5 Day Creativity Challenge Wrap Up

5 Day Creativity Challenge

So how did you do this week on the creativity challenge?

I know that some of you were very successful and some of you emailed me to tell me you were having trouble getting started.

But that’s the whole point of it really, the getting started.

It doesn’t particularly even matter what you do as long as it’s something that makes you feel creative.

Here are a few things I worked on during the creativity challenge:

Rose Bangle Bracelet

A new bangle bracelet for myself.


This bracelet that seemed like a good idea – but it’s not particularly working out when I’m wearing it – so I will be working on the design more.

And the other days I worked on my wedding scrapbook.


I think this has had the biggest impact for me.  I had started this scrapbook over 2 years ago.  I got married May 19, 2012.  I love scrapbooking, but I haven’t done it regularly for many years.  I knew I wanted to make an actual physical scrapbook for my wedding.

(Truth be told, I also want to do a digital version that I can have made into a book as well….but one step at a time.)

With the scrapbooking I am now motivated to continue working on this book and complete it!  I’m excited, energized and enthusiastic about it!

So for me this 5 Day Creativity Challenge has been a big success!

Other people shared that they were knitting, doing digital art, painting their nails, making jewelry, writing, among other things.

Here’s the final video:

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Creativity Challenge Begins!

5 Day Creativity Challenge

Today is Day 1 of the Creatively Challenge!  Yay!

What is the Creativity Challenge?

Well, there has been a couple of questions, so I’ll just clear them up right here.

Just do something creative for 15 minutes daily for the next 5 days.

That’s it really!

You can do whatever you like.  You can make jewelry, you can write, you can paint, you can take photos, you can write a song, etc.  Anything at all.  Just make a conscious effort to carve out 15 minutes in your day to do it.

Where does it take place?

Wherever you are!  🙂

I’ll have a post on my Facebook page each morning where you can check in.  You can comment with “done” or what you did or even better yet a photo of what you’re doing!

I know some of you don’t have Facebook, and that’s fine.  You can do the challenge without checking in.

Do I have to do every day?

Nope, do whatever feels right to you.  I challenge you to make an effort to do something creative every day for the next 5 days, but if you can’t pull it off, don’t beat yourself up about it.

There’s no winners or losers in this challenge.  Just a group of people trying to be more creative each day.

Can I only do 15 minutes?

Of course not!  If you feel like you want to keep going, please do!

This is a free flowing and low key creativity-a-long!  I’m providing a place for you to check in to keep you motivated and focused, but use it how you feel it best suits you!

To get started, I invite you to like my Facebook page so you will see my check in post.

When you complete your 15 minutes of creativity, come to the page and comment on the daily post.

Have fun! Pile of Beads Ready to be made into jewelry.

To get the most out of the challenge:

  • It might help you to have a general idea of what you might work on so that you are ready each day and don’t have any extra excuses.  So for example, you might want to work on a new necklace this week or maybe you will be knitting or maybe you want to make a painting.
  • Get the supplies you’ll need together in one spot you can access easily so when you have 15 minutes you can just grab them and start working.  So, if you are making a necklace you may want to gather the beads you’ll need, the tools, wire, etc.  If you want to scrapbook maybe gather up the photos, papers, adhesives and embellishments you would use.
  • Try to think about the time that would best work for your creativity time.  Is it easier for you to get up 15 minutes earlier or set aside time after dinner or maybe after the kids are in bed.  If you schedule it in now, you’ll be more likely to do it.  (If you’re not the scheduling type, you don’t have to set a time like 8:00 p.m. I will start.  Just think more like “after dinner” or something similar.)
  • Even though I’ve told you to plan it out, be flexible.  Things do come up.  That’s why I’m having this challenge in the first place.  But try to make this a priority just for these next 5 days in your life.

If you don’t have time:

Yep, I get it!  See that last bullet point there?  That’s why we’re doing this.  We’re just committing to the next 5 days.  Think of where you might waste 15 minutes of time in your day or where you might recapture it.  Maybe it’s TV, Facebook or maybe you just need to stay up a bit later or get up a bit earlier.  Most likely you do have 15 minutes somewhere.

If you truly don’t have time I want you to think if creativity is really a priority for you.  If it’s not, it’s fine.  But if it is you may just need to re-prioritize things or delegate or loosen up your normal routine.  You may find a better routine.  Or you might just go back to your normal routine after these 5 days.

Have any fears around creativity?  Check out this post on transforming creative fears to help.

Are you ready?!?

Go do something creative for 15 minutes and then check in at the Facebook check in post!  See you there!

5 Day Creativity Challenge

5 Day Creativity Challenge

This summer my routine has been way off.  I guess that’s part of summer – maybe even one of the best parts of summer.

But my creative practice has been way off.  I haven’t been creating every day like I want to.

So I’m challenging myself next week to be creative for at least 15 minutes every day for 5 days.  I’m hoping that I spend more than 15 minutes per day and that it continues on after the 5 days, but I’m committing to only 15 minutes per day for 5 days.

And I would love for you to join me.  I’ll check in on Facebook every day and then we can all have some accountability and share what we’re doing.

The details:

Commit to doing a creative activity for 15 minutes each day from August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014.  I’ll be doing my creative activity first thing in the morning so I know I have time.

To join in:

  • Like my Facebook page (that’s where we’ll be checking in at!)
  • Commit to any creative activity for 15 minutes a day from Monday, August 11th through Friday August 15th.
  • Do your creative activity each day.
  • Come and check in on Facebook on that day’s check in post.  You can just comment that you’re done or tell us what you did or even better yet, share a photo of what you did!

That’s it!  At the end of the 5 days I hope to be in a routine where I take at least 15 minutes a day to be creative!

You can do absolutely any creative thing that you want.  You can write, doodle, paint, sew, embroider, scapbook, collage, knit, make jewelry or absolutely anything other creative thing you can think of.

I suggest making at least a loose sort of plan so you can make sure that you have everything you need so you have no excuses next week!

I’m planning on scrapbooking mostly.  (I’m kind of sad to say that I still haven’t finished my wedding scrapbook and I’ve been married 2 and half years!  I’m hoping this is the kick in the pants I need to complete it!)

I’m sure that I might add in jewelry making in there as well!  Like I said, it’s a loose plan, you don’t have to plan out every single day.  Just make sure you have whatever supplies you could want readily available.

I also think it would be a good idea to sort of gather up what you need in one space.  If you don’t have a dedicated worktable or studio, maybe just get everything together in a basket or a bin so it’s easily to access.  (I have all my photos ready, papers ready and I’m already starting to come up with some great ideas for my scrapbooking!)

So get ready and make sure to check in over on my Facebook page on Monday, August 11th!

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Ombre is all the rage! I love the look of one color fading into another into another . . .

If you love it, too, this is a quick and easy bracelet.

Ombre Bracelet


Materials and Tools:

  • Seed beads in 3 different shades.  I used a dark green, a light green and clear.  You could use more colors if you wanted to, but just adjust the amount of beads so they’re even.
  • Beading wire.
  • A small amount of chain (perfect for using leftover chain, which is what I did.)
  • 12 4mm jump rings
  • 4 7mm jump rings
  • Crimp beads (I used 24)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Step #1

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Measure across the top of your wrist (the chain will be about half the length around your wrist) and add a few extra inches so you have room to work and cut the beading wire.

I cut about about 7 1/2″ total.

Cut 3 pieces.

Step #2

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Grab a 4mm jump ring.  Make sure that it’s closed securely.  This would also be a good time to use soldered jump rings instead.  These jump rings do not need to be opened again.

Step #3

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial


Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Put the beading wire around the jump ring.  Add a crimp bead, a bead and another crimp bead.  (I always use 2 crimp beads.)  Close the crimp beads securely.

Step #4

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Add the darkest color.  When you’re adding the beads, thread the beads over the end of the other wire, too.  I used 20 seed beads, but you may need to adjust that number based on how long your wire is.

Step #5

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Add the middle color.  Again, I used about 20 beads here.

Step #6

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Add the lightest color.  For this, I used 15 beads, but my clear beads were a little bit larger than my green beads.

Step #7

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Follow step #3 for the other side.

Step #8

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Trim off the excess wire.

Step #9

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial


Make 3 identical beaded strands.

Step #10

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial


Open a 7 mm jump ring, add the jump rings at one end of the 3 strands and close the jump ring.

Step #11

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial


Braid the 3 strands.  I did this relatively loosely.

Step #12

Open a 7 mm jump ring and add the other ends of the 3 strands jump rings.

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial


Cut chain in the length to go across the rest of your wrist to complete the bracelet.  Cut in half.  Then add one half to the 7 mm jump ring and close.

Open the 7 mm jump ring on the other end, add the chain and close.

Step #13

Add a clasp and you’re done!

Ombre Bracelet Tutorial


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Hoop Earrings Tutorial (Also Junk Earrings!)

Junk Earrings Tutorial

Hoop Earrings Tutorial

In Wire Wrapping For Beginners, I have a pair of earrings that are Hoops with a Dangle.  In it, you could use pre-made hoops.

But, as you’re about to see, it’s really not difficult to make your own hoops!

Hoop Earrings TutorialHoop Earrings Tutorial

+ Bonus Junk Earrings Tutorial!

Hoop Earrings TutorialTools and Materials:

  • Round, 20 gauge wire.
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Bend nose (or you can use your needle nose) pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Ring mandrel
  • Jewelry hammer
  • Metal block or anvil on which to hammer

A quick lesson about wire cutters:

Wire cutters typically have 2 sides that cut in two different ways.

Wire cuttersThis side makes a pinch cut.

Wire cuttersThis side makes a flush cut.

The side that is toward the wire that you are keeping or using in the design is the side I’m talking about here.

Wire cuttersSo, in the photo, the LEFT side would have the flush cut and the RIGHT side would have the pinched cut.

We want to start with a flush cut almost always when we’re starting a project.  So it’s always a good idea to trim the end off with a flush cut.

Step #1

Hoop Earrings TutorialCut 2 pieces of wire about 3 1/2″.  Make sure to flush cut each side.

Make sure the 2 pieces of wire are the same length.  It matters less what the actual length is than that they are the same.

Step #2

Hoop Earrings Tutorial

Hoop Earrings TutorialUsing round nose pliers, make a loop in one side of each wire.

Step #3

Hoop Earrings Tutorial Hoop Earrings TutorialStraighten the loops so they’re centered on the wire.

Step #4

Hoop Earrings TutorialLightly hammer each loop (and only the loop.)

Step #5

Hoop Earrings Tutorial

Hoop Earrings TutorialWrap around your ring mandrel to give the hoop it’s hoop shape!

See how the end of the wire just meets up withe loop.

Step #6

Hammer the hoop.  Put the loop over the edge so not to damage it and hammer, leaving about 1/4″ – 1/2″ unhammered at the ends.

If you don’t have supplies for hammering, it’s okay.  Hammering helps the hoops keep their shape.  If you don’t, you’ll just have to be extra careful with your earrings.

Step #7

Hoop Earrings TutorialHoop Earrings TutorialUse your pliers to bend back a tiny part of the wire to make a “catch” that will hook into the loop.  This bent up part will be about 1/8 of an inch.

Step #8

Hoop Earrings Tutorial Hook the earrings and put them back on the ring mandrel.  I like to push as far as I can because it will stretch the wire a little and make a more perfect circle.  Be careful, though, and don’t let the earring come unlatched.  If you push it down too far and the latch comes unhooked, you will mess up the shape of your hoops.

Step #9

Hoop Earrings TutorialYou could wear these hoops just as is, or

Hoop Earrings TutorialAdd a bead dangle or charm to them.


Make Junk Earrings!

I actually had a customer tell me about these when they saw my hoop earrings with hardware on them.  She told me she had been to France and these “junk” earrings (or she might have called them garbage earrings or trash earrings or something else) were all the rage.  Basically, just put trash on a hoop and wear them.

I didn’t actually see these earrings, but I decided to come up with my own version based upon what she told me.

Step #10

Junk EarringsGo through your recycling bin and find plastic containers.  I have a combination of shampoo/conditioner and other bottles and toothpaste tubes here.  Plus washers.

You’ll need strong scissors for the plastic bottles.  Cut them into whatever shapes you like.

Step #11

Junk Earrings TutorialUse an awl to punch holes in the plastic pieces.

Step #12

Junk Earrings TutorialThen just slide on your pieces in any order or way you like!

Junk Earrings TutorialOther ideas for what you could put on your junk earrings:

  • Buttons
  • Tabs from soda cans
  • Paper – I would treat it to withstand the weather, though.
  • Gun wrappers
  • Washers
  • Rubber bands
  • Ties from bread loafs
  • Anything else you can think of!

Just remember that you’ll be wearing them on your ears, so don’t make them too heavy or they could pull at your ears, or worse, rip your earring holes!


Wire Wrapping for Beginners

The hoop tutorial is in Wire Wrapping for Beginners along with 9 other earring tutorials plus bracelet, necklace and wire wrapped rings tutorials.

Find out more and purchase hereWire Wrapping For Beginners.