Plant Your Dreams – Creating Your Life Vision Board Workshop

Creating Your Life Vision Board Workshop

Vision Boards:  A Practice Not Just An Activity

Vision boards are one of the most powerful ways to visualize your goals and keep you focused. Where do you want to be and what do you want to be doing one, five, ten years from now?  Just like Hollywood directors you can create storyboards to map out your blockbuster life – your vision board will focus close-up on you and you become the STAR not the extra in your own extraordinary life story!

I am so excited to be partnering with a friend and multi-media artist, Violette of http://Violette.ca and author of  ‘Journal Bliss’ Inner prompts to unleash your inner Eccentric –  we met at the White Rock Valley Women’s Networking Luncheon by and are now facilitating a workshop on creating vision boards together.  I have been an avid creator of vision boards for a while now, ever since watching ‘The Secret” and attending  Jack Canfield and Jim Bunch’s “The Ultimate Life Conference” a few years ago.   It is so important for us to dream and use visuals to help us realize our dreams and Vision Boards are a great and fun way to do this.  

Your vision board can take many forms or can just be positive daily affirmations put to a colourful page filled with images of the things that you desire in your life.   At the workshop Violette and  I will guide your through some exercises and some techniques to use while creating your vision/dream board.  It is going to be a very fun afternoon filled with positive and creative fun. 

If you live in the Vancouver area and are interested in joining us for this workshop click on the image above to link to more info  and how to register.  

Here is some pictures of Violette with her Dream Board to go…..and some beautiful affirmation postcards she has created.   

Dream Board

Violette’s Dream Board To-Go
Living the Best Life
Self Esteem Vision Card

Until next time – what dreams do you have for your life?

Michelle

 

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Recycled Baby Board Book into Birthday Book

My daughter celebrated a special Birthday yesterday and I wanted to do a little walk down memory lane in the way of a Birthday Book.  So I decided to take a bunch of pictures of her growing  up and incorporate them into a recycled baby board book. 

Recycled Birthday Board Book

I got the board book at Value Village, they sell little bags of kids books for $0.99.  I painted gesso on all of the pages to cover up the original pages and then added acrylics to the pages.  I printed copies of the photos in colour then cut them out to fit on the page and attached with soft medium gel and added some text and stamping to the pages. I also added some of my art journal pages that I copied and some other ephemera on the back pages with some beautiful quotes to follow your heart.  

Where ever you go - go with all your heart!

To finish it off I covered each page with modge podge to seal them.  It didn’t turn out exactly how I envisioned it – but I do like it and my daughter thought it was beautiful and I learned a lot about the different mediums I was using and what doesn’t work and that you need a lot of patience especially when it comes to drying time. 

Birthday Board Book

What did I learn from the process – I probably should have roughed up the pages with some fine sandpaper to get the paint to adhere better to the pages so that the paint does not chip off; that chalk ink pads smear when you try to cover with gel mediums so does the black gel pen I used to do some of the text, spray varnish is hard to control and takes a long time to dry so that the pages don’t stick together. 

I have a few more board books to use in the future and will try adjusting my techniques to see if I get better results.  It is all a learning process…..

Until next time happy creating!

Michelle

 

Discovering Creative Learning Resoures and Inspiration

It’s funny how you come across great magazines when you least expect it and they are treasures just filled with wonderful creative ideas, resources and new venues to develop your art.  One magazine in particular that I am really falling in love with is Somerset Studio it is chalked full of wonderful artists sharing their art and techniques.  These are definitely magazines that you keep on your bookshelf close at hand to refer back to off and on when you are needing a creative boost or looking for an idea.  Their website is also an interesting and informative place to check out where you will find free how-to videos, project ideas and new products and more http://somersetstudio.com/

While reading one of  the articles in the latest issue of Somerset Studio I discovered a link  for learning more about using moulding paste in collage and art pages – the link was  http://PamCarriker.com – well what an exciting find this site has been and I have  found myself returning many times this past week to continue to soak up all her fun techniques.  Pam Carriker is an amazing multi-media artist and she has done some videos on how to use your art pages again by making copies of them and then cutting, tearing, etc. different pieces of the previous art  page copy and giving it a whole new life on a new page.  Pam’s site also led me to a link to Stratmore’s Artist free on-line workshops another great find  http://www.strathmoreartist.com/vjworkshop2011.html .  I have  enjoyed watching all of Pam’s workshop videos – she is an incredible teacher and her techniques are really something I want to incorporate into my art pages and collages as I continue to learn and grow as an artist (still got those training wheels on).  I would be remiss not to mention that there are two other artists – Linda Blinn and Roz Stendahl also teaching Strathmore Artists Workshops on art pages and they are both really informative.

I have  scanned some of my pages, printed them off and have been having fun trying out Pam’s techniques while creating a totally different art page.  I am still working on my first page not quite finished…..but soon.

So if you are looking for some inspiration and to learn some more techniques for your art page do  check out the links I have shared in my post, well worth exploring.

Til next time happy creating

Michelle

DIY Decorations for a Bridal Shower -Blooming Tissue Heart

I am a do-it-yourself kinda gal so I have been very busy working on decorations for my daughter’s bridal shower that took place this past weekend, it was great having this project to concentrate on rather than our drizzly wet weather here in the lower mainland of Vancouver, more like January then May.  Way too much rain – think my toes are beginning to web!  So to pass the time I

Blooming paper flower heart

went on a tissue paper flower making blitz and then got the great idea to create a big heart.  I found a small sheet of foam that was used for packing and drew out a large heart and then cut out a smaller heart inside so that the heart would be blank in the middle.  Then I attached the paper flowers – I think this heart took about 36 blooms to make it full which is three packages of  tissue.  I then added some little pale pink hearts to the top and I had some pearl string beads I was using for a wrist corsage so thought that might add little  glamour to the heart. 

I also put together a small garland with the flowers on some white tulle and created a couple of bouquets for the table.  For one of the bouquets I used a cookie box for the vase – but first I painted it with some Gesso and then modge podged on green tissue paper and then a photo of the lovely young couple and added a final coat of modge podge with a sprinkle of iridescent sparkles.  I added some of the blue tulle I had as filler for the hand-made vases and to incorporate the wedding colours.  I was pleased how everything turned out and also that some of the items can be used for the wedding reception.  Still have some more flowers to make but they come together pretty quickly.  I am really love creating party decor – it has always been something I enjoy doing and it is fun being creative.

Til next time

Michelle

Paper Blooms – Mexican Style

Mexican paper flowers make me happy, they are so beautiful and bright and add a touch of festivity.  A number of months ago I was searching for an alternative to fresh flower table centres and decorations and came across some videos’ on-line that gave great directions on how to make Mexican tissue flowers, so I tried making some(there are lots of directions available).   My daughter loved them and wanted to incorporate them into her June wedding reception decorations.   So today I got busy and made about 30 of them. 

They are really quite easy to make and oh so colourful! You just have to be careful when you are separating the layers so not to tear the tissue.

Here are some directions – I evenly folded the package of tissue and cut approximately 8″ widths and then cut in half to create pieces of approximately 8″ x 10″. Each

Colourful Mexican Tissue Flowers

flower has 6 layers of approximately 8″ x 10″ pieces.  Fold  the stack of 6 layers accordian style – 1″ folds – finished length is about 8″.  Cut the corners off at each end making a rounded end.  Fold in half and secure a pipe cleaner or floral wire around the middle as tight as possible.  Next take one side and fan out and then carefully separate each layer this creates the fullness of the flower – too much pulling or pressure will tear the tissue paper,  repeat on the other side. 

It took me about 30 minutes to create 10 medium-sized blooms – this was from one package of tissue paper.

If you are looking to add an inexpensive touch of colour to your environment then give these flowers a try they will brighten any room and great for party decorating or you could add them to a gift for an extra splash of fun.

Til next time happy creating

Michelle

Entering the creative world of art journalling

Over the past few weeks I have watched a lot of YouTube videos on creating collage which has tweaked an interest in art journaling.  In years past I have recorded my thoughts in a journal off and on, however I find that I will journal consistently for a while and then I stop and don’t do anything for a long time.  Perhaps it is because I have a hard time writing something everyday.  Who knows but I do know it is therapeutic activity and allows me to clear my head.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit with a wonderfully creative artist that I met at the Valley Women’s Networking luncheon.  Violette lives in a purple cottage in White Rock, BC, and the colour doesn’t stop there  – the interior is a delightful mix of  terracotta, lime green, bright blue and decorated with lots of her beautiful colourful art.  

Our visit flew by and the conversation was so easy, it really felt like I had known Violette for years and we discovered that we had a lot of similarities in our creative journeys through life.  To inspire her and keep her creative juices flowing Violette does art journal pages.  If you are not familiar with art journaling it basically incorporates words or statements about what you are feeling or wanting to do along with pictures, painting, doodling or what ever your creativity brings about.  It is actually a very fun way to express yourself. Violette wanted to share her joy of  the art journal so she wrote and published a book that provides tips and techniques for this creative art form.  It is called  “Journal Bliss” which of course I bought and I was delighted that she also signed it for me!  Violette also has a great Blog that I love to read http://www.violette.ca .

After leaving Violette’s home I felt so inspired and set a challenge for myself to incorporate this art form into my life and try to create an art journal page every day for a month.   (I am trying to create a habit of doing something creative everyday – and I know in order to form a new habit you must do it at least 21 days in a row.)  I am proud to say that so far I have been keeping up with the challenge.  Here are a couple of pics of some of my pages.

As I am on this wonderful  journey of rediscovering my creative side, the “Journal Bliss” book has been a great resource as I am learning some new techniques for drawing and creating.  I have to admit that sometimes I have trouble letting myself just go when it comes to creating, to often over thinking what I should do or how it should look and worried that it will look dumb or like a 6-year-old did it.  But my daughter is always reminding me that it does not matter what others think as long as I am having fun and enjoying the process.  It’s funny when I think about how many times I have said that to her over the years and now she is saying it to me.   So now I find myself eagerly looking forward to creating my daily journal page (one of the perks of being retired is that you have time) and have actually been quite pleased with the end result.  It seems the pages are taking shape of their own and turning into my vision book as well and the best part is I am having fun with it and love how the pieces for each page just seem to come together.

til next time,

Michelle