February is here and Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. I know this because there are hearts, flowers and chocolates everywhere – mostly hiding the Easter paraphernalia that’s been slowly creeping into stores since Christmas Eve.
So I’m dedicating February to hearts, flowers and chocolates. You can have the hearts and flowers. I’ll have the chocolates. Deal?
I’m working on something special for next week because the day of love actually falls on Friday! I love it when special occasions fall on The Day of Freebies. I feel as though I have to go that little bit further to celebrate.
This week I have some simple but pretty glittery hearts. They’re large enough to be used as frames, but you can also shrink them down for smaller embellishments. They’re also available in multiple colours for your convenience!
I was really excited when I saw the theme and colour scheme for the September blog train at Pixel Scrapper. I’m a supreme history geek. Especially the romantic, idealised version of history you find at faires.
We don’t have many of them in Australia. I only just attended my first last year – and it was amazing. We went this year too. Google tells me there’s a big one up in Queensland, so I’ll have to check that one out when I find the time to ditch my kids and go on a holiday. Blisfully alone.
Anyway, the subject matter called to me and I ended up with a lot of stuff. Between school drop-offs, piles of laundry, meal planning, homework, 15 minute naps (wtf, kid?) and keeping my darling children alive, I photoshopped until I could photoshop no more!
Actually, I ended up with a pretty impressive kit and it was already mid September, so I figured I’d stop.
I weeded out some cute brads and papers for this week’s freebie for the blog train. (Click on the image to download the zip file.)
I find that lately I have less and less time to do things. Little things that I’d like to do, like shower and eat and drink that cup of tea that’s been sitting, forgotten, on the kitchen counter since breakfast. (And I’d absolutely love to go to the loo by myself and when I want to, but I understand that’s at least two years off.)
So scrapbooking and designing has been flung straight off my to-do list. Hopefully it’ll slowly creep back on as baby Thomas grows older and (hopefully) starts sleeping on surfaces that aren’t me.
I do have a few things in reserve, and when my husband isn’t at work, on occasion I’ll fling the baby his way, pop on my very dated playlist (Backstreet Boys, anyone?) and bring up Photoshop. Then I have to remind myself how to use it – I’m rusty, you see. And my creativity seems to have buggered off with my brain. But I push myself and occasionally pretty things result.
Here is one such small, random collection of pretty things. It’s not quite a kit, but it has elements of one. I’m sure some of them will go nicely with the rest of the July blog train. It’s a beautiful one!
Although it’s technically not yet December (it’s so inconvenient when these things don’t fall on Fridays, isn’t it?), there’s nothing in the rules to say that we can’t kick off the Christmas freebies a little early.
It’s only one day, after all and, honestly, the Christmas playlist has been on repeat for a month and the tree went up two weeks ago …
Last month I participated in the October “I Dig It” PixelScrapper blog train. Since I was drowning in toy cars, and ocasionally stepping on them too because my children are blind to mess, I focused on a cute little construction theme. Later, as the others posted, I thought how cool would a dinosaur themed kit be?
It would be DINO-MITE, AMIRITE?
So I set to work and you can find the resulting dino-riffic kit (or bundle if you’d like some more bits and pieces) on Etsy.
As October has marched right on by (it’s November, WTF?), I am once again struck by how fast this year has gone. But then again, I feel the same way every year. I just get to a point where I’m continuously freaking out each time I glance a calendar. To be fair the second half of 2018 has presented slightly more of a challenge than previous years, but damn, it’s still gone by so fast!
But I must march onwards too because I’ve let too much fall by the wayside! Busy, busy, busy.