Sunday, January 07, 2007

Intention and Elsie's challenge {wk. #1}

I feel like I'm kind-of putting things into place for the new year. Organizing my thoughts and priorities, deciding what's important. One thing that's at the heart of it all is Ali's challenge to pick one word for the year. A word to sum up what you want for yourself in 2007. After reading this, the word create immediately popped into my head. I'm always striving to challenge myself to create whenever possible. Then after reading this post, the phrase honor my creativity, whenever it comes, whatever form it takes jumped off the page at me. So it's official, my word is CREATE! It doesn't necessarily mean I have to make a layout everyday or do some sort of art (but it could), it could mean creating more healthful meals for my family, creating stronger friendships, creating more free time (don't I wish!).

After reading the book Living Artfully my definition of living a creative life has expanded tenfold. Has anyone else gotten a hold of this book and read it? I'd love to hear what you think. The layout above was made to honor my word for 2007 and state my intention. The picture is of me working alongside other artists (my favorite way to create) at Silver Bella. This year I have big plans to create LOTS of art. I am more than thrilled to be going to ArtFest at the end of March. I hope to create lots of fun little gifties to trade there and also participate in the art show-and-tell that will be taking place and of course bring a handmade journal with me to scrapbook my weekend! It will be a dream come true for me to create with such amazing teachers and fellow artists. Can't wait!! Anyone else out there going?

Part of what I would love to accomplish is creating layouts to keep up with all the photos that I take. To help with this I'm going to use Elsie's book 52 Scrapbooking Challenges and post a challenge here, on my blog, every Sunday if you'd like to play along with me. Since there's 52, this will last a whole year! So let's get started...

Challenge {number one} work with words. From the book: Whether it's a quote, a list of your favorite adjectives or computer generated phrases, journaling on strips of cardstock is a great way to add visual excitement to your page. So here's mine (above). If you choose to play along and post your layout on your blog, please post a comment with a link here so we can all check it out.

One final (very exciting!) note is that one of my favorite, new found blogger artists beshka is going to start posting challenges from the fabulous book Caffeine for the Creative Mind on her blog starting the 15th. She will post a challenge every 2 weeks. Come join us, it will be fun!!!!

Here's to a fabulous year of ~*creating*~

11 comments:

Nicole said...

Thank you so much for visiting and posting on my blog! I have been to yours many of times! It's very cute and inspiring! Love your pink scale. I've been eyeing that at a local store for months now....and I think I wanna go and get it! I added your blog to my list of Cute Blogs!

Anonymous said...

Great Layout!

Jenn said...

Beautiful layout and beautiful selection of word.

Frivolitea said...

I was inspired by a local Asheville musician, Christine Kane, (http://christinekane.com/blog/?p=118) to select a word to guide me through the new year. I also selected the word "CREATE." This year I will try to put aside many distractions in order to make time to create. I know that you, in your great productive and creative way, will inspire me also.

Maija said...

I loved your book for Silver Bella! I'd klike to make one for ArtFest as well. When you get ready to set it up, will you please give me some tips?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful LO! I love the word you chose for the year, too. Did you visit Fancy Simple today? The quote is about creating--where your creative spark comes from.

Anonymous said...

so cool! love all the texture. My word is go, lo on my blog.

Dawn said...

I received Living Artfully for Christmas and I LOVE it! I have found it so inspiring and it has led me to re-evaluate my thoughts on living an artful life. I am discussing my journey over at Art2arT if you are interested.

Good luck with your word...I need to think about mine. Having a new baby forces me to re-evaluate the way my creative life will flow next year. I applaud you for your zeal and for sharing your journey with the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your work, it is so whimsical. I really like your craft space, the inspire is really bold among all your pretty stuff!

maria said...

First, thanks for the inspiration! I love your blog...I've been here many times, and I can't believe I hadn't saved it on my bloglines....I'll be doing that right now! I received Living Artfully for Christmas and I also totally LOVE it!

You picked an awesome word for this year! And your layout is perfect!

pam said...

such a sweet and pretty picture of you. love your post. i am so excited for you and your creativity this year! artfest is going to open up your creative world...so glad i'll get to see you there.