Big changes and a leap of faith

There are truly big changes in the works for me that involves creativity and business plans. And you say: Wait, wait, what! Didn’t you have a steady job with a good income, and you moved to this new place just for that job?

Well, yes… But apparently this year has a few surprises for me. So far the outcome has been good, even if it didn’t look like that in the first place.

So, right now I’m preparing, planning and creating to get this new change to work. I’m taking the big step to become my own, a creative entrepreneur (as Revlie over at REVolution calls it). The first step for me has been to open an Etsy shop. I’ve thought about it for so long, but it never felt right… like now. It’s called Bucket of Badgers, like the blog, and you can find it here.
It’s not much up at the moment, but I’ll add items hopefully every week. I still work full time, and you all know how much time there’s for other, the real fun, things.

My plan is to have worked out the worst kinks and newbie mistakes until the end of August when my employment contract expires. Then it all gets serious… lol

My creative life…

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Creative Gym – Exercise #5

It’s been a while since I posted anything. Life and work somehow got in the way… I’ve gone up in time at work, and it’s a challenge to adjust to have less time to create.

I decided to join the Mixed Media Place’s Creative Gym this month and their exercise #5. The rules for this one is: combine black backround + all the colors of the rainbow.

My first try was a black background and layering loads of colours with different stencils… It didn’t work for me, so paint over with fresh black acrylic and start over. This gave me a more textured surface to work on, and that’s always a plus, right?

So, here’s my entry. I used a photo of my son from last year, he’s on his way to a party and having his smart outfit, and crooked smile, on. He loves orange, and pretty much all bright colours. I’ve used a couple of Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays, sequines, Finnabair’s beads, and different decorative elements as cutouts and paperclips. The golden stars I just cutout from gold foil paper.

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Really like how this exercise turned out. Hope you like it too. 🙂

Cheers,
Josefina

 

These boots

I finished a spread this weekend, and for some reason I’d choose the phrase “These boots are made for walking”. I don’t even like that song that much! LOL
I’ve decided that this year, 2015, will be a year when I challenge myself, try new doors and to be open for possibilities… Maybe that’s why it popped into my head?

Anyway… I wanted to try out the Finnabair crackle/texture paste and the art sugar I bought before Christmas, and I wanted to try a style I’m not so comfortable with. Not sure about the result, but I love the art sugar and the texture paste. I was a bit inpatient so I used a heat tool to dry the paste with, so I’m not sure if it crackled enough… Have to try it on more projects!

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I’m going to try to discipline myself around the blogging. I want it after all to be some sort of diary/logbook over my creativity… So I figured a blog-planner that works for me might help me on the way. Some structure to the creative chaos. 😉

Keep on walking.
Jos

Forests of the Heart

That is the book title from one of my favourite writers, Charles de Lint. He writes urban fantasy and I always get so inspired by him. To stay creative.
This book is good, but I think my favourite one is “Onion girl”, maybe I’ll do a spread someday inspired by that one.

I made this spread in June last year, but never got around posting it here. I’ve mainly used watercolours and a stencil from Tim Holtz I believe. The alphabet I can’t remember where I got from.

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Hope you’re having a great Sunday!

Love,
Jos

Spring cleaning

Well, it might be a little early for that since it’s probably a couple of months before we actually can call it spring.

But I have however cleaned out all the spam, about 2500 posts, from the blog, installed another spam filter, and made commentary possible again. I had to shut that option down since I was rapidly drowning in spam posts.

It feels really liberating. I’ve dragged myself from doing it and since I didn’t fix the problem I didn’t feel like posting new stuff. A catch 22 if you like.

But I’ve created so much since my last post. I even had time to create some albums and journals as gifts for Christmas. I’ll see if I can find time to post pictures of some of them and maybe some pics from our Christmas too. This winter has not been so white as some of the family members wanted, but eating candy and being home from school helped a bit.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that your new year will be fantastic!
See you around soon.

Love Josefina

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Halloween book

I’ve been working on this on and off, much using the same technique as in the grungy journal I made earlier this year. The paper I’ve used is mainly from Marion Smith Designs “Something Wicked Halloween mini book printable”, but I’ve also used printables from Graphics Fairy, Memories Pictures over at Etsy (she’s got some awesome printable envelopes and background papers), and a place that’s called How to Haunt your House. They got fantastic bottle labels, for free, I used them a lot.

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This is quite a picture heavy post, and yet I haven’t posted every page in the book. I like how it turned out, a little chunky Halloween book. The size of it’s about 11 x 13,8 cm (roughly 4,5 x 5,5 inches).

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I’m not sure what the stitch I used when binding the book is called. I learned it via The Paper Addiction, but I’ve seen it in a couple of book binding videos over at YouTube too.

Next weekend we’ll be having a birthday party, and as usual he wanted a party with a Halloween theme. That will be a blast! Starting to collect good snacks and food at Pinterest.

Hope you all have a magical Halloween!
Jos

Making a journal

It’s been a while since last post. Life is taking me on a bit of a roller coaster these days, and it’s not always easy to keep up.

I do have however stumbled across a channel on YouTube where Michelle, the hostess shows and shares her gorgeous journals of different shapes and styles. It’s called ThePaperAddiction and I think I’ve soon watched all her videos there. Lots of inspiration and tips how to create your own journal. Now I just have to find some craft card, what ever that might be called here in Sweden…

Thought I’d share my journal, much inspired by Michelle’s folder journals, even if I had to construct something of my own since I didn’t have any folders at hand… The papers are from my stash of different papers, some are tea dyed and some are not. I did use a lot of Vintage photo distress ink on all the pages and all the tags, and of course I also added some bling.

Really like the look of it, and I expect to make more of these in the future. I think you should check out Michelle’s on YouTube and she also have a blog, is on Instagram and Facebook. She’s really a great inspiration, especially if you are as me, a big lover of grunge and distress. 😉

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