Always Remember


It’s me again…Natalja.

I asked Norine if we could switch a blogging day, so I’ll be here today and Sunday, and she’ll be here for three blogs after that. I apologize for my crazy amount of run on sentences lately, I think it might be time for some schooling again (insert a great dose of sarcasm..I haven’t missed writing essays yet).

I hope you’ve had a good start to your week! Maybe I can make it even just a tad bit brighter with my springy lay out….they say it’s supposed to warm up in these corners of the North Pole!


There’s something about an 8.5″x 11″ layout that I can’t quite put my finger on…I think this may actually be my first layout in this size. It’s fun to do layouts on smaller sizes of paper and they’re also easier to fill, especially if you’re only using one photo.

As you may have noticed, I love to layer embellishments, even chipboard. Maybe it’s the flowers, but something just calls out to create a little ‘arrangement’. I used both stickers and chipboard from Crate Paper’s ‘Chasing Dreams’ by Maggie Holmes to create the corner flower detail.


As I worked on this layout, using a photo that came from some darker days in my life, I thought about the person who I have become, what I’ve learned and what I would say to the younger, much less secure, extremely self-critical (more like self-hating) person that I was during that time. I absolutely love the “Collected” paper from the ‘Chasing Dreams’ line as it is filled with such encouraging and inspiring words. At first I thought I might type out a little letter on my typewriter but then found these pink slips of papers were absolutely perfect and much more than enough.


Always remember,

(let everything be) from the heart,

leave a little magic wherever you go,

dreams are for chasing,

(you are able to) inspire someone today,

Have courage (to be you),

and be kind (to yourself).

To someone who has always loved pouring into other people and watching them flourish, there comes a time when you have to realize, that you can not give what you don’t have. When I take better care of myself, I become more secure and confident and with that am also better able to help those around me. I know this goes for a lot of you too. I hope you don’t mind me adding personal stories to my little art projects, but perhaps without stories, there would be no art.


Back to the project details though (as in embellishments), I’m guessing you’ll forever see even the tiniest bit of nuvo on my projects. Perhaps my next challenge should be to not use nuvo on my next project! But they really are that good, not kidding.


I think water colour seriously makes the world a better place. I love how a few strokes here and there, of Prima watercolour, add so much colour and character.

And that’s a wrap! Have a good rest of your week!

Always remember:

leave a little magic wherever you go,

your dreams are for chasing,

you can inspire someone today,

have courage

and be kind to yourself <3

0 thoughts on “Always Remember

  • Beautiful blog post Natalja and one thing about courage is sharing your story with others and the other thing you said is without a story there is no art !! All our photos and projects/layouts tell a story whether it is for you or other people and that is what is so great about scrapbooking.

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