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On Love and Inspiration

Welcome back! The one thing that took the longest to come back to me after graduation was inspiration. I was all inspired out. Something that has really helped bring the inspiration back has been browsing instagram, different kinds of blogs and pinterest.  I’ve been especially obsessed with these pieces lately. Maybe they’ll inspire you, too. :)

07-02-13 Pinterest Inspiration by POLaRT    07-02-13 Pinterest Inspiration Silver Letter Bin    07-02-13 Pinterest Inspiration Pave Bracelet

bookcase by POLaRTcircuit silver letter binpavé link bracelet from J.Crew

I think you’ll see that some of my current loves above inspired this card. Plus, I wanted to show off how awesome the giveaway goodies are for today.

07-02-13 Je T'aime Hearts and KP by Britta Swiderski-1

The heart is made up of the largest die cut heart from the Hearts a Plenty die from My Favorite Things, cut out three times. I scored all three of them down the middle and colored them ink-direct to paper with Mid-Tone Shadow Ink in Fresh Peach (the front heart) and Pale Tomato (the back two hearts that create a ton of dimension). Once I adhered the hearts together, I also colored over the front heart with a Wink of Stella Gold Glitter brush pen. The glitter from this pen is so fine, liquid and luxurious.

07-02-13 Je T'aime Hearts and KP by Britta Swiderski-2

Since the heart has so much going on, I made sure to keep the rest of the card simple by stamping a simple banner with the je t’aime from KP’s Instalove stamp set (this set has so many good sentiments!) in Fresh Peach ink. The pretty patterned paper is from the Maggie Holmes + Crate Paper collection with a little bit of Vintage Photo edge inking.


As you know, I’ve been kind of surrounded by Kelly Purkey products lately. From working for KP herself to using KP stamps all over my project life, I’ve been seriously inspired by KP products in general lately. Simon Says just put up some brand new additions to the KP line: shaped paperclips and dies. Oh boy! My absolute must-haves? The shaped paperclips, the ampersand die, days of the week and labels set. Oh those labels! I’m going to use them all over the place.

And here’s the giveaway for today. I have an extra MFT Hearts a Plenty die (I loved it so much I ordered twice by accident – hehe) and two KP stamp sets that Simon Says has given me to give away. Thanks so much, Simon Says Stamp!


How it works: All you have to do each day to enter is answer the question of the day. Of course, you could be fabulous and spread the word to your facebook friends, twitter followers, etc. by sending them to my blog as well. That would be really cool of you! You can leave a comment (just one comment, please – only the first one will count) until the end of July 7th, 2013. I’ll be drawing, notifying and posting the winners sometime on Tuesday, July 9th. All winners will be randomly drawn using a number generator. International entries are welcome. If you’re under 18, please be sure to have the permission to enter from your parent/guardian(s) since you will have to give me your address so I can send you the goodies!

Here’s the question of the day:

What’s inspiring you today? A particular post on pinterest? A specific blog or youtube channel?

My answer: Of course anything gold, organizational or funky, but I’ve been especially enjoying instagram lately. Following hashtags like #projectlife or #kellypurkey or even #filofax is constantly introducing me to more creative people and ideas. I love it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. See you again tomorrow with another weekly video tutorial. It’s going to go off with a bang!



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Becoming Inspired

Hey there! Thanks for all of the love and encouragement on my last blog post. It means the world to me. :) I’ve been getting work done this week, and I’m starting to write down ideas and make some goals. It feels good.

I made this earlier this week when I was feeling inspired. I used a 7″  by 9″ canvas because it was the only fresh one I had around; I’m planning on stocking up on fresh canvases in a few different sizes so I have more on hand next time inspiration strikes.

I call this Emergence.

06-06-13 Emergence painting by Britta Swiderski-1

I used bronze metallic sharpie to line the inside of each circle. I like the bubbles. :)

06-06-13 Emergence painting by Britta Swiderski-2

The background is about 6 layers of watered down paint; I’ve always enjoyed using acrylic paints in thin, watery layers to create a bold, watercolor-inspired look.

06-06-13 Emergence painting by Britta Swiderski-3

Here are the supplies I used (along with a tupperware full of water): my favorite brushes, Claudine Hellmuth studio paints in Landscape Green, Classic Teal and Smidge of Blue, gesso and bronze metallic sharpie.

06-06-13 Emergence painting by Britta Swiderski-4

I’m back at Jake’s house in Wisconsin for a funeral (Jake’s grandpa), so I have another post for you in the pipeline but it might be delayed a bit. Please keep Jake’s family (especially his mom and her siblings) in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this tough time. Jake and I made the six hour trip back today and are here helping out as much as we can throughout the arrangements and the weekend. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers; we really appreciate it!

Love you all and remember to tell your loved ones that you love them as often as possible. :)



Filed under Miscellaneous, Scrapbooking

Every designer’s worst nightmare:

Feeling burnt out. Wanting to never design anything ever again.

From my conversations with others, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s totally normal to fear being burnt out, and, even more terrifying, to be burnt out.

And we all know it’s going to be okay, but it’s like when you got the chicken pox when you were 10 and you never thought the itching would go away. My anxiety tells me repeatedly, every 3 seconds, that the itching will never stop. Or now, that my want to design and to make will never come back.

As soon as I calmed down from the wake of my final projects and graduations, I fell down a very deep, dark hole of Quarter-Life Crisis.

What do you mean? You’ve spent 5 years of college preparing for this exact moment and you don’t want to do anything?

Yep, that sounds about right.

And it’s not just that my brain doesn’t want to design anything, or I can’t evaluate one more typeface, or even that I’m tired from the added pressure that the end of a semester brings. It’s that I, quite suddenly, have no idea what I want to do with my life. Nothing. Blank, terrifying canvas.

So today I start the rest of my life. I’m going back to work. I’m starting by making myself a smoothie, finding design inspiration on twitter, making a non-committal to do list and uploading a few vlogs from a week and a half ago. If I finish one project, maybe I’ll feel inclined to start another.

I’ll put on makeup even though I probably won’t leave the house. I’ll take a few pictures. I’ll write a blog post about how I’m feeling.

And then maybe I can be ready to start something. Something to start today, to start tomorrow, to start this week.

Thanks for everything. I’ll see you soon.


P.S. If I owe you an email, tweet or whatever else, I’m getting to it. Promise.

P.P.S. Proof :)

06-04-13 Cheers by Britta Swiderski-1


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