New year, new look…

Every year it is the same old thing: you make new year resolutions that you intend to keep, and a couple of weeks in you’ve already failed to maintain them. Well, I want this year to be different!

It’s taken me a while to adjust to reality (being back in the US) after living my dream in London.  I worked all through the holiday season to make back some money for this next semester. Which explains, but does not excuse, my lack of blog posts recently. Now that I’m not completely broke, it is time to start getting everything else ready for this coming semester.

Since the new year began, I have been determined to check off all the things on my to-do list.  First item of business: write down my resolutions on decorative paper, and frame them.  If they are on my bedside table every morning, I will be more motivated to keep them (at least that is what I’m hoping). I got this idea from one of my favorite bloggers, Emily Schuman, who writes Cupcakes and Cashmere.  See her original idea here.

Second item of business, focus on my blog! (Which also happens to be one of my resolutions). Ever since I changed my layout, I have wanted to create a new header.  Now that I finally have the programs, and the time, I have created two options. As you may have noticed, one of the options is already visible on my blog. There is also another one, but I can’t decide which I like better. That is why I want to get your input on them! I’d love if you could comment on this post with which one you prefer.

Option One

Option Two

Hope you all had a happy new year! I’m looking forward to what 2012 has in store… What about you?  What are your new years resolutions?

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Getting down to business…

My save-for-the-last minute method has seemed to work for me thus far. I thrive off the pressure of a deadline.  I don’t consider it “procrastination,” more like “preventing perfectionism.”
 
What does that mean?  I think about each task before I even start it. I know what I want to do:  I make to-do lists, jot down notes, come up with ideas in my head. Yet, for some reason I leave the actual assignment/task/project until the last-minute.  By that point, I’m forced to disregard my perfectionist ways and get it done in the time crunch.  
 
If this sounds completely strange to you, it’s because it is. 
 
Why would a perfectionist leave something to the last-minute, when there is no longer time to make it perfect?  I don’t completely understand it myself.  Although, I think it’s because I’m afraid to start something that I know won’t be flawless. Obviously, I stress in the time crunch, but the outcome is always the best thing I could create in that time limit. (And, more often than not, it turns out better than my expectations.)
 
For some reason, this method works. For me. Don’t try this at home, kids.
 
True to nature, I came up with the idea to make my own business cards about 4 days before the Stylesight Live event in the city. Then, I worked all weekend and missed the hours at Paper Source, the store where I wanted to get my supplies. Needless to say, I got the supplies with less than 2 days to make my cards. Yet, as always, I love the finished product! Let me know what you think:
 

My working station and supplies: grid mat, scrapbooking tape, scrapbooking blade, felt tip marker, pencil, business card size cardstock, white cardstock, and printed paper

The finished products: the back side of the cards is the blue and white pattern

A closer shot: each card varies a little because of the flower pattern and my handwriting

All my supplies came from the Paper Source in Princeton

In other news, ONE WEEK UNTIL I”M IN LONDON! I’m a bit excited. Cheers!  Thanks for reading =)