Tap. Tap. Is this thing on?

Okay, it’s been a week and I’m overwhelmed. Not specifically by my blog, but by the 11 other projects I need to finish sometime between now and May 18th when I graduate.

Last night, my body finally gave out from my constant state of stress and told me it had enough. With a headache, some lovely stomach issues and a minor cryfest, my body told me it needs rest.

So something has to give. And since it can’t be school, it has to be my blog. I’m 31 days from graduating and then I’m done forever. So for 31 days, you’re only going to have 10% of my brain as opposed to the usual 50%.

I’m still doing daily vlogs every day until graduation is over, so watch me there. In fact, I’ll throw my last few days in this post so you can see what I’ve been up to. Basically, it’s me trying to soak up the last few days of college life without losing my mind to stress from school. It’s a pretty interesting combination.

I thought about giving up the vlogs to get more space in my schedule, but this is important to me. This is how I’m documenting my life at this very moment, and I can already feel how grateful I’m going to be to have these vlogs to look back on. Plus, I’m learning things about myself when doing these. I’m learning the things I do repeatedly when I’m on camera, how I feel about talking about the vlog to others and figuring out what aspects of my life belong to me and what belong to everyone else. It’s all really fascinating, and I like it. I’m doing this project for myself; you’re more than welcome to come along for the ride.

So here are vlogs from the last couple days. Enjoy them and you can even subscribe to my vlogging channel if you want to catch them every day.

Monday – Day 17 where I show you what I have in my kitchen cabinets and Jake gets new headphones.

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Tuesday – Day 16 where I take you to class with me and we go to Target. And yes, I’m always that ADD at Target. Cute things. Everywhere.

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Tuesday – Day 16’s bonus video where I show you everything I love to use for my makeup. I’ve been into buying really high-quality makeup for about 6 months now, and I share my favorites with you.

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Also, I have a card for you. I’ve been exhausted of all cardmaking mojo since the retreat, but that’s probably a good thing since I don’t have much time to spare lately. So here’s one of my favorites I made at the retreat. :)

I had this cute Panda Marci colored in for a while – I spent a weekend a while ago teaching myself some copic coloring (just using random videos on youtube). At the retreat, Kathy (who I call my second Mom, because I love her and she’s amazing) set out all of my colored pieces on my desk while I was sleeping in one morning and made sure I made something with them while I was at the retreat. ;) This is what became of that.

04-17-13 Panda Marci Copic Coloring by Britta Swiderski-1

I went over Marci’s coloring (sorry – I can’t find the colors I used anywhere – oops!) on the lines with my favorite Fine Sharpie Marker (Kathy, by the way, introduced me to these magical things). I also used a white gel pen to cover over any bleeding into the white areas and make them more consistent. Then I adhered the colored piece down onto some kraft cardstock cut from Spellbinders Labels Seventeen.

04-17-13 Panda Marci Copic Coloring by Britta Swiderski-2

The “love” is this fantastic die from Simon Says Stamp, die cut about four times and then adhered on top of one another. Then I used some white enamel accents to make the sentiment nice and shiny. I love this look! The background is soft pool ink + this fizz background stamp from Impression Obsession on some light pool Hero Arts cardstock.


Thanks for stopping by today! I’ll see you over on the vlog or again here every once and a while with a card. You know I would love to be here every day, but that must wait until I graduate. Only one month left! You know how it goes. Love you all and thank you SO much for your constant words of encouragement. MWAH!



Filed under Cardmaking, Life and Health

9 Responses to Tap. Tap. Is this thing on?

  1. Linda Baker

    Take care of yourself and hoping the rest of the school year goes smoothly! Hugs

  2. Go Britta, go!! One last push until graduation! I can totally empathize with how you’re feeling– just a few more weeks for me too. We’ll all still be here when you’re done. Take care of yourself in the meantime :)

  3. Geralyn

    Britta your posts always make me laugh and bring back a lot of memories of my long ago college days. Have fun and enjoy these days, good luck with your projects and we will see you when you have time.

  4. Barb Ghigliotty

    Hi Britta,
    I am SO GLAD you are listening to your body right now! This blog means nothing if it causes you stress, so please don’t worry about it until after graduation! All of your hopes and dreams (and your parents) are riding on you graduating in one month, so please, please, please just take care of your assignments and mostly take care of YOU!!!
    I’m really enjoying your vlog each day…I try to leave you a little note so you know I’m watching :-)
    HUGS to you, and Leia, and Jake, too (he seems like such a sweet guy) and please eat healthy and get some rest…it heals us more than we know! I’m sorry, I know I probably sound like a “mom”, but that’s because I am (my kids are 32 and 36), so I’m quite used to worrying.

    Take care, sweetie…oh, and I LOVE how you colored Marci!!! May I ask…after graduation, could you do some Copic (video) tutorials for us? I really need to learn how to do some shading :-) Not now…No pressure…goodnight, my friend!!!

  5. Valerie Gee

    Stay strong sweetheart. The final weeks are always the hardest, but you’ll do it, and you’ll do great! I’m glad that you are able to prioritize, and that you understand how important it is to focus on your studies and your projects right now. Crafting and blogging and all of us will be here waiting for you with open arms when you have time to return.

    I have been loving your VLOGs, and I’m glad you are learning and growing form them. Strangely, I am too. So as I sit here, at 9:00 at night, wishing I could just go to bed, I am going to power through, and get one more (VERY IMPORTANT) thing crossed off of my to-do list. It may take a few hours, but it’ll be worth it when it’s done, and I don’t have to worry about it anymore tomorrow.

    Take care of yourself sweetie. And keep truckin’! It’ll all be over soon! XXOO from CO (oh, and btw, our weather here in the NW suburbs of Denver has been MUCH like yours – we have had such cold weather, and so much snow this past week – where is spring?!?!?!?!)

  6. You’re awesome, Britta! Drop the blog for a month – we’ll miss you, but we’ll wait! And we’ll all be here when you get back. School is so important, and you’re doing an amazing job. Love ya, sweety, and good luck!

  7. Yep, I agree – your body is saying “enough!”. As much as we love reading your posts, and seeing your beautiful creations, we can wait if it’s for your health!!! Please don’t worry about us, we’ll be here when you get back!!!!

  8. Natalie Winterstein

    Britta, I totally feel you – gotta graduate – that’s what is important! I loved the makeup vlog – I am addicted to Sephora, Smashbox, Urban Decay, Benefit…so many awesome brands out there. Essie and OPI nail polish are obsessions of mine as well… :)

  9. ZT

    Britta, you are such an inspiration! I’ve been following your vlog every day, and I’ve loved getting to know the person behind the amazing artistic creations that I’ve admired for so long. You amaze me in how many things you are involved in, and while in school, too! Please take care of yourself and put yourself first. There will always be a place for someone as artistic and creative as you in the papercrafting world, and your adoring audience shall eagerly (but patiently) await good news of restored health and your graduation!

    Much love and hugs!

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