and the giveaway winner is.....


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.


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....


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!


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



and the SPECTRUM giveaway winner is...

i've had so much fun again offering this 2nd giveaway so we will wait no more.the SPECTRUM giveaway winner of a FREE spot in the workshop and a mini "grace journal" is

drumroll please......

happy face partying - giveaway winner

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congrats kryste!  if you haven't already, please send me your snail mail address so i can mail you your new mini sketchbook.

thank you...

to all of you who entered the giveaway.  i adore you and very much appreciate you visiting my blog and being a part of the JOY love tribe.  in fact i adore all JLT members { just spreading some JOY...and love to y'all }.

there's soooo much happening behind the scenes here at redbarn studios and i can't wait to reveal them to you but you gotta wait a lil teeny bit longer.  i will be sharing sneak peaks over on instagram { so go follow me } but just know, there's good things to come!

y'all know i'm a bookbinder, a journaler and a mixed media artist.  so i have a question for you.  

what would you like to see me work on for YOU?  what are your interests and needs that i can help you with ...create a course?  design a printable to help you in your daily life?  create a particular type of journal to house your heartwords?  leave a comment below or shoot me an email { use the link above } to let me know.

anyway, that's it for now.  SPECTRUM starts May 2nd.  if you haven't already signed up click this link to join us here. i'd love to see you in class.



quit playing the catch-up game for good

Playing Catch Up

what do  you do when playing catch-up is not enough?  ....when the game of catch-up looks like a big gigantic rock rolling down a hill that suddenly begins to roll back up toward you?  totally not an impossible feeling, right?  what do you do?

    stop.                   breathe.               reassess.

stop the cycle.......take time for breath.......reassess the situation.

and you know what?  this is what i'm experiencing right now { what?  i'm not supposed to reveal my struggles??? }.  as i sat at my desk last week looking at my list of tasks i still needed to complete i knew something had to change.  every week i create my to-do lists. every day i pick at least 3 tasks to work on and ,invariably, by the end of the week my list looked like this.


see all those arrows *....that's carry over.  that's me playing catch up next week....again.  so i stopped, took a much needed deep breath and push my chair back.  i was outta there.

was it escape? yes.  did i need it?  yes.  i have been on the proverbial hamster wheel long enough trying to catch up each month on activities and creating content and admin and revamping and redesigning and being present online........... and yet still find myself caught out.

don't you hate that feeling, where no matter what you do it's....

just.  not.  enough. 

and truth be told......that's where i am.  i've got a got a few things going on, not able to give my full attention to any  and yet nothing gets completed.  it's bothering me enough that i've decided to take drastic measures { sometimes you just gotta do the BIG girl panties stuff and live with it! }

so i'm going underground.  don't worry, it's just for the month of april { as you have seen already with no posts on my blog yet }.  

i've been going, going, going, plus developing, filming and editing a new course for SPECTRUM { that beautiful holistic creative course with a vibe oh-so close to my heart starts in may by the way } plus also trying to ramp up my presence online  and, before i get to that space of overwhelm and burnout i've decided to stop.  take a breath.  reassess

playing catch-up

can be a dangerous game stepping back especially if your work is mainly seen online but sometimes you need to hit the pause button and take a step back.

what i'm aiming for with this pause is calmer days, a more focused presence and being able to get all my little ducks lined up much better

{ cause i'm quite ocd like that...i like things organized darn it! }.  

my word of the year is holding space....and that's exactly what my word of the year is about ....holding space.

but not to worry, i'll pop in every once in a while to say "hey y'all!" or "i'm still here people!" but, for the most part i'll be working behind the scenes lassoing that rock and rolling it down the hill to a great landing spot.

what could you do if you could hit the reset button?

let me know in the comments below how you stop playing the catchup game?

{ update: wordpress is def playing a game with me.  was brought to my attention that you won't be able to leave a comment { bummer! } but i still want to hear from you sosend me an emailinstead and let's talk. thanks! }

toodles, G

p.s.  next week on the blog i'll have one more spot to giveaway in the SPECTRUM holistic creative workshop that starts may 2nd. Look for that post soon!

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*  to keep me on task i use a bullet journal in a midori traveler's notebook.  these days i stitch my own notebooks to use in my midori.  one of those tasks that has me going underground is that i'm stitching up new notebooks that will be added to my shop soon.

p.p.s.  want more info about the bullet journal...find out more about them here.

100 days project :: a new twist

for my 100 days, you know i have to twist things up right?  one cannot be like everyone else after all. i tell ya......i gotta be me, the only me there is.

so here goes.  i've talked before about the "art every day month" { #aedm2015 } challenge i joined in november last year.  that was a total blast!  no pressure to create.  no committing to pushing out one type of artwork.  nothing but having fun sitting in my creativity pool, dabbling, getting serious, taking 5 mins art breaks or sometimes getting lost in my art.  whatever me and my muse wanted to get up to, we did. felt so damn good.

after the month finished i knew i wanted to recreate that feeling about art,  that air of laissaez-faire* that i had somehow lost whenever i approached my art before.

*lais·sez-faire { ˌlesā ˈfer/ } noun
   - a policy or attitude of letting things take their own course, without interfering.

the #aedm2015 instagram challenge brought it all home to me.  it let me know that it was okay to take a break for art just for the sake of art.  i mean really?  is it that hard to get to my studio { a mere 2 ft away i might add, ha! } and create?  no, not at all.  but apparently i must have rescinded permission to play.  doing any art was either for classes or for work.

so what's a girl to do after feeling that good?  step into it more often of course!  over the last 2 months i thought and thought about how i could incorporate that feeling into my everyday without feeling the pressure to commit.  and that's how the "counting backwards 100 days of art" began to take shape in my mind.

my twist on the 100 days project

i knew i couldn't do 100 straight days in a row.  i'd drive myself bonkers after day 3, knowing i had 93 more to go.  ha!  but 100 sounds like such a good and solid number to strive for.  the other thing for me was i didn't want to arrive at #57 and find i was totally bored, fed up and quit right then and there, forever left that i didn't attain my goal { that's cappy brain thinking for sure }.

that's how i came up with 100 days in 366 / 2016 and counting backwards was the twist i put on it.  i get the high numbers  out of the way and end with the biggie....Number 1.  if i get 15 finished in one month and only 3 in the next that's all right by'll all leads to 100 completed works.

sweet right?

no medium or type of artwork is off limits.  i might go thru a period of time working with just one medium...but then again, i might not.  no limits.  no parameters. no deadlines each month.

with that said, here's #100of100

No.100 of 100_100daysofart

i have a class coming up { one BADASS art journal - starting Feb 1st } using alcohol inks { AI } and wanted to explore it some more went ape sh*t crazy playing with them.  i made a few others but now, from these #artplay session with AI, i came up with a series that i'll turn into a class later in the year.  oh.em.gee. how i love serendipitous moments, don't you?

ok. now that i've let you in, it's back to work for me.




How will you bring forth your creative spirit and let it shine?   Tell me in the comments section below.

#ARTPLAYeveryday    #creativeflow    #100DaysofArt

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p.s.  there's still a chance to enter the giveaway for 1 FREE spot in the SPECTRUM holistic creative workshop.  find out more about the teachers and their offerings here.

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the jig is up...time for some BADASS art!

what do the numbers 16, 14, 12 and 1 have in common?  it's all about the new class i'm teaching in!

all brought to you by our amazing mixed media artist and host, tiare smith.  this girl knows her art journaling stuff!  to learn more about each artist instructor tiare set up a blog hog and today is my turn at the helm!  i finally get to share a sneak peek of my lesson. whoop, whoop!

intrigued are you?  mmmmmmh......veddy veddy good. lol.

in this cool class, each instructor will WOW you with their creativity, ignite your passion for art and take you along on one BADASS journey through their world of art by teaching you one cool art journaling technique.

the bonus for you?  each of us gets to give away 1 { one } FREE spot in the class, so you now have 14 chances to winby visiting each of our blogs on our assigned day and following the instructions.

how can you win my FREE giveaway spot?  do at least one* { or preferably all  } of the following.....

  • leave a comment below telling me about 1 mixed media technique you'd still love to learn about or what your favourite mixed media technique is
  •  click the LIKEbutton on my facebook page{ you can share your technique there }
  • share this link  ~ ~  on your fave social media { twitter/ instagram/pinterest/etc }

*each task is equal to 1 entry, max 3 per person.  winner will be chosen by random draw and announced Jan 5th, one week from today on my facebook page.

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so c'mon......unleash you inner BADASS!  join us for this class { starts February 1st }.[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][/fusion_text]

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what if you already know you're ready to sign up? click here!

festive soul food is coming!

guess what? i'm hosting a giveaway!!!

why?  because you deserve it of course but there's another reason. i am one 9 sous chefs chosen to teach in.......


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to find our more info on the festive soul food and see who the other sous chefs check are and what they're about, check things out here { psst.....they're all a cool bunch of artists, you'll see! }

Registration begins August 1st

our head chefs also asked each sous chef to record a video to introduce ourselves.  you can watch mine here:

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Good Luck and See You in Class!

so here's the BIG plus, i get to offer one (1) spot in the class and all you have to do to win it is to enter the giveaway below and share this post on facebooktwitter or instagram and with your friends { whilst you're there go ahead and follow me }. Be sure to leave a comment below to let me know where you shared.

giveaway ends July 15th when the winner will be announced here on the blog { NOTE: I only have one spot to offer so there will only one winner for the giveaway }.

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