UPDATE – 1/5/2017

Hello, lovelies!

Happy new year! I hope you all had a wonderful time during the holidays with family and friends, a safe time traveling to and from your destinations, and that the return to the working world wasn’t too rough. I got to go to one of my favorite places on earth, Trader Joe’s, while visiting my parents and get my favorite holiday cookies (Candy Cane Joe Joe’s) and some other goodies to bring home with me to my Trader Joe’s-less life up north.

Max’s family got me a Pusheen kigurumi onesie  for Christmas. It is the coziest. My parents got me a sewing machine and the most beautiful wind chime that they picked up in Mexico. Max, Michael, Megan, and I had a blast opening the presents my parents got us all. The gif below shows me doing a poor job of helping Max open his box of candy from my parents that contained a block of 9 Toblerones and a bag of gummy bears; and Michael hugging a bag of rice to go with the vegetable steamer that Megan is opening.

 

Besides regaling my Christmas adventures, my purpose of this post today is to let you guys know what’s going on in Julia-land and why I haven’t been posting lately.

Besides being extraordinarily busy, I’ve had the need to take some personal time lately. Don’t be alarmed, I’m fine. I just needed to sort through some things and it wound up taking up more time than I thought it would and due to this, my creative wells have kind of run dry. I’m working on getting the enegery to be creative back and I hope I’ll have some ideas to work with soon.

I also am currently out of sticker paper and without the funds to buy any at the moment. So, I’ve been sort of putting off making stickers since I can’t actually print them out and use them to show you all what they look like in my planner. Because of this, I’ve been using some of the mambi sticker sets that I mentioned in my last planner spread post. They’re awesome. Seriously awesome.

If you guys wouldn’t mind me showing  you spreads with stickers I didn’t make, I can continue posting weekly spreads and make stickers for my Wednesday downloads that I can’t provide an example for in my own planner. I don’t mind doing that at all. In the meantime, however, I might do a few filler posts to introduce you to my cats and maybe a few other things.

But, for now, that’s all I have today. I am so sorry that I’ve kind of left you guys high and dry for two weeks now. I promise I’ll try to have new material soon. Thank you for reading!

 

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Hi lovelies!

I have an update for you all today! As of right now, and for the next week-ish, I don’t really have the time to blog. So, I will be taking a break until the week of December 18-24. I have finals coming up and I am incredibly busy with work and exams and term papers and final projects and presentations – Well, I’m really busy. So, unfortunately, I need to give myself a break from blogging.

“But, Julia, you only post two days a week! How much time can blogging really be taking away from you?” 

I know, little voice in my head, it sounds like I don’t put a lot of time into blogging. But, the long and the short of it is that blogging takes more time than I’ve got at the moment. With designing and making stickers in photoshop to planning out my weekly spread and so on, it takes up a good chunk of my time. And I need all the time I have to power through the rest of the semester.

Plus, I am wayyyy low on printer ink – I don’t even have enough to print school related things right now and that is bad news bears right there – and I’m running low on money to buy new printer ink so I can’t really afford to print the stickers I design to show you lovely readers how they look in my planner. You see my dilemma?

However, I promise that, when I return to blogging after finals, that I will have not one, not two, but three new Holiday-themed sticker sets!

I think I’ll try to do a generic winter one, maybe a Christmas one and a Hannukah one because I know the first day of Hannukah is on Christmas Eve this year. Maybe a religious sort of Christmas one with some bible verses? I don’t know yet. Let me know in the comments if that is something you’d be interested in seeing!

Anywho, I have taken up enough of your precious time. I am so sorry for the rambly wall of text. Thank you very much for reading! I’ll see you all on the other side of the storm.

Happy planning!

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Etsy shop launch!

Hello, lovelies!

I have some exciting news for you all today! I have officially launched an etsy shop! I know this may raise some questions so I’ll answer all that I can think of in this post.


Why did you decide to open a shop?
Thank you for asking! I decided to open a shop because of a few reasons.
1) My stickers are not easy to make. Yes, I use templates that I’ve created to save me some work but I still put a lot of thought and effort into every set I make – and that leads me to the next reason.
2) They’re very time consuming to make. A 1 page sticker set takes me about 5 hours to make on average – and that’s not counting the time I spend brainstorming ideas and searching for inspiration.
3) I kind of really need some extra money. As a busy college student taking 17 credit hours and working 18 hours a week on top of homework, I really can’t afford to have everything I make be free. I’m putting a lot of time into the sets I make and would like to earn a little something from my effort.
4) I want to be able to continue giving you quality content for free. I would love to be giving out massive sticker sets for free on the blog but, as I said in #2, it takes me a long time to make them.  The shop will hopefully help me earn a little bit of extra money for my time while still being able to give you guys quality content for free.

Will the blog still be posting free stickers?
YES! I will still continue posting free stickers every Wednesday or every other Wednesday depending on if I use some of my for-cost stickers in my weekly spread.

Will the stickers that are posted for free be taken down?
NO! I will be leaving all the stickers that I offered for free up on the blog. They will remain as a free download.

What’s the difference between the sets in the shop and the free downloads?
The sets in the shop will be the ones that were more time consuming for me to make. And the sets I poured more of my time into and will usually be bigger sets – likely 2 pages and up.

How much do you stickers cost?
Nothing in the shop will ever cost more than $5. I estimate about $1.25/page in the set but that price will sometimes be lowered slightly as page count on a set goes up.

How can I get to the shop?
Easy! Here’s the link:
LovelyLaurenPrint


With all that being said, I really hope you’ll check out the shop. I’m super excited about it and would really appreciate it. Thank you so much! 🙂

Happy planning!

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