Surprise! Announcing 30 MORE Days of Art Journaling!


You have all been asking for this for more than a year, so I’m excited to announce that starting February 1, I will be bringing you 30 MORE Days of Art Journaling – the sequel!

This will work just like the original class, with some added bonuses:

  • Daily email with an introspective prompt and a page sample from me
  • All 30 prompts archived in online classroom for you to access at any time
  • Video tutorials for some prompts throughout the class (at least four – plus one more video added for every 50 people registered before December 4!)


The original 30 Days of Art Journaling class was (and always will be) free of charge. I’ve spoken with lots of you, who have valued the class at more than $500. While I won’t be able to offer the new sequel class for free, I am still wanting to give you a great deal! So this class will be available for just $2 a day – $60!

But when you sign up this weekend, you can enroll for 50% of that – just $1 each day for 30 MORE Days of Art Journaling! Hooray!

Plus, when you sign up by December 4, you have the chance to win one of three prizes – some awesome stamps sets and a year’s subscription to Cloth Paper Scissors magazine are up for grabs!

I am beyond excited to be bringing this to you!


Personalized Handmade Journals: Black Friday Day Three

Our final Determined to Shine Black Friday offer is here!

By HUGE demand, I have decided to offer customized, handmade junk journals for a VERY limited time. Here are the details:

  • 6″x9″ disc-bound junk journal with plastic protective covers (size does not include discs)
  • Journals are approximately 1.5″- 2″ thick
  • All pages/inserts chosen for YOU based on YOUR favorite colors, designs, and brands
  • Survey for personalization options will be emailed within 48 hours of purchase.
  • Journals will be shipped by December 18, in time for holiday delivery within the United States.(If you need holiday delivery and are in Canada, this can be arranged. Please contact me after placing your order.)
  • $60 + $5 shipping. USA and Canada only.
  • Limited quantity available.

Here’s our Fall Retreat sneak peek video where you can see another journals and learn more about how they are customized (info about the journals starts around the 1:25 mark.)

Here’s a walkthrough of my personal journal, with a few embellished pages:

Order your journal now – LIMITED SUPPLY AVAILABLE. This is a great holiday gift for you or someone you love!

Unleash Your Joy Virtual Retreat: Black Friday Sale Day One

Okay, so Black Friday is a week away. But I’m home with the stomach flu, so I decided to start the party early! I’ll have a few consecutive days of deals – all of which are BRAND NEW offerings!

We’re kicking things off in style with the first-ever Determined to Shine Virtual Retreat!

January 13, 2018
10am-5pm US Central Time (will be recorded – you do NOT need to attend live in order to participate)
Held via Zoom videoconferencing

Our virtual retreat will be a mini version of our fall live retreat, Unleash Your Joy! Here’s what to expect:

  • Discover 17 specific, practical ways to increase the joy in your life.
  • Live online retreat focused on unleashing your joy – we’ll talk about what kills our joy, how to conquer those things, and how to lift ourselves out of bad moods in minutes
  • Use art journaling, guided imagery, and creative techniques to dive deep into discovering your joy, manifesting your dreams, and finding your life purpose.
  • Start a Negativity DetoxTM
  • A full day of live interaction via Zoom videoconferencing – the chance to ask questions, share with others, and participate in a real community. You can join via video or audio-only.
  • The retreat day will include time for both learning and creating together in real time!
  • Pre-retreat video workshop to help you create your own Book Of Joy Art Journal to use during the live retreat
  • Downloadable workbook featuring 17 specific joy-boosting techniques
  • Retreat is recorded and you will have lifetime access to those recordings if you cannot attend live or want to revisit the event at a later time

Retreat price: $119
Black Friday Sale Price: $69 (SAVE $50!)

**Every Black Friday deal is a brand new offering. More details and video announcements will follow. However, the Black Friday price is the BEST price that will be offered, and it’s your reward for taking the plunge and diving into an exciting new offering!**

Moving Beyond Perfection

Meet Sandi.

She discovered her first Determined to Shine class in August 2016 – and has taken every single one of them since then!

Before finding Determined to Shine, Sandi didn’t like to draw and would criticize herself relentlessly if she made a mistake while creating art.

Now, everything is different. Here’s her story:

“I have always enjoyed art, and was often told that I was a good artist, but I never really believed it. I had a LOT of trauma and abuse in my youth, which trashed my self esteem. My high school art teacher told me I was not a good artist. I became a person who would constantly criticize and doubt myself, making it so I did not enjoy drawing.

Determined to Shine has helped me use my art to process what I have experienced in my life, both the good and the bad.

It helped me separate what happened TO me from who I AM, and it has brought more joy into my life. Allyson provided some artistic strategies that help me work through those times where I get stuck in my head or get overly critical or negative about myself or my art. I always know that I have things in place to pick up and use or create to help bring me back to my authentic, happy self.

I’ve learned to stop drawing for the approval of others. I started enjoying the process as much as the final product. I realized that by relaxing and enjoying the process, I usually liked the final product much more. I also realized that when I relax and enjoy the journey, I often learn something about myself or find solutions to problems or issues in my life. The 30 Days of Journaling class was such a beautiful artistic process. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I have repeated the class three times! Each time, I have been able to process different issues in my life, diving deeper into the core of who I really am. I love the transition my art has made with this class – and for the first time, I am actually proud of it!

I learned that I don’t need to change who I am or what I enjoy to please those around me. All that I HAVE to do is be my most authentic self! What others think of me is none of my business – I DO NOT have to spend my life trying to please others. I am not in charge of their feelings. I also learned that it is worth investing in myself, because in doing so, the return on my investment is priceless!!

It’s really hard to choose, but I think my Vision Book from the Envision class is my favorite Determined to Shine class project so far. I have found that having my dreams and goals in a book right at my fingertips has been amazing! I can easily add steps or ideas that come up along the way, and it also gives me a place to document my successes as for positive reinforcement. It covers so many aspects of my life, from health to work to art. I love that you can set up your Envision book to have any sections that you wish, that are relevant to you and your own needs and wants.


Signing up for personalized coaching with Allyson was a big investment for me. It was the first time I invested this much in myself, but I am so glad I did! Before Determined to Shine, I never would have invested money on myself in this way. It’s amazing – I will pay to go to the doctor, I will pay for the vitamins and medicines that I “need,” but I would never before have put money into making me a happier, freer person!! And I am SO glad I did!!

I find I am truly happier and more relaxed within my own skin. I know that probably sounds cliché, but I have always spent too much time worrying about how others felt about me and trying to please them.

Life is all about mistakes – about accepting, moving on, and adjusting! Before Determined to Shine, if things weren’t perfect, or I made a small mistake, I would trash it and start over. Now, I move on and look forward to seeing what I create!

Ready for YOUR transformation?
One spot remains in the Soul Investment Program – your golden ticket to EVERYTHING Determined to Shine offers in 2018. A 20% savings offer is available today only, so don’t miss your only chance to work one-on-one with Allyson in the coming year. Learn more here. Questions about the program? Email to set up a quick call with Allyson to discuss if the program is right for you.

Sandi’s story and artwork are used with her permission. Each week, Determined to Shine will be featuring a new student story. Interested in being featured? Email with the subject line “Featured Student.”