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Catalyst Twenty-Five
August 31, 2008, 12:25 pm
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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! Here’s catalyst number twenty-five:

 

What’s something you fear? (You can interpret this literally like something you’re afraid of or emotionally like something you’re worried might happen or not happen.)

 

We’re very excited to have Nic Howard as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Nic Howard is one of my very favorite scrapbook artists. Her pages manage to have the three core elements that I think make the most amazing pages: beautiful photographs, a great story, and well balanced artistic elements. To me, her work is timeless and fun and inspiring and touching all at once.

 

Nic’s achievements are really too numerous to list. She has an amazing book called That’s Life, Finding Scrapbook inspiration in the Everyday. She is on the design teams for For Keeps Magazine, Aussie Scrap Source, Tarisota Kit club, Prima Group, Scenic Route Paper Co., and Queen & Company. She also contributes to Memory Makers Magazine and is a Prima-endorsed educator. Wait, that’s not it. She also is a teacher with Big Picture Scrapbooking.

 

Journaling is almost always the focus of Nic’s layouts and two of her three project now downloads at Big Picture Scrapbooking focus on everyday journaling. Confessions and Conversations. If you haven’t seen her art before, you must check out her blog. We are so so thrilled to have her here.

 

 

 

Nic’s art with this catalyst is below and you can click it to see a bigger version and some more detail.

 

 

 

Nic Says:

I’m usually one to write stories on my pages so it might come as a surprise that this page doesn’t have extensive journaling. It took me a while to sit down and really come to grips with what is one of my worst fears at the moment. In the end it comes down to one of the things that weighs on my mind the most, spending enough time with my family.

 

The process of creating came to me differently when I came to do this layout. Usually I enjoy layering and choosing papers, cutting and creating for hours. This time it seemed wrong to do so! I ended up pulling out some favourite colours with some favourite pics of my children. I did play around with the placement of the embellishments for a while, but it was a quicker process than usual. Perhaps because the thought of the fear I was conveying was weighing on my mind!

 

Thanks for letting me share one of my inner fears – of course it is ironic that the layout that I created wasn’t as layered and involved as mine normally are, it did leave me plenty of time to cuddle those gorgeous kids of mine!

 

Technique Highlight:

Look closely and you will see several Hambly transparencies layered in the background. The products you use don’t have to jump out and grab you. It’s easier to see the transparencies in real life, but they make a nice gentle layer of difference without overwhelming the layout.

 

The curled paper on the layout? They were scraps. I trimmed the edge of the layout to fit in my page protector and they curled off my scissors. Who can waste the possibility for such a gorgeous embellishment. Also with the outline of the heart on the left side. I peeled the heart from it’s backing and then realised the backing itself was pretty darn cute! I stuck that on also! Waste nothing!

 

 

Thank you so much Nic; we’re so honored.

 

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team. Click on the photos to see the bigger versions. Also, as you’ll notice, we have a new artist who’s joined our team, Debee Campos. I will write a more detailed announcement about her and a few more details about our team later this week but I wanted to welcome Debee quickly here. I have no doubt that you’ll find her art as awe inspiring as I do.

Debee:

Journaling Reads::

could you just hold my hand

maybe just until this is over????????????

 

YOU FEAR

i fear this is forever…the medicine the weakness the possibility this will never END…

I hate when people stare and ask what’s wrong?

I’m afraid I have no clear answer. I fear the question.

I fear my lack of faith.

 

 


Anita:

Anita Says::

Man do I have days when I feel like I am failing as a mom. I just worry that I am not doing the right things with the kids. Do I show them enough love and attention? Do they know how much I love them and care about them? Do they know I want the world for them? I want them to know that I am doing everything within my power to make sure they are safe. I pray for them all the time. But still, am I doing everything I can? I want them to grow up knowing that I was there for them every step of the way!

 

 


Severine:

 

Severine Says:

I’m completely afraid by spiders, ants and insects of all kinds, it’s a real phobia and i can’t stay in control when I see one.

 

Technique Highlight:

Background made with paint, gesso and distress vintage. The tasks are made with liquid distress and a heat gun to flow drops of distress.

 

 


Karen:

 

Journaling Reads:

When I first thought about this topic, I was going to take the easy route. I was going to write about the dark. I’m afraid of the dark. Not too much. Not enough to have to leave the lights on. But enough to feel uneasy. Enough to rush through the dark to get to the light.

 

But that’s too easy.

 

There are so many other things I’m afraid of. I am afraid of being alone. I grew up with friends who weren’t really my friends and who tried to get out of inviting me to events as often as they could. Thus, I’ve always felt unwanted. I’ve also always been a bit different from the rest of my family so I grew up with a sense of not belonging. Coupling the two makes me someone who’s really scared of being alone. Someone who always thinks that the people around her will flee at the first opportunity. I worry about this constantly. Even with Jake, who’s been with me for fourteen years. I still think that, given the opportunity, he would leave.

 

So I thought I would make my art about being alone. But then I realized that there’s something I fear even more than that. Something so close to my core that it makes me scared just thinking about it.

 

I am afraid of having a life unlived. A life of unrealized potential.

 

A life of never having had the guts. Never having tried.

 

Of all the things I could think of, this scares me the most. I want to live life fully. I want to be able to look back and feel no remorse. Feel no guilt. I don’t want to wish I could do it over again. I don’t want to regret anything.

 

I always want to do so much and accomplish so much. My todo lists are never below 30 items. But I want to make the time to reflect. To love. To share. To be spontaneous. I want to turn my life upside down occasionally just so I can relearn everything. So I can be sure I still feel the same way about my decisions. I don’t want to take anything for granted. Not a moment of my life wasted.

 

What scares me the most is being too scared to truly live.

 

 


Vivian:

 

Vivian Says:

naturally, just like everyone, i have my fears and some are very real. fear of the force of the ocean for example.
however i have decided a while ago not to feed any more power or energy to my fears and live in freedom instead.

 

 


KL:

 

KL Says:

when i started thinking about this weeks catalyst i knew what i would create because my children are my life. i didn’t realize before i had my children that my life would no longer be the same, that what i would hold most dear wouldn’t be things and who i am, it is would be my children and how i get to experience the world through their eyes. the everyday hugs and kisses are my wealth.

 

there are moments when my worry and fear over the possibility that i could lose them overwhelms me. and i know i would be lost. they are my sun and moon and my life complete.

 

Journaling Reads:

to lose them would mean to lose myself…

 

 


Christine:

 

Christine Says:

My fear is probably a common one for anyone who feels concerned about the significance of their lives. I created this project to contrast the fear on one side of the layout with the blossoming hope of a future without regrets on the other side of the page.

 

Journaling Reads:

On the left side: I fear…not enjoying fleeting moments and not fully living because I am worrying about other things – ending up with a poorly lived life.

 

On the right side: Time seems to pass so quickly these days, and I fear that one day I will look back and regret that I didn’t live each day as fully as I could have because I allowed fear to rule my heart. I worry that I’m not living my life right HERE and NOW.

 

Ten, twenty, or (Lord willing) thirty years from now, I don’t want to see a life half-lived because I’ve been worrying over trivial things. Even “big” things that seem intimidating and overwhelming hinder me from living the abundant life of joy that God desires for me to experience.

 

Therefore, I resolve to remind myself NOT to fear with the Word of God in the pocket of this page. I pray that at the end of my life, I have the peace to say that I lived it as best as I could while resting on the promises of God.

 

Technique Highlight:

The left side of the page reflects the darkness of my fear. The right side of the page, with its bright colors and blossoming flowers, reminds me that hope is what allows me to blossom apart from my fears.

 

I created a pocket on the right side of the page so that I could keep a few Bible verses that remind me of God’s faithfulness and love for me. The verses are written on a 1” x 5” tag with the flowers serving as a tab so that the tag can be pulled easily out of the pocket. These words of encouragement will provide me with the hope to overcome the fear and worry that I may experience throughout my days.

 

 


Fran:

Fran Says:

One of my greatest fears is that there will be a time when I don’t bounce back from an exacerbation of my chronic illness. There was a time quite a few years ago when I was not able to really do much of anything due to my illness. Now, however, I have learned to live within my energy levels. I am able to better predict and adapt to the ebbs and flows with my disease. This helps me to feel more at ease with it, but the fear that it will incapacitate me again is always there.

 

 


Leena:

Leena Says:

As the years passed by, seeing my Mum grow older really makes me afraid that one day, she’ll never be there for me again. Sometimes I wish I could stop the time, wishing she would live forever. She has always been my pillar of strength through the years I was growing up and I could never imagine living life without her. I wish she could live a hundred years more to see me and my son grow old with her. I’m just too afraid to accept the fact that one day, she will leave us. All I ever wish for her right now and in the years to come is that she’ll always be happy, strong and healthy so that she’ll live forever.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “what’s something you fear?” I urge you to 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 art by Sunday night, September 7th, midnight PST to qualify for this week’s RAK. If you don’t have a community or blog where you upload photos, you can upload them on our flickr group.

 

There’s a recent change in RAK rules: to qualify for our weekly RAK drawing, all you have to do is do art around ANY of our catalysts. It doesn’t have to be the one from this week. We believe in the healing power of art and we want you to pick whichever catalyst inspires you the most.

 

For our RAK for this week, we are thrilled to be giving away an inaugural kit from our sponsor Kenner Road. This sold-out kit’s full of goodies from Pink Paislee, Jenni Bowlin, Sassafras Lass, American Crafts, Scenic Route and some stunning vintage elements.

 

 

 

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.

 

 



RAK Recipient for Catalyst Twenty-Three
August 28, 2008, 6:27 pm
Filed under: other

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The little boy picked your name Alberta. Congratulations!! Thanks, once again, to our generous sponsor: Scrap in Style TV. I will email you with directions on how to receive your RAK.

 

As always, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for your ongoing support, generosity of spirit, and for sharing your own journeys with us. It is so inspiring and therapeutic to me.

 

Thank you.

 



Catalyst Twenty-Four
August 24, 2008, 7:49 am
Filed under: catalyst

 

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! Here’s catalyst number twenty-four:

 

What’s something that inspires you?

 

We’re very excited to have Chris Cozen as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

I found Chris’s blog while I was jumping around from one art blog to another and the moment I saw it, I couldn’t resist the urge to ask if she would guest design for us. Chris’s paintings are so meaningful and emotional that I couldn’t stop looking at them one by one. Each painting tells a different story and there’s so much detail that the more I look the more I discover. It is no surprise that Kris is a Golden Acrylic Paints Working Artist and that she teaches workshops all over. And she’s authored an amazing book, Altered Surfaces to rave reviews.

 

If you haven’t seen her art before, you must check out her website. We are so honored to have her here.

 

 

 

Chris’s art with this catalyst is below and you can click it to see a bigger version.

 

 

 

Chris Says:

Let me first say that art has always been a part of my expressive self. Color is my first language! I cannot remember a time in my life that I didn’t have something creative going on. For years it was my “weekend” escape from my days as an educator. Creativity was part of my thought processing. I love to problem solve!
I chose to use courage as my catalyst because it is something that truly colors the way I see life.

 

For 15 years I have had a quote hanging where I can see it every day that says “change, of any sort, requires courage.” 15 years ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and was faced with giving up my life long career as an early childhood educator. I could no longer give the children and their families the attention they needed as I was in constant pain and wore a splint on my dominant hand along with many other joints that were problematic. That quote kept me focused that I could go forward to some as yet undefined place. I struggled for a few years on many different medications until 2000 when new drugs became available that literally gave me back my body. It made me believe that miracles do exist. I still live with pain, but it is a whisper compared to what I knew before. I can handle whispers.

 

When I got rid of the splint on my hand I knew that I was obligated to embrace ART in a way I had never done before. I could not waste one more moment. So I jumped in, got myself wet and haven’t stopped since. I recently came across a new quote on courage that goes like this “Courage doesn’t always roar.” That is so true. We can never know what our lives will hold. We can so easily slip into places of despair. Courage is what keeps our heads above water and allows us to hope.

 

In 2005, four years after I plunged into art full time I participated in a 3-woman show in the South of France. While there I was asked to share my techniques with the local artist community. I taught three impromptu sessions in mixed media and knew immediately that I needed to teach again. I spoke that wish aloud to my friend on our trip home. Little did I know that there would be an opportunity sitting in the mail waiting for me at home. Golden Artist Colors has a program known as “Working Artists.” There was a mass mail postcard announcing that they were looking for a Los Angeles artist to train. Well, I don’t have a degree in art, but I have a lot of courage. So I jumped in again and here I am. I have worked with this amazing company for the last few years and I am teaching art again! I wrote a book last year called Altered Surfaces and just finished another one on Transfer techniques. It’s amazing!

 

Changes in life do require courage, but remember that courage doesn’t always roar! Be aware of those moments when the door opens. Seize the opportunity to go through. Embrace your potential.

 

Thank you so much Chris; we’re truly delighted.

 

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team. Click on the photos to see the bigger versions.

Fran:

Fran Says::

It was difficult to pick just one thing that inspires me. So many things inspire me – feeling healthy, the smile on my husband’s face, new art supplies, looking out my studio window… It’s a different thing each day. So I realized that the best way to say this is to paint a sunrise. Each morning’s possibilities inspire me. Each day I have an opportunity to look at the world in a new way and to figure out how to represent it in my art.

 

Technique Highlight:

Painting in watercolor on cold press watercolor paper.

 

 


Amélie:

 

Amélie Says:

What inspired me since I was small is the magical world. I love the world of fairies, elves who bring stories and beautiful illustrations.

 

Technique Highlight:

I used scrap paper, diluted inks, acrylic gold, music paper, stamps, freezing gloss medium inlaid with pearls and the 3D contour of painting.

 

In French:

Ce qui m’inspire depuis que je suis petite c’est le monde féérique, j’aime l’univers des fées, des elfes, les histoires qui s’en rapproche et la beauté des illustrations. Pour les techniques utilisées : Il y’a du papier de scrap, des encres diluées, de l’acrylique doré, du papier de musique, des tampons, du gel médium brillant avec des perles incrustées et sur le contour de la peinture 3D.

 

 


Karen:

 

Karen Says:

A few months ago, I took this class where we talked about who we are as a whole and what we’d like to stand for in the world. We created three to four areas of things that we stood for. My four were: peace, family, changing the world, and creativity. These are the areas that inspire me. I want to feel a strong sense of peace every day. I want to leave the world better than I found it. I want to have strongly bonded and supportive family. And I want to foster creativity within myself and others.

 

For this week’s catalyst, I took a photo for each area and printed them together. I then sewed between the photographs to create pockets and inside each pocked I tucked two sets of journaling. One was a list of things that inspire me around that category and the other was a list of things I aspire to do in each area. Whenever I have to make a choice about how to spend my time or how to decide around a commitment, I look at this page and see if it fits within one of my squares. This makes sure that the life I live is aligned with my priorities.

 

 


Kris:

 

Kris Says:

Wallhanging says:

Inspiration can come in many forms. One day you’re taken in by the sights of something. The next day it might be a smell. I am energized by several things:

1. Color

2. Texture

3. Magazines

4. Seeing other people’s work

5. The little pile of odds and ends on my desk

6. New tools and supplies

7. Vintage anything

8. Artsy blogs

9. A nice juicy new colorful pen

10. 80’s music

I’m inspired to create!

 

Technique Highlight:

Background is a layering process. Fluid acrylics to swipe all over the watercolor paper, mostly swirly strokes. Liquid watercolors mixed for the aqua and painted over the whole thing. Stamped shaped & star with white gesso and fluid acrylics. Took a brayer, rolled it through black paint, rolled it over a 1-10 numbers stamp, rolled off some of the ink and then rolled onto the background. It transfers some of the paint, plus the negative of the letter stamps. It’s hard to see all that since I covered it up with the list and ‘Create’ letters but it makes for a great background.

 

 


Lori:

 

Lori Says:

I’m inspired by all things Mixed Media. I read artists blogs, magazines, ezines and anything else I can find related to mixed media. My favorite magazines are the Stampington publications, including Somerset Studio, Somerset Sew, Somerset Life, Somerset Home and Somerset Workshop. I am addicted and buy them as soon as I see them, for the pure eye candy. I saw these adorable paper watches by Connie Govea Stuart in Somerset Workshop Vol. 3 and decided to give it a whirl. I’ve been wanting to try these since I saw them and there was no better time than this catalyst.

 

 


Vivian:

 

Vivian Says:

there are lots and lots of things as well as people who inspire me on a daily basis.. but silence is something which challenges me to move beyond and at the same time calms and balances me.. in this hectic world sometimes silence is hard to find but you can always make your own choices…. i make a point of not watching tv (oh yeah we put ours away a while ago now – the best thing for a peaceful mind) and not having any music playing at night while i am on my own and paint or write..

 

Technique Highlight:

i painted diluted ink on an A3 size heavy watercolour paper, then sprayed some luminarte pigments over the top. when dry, i stamped and embossed the letters (my own words)..

 

 


Severine:

Severine Says:

It says: “sun, sea, colors, vintage” These are the most important things that inspire me to create. I love to walk on the beach when the sun is in the sky to watch the sea and birds flying in the sky. They give me a feeling of freedom. Colors are the base of my work, without colors I can’t create !!! And vintage, I really really love old and vintage things … old books, old furnitures, old clothes, old fabrics … they give me a lot of ideas.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “what’s something you collect or hoard?” I urge you to 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 art by Sunday night, August 31st, midnight PST to qualify for this week’s RAK. If you don’t have a community or blog where you upload photos, you can upload them on our flickr group.

 

There’s a recent change in RAK rules: to qualify for our weekly RAK drawing, all you have to do is do art around ANY of our catalysts. It doesn’t have to be the one from this week. We believe in the healing power of art and we want you to pick whichever catalyst inspires you the most.

 

For our RAK for this week, we are thrilled to be giving away a beautiful kit from our sponsor Scrapperie.

 

 

 

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.

 

 



RAK recipient for Catalyst Twenty-Two
August 20, 2008, 12:58 pm
Filed under: other

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The little boy picked your name MH72. Congratulations!! Thanks, once again, to our generous sponsor: Purple Onion Designs. I will email you with directions on how to receive your RAK.

 

As always, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for your ongoing support, generosity of spirit, and for sharing your own journeys with us. It is so inspiring and therapeutic to me.

 

Thank you.

 



Catalyst Twenty-three
August 17, 2008, 9:05 am
Filed under: catalyst

 

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! Here’s catalyst number twenty-three:

 

What’s something you collect or hoard?

 

We’re very excited to have Kris Hurst as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

I found Kris’s blog while I was jumping around from one art blog to another and the moment I saw it, I couldn’t resist the urge to ask if she would guest design for us. I am blown away by what Kris can do with a few pieces of ephemera. Beautiful cakes, journals, and even magnificent tiaras. Her creations are absolutely stunning and so inspiring. It is no wonder that she’s been published in many magazines including the first “A Somerset Wedding” magazine, Legacy Magazine, Rubber Stamper Magazine, and 3 Stamplers Samplers Magazines.

 

If you haven’t seen her art before, you must check out her blog and if you get lucky, you may even find a few of her creations on her etsy shop. We are so excited to have her here.

 

 

 

Kris’s art with this catalyst is below and you can click it to see a bigger version.

 

 

 

Kris Says:

What do I collect? As a child, my summers were spent at my great grandmother’s house. She had a clock in every room of her house. Every hour and half hour chimes filled the air. It was magical. My sister and I were in charge of dusting her antiques. No surprise that I adore antique furniture.

 

When we were bored, Effie Dora would bring out her shoebox full of paper treasures and tell us stories. She collected calling cards and postcards. I’m not sure what happened to those wonderful bits of ephemera but they left me with a passion for old papers. My collection is about those memories and I hope that my art reflects this.

 

Thank you so much Kris; 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.

Vivian:

Vivian Says::

i don’t really collect many objects, no great selection of china or silverware. no stamp collection, pins or jewelry..however…. when i look around in my work area and under my tables i seem to own quite a few strange sort of objects, old key plates, bicycle wheels, funny looking spirals, bunches of wire, copper pipes… and i have always had this strange fascination with objects that were unknown to me, simply because of their shapes, colour or texture…

 

 


Becky:

 

Becky Says:

I thought about what I collect or hoard, and I could have done the typical pattern papers or stamps or other scrapbook items that I hoard, but I wanted to take a different angle. So I chose to do a layout about our collection of summer memories. I absolutely love the look of all these beautiful family memories in a collection like this!

 

 


Fran:

 

Fran Says:

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the history of things, especially vintage train cases and old photographs. I can’t resist them! I have 6 or 8 train cases, one is my MIL’s, two others are from my grandmothers, and others I have collected at thrift stores and antique shops along the way. I have a lot of photographs from my family, but I also can’t resist a really cool photo in a thrift store. So, I have a whole train case filled with photographs of those people whose relatives let them “go”.

 

My other train cases hold other vintage ephemera – book pages in different languages, old newspaper, vintage sewing patterns, and collage sheets from these vintage pieces.

 

Technique Highlight:

Drawing on cold press paper in Pigma Micron, watercolor using Sakura Koi watercolors.

 

 


Karen:

 

Karen Says:

I spent a lot of time thinking about this week’s catalyst. While I am definitely a pack rat, I don’t hoard one particular thing. I looked around my house and my table and nothing jumped out at me. Until I saw my camera. Yes, of course. I hoard photos. I take tons and tons of photos every single day and I don’t get rid of nearly enough of them. But, I guess in the grand scheme of things, photos and the memories they preserve are not the worst things to hoard.

 

Technique Highlight:

i printed my photo right onto the Kraft paper and used a piece of ribbon to make it look like a frame so that my layout would look like a photo itself to reinforce my story.

 

 


Kris:

 

Kris Says:

I think there is no question what I collect. Ask any of my art friends and they’ll tell you immediately. ‘Kris has way too much ribbon, lace and fiber.’ Now personally, I don’t think its too much but they should know. 1 1/2 thirty-five gallon trash bags full of ribbon & lace. Yeah. It had taken over so much space I quit trying to organize it and just shoved in it the bags. Whenever I wanted to use some, I pulled rolls & handfuls out until I found what I needed. When organizing my studio a couple months ago, I decided to host a Ribbon Bee. I invited all my friends over for food, fun and work. We wrapped, taped, & pinned over 850+ types of ribbons, laces, fibers and embroidery floss. I’m eternally grateful to my friends for getting me out of the ‘bag’. It took us several get-togethers to finish it all. Yes, I tend to hoard my ribbon & vintage laces. And yes, I can’t resist buying more. It’s a sickness I tell you. But I’d rather be sick, than ribbonless.

 

 


Brenda:

 

Brenda Says:

This was a catalyst that I was really looking forward to…………….until I started writing notes to form my art from-hmmmmm…what should I do–take pictures and make a collage? Take a picture of myself laying in the huge pile of “collectibles” in my garage…? pictures of my studio, closet, jewelry cabinet? ummmm NO!!! my attic? bigger NO! Then I thought that maybe I should make a necklace representing my treasures–well………no. So I decided to just send my notes–black and white–maybe it doesn’t look quite so bad this way–not like such a sickness– I love things-any things– I still have my 3rd grade teacher’s sweater that she wore while teaching me…come on folks…I’m 50! …and I have a coke can and straw that Donna Summer drank out of when we were appearing on a TV show together….yep-I got her to sign the cd–but went trash can diving to retrieve her can– So can you see why this is enough–yep…Just Enough!

 

 


Amélie:

Amélie Says:

I’ve been collecting them since January 2007. ATC’s, I have 240! I love the idea of exchange between artists, the small format (2.5/3.5 inches) and all possible techniques. I have one of each theme that I love.

 

In French:

Voilà ce que je collecte depuis janvier 2007. Ce sont des ATC’s, j’en ai 240 ! J’aime beaucoup le principe de l’échange entre artistes, le petit format (6.4cm/8.9cm) et toutes les techniques possibles. J’en ai sur différents thémes que j’aime. (J’ai choisi de vous en faire une sur un tableau avec de la couture, de l’acrylique appliquée avec les doigts, du papier de livre déchiré et un ruban brillant.)

 

Technique Highlight:

I chose you to do one on a table with the sewing, acrylic applied with fingers, torn paper and book a shiny ribbon.

 

 


Christine:

Journaling Reads:

I happen to “collect” ribbons and lace. I have about four boxes filled with spools of ribbons along with a number of yards of lace. I can’t seem to help myself! When I see a unique print or design, I end up buying a couple of yards to add to my stash. It’s one of my weaknesses! I don’t think I’ll give up buying pretty ribbons in laces anytime soon! ;-D

 

Technique Highlight:

This is a hybrid layout which incorporates two of Rhonna Farrer’s round circle brushes (which are the digital equivalent to rubber stamps) as frames for the photo and the journaling. I simply determined the size I wanted for the photo and journaling and then digitally “stamped” the circle brush on top of the photo and the text to create the frames. After printing the framed photo and journaling, I hand cut the elements before adding them onto my scrapbook layout.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “what’s something you collect or hoard?” I urge you to 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 art by Sunday night, August 24th, midnight PST to qualify for this week’s RAK. If you don’t have a community or blog where you upload photos, you can upload them on our flickr group.

 

There’s a recent change in RAK rules: to qualify for our weekly RAK drawing, all you have to do is do art around ANY of our catalysts. It doesn’t have to be the one from this week. We believe in the healing power of art and we want you to pick whichever catalyst inspires you the most.

 

For our RAK for this week, we are thrilled to be giving away the Urban Prep line with these amazing goodies from our sponsor Scrap in Style TV.

 

 

 

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.

 

 



RAK recipient for Catalyst Twenty-One
August 13, 2008, 9:07 am
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After much shenanigans and refusing to show me the name for several minutes, the little boy revealed your name Arlene. Congratulations!! Thanks, once again, to our generous sponsor: Coordinates Collections. I will email you with directions on how to receive your RAK.

 

As always, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for your ongoing support, generosity of spirit, and for sharing your own journeys with us. It is so inspiring and therapeutic to me.

 

Thank you.

 



Catalyst Twenty-Two
August 10, 2008, 8:08 am
Filed under: catalyst

 

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! Here’s catalyst number twenty-two:

 

What’s your biggest accomplishment?

 

We’re very excited to have Becky Novacek as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

I can’t even remember how I found Becky’s blog, but I do know that I was immediately awed by it. Becky inspires me in so many ways. Her photographs are simply stunning and her art is so beautiful, so touching. But I’m not the only one taken by her art.

 

Becky happens to be a sought-after photographer, whose beautiful shots were recently highlighted in Wedding Essentials magazine. She’s also on the design teams for Autumn Leaves, Melissa Frances, FiskarsCrafts, Scrap in Style TV, and Green Grass Stamps. So her art and talent are widely recognized.

 

However what I love about reading Becky’s blog is not just her art. I’ve never met her in person but she seems like the kindest and most unassuming person. Her posts are interesting and thought-provoking yet not preachy in any way. I really look forward to reading her insights each time she chooses to share them.

 

If you haven’t seen Becky’s art, photos, or haven’t read her words before, I would urge you to checkout her blog. I am pretty sure you’ll get hooked just like I did. We’re so thrilled to have her here.

 

 

 

Becky’s art with this catalyst is below and you can click it to see a bigger version.

 

 

 

Becky Says:

My first thought when i read *what is your biggest accomplishment?* was “that’s easy, my kids”. but as i continued to ponder, i realized that they aren’t an accomplishment. they are a combination of God’s accomplishment and their own. they are people in their own right, and not *mine*. so i pondered some more, and realized that my life right now is my biggest accomplishment. i am doing the things that i was afraid to do ten years ago….afraid of failing at, or afraid i wouldn’t be able to make it financially on. i overcame my fears and took this huge leap of faith, and now i’m living my dream! in a sense, the biggest accomplishment for me, is overcoming my fears..

 

Thank you so much Becky; 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.

Leena:

Journaling Says::

This looks like just any ordinary paper to you and me, but it’s not just a paper, it has a story that tells the struggle, joy and achievement I went through. For 4 long painstaking years, I worked hard, supporting myself to get thru undegrad school while working and on the 3rd year, I got pregnant but I continued to preservere. While working and having to attend classes and taking care of my son at the same time, it was the most trying time for me. But in the end, I managed to graduate with flying colors!

 

 


Lori:

 

Lori Says:

I truly believe my greatest accomplishment is having and raising my two boys. It took a lot of faith and belief to become a parent. It’s the best and hardest thing I’ve ever done.

 

Journaling Reads:

Dylan and Brody, The two of you are my greatest accomplishment. You complete me. I feel peace and joy with you in my life. I love you.

 

 


Karen:

 

Karen Says:

I went through a long thought process for this week’s catalyst. I even created several pieces of art. Like several others, I was going to make it about my son, but, like Becky already mentioned, I don’t think of him as my accomplishment. He is so amazing and special all by himself. I was then going to make it about coming to the United States. Moving here was the beginning of a series of achievements for me and I consider it to be the achievement that allowed all others. But the more I thought the more I knew that wasn’t the right one either. So I finally opened my computer and let my thoughts come together as they always seem to when I’m typing. I think the journaling says the rest. More thoughts on the art itself in the technique section below.

 

Journaling Reads:

I have accomplished a lot in my life. I got in to the college of my dreams. At seventeen, I moved from Turkey to the United States. I graduated from college in four years with an undergraduate and a masters degree. I worked at a very selective Wall street firm and I got to become a Vice President pretty quickly. I got accepted to a very selective Nonprofit program. I married the man of my dreams. I quit everything and started all over again in California. I started my own photography business. I had an amazing baby who is now an amazing boy. I became an American citizen. I got a job with Google and I’ve been consistently doing well at my job. Just to list a few.

 

These were all goals I’d set for myself at some point or another. I am good at achieving goals. I always have been. I work hard. I put my mind to it and I get it. And then I quickly forget all about it and set the next goal. the next challenge, the next mountain to climb. While I am very proud of all my achievements and I do take many of them for granted now. I look back upon them and think they were easy. They must have been. I was able to accomplish them, wasn’t I?

 

Then I look at my achievements and they are all things I do. I am good at work. I work hard. But I am not so good at creative. My very organized, very structured mind doesn’t do so well with the unstructured, big picture oriented art world. I’ve always craved being more artistic. I’ve always wished I had that magical gene that made you creative. The one that meant I could draw. I could see things and imagine things the way other creative people did.

 

Alas, it appears I wasn’t waiting in that line when they were handing out the genes.

 

So when I look back upon my life, especially the one I am leading now, I am most proud of this place. Creative therapy. It’s something I created to tell myself that I can be creative too. That creativity is not always about drawing perfectly. It’s not about being the best designer. The most talented artist.

 

I can create art too. I can even use it to grow. To learn. To reflect. To dream.

 

This was my way of making myself create every week. It is my way of not letting myself give up (like I did for writing). Letting the conversations in my head go. Allowing myself to experiment. Giving myself a space to create. Recurringly. Holding myself responsible. Putting myself out there.

 

Sharing my art scares me. I never think I am good enough. I always think people will laugh at me. People will say “who does she think she is to be displaying her art?” It scares me more than any of my work commitments ever did. It scares me more than having a baby did. It’s too raw. It comes from the place of ultimate uncertainty and it’s exposing something deep down that I normally prefer to leave in the dark.

 

So I am most proud of creative therapy. Proud that I have the guts to do this week after week. That I have kept this commitment to myself. That I have created this space for me and for others. I am proud that it exists.

 

I am proud that I wasn’t too scared to make it happen. I am still scared. Every week.

 

But I am proud.

 

Technique Highlight:

I meant for this piece to feel raw. I used a sheet of old paper, put gesso all over it and stamped it with pink paint. Pink for color of skin. Since the journaling was really really long and personal and about being scared, I made it a tiny font and printed it on a sheet of music that I had also gessoed over. I stamped “ME” on the journaled paper to emphasize the theme of “for me.” I added a few pink pieces to make sure the little piece of paper didn’t get lost on top of the big one of the same color. I put some butterflies to symbolize freedom and a photo of me laughing for happiness. I stamped my title and sprayed some water over it to give the sense of tears. It’s not nearly as beautiful as I wish it were and it didn’t even come close to what I had in my head but none the less, this is what came out.

 

 


Anita:

 

Journaling Reads:

I’m a mother, that’s my biggest accomplishment and I am proud of it.

 

 


Fran:

Fran Says:

Biggest accomplishment? This was hard to choose. From a professional and educational standpoint, I have accomplished a lot in my 40 years. The first thing that came to my mind was the usual – graduating from college and grad school. I did accomplish all of those things through the usual hurdles and additional ones that my chronic illness created, as well. But that didn’t feel right.

 

So I kept thinking. And I thought about all of the things that have happened since my education has been completed. I realized that who I am now is really the result of learning to take care of myself. In the past, I have taken care of others and their needs much to the detriment of my own. These days, however, I am mindful of my body, heart, and soul and the needs I have. I have learned self-care and that, I think is the greatest thing I have accomplished to date.

 

Technique Highlight:

Collaged background on watercolor paper. Doodles over the collage work to create new shapes. Gelly Roll Glaze pens and Pigma Microns for doodling.

 

 


KL:

KL Says:

there was no other thought as i got ready for this weeks catalyst except my children. i’m not sure i could ever do anything more rewarding or more fulfilling than raising my children. it is a struggle at some moments and a pleasure at others, but what i feel most accomplished about is the beautiful people they are becoming. for that i will always be proud.

 

 


Vivian:

 

Vivian Says:

I believe one of my biggest accomplishments in my life (so far) is being able to allow my creativity to flow through me, without getting blocked by any thing, any thought or any other type of blockage. To simply be able to create without self judgement, without fear of any kind, to let go, accept and simply be with whatever comes up…

 

Apart from feeling that this is quite an accomplishment in itself I do realize at the same time it is a gift and I feel very blessed, fortunate and grateful to have been given this gift of freedom…”

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “what’s your biggest accomplishment?” I urge you to 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 art by Sunday night, August 17th, midnight PST to qualify for this week’s RAK. If you don’t have a community or blog where you upload photos, you can upload them on our flickr group. There’s a small change in RAK rules: to qualify for our weekly RAK drawing, all you have to do is do art around ANY of our catalysts. It doesn’t have to be the one from this week. We believe in the healing power of art and we want you to pick whichever catalyst inspires you the most.

 

For our RAK for this week, we are thrilled to be giving away a $25 gift certificate to Purple Onion Designs.

 

 

 

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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