fourteen things.

December 20th, 2013 by nicole

This time of year always gets me thinking about the future…

December is already such a chipper time of year, with all the decorations and pretty lights. But I’ve found that for me, I walk around feeling like there’s magic in the air because a bright and shiny new year is just around the corner. It’s like the hope of a new day, made bigger by the thought that 365 of them are on their way!

So, what are my goals for 2014? Well, here is my list!

14 Things for 2014:

1. Blog more. I really love to do it, and I really have been missing it. I blog every week for Sugarplum Paperie, but I feel like I never say anything that’s very interesting. It’s all shop news. I want to talk about other things, too!

2. Dive in to my One Little Word: PEACE. I want to start a new art journal just for this year’s OLW. Thankfully I have some moleskin notebooks laying around the house! I don’t remember if I ever did chose a word for 2013, but I know that I did in 2012. If there was a word for last year, it was ENOUGH… as in “I am enough; I don’t have to put on a show for anyone.” This year I want to really dig in to the word PEACE and let it transform me.

3. Find my own painting style. I want to make time at least once a week to just paint and play around in my art journal until I know what my own art journaling voice is. Sure, I can copy things that I like that I see. But I feel like I don’t know what my own style is yet. It’s still evolving.

4. Count a thousand gifts. I’ve been reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and I own the accompanying devotional book, but I haven’t cracked it open yet. It’s something I want to chew on and go through slowly, so I’d like to purposefully do that this year.

5. Knit more! I want to make Travis another pair of socks (after I finish my own!). Also would like to make something small for the girls, like a shrug or little sweater.

little felted bed6. Craft playthings for the kids. lately on Pinterest, I’ve been seeing a ton of adorable handmade toys for children! For Christmas, Katie and I sewed cookie ornaments for the tree that were made out of felt. It was super easy and a lot of fun. The next day during Penny’s nap time, she sewed a new mattress for Penny’s dollhouse—all by herself! Since then, I’ve been pinning and daydreaming about all sorts of things that I could create for the kids to play with made out of felt or yarn (because, you know, I need another hobby!). I’m even knitting a little rug for Penny’s dollhouse out of leftover sock yarn right now. (Here’s are my two new boards on Pinterest if you want to be killed by cuteness: Embroidery, Felt & Stitches and Dolls & Gnomes.)

7. Project Life 2014! It’s time once again to begin planning for next year’s book! This is my third year doing Project Life. In 2012, I did paper (and tried to blog all about it here). In 2013, I went hybrid (and tried to blog all about it here). I’m still working on my pages for both albums. I’m a little nervous about the new year that is quickly approaching. Eep! It certainly is a “project.” But it’s one that I really, really love.

8. Own a matching set of dinnerware. This has only been bothering me for about 11 1/2 years now! We never did receive all our dishes for our wedding. So, after the reception, I bought a set of blue and white dinner and salad plates. Amazingly, 6 of the original 8 have survived! Two years ago, I got all geared up to fix this problem and I bought a set of 4 & 4 again, but this time in a light tan. When I went back to buy more a week later, they were gone forever… Enough is enough! I am finding a set that I love this year and I am ordering 12 plates for our 12th anniversary so I can be done being upset about this forever. It’s about time!

9. Eat whole foods. Speaking of eating off plates… I know what I need to do. I just need to do it!

10. Lose 30 pounds. And, if I do stick to eating nothing but whole foods, I don’t see this being a problem. I’m tired of the girl in my head not matching the girl in the mirror at all! And it’s not about age… it’s about those pounds of “baby fat” that I can’t seem to get rid of (because I like chocolate covered things waaaaaaay too much).

my little hallway table11. Celebrate the Seasons. For the first time in about 12 years, I went shopping at Pier 1 for ornaments. Although, I just might have come home with a little more than that… I’ve always had fun pulling out my Christmas decorations, but this year I’m thinking it would be so much fun to celebrate each season a little more with a few decorative crafts and a fake flower or two around the house!

12. Stop the yelling. All day long, I hear my youngest son (who will be three in two weeks now) yell and scream at his siblings. All. Day. Long. He yells when they are eating at the table. He yells during playtime. He yells almost as his default way of talking! He feels like no one is ever listening to him and so he raises the volume in order to make sure that he is heard. Sadly, I think I’ve adopted the same bad habit when I talk to my kids. It is a challenge and a half to try to manage four small people in a room all at once. When I’m trying to talk one-on-one with someone, there are two other people who just have to tell me something right now. Or maybe I’ve just walked in to a situation and some of them are starting to wander away while I’m still talking. So, it’s easy to get frustrated. But I realize that I’ve reverted to the tactics of a two year old. Awesome. Going back to my OLW for the new year, peace in this home begins with me.

13. Organize, organize, organize. I want to make more time for cleaning and decluttering. Actually, I’ve been doing okay with the cleaning part. The kitchen floor was recently mopped. Laundry was folded and put away just yesterday. But I have limited closet space (and no garage, either), so there are a number of things hiding in the closets that have to go. Most of these things are baby items we won’t need again, which means I need to make phone calls and schedule pick-ups or drop-offs. You can see why I’ve been putting this off! I just need to do it, and the sooner the better. January sounds nice.

14. Try my own 7 Experiment. I’ve been leading a book study on 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess and we have one last meeting in January. I want to pick one of the months from the book and purposefully implement it in my life. I’m not sure which one is most on my heart. I’m really open to anything. But I do know that it’s something I really want to do in the new year.

How about you? Would you like to make your own list? Well, I created a little printable that I hope you will find helpful!

14 Things for 2014 :: Free Printable

I’ve saved this file as a .pdf that you can simply open and print at home! There are two copies of this list on one page. That way, you can make one quick and messy list and one nice and neat one. Or have one copy and home and another at work. (By the way, I used papers from my December Joys : Collection on the preview here.)

I hope you enjoy using this list to make your own resolutions for the new year. And if you want to blog along with me, be sure to come back and let me know!

Here’s to a wonderful 2014!

project life : week eleven.

February 23rd, 2013 by nicole

Will you travel back in time with me to 2012? It’s time for a look at Week 11 in my Project Life album.

This week was one of those sparse weeks that required a lot of filler cards. As you’ll see below, I actually had a ton of photos… but I needed to do a total of four pages with them… so Week 11 is thin.

Part 2, Left:

As you can see here, I used a filler card with a sweet sentiment on the top right. And along the bottom, I used a picture of my favorite planners as a journaling prompt to write about why I love them so much.

Project Life : Week 11 by Nicole Seitler

I love this paper… I want to get better at making my own shapes in Illustrator and MAKE some like this. YUM!

Project Life : Week 11 by Nicole Seitler

Part 1, Right:

The top here on the right has one journaling card and an empty spot, waiting to be filled one day—at the right time! The journaling card had some private stuff on it related to my design work for a client, so I’m not sharing a pic of that. But it was a stressful week, meeting deadlines and wrapping things up, so it still went into the album! It’s all about REAL life, right? LOL!

Below those two spaces, I did have cards for the rest of the week… including our major toy sorting endeavors:

Project Life : Week 11 by Nicole Seitler

And the dinner that followed all that work!

Project Life : Week 11 by Nicole Seitler

As well as a card that leads into the next two pages…

Part 2, Left:

On Sunday we went to Epcot and there were so many great pictures, it certainly needed it’s own spread!

Project Life : Week 11 by Nicole Seitler

Project Life : Week 11 by Nicole Seitler

Project Life : Week 11 by Nicole Seitler

Part 2, Right:

This picture of my daughter here at the top is one of my favorites. My husband captured this shot on his camera as I was ordering food (and margaritas!) in Mexico:

Project Life : Week 11 by Nicole Seitler

Project Life : Week 11 by Nicole Seitler

I love that! And the one below it where she is brushing her hair out of her face and just beaming.

My camera phone is not doing it justice… indulge me for a moment. 🙂


I feel like these snapshots are a little glimpse into the future where I can see the amazingly gorgeous woman that she is going to be. This this girl… she’s already such an amazing person.

And here are the boys! These pictures were all taken on the bridge from Future World to the World Showcase. There’s a splash pad there and we can armed with dry clothes so the kids could do this:

Project Life : Week 11 by Nicole Seitler

And then one little snapshot of a real live Nemo and Marlin that were swimming around in a tank with Dory at what used to be The Living Seas.

And that was our week! Thanks for looking!

project life : week nine & ten.

February 6th, 2013 by nicole

Welcome to March of 2012! We’re moving right along now, aren’t we? LOL!

Week 9:

On this week’s page I made a title card for the month once again. I really like the way this looks in the book!

And here is one of the ONLY places in the whole album that I actually used something dimensional. Aside from this little flower here, every page consists of paper and stickers…

Project Life Week 9 by Nicole Seitler

…and I shouldn’t tell you how many Primas I’m hording that are now going unloved. Maybe one day I’ll try a 12 x 12 layout again. (Maybe.)

I love these cards, so here’s a closer look at them. I love the bold polkadot washi here:

Project Life Week 9 by Nicole Seitler

Week 10:

Can you tell that I loooooove sewing on my pages? It just finishes the whole look of a card more often than not.

Project Life Week 10 by Nicole Seitler

I love how simple and easy this red card was. Red paper, half a Smash tab = Done!

Project Life Week 10 by Nicole Seitler

I also really like this two-photo card. At time I have struggled with what to do with two photos on one 4 x 6…

Project Life Week 10 by Nicole Seitler

And that’s the beginning of March! Thanks for looking! And if you have any questions about anything, please feel free to ask! I’d love to hear from you.

project life : week seven & eight.

February 1st, 2013 by nicole

Here are some snapshots of Week 7 and 8 from my 2012 book.

Week 7:

This week included Valentine’s Day, where my daughter made us breakfast in bed:

Project Life Week 7 by Nicole Seitler

Here’s a close up of one of the cards for this week. My son had grabbed a piece of notepaper and had drawn this scene from Lego Harry Potter. It was the perfect size to actually put into the album as-is:

Project Life Week 7 by Nicole Seitler

Here’s a picture of my daughter that I would not have captured if not for the revelation I had back in Week 3:

Project Life Week 7 by Nicole Seitler

Some cards from the right-hand side:

Project Life Week 7 by Nicole Seitler

You might notice that there’s still an empty spot under my picture… I have the picture, I just haven’t actually printed it out. (It’s of my couch.) I decided not to let that stop me from sharing this week and moving on. LOL!

Week 8:

Project Life Week 8 by Nicole Seitler

Project Life Week 8 by Nicole Seitler

Love how this “sweet” card turned out…

Project Life Week 8 by Nicole Seitler

Thanks for looking!


January 31st, 2013 by nicole

Outside: It is currently a chilly 61° outside, although it is brilliantly sunny with deep, deep blue skies. I’m not trying to be sarcastic when I say that it’s chilly—it is chilly! If it weren’t for those gorgeous, clear blue skies, I’m guessing it would be 51° outside today. The kids went outside for a bit but it didn’t last long with the sun going down… brr! We’re all in shorts and flip flops around here and can’t take that kind of weather.

Reading: A lot. o_O


7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess: Just read the last page last night. All I have to say is that God has used Jen Hatmaker has changed my heart forever and I love her for it. Looking forward to picking up the study guide to be sure that I put this new heart-change stuff into practice! The last thing I want is to hear and not do…

MWF seeking BFF: Picked this up on a whim because it looked cute and the premise certainly resonates with me.

Community: Taking Your Small Group off Life Support: Reading this because a) I like Mars Hill; b) I’m going to be helping with a woman’s small group next month and c) Travis had it on his bookshelf.

The Hobbit: Reading this for ladies’ book club. And because I never have and always have wanted to.

Nurture: Give and Get What You Need to Flourish: And… reading this because it’s the book for our small group.

Eating: Nothing. Trying not to snack as much this month…

Drinking: Coffee, sweet coffee.

Cooking: Spaghetti Squash “pasta” with sauce: a mix of [grass-fed] meat, zucchini, onion and green pepper with a bit of vodka sauce. Mmm!

From the Mail: Super excited about this new curriculum! ::squee::


Hoping: To find a pretty table runner for my pretty new dining room table. Or make one. You know, in my “spare” time. LOL!

Around the House: There is always clutter. Yesterday the kitchen was almost totally clean. Today, it’s covered in baking dishes, cutting boards, housecleaning supplies from Target and mail. Gaah! I can never win at this game!

Crafting: I’m in to the month of October with my 2012 Project Life album. (YES!) I’m also currently working on trying to literally get some of my art journaling painting into the hands of digital scrapbookers. I painted this this week:


Trying to figure out the best way to use it, though. Not as easy as doing this all in Photoshop! Who’d-a thought?!

Pondering these words: Because… well… ouch.


That’s all for today! Off to get that squash out of the oven. Mmm—MMM!

How about you? What are you reading, pondering or crafting? 🙂

project life : week six.

January 24th, 2013 by nicole

I took some pictures on my phone yesterday and then played with them in an app called snapseed. So far, so good–I think I like it!

So, let’s get back on track with looking at Project Life 2012!

It took me until December to actually work on my title page. (For 11 months, it looked like it did here…)

Here’s what it looks like now:


Yay! Done.

And now, for Week Six! Here’s the left side:




And we took a trip to Disney that Saturday, so it got it’s own two and a half page spread:



Right (with a 6 x 12 insert page):


The backside of the insert page (not done yet–needs journaling!):


And right:


Sorry that one’s blurry! Still figuring out how to work my apps. LOL!

And there you have it—Week Six!