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2014 Creative Planning

January 6, 2014

As I start to transition back into the work week after a restful holiday break, I thought it was great timing to play with my new 2014 Planner I just purchased and received from Teresa Robinson (aka @stargardner) last week via  Right brain planning combines art journaling and creative planning into one practice and Teresa’s 2014 Planner includes templates, ideas, monthly prompts, and tons of inspiration to get started!

Imagination is the beginning of creation.  You imagine what you desire.  You will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. ~George Bernard Shaw

2014 Creative Planning | creativity in motion

Teresa’s 2014 Planner and all its elements can be used in so many different ways!  I’ve decided to use an old, unused watercolor sketchbook for my monthly planning pages.  This sketchbook provides plenty of extra room for art journaling and its pages are super thick.  I also see myself using the Planner’s elements in my ongoing smashbooking, 3×5 365, gluebooking, and in my art therapy work with clients.  Thank you Teresa for all these creative possibilities!

You can also check out more art journaling inspiration from Teresa at the The Art Journaler.

2014 Creative Planning | creativity in motion

Making space for that [something] will reveal what is truly vital for you. ~@stargardner

I also finished my 2014 revo’lution art journal this week-end (hooray!), which I’ll be sharing here soon. It’s a really nice feeling to start the new year grounded in intention and to have this direction guided and supported by my creative practice.

Intention… is where we begin…

The time I’ve had off has really been like a little mini creative sabbatical!  I’m grateful I’ve had more time to do art, check out art, prepare projects, and get ready for the abundance that this year holds in opportunity, connection, and creativity.

[Today is Day One]… Beginning New & Inspired By…

I’m excited to share a look at my next few months ahead: art therapy happenings & creative stuff I’m up to in twenty14. I hope we’ll meet up or connect at some of these events or offerings!


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3×5 365 Begins

January 1, 2014

New Year, New 365! Woo hoo!

I’m upsizing from last year’s 1 x 2.5 inch card to an index card and beginning a 3×5 365 adventure today….

3x5 365 | creativity in motion

3×5 365

There’s lots o’ inspiration out there for index card art journaling to help and guide me in this new journey, including the amazing Tammy Garcia’s ICAD (Index Card a Day) Challenge and Daily Paper Prompts on her site Daisy Yellow.  Tammy’s an ICAD inspiration and pioneer to so many involved in this art journaling movement!  Thank you Tammy!

To begin (creating a safe space!), I’ve purchased a simple expandable plastic file, a little similar to this to hold and organize the cards I’ll be making.  This kind of card containing system also makes it very easy for me to take the project on the go, an important consideration for how I like to work and for following through with this daily creative practice.

I’m looking forward to creating within a larger space, incorporating more writing (on the flipside), as well as experimenting with more materials, techniques, and prompts in my 2014 creative life!  Look for 3×5 365 art to be posted here weekly. Yay!

How are you launching or nurturing your creative daily practice in 2014?


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Heart Space: 365 Days of revo’lution making

December 31, 2013

It’s day 365 of this incredible journey.  :) Wow!  I got up super early this morning with eager and excited anticipation of today’s ultimate milestone for this 365 project.

my 365 revo'lution | creativity in motion

rise and shine: revo’lution morning art-making

Following a series of deep breaths and spending time in a simple meditation of gratitude, I started to work on the last piece to make this project complete:

Day 365: My 365 revo'lution project | creativity in motion

Day 365: [golden] heart space

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” ― Paulo Coelho

This project helped create the space to find and re-discover so much treasure…

365 days of revo'lution making | creativity in motion

365 Full Circle

“The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe.  The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars. Fire and lightening and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not.”  ― Swami Prabhavananda

This final month (below) has been spent in a lot of reflection… Especially related to my yearly revo’lution.

Days 335-346 | my 365 revo'lution | creativity in motion

Days 335-346

“When we make the choice to fill our heart space with unconditional love, our worlds blossom into a beauty far greater than we have known.” ~Rio Godfrey

Days 347-358 | 365 revo'lution | creativity in motion

Days 347-358

Simplicity. Stillness. Light. Trust, Service. Honor. Blossom.

Days 359-362 | my 365 revo'lution | creativity in motion

Days 359-362

I’m also so very appreciative of all the support, enthusiasm, and kindness this project has received over the last 12 months.  As a special thank you, I’m offering the series of the collage sheets I’ve made of some of my favorite 365 revo’lution art in this free download available throughout January.

365 revo'lution collage sheets

In reflection of 2013, please enjoy this simple video highlighting intentions, days, and meaningful moments found in this heart space throughout the year:

Here’s wishing you and yours many blessings of joy and growth in 2014!


Past 365 revo’lution posts:

365 revo'lution project | creativity in motion

A Simple Reflection on 5 Years of Revo’lution Making

December 27, 2013

2013 marks a revo’lution making milestone.  It’s been 5 years since I first embarked on this end of the year creative practice dedicated to intention setting and manifesting through art journaling.

In these last 5 years I’ve learned so much by this process (over and over again).  Each intention I’ve chosen has had its own joys, surprises, gifts, consequences, opportunities, & unexpected lessons in my work, life, relationships, and well-being that I am very grateful for.

“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”

~Lucius Annaeus Seneca


A Simple Reflection on 5 Years of Revo'lution Making | creativity in motion

5 Years of Revolution Making

In my creative space I have a special place where I stack all my past revo’lution art journals to remind me where I’ve been and how these intentions have inspired, challenged, or influenced where I am now.

“Our intention creates our reality.”  ~Wayne Dyer  

2014 Revo'lution Making Begins

2014 Revo’lution Making Begins

I’ve started the beginnings of my 2014′s revo’lution making… using tabbed cards labeled with the intentions I want to offer and receive during this new year….

I plan on crafting my new revo’lution beginning next week once my 365 revo’lution project has finished…. More coming soon on both of those fronts…!


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2014 Art Journaling Creative Goodness: 21 SECRETS LIVE!

December 21, 2013

As December begins to wind down and 2014 approaches, one of the awesome art journaling happenings I am really looking forward to and super excited, honored to be involved with is 21 SECRETS LIVE!  I announced this a few months ago and was even able to give away a couple of free spots on this blog last month, but along with 2014, 21 SECRETS LIVE! is almost here now!  Yay!

Here’s a re-cap of the creative goodness we’ll be up to during the upcoming year: Beginning January 15 (through June!) co-hosts Connie Hozvicka, Lisa Wilson, and Hali Karla along with a past 21 SECRETS teacher will be meeting every Wednesday at 6pm EST for a LIVE! video broadcast where you’ll be able to art journal along in real time, ask us questions through a chat format, and feel like we’re right there with you in your studio LIVE!

My LIVE! broadcast hosted by Hali, is scheduled for February and I can’t wait to hang out with you to chat about & do some art journaling together through Spreecast.

21 SECRETS LIVE! Instructors

21 SECRETS LIVE! Instructors

Also joining in on the fun are these past (and amazing!) 21 SECRETS Instructors: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Dion Dior, Jane Davenport, Andrea Schroeder, Aimee Myers Dolich, Alma Stoller, Carissa Paige, Dale Anne Potter, Violette Clark, Roben-Marie Smith, Rachel Whetzel, Natasha Reilly, Rae Missigman, Diana Trout, Rachel Awes, Traci Bunkers, Kate Crane, Tracy Verdugo, and Kelly Barton.

I recently got to view a Spreecast art journaling session in action with Connie, Lisa, and Hali and it looked like so much fun!  I’m looking forward to some pre-21 SECRETS LIVE! spreecasting fun with the inspiring Hali as we get ready for my broadcast on February 26.


Spreecast is a social video platform that connects people together through live broadcasting, photo sharing, and online chatting. According to the Spreecast’s mission, they “believe people obtain a deeper understanding of each other and a more emotional connection when they interact face-to-face.” The site is also a great way to meet others who share your interests (like art journaling!) and discover new ones!

Can’t make the LIVE! broadcasts? No worries– Each 21 SECRETS LIVE! broadcast is recorded and available for members to save, keep, watch on your own schedule, and time!  Members of 21 SECRETS LIVE! will also have access to a private Facebook group and Flickr gallery–for sharing your work, giving/receiving feedback, and staying connected to the inspiring 21 SECRETS LIVE! community!

There’s still time to join us (here)!  I hope you will!  What a nice way to start off 2014 and keep dedicating weekly time, energy, and inspiration to your art journaling practice!

20 Reminders & Discoveries Inspired By My 365 Project

December 11, 2013

It’s Day 345 of 2013, which means  there’s only 20 days remaining in the 365 project I started on January 1…  Wow!  To kick off this bittersweet countdown, I’m sharing the 20 things I’ve learned, discovered, and re-visited so far from participating in this project and my revo’lution intentions this year:

20 Reminders & Discoveries Inspired By My 365 Project | creativity in motion

1. I’m always amazed and astonished by the containment of small holding spaces in art making.

2. Remember to slow down.

3.  Appreciate each day.

4. Trust the process.

5. My favorite 365 making time: Mid-morning, before noon

6. I really do have 20-30 minutes everyday to create.

7. Keep it simple.

8. Most used revo’lution making tools: gluestick & hole puncher

9. Take time to honor the moment.

10. One day at a time.

11. All the pieces are part of the greater whole.

12. Stay in the light.

13. Most Seen Intention throughout the Project: Trust

14. This project helped me strengthen and deepen my connection to others and service.

15. Favorite place for revo’lution making: Home in my creative place

16. Biggest regret:  Not being able to regularly work on my 365 art first thing in the morning. (would be a great way to start the day!)

17. Most inspiring moment: When I reached my first 100 days.

18. Favorite material used: Collage, distressed ink & stain

19. Intentions that have taught me the most: Service & Honor

20. Intentions that have challenged me the most: Stillness & Trust


In many ways embarking on this final 20 day journey is just the beginning as I start to craft my new revo’lution and intentions for 2014…. :)

I’ve also enjoyed reading the comments and responses to my 365 revo’lution collage sheet giveaway- Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far! A reminder that there’s still three more Fridays left to share your intention(s) and enter!

Past Posts: my 365 revo’lution project

334 days of revo’lution making | my 365 project [and collage sheet giveaway!]

November 30, 2013

Holy wow!  It’s month 11 for my 365 project– I can hardly believe it…  Behold my revo’lution making for days 305-334:

Days 305-317 | my 365 project | creativity in motion

Days 305-317

It feels like this month of my 2013 life has flown by.  Thankfully, this practice continues to pull me in and anchor me in moments of still reflection.

311: my 365 project | creativity in motion

Day 311

Inspired by this still point of reflection, comes each of these pieces…  small records of intention beginning to manifest into a collective, larger whole.

Days 318-329 | my 365 project | creativity in motion

Days 318-329

As the final month and days approach for this year’s revo’lution making I’ve been spending more time reflecting back and through each piece…. It is an exciting and heartfelt process to revisit this year through daily images inspired by this project and practice.

Days 330-334 | my 365 project | creativity in motion

Days 330-334

To celebrate this project and thank you for your on-going support, throughout the month of December I am going to be giving away 8.5 x 11 full color collage sheets that include some of my favorite revo’lution pieces so far.  Each sheet includes a copy of 24 revo’lution pieces that I’ll mail out to you for use in your art journaling, collage work, or other creative projects and ideas!

To enter, comment below on an intention you’ve focused on throughout this year….  Every Friday, be sure to check back here to this post (around 9am-ish EST/US) where I’ll post 2 winners from someone randomly picked from comments made.

334 days of revo'lution making | my 365 project [and collage sheet giveaway!]

revo’lution pieces collage sheet (1 of 4)


365 revo'lution makingmy 365 revo’lution project: past posts

Artful Adventure Treasures from New York

November 13, 2013

I just spent a few days in New York City where I attended some of the 4th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit.


Expressive Therapies Summit

This year‘s program included over 200 faculty and 130 sessions over 4 days across New York City. There was a lot going on!


Creative Meet Ups & Connecting

One of my favorite things to do is to connect with and meet up with art therapists, students, and virtual friends I have met, collaborated with or follow online, which this conference allowed plenty of opportunity for, including a Networking Meet Up at The New School on the first day of the Summit! It was great to meet many in person from the Art Therapy Alliance and 6 Degrees of Creativity communities who were also attending the Summit.


Thich Nhat Hahn Exhibit

One of the meet-up opportunities for the Art Therapy Alliance community included visiting the US debut of “Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh” currently on display at abc carpet and home.  The display , works of calligraphy, and their inspiring messages were beautiful.  I am grateful I was able to see it and take it in with other art therapists!

On the last day of the Summit, I offered my workshop focusing on art journaling & trauma intervention with women survivors of domestic violence, as well as using art journaling for professional self care. It was a very nice way to end the Summit: a room full of brown paper bag journal making that provided the time & space to explore and honor self-care in relationship to trauma work.  Many thanks to everyone who attended!


Art Journaling as a Visual Voice for Trauma Intervention Workshop

Some themes and prompts I introduced for consideration in relationship to professional self care were inspired by these topics and inspiring work:

Self-Care Proclamation/Mantra: Christine Arylo
Anchoring/Safe Place: Kathleen Adams
Gratitude: Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
Affirmations, Strengths: Martin Seligman
Relaxation Inspiration: Lani Gerity
Vulnerability: Brené  Brown
Mind Mapping / Cluster Writing
Relational Enrichment: Bruce Perry’s 3 P’s

You can also learn more about these themes in relationship to art therapy & professional self-care from my past posts about Self Care through Creative Practice and Intention.

Much gratitude to the Expressive Therapies Summit and its team for an inspiring time and bringing us all together!


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304 days of revo’lution making: my 365 project

November 1, 2013
304 days of revo'lution making: my 365 project | creativity in motion

Behold: 304 days of revo’lution making

Month #10 for my 365 project:

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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”  ~Lao Tzu

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Art Journaling Is… 21 SECRETS LIVE! Giveaway

October 24, 2013

I’m doing a giveaway here on Creativity in Motion for TWO free spots in 21 SECRETS LIVE!, an art journaling spreecast hosted by Dirty Footprints Studio:

Art Journaling Is... >>> 21 SECRETS LIVE! Giveaway via creativity in motion

21 SECRETS is turning five years old in 2014 and there’s a special workshop happening to celebrate…(!)

Come join a group of past 21 SECRETS teachers (including me!) in 21 SECRETS LIVE!…Starting January 15 your host Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio and a past 21 SECRETS teacher will meet every Wednesday at 6pm EST for a LIVE! video broadcast where you can art journal along with us.  Learn more information about 21 SECRETS LIVE! here

It’s easy to enter this special giveaway!  Just complete this sentence in the comment section below: “Art Journaling is……” between now and next Friday.

For me personally, art journaling in the form of smashooking, gluebooking, altered art book-making, my 365 project, and more has been (and continues to be) so many wonderful things.  Art journaling has been a way for me to experiment with simple, yet fun art materials & new ideas, a form of self-care, and a tool to help me honor & stay grounded with intention, gratitude, and a daily creative practice.  I also very much enjoy the community and spirit from art journaling friends I’ve connected with from all over the world!

What does art journaling mean to you? I’d love to hear!

Art Journaling Is... >>> 21 SECRETS LIVE! Giveaway via creativity in motion

I will randomly pick two entries from the responses below next week on November 1 at 5 pm EST and will contact the winners directly.  Good luck!

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