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Messy Recipes: The Overthinker’s Guide to Making Art

Messy Recipes: The Overthinker’s Guide to Making Art

Workshop Replay Messy Recipes: The Overthinker's Guide to Making ArtThe workshop is for the perfectionist who chooses mess instead. It’s the perfect, practical antidote to overthinking. I’m a recovering perfectionist myself. Embracing the mess is a...

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Day 31 Celebration

Day 31 Celebration

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Celebrate your creative month! Write a list of small achievements, add confetti,...

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Day 30 Awe

Day 30 Awe

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Grab a sheet of paper and collage anything onto it that reminds you of the things...

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Day 29 Serenity

Day 29 Serenity

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Make your practice today meditative. Some ideas: light a candle, drink some fruit...

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Day 28 Self

Day 28 Self

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create a 1 page zine with the theme of your current self. My best advice for...

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Day 27 Mindfulness

Day 27 Mindfulness

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Use a monochromatic color palette to help bring your mind into a calm and present...

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Day 26 Failure

Day 26 Failure

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Go back to your unfinished or "failed" pages and rework them. Cover them up, pain...

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Day 25 Bloom

Day 25 Bloom

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Let it bloom: cultivate your creativity through an expressive floral zine. Don't...

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Day 24 Magic

Day 24 Magic

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Take a moment to look around you and find the magic in your surroundings. This...

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Day 23 Contrast

Day 23 Contrast

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Explore contrast through value, complementary colors, and paradoxical subject...

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Day 22 Love

Day 22 Love

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Use gesso, black paint, a pencil, watercolors, and a vintage image to express the...

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Day 21 Words

Day 21 Words

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Add journaling to your art journal page. What are you thinking? How are you...

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Day 20 Nature

Day 20 Nature

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Take your supplies outside and create inspired by the world around you! Follow the...

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Day 19 Less

Day 19 Less

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Using a base of neutral collage, add a single block of color to create impactful...

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Day 18 Documenting

Day 18 Documenting

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:How do you document your days? What are you learning about yourself as each day...

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Day 17 Yes

Day 17 Yes

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:What was the last creative impulse you felt? Was it to try a new medium? Attempt a...

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Day 16 Belonging

Day 16 Belonging

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:"Belonging is being your authentic self and knowing that no matter what happens,...

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Day 15 Flow

Day 15 Flow

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create with as few distractions as possible to achieve a State of Flow. Just....

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Day 13 Home

Day 13 Home

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create a collage house with images filled with the comforts of home. Creating art...

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Day 12 Habit

Day 12 Habit

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create a habit of seeing possibilities for using recycled materials in your art...

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Day 11 Imperfection

Day 11 Imperfection

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Make a list of five ways to practice and embrace imperfection in your art. If you...

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Day 10 Connection

Day 10 Connection

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create a page that connects you to your art process. You can do this by including...

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Day 09 Spark

Day 09 Spark

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Begin to play with a handful of your favorite or forgotten supplies on separate...

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Day 08 Mess

Day 08 Mess

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:MESS: Embrace the big beautiful messiness of life! Take old journal or diary pages...

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Day 06 Freedom

Day 06 Freedom

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Give yourself the freedom to create the NON-perfect handwriting by writing the...

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Day 05 Courage

Day 05 Courage

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:What does COURAGE mean to you? Create an art journal spread with your take on...

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Day 04 Adventure

Day 04 Adventure

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Get outside to gather bits and pieces of nature and create a unique fabric using...

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Day 07 Cultivation

Day 07 Cultivation

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Cultivate your creative voice through experimentation. Create a grid, use limited...

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Day 03 Happy

Day 03 Happy

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Carefree fun. Create with the joyfulness of a child. Don't take your artwork too...

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Day 02 Showing up

Day 02 Showing up

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Show up in your journal today, in the easiest way possible. Use a bullet point...

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Day 01 Starting

Day 01 Starting

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May: Start. Either by opening your journal to a new page or by binding a journal just...

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Messy May 2022

Messy May 2022

Welcome to Messy May 2022, you rainbow-infused space unicorn This digital classroom will remain open to all until 1 July, after which it will go into the Get Messy member library. If you'd...

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Challenge: Color Interactions

Challenge: Color Interactions

Explore how colors interact with each other. Experimenting with color in your journal helps you find brush strokes and color combinations you may never have thought to try before! Make rainbows, mix colors, and see which new colors you can make from the tubes of paint you already have!

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Challenge: Rooted

Challenge: Rooted

New#gmseasonofnewYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Go back to your roots.I went back to my roots by going back to old journals. Here are some more ideas: copy one of...

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Micro Challenges

Micro Challenges

Showing Up#gmseasonofshowingupMicro Challenge 1 What is your WHY? Why do you art journal? Why is it important to you and why do you keep coming back to it even when life is...

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A Guide to Collaborating

A Guide to Collaborating

Collaboration#gmseasonofcollaborationThis season we are partnering up with another artist. You can find the partner with Get Messy’s help or on your own. Here are some tips...

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Stop. Collaborate. And Listen…

Stop. Collaborate. And Listen…

Collaboration#gmseasonofcollaborationGrab your supplies and create as you listen to Char and Claudette talk about everything that goes into a successful collaboration. Then...

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Collaboration Prompts + Sidekick

Collaboration Prompts + Sidekick

Collaboration#gmseasonofcollaborationDownload the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this...

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Spark Prompts + Sidekick

Spark Prompts + Sidekick

Spark#gmseasonofsparkDownload the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this season....

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Steven Prompts + Sidekick

Steven Prompts + Sidekick

Steven#gmseasonofstevenDownload the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this season....

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X Prompts + Sidekick Part I

X Prompts + Sidekick Part I

X#gmseasonofXDownload the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this...

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More Prompts + Sidekick

More Prompts + Sidekick

More#gmseasonofmoreDownload the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this season. This...

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Affirmation Prompts + Sidekick

Affirmation Prompts + Sidekick

Season guest artist Connie Solera embraces showing up to your art journal with honesty, vulnerability, and fearlessness in the Season of Affirmation. Through intuitive painting, Connie helps you embrace every mark you make as a part of a conversation and to follow the first ideas, gut reactions, and little whispers that won’t leave you alone. Hold your art journals close to your heart as a safe sanctuary to affirm all the feels you are feeling, all the fears you are experiencing, and all the hope you can muster for a brighter future ahead.

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5 elements to meaningful journal pages

5 elements to meaningful journal pages

This workshop gives you a run down of 5 simple things to strive to include in your journal pages to ensure you are filling them with meaning, purpose, story telling and emotion. How to successfully encapsulate the significance of a moment no matter how small it may be.

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Bloom Prompts + Sidekick

Bloom Prompts + Sidekick

Bloom#gmseasonofbloomDownload the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic...

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X Prompts + Sidekick Part II

X Prompts + Sidekick Part II

X#gmseasonofXDownload the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this...

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Less Prompts + Sidekick

Less Prompts + Sidekick

Less#gmseasonofless Download the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this season. This PDF is curvy in...

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Reflection Prompts + Sidekick

Reflection Prompts + Sidekick

Reflection Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.Prompt #1 “Nothing of me is original. I am...

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Habit  Prompts + Sidekick

Habit Prompts + Sidekick

Habit Download your habit tracker Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal. Tick off each day that you were creative. Prompt #1 Make some art on Monday. No...

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Documenting  Prompts + Sidekick

Documenting Prompts + Sidekick

Documenting Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas. PROMPT #1 - HE(ART) BY CINDY Document...

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Focus Prompts + Sidekick

Focus Prompts + Sidekick

Focus#gmseasonoffocusDownload the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this season....

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Finishing Prompts + Sidekick

Finishing Prompts + Sidekick

Finishing#gmseasonoffinishingDownload the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this...

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Creativity Prompts + Sidekick

Creativity Prompts + Sidekick

Creativity Season of Creativity Art Journal Challenge:Create an art journal based on a book, movie, podcast, tv show, music, etc that makes your artist soul...

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Ubuntu Prompts + Sidekick

Ubuntu Prompts + Sidekick

UbuntuPrompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Story Prompts + Sidekick

Story Prompts + Sidekick

Story Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Play Prompts + Sidekick

Play Prompts + Sidekick

Play Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Kindness Prompts + Sidekick

Kindness Prompts + Sidekick

Kindness Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Nature Prompts + Sidekick

Nature Prompts + Sidekick

Nature Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Connections Prompts + Sidekick

Connections Prompts + Sidekick

Connections Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Fairy Tales Prompts + Sidekick

Fairy Tales Prompts + Sidekick

Fairy Tales Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Freedom Prompts + Sidekick

Freedom Prompts + Sidekick

Freedom Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas. Inspiration  

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Colour Prompts + Sidekick

Colour Prompts + Sidekick

Colour Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Contrast Prompts + Sidekick

Contrast Prompts + Sidekick

Contrast Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Art 101 Prompts + Sidekick

Art 101 Prompts + Sidekick

Art 101 Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Seasons Prompts + Sidekick

Seasons Prompts + Sidekick

Seasons Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Gifts Prompts + Sidekick

Gifts Prompts + Sidekick

Gifts Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Dreams Prompts + Sidekick

Dreams Prompts + Sidekick

Dreams Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Music Prompts + Sidekick

Music Prompts + Sidekick

Music Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Introspection Prompts + Sidekick

Introspection Prompts + Sidekick

Introspection Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Fifty Two Portraits

Fifty Two Portraits

Fifty Two Portraits is a photography class in self-discovery; a way to document your life right now and uncover your creative self using self-portraiture and reflection. Inspired by a year-long creative project she embarked upon when she turned 40, Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd leads you on a path of self-discovery towards better knowledge of yourself as a person and as an artist. The class includes 52 prompts, 1 for each week of the year, centered on 1 of 7 themes: you, places, family, style, work, life, and friends, plus Vanessa’s photos for reference and inspiration. With Vanessa as your guide, embark on a journey in using photography and words to reflect inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life.

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Day 14 Kindness

Day 14 Kindness

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May: Create a journal spread that encourages you to share kindness with others and...

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Starting Prompts + Sidekick

Starting Prompts + Sidekick

Starting Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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A Zillion Ways to Fill a Sketchbook

A Zillion Ways to Fill a Sketchbook

Play There are a zillion ways to fill a sketchbook.  Danny and Koosje share tips to push you out of your comfort zone and help you grow your sketchbook into a work of art. After...

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Class Bonuses + Prompts

Class Bonuses + Prompts

The Minimalist Art Journal > BonusClass Bonuses + PromptsOh man do I have presents for you! Just click on the image to be taken to the...

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Lists Prompts + Sidekick

Lists Prompts + Sidekick

Lists Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Happy Prompts + Sidekick

Happy Prompts + Sidekick

Happy Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Magic Prompts + Sidekick

Magic Prompts + Sidekick

Magic Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Words Prompts + Sidekick

Words Prompts + Sidekick

Words Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas. This season has been a personal favourite for many of us. If...

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Serenity Prompts + Sidekick

Serenity Prompts + Sidekick

Serenity Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Adventure Prompts + Sidekick

Adventure Prompts + Sidekick

Adventure Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Brave Prompts + Sidekick

Brave Prompts + Sidekick

Brave Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Love Prompts + Sidekick

Love Prompts + Sidekick

Love Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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