New Class: Coloring Made Meaningful

I’m SO excited to announce Determined to Shine’s NEW class – Coloring Made Meaningful!

The adult coloring craze has arrived around the globe, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Many of us LOVE stockpiling coloring books and playing in them while watching TV or spending time to relax. But the question remains: once you’re done – then what?

This class is all about what you do AFTER you’ve completed your coloring book pages. I’ll teach you how to transform your pages into projects that inspire you, help you connect with yourself, and bring joy to others.

Starting now: finishing up your coloring pages is just the beginning!

You’ll receive ideas and step-by-step videos showing you how to turn your coloring into:

  • Art journal and scrapbook pages
  • Cards, envelopes, and gift packaging
  • Home décor
  • Gifts

As with all Determined to Shine classes, we’ll take these projects beyond the surface and talk about why these creations can be so personally powerful.

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You’ll also get these great bonuses:

  • A curated catalog of coloring books with shopping links – I’ve scoured the web and found the best of the best AND the most unique. You’ll discover the coloring books you never knew you needed – from a tribute to Ryan Gosling to a celebration of the ‘90s.
  • A quick course in transforming a vintage book into a colorful index to help you keep track of your markers, pencils, and ink pads. There’s nothing worse than starting to color and realizing the cap doesn’t match the actual color well at all. This project has you covered.
  • A guide to the ins and outs of working with coloring books while respecting copyright laws.

Register Now

Class starts November 18 –  but you can preorder NOW. There are two options available:

Option One: Coloring Made Meaningful Preorder. Class value $59. Preorder price $24. 

  • Reserve your spot in class now. On November 18, you’ll receive an email containing your class access info. REGISTER NOW.

Option Two: Coloring Made Meaningful Preorder + Be Your Own Inspiration. Class value $188. Preorder price $78.

  • Reserve your spot in Coloring Made Meaningful AND get instant access to Be Your Own Inspiration, my super-sized online class that teaches you how to use creativity to overcome fear and create personal breakthroughs. (Note: If you’ve already signed up for Be Your Own Inspiration, you do not need to purchase this again.) REGISTER NOW.

I am so excited to share this class with you!! See you on the 18th!

Resources

Some of the products used on the samples featured on this page include:

Coloring books featured in the video include:

*Some of these links are affiliate links. Determined to Shine LLC will receive a small commission when you purchase through these links, which is used to support Determined to Shine’s free classes. This does not impact your purchase price.
**This class is not endorsed or sponsored by any of the above manufacturers or authors. All products shown were purchased by me.  When working with coloring book and digital images, it’s important that copyright laws are respected and honored. Make sure you do not reproduce book pages unless the coloring book specifically says it’s okay to do so. Otherwise, be sure to use the actual completed pages  from each physical coloring book, rather than making copies. 

Inspired by Autumn: Easy Art Journal Backgrounds with Gelli Prints

Well, it’s officially fall here in Wisconsin. I’m not going to lie, it kind of bums me out. I am SO in love with spring and summer. When fall arrives, it’s hard to treat it as anything besides “pre-winter.”

Earlier today, however, I was outside and looking around at all the colorful leaves, and for once I found inspiration instead of disdain. The landscape of yellow, orange, red, and brown captivated me. It was time to create.

Fall Gelli Print

I headed to my craft table, pulled out my Gelli plate, some acylic paint, and a few stencils, and I got to work.

Check out my video to see my creative process in action. I create several layered gelli prints at once, which are now ready and waiting for use in my beloved art journal.

I also share a bit about art journaling, a quick peek into my latest art journal, and explain why I love it so very much – there are NO rules. Art journaling is all about play. It’s about getting lost in the moment and creating just for you.

Learn More

Like what you see? Sign up for my free 30 Days of Art Journaling class to receive daily email prompts and art journal ideas. Looking for more video? Register now for Be Your Own Inspiration, my super-sized class that will take you deep into the world of art journaling and its power to bring self-discovery and emotional healing.

Recommended Products

Ready to get started? These are my favorite products for gelli printing:

2016 Pinterest Party Fall Blog Hop

This post is part of the Pinterest Party 2016 Fall Blog Hop. The Pinterest Party is a group that helps people grow their Pinterest following. Find other posts in this blog hop below:

Oct 1  How to Create a Halloween Wreath Holly Jolly Holidays
Oct 2 Easy Fall Cake Decorating Ideas Easy Cake Decorating Ideas
Oct 3 Ideas For Hosting A S’mores And Bonfire Backyard Party  Glitter ‘N’ Spice
Oct 4 BirdWatching: 5 Useful Tips to Make it Great Grammie Knows How
Oct 5 Fairy or Gnome Garden in a Pumpkin Little Blog in the Country
Oct 6 Autumn Color Birthstones: Beautiful Red, Orange and Brown Birthstones Celebrate Fall Birthstone Magic
Oct 7 Halloween Decor & Lighting  Miss Frugal Fancy Pants
Oct 8 STAY ON TRACK THIS HALLOWEEN!  Fit for God
Oct 9 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars Southern Family Fun
Oct 10 Autumn Placemats Free Crochet Pattern  Olives & Okra
Oct 11 Art Journal Backgrounds with Gelli Prints Determined to Shine  (you are here!)

Note: All product links on this page are affiliate links. I receive a small commission if you purchase products through these links. Your purchase supports the continued availability of Determined to Shine’s free and paid classes.

Gelli Print Background Techniques for Fall

Kraftin’ Kimmie Showcase & Class Sneak Peek

I’m excited to be participating in today’s Release Day Blog Hop for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps this month. This project features the new stamp set Floatin’ Fiona, released yesterday.

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This stamp set takes me to my happy place – I love the beach, the ocean, and sitting by the lake. There is nothing that calms me quite like the water.

In addition to showcasing this fabulous new stamp set, this project is also a sneak peek into Be Your Own Inspiration, our upcoming online class.

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sideviewThis project comes together super quickly and has a lot of flexible options – use it as an art journal, a scrapbook, or a combination of both.

In class, you’ll find step-by-step video instructions for creating this project, as well as tons of ideas on how to turn it into a meaningful book as you explore what matters most to you.

 

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Head on over to Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps to pick up this awesome stamp set!

And be sure to check out our class page to learn more about Be Your Own Inspiration and sign up to win a free spot in class.

Enjoy and happy crafting! 🙂



The power of a thought.

It started about six years ago. It was a very typical morning. I was getting ready for work. I’d woken up late, as usual. Why can’t I do anything right? I looked in the mirror to evaluate my appearance. My skin is gross. I hate these bags under my eyes. I’m so ugly. I couldn’t find my keys. Why am I so disorganized? I finally made it into the car and headed to work. And then I realized that in the hour I’d been awake, I’d basically done nothing but criticize myself all morning. And it’s any wonder that I ended up having a bad day.

I’m not sure when this started for me, but I know that for a lot of people – especially women – it’s not uncommon. We’re taught to believe we aren’t good enough, or beautiful enough, or perfect enough. And we take these lessons to heart, tearing ourselves down at every opportunity.

I remember thinking that I’d been raised to treat others like I’d want to be treated myself. And yet, I was treating myself far WORSE than I’d EVER treat another person. I’d never walk up to a friend – or even a stranger – and say “Wow. You look pretty disgusting today. And I bet you’re
never going to meet that deadline at work, since you’re so disorganized and stupid.” But I was saying it to myself almost every single day.

I decided that something had to change. A few years earlier, I’d heard about the concept of affirmations – repeating positive statements to yourself in order to make them true for yourself. To be honest, I thought the whole concept was a load of bunk. But I was done with beating myself up, so I decided to give it a go.

I ended up purchasing the audiobook 101 Power Thoughts by Louise Hay. I decided to play it in my car on my commute to and from work, every day. So for 30 minutes every morning and evening, I heard that I was beautiful. Powerful. Wise. Capable of making excellent choices. That I was bringing positive energy and people into my life. That I had everything I needed, and that I was safe.

The results were almost instantaneous. Within days, I felt more alive than I’d felt in years. Within a week, my husband asked what had changed – that I seemed so much happier and less stressed. After two weeks, my boss commented that I seemed to have an extra bounce in my step and commended the extra effort I’d been putting in at work.

ALL of these changes in my life came back to one thing. I’d decided to change the messages I was telling myself. I listened to that CD every day for 3 months, until thinking positively became a habit. When I found myself thinking “you’re so weak,” I’d immediately say instead “you are so strong.” “You’re so ugly” became “Woman, you’re beautiful!”

Did I always believe myself back then? Of course not. Did it feel silly telling myself how fabulous I was? Absolutely. But it worked. It made a difference.

And it still does. These days, six years later, talking positively to myself has become something of a routine. Yes, I still have days when it’s hard to feel good about who I am. I am still learning to trust myself, and I am a work in progress. But I also know it’s important to remind myself of what I have learned to be true: I am strong. I am uniquely me. I am beautiful. I am brave.

And so are you.

While I don’t need to listen to my power thoughts CD every day any longer, I love to surround myself with positive statements. Whether it’s word art on my walls or a handwritten note stuffed in my purse, keeping reminders of what is real and true about myself helps bring light into dark days. It pulls me up and out of bed and into the world.

Bookmarks
One of my very favorite things to do is create art. I started as a scrapbooker, and now consider myself a scrapbooker/mixed-media artist/painter/poet. Translation? I enjoy seeing the perfectly imperfect results when I get out the paint, paper, glue, and whatever other craft supplies strike me at the moment. (And I remember to keep the judgment on the shelf.) Last night, I sat down in my craft room and created these bookmarks as a way to share just a few of the statements that have helped me stay strong.

Do yourself a favor. Go have a peek in the mirror and take a second to let yourself know how truly fabulous you really are.