It's true confessions time, and I must confess that lately I've felt like a disorganized disaster. In past years, at this point in December I've had nearly all of our holiday shopping complete. Right now I'm fighting off a cold and walking around with about eighteen lists in my head. Last week we had six people in town for the holiday (five of them stayed at our house) and hosted 17 people for Thanksgiving dinner (12 adults + 5 kiddos). Whew. What a whirlwind. In the midst of all of the planning and craziness, I've been so preoccupied with everything swirling around in my congested head: work, holiday shopping, meal-planning, holiday parties, my December Daily album, and even goal-setting for 2014.
It's all been a bit overwhelming, and what I've come to realize is that I've really lost sight of having a clear method for keeping everything together. I define my design aesthetic as "simple + modern," but right now my life aesthetic feels a lot more like "cluttered + chaotic." One of these things is not like the other. So I've been thinking hard about how I want to simplify my work, family, social stuff, appointments, to-do lists, etc. plus all of Nick's work stuff and his "reminders," meaning the ones he sends me from that annoying little app on his phone!
Our current system looks something like this:
And yes, you're looking at two doctor's appointments for me and two entries for our squadron Christmas Party. That's because Nick and I are doubling up on our iCal entries. Not to mention, I don't use it religiously. It's extremely effective (she said, sarcastically). I love having a large family calendar in the house. We've used one in the past, so I've purchased one from the Sugar Paper line at Target. It's simple and beautiful, and we have the perfect, high-traffic spot for a big wall calendar. I'm a visual girl, so this works for me. And if you haven't seen these products, stop reading this post and head to Target, like, now.
The wall calendar is great, but I need some kind of detailed planner for my personal "stuff": work, projects, to-do lists, goals, etc. I was eyeing the Emily Ley Simplified Planner, but now it's sold out. Depression.
I'm at a point where I really need to consolidate work and life stuff, so I'm on the hunt for a planner with flexibility and lots of space allotted to each day. In this regard, something more customizable might be in order. For my birthday, my sister got me a bunch of Russell + Hazel products. They're beautiful, modern, simple and functional. Unfortunately, there's no daily schedule page for the mini binder, which is what I have (pictured below). I'm considering designing one for myself, but we'll see.
One thing I know for sure: our current system isn't working. And with my work life getting busier and our home life about to explode with a new baby and our world about to change with a possible cross-country move in ten months, one thing is certain: we have got to get serious about simplifying things. I'd love to hear what you do: electronic? paper? a mix? How do you stay organized? Any favorite products or recommendations? Let me know!
Oh, and happy December! I promise that despite this rant I'm really excited about the holidays :) xo
The shop is back up and running after being closed for a few days. There are a bunch of cosmetic changes and a new section of products, digital designs, which I'll be adding to over the coming weeks and months. We're still working out a few kinks, but I just did a test run on the first digital product (dream big artwork, which you can find HERE) and it appeared to work smoothly.
dream big / 5x7 and 8x10 black and white digital art / purchase includes layered PSD files for each size which can easily be recolored / $3.00
words + letters no. 1 / 17 x PNG files sized for 4x6 photo overlays (or smaller journaling cards), 2 x PSD journaling card templates, hand-lettered words and phrases to document the everyday / 25% off through Sunday, 11/24
I'm reopening the shop tomorrow with a little bit of a new look and a few new products. There be several more new products launching in the coming weeks, so make sure you're following greenFingerprint on bloglovin or Instagram if you're interested in getting the updates! Here's a little preview of a couple of new items coming to the shop starting tomorrow.
hand-lettering in layered PSD files, PNG files and PDFs / PNGshown here printed on a 3x4 project life card
artwork in JPEG and layered PSD formats / you can either print as-is with the JPEGs included or change colors in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements using the layered files
holiday cards you print yourself / Either download the PSD files and modify them yourself or pay a little more and I'll set up the file for you and email you the high-resolution JPEG so you can print on your own. Cards include designs for the front and back.
So, stay tuned for lots of design stuff to come, beginning tomorrow!
After a really fun weekend, Ben and I dropped Nick off at the airport yesterday morning and then I spent the better part of yesterday hard at work on the shop! Today and tomorrow I'm testing it out to make sure things are running smoothly. As my husband so eloquently put it: "I think people may have a low tolerance for poorly-running websites these days." Word. So I'm placing faux orders, loading up a few new products and preparing to re-open the shop on Wednesday.
There are several new products (with lots more launching in the coming weeks) and some old products. There are items you'll recognize from the blog and some that may be unfamiliar. I'm hoping there's a little something for everyone. Here's a preview of some of the "old" items that will still be available in the shop. Check back tomorrow for a preview of things to come.
sets of letterpress thank you notes
recycled stationery box sets
folded occasion cards printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper
recycled kraft mini notebooks (I'm using one of these to document the holidays!)
custom stationery sets with new options to print the designs yourself
photo card sets printed on recycled paper (you attach any 4x6 photo)
I'll be back tomorrow with a preview of some of the new items available in the shop and then Wednesday's the re-opening. Happy Monday!
This weekend I'm busy at work preparing to re-open the greenFingerprint online shop next week. I can't wait to share what's happening. I want it to be a surprise, but I can say that there will be new products rolling out through the rest of the holiday season and into the new year. There will be lots of new items, but if you follow the blog, you'll recognize some of the designs from my posts :) To those of you who have followed GF for a few years or a few weeks, thank you for reading, shopping and saying hello! I'll see you on Monday.
My dear friend Kristen - gardener, chef, writer, woman-extraordinaire - had her first baby a little while ago, and I was so honored when she asked me to design a birth announcement. She had another friend, professional photographer Priscilla Varner, take the photos of Lydia Jane. I wanted to wait until we had the photos to design the announcement so it could really be a custom design. Priscilla did not disappoint! The photos were soft, sweet and intimate. It was clear that the design had to have the same restraint so those beautiful pictures could shine. So rather than add a lot of design elements, I decided to keep it simple and modern.
Color scheme: chocolate + sand
Size: 5 x 7 inches
Paper: off-white bamboo stock with a little bit of texture
Of note: I used the same font for the birth announcement as I did in part of the thank you notes and baby shower invitation. Although all three pieces were unique in their own ways, a crisp, modern font subtly tied everything together.
The back: the details of the birth appear in a light, sandy-colored block of text, with the emphasis on mom + dad's names and three black and white shots of baby Lydia.
I think this simple design would work beautifully for a holiday card this year. Check back tomorrow for details on how you can access this design for yourself!
It's been too long since I posted a project life update! In case you missed it, check out this post, which explains the album I'm working on these days. Today I'm sharing my "week 13." I'm numbering the weeks based on my pregnancy rather than the week of the calendar year. During this particular week, I did a very very abbreviated version of Ali Edwards's week in the life project. I've never done this before, but I had a 12x12 page protector to fill and I liked the idea of doing a timeline for the week.
The timeline is really simple. I chose one or two pictures for each day. For the journaling, I wrote about highlights specific to that week as well as bits and pieces of our ordinary weekly schedule.
The insert is a horizontal 8x5 x 11 inch page protector from Becky Higgins. After I got the insert printed I realized the page protector isn't meant to be centered, which did not work for my layout. No worries. I punched a couple of new holes to create the one-long-collage effect.
The right side includes all of my normal journaling, a few favorite photos from the week and an insert with extra photos from the ultrasound.
The journaling cards are designs I use each week. You can find details on those HERE, including fonts, sizes, etc. I print directly onto plain white journaling cards. You can find my printing process HERE. The polka-dot card is from the project life midnight edition core kit designed by Liz Tamanaha. The midnight edition totally inspired the look and feel of this album: lots of neutrals, a little yellow, a mix of typed and handwritten text, organic elements, pattern, etc. The 13-week ultrasound in the lower-right corner is mounted on a project life 4x6 grid card.
To create the insert, I started with a piece of plain white 8.5 x 11 inch paper. I printed the number "13" on it in grey in the lower-right corner. Then I adhered a strip of the photos onto the left side of the white paper.
Next up: a piece of vellum printed with the ultrasound details in the same spot I printed the number "13." I adhered a couple of my favorite shots from the ultrasound to the top of the vellum with a piece of silver metallic washi tape and slid it on top of the white paper and into the page protector. I really like how the vellum makes the less-detailed ultrasound images a little muted. They're included, but not front-and-center.
Here's what the left side looks like in the album:
And the right side, album-ready:
You can read more about my project life process over at Paislee Press or check out my other project life posts HERE. For more on what inspires me, follow me on Pinterest. And please feel free to leave a comment if you have a question and I'll be sure to respond!