Word Ghosts and creativity

 

“Creativity could be described as letting go of certainities.”

Gail Sheehy

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Word Ghosts and creativity

“Creativity is intelligence having fun!”

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Word Ghosts -Creativity

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Word Ghosts speak up about creativity:

” Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Picasso

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” -Henry David Thoreau

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

George Bernard Shaw

‘Til next time,

Sallie

Creativity Journal

Dear Fellow Journalers,

A Creativity Journal is about ideas, imagination and the process of creating something new. Unlike the Quote Journal or even the Reading Journal, this type of journal encourages  you to write  your ideas and inspiration while creating. The idea of making this type of journal came to me in May of this year. I make and sell greeting cards using rubber stamps and die cuts. I participated in a craft fair last year and found that I needed more inventory that I had to sell. I decided to start this year’s cards early so I would have plenty of time to research, create, decide on sentiments and pricing.

As I began the process, I found so many different avenues (magazine articles, Pinterest boards, e-mail newsletters, notes) that I began to get overwhelmed! I took my own advice and opened a blank journal. On my first page I wrote:

” Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, making mistakes and having  fun!”

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

Boost your creativity

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Is it possible to let go of electronic devices? I was reading an article recently about taking a break from such devices as TV, cell phone, laptop etc.  The author suggested that while digital and electronic devices make our lives easier they also limit our ability to solve problems. One of the things that really “bugs” me about smart phones is that they take us away from communicating with people. How many times have you been in a restaurant and seen a nice family sitting down for dinner and the children are texting away and the parents are trying to have a conversation with them?!

Digital and electronic devices can make our lives easier, that is true. You can Google a journal prompt, use Pinterest for a journal cover, or check someone’s blog for a tutorial. Convinced yet?

Why not try letting go for 1 week. Instead of using the Note app feature, take a pen and lined paper and write a “To Do” list. Guess what?  You won’t have to worry about batteries or syncing issues. You’ll feel so accomplished when you physically cross  something off the list.

When was the last time you picked up a magazine or hard covered book? I have to admit I have had a problem with this one. I tend to check to see if the book I want to read is on Kindle rather than go to my wonderful library. I reason that I won’t have to go out and I won’t have any due date to worry about. But sometimes I will admit, I miss turning pages the “old-fashioned way”. Oh, and you can keep the pages of a book open indefinitely!

Post-its are not just for the office. Apparently there is an app for that one too. But a real-life, honest-to-goodness pink/yellow/blue piece of sticky paper can be stuck almost anywhere – your fridge, your bathroom mirror and your calendar! You can’t forget what you are trying to remember if you see that reminder during the day. You will probably tackle the problem/task faster too. Problem solved.

Computer puzzles – ok, I admit it. I am addicted to Solitaire. It is an enormous waste of time. But the game makes me think and sometimes helps me solve a sketch for a card or a post I am trying to re-write.

Coloring Books are not just for children. Our Granddaughter loves to use crayons. She puts several colors in her little fist and scribbles away. Mickey Mouse gets yellow ears and Minnie sports purple shoes. A lot of time, she coaxes her Grandparents to join in the fun. I found that coloring was really satisfying. I had to use my creativity and problem solving abilities.

If you try disconnecting for a period of time, write and let me know about your journey in boosting your creativity.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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