Below is some the creative goodness I put together for the couple of fun stashes I mailed to Nancy and Jessica. These packages included a variety of scrapbooking paper, tags, paper bag books, scrap collage bits & pieces, bingo cards, book catalog file cards and more:
Here’s a collection of awesome paper stashes I received from Jessica, Roseann, and Nancy (thank you!) which included lots of colorful printed paper, book & dictionary pages, maps, tags, tickets, and so, so much more:
The second part of this Paper Stash Swap is this month’s Show & Tell where we can share what we’ve created with some of the gifts & treasures we’ve received. I’ve used a lot of the stash stuff in my 3×5 365 cards during the past month. It was also really easy to take the stashes (contained in a large mailing envelope or plastic bag) on the go with me to create with. I really thought the patterns, textures, & colors of the stashes I was generously gifted with brought a new excitement and an inviting warmth to my 3×5 art. It was a pleasure to begin incorporating these positive elements into my creative practice and feel these meaningful additions come to life (each day and each week).
I look forward to seeing other Show & Tells from this exchange on the 6 Degrees of Creativity site and how what was received was used or what it inspired. 🙂
Coming this Summer….. An Artist Trading Card (ATC) Exchange and Meet Up in San Antonio, Texas co-organized by Andrea Davis, LPC, ATR-BC and me….
Make, Swap, & Meet Up!
This Artist Trading Card (ATC) Exchange coincides with the annual American Art Therapy Association Conference this July in San Antonio, Texas. If you’ll be at this year’s conference, you are invited to participate and spread the word to others who might be interested in this swap and networking opportunity.
Meet up in a fun, creative way with others from the art therapy community to swap some art!
ATC Exchange Overview:
You will create 3 Artist Trading Cards to exchange with 3 other community members who are participating in this exchange in San Antonio. Create 3, Receive 3!
Please make sure your ATCs are created prior to the swap.
Your ATCs can include the same image, but all must be original.
This swap’s theme: Art Therapy Dreams: What wishes & dreams do you have for art therapy and your work as an art therapist?
The dimensions of your ATCs should be 2.5″ x 3.5″. Tips, examples, techniques, and more can be found via this how-to.
On the back of each ATC you can include your name, city, state, and contact information in the form of a blog, website, or email.
Exchange Site: Participants will bring their ATCs to the Conference’s Marketplace of Ideas (Exhibit Hall) on Thursday, July 10 during lunchtime. A great time to eat lunch, meet up, swap, and network together!
Gather to Meet up/Network/Eat lunch: 11:30-12:30
ATC Swap begins at 12:30.
To Sign-Up: If you’ll be in San Antonio for the Conference and are interested in participating, (or have any questions) please e-mail me at email@example.com with your name and e-mail address to sign up.
It was a sincere pleasure and an honor to be surrounded by, hold in my hands, and pass on these mini works of art infused with creative goodness, hopefulness, and positive energy created by a third of the Pocket Changers participating. Gratitude!
It’s exciting that the next step of receiving starts to unfold in this process, as exchanged ATCs go out from not only here in Ohio, but another third in Georgia with Beth and in California with Hannah. Thank you to everyone who contributed! I’m also curious and super eager to learn more about Pocket Change reflections and stories. They will be shared through an eZine publication along with the ATCs received for the project so we can share and spread the good vibes and inspiration with everyone! Yes!!
Today’s the mailing deadline for Pocket Change! Below are my artist trading card contributions for this swap, inspired by the important intention Kindness is a Choice. I used some of my assorted ATC stock, as well as a couple of playing cards for the cards’ foundations…then collage bits & pieces, words from an old dictionary, some distressed ink and stain, and a gold paint pen for edging:
As a summary from my previous post about this project, this ATC swap aims to create good vibes in the spirit of transformation & giving through making small pieces of art for one another, as well as an invitation to keep spreading acts of creative kindness to others in our lives and community.
Just think about the awesome power & positive Pocket Change energy coming in from around the world and its potential impact…Here are some thoughts by Wayne Dyer:
Research has shown that a simple act of kindness directed toward another improves the functioning of the immune system and stimulates the production of serotonin in both the recipient of the kindness and the person extending the kindness. Even more amazing is that persons observing the act of kindness have similar beneficial results. Imagine this! Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved!
Now that Pocket Changers have collectively made & extended their acts of kindness in the form of hundreds of ATCs, stayed tuned for more on the receiving and observing benefits as Hannah, Beth, and I begin to exchange and post the affirming mini works of art and stories sent in for this project… Lots of creative goodness to be shared and to be continued soon… 🙂
In just about two weeks, the second round of workshops for the online art-making community 6 Degrees of Creativity will be coming to a close after our six months together. This time full of creative goodness has really flown by!
Here’s some “Top 10 6 Degrees of Creativity Goodness I Love” (in no particular order!) created from one of my SMASH Pads.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this offering, especially to the Instructors of 6 Degrees of Creativity 2: Hannah, Kelly, Sara, Fiona, and Magdalena who brought so much inspiration, encouragement, and connection with each of their workshops. Lotsa fun in the positive spirit of community, collaboration, and creativity!
Reflecting back on Creative Goodness for Gluebooks and member posts or images, it’s been such an artful journey about the different ways and ideas art journaling in the form of a gluebook can be used: on the go, in celebration of a special moment, or to focus on a meaningful theme or personal topic.
It has also been neat to see something as simple and ordinary as a file folder or paper bag be transformed into bookmaking art. Equally fun was to learn more ideas about what to use to glue and create for the outside cover, the inside pages, or what to stash in gluebook pockets.
You can see past posts featuring Gluebook Inspiration here:
One of my favorite parts of the 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 gluebook e-workshop was the paper stash swap and gluebook page exchange many community members participated in this past August and November. With much gratitude, I’m still using the fun and artsy paper goodies from the swap in my gluebooking! The swap & exchange was also a wonderful way to further connect to others from the workshop when making our art.
With 2013 approaching quickly, I’ve started to get a new SMASH Book (the Doodle Red one!) all ready to use for new year art journaling. One of the first things I glued on some SMASH tabs and dividers I’ve collected, were these playful paper elves from Lani Gerity. Very nice! Now I have some happy tabs! Thank you!
In January, you’ll be able to find my Creative Goodness with Gluebooks e-Book here to download (for free!) and use for gluebooking inspiration and fun! More coming soon…
Wishing everyone a joyful holiday full of creative cheer!
Throughout November and now into December, art therapists, students, OSM Operatives, 6 Degrees of Creativity community members, and craftivists have been creating handmade sock monkeys to exchange with one another and many are also creating another or group of sock monkeys to donate to Hoboken.
The response to this project has been truly inspiring and wonderful to be a part of: whether it was randomly swapping over 50 names for the sock monkey swap and helping to connecting these individuals together, collaborating with OSM Founder Lindsey Hogdson and Art Therapist Suzanne Martino on the service project, or temporarily taking in all the sock monkey arrivals full of loving care, good vibes, and well wishes for the youth affected Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath.
Experienced sock monkey creators to first time makers in the US and from different parts of the world came together for this project to create, connect, and give back. I think our collective effort has been amazing!
Here’s a little of the sock monkey business that’s been going on:
For the 6 Degrees of Creativity Sock Monkey Swap, I was thrilled to have two sock monkeys I made traveling to Hong Kong- one to Jordan and another to Phyllis Lo:
The sock monkey fever spread to Lani Gerity’s 14 Secrets Group, where Barbara St. Jacques organized another fun swap! I was super lucky to have Barbara making a sock monkey friend for me and this week received with joy what she made. Her sock monkey was sewn from a pair of beautiful woven socks she got in Turkey. I am looking forward to making a sock monkey for Suzanne soon, who I received in the 14 Secrets swap…What a small sock monkey world it is!
I got out my sock monkey supplies for some group fun and hosted my own sock making party this week where a few local art therapy friends & me got together to create OSM NJ delegates. The evening also included Janet and Theresa from Edmonton who joined us online via a Google+ Hangout.
Delegates for the service project have been arriving every day this week, getting orientated about their mission to bring smiles to the NJ youth they will be meeting soon, and doing lots of delegation bonding. More delegates are expected to arrive this week and then they will be ready to travel together for their adventure to the Hoboken Boys and Girls Club right before the Christmas holiday.
Big thanks to everyone who has helped with this effort, contributed to the project, and continues to spread the joy of sock monkeys to others! Check out the Operation Sock Monkey website if you are interested in learning more about ways you can keep on helping!!
This afternoon I finished exchanging all the pages that came in for the 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 Gluebook Page Exchange. What a wonderful collection of creative goodness! Thank you to Jolie, Susanna, Lizzie, Cathy, Bailey, Suzanne, Julie, Lynette, and Nancy for contributing to this project!
Each participant created a series of 5 x 7 pages on cardstock and used a varietyof gluebook material to fill each page: magazine photo images, scrapbooking paper, old book pages, sheet music, as well as inspiration received in our Paper Stash Swap held a couple of months ago. What a great use of these creative goodies that we received!
Swapped pages were made into books that participants will receive back in their mailbox soon. I used metal o-rings to assemble the pages together and created covers for each book as my page contribution. My gluebook pages included a variety of collage paper stuff from in my creative workspace and paper stash fun from our swap. It was really neat to re-purpose these treasures and share them again in this form with the group.
This exchange was a great reason to make art together! It was also a fun opportunity to create something meaningful and full of good vibes for group members, as well as receive this same act and positive messages in return.
It’s time for another 6 Degrees of Creativity Sock Monkey Swap!
Earlier this year, the 6 Degrees of Creativity community was inspired by Art Therapist Kat Thorsen’s Sock Monkey Therapy Workshop and we organized an exchange to swap sock monkeys with one another.
Now, the sock monkey fun continues for not only another swap, but also an opportunity to create a sock monkey to be donated to Operation Sock Monkey for someone in need.
Read below for more details about how to participate:
Sock Monkey Swap: Make a sock monkey, Receive a sock monkey! Everyone who signs up for the sock monkey swap will be randomly paired with another sock monkey maker. You’ll be making one sock monkey for someone, and someone will be making one for you. To sign up for the swap, e-mail your name and a mailing address to Gretchen at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 12, 2012
I am excited to share only a sampling of the books, pages, and ideas being created from workshop participants (!) :
Nancy Lautenbach facilitated a file folder gluebook project with a workshop she offered for Arts at Smith student orientation with the theme of managing the upcoming year. The gluebook above is Nancy’s example that she made for students. You can see more of Nancy’s pictures from this gluebook workshop on her Flickr Set.
Janet McLeod has also been busy with file folder gluebooking in New Zealand! On her blog Positive Art Therapy, Janet posted how she has used her file folder gluebook to explore her Ikigai and the intentions Create, Inspire, Share, Care and Be. Learn more about this gluebook’s theme by reading Janet’s post My Ikigai: What gets me up in the mornings.
After receiving some inspiration from a NY Times Arts article, Hannah Klaus Hunter decided to dedicate her gluebook theme to all the art exhibitions around the country she wants to visit in 2013. Read more on her blog and post Gluebooks on the Move.
Emma Parker continues her pages in her gluebook created from envelopes at Stitch Therapy Headquarters in the UK. On this spread above , Emma uses a page from an old nurse’s dictionary combined with fiber art. Follow Emma’s gluebook happenings and stories on her blog here.
Natalya Garden-Thompson was inspired by the brown paper bag gluebook idea to start experimenting with it in her adult art group for storytelling. Check out this beautiful pic of Natayla’s embellished brown paper shopping bags drying in the sun in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Inspired by the Paper Stash Swap we had in September, Jolie Buchanan and Sandhya Artique have taken this activity to a new and virtual level! They have both been collaborating on & exchanging “digital paper images” with one another to use in their smashbooking.
Another upcoming collaboration within the Creative Goodness with Gluebooks Workshop is a gluebook page exchange this November. The photo above is a batch of gluebook pages received from Susanna Suchak this week from Ontario, Canada. Participants in this exchange are creating a series of 5 x 7 gluebook pages that will be swapped with other community members next month!
I’m excited to see what continues to develop over the last few months of this workshop. Thank you to all the workshop participants for sharing their art, inspirations, & ideas!
In my last post I featured some of the paper stash swapping activity happening in my online workshop Creative Goodness with Gluebooks @ 6 Degrees of Creativity 2. In today’s post I wanted to share some of the gluebooking happening! I’ve enjoyed seeing how participants create their own gluebook with their paper stashes or day to day collected findings and keepsakes using the introduced file folder or paper bag book making technique.
Both of these gluebook types also contain pockets as part of their design, which makes a fun component to consider and develop as part of the gluebook’s theme for additional paper stashing, secret holding, creative inspiration, or as a safe place to contain pieces and bits important to the gluebook’s process or intention.
Natalya enjoys some gluebooking with her organized paper stashes of plastic bags that contain magazine images, words and paper organized into different categories. Some workshop discussion has explored how we store, organize, or collect what we use for our collaging, art journaling, and gluebooking, in our personal art-making space, as well as with others. In my own creative space at home I have most of my magazine photo collage images and words divided by theme (people, places, objects, animals, words) in shoe box size or slightly larger plastic containers and my paper stash collection in a large cardboard box for rummaging through easily.
Emma recently started a gluebook inspired by the brown paper bag idea, but used A5 envelopes instead. Neat! Emma intends to use this gluebook as a way to stay centered and connect to her creativity through developing a reflection practice on a regular basis. She also has intentions for the gluebook’s pockets to hold special writings and images. You can see examples of these and more about Emma’s gluebook on her blog, Stitch Therapy.
Kathy’sgluebook is repurposed from the file folder art journaling technique and is dedicated to inspiration and ideas for her art, as well as to use her gluebook space as a means to organize images she has been collecting from the Internet and everyday surroundings. Below is a photo of one of the pages inside of her file folder gluebook holding some of the creative papers & findings she wants to use! Kathy’s use of color file folders reminded me of this possibility and we’re not just limited to the plain, basic manila folder!
Laura’s file folder gluebook is focused on material exploration and the inspiration they hold! As seen on Laura’s gluebook cover, fabric or textile swatches (or could be paint samples and such!) are great materials to re-use creatively to create lots of color, design, and texture to play with.
Thank you to Natalya, Kathy, Laura, and Emma for allowing me to share their images & work!
Marina’s paper stash I received in the swap has been sitting on my studio table all week reminding me to get my next gluebook started. I also received another paper stash swap surprise this week from Nancy (thank you!), so I finally made some time to start the background cover, back, and inside pages for this gluebook dedicated to 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 and all its happenings. I’m inspired on a daily basis with the ideas, updates, art, blog posts, and exchanging that takes place in all the workshops, with its instructors, and community members. I am creating a space and keepsake for these collected inspirations and musings for not only now, but to call on in the future as a collection of creative affirmations from this awesome community!
Gluebook (back) with additions from Nancy’s paper stash & her kind note!
There have been more reports of gluebooking fun from paper stash swapping material received! Check out what Lani did with some of her paper stash goodies she received from New Jersey to use with her daily morning page practice! And look what Susanna received from Tennessee this week! So much creative nurturing and good vibes…I can’t wait to see what develops throughout the rest of this year!