Wednesday, 30 July 2014

How I Store My Scrapbook Supplies!

I cannot STAND mess... like really, I can't stand it. Obviously there are days when I rush around and there are clothes everywhere etc etc, but I have to tidy up as soon as I can and this goes for my scrapbooking supplies too.

When I first started "properly" scrapbooking in 2012, I had nooooo idea that I'd eventually start collecting so many supplies, and this year it became obvious to me that I would have to create some sort of storage system. A couple of months ago my Mum and I trotted off to IKEA and I picked up this white, four cube Kallax unit for just £20, and the two floral Drona boxes for £2.50 each (the boxes store random bits and pieces that don't look pretty on display, haha). I cannot stress enough how perfect this unit is for scrapbook storage, and one day when I have an office/craft room of my own, I will definitely be getting more of these. 12x12 albums fit perfectly in the little cubby holes; originally I had them stood up properly (as you can see in the video below), but now I prefer them stacked.

The white wire basket with all my letter stickers in was also from IKEA, and it was around £3. The stickers don't fit perfectly into it, but for now I think it looks fine, and I also store my La de Dah pens, Wreck this Journal and other random bits and bobs in there. As for my buttons and washi tape, I knew straight away that I wanted to have them on display as they're just so darn cute. Both of the storage jars are from B&M, and neither of them cost more than £2.99.

Lastly, I have my two little "caddies". I'm currently really enjoying Project Life style scrapbooking again, (I've posted about this in the past, and there are videos on my channel), and so I keep all of my Project Life supplies on hand in these little containers. I tend to scrapbook on the floor as I don't have enough room anywhere else, so it's SO handy to be able to just pick up my supplies and have everything I need. The white letter holder is from Wilkinsons, and it's currently storing La de Dah embellishments that I need to review, and embellishments and letter stickers that come in my Gossamer Blue subscription kits. The cream wire rack is from TK MAXX, and it's honestly a scrapbooking lifesaver. It holds my glue, scissors, corner rounder, mini stapler, a few favourite stamps, 6x6 paper pads, 3x4 and 4x6 cards, and in the front I have the cards that come in the Gossamer Blue kits. I like to use these up first, hence they are in the front section. This sort of organisation is perfect for Project Life, and makes scrapping a lot easier for me.

If you'd like to see things in more detail then take a look at the video below! If you have any questions feel free to ask, and I hope you're all well.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Croatia Pt. 4 | Travel Chatter

I'm so sorry I've been MIA for the last few days! I haven't been massively busy, I just needed a few days to switch off and be with my boyfriend etc etc. (It's actually our one year anniversary today, n'aww) I'm finally back though, with the final few photos that I want to share from our holiday to Croatia.

These photographs were all taken on our final day in Zadar, when we got a ferry over to Preko (a beautiful little spot on a neighbouring island). I was absolutely stunned at how beautiful the views were, and how clear the water was. Believe it or not, this day was the first time that I swam properly in the sea during this trip! I'd been in the sea obviously, but hadn't gone for a proper swim. We sunbathed, swam, read, went for a little walk and had pizza at a cute restaurant near the harbour... it was a beautiful day and was the perfect way to spend our last afternoon in Croatia.

The last photo is, yet again, of the Sea Organ. We went and sat there for a little while on our last evening, watching a storm gather over the opposite islands and enjoying the sunset. It was very bittersweet; knowing I had to come home to dissertation research wasn't a very nice thought!

So there you have it, the last couple of photos from Croatia. It was a wonderful holiday and a beautiful country, if you have the chance I'd definitely recommend visiting it. If you have any questions, let me know! :)

Thursday, 24 July 2014

New Additions to my Bedroom...

If you watch my videos on YouTube, (you can find my channel here) you'll know that for the past few months, I've been redoing my bedroom. I previously had pine furniture and absolutely zero storage space, so I figured it was about time I changed things up. 

Everything is now more shabby chic/floral/vintagey, and that's just the way I like it! My Mum and I have upcycled my bedside table and chest of drawers using Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White, I bought an IKEA Kallax unit to store all of my scrapbooking stuff, (post coming soon!) a cheap bookcase from Argos houses all my favourite books, and my Mum treated me to a new bed frame from Argos as well. 

The vintage map is from Paperchase and I absolutely adore it. It's A3 size and fits perfectly in the spot I planned for it. Eventually I want to attach it to a whiteboard (if I can find one the right size) so I can put little magnets on the countries that I've been to. 

A bit of a random post, but I hope you enjoyed seeing the little changes to my bedroom! When it's all completely finished, a room tour will definitely be on the cards.

I hope you're all well,

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Croatia Pt. 3 | Travel Chatter

Hello everyone!

As promised, I'm back today with the next installment of holiday photos. These pictures are a couple of my favourites from our day trip to Plitvice Lakes, which is a stunning National Park about an hour and a half away from Zadar. As you may be able to tell from the photos, it absolutely poured down with rain for most of the day, which is evident in the rain splatters on the lens of my camera! 

The scenery was absolutely incredible, I was totally overwhelmed. We went on a guided tour of the park, and it took us about two/three hours to walk round it. There are over 100 waterfalls at Plitvice, and a number of beautiful lakes. The water is so clear and warm (you're not allowed to swim though, as it's a National Park) and honestly it was just breathtaking, the photos don't do it justice. There is also a gift shop and café, which seemed to offer quite a nice selection of both hot and cold food.

If you're ever in Croatia, I 100% recommend visiting Plitvice Lakes, you won't regret it! I'd also recommend Krka Waterfalls which is similar, but you can swim there and it looks absolutely stunning. Unfortunately we didn't have time to visit there, but it looked like a gorgeous place to swim and hike. 

I'll be back soon with my final installment of photos, from the beautiful Preko!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Let's Talk Anxiety...

Hey everyone, I was going to share more of my holiday photos today (don't worry, they'll be posted tomorrow instead!)... but instead I decided to finally write a post that has been playing on my mind for some time. 

You may remember a few weeks ago that I posted a brief little snippet, telling you that I'd been feeling pretty down. Well, thankfully things are on the up and in general I'm feeling much better, but I felt I owed you more of an explanation.

The reason I'm talking about this today is because in the last few months, my anxiety has been at its peak... and unfortunately, people just don't understand. My family is full of people who suffer with anxiety, and yet even they don't understand at times. My boyfriend, bless his heart, often doesn't know what to do with me when I'm crying my eyes out over something that may never happen. My friends keep their distance, and they didn't really know what to say when I told them I was considering counselling. And do you know what? That's okay. I don't expect them to understand, because they don't suffer from it themselves. The point of this post, is to try and help those people to understand. Perhaps you have a particularly anxious sibling, or friend, or boyfriend/girlfriend, and maybe reading this post will help you to understand how they might be feeling.

I am what you might call a "worry-wart". I am naturally pessimistic, anxious and prone to bouts of melancholy. Now that I think about it, I don't think I would go so far as to say that I have suffered from depression, but I definitely do feel very down on occasions and it's all linked to my anxiety. Firstly, I want to make clear that anxiety and depression are very different things. Either one can be a contributing factor to the other, and you can suffer from them both at the same time, but they are not the same.

I suffer primarily with anxiety, which fluctuates between being manageable and being very severe. Anxiety is defined in the dictionary as being "a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome"; this is something that is totally normal and a little worry in your life won't hurt you. In fact, some specialists argue that nerves and worry in small amounts is actually good for you, as it motivates you to achieve and succeed.

However, when you suffer from anxiety, the feelings of worry become overwhelming, and they often culminate in panic attacks. It's hard to describe how awful a panic attack really is, to someone who hasn't had one. For me, I start to feel very faint and as if my brain is sort of sloshing around in my head. Then I start to shake, my heart races and my throat feels like it's closing up... which triggers the hyperventilating. The only thing I can do to help myself is pace up and down, sip water and take controlled breaths of fresh air. Panic attacks can only last around 20 minutes at most (that's the longest the body can stay in that high alert, panicked state) but you can go on to have one after the other in quick succession. What triggers an attack can depend on the sufferer; for me it can be anything from waiting for exam results, a plane journey, a long drive by myself to an unknown place or even just an imagined scenario in my head that panics me. Lately, a trip my boyfriend is taking in December is the main source of my anxiety and panic.

I don't know what makes someone more likely to suffer from anxiety. According to the experts it's more common in girls than in boys, and occurs most often in bright people who put a lot of pressure on themselves. I must admit, I am my own worst critic and this doesn't help with my anxious thoughts. What I can say for certain, is that we anxious people can't help it... it's part of who we are and it really isn't as simple as just "getting over it", "manning up" or forcing ourselves to "not be so irrational". I wish I could be different, but the thing that has helped me the most is accepting that I am a bit of a weirdo a very anxious person, accepting that there will be days when I just can't deal with anything, and accepting that sometimes I will stay in bed in tears over the fact that sometimes life is just very overwhelming.

I recently watched a video by Zoe Sugg where she was very candid, in tears, talking about how sometimes things are just too hard. It was like looking into a mirror, and although I felt sad that she was so upset, it was also refreshing to see a YouTuber be so honest with their viewers. There are several great YouTubers like this; Gracie from UglyFaceOfBeauty talks so honestly about her battles with depression, and Meg from WonderfulYou really touched me recently with her video on body confidence.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, if you suffer with anxiety, you're not alone. And more than that, I know I made a little joke about it earlier, but you're NOT weird. So many people suffer with this, which is of course a shame, but it also goes to show that you're not odd, or different, or crazy... you're really not.

I know this post has been all over the place, I just really wanted to address this issue on my blog, and add my voice to the crowd. If you have any questions don't hesitate to leave a comment, or send me a message through any of my social networks (they're all in the sidebar).

I hope you're all well,

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Croatia Pt. 2 | Travel Chatter

Hey guys!

I'm back again today, talking about my holiday to Croatia! On our third day, some amazing storms hit that absolutely terrified me, I've never seen thunder and lightning like it! You can see the storm gathering in a couple of photos, I particularly like the one where the storm clouds are starting to swirl over the Sea Organ. We realised pretty quickly that it was going to pour down, so we hurried home and ended up staying awake most of the night, just watching the storm.

What I was shocked about was how quickly the weather goes back to normal after a storm. It rained ALL night, but within an hour the sky was blue again with not a cloud in sight, and it was just as hot and sunny as the day before! Unfortunately, we had a couple of storms whilst we were there, but to be honest they were such fun to watch that we didn't really mind most of the time.

The first two photos show some of the Roman ruins that are still left in Zadar. The owner of our guesthouse told us that Zadar was once under Venetian rule, which explains the obvious Italian influence in the architecture and food. There are ancient pillars left standing everywhere, and people are still allowed to just jump and climb all over them. It's not particularly clear, but the first photo shows the remains of Roman foundations under the ground, which were preserved and then made a feature of. The sheet of glass allows you to still see them, and at night they light up so you can still see everything clearly... it's a really clever idea!

So those are a few more photos of my trip, I'll be back next time with some beautiful photos of Plitvice Lakes!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Croatia Pt. 1 | Travel Chatter

Hi guys! I thought it might be nice to share a few of my holiday photos on the blog over the next few days, and have a little chat about what we got up to and where we went.

Zadar, Croatia is a beautiful place and though there were no proper beaches in this area (unlike Split, where there are stunning areas of coastline) there were plenty of places to swim and enjoy being near the sea. Perhaps the loveliest of these is the Sea Organ: a set of steps leading directly into the sea that make organ music as the tide comes in, thanks to specially designed holes and gaps in the cement... it's so clever! The Sea Organ music quickly became the soundtrack to our holiday. It's a great place to swim and sunbathe, all the local kids have diving competitions here too which were funny to watch!

We stayed in the Kolega Guesthouse for most of our stay. It was perfectly situated; we were within walking distance of everything, the rooms were cheap but lovely and the couple who run the place are adorable. People tend to only stay there one or two nights, but we loved our stay there and I'd happily go back.

So there's a little introduction to where we were, I will be back tomorrow with more details!

Hope you're all well,