looking back at 2015

Dear 2015,
I can confidently say that you were my best and most favourite year yet.

Thank you for allowing me to travel to 5 countries (U.S., France, Italy, England and Netherlands) and 6 different cities in the States (Anaheim, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Phoenix and Las Vegas), releasing two online classes, as well as two iPhone apps, attending CHA for the first time and meeting my idols (with some of them turning into friends), meeting two of my Instagram BFFs in real life, getting asked to design a Project Life kit (a.k.a. dream-come-true), taking an unforgettable fun girls trip to Vegas, successfully completing not one but two #28days28paintings challenges, sketching some of the most famous landmarks in person right there on location, staying healthy, joyful and happily married to my soulmate and gearing up for some amazing things to come next year.
2015, you absolutely blew me away. Here’s to an even better 2016!


illustrated project

I am very excited and kind of nervous to announce a new year-long art project starting in 2016: the illustrated project.
Starting January 1st 2016 I will document my days through sketches and illustrations in my notebook, one page a day, for a year. I will also be sharing these illustrations daily on Instagram. (I made a separate account since I didn’t want to ‘spam’ my main account)
Through my travel sketchbooks this past year I’ve noticed that I really love combining daily notes with little sketches and illustrations. So I thought why not do something similar when I’m at home? And that’s how this idea grew into a project that I’m committing to for the next year.
I’ll be sure to share my illustrated project pages here on the blog too, hopefully on a monthly basis.
I hope you join me on this illustrated journey and pop in here or the instagram to check it out and say hi 🙂

December Daily – part one

At last, I jumped on the bandwagon this year and decided to join hundreds (or maybe thousands?!) of crafters in their December Daily®  documentations.
First of all, December Daily® is a December long mini-album project, developed by Ali Edwards, that documents the 25 days leading up to Christmas. The simple goal is to capture the spirit of December via one story per day. Different takes on this projects varies from mini books to pocket pages, from pre-designed scrapbooks to document-as-you-go journals.
And here is how I decided to approach it this year:
I used a December-themed Smashbook by K&Company, that I got at Michael’s two years ago, dressed it up in some pretty patterned paper from Me and My Big Ideas, added a festive moose wood veneer, and finished it up with a title chipboard from Messy Box by A Beautiful Mess. Ta-Da, I was all good to go.
The Smashbook is spiral bound and has several clear pockets that hold two 4″x6″-ish photos or whatnot. I’ve filled the first page with some confetti for a festive, see-through effect and sealed it with my fuse tool.DD_02_OlyaSchmidt.com
And then came the most fun part- adding day’s worth of memorabilia, photos and journal to the pages. DD_03_OlyaSchmidt.comDD_04_OlyaSchmidt.comDD_05_OlyaSchmidt.com DD_06_OlyaSchmidt.com
I just glued in all the goodies from a certain day, added stickers, rub-ons, some journaling and called it done.DD_07_OlyaSchmidt.com
And that’s the first half of my December Daily album. So far, I’m pretty pleased with its documentation, stress-free strategy to keep up and overall merriment 🙂
Stay tuned for the second half of the album!