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As always, thank you to all of our visitors and all the encouraging comments you left for us. For those of you who did, thank you for playing along with us. We will do a drawing for the RAK and announce the name mid-week. And if you didn’t join us before, we hope you do this time.
Ok! It’s time for catalyst number five:
What you like best about yourself.
We’re incredibly honored to have Lisa Garay as this week’s Guest Designer.
When I look at Lisa’s art the first word that comes to my mind is “happy.” Her art is so colorful, so wonderful that it always makes me happy. Her use of color and ability to mix great embellishments always leaves me in awe. If you haven’t seen Lisa’s work before, make sure you take a look at her blog. Her layouts are always unique and creative. You can also see more of Lisa’s portfolio at Scrap in Style TV where she’s a fashionista.
Lisa’s art with this catalyst is below and you can click it to see the larger version.
I am not…punctual…easily influenced…carnivorous…ruthless…shy…& I am ok with that!
When i was trying to think about what i loved about myself, all i could think of was the things/traits that i am not…and that i do love that i am not these things. that is what this layout is about. I cut up words & definitions from a vintage dictionary for part of my journaling.
Thank you so much Lisa, we’re truly honored.
Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team. Click on the photos to see the bigger versions.
There aren’t many things I like about myself but I will always cherish my ability to love people in an endless and unbounded way. When I love someone, even if just a friend, I give that person 100% of myself. I am always there and will always do anything needed. My capacity for love is my very favorite thing in the word.
I always make lemons into lemonade. Life has thrown me many curves, as it does for many people. I work hard to be strong and to maintain a positive attitude and try to find something good in all that happens. For example, I have a chronic illness that is sometimes disabling; however, it has brought me more time with my art. By finding the positive in life, I enjoy it more.
While I was doing up this piece of layout, I wanted my words to be big and bold, instead of the usual journaling. So, I made up all the things I like best about myself in big letters on top of my papers. And when I look at it, I’m happy that it turned out just the way I wanted it to describe about myself.
The one thing that i have been able to count on never changing, no matter how old i get, how fluffy i get or what ever hairstyle I decide to wear, I ALWAYS have my sunny smile!! I love my smile. It is the best thing about me~
It’s not easy to think about the positive things about oneself. The negative ones are always so much easier to list and believe. I decided to do my page on what I like best about myself, as a list of attributes in the third person. She’s quick to laugh, willing to say “I don’t know”, she loves to learn, is strongly loyal, not too serious, seeks out joy, and she gets involved in her life. I’m finally at that point where I’m willing to just be me and to no longer sit on the sidelines watching my life pass me by. I like this best about me, right now.
I choose to scrap the best thing about me and that would be my children. They come from the better part of me. I believe that I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for them. I try everyday to teach and help them to strive to be better people, even better people than I could hope to be.
The two things I like best about myself are my face, and my sense of humor. Both are very expressive. I have a loud laugh, a toothy grin, and big expressive eyes. My sense of humor has helped me through many difficult times in my life. My favorite song by Mary Chapin Carpenter says “I can cry until I laugh, and laugh until I cry.” That is me. Extremes of emotions. I feel things very deeply. I cry at everything, sad or touching stories, TV commercials, songs. Sometimes when I am talking about someone I care deeply for I will well up with emotion. We even rate how good a movie is by how many tissues I use while watching it. My family is used to me and my emotional episodes. When I was a kid, I was labeled a drama queen… then it was shortened to Queenie.
I say whatever. I got it from my mom and she got it from hers. I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is inconvenient at times, like when I start crying in public and make someone uncomfortable, but I am used to it now. I can play it off with a joke, and usually defuse it with a funny comment. I like it that I can be myself. My kids know I am like this. My daughter Kayleigh has told me since she was in Kindergarten that it is OK to cry. “That just means that your heart is so full of love Mommy, that sometimes it just has to bubble out through your eyes.”
Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “what you like best about yourself.” Give it a try. Embrace the healing power of art. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you. Leave us comments with your work and we will send a RAK to a random participant. You’ll have to link your work by Sunday night, April 20th, midnight PST to qualify for the RAK.
For our RAK for catalyst #5, Coordinates Collections is very generously donating an April kit to one participant. Even more generously, they are letting you have your choice of the two kits that are available.
Remember, this is not a competition. If your art makes you feel even a bit better at the end, you’ve won.
Until next week, enjoy each and every moment.
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