Get Messy | 15 | No Shrinking Violets

Get Messy Art Journal ♥ Caylee Grey

I started a new art journal this week. Not because I’m awesome and I finished my previous one that quickly, but because I’m less awesome and lost it. Yep. I always keep my art journal on the mini shelf under my desk, and I reached for it and bam, it’s not longer there.

So I whipped out one of my Moleskine pocket Volant notebooks and started in that.

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I just finished John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines and had “fugging” on my mind.

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I even managed to do a title page before finishing the notebook. Only ten pages in; new record.

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Get Messy Art Journal ♥ Caylee Grey

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Get Messy Art Journal ♥ Caylee Grey

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These pages feel a lot happier than my previous journal’s. I hope it stays that way.

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You can see my pages here or larger versions 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


PS: Husband decided to 1. Whisk me away for a surprise weekend away so that I couldn’t press the send button and then 2. Get kidney stones and be in hospital until yesterday. So Glitter Mail is coming tomorrow! Make sure you’re signed up.

Hello Lovely | Andrea from Create Share Love

Hello Lovely | Andrea from Create Share Love ♥ Caylee Grey

This is a blog that I have been desperately longing for ever since finding Andrea on Instagram. And I wasn’t the only one. After so many of Andrea’s posted pictures, you’d see pleas for her to start a blog in the comments. I’m so freaking happy that she listened to all of us and made Create Share Love. With the most beautiful creations, Andrea shares with gutso. She shares links, advice, and inspiration without hesitation. Email Andrea a question? You’ll get pages of guidance, links, and a warm feeling in your heart. I’m so excited to introduce you to Andrea and her new blog. Watch that space.

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

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Get Messy | 14 | Gold and Black Black Black Black

Get Messy Art Journal ♥ Caylee Grey

This week I did not feel like making anything in my art journal. I pushed through and made a few very average pages. After catching up on all those weeks of Project Life, maybe I was just exhausted. I also became very much into Project Life and my love went right back to that project. Apparently I don’t have enough love for both? T also just got home after a month and a half overseas, so maybe it was that? I wasn’t staying up as late anymore. I was tired. I didn’t want to spend time away from him (even if it was only on the desk next to him).

I don’t know.

All I know is that this week it was hard to create. I’m glad I pushed through because it shows perseverance, but I’m also not glad because I made average stuff. I guess in the end, these average pages just count towards the unknown number of average pages that I have to get through before I make something magical.

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This page is so dark for my current state of mind. I’m not sure how it ended up so black and moody. It reminds me of something I’d make in 2009. Can regular people have “periods” just like real artists? This page still means something to me, though. That’s Noel Fielding in the centre, and that crazy quote is from him. If you don’t know Noel Fielding, then you’re truly missing out on life. I love him. He’s my Weird Guy Crush. Anyways. So he often wears clothing that makes him look like a crow. I guess that’s what I was aiming for with that textured paint.

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Not quite what I envisioned for this page, but oh well.

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And I made my cover. This gold gouche is the most beautiful shade of paint I’ve ever seen and I needed it to go somewhere prominent. The Shakespeare quote? Well of course it had to go there.

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Get Messy is growing every week and it’s truly one of my favourite things on the internet. I’m so happy to be a part of it, and have all the encouragement and inspiration from the best group of girls. If you’ve wanted to start, restart, or carry on art journaling, and are looking for accountability, support, inspiration, and some kick ass cheerleading, you should email me.

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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

Freebie | The Project Life Catch Up Guide

Freebie | The Project Life Catch Up Guide ♥ Caylee Grey

Falling behind on Project Life is okay. It means that you’re doing something right in your life (ie: living). But having a collection of your memories and the life that you’re busy living is really cool. And it’s nice to capture everything before you forget. That’s why, in the middle of the year, we’re doing an unofficial Project Life catch up. We? Everyone who isn’t up to date with their Project Life and wants to do something about it. Whether that is one week behind, or one year behind. If you want to catch up, join us, and be part of a group cheerleading. Encourage, and be encouraged. It’s easier to do it in a group than alone.

As part of the mass catch up, Olya made these gorgeous inspirational printables. My contribution? A planner. This is a formalised version of what worked for me.

This is not going to catch up on Project Life for you. It’s not even going to tell you how to do it. What it is going to do is give you a framework for making your catch up as easy as possible.

It includes the following pages, and you can use them in any order you’d like:

Freebie | The Project Life Catch Up Guide ♥ Caylee Grey

You can also choose to use each planner page per week, or one for the entire catch up.

Freebie | The Project Life Catch Up Guide ♥ Caylee Grey

My favourite thing about falling behind in Project Life is that I now have a whole bunch of weeks to experiment on.

Freebie | The Project Life Catch Up Guide ♥ Caylee Grey

I may have gone a bit crazy with the confetti. My number one rule to getting things done? Trick myself into thinking that they are a lot more fun than they actually are. This is easily done with gold sequins.

Freebie | The Project Life Catch Up Guide ♥ Caylee Grey

And if you wanted help with starting, I have a few links for you. No guide is going to work for everyone, but I have a few tips on how I did it here, Olya and Amelia are following this guide and Lauren has her own plan too. Search the #letscatchuponprojectlife tag on Instagram to see how everyone else is doing it. Share your tips and photos along the way. There’s no pressure. If you have the entire 2013 and 2014 to catch up on, but only manage to do one week, well that’s completely fine. That’s one week more than nothing, and maybe someone else can learn from you.In the end, however, no matter how many guides you read, you’re just going to have to dive in head first and do it. Write your own Grand Plan.

Okay, okay, I’ll stop talking and get to the good stuff.

Download the overenthusiastic glitter version – A4 / Letter

Download the glitter-free version – A4 / Letter

These are editable which means that you can type into them and print like that if you like. You can also print them at any size. Just google the instructions. You can use it as you wish, just don’t claim it as your own. As Olya says, that’s a thumbs down.

I also have a matching Project Life Planner that goes hand in hand with the catch up that will be coming to my Glitter Mail subscribers for free on Friday. It includes over 30 page protector designs (Design A to Z, 6×8 styles, coin protector, and trading card protector). You have to be subscribed to receive it, and you have to subscribe before Friday so that you can receive it. So make sure that you sign up for that.

Freebie | The Project Life Catch Up Guide ♥ Caylee Grey

So who is with us?

 

About Creating

About Creating ♥ Caylee Grey

Last week Olya asked me four questions about creating. Since I am currently into paper over pixels, and way into using paint chips for my to do lists, I just pulled out new ones to answer this.

What are you working on?

How does your work differ from others?

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Why do you create what you do?

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How does your creating process work?

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Every single Hello Lovely guest is someone who inspires me. Three in particular are big time inspirations to me, and I nominate them for the blog hop. I think their Hello Lovely features introduce them quite nicely. Kelsey, Rachel (whose HL went up today) and Mary.

Be sure to hop onto Kelsey, Rachel, and Mary‘s blogs next week to see how they answered, and three people who inspire them.

Hello Lovely | Rachel from Big City Quiet

Hello Lovely | Rachel from Big City Quiet ♥ Caylee Grey

An absolute Queen of Words and of black and white stripes. You can usually tell if it’s a Rachel photo that’s come up on your Instagram feed before you see the avatar. As I’m always telling her, I once babysat a one year old and have no idea how she ever manages to make anything ever. I was dead every evening after leaving the child and I’m in awe of how she manages to create so much and so consistently during her little one’s naps. I’m not sure how she does it, but she does. And I’m so glad that she does.

In fact, Rachel is so good at doing what she does that she even has something more for us. There is something seriously big coming our way tomorrow. 12 August 2014. I’m excited. And I’m excited for you too, so be sure to check out her blog so that you can get your socks knocked off. Before then, I’ll let her introduce herself…

Hello Lovely | Rachel from Big City Quiet ♥ Caylee Grey

Hello Lovely | Rachel from Big City Quiet ♥ Caylee Grey

What is the best thing you’ve ever created?

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Tell me about your blog

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Where do you create?

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What is your favourite time of the day?

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Why do you blog?

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Tell me about yourself

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Tell me about your blog

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What are your favourite things to create?

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What are your three essential tools?

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What are you having for dinner?

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How would you spend a day free?

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Where is your favourite spot in your house?

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What are your tips on being creative?

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Stalk Rachel on her blogPinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. Say hi and tell her Caylee sent you.

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The Pantsless Entrepreneur | Things I Have Learned After One Month of Self-Employment

The Pantsless Entrepreneur | Things I Have Learned After One Month of Self-Employment ♥ Caylee Grey

Today marks my official one month anniversary of being self-employed. Boy, oh boy, it’s been a ride. A good ride. A rollercoaster ride that only goes up (thanks, Augustus Waters [and V]).

Here are my ten main / favourite lessons:

1. It’s amazing

Obviously. I always knew that it would be. But actually being in the thick of it? Yep, pretty amazing.

2. People are incredibly supportive

I can’t even handle the amount of support I’ve been given. It feels as though I’ve had a baby. I received emails, and comments, and direct messages, Whatsapps, and phone calls, and Skypes, and videos, and voice recordings, and photos, and snail mail. I saved every single one of them to a folder on my computer. I was blown away every time my phone beeped. I had to charge my cellphone five times to keep up. Internet people are easy, because mainly they get you, but real life people? To me, they were the struggle when I made the grand declaration. That’s why I needed to make a Facebook page. Make it legit. Make it real – not only to internet friends. But that’s a story for another day. At the end of the day I received a long letter from a friend in high school. It got me bawling. Happy bawling.

There is just so much love, and support in this world, especially from the people you don’t expect. You’ve just got to keep opening yourself up and one day it will be worth it.

3. My customers are the best

Seriously. There’s just something special about customers in the creative realm. Corporate customers suck, and these are the only ones I’ve ever known until now. Every person who purchases a planner from my shop, every person whose blog I design, even the corporate branding customers…they all feel like old friends. They’re on the same wavelength, and all I want to do is see them happy.

Support from a customer (in the non-monetary sense) is a beautiful, beautiful thing, and I treasure every single person who chooses to spend both their time, and their money on what I have made. I will always try my supreme best to make it worth it for them, whether it is a $5 order, or a $500 order.

4. My best working hours are okay

I put a lot of pressure on myself to work an entire day in the beginning. By entire day, I mean 9 to 5. Husband would get home, we’d eat, and then I’d be so excited that I’d be back at my computer until late. After copious amounts of chats with Andrea (Queen of Routine and Being on Top of Things), I realised that if I didn’t change something while I still had all this enthusiasm, I’d burn out.

I realised that I work like an absolute beast between when I wake up and lunch time, and then in the evenings. Between lunch and dinner I’m positively useless and can probably just send a few emails. And so. Because I’m my own boss and I do what I want, I changed my working hours. They are now 8 to noon, and after dinner to 10. That’s still eight hours and a full working day. Since T has been in England on business, I’ve been naughty and had working hours until 4am. Work really is play for me. I’ve been doing the Pomodoro technique for getting work done, and during my breaks I just tend to do a different/easier work-related task.

5. Structure is necessary

This is a biggie. Now that this is my income, I need to make sure that I’m reaching my goals and the first step to doing this is actually having these goals. Every morning I write out my MITs for the day, and then I go ahead and do them. Instead of just doing what I feel like, I have a rough plan and I’m doing that. It feels good.

My days look like this: 06.30/07.00 natural wake up. Fancy coffee and water. Upstairs. Write MITs. Do one MIT. Make breakfast and eat while listening to The Bible (The Message) audiobook. Read actual physical Bible and write any notes down. Make new coffee. Go upstairs and it’s MIT #2 time. Work until lunch time. Eat. Watch series or Lynda video. Park with Griffin. Errands. Be lazy. Start dinner. T comes home. Eat dinner. Back upstairs for MIT #3 and all that. T comes upstairs to play games on his computer so it works out well. Work. Create. Email is not checked and responded to obsessively. I’m on email rehab. Bed whenever I’m tired. Great day.

6. The best business partners and the best meetings

I’ve made my husband my Chief Financial Officer and Griffin my assistant. If I want to make a business expense, I first ask T. He would never presume to control my money, but he’s such a great sounding board. He’s really great with our money, so he’s really great with my business money. He has no qualms telling me that spending $100 on sparkly gold paper is not really a business expense. Griffin is the best assistant because he ensures that I don’t get too in my head and on my computer by making sure that I feed and love him. Puppy cuddles are the best way to spend a break.

I’ve also started moving some work tasks to places other than my desk. Hello, inspiration! Parks during lunch hour, coffee shop Moleskine writing, setting MITs and goals during a breakfast. I can’t remember who said it, but they mentioned having business meetings with yourself. This has been a game changer.

7. It’s not about the money but the money certainly helps

Unfortunately, money is a pretty solid indicator of how successful something is going. So, while I never went on my own for the money (and will hopefully never again work for money), there’s just such a satisfaction knowing that people are willing to give their hard earned money for something you’ve made yourself.

I’m beyond proud of myself that in my first month of my own business, I made more money than I’ve ever made in any other job including corporate. This is big for me. Again, my focus is not on money, but my parents would not completely understand if I told them that I made the best wedding planner I’ve ever made, or pleased my most favourite client ever. They 100% understand numbers.

You know?

8. Customer service is #1

Obvs. Customers are my focus. If someone took the time to write to me, or ask a question, then I’m going to take the time, as soon as humanly possible, to respond to them fully. I’ve even written out my business rules when speaking to a customer so that I have a (high) standard.

9. I’m better and customers are happier when

In the beginning I tried to be formal and business-like. Nope. Customers are humans too, and in the business I am in, they like to work with humans too. I’m happier when I can be myself and informal, and say silly things, and they’re usually happier too because then they’re allowed to be themselves too. And boy, how I love them.

10. Pants by choice is the greatest

I don’t necessarily have to not be wearing pants to be happy, but I really like not being forced to.

The Pantsless Entrepreneur | Things I Have Learned After One Month of Self-Employment ♥ Caylee Grey

 

If you haven’t yet, you can like my Facebook page and keep up to date with what I’ve been up to. Mostly. Facebook has never been my favourite social media but I’m getting there.

A special thanks to my cousin for my super hero name / future book title.

Get Messy | 13

Get Messy : An Art Journal Challenge | 13 ♥ Caylee Grey

Hello! I’m still loving sharing these pages. You’ll note that the pages from this week have a theme. Photo. Words. Done. Sometimes I feel silly for how naked my pages are, but then I remember that it’s mine and I like it and I don’t care about the bare.

Today we are sharing a new prompt with the group and it’s available on Lauren’s blog so have a look mmkay? I rather love it because I came up with it.

Get Messy : An Art Journal Challenge | 13 ♥ Caylee Grey

“Prove you’re alive” (not ove you’re alive). Because that bear is totally proving it. Sometimes the pictures add a deeper meaning to the page, but mostly they’re just pretty.

 

Get Messy : An Art Journal Challenge | 13 ♥ Caylee Grey

This is actually an old print I made while in Germany and filling up my photo cart. Words drawn, photo taken with a phone, and put over a Paislee Press woodgrain.

 

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This is a print made by Elsie Larson that was available for free at Studio Calico some time last year and I put it over a Paislee Press paper. Another one of those photo filler cards from Germany.

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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

The Ultimate Project Life Catch Up Guide

The Ultimate Project Life Catch Up Guide ♥ Caylee Grey

Okay so you’ve committed yourself to weekly Project Life spreads? Good for you. That’s the way I do it, and that’s the way most people do it. The number one disadvantage of the weekly pages is that getting behind can happen really quickly. In fact, it takes exactly seven short days of inaction to fall behind.

Recently I fell behind in my Project Life for the first time on this scale. TWENTY SPREADS kind of scale. Two-oh. Ten times two. Basically one million in Project Life terms. I fell behind because I fell in love with something else. I’ve been cheating on Project Life with art journaling. Now because of creative team commitments, my album was never completely ignored. So that isn’t twenty weeks. It’s however many weeks that happen between the Paislee Press and Essence posts, plus inserts. When I shared this on Instagram, I had so many people comment, direct message, and email me wanting to know how I did it. And so here I blog about it.

The secret to how I did it is that I just did it. But that’s not what you wanted to hear, right? Let’s get detailed…

The Ultimate Project Life Catch Up Guide ♥ Caylee Grey

Don’t get behind in the first place

Again… that’s not why you’re reading this. Well, remember this once you’re all caught up. If weekly pages are not working for you, try monthly or Project Lifing at will. If you’re like me and enjoy the structure and accountability of weekly pages, well then you’re going to have to work at it a bit. Set a reminder on your phone. Do it bit by bit. Even if you just take notes each week on what you did, and do a creativity burst once a month. Do whatever works for you. You know yourself better than I do.

Work backwards

This is the best tip I can give you. Start with this week. This week is the easy one to do and once you’ve gone through that whole process all the other ones are going to be easy to. It’s called flow. Once you’ve built up a momentum it’s easier to do the more difficult ones.

If necessary, get out of your usual space

I usually work at my laptop in my library / craft room / home office upstairs. I finished twenty layouts while lying in bed with my laptop.

Decide whether you want to do it all at once a la Caylee, or over a period of time a la Ronnie

I sat (lay) down and just went through everything. I know that Ronnie is catching up by doing only one extra layout per week. Or you can try something in between.

One at a time

Don’t focus on the fact that you have twenty layouts to do. Focus on just getting one done. Once it’s done you can focus on getting a new one done. And so on. This is Crafters Anonymous.

Checklists!

I’m a total GTD girl and so this works for that part of my personality. If I write absolutely everything down that I need to do, the task seems much less daunting. As soon as I start ticking things off? Well man, then I’m just on a super high.

Organise your weeks

If you don’t have consistent weekly title cards, then use post it notes to organise the weeks. Make things as easy as humanly possible before you start the meat of the “work”. Make sure that you know exactly what you need before starting.

Organise your photos

A while back, when I first decided that I wanted to tackle the backlog, I put my favourite photos into numbered folders. My photos are already perfectly organised for me by month and then by event. Pics that are not from an event are put into the “Bits” folder. I made new folders with just the number of the week, and copied the photos. I copied them because I would delete them once done. This is serious motivation for me because I hate having wasted space on my harddrive and the only way to get rid of it is to do it.

When you have all your possible photos in one space, and clear away everything else (other, non-applicable photos), you can focus better and get things done.

Don’t feel guilty about leaving things out

This is a big one for me. The only reason I don’t Project Life annually is because I forget things. I do it weekly so I can really have all the details that I want to have in there. I want to have all the feelings I felt each week. I really do make an effort of typing up my week in review cards at the time, which really helped my process along. On the weeks that I didn’t do that, I just relied on my copious amounts of photos. In order to progress I also had to let go of my fear of leaving out the details. If I have only one photo in a week, or only one memory (even if it is “Griffin was cute this week”), then that is one more than if I didn’t do it at all, and that’s worth it for me. Let go of the guilt.

Want ways that you can rediscover those memories? Look at the photos you took, go through old Instagram photos, tweets, Facebook statuses, emails, ask husbands and friends, go through memorabilia, go through bank statements. All of these hold bits of how you spend your time. I often take photos that are not pretty but rather aimed at remembering. Once I’ve remembered them, I delete the photos, although I love deleting, so if you feel like that’s too much of a mission and you want to hang onto them, then go ahead.

Combine weeks

Looking back our weeks are often less important to us than when they were happening. Some weeks need three spreads, and some weeks only need half a spread, and I’ve made myself okay with the fact that I don’t need to have exactly two Design A pages per week.

Keep it simple

Create the skeleton. Go back and add the flesh. Photos, papers, sorted. Even if it’s only photos. Just get them in there. When you feel like it, you can go back and add the embellishments. If you never end up feeling like it? That’s okay too.

The Ultimate Project Life Catch Up Guide ♥ Caylee Grey

Do you have any tips for catching up on left out weeks? Please share them!