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Paper used to be such a huge part of my life.. I would play with paper in some form almost every single day.  It was a way for me to be creative, a much necessary daily outlet!  I remember those days fondly.

After some serious soul searching lately (an ongoing thing these days ha ha).. I came to the realization that I miss that in my life.  I miss the little bits of creative freedom that playing with paper allowed me.  That realization has sparked something in me.

I have such an “all in” personality.. when my photography business was taking off, I figured there wasn’t room for anything else anymore.  That was a big mistake my friends.. how did I think I could not miss it all so dearly?  Well, lesson learned.  I have found it is so very important to embrace anything and everything that gets a person thinking creatively.. and to make time for it.

I made a scrapbook page not too long ago and am just getting around to sharing it here now.. which brings up another thing I have been struggling with.  My blog identity.. is it a photography blog? ..a crafting blog? ..a home decor blog?  All things I am passionate about and used to blog about all the time.  I thought since I was a photographer trying to start up my business and make it successful, that the only thing I should really be blogging is photography.  Another mistake.  It might be perfect for some people.. what works for them, but it is all another piece of the puzzle that I miss so very much.

I have decided to embrace everything that I love.. crafting, paper, decor and the list goes on!  Why the heck not, right!?  So, over the summer I am hoping to bring that back to the blog.. a little bit at a time.

Anyhoo.. I could ramble all day. ha ha!  I am hoping you all welcome a scrapbook page or crafting project now and then.

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I have slowly been gathering up some new (new-ish anyway) supplies, and mixing with my old stash that I have kept over the years.. some things never change, still love me some tiny bits and pieces and lots and lots of layers and texture! ..and white, can I just use white for everything? ha ha!

Fingers crossed that all goes as planned, because if I can truly embrace this new routine of creating every day.. I am hoping to get my shop up again with some new dearest someday designs! ..yeah yeah!! I may be biting off more than I can chew, but I find I work better if my mind is always creating.  I am sure you can relate?

Kind of hoping it is like riding a bike.. either way, the more creative I can be every day… the better!

Oh yeah.. and about that scrapbook page.  Of all the places the cat could leave a hairball.. UGH!!  Why!?  The struggles are real here people.  If it isn’t one thing, it is another! ha ha!

xoxo

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  • June 11, 2015 - 1:18 pm

    jasmine - This is such a gorgeous layout! I’m glad you’re back to playing with paper again!! I love seeing your layouts. But don’t regret the time you spent not doing it. Sometimes we have to go all-in to figure out all that we need and ways to make room. :)ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2015 - 8:11 am

    Joan Fowler - So glad to see a layout from you. I found you at 2peas and have followed your blog since then -always hoping that you might occasionally post a new layout. I am thrilled that you are back and look forward to crafting posts in the future.ReplyCancel

  • June 18, 2015 - 9:42 am

    Joan - Love the page – your work is always so dreamy and beautiful!!! I enjoy whatever creative art you post, whether it is photos or pages or home decor.
    I will be looking forward to more shop items also.ReplyCancel

  • June 23, 2015 - 6:13 pm

    Jenny M. - I am SOOOOO happy!!! I have so missed this in your blog!!! I LOVE your paper crafting/scrapbooking. I hope you start to offer some bits of this and that in your shop again. I still have a few PL cards of yours that I’ve hoarded for just the right page. LOL!ReplyCancel

So much to love about this blush pink session.

This little six month old sweetie was such a joy the entire time.. I could have photographed her all day!  Planning this session was such a joy as well!  It all clicked into place so easily.. backdrop, wardrobe and everything in between.  Soft and pretty was the goal.. with blush pink and pretty peach for colour.  Perfect for this sweet litre girl.

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Yep, collecting wardrobe pieces may be my new addiction! hee!  I am soooo in love with the faux deer collar.. would work great on any age!  Already picturing it in more styled shoots!  ..also, peach tulle!  IN LOVE!  So yummy.

xoxo

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Well.. after being in my new studio space for almost 9 months, it is finally starting to feel more and more like me.  Know what I mean?

I have tried so hard to keep it super minimal and streamlined.. but you know what?  I am happy to admit that I like a little bit of clutter!  I like texture.  I like pretty.  So, last week I set my sights on this little corner that holds my packaging station.  One thing at a time, right?  Don’t get me wrong, even though I am saying I like some clutter.. I am definitely not wanting to make a mess of things.  Simple clutter.  Is there such a thing?

How about pretty clutter?  Yes, that sounds good.

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I have had this Ikea kitchen island/cart for many many years now.  Do you remember it?

It was wood when we found it second hand, then I painted it turquoise to use as an island in the kitchen of our previous house. Then it became a work table when I had my crafting space.. and now, it is at home as my packaging station in my photography studio.

I painted it “antique sky” from the Martha Stewart line of chalk paints.. found at Michael’s.  I was kind of sad to see the turquoise go, but I am so glad to have given it this fresh new look.  I love it!

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paper flower wall

Between coats of mint green paint, I made paper flowers.. many many paper flowers.

There is this little portion of wall that has been begging for me to have some fun with it.. these flowers definitely did the trick!  So in love!  Probably my favourite thing in here right now!  Also love that it can double as a little photo backdrop from time to time.   Do you remember the last time I went on a flower making binge? ha ha!  I knew then that I would have some just for me one day.

Already I am am feeling more creative in this space.  This little corner is definitely going to inspire the rest of the studio.  Bring on the texture!

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On top, I have my items that I use the most.. discs and their packaging,  shredded paper, fabric strips, string/twine and business cards.  In the containers on the right, I have stickers and tags.. smaller items like that.  Most of my storage on top is from Target.. with the exception of the little white cartons in front, those are from Michael’s.

The bottom is home to things such as shipping boxes, bags, tissue paper, pre-printed information brochures and extra packaging/shipping supplies.  In the future, I might hang a rod on the wall under the window, to hang tissue paper over for easier access.  For now though, I filled the space with some favourite black and white images.

I love that this little area truly reflects my brand and the vision I have for my photography business.  I am so excited to finally share a bit of my studio here on the blog!  It has been a long time coming!  Yay for pretty yet functional spaces!! hee!

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  • March 12, 2015 - 7:47 pm

    Tonia - It’s really beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2015 - 9:28 am

    val gould - ohhhh what a pretty wall! how are those flowers made?ReplyCancel

What does one do when the winter months are dragging on and on?  Well, this might not be what every person does.. but on this particular day, my girl and I gathered and created and had a fabulous time with all this rustic goodness.

All of the elements we added to the backdrop are actually from my personal home decor.  Cuckoo clocks, ornate frames, antlers, a wolf and of course an owl even made an appearance.  It left my house in shambles, but gosh was it fun!

She wore this dress from Free People that is in my studio wardrobe selection and I made a floral crown to bring the vision to life.  Using natural elements such as real twigs, and moss.  The black flower is faux of course.. but I loved the boldness it added, it really brought it all together.

These images are moody and dramatic.. and I love them.

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So in love with the new pallet wall in the studio.. so great for added texture.  PLUS, I can put as many nail holes in as I like! ha ha!  I have been torn though.. trying to decide if I should paint it white or leave it wood.  I was leaning towards white, but after seeing these images all together, I am wondering if maybe leaving it would be the best choice.  I dunno.  The studio is definitely an always evolving area, which is why is it my favourite place to be!

Sometimes when a vision comes.. you just have to make it happen.  This session was such a great reminder of that.

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  • March 11, 2015 - 5:41 pm

    Tonia - Absolutely love every shot!ReplyCancel

Whenever it comes time so start a new project.. especially anything to do with design, I like to turn to things that are currently inspiring me.  Sometimes it is magazines, fashion, books or movies.. and of course the internet. For this little blog makeover I turned to my inspiration board on pinterest.  This is where I pin anything and everything that makes me feel something.. creative, or otherwise.

As I was scrolling through, I noticed I was drawn to all things mint and neutral (of course).. but shockingly, was also loving items that I pinned that had a very muted shade of mauve and blush.  Yay for pastels! ha!

Here is a little mood board I created as I was putting things together for the redesign..

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I love how these images are moody and pretty.. but not in the most traditional sense.  I want everything I do to have this feel.. ha!  Is that possible?  I just love how this mood board has such a timeless feel, and of course a bit elegant with a natural twist.

So much to love.. birds, flowers, moody fog.. and the most wonderful layers of pretty tulle!  Love it.  In fact, there just might be some lovely tulle skirts on the way to the studio.. now to find some ladies to wear them! hee!

Image sources: amazing flower wall, timeless birds, mint moody fog, daring adventure, blush flowers

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