Radiantly | Get Messy Art Journal

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

Hey gang.

All work and no play makes Nina happy. It also makes for really boring art journaling.

I’ve been super consumed with work and haven’t spent much time thinking about life, the universe or anything, really. So when I sat down to make my weekly page all I could think of was the lyrics of one of my fave Depeche Mode songs, ‘Heaven’.

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I stand in golden rays. Radiantly.

The little tag is from my XOXO Cut Outs printable. I think it’s so cute and positive. And I definitely feel positive when I listen to this song and just generally these days. I’m very happy.

I don’t talk about music a lot on my blog but I love love LOVE Depeche Mode.

Here’s the video for ‘Heaven’. I love watching music videos ’cause it allows you to really immerse yourself in the song and the artist’s vision. It’s the full experience.


Watch Depeche Mode’s ‘Heaven’ on YouTube

I hope you enjoyed that. Thanks so much for stopping by, my 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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Bloglovin’, Feedly and actually reading your favorite blogs

Blog reading and managing your work day. Nina is a paper nerd.

Hey blog reading paper nerds!

Today I want to touch on smart blog post consumption. I believe there’s a way to do it that won’t interfere too much with your daily doings and leave you overwhelmed. Even if you follow a billion blogs (like I do).

I also want to give an overview of two blog reader services from a casual user’s point of view.

First a little background story.

Back when Google Reader shut down it was much discussed in the crafting world (and everywhere else) what alternative blog reader services to use. I particularly remember Bloglovin‘ and Feedly being highlighted as the two main choices for crafters. I tried both.

My impression of them was and still is:

  • Feedly is great for following a large number of blogs and still keep a good overview.
  • Bloglovin’ is more like a feed of single blog posts, like scrolling through the Instagram feed, making it more suitable for fewer blog subscriptions.

Here’s a quick comparison:

Feedly: Browse easily through lots of  blog posts. Separate feeds into your own categories. Lots of different feed layouts and views. Private ‘Save for later’ feature. ‘Must Read’ option for your  favorite blogs. - Bloglovin: Less crowded – single post down-scrolling feed. View friends’ liked posts. A few different ways to  sort the feed. Public ‘Save’ feature  (like a ‘like’ – appears as a heart). Connects with your blog to  track followers and automatically share your new posts to Facebook and Twitter.

Note: Both Feedly and Bloglovin’ have free iPhone apps that work similarly to their corresponding websites.

I’ve always followed a ton of blogs so for a while I just used Feedly and left my Bloglovin’ to collect dust.

But as I kept adding blogs to my Feedly I became overwhelmed. I started to avoid Feedly ’cause I always felt like there was a billion unread posts (sidenote: And seriously, even though I love A Beautiful Mess they just post SO much and so frequently and I’m only really interested in maybe a fourth of it). I felt like Feedly wasn’t presenting to me what I really wanted to read – even though they have a Must-Read filter… which I don’t think works as well as they intend because you’re still bombarded with stuff when you first open your Feedly. It’s just noisy.

How I consume blog posts

Because of my frustrations with the sensory overload that is Feedly, I decided that I needed to split my blog post consumption into two categories:

  • Blogs I really want to read.
  • Blogs I just want to read the headlines of.

I decided to start using Bloglovin’ again.

My blog consumption strategy is now this:

  • I use Bloglovin’ for my must-read blogs.
  • I use Feedly for my less important reads.

This works out great for me!

I follow 15 blogs on Bloglovin’ and I could pare it down even more to maybe just 10-12. And I’ll still mark some posts as read if I’m not drawn in by the title or am too scatter-brained to invest myself into reading it. I feel like I have a good sense of what my fave bloggers are up to but I don’t feel the pressure to read every single thing. And avoiding the noise from Feedly makes a quick browse less taxing on my already-crowded mind. I check Bloglovin’ once or twice a day.

I follow 26 blogs on Feedly but oddly enough I only really read one of them regularly (Seth Godin – brilliant entrepreneur who really belongs on my Bloglovin’). The rest I just scroll through and read if they sound super interesting or I’m looking for distraction. I don’t open Feedly every day – mainly those days where I’ve already broken my focus/work momentum and feel ready to take all the Feedly noise in. I don’t even bother marking stuff as read, I just skip it all together and let it pile up. My Feedly feed is not neat or particularly organized. That would just be way more work and effort than I’m willing to spend on those few golden nuggets I find there.

How do you read blogs?

Do you have any tips for smart blog post consumption? What are your frustrations when keeping up with your favorite blogs?

I’d love to hear your preferred method for reading blogs without the time suck.

Thanks so much for reading this particular blog post. ;) Have a wonderful day.

xo Nina

PS. Here’s where you can find me on Bloglovin’.

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Free Floral Day Planner Pages (Personal + A5) | Filofax & Planners

Free printable Floral Day Planner Pages - for A5 and Personal Filofax and other planners | Nina is a paper nerd.

Hey paper nerds!

Today I’m expanding the Floral Day Planner range and I wanna give you even more printable options – free of course!

Note: The pages are dated from October 1st to December 31st, ie. the rest of the year.

I wanna get straight to the goodies, so let’s go.

Personal Size

A5 Size

Free printable Floral Day Planner Pages - for A5 and Personal Filofax and other planners | Nina is a paper nerd.

Yes, that’s a lot of options, but I’m always very concerned with providing the best and smoothest possible printing + cutting.

Let me know if you have trouble figuring it out. I’ve made a handy article on how to print on both sides if you’re new to that.

Coming this week: The Complete Floral Day Planner Collection

I also wanna share a sneaky peek of another Floral Day Planner insert. Later this week (newsletter subbers will be notified) I’m releasing the whole Floral Day Planner Collection to my Etsy Shop with different week and month views as well as extras (ruled pages, squared pages, checklists and more).

They’ll be dated from October 1st 2014 all the way through December 31st 2015. So you can start using them right away. :)

Floral Day Planner Collection - for A5 and Personal Filofax and other planners | Nina is a paper nerd.

Here you can see the Week Per Page inserts for Personal Size planners. I’ve been using these for my non-work stuff for a while and I’m totally in love! Just the right amount of overview and room for jotting things down.

I hope you’re excited for these too!

Have a lovely week, my friends, and thanks for stopping by.

xo Nina

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The body breaks | Get Messy Art Journal

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

Hey paper nerds.

My art journal spreads have become the weekly personal feature. So here’s what’s been going on with me lately…

You may have guessed it. Since last Saturday I’ve been having some weird pregnancy pains. I fear it might be the pelvic joints. I get these jabs of pain if I move the wrong way (particularly bending over) and they leave me walking around like I wet my pants for a while… until I forget to be careful and end up hurting myself all over again. Rinse and repeat.

You’d think 5 days of that would teach me to take it easy. Nope.

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I should be more careful. But my youth taught me that I can get away with not taking care of myself. In spite of my pain I still don’t feel ready to act and start working out. Completely ridiculous.

Yes, I totally misspelled ‘ridiculous’. No auto-correct in art journals… boo.

I’ve been feeling quite sorry for myself. In my last pregnancy I felt super healthy and this one’s also been smooth up until now. If you’ll excuse me, I’ll go take a walk now. My body doesn’t allow for too much activity just yet but I refuse to sit here and shrivel.

Have a great day, friends. And if you have any advice for this kind of thing don’t hesitate to share. Much appreciated! <3

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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Trust her | Get Messy Art Journal

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

Hey paper nerds.

I’m practicing having faith in myself. And not putting way, way too much pressure on myself. It’s so hard.

Here are a few words of encouragement to myself. I love using my art journal for notes-to-self.

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

Trust her. Then and only then will she prove herself.

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

Sometime you just gotta trust that what you’re doing is good. And good enough.

I never considered myself a perfectionist – I’m just too lazy or hedonistic to do things perfectly (or maybe that’s just how I label myself ’cause I’m my own worst critic). But I do have high standards that I fail to meet on a regular basis. It’s gotta stop.

So I’m practicing. Any advice for someone who’s always setting the bar too high for herself? Or maybe you’re in the same boat? Do share. <3

Thanks so much for stopping by this week and for taking the time to read. And thanks to everyone who passed by last week and for all the lovely feedback. It means the world to me, it really does. We're all real people and I'm practicing connecting with you guys, too. It's so easy to breeze through and click away. So thanks for your time and kindness.

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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