Happy New Year 2018!

Start this year off right by tracking the brightest spot from each day – that moment when you said “Yay!”

Happy New Year!

Well, that certainly has a deja vu ring to it. Seems like just last year I started a blog with a post that began that very same way.*

It was an interesting year. And I’m ready for the next one.

Over the holidays (near Thanksgiving, I think) gratitude journals started showing up in all my social media feeds. The concept is deceptively simple – to write down things for which you are grateful.

I love the idea of journals but I never follow through on the actual practice of keeping them up. Weird thing – I never want to actually write in one, for fear of messing up the beautiful, pristine paper. Which is silly, because I work in a printing plant. Literally tons of paper at my disposal.

Last year, a blogger I follow offered this neat goal tracker.  And I’ve since seen some beautiful one-page calendars with room for journaling over on Etsy.

As is usually the case, nothing I found was 100% the way I wanted it. As is also usually the case, I made one myself.

I’m calling it my “Yay! Every Day!” tracker because my plan is to record one thing that made me say “Yay!” on each and every day.  When the skies are gray (in real life or in my mind) I’m hoping that reading the lists over will remind me of my decision last year – to choose happy.

The Yay! Every Day! Tracker is designed to help you keep sight of the bright spot of each day | suzerspace.com

The tracker is designed to fit a 8.5 x 11 standard sheet, which I’m putting on a clipboard so I can hang it in my kitchen and stick with the process. It’s perpetual, so you can just print a new one next year and start again.

It’s a PDF download right here. Just print it on whatever paper you like to write on, and fill it up.

*In case you were wondering – we did NOT fix the kitchen ceiling drywall.

This project was featured at the My Busy Beeehives linkup party.

 

VW Bus Inspired Tissue Box Cover

So you are probably wondering why I’d want a VW Bus inspired Tissue Box Cover.

Because I saw a Whale Tissue Box cover, of course!

Seriously, I don’t even know how my mind works. And the Internet makes it much, much worse (better?). I saw a link for an Etsy listing of a tissue box cover shaped like a whale. (not an affiliate link).

It was super cute, but super pricey.

So I figured someone on the Internet would have made one from paper or cardboard, right?

So I set up to make one. And then got super distracted by the world that is tissue box cover crafts. One click led to another, until I saw this. (also not an affiliate link).  And my heart exploded.

And then sank. I can crochet, but not like that.

And then I went full circle and realized I could make something like that out of paper.

How SuzerSpace created this

Papercrafting in No Time: A Book Review

Papercrafting in No Time: 50 Inspirational Projects Crafted From Paper by Clare Youngs is a paperback book full of (you guessed it) 50 paper projects.

Here’s the Amazon link, but since I’m not an affiliate, I’m always going recommend you check it out from the library first to see if it’s a keeper.

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Inspiration Browsing: Paper Source

I think most papercrafters think of Paper Source as the mother lode of inspiration. To be honest, the store scares me a little. The two locations here are in very upscale shopping centers, and I wasn’t sure how friendly the staff would be to someone like me who crafts on a tight budget.

Boy was I wrong.

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