Monday, January 6, 2014

Do Something Creative Every Day & Giveaway!

A few years ago I was in Atlanta visiting my college roommate and we walked into the Paper Source.  I had never been into this store before and I was a little excited….okay, maybe A LOT excited.  As I scanned the arrangements of beautiful papers and stamps, my mind raced with possibilities of all the things I could create!  I love it when a store does that to me…my wallet ~ not so much! :)



Anyway from that trip, I found this stamp and have kept it on my shelf to inspire me as I work in my studio.



With the new year, comes a bit of reflection, promises and goals.  I looked up at this stamp the other day and was inspired to pledge to "do something creative every day".  It doesn't always have to be art ~ after all ~ cooking a new meal is creative, rearranging your home is creative, making a card, writing a poem or short story, making a scrapbook page, etc.

So in 2014 I am pledging to try and do something creative every day.  Here is a pix of my calendar so far.


Now, with that said, I am not going to beat myself up if I don't, but instead I am going to reward myself with a little stamp (like you got in grade school) for achieving success!!

Will you join me and spread your wings in 2014 by pledging to grow creatively?

Leave me a comment letting me know what YOUR creative goals are for 2014 and I will choose one comment randomly to win one of my 2014 calendars!  (You have until Wednesday, January 15th at 11:59 pm to enter)

Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin!

Good Luck!

37 comments:

  1. My problem is starting. Once I start a project I keep going and love it. I have to make myself get up off my recliner and sit at my art table - every day!! Thanks for the push.
    Sandy

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    1. Hey, you can even sit in your recliner and sketch ideas or inspiration. Just do something to keep your mind close to that creative zone. I was watching Downton Abbey and sketching the things in the scenes that I found so beautiful ~ the clothes, flower arrangements, chandeliers. Just grab a pencil and go!

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  2. My problem is not knowing where to start, I spend way too much time trying to decide on colours/images/stamps/ whatever. This year I'm just going to grab some paint or ink & just get it onto a page, or a canvas & go where it leads me. And yes, to do it everyday, even if it's just for 15 minutes. Happy New Year!

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    1. Sometimes I feel the same way…but when I am not "inspired" to do something, I usually make backgrounds for future paintings, experiment with supplies I hardly use, pull out tags and just "play" ….sometimes just playing is all you need to unleash that creativity inside!

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  3. I love the stamp Kirsten!
    Funny thing is I have trouble starting too!! Perhaps Sandy, isisimaginings and I cold encourage each other???

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    1. Like I told Sandy….just pull out a few supplies and play. When I am stuck I usually try playing and it works. Try this: select 3 colors, a few blank tags, stamp or two, a stencil and a spray. Start experimenting with layers and colors and see what happens! Good luck!

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  4. I love to set goals...but it sure is hard to keep up with them. This year I've chosen "journey" as my word and I'm going to try and say it to myself every time I'm working on one of my goals...to just remember for a moment that it's great to set goals but sometimes life takes you on a little different journey...and that's OK. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to win one of your beautiful calendars.

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    1. Yes, it is easy for us to constantly focus on "we're not THERE yet"…. but life is a journey and the best part is the journey to the elusive THERE! Just soak in the moment, be where your authentic self says to be and have fun! Good luck!

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  5. I am going to try and not let other things get in my way of creating art. And I am going to look at my work as art!

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    1. YES!!! Just set a tiny amount of time a day to create - small or large and remember to PLAY! Art should be fun and not work! Good luck!

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  6. I have thought about this as my resolution also. I have lots of cool supplies, but I tend to spend more of my time buying stuff instead of using it. I really need to change this trend, and I'm keeping your post where I can see it daily to remind me to get off my duff and DO something. Thanks!!

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    1. I think we all tend to hoard a bit… I know i am guilty! I have that shiny object syndrome where I want the latest cool tool or supply! It is the best feeling though when you make do with what you have on hand…AND it helps your mind expand on different ways to use supplies you never thought of before. Sometimes the results are much more pleasing! :)) Good luck!

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  7. I started my new 5 year diary - just a few lines each day. Did it for 10 years but stopped in 2010 so thought I would try again. Also signed up for Creative Every Day blog commitment - no pressure more like documenting what creative process I do each day or each couple of days.

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    1. I am in awe. I can't not even tell you how many diaries I have started. I forget about them by the third week in January! :)) Just be easy on yourself and don't beat yourself up if you miss a day or two and remember to have fun!!

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  8. I love that stamp. So cool to stamp each day like getting a STAR! One of my creative goals is set with a dear friend were we will meet once a month to create something from something old found. It's called Monthly Re-purpose Project.

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    1. Love it! I do a lot of re-purposed projects….I will be sharing some soon, so stay tuned!

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  9. Love that stamp! My problem is all my stuff is stored in 3 or 4 different places. By the time I find what I want the time to use it is gone!

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    1. Pull it out and keep it out. Might be hard at first. I am a little OCD but in my art studio I keep things where I can see them or else I forget I have them. Start simple by keeping a sketchbook in your purse, with a crayon….inspiration hits at odd times!

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  10. Love your blog, thanks for the inspiration. My creative goals for this year are to get back blogging on a regular basis.

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    1. I have trouble doing "regular" too… I think the thing is to not beat ourselves up so much and worry about "is it good enough for others"? Just share it! Good luck!

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  11. Okay I am with you because since our trip at Donna's studio I have hardly touched my craft supplies I have missed it so much. This year I want to do this for me! Hugs to you and for your inspiration!

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    1. What?!? Girl, I am telling you…just grab some paint, or stamps, scrap paper and pretend you are in Kindergarten again…no plans! Just create!!! Miss you xxoo

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    2. Hi Kirsten, my problem is.... I put off trying to do some thing creative everyday! I keep busy doing things here and there and when I eventually sit down to create, if it doesn't go well, I get upset ! What now?

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    3. Just keep doing it… I run into the same thing. Some days I am on a roll and sometimes not so much. But just like with anything else, I find I am more pleased with my results the more I practice. Keep trying!!! :)

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  12. My creative goals for this year are create a regular pages for my art journal, :D.

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    1. Awesome goal! Mine too….it is kind of my "weakness"!

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  13. I'm adopting the Home Depot ad pitch...."more saving, more doing"! I want to get more done this year while spending less...and that applies to everything...home, crafts, etc.! More crafting, less shopping, more DIY home improvements, less shopping, more fun, less shopping. I think you see where this is going!!

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    1. Yes, yes, yes!!! I agree 100%! I always say when people tell me about the great sale where they save 75%…I say, well "I saved 100% because I didn't go!" :)))

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  14. For 2014 I'm working on a gratitude journal. I have so much to be thankful for. Now I have to do up some backgrounds ahead of time so I don't get stressed about it.

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    1. Oh I like that idea. I would love to see how it comes out!

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  15. I am in the process of doing something radical. That formal dining room I have, that is only used on Christmas day? Well, it is in the process of becoming my studio. This Christmas, as you know, I made some of my gifts for others. Well, when the kids saw what I was doing, of course they wanted to paint too. I loved it!! I love when they are creative too, but we just don't have the space, so I have sold most of my dining room furniture and am turning it into my scrapbook room/art studio. I'm hoping many projects are created this year in that room, not only by me, but my children also!! I can't tell you how excited I am!!

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  16. I want to expand my horizons. I've been seeing the use of stencils and I want to try that technique.
    If I see something on the blogs that are new and/or different, I plan to make notes and try those. I'm a card maker and I can see how I have improved over the years to where I feel like I make beautiful cards - layering, coloring, etc. I don't want to stop there - I want to keep on improving so that people will really appreciate the work that I do. I love to be creative and paper is a good way to express myself.

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  17. Love your little stamp. I do agree that "playing" is the key, My goal is to play every day. What my minimum daily playtime activity is to at least doodle one thing from that day into my day timer. At the end of last week I took all seven doodles and created a collage in my journal. Who knows what this may develop into. Thanks for the opportunity to win a calendar....a new spot for playing/doodling!

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