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Mood Boards

Hey lovelies!

How are you all doing today? I hope great, but if not, don’t you worry. We all have those days. ūüôā

I used to be the type of person who waits for the weekend to finally be able to carry out the projects I’ve been wanting to do because school was always in the way. For most my life, I was stuck in this mindset that just because I had school for 6 hours every day meant my whole day was taken away. Meaning my whole schedule can be nothing but school, homework, eat, sleep. However, after starting this blog with the whole purpose of “making every day worth living” and “enjoying the 24/7,” I’ve finally start doing more of my hobbies during the weekdays too! When you’re trying to do personal passion projects (the PPP) on a weekday basis, meaning adding on to all the school work / work-work you already have, you must learn to be really efficient with your time (something I have yet to master ūüėč). I know for me — the thing that takes the longest when working on projects isn’t the actual ‘doing’ part of it, but more the planning and conjuring up a plan or idea. And it definitely doesn’t help when you’re having a creativity block too!¬†ūüė¨

Today, I want to share a really fun, easy, and inexpensive project to do¬†that can help the inspiration flow whenever you’re having a creativity block. What I like to do is make a mood board to help me keep my focus on whatever project it is that I’m doing and to maintain my original vision since it often times sway and alter as I work on it. Mood boards can be used for individual projects and/or as a whole general inspiration board for an individual. I have (and am still working on) a general inspiration mood board over my desk and just finished¬†a mood board for a recent room design project.

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My mood board for my recent project: Dream Bedroom. Here, I included paint chips, cute textiles, and ideal furniture picks from catalogs to create a visual for my room plan.

Here’s how to make your own mood board:

  1. Gather old magazines you’re willing to cut up! (Magazines that are more related to your favorite hobbies, activities, or project are even better! Ex: travel, fashion, home decor)
  2. Cut out anything that you like that has to do with your project or just inspires you.
  3. Feel free to also use paint chips (can be found at Lowes or Home Depot) to establish a color scheme! Handwritten notes or quotes you like are great inspiration-boosters too!
  4. Arrange them on a board (can be a large piece of construction paper or a bulletin board or a piece of cardboard – anything you desire! You can directly put it on a wall over your desk or something but I personally don’t recommend that as it’s not so convenient when you want to move it around.)
  5. Glue / tape them into place and boom – you’re done!

Honestly, how cool is that? You get instant inspiration and it’s a fantastic way to upcycle!¬†And the best part is – you can always continue adding on more pieces that inspire you whenever you see them. You can even add your own pictures!

My mood board is never complete! Whenever I go somewhere new, I always keep my eye out for little fragments of inspiration here and there through menus, brochures, catalogs, etc.! This past week was my Spring Break (finally!) and I was able to go to several¬†different cultural attractions. I’m definitely getting inspired by the great diversity of culture we have here in the U.S. and am trying to play it into my upcoming jewelry designs somehow! (I’ll keep you updated on that another week) ūüėČ

SO a lot of pictures and lil pics are definitely going on there soon! ūüėÄ

ALSO – I found a really helpful site,¬†¬†¬†that offers awesome tips and hacks to keep in mind when creating your own mood board so give that a look if you’re interested in the project! ūüôā

Anyways, have fun with your mood board and talk to you next time. Have a lovely and productive rest-of-the-day!


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Doodle Book

img_6799Hello to my teacher and the couple of you who actually read my blog!

I know I’m 16 days late but HAPPY NEW YEAR! How is your 2017 starting off? I¬†hope your new¬†year¬†is starting off fabulously rad! I got to say, mine is starting off rather¬†sparkly (not literally) so far and I’m feeling good. (Except for the fact that finals week is coming in 2 WEEKS! :O I’m a little bummed by that but… it’s ought to come somewhen, right?)

Anyway, one thing that definitely helps me¬†maintain a generally good mood¬†this year so far is keeping (and constantly updating) my doodle book! I’ve actually been doing this¬†since last March already, but I decided to share this fun lil activity with you now, what with the new year here and people always having that one “be happier” bullet on the top of their new years resolution lists.

Keeping a doodle book by my side has definitely made me happier and allows me to get creative and have fun, while sorting through¬†all kinds of emotions (especially during this time of life, if you know what I mean? Haha.)! I don’t look at those bumps in the road as¬†something completely negative or bad as much anymore.¬†Because suddenly, thanks to this troublesome thrown my way, I have this new artwork¬†I can add into my book.¬†Whatever conflict you’re having can be turned into something more positive. Into art. And no one can possibly hate art, right?!

Whenever I’m feeling down or frustrated or just any kind of feeling really, I just whip out my doodle book and draw/paint/scribble it all out. Sometimes it’s a nice little picture, while other times it can be a messy, wild tornado of various colors. Whatever it is, it is definitely a really calming activity and… here’s an idea: make a little time out of each night and add a little piece describing¬†your day – for every day of the year! By the end of the year, you’ve got yourself a nice little reflection book that you can flip through to see how your year went by. How cool would that be?

I hope this doodle book gives you some ideas! Bets wishes to you for the rest of the year!

Elyssa x

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The Happy Jar

imageHi lovelies!

There are many days we go through that seem like more rain rather than rainbows.¬†And a lot of times, we tend to exaggerate by throwing around the dramatic phrase ‘I hate my life’ carelessly. (And I admit, I am guilty of this every now and then.) But in most cases, that is untrue. There are a lot of things to be happy about in life that we tend to overlook on bad days especially, because we’re too focused on whatever that went wrong. To help me remind myself of all the positive things in life after a bad day, I like to keep a Happy Jar on my work desk and another¬†in my room.

So what is a Happy Jar? A Happy Jar is just what it sounds like. A jar filled with messages and notes that make me happy! Here’s how to make your own Happy Jar!

What you’ll need:

  • a jar
  • some paper / sticky notes
  • pens
  • any decoration items you want to add (stickers, ribbons, etc.)
  1. Cut your paper into slips (big enough for you to write on).
  2. Start writing anything that makes you happy on each slip! (e.g.¬†Clean sheets, warm cookies that are crispy on the outside, but perfectly soft when you bite into it…)
  3. You can even add inspirational quotes or song lyrics that you like! Anything!
  4. Another fun idea is have your friends write an encouraging message to you and drop it in the jar! Don’t read it until you’re going through a rough day!
  5. Fill the stickies into your jar!
  6. Feel free to decorate it however you like.

+Put these lil’ notes on fun, colored paper to enhance the happiness!!

And voila! You’re finished! Really quick, really simple, and quite effective when you’re feeling down.

I hope this jar helps you keep your head up on tough days!

And try to remember to pick your words more carefully. You don’t hate your life. Maybe just the day. Or perhaps the hour. Maybe… you just dislike it.

Whatever it is, don’t make a permanent decision to a temporary problem.

Stay happy friends! (Especially since the holiday season is coming!!! I’m so excited!!! Eeeek!)

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Rain, Rain (Don’t) Go Away

Processed with VSCO with m5 presetComing along with the gust of autumn is… rain. But why wait for the rainbow when we can dance in the rain? Okay, not literally because we’d probably get sick. But what I’m trying to say is sunny days aren’t the only days we can have fun. Here are some enjoyable ideas for a rainy day:

~ With friends / family:

  1. Board games don’t have to be boring!
  2. Candy Gambling! – Halloween is coming in just a day. Add a twist to card games by betting some of your candies with friends / family. You might even win some more!
  3. Fort Night – Build a nice fort out of sheets and pillows with your fave cousins or friends. Don’t forget to throw in some snacks and games to enjoy in there.
  4. Dress Up Battle – Have one person be the judge and pick a theme for that round. The rest of you will have¬†a given time (ex. 10-15 minutes) to create a wow-worthy outfit! Once time’s up, the judge can critique each outfit, give it a rating, and pick the next person to be a judge!
  5. Indoor Treasure Hunt – Grab some trinkets from your house and hide them in various places. Whoever finds the most gets to hide them for the next round! You can even put a fun twist into the hunt by adding time limit or offering creative clues!
  6. Make a movie – Start by discussing what kind of movie you all want to make! Drama? Adventure? Mystery? Then, gather some props and costumes and go through the general plot! From there, you don’t even need a script. Improvise to keep you all on your toes!
  7. ABC Improv – This improv exercise isn’t just fun in an acting class! Have you and your family or friends gather around. One person says a line starting with the letter A. The next person reacts with a line starting with B and so on. Have fun and don’t break the order! Anyone who takes too long to think of a line or breaks the order is out! Last ones standing is winner!
  8. Watch a movie!
  9. Play a game of charades.
  10. Scribble art РEveryone participating close your eyes and make a quick scribble onto your paper. Pass the paper in a circle and try to create a drawing with your given scribble. Be creative!
  11. Build an obstacle course!

~ Alone

  1. Read a book.
  2. Write a poem / story.
  3. Re-organize your closet.
  4. Paint a picture.
  5. Watch a movie.
  6. Scrapbook or craft. (Go on Pinterest for some cool ideas for up-cycling!)