Where Does Creativity Come From…?

Hello and happy Wednesday friends!

I’m back from a recent vacation and I want to talk to you about something.  Mr B and I flew off to Florida 10 days ago (because the beaches in AZ aren’t as nice as the ones in FL) and after we’d sunned and swam and read and lazed, we got ourselves off to Tampa to meet our friends at the airport where the fun really started.  The Misters went off to the 2nd largest Air Show in the US (we felt badly for them; we knew our fun was so much funner than their fun) and the Misses hauled themselves and their paint brushes to an art retreat (of sorts).  That might not be what the event was billed as, but that’s what it was to the two of us.  Our teacher, Joanne Sharpe, publisher of several books, ambassador for Bernina sewing machines, holder of a Master’s degree in Art Education and Artist Extraordinaire, came from Rochester, NY to teach 4 completely different classes to groups of 15-30 students over 2 days.

So, where does creativity come from?  You might say it’s a talent some people are born with.  I don’t entirely agree.  I think the average person has a lot more creativity inside them than they ever realize.  And with exercise and practice it becomes stronger and more useful.  Like a muscle.  I don’t have anywhere close to the creativity that Joanne Sharpe does; I haven’t spent the years in the practice and pursuit of creativity that she has, but I do have a very strong “copying” skill and enough of my own creativity to “jump off” the idea platform she provides, to create something different, unique and beautiful.

For the last year or more, I’ve been really “working” one side of my creativity muscle (card making) and because it’s been exercised frequently, it’s grown stronger.  But that’s not the case for other sides of my creativity.  And some days that’s been stressful and not very fun.  Not to mention lopsided.  There are many, many ideas for ways to jumpstart your creative mojo, from browsing Pinterest (my personal fave), to cleaning your craft table, to sorting and purging supplies, to shopping for more supplies, to reading a book or going for a walk.  But last weekend I discovered and re-ignited a passion for creating that had been missing for a long time by attending 4 art classes! On vacation.  With a friend.  In FLORIDA forcryingoutloud!!  If my mojo couldn’t show up for that party, there was no hope!

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Here is a glimpse of what I came away with after two days.  I have a pretty watercolor painting where I learned how to see negativity and paint it.  And a small (not very good) landscape painting.  I have a fabric/quilted and decoratively sewn journal cover.  And the start of a wildly painted quote book.  Not everything is finished, or display worthy, but every one of these projects helped to re-ignite a passion (for color, just for starters) and fuel a fresh excitement and burst of creativity that I welcomed with open arms!

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(These are our Creativity is a Serious Business faces, not our Just Learned Our Cats Need Dental Surgery faces.  You wouldn’t be faulted for mistaking the two.)

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THE COLORS, AMIRITE!?!?

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So what does all this have to do with you??  Well, I learned so many cool things and came home so hopped up with creative energy, that I want to share it with you beyond just a blog post!  Which is my way of announcing some upcoming classes!!!  If you think you too could use a creativity jump-start, then mark your calendars and Save The Date for Friday afternoon and evening, July 6 and all day Saturday, July 7, when I’ll be visiting Winkler with my paintbrushes and wild-eyed fervor!  We’re working out all the details still, but there will be a more informative announcement very soon and registration will open on May 15th!

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This post was written by Norine on April 18, 2018

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Traveler’s Notebook - week 2 - Warning - Photo HEAVY

Hello all!  I’m back again with six more pages in my family-holiday-mini-album-traveler’s notebook!  I’m having a lot of fun with it, and when life requires living and I’m away from my scrap-table, all I can think about is getting back to it!

Page 1.  (Of both the book and this post!) Home.  About the AirBnB house we rented.

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One of the things I’m continuing to do throughout the book, in an effort to unify the whole, is to journal with my typewriter.  However, I’ve found that some of the thicker papers, especially if painted on, won’t roll through the typewriter nicely, so I’ve adapted by going back to an old trick I used to use many years ago.

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I open a new Word document and insert a text box that measures slightly smaller than the exact size I want to fill on my layout.  Then I type my journaling inside that text box using a “vintage typewriter” font (I have several to choose from) that I’ve downloaded for free from Dafont.com. Then I can make all the font size and spacing adjustments to make it fit within the text box.  I can move the text box around on my 8.5×11″ canvas, so for this page, for example, I pushed it all the way over to the right. My open book page measures exactly 8.5″ so it’s not hard to line up where I want the printing to be.  I print the journaling first on a piece of printer paper, then lay the printed paper over top of my layout, put them both up on my backlit computer screen so I can see through both well enough to shift the printed paper around until it fits exactly where I want it to print on the layout.  I pencil mark where I want the layout to lay on the printer paper, then use a “linty”* piece of Scotch tape to tape across the top of the layout that has been positioned on the printer paper, and run it through the printer again.  This way I know that my journaling will print in the exact same spot the second time through. Sometimes it takes shifting and reprinting a few times before it lines up to where I’ll want it to print on my layout.  *A linty piece of scotch tape is a length that has been torn off, taped to my shirt or my skin a couple of times to reduce it’s stickiness, so that it holds going through the printer, but doesn’t tear the paper when it’s removed.

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Page 2 - @ Home - with Jeff, Amy & Archie

I’m still using tons of the papers and embellishments from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter, Carta Bella - Cabin Fever and PhotoPlay - Mad 4 Plaid lines.

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Page 3 - Costco - Food is Love

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If you’re wondering how I can type on small journaling die cut cards like the one above, I use a technique very similar to the computer printing outlined above, where I tape the journaling card with a light, repositionable adhesive, to a sheet of printer paper, then run the whole thing through the typewriter.  It makes things much easier to manage!

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Page 4 - The Holiday Puzzle

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Page 5 - This Moment

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Page 6 - Looking Forward

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On this page, I found the navy plaid paper to be too dark for the look I wanted, so I painted the entire page with off-white paint and then used the Tim Holtz knit-sweater stencil and some modeling paste to layer and add interest and dimension.  I rubbed the dry paste lightly with dark blue distress ink to help it show up better.

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Aren’t those little wood veneer glasses the perfect embellishment for this page!!?  For the journaling on this tag, I knew I had a lot to say, and it would be a bit of a guessing game as to whether it would all fit nicely, if I ran it through my typewriter, so here’s another example of where I used the computer, a Word document and printer to make sure it all fit just the way I wanted it to.  I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I didn’t have it lined up perfectly and it printed off center.  So to make it look like I meant for it to be like that, I ran two lines of machine stitching down the left side to balance the visual weight of the whole tag.

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Well, it looks like this project is going to spill over into one more week!  I still have a few more pages to finish and then I’m curious as to how I’m going to bind the whole book.  At this point I only have a glimmer of a clue. It’ll be fine though.  I hope.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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