As I mentioned in the mini journal tutorial I posted last week, I’ve been participating in the 30 Days of Lists challenge this month! I’ve been doing so well keeping up with Get Messy that I thought I’d ease into a daily challenge that would also conveniently document the first full calendar month of my 30th year.

I have never premade a journal/base for any of my projects, as I am more of an impulsively creative person. I found that this was a fantastic approach! All I have had to do is write my lists and at the end of the month I’ll have 30 lists in a little space journal.

Are you participating this year? I would love to see your lists! If you missed it this time around, the challenge runs every March and September, so you’ll be able to sign up for the next round in February! In the mean time, there are some very inspiring lists to check out the tag #30daysoflists on basically any social networking/photo site.

Today I have a two part post for you. I’ll get to my Get Messy art journal pages in a moment, but I wanted to let you all know about a website I discovered recently. Why here? Well, simply because a lot of creative people will be coming through this post while they do their daily rounds!


Phillipa Hughes Talk
Carolyn Sewell Art

Each month, Creative Mornings teams around the world host lecturers who addresses that month’s theme. They’ve talked about Failure, Childhood, Happiness, and more! This month’s theme is Color, and I think my GM visitors will appreciate that!

The talks are free of charge, and if you’ve got a Creative Mornings team in your city you might want to check it out! (There’s one in DC, so you can be sure I’ll be there a few times– but the ones in Baltimore have also looked pretty interesting in the past.)

Not near a Creatives Morning city, or unable to attend? That’s fine! You can still access talks online, read inspiring speaker quotes, browse the site by theme, visit a different city, or keep up with their blog for other ideas and resources. What’s not to love?

Why am I standing by this? It promotes creative thinking every day, right at the beginning. Some of you might be groaning, thinking: I’m not a morning person, grumble grumble, but at some point in your life you might wake up hours before your alarm. We all know that (most of) you stay up late in bed reading blogs or social networking on your phone. Why not visit Creative Mornings one of those days you wake up too soon, rather than lying awake in bed for a few hours? And for those of you who are morning people, this is a great opportunity to kick-start your day with some mental exercises! Watch a lecture, take some inspiration, and start your day right!

(Of course, you can visit any other time of the day, but I’m really inspired by the concept of waking up and diving into creativity!)


I’ve been thinking about voice a lot lately. Last week I wrote about words, and Sarah asked if I was trying to avoid words. I’m not really trying to avoid words, I don’t think. I’d just like to find my visual voice.

But what does that even mean?

I wrote 18 of my frequently done creative activities that have/crave voice. The truth is, everything we do has voice, and it’s always unique to us: it’s made by our perspectives and the way we understand the world. Those who try to mimic others’ voices may succeed, but they’ll always be imitation. Creative staleness, for me, is simply a lack of something. I’m craving it, but I don’t know what it is or how to get it.

Perhaps if I explore my creative voice in other forms of expression, I’ll get a hint of how to find what I’m looking for.

This isn’t related, but yesterday was my 2-year anniversary. Sunflowers are our relationship flower, like how states have birds.


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

I found Type Shy through the Get Messy art journal group I joined in July. Stephanie is a talented graphic designer who sells some really awesome journals and greeting cards on her Etsy! Anyway, she recently posted a tutorial for a Simple Mini Book and I knew I had to try it.

Materials:

  • Pre-cut pages
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Forgive the (fairly) crappy photography. I’m not even going to try to pretend that I have a good place to take photos right now– I don’t even have a good workspace! I make everything while sitting on my love seat without a coffee table. There, now you know my secrets! Hopefully as this series of posts continues over the next year, you’ll see an improvement in my environment…

When I signed up for 30 Days of Lists, I thought it would be cool to prepare a journal with 30 pages before September began. I gathered 4 space-themed scrapbook pages cut to 8.5×5.5 and 2 pieces each of purple, blue, and white in the same size.

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Remember when I took a train ride to Vermont last month and offered to write/draw postcards to my readers? When I came back, I posted all those cards, and one of them mentioned how much I was appreciating the graffiti. I thought I would share some of my photos (and video) for your enjoyment, too!


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I didn’t get to my pages until very late in the evening, so I apologize for the dark pictures! Quite simply– I haven’t had dinner yet, I’m tired, I worked three extra hours on a project, and my brain is more or less fried. Very exciting, though. I enjoy my job more and more.

I started the #100happydays challenge, which you can learn more about at 100happydays.com. For me it’s less an exercise of gratitude and more just… a project. I’m bursting with projects. I’ve also been participating in 30 Days of Lists and started my DIY weekends project.

It’s weird. I don’t like documenting things about my life super publicly. I was sitting with the 100 Happy Days sign up form open in front of me running through each of my social media networks, imagining myself posting a photo a day. The truth is, Facebook is the only place that has the most friends and family who I actually talk to. Even if we haven’t had a real conversation in years, they’re part of me. Who knew that I would ever find a use for Facebook again, beyond groups and the Busy Weekends page? Me, the lady who deactivates her profile for years at a time.


Sometimes it’s hard to write without words.

I am getting to that dire point that I always get to when I start an art journal: I want to stop. I feel inspirationless, even if I’m bursting with it everywhere else. I want to find my voice, so I will persevere.

See what’s inside this pocket.


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

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