Hello crafty friends! Thanks for stopping by to learn more about my journey and how I fell in love with this #creativelife.
I am a wife and mother of three daughters and a Swedish Vallhund. Our girls, ages 11, 9, and 8, keep me busy, but in my spare time, I love to create. My passions are handmade cards and Zentangle®. In fact, it was Zentangle® that got me into cardmaking.
I discovered Zentangle® in 2015 when my health was at an all-time low. I presented with seemingly unrelated multi-systemic symptoms. It was extremely difficult to complete normal activities of daily living, much less raise 3 small children and manage 5 Clinical centers.
After doing a ton of research and seeing 9 doctors, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis when I was at the peak of my worst flare. I remember thinking, I should not be this relieved to have an incurable disease. However, to have validation that I wasn’t crazy and that it wasn’t lack of exercise or wear and tear, was a relief.
One of the most challenging symptoms to manage was cycling through manic periods of productivity and insomnia when my thyroid was being attacked and extreme fatigue and intolerance to just about everything when the thyroid hormones were depleted.
This, was when I found Zentangle® which quite literally saved me. It allowed me to organize the chaos in my brain by focusing on repetitive patterns. It gave me the peace I needed and helped me heal.
I was so inspired by other Zentangle® artists, and thankful for how it impacted my life, that I became a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) in 2017. I started sharing my work. First, with family and friends, and then by Instagram.
It was then that my friend Amy asked me to make a set of Zentangle® Christmas cards for her. I’d never made a card so I did what any self-respecting crafter would do, I turned to Youtube and was blown away! I was hooked and I’ve been making cards ever since that first set in August 2017. I absorbed all the knowledge I could and spent more than I’d like to admit on supplies!
I noticed I had that same sense of calm when creating cards and when I combined cardmaking with Zentangle®, it was like magic. So I started a blog, became a Certified Altenew Educator, started a YouTube channel, and opened an LLC in order to teach and inspire others.
I chose “Notable Ink” as a play on words. Notable alludes to notecards and of course, I hoped my artwork would be memorable. Ink is the main ingredient for both Zentangle® and cardmaking.
So what does my tagline, Breathe · Ink · Inspire, mean to me? Well, nothing calms me like Zentangle® and cardmaking. It puts me into a meditative state, slows my breathing, heart rate, and calms my mind. Breathing is the mainstay of meditation, so we have “Breathe”.
“Ink”, is used as a verb to signify making cards and tangling. And as for “Inspire” it’s what I love to do. I am a Nurse, and though I don’t practice or do clinical training anymore, I have always loved sharing knowledge and empowering others to use that knowledge.
So there we have it, Breathe · Ink · Inspire. If you made it to the end, thanks so much for listening to my journey! I hope you find some inspiration on my site and that I see you again soon!