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Now We Have a Facebook Page
December 29, 2009, 10:11 am
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Catalyst Ninety-Four
December 27, 2009, 7:00 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.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number ninety-four:

 

What’s something you swore you would never do? Why? Did you do it?

 

We’re excited to have Nichole Duenke as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

I’ve never met Nichole but she is one of those people who exudes love and joy. She seems like she’d be the nicest person to know and I hope that, one day, I can meet her in person. Her layouts are so colorful and joyful that it makes me happy just to look at them. Here’s a little bio from Nichole:

 

I’m 25, live in a small town in Ohio & am happily married to a great guy, Nate. We have no kids, but are praying that the Lord blesses us with a family soon! I’ve been scrapping for 10 years & am currently on the design team for American Crafts.

 

If you’ve never seen Nichole’s art, make sure to visit her blog.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Nichole Says:

always said I would never be that person who marries someone just shortly after meeting them. I was dead-set on keeping my word. Until I met my now husband. :) I couldn’t believe the true feeling of love & the power it has over everything else! I ate my words just 2 short months after Nate & I started dating…we met, got engaged & married all within 13 months!

 

 

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

 

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team.

 

Karen:

Karen Says:

When I had my first son, David, I was working from home. Even though it was hard at times, I loved watching him grow and being there to see it all. And when he turned eighteen months or so, I took a job with Google and was working in an office for the first time since he was born. Although his dad was home with him, I missed him everyday and regretted not being there with him. And then I got pregnant with Nathaniel. I told myself that there was no way I was going back to work once the little baby came. My job at Google wasn’t something I could do from home and I was determined not to miss Nathaniel’s childhood which meant I had to quit my job.

 

Then, a month before my maternity ran out, I went into work and told my manager I would be happy to stay at work but only if they would let me work from home. I would be willing to do any job, as long as it meant I didn’t have to come into the office. As it turned out, they were very wonderful and helped me move into another job in the same group. One that I could do (and have been doing) from home. As it turned out, I got the best of both worlds: I get to see Nathaniel (and David) grow up and I get to work at a wonderful company, with a product I am proud to be a part of.

 

Technique Highlight:

I wanted to hand-stitch the Google logo, so I did and image search for the logo and then opened it in Photoshop and flipped it horizontally. I then taped that to the back of my cardstock and ta-da, I had a stencil.

 

 


Lori:

Lori Says:

I have sworn I will never allow my kids to bail out of a commitment. If they tell me they want to play the trumpet and the lessons are for one year, then I expect them to take the lessons for the full year. If at the end of the year, they truly do not want to take more lessons, they don’t have to. It’s important to me that the learn to honor their word and the commitments they make when they are old enough to understand them. I have a feeling this will be very hard for me to stick with, but I think it’s important that I do.

 

Journaling Reads:

I have promised myself that I will teach my boys to honor the commitments they make. If they choose to do a thing, whether, sport, music or other activity, and if they give their word, they will honor it. If they start taking lessons and decide they do not enjoy it, I intend to make them stick it out until the end of their commitment. Then if they decide they really didn’t like it, they never have to do it, again. I know this will be hard for me to do, but it’s important, so I will.

 

 


Anita:

Anita Says:

When I saw this catalyst it made me think back of when I was younger. I swore I would never have children. I didn’t want any at all but God had another plan for me. He has blessed me with 5 wonderful children and now 1 granddaughter that makes my world! I love each and everyone of them. I am so glad God though otherwise. I am truly blessed.

 


Severine:

Severine Says:

I vowed never to cut a pine forest to do my Christmas tree as it did when I was little, we must preserve the nature around us, and do whatever it takes for it to develop properly. That’s why I buy trees “farmed” for my Christmas tree.

 

In French:

J’ai juré de ne jamais couper un pin dans la forêt pour faire mon sapin de noël comme c’était le cas quand j’étais petite, il faut préserver la nature qui nous entoure, et ne faire que ce qu’il faut pour qu’elle puisse se développer correctement. C’est pourquoi j’achète des sapins “d’élevage” pour faire mon arbre de noël.

 

 


Lia:

 

Lia Says:

I never wanted to teach scrapbook classes, even though there were many requests from my scrapper friends. I was too shy to face strangers, too afraid of BIG personalities in my classes, insecure about my capabilities and didn’t think I had any skills to impart, I didn’t want to face the pressure of meeting expectations. It was only in 2008 when a LSS in Brunei which I was designing for approached me (honestly, they pushed me to a corner. lol!) to come and teach a couple of classes in Brunei that I took the first step in teaching. Even after those classes, I swore ‘Never again!’

 

A few months after that, I became jaded with scrapbooking and was very sure nobody in the community wanted anything to do with me. But no, the Brunei LSS came again to my rescue. They amazingly wanted me back to teach! More requests for private classes in Singapore came after that, and I decided to rejuvenate my love of the craft by teaching small classes at home. The response was amazing! I realised that I love scrapbooking, and more importantly sharing this craft with others.

 

I was sure that I had to view scrapbooking as a ‘business’ that required ‘networking’ – words that I wasn’t interested in participating in. But because of the urges and confidence from Shabby Chic Brunei in me, and also the love from the many scrappers I’ve met since I began teaching, I have rediscovered the love of scrapbooking. And I now know with certainty that it’s perfectly fine to keep scrapbooking to a personal level, that small ambitions can still take me far, and people can still love me even when I’m being me.

 

 


Larissa:

 

Larissa Says:

I swore I would never live my life without passion. My piece is a reflection on Oscar Wilde´s quote: “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that´s all.”

 

 


Rachel:

 

Rachel Says:

I try to never say that I will never do something because at least in my case, that usually determines that that is what I will do or not do. When I sat down to create this week, I realized that what I swore I never would do turned out to be something it never occurred to me that I would ever stop. Writing. I used to write all the time, obsessively and thought that I always would. Gradually through the years, the journals became less and less important until now, where there are none. I am not sure why this has happened… I blog online but I share very little of anything truly personal, the things that filled volumes of journals once upon a time. I think it’s partly my growing sense of privacy as I grow older and the ease of the online world to document our lives on a surface level. I think my journals are held more in my heart than in a book these days.

 

Journaling Reads:

I used to spend hours upon hours writing my thoughts, stories, poems, experiences & more down in my journals. It was a passion that I truly thought would be with me forever, but somewhere along the line I just stopped…

 

Technique Highlight:

To create the masked stamp collage area on the vintage school paper I used this technique from Heidi Swapp featured on Ali Edwards blog and stitched around it.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What’s something you swore you would never do? Why? Did you do it?” I urge you to give it a try. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you.

 

Leave us comments with your work so we can share in your creative therapy, too. If you don’t have a community or blog where you upload photos, you can upload them on our flickr group.

 

 

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 Ninety-Three
December 20, 2009, 9:29 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.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number ninety-three:

 

What’s something you really look forward to? (It can be something you look forward to every day, week or just one thing that you’re really looking forward to.)

 

We’re thrilled to have Stacy Julian as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

The words I want write about Stacy could fill a book. I first heard about Stacy when I stumbled onto one of her books: The Big Picture. When I read the book, I felt like she was speaking directly to me. I kept nodding throughout the whole book and when she mentioned Big Picture Scrapbooking at the end of the book, I stopped reading and went right to the site to check it out. This was exactly the kind of teaching I believed in. I had a strong urge to be a part of it but I figured there was no way.

 

Stacy has been a revolutionary from the beginning. She started the beloved (but now gone) Simple Scrapbooking magazine and published multiple wildly inspiring books. My two favorites are the aforementioned The Big Picture and Photo Freedom. She’s an incredible speaker and if you ever get a chance to hear her speak, you must not miss it. She also teaches the very popular (and life altering) “A Library of Memories” class at Big Picture Scrapbooking.

 

When I finally got the nerve to send a proposal to teach for Big Picture Scrapbooking, I had a long conversation with Stacy and I got to see first hand how amazing she is. How life just pours out of her and you can’t help but get wrapped in her energy. She is one of the most inspiring, funny, sweet, thoughtful, and kind people I know. I am honored and delighted to have her here with us.

 

If you want to see Stacy’s amazing personality first-hand, make sure to visit her site and sign up for one of her classes at Big Picture Scrapbooking.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Stacy Says:

I tossed around a few ideas for responses to this catalyst — the obvious ones, like Christmas and seasonal experiences, like a long jog with warm sunshine on my back, but I kept coming back to the perpetual longing inside of me to run away from all technology.

 

I work with my partner Kayce to run a wonderful online business and community at Big Picture Scrapbooking and I have my own website where I write 3 blogs. I absolutely LOVE what I do and I’m intrigued with the whole online connection thing. I read all kinds of blogs, subscribe to podcasts and belong to other communities. I love using Twitter and I spent a good deal of time just exploring the world wide web of information and inspiration. I work from home, which means I have ‘flexible’ hours — this really means I can work 24/7. When I do manage to really ‘get away’ I realize that there are plenty of people who are not the least caught up in the excitement and pressure of online happenings. I’m at a place in my life when my energy and drive is changing and so I’m in the process of back pedaling a bit so that I can build more unplug time into my daily life. I look forward to Saturdays, when I begin the unplugging, Sunday where I’m totally disconnected and Monday morning when I allow myself to ‘power up’ slowly.

 

I wonder a lot about my kids and how they will live with and access technology. I’ve read that my generation will be the last to distinguish between on and off–that technology and the idea of “connection” will be so ubiquitous in the near future that my grandchildren won’t sense a need to unplug from technology at all. We are in the midst of a fascinating transition that is forever changing the way people interact and work and live. For now, I like that I want and need to shut down. I look forward to unplugging.

 

Technique Highlight:

As for my “art” and I use that term very loosely, I’m not much of a technique girl at all. I frequently question my ability to inspire others with my very simple scrapbook pages, but I have loved scrapbooking for more than 10 years and it still meets my needs as a form of personal expression. I see and admire the more involved art of others, but as long as I have a story to tell–and I generally do, I am happy to lay down a big blank canvas (ie cardstock) and just follow my bliss with basic, everyday paper-crafting products.

 

For this page, I knew I wanted colorful, contrasting letters as my focus. I knew I would need two or three supporting images. I love pages that feel well designed and intentionally imperfect all at the same time. I strive for a look that is just a little ‘off’ because then the pressure to do something “just right” goes away. Little touches of Stickles paint is about as “techniquey” as I get. I always try to incorporate the principle of repetition — or incorporating different elements that feel similar to other elements. I love the contrast of black and white and use it so often. Finally, I love to leave a space for journaling and then go back at the very end and write whatever comes to my heart — after engaging in the process of traditional paper and paste creating, I generally have some thoughts in me that seem to almost pour out.

 

I appreciate all that Karen is doing with this Creative Therapy movement and I’m honored to participate.

 

 

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

 

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team.

 

Karen:

Karen Says:

I look forward to December all year long. Not just Christmas, which I do love, but the whole month. The lights, the festivities, the joy, the generosity, the jolly spirit – they all make me really happy. Thanks to Ali Edwards and Shimelle Laine, I’ve been doing a December-long minibook for three years in a row and it is my favorite project each year. I love spending more time with my family. Winding down. Snuggling indoors and doing craft projects, watching movies, baking, and just being together. It is, by far, my favorite time of the year.

 

 


Kimmi:

Journaling Reads:

Every morning, I wake up, looking forward to all of the little, crazy, silly, goofy and funny things that you do.

 

 


Anita:

Journaling Reads:

I look forward to seeing your sweet little face. Each and everytime. You always make my day a little brighter. I love watching you grow and learn. You have a special places in grandma’s heart.

 


Wendela:

Wendela Says:

I’m really looking forward for Christmas, happy together with my family! Love that time! This time I made Christmas atc’s with little angels..”angels we have heard on high….”

 

 


Amy:

 

Amy Says:

Something I really look forward to each year is holiday lights. I
especially love them in my office where I spend a good bit of time working. They are a hallmark of the season for me, a marker of things innocent and calm and magical, and something I really enjoy.

 

 


Katie:

 

Katie Says:

I really look forward to Christmas Eve. It’s the only holiday of the year where when evening hits, you really are DONE. That’s it. If it didn’t get done yet, it’s not getting done and it must not have been important anyway. The stores are closed down, school is out, the post office is closed and there is no more that you can do to prepare. It’s a magical night and an evening of family. It’s twinkling Christmas lights and warm drinks. Laughter and music. A night that I look forward to all year. It’s a night that I believe angels are truly among us. I believe that all whom have been lost are with us that night, enjoying Christmas with us. Loving us and watching us. I feel it. I know it. It makes me happy and the world is complete again for a night.

 

 


Rachel:

 

Rachel Says:

A little over a year ago my husband, daughter and I realized that we were just missing each other. Life had gotten crazy and busy and we needed to make the time to connect with each other and have quality time every single week. We came up with the idea of a family night and picked every Wednesday to officially be our family night. We told our family and friends and set it in stone. There were no rules other than we spend it together doing things as a family. Not each one of us in a different room doing their own thing, we are together. We watch movies, go on drives, play games, eat out at our favorite restaurants and more. And it’s worked… we never lose sight of eachother and we know that have our time together that nothing interrupts. I look forward to it every week.

 

Journaling Reads:

dinner out, dinner in… the movies… a family drive. movie or game night at home… doesn’t matter what we’re doing on a Wednesday night as long as we are doing it together. it’s my favorite part of the week… family night.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “What’s something you really look forward to? (It can be something you look forward to every day, week or just one thing that you’re really looking forward to.)” I urge you to give it a try. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you.

 

Leave us comments with your work so we can share in your creative therapy, too. If you don’t have a community or blog where you upload photos, you can upload them on our flickr group.

 

 

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 Ninety-Two
December 13, 2009, 7:20 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.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number ninety-two:

 

If you had to pick one single thing you wanted to do or accomplish before your next birthday, what would it be? What’s stopping you from doing it?

 

We’re overjoyed to have Rebecca Sower as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

When Rebecca agreed to guest with us, I couldn’t contain my joy. There’s no artist right now who inspires me more than she does. Her stitching, sewing, beads, intertwined with the wood, linen and twigs that she incorporates into her work and not to mention the words and symbols she uses speak to me and touch my soul.

 

Rebecca is well-known in the scrapbooking world and her beatiful products can still be found in many places including Michael’s stores. She has written two great books and has been published countless times. Today, she focuses on art and is also regularly published in Somerset publications and she teaches at several art events.

 

If you haven’t seen Rebecca’s amazing art, make sure to visit her blog and her store.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Rebecca Says:

My catalyst question “What would I like to do before my next birthday?” is any easy one for me. Go to Haiti. Go to Haiti and meet those beautiful women who have so little. So little of everything except air. No clean water, no home, no school, no art supplies. But I can help with that. I am not able to help them medically. I can do little to meet their financial needs. But I can teach them to stitch and bead and quilt and create

 

And that is just what I am going to do. My daughter, Madeline, and I (along with our fearless leader, Matthew) are traveling to Port au Prince on December 27. Taking suitcases fully loaded with all types of art and craft supplies, we are traveling to a mission where a group of ladies are ready and waiting. I am so excited!! Traveling to Haiti with the hopes of beginning an artisan group is something that has been on my heart for almost two years. And now I want to pinch myself that it is really happening. With some basic skills and a few materials, these precious ladies have a glimmer of hope that they can do something to bring in an income to feed their children and possibly even provide them with an education.

 

This piece, “Be Glad of Life”, is a reminder that life is to be loved, embraced and cherished. A gentle nudge toward focusing on what is good and beautiful about each day.

 

About the Art:

“Be Glad of Life” shadowbox art collage. Many of my art pieces include words. I am a devoted lover of words. I read poetry, quotes, thoughts and scripture voraciously. There is so much guidance and wisdom in words. I’m a big believer in good words. Good words can encourage, motivate, console and counsel, so I’m all about keeping them out in the open where they can work their magic.

 

This piece, “Be Glad of Life”, is a reminder that life is to be loved, embraced and cherished. A gentle nudge toward focusing on what is good and beautiful about each day.

 

I use a lot of antique keys in my artwork, and people often ask why. I think they are expecting me to tell them about cryptic messages and symbolism, but that’s not why I love old keys. I love them for the journey they have traveled. I love to imagine how many different hands have held them, what they unlocked, and how they survived the years. And I think they are beautiful.

 

 

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

 

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team.

 

Karen:

Karen Says:

The one thing I’d like to accomplish before my next birthday is to find a way to feel more peaceful inside. To choose peace and joy. To let go of worry and feel a little lighter, look at the world in a more positive manner. My life is really full and beautiful and I would like to be peacefully blissful. So I stitched this dove and created a little olive branch out of wire and beads. This would, by far, be the greatest gift I can give myself.

 

 


Kimmi:

Kimmi Says:

One single thing. Before 25. Hmm. This is a tough question. What one thing would I like to accomplish before my next birthday? There are many things that I would love to do within the next year, but the one thing that means most to me right now is expanding our family. I would love to have another child in the near future. Brayden will be four in January and the time between is already more than I had hoped for. I just keep telling myself that it will happen when the time is right.

 

 


Lia:

Lia Says:

I really want to live a simple life. Not to be weighed down by ‘stuff’. While I just celebrated a birthday, I’d like to see myself celebrating my 30th as someone who lives with less, who is happy with less. I don’t know why I’ve amassed and hoarded so much through the years, the shopping and attaining was fun. Perhaps I felt at the time that all that stuff could help improve my life. Yes, a new scented candle in my room will help to relax me in my downtime. But not when I have 10 other candles in my cupboard!

 

I can’t keep up with the stuff I have and continue to get so I definitely want to cut down on all this material baggage and perhaps continue on working on releasing the other baggage I have hanging on my back!

 

 


Wendela:

Wendela Says:

I would love to buy jewelry , some beads for my bracelet!! I love some new colors, What’s stopping me from doing it? The money: the beads are expensive! For now, 4 months before my birthday, I made this, a box to save my beads and my bracelet…I can only dream of new beads for now.

 

 


Amy:

 

Amy Says:

My response to this question is probably the same as it has been every year for a number of years, which makes it feel fairly disheartening. I want a book. That seems simple enough in concept. I am and have always been a writer. A “book” has always been a driving goal. What I realized in trying to figure out how I wanted to approach this piece is that it is not simple… and “what I want” is not “simply” a book. In searching for what the image was… what sketch would capture the feeling of accomplishment before the coming birthday, I realized that the drawing I ended up with suggests more than “just” a book. The drawing brings full circle my recent thoughts on living a more simple and creative life. The book is, however, the focus of my response for the catalyst. What is stopping me? In part, I’m not good about red tape and putting myself out there and “selling” myself. In part, it’s a function of time. What I saw though in creating this set of drawings is that the other part may be an issue of focus. Which book do I want? I’ve put out 140 episodes of the Creative Mom Podcast, many of which contain essays or essay-like introductions. My goal and wish and desire has been and remains… a collection… a bundling of all those words… a book. That content exists. Last year, I did a near-daily year-long project with someone… both letters and drawings… for a book. That content exists. This year, I’ve collaboratively produced and designed and collected and envisioned the materials for a book of quilting patterns. That content exists. But where do I focus? The one I want most, I think, is the one that seems most inaccessible. Beyond that, I haven’t stopped creating new material. How do I find time to go back and work retrospectively? How do I fit that in? When I started drawing the panels, I realized that it’s more complicated than it seems. The drawing shows all the content that I’ve worked so hard to produce, all spiraling and twisting and turning and finally… finding a home… in a book. Do I believe it will happen before my birthday? No. Will it be my wish again next year? Probably.

 

 


Severine:

 

Severine Says:

The thing that I want to have before my next birthday is a “pinassotte” is a typical wooden boat in Cap Ferret, and I know especially the surf. What can help to achieve this : it’s money because these vessels typically very expensive and unless I win the lottery, I would never have enough money to pay me to get this boat.

 

In French:

La chose que j’aimerais avoir avant mon prochain anniversaire est une pinassotte, c’est un bâteau en bois typique du Cap Ferret, et j’aimerais surtout savoir la naviguer. De qui peut m’empêcher d’y arriver : c’est l’argent car ces bateaux typiques coûtent très cher et à moins de gagner à la loterie, je n’aurais jamais assez d’argent pour arriver à me payer ce bateau.

 

 


Rachel:

 

Journaling Reads:

Every year its the same… I wish to find my true passion in life & live for it. I want the passion that I see in Leonard Knights Salvation Mountain. He lives simply, content & so passionate about his art & his message. This year I hope to vist his Salvation Mountain to help inspire me in my search for my passion & message.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “If you had to pick one single thing you wanted to do or accomplish before your next birthday, what would it be? What’s stopping you from doing it?” I urge you to give it a try. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you.

 

Leave us comments with your work so we can share in your creative therapy, too. If you don’t have a community or blog where you upload photos, you can upload them on our flickr group.

 

 

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 Ninety-One
December 6, 2009, 8:16 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.

 

Ok! Here’s catalyst number ninety-one:

 

Create art around someone you wish you got along better with.

 

We’re overjoyed to have Davinie Fiero as this week’s Guest Artist.

 

Davinie’s clean style with subtle but extraordinary details really speaks to me. She can create the cute and the elegant equally well. She’s on the teams of both Studio Calico and Pink Paislee and will be on the 2010 Design Team for Scrapbook and Cards Today. She’s also been published in every major scrapbooking magazine.

 

Here’s a short little bio for Davinie: Davinie is married to her firefighter hubby and mommy to two sweet girls. She works part-time from home in the health insurance industry, and has been scrapbooking for 5 years. She gets most of her creating done at night after the kids go to bed.

 

If you haven’t seen Davinie’s art, make sure to visit her blog.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Davinie Says:

I chose this catalyst wondering if I should create something around my relationship with my mother, then with my sisters, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that a key relationship I have been missing in my life is a better relationship with myself. How can I work to nurture relationships with other important people in my life if I don’t have a great relationship with myself?

 

I became a mom at the age of 28 and became a mom again just after my 30th birthday. I’m now 33 and have been busy nurturing and caring for my children, giving them 100% of myself because that’s what they need. But now as they are getting older and more independent, and the youngest is finally in preschool, I look and the mirror and wonder who IS this person? I’m 33 and I’ve missed it all. What do I love? What do I need? What makes me happy? Of course my life is blessed with the love of my children, but I also need to bless myself and my life with a love for me. I can’t give my kids 100% of me anymore unless I take care of myself too.

 

This catalyst has helped me explore and think about taking care of me. You can only give of youself for so long before you have nothing left. I have to make sure I don’t get to that point.

 

 

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

 

 


Here are some interpretations of the catalyst from members of our team.

 

Karen:

Karen Says:

I am not always very good to myself. I don’t appreciate all that I have and I might even go as far to say that there are periods where I really dislike myself. I know that if I were someone else, I’d be giving myself the benefit of the doubt. Yet, I cut myself so little slack. I criticize and judge myself so harshly. So I made this art to remind myself that I need to get along better with myself. Love all of me.

 

 


Opal:

Opal Says:

Someone I wished I got along better with is my dad. The numbers represent all the minutes, days, months, and years we never got along. The torn heart on the bottom right was never mended…

 

 


Lia:

Lia Says:

I wish I got along better with myself. I’m always beating myself up, pointing out my faults, my disappointments with myself and always wishing I could be like someone else I admire. More often than not, I’m unable to appreciate the person I am, my talents, my achievements and my life – no matter how much people praise them. I wish I could be happy and have peace with myself. To accept all that I am and to celebrate this person, Lia. To be kinder to her. To love her for her.

 

 


Wendela:

Wendela Says:

My layout is called : “open your heart…” You can see my darling son Aaron on it, My wish for him is, that he tells me everything what happens on school, it’s much better for him.. he is so busy in his head with all though things…he is not good in calculating, he doesn’t have many friends..My heart is screaming when I see that…Open your heart, honey and tell me everything!!

 

Technique Highlight:

I painted with silver paint a wood grain on the picture…so nice to do!! After that I added some rub ons on it.

 

 


Iris:

 

Iris Says:

I wish I had a better relationship with my running shoes. After giving birth, I just never had the strength to run as much as I did before. I bought for myself a pair of new running shoes and three months later it still looks brand new. Ugh. So I made this log book so I can record the time and distance of my daily (hopefully) runs. I hope this will motivate me to start running regularly again.

 

Technique Highlight:

Use a journal pad or notebook that you have not been using and turn it into a notebook. I added more detail to the canvas letters by first applying two colors of stickles, and then painting over some areas with crackle paint.

 

 


Severine:

 

Severine Says:

The person i got along better with it’s me … We change with time and years, we change physically and mentally as, and it’s fun to see her change and get to know a little more each day.

 

In French:

La personne que j’aimerais mieux connaître c’est moi, nous changeons avec le temps et les années, on change physiquement et mentallement aussi, et c’est amusant de voir ses changements et ses évolutions tous les jours.

 

 


Rachel:

 

Journaling Reads:

There are so many things that I wish were different… about you. About How I react to you and how Drew reacts to you. I carry so much resentment in me that it honestly feels like it will never end.

 

I resent that you bullied and tried to manipulate a 17 year old girl against your own son just so that you would still have power over him.

 

I resent that on what was to be the happiest of days, you threatened to not go to your own sons wedding.

 

I resent that every single photo of you on the happiest day of our lives shows your obvious disproval and disgust over why you were there.

 

I resent that you abuse and manipulate your relationship with your son… physically and emotionally in the past and still emotionally in the present.

 

I resent your selfishness and unwillingness to even think of placing anyone’s needs or wants on even the same level of priority as your own.

 

I resent that you view me as competition for your son’s attention and constantly place him in a situation where he feels he has to choose between us.

 

I resent that your selfishness extends to our daughter and that you are only willing to help if it somehow serves or rewards you.

 

I resent that everything with you is barter or a bargain. You never give freely of yourself or your time.

 

I resent that the few times I tried to turn to you for help or advice, crying my heart out to you, all you could say was “Don’t cry. Stop crying.”

 

I resent that you never hold anyone accountable for their wrong doings due to any # of excuses you believe them to suffer from, with the exception of us.

 

I resent that you don’t respect me, your son, our choices or the way in which we live our lives.

 

I resent your negativity in every aspect of your life down to the simplest inquiries of how you are doing.

 

Mostly, I resent the fact that I didn’t get a 2nd mother in you when I married your son and I have always needed one. I’ve always needed, wanted and hoped for family. For a 2nd mother to turn to, to be my mother, my friend, someone to talk to and share my life with. I dreamed that I would gain a new family when I got married, but you have failed my hopes at every given opportunity and I resent that.

 

 


 

Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “Create art around someone you wish you got along better with.” I urge you to give it a try. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you.

 

Leave us comments with your work so we can share in your creative therapy, too. If you don’t have a community or blog where you upload photos, you can upload them on our flickr group.

 

 

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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