Monday, September 5, 2016

Hello from the other side...


Well I never thought I would see the day, but alas, I have managed to prove myself wrong because here I am posting on this blog again! 

You must understand what I mean by this.. I almost nearly shut this blog down but kept it just for the memories. I sold off ALL my scrapbooking supplies and had literally NOTHING! I was never doing this again I told myself. But here I am. I am not sure if anyone is still out there but if you are I'd love to hear from you in the comments. 

I indeed gave up scrapping.. I had absolutely lost all my passion and drive. I had no time and honestly I had achieved all my scrapping goals and was on all the teams I had endeavoured to be on and I guess it all got overwhelming for me. 

I always missed creating ... and when I would see memories on Facebook pop up I was aching inside because I missed it so much. But what got me over the line to start again was a number of comments from all different directions. One was from my daughters who said they missed my cards and layouts. Then recently a nudge from my sister in law to pick up the hobby again. another comment from one of my daughters lately that said "I am going to pick one of your beautiful cards to give my friend for her birthday" and when we did arrive at the birthday everyone ooohed and ahhhed over my card (an old one) and it just clicked.. I thought "If i was maybe OK at something why did i give it up?" . Anyway the rest is history. I just got online that night and ordered some basics from my favourite stores and I really want to create again... Its funny, this time around I dont need to have everything! Just a few things. I know exactly what to buy and what works etc etc . 

I guess I just had to literally get rid of it all , disconnect from creating and the online world before I could find my way back again. Life is strange...

So anyway, all else is well. I am still a primary school teacher and working away, 2 older daughters at school and little one still at home and all in all doing well. 

Now back to creating.. I really wanted some inspiration and of course I went back to what is familiar and the brands and blogs that I love ! Firstly I created this tag with my favourite 13arts.. I used their recent release called "Aura Rosa" and I entered this in the Words Their Way challenge blog where the mini challenge was to use the word "BEST" on a card, tag or ACT. This was always one of my most favourite design teams to be on and working with 13arts again was like a dream. 






Once I created this, I also hopped over to my other super amazing past design team 7 Dots Studio and the current design team there is once again very inspirational. While browsing there i came across their August challenge which was to use 7 Dots Studio products and metallic colours on a project..

 


Of course I looked very hard online to find some older 7 Dots Studio collections which are SOOOO hard to find these days :( . But anyway I managed to find a few Dreamer and Domestic Goddess papers here in Australia. Yeah we are going back a few years with these collections but I never ceased loving them!


I created 2 cards for this challenge, I hope that is OK? I was just feeling very inspired :) 

This is the first card I created with the Dreamer collection..








Here is the second card I created with the Domestic Goddess collection...







Well that is it for today! I hope I inspired you in some way and hope to be back again soon!

Love, Nadia

50 comments:

  1. Αγαπημένη μου Νάντια ποσο μου είχαν λείψει οι δημιουργίες σου....Σε σκεφτόμουν αυτές τις μέρες πολυ!
    Χάρμα οφθαλμών και το tag και οι κάρτες σου! Ότι και να κάνεις είναι μαγικό!
    Σου στέλνω πολλα φιλιά και keep creating!
    I love the quote on the tag, so true :)

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  2. I'm still here and can not tell you how Happy I am to see you creating again!!! You always were and will be a huge inspiration to me...Welcome back and do enjoy the creative journey!!!

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  3. So glad you are back creating. You are truly inspiring. Wishing you any more years of creating xxx

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  4. Welcome back!! You have been missed, but I know the break was right for you... did you really notice the words on your yellow card??? it is all about timing.. and I guess the timing is right for you to begin again... I must say you have not lost a single bit of talent for scrapping, these are amazing.. the back grounds stunning, the texture and embellishing amazing... love them... and take your time.. and just enjoy... hugs to your gorgeous girls too..

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  5. Yay, it's so good to see you creating again! As always your work is stunning!
    Big hugs to you!

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  6. Welcome back my freind! you have been missed,and your words hit so true to me! I got to that point ( still am on the edge of it myself lol) but somehow i am managing right now! If i had children there is NO WAY i could manage. WE are all so fortunate to have you back! you are an artist! you have to create! it's in your veins my lovely friend! xoxoxo

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  7. Nadia, my sweet friend is it a little surreal that you crossed my mind today and I just checked here for the first time in a long time and to my total surprise I see a post!!!! I'm so glad to "hear" from you and your tag and cards are lovely, you certainly haven't lost your touch!!! I understand what you mean, after my term with Prima I was sort of like "well, that's pretty much all that I wanted to do" now what! LOL! Now I only create with Anna Griffin, which is a regular paid job, which I love but still with tight deadlines sometimes I think of even giving it up, but probably won't, everytime I get really stressed it seems to slack off for a bit then I'm ok!!! Our family is still growing! Patrick has an 18 month old and they are expecting again, and Jenna & Sam have a 3 year old and a 5 month old!!! Eric works in Montana!!! Still have our dogs! I think we sometimes forget why we started this hobby, for most it was to actually document our memories but it turns into something much different!!! I think if we can keep it balanced it's still a great hobby and fun too!!! I love seeing your beautiful work and hearing about what's going on with you! Thanks for sharing with us! Wonderful to "see" you! LOL!

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  8. beautiful Nadia ... loving all the colors and textures x

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  9. Girl, you've still got it!! This is gorgeous! So glad you're back. xoxoxo

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  10. Ohh, how I miss you and your creations!!! So happy you are back and gorgeous as always! Sometimes we all need time to relax, think and have some change... =)

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  11. I'm very happy to see you again! I've missed your projects and your marvelous ideas, Nadia. I hope you'll feel good with creating again :) Hugs from Poland :)

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  12. OMG I can't believe you're back!! Ive missed ogling your work! Heres to many more of your mixed media masterpieces :)

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  13. Welcome back Nadia and just in time for the launch of a new digital mixed media magazine callled Mixed Up.

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  14. Wow! I'm sooooo glad your return!
    The stunning and inspiring works!!!

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  15. I am very happy to see you and your work back. Everything you do is beautiful and inspires me a lot! and a pity that this time I that I am a bad phase. I look forward to create after seeing that you could come back. Hugs

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  16. I am so glad to see you creating again, Nadia! Your tag and cards are so amazing. You certainly haven't lost your touch!

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  17. Welcome back to the crafting world, lovely work as always :)

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  18. These are all so very stunning! I'm glad you started creating again. I'm in love with the tag...butterflies are my favorites. Hugs, Robin

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  19. Nadia I'm sooooooo pleased to see you back again... It was a lovely surprise to see your email ... I had been thinking about where and what you were up to and how your family was , hoping all is well xxoo

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  20. How wonderful that you are back! Your work is such an inspiration to all of us and I am glad that you found a way to create gorgeous cards and such...I remember when you decided to quit scrapbooking due to life responsibilities and understood it so well. Family comes first...
    Well, it is good to see you back :)
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  21. Es genial volver a ver tus trabajos
    Besos

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  22. I'm totaly IN LOVE !!!!!! So amazing !!
    Thanks for playing with us

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  23. Welcome back! Your inspiration around the internet has truly been missed. Love your projects! Thanks for joining us at this months challenge at 7 Dots Studio.

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  24. My sweetie i'm so hAppy to see your amazing prodjects again!!!! Welcome back Nadia!!!!

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  25. Wooo HOOOOO! I honestly had to check the date twice when the post popped up in my feed lol! So very happy to see you back. Your tags are amazing and sooooooooo "Nadia" Lady your talent is unique and off the charts. <3

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  26. Gorgeous work once again!! I love the textured background and all those yummy layers! All the best from 7 Dots and welcome back!!

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  27. Hello! I'm so glad that you come back and you will inspire his extraordinary work and delight talent :) Today's beautiful work! :)

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  28. I am sooooo glad you've found your way back to your creativity. I have been through something familiar with my creative life (only my 'come back' took 5 years LOL) but it somethimes is just the right way: to have a sabbatical, and to start again with nothing, and because you've achieved all your goals earlier, you can now 'just create whatever you want, whenever you want'. And that's the spirit to keep your motivation. No pressure, no deadlines, just create whenever you want. And if you don't do anything for a whole month, so what! (I am doing it currently LOL). When I went 'back' to my hobby last year in May, I found your work on Pinterest, and your blog, and I was so sad that you didn't create anymore, I got so much inspiration from you! I am really glad you're creating again! Now on to your cards: They are just stunning! I love them all, and yes you are so right, 13@art and 7 Dots are such beautiful brands! Poland does scrapping papers very well....I love your entry for the challenge, so inspiring and amazing! thank you for joining 7 Dots Studio challenge this month!

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  29. Love your creations but love the bright pink card the most

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  30. Welcome back! I'm very happy to see you creating again... for me you are a HUGE font of inspiration, especially now that I'm taking my first steps in the vintage/mixed media style. Your work is always FABULOUS!

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  31. So glad to see your creations again!!!

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  32. So nice to see you back creating. Always loved your work and these pieces are no exception.

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  33. So nice to see you back creating. Always loved your work and these pieces are no exception.

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  34. Great seeing you creating once again and these are beautiful pieces of art ...xo

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  35. wow wow wow happy dance Nadia back wow it's a dream. Love you and your style and your creation for this challenge is beautiful Love it !!!! Thanks for playing at 7dots studio challenge ❤️

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  36. Beautiful work Nadia. Lovely to see you creating again and Thank you so much for joining in with our Metallic colours and textures challenge over at 7 Dots Studio xx

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  37. Omg!! I'm so happy to see your work again....you have been always inspired me so much!! Thanks for comeback !! And thanks for playing with us at 7dots studio mettalic challenge xxx

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  38. Wow! Thank you from the blog 7 Dots Studio!

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  39. Love! Love? love this! Thank you for playing with 7 Dots Studiо!

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  40. Seems I missed many of your posts Nadia !! I am very happy that you are back to crafting ! Your post is filled with gorgeous beauties !!

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  41. Beautiful creations - so wonderful to see you create and post again! Thank you for joining 7 Dots Studio challenge - hope to see your work in the new challenge as well!

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  42. I just found your blog today, from a link in Pinterest. Your art is just beautiful!
    I know I'll be visiting often, now!

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  43. One of your pages came up on my Pinterest feed today and I was thinking of how much I missed your work, and lo and behold there was a friend request waiting for me on Facebook from you. So glad to see you're back to creating; your work is always outstanding. I think we all get to that point from time to time, where we have overcommitted and it starts to be an obligation rather than a passion, and taking a step back is definitely what I've needed when that has happened to me, and then I come back refreshed, and with (hopefully) a more realistic appreciation of what I am able to give while still enjoying myself. Glad that the creative itch got the better of you, and I look forward to seeing more from you!

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  44. Hi Nadia, I am so happy to see you creating again, I love your work. At first I thought I was seeing things when I saw a new post/card from you, please dont go again, your work is inspirational bright and colourful. Just create for your pleasure, and dont get overwhelmed. Most importantly have fun. xxx

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  45. Hi Nadia,
    I am so glad you decided to come back to the world of art. You have an amazing talent and I am grateful you are willing to share it with the world. You are a real inspiration. Thanks Kat..

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