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  1. 3 days of our paper countdown to go…

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    Only THREE Days Until PaperLove!

    Now that the classroom is open and eager students are having a look round and shyly smiling… the prospect of five wonderful weeks together is becoming real. We are clapping our hands in anticipation…

    You have this weekend to decide about joining us for making and writing. Jot down the pros and cons and know that you’ll be welcome.

    Happy Friday!

  2. November’s happy list is here…

    Each month we share a free downloadable ‘Happy List’ as a place for you to capture the things – big and small – that have made you smile and feel inspired each day. Get yours here.

    2014-08-31 16.39.33On my happy list this month… my new calligraphy set and discovering the art of beautiful writing.

    Wishing you a November filled with creativity and the courage to try something new,

    Rachel

  3. Why you should never give up…

    “If you really believe in what you’re doing, work hard, take nothing personally and if something blocks one route, find another. Never give up.” Laurie Notaro

    We’re constantly inspired by stories of successful people who struggle for years to make it. People who endure failure after failure and knock-back after knock-back, but who keep moving forward because they believe in themselves and they know what they want to do with their life. People like Sylvester Stallone.

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    In this inspiring video Anthony Robbins explains how, after years as a dead broke unsuccessful actor facing put downs and rejection, Stallone finally scored the lead role in his own blockbusting movie franchise, Rocky, and went on to become a Hollywood legend. If ever you needed a reminder about why you should follow your dreams, this is it!

    In Michael Pollock’s article, The Science of Perseverance: How Your Mindset Can Strengthen Your Motivation he explains that ‘according to decades of research, there are two fundamental mindsets that determine how people respond to struggle, setbacks and failure. In one mindset, you’re likely to get discouraged and give up on your goal. In the other, you tend to embrace the struggle, learn from the setbacks and keep moving forward – you persevere.’

    Which mindset are you in?

     

  4. 4 days until paper heaven

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    Graph paper has such potential don’t you think? Dotted lines and upward curves indicate a certain measure of success.

    The ordered square-dom gives an illusion of order and control.

    Chart your progress and development during the five weeks of PaperLove. Class starts Monday. Are you in?

  5. 5 days to go… We can hardly contain our papery excitement

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    Many of you are getting ready for PaperLove: Clearing a space to work….gathering kit together….finding that ruler….just like going back to school.

    Oooh it’s a good feeling, being all set to go: Sharp pencils. A rainbow of felt-tips.  A new rubber (eraser!) Everything poised for creation.

    Are you ready? If you haven’t yet booked your seat, hop on board here. Class begins on MONDAY!

  6. Need some business inspiration?

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    Entrepreneur. Noun: entrepreneur; plural noun: entrepreneurs. 1. a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks. 2. in the hope of profit. “Many entrepreneurs see potential in this market”. Synonyms: businessman, businesswoman, business person, business executive, enterpriser, speculator, tycoon, magnate.

    Today we thought we’d share some of the things that have inspired us in business…

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    Doodle notes from the Do What You Love e-course. Next course starts 26th January 2015.

  7. 6 days until the creative storm!

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    When did you last send some love in the mail? PaperLove will remind you why post matters, and get you creating your own. It will delight.

    This innovative and beautiful online creative course begins next Monday 3 November. Don’t miss it! Book your spot here.

  8. 7 days until it begins…

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    Oh my. This time next week we’ll be getting stuck in to all things paper for five whole weeks.

    Apart from the bone folder this knife gets most points for dead-good-usefulness. Faced with a pile of paper to cut down in to book-sized pages it is invaluable. The resulting edges are softer. This knife is your friend.

    How many tools do you have to hand? Which are your favourites? Are you ready for PaperLove? If you haven’t yet registered you can still jump on board here.

  9. Dream big…

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  10. As you simplify your life, so the laws of the universe will become simpler…

    As you simplify your life, so the laws of the universe will become simpler. Solitude will not be solitude, nor weakness weakness.

    You must live in the present.

    Launch yourself on every wave.

    Find your eternity in each moment. – Henry David Thoreau

    Today we are taking inspiration from mountain runner Anton Krupicka in this beautiful video:

    What lies ahead of us and what lies behind us are tiny things compared to what lives within us. – Henry David Thoreau