Life is an EXPERIMENT …

In keeping with my goal of providing FREE printables for you to use in your creative endeavors, planning or as little encouragers to give to others (as I do with my monthly mailers)…I have designed this card for the month of August.

I had a lot of fun painting the original piece.   If you have followed me and my journey for any amount of time, you have learned that I LOVE creating art, especially mixed media using recycled materials.

This image is not exception.  I have been obssessed with saving junk mail envelopes to repurpose in my art projects.

I recently grabbed a larger envelope that had been delivered to my mailbox containing advertising specialty items.  And spent a relaxing evening plopping paint all over the ourtside of it.

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Then, I uploaded the artwork to the computer to continue creating digitally.  By the time I had finished, I had created several elements to use as a digital kit for a junk journal class I am teaching.

Painty Book

This is a page from the inside of the book.  The cover was created using the large painted envelope cut down to a 6″x9″ size. The pages inside were made from paper I had left over from previous projects, and recycled materials, as well as the digital elements I created on the computer from the painted envelope.  The above photo shows a page in the junk journal that showcases some of the repurposed items, (scrapbook paper, old book page, clothing tag, and painted art).

I have challenged myself to find multiple uses for the art I created.  As ususal, I used the art for my monthly birthday card mailers and then sat down to work on more digital items to include in the kit I am designing for another upcoming class.

The resulting image is a 3″x4″ journal card you can download for personal use.

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In addition to printing as a journal card, the image can be resized and printed as postcards (I PRINT 4 TO A PAGE AND SET THE PRINTER TO FULL BLEED).

I would love to see what you are making…and how you incorporate this design in your art, creative spaces or planning.  Please tag me on social media an show me how you are using it.  I can be found online at:

 

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Ancestry Organization

If you have followed me here or on any of my social media platforms for any amount of time, you have learned that I enjoy researching my family genealogy.  For the past year and a half, I have worked towards a system of organizing my research that marries my love of mixed media and traveler’s notebooks.

There is no ONE way to organize your genealogy research as each system is as unique as the person (and their family) compiling it.  Whether you choose to keep your records in a digital database (i.e. Ancestry or Family Search) or in a paper file, there are a few fundamentals that will help you collect information.

Start with your parents and grandparents, while they are living.  The obvious information to record is

  • name;
  • birthdate and location;
  • parents names;
  • spouse and children

Using a notebook or my Family Record Booklet, identify what you already know about your family.  Be sure to capture the family stories that could die with them.  

Once you have interviewed your closest living relatives, you will need to decide what information you do not have and you want to learn about your ancestors. 

Using forms provided by your digital genealogy database or my Ancestor Research Booklet, select an ancestor to learn about and begin organizing your records.

Decide what you want to learn.  Begin with ONE question?  Trust me when I say, without a clearly defined search objective, you could climb up and down your family tree looking (and finding) information and be left with a pile of paperwork that can leave you frustrated and with more questions than you started with.  What do you want to find?

Once you have identified what you want to look for, identify why do you want/need to know this information?  Having the answers to these two questions will help you in your search.  Often while looking for the answer to your the first question you will discover new questions to ask.  Write them down.  Create a list of research questions.  Do not get distracted with the new questions…again, trust me on this point.  Your ancestors are not going anywhere.  Once you have answered the first question, you can look for information to answer the next, and next…you are bound to discover lots of questions to ask in your research.  

Finally, prepare a research log.  Knowing where you have previously looked for information will save you untold hours and headaches. 

Are you new to researching your family history or have you been tracking down clues for years?  How do you organize your material?  I would love to know how you organize your research.  Find me on FaceBook and Instagram and share your tips and photos with the hashtag #TheOrganizedMiss

 

 

 

Morning Routine|Free Printable

“Behind every impossible achievement is a dreamer of impossible dreams.” -Robert K. Greenleaf

“Your brain has the ability to change and develop physiologically, and it does so based on how you use it. You have the ability to strengthen and develop your brain by thinking about a compelling future for yourself, by regularly and repeatedly thinking about an inspiring vision where you emotionally connect with the life you desire. You can train your brain to act on your vision just by thinking about it. The first step is creating an inspiring vision and learning how to stay connected with it.” – from 12 Week Year

For me, training my brain to act on my vision is found in the routines.  We are creatures of habit and as Henry Ford is quoted as saying, “whether you think you can or you can’t you’re right.” 

What you think about – you bring about!  

This happens whether you are being intentional with your thoughts and actions, as with following a morning routine, for example.  Or whether you are unintentional with your thoughts and actions, which by the way turn in to habits…

the habit of sleeping in because you can … 

the habit of taking a shower whenever you think about it … 

the habit of sitting on the couch all day, because “Why not? I have no where to go.”… 

the habit of self-imposed isolation which can and does, lead to depression.

For the 31 Days of Planner Fun Challenge, I am sharing my morning routine with you here along with a free printable you can use in your planner to help you get started with creating your own morning routine.  Or if you already have one, perhaps this can help you keep it front and center whether you actually place it in your planner or hang it on your wall next to your bed so you see it each morning (I may or may not do this) 🙂 

I find scheduling my morning routine into my planner helps me stay accountable to myself, my vision.  The truth is, whether you have a morning routine or not, your body and life will show it.  Having a routine will help your brain TRUST that you will take care of it…this goes for other routines as well, evening and sleep routines, work routines, family obligations and chore routines, the list can go on and on.  

When your brain trusts you, it is free to turn off the “flight or fight” survival mode and focus on strengthening and growing in the areas you are being intentional about. Your vision and goals become a reality when you are less stressed or have an effective routine for dealing with stress.  

A morning routine can help to start the day in an optimal state.  I focus my routine on three areas of my life, Being, Body, Brain.  Actually, all of my planning and routines revolve around these three categories.  

When I am consistent with my routine, I am more alert, engaged, productive and able to handle the stressors of life.  Because let’s face it, stress happens but how we respond to stress determines the outcome.  

Download your FREE PRINTABLE here and tag me on social media with how you are implementing it.  

Join me this month for all things planner related, OneBookJuly2018 and 31 Days of Planner Fun on social media at:

Facebook and Instagram as @theorganizedmiss

YouTube @Deanna – The Organized Miss and check out

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It’s time for One Book July !!

HIP HIP HOORAY!!  If you are not cheering along, it may be because you have no idea what I am talking about…Read this history of One Book July that will get you up to speed with this year.

Allow me to be the first, or the first of many, to welcome and introduce you to this wonderful, one month experiment that will help you organize, categorize, calendarize and all around improve productivity!
 
I will be sharing my journey, using a #bilateralplanning approach, along the way.

Whether you are already well ensconced in a system that works for you, or your system is made up of a thousand pieces of paper and post it notes, I believe One Book July will teach you something new about yourself and your planning routine!

I am excited to see what I learn through the experiement of One Book July this year!

Are you planning on participating?  Please find me on social media and tag me, I would love to see what you are doing!

Journal/Postcards | Free Printable

Every month, I like to sit down and design a new postcard image to use for the Birthday Card Ministry at my church.

The current image I am working on utilizes the “junk journal” style of art, which happens to be my favorite form of art, right now.  I recently created a couple of journal cards to use in tuck spots in my junk journal and quickly realized I would like to use them as postcards.

I used some older digital printables I had lying around in a stack of paper as the background pieces.  I added bits of ephemera that I had cut out of recycled magazines, old sheet music and even packaging from my butter!  Nothing is off limits when creating junk journal art.  And let’s not forget the textiles, here I added bits of burlap and a doily.  Of course not all items are junk, some are simply being repurposed from their original use.

After creating the little cards, I upload them to my computer and modified the size and add any digital artwork before printing them out.

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Finally, I decide on making each one unique by using stamps and sometimes stickers.  Then a personalized message is included on the back with the address and then it is ready for the post office.

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Feel free to download these images, for personal use only.  They make great journal cards or can be mailed to a friend.  Simply right click on the image and save to your computer.

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YouTube TERMINATED my channel

Dear YouTube Team,

I believe my channel was WRONGLY terminated. My video “CBD & Kratom in Kansas | Legalities and what is going on?!” “was flagged for review, determined to violate community guidelines, and removed from YouTube as was my channel.  I do not believe I violated Community Guidelines.

My video, one of several in a series, was educational in nature (allowed by Community Guidelines) documenting (allowed by Community Guidelines) my trip to the Topeka State Capitol and the Senate Bills being discussed, voted on and ultimately passed.

These bills (S.B. 263 and S.B. 282)  which have been passed into law,

  1. Create a program to research the use of industrial hemp in Kansas, and
  2. Remove CBD Products containing 0% THC and Kratom, from the Controlled Substances Act and makes them legal products to sell, purchase and consume.

The video in question, as were the other videos in that series, educated the public on the legalities surrounding those Senate Bills and what that meant for Kansans.  

At no time did my video(s) “encourages or promotes violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death.” as was implied in the email I received informing me of the rationale for terminating my channel.

Additionally, the said video followed the guideline of “…need to be educational or documentary in nature…”

My title clearly informed the viewer of the primary purpose of the video, which discussed the legalities of CBD & Kratom in the state of Kansas.  

Your email went on to say, “We understand that users seldom intend to violate our policies. That’s why strikes don’t last forever – this strike will expire in three months.” However, my channel was terminated with no further information from you on how to correct the situation for the future.  How am I, or any other YouTuber, expected to learn and grow, if an honest mistake was made? Where is the grace allowed? I could understand your decision if I were posting videos of myself using illegal drugs and telling viewers where to obtain them, but I didn’t. I was sharing the LAW as it was being discussed and voted on, in my state capitol.  

I followed the recommended form of appeal and received (what I believe) was an autoresponder, which stated the YouTube Team would thoroughly review my appeal and contact me and inform me of the mistake.  That was not the case and I have never received any information which would educate me on the flagrant violation I have been judged to have committed.

Sincerely,

Deanna Bonn 

The Organized Miss

 

 

DOTK – Peaceful

Thank you for joining me for this “experiment”  !!!

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Download the “Peaceful” printable by clicking on the image and saving to your computer.  Then, watch the first Virtual Bible Study video in this series as I created the art to illustrate this verse:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7 

God. spoke this verse over me near the beginning of the season of my life that was marked by headaches, hospitalizations, and cognitive impairments and it helped me focus on Him and not the anxiety I was experiencing.  Yes, I still felt and exhibited the signs of anxiety, however, I knew He was with my and I was not alone.