Tired of being a People Pleaser – Layout

It’s been a while, since I have created a layout – and it was so much fun to play with the wonderful paper by Anna Dabrowska for 7DotsStudio, which I had for a while now.

Sorry- taken down

The idea to this layout came while reading  one of my favorite columnists – Harald Martenstein – he always makes me laugh. He writes with pointed remarks and often brings simple lifestyle problems to the point. This week the column for DIE ZEIT was titled: Many are suffering from making it right for everyone (freely translated) – here is the German article


one of the paragraphs that made me laugh the most was:

…You have to force yourself to be unfriendly. This is true in all areas of life. Lot’s of people are suffering because they wish to make it right for everyone. That is just something deep inside of you. Maybe it is education. In my opinion this is an unknown widespread desease. Doctors usually diagnose it with “Burn-Out-Syndrom” “Depressive Mood” or “Gastritis”. In reality though this is just caused by wishing to make it right for everyone. ….


Of course that is not, what causes Burn-Out-Syndroms etc. – but it made me think of how tired I am to be always the people pleaser and make it right for everyone- you just can’t , right? Even if you just stay in bed and do nothing, you make someone upset.  So this is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek layout… 😉

And please, please….No worries- I won’t be unfriendly from now on…probably tomorrow again just trying to make it right for everyone as always – LOL 😉


Supplies: 7Dots Studio Dream Paper, 7Gypsies Tissue Paper, Gesso, Heidi Swapp chipboard letters, Adornit tiny letters, old watch, Structure paste, PanPastels, Derwent Inktense Blocks, Flearmarketfinds, Eco Green Crafts Stamp, Maya Mist


Do you sometimes get inspired by articles or books for a layout or art journal page too?

Have a gorgeous day



  1. Fabulous layout! So creative and love the story behind it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Very creative layout ! So many details ! Love the colors !

  3. Amazing page, I totally LOVE it!

  4. Sue Clarke says:

    Love the LO and it took me several major depressions to decide not to be a people- pleaser. It’s hard to unlearn.

  5. so many of us should create a cleansing layout like this one from time to time… 😉
    great job – both technically & emotionally.

    recently I was inspired by this brilliant and eye-opening article:
    and created my own motivational “poster” in my art journal:

  6. Such a great LO Nath, specially cause your feelings are poping up from your eyes on the photo.
    Nice week

  7. This is gorgeous! I am definitely a people pleaser and it has really worn on me this month! Awesome layout!

  8. i am so in love with this layout and the message!!!!! thanks for sharing it with us!
    you so inspire me!

  9. Oh my Nat – this is one incredible LO…so much to look at, thought provoking…I think is my favorite LO!

  10. great! so many details – love it.

  11. inkyminxy says:

    Absolutely love the layout and the the story behind it, I think we all feel a little like this from time to time, i know i sure do xxx

  12. Oh yeah, I totally agree with you and I’m often having the same feeling. That’s why I love my AJ, cause the only person I hear when I’m doing that is myselv!
    Loooove your layout with the gorgeous papers from 7dots and Finnabair. And those amazing findings from fleemarked. Altso love the structure paste!
    Have a lovely sunday and don’t get fooled 😀

  13. ohhh you´re so right Nat… I really think the disease is going round… and so many people are stressed out. Love the LO.. especially the little scissor and the splattertechnique… wish I was that kind of an artsy-girl…
    Have a nice day…

  14. Cool, inspirational layout!

    And so true, you simply can’t do it right to everyone. If you bow to someone you’ll end up showing… you know 😀

  15. Oh Nat this is GREAT!!! I especially love the scissors stabbing the heart! I suffer from this disease too – so I can relate!!!

  16. The Rock Chic says:

    Yeah,I hear you. I have started saying “no” to many things over the last year and it feels great. The first couple of times you think about how you may have let someone down but you what? That feeling passes quickly because you start feeling so good yourself.
    I am in the happiest place ever now, since I started to stop pleasing other people and if that makes me unfriendly, well so be it 🙂

  17. Lovely layout!!
    The message sounds familiar 😉
    Take it easy girl! Hugs!

  18. ulrikamacgregor says:

    Love, love, love this layout! Wonderful colours and structure, and a good message too 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  19. Such a cool layout Nat, love it. Love the colours, love everything about this


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