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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)


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Daily Paper Prompt: Dictionary Inspiration

August 17, 2013

I was thrilled to be invited by Tammy at Daisy Yellow to contribute a DPP [aka a Daily Paper Prompt]:


Each day, a daily prompt.  A technique, an experiment, something to do with paper. The Daily Paper Prompt is a prompt that you can do on paper of any size. The prompts are mostly techniques-based but some involve a color theme or a particular style of art. [Daisy Yellow]



After brainstorming a variety of ideas, I chose to dedicate my DPP to dictionary pages and ways I love to use their inspiration in my art journaling and collage work. Especially throughout this year, I’ve been using lots of dictionary bits & pieces in my 365 revo’lution project.

Check out my DPP (#16): Dictionary Love here.

DPPs started this month and will go until September 30, creating a collection of 61.

View all the DPPs here.


Thank you to Tammy for the opportunity to guest post for this challenge!  If you’re looking for art prompts, projects, link love, and inspiration for sparking or sustaining your daily creative practice – be sure to visit Daisy Yellow!


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Dictionary Art Inspiration, Branch Strengthening, & Smashbooking

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My Top 10 Favorite Things to Glue: Glue It Tuesday

In Bloom: Glue It Tuesday

July 23, 2013

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

In Bloom: Glue It Tuesday | creativity in motion

Happy Glue It Tuesday! I started this mini collage, originally for gluing down as part of my smashbook… but after sitting with the image I’m going to transform it into an artist trading card and add the intention bloom to my 2013 revo’lution:

[flowering, blossoming, growing]
[glowing with healthful vigor, warmth, and freshness]
[flourishing, prospering, thriving]


Be sure to check out what other Glue It Tuesday-ers inspired by Aimee at Artsyville are up to this week, here.


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Two hundred days of revo’lution making [VIDEO]

I Like This: Glue It Tuesday Smashbooking

Twentythirteen Revo’lution Cards of Intention

Inside These Pages: A Miniature Book with Big Reminders

July 7, 2013

I was looking through some paper scraps this week-end and came across some lovely sheets that inspired me to create this simple, 1.5 x 2 inch miniature book:

Inside These Pages: Miniature Book with Big Reminders | creativity in motion

This book holds these 5 spreads:

Inside These Pages: Miniature Book with Big Reminders | creativity in motion

I’ve been reflecting on the metaphor of small things and their big importance: in the form of simplicity, happiness, gratitude, and kindness… And continuing to be mindful of the space, journey, flow, and growth this perspective helps create.

Inside These Pages: Miniature Book with Big Reminders | creativity in motion

A nice reminder: “Life is made up of little things.” ~Frank A. Clark


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Through a Grateful Lens: Spring Light Simplicity

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I Like This: Glue It Tuesday Smashbooking

June 25, 2013

I had some time this morning to do some smashbooking inspired by Artsyville’s Glue It Tuesday:

I Like This: Glue It Tuesday Smashbooking | creativity in motion

I Like This: Glue It Tuesday Smashbooking 6/25/13

This spread is dedicated to some of my favorite intentions for well-being to start off this day: trust, simplicity, balance, and embracing inspiration in today’s moments…I like that!


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My Top 10 Favorite Things to Glue: Glue It Tuesday

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From My Smashbook: April Inspirations

Glue It Tuesday Smashbooking

May 28, 2013

I did a little smashbooking today in honor of Artsyville’s Glue It Tuesday!

#glueittuesday Smashbooking | Creativity in Motion

Some Glue It Tuesday Smashbooking

On this page I used some images from an old photo stock catalog, magazine photo collage, and a couple of Tim Holtz’s Alpha-Cards.  This smashbook is filling up nicely…  :)

Check out more #glueittuesday activity and share your own adventures with smashbooking here!

Mail Art & Dictionary Inspiration

May 12, 2013

I’ve been working on a collection of summer themed art cards for another one of Christine’s mail art exchanges:

Summer Mail Art

I used some sturdy 4 x 6ish cards then cut & paste some paper bits to create suns, as well as added some distressed stain, ink, acrylic paint, sheet music scraps, ink, and of course, one of my collage loves: dictionary page pieces.

Summer Mail Art

Sunshine, sunlight, sunrise, sunbeam, summer….

My Dictionary

It always delights me that whatever words I am looking for (depending on the theme, emotion, need) can still be found in my tattered  dictionary dedicated to this art making purpose.  So many of the pages are torn out, missing, previously used- but the right words always seem to be there waiting for me.

Painting Dictionary Pages

This Creative Dictionary Paper Techniques tutorial and video inspired me to experiment some more with not just word bits & pieces from my dictionary, but with the sheets I’ve torn out.  I had fun playing with some Dr. Martin’s concentrated watercolor, which added a nice touch of color to the pages.  Once I get some more gel medium, I’m going to experiment more with its effect as seen in the Joggle‘s video!

Painted Dictionary Pages

Keeping with the dictionary inspiration, I also worked on art for this month’s Creative Pay It Forward recipient: collaging dictionary pages on a large file card with some handstiching around the edges:

Creative Pay It Forward May

Are there fun ways you’ve been inspired to incorporate dictionary pages into your art-making?

From My Smashbook: April Inspiration

April 21, 2013

Thanks to Artsyville’s Glue It Tuesday and the revival of a local Saturday art-making get together I enjoy attending, my smashbook has been filling up with lots of the things I love to stick, collage, and glue down during the month of April:

April Smashbooking: Gretchen Miller | Creativity in Motion

Here I’ve used magazine photo images sent by Lani in 2013′s Creative Pay It Forward, pages from a vintage Reader’s Digest book I discovered, dictionary pages, and other collage bits & pieces I’ve been collecting.  Looking for to this week’s Glue It Tuesday’s fun!

Adventure Visioning: A Page From My Smashbook

April 7, 2013
“Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.” ~W. Somerset Maugham

Adventure Visioning

 I started to play with doing some visioning in my smashbook. Using magazine photo collage, drawing & inking, I began to visually organize content & happenings for the next few months ahead by converting my to-do post-it notes and lists into image form. Above is a page for April, May, June, and July, which includes inspiration about appointments, proposal deadlines, projects, brainstorming ideas, upcoming events, bits & pieces of fun stuff, & more.

My Top 10 Favorite Things to Glue: Glue It Tuesday

April 2, 2013

A few weeks ago, Aimee over at Artsyville introduced Glue It Tuesday- and for a collage making, gluebooking geek like me it’s like a special holiday that happens every week! Thank you Aimee!  I also love that this cut & paste celebration connects other #glueittuesday enthusiasts together on Instagram and Twitter, as well as on the Artsyville site so you can check out what other gluebookers are doing with their sticky fingertips and be inspired!

Take a peek at what’s happening for today, Week 3 here.

Top 10 Stuff To Glue- Glue It Tuesday

Today’s Glue It Tuesday got me thinking about all the things I like to glue in my collage work, 365 project, gluebook, and art journals.

In honor of today’s Glue It Tuesday, I decided to make a top 10 list of the stuff I love to glue and add it to my smashbook:

1. Magazine photo images:  My favorite mag to use includes Cloth Paper Scissors (!);

2. Exchanged paper stash goodness:  It’s always so much fun and another layer of connection to use the wonderful paper bits & pieces I’ve received from others in paper stash swaps/mail;

3. Dictionary pages:  I’m addicted to ripping up dictionaries for words and definitions to add to my collages;

4. Quotes: I’ve noticed for my 365 project, I’ve been searching for and printing out quotes to sometimes use as part of that day’s intention or on the flipside as additional meaning to describe the image;

5. Hearts: There’s something I really enjoy about the act of cutting a heart out of paper & adding it to my art;

6. Hands:  I often find the image of a single hand as a very sacred addition to what I am working on;

7. Fragments:  Gluing these plastic pieces on top of paper backgrounds, words, and images helps create protection and containment in many of my collage pieces;

8. Numbers:  Totally inspired by my 365 project, I’ve discovered the joy of gluing and adding numbers to my work from sources such as bingo cards and old calendars;

9. Smash Stuff:  I’m a big fan of using Smash Stickies, Labels, & Pads for gluing down in my art journaling and smashbooking;

10. Handmade Paper:  I love the texture that adding handmade paper creates to my work.

What would be on your Top 10 list of favorite things to glue?


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