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DIY: Creating Leaf Poetry

This is a replica of a favorite project I did a while ago. I call it Leaf Poetry. Why? because you use the leaf templates or you can trace leaves and paint them anyway you desire. Then you are going to write some very simple poetry on your leaves. You can use as many leaves as you want but I chose three. See…Leaf Poetry.

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Five Affirmations: Take Your Creativity to the Next Level

Recently I posted five creative affirmations for you.  Little did you know, they were just to get you started.  Here are five more written to help you affirm your creative soul and take your work to a new level. In creating, we have to remember three important facts:

  • Creativity is YOUR birthright. No one has the right to take it from you. If you feel someone has, at some point in your life, taken your creativity away from you, then now is the time to TAKE IT BACK!
  • It is about the Process not the product. We have a habit of judging the final product without acknowledging the process that it took to get as far as we did. This is a mistake. The process is the only way to improve product. Accept the product as it is, then evaluate the process.
  • Unused creativity is dangerous. One of my fave quotes from Brene’ Brown is “Unused creativity is not benign.” She then goes on to list some of the side affects of unused creativity such as depression, anxiety, overwork, loss of spirituality, etc. Treating it in a negative manner with negative comments is also just as deadly to creativity. We end up talking ourselves out of being creative.

The affirmations below are meant to help you focus your creativity energy into more productive and in depth use of your creativity. Affirmations work only if you believe in them and if they are practiced on a regular basis. Without practice and belief, repeating affirmations may do nothing for us at all or even backfire. Be ready to take your creativity up a level, and dig into it. Just remember to practice what you are saying. There is no change without the work required to make it happen. Let’s go! 

 

 

It is YOURS! Own It. Don't let anyone take it from you.
It is YOURS! Own It. Use it! Don’t let anyone take it from you.

 

However you use it, no manner the form you choose, you get to enjoy it. Love it. Play with it. It deserves your expression of it even if no one else in the whole world sees what you create, it needs to be expressed.
However you use it, no manner the form you choose, you get to enjoy it. Love it. Play with it. It deserves your expression of it even if no one else in the whole world sees what you create, it needs to be expressed.

 

Acceptance. It simply means we can look and accept our work as it is without passing "good" or "bad" judgement on it. You owe it yourself and your creative soul.
Acceptance. It simply means we can look and accept our work as it is without passing “good” or “bad” judgement on it. You owe it yourself and your creative soul.

 

 

Your process and how you express your creativity is more important than the final product. It is only in evaluating the process that you can improve the product.
Your process and how you express your creativity is more important than the final product. It is only in evaluating the process that you can improve the product.

 

It is easy to fall into the trap of wanting to say what we did was horrible, bad, not worthy. We have developed these habits from years of schooling telling us that we should evaluate our work this way. Instead, change come when we think in constructive and objective ways. Look at what went right and what didn't work. Don't label good or bad. Be kind to yourself. You just put your creative soul out there, give it a break. If you need to, take it to someone you can trust with it and ask them to help you look at it in an objective manner.
It is easy to fall into the trap of wanting to say what we did was horrible, bad, not worthy. We have developed these habits from years of schooling telling us that we should evaluate our work this way. Instead, change come when we think in constructive and objective ways. Look at what went right and what didn’t work. Don’t label good or bad. Be kind to yourself. You just put your creative soul out there, give it a break. If you need to, take it to someone you can trust with it and ask them to help you look at it in an objective manner.

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Build Your Ultimate Creative Toolbox

Many creative people have their creative toolbox that they keep on hand. They pull stuff, and tips and tricks right out of it. It’s like having a magicians magic hat. The key to a Great Toolbox is to include in it the things that will keep your creative soul going even in those times where you feel stuck or are feeling blah and uncreative.

Let’s start with what I keep in mine.

For inspiration, I have many Artful Blogger, Artful Journalling, and Where Women Create magazines, all produced by the Stampington Company. I love flipping the pages and seeing the beautiful pictures and sharing in others creative adventures. It is my hope one day to be in one of those magazines myself. It inspires and motivates me when I feel stuck or lost on what to do.ultimate toolbox 1

My favorite creative tool is my laptop. It is a MacBook Pro that is nearly four years old. Since I am first and foremost a writer, I find it essential for working on fiction, moving my poems from the written page to being saved and edited, and where I create my affirmation cards. I also use it for collecting my photos. I will give you a secret, I have about 22,000 pictures. NOT KIDDING. I always find reasons to use ones I thought I would never use especially in designing mini stories and affirmation cards. It is also where I create my stationary, my cards, and anything else that strikes me.
Pick your favorite tool! What is it? Keep it in good condition. If it’s something that gets used often, like a sketch book or journal, do you keep a back up so you always have one. My daughter keeps two or three around the house so she can just grab one.

Now onto some more practical, hands on stuff. Even writers need a little something out of scope of traditional writing to feed the creative soul. Here is what I highly recommend and what I keep for creative tools.

  1. Watercolor Paints: you can go to the dollar store and get the watercolor kits or you can go to Joanns and for ten bucks get the watercolor tubes. I use them for creating backgrounds, just playing when my mind has been so full of words, I need something that doesn’t require too much language processing.
  2. Pens, markers, pencils: I will admit to being an office supply junkie. I am fully addicted to new pens and pencils. I love makers, gel pens, colored pencils, Papermate Flair pens, and my fave are Pentel RSVP pens in purple. They just make writing, drawing, doodling so much more fun and interesting. Sometimes, it helps me to brainstorm in different colors to see patterns.
  3. Paper or Card Stock: A writer needs paper, whether hand writing or printing from a computer. If you want to make little notes or cards with writing or doodles, it helps to have sturdier card stock around and a good pair of scissors.ultimate toolbox 3
  4. Another thing that the paper is good for is making Word tiles. Inspired by Susan Wooldridge’s poem crazy. She creates word tiles and has her students draw out so many words and they have to create a poem. But I have also used them to inspire photos, or doodling or messages to friends. I think of word tiles as a great way to get out of stuckness because you have to work within the confines of the words you picked, it brings out the creative self.
  5. Tactile: A great toolbox as something wth texture that you can play with, touch in between or during projects. There is something about the switching of the cerebral writing, organizing to something that is just about touch. It changes our posture, calls on different parts of the brain, creates flow through other avenues. especially when stressed or up against a deadline, having some tactile object like play-dough or clay or even different types of fabric can re-direct us.
  6. TIME! Make sure that you give yourself time to use the tools in your toolbox. Our creative expression is of great importance. Even if you have a job and work forty hours a week, it is essential to our health that we take time for creative expression. I have said before, Brene’ Brown, a well know mental health writer, says that “UNUSED creative expression is NOT benign.” It will manifest itself in agitation, frustration, anger, guilt. A host of negative feelings that eat away at our self-esteem. So being creative helps you be a better you.
  7. Miscellaneous: 1) Music: I know for me when I am working on certain projects I have specific music that I listen to that creates the mood and environment that I want, especially if I am writing and I want to tune out the noise. 2) Add some acrylic paint as well. The colors are brighter and you get different results by blending. It is just a different than watercolors but fun. 3) Ribbons and stickers. These are just bits of whimsy to add to your toolbox. Maybe you only use them once in a while. I love using my own stickers to decorate packages when I send out orders. 4) Glue. All kinds but at least a good glue stick and a reliable craft glue, like Aleene’s tacky Glue. 5) A Journal. Whether you are a writer or an artist, a photographer or florist, keep a journal. They are great in offering us a chance to reflect. Maybe you just have a project journal. That’s ok. Its just another handy dandy tool for your box.

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Friday Craft Day: Seashell crafting

As we go into the weekend, I wanted to do something for you. Something creative and fun! If you don’t already know, I am a Pinterest addict. LOVE PINTEREST! I am always looking for cool ideas, recipes, places to go, and things to try.

Today, I bring my version of a couple of pinterest projects I discovered while playing among the thousands of pins. Here are a couple of the projects that inspired me.

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http://designdininganddiapers.com/2011/07/crafts-for-your-next-beach-vacation/

http://www.gigarte.com/quadridipietra/opere/72358/fiori.html
(Click the link to see the picture.)

Here is how I did mine.

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I was lucky enough to have picked up some painted boards at this awesome scrap place in Arcata, CA, Humboldt Scrap! It is awesome and they have all kinds of stuff.
I had shells from a previous project, stone that I collected, driftwood that I collected, some acrylic paint, and some moss for another project.

Next I painted the stone yellow for the center of my flower.

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Then I painted the clouds onto the blue board. I don’t know why clouds but I decided to add a bit of a silver edging to them. flower 3

Then I just used E6000 glue (what I use for my pendants), to glue the items on. First the center and the driftwood. flower 4

Then I added the moss to the bottom.

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Finally I added on my flower petal shells.

flower finished

Yay! Not perfect but it sure was fun to play with the paint and glue, and interact with the other materials. I wished I had more shells that would have worked to make more flowers. The only thing I might add is a saying about silver lining…we’ll see because sometimes, I can just go one step too far. What will you create this weekend? I encourage you to find a project that you can play with. This only took about 45 minutes and I had fun.

I would love to see what you do.

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Ten Minute Tuesday:Money, Money, Money

Recently I did a fantastic interview with Financial Therapist, Bari Tessler from www.BariTessler.com. She has some wonderful and healing ideas around money and each of our money stories.

Today’s Ten Minute Tuesday is inspired by what I have learned from her in our conversation as well as her podcasts and blogs. It isn’t complicated and it is fun.

Pull out your glue sticks, your paper or card stock or your multi-media journal and get ready for a 10 minute collage. Using photos, magazines, even real money…show your relationship to money in this non- threatening way. How do you relate to it? Is it your friend? Your enemy? Annoying?

It is best to be honest with yourself as NO ONE has to see it. Just you. The truth is you can’t really change how you use or feel about money until you understand your current feelings and attitudes regarding it. How does this relate to creativity? Often, we creative folks have fallen for the mistaken idea that to love our creative endeavors is to succumb to the myth of being poor, always scrapping by in a world that cannot appreciate “our art.”

What I have learned is that this idea does NOT have to be true for ourselves. We do not have to live out this idea of art/creativity = poor and struggling. It does not mean that the whole world will share this idea but we cannot change their minds unless we change our own attitude about our value in regards to money.

Here it is: Money, Money, Money…. Collage it. Your collage can even look like a brainstorm of all the words that come to you when you think about money. If you do want to share just pop over to The Creating Room Facebook page and share on this blog post.

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Ten Minutes to Creativity

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” ~Goethe

I often hear people say that they could not do start a creative project or write or paint because they don’t have the time.  Being creative requires too much commitment. Other times, they confess to not starting because they are afraid they won’t finish.

Here is a fabulous secret.
The secret to all creative pursuits.
Show up!
Give yourself TEN minutes.
Just 10!
The secret is to BEGIN!

Taking ten minutes isn’t about the final product; it is about jumping in, taking that deep breath, and creating. In the writing classes and workshops I have taken, many of the free writes or quick writes were only ten minutes. It gives the writer permission to jump in blindly without overthinking it. Once you start, something amazing will happen. You will want to create more. You will open a door you thought was shut. What’s amazing is what next…beyond that door is even more creative magic.

It could be playing with creativity isn’t new to you. You already make time for it.
Instead, you are looking for something fresh.
New inspiration.
Something that sparks the inner fire and brightens the flames.
Your ten minutes allows your creative self to play in other sand boxes for a little bit. When you do this,  your creative spirit is awakened to new ideas, new processes, and new forms of expression.

Then there is the big “S” word. STUCK!

Stuck sucks!

I have been there.

Maybe I am stuck on a story or poem. It could be you are stuck on a painting or photography assignment. Doubting about what direction you want to go to finish it. Or, maybe, it’s not knowing where to start. Or feeling slightly lost about “What next?”
When this happens, I remind myself to take 10 minutes.  Poetry quick writes, journal writing with a friend, taking photos,  or playing with paints are creative interventions  I use to bring me back to my creative center. The tasks are not large or daunting,  and they don’t need to be. It’s not about completion; it’s about creative soul play.

BEGIN IT!

Find ten minutes to write a poem or paint a background.

Ten minutes to take as many photo’s as you can or write 200 words.

200 words in ten minutes each day for five days is about 4 pages.

4 pages a week over 12 months is 200 pages!! Could half a novel!
Your small bits of time make a difference.
Be BOLD. Use your power. Create Magic!
Look below for Cool Ten Minute Ideas!! 
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