Get busy doing what matters | Get Messy Art Journal

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

Hey paper nerds!

Oh, what’s this? A ring-binder with my art journaling in it? Sure is!

For the longest time I’ve been a bit jealous of other crafters who had art journals with interchangeable pages. So I’ve decided to use my mint Kikki K. planner to house my art journal pages.

This way I can easily take some pages out, get REAL messy without ruining the rest of my journal and click ‘em back in when they’re dry. I can also easily add scraps and bits to the rings – no glue, just a hole punch.

By the way, I’ve been waiting to do this journal switch until I got the Filofax A5 hole punch (UK | US). It’s a pricey punch but so worth it for me – being a planner enthusiast and all. :) I heard that you can get them a bit cheaper on Amazon but I wasn’t able to find one that ships to Denmark. You’ll have to look into that yourself, depending on your location.

Enough blabber! I’ve taken some pretty macro shots of this baby ’cause it just makes me happy!

I’m kicking off with a bit of brush script and a lovely gold splattered page. (Squeeeeeal!)

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The photos do not do the gold paint justice. It’s so delish!

I made it using this combo of products:

I smeared all these liquids onto a craft sheet, misted the craft sheet with plain water and dunked the page into it. It dried nice and flat by itself.

Ack, it’s just so beautiful!

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The paper I’m using in the journal is Clairefontaine Paint’On 250 gram/115 lb paper in A5 size which I happened to find in a local book store. I can’t find a good link to it online sadly, ’cause it’s the bomb. It’s meant for getting messy. You could likely find something similar though, if you look for that nice quality, heavy, matte and pure white paper.

I love the bright white pages! They take mist so much better than fx. my Moleskine art journal… the colors always looked off on that.

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Mmmmmmmacro.

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

I’ve been getting a few questions about how the cover of my Kikki K. is holding up. If the gold dots come off and that sort of thing. I can happily report that it’s looking good as new. Even the elastic isn’t discolored which tends to happen. If’ you’ve had an older Filofax Domino you know this. #firstworldproblems

So uhm, you may have noticed that this journal spread has absolutely nothing to do with the monthly Get Messy prompt: Gratitude. This happens to me all. the. time. I sit down to make something from a prompt or a sketch and end up forgetting all about it.

I think my mind is failing me a bit lately, at least in some regards. I’ve been doing exactly what’s on my page: Getting busy doing what matters. And right now that’s working my butt off. I’m in love with being self-employed and even though every new romance has it’s ups and downs, I can tell this’ll be a lifelong love.

I’ll be sure to make a gratitude spread next time and share with you. Until then, have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by!

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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Changing the October prize | 12 in 14

Erm, guys, this is embarrassing. I accidentally sent the October 12 in 14 prize to a winner in another giveaway. (Pregnancy brain much?) And it turns out that Kikki K. is all sold out of the original prize (the cute 3AM Notepad).

This means I’ve come up with another prize – that’s just as nice and worth more! Just to make it up to ya.

12 in 14 paper crafting challenge | New October prize from Kikki K.

The winner of the 12 in 14 October challenge (theme is Project Life cards and you can still enter!) will be getting:

  • Mini Daily Planner pad | Cute collection
  • Pencil case | Cute collection
  • Adhesive notes set | Follow Your Path collection
  • Three felt tip pens: Pink, black and purple

All the prizes are from Kikki K. (not sponsored). :)

I’m sorry for the slip-up, my friends. I hope you like the new prize as well!

xo Nina

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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’.

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

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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