Inspired Book Series: Prompt 2

Inspiration Book Series

Want to feel more inspired and creative every day?

Want to find your inspiration?

My new free Inspiration Book Series will help you!

Each week get a creatively inspiring prompt right here on my website.  Do the prompt in your Inspiration book and feel more inspired!

Get all of the prompts here:  Inspiration Book Series

Prompt 2:  I Feel Happiest When . . .

Video:

Inspiration Book Series Prompt 2

Steps:

  • Use the prompt “I’m happiest when __________” and fill in the blank.
  • Respond in any way you like.  I used photos and a list or you can use just a list, make a collage, draw or anything you think of!

Inspiration Book Series Prompt 2

Inspiration Book Series Prompt 2

Reflection:

How can you bring more of these things into your life?


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Inspiration Book Series: Prompt 1

Inspiration Book Series

Want to feel more inspired and creative every day?

Want to find your inspiration?

My new free Inspiration Book Series will help you!

Each week get a creatively inspiring prompt right here on my website.  Do the prompt in your Inspiration book and feel more inspired!

(For an introduction to the Inspiration Book Series, click here.)

Prompt #1:  Color Collage

Watch the video:

Inspiration Book Series Prompt 1

Prompt 1 is all about color.

Steps:

  • Go through old magazines and pull out pictures where you are really attracted to the colors.  (There’s a tip for finding old magazines in the Inspiration Book Series Introduction.)
  • If you like it, cut it out even if it’s colors that you normally aren’t attracted to.
  • Make a collage in your Inspiration Book
  • Look at your collage.  Is there anything interesting or revealing?

Collage:

  • Just cut out the pictures or even pieces of pictures that you like the best.  Remember, we’re just thinking about color here, so the actual picture doesn’t necessarily matter, but just the colors in it.
  • Glue down the pictures in your Inspiration Book using a glue stick.
  • You can arrange things first before you glue them down or just go for it.
  • I want to remind you to let go of perfection.  This book is for you.  The most important thing is to make your Inspiration Book and use it.  (Sometimes perfection can be a great procrastination tool!)

Inspiration Book Series Prompt 1

Reflection:

Are there any surprises in your color choices?

Or maybe this just reinforced what you already know to be your favorite colors.

Any colors that are used together in ways that you hadn’t tried before?

I don’t normally love the color yellow, but yellow showed up a lot in my color collage.  So I’m going to think about yellow when I’m choosing colors for my jewelry designs in the future. I also love how the light pink and yellow look together, so I’ll try that combination in the future as well.

You may want to write down your findings in your Inspiration Book.

Inspiration Book Series Prompt 1


I use my Inspiration Book to help inspire my creativity in jewelry making.  If you want to learn how to make wire wrapped jewelry, get my Free Intro to Wire Wrapping eCourse.  You’ll learn everything you need to know to start making wire jewelry and you’ll even get a few simple jewelry projects!

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Inspiration Book Series: Introduction

 

Inspiration Book Series

Want to feel more inspired every day?

Want to find your inspiration?

My new free Inspiration Book Series will help you!

Each week get a creatively inspiring prompt right here on my website.  Do the prompt in your Inspiration book and feel more inspired!

Here’s a video to explain the Inspiration Book:

Journals

What you need now:

  • A sketch book, journal or notebook of any kind!
  • Your favorite pen(s).

Writing implements

Additional supplies we’ll use:

  • Markers, crayons, watercolors or colored pencils (whatever your favorite is!  You don’t need anything new. Just use what you already have.)
  • Old magazines – some of the prompts will involve making collages from magazines.  If you don’t subscribe to any (or you don’t want to cut them up!) then:
    • Check your local library.  My library has shelves of their free old magazines that you can just take.
    • Ask your friends or neighbors to save their old magazines for you.
    • Ask at offices you visit if they’re getting rid of their old magazines.
    • Note:  you won’t need a ton of magazines. It’s just good to think about ahead of time.
  • Camera or phone with camera – this is really optional, but I love photos in my Inspiration Book.

Let go of perfection:

I want you to use your book, so don’t worry about getting things perfect.  Stick anything in there that inspires you:  drawings, things you clip out from magazines, photos that you take of things that inspire you, favorite quotes, ideas, jewelry sketches.  Get it in your Inspiration Book for future reference!

So even though I’ll be providing weekly prompts, please use your Inspiration Book to add anything that inspires you every day.

I mention in the video that I’m using a smaller journal for my Inspiration Book so I can carry it with me.  When something catches your attention, put it in your Inspiration Book right away.  Don’t worry about making a beautiful page.  That’s not what the Inspiration Book is about.  The Inspiration Book is to capture inspiration and ideas.

(If you want to make a beautiful page then you can do that.  Just make sure to capture your idea or inspiration right away so you don’t lose it first.)

Coming up next:

Get ready!  We start next week.  Find a journal to use and maybe gather up a few supplies so you’re ready.

Creating Sacred Space for Creative Inspiration

Sacred Places

Today I wanted to talk about creating your own sacred space in order to do your creative work.

First, let’s define what a sacred space is:

A sacred space is a dedicated space to do whatever it is you choose to do there.  It could be religious, but it doesn’t have to be.  In this case I’m talking about a dedicated space to do your creative work.

You can create a sacred space in your home where you do your creative work or it may be a place you find out in park or out in nature where you can get away from the other demands of your time and be able to think.

I have two separate places: one where I go to recharge and get inspired and one where I actually do the work.

Recharge and Get Inspired:

I discovered a beautiful little spot in nature that I can walk to that has a big rock to sit on, a creek flowing by and a lots of trees.  It’s also not too far off a trail, so I still feel safe, which is important.

I am inspired by nature and especially by water, so it calms me and gives me time to think.  Sometimes I have a notebook with me; sometimes I don’t. Just the act of being in the space recharges me.

And furthermore, it’s a bit of a walk to get there, so the act of walking, I think, is also great for my creativity.

Do you have a place you like to go to recharge and get inspired?

If not you can find one.  Start by taking walks and discovering the landscape around you.  You’ll find a spot eventually.  I feel a sense of peace and calm when I’m there.

Doing the Work:

Where I actually do my creative work is in my home.

I live in a small space (by choice!)  So I no longer have a dedicated craft space.  I did have a big area in my previous home that not only included a studio with tons of storage, but also another room with even more storage.  I missed it when we first moved, but now I’m so grateful.  I have cleared out a significant amount of crafting supplies.  Since we have less room I can’t keep tons of stuff “just in case I ever need it.”

It’s changed my creativity in wonderful ways.  I have to get creative with less stuff.  And frankly, I had way too many supplies anyway. Now I focus on the top 4 or so creative activities that I really love.  And I can focus on mastering them.  (See the 4 Phases of Developing Creativity.)

I do have a dedicated space for my office and a shelf for my supplies.  Plus I have this awesome work table/storage cabinet on wheels that I do all of my creative work on. The side comes out to form a nice large work table and goes back down and I can roll it into a corner and out of the way and it just looks like a piece of furniture.

It also stores all of my most used supplies for art journaling so whenever the inspiration hits I can just start.

Your sacred space does not have to be an entire room in your home.  You don’t need to build a studio.  If you can do that or do have that, that’s great, too!  You just don’t need it.

Don’t let not having a dedicated space stop you from doing creative work!  You can create a sacred space in other ways.

How to create your own sacred spaces:

Finding an inspirational sacred space:

As I mentioned before, to find an inspirational spot I highly recommend walking.  Go for walks around your neighborhood and see what you find.  If you can’t walk for long distances, that’s fine.  Go for short walks.

Are there hiking trails nearby?  Perfect.  If not, just explore where you are.

Alternatively, you can drive to a park and explore there if it’s too far to walk to.  Is there a tree that’s particularly calming to you that you can sit under?  Maybe there’s a spot by a creek where you can sit.

Doing the work:

If you have a room that’s dedicated to your creativity, that’s great!  Make it as inspiring as possible.  Make sure everything that you use most often is right in your reach.

If you don’t have a dedicated room, there are lots of things you can do to create a sacred space.

As I mentioned, I have a mobile work space that opens up and closes so I can put it away.

I highly recommend finding something like this.  It is sacred because it’s only mine and it’s only for my creative activities.  Even when it’s closed and stored, nothing goes on it.  My husband does not put anything in or on it either.  It’s 100 percent mine and 100 percent for my creative work.

(By the way, I got my little cabinet/work table at a thrift store, so I don’t really know where to tell you find something like I have.  It was the best $9.00 I ever spent!)

If you can’t find a mobile workstation or don’t want to purchase anything right now, think about what you have that you can use.  Before I had my workstation, I simply pulled out a folding table to work on.  When I was done I put everything away and folded the table back up and put it out of the way.

I have a shelf that holds my supplies, but if I didn’t have that I would find a cute baskets or boxes to hold my supplies.  I’d put my most used supplies and tools in one basket that I could grab easily.

Other Ways to Make a Sacred Environment:

If you don’t have the room, instead of thinking of it as a sacred space, think of it as sacred time.  You’re doing your creative work and nothing else can come into the time that you’ve dedicated to it.

You can choose a time each day that is your sacred creative time and let your family know.  Maybe it’s first thing in the morning or perhaps it’s right after dinner.

You could choose some inspiring music to play while you’re creating or any music that you like.

I like to light a candle with a favorite scent when I’m doing creative work.

Anything that signals to yourself (and perhaps to people you live with) that this is your sacred creative time.

I hope that helps you find an inspiration space and a sacred space for your creative work.

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Inspiration: Rain

Inspiration - Rain

One of my biggest inspirations (as I’ve often talked about here on the blog) is nature.  Recently I took my daily walk in the rain and took some photos and this video.

If you need some relaxation or inspiration from rain, I hope this helps you!

Inspiration:  Rain

Inspiration:  Rain

Inspiration:  Rain

I hope that your days are mostly sunny, but even if you do have rain, I hope that you can use it as inspiration.

Warmly,

Kim