Friday, February 17, 2017

LINKY LOVES...

HELLO!
Welcome to the NEW YEAR 2017 and a new round of...

1. I've always wanted a pair of shorts that don't ride up when you walk...found this recommendation and keen to save up and get them. They're Lorna Jane, so they gotta be ridgy-didge hey?!?

2. Like time alone? Here's a list of 50 things you could enjoy doing on your own.

3. I always try and do a little stretching routine as I get out of bed - might have to add a few more of these to the regime :-)

4. This is a good read about twenty different essential herbs for health and wellness.

5. Beginner Minimalist? That's where I am!
Courtney Carver gives a lovely little run down of how to start the journey of simplifying your life.

Have a safe and happy weekend!


With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

JOT MOOD BOARD CHALLENGE - February 2017...

Hello!
Long time no write, I know!
Maybe, soon, things will calm down and I might get more organised and have more time to blog regularly. I miss it.

So...
I am here to share the NEW February mood board for Jot Magazine.
Amanda has beautifully curated a lovely colour combo with an upbeat Rockabilly vibe!
And I think it rocks!!


There is much to love about this mood board - the heart arrows, the florals, the marquee lights...
This is what I created using this board as inspiration...



I definitely went to town with the florals hey!?!
I created my own little arrow embellishment using toothpicks, glitter hearts, twine, and sticker/paper feathers.
To create the background I used a rose stencil and cotton tips to colour the flowers with spray inks.
I like when what I envision in my head, actually works! LOL!



So, if you would like to join in with the challenge PLEASE DO!
We love seeing your work and how you interpret the boards.
All the deets are HERE - and happy creating!

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Jot Mood Board Challenge - January 2017...

Hi there peoples!
I am here today to share with you the new mood board for this month at Jot Magazine and the layout I created inspired by it.
FIRST MOOD BOARD OF 2017 - and it was chosen by...MOI :-)


The biggest attraction for me was that blue shade and the bold print duvet cover!
So that is what I drew inspiration from for my layout...


SUPPLIES:
- KaiserCraft stencil
- paint
- patterned paper from my scrap paper stash
- Flutterby Designs wood word
- doily
- date stamp
- shipping tag
- handcut leafy stems
- wooden circle sticker
- chipboard arrow
- washi tape
- enamel heart stickers
- ink mists


If you would like to get creative and join in on the mood board fun - please head over to the JOT BLOG and get all the deets AND you can check out all the Jot Girl inspiration while your at it ;-)

Happy Creating!!

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Sunday, January 1, 2017

I'm a Planner Girl - planning for the new year...

Hello there!
This is a follow up post from my last post about planners.
I went into what I have used in 2016 and how that has worked for me - you can read it HERE.
In this post, I will reveal my planner choice for 2017 and how/why I made that decision.

The last two years I have used the Heidi Swapp memory planners.
For this coming year, I decided to move away from them to try something new and different for me.
So I chose....


I have always LOVED Kikki-K.
It is one of my most favourite shops to visit. I'm such a sucker for stationery!
Back in October (as I do every year), I browsed the internet for new planner options.
When I set my eyes upon this polka dotted black and white beauty, there was no stopping me! Straight into the cart and that was that!

**This planner has a segment with double page calendar spreads. I will use this for everyday events and appointments.
**It also has a segment for TO-DO lists.
I aim to document short-term and long-term goals here along with the normal daily/weekly/monthly to-do's.
**There are a few notes segments which I have divided up into 3-month sections
(JAN-MAR // APR-JUN // JUL-SEP // OCT-DEC)
In these parts I will journal and document different memories and things I want to remember. Kind of like in my memory planner last year but more art journal style.
It's a go-with-the-flow kinda arrangement so I'm excited to see what it will be like to look back on at the end of 2017.

DO YOU USE A PLANNER?
WHAT ARE YOU USING THIS YEAR?

By the way, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope you have a bright and beautiful 2017!
Hope to see you round here as the year progresses - I have lots of plans for this space, now to move into action and make it all happen!!

Take care and keep smiling!

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Friday, December 23, 2016

LINKY LOVES...

Hi friends!
It's that time to check out some more...

1. This article is all about natural ways in which you can boost your immunity, especially in bug season!

2. This is a special story :-)

3. I just LOVE the photography of Stephanie Bryan - you can check out her portfolio HERE!

4. I've always struggled with my wardrobe and I guess in some ways, my style. It's quite eclectic, as is most other areas of my life! LOL!
Anyway, THIS BOOK has piqued my interest -- I've ordered it from Book Depository.
Will let you know what I think about it when i read it hey!? :-)

5. Dunno about gifting them but I'd certainly like to eat these goodies! LOL!

Only two more sleeps until Christmas!
Are you ready!?!
I am! And I'm excited!

Take care!

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Friday, December 2, 2016

LINKY LOVES...

Hello!
Welcome to another round of...



3. Oh my gosh! I came across this Facebook page of two mummas and they are so fun, and no-mucking-around honest, and hilarious!!

4. I'm sure many of us want to be more happy in life at times -- here are 11 habits that can create happiness in work and in life according to Business Insider.

5. Here are 20 Favourite Holiday Recipes by ABM for ya! 
Yum Yum!

Enjoy your weekend!

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna

Monday, November 14, 2016

I'm A Planner Girl...

PLANNERS!

They are all the craze these days, not only for daily/monthly/yearly planning but also for recording memories as well.
And I've been pulled (quite willingly) into the colourful world of the planner -- but I'm not ashamed to admit...
I'm a Planner Girl ;-D

These days there are many options when it comes to the planner! The biggest hurdle many face first and foremost, is CHOOSING which one is best for them to use!
I thought that I would share what I use and how it works for me.
Additionally, I will also share some links to some other planner options, just to showcase some different choices.

This year I have been using the Heidi Swapp large with gold dots Memory Planner.



I really do enjoy the design and layout of this planner.
Each month starts with a page that I call the 'jot down' area. It's a place that I write my monthly 'hope-to-do' list, inspirational quotes, doodling and other decorative touches.




This is followed by a double page calender of the month.
I use this space to pop in special dates, events, appointments etc. 
...and I like to tizzy the page up as much as I can while I'm at it!



The rest of each month is pages that are a week to a double page spread.
Each day has enough space to go into more detail about your day, add a photo, a drawing - anything that documents your day. Each month has a sleeve of pocket pages in either 2x2 or 3x3 inch sizes to add in any extra photos or special memorabilia.
I love that this space makes it more than a planner...it makes it a memory keeper too.

 TOOLS

Heidi Swapp brought out a hole punch specifically designed for her memory planners, so I purchased one of them. And I'm glad I did, it makes adding things in so much quicker and easier without having to measure and pencil in punch mark spots and punch holes individually, blah blah blah...this works wonders.

There are many nifty Heidi Swapp accessories that complement her planner perfectly.
My top picks were the transparent date stickers, washi tape booklet, small glitter alpha stickers, and the 3x3inch and 2x2inch cards for the pocket pages included - although I also use them on my pages as well.

Other companies have picked up on the planner trend and now have quite a variety of products available that can be used in your planners.
I use a variety of items from Studio Calico, Kellie Stamps, Ali Edwards, A Beautiful Mess (Messy Box kits), and a few others along with the Heidi Swapp products...
and I LOVE how wonderfully it all works together!



So that's what I have been using this year.
And I've been really digging it. I love the detail that I can add into every day - kind of like my own personal journal as well as my daily planner.
I'm hooked!

Of course, there are many other different planners out there available to choose from.
And, as promised, I'll make a short list...
 my top 5 picks that have piqued my interest - so here goes...

1. The Erin Condren Life Planner - I like the fully customisable options and the concept of the focused goal setting area. And it's got a lovely clean design and easy flow to the look and layout of the pages.

2. GET TO WORK BOOK - created by the queen of goal setting, Elise Blaha Cripe. What better way to explain than the creator...
 "GET TO WORK BOOK® is a daily planner + goal setting workbook designed to help you make progress on your big goals by taking things one day at a time. While (sadly) it can't do your work for you, every inch of it was thoughtfully designed to help you get to work."

3. KIKKI-K planners - in a variety of cover designs and sizes.. and many pretty accessories to choose from that complement the planners - it's not hard to go the Kikki-K way :-)

4. DAY DESIGNER by Whitney English - daily schedules, to-do lists, goals...a planner that enables you to have a well designed life!

5. BULLET JOURNAL - I actually really enjoy this concept. At first, it seems quite involved and mind boggling but in essence is actually quite a simplistic and well structured approach to planning your everyday life. This one would definitely be gold for the list lover (especially if you LOVE bullet points!)
Be sure to watch the video!

Ok! So that about wraps things up in the planner department for now.
I will be back again to reveal what I have chosen to go with for next year with my planner needs. I'm excited!!

So are you a Planner Girl?
What is your fave planner?
Do share!

With Sprinkles of Sunshine...

Anna