Monday, February 8, 2016

Embrace Your Creativiy

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

What a great reminder on this Monday!
I encourage you to take this week and CREATE.
Don't worry about making something so extraordinary everyone will love it.


When I began art journaling 6 or 7 years ago I thought EVERYTHING I created had to be perfect.
That mind-set paralyzed me.

Instead of creating...
I only THOUGHT about creating.


I took Soul Restoration from Melody Ross and slowly my mind began to change.
I began to realize that I was unique.
My thoughts are unique.
My ART is unique.


The most important thing we can learn when it comes to creating is to just DO IT.
Your art
my art
is just for 
US.
Why do we feel the need to make sure others like it, too?


Throughout the past few years I have come to 
EMBRACE my messy art.
I used to not use my vintage girls...
even though they are what spoke to me the most.
I was always more creative and happy when I used them in my work.


But one day I read a comment from a woman who said that using vintage women images was overdone. She didn't like them and was sick of seeing them.

So 
quit.

That's when my inspiration just 
dried 
up.

I didn't set foot in my studio for months at a time.


Slowly
over time
I made my way back...
creating backgrounds
and pages with Words.


The more I posted my work again and the more
I created challenges in my Mind.Body.Soul group
the more I began using my vintage girls again.


Now I don't even think about it.

I have EMBRACED my grungy, messy style
using my sweet, old-time girls...


I am 
Happy.

I am in my studio almost daily.


Lil Wayne



Be 
YOU.

Never compromise.


 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Weekend Tag Challenge



I think it's imperative to follow your heart and choose
a profession you're passionate about,
and if you haven't found that "spark" yet,
if you're not sure what you want to do with your lives -
be persistent until you do.
- Steve Kerr







I have a weekend Challenge for you girls.
Let's make TAGS! They are soooo easy and soooo fun!
Don't have a tag? Don't worry...no need to buy some.

*Take index cards or cardstock
*Cut the index card in half
*Cut the cardstock to desired size (small-ish)
*Grab 2 or 3 favorite colors (acrylic paint, spray ink, colored pencils, gelatos)
*Color
*Add favorite image (try to choose just one theme like I did here with hearts)
*Add your fave word or saying

Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Our Take Three Challenge is on it's Way!!!





I am a big believer in supporting one another. None of this competition stuff for me . It always makes my heart so sad when I hear of women bashing on other women...especially when it comes to each other's art. 

Every ounce of creativity we have should be shared...put out into the world. Whether it's in the form of baking a delicious Birthday cake for loved ones, refurbishing an old chair, painting on a canvas or pouring our hearts into our art journals with paper, paint and glue...we are born to be creative beings. 

It's time we lift one another up...encouraging each other, lightening the load, praising the woman that is Brave enough to GIVE. 






This is my goal in our Facebook Group Mind.Body.Soul. I had been to so many on-line communities that were filled with beautiful art but made ugly by petty jealousy, competition and the "I am better than you" mentality. Or there seemed to be so many rules on posting that it took the fun out of it.

I will ALWAYS support each person in our group.
I support your art.
I support you Truth.
I support you sharing.
I support your creative endeavors...your blogs, your own art challenges you may wish to share. 

We should not be in competition with one another. 
But rather LOVE and cheer on.


Throughout my OWN artful journey I have offered women like you FREE classes and challenges in hope to FILL YOU UP with love and gratitude for yourself. If you haven't taken any of my classes please take time to check them out then choose one. They are all self-paced and always at the top of my blog...


And my most popular one with over 70,000 views and pins...


I am proud of each class and LOVE it when I hear from girls like you that have gotten something out of them!!

This month we are doing something different in our Facebook and I am super excited to share it!!
It's called the "Take Three Challenge". What makes this one so different from my other ones is I have invited FOUR other artists to help me out...



Here's how it will work...

Starting Monday February 22nd I will posting in the group and on my blog...

ONE Word
TWO products

An example would be...

Word: Charity
Products: washi tape & chipboard

I will show you what I made using at least those two products and one word then you create whatever you are inspired to! As always we LOVE it when you SHARE in our FB group!! 

The following weeks we will hear from other artists from our Mind.Body.Soul. group...

Mary Langley
Kassity Matthison
Cheryl Lavender
Sherry Canino

Girls, this is going to be SOOOOO FUN and inspiring!! Please share in your art groups, blogs, on Pinterest...wherever you are inspired to!!

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment on message me in our FB group. 

We have built a WONDERFUL, caring and loving enviroment in or Mind.Body.Soul. group. I am so proud of everyone there!!!

Here's to being creative together!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Becoming Connected in 2016









As part of holding myself accountable to my Word of the Year each month I will be checking in...sharing how it's going. What's working and what's not. If there is one thing I have learned in the  years of blogging...writing about it helps me stay on track. 

My Word for 2016 is CONNECT. Here is how dictionary.com defines the word...

to join, link, or fasten together; unite or bind:
2.
to establish communication between; put in communication:
3.
to have as an accompanying or associated feature:
4.
to cause to be associated, as in a personal or business relationship:
5.
to associate mentally or emotionally


The past few years I haven't done so well when it comes to making connections. I mean I do okay on-line...but face to face...not so much. I tend to be shy and I like to stay all safe and cozy in my Home. And when it comes to Connecting to my Father in Heaven...while it's so important to me, my Bible study has been anything but stellar. 

My other connections include my sweet husband, my mom and my kids. Each relationship could use a step up! 

And then there is my Health. Ugh. I have Hashimoto's and honestly I have ignored it for YEARS. My body has been screaming at me that something is just not right but I haven't made that Connection until now.



So here I am...in the last week of January and I must say...things are going pretty darn GOOD! Here is where I am today...

*I have joined a church, making new friends, reaching out and hey, I am now in charge of our Sunday morning breakfast/coffee bar!! It's awesome!

*My sweet husband and I have gone out on  a few dates...just us. We have laughed and acted like twenty year olds...it's just what I need!!

*I am seeking ways to improve my health based on my Hashimoto's Disease. It's gonna be a process but I have begun!

*My Mom and I are communicating better and I am more patient, giving and understanding. We are playing cards weekly and Connecting!!

Life is so good and I can FEEL myself becoming Connected again. It's been a wonderful journey and I look forward to February and welcome new friendships, new memories and new growth!

How is YOUR Word being implemented into your life?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Heartfelt Intentions



Whatever good things we build end up building us.

Eight Weeks ago we began our "Journey to the Heart" art journaling challenge. And today it comes to an end. What a WONDERFUL time we have had!! 




Listening, writing, painting, cutting, gluing our way to finding what's in our Hearts. Not only have I grown from my own experiences but seeing YOUR art work and reading YOUR stories in our Facebook group has been so inspiring! Thank so much for sharing!!




Your last assignment is to go back and look at your art...




the colors you chose...



the words and phrases you used.


Does there seem to be repeating shapes and symbols on each piece? For me it's arrows, hearts and circles.



Throughout our journey we have dug deep, made lists and maybe even tried a new technique or two.




Now it's time to create a "Master List"...a reference guide for when you are stumped what to do with your next blank page in your journals...jot down words you use/want to use...

*jot down words you use often/want to use more
*what are your favorite color combos
*what techniques do you LOVE and want to use more
*what seems to be the overall mood of your pages

Now take your journals and answer one more set of questions...be sure and share in our Mind.Body. Soul group!!

What Heartfelt Intentions do I want to fill 2016 with?

My list includes...

-entering DT calls
-participating in monthly mixed-media challenges
-trying new techniques and using up my stash
-exercising daily
-fill up on veggies and fruit

Anyone's life truly lived consists of work, sunshine, exercise, soap, plenty of fresh air, and a happy contented spirit.

Girls you are ALL amazing!! Keep creating and sharing and digging deep in 2016. I can't wait to share another Challenge with you in a few weeks!!

Journey to the Heart

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Journey to the Heart: YOU CAN!

You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.



This is our last week of Journey to the Heart. I know I said that last week...but I honestly didn't feel like their was any closure and anyway I promised you 7 weeks and since we took Christmas week off...this needs to happen!

If you missed last week go here to get our Challenge...creating a canvas to inspire you in 2016.

I Can...

Throughout the past 7 weeks we have tried to connect with our Hearts...what is TRULY inspiring to us...motivating us to wake up everyday. And while we may not be DOING those things...I hope by now you know you ARE strong and capable of living your life YOUR WAY! 

Remember it's not about having enough money or time or even energy. It's about taking baby steps, building on each of those steps...gaining momentum...until you wake up and go..."Oh WOW, I am doing it!"






I find myself in that situation...looking back on my creative life I used to set goals for myself to spend more time in the studio. The baby steps I took in 2015 have led up to me creating almost daily! In fact when I think about it now....creating has just become second nature to me. It's a habit...one that FILLS ME UP! My Heart is SO FULL!

In 2016 I have promised myself to get more movement into my life. By setting small goals for myself I find myself in the gym, meeting my daily step goals and choosing fruit and vegetables over sweet treats. It isn't perfect but I am seeing that every little thing I do DOES turn into the BIG thing I am going after!! Being healthy is in my Heart and I am determined to get there one teensy step at a time!





Our Challenge

Take the next few days and answer this prompt...

"I can and I will"

Make a list of all those things you CAN do and that you WILL do. For me it's all about pushing and stretching myself. I may not want to go to the gym when it's 5 degrees outside but CAN I? As long as I have a car that runs and I am not sick then YES I can. The true test is WILL I? If I answer that question with a YES...then I am on my way!  

Girls...to take what's in our Hearts and put it out into the world we MUST be willing to go outside our comfort zone and go for it!!

You CAN!!

I promise!

Once you create your list of statements  create a journal page to remind you that you ARE stronger than you think you are.

Enjoy this Challenge, girls...it's a powerful one!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Oh So Blue



“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” 
― Rabindranath TagoreStray Birds


I am quite enjoying my 2016 so far...lots of creating going on in my studio and sharing not only in my Facebook group but this year I have committed to putting my work out there...and I have! It's a bit frightening but I figure it will stretch me and help me grow as an artist.

Speaking of growing...we have TWO more Challenges left in our Journey to the Heart Challenge. If you want to participate be sure and go here. Each lesson is there and ready for you to enjoy! 

Instead of posting our Challenge today (Monday) I will post it Tuesday and our last one on Friday. I also have a package of Happy Mail ready to mail to one of our participants...more details on that tomorrow:)

Today's post is to share my latest journal entry...

"Unwrap Peace"

I was inspired by Stamps and Stencils Blog Challenge this month..."Oh So Blue".





I LOVE this little girl...such a sweet grin on her face! She is the perfect reminder to Just Be.



Be sure and stop by their blog to check out all the amazing entries or to enter the Challenge for yourself!


See you back here Tuesday for our Journey to the Heart, girls!!
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