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.

PaintyEnvelope

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.

LifeIsExperiment_JournalCard

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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Pageant Queen Principles of Health – Exercise

 

Are you swimwear ready? Whether you are a pageant contestant, current titleholder or not, your personal style begins with good health and fitness.   

The Pageant Queen Principles of Health and Fitness begin with exercise.  Physical activity is an important part of every morning routine. Studies show exercising first thing in the morning followed by a healthy breakfast is best for elevating the metabolism after a good night’s rest. A higher metabolism throughout the day not only continues to burn calories keeping You appearance ready but also helps you stay energized for all those appearances.

Additional reasons why it is a great idea to work out first thing in the morning include:

  • Leaves time for other priorities: Now that your workout is done and over with first thing in the morning, you have the rest of your day to complete other tasks.
  • Increased energy levels during the day: Exercise has been proven to increase energy levels and focus throughout the day. By working out first thing in the morning, you are getting a head start on your day.
  • You‚Äôll be less likely to skip your workout: It can be easy to get distracted at various points of the day that might sabotage your workout (less motivation, fatigue, overdue school work). By working out first thing in the morning, when your mind has very few things to concentrate on just yet, you will be less likely to skip your workout later. (Source:NIFS)

*BONUS: For every 1 lb. of muscle you gain, your body will burn an extra 6 to 10 calories per day at rest. Gain 10 lbs. of muscle and you could be burning an extra 100 calories while at rest (Source: BuiltLean).

Mixed Media Cards

Time to share another FREE printable!

I love making mixed media journal cards and have started creating birthday cards in the same style.  Recently, I was requested to make a video teaching how I make them and it is available on my YouTube channel.

I decided to provide some of my favorites as a printable you can use in your art or Bible journaling, with Project Life, or to write a quick note on and give to a friend.  How you use them is up to you, but they are for personal use only.

Faith, Hope and Love – Journal Cards

Developing Your Style – Start with YOU!

 KNOW THYSELF

“The essence of knowledge is self-knowledge.‚ÄĚ – Plato

‚ÄúWho am I in the midst of all this thought traffic?‚ÄĚ – Rumi

It is important to ask questions and reflect on the answers you develop in order fully know who you are and what motivates you in the areas of Service (which I identify as Being), Syle (identified as Body) and Scholarship (identified as Brain).  

Being is how you identify yourself in relation to your contribution to the world.  It encompasses your platform which identifies the type of SERVICE you share with people and organizations.  Your BEING can be identified as your purpose; your personal mission statement and ultimately defines your STYLE.   

Brain is your (SCHOLARSHIP) educational pursuits, both personally and professionally.  Additionally, it covers areas of personal development to include your TALENT.  

Body is a large category that includes the areas of health and fitness, as well as your physical environment.  The sum of these three parts (Being, Body, Brain/Service, Style, Scholarship) is also categorized under Body/Style.  You, your style, your image is a brand and is the output of all the other factors contributing to the definition of who you are.  STYLE, then, is HOW you relate to the outside world; your family, friends, school, and community.

Hopefully, you can see how important the knowledge of who you are and what you value.  It is not only important to your core identity but it is extremely helpful in determining the what and how you plan to give, do, and be during your year of SERVICE as Miss (Local/State).

What do you know about you?  How can you share your unique gifts, talents, skills, and abilities with your community and the world at large?  Download this FREE Style Inventory and to get started on identifying your personal brand. 

STYLE

What comes to mind when you think of style? ¬†How do you define style? ¬†Perhaps a better question is, how do you define your style? ¬†Style encompasses the ‘how’ you do something. ¬†Style is not just how you dress or how you style your hair, but style is also how you walk, how you talk – your behaviors and mannerisms. ¬†And style all begins with how you think!

How you think about yourself and the world around you are fundamental in shaping your personal style.  For example, an individual who loves animals and chooses to eat a vegan diet and abstain from wearing clothes manufactured from animal skins will have a different style than an individual whose priorities in life are not aligned in the same manner and therefore wears products made from animals.  Neither is inherently right or wrong, just a personal choice that is reflected in their lifestyle and thus defines their style.

As you can see from the example above, thoughts are powerful in shaping your¬†individual style. ¬†Are your thoughts positive or negative? ¬†These thoughts will lay the groundwork for all of your choices. ¬†Your choices eventually display themselves in how you dress, how you walk, how you talk and the activities and organizations you are involved in. ¬†Yes, these are all considered a part of your ‘style’ and your style is uniquely your own.

Additionally, style is expressed¬†through body language, those nonverbal cues that subtly signal information to others more powerfully than words. ¬†Those subtle messages can communicate what is often referred to¬†as ‘je ne sais pas’ which translated means¬†“I don’t know.” ¬†However, when used to describe a person’s characteristics it means the quality of being or possessing¬†something indescribable, as in “She has that certain je ne sais pas.” You may have also heard the phrase referred to as ‘IT’ – as in “She has the ‘IT’ factor.” This essence of style is not something than can be taught or bought. ¬†It is a state of being and is rooted in a person’s image of themselves ¬†– how they think about themselves and the world around them. ¬†This way of thinking permeates their every choice.

Your style is constantly communicating a message to the world about you.  Style is the way of saying who you are without having to say a word.

What does your style communicate to others?

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Check back next week for a worksheet on developing your personal style and translating it into a brandable image.

 

 

Organization for the “Miss” Lifestyle – FREE PRINTABLE

Welcome!

You are busy.  You have goals.  You need a way to organize your busy life and reach your goals.  The Organized Miss was developed with you in mind.

To celebrate getting the site live and to motivate myself to keep working, I designed a free printable for you!   I love gifts and sharing the planner stickers I make and use to help stay on task with my goals is one of the greatest gift I can give you.

I have been using planners in some form or another for years, but earlier this year I was introduced to the Happy Planner and took a big swan drive into pretty planning.  Not only is it encouraging and motivating, it can be quite relaxing and therapeutic to design your day with colorful decorations.

This printable was designed for the Large Happy Planner, as it had been difficult for me to find many in that size.  My struggle is your gain.  Just click on the image below and save, print and cut!

TOM WKLY - Miss Teal

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