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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.
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.
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.
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:
“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.
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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.
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.
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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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.
This past year brought a lot of healing and a lot of new things. One of those ‘new things’ was using the computer to create images that I used in my devotions. The result is a journal that I can use for sermon notes, journaling, Bible study or a springboard of inspiration.
I have been praying about the next steps with this project and have finally felt lead as to the direction to go and recently shared it on my channel.
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Also, I decided to make the first printable available to download. My goal is to have one printable as a FREE download with each Digital/Virtual Bible Study video and will have a link in the description box to the download.
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The brain. We all have one and use it every day. But how often do you actually think about the thing that helps you think? Aside from an occasional headache, deja vu or perhaps a dizzy spell, you may not give it a second thought. Instead, allowing your brain to operate and orchestrate the myriad of bodily functions it is in control of. Breathing is the first activity that comes to mind and is an important (dare I say THE most important) function that affects every other aspect of your life.
I admit I didn’t give a lot of attention to my brain health before 2013. All of that changed in what seems like an instant to me but actually spans the course of approximately 10 years. I say approximately because I don’t know. I can not actually recall, in order, many of my life events from 2008 to 2016. That’s not to say that I don’t remember anything. I do, actually, and I am remembering more and more as time goes on.
While I have been in the pursuit, along with medical professionals, to determine the cause of the cognitive malfunctions and memory loss resulting from severe headaches (for lack of a better word), I embarked on a brain improvement journey near the end of 2016.
This journey, or science experiment as I like to refer to it, lead me to try many new things as brain exercises during the past year. After much researching, I discovered I was actually giving my brain the best chance at recovery by aiding in its plasticity.
Enter OneBookJuly2017 and my dive down the rabbit hole of all things planner related, paper organization and habit tracking. Over the course of July, and the ensuing months of 2017, I learned what would work best for me. While planning and organizing thoughts are unique to individuals, I discovered something about myself and noticed a pattern emerge within the planning community.
I found that part of the time I planned and benefitted from using a traditional, list based, heavily worded system. The other part of the time, reading and writing words and therefore following the system was overwhelming or just plain difficult due to my struggles with recall and retention. As a result, I began looking for or creating stickers to create word-picture associations in my mind.
I quickly discovered the need to dual plan my time using two weekly spreads and began “Bilateral Planning”. One weekly spread communicated the information in a language my creative right brain would understand using pictures when the left side was not connecting properly and reading words was difficult. Another one communicated to my logical left brain, the events and tasks needing my focus when the nerves in my right brain would misfire, and looking at colors and pictures were distracting.
Both of these layouts communicate the same information for the week of October 30-November 5, 2017.
This “ah-ha” moment led me to research planning styles and I decided to incorporate both and identify it as “Bilateral Planning”. For me, the repetition in planning aides in memory recall and improves my retention.
If you or someone you know struggles with completing tasks, whether it results from a memory issue like mine or some other challenge, I believe bilateral planning can help.
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FACT: Being active is associated with a lower risk of brain issues.
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I have finally turned the camera on during my planning sessions to show “HOW” I plan. Making a video (series of videos) on my planning structure has been on my to-do list for a while but it wasn’t until I watched a video by MissVickybee titled, “Where is Planning?” that I decided to do it. In her video, she mentions all the “Plan With Me’ videos available online and how beautiful the art of pretty planning is but she wanted to see the structure, “what was being planned” too often she would see planners that were decorated but not set up.
I am all for decorating and pretty planning for the sake of self-care and creative expression (I love stickers) but planners need to be functional or else they are not planners but scrapbooks. This is where I should mention that I love watching scrapbook process videos, but when I am interested in personal development and looking for new ways to be more productive or efficient with my tasks, I want to watch and learn from a planner who is employing replicable organizational strategies and techniques.
In addition to my “How I Plan” video series, I am making my Weekly Review questions available for you to use in your own planning routine. To learn how I use this invaluable tool, check out my weekly review video.