Category Archives: Behind The Scenes with Life is Crafted

Join Life is Crafted for upcoming specials and be the first in the know!

Join the LIC community and be the first to know (and receive awesome specials) when I’ll be pre-releasing the mid-year life crafting planners and preview the new range. I’m also working on some community only items that will be sent out to the group over the next few months.

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Thank you Life Crafters! Dream! Plan! Live! Life is crafted, craft yours.

Arienne

I’m Freaking Out! A Lofty Goal for Life is Crafted

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Warning, I’m feeling raw and ripe and ultra nervous about pressing ‘publish’ on this post – you can probably see that in my crazy eyes (and hair) in the pic above.

HELP!

I had this post scheduled for next week (well, in that post I had planned to share my news with you, not necessarily with all the angst that is going in this one!) , but because I’m working on the behind the scenes stuff now and it is scaring the crap out of me, I thought I would share my burden.

Is that alright with you?! A worry shared is a worry halved and all that…

Maybe it will make me feel better, maybe by expressing it I will release some of the tension I’m holding. Maybe my tummy will feel less cramped and my thoughts less out of control. Maybe my fears will rein back in a little. Let’s see…

Why am I putting myself through this? When you grow personally and professionally it often comes with expanding your comfort zone. I have to admit, it’s not a bloody nice feeling at all. But there is something in me urging me on. It is my Why. My Purpose trying to connect with me and drive me forward while a tide of resistance and fear about my ability and my competency washes over me and my ‘holy shit who do you think you are’ other-persona is rearing its unattractive face.

Okay, okay, I’ll cut to what is freaking me out. I am going into production of my planners.

I can’t keep doing it on my poor little printer. It takes ages and I can’t print the personal ones in a way that I am happy with to provide to you! The demand is there and I seem to be making a difference to some people so I feel like I need to bring it to the next level…

But it is just little old me sitting at my desk taking on all these decisions and areas that I have no real idea about…Quantities, quotes, forecasting, financing, designs, distribution (and on and on and on!). I’m researching, asking questions and trying to make educated and poignant progress. But it is still scary.

I worry about it all going wrong and flopping and being a big pile of doggie doo. Will people like it? Will they buy it? Will it help them craft their lives? Will they hate it? Will I be left with a mountain of planners and be so flat out broke that I can’t feed the dog? Will the world spin off its axis and will gravity cease to exist?? (you can relate to that gigantic disaster thinking right?!)

But then I also dream of doing it right, with great intention and all the joy and satisfaction it would have on me and the impact the range could have on others.

I am generally a positive person, with a can do attitude. I love helping people to break through their fears and inspire them to give what they want in life a real go so they don’t live with regret later on. I guess this is just a vulnerable moment and a natural course of thought to get to the bigger picture of what I want…

In the grand scheme of things I am not saving the world. But maybe I am saving myself and helping other people use their planners as a way to build more of who they are and what they want into their lives. It has felt pretty damn good so far. The feedback I have gotten is fabulous. Sure, I’ve had a few hiccups along the way but the good has been overwhelmingly great. So I feel I want to push forward and give it a mighty go.

I just have to get through these moments and push through these thoughts…. Then, ‘to infinity and beyOOOOOOOOOND!’.

Help Me! Have you felt something like this in your personal or professional life? Was worth it to you?  Please share with us – or just me on hello [at] lifeiscrafted [dot] com. Thank you for reading and commenting and sharing with me so I feel less like I’m a crazy girl  talking to myself. 

(I feel a bit like Julia Roberts in Notting Hill saying that “I’m just a girl” line… – not in terms of being loved, but in terms of putting myself and by business out there to be seen by the world.). Okay, I do feel a little lighter…but now I’m worrying about your reaction…but I shouldn’t care what other people think…but I do. Well, I do if you’re a good person. If you’re an ass then I can comfortably not care. But if you’re reading this you can’t be that bad right?! You must be a pretty awesome person. Okay ramble over. I’m going to fix my crazy hair…

Life is crafted. Craft yours,
Arienne

The Why of Arienne & Life is Crafted

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Photo taken by my fabulously talented photographer, graphic design friend (who also did the original Life is Crafted Dotty designs!) Sarah from Meekins Photography.

For years I’ve been a planner fiend. I’ve trialed an array of diaries, notebooks, planners and organisers trying to find THE ONE. I hacked systems to meet my own needs, I created my own pages, I ordered and reordered sections. I tried to fall in love with different sizes and have ended up with a few months of my life over the years scattered across various planners and pages which are sitting jumbled up in a cupboard… (just wrote down another to do!)

I’ve spent hours searching, comparing, planning, labeling, printing, collating, writing and transferring data (can anyone relate?!).

Here is a pic of a very small subset of my planner/organiser collection:

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In more recent years I’ve become passionate about Lifestyle Design and the importance of making life what you want it to be.

I was struggling with the latter and how to make it more tangible for people. Luckily my brain cells were powering away in my subconscious and came up with the fabulous (if I do say so myself) idea of marrying these two passions.

I’m inspired by transforming the things I go through in living my everyday life (thoughts, ideas and decisions)  and the tools I use on a daily basis, into items that can be used by others to somehow make their lives more fun, organised and enlivened.

So Life is Crafted was born! The growing range will cover formats and layouts that are beautiful, inspiring AND usable. Above all they should inspire you to craft your life in an uplifting, organised way.

So I’ve tried to come up with a mission to try an encompass all of the above:

Life is Crafted is an inspiring and welcoming place for planner and stationery enthusiasts. We are passionate about making life what you want it to be and we believe your planner is the corner stone of lifestyle design.

The site features printable planner inserts, stationery finds and life design tools that you want to use while tackling ideas, tips and perspectives on crafting a life of your own.

We aim to give you the inspiration to dream, plan and schedule the life you want so you can live it out!

How do you see Life is Crafted’s mission statement? Does it resonate with you?

Life is crafted. Craft yours.
Arienne

Stepping Up Into Blogging

Blog Post Ideas

I’ve been so busy creating and planning Life is Crafted products that I’ve not made much time to share on the blog. I’d really like to change that and start putting all my post ideas into actual…blog posts!

 

With the help of some motivating pages I’ve made for myself, I’m entering a new phase of blogging! Yippee! I plan to blog at least once a week (still doing a lot of creating behind-the-scenes) or maybe more if I’m being AH-MAYYYYY-ZING…

BLOG TOPICS

These are some of the higher level categories I’m planning on blogging about. In no particular order!

  • Routines
  • Lists
  • Productivity
  • Planner Accessories
  • Stationery
  • Planner Folders/Binders
  • Organisation
  • Planner Pages & Refills
  • Set Ups – Planners
  • Set Ups – General
  • Filofax
  • Planner Decisions
  • Reviews of planner related products
  • Reflections on life
  • Journaling
  • Tools
  • Videos
  • Crafting your life
  • Goals
  • Project Management

Is there something you’d like to add to the list? What else would you like to hear and see more about on the blog or the product range?

Life is crafted. Craft yours,
Arienne