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Being Creative isn’t the Same as Being Artistic

Are you creating? Everyday?

Whoa! Everyday – are you insane? Who has the time?

Yeah, I know – that was a trick question – it should really be “Are you practicing creativity everyday?” The answer is – “It’s complicated.”

That’s because being creative isn’t the same as being artistic nor is it directly related to any particular specific act of creativity. Practicing creativity is exercising the part of your spirit that imagines more than is present. That happens when you imagine and ask “What if?”

Creative practice also happens when you take tools in hand and actually begin to make the imagined things: paintings, floral arrangements, delicious meals, short stories and poems. That practice includes the hard work of shaping the first passes and rough drafts to meet your standards for finished work.

Creative practice is also all the small creative acts throughout the day: little doodles on lunchbox notes, carefully arranging a pile of pebbles that makes you smile, choosing coordinated office supplies because they make your heart and eyes happy…and a thousand more small acts of creativity.

Now, are you creative everyday? I’ll bet the answer is a resounding YES!

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Pop Up Project – Create and Win!

Create for Free and Win!

Make Something! Sign up here to get the download link for this kit. Then, make something- anything at all – as long as you use at least one identifiable part of the kit. Then, just share your project and get a $5 shop gift code – Fun and Easy!

Use your imagination to come up with your own twist. Make a card, art tags, jar toppers, cupcake toppers – whatever you can think of. The only requirement is that you use at least one identifiable element from the kit.

The point of this challenge is to support all kinds of creativity in different ways. You are allowed, encouraged even, to think of unusual and far-ranging ways to use these elements and make what your imagination calls forth.

When it comes to sharing the fruit of your creative labors – more is better! Share your projects on all your favorite social channels. Just be sure to make the one required post by the deadline for the gift code.  Please, keep it family friendly!

The deadline for posting is February 28, so sign up today and get your Pop Up Project going!

Pop Up Project

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Color and Inspiration for Your Creative Life – The Ultra Violet Look Book

Hello Fabulous!

How have you been? Is January turning out like you planned? It’s been a little slower getting things going than I imagined, but there are always things to learn. So, grateful!

Here’s something pretty for you: the Ultra Violet Look Book. It’s 15 pages of color and inspiration for your creative life. You’ll find color palettes, products, books, and more – all inspired by Ultra Violet.

It’s completely free to download and share. Get your copy here and grab the bonus swatch book download too!

Tell me how your year has started – what’s working and what’s not? Let me know!

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Learn for Free – How to Make Your Own Bath and Body Products – Live Streaming Online Class

I firmly believe that creative people are curious people and that learning something new is one of the best ways to both spark and nurture your creativity. So, I’m working with (in my opinion) one of the best high-quality online learning companies – Creative Live – to share the love of learning with you.

To get us started on something new this year, here’s a fun class on how to make bath and body products. If you’ve ever wondered exactly what ingredients are in there or want to make something beautiful for yourself, here’s a great way to learn how.

Learn to Make Your Own Bath and Body Products (Sponsored Content)

Do you love high-end luxurious bath and body products? Want to learn how to make them yourself? Here’s your chance!

Starting at 9AM on Thursday, February 1, you can take this popular Creative Live class for free! Just tune-in and learn. Head on over and RSVP so you can save your seat.

More about the class:

Learn how to make high quality bath and body products. Join Anne-Marie Faiola for the beginner-friendly class, Make Your Own Homemade Bath and Body Products, and learn how to make easy and luxurious bath and beauty products!

Anne-Marie, also known as the “The Soap Queen,” is the crafty mind behind Bramble Berry Soap Making Supplies and Handmade Beauty Box. In this class, you’ll learn her fool-proof techniques for handcrafting your very own soaps and bath products. You’ll learn:
  • The cold process soap making technique
  • How to formulate you own lotion and balm recipes
  • Everything you need to know about sugar and salt scrubs
  • How to comply with federal rules and regulations
Anne-Marie will share an incredible variety of techniques even beginners can use to create DIY bath products that are as beautiful as they are useful.
Save your seat now and put it on your calendar – learning something new is always fun!
Watch the class intro:
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Take Inspiration with Ultra Violet Swatches

Sending you a Heliotrope Hello!


Last week we talked about the newly announced color of the year – Ultra Violet – and how you can use it as a creative inspiration.


To help you visualize, I put together a few inspiration images with related color swatches. To make it even easier to use, they’re together in this handy PDF download.


Some of the images produce vibrant palettes and others are more muted, but they all have shades of purple in common.

Try it!

Find, or take, a picture that speaks to you. Then, study the image for the colors that  call out to you – it helps to squint – and sample 3 to 6 of them with paint, markers, colored pencils, etc.

It may take more than one set of colors to get a combination you like. The resulting palette is cohesive and makes a perfect start to a project.

In the meantime, get started with these swatches and see what you can make!
Tell me about your creations – I love to hear from you!