New Series | Building a Brand With PTSD, Depression, and Other Mood Disorders

Hello Lovelies, this is a new series I want to share with you on my personal journey of building a brand from the ground up while coping with chronic mental illness. I am not a medical professional and therefore do not offer medical advice, only stories of my personal journey in hopes that others might be inspired as well. Mental illness lies to us every day, and it is my hope through sharing my stories, my truths, that you might find hope and strength too. Thank you for being here!

Larkindesign Building A Creative Brand With Mood Disorders

Today I thought I would just write a few notes to you, just from my heart. This week has been a learning week for me, and I feel some changes are on the horizon, so I want to share a little more about that. Ultimately my goal here at Larkindesign is to inspire you, dear friend, and empower you in your creative life. I truly believe we can be our best selves when we are our best creative selves. But creativity takes an inevitable toll. It costs us something – an emotional cost, if you will.

I know that many of us turn to creative ventures in an effort to calm chaos and/or to express things within ourselves that maybe have no words. Sometimes we just need to get away and work with scissors and papers just to have fun. Most of us in the scrapbooking world are here because we treasure our memories enough to record them, document them, and curate them. So much value in creative work, and also a cost. Yes, it costs money, but it also costs us energy and time. Sometimes in the social sharing world it can cost us perspective too!

For the past three years I have been sharing my own work here and have been slowly building a brand. I have made so many beautiful friendships and have connected with artists, designers, customers, YouTubers, and bloggers around the world. If you read my Brand Story you will know how this industry helped me stay alive, actually. And all I have wanted to do is give back. So I created content, and videos, and classes, and collections, and have been sharing them here with you. It has been a joy to create products and it has been empowering to grow this little spot on the Internet. It has also come with a tremendous cost. An emotional cost.

I decided this week to stop creating digital collections – maybe just for a little while, I don’t know. I so very much appreciated those of you who have purchased and downloaded the products here, and they will remain up in the Shop if you are still interested. I am also planning to open up a Facebook group for Hybrid Project Lifers, and am excited to get that going. Growing a brand is really hard work, and it takes years. It also takes seeing what works and what doesn’t, what brings joy and what doesn’t, and being constructive enough to tell what you do well and what you don’t do well. Your feedback and your responses really help in that regard, so thank you every time you have told me my work is beautiful.

As I have shared in the LD Brand Story, I function every day with the remnants and in the midst of trauma recovery. I don’t know that I will ever recover fully, and I do know that I will always cope with it on some level. What happened to me as a child and in my 20’s had a profound impact on me, as I continue to work through that, and as such it has an impact on my business as well. I want to share a bit about that because I know I must not be alone in this. If you are trying to run a business with trauma and PTSD and depression or any other emotional challenge, please know you are not alone. Please reach out to me, to others, because we can be powerful emotional support to each other.

I have learned this week that it is incredibly hard for me to see the beauty in my own projects and products that I create. Abuse does this thing to you – it breaks trust. People who abused me told me things to make me believe things about myself or to make me do things that broke boundaries, and as a child I believed what they told me. What they told me, however, was designed to manipulate me and control me, so the horrible things they told me became truths, and the good things they told me were lies. I have had to fully realize that any time some one is communicating with me, my inner child is not trusting what they are saying. In fact, the voices of my childhood are often much louder and much more insistent that the voice of the present, and that means it sometimes drowns out the good I am hearing now.

I realized several years ago that this truth meant that any relationship I have ever had has been impacted by this – because when someone says they love me I am not fully able to hear that. Now, when someone says my work is lovely, again I am not fully able to hear it. I am working on this within myself, because I deserve to hear good things about myself and I deserve to believe good things about myself. And please, continue to provide feedback because it is important for me and for our community. And again, I know I am not alone so whenever you leave feedback you might be telling someone who really needs to hear that today. Feedback is so very important! If you are a Creative, you may feel similar ways as well. It can be hard to hear the good things about ourselves, or to trust the good things we are hearing about ourselves, because of our past trauma or depression. I strongly encourage you to reach out to professionals and to others who are understanding, to help in your journey.

Larkindesign Building A Creative Brand With PTSD, Depression, and Other Mood Disorders

I have also learned just how important it is in our community to raise each other up. There are designers and creatives here who pour their hearts into everything that we consume – the products we purchase, the Feeds we scroll, the videos we view. So I am committing to making a part of my work lifting others up however I am able. I welcome your feedback on ways to make that possible, and would love to hear from you in that regard. I also plan to open a Facebook group for Hybrid Project Lifers and hope you will join that and participate there. Thank you for being here, thank you for supporting me and for being part of our amazing community. Sending you creative vibes and energy wherever you are.

Love,

Theresa

July Release | Larkindesign Digital Collection Life In Full Bloom!!!

Hello Lovelies, and Happy July to you! I am so excited to release my July collection called Life In Full Bloom! And, you guys, I am especially thrilled to have created a traveler’s notebook kit as well this month. I have had so many requests for a traveler’s notebook kit and I hope you all enjoy using it!

Inspired by the unique, avant garde art of the Bloomsbury group in the early 1900’s, this collection is the right combination of colorful, fun, and hip! When I was growing up I was heavily inspired by Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant, et al, and have long wished to create some art that invokes their free, uninhibited lifestyle. I have drawn from their color palette but added my own twist so it still coordinates with the Larkindesign collections. My hand drawn elements and patterns make me so happy and I hope they will inspire you to create!

Included in this bundle are (12) 3×4 journal cards, (8) 4×6 journal cards, (10) patterned papers, and (2) sheets of printable elements designed to print and cut. The Traveler’s Notebook includes (10) notebook scaled patterned papers and the (2) sheets of printable elements. I have also designed a really cool set of photo templates for your traveler’s notebook layouts!

All files are sized at 300ppi for best printing. Click on the product below to purchase! For the month of July, receive 20% off your purchase.

 

Larkindesign Life In Full Bloom Digital Collection Larkindesign Travelers Notebook Kits  

Larkindesign Traveler's Notebook Photo Templates Vol 01 Larkindesign Sonoma Cut File

The Larkindesign Creative Team has also been working with this collection, so have a look at how they have been using it!

Larkindesign Creative Team Maribeth Lysen | Life In Full Bloom Pocket Page Kit

Larkindesign Creative Team Maribeth Lysen | Life In Full Bloom Pocket Page Kit

Larkindesign Creative Team Maribeth Lysen | Life In Full Bloom Travelers Notebook Kit

Larkindesign Creative Team Maribeth Lysen | Life In Full Bloom Travelers Notebook Kit

Larkindesign Creative Team Sabrina Poole | Life In Full Bloom Travelers Notebook Kit

Larkindesign Creative Team Sabrina Poole | Life In Full Bloom Travelers Notebook Kit

Larkindesign Creative Team Sabrina Poole | Life In Full Bloom Travelers Notebook Kit

Larkindesign Creative Team Sabrina Poole | Life In Full Bloom Travelers Notebook Kit

Larkindesign Creative Team Sabrina Poole | Life In Full Bloom Travelers Notebook Kit

Larkindesign Creative Team Sabrina Poole | Life In Full Bloom Travelers Notebook Kit

Larkindesign Creative Team Neftali Zambrano | Life In Full Bloom Digital Kit

Larkindesign Creative Team Neftali Zambrano | Life In Full Bloom Digital Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clique Kits May 2018 Layout Share ft. Pinkfresh Studio!!

Hello Lovelies, today I am sharing the layouts I created as a part of the Clique Kits design team, using the May Riga kit. The Riga kit was filled with so many wonderful pieces from Pinkfresh Studio, and I love them all! I think I probably used up most of the kit and am delighted to share my layouts with you!

Here is a closer look at each layout!

Clique Kits May 2018 Layout Share ft. Pinkfresh Studio!!Clique Kits May 2018 Layout Share ft. Pinkfresh Studio!!

I think curves were the main theme for me this month, because most of my layouts this month incorporated curves in one way or another!  To see more on how I created the layout above, check out the Clique Kits blog.

To help me create my curves I have used a really simple tool that is often used in architectural drafting: a flexible ruler. You can purchase one similar to mine here:


Clique Kits May 2018 Layout Share ft. Pinkfresh Studio!!Clique Kits May 2018 Layout Share ft. Pinkfresh Studio!!

For the next layout, above, I invoked curves through the twine that wraps and curves around the layout, pausing to accentuate some of the embellishments and moving your eye around the page!. To see more about how this layout was created, visit here.

Clique Kits May 2018 Layout Share ft. Pinkfresh Studio!!Clique Kits May 2018 Layout Share ft. Pinkfresh Studio!!

My travelers notebook layout was created for the blog hop, and I am completely in love. I cut the doily cut file from a really light card stock and cut it in fourths so I could divide it across the page. I wanted my title to follow the curves of the doily and love the flow around the page!

Clique Kits May 2018 Layout Share ft. Pinkfresh Studio!!Clique Kits May 2018 Layout Share ft. Pinkfresh Studio!!

Last but not least is a pocket page layout I created for my 2013 album. You can see more on that process here.

Have you been enjoying your May kit? I have been diving into June and look forward to sharing more of those with you soon!

~Theresa

Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two Plus Giveaway Announcement!

Hello lovelies, today I am sharing one of the last few layouts in my 2017 Project Life album! This is my layout for Week 46. I am so excited to be wrapping up this album, so be sure to stay tuned for the next layouts. In this layout I have chosen to work with some of the One Canoe Two products, including Hazelwood, Creekside, and Twilight.

Have a look at my completed layout here.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!

Our stories for this week included the kitty in the bowl, Alan hard at work in his office upstairs, the girls creating their own Advent calendars, and a lovely origami fox family that Natalie created. I also finished up my Christmas morning photos class that week. This is at the end of the year in November and so I am admittedly very light on photos at this time, because I typically prepare for December Daily in November. I still like to include the photos I do have and take the time to reflect, ponder, and cherish this time.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!

To begin my creative process I cut one of the patterned papers as the base for my date card, and layered a label on top. I then stamped my dates with a Studio Calico date stamp set that is designed by One Little Bird and added the floral element sticker. Such a simple but very beautiful formula for creating your date card.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!

The Twilight collection had a cut apart sheet, so I have used several of the elements from that sheet as journal cards. They make for great layering pieces that you can add labels or white card stock to, for your journaling.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!

I had a sequin pocket from the week before, which is particularly fun! I just made sure those colors are continued in this layout as well. That isn’t really hard to do, if you feel intimidated by see through elements. I really loved carrying the pink and the gold into this page.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 46 | ft. One Canoe Two!

I just love this project still, after so many years, and I love the opportunities to include these quiet everyday events in our lives. Thank you for joining me today!


And now to announce the give-away winner!

Last week I released a brand new collection called Lovin’ the Sun and I asked you to tell me what your summer vacation plans are. It is so much fun to hear your plans and I am looking forward to our summer here as well. We are planning a stacation, no plans for travel for us. 

Our winner for this give away is Lizzy Hill, who tells us she is visiting the USA from Australia this summer! I hope you enjoy the collection and your trip! Thank you all for playing along!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

Hello Lovelies, I am so excited to share my Halloween layout from last year with you! I am so very close to finishing this album and only have a few layouts remaining because I finish up in November each year. My layout today is the layout for Halloween, which, if you know me, is a favorite layout every single year! I am using collections from Pebbles: Midnight Haunting; Pink Paislee: Spellcast; and a bit of One Canoe Two Twilight!

Here is a look at the completed layout.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

Oh goodness, this layout has my whole heart. Here are the details.

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

For this week’s layout I chose one story, Halloween. This is an all-time favorite in our house, and this year I am cherishing that everyone still wanted to dress up and go out! It may be the last year they all want to, I don’t take that for granted, and it makes this layout even more special to me!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

I wanted to use the Pink Paislee Spellbound collection even though there isn’t much of it still available, and I also added a bit of Pebbles Midnight Haunting to go with it. For my date card I began with that amazing hexagon patterned paper and a banner. The week number was created with Thickers from One Canoe Two. 

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

One challenge when using traditional scrapbook collections is finding places for journaling. I always pull plain white card stock for plain white cards, and add a few lines with stamps. There was a weird cream vibe in these collections, to be sure, but the Spellcast collection also has some white in it, so I have used both in this layout! Gasp!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

This year we had a fox, a goddess, a business Narwhal, and a character from Assassin’s Creed. (Our kids do not play that game, but the costume is just that – fun dress-up!) I always love to take their photos in front of the garage on that day. We get dressed a few minutes early so that there is time to take photos and then get on with the fun!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

On the left side of the layout my photos were of all four kids together, and on this side I included each person’s photo by themselves. I have always tried, wherever possible, to give each child their moment in the camera lens so they each know how important and cared for they are. It is so much fun every year to embellish their photos!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

The spider on Addison’s photo literally did fall out of the package and scared me half to death! Ha! And that is where it landed, so I attached it right there and I love it! I also did another journal card here with plain white card stock and a lined stamp – and I added the circle sticker across the bottom. So very simple and uncomplicated!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

I have also added a few of the stars from Pinkfresh Studio The Mix. There were some black ones and orange ones that fit perfectly onto this layout and add the right little touches to my photos. They are awesome!

Larkindesign Project Life 2017 Week 44 | A Halloween Layout!!!!

Thank you for joining me on this scary adventure today! I always love sharing these layouts with you and I hope you feel inspired as well!

~Theresa