August appears to have shot by and landed us on the doorstep of September. What the heck have I been doing?! I sat down for a brain dump to catch up with myself.
Well, June and July were defo busy but it feels like I haven’t shared anything since then though.
There has actually been a lot going on so do allow me to babble on a bit and I will clarify.
First, a quick catch up.
30 Day Card Making Challenge Success!
During July I managed to complete a 30 Day Card Making Challenge. This one was my favourite.
Which was yours?
If you missed them and would like to have a butchers, please do click here to head over to the archive.
The blog has had a makeover! Yes, my wee slice of the inter-web has had long-awaited makeover.
It’s taken a good deal of effort and clicking of the mouse – to the point I think it’s now worn out – whilst I update and reshuffle ‘stuff’.
Whilst there is a visually ‘cleaner’ look to it, you most likely won’t see too many shiny new buttons etc because it’s mostly been a ‘behind-the-scenes’ kind of makeover.
It’s now more mobile friendly and, when viewing via a smaller screen, there is now a single menu accessible from the top of the screen – hint, it’s the three horizontal bars – meaning that it’s easier to find the stuff you want, including the contact form.
There is also a new search function to help you find more of the stuff you want to see and less of what you don’t.
I am also in the middle of rejigging the content too, turfing out well-old stuff, getting rid of dead links and re-classifying a whole bunch of other posts so that it gets sorted better if you click on menu items, categories or tags.
I still need to create a header image that I am happy with but I’ll have to fiddle with that in my ‘spare time’, lol!
Anyway, hope you like it!
New SVG Cutting File Stuff and Store Changes
During July/August I worked on an exciting project for a new client.
It’s been a while since I designed for someone else so it was a joy to have been asked to do it and to have had the opportunity.
Sadly I can’t tell you too much more until the end products comes to market so, shhh, mum’s the word. *winks
Something that I can tell you is that I have been working on some new SVG designs that I hope to bring you in the next couple of months. It’s been yonks since my last new release so I am very excited and hope you will keep a look out for them.
In additon, I have been adding all of my archive sets over to Creative Fabrica. Original listing posts will remain here so that you can see what sets are available, however, payment links will soon change for links to the store on Creative Fabrica.
Along with instant downloads, Creative Fabrica offer subscriptions so you can sign up and gather together designs from a whole group of designers, not just me. Another bonus for you.
Whilst WeTransfer has proved useful for manually delivering file sets over the years, being on a market place like Creative Fabrica means that I can dedicate the time spent processing orders on designing new goodies – which makes more sense, right?
If you haven’t registered and followed my store on the Creative Fabrica website yet, you can do so if you click here.
Cut, Foil and Emboss Dies Update
I have been working on a series of new video tutorials for my YouTube channel soon!
There is also good news for those that have been collecting the Cut, Foil and Emboss dies that I created for Couture Creations will be pleased to know that all 8 designs are currently in stock at Craft Stash in the UK and Craft Stash in the US – woohoo!
They even have some of the sentiment dies too!
If you are new to this blog and haven’t seen them before, please do click here to check out the blog archive about this ‘next-level’ set of creative dies.
Scan N Cut Online Learning Offer Ending and Updates To Come
The half price offer for my online Scan N Cut course is about to run out.
Today is the last day. Hurry!
Now that this course is two years old I have been looking at what comes next so I have been fleshing out a list of updates along with a series of stand-alone classes to add to the online workshop series.
I am also considering returning to doing some “in-person” workshops next year … let’s see how this virus thing goes first though, eh?
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Ok, that’s all the worky updates. Now what about the rest … was there even time?!
The Garden Makeover Continues – Slowly
Well, progress is being made. Slow, but forward in direction, thank goodness.
More of the wall is down and I have also taken up one of the SLABS that made up the two steps.
Progress is slow because I have chosen to remove four root-stocks as I don’t want them growing back through the decking that is going to go there. The issue is that I hadn’t realised how much of a root-stock a tiny bush and a small pear tree had…
That’s a root from just ONE of the four root-stocks. *disappointed sigh.
It’s knackering and time consuming but I will get there eventually and it WILL be worth it in the end when I have a little calm spot to sit and reflect.
In the meantime, it’s a ruddy builders yard, lol!
Taking Care Of Myself
Some of you may remember that I have been living with mental health challenges for some time and I am disappointed to note that these have been growing in inensity lately and I have therefore been making efforts to keep them at bay.
Whilst medication is an obvious option I have also been trying to exercise and get out more – not an easy feat in the Scottish weather but every couple of days an opportunity presents itself for me to head down the beach for a long walk and some fresh air so I get up early and head down.
Always interesting to see what the tide has left behind. Today there were seven shopping trolleys – all in one place for some reason!
Nice bits of drift wood – sometimes entire tree trunks!
Does however mean that there are around two hours out of each day where I am not working, which is probably not a bad thing, Lol.
Phew! Ok, I see now. THAT is where August went!
A Fresh Month Ahead
So, with August pretty much done, a fresh month of adventures are ahead – what are your plans?
Thanks for taking the time to read this post. It means a lot to me to know that you are there.
I will try not to leave it so long next time!
Bye for now.
J :) x