Art Journal Catalysts

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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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Your WHY

Your WHY

Your Why is the MOST important part of your Get Messy journey and one that you will come back to again and again.

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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#gmseasonofspark[wpseo_breadcrumb]Download 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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Time Capsule

Time Capsule

Spark#gmseasonofspark[wpseo_breadcrumb]Let’s go back in time! This gave me a great excuse to look through my old art journals and reference photos and match them up.  I’ve realized...

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Steven Prompts + Sidekick

Steven Prompts + Sidekick

Steven#gmseasonofsteven[wpseo_breadcrumb]Download 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#gmseasonofX[wpseo_breadcrumb]Download 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#gmseasonofmore[wpseo_breadcrumb]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...

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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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Bloom Prompts + Sidekick

Bloom Prompts + Sidekick

Bloom#gmseasonofbloom[wpseo_breadcrumb]Download 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#gmseasonofX[wpseo_breadcrumb]Download 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

Season #gmseasonofless [wpseo_breadcrumb]Download 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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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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Creative Warm-Up Exercises

Creative Warm-Up Exercises

During this hangout, Jenny shared a creative warm-up exercise that can be used for those busy days when it’s hard to fit art in.

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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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Recipe 12

Recipe 12

#getmessyrecipes acrylic paint in a bright or fluorescent colour black and white image or Xeroxed image (if you don't have one, you can download one of flowers...

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Recipe 11

Recipe 11

#getmessyrecipes black and white image or pattern (e.g. music sheet, old book, handdrawn pattern, if you don't have this, print the ephemera below) tissue...

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Recipe 10

Recipe 10

#getmessyrecipes a poem on paper - written by you, from a magazine, or you can use one scanned in from an old e e cummings book (just click below) image from a...

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Recipe 09

Recipe 09

#getmessyrecipes /your gorgeous self pencil modeling paste  acrylic paint stencil (if you'd prefer, you can download and print the background) brush pen (if...

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Recipe 08

Recipe 08

#getmessyrecipes  magazine image to use as the focal point pattern from a magazine to use as a background text from a magazine ledger paper (if you don't have,...

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Recipe 07

Recipe 07

#getmessyrecipes dried tea bag typewriter or computer printer collage fodder - 2 pieces that mean something to you, 1 piece that you simply love, and 1 piece...

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Recipe 06

Recipe 06

#getmessyrecipes paint your favourite paper old ledger paper or book paper (click here to print if you don't have your own - make sure to print on both sides)...

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Recipe 05

Recipe 05

#getmessyrecipes two colours of paint in the same colour family pencil a dark or light colour paint paint in an opposing colour old credit card, gift card, or...

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Recipe 04

Recipe 04

#getmessyrecipes four colours of paint - acrylic, gouache, watercolour, whatever acrylic ink or fluid acrylic paint marker stencil One Add small smears of...

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Recipe 03

Recipe 03

#getmessyrecipes scraps of artwork, preferably matching scissors and glue brush pen or actual paint brush dipped into paint thread - either on a sewing machine...

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Recipe 02

Recipe 02

#getmessyrecipes old book or book pages (if you don't have any, click here to download and print with a laser printer) gesso or white acrylic your favourite...

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Recipe 01

Recipe 01

#getmessyrecipes collage papers tape - washi or masking tape glue acrylic paint watercolour, ink, or watered down acrylic a typewriter, computer, or magazine a...

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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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Focus Prompts + Sidekick

Focus Prompts + Sidekick

Focus#gmseasonoffocus[wpseo_breadcrumb]Download 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#gmseasonoffinishing[wpseo_breadcrumb]Download 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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Ephemera

Digital ephemera for you to print out and put into your art journal.

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Creativity Prompts + Sidekick

Creativity Prompts + Sidekick

Creativity [wpseo_breadcrumb]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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000 Bootcamp

000 Bootcamp

If you’re in need of a realignment, Bootcamp is what restores you to a creative state and gets you ready for your journal. It has three parts to it and can be done every month or whenever you need a reset.

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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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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...

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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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Closing Thoughts

Closing Thoughts

To wrap up this course, I’m going to give you a little tour of some of my past art journals to show you a few examples of how I’ve used my girl sketches in my page spreads.

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Closing Thoughts

Closing Thoughts

Thank you so much for taking this class with me! I hope I have been able to spread a bit of the galaxy love and you have learned how to create your own starry scenes!

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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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Orientation

Orientation

Get started becoming a Get Messian with Messy Orientation! Messy Orientation will show you how to get the most out of the Get Messy website, connect with your art tribe, and build and maintain your creative practice. Learn all the ways Get Messy can get you making right away with Get Messy Seasons and website resources such as the Choose Your Own Adventure Library. Then see how the Get Messy forums can help you connect and collaborate with other members and make new art friends. Finally, learn about setting art goals and creating art making habits that get you making daily or as often as you need. Messy Orientation is your resource for all things Get Messy.

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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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05 • IDEAS + TAKEAWAYS

05 • IDEAS + TAKEAWAYS

The Minimalist Art Journal > Bonus05 • Ideas + TakeawaysHere’s a bonus “lesson” with a bunch of past minimalist pages – quick examples,...

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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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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Nature

Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Nature

This page was inspired by the Christopher Paolini quote atop the Week 5 prompts.  As someone who feels especially connected to the sea (and lucky enough to live across the street from the Atlantic), it really resonated with me.  I'd been dying for an excuse to use my...

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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Connections

Of the many connections I explored this Season, this one was one that I really loved. My connection to my work is at the very core of my identity and I feel at a loss when this connection is set aside. Revisiting the start of my career and its path was very soothing....

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Season of Fairy Tales: Member Art Journal Flip Through

Season of Fairy Tales: Member Art Journal Flip Through

This season you guys have shown up and blow us away! We have been in awe of everything you guys are making and we are so sad to have come to the end. But! The end means that many of you are finishing up some really incredible art journals and sharing your final flip...

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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Fairy Tales

Working in my altered book for this season, the big bad wolf is entering the felt tip woods. - Jules Little Red Riding Hood has always been one of my favorite fairy tales, so I tackled it for my very first page of the season with a collaged gelli print background and...

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Brush Lettered Inspiration

Brush Lettered Inspiration

Fairy Tales [wpseo_breadcrumb] Hi again! Olivia here. I hope you’ve had lots of fun creating an entire page of brush lettered text. Here are a few more ideas for you on how...

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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Colour

(Art by Riet) The creative team totally rocked it this season. I mean. They are rocking every season, but this one in particular is next level. And I know that the next season will also be even better. The inspiration for this page was from the prompt in Week 1 about...

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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Contrast

I was thinking of the contrast between clean photography and messy paint and the contrast of linear maps/text and swirly organic lines. I like the idea of digging a little deeper into the idea of contrast and not getting hung up on only black and white. It's tough...

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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Art 101

(art by Katie) This was an amazing season filled with learning and playing around. Here are our favourite pages from the creative team for the Season of Art 101. "Week 3 had two prompts about layers. I made this tag out of a book page that I experimented doing an...

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Gifts Creative Team Inspiration

The end of the year is officially here and that means it is time for our creative team to say farewell. We know they have inspired you guys endlessly with their wisdom and beauty, but for us they have become our closest friends and family here at Get Messy and we are...

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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Dreams

Page by Tanyalee You guys, we are so lucky to have so many talented artists in Get Messy. The 2016 Creative Team is back at it again with some drool worthy art journal pages today and we cannot wait for you to see them! Remember you can see all of their links and info...

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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Music

Every month I think, this is it - we've reach the top, it can't get any better. And then it does! You guys are amazing. Your art is so inspiring and beautiful and blows us away every day. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. We love you so so so very much. To end...

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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Introspection

Hey hey!! To top off the last bit of your inspiration from the Season of Introspection here are our favorite pages from our super talented Creative Team! Karen Cait Jules Anika Essie Zinia Emily Katie Tanyalee Vanessa Nina Torrie  

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10 Minute Art Journal Pages

10 Minute Art Journal Pages

Introspection Hi there everyone, Tanyalee back with another tutorial. As it is the Season of Introspection, I thought it would be a fun idea to do a tutorial on making...

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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Lists

YAY! Were back with more inspiration from our Creative Team. We have been blown away this season with all our new friends (HAYYYY!!) joining us from the Lists team and we are in love with all the incredible art that was made. So let's get to ooohing and ahhhhing!...

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Textured Backgrounds for Journal Pages

Textured Backgrounds for Journal Pages

Lists Hello again Get Messians, Tanyalee here with another tutorial post. This week I am going to show you how to use household items to create texture on your pages. I wouldn't...

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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Happy

Ooph. This Creative Team has some crazy talent. Crazy! They have been wowing us all day, every day this season and we are so grateful for all of their hard work and great ideas they have shared. Grab a cup of tea and sit back and spend some time soaking in this beauty...

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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Magic

Its the most beautiful season of the year! (please go back and sing this!) Its the last season of 2015 and we could not have loved it more! So much magic is in the air and we are wrapping up this season with some Creative Team inspiration for you. Happy Holidays from...

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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Words

This is quite possibly the saddest end to a season yet! This has by far been everyone's favorite season and our Creative Team has been making like crazy, so we decided to double your DT inspiration for this month. Caylee   Vanessa   Nina Kathleen   France Jules Lauren...

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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Adventure

Watching you guys create this season has been amazing! Your adventures in real life and in your pages are so inspiring. If you haven't faced the blank page yet, here are a few pages from our creative team to get your brain turning over ideas! We can't wait to see what...

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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Brave

Here's your batch of creative team inspiration from the Season of Brave! Lauren Caylee Sabine Nina Vanessa OL Vanessa P France Kathleen We can't wait to see what you made this season in tomorrow's link up!

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Creative Team Inspiration: Season of Love

Here is a small dose of inspiration from our wonderful creative team for you! These are a few of the beautiful pages they created in February. Be sure to check out their blogs and social media accounts for even more inspiration and to connect with them. Kathleen...

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12 Ways to Use Washi Tape

12 Ways to Use Washi Tape

Love The Accentor This is a simple way to draw focus to your words or photos. Page by Sabine from Moments To Live For. The Secret Keeper and The Color Pop Create a flap by attaching...

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