It’s been awhile since I’ve shared three things that have caught my attention recently. Here’s what’s inspiring me this week:
After the Jump. Obviously everything Grace Bonney touches is gold, so it should come as no surprise that her podcast is fantastic. I enjoyed her interviews with Genevieve Gorder and Meg Mateo Ilasco so much that I might have listened to them at least three times (or more…).
Blog, Inc. I absolutely, positively can’t wait to read this book! I’m obsessed with blogs. I’m obsessed with talking about blogs. I’m obsessed with anything blog-related. September can’t come fast enough.
Alt Channel. In the year and a half that John and I lived in Utah, I feel like we pretty much experienced everything Utah has to offer. However, there is one thing I regret not taking advantage of: Alt Summit! (Gah!) So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered the Alt Channel. Being able to take an Alt class without having to book a flight to Salt Lake? Sign me up!
image via ruffled
Two words: Wedding. Blogs.
They have become my guiltiest pleasure and the biggest black hole for large chunks of time. I blame my obsession on you, Jamie (;
And here’s the best part: I’m not even engaged…! HA! But good lord, you better believe I’ve already got the whole wedding planned out, right down to the last detail. (And never in a million years did I think I would be that girl!)
My two faves at the moment are Ruffled + Green Wedding Shoes.
Moral of the story: When my Pinterest feed starts blowing up with anything remotely related to weddings, send for help!
This week has been a little bit on the difficult side. John is still in California waiting for someone to figure out what is wrong with his liver. I’m in Utah learning what it’s like to live alone indefinitely (harder and easier than I thought). That 100% chance of snow yielded…no snow. Work is so insanely busy. But then there are little moments of sunshine like this one:
Totally made my day, especially since it came from my idol of all idols, Miss KP! Thank you again, Kelly!
I’m looking forward to a productive weekend. And by productive, I mean lots of sleep and relaxation. Maybe a little cleaning and exercising? Definitely some Project Life-ing.
Whatever it entails, I’m going to make the most of it. Hope you all do the same! (:
Last night, Sarah and I were lucky enough to attend the Design*Sponge crafting and book-signing event at Anthro in SLC. Talk about exciting! We only stalk her blog on a daily (sometimes hourly!) basis! (; Plus it meant I got to do a little Anthro shopping, a little champagne-drinking, and a lot of laughing with Sarah and her hilarious friends…what more could I ask for from a Tuesday night?
I remember a few years back when I first got into scrapbooking, I came across a post from Maria Grace Abuzman (love her!) about making her own kits and pulling one out randomly whenever she wanted to sit down and create. This idea struck me as total and utter genius, but for some reason, I never really tried it out…until now! Last night, I decided to follow suit and put together some of my own kits. It was so much fun going through my stash (especially now that I know where everything is!) and putting together different papers, journaling spots, Thickers, stamps, etc. The whole concept of using only what’s included in a kit is something I find incredibly inspiring.
And speaking of inspiring, is anyone else as motivated by deadlines as I am? Okay, so this might sound completely ridiculous, but I set a mini-goal for myself use up all of my new SC kit (which I received yesterday) by this Friday. Yep. Five days to use up every last bit of it. Ah, I love a good challenge! I cranked out three layouts last night while watching Kim Kardashian’s wedding special (embarrassing, I know!) and I’m hoping to do the same tonight!
Will keep you posted… (;
Because of my newfound love of illustration, I’ve been coming across the most visually inspiring blogs EVER.
ANNA BOND. Now, I’ve been a longtime fan of Anna’s work at Rifle Paper Co. but I had never read her personal blog before. Holy Moly! I love it so much that I read the whole thing as fast as I could. She is seriously talented and I LOVE this video about her.
LISA RUPP. I discovered Lisa’s gorgeous drawings through my co-workers and could not be more impressed. I am seriously loving her simple yet stunning style. Plus, she’s got a fun inspiration blog here.
YELLENA JAMES. I mean, just look at her work! That is all pen and ink. INSANE! Her work was even featured as part of the set design on Modern Family! If that’s not the coolest thing ever, then I don’t know what is.
This week I’ve been super inspired by the blog world.
one: Jana Laurene. I love her candid blogging style and gorgeous photography.
two: Lisa Rupp. Website and blog. I am so enamored with her simple illustrations.
three: Sydney Poulton. Her blog is just fashion inspiration central. And I’m kind of obsessed with her perfect bangs.
Did you guys catch the amazing giveaways over at Elle’s Studio and Bella Blvd this past week? Holy cow, talk about happy holidays to the winners! I loved checking the blogs everyday to see everyone’s inspiring contributions!
Here’s what I whipped together:
And yet another minibook, because seriously, I can never make too many circle mini’s…
You can see even more here!
As it turns out, I’m a bit of an addict to visual inspiration sites. I realize they are all essentially the same thing with essentially all the same photos floating around, but that doesn’t seem to be much a deterrence to me, now does it?
Pinterest is totally my favorite (famous last words). The best part about it (and the part that sets it apart from all the others. That’s a whole lot of “parts.”) is the fact that you drag a “Pin It” bookmarklet into your toolbar and whenever you come across an awesome photo on the web, you simply click the button. It’s THAT EASY. There’s no need to save it to your hard drive and copy/paste the URL and all that fun stuff. You simply click the button and get on with your life. Boom.
Here are some recent faves that I added to my “pinboards.” See, even the name sounds cool!
Check me out, yo! (Janelle – are you on this site yet? It’s totally a Janelle site)
September’s Elle’s Studio Gallery has officially gone live! I had SO much fun this month. Seriously.
A quick and easy card, using as many general sentiments as I could think of!
My Fall mini book. Have I told you how much I LOVE Fall? I love it enough to do a scalloped circle mini book about it, that’s how much.
I decided that in order for me to really love doing mini books, they literally have to be mini. This one’s built on a 3 inch circle and I busted it out in no time flat. Felt awesome.
Establishing a basic sketch (journaling on the left side, photo on the right side) from the beginning makes the whole process of assembling it effortless (and allows for plenty of time to use as many embellishments as possible – my fave!).
Halloween from last year at Heather’s house was SO much fun. I’m sad I will miss Heath this year as she embodies the noble role of Snooki. (P.S. One year she dressed up as a man for Halloween, complete with the facial hair and…an N’Sync shirt. Every time I come across those photos I laugh hysterically. I love you, Heath!)
Skyping with my family is so funny. They all squish together on the couch (Jake the dog included) and we shoot the breeze and I carry my laptop around my apartment to show them how the decorating is coming along. Just another day for the Morris family…
You can see more of my projects here, in addition to everyone else’s amazing September creations! So inspiring!