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Catalyst Thirty-Eight
November 30, 2008, 9:47 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 towards the end of the week. (Apologies for the slight delay in the last two recipients; all recipients will be announced this week.) And if you didn’t join us before, we hope you do this time.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number thirty-eight:

 

Tell us about something you don’t appreciate enough. (something that you take for granted)

 

We’re overjoyed to have Emily Falconbridge as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

I can’t remember the first time I saw Emily’s art but I do remember falling in love immediately. Her art is so organic, so natural, and so authentic that it draws you in immediately. You can tell that it was made from the heart and it speaks to you. I love that she often mixes media and uses paint on her scrapbook pages. She makes everything look so easy and natural like it was always meant to look that way. Each time I look at her photos, she also looks like such a genuine soul to me. I was so thrilled when she agreed to guest for us.

 

If you’re into art journaling as much as I am, you won’t want to miss the art journal challenges she had all throughout 2007. They are stunning pages. I also recently admired her minibooks in Ali’s recent book Sharing Your Story. I could go on and on about the beauty of her art.

 

If you haven’t seen Emily’s beautiful art, you must visit her blog. You can also find really unique and funky camera straps and some journal kits in her etsy shop.

 

 

 

 

Here is Emily’s art with this week’s catalyst. You can click on it to see a larger version.

 

 

Emily Says:

i try not to take anything for granted…i like to keep a grateful journal and be happy for all the little, magical, ordinary things in life that make it beautiful. i know i have so so much in this life, it is crazy, especially when you read or watch or travel – and see how other people live. it makes you feel very blessed. sometime during the past month i developed a random sore finger which suddenly made me very aware of how much i need my hands, and ALL my fingers! this was something i had taken for granted, these busy, working hands that create, care for my family, are being used all of the time and i need them! they give me so much happiness, the things i am able to do with these hands. i should kiss them really. but instead i made a journal page ;)

 

Technique Highlight:

i had a henna tattoo stencil in the shape of a beautiful hand that i laid onto my page and painted over in gesso, and around in the yellow paint. i am in love with gold leafing and the little touch of magic is brings – also fascinated by it from my recent trip to thailand where you can find it covering Buddhas in various temples. i like to add a little bit of it here and there to make me happy. to do so, i applied a few dobs of gold leaf adhesive – waited 10 minutes then gently brushed the gold leaf flakes over the adhesive so it would stick. shiny happy!

 

 

 

Thank you so much Emily; we’re so very honored.

 

 


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

 

Dedra:

Journaling Reads:

Sometimes I become consumed by going through the motions of life….I find myself thinking I have all the time in the world and looking at my “to do” list instead of enjoying the time I have “right now” with Jon and the girls….So, now I will remind myself to enjoy the everyday moments with them….Time flys by and I can’t take it for granted anymore…..

 

 


Karen:

Journaling Reads:

I don’t know what I did to be the luckiest Mom in the world, but I really feel like I am so blessed. Maybe every Mom thinks her kid is wonderful but so many strangers tell me how special you are every day. You’re kind and generous. You are sweet and helpful. You are pensive and quiet. Yet when I go out with you, you talk to everyone. You can walk up to a stranger and start a conversation. You go, “Hi, I David. I three years old.” And people can’t help but laugh. Which you then take as your cue to keep talking. You can play with anyone, you’re not choosy. I love all of this about you.

 

But my favorite thing is what I see when I watch you when you’re not looking. When you’re lost in your own little world, playing with your cars or trains or blowing bubbles. You have such a rich fantasy life; you can play for hours by yourself and you tell yourself stories. Sometimes I interrupt and ask you what you’re saying and you say, “I talking to myself Mommy.” I guess in that way you’re my little boy. A self-content little boy.

 

David, I don’t know how I got so lucky as to have a son like you but I want you to know that I will never take any moment of it for granted.

 

 


Fran:

Fran Says::

I tend to think that I take little for granted, since I consider myself a lucky person who is aware of things around me. But then I thought more about it. And I realized that we have this beautiful home, which we don’t take for granted, and a lovely resort-like patio area, which I do. I sat outside in the lovely 74-degree weather and enjoyed the weather. I also really looked at our landscaping. I sat there and drew it. I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed really being there and relaxing and focusing on the trees.

 

I can hope that by really sitting and noticing the details, I won’t take it for granted any longer.

 

 


Katie:

 

Katie Says:

Something I take for granted……there are SO many things that I take for granted. Some I’m not ready to work on, some are just normal things…so when I signed up for this catalyst, I tried to narrow it down…and decided to do something about my husband…so that was in the back of my mind…but then I met my husbands ship as he pulled into Hawaii after a 6 month deployment…and when I saw the ship with the flags flying high and the sailors lining the deck in their dress whites…I felt this tug at my heart…..this one thing that I overlook sometimes…and take for granted, FREEDOM. In my mind sometimes, the military is brutal…it takes my husband for long periods of time, it makes me uproot and move my family, it makes family life hard…it makes me miss so many friends and neighbors BUT it keeps me FREE. Our country has fought many wars in the fight for freedom and we are such a mix of races and religions and customs but the one thing we all share as Americans is freedom. Our military keeps us free. They protect our borders, our waters, our assets and our people. We all take that for granted. I take that for granted.

 

So, my focus changed and I wanted to do something that I could put in my home so that every time I looked at it, I would remember how I felt that day. Something patriotic and pretty. I used vintage patriotic crepe paper, vintage music note paper, vintage trim and lots of glitter!

 

 


Lori:

 

Lori Says:

I take “me” for granted. I always have some sort of excuse as to why I can’t do something for myself. I put others first instead of taking time for me. It’s the one thing in life I am trying to change. I realize that a happy “me” equals a happy “everyone around me”, so I am learning to make myself a priority in my life.

 

Journaling Reads:

They come first. They need me. It’s selfish. I would feel guilty. I have no time. I’m fine. I love being frumpy. I don’t want to spend the money. I’m too tired. I’ll do it tomorrow. I’m perfectly happy. I really don’t need it.

 

 


Anita:

 

Anita Says:

When I saw this week’s catalyst, it made me think about how much I take for granted our relationship as a couple. We get so wrapped up in the day to day stuff with the kids we often forget to take time for us. I want my husband to know, I DO love him very much and cherish US. One day it will be just US and I feel like we will be getting to know each other all over again.

 

 


Debee:

 

Debee Says:

I’ve always been a dreamer. I’ve never thought I would be able to make my dreams into a reality. Yes, I always dreamed of art, being a cartoonist and even drew every Disney character I could to life size. But I guess as I grew my little kid dreams were pushed to the back of my mind. I’m so glad that on a whim I did take art classes in college. That’s when I knew I still had it and wanted to nurture the creative in me and hope to never fear loosing that again. So what I had dreamed as a child (to become an artist) came true for me in real life now. I am artistic, creative and happy making artsy messes. It really pleases my heart to be able to have the honor of calling myself a creative type. And I love sharing it with others :) One thing I’ve learned from this is to never stop dreaming…but dream bigger!

 

Journaling Reads:

d is for Dreamer

artist

graphic art

designer

creative

painter

sketcher

photographer

crazy sewing lines

grunge luver

spray painter

teacher

color perfectionist

drummer

dreamer

big happy messy dreamer

dream big little one.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Tell us about something you don’t appreciate enough. (something that you take for granted)” 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, December 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.

 

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 very very excited to be giving away a beautiful swatch journal & tags from belladrummer. Just add your mini polaroid pictures, index pictures, inspirational quotes, journaling and extra loves. Perfect for the art lover in you :) enjoy! (Book Measures: 5.5 x 2.25 inches; Filled with 10 mixed paper sheets: graph, ledger, map, spray painted paper).

 

 

 

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.

 

 



Catalyst Thirty-Seven
November 23, 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 towards the end of the week. (Apologies for the slight delay in last week’s recipient; it’s coming soon.) And if you didn’t join us before, we hope you do this time.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number thirty-seven:

 

Today you get an extra hour, what will you spend that time on?

 

We’re thrilled to have Danny Gregory as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

I saw Danny for the first time, a few years ago, on TV. There was a special about his story on (I think it was PBS) and I was immediately amazed by his story, his amazing drawings, and his great ability to put words and illustrations on paper in the most inviting way I’ve seen. When I sent an email to Danny to ask him to be a guest for creative therapy, I didn’t expect to hear back. I thought he must be unreachable.

 

Being the amazing person he is, Danny wrote back immediately and generously agreed to do a guest spot for us. I cannot tell you the thrill of seeing his art on our site. Danny’s accomplishments are far too many to count here, but I want to make sure to mention few of his books that I have read and loved: Everyday Matters, The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be The Artist You Truly Are, and most recently An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers. His books are truly inspirational and instructional and completely worth reading.

 

If you haven’t seen Danny’s amazing illustrations or don’t know his inspiring story, you must visit his site. You will discover a completely new world. Danny’s art with this week’s catalyst is a 24-page pdf document. I made smaller screenshots of each of the pages just so you could get a glimpse of his amazing illustrations, but to see and read the whole story of what he does with his extra hour download the pdf (it’s quite large). You can also buy it as a book.

 

 

 

 

Here are the samples of Danny’s art with this catalyst and you can click each to see a slightly bigger version. The text is in the pdf and since it’s handwritten, I won’t duplicate it out of context.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much Danny; we’re so very honored.

 

 


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

 

Leena:

Leena Says:

Sometimes I wish I could have more than extra hour everyday. I would spend that extra hour spending my time with my family, especially with my son. My job takes me away from home most of the time and I feel bad that I’m not there for him. I hope that one day he would understand that I’m trying my best to give him the best of both worlds. I hope that one day that I would be able to devote all my time for him, seeing him grow.

 

Journaling Reads:

I wish that we could always spend time like this everyday and forever. But one day, you will grow up and lead your own life. But for now, I would wish to spend every second, minutes and hours loving and caring for you.

 

 


Karen:

Karen Says:

There are always so many things on my to-do list but if I had one extra hour I would want to spend it with my son and my husband, I can never get enough of either in my life.

 

I wanted to note that after I made this art journal page, I immediately felt like it wasn’t that good. Certainly not good enough to be in the company of these amazing artists, but then I remembered my own words: this is not a competition. It did make me feel better to make the art. I do love my son so much and I really do want to spend all my hours with him. So my art was therapeutic and true. That’s all that matters in the end. I’ve heard some comments that people don’t want to participate because they feel their art isn’t good enough. I promise you that your art is good enough. If it’s authentic to you, it’s absolutely beautiful and I hope you choose to share it with us so we can enjoy it, too.

 

 


Fran:

Fran Says::

It was hard for me to figure this one out, because I’m lucky enough to have a lot of time to do what I want. I really thought there was nothing I’d want to do. But then I thought about it. I’d really keep doing the things I’m doing. I’d draw more, exercise more, sew more, cook more, connect more, and be more. I think, for me that I’d just continue and do more of what I love to do.

 

 


Vivian:

 

Vivian Says:

If I had an extra hour today I would spend some much needed quality time with my husband…”

 

Technique Highlight:

I used water soluble crayons to wash the background and enclosed writing in an envelope which I stitched onto my page. A lost prayer flag from outside found its way onto my page.

 

 


Karan:

 

Karan Says:

My extra hour would be spent on a massage… I know it sounds selfish and self indulgent and maybe even decadent to some, but to me it is essential. I tend to hold all the stress in my body in my neck, arms and shoulders. I need regular massage to relieve the pain or I get horrible headaches and a throbbing burning pain in my arms that radiates up into my shoulders and neck. This is something that has been happening for a long time. I have learned to live with constant pain. I have learned to create in stages, and to get up from the computer after only a few minutes. My massage therapists are miracle workers. My husband, daughter and a friend all do an awesome job. It is the moving out of the negative energy. The releasing of the toxins from the system, and the clearing of the body’s stress memories that leaves me feeling balanced and relaxed. It is strange, that the things we need the most, we rarely give to ourselves. I feel guilty when I get a massage. And yet if I don’t get one regularly, I am in such pain, I am miserable to be around. Even though I have the ability to get them when I want from my friend by trading services, I rarely give myself the gift of one, or take the time out for myself to have one. So for these moments, in this hour, I will give myself the gift of a lovely relaxing massage….

 

 


Severine:

 

Severine Says:

Enjoy Life and Family, because we have not enough time for enjoy family. So one more hour, it’s more happiness.

 

In French:

Profiter de la vie et de ma famille. On n’a jamais assez de temps à partager avec eux alors une heure de plus, c’est que du bonheur en plus.

 

 


Christine:

 

Christine Says:

f I had an extra hour today to do what I wanted, I could probably create a list of things pages long including spending time with my husband and children, picking up the phone to call someone and chat, reading a long-neglected book that I started weeks ago, doing an extra load of laundry, and tidying up around the house. However, when it comes down to it, I would want to use the time to create something!

 

Creating helps me to express myself in a way that the other activities I listed just cannot evoke. It allows me to take something inside of me and produce something meaningful that I can share with others. Creating makes me happy, and it’s at those times when I feel that I’m fulfilling a purpose with what my Creator has gifted me. So with that extra hour, I would create to please my Creator, and hopefully encourage, inspire, and bless someone else in the process!

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Today you get an extra hour, what will you spend that time on?” 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, November 30th, 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.

 

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 seat in the most amazing class of the season from Shimelle’s Journal Your Christmas:

 

 

 

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.

 

 



Catalyst Thirty-Six
November 16, 2008, 9:55 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 thirty-six:

 

Tell us about a time you lied.

 

We’re delighted to have Layle Koncar as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Even though she probably doesn’t know this, I met her at last year’s Winter CHA. She was working in the Scenic Route booth and she was one of the nicest people I met in the show. Layle is the Marketing Director for Scenic Route and she also teaches regularly. Her wonderful personality always comes across in her colorful and beautiful layouts. What I love the most is that she often puts a lot of journaling on her layouts (and has beautiful handwriting!) and they are always so very meaningful. I was so delighted when she agreed to guest for us.

 

Layle’s art is well recognized in the scrapbooking industry. Her work has been published in Creating Keepsakes, Better Homes and Gardens Scrapbooks Etc., Memory Makers, Paper Crafts, Legacy, Scrapbook Trends and Paper Trends. She authored and contributed to the book Memory Art and is a regular contributor to Paper Crafts books and special issues.

 

If you haven’t seen Layle’s beautiful art before, make sure to check out her blog.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Layle Says:

I took a bit of a different spin on this challenge, I wanted to make sure it reflected my personality. I like to think I’m a pretty easy going person and I always try to approach life with a little bit of humor mixed in. I generally don’t get too deep when I scrapbook, I pretty much just tell the story. When I started thinking about a time I lied, nothing big came to mind. But lots of little ones, little WHITE ones were floating around my head, so I went with it.

 

Journaling Reads:

White lies. Everyone does it. In general they’re meant to make someone feel better to smooth things over, to make life just a little bit easier for everyone involved. You know – ‘that outfit looks great on you’ to spare someone’s feelings. ‘Yes, there is a Santa Claus’ to extend that childhood innocence. ‘No, that’s not new’ – needs no explaining! ‘Sorry I’m late, I was stuck in traffic’ – much easier than explaining why you hit the snooze button 3 times. ‘It wasn’t me’ – why not, it could always be someone else. ‘Sorry, I can’t make it, I already have plans’ – much easier than saying you want to be a homebody. ‘Thank you, I love it!’ – no one shops for you like you can! And my favorite – your weight on your driver’s license – who cares if you’re a bit off?!

 

Technique Highlight:

Not too much technique on this one. I dry brushed the raw chipboard letters with white paint. Rather than using a lot of different photos, I made a collage of different things that represent white lies to me that I talked about in my journaling – a tag from a recent jacket I bought, an old watch face, a page torn from a calendar, a copy of my driver’s license, an outfit torn from a magazine, etc.

 

 

Thank you so much Layle; we’re so very honored.

 

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team. Click on the photos to see the bigger versions. As you’ll notice, we have another new team member, Dedra, whose art is displayed this week. We have a few new team members and I will announce them really soon but I wanted to welcome Dedra since her art is first this week!

 

Dedra:

Journaling Reads:

I lied, I lied when I was a teenager and said I was over it….

I was OK, that my heart and soul was mended….

Because I was not even close to being OK….

My heart and soul was screaming because I couldn’t

understand why my Dad had not kept in touch….

not a card, not even a phone call….NOTHING….

We were so close and it was like he fell of the face of the earth….

I grew up and to this day, sometimes, I still wonder was it ME?

Now, that I have children of my own I can’t even imagine not seeing

them grow up….The special women they will become….

I know it was my Dad’s choice not to be apart of my life, even to this day….

Why? Why doesn’t he try now, now that I’m older and he has grand.daughters

that he will never know….

I have realized I was shaped as a person more by his absence then his presence….

There is no doubt and I will admit that my heart and soul still hurt….

BUT, I will continue to move forward and GROW to be the best person I can be…..

 

 


Karen:

Karen Says:

I try hard not to lie, but when we found out we were expecting and I was only four weeks along, I had to keep it a secret for 9 weeks until I got the OK from the doctor. During that time I was very ill, throwing up several times a day, which made it that much harder to keep it a secret. People invited us to dinner parties and lunches and I had to keep lying. People at work started to wonder why I was sick all the time and my friends were curious why I dropped off the face of earth. It was the hardest secret to keep and some of the most difficult weeks of my life. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, it feels great not to have to lie anymore.

 

Journaling Reads:

I am really bad at keeping secrets. Especially when it’s good news. So when I found out that I was pregnant (It took three tests for me to believe my own eyes.) and it was only four-weeks, I knew we were going to have to keep this secret for a long time. And then I got sick. Really bad nausea meant that our little secret became a collection of lies. Reasons why I was so tired, why I was unable to eat, why I looked so white. Eight weeks of lying later, I was finally able to share and it felt so good to tell everyone. To finally acknowledge you in front of everyone. Can’t wait to see you, little one.

 

 


Fran:

Fran Says::

Sadly, there have been many times in my life that I have lied. I focus here on the fact that I kept many secrets as an adolescent. Hiding the truth from myself and from others who could have helped me. Hiding from myself was a defense mechanism, as was the facade of being the perfect kid with the perfect family.

 

Journaling Reads::

My lips were sealed. Lies of omission and silence through much of my life… I was lying to everyone.

 

 


Lori:

 

Lori Says:

When I was a teenager, I did not have high self confidence and I lied about everything. It wasn’t malicious or bad, it was out of fear of having my own opinion. I honestly believed that everyone else was more worthwhile than me. So, I would lie about liking things I didn’t like or wanting to do things I didn’t want to do. It took me a decade to stop that behavior and realize that I am worthwhile.

 

Journaling Reads:

When I was a teen, I lied about everything. I was afraid to have my own opinion. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I learned to value myself. I can’t imagine lying about anything. I’m proud to be me.

 

 


Anita:

 

Anita Says:

When I saw this catalyst, the first thing that came to my mind (as always) was my children. Each time I have had another child I have wondered how I could ever love another one. We honestly thought we were finished after our 4th child. But then came Emma and I wondered how it would ever happen that I could love yet another child. It was then that I realized, God never gives us more than we can handle. I truly believe that and have to constantly remind myself.

 

Journaling Reads:

Ok, So I lied. I didn’t think I had room for one more. My heart was full. At least I thought so until you came along. I love you Emma! love, mom.

 

 


Severine:

 

Severine Says:

Lying about Santa Claus to my daughter is a very big dilemma for me. Because of her personality (or grumpiness), the day she’ll learn the truth will be very hard for us. She certainly will be angry, disappointed, feel lost … And perhaps she won’t believe in us anymore. But not believing in Santa Claus is like taking away a piece of childhood! Hard choice isn’t it? We are waiting for that day… The day when she’ll ask us: Mom, Dad, is it true that Santa Claus doesn’t exist ?

 

In French:

Mentir à propos du père noel à ma fille a été un très gros dilemme pour moi, parce qu’avec le caractère qu’elle a depuis déjà toute petite, je me dis que le jour où elle va apprendre que le père noel n’existe pas, elle va nous en faire voir de toutes les couleurs et certainement remettre en cause tout ce que l’on a pu lui dire avant. Mais en même temps, ne pas lui dire que le père noel existe aurait été comme enlever une partie de son enfance et brider son imagination!!! Aussi le choix n’a pas été facile. Nous attendons maintenant avec une certaine appréhension le jour où elle nous posera la question

 

 


KL:

 

KL Says:

oh the lies we tell. everyone does. when i started working on this catalyst i kept thinking of the ones i tell myself often, the ones i hate hearing in my head. that i don’t count. that my life so far is insignificant. that i am unworthy. such sad feelings and beliefs about myself.

 

i decided that i needed to get them out and bottle them up somewhere other than inside my head. somewhere other than inside my heart. so here they are, the three lies i will not believe any longer. written down and torn apart and then bottled up with some glass glitter fairy wishes.

 

a reminder of what i am not.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Tell us about a time you lied.” 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, November 23rd, 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.

 

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 Zany Zinnia:

 

 

 

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 Thirty-Four
November 14, 2008, 12:19 pm
Filed under: other

catalyst_rak_winner

 

The little boy picked your name Anam Congratulations!! Thanks, once again, to our generous sponsor: Qtea Kits. 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 Thirty-Five
November 9, 2008, 7:53 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 thirty-five:

 

What’s your philosophy of life? (Tell us a quote that conveys it, show us photos from it, express in your own words.)

 

We’re extremely thrilled to have Ali Edwards as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

When I first started creative therapy, I made a list of all the guest designers I would love to have. My dream list. These were all artists I admired and I felt they were the embodiment of the vision behind creative therapy. Ali was at the top of my list. To me, her art has always been meaningful, visually pleasing, and in many cases therapeutic. There are so many examples of this all but here are a few that spoke to me: Peace be with you Grandma, word of the year, and Courage Through Hope. I could easily go on and on. What resonates most with me in Ali’s art is that it’s personal; you can see a piece of her in each finished product. The authenticity is always there.

 

Ali’s accolades are too many to list here but I will give you some links to explore on your own. She has several inspirational products. Fantastic books, beautiful stamps, and versatile digital products. She is also offering a new class with Big Picture Scrapbooking. You can see details on her blog and register at the BPS site (registration open Nov 13.) If you haven’t ever been to Ali’s blog, you’re truly missing out.

 

I can easily go on and on about Ali’s work and how much it speaks to me and how generous and kind she is and how much of her life she shares in her art, but I know that if you’ve been following her art, you know this for yourself and if you haven’t, all you need is a few minutes on her blog to see what I mean. I cannot tell you what an honor and delight it is for me to have her share her art with us.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Ali Says:

“Live Simply.”

 

I have lots of different philosophies that I aspire to in my life. Tthe one that seems to rise to the top most often these days is “live simply.” It is what I aspire to and I find that it manifests itself in different ways in various parts of my life.

 

To me this philosophy is about whittling away the excess and getting to the heart of the matter;

it is about living with less and being content with enough (which is different for every person);

it is about simple whole foods and really hot coffee;

it is about choosing to live in the present moment and not getting distracted by silly dramas;

it is about taking deep breaths;

it is about neutral sheets and white towels;

it is about keeping things as uncomplicated as possible;

it is about the pure joy in little moments;

 

Here’s one of my favorite related quotes from William Henry Channing:

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.”

 

Technique Highlight:

One of the things I care about deeply is learning. I love to learn new things – especially new creative things. For this canvas I referenced Kelly Rae Roberts’ book “Taking Flight” (pgs. 56-57). I enjoy reading step by step processes and then adapting them to what I have on hand and my own visions for the finished piece. I knew that I wanted to try the layered pattern + paint look that Kelly Rae is so great at and I really like the process of being able to read along as I was creating.

 

Here’s my process inspired by Kelly Rae:

 

1. Start with a blank canvas. I used a 12 inch x 9 inch canvas. Paint a single layer (I used a beige paint).

 

2. Cut up pieces of random pieces of paper and adhere to the canvas using gel medium. Pick ones that have different textures and dimensions for a more interesting finished piece. Place a layer of gel medium on top as well to seal.

 

 

Here’s a look before paint on top:

 

 

My random pieces (including tags and other bits that had some dimension) came out of this stash:

 

 

3. Following Kelly Rae’s advice I mixed two paint colors (yellow + cream) and rolled them in a brayer to spread the paint and then directly on to my canvas. Let dry. From there I used some random pieces I have gathered along the way as templates for the painted circles.

 

 

 

4. Rub on title. I used rub ons from American Crafts. Print out additional text, ink edges, and adhere to the background canvas.

 

 

 

Thank you so much Ali; we’re so very honored.

 

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team. Click on the photos to see the bigger versions. As you’ll notice, we have a new team member, Katie, whose art is displayed this week. We have a few new team members and I will announce them next week but I wanted to welcome Katie since her art is first this week!

 

Katie:

Katie Says:

I am a quote person….in my head at least…I always say stuff to myself..like little prompts or pick me ups. My husband is on deployment and it’s been rough. I have a quote from my Grandmother that goes through my head all the time…it’s “I complained about having no shoes until I met a man with no feet”. I repeat this to myself over and over….when I’ve just had it and think that I am the sorriest sucker on this earth…I think, “well, there is always someone who is in a worse situation…Katie get over it!”

 

So, as I started this catylist…quotes that I use or things that I think just starting coming to the surface…and pretty soon my original vision of what I was making for this assignment…went right out the door. This became more of a symbolic piece.

 

These 4 people represent ancestors…specifically grandparents…as they are always “wise” people. I thought..”what would they tell me?” Grandparents seem to be full of wise advice.

 

I put a few things that came to mind, some that I try to practice every day, on the back of some fair tickets. This piece that started as a layout, then almost became a box, eventually ended up as a wall hanging. Funny how that happens.

 

The Irish custom for “good luck” is to hang a horseshoe over your door way so I used a horseshoe charm to hang from the bow to symbolize that custom.

 

Technique Highlight:

Mask using a sheer page and Maya Mists. I also used a staple gun to attach the wire to the back of the canvas.

 

 


Karen:

Karen Says:

I made this layout well before the election and I know that these three little words have such a bigger meaning now but this has always been my personal motto, so I wanted to put a note to let everyone know it isn’t politically intended. Regardless of which way you lean politically, I think believing in yourself and your ability to do anything you want is a very powerful message for all of us.

 

Journaling Reads:

There are many things I believe in. The power of love. The generosity of others. Kindness.

 

But one particular phrase has now become my philosophy of life.

 

“Yes, I can.”

 

Throughout my life, many different people told me about things I couldn’t do. “With those grades, you can’t get into that college,” “I’m afraid you can’t sign up for this class, you’re too young,” “You can’t get that job,” “You can’t learn Japanese at the age of twenty-six, you’re too old.” These are just a few of the hundreds of such comments people shared with me.

 

Encouraging, isn’t it?

 

Well, it turns out, for me, it is actually encouraging. It turns out I can’t stand hearing the word “You can’t.” I hate the idea of anyone telling me what I can or cannot do. So once I hear those words, I suddenly have all the energy I need to prove them wrong.

 

A few years ago, I stumbled into this Mark Twain quote, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” It immediately became my favorite quote. I totally agree with what he says.

 

Small people. I love to prove them wrong.

 

I believe anyone can succeed at anything they want to. Anyone. I believe I can do anything I put my mind to. I have. Over and over again. I believe life is too short to live amongst small people. I believe it’s important to surround yourself with people who are amazing and to let them encourage you to be your very best, as well.

 

Each time you hear that little voice inside you that wonders if you can achieve something you really want, hear this:

 

“Yes, you can!”

 

Trust me.

 

 


Fran:

Fran Says::

My philosophy of life is simple: There is no obstacle that is insurmountable.

 

Journaling Reads::

Try to find the lesson and the strength to be gained by each challenge. Face it head-on and find your way past it. Whether health, money, job, or other people there is always a way to go beyond the obstacle.

 

Technique Highlight::

Collage on watercolor paper with doodling and writing using Sakura Souffle and Gelly Roll pens.

 

 


Leena:

 

Leena Says:

Confucius said that “The more you know yourself, the more you forgive yourself”. These words of wisdom have stuck in my head for years and it has been the philosophy of my life ever since. I used to have high expectations of myself in whatever I do and I never realized and understood whether I could achieve something within my capability. And when I don’t, I felt so disappointed and think that I’m incapable or incompetent. I think I didn’t really have the chance to really get to know the real me and I couldn’t forgive myself everytime I failed in something I do. But, over the years, I have learned a great deal about being forgiving, especially to myself because I have taken time to know who I really am and what I could really do. This has definitely made me a better person and brought out the best in me.

 

 


Kris:

 

Kris Says:

I’m always one obsessed with words. I had to look up ‘philosophy’ just to give myself some reference as to what I needed to create. My favorite definition (and one I most identify with the word Philosophy) is: the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group. Ohhh, now we’re asking the hard questions. The meaning of Life! What do I believe? Why am I here on this earth? I have lots of beliefs. Love one another, share, always be learning, don’t sweat the small stuff, be kind, rewind… The list goes on and on. However, there are 2 things I tell my kids and my husband over and over. “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)” and “You can do anything you set your mind to.’ I think these are similar concepts and stem from a belief that if you are willing to try hard & work towards something enough and place your trust in God, you can do what he would want you to do. Sometimes you fail, but keep trying. My little one argues the most with me on this; saying “But I can’t set my mind to my math.” I tell her “You just WON’T. There’s a difference.” There are many philosophies like “Love your neighbor” or “Do unto others” and I can do everything much better when I gather my strength from Christ. I have trouble with this sometimes, always wanting to be the one in charge. Yet I can do anything when I just turn to him. I hope my children will leave my house someday knowing I love them but that Christ loves them even more.

 

 


KL:

 

KL Says:

it always, always , always comes back to love for me. so much of who i am revolves around that 4 lettered word. when i concentrate on loving, on being open, when i concentrate on being the best me i know that it impacts everything i do, everyone i come in contact with. i’m not perfect. i make mistakes, but that too brings me back to love, because if i love myself i can love others and be just as forgiving as i want them to be for me.

 

Journaling Reads:

be good. be true. love & be loved. open your heart. learn. trust. grow.

 

 


Amélie:

 

Amélie Says:

This table is ‘the charming spontaneity of children’ because that is something I admire. I still have that spirit in me, I take a lot of time to have fun and to play and to discover and I’m very expressive.
There are aspects of life and values very important to me like respect for others, fun to be with, create and share, humility, authenticity …

 

In French:

Ce tableau s’intitule ‘la charmante spontanéïté de l’enfance’ car c’est quelque chose que j’admire. J’ai encore en moi cet état d’esprit, je prends encore beaucoup de plaisir à jouer et à découvrir et je suis très expressive. Il y a des aspects de la vie très importants à mes yeux comme le respect des autres, le plaisir de jouer, de créer et de partager, l’humilité…


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What’s your philosophy of life? (Tell us a quote that conveys it, show us photos from it, express in your own words.)” 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, November 16th, 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.

 

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 A Million Memories:

 

 

 

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 Thirty-Three
November 7, 2008, 2:00 pm
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The little boy picked your name Abby Congratulations!! Thanks, once again, to our generous sponsor: Luminarte Inc.. 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 Thirty-Four
November 2, 2008, 9:35 am
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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 thirty-four:

 

Tell us about a song that brings back a memory. Tell us about the memory too.

 

We’re delighted to have Allison Strine as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

I discovered Allison’s Etsy site just by browsing and I was immediately in love with her striking and touching jewelry. Her colors are so vivid, her pieces are so meaningful. Something like this beautiful pendant is exactly why I couldn’t resist asking her if she would be willing to guest design here for us.

 

Those of you who have been in the scrapbooking industry for a long time might know Allison’s name from a previous life where she was a well-recognized and well published scrapbooker. She was published in many highly regarded magazines like Cloth Paper Scissors and Somerset Studio. She also won the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame back in 2002.

 

If you haven’t seen Allison’s art before, I’d urge you to visit her beautiful etsy store. Allison has also generously offered to give free shipping to anyone who buys at her store and mentions that they came from creative therapy.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Allison Says:

Well, the only way I could do this would be to write about a band that brings back a memory, and that band is The Beatles. I remember listening to my Paul-crazy babysitter singing ‘I Saw Her Standing There’. when I was about five. Then I remember watching the Beatles ’65 record, with its rainbow stripe around the label, spinning around on my five dollar turntable. Later I played ‘Yesterday’ for an entire afternoon, back to back, lifting the needle at the end of the song and placing it right at the start again, while I bawled tears of agony over losing my dog. Then it was on to college, where I’ll never forget the moment my roommate walked in and told me John had been shot. When my brother died, I created a video set to “In My Life”, and we all watched Bradley on tv and cried bitter tears at the beauty of John’s voice, and the tragedy of loss. Oh, how I lived and died with The Beatles – When I moved to Germany, all by myself, I brought Paul’s voice with me, to play every morning on my cassette tape player, and comfort me in my loneliness. I’ve listened to scratchy 45s, and LP records, and eight track tapes, and cassettes, and my first compact disc purchase was Sergeant Pepper, and always the Beatles have been with me. Music is about as powerful a force as I’ve ever known, and in my life I hope I never lose my connection to John, Paul, George and Ringo.

 

Technique Highlight:

The most enjoyable part of creating this canvas was the spontaneity of the background. I just got into a groove, using stencils and tissue and rub ons and transparencies and acrylic paint, all without really thinking hard, or even thinking at all! The best thing to do for this kind of background is to work on a whole bunch of canvases at once. That way, one piece is drying while I’m working on another, and I just dabble back and forth between half a dozen canvases, adding a touch of red here, or a little bit of color there. Then – ooh, this is a good thing – once the background is completed and dried, I scan it into my computer. That way, I have access to a beautiful piece of art on its own, to use in other pieces.

 

 

Thank you so much Allison; we’re very honored.

 

 


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

 

Karen:

Karen Says:

For me, songs are big buckets of memories. I have a long list of songs where a few melodies can put me in a different location, mood, and spirit immediately. Of all the songs in my list, one stands out above and beyond the others. When I was a Junior in college, I started dating the man who is now my husband. My Junior and Senior year, I spent a lot of time in he and his roommate’s dorm. My Senior year, we all loved “Son of a Preacherman” so much that we decided to play it on repeat. This continued for an entire semester. The CD player was never off. When we went to sleep, we’d lower the volume and when any of us walked into the room, we’d say “Oh my God! turn it up! it’s my favorite song!!” This became our own inside joke. When I think back to my college years, Son of a Preacherman is one of my very favorite memories. A sign of fun times and beginnings of a long lasting love.

 

Technique Highlight:

I didn’t use any special techniques on this page but I did use the new Bazzill dotted cardstock which comes with a neat texture.

 

 


Severine:

Severine Says::

This song is “Hélène” by Rock Voisine. This song reminds me of my first “real” boyfriend and some moments we had together.

 

In French:

Cette chanson c’est Hélène de Rock Voisine. Elle passé à la radio lorsque j’étais en seconde et elle me rapelle plein de souvenir de cette première année de lycée, notamment des moments passés avec mon petit copain de l’époque qui était pour moi le premier “vrai” petit copain.

 

 


Fran:

Fran Says::

As long as I can remember, listening to music has been a part of my life. It was hard to pick just one to focus on, but as I went through iTunes to find a song that made me smile with a memory, I came across Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”. It’s an odd song for a memory, but really, it brings back memories for me.

 

When I was growing up, I had a close friend, Jean Marie, who lived around the corner from me. Late in junior high school, we started an annual tradition. The night before the first day of school each year, we would walk for about a mile to a playground, talking about the year ahead, our nerves and anxiety about the first day of school, teachers, etc. Jean Marie was the first one who taught me how to wear make-up. Jean Marie and I were huge Pat Benatar fans and we went to her concert together in the early 80s. We had such a great friendship and a lovely tradition. This song brings back the memory of that annual walk and daily connections at the bus stop.

 

 


Lori:

 

Lori Says:

I love music. A lot. I love it so much that I actually listen to the lyrics of the songs I hear. If I don’t like the lyrics, I won’t like the song. The lyrics need to make me laugh, like The Killers – Somebody Told Me: “Somebody told me you had a boyfriend who looked like a girlfriend that I had in February of last year” or make me think, like *Queensryche: “Isn’t it funny how crying looks like laughter in the rain?” or just be about something real and relevant to me, like Creed – With Arms Wide Open: Prelude- this song is about him finding out he’s going to have a baby.

“If I had just one wish

Only one demand

I hope he’s not like me

I hope he understands

That he can take this life

And hold it by the hand

And he can greet the world

With arms wide open”.

The thing about me and music is that I move on and quickly. I grew up in the 80’s and do my best to avoid all music from then. I only barely tolerate music from the 90’s. I crave new music and tend to let older music fade away into the dark recesses of my Mom’s memory. The only song, however, over all my years, that has truly stood the test of time, meaning I still love it, and has the strongest memories for me is “Happy Birthday”. This song brings back strong emotions for all the wonderful times I’ve celebrated with loved ones and friends. It’s a happy song about a happy time. It’s the one song I know I will always cherish and look forward to. This past Thursday my Mom was able to celebrate her 66th birthday knowing she is cancer-free. That is one memory that will be with me forever. Oh how I love this little ditty of a song.

 

 


Debee:

 

Journaling Reads:

Somewhere, over the rainbow,

skies are blue and the dreams that you dare to dream

really do come TRUE.

 

Debee Says:

My Favorite Song since childhood has been Over The Rainbow from the Wizard Of OZ. I think I was about 5 years of age when I first saw the movie. I was in love with the color, Toto the dog :) and Judy Garland’s beautiful voice. I don’t really think I paid much attention to the lyrics of this song too much. But as I grew older I came to memorize the lyrics by heart and really believe the beauty in the words. Dare to dream the dreams and they will come true.

 

 


Christine:

 

Journaling Reads:

I remember hearing the song, “When I Fall in Love” by Nat King Cole when I was a young girl. The lyrics echoed the beliefs that I held in my heart about love…that it was precious enought for me to wait for the one person to share it with completely and wholeheartedly. This song also reminds me of the list that I wrote when I was thirteen containing the traits that I would be looking for in my “someone special.” The day I made the list, I made a promise that I would wait for him to come into my life. I am so thankful that God brought [Ron] into my life, and that I am able to share this love with [him]!

 

 


Karan:

 

Karan Says:

I did this page about a song I like called Rhyme and Reason by John Denver. I don’t know if he wrote it or just perfomed it. It has some really beautiful and profound words in it… I remember my parents listening to it when I was a kid, and watching my mom cry when she heard it. Almost every time, she would tear up. Now I am the one who crys when I hear it. This song reminds me of my childhood, and motherhood all at the same time. It is a bond and a memorey I share with my mom, and with my children too. I love these lines that I put on this page:

 

It is here we must beging to seek the wisdom of the children

And the graceful way of flowers in the wind

For the children and the flowers are my sisters and my brothers

Their laughter and their loveliness would clear a cloudy day

Like the music of the mountain, and the colors of a rainbow

They’re a promise of the future, and a blessing for today.

 

I like the last line the best… I think it says it all. Like children, I think wea ll need to play more, and just forget the things that hurt or anger us. Just go out and laugh and play some more. It will make you feel better. This song reminds me to be more childlike and lighthearted when I walk in the world.

 

 


KL:

 

KL says:

i can see this memory so clearly. sitting in my moms green car, driving to stockton from our ranch. singing “horse with no name” at the top of my lungs along with my mom. smiling. laughing. happy being with her.

 

every time i hear this song it takes me back to those moments. building a friendship with her that is so strong. just being together.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Tell us about a song that brings back a memory. Tell us about the memory too.” 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, November 9th, 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.

 

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 fantastic kit from Qtea Kits:

 

 

 

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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