Finding my creative outlet

Yesterday I posted about how I hadn’t had time to create anything for the past 4 months – and if I’m completely honest with myself this probably isn’t the whole truth.  I have been short of time definitely – but the baby is in bed by 7pm so if I really wanted to do something I could.  I just didn’t seem to know what to do.  I used to sew pretty little things a couple of years ago and before that I was really into digital scapbooking – I was on creative teams for a few really amazing designers inclining Tangie Baxter and then I lost all my stash when my computer died (always back up!).  My filofax decorations allowed me to spend a little time on a Sunday afternoon decorating the week ahead but to be honest since I’ve been on adoption leave I don’t really have that many plans.
So in an attempt to ‘do something’  about this lack of a creative outlet I bought this beautiful planner from MrsBrimbles (her shop is here):


And I’m going to make an effort to make it look lovely inside.  I might use it for journalling.

I’ve also been making much more effort recently with my snail mail – I’ve had themes with my letters, so recently I’ve made a London themed letter and a tea themed letter.  I also made some pocket letters.



And lastly I’ve decided I’m going to take part in July’s listers gotta list by the Reset Girl (info here) – I’ve made my front cover of a traveler’s notebook:


And I’ve completed day 1:


Hopefully I can do the whole month.


New Year’s Resolutions in September – family, creativity and planning

September means a lot of things for me – there are loads of birthdays to remember, lots of weekend plans (there’s always a food festival and I’m still supposed to be doing Alphabet dates with my husband) and of course teaching starts again.  If you’ve read my blog before you’ll know that I’ve been busy enrolling (if I have to write enrolment in my Filofax one more time I think I’ll go mad) and this week is the last week before teaching starts.  For me, as a result, September is full of good intentions, a fresh start and a new year.  My ‘New Year’s resolutions’ are therefore made in September.  By October they have normally gone out of the window but I continue to make them every year.  I read somewhere recently that if you write down your goals you are 40% more likely to achieve them, so we’ll see if it works.

My goals for this academic year are:

* To spend at least one day of quality time per week with my husband

* To do something creative on at least one day of the week (I’ve made a good start with this, I’ve been decorating my weekly plans each week and have signed up for a couple of online classes, including the journalling one I mentioned last week)

* To spend more time on lesson planning and less time on marking (I really enjoy planning lessons, it’s the creative process of it, I think)

Hopefully I’ll last beyond October!  Here’s this week’s inserts:

wb 01-09 mon wed  wb 01-09 thurs sun


I’ve also been taking part in the #ohsnapaday photo challenge on Instagram so head on over to my Instagram page to see my very poor efforts so far!

Do you view September as a ‘New Year’? Let me know in the comments, how do you make new plans, and do you stick to them?

My Purpley Life

An attempt at creativity


An attempt at creativity

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