Word Ghosts define creativity

 

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty. You want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”

Osho

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The Sky’s the limit

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Have you ever felt that your journal is boring? I don’t mean to suggest that you are boring, I mean the content seems dry and repetitive. I got to thinking about this as I re-read some older pages in the creative journal I am writing in this month. As usual, when I bought a new “toy” I spent an inordinate amount of time researching how others used it. Then I experimented. I had started writing about the experience and found that my entries all read the same: “_____ is fantastic! Works with so many other things. Can’t wait to make a card using _____”

A lot of you have commented either publically on this blog or privately that you feel my posts have been interesting, valuable and motivational. Believe me, I try every day to keep your trust in me, but lately I wondered if my personal creative journal was going flat was my writing as well? Yikes! Having ideas in one of the most important parts of my craft. How do I keep the ideas flowing and do I really believe that there’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored?

I did not want to wait for the magic flash of light. I needed to have a plan. Now the plan  I follow  is to gather information, write down notes, shape ideas, share them with others and write. Sounds simple doesn’t it but I was just repeating these steps. I needed to create a new box of ideas. So I went to the bookstore and found a couple of magazines I’d never read before. I found some articles that were interesting. I took a break from writing . I asked myself: “if I had all the time in the world, what would I create?”

That age-old question opened the floodgates for me and so began content journaling for 2016 and 2017.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

Word Ghosts are brave

 

“Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful:  YOURSELF.”

Alan Alda

Creative Workspaces

Dear Fellow Journalers,

What kind of room do you write in or craft? Do you write at night or craft by day? Do you craft on your dining room table or write in your car?

When I was designing my craft spaces, I chose our son’s old playroom to be The Craft Room. It had yellow painted walls (my favorite color) and 2 windows. I placed my crafting table under one window so I could look out at the scenery and put blue gingham curtains on the rods. Various cabinets and bookcases share the space as well. I try hard to keep everything labeled and organized but like all crafters, sometimes my crafting takes precedence and my organization goes out the window.

This is what I’m striving for:

 

My Thinking/Writing space, although next door to The Crafting Space is totally different. I knew I needed a comfortable space filled with things that inspire and stimulate me, so I chose to keep the wood-paneled walls. The one window is draped in a nautical print and I have my rocking chair near by flanked by a desk and coloring book station. My die-cutter sits against the opposite wall with a bookcase filled with magazines and items I have made

I do need a thinking/planning/memo board where I can put clipped notes on – anyone got ideas for that project?

Every few months  I take some time to look at my spaces and re-evaluate them to see it they still reflect my vision and support what I am doing.

So I’m curious: what kind of creative workspace do you have?

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

 

Word Ghosts speak of love

 

“I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours.”

Nicholas Sparks – ‘The Notebook’

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