 total. Bonus points because it’s gold too. These are the glorious beings I chose to spend my first day of self-employed work with, and the ones that left me with glitter splashed fingernails. It feels silly to have a long post about something this simple, so let’s get straight to it.

You take a bunch of miniature plastic dinosaurs.

DIY Dinosaur Keyrings ♥ Caylee Grey

And you spray them with spray paint. Obviously I chose gold.

 

DIY Dinosaur Keyrings ♥ Caylee Grey

The spray paint that I used is really good, and so I just sprayed once on one side, waited two minutes, sprayed the other side, waited two minutes, and touched up.

DIY Dinosaur Keyrings ♥ Caylee Grey

You have a mini Jurassic re-enactment and giggle to yourself that all the dinosaurs are gold.

DIY Dinosaur Keyrings ♥ Caylee Grey

Obviously T Dawg is still the ruler.

DIY Dinosaur Keyrings ♥ Caylee Grey

You screw in one of those screwy eyehooks from the hardware store. I was apprehensive that they would go in as easily as the blogs said they would, but they totally did. And add a ring. I added a mini keyring so that it would slot into the main keyring like a grand keyringception.

DIY Dinosaur Keyrings ♥ Caylee Grey

And then you put one on every possible key set you can, and marvel at how clever you are.

DIY Dinosaur Keyrings ♥ Caylee Grey

Works great for other animals too, although I’ve found that dinosaurs in particular are fond of gold.

 

Get Messy | 09 | Minibook: 26

Get Messy | 09 | Minibook: 26 ♥ Caylee Grey

On my very first day of being 26 I made a minibook. I freaking love minibooks, they are my absolute favourite, but this is the first time that I gave it an art journal spin. I like how the first few photos came out. It’s not finished yet, which you can see by the fact that there are no holes or binder clips or anything holding it together.

Someone on Instagram asked me what I put in it. Well? I just fill it with who I am right now. That’s enough to make it completely different from year to year. If I look back at the day I turned 25 I can’t believe how much I’ve grown. I’m not the same person.

When I get back from Spain I can’t wait to get working on this again.

Get Messy | 09 | Minibook: 26 ♥ Caylee Grey

Gorgeous stripiness from Polka Dot Creative.

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A lot of the goodies in this book came from IBFF Olya. When she sent me the most incredible package I knew I couldn’t use it in just any old Project Life layout. Now they mean something more.

Get Messy : An Art Journal Challenge | 02 // Caylee Grey

You can see my pages here or larger versions (and unpublished pages) in my Flickr set.

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister ♥ Caylee Grey

There isn’t a person in the world lovelier than my sister.

I got twenty of my sister’s friends to write a note to her. Whether it was “happy birthday” or a poem written in her honour, the point was that each person took a few minutes of their time for her. Twenty separate people love her enough to give something to her. Told you my sister’s the best.

My sister’s favourite colours are black and white and so I set myself this restriction. I mean, I don’t usually use a lot of colour in what I create, but this was quite tough for me. The only colour I used was for the cover photos. I even used paint.

Here are a few of the pages.

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister ♥ Caylee Grey

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister ♥ Caylee Grey

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister ♥ Caylee Grey

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister ♥ Caylee Grey

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister ♥ Caylee Grey

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister ♥ Caylee Grey

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister ♥ Caylee Grey

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister ♥ Caylee Grey

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister ♥ Caylee Grey

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister ♥ Caylee Grey

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister ♥ Caylee Grey

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister ♥ Caylee Grey

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister ♥ Caylee Grey

Mini Book | Birthday, Sister ♥ Caylee Grey

07.07.2014

07 07 2014 ♥ Caylee Grey

Today is a great day. I have little airplanes flying around in my stomach because I am so excited. Finally I can share everything with you! This is a big post, but so are my dreams.

I’ve been pretty dramatic about 07/07/2014. I’ve also been a bit obsessive with those numbers. I mean, hello, I scheduled this post for 07:07.

I have never thought of myself as an entrepreneur. That word feels dirty to me and I have never seen the appeal of an unstable income, and the difficulty of setting something up. In university, Entrepreneurship 201 was my worst subject. I’ve never learned anything that awful or boring, and it’s second only in uselessness to me to Supply Chain Management (marketing student studying how many cm different factory items needed to be apart? no thank you).

And then I discovered Etsy. I also discovered a husband who works hard enough to support us both (financially and emotionally). I discovered that entrepreneurship does not mean another freaking corporate business with ties and pencil skirts. It does not mean a grand idea. Entrepreneurship does not mean a one million dollar (or rand or euro) idea.

To me, entrepreneurship (which I still struggle to say without a dirty taste in my mouth) is working towards something instead of working for working’s sake. Not just keeping busy so that you can get money at the end of the month, but actually loving what you do and waking up in the morning excited to get to your desk. Having even the most basic, and boring tasks of your job excite you to your core. To love talking to your customers and finding out what they like and making things for them for free because you just freaking love making it, and, bonus points! you get to make someone else happy too.

Entrepreneurship is wearing pants out of choice.

My husband was born an engineer, and I was just born. I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. But now, at the end of the day I tell him, “so this is what it’s like to feel fulfilled; this is what being on fire regarding what you’re talking about in a work situation feels like”. I can’t believe I ever thought it would be okay to not ever feel this way.

So you just came here for the Grand Announcement and not my long sob story? Okay. Let’s do it. I’m not as ready as I’d like to be for today, but this is the year of progress, not perfect. I’m laying my plans out to be kept accountable. I’m announcing them because I am damn proud of them, perfect or progressing.

While I would have loved to share seven things that are changing, in the spirit of being deliberate, I am focusing on three things. These changes are happening over the next six months. They will be my MITs on crack. I have things revolving around them, but these three are incredibly exciting for me.

The three are:

  1. Pretty Organised
  2. Launch physicals
  3. Photoshop for Memory Keepers

I’ll discuss each in detail:

1. Pretty Organised

Pretty Organised ♥ Caylee Grey

Since I started Pretty Organised in September last year, it has grown into my favourite non-person thing in my heart. I have such a soft spot for it, and so many ideas for the store. It has been much more successful than I could have anticipated, both the shop sales, and the custom orders that have come out of it. I have learned more things since I started my Etsy store than the twenty five years before it. It is time to get my big ideas for the store happening, and turn it into a full time income. I’m getting deliberate about it. I gave it a website so that I can add longer descriptions and more photos than Etsy allows. There’s a whole bunch more planned for the website but for right now the extra photos are what’s important to me.

PS: obviously there is a coupon code in this post! 07072014 for a celebratory 25% off

2. Launch physicals

Physicals ♥ Caylee Grey

Something I’ve always wanted in my store is physical products. It makes having a store a little more real. Digital is fantastic, and expense-less, but there is something to be said for holding something that you’ve created in your hands. I’m expanding my currently digital-only store to have both options.

The South African post office is a big hindrance on this, but I’m going to stay real with my customers, start small, and learn quickly. I maintain that my best advice for Etsy storing is to just start, and learn afterwards. Of course I’m not going in completely naive; I’ve done my research.

3. Photoshop for Memory Keepers

Photoshop for Memory Keepers ♥ Caylee Grey

THIS is something I have had on the back burner for ages. Something I am incredibly passionate about. I love Photoshop, I love teaching Photoshop and having other people use it and discover its wonders too. There are so many Photoshop tutorials on the internet, but I have yet to find one that is completely focused on memory keeping. Memory keepers don’t want to know how to use the healing brush, they want to know how to get strangers out of their photos. I am freaking butterflies in my guts excited about this. Watch this space.

Appendix

Those are the three main things I will be doing as my own boss. I’m also going to be doing a lot of  web and blog design, graphic design, and digital marketing. I’ve already got six amazing clients on retainer (big yay!). Send me an email if you think I’m a good fit for your blog re/design, custom print, custom planner, or other idea brought to fruition.

I’ve also made the (big for me) decision to share bits of my business with the blog. This lovely bunch of pixels has developed from weekly Project Life pages into something more personal. And part of me is my business. I’ll still never flood my feed with salesman talk, because I still share only what I’d want to read. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on being a small business owner (love that title), some tips, and lessons learned.

Pretty Organised on Facebook ♥ Caylee Grey

I’ve created a Facebook page and I do hope that you will like it. This was a big step for me because until recently I’ve kept rather quiet about what I do and blog about with my IRL friends. I’ll be sharing freebies, new blog posts, inspiration, and all that jazz there. I’m not the biggest Facebook fan, so you had better know that I’ll make it worth your while too.

I’ve got a little something I call Glitter Mail. Just fill in the name/email boxes in my sidebar, or go here. I’m excited about this. It’s a bimonthly bit of love delivered to you, and it starts the Friday after I’m back from Spain next week.

Pretty Somethings ♥ Caylee Grey

I cannot begin to thank each and every one of my friends for the crazy amount of support and cheerleading I’ve been given. I feel like I’ve had a baby because of all the love I’ve been showered with. Badger for the phonecalls, Olya for the dancing bunnies, Lauren and Andrea for the words, Mary for the best secret photos, Vanessa for the new look and feel, my Pretty Somethings (VOCAL♥), obviouslymyT, and every single Instagram comment, email, and blog post. I don’t know what I did to deserve you but I love you and my life is better because of you.

I’m so excited to take this journey, and I hope you are excited for me too.