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Coming full circle :: Putting creativity on hold

Coming full circle :: Putting creativity on hold

I put making books on pause BUT that did not stop the creativity juices from bubbling up. Y'all ever had something like that happen to you? How to let go and still do what you want/need to do.  

daily snippets :: aug 28

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bits because these are a part of the life you live~  jeanette leblanc  ~

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i’m journaling out loud for 2 reasons: 1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you to commit to writing your heartwords daily.  JOIN ME.

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i've recently populated my studio with a good majority of my artwork.  cman came in and as he turned he said he like it all.  i actually value this 15 yr old kid's opinion cause he's so sincere and is very aware aesthetically of what looks good and what doesn't ( most of his "don't look good mum" i take with a grain of salt cause he is a young 'un after all and i get final veto power for things i ask him about ). 

i looked up from my desk just now and across the wall is my "circle of women" wall of art....women's faces painted by me or another practically fills the entire wall.  def makes me smile when i get a glimpse of it.  behind me is my wall of art for when i vlog from my desk.  love that!  

this all started because my alarm went off to remind me to vlog but i knew i wanted to have my artwork behind me as a backdrop and not a blank wall so found all the pieces and i had been putting aside as i unpacked studio boxes and finally put my art pieces out on display ( note to self: must get back into the habit of creating art for sake of creating cause most of these pieces are at minimum 2 yrs old at least ).  only problem is now i don't have the energy to vlog anymore.  bummer!  best laid plans....

oh well....art calls.

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toodles,

G

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daily snippets :: august 25

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bits because these are a part of the life you live

~  jeanette leblanc  ~

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i'm journaling out loud for 2 reasons: 1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you to commit to writing your heartwords daily.  JOIN ME.

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usual lazy slow morn, checking in and getting my tasks for the day listed?  uh uh.  woke up today wired for some good stuff.  had idea for a new class and had to jump out of bed to grab my workshops journal to get the ideas down on paper. ha! still totally about pen and paper... analog all the way for me most times.

btw....physically recording in a notebook helps flesh out ideas & gets my creative juices flowing )

this is def part of me creating the JOURNALing Revolution.  so excited about it i almost popped outta bed to go start but needed to outline and clarify 1st, write down some ideas, flesh it out.

will begin videotaping when Cman goes back to sch next week when i'll get uninterrupted filming time ( altho there is the hubs who hasn't a clue sometime either, lol just pops downstairs and starts talking ).  miss having a door to enter my studio.

mmmh ...what i could do tho is set up for lesson taping in the 3rd bedroom.  that way i can close the door and use my "do not disturb" door hanger.  yup, that's the plan.  Woot! Woot! ok.  back to finishing the outline.

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toddles,

G

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a journal addict confession

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well, well, well...... my name is grace and i confess, i am a journal addict.  i own a whole bunch { no, i mean really a lot }.   it all started when i was 12 and received my first journal.  mine was red and it had a lock.  yeh, i know...you had one too right, or something like it?  i think every one had one of these.

btw....i came across mine the other day.  oh boy the musings of a 12 year old!

My 12 yrs Old Diary - journal addict

i remember not wanting to write in it in the beginning.  mainly because i knew my little brother was waiting in the wings to grab it and start reading it out loud to the whole world.  i know this how?  cause i saw his non-poker face when i brought this bright red, life chronicle home.

so i waited him out, sorta, and then began writing my 12 yr old hormonal heartwords down in that book.  i must have abandoned it early on because entries abruptly stop at one point and i don't remember what i went to after that.

i might have gone to school notebooks cause i do have loads of those filled with my musings.  maybe i was trying to trick my nosey trickster brother so he wouldn't read it,  you know...hide in plain site kinda thing.  ha!

over the next years i wrote  in my journals on and off, thru most of my 20's.  the next set of journals i remember keeping, and that i still have, were those i wrote in when hubby and i moved to nc.

those were trying times because we had no family near us { his in england, mine in the bahamas } and 2 small children, aged 6 mths & 2½ yrs.  i remember writing thru tears sometimes, pouring out my sorrow at one thing or another.

i still love to journal my heartwords

i journal more regularly these days and, over the last few years have added other types of journaling to my repertoire..... art &  visual journaling, creating lists after lists of "grateful"s and recording quotes and inspiring words i come across { i still keep a journal just for capturing quotes and words that move or inspire me }. another way i journal is to sometimes collage those words and magazine images in my "Yes, This." composition book.

the journal writing i do these days is more about my life and feelings and ideas and lists and following prompts, so much less about my sorrows—which i still experience but, thankfully, on such a scaled down version.  this i think is due to the fact that i live my life so much more authentically and am more in tune with my inner be-ingness.

"Being able to let things go & not hang on to the angst is the one of biggest hurdles journaling will help you overcome." username="kgracehowes"]

what about you?  what do you journal about?  

how has it helped it you move through your day,  a week, your life?  leave a comment below and let's have a conversation.

toodles,

G

| Did You Know |

....that a shop journal update will be happening next week? Woohoo!!! ...more spaces to hold your heartwords.

....I'm starting something new { one of those "just because" things y'all }.   With every shop journal update I'll also be emailing out a 10% off coupon to use on any item in the shop.   If you're already a JOY Love Tribe member you'll get the discount automatically. If you're not a JLT member yet, sign up here and get in on all the goodies!

....there's something new in the works for the journals I'll be making going forward. More info about this coming up in the next "Updates & Happenings" newsletter.

Visual Journaling #4

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choose 1-3 photos you've recently taken and imagine the story you want to tell about it.  grab your journal, a few pieces of cardstock or pages from a magazine, some paint, a glue stick, you imagination and have at it.  enjoy the process.

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close-ups.....

 

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Visual Journaling #4

 

toodles,

G

 


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Visual Journal #3

here's a short and fun visual journal video about a special day our family had last weekend.  we got keys to our new apt and even before we moved the all our furniture in we brought our dining room table "home" and invited friends over for a curry nite.  nice way to christen our home and welcome in the good vibes with family and friends.

toodles,

G


 

 

and the giveaway winner is.....

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it's been a whirlwind first week of the shop re-open.  thank you, thank you all! there are so many more ideas and designs for journals rolling around in my noggin and all will eventually be revealed but i gotta tell you, i like the beautiful simplicity of my new booklet journals.

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of course they are perfect for bullet journaling...the booklet i'm using has dot grid paper { you can request to have your booklet stitched with dot grid paper }.  my blank paper booklet i use for visual journaling paper. and even stands up to all my visual journaling.  my son said to me yesterday that he loves the idea of all of the different covered booklets and has chosen the one he wants already.

now on to the giveaway winner.  congratulations....

SHELLEY R.!!!

a whole bunch of goodies including this original piece of artwork below, the mini booklet and cool flower postcards i found, are on their way to you girl!  thank you for participating!

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i've had fun this past week and looking forward to many more days of making journals for you to write your heartwords in.

toodles.

G

daily snippet :: june 17

i'm journaling out loud for 2 reasons:1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge YOU & me to commit to something and stick with.  JOIN ME.

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2nd Ovation coffee visit in 2 days cause Cr really likes her vanilla mocha blended zaza { such a cool name for drink right? }. D and Cman walked with me as we sat and had coffee w/ J too. Off to my fave art store evah...Collage { i get to go again...wholly smokes yes! } in a few but 1st a visit to post office to mail out my 1st orders. Yay!!! Few orders trickling in since shop relaunch. Gots ppl on my side helping spread the word. Loving my peeps a whole lot right now.

On another note hadn't had bread in a while and forgot that my fave treat, almond croissant, is in bread flour form. Feeling the effects darn it. Broke my streak, now starting from day one again and belly striking back.  Much in plans today. Hope she's clear by the time we need to head to the grad party. Crossing fingers and toes cause J's father is smoking some ribs. I know Cman will devour as much as he can the pig-hog { a friendly family term we use }!

toodles,

G


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daily snippet :: june 15

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bits because these are a part of the life you live

~  jeanette leblanc  ~

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i’m journaling out loud for 2 reasons:1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you & me to commit to something and stick with.  JOIN ME.

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Today is D-day! Numero uno day of my shop re-opening. I say a quick thank you to The Universe for getting me to this point. It's go time. I'm excited.  I can see the booklets and journals are lined up on my shelf and wish for them new homes all. I fricking love these beauties. Don't know why i have a passion for making journals and books but i do.  I'm a maker at heart, i love creating beautiful things, useful things.  Having the shop reopened feels so, so good.  That's all I have...gotta get back to the business of selling. Ha!
toodles,
G

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daily snippet :: June 13

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bits because these are a part of the life you live

~  jeanette leblanc  ~

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i’m journaling out loud for 2 reasons:1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you & me to commit to something and stick with { i have issues y’all😜 }

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Spent two 5-hr sessions Sunday uploading and editing over 200 photos. Fingers are sore,  eyes are crossed { haha } and my back is long past holding me up straight. In between these self-imposed get-ready-for-launch sessions i got to play hookie with J and L and J at Collage { yum that store is! }, hung out with D and Cman at the dragon boat races then had a bit of a spy on navy ships that are in town for Fleet week & Portland Rose Festival, no tour of ships tho. Gots no time for alla that. Walked so much my feet hurt like crazy later on but had such a good day, don't think i'd trade it. 

Back to it for that 2nd session and taking more pics { saw ones I missed while editing }. In bed afterwards can feel my whole body is plain ole tired and weary. But, truth be told, I'd have it no other way. Right now I'm working for myself and there's something big inside of me that feels so good knowing that my own efforts are changing my world. Can't be better than this, right her, right now.

Cool thing is hubby is uber aware I'm on a crunch for time so he's been making sure I eat and bringing me dinner wherever I'm working ....can't wait to move into new studio space—getting keys to new apt this week. Fricking heck yes, I am totally stoked! If ma darn feet weren't hurting so much I'd be jumping for joy....right, girl get real.....who are you trin to kid!  Anyway, peace out. 

NOTE:  names i use in daily snippet will be 1st letters only.  altho this is my journal, it is a public one so i am choosing not to use any full names.

toodles,

G

 


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daily snippets :: june 11

create a practice of recording even the boring and mundane bits because these are a part of the life you live

~  jeanette leblanc  ~

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i'm journaling out loud for 2 reasons: 1. to let you see how easy it is to begin a journaling practice and 2. to challenge you to commit to writing your heartwords daily.  JOIN ME.

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[ agrh...forgot to post this  one yesterday ]

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he woke the bear this morn.   mmmmh....  granted he needed to talk ...it is finals this week so he gets a reprieve ....but still.  poor thing is upset cause he woke up too late to do more studying for his last final today.  i know he's a teen but how do i help him not be so darn negative and hard on himself.   there must be something i can do to change this way of thinking.

it's maddening that he sees glass-half-empty first so gets stuck there.   can i even help him get unstuck?   how can i make it better for him?  need to call mummy and see if she has any wise words for me.   maybe i should skype her instead so i can see for myself how she's doing.   sometimes that little rascal likes to play things down on how she's faring but just by seeing her i'll know how things are going.  yeh, 2 birds with one stone.  haha.  sneaky me.

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toodles, G

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how to use a visual journal + visual journaling #2

the shop re-opening is 1 week away!

THE SHOP IS OPEN!

i'm so excited and i'm so very nervous....and, and, and my new booklets journals ARE the star of the show.

these booklets are filled with 48 pages of 28lb paper, perfect for writing AND visual journaling and that's exactly what i wanted to show you in the next couple of weeks ...ways in which you can use them.  today i'll be doing some visual journaling.

what's a visual journal?

[bctt tweet="Visual journaling is just what it says...journaling with pictures and/or collage to tell your story. " username="kgracehowes"]

as a mixed media artist { see me working on some pages here } i still enjoy the collage process and combining it with my journaling i get to be creative in my practice and, the perfect place to do some visual journaling, is in my new booklets.

communing with nature

one of the things we as a family always like doing is visiting local state parks to walk the trails. it was such a  beautiful day with no rain in site.  i can't do much walking {complications from a foot surgery a few years ago } but when i can i'll walk until i can't.

funny how it took a bit of "persuading" on our part to get #coopthedog up on that stump for a pic but the minute we sit on a bench to snap one of us ....notice how he has no probs photobombing us.  ha!

totally loved this day and wanted to record a bit of it so here's a video of visual journaling in action in a booklet journal of course { p.s. i talk more about the paper i use for the booklets in the video}.

i've made many, many journals over the years but these simple booklets with covers that are fun and colourful make me so happy!  I hope you have fun meandering through yours as you tell you own stories in its pages.

see ya in a bit with more ways to use your booklet.

G

Shop re-Launch is JUNE 15th!

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it's the JOURNAL SHOP re-opening y'all!

i've been working like a mad woman, lol, behind the scenes stitching up some new journals i'm calling booklets { don't worry, i can still make you a custom journal }for the shop re-launch.

these simple, totally adorable and vibrantly colourful journals will be part of my new shop unveiling.  check back here in the coming weeks for cool ways to use YOUR booklets.  i'm so, so stinkin excited that i get to create books again, this time with a purpose.... to start a JOURNALing Revolution!

click below.....i dare ya, lol!

 
 

{ thanks to my friend Liz for that shoutout }

YUP...it's real people!

i want to bring people together to share themselves within the pages of a book.  to feel alive right now AND to find their JOY.  i have so many ideas on how these little booklets will unfold my hands can't stitch fast enough.  but that's is a very good thing, trust me.  why?  cause it's all for YOU silly! 🤗

the shop re-opening was announced first to my JOY Love Tribe through my newsletter.  if you have yet to join { what ya waiting for?? } sign up below to be the first in line { a virtual line of course } to get one of my new "grace journals".

in addition i've got a few surprises i'm adding to the shop plus, plus plus i'll be hosting a grand re-opening giveaway BUT { big big but here }, in order to take part in the giveaway you must first become a JLT tribe member { see, no biggie right? }. fill out the form below and let's get this party started!

but 1st, can you do me a favour please?  help me spread the word about my fantastic news { click to tweet or share this post with your friends.  and thanks! ↓

toodles y'all,

G