It’s just the right time of year to think of gratitude, which is this month’s prompt. To be fair, any time of the year is just the right time to be thankful, but as the temperature drops and autumn starts to flirt more openly, it’s nice to have a journal prompt throw you into that mood.

(Hey, even when you are working with simple page elements, you still mess up and cut your letters backwards.)

In keeping with last week’s artistic exploration, I took inspiration for today’s pages from vintage film and concert posters.


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.

This weekend is November! Even though you won’t get the calendar until Saturday, you’re still getting the project for this weekend today. November’s DIY theme is handmade gifts, so we’re going to start with something to wrap them with once you’re done.

  • Cookie cutters (various shapes)
  • Paint (I used white gesso)
  • Colorful/brown paper
  • Printer
  • Silhouette image that you intend to use on the card
  • Transparent paper
  • Patterned/scrapbook paper
  • Double-sided tape, double-sided foam tape
  • Scissors, cutting mat, cutting knife
  • Thick/watercolor paper
  • Cardstock

The hand-printed gift wrap was harder than you might expect. The pictures on the tutorial page look so perfect, right? Creating patterns is not so much! Maybe someone with more patience and a steadier hand could have done a better job, but I am sure my gift recipients won’t mind.


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“For introverts who have a high level of internal activity, anything coming from the outside raises their intensity level index quickly. It’s kind of like being tickled—the sensation goes from feeling good and fun to ‘too much’ and uncomfortable in a split second.” *from The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney

Last month I introduced Busy Weekends’ new post series on Creativity for Introverts. Today, I’m excited to bring you the first topic in this series, all about finding your flow. Please remember that every topic in this series is individual, and what is true for you may not be my experience, or anyone else’s. Though I can only speak from my understanding of these concepts, I hope that you will be able to bounce off these ideas to find inspiration for your own creative adventure.

If you have any feedback you can comment below or email me at michelle@busyweekends.com.

Creativity for Introverts: Understanding Flow

What is introversion?

There is no strict way to define introversion or extroversion. They aren’t like allergies: You aren’t one or the other, done deal. Some extroverts have introverted qualities, some introverts have extroverted qualities. Likewise, some people are ambiverts, and possess about as many qualities of one as they do of the other. Instead of following the textbook definition (which is influenced majorly by socio-cultural perspectives), look at your energy levels.

Everyone has an energy meter. Your energy meter might start full at the beginning of each day, week, or month. It might take a lot to bring your levels down, or it may take just a few bad days to deplete it entirely. This is individual. Not all introverts, extroverts, or ambiverts are the same– just as we differ in many other ways.
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I had this idea last week to make my art journal pages the same way I used to make zine pages.

The left page, as practice, is pretty okay, but I’m really digging the right side. I’m not sure if this is how I’ll be continuing with this art journal, but it’s sparked a lot of ideas.

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Next month is National Novel Writing Month. I haven’t missed a year since I started in 2006 (I mean, I’ve won only a few, but I’ve tried every year). For a while, I thought I wouldn’t be doing it this year; I don’t have words bursting at the seams. I don’t want to write 50,000 words of coherent storyline. Then I made these pages and I thought: well why don’t I rebel? Aside from the prompt, expect next month’s posts to be a little different.


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.

Studio Waterstone is a gorgeous art blog I follow, and the author, Lori, has been participating in a 52 Weeks of Print project; see this post for details. So many of them are elegant and beautiful, such as her Valerian, this potted plant, and these turquoise trees. As you can see, she has many different ideas on how to use the stamps she created, but I can’t help but love the linens!

Inspired by this, I’ve decided to create a rubber stamp print to frame. You can use rubber stamps that you have purchased or make your own, but I decided to make my own.

  • Rubber stamp(s)
  • Linen or nice/sturdy paper
  • Ink, paint, etc
  • Brush (as needed)

It’s a fairly easy project that only becomes time consuming if you intend to have a lot of detail. I wanted to start easy just to get a feel for it, so I made two cassette tape rubber stamps from an eraser I picked up at Target ages ago.


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