Saturday, February 26, 2011

Shaping up and paper love

This year I have been more devoted to making better lifestyle choices like exercising and a swapping out junky foods for healthy ones.

Life is busy.  I get distracted (yes, really, it's true).  Sometimes I need to refocus or up my game.

Rhonna Farrar has kicked off a new Six Week Shape Up challenge.  What could you commit to for six weeks that would be better for you?  Me - FOCUS.  Really commit to walking the walk of a healthier me.

Rhonna has such wonderful artwork on her blog to motivate us toward our goal.  I decided to take her challenge and create a healthy lifestyle journal to help keep me accountable.

This process has helped me discover that having something pretty to work with helps the chronically distracted (me) to be aware and joyful about journaling.

(inside front cover)

There are times when my "healthy" day does not go perfectly.  Again, life can get in the way.
What is important is that I keep going, keep moving to being a healthier me.

I am proud to say I no longer need high blood pressure medicine.
I have traded that expense for a gym membership, happily.

(inside back cover) 

Friends, if I can do this . . . you CAN do this!!
We have everything we need in us to do it.
Expect miracles . . . they happen every day.

On a different note, I wanted to share some vintage paper finds I have picked up lately.
Are you as smitten with vintage paper and ephemera as I am?
It is a love/hate thing.  I love to use it but I hate to use it too because I love to hoard it, lol.

Vintage bingo cards - love the colors!
Can you see a patriotic mixed media piece done with the blue or red ones?

Alphabet Flash cards.
The graphics on these are awesome!!
I especially love the bees and the queen.
{hmm, queen bee, be queen}
I told you I get distracted.

More alphabet flash card goodness.  ;-)

I also blog for Liz at Cydney's Alley in Senoia, GA.
While working on a recent project, Liz received a package of German scrap.
When she opened the box, the sparkle of glitter and the lush vibrancy of color grabbed my eye.
The word barter immediately entered my mind.

"Why yes, Liz, I would LOVE to barter with you!"
Done!  She nestled my package in her signature black bag with lime green polka dot tissue.
I love Liz. Purveyor of fine junktiques, she totally gets my love for anything vintage and divine quirky.

Aren't these parrots awesome?!
I wish I could effectively show how vibrant and sprinkled with glitter these die cuts are.

Cute toads of summer and spring.

So glad you stopped by sweet friends!
I hope you have a wonderful week!
 xo's ~ Heidi



I Love the Frog images...I have a frog tatt on my ankle..
How fun to swap goodies.

Tracy Boyle said...

Keep focused sweetie! You can do it and I'm proud of you!

Ellen said...

Wow, Good for you Girl, I'm so happy for you! Great choices indeed. Love your new treasures too!


Tracy Boyle said...

Heidi, check out my blog. I left you a little love and a surprise...

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Oh gosh I love them ALL. Distracted?
HEY how did it get to be MARCH already????

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

What a wonderful idea for a journal!! It turned out sooo perfect!! I love all the images and vintage ephemera you used and the bingo cards are awesome :) I too am feeling the need to detox and get healthier. Just in time for the warm months too :)

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Love all the old scrap images. Your journal is gorgeous!


victoriantailor said...

Oh my goodness, have to have this book, love the dress form on the inside cover, thanks for visiting my Good Stuff!
Celeste, The Victorian Tailor

Seahorse Ranch Girl said...

Your journal is really great. Inspiration for me as I begin my journaling endeavors. I covet those birds of prey scrap. I have many bird scraps, but have never seen these guys. Thanks for sharing and visiting my "good stuf challenge.

Nancy Maxwell James said...

your projects are amazing (as always) and I will keep sending healthy vibes your way. I am in the same boat myself (however my problem is inner ear) and I actually left my part time job last week after 9 years of working there - so I could be healthier. So a toast to becoming healthy and using our art to do so! Happy Tuesday m'dear! :)

Heidi said...

Hi Heidi, I'm always happy to meet another crafty "Heidi"! If it's okay, I'll add you to my special blog list of "Crafty Heidi's".

I love the vintage flash cards, so colorful! The birds are great, too! Tweet! Heidi

A Vintage Chic said...

Wonderful post, Heidi! I swapped high blood pressure for a healthier me, too...soooo much happier now! Good for you, my friend!

LOVE your journal--so beautiful!

Hope you're having a wonderful evening!