creative Therapy

Catalyst Two
March 23, 2008, 5:19 pm
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First of all, 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 last time, we hope you do this time. 


Ok! It’s time for catalyst number two:


A place you go to find your center. It can be imaginary or real or anything in between.


We’re incredibly thrilled to have Kristina Contes as our first Guest Designer.  Kristina’s work is bold, personal, and absolutely stunning. Her art and honesty is always inspiring to me and I hope you find it inspiring too. You can read much more about Kristina and see more of her art at her blog: sounds of science.



Kristina’s work with this catalyst is below and you can click it to see the larger version.




Kristina says:

When things get a little crazy and I need to reel in my emotions, I always go back to my roots: paint. there is nothing like mixing the gorgeous colors, creating texture on canvas, and just feeling free.  painting always helps me de-stress, focus on the core and just get in touch with my heart. There are many physical places that I visit, people I go to or things I like to do to find my center, but painting is always my surefire way to regain my sanity.


Thank you very much Kristina, we’re honored. 


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





Journaling Reads:

Sometimes, I lose sight of what’s important. I may over react to little things, or be impatient with my family or friends. When I begin to complain, gossip, or just act ungrateful I know that I can take my daily sins to the foot of the cross and leave them there and be forgiven. That is the beauty of the Christian life. I’m not perfect, not even close, but I have a Savior who died to save me from my sins. What could be better than knowing that at the end of the day, after all life’s daily garbage you can go to Him, lay those burdens down and be renewed and refreshed and best of all forgiven? With my Lord as my center, what could ever be that bad in life? Nothing will ever be as bad as what HE endured for ME, to save me from my sins. Everything else in life pales by comparison. The reminder of what he did for me is what keeps me centered and focused on what is good and important in my life.




Journaling Reads:

When I am stressed, I long for water.  Especially the beach.  Something about sitting on the beach and watching the waves crash.  Maybe it is my past lives in Hawaii, but the beach takes me deeper.  It cleanses and refreshes my soul. It grounds me and it also helps me feel lighter.  If I can’t get to the beach, (which is silly because I live 30 minutes from one) I will take a bath.  Bathing or swimming, immersing myself in water, helps me to wash all the negative energy off and out of myself.  When I am upset, or have a stressful problem, a bath, or shower will really shift my energy and give me a new perspective.  Just the act of cleansing with water.  In old days, it was used for purification in many pagan rituals.  It is used now to avoid contamination and infection. If cleaning can do that to the physical body, it only makes sense that it would do the same for the spiritual body.  That reminds me, I am long overdue for a trip to the beach. The battery needs recharging.





Journaling Reads:

when i feel like my problems are huge

and about to swallow me

i visit nature

i look at the towering trees

the endless ocean

and it reminds me 

that i am a very small part of this earth


and my problems, i realize

are not so big.





Journaling Reads:

Nothing compares to the peace I feel knowing that the God who created everything  from the smallest insect to the grandest mountain has His heart set on me knowing Him and the wonders of His grace. Whenever I feel overwhelmed by the trials I face in this life, I remember the awe and wonder that I feel when I am surrounded by God’s creation.  It reminds me that what I’m going through is only temporary that it will pass, and by His grace I know that the One who made these wonderful things cares about me and my struggles. Being among the things He has created reassures me of His love and that He continues to be mindful of me. What an awesome God He is to have given me this peace and to glory in His love. He reminds me that He is always with me, and that I am truly blessed by Him! My help truly comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.



Brenda Says:
This is definitely where I go to find my center.  Two fold….The Beach and The Ocean…  What a wonderful place!  Home of some of the most beautiful creatures that ever lived.  Dolphins, seahorses, starfish… Every color of the rainbow is found in these waters.  And salt water-ahhhhhhhh… healing….and waves..crashing waves, mesmerizing, calming, peace-filled.  The smell………………..YES!   The smell………….. Seashells…I love to collect seashells. Often I go to this place in my mind to fill up on energy and peace, as I am landlocked in Tennessee.  When I lived in Southern California a stroll on the beach was a joy and easy to accomplish.  Now,  once in a while we are able to physically go to “the beach” and it recharges my spirit.


I made this necklace to remind me of the bliss that the beach brings to me, with abalone, coral, a dolphin, a starfish…The turquoise stones represent some of the beautiful turquoise waters that I have witnessed Florida, Hawaii. Mexico… to the beach in my mind….  


Journaling Reads:

Someone had to point it out to me.  I don’t always see the obvious.  It was right under my nose. 



Now it’s your turn: show us your therapeutic art around “a place you go to find your center.” Give it a try. Embrace the healing power of art. It can be any form of art as long as it speaks to you. Leave us comments with your work and we will send a RAK to a random participant. You’ll have to link your work by Sunday night, March 30th, midnight PST to qualify for the RAK.


For our RAK for catalyst #2, we’re incredibly thrilled to announce that A Million Memories generously donated one of their April kits to the lucky winner. These kits are packed with amazing papers, a ton of beautiful embellishments, ribbons, a minibook, and so much more. Here’s a photo of the kit and you can go here for more detailed pictures.




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.




45 Comments so far
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every single one is just amazing!!!

Comment by Becky

GORGEOUS! Everyone did an amazing job this week!

Comment by Lori Gentile

Oh WOW! I am blown away at such talent!!

Comment by Anita

OMGOSH! These are truly Amazing! I Love this site. I am in Awe of the Talent Here! Thanks for opening this Place up for US.
I think I may try this one myself.

Comment by Karla Smith

Awww, you’re so wonderful. I hope you do Karla! I look forward to it!!

Comment by creativetherapy

These layouts are amazing! You have a gathered a very talented group here!

Comment by Donna L

OMG!! These are simply STUNNING work ladies! All of you did amazing this week!

Comment by Leena

It is so inspiring to see so much beauty! I did a piece recently about “heavy” posted at:

So then decided to do an antidote illustration called “Release” posted at:

It occurred to me that this “Release” is my place to re-center. It is the alchemy of release that brings me back to center. So thought it might be appropriate to share for this catalyst!


Comment by Mother Henna

these layouts are very inspiring!
I make homemade candy and have never really done a page about it – I realize I really need to do that now.

Comment by jenmist

These are so nice. I’m so glad on found this site. I can’t wait to read more. These girls are seriously talented-just amazing!

Comment by Melanie S.

WOWZA!!! I can’t get over how much TALENT there is here…all in one place! You gals are amazing!

I’ve been away from playing with altered art for awhile now, and gotta say that after looking at all the cool projects here, I’m starting to get the bug again. I particular am enjoying all the beachy projects, cuz that’s the first place I head to to *center my soul*. I’m so blessed to live only 10 minutes from the beautiful coastline and am lucky ’nuff to walk along the beach every saturday with dh. I’m dieing to do a project on my favorite spot… Just gotta find the time.

Thanks so much for starting this blog! (and to see soooo many of my friends here! SOOOOO cool!)



Comment by debi

wow! love the designs and such a great catalyst!!!
can’t wait to try this!

Comment by JanetB

Lovin’ this one too! I have a page in mind and can’t wait to get started. I love all of your work and especially Karen’s page!

Comment by staceymichu

WOW these are awesome!!! I issued this exact challenge on the site I design for!! Here’s what mine was…I did it in February…

Comment by JoEllyn Steele

Oh and very cool that Kristina is here this week!!!! Love her!

Comment by JoEllyn Steele

that’s absolutely stunning JoEllyn! I love the photo and the journaling. What a wonderful way to remember a great time!

Comment by creativetherapy

Wow everyone is so talented!

Comment by Crystal

Amazing! Another awesome prompt AND your team’s work is so inspiring! KC is awesome as always and I love her canvases. I can’t wait to work on this!

Comment by Meredith Taylor

Great site!! I am loveing what I see you all are so talented..
I cant wait to do this challenge.

Comment by Jennifer

I thought about this and keep coming back here:

This really is my place of strength, refuge, and clarity!! Thanks for the challenge!!

Comment by Anne

So excited to get to this one… I am in the middle of purging my space. I hope to be done in time to play with you on this one!!

Comment by Rachel Whetzel

Anne thank you so much for sharing that, it’s beautiful!

Comment by creativetherapy

Woah!!!! This is absolutely awesome!!! So much talent in one spot!!! Congrats girls!!!!!!!

Hi Angela!!!!

Comment by Elizabeth *ScrappinQueen*

Ladies, you have outdone yourselves! These are so amazing & thought provoking.

Comment by Lucy Edson

I really enjoyed doing this challenge.
Here is my take.
Thanks Jenn

Comment by Jennifer (Jennsue)

Anne and Jennifer and Mother Henna, I left you all comments in your own sites but I also wanted to thank you here for participating and sharing your art with us!

Comment by creativetherapy

Here is my take on the challenge.

I never truly knew what true unconditional love was until I met you. All my life all I have prayed for is for someone to love me as I am. To be love as much as I love back. Finally God answered my prayers and brought me YOU! You are my ROCK. A strong shoulder to cry and lean on. Never judging alwasy loving. I am not afraid to tell you anything. You are my bestfriend and soulmate. You have brought nothing but love, happiness and comfort to my life. And in this lifetime that have been given to me, I could never come close to expressing how thankful, appreicate and LOVE you so deeply. You are my ROCK!

Comment by Michelle M.

Michelle, this is absolutely magnificent! I love all your journaling. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Comment by creativetherapy

Jen, I love your layout. That is a gorgeous picture !! Thanks so much for participating!

Comment by Becky

awww Michelle, that is just the sweetest journaling! I feel the same way about my hubby !!! Thank you for sharing with us !!!!

Comment by Becky

where I always find my peace:

Comfort Food

thanks for the challenge!

Comment by JanetB

You and me both Janet ! LOL Thanks for sharing your gorgeous layout with us! 🙂

Comment by Becky

I love this site and the challenge to use scrapbooking and/or art to explore ourselves. I created the layout Look Inside to show where I find my center:[url=]It’s Just Paper[/url]

Comment by Staceymichu

Love this challenge! I was immediately inspired. Finding my center means looking inside, healing my parts! Here is mine:

Comment by Staceymichu

Janet, comfort food is definitely my center too. especially when i’ve had a really rough day! thank you so much for sharing!

Comment by creativetherapy

Stacey, that was an incredible story and layout! I cannot thank you enough for sharing that and your experience, it moved me so much! I am so glad that it had such a profound effect on you!

Comment by creativetherapy

WOW Stacey,your journaling is so powerful! Keep up the awesome work and thank you so much for sharing with us!

Comment by Becky

JoEllyn, I wasn’t able to post on your site, so I’m posting here. I love your journaling and that picture!

Comment by Lori Gentile

Love this challenge! Mine is simply “there is no place like home”…
Thanks for letting me play along!

Comment by Kim Tupponce

Kim beautiful job, I love that quote and it’s so true! Thanks for sharing !!!

Comment by beckyh1

I love yours Teri, like I said on your blog.. I think we all should do that a little more often !1 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!

Comment by Becky

For me, long walks on the neighborhood trails helps me get centered. As a matter of fact, I just read that 2 hours a day outside helps children think and behave better, so I suspect it’s helpful to my inner child, as well as my out adult.

Comment by Abby Lanes

Hi please keep me up to date with this web site

Comment by Fran

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