Some things you can prepare for | Get Messy Art Journal

Paper Nerd Art Journal | Get Messy Art Journal Challenge #getmessyartjournalchallenge by Nina Christensen

Hi paper nerd.

Yeesh, it’s been days since I’ve seen the sun. I’m not exaggerating. Hence the garden table photo sesh. :)

I also feel so depleted of energy. It’s the pregnancy, sure, but it has to be the lack of sun as well. Anyone else feeling a slight winter blues already?

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This week’s pages are quite personal but I really don’t mind sharing. Sharing is actually good for me, I feel. Let’s dive in.

Paper Nerd Art Journal | Get Messy Art Journal Challenge #getmessyartjournalchallenge by Nina Christensen

Some things you can prepare for, others you can’t.

I’ve talked about this before: The complicated birth I had with Ada and how it’s been one of the most extreme experiences of my life. Giving birth is extreme in itself, in a way. It’s life changing. Having an emergency c-section under general anesthesia with a 20 minute warning is pretty life-changingly awful.

Just trying to keep it real, guys. Maybe this post can help someone else who experienced something similar.

It’s been four years since it happened and I’ve been able to ignore the damage it did to me for a long time – until I got pregnant again. I’d actually more or less told Steffen when things got serious that I wasn’t going to have any more kids. Way to avoid dealing, huh?

Not long after starting the regular midwife consultations it became quite apparent to everyone that I need to work on this trauma of mine. Bawling your eyes out in just about every doctor’s and midwife’s office in town is clue number one.

So I got the number of a therapist. Now, I’m used to handling my own emotional business (ie. sweeping things under the rug) so I obviously did NOT call the therapist for weeks until my best friend demanded I do it. And I’m so happy I did.

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Let them go.

I’m working on obsessing less over stuff I cannot control. And focusing more on the things I can.

I’m preparing for our baby boy now – not by imagining everything that can go wrong, but by making sure everything’s ready for when he arrives.

I’m 28 weeks and 2 days pregnant (when writing this) so there’s still a long-ish wait left but I really need to get some of the practical stuff done. It’s helping me be less emotional about it all and more rational.

Sorry if all this is TMI. Like I said, I’m really not bothered sharing. Every time I tell the story it helps me cope.

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Let’s end on a lighter note by enjoying this gratuitous shot of some pretty paper and a few doodles I made. I’m making an effort to draw something every day and my new art journal setup is making it so easy. I have less fear of just drawing and potentially making something “ugly” ’cause I can always just take the page out.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend.

Much love, Nina.

This project is part of the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge created by Caylee and Lauren. You can join too! #getmessyartjournal

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Essentials No. 1 | Pocket Journal Cards + Freebie

Essentials No. 1 Journal Cards | Nina is a paper nerd | Project Life #projectlife

Hey paper nerd!

I’m so psyched for Project Life in 2015. Seriously. Cannot. Wait. (But I will ’cause I’m honestly too busy these days and I need photo paper for my printer.)

To fill out the waiting time I’ve shopped a bunch of lovely digital designs and created a few myself. Then I realized: I need some neutrals! Something to contrast all the bright designs and calm my Project Life spreads down a bit.

Enter Essentials No. 1.

Essentials No. 1 Journal Cards | Nina is a paper nerd | Project Life #projectlife

I called the set Essentials No. 1 ’cause I have a feeling I’ll come up with more ideas for neutral, basic designs along the way. This is a great start, though!

I’ve already played with pairing them with other colorful designs and I’m practically giddy. :)

One of my main ideas for making Project Life work for me in 2015 is going hybrid – something I never ever thought I’d do. Somehow the thought of printing my own cards and – gasp! – even adding text and customizing cards seemed like way too much trouble.

As I explained to my boyfriend the other day, it’s like learning to set the clock on your microwave or car. It’s hella annoying going in, but then you do it and realize it wasn’t that bad. :)

Enough talk. I want you to try these printables. For free. They don’t require a lot of ink so they’re perfect for hybrid newbies to give a test run!

Free Essentials No. 1 Mini card set

Download your free printable mini set – contains four designs from the full Essentials No. 1 set.

Pick the paper size you’d like the print on:

I’d love to hear what you think about the files. Was it easy? Do you like the designs?

That’s it for me today. Thanks for your support and for stopping by.

xo Nina

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Always growing | Get Messy Art Journal

Paper Nerd Art Journal | Get Messy Art Journal Challenge #getmessyartjournalchallenge by Nina Christensen

Hey paper nerd!

Lately I feel like I’ve been learning so much about myself as a professional and as a person. Like I’ve mentioned before it’s taken up so much of my time that I haven’t been crafting as much. Creating, yes. Crafting, no.

I don’t mind though. It feels like I’m finally catching up with life. With growing up. I’ll never be totally caught up (believe me – there’ll always be a stubborn teenager hiding in this body and brain of mine) but at least taking responsibility and enjoying it is quite satisfying.

I’m seeing myself in a new light.

This is what my weekly art journaling is about.

Paper Nerd Art Journal | Get Messy Art Journal Challenge #getmessyartjournalchallenge by Nina Christensen

Always growing.

Paper Nerd Art Journal | Get Messy Art Journal Challenge #getmessyartjournalchallenge by Nina Christensen

Always learning.

Paper Nerd Art Journal | Get Messy Art Journal Challenge #getmessyartjournalchallenge by Nina Christensen

I love the contrast between the two pages. One is so neatly stamped, with a single stem of leaves in the middle. So calm. The other is a chaotic, organic mess, but still with heart and positivity.

Looking at this makes me happy.

The flowers I made a while ago while painting with my daughter. They were practice paintings and I didn’t know what to do with them – until now. I cut them out and stuck them to the page. I love the contrast with the delicate florals and the metal staples.

Contrast makes a project work. Not too much contrast, just enough.

The stamp used on the left page is an older design from my shop. It’s sold out but I have lots of other great stamps for art journaling.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friend.

xo Nina

This project is part of the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge created by Caylee and Lauren. You can join too! #getmessyartjournal

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Gratitude | Get Messy Art Journal

Paper Nerd Art Journal | Get Messy Art Journal Challenge #getmessyartjournalchallenge by Nina Christensen

Hey paper nerds!

Today I’m sharing the ‘gratitude‘ pages I meant to work on in October. You know, sometimes your creative whims just doesn’t align with what you should be doing.

I’m getting real messy again thanks to the removable pages in my new “art journal”. LOVE IT. I have a blog post on the binder itself and the papers I use, etc.

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The pages came out really nice, I think. I’m a sucker for a painted background + stencils + white modeling paste. It’s just too good.

I jotted down a few things that come to mind when thinking about the things I’m most grateful for in life.

Paper Nerd Art Journal | Get Messy Art Journal Challenge #getmessyartjournalchallenge by Nina Christensen

Ada. Baby. Family. Steffen. Sunshine. Snacks. Community.

The blue hearts 3×4 card is from the Day Dream printable card set. I love the hand-drawn but still clean and crisp style.

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Friends. Art. Stories. Color. Creating. Sharing. Sleep.

I used the sweet little Droplet Rubber Stamp for some added detail on the left page.

Thanks for stopping by. Did you get your messy craft on this week?

xo Nina

This project is part of the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge created by Caylee Grey. You can join too! #getmessyartjournal

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