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Starting Anew!

Good morning, Beautiful Creatives!

I have decided that I may be the world’s worst blogger. I never seem to get around to updating my blog, so, instead of dwelling on that, I’ve decided that this morning I will start anew!

I have been asking myself, “how can I improve myself?” This question is something that seems to be following me everywhere I go. I am not sure why, but last night I had a bit of an ah-ha moment when, out of the blue, I reheard something that I have known for a long looooong time! You can improve yourself by taking baby steps every single day to do something – anything – better than you did the day before!

So, that is what I am doing, starting this morning!!

I woke to go pee – now come on, I am pretty dang sure that is the first thing you do every day too!! 😉

The difference for me this morning, is that I told myself I could not play on my phone until I had done two things, brushed my teeth, and did my face skincare routine (which is I guess technically has to be done on a regular basis to be considered a routine!)

I am not sure if this is true for you, but my phone can seriously be a major time-suck in my life!! I great avoidance measure for getting anything of actual great importance done in my day!!

Anyway, I have decided today is the day to change all of that!

So, this morning, so far,

I have…

  1. brushed my hair (working from home, this is not always a requirement, since no-one by my sweetie usually ever sees me)
  2. Brushed my teeth
  3. Flossed
  4. Tongue scraped
  5. Mouthwashed
  6. Washed my face (with more than just water)
  7. Used facial toner (I am not sure I have done that in years!!!) Oh, and this is where I should probably tell you that I have recently gotten new skin care products, because EWWWWWW-GROSS to something I might have used years ago!!!)
  8. Moisturized, down to my neck – yes, something that doesn’t happen too often either, so I am feel rather proud of myself!
  9. Let my sweetie and the girls sleep in a little bit, we all are a little sleep deprived, and anything I can do to help us all stay grump-mode-free is always a good thing!
  10. and now I am blogging!

Did I mention that I have done all of this before 5:30 AM this morning?

Well, yeah, I did! 😉

I am trying to figure out how I want to track my progress, do I want to carry a mini notebook, something that could fit in my pocket, or do I want to track my baby steps electronically? I do not yet know, but I will keep you posted!

I am hoping that I can take just a few moments every morning to journal/blog! I figure I can kill two birds with one stone (man, I really hate that phrase!) and maybe I might be able to share some helpful ideas, insights, or maybe even just give people a reason to smile every morning!

Alright, so there you have it, short and sweet!!

Here is to a BEAUTIFULLY CREATIVE day!

 

 

If you want a beautiful creative life, you have to take beautiful creative actions!

Soul Book Club #5!

Good morning, and OH MY!!

I have been doing such a bad job of keeping my blog in sync with my YouTube channel, so I thought I would take a few minutes over the next day or so to get myself caught up!

This week’s video is utilizing a technique that is one of my favorites. It consists of a stencil, some of your favorite acrylic paint colors, and a baby wipe! Super easy, but the end result looks a little bit magical – if I may say so myself!!

This week I show you how to easily get words down on your pages; the technique I am most proud of sharing is the homemade carbon paper transfer technique! Go check that out!

For this week’s thought, “She did it anyway.” Is something that is very near and dear to my heart! Being someone who lives with, what at times can be very severe anxiety issues, this is a sentiment that I should probably have tattooed to myself so that I never forget and am always reminded. Just because she felt *fill in the blank*, she did it anyway! I get so much more done in my life when I remember this truth for myself!

Here is to a She Did It Anyway kind of Day!!

 

Soul Book Club #4!

Good morning!

I hope you are enjoying my weekly Soul Book Club series! This week, I am happy to announce that week 4 is ready for your enjoyment!

I a really having a lot of fun recording these sessions, I think it is getting a little bit easier. I have been doing this process for a few years, but I am experimenting with how to go about teaching others how to play in your Soul Book, as well as how use your Soul Book as a tool to help you get from where you are to where you want to be, and to ultimately live an authentically creative life, in your own manner!

This week’s Soul Book journaling prompts:

  1. I feel happy when…
  2. I feel sad when…
  3. I feel peaceful when…
  4. I feel most myself when…
  5. My favorite childhood memory…
  6. My favorite memory as a teenager…
  7. My favorite memory as an adult…
  8. What is one area of my life needing attention?
  9. What is one area of my life that is doing amazingly? How did you make it amazing? Can you translate that to other areas of your life?
  10. If there is something that you have putting off, but you know you really should do it, what is that thing? What can you do within the next 10 minutes to take action on that thing?

Please feel free to copy and paste into Word or Pages, and then you will then have the ability to change the fonts style, colors, size, etc. I give you permission to use this list however you would like, including removing prompts, adding prompts, or even just wiping the entire list out and starting over!

I really do hope you are getting some goodness out of my weekly Soul Book Club videos!!

Thanks so much for watching!

Soul Book Club #2!

Good evening!

I am very happy to announce that I have finally kicked off my Soul Book Club over on YouTube!

YEAH!!! 😉

I wanted to make sure that I was able to easily get you the list of journaling prompts that I am using this week. Please feel free to copy and paste into Word or Pages, and then you will then have the ability to change the fonts style, colors, size, etc. I give you permission to use this list however you would like, including removing prompts, adding prompts, or even just wiping the entire list out and starting over!

I am very happy to be able to share this with you!

Here are those journaling prompts:

  • What are my strengths?
  • What are my short-term goals?
  • What are my long-term goals?
  • Who matters most to me?
  • Who are my support people?
  • What am I ashamed of?
  • How can I turn these moments/decisions into life lessons?
  • What do I like to do for fun?
  • What new activities am I interested in or willing to try?
  • What am I worried about?
  • What is my favorite house chore?
  • What is my least favorite house chore?
  • Describe your home in as much detail as possible?
  • What are my values?
  • What do I believe in?
  • If I could have one wish, it would be…
  • Where do I feel safest?
  • What or who gives me comfort?
  • If I wasn’t afraid, I would…
  • What is my proudest accomplishment?
  • What is my biggest failure?
  • Am I a night owl or an early bird?
  • How can I arrange my life to better suit this part of my nature?
  • What do I like about my job? What do I dislike?
  • What does my inner critic tell me?
  • What do I do to show myself self-compassion and self-care?
  • What am I passionate about?
  • What is my happiest memory?
  • Write out the details of a dream you’ve dream this year. Be as vivid as possible.
  • What am I listening to?
  • What I watching on the tele?
  • What am I reading?
  • What movie did I watch last?
  • What movie did you last watch in the theatre?
  • What am I grateful for?
  • What songs are on my favorite playlist?
  • When I’m feeling down I like to…
  • I know I’m stressed when I…
  • Describe yourself as a child.

As always, if you have any questions about any of the techniques that I’ve used, please do not hesitate to reach out to me! I would be VERY happy to be of service! 😉

 

If you want to have a different life, live differently!

 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Good morning, world!!

It is hard to believe that our weekend is over. It is actually kind of hard to believe we had a weekend! We did SOOOO MUCH stuff in the past 2 days.

I put out videos, we did a bunch house chores, ran some errands, and we packed a bunch of boxes. So many that I am concerned that we are going to be run out of the house because of just how many boxes we have taking up space! 😉

We have so much more packing to go, and my sister from Arizona is coming in in 10 days, so I have to have the majority of our packing done before then so I can feel free to play to my heart’s content while she is in town!!

I just can’t wait to move. I can’t wait for this whole process to be over, but I am thinking that this process is actually going to take us a few tedious months to get through. You see, moving to Portland is only one part of what we are doing. We then have to finish fixing up some minor details in the condo, and go through the process of selling it. I have never sold a home before, so I am not exactly sure what all that will entail!! All the while, I will have to keep working with our mortgage company, because we are still upside down in our condo, by about $20,000. Not my proudest moment, but there you go! I am hoping that my mortgage company will let us do a short-sale on it. My husband works in Portland, I just lost my job, and we can’t afford to keep it – it costs too much to live here, and there is no way we would be able to rent it out, without having to shell out a fortune more on miscellaneous costs that we would not be able to get covered in the amount we can rent it for. And, who am I kidding? I honestly, deep down to my toes, just don’t want to keep it, even if that means my credit is going to have to take a hit for it.

We haven’t been happy here since we first moved in.

When we did initially move in, I knew it was a mistake at the get go. It was the first time I really heard the message of “it is so important to follow your intuition, it will not lead you astray.” Well, I didn’t listen, and because of that, we have had 10 long years in a place where we have not been able to entertain friends or family because there is really no parking to speak of, we live on a busy street and have to deal with an HOA that really doesn’t know what it is doing, which means we have not really had much peace being here. It has been good for being a place in which I can hide from the world. Now that I say it out loud, I am not sure what took me so long to make the decision to move. Somehow I felt I was being irresponsible because the mortgage was not payed off yet, but really, our quality of life is suffering because it has never really felt like a home.

That is what I am longing for, a real, honest to goodness, home!

People do have those right?

It is not just some hooey that you see in movies, right???

That is what I want, a home. I think that is why my YouTube videos are starting to lean to home decorating, DIY projects, cooking, and entertaining, because that is what I want in my own life. I have a psychology friend who is always telling me, you become what you need in your own life. Yep, she is right. This is what I need. Someone who can show me how to turn my house into a home, a place of love, friendship, and daily creativity, and turn my existence into a life, and who better to do that for oneself than your own self!??

I just pray that my videos can, not only help me, but help someone out there who might be watching, who might be longing for a home of their own too. Then all of my efforts will definitely be worth it!!

I have so much more to do today, so I had better get on it!!

Here is to creating the future of my dreams,
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Happiness Friday!

Good afternoon, I just wanted to share with you a few happy IG posts that I’ve stumbled upon this week, to spread the happy!! 😉

A photo posted by bella (@white.chihuahua) on

A photo posted by Christine Jolley (@cmjolley) on

A photo posted by Yogi (@yogitea) on

What makes you happy today?

Hugs to you!
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Friday, November 4, 2016

Good morning, world!

Jason has just left to go to work, and of course my sweet Sophie girl is curled up asleep, next to me, as I play on my computer this morning! This is starting to become our morning ritual, Sophie girl & I! I am so thankful that she is able to stay with me.

This transitioning to working from home can get really lonely really fast!

I talk to her a lot! and I mean, like, “Girrrrrrrl, has she lost here ever-loving mind???” a lot!! Don’t worry, she doesn’t actually speak back, like with actual words or anything, but we do pretty well understanding each other!

I am really in my head this morning. Hell, who am I kidding??? being an introvert, I am in my head a lot most mornings! Today, I am thinking about all of the work that still has yet to be done!

Like a crazy person, I have committed to posting 1 YouTube video every day of November, and then I had already decided that I wanted to do a 24 Days of Christmas series, which means I will be posting a YouTube video EVERY-SINGLE-DAY-FOR-54-DAYS!!! The reality of that boggles the mind!!

And if that weren’t insane enough, I have thrown a BIG move right into the middle of all of that!! The YouTube videos right now are a full time job, in and of itself, but then I realize, “CRAP!! Someone has got to pack this house up!!!” Well, that someone is me!

My hubby and I have moved A LOT in our 21 years of marriage!! So many times, that I honestly have lost count!! Moving has kind of fed the gypsy in me. The one that is always want to purge, pack, and start brand new. I haven’t moved in 10 years. THAT IN INSANE to me!! That might be where my longing for a change of scenery has come from, my soul getting itchy to stretch out and try on a new environment.

This is both scary and exciting!

What this has done for me, which is surprising to me, is it has reawakened my passion for decorating, decor, and home DIY projects!!

That is where I started my creative life, originally!

It is my roots, so to speak!

My mom was a very talented crafter, matter of fact people used to give her the moniker “Queen of Crafts”. I wanted to be crafty too, but someone in the family said, “We already have one creative person in the family, we don’t need two.” Well, apparently that person was mistaken, because here I am!!

The thing that I am finding most joyous about creating YouTube videos, especially having committed to posting every day for 54 days, is that it forces me to look around my world, and find ways to be creative, EVERY-SINGLE-DAY!!

That makes my soul sing, really, REALLY LOUDLY!!!

I think that is what my soul should be doing.

If I am going to spend a good half of my lifetime working, I want my job to be joyous, and make my soul sing really, REALLY LOUDY, at least once, EVERY-SINGLE-DAY! Now, don’t get me wrong, there are so many things that go wrong with the process of making YouTube videos, or creating, or just life in general. I can not even think to tell you how many times some computer-ey thing that I was trying to figure out how to do, has frustrated me to the point of tears. Way too many times that what I thought could be humanly possible when I first started my YouTube career!! 😉

But, at the end of the day, when the tears have subsided, and I’ve cozied up in bed, next to my hubby, for a good night’s sleep, I can honestly tell you that, when I close my eyes at night, I am seriously happy. Like down to my tippy toes, if I could do this for the rest of my life, with no pay, I would still die an EXTREMELY HAPPY girl, and is that what it is all about anyway!??

I know, I know, life is not all rainbows, and unicorns, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t at least try to make every moment as close to that as possible, does it? What is wrong with being happy in your work?

I have always believed that “work” was supposed to be a sad, depressing, durge. A task, that when you had completed a day of it, you were supposed to be left completely wiped out, with nothing left for anyone else. If it wasn’t, then you weren’t doing it right.

Man, oh man, I was so wrong!!

Now, mind you, I don’t actually make money doing what I do. I am not sure how that works, yet. But, that is okay with me. I am in the stages of learning the process, and doing the ground work, so that in 5 to 10 years, someone can say, oh look at Chrissie, she was an overnight success, and I can just stand back and smile, and laugh to myself, “Oh, if only they knew how much real work, and blood, and sweat, and tears has gone into this “overnight success”!”

Man, I can honestly say I can’t wait for that day to come!!

As for now, I am going to count my blessings, and just keep doing creative work, that continues to make my soul sing!!

Here is to a life filled with many happy songs!!

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Mixed Media with Chrissie B #4

mixed-media-with-chrissie-b-4-freeze-frameGood morning!

It has been a couple of days since I have posted this latest video out on YouTube, but I wanted to make sure that I get this post up for you!

This week, as I got ready to do this art journal spread, I did not have a plan in mind, which is not surprising, as I usually come to my art journal playtime without any kind of a concrete plan. The only thing I had in mind was that I wanted to use the color red.

dsc07775I once had an instructor teach that you should never use red in your art journaling unless you were using it in really tiny quantities, because it caused to much distraction. Well, red is my favorite color, but when she said that, I figured she was a better artist than myself, so she must know what she is talking about. So I completely took red out of my repertoire!! Seeing these words in print, is quite shocking to myself, because I never thought that I would let something like that stop me from using something that makes me so happy.

dsc07778Well, if you have been following my journey lately, you will already know that I am going through  a process of stripping off everything that is not authentically me, and how this translates in this art journal spread is that, since my favorite color is red, then I should be allowed to use it whenever I want to! That may seem like a very minor thing, in the big picture that makes up my life, but I am learning that being 100% completely free to be myself in everything, including my art should be a given! No matter how well intentioned that art instructor was, I need to remember to let my true colors fly and follow my true north, in whatever that means for me at the time! So, that is what I went into this play session thinking.

dsc07780As I was laying down my colors, I decided that I was going to use a magazine image on this spread. I do that a lot in my personal art journaling, but I am not sure I ever have in any of my video layouts, so that is what I thought I would do this time. Again, all about being authentic and showing my true colors. It also is proof to myself and to anyone else who might be wondering, how do I create beautiful art journal pages if I don’t know how to draw? Well this is  a perfectly acceptable way to do so!! I mean why not??? I just try to incorporate the image into one of the layers, instead of just plunking her down on the top of the spread, and I think she ends up looking pretty cool!!

dsc07772and do you see what color she is????

RED!!!

Yep, she’s red! I don’t feel like she is a distraction, and this spread makes me UBER happy, so I am going to call this one a win!!

Supplies I used in today’s art journal spread:

  • Old book pages
  • Golden’s Fluid Matte Medium
  • 1 1/2 inch hardware brush
  • DecoArt Crafters Acrylic Paint: Christmas Red, Squash Blossom, Goldenrod
  • 5 various wash tapes – I have no idea their brands
  • Dr Ph Martin’s Bombay India Ink: Orange
  • Golden’s Fluid Acrylic: Naphthol Red Medium
  • General’s Pencil 2B
  • M Graham & Co Heavy Body Acrylic Paint: Titanium White
  • Dina Wakley Media Stencil – Alphabetic
  • Magazine Image
  • Uhu Glue Stick
  • Christy Tomlinson Designs Stamp – Shescript
  • Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black
  • Stabilo All Pencil: Black
  • Fineliner Applicator Standard Tip bottle with white acrylic paint
  • A couple of paint brushes
  • Scissors

dsc07788Well that about raps it up for today! I am very happy with this spread, I hope you enjoyed it too! If you haven’t subscribed, please do so, so you don’t miss what’s to come!

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments section! I will be happy to be of help! 🙂

Here is to living a Beautiful Creative life,
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Mixed Media with Chrissie B #2

Good evening!

I am very excited to announce that I have posted a new Mixed Media with Chrissie B video, this is actually video #2, to be exact!


SIDE NOTE: mama is tired!! I am having a BLAST putting out so many new videos, but man, is it a TON OF WORK!!! I am hoping this will get a tad easier, in the next coming weeks, more to come!

Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled program!!

dsc07749As, I was saying, before I so rudely interrupted myself. I have a new Mixed Media video out, and this week I decided to go old school and do a full art journal spread! I thought that this would be a piece of cake, but in all honesty I have been doing 1 page, loose leaf, journal spreads for the past 6 months or so, and I found myself struggling more than usual to get something down on the spread! Plus, to start a spread from start to finish, is not easy on my poor brain right now! Mama is seriously busy, I have mentioned that haven’t I? 🙂

When I first started this spread out, I had a completely different direction that I was going to take this spread. The only thing that remained the same to my original idea was the sentiment! When I found this piece of gauze hidden in my tissue paper drawer, it just screamed to be used – so here it appears!! 🙂dsc07750

Here are a list of all of the supplies I used in this week’s project:

  • Golden’s Matte Medium
  • 1-1/2 inch utility brush
  • a piece of gauze
  • Ranger Heat Tool
  • Golden’s fluid acrylic: teal
  • Dr. Ph Martin’s Bombay India Ink: turquoise, grass green
  • Staz On Ink Pad: forest green
  • Crafter’s Workshop 12×12 stencils: Well Rounded, and I apologize, but I can’t find the name of the 2nd stencil. I will update this post with the name if I can find it!
  • Sentiment printed out on regular printer paper
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • 1/4 inch utility brush
  • White tissue paper that has been stamped with various stamps, using black staz on ink
  • Ranger Craft Mat – used as a paint pallet
  • Faber Castelle Pitt Artist Pen Big Brush: Indanthrene Blue (247), Purple Violet (136)

Whew! That seems like a lot of supplies, but I am thinking that maybe is very normal for me! 😉

dsc07751On a more serious note: I chose this sentiment this week because I think that some time in the past 6 months this happened to me. I looked around at the life that I had created, and thought to myself, “How the hell did I get here?” It was like I had this plan for what I wanted to do, be, have, and experience, and then somewhere along the way I got sucked up in the rush of traffic of what is “normal”, “responsible”, and “expected”. When I finally really, truly looked around at this life that I had created, through all of my choices, and actions, I was shocked that I had ended up here. It was kind of like driving to work in the morning, and you let your mind start to wander, when you finally get to the parking lot at work, you do a double take and ask yourself, how did I get here??? That is what happened to me, and my life. It is not that my life is so bad, it is just that it is not what I had set out to create! That is freaking scary.dsc07767

So I am changing things up, some of those changes I do not have much control over, but even those changes that I didn’t choose has caused me to wake up and really look around at my life. So for that, I am so incredibly thankful!!

I keep saying to myself I want a happy ending! I want a happy ending!! I realize, that it is not too late to create that happy ending for myself, on purpose! And thankfully I have an AMAZING support system in place of AWESOME people who will help support me in creating this new life! I am not sure how all of these changes are going to come to fruition, but I need to remember that no matter how scary all of the coming changes are going to be, it is waaaaay scarier to wake up and realize that you have arrived at an entirely new decade of your life, and you have no idea how you created the life that you are living in, because you are too busy flying on autopilot!

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much!” ~Jim Rohn

I know this video was really short and fast this week, I will work on that for future videos! In any case, I really hope you enjoyed this video! I know that I learned a lot about myself while creating it!

If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know in the comment section! I am always happy to be of help!

Here is to living a Beautiful Creative life! 😉

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Mixed Media Techniques #3

Good evening!

This week, for my Mixed Media Art Technique video, I had some fun showcasing 3 of my favorite quick and easy art journal background techniques. More specifically, 3 easy ways to take the fear out of getting started on a white art journal page! I find that some times when I am faced with a fresh new page, I can  overthink what to do first, and then end up getting frustrated, or worse, giving up and walking away. These simple techniques takes that fear out of getting started!

As promised here are the art supplies that I used this week:

  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paints: Wild Green, Tutti Fruitti, Tropical Blue, and Buttercream
  • An old plastic credit card (a palette knife could be used as a substitute)
  • Dina Wakley Media 1 Inch Flat Brush
  • and a small square of hard plastic, that I had repurposed out of a piece of the packaging of something I had purchased (you could easily use any flat hard item to do this, or you could use a piece of overhead projector plastic, cut into a square)

I hope that these examples give you some inspiration to go and try doing some of your own quick and easy backgrounds!  The sky is the limit on what you can do over the top of these backgrounds, but I hope I can help get you started. I am sure that in one of my future videos I will be showing how I finish each one of these pages, so please stay tuned! If you haven’t done so already, I would recommend that you subscribe so that you don’t miss a thing! 🙂

Thanks so much for visiting, and here is to living a Beautiful Creative life!

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