a sweet reminder that you can and may be whoever you are. with all your quirks and antics. you are just human just like anybody else, but maybe a little bit too hard on yourself…. everytime you create an art journal page (daily i hope!), you can read this message out loud to yourself “be your own kind of beautiful”. you are allowed to be YOU <3.
this is by FAR the most popular Revlie Art Journal ordered to date. is it because there is a sweet swear-word on the cover :P?
"today i shall not give a fuck". or maybe it's the compete sentiment around it....
whatever it is, it is my favorite also. because i made the original for one of my sweet friends who was very sick at the time. she's up & running again luckely and knowing that my drawing brought a smile to her face, keeps me wanting make more designs <3.
now go on. there's still a lot of non fucks to be given for today <3.
SHUT the front door! my ART JOURNALS ARE HERE. yup. beautiful thick (300 grams!) art journaling paper inside. perfect for all your watercolor adventures, acrylic paint messes, mixed media madness, oil pastels craziness, emotional drawings, and anything else muddy you can think off!!
there are 5 cute designs. this is one of the favorites in my postcards & prints, so i figured, you birdies would like it in an Art Journal too! and you will receive a free package of postcards & i write a cute quote on a small label for you. yes. just for you <3.
if you have nothing else to do, go check out my other 4 designs. i promise you, they are cute and there's even one with a swear-word. on the cover. teeheeeee. rascal me.
did you know i teach online mixed media art classes?! yes i do! ha!
i love creating mixed media canvasses so much because it makes me feel free. there are no rules. NO. FREAKING. RULES. and that's kinda my thing.
that's how i teach to by the way. NO RULES. i show you how i create, what materials i use, what works for me. but you are so free, so very very free to create how and whatever you want.
haven't made these in quite some time now! mini-albums. was kinda hooked on them. felt, fabric, embelishments, ribbon, paper, pictures and handwriting and hand sewing my way through it.
sometimes filled with lots of emotions. sometimes just for fun. i really do think i want to make one again. with all those gorgeous fabrics i've been hoarding for ages. and in our new home i can even hoard more stuff. bwahahaha. don't tell Arjan!
did you make them? what is your favorite subject to create mini-albums with?
oh almost forgot! you can find tutorials in my shop! yaaassss :)
dutchies shop here
if you live somewhere else in this beautiful world, you can shop here :)
since christmas is almost around the corner (yes!), i've been working these little fingers off to create new christmas canvasses. YES. there will be new christmas cards Revlie style this year! i've already ordered them and they will arrive this week!
seriously can't wait to put them in my shop(s). and the last couple of weeks i've been in a creating flow and totally 'making-my-mind-up' flow! i know exactly what i want and where i'm going. business wise i mean.
i'm totally focussed on revving up (LOVE that word for obvious reasons :), my own product line. falling in love again with my own design cards, christmas cards, phone cases and i'm planning on creating a complete new line of notebooks. remember those?
they look like this:
and i'm still in love with them. the reason i couldn't make them anymore: i kinda lost my track. i started my own mixed media shop :O, my other core business Artifex Support & Artifex Services grew like crazy and i could barely handle that.
but now, with 10 very very nice employees and Judith, my genius Manager running that show, i can totally focus on Revlie.nl. my webshop has had a make over, which i will show you very very soon.
so things are turning out kinda nice lately. like: finally, after years of dreaming, hoping, wanting, visioning, i'm here where i want to be. not completely yet, because i believe the 'journey' to reaching your goals in life, is never 'done', i do feel i'm living the life i want to live right now exactly. i plan my own time. i have an amazing relationship with my Manager who simply totally understands me & my wishes. which isn't as easy as it seems! i have a sweet & supporting family around me, and so important for me: i can be home with my muppets whenever i need to be. i'm creating so much lately and thinking up a storm of new product ideas. i'm making new business / mastermind friends with other entrepreneurs and i so needed that. people thinking likewise me, or not but disagree with respect.
simply understand and be understood. such a blessing in life.
so, keep on the lookout of my next post when the christmas cards are ready to order, because i surely think you need them <3.
you need them.
life is good. understand and be understood.
all good things come to an end, right?
when i started the Revlie shop 1 year ago, i could not ever have imagined that my other company (Artifex Support) would grow like crazy. Like from 1 to 4, to 5, to 8 and now 9 employees! when i started the Revlie shop i figured Elles, my new hired Office Manager would run Artifex Support in the office behind the Revlie shop and i would run the Revlie shop. like a win win right? Artifex Support was growing again after years of struggling. and i was chasing a dream. well. i thought it was my dream. more about that in THIS VIDEO.
but since Artifex Support grew so rapidly, there was no place anymore for 8 or 9 people in the office behind the shop! they were almost killing each other. no kidding, I WAS almost killing them ;). we were able to hire our former office space again. decisions had to be made. i could not be in 2 spots at one time. i know i'm a bit witch-like, but seriously even for me that was not possible.
so i decided after long and hard discussions with myself, it was best to only be open on Saturdays and workshops and work fulltime again for Artifex Support.
for me it was a hard time. working 5 days a week, AND working Saturdays on the Revlie shop. i felt miserable, my energy was gone and i seriously was wondering what the heck i was doing. i was creating a life long dream, but living in the middle of it was no fun at all. the first few Saturdays Sanne had fun coming along, helping me out. but that soon started to be a task for her too. i didn't want to be a mommy working more than fulltime. i need quality time especially in the weekends with the family.
so i decided to only be open for workshops. since Artifex Support, my main company, was going so well i didn't need to keep the shop open. i could take a step back and give myself some time to get used to this new feeling.
and you know what? it felt GREAT. i felt liberated. free. task free. no more obligations. i felt i unleashed myself from a chain i made myself. i had so many ideas and thoughts especially what i was supposed to do, and what i THOUGHT everybody thought i should do. i'm SO FREAKING GOOD at thinking for other people. it's crazy.
along came the summer and another new chapter in our lives: i have been diagnosed with Diabetes, as you can read here.
wow. that even took a huge chunk of my energy and positivity level, but now 3 months later I'M BACK. strike a pose.
i've thought about it. so many times. how to incorporate. what i would love to do. what i enjoy to do. what i'm here for. hehe, must be lots of people asking that same question, What is Revlie here for in Gods sake?! well, one thing i know for sure, i want to create art, art journal, scrapbook, crochet, make mini-albums, work on my creative planner, periscope, create ecourses, make pdf's, tape video's, give tips about being an entrepreneur, blog, show how to live a positive life, chase my kids and love my man.
but why i'm not here, is run a shop. so. there. i said it. i made choices i don't regret one second. it's the way i role. doing stuff. going for it. diving deep, head first creating wings as i go. but i'm not afraid to change my mind. numerous times. and to keep rolling with it. keep going, keep changing just as long as i feel good (again).
so what does this mean? i'm going to have a huge SALE. everything 50%, 7 november 2015 you have to be there!
i will also stop my online shop, BUT i'll keep my own product line, pdf's, courses and video's. that will not stop. low right now, but still enough ideas and energy i want to put in there.
so if you need some crafty mixed media stuffs, and you are available Saturday 7 November 2015 from 12 to 17.00 hours, BE WELCOME. even if you only come to drink tea. or coffee. or chit chat my ears off. you are very welcome.
life is good. dare to change your mind.
saturday 28th of March, Marieke from Bloknote.nl and i finally had our 'Art Mashup'. two workshops in one. which was kinda EXCITING. we are both a bit A LOT chaotic'y and it was so freaking cool to see we pulled it off! we did prepare a bit though :). Marieke created 2 backgrounds and i did the same. half way our art work, we mailed it to eachother and 'finished' eachothers art work(s). that only happened one week before the workshop started. yup. both deadline workers.
and to finish eachothers work was such an extra motivator, an extra vibe to get going. Marieke was challenged to keep my bright colored color scheme. i was challenged to use her pastel color scheme. all 4 pieces were gorgeous.
Marieke is explaining how she draws the details in the face(s) of her girl(s). as you can see, we had a full house a lovely woman (and 1 guy!). thank you so much all sweet birdies, you really made my (and i know Marieke's) day!
stole this picture from Anja :). ohhhhh i was very very serious about my business... woehaaaa what a crazy pic, but love it anyway :). thanks Anja, for capturing this!
a part of Marieke's gorgeous work on my background. the fun part? you can't totally see, but i created fabric houses. when i mailed the piece to her, i emailed her "those are HOUSES not missiles! she emailed me back "for punishment i'm going to create missiles anyway!". haha. love her.
and our 3 Belgian friends enjoying creating the girls. thanks girls!
this truly was a fun day, but for me, also a very very exhausting day. and those days i HATE fibromyalgia. my body just doesn't do well and during the day you will not notice it, i can hide my pain extremely well. but when i'm home, Arjan helps me unpack, and i just go in one straight line to bed. and all i can do is lay there, try to think of the fun day i had, and ignore the muscle pain. it's just there. i can't hide it. i have to deal with it. one way or the other.
i'm receiving a lot of questions when my new workshop is, and if we are going to do this workshop again. probably! but since my body is sooo exhausted after a day of teaching... i just need a lot of resting time. and i say "my body" on purpose. it really feels that way. I AM NOT EXHAUSTED. my body just is and cant' cope with everything i'm doing :) so please bare with me. i'll announce new workshops via my newsletter or via social media (my blog is a great place to start :).
life is good. now let's create some missiles.
i've got a little something to tell you. and i decided it would be lovelier to see me talk. it's always lovely to see me talk. right? ahahaha.
life is good. i'm changing my dreams back into the dream it was in the first place. BAM.
ps: that means that the shop IS ONLY OPEN DURING WORKSHOPS!!! check the website for when the workshop are planned!!